The over-the-air update applies to Nexus S phones that use the GSM/UMTS cellular technology. In the U.S., that means that the AT&T and T-Mobile versions are eligible for this first wave of updates, but sadly, Sprint folks will have to wait.… Read more
It's end-of-the-year roundup time, when we marshal the power of hindsight and judge all of the tech products that came out in 2011. There were some obvious groaners (hello, HP Veer), but plenty of winners, too.
This is a whopper of a poll. The choices are all culled from the hardware that made CNET's list of the top tech of the year.
Ask any honest Android fanboy what he envies aboutchances are good that he or she will menton Siri. And since we're speaking honestly, I'll be the first to admit that this is one feature that I wish my Android could do.
First, you'll want to make sure all of your personal and account information has been erased from the system. And that's what this blog brings to the table: instructions on how reset your Kindle Fire back to factory settings.
Before we get that far, though, it's probably a good idea to make sure you've backed up any absolutely crucial files that have … Read more
Each year around this time I do a roundup of the most-anticipated products of the coming year. Last year I had 12; this year I'm going with 16.
Since many companies like to keep future new releases under tight wraps so they don't short-circuit sales of their current products, we can't predict what all the new hot gadgets will be. But as usual, we expect to see a fair amount of intriguing stuff at this year's CES in Las Vegas, and we know that plenty of sequels to today's popular products are on the way--whether … Read more
Last night, LetsTalk brought the two-year contract price down from Verizon's price of $299.99 to a total of $155 after an instant rebate and $75-off coupon code. The only way to get the coupon code is to visit the site's Facebook page and "Like" the company, unless some blogger somewhere tells you that the code is "$75VZN."… Read more
CyanogenMod has decided to drop support for the Samsung Vibrant after discovering that the phone can't dial 911 running the crew's own open-source Android build.
The CyanogenMod team relayed the bad news on its own forum earlier this week:We are no longer supporting the Vibrant due to the inability to dial 911. We consider the issues related to this unresolvable without source code from Samsung related to the Radio interface layer and its interactions with the Audio layers and have taken the decision to no longer support this. We apologize for the inconvenience and strongly suggest that … Read more
How can you make your Roomba or Robosapien smarter? Try this hacker device that connects home electronics with your Android smartphone or laptop.
Brainlink is a controller that links robots and other IR devices to Android phones and laptops via Bluetooth.
The controller attaches to the robot and relays commands through its IR detector. It has a light sensor and accelerometer and ports for other sensors to add capabilities.
Roombas equipped with it could, for instance, avoid hitting walls if a proximity sensor is added. Or you could train Robosapien to find you a beer if you use an object-recognition app. There's a growing library of tools. … Read more
It's only hours before the Samsung Galaxy Nexus finally goes on sale tomorrow for $299.99, but we already managed to get our hands on the 4G LTE handset, the first to rock the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.
The verdict? Well, you'll have to read our full review to get that, but let's just say that this puppy's super-speedy LTE and a slim, steady piece of hardware got our attention--not to mention that it stirs things up with the best Android OS available to date. (OK, I'll give you another hint, … Read more
The original Xoom arrived in a pre-iPad 2 world. Given that context, Motorola's original tablet was well-designed, with great hardware, and since it marked the debut of Honeycomb, it was arguably the first Android tablet with a capable operating system.
So, as we prepare to enter yet another year of constantly advancing technology, the release of the Droid Xyboard 8.2 demands the question: did Motorola push the design, performance, and features of its follow-up to the Xoom far enough to make it worth considering, or is this a stopgap on the road to something far more impressive?
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