News and Rumors
It’s kind of become a rite of passage for new Android devices to get their own custom ROMs. Every major Android tablet and phone has gone through it, and it looks as though the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is joining the club. This comes just 9 days after the Moto Xoom got its own custom ROM.
That’s right, the Xoom is no longer a Verizon exclusive. U.S. Cellular began selling the Android 3.1 tablet today, and it’s sure to bring business up a notch. After a quick first glance, it appears to be exactly the same as the Verizon Xoom. I did make one note, however: the U.S. Cellular version doesn’t directly connect to the network.
Following their recent announcement on Facebook that 3.1 is starting to roll out to non-U.S. Xooms with SD card support, some Americans are up in arms about why they haven’t got support for theirs yet.
Thanks to Best Buy, Android users now have yet another metaphor wielding service in which to upload their music libraries to. Introducing “Best Buy Music Cloud,” a cross-platform music service that allows Android, Apple (no premium service for you), and Blackberry users access to their digital music collection on-the-go.
According to Motorola Europe’s Facebook page, the Android 3.1 update for the XOOM has started in Europe. The said update should take a few weeks to roll out to all the XOOMs across the Pond.
Infinite Dreams just released screenshots of their unreleased game, Jelly Defense. From the look of things, this game has high quality graphics and a very addictive game play features. Jelly Defense’s sounds will be one of the key features in this game to make it over-the-top good.
I think I may be hallucinating, or at least seeing double, as there is more news about another handset getting a promised upgrade on time, well, sort of on time. News is being reported that the Moto Atrix on the AT&T network is going to get it’s production build of gingerbread.
There is some interesting news this morning about the heavily rumored and worst kept secret in the Android world, namely the tablet device that Amazon is working on to compliment it’s Android app store.
We need your feedback on this one! Android Central is reporting that some of their readers that pre-ordered the new hotness that is the EVO 3D have been receiving them in the mail!
Well color me impressed, there is a mobile carrier out there that has actually met it’s self imposed and promised deadline to bring an OS update to and Android device.
Pictured to the left are the two newly announced Sony-Ericsson Android devices named the Ray and the Active respectively. The Ray being the newest “luxury” model of the XPERIA line, and the Active being a rugged dust-proof and water resistant handset.
ZTE is one of the leading Chinese brands in the world, and they have announced decent and affordable handsets in past, like the trio of new Android phones at MWC. Now ZTE is back again with the announcement of their new Android device, the ZTE X880, codenamed Libra.
Well, it’s about time, isn’t it? After all the opposition to the proposed AT&T/T-Mobile merge, Magenta has finally released an official statement. You can read the full statement below, but it basically repeats most of what we heard at the Senate hearing over a month ago. T-Mobile essentially supports the deal, stating that both companies are in a “spectrum crunch”, and the merge would solve this issue, while providing vast amounts of coverage to Americans. No word on how the FCC will respond to this statement, but rest assured, they’re taking a good hard look at the deal itself.
Sprint officially announced the arrival of the much anticipated Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. It’ll be available in a 16GB, WiFi version for around $499, and will be available in Sprint stores starting on July 24th.