Archive for the ‘Mobile’ Category

Legitimate “Google Phone”, Galaxy Nexus, Won’t Ship With Google Wallet Per Verizon’s Wishes.

  • December 5, 2011 9:22 pm


If there was ever an example to perfectly exemplify Google’s problem with Android, the Galaxy Nexus is the shinning example. But wait a minute? Isn’t the Galaxy Nexus the who’s who of Android phones in 2011? Well, yes. Yes it is. Unfortunately there’s a big problem. Google’s latest and greatest “Google Phone” and first device to showcase Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the Galaxy Nexus, won’t ship with one of Google’s own services — Google Wallet.

This omissions was confirmed by Computer World’s JR Raphael whom cites a Google spokesperson as giving the official word and saying it was ultimately Verizon’s decision to nix Google Wallet compatibility. In it’s place will (unconfirmed) will likely be Verizon’s own mobile wallet NFC-based solution.

In short: this is unacceptable. A “Google Phone” is supposed to be just that — a phone chock full of Google’s own services which offer an escape from traditional manufacturer and carrier bloatware. Speaking of which, the Galaxy Nexus will also have to deal with some new software additions of its own. Yup. Bloatware.

Android 4.0 is great and all, but the “one more thing” moments with the Galaxy Nexus are really starting to change our mood from ecstatic to disappointed. You could argue we’re making a mountain out of a mole hill. To that we’ll simply invite you to look at the bigger picture. The Galaxy Nexus is one phone, one phone that Verizon has now somewhat gimped. With that said, what does that do to the imaginary line Google had drawn for Nexus branded hardware, hardware that has up until now been free of just about any and every piece of manufacturer and carrier BS?

Thoughts?

U.S. Cellular. If You Can’t Afford The iPhone, Just Say It.

  • December 5, 2011 8:22 pm

When news first broke that U.S. Cellular, the United States’ 6th largest carrier, turned down the iPhone, rumors ran rampant. After the dust settled a bit, U.S. Cellular came forward to set the record straight — Apple’s terms were “unacceptable”.

In reality, the terms weren’t all that nefarious. Apple simply requires a large upfront purchase of iPhones which the carrier then earns profit on in the long-term. U.S. Cellular being the smaller carrier that they are (and in the process of rolling out LTE) probably didn’t have the required cash to complete such a large purchase.

Today, however, U.S. Cellular’s position became more ridiculous with PDS (U.S. Cellular parent company) CEO Ted Carlson said the iPhone “wasn’t cutting edge enough”. …

Sony Ericsson To Drop “Ericsson” Name In Mid-2012. Go All Smartphone.

  • December 5, 2011 12:33 pm

The end of the road for “Sony Ericsson” phones is near after Sony’s October buyout of close partner, Ericsson. Most notably, the Sony Ericsson branded phones we’ve come to know over the last several years will soon sport less brand lettering. Specifically, “Sony Ericsson” is dead as future smartphones will simply be sold under the “Sony” brand name. On that same note, Sony has voiced their intent to move away from feature/flip phones, focusing only on Android smartphones moving forward. The changes are scheduled to go live in mid-2012 provided the buyout of Ericsson’s piece of the Sony Ericsson joint partnership is approved by regulators.

Previous rumors saw the outfit releasing a WP7 device at some point, though such hardware is still a ways off (if ever). Earlier this year a Sony executive was quoted on the record saying that WP7 simply wasn’t as good as Android. Whether Sony still honestly believes that sentiment to be true or not doesn’t matter. At this point it’s clear Sony is dedicated to Android and Android alone.

Now that Sony has a bit less baggage to maintain we should hopefully start to see more optimized hardware, not to mention a better upgrade path for devices under the new brand.

Early Build Of Facebook Messenger iOS App With Video Calling Leaks.

  • December 5, 2011 11:34 am


Is this what Facebook’s official video chat functionality will look like in their iOS Facebook Messenger app when it is eventually pushed to end users? Almost certainly not. While the work-in-progress UI is understandably simple, the reveal via iPhoneItalia confirms that Facebook is in fact working on bringing simple, quick video chat to their popular Facebook Messenger app.

iPhoneItalia is promising more info from the same source regarding Facebook Messenger for iOS and it’s upcoming video chat service. Stay tuned.

Poll: Would you use Facebook Messenger video chat over FaceTime — why or why not?

[Update] Fully Functioning Siri Crack Pops Up On Cydia — Beware.

  • December 5, 2011 10:41 am

News is buzzing today of a new, alleged fully functioning Siri port by the name of “H1Siri” that appeared on Cydia over the weekend. The group behind the hack, “CD-Team”, is relatively unknown in the jailbreak world, and the actual magic behind H1Siri that allows it to succeed where others have failed is also unknown at this point. Some initial reports say H1Siri uses a modified version of the previously shown off SiriProxy that is used to fool Siri into thinking it is talking to official Apple servers when it is instead talking to a privately owned server(s).

If you’d like a crack (no pun intended) at H1Siri, add “Cydia.be” and/or “iphone3gsystem.fr/cydia” repos to Cydia to get access to H1Siri. Current reports floating around the internet point out ongoing connectivity issues with H1Siri, likely related to the huge amount of traffic the servers in question are receiving.

**Because the servers in question are under the management of a relatively obscure hacker team, the cautions against using such a hack are obvious. Personal data is sent via Siri to these 3rd party servers and can in turn be used for malicious purposes as the security (or lack thereof) isn’t known. On top of that, the files needed to make Siri work are property of Apple — this hack is almost certainly illegal to obtain and use.

If you’re still a bit leery, and we don’t blame you if you are, hop past the break for a quick video showing off the hackery in action…

Update

TechCrunch is reporting that various users of H1Siri are reporting a slew of issues including ” cause random reboots, break the camera, brick the phone, mess up the Settings app, and iPhone’s getting stuck at the Apple logo”. Probably good to stay away from this, at least mainstream/casual users.

Review: HTC Rezound

  • December 5, 2011 6:04 am


The HTC Rezound has a lot of hype to live up to. The 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and status as first phone to ship (in the U.S.) with a 1280 x 720 display are two major talking points amongst Android faithful. In a world dominated by spec sheets, every megahert and every pixel (or lack thereof) count immensely.

In the case of the Rezound we’re both excited and already feeling like we’re over it. Surprised and disgusted. Impressed and let down. It’s quite the roller coaster ride of emotions.

Before you decide on HTC’s latest or greatest (or write it off), check out our full review after the break…

AT&T Loving Samsung Galaxy Nexus Two Steps Through FCC.

  • December 2, 2011 11:14 am


Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus and its super speedy LTE may be a sure bet, AT&T’s variant on the other hand isn’t. That is until we spotted this: FCC certification for an HSPA+ version of the latest Nexus device.

Nerd excitement aside, the GSM 850/1900 and WCDMA II/IV bands that are used by AT&T here in the U.S. don’t necessarily guarantee a U.S. release — other carriers around the globe share the same bands. Nonetheless, AT&T’s recent polling of customers asking if they’d be interested in a Galaxy Nexus outside of Verizon’s grip is something worth considering.

AT&T users: Are you holding fast on Ma Bell hoping a more GSM-loving version is coming your way?

Flog That Horse: Motorola Droid RAZR MAX Revealed In EXIF Data.

  • December 1, 2011 11:58 pm


Did you really think Motorola was going to let a brand name attached to one of the hotest mobile gadgets ever — EVER! — to simply die off?

Motorla could be in the early stages of getting back on the “RAZR” marketing machine…

Samsing Galaxy Nexus Finally Finds Vodafone in UK

  • December 1, 2011 6:49 pm

Vodafone customers in the UK can finally rejoice as Samsung’s latest high-end Android phone has now joined their favourite network. The Ice Cream Sandwich riding smartphone was originally only found on the O2 network from high street retailer Phones4U since mid November.

With a free handset setting you back at least £41 monthly over a 24 month plan, which is on par with O2′s offering yet with a higher text allowance, Vodafone’s offering proves a very prominent offer. Pair the great tariff with a great phone packing a 4.6 inch 720p AMOLED display, dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, 1Gb of ram and a 5 megapixel camera capable of recording in 1080p, and any Brit can pick up a piece of technology paradise in time for Christmas.

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus can be purchased on O2, Vodafone, T-mobile and Orange in phones4u and the respective network stores today.