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
Saturday, November 26, 2011
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
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.
Friday, November 25, 2011
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.
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
RIM has released a new update to World by way of their website. App World has since been updated to version 188.8.131.52, with no changelog currently available. We’d imagine you’ll start to see this update pushed to your in the next few days. To go ahead and get the update, point your to the link below. Be sure to let us know if you find anything new.
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.”
Sunday, November 20, 2011
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.
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.