Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 TouchWiz UX update paused for some bug-squashing

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Posted on 17 August 2011 by AndroidArena

Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-10.1-TouchWiz-UX-update-paused-for-some-bug-squashingThe Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 shipped with as plain of an UI as Android Honeycomb intended in the US, and the TouchWiz UX update began rolling shortly after launch.

Now it seems that Samsung has put the update on hold for the time being, saying it needs to ensure a positive customer experience, which is corporatese for “we need to pull it in and squash some bugs”. People at XDA-Devs have been complaining about graphics issues after the update, so that might be it.

touchwiz-UX-2The company didn’t announce that officially, but it answered a question on Twitter that the Touchwiz UX update for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 has been paused for now to “assess progress”. While you wait for the semi-mandatory update to reach your tablet, have a look at our hands-on video of Samsung’s Honeycomb overlay below.

via AndroidPolice

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LG Thrill 4G release date moved to September 4, according to rumors

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Posted on 17 August 2011 by AndroidArena

LG-Thrill-4G-release-date-moved-to-September-4-according-to-rumorsIf you are among those fans of glasses-free 3D goodness who had August 21 marked in their calendars, we have some disappointing news to share with you. Of course, we are talking about the LG Thrill 4G, AT&T’s version of the LG Optimus 3D, which allegedly was scheduled for release on that very date.

According to a leaked document coming straight from Radio Shack’s internal system, the release date for the LG Thrill 4G is now being pushed to September 4. As a result of this, the retailer will not be accepting pre-orders of the smartphone anymore, and those customers who managed to place one will be contacted and informed about the delay. The document does not point out the exact reason for the Thrill 4G release date to be changed once again, yet it seems like the decision has been taken by AT&T itself.

The release date of the LG Thrill 4G is pushed to September 4, according to this document

The release date of the LG Thrill 4G is pushed to September 4, according to this document

Sure, AT&T never really announced an exact release date for the smartphone and stated only that it is scheduled for a summer release, yet the summer is rapidly coming to an end. Furthermore, we are sure there are plenty of Android enthusiasts out there waiting to get their hands on the LG Thrill 4G for a fresh dose of 3D action. Let’s hope the wait is going to be worth it.
source: Android Central

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Cyanogen gets hired by Samsung, will keep making ROM mods on the side

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Posted on 17 August 2011 by AndroidArena

Cyanogen-gets-hired-by-Samsung-will-keep-making-ROM-mods-on-the-sideSteve Kondik, the guy behind the famous CyanogenMod Android ROMs, has become a Samsung Mobile Software Engineer, but he said that he plans to keep his hobby, and review coding for future iterations of the immensely popular CyanogenMod 7.

Samsung was the first to break the manufacturer/carrier mould by sending the CyanogenMod crew brand new spanking Galaxy S II handsets, encouraging them to show what they are capable of doing by creating custom ROMs for the handset. Now obviously it decided to straight out drink from the source, and hired Steve Kondik.

The software engineer has a proven track record of making awesome modifications to stock handsets, which iron out bugs, speed up performance, and add missing functionalities, so him joining the Samsung Android team could only mean the homebrew TouchWiz UI should be getting more love from customers. Moreover, Samsung will need something to further differentiate itself other than awesome hardware, now that Google acquired Motorola as its Android manufacturing playground.

via SlashGear

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October 26th launch date leaks for the HTC Ruby and Samsung Hercules

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Posted on 17 August 2011 by AndroidArena

October-26th-launch-date-leaks-for-the-HTC-Ruby-and-Samsung-HerculesWe recently told you about two upcoming, high-end devices for T-Mobile. The HTC Ruby and the Samsung Hercules both have the high-end specs that any power user would love to have in his phone. The latter, basically T-Mobile’s version of the sizzling hot Samsung Galaxy S II, offers a 4.5 inch Super AMOLED Plus screen with resolution of 480 x 800. Under the hood is a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm APQ8060 processor with 1GB of RAM. An 8MP camera on back captures video at 1080p while a front-facing camera takes self-portraits and is useful for video chat. 16GB of storage is on board with a microSD slot that accepts up to 32GB more in storage. It certainly sounds like the Samsung Galaxy S II with a little bigger display.

The HTC Ruby is just as well endowed. A 4.3 inch qHD screen is on the front of the device with a fast 1.5GHz dual-core processor on board. The HTC Ruby is equipped with 1GB of RAM while the rear and front cameras come in at 8MP and 2MP respectively. Video is captured at 1080p. You can see that both handsets wouldn’t back down an inch in a battle between the two. Both will offer 4G connectivity through HSPA+ connectivity and T-Mobile customers updating to a new phone might have to pick one model over the other.

As if to make matters worse for those with T-Mobile accounts, a leaked screenshot of the carrier’s training material shows that both phones are expected to launch on October 26th. Two great handsets with similar high-end specs being released on the same day. Luckily for T-Mobile customers, they still have plenty of time to think it over. Which of these two Superphones would you select? Let us know by responding in the comment box below!

source: TmoNews

According to a leaked T-Mobile training document, both the HTC Ruby and the Samsung Hercules will launch on October 26th

According to a leaked T-Mobile training document, both the HTC Ruby and the Samsung Hercules will launch on October 26th

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Is the Samsung Celox an LTE enabled version of the Galaxy S II?

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Posted on 17 August 2011 by AndroidArena

Is-the-Samsung-Celox-an-LTE-enabled-version-of-the-Galaxy-S-IILess than a week ago, we reported on a leaked roadmap for Samsung that the Korean based manufacturer later said was not totally correct. But within that roadmap might be some bits of useful information, such as the specs for the GT-I9210. It seems that the numbers match perfectly with some of the specs expected on a rumored model, the Samsung Celox. And if that name sounds familiar to you, it is because a week ago we had mentioned that the Celox appeares to be the LTE enabled version of the Samsung Galaxy S II. Unfortunately for those living Stateside, the 4G radio on the device is tuned to 800MHz which is a frequency used in Europe and not in the U.S. where Verizon uses 700MHz for its LTE service.

Is this the LTE enabled version of the Samsung Galaxy S II?

Is this the LTE enabled version of the Samsung Galaxy S II?

The GT-I9210 listed in the roadmap has a 4.5 inch WVGA screen, 4G connectivity and dual cameras in back and front with resolution respectively of 8MP and 2MP. Sure enough, the Samsung Celox has a 4.5 inch WVGA screen (match #1) and support for LTE (match #2). The rear-facing camera at 8MP and the front-facing shooter at 2MP produce matches 3 and 4. While no processor speed was mentioned on the roadmap, the Samsung Celox will allegedly come to market with a 1.5 dual-core processor.
Right now, it is all conjecture, but where there is smoke there is fire and Samsung might have one burning hot handset with the Samsung Celox. Until we get word that there will be a unit with a 4G radio that carries Verizon’s frequencies, all U.S. cell phone fans can do is stare at the picture and hope that a version of the phone will make it to the States.

source: Naver (translated) via AndroidGuys

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Kyocera trying to increase Echo sales by offering free games

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Posted on 17 August 2011 by AndroidArena

Kyocera-trying-to-increase-Echo-sales-by-offering-free-gamesIn an attempt to boost sales of their dual-screen wielding, Android-powered Echo smartphone, Kyocera is offering 10,000 free downloads of 12 premium game titles on a first come first serve basis.

Kyocera is currently running a “Summer of Free Apps” campaign. The 12 games that the manufacturer is giving away for the price of zilch are actually quite popular and all normally fall in the $1 to $5 price range. These are the games that are available for free until the 10,000 download plateau is eclipsed:

Burn the Rope, Sonic the Hedgehog, Super Monkey Ball, Colours, Coropata, Crazy Dunker, Cupig, Induced Current, SmackTalk!, Space Wander Landing, Sudoku Master and Transporter.
As of now there are still a handful of downloads remaining for all of you Kyocera Echo owners out there. If you want to download one just head on over to the Top Apps section of the Android Market directly on your device. Tell us what you think of this promotion in the comments below.

source: Electronista

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Nearly rugged Motorola Defy+ officially unveiled: 1GHz chip, running Gingerbread with Motoblur

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Posted on 17 August 2011 by AndroidArena

Nearly-rugged-Motorola-Defy-officially-unveiled-1GHz-chip-running-Gingerbread-with-MotoblurRight after the big news about getting acquired by Google, Sanjay Jha and company announced the latest addition to their smartphone lineup – the tough and powerful Motorola Defy+. The handset does not only deliver the latest of Android Gingerbread, but just as you’d expect from the successor of the Motorola Defy, it’s well built and protected from water, scratch and dust with its IP67 rating. This combined with its 3.7-inch Gorilla Glass-enhanced screen is what makes the phone stand apart.

Under the hood, the Motorola Defy Plus packs a 1GHz TI OMAP 3620 chip powering Gingerbread 2.3.4. skinned with Motorola’s UI skin still referred to as Motoblur. This is a slight upgrade over the original Defy which sported an 800MHz processor and was only updated to Froyo. On the back, there’s a 5-megapixel auto-fous camera with flash. A 1700mAh battery allows the phone to last 7.1 hours when talking and 16 days in standby.

Previously, we’ve heard rumors about AT&T getting the handset stateside, but the official press release doesn’t explicitly confirm this. What we know for sure, though, is that the Defy Plus will be made available in Asia, Latin America and Europe this fall.

source: Motorola Mobility

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Clove UK getting the Motorola Fire

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Posted on 17 August 2011 by AndroidArena

Clove-UK-getting-the-Motorola-FireComing to the Clove UK network sometime this September is a QWERTY-packing, Android-powered handset known as the Motorola Fire which will be available for £215 with no contract needed.

While we don’t know the exact September release date yet, at least we can tell you a little about this phone that just recently launched in China. The device is a slab-style smartphone that has a 2.8-inch display. The form factor is similar to that of the Motorola Droid Pro.

Running the show behind the scenes is a 600MHz processor and 256MB of RAM which won’t excite too many people, but it does feature the latest and greatest from Google in the form of Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Around the back of the device is a modest 3 megapixel camera.

This smartphone is only a month or so away and will be a nice mid-range option at a fairly cheap price point for those who do not want to deal with a contract. Tell us what you think of this device in the comments below.

source: Into Mobile

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Google buying Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion

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Posted on 17 August 2011 by AndroidArena

Google-buying-Motorola-Mobility-for-12.5-billionWell, that’s what we call a good start of the week – Google and Motorola Mobility have announced a $12.5 billion deal under which the search giant will acquire the phone maker. This translates into a per share price of $40, meaning that Google is ready to pay 63% over Motorola Mobility’s share price as per the company’s Friday’s closing price. This puts the search company on the same foot as Apple and other Android handset makers as Google will turn into more than just a platform maker.

The deal is expected to close by the end of 2011/beginning of 2012. But it’s not just Motorola’s handset expertise that this deal brings – it’s a transaction which is equally about patents. Just a couple of days ago Motorola said it wants a piece of that patent pie and that might have been one of the reasons for the acquisition. Motorola Mobility reportedly owns more than 17,000 patents and is among Google’s best options for defending its mobile OS. Google’s Larry Page himself points out:

“Our acquisition of Motorola will increase competition by strengthening Google’s patent portfolio, which will enable us to better protect Android from anti-competitive threats from Microsoft, Apple and other companies.” Page was also excited about the possibilities this brings for Android, “supercharging” the platform.

Andy Rubin heading Google’s mobile efforts reaffirmed the company’s commitment to Android as an open source platform as well as to the open source community. The deal would only elevate the platform, while Google itself will continue to work with its Android partners and continue distributing devices running the OS.

What were the reverberations among Motorola Mobility’s fellow Android phone makers? The chief executives of HTC, LG and Sony Ericsson all welcomed the news as the move both defends and strengthens Google’s case for the platform. But this opens a ton of questions starting with the future of Motorola’s Blur skinning and ending with how this affects rival platforms and most notably Microsoft’s Windows Phone. Not all answers will come right away, but Motorola Mobility’s conference call is live now and will definitely add more clarity to the picture – we’ll update you soon, so stay tuned.

source: The Official Google Blog

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Cellular South nabs the mid-range HTC Merge; selling for $100 on-contract

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Posted on 12 August 2011 by AndroidArena

Cellular-South-nabs-the-mid-range-HTC-Merge-selling-for-100-on-contractAlthough we managed to get first wind about Cellular South potentially selling the HTC Merge way back at the end of March, the regional carrier is just finally coming around to selling the mid-range Android powered smartphone.

Alltel, Verizon, and US Cellular have been the list of carriers that decided to pick up the on again, off again smartphone, but it doesn’t surprise us to find yet another regional carrier joining the crew. Selling for the fitting price of $99.99 with a 2-year contract, which is actually the perfect price point for this one, it’s still guaranteed to attract some potential customers out there. Obviously, it’s no longer the shiniest or most powerful smartphone in the stable now that dual-core handsets reign supreme in the upper end of the spectrum.

Therefore, if you want something a bit more reasonable on the pockets, while still regarded as a decent smartphone, then maybe the HTC Merge might fill in the gap for you.
source: Cellular South via Android Central

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