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Friday, October 12, 2012

Dark Once More

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android Thoughts Site Updates" @ 09:27 PM

In June 2003 I bought a T-Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition and began frequenting Pocket PC Thoughts. The highly knowledgeable and personable community drew me in, and one of the most satisfying days of my career came in early 2005 when Jason Dunn invited me to join as an editor. In the 7.5 years since I've been proud to serve these communities. While commitments have kept me away from active duty over the past months, these sites have and always will be filled with fond memories and Thoughts.

Until we meet again!

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Friday, May 25, 2012

HTC Releases Ice Cream Sandwich Update Schedule

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 09:30 AM

"HTC has published a brand-new list of its devices to get Android 4.0, but the difference between this one and previous lists is the level of detail. Most phones have a target OTA deployment range of 2 months, significantly more precise than the typical "quarterly" guestimates we see manufacturers publish generally."

HTC has a great track record of providing update for their devices. This list includes 17 phones that are scheduled to get Ice Cream Sandwich (Android version 4.0). Take a look and see if your phone made the cut. Most, if not all, HTC phones with more than 512MB of RAM did!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

HTC Flyer Gets Android Honeycomb (3.2) Update

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Other Slates & Tablets" @ 08:00 PM

"Great news if you’re an HTC Flyer user: the Taiwanese smartphone giant has released the Android 3.2 update for its 7-inch tablet. The update weighs in at 210MB and bumps the version of Android from 2.3 Gingerbread up to the proper 3.2 Honeycomb for tablets."

This has been long-awaited, but it's finally here! The Flyer has been a good performer with Android Gingerbread, and should be quite impressive with a true tablet OS. Aside from the enhanced dedicated stylus button, the other buttons become inactive. It'll be interesting to see if the 7-inch form factor catches on after the success of the Kindle Fire.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

HTC Flyer 3G Gets Honeycomb Update

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 11:00 AM

"HTC just confirmed over on Facebook that the GSM 3G version of the Flyer gets the Honeycomb update today, the update for WiFi-only users is "coming soon.""

It's great to see HTC doing the right thing here! Anyone with the HTC Flyer should be pretty happy about this. As far as I know Samsung still has not released an update for the original Galaxy Tab to bring it up to Honeycomb. Have any of you updated your Flyer to Honeycomb? If so, how's it working for you?

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Android Has Fixed Fragmentation! Well, Perhaps Not...

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 01:00 PM

"Google recently announced it was going to put an 18 month upgrade requirement on any handset that wants to be Google-certified, meaning if you buy a handset today, you're guaranteed OS updates for 18 months."

A different philosophy indeed! I understand why the hardware manufacturers don't want to push out updates so that people will buy new phones to get the new goodies, but that certainly isn't a very good model if you want to retain customers. Apple is in the hardware business too, but they don't have a problem getting out updates that work on their older handsets, as evidenced by the chart above. Who do you think has the customer's best interests in mind? I know who my money is on, but what are your thoughts?

Friday, November 4, 2011

Android Market Upgrades Available!

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android Software" @ 04:30 AM

"It appears an update to the Android Market is now being pushed out to handsets, and we've got the .apk file for you right now."

The updates are slowly being pushed out, or you can grab the APK right now and install it. This version gives you an auto-update apps default, update over WiFi only (to help those on data caps) and a plethora of other settings. Sweet!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Google's Newest Market Update Adds Several New Features

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Software" @ 03:00 PM

"It seems like Google is constantly working on its suite of Android apps."

Google is staying on top of apps - they just released an update for the Android Market bringing it to version 3.1.3. The newest version is packed with new features, including the +1 button for market apps and new security features. Check out all the new features, then let us know if you like the update!

Friday, August 5, 2011

T-Mobile G2 Gets A Taste Of Gingerbread

Posted by Jason Lee in "HTC Android Phones" @ 05:30 PM

"Greeeeeeat news T-Mobile G2 owners as today is a magical day for you. That's right I'm talking about a Gingerbread OTA update that begins today and will rollout over the next few weeks to all G2 owners."

It's always good to see another Android device get its Gingerbread update. This little bump brings the T-Mobile G2 up to Android version 2.3.3 (Gingerbread). If you haven't received your over-the-air notification yet get in there and start spamming that "System Updates" button.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Hulu Adds Support For More Devices: Now Requires Two Hands To Count

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android Software" @ 06:00 AM

"Three weeks ago, we announced our early rollout of Hulu Plus to six select Android smartphones. Today, we're pleased to announce we're adding four additional Android smartphones to our list of Hulu Plus-enabled devices, bringing the total to 10 supported devices."

The latest update to the Hulu app for Android adds support for four more Android devices. Hulu Plus subscribers may now enjoy watching their content on the HTC Evo 4G, HTC ThunderBolt, HTC myTouch 4G and G2 in addition to the previously supported Nexus One, Nexus S, HTC Inspire 4G, Motorola Droid II, Motorola Droid X, and the Motorola Atrix. And there was much rejoicing...

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Feature Removed with Droid X Gingerbread Update

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android Talk" @ 04:00 AM

"The Droid X update from from Froyo (340) to Gingerbread (459) left out the feature of being able to flip the phone to silence an incoming phone call. After receiving a warranty replacement phone with the Gingerbread update pre-installed, I called into Verizon to ask where the feature had gone. I was trying to copy all settings from the old Droid X. I was transferred to a level 2 technician who understood the feature I was describing and noticed it was missing in the Gingerbread update. He contacted and transferred me to Motorola tech support. After explaining the situation to the Motorola support agent, he contacted an engineer who confirmed the feature was not present in the current version of the Droid X Gingerbread update. He asked me if I wanted to flag the feature for possible inclusion in a future update. This wouldn't be interesting except for the fact that I got the impression nobody had noticed this feature was missing until I called." - via email to Android Thoughts from Neville Williams

This is interesting. Was there some reason they couldn't implement the feature on Gingerbread? Did someone at Motorola decide this was a feature that nobody used? I'm sure there are countless possible options but it is a little disappointing that they wouldn't have let people know that the feature was removed with Gingerbread. The thing that seems most strange about this is that the flip to silence feature didn't work correctly when the Droid X was released. Well, it did but not always I think. They actually fixed it, so flip to silence worked correctly. I would have thought they would have ditched the setting then rather then fixing it. So it's just odd to me that they bothered to fix it and then took it out all together. Personally, I think it was a cool idea but for me it's just as easy to hit a volume button on the side to silence a call. I actually prefer that because I can see the notification LED when it's face up. Did any of you use the flip to silence feature? Do you know of other features on the Droid X or other phones that have been lost with official OS updates? Btw...Thanks to Neville for sending this in.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The World Looks Better Through Google Goggles: Now With More Oooooo!

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android Software" @ 07:00 AM

"Since its launch, we have worked to make Google Goggles faster and more accurate when returning search results for a wide variety of images. Today, we are taking several steps to make Goggles a better and more personal experience."

The latest update to Google Goggles brings quite a few improvements to better personalize your Google Oogling. Goggles version 1.4 brings with it new features like being able to share your search results, tag your search history with notes to better help you organize the stuff you find, and the ability to submit suggestions to help improve Goggles when it has trouble recognizing your picture. If that weren't enough Google even threw in better business card recognition to help save you time when you meet a new business contact. So what are you waiting for? Go get your Goggles on and start Googling!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Gingerbread Update Coming to Nexus S Users

Posted by Kevin Jackson in "Android Software" @ 05:00 PM

"Instead of hopelessly checking for updates until the time is right, the Powers That Be are now offering the upgrade as a manual download to anyone who is already running 2.3.3 on the i9020T (the AWS-equipped model)."

If you meet the requirements and just can't wait, the 2.3.4 update is ready for manual application. Otherwise you can wait for the OTA which should be arriving soon on applicable devices.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Motorola Releases Update for the Xoom

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 07:00 PM

"A Motorola XOOM update will be made available [today] that brings a bunch of fixes to the device including Bluetooth support on Google Talk and for a mouse, proxy support, and a new picture transfer protocol."

A PDF from Verizon introduces the latest update for the Motorola Xoom Android tablet. Is has a number of fixes like for HTML display of POP3 email as well as a few new features like support for a Bluetooth mouse. I'm not sure how Android would be with a pointer but it would be fun to at least try. I wonder if they have a way to do two finger gestures with the mouse, like rotating the display in Google Maps...anyway, it's great to see that so many issues are addressed. The update is only 28MB, which doesn't sound too big to me. Unfortunatly it doesn't add support for the MicroSD card slot. I'm not sure what's up with that since apparently the MicroSD card slot is fully functional out of the box on the Asus EeePad Transformer. Please let us know if you give this update a try. Does it work as advertised, do more, or less?

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Rovio Developing Cross Platform Game Synchronization

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Software" @ 05:00 AM

"Rovio have been working on a little project, well actually it is a big undertaking, which will have all their Angry Birds game sync up to users devices."

Rovio has plans to release a cool new feature by summer for all you Angry Birds fans. They will allow for game synchronization across all your different platforms which means no more starting your game over if you install it on another device. And the synchronization will not only apply to Android but to all the platforms that Angry Birds is available on. So no starting over if you currently play on an iPad and switch to your super awesome Google Tab!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Update Released For Google Translate, Includes Three More Languages For Text To Speech

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Software" @ 09:30 AM

"Today we launched an update to Google Translate for Android that allows you to listen to translations in several more languages."

Google Translate has released an update for their app that includes three new languages for the text to speech feature: Korean, Japanese and Arabic. Also included in the update is improved speech quality to over 15 languages. Google Translate is a wonderful app for world travelers to have on hand or for anyone who would like to brush up on their foreign languages.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Russia's Samsung Galaxy S Will See 1.4GHz In April

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Samsung Android Phones" @ 07:30 AM

"Samsung may have the Galaxy S II on the way to keep its flagship spot occupied, but according to the latest rumors there'll also be a replacement to the original single-core Galaxy S as well."

Coming at the end of April for the Samsung Galaxy S: a 1.4 GHz edition! But the catch is that the phone will only be available in Russia in April as far as we know. It will replace the current 1GHz edition and will cost around $850 US.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Have a Droid X or Droid 2? You Can Have Gingerbread Now!

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 09:00 AM

"Is your Motorola Droidphone hungry for some Gingerbread? Well, the lucky little guy can now get its taste with the recently released Android 2.3 builds for Droid X and Droid 2 from My Droid World. Droid Life's got all the details, including a hands-on video (provided after the break) and complete instructions for rooting your device and downloading the OS."

Motorola has a pretty good track record of getting OS update out and it looks like they're keeping up their development work. Android 2.3, Gingerbread seems to be nearly ready, if not completely finish, for the Droid X and Droid 2. The build has leaked out and you can install it on your phone now if you want! I'm excited about Gingerbread not just because of what Google is bringing to the table in it but also because of the many changes that Moto made to the Blur UI. As you can see in the screen shot you can now create groups in the app tray. It also gives you four buttons at the bottom of the home screens instead of three (phone, app tray, contacts) and three of the four can be changed to anything you want! There's more but that's what got my attention. Have any of you installed the leaked Gingerbread update? How's it working for you?

Monday, March 21, 2011

The Milestone Finally gets an Official Froyo Update

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 08:00 AM

"Flash Player 10.1, a faster browser and mobile hotspot capabilities await the intrepid updater, but Motorola warns that any DRM-locked media you have on your SD card will be lost. Weirdly enough, there's also a caution that "users may experience some adverse effects associated with the upgrade which could include slower operation of some phone functions and applications.""

This is great news for all Milestone owners across the pond! I don't understand why it took Moto this long to get Froyo ready for the Milestone when they had it for the Droid back in August or something like that. I guess it has to do with one carrier over here verses many over there. Anyway, it's finally available. It does seem a little odd to me that apparently the upgrade is via a connected computer and not over the air as most of us are used to over here. That last line in the quote warning about the possibility of "some adverse effects" is a little disconcerting though. Did you install the update? Let use know what you think!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Verizon is Pushing out a Xoom Update to Prepare for the Xoom Flash Update

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 01:00 PM!5780984/

"Verizon Wireless is pushing out a software update for Motorola Xooms today, which will allow users to download Flash Player 10.2 from the Android Market when it becomes available next Friday, the 18th of March."

This is a good thing! While it's a little odd that an update is required just to prepare for another update it does suggest they're pretty serious about Flash coming out in the not too distant future. Did you get the update on your Xoom? If so, have you noticed any changes or fixes that squeezed their way in with it?

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Google Gives Us An Update On Android Market Secrity

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android News" @ 07:00 PM

"On Tuesday evening, the Android team was made aware of a number of malicious applications published to Android Market. Within minutes of becoming aware, we identified and removed the malicious applications."

It is very reassuring to see Google taking these steps after their little Market security oopsie the other day. My biggest concern wasn't removing the malware from the phones so much as cleaning up the rooting and other bad things the malware did to your device while it was installed. I'm glad they pushed out this security update and even more impressed that they are actually contacting affected users. It still doesn't excuse the fact that something like this should have never happened in the first place but definitely a good step in righting their wrong.

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