Andy Rubin Steps Away From Android Team, Sundar Pichai to Take Charge

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This morning, Google’s CEO Larry Page, announced that Andy Rubin will no longer lead the Android team. Andy has been the head of the Android project since the beginning and has watched as it has grown to running on more than 750 million devices worldwide. Taking the lead on the project going forward is Google vet, Sundar Pichai, who currently leads Chrome as well.  (more…)

Motorola Launches “Unlock My Device” Site – Bootloader Freedom Has Come At Last (Update)

Double check your calendars – is it April 1st? It’s not? Then there’s been a massive rip in the space time continuum as Motorola has officially published the new “Unlock My Device” page. On the site, Motorola device owners can finally unlock their device’s bootloaders and install 3rd party software. Naturally, there are about one million warnings and hoops to jump through, but it has finally come.  (more…)

DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX Ice Cream Sandwich Update Build 6.16.211 Approved by Verizon, It’s Update Time!

I have no idea what the hell is going on in Australia, but Verizon just posted the support docs for the DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX Ice Cream Sandwich update. This almost always indicates that the update is days away from rolling out. I’d say that the June 22 and 27 dates we heard are definitely in play. The build number is 6.16.211 which leaked out 3 days ago.

Global roaming is included, a new video calling feature, new Smart Actions app, and a whole bunch of other goodies. Mostly though, it’s all about Android 4.0.4 and the complete makeover that Motorola’s Blur has received. It’s much less intrusive, but with enough add-ons to make it semi-appetizing. This is it, the update you have been waiting 7 months for. (more…)

Samsung: Galaxy SIII Coming to 5 U.S. Carriers Starting in June


Samsung just dropped news of U.S. availability for their brand new Galaxy SIII and yep, it’s coming to all 5 carriers – Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and U.S. Cellular. They said that the we will start seeing them in June, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they will all arrive in June. That could mean that AT&T’s will launch first and that Verizon’s will launch in July for all we know. But we do have a “June” time frame to start looking forward to. Big Red’s version did just cruise through the FCC, so we at least have that as a good sign as well.

Prices will start at $199, but again, we could see T-Mobile’s at $199 and Verizon’s at $299 or so. Samsung has said that each carrier will announce their own variant individually over the coming weeks. Pricing will then be confirmed everywhere, so for now, we’ll just have to speculate.  (more…)

Galaxy Nexus Update IMM76K Approved by Verizon and Ready to Rollout, No This is Not a Joke

Seriously, I do not even know what to say. But yes, the IMM76K Android 4.0.4 update for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus on Verizon has been approved. The support doc is live and that usually means that update will hit devices within a few days.

This is the same update that leaked in early May, was then pulled briefly by Google, and then resurfaced last week. We were told that the update would finally start to rollout in small batches last week on the 22nd, but it appears now as if it will start at any moment. As a refresher, this update comes directly from Google, however, Verizon clearly was taking their sweet time signing off on it.  (more…)

Samsung Announces the Galaxy SIII – 4.8″ HD Super AMOLED Display, 2100mAh Battery, 8.6mm Thick, and More

It’s official! The Samsung Galaxy SIII has been announced and will be available in Europe at the end of May. The 4G version that the U.S. will get won’t be until “this summer” some time. A lot of the predictions were right in that it has a 4.8″ HD Super AMOLED display (not the Plus), 8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, 2100mAh battery, NFC, 16/32GB on-board storage, up to 64GB of expandable storage, and is only 8.6mm thick. As you can see from the pictures, it indeed does have a physical home button. No mention of processor, but that makes sense since the processor will differ depending on the region. We know from previous announcements that at least one variation of it will have the Exynos quad-core 4412 chipset.

The live stream of the unveiling event is going on now, but we get the feeling that the focus is on the UI and software and how this phone can make your life easier. The specs are nice, but this appears to be so much more. Developing…

We have the full specs, gallery and press release for you below.  (more…)

Samsung Announces 1.4GHz Quad-Core Exynos Processor, Will Come Equipped in New Galaxy SIII

We no longer have to rely on the rumors, folks. Samsung has officially announced that their brand new quad-core Exynos processor, clocked at a hefty 1.4GHz, will power the new Galaxy SIII that is to be unveiled next month in London. Samsung states that the new chip can deliver twice the computing power at 20% lower power consumption over their already battery-efficient dual-core chip. Samsung’s VP of System LSI marketing had this to say about the new Exynos processor:

The quad-core processor offers phenomenal multitasking abilities surpassing any single or dual application processor. Since all the cores must share a single battery, the power management and efficiency in the limited battery capacity are indispensable for mobile computing devices. Given the diverse functionalities consumers are demanding from their mobile devices today, the Exynos 4 Quad meets those high-performance needs while keeping power consumption very low.

Now that the new quad-core Exynos is official and we know that it will power the upcoming SGSIII, who here can’t wait for this thing to come to the States? Read the full press release down below.  (more…)