Once again we see Best Buy using the name Nexus Prime, this time it's on the new product page live on their website as of tonight. Even more interesting is the fact that the $299 price point is good starting today (Nov. 27), with a 2-year agreement of course. While we don't know if this name is going to stick, and no date is official until we hear it from Verizon, any news that shows this phone is close to a release is good news. Another best buy snafu, or something nobody expects?
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Nexus Prime product page at Best Buy $299
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Labels: Best Buy, LTE, Nexus Prime, Samsung, Verizon
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Ice Cream Sandwich port comes to rooted HTC EVO 4G
Ice Cream Sandwich was recently confirmed to be officially available in the future for the HTC EVO 3D and Design 4G, but not for the EVO 4G.
This left the flagship EVO by the wayside in planned obsolescence, but a custom ROM called Evervolv ICS for the EVO 4G sort of shot that plan in the foot.
A few days before ICS was freely released to the Android Open Source Project GIT, some developers were already working on a port using what they scraped off of other phones and on 11/11/11 there was a booting build of ICS for the EVO 4G. I stress "booting" because it had issues. It had more than issues, really; it had complete collections. It was a developer build and with all the problems it had, it was not ready for prime time. For the person looking for a daily driver, it's still not ready, but it's working.
Evervolv is probably the first functioning ICS-based ROM available for the EVO 4G, and while it's still really slim on features and fat on bugs, it works. It's a bit bloated and slow, but who isn't after Thanksgiving?
Currently the camera doesn't seem to work, some apps are prone to report IP6 addresses as opposed to IP4, there's no support evident for 4G, the WiFi is somewhat buggy in that it goes to sleep and never wakes up, and there are random force closes, but it's still a pretty fun play-with ROM.
The mail client seems to have received a makeover, and Exchange users will be happy to know they can subscribe to folders and have them updated automatically. The stock web browser has folders it stores web sites in instead of tabs. There are tons of nifty little tweaks that will breathe new life into your rooted EVO 4G once they get the bugs worked out.
You'll need to additionally flash the Google Apps for ICS if you want to do anything Market-related with this ROM, as well as install the Superuser binary from recovery. It's a lot of work to play with a stock ICS ROM that isn't complete, so keep that in mind. Supposedly the camera has been fixed with a new kernel build, but I have not had a chance to play with that at this time.
The developers of this 4G port have done an outstanding job so far getting this thing up and running, but remember that if you choose to install it that this is a developer alpha test. It's buggy, they know there are bugs, it's not ready for prime time, and not a daily driver. But it's an amazing little preview of ROMs to come for all of us.
Download via: xda-developers
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Labels: Google, HTC, HTC EVO 4G, Ice Cream Sandwich, ICS, ROM, root
AT&T to Offer Bigger Asset Sales to Save Takeover
AT&T Inc., with its T-Mobile USA takeover facing regulatory opposition, is preparing the biggest remedy proposal yet to the Justice Department to salvage the $39 billion deal, according to a person familiar with the plan.
The company is considering an offer to divest a significantly larger portion of assets than it had initially expected, said the person, who declined to be identified because the plan isn’t public. Though the exact size of the disposals hasn’t been determined, they could be as much as 40 percent of T-Mobile USA’s assets, the person said.
The asset sale is an attempt to address the concerns of the Justice Department, which sued to block the takeover on Aug. 31, saying the deal would “substantially lessen competition” in the wireless market. The acquisition was dealt another blow on Nov. 22, with the Federal Communications Commission signaling an attempt to block it.
“It’s going to be problematic for AT&T to find a successful divestiture solution,” said Kevin Smithen, an analyst with Macquarie Securities USA Inc. in New York. The pool of potential buyers isn’t very big and those that might be interested probably wouldn’t have a chance, Smithen said. “It’s unlikely that the DOJ would allow a big competitor like Verizon to purchase the assets,” Smithen said.
Customers Versus Spectrum
ATT’s proposal is likely to include the divestiture of a higher share of customers and lower percentage of spectrum, said the person familiar with the matter. The company needs more capacity to serve users as it adds customers and more of them adopt data-intensive smartphones.
AT&T, based in Dallas, fell 0.5 percent to $27.41 yesterday in New York and has lost 6.7 percent this year. T-Mobile owner Deutsche Telekom AG added 1.6 percent to 8.83 euros in Frankfurt and has declined 8.6 percent this year.
Brad Burns, an AT&T spokesman, and Andreas Fuchs, a Deutsche Telekom spokesman, declined to comment.
The asset-sale proposal, which could come as early as the next Justice Department hearing on Nov. 30, might be the only remaining option if the second-largest U.S. wireless operator wants to avoid a lengthy court battle in its bid to become the country’s top mobile carrier. The purchase may vault it past Verizon Wireless, depending on the size of the divestitures.
On Nov. 24, AT&T and Deutsche Telekom asked to pull their deal applications to the FCC so the companies could better focus on the Justice Department lawsuit. AT&T also said it would take a one-time charge of $4 billion to cover the breakup fee it will need to pay to Deutsche Telekom if the deal fails.
‘All or Nothing’
One approach is to propose a remedy that would lessen the market impact of losing the fourth-largest wireless service provider. AT&T has been in discussions with MetroPCS Communications Inc. and Leap Wireless International Inc. to sell spectrum and customers as a way of propping up competition in the absence of T-Mobile.
The second approach is to fight the court case, which is scheduled to begin Feb. 13.
“If there were a last, best offer to be made, they would have made it a long time ago,” said Craig Moffett, a Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. analyst in New York, who has a “market perform” rating on AT&T shares. “It’s very hard to envision a solution that would satisfy the problems the DOJ found with the deal. Realistically, AT&T is going to take its chances in court in February. It’s all or nothing.”
According to a term in the agreement, AT&T would be able to pay less than the deal’s original $39 billion value if regulators demand asset sales that surpass 20 percent of that figure, or about $7.8 billion, three people with direct knowledge of the situation said Sept. 7.
AT&T could walk away from the deal and pay Deutsche Telekom a breakup fee if the concessions requested top 40 percent of that value, the people said. If the deal doesn’t happen there’s no way AT&T can avoid paying the breakup fee, the people said.
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Labels: att, customers, Deutsche Telekom AG, DOJ, FCC, Leap Wireless, MetroPCS, spectrum, T-Mobile
Official Motorola Droid 4 specs surface
Motorola Droid 4, again, already? Yikes to all who recently purchased a Motorola Droid 3, but official specs on the Motorola Droid 4 have come to light. Droid-Life received a tip containing all the information about the device, and it seems like quite a spec machine.
This 4G LTE device will feature a 4-inch display, powered by a 1.2GHz processor, the style of the Droid RAZR and a slide out 5 row QWERTY keyboard with LED edge lighting for the keys. The device features an 8MP camera on the back an HD camera on the front, and requires a special tool to remove the battery door? Just like we are unsure of how we feel abou the need for a special tool to pop the battery door off, we are also unsure of pricing and release time frame.
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Labels: Android, Google, LTE, Motorola, Motorola Droid 4, Motorola DROID RAZR, Verizon Wireless
Friday, November 25, 2011
AT&T/T-Mobile Deal Starting to Crumble?
Today is looking like a happy Thanksgiving for Dan Hesse. AT&T has formally withdrawn their application from the Federal Communications Commission to acquire T-Mobile. Instead both AT&T and T-Mobile USA’s parent company Deutsche Telekom have decided to move their focuses towards fighting the Department of Justice’s ongoing antitrust lawsuit.
This move makes sense, considering that FCC approval is practically pointless if AT&T and Deutsche aren’t able to obtain approval from the DOJ. In addition to withdrawing their FCC application, AT&T reaffirmed that they would incur a $4 billion charge if the deal were to go sour. As it stands AT&T is also expecting to take out a pretax charge for the $4 billion sometime before the end of this year.
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Thursday, November 24, 2011
BlackBerry PlayBook OS v184.108.40.20685 now available
You heard not too long ago there was a BlackBerry PlayBook update waiting to be released and now v220.127.116.1185 has arrived. This release really just concentrates on some bug fixes, updates Flash and addresses some issues with WiFi connectivity. The update should show as coming in at around 95MB when all is said and done.
The BlackBerry PlayBook OS v18.104.22.16885 contains the following fixes and updates:
- Updated version of Adobe® Flash® Player version 11.1 and Adobe AIR® 3.1
- Daylight savings time updates for time zones in the regions of Latin America, Australia and Central America
- Updated Bluetooth® and Wi-Fi® software to help to improve connectivity
- Fixed issues some users were experiencing with account payments in the BlackBerry App World™ storefront
- Improved synching when restoring applications with BlackBerry Desktop Software
- This update also includes a security update for Adobe Flash Player, as noted in Adobe Security Bulletin APSB-11-28, which addresses issues that can potentially affect any PC, tablet, or other device with an operating system that supports Adobe Flash.
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Labels: Blackberry, Blackberry Playbook, RIM, update
T-Mobile G1 gets and Ice Cream Sandwich treat
It’s clunky, it’s slow and you would not want to use it in real life but the fact that the talented folks at XDA-Developers have an Ice Cream Sandwich port up and running on a three year old T-Mobile G1 shows a lot of promise. It’s performance is powered by an archaically sounding 528MHz single-core processor, however this shows that other old-school Android smartphones might also get a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich in the future.
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth don’t work and neither does screen rotation but the real news here is the promise, rather than the actual application itself.
The video says it all.
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Labels: Android, Android 4.0, HTC Dream, HTC T-Mobile, Ice Cream Sandwich, ICS, T-Mobile G1
AT&T prepping to pay $4 billion to T-Mobile
When AT&T announced their intent to buy T-Mobile in March of this year, we freaked out. The United States needs more competition in the wireless space, not less. Everyone started complaining about the deal, with Sprint being incredibly vocal about the consequences of the government approving the deal. Earlier this week FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said he doesn’t think the merger will be of any benefit to the American people. He wants to give both companies an opportunity to tell the FCC why they think he’s wrong however, though the meeting he’s proposed still has to be approved by other members of the FCC staff before it can take place. Here’s where things get interesting: AT&T has just announced that they’ve withdrawn their application for the planned T-Mobile merger from the FCC. More importantly, in May it was discovered that if AT&T failed to get the OK from the government to gobble up T-Mobile, they’d have to give them up to $3 billion in cash, $2 billion worth of spectrum, and a guaranteed roaming agreement worth around $1 billion.
And guess what AT&T just did? They’ve recognized a pretax accounting charge for $4 billion ($3 billion cash and $1 billion for spectrum) on their Q4 2011 accounting sheet. While that isn’t exactly confirmation that the deal is dead, both companies are still hoping they can work something out, it’s pretty safe to say that the deal as we thought it would go down back in March is not going to happen. What T-Mobile plans to do with that money is also up for debate because Deutsche Telekom was really looking forward to pocketing $39 billion from AT&T and then pouring it into their aging European networks. Guess they might have to change their mind.
If you’re a T-Mobile customer, you should be really happy right now. Again, the deal isn’t officially dead, but it’s damn near close. And if you’re on AT&T … look forward to seeing your bill get a tiny bit more expensive so that AT&T can recoup their losses.
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Wednesday, November 23, 2011
BlackBerry App World Updated to v22.214.171.124
RIM has released a new update to BlackBerry App World by way of their website. App World has since been updated to version 126.96.36.199, with no changelog currently available. We’d imagine you’ll start to see this update pushed to your device in the next few days. To go ahead and get the update, point your BlackBerry to the link below. Be sure to let us know if you find anything new.
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Labels: Blackberry, BlackBerry App World, RIM, update
Sprint Sets the Table for a CES
The Now Network is sending out some artsy invites for their upcoming CES shindig. Set for January 10th 2012, immediately following Intel boss Paul Otellini’s keynote, we can’t help but wonder if there’s some type of connection here? We’re mighty curious to see what Sprint has in store for us and we’re really trying to figure out this whole origami theme that they’ve got going on. Perhaps they’ll finally unveil that EVO successor that we’ve all been waiting for, or maybe we’ll see a new tablet announced? Whatever the case may be, we’ll do our absolute best to find out early, but worst case scenario is that we’ll find out “next year.”
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BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 developer beta updated to v188.8.131.5269
With RIM having now release the BlackBerry PlayBook Native SDK version 2.0 and updating the BlackBerry PlayBook simulator, it only seems fitting that they would also go ahead and update the developer build of the BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 as well and they've done just that. If you've signed up for the Native SDK 2.0 download you can now also punch in your PlayBook PIN and download the new PlayBook OS v184.108.40.20669.
Keep in mind, this is a developer build and not for the general public -- things are broken and there is dragons ahead. No telling what, exactly as of yet but if you download it be sure to let everyone else know what you spot -- right now, we can say you'll get a look at the new LED notification system
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Labels: Blackberry, BlackBerry Playbook OS 2.0, RIM, update
Microsoft considers buying Yahoo, signs NDA
Microsoft appears to have renewed interest in buying up the troubled Yahoo. According to the New York Times, a source briefed on the matter says that Microsoft has signed a nondisclosure agreement with Yahoo in order to join private equity firms Silver Lake, TPG Capital, and others in taking a closer look at Yahoo’s books.
The move to acquire Yahoo would help Microsoft secure its existing search and advertising deal with the floundering search pioneer, which currently sells advertising using Bing as its primary search. Microsoft had unsuccessfully attempted to buy Yahoo back in 2008 with a bid of as much as $47.5 billion and last month began talks with other potential partners about another possible bid.
Other interested parties include TPG, which has signed an NDA but is considering making a minority investment rather than buying Yahoo outright. The Alibaba Group, which Yahoo owns 40% stake, has also been in talks about bidding for Yahoo, but has not yet signed an NDA.
Since Yahoo ousted former CEO Carol Bartz in early September, the company’s board has been mulling over its next step. It’s said to be considering several options, including selling the company’s Asian assets, such as its stake in the Alibaba Group, or auctioning off the company entirely instead of hiring a new CEO.
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Sunday, November 20, 2011
Hands-on with Ice Cream Sandwich on the Nexus S
You didn't think we would stop playing with the Ice Cream Sandwich AOSP ROM for the Nexus S so soon did you? Trust me when I tell you it's almost 100 percent, and well worth the time to flash and try it out. We've been having a go with it for a good while now, and decided to fire up the camera and let everyone have a look. Catch the video after the break, then hit the download link to give Ice Cream Sandwich a try yourself -- you'll be glad you did.
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Labels: Android, AOSP ROM, Google, Ice Cream Sandwich, ICS, Samsung Nexus S
Android Market update 3.3.11 has NFC support
Three days after the launch of Google Music and the Market's server-side changes, a new version of the Android Market has started to roll out. So far the only change that's visible over version 3.3.11 is the addition of the permission requirement for near field communication (NFC), which allows phones to send data directly to another device nearby.
It does not look like they've changed anything visually or functionally with the Market yet, but this could be the start of being able to use it to pay for non-Market goods via NFC (e.g., swipe your phone at a gas pump, enter a code, paid).
Likely the first things we'll see from this in the Market will be NFC for Google Music purchases: purchase music then transfer a one-time-listen to your friends, but it could also be used to transfer extremely large multiplayer Market games between phones without involving data charges.
As with all Android Market updates, there's no telling when you're going to get it. You can wait and it will probably just update sometime in the future, or you can download the new version from here. It's properly signed by Google, so non-rooted people should have no issues with installing and updating it.
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Labels: Android, Android Market, Google, Near Field Communication, NFC
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Is Clearwire facing bankruptcy
Clearwire may be in a heap of trouble. The wireless carrier is planning to strategically delay paying a $237 million debt payment that is due December 1st says a Wall Street Journal report. The payment would put a significant dent in the company’s cash reserves and hurt future expansion plans. The WiMAX company currently has about $698 million in cash and short-term investments that it needs to invest wisely if its 4G network is going to compete with Verizon and AT&T.
Clearwire has a 30-day grace period to make the payment which gives it some breathing room. Chief Executive Erik Prusch is reportedly going to use that time to secure more funding and sign new service deals. Delaying the payment is a last ditch effort to keep the company afloat and what happens in the next month may decide the company’s future..
To make matters worse, Clearwire’s future with Sprint is uncertain. Sprint owns 54% of Clearwire and is using WiMAX as its 4G solution. Recently, Sprint said it was considering a switch to LTE, the major competitor to Clearwire’s WiMAX network. Sprint also agreed to carry the iPhone, a handset that is not and probably never will be compatible with WiMAX.
Though Clearwire did not mention it, the Wall Street
Journal Report did bring up the “B” word – bankruptcy. If Clearwire fails to come up with this payment, the company may be forced to file for bankruptcy so it can restructure its debts. A person familiar with Sprint said the carrier would not buy out Clearwire just to keep it out of bankruptcy. Without the backing of Sprint, Clearwire’s future looks dim.
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