Motorola XOOM Accessories Going For 80% Off In Verizon Stores, If You Can Find Them

One of our readers went into his local Verizon store to pick up some accessories for his Motorola XOOM, what he didn’t expect was to find a whopping 80% discount. With Verizon and Motorola now pushing the new Xyboard tablets, it seems as if they are looking to clear space and are practically giving away old XOOM accessories. The standard dock usually sells for $50 can now be had for $10, while the HD dock with speakers and HDMI out for normally $90 can be had for $20.

Anyone looking for some accessories for their (or possibly a friend’s) XOOM should check out their local Verizon store. Christmas is just around the corner and these could be pretty awesome gifts for your XOOM loving friends, significant other or family members.

Cheers Michael!

Galaxy Nexus LTE Signal Is More Accurate Than Others, There May Be No Problem

Our friends over at AnandTech did quite the investigation on the reported signal strength issue with the Galaxy Nexus. Users were reporting numerous dropped calls and a weak 4G LTE signal – I for one have only seen higher than 3 bars once. While the signal strength was lacking, I never experienced speeds anywhere close to the level of 3G and continuously averaged 16Mbps down.

After investigating the issue, AnandTech has reported that there isn’t really any issue at all. In fact, the Galaxy Nexus (thanks to ICS) is reporting the accurate number of bars, where as non-ICS 4G LTE phones are showing three to four bars over their true amount. Additionally, when going to Settings > Menu > About Phone > Status on a non-ICS device the reported signal strength is actually 3G and not the 4G signal. In the image above, you can see that the Galaxy Nexus and DROID Charge have a very similar signal strength, however the Charge shows four bars of service while the Nexus is showing the accurate one-bar.

All in all, you should not use the signal bars to judge your 4G LTE strength. You can sleep soundly knowing that the Galaxy Nexus features the same signal strength as all of Verizon’s 4G LTE devices. Remember, Verizon is improving their 4G LTE network each month, it is a work in progress and it will only get better.

Via: AnandTech

Matias Duarte Talks Ice Cream Sandwich, Android Skins And Fragmentation

The man behind Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich, Matias Duarte recently took place in a Google+ Hangout hosted by The Daily Beast. During the conversation Mr. Duarte focused on Ice Cream Sandwich and the future of the mobile operating system. The latest version of Android is incredibly polished and when compared to previous versions it is simply stunning. Unfortunately, manufacturers won’t think twice about putting custom skins on their devices and changing a user’s experience.

We have already seen early builds of these skins from Sony and Samsung, both of which bring little of the Ice Cream Sandwich joy to light. You would think the big man himself would be disappoint with the concept of OEM skins, however he isn’t. Mr. Duarte embraces the skins, even claiming that himself and the rest of the Android team have learned from them. Additionally, he mention that without the Nexus program he would be more bothered by the idea of OEM customization. (more…)

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus LTE Gets Cracked Open And Torn Down

When a new device is launched it must go through the ritual of getting torn down. Whether it happens a day after the launch or a few weeks, almost every device is cracked open and examined. It is no surprise that when it comes to the Galaxy Nexus it receives the treatment only a day after its launch.

While Verizon’s Nexus may look similar to the one our friends have across the pond, it is quite different on the inside – thanks to the LTE radio. Unfortunately likes its cousin, Verizon’s variant will be quite difficult to repair if the display is cracked or damaged. (more…)

German Court Rules in Favor of Motorola, Possible iOS Device Ban Throughout Europe

File this one under surprising, a German court has ruled in favor of Motorola in their lawsuit with Apple. Back in April, Motorola filed two patent-infringement lawsuits against the Cupertino based company’s iOS devices. The mobile giant claimed Apple had infringed on one of their core cellular communications patents related to data packet transfer technology. If the ruling is upheld (we all know there will be an appeal), Apple will be forced to either remove the technology or pay a hefty licensing fee to Moto.

Motorola now has the option to enforce a Europe-wide iOS ban immediately, or wait until after the appeals process is through. If they opt to enforce the ban right away, Motorola must cough up $134 million bond – in case the verdict is overturned in appeal.

In less than 48 hours, Apple has been hit with three devastating court rulings. The Australian High Court ruled that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 did not infringe on any patents, a U.S. court rejected Apple’s case to ban Galaxy devices stateside and now the German courts have ruled in favor of Motorola. Is this the definition of irony? (more…)

Samsung To Release 11-Inch Retina-Resolution 2GHz Exynos Tablet By Next Year

Despite an onslaught of Apple lawsuits, Samsung is looking to beat the Cupertino company’s release of a retina-resolution tablet. According to a trusted source from BGR, Samsung is set to launch an 11.6-inch tablet running Ice Cream Sandwich by early next year. The device will most likely be showcased at Mobile World Congress in February.

According to the source, even though the tablet features a larger display than the Tab 10.1, the device will be “barely larger” due to a thinner bezel. The new tablet will feature an ultra high-res display at a whopping 2560 x 1600 resolution with a 2GHz dual-core Exynos 5250 processor. Samsung’s table will also feature Android Beam for easy syncing with the Galaxy Nexus (if it is released by then) and a special wireless docking mode for gaming on HDTVs, which should help Samsung compete with Apple TV, Airplay and more.

Via: BGR

For The Second Year In A Row, Verizon Tops Consumer Reports Satisfaction Survey

Besides their incredible line up of smartphones and tablets, the big reason we are all on Verizon is the pure power of their network. Rarely are calls dropped, coverage is wide-spread and their 4G LTE network is blazing fast. Consumer Reports polled over 66,000 of its members on their service and customer-support experience with both standard and no-contract providers. For the second year in a row Big Red has polled the highest, with AT&T sitting at the bottom of the results. Nipping at Verizon’s heals is the nations third largest carrier, Sprint, with T-Mobile coming in third.

Survey respondents gave Verizon very good scores for both texting and data service satisfaction, as well as staff knowledge. As a Verizon customer for nearly the past 10 years, I could not be happier. The service has done nothing but expand, unfortunately so have the prices – then again you get what you pay for. Three cheers for Verizon, hip-hip-hooray.

Via: ConsumerReports

Grand Theft Auto III: 10 Year Anniversary Edition Coming To Android December 15th

Ten years ago Rockstar Games released the controversial and revolutionary game, Grand Theft Auto III to an eager Playstation crowd. Since then, Rockstar has continued to rock the console and PC gaming industry, and now look to do the same in the mobile landscape. A special 10 year anniversary edition of GTA3 will be hitting select Android devices December 15 for $4.99. The following devices will be supported at launch:

Android Phones: HTC Rezound, LG Optimus 2x, Motorola Atrix 4G, Motorola Droid X2, Motorola Photon 4G, Samsung Galaxy R, T-Mobile G2x
Android Tablets: Acer Iconia, Asus Eee Pad Transformer, Dell Streak 7, LG Optimus Pad, Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1, Sony Tablet S, Toshiba Thrive

I know what your thinking, no support for the Galaxy Nexus, DROID RAZR, or even the Bionic – crazy right? While the device list is surely lacking, a $4.99 price-tag for this game is more then pleasing. To bad it isn’t one of the $0.10 app specials. (more…)