Motorola Atrix update now official

Well that didn't take long. AT&T has announced that the Motorola Atrix update we reported this morning is now official and out of Beta. Not only that, but there's not one, but two updates. Firmware updates 4.1.57 and 4.1.83 offer improved battery life, multimedia with Bluetooth and other headsets, 2G/EDGE mobile hotspot capability, better data speed, Yahoo e-mail over WiFi and numerous other tweeks. The Atrix display will also now turn off while charging from a wall charger.

HBO to GO now in the Android Market

A few weeks back, we reported that HBO to GO would be coming to the Android Market. The we didn't know when it would be coming to Android, although it was strongly hinted at May 2nd in their commercials. Well, HBO has released it early and the app is now live. Users who subscribe to the PayTV service can download it to most Android devices.

Motorola Atrix gets an update – unofficially [UPDATED]

UPDATE: AT&T has released it officially and it includes a second update as well. Go here for more information. There's a new update for the Motorola Atrix that's been quietly sitting in Motorola's Software update page. Why hasn't Motorola made it widely known? Apparently, the update, known as 4.1.83, it still in the beta test stage, but there's no stopping users from downloading and installing it anyway. Here's how to get it ...

DROID Incredible 2 Hands-On

The DROID Incredible 2 finally came into my hands today, and after reading Vincent Nguyen's hands on over at SlashGear, I was anxious to put it through its paces. This DROID has a 4-inch Super LCD WVGA display, and runs Android 2.2 Froyo. It looks great, and is super thin, feeling good in the hand. The case is matte plastic, giving the phone kind of an industrial look, and feels solid. This is a 3G handset, so no 4G LTE here, and also a single core 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon. It runs smoothly, and responds quickly, so unless you want to run dual-core intensive apps, the 1GHz will do fine. It also has great battery life. I used it heavily all day, including watching some video, and still had battery to spare by the end of the day. The device also features a 3G Mobile Hotspot with which you can connect up to 5 Wi-Fi enabled devices. There is an 8mp rear camera with dual LED flash, and a 1.3mp front facing camera for chat, and also 720p HD video capture. Though the Incredible 2 runs Froyo, with the original Incredible being tipped to get Gingerbread, this one likely will also. And with Android 2.3.4 now due out, that seems more likely than ever. And with this device going for $99 on Amazon (with a two year Verizon contract, of course), it looks like a great deal. The Incredible isn't meant to be a flagship handset, but it is a very solid mid-range device. I'm certainly enjoying trying it out. Video taken with the Incredible 2 camera: [youtube j4dq9i_yREo] Look for the full Android Community review coming very, very soon. Meanwhile, check out the unboxing and hands on video from Vincent Nguyen. [vms 8c718b84cae0a0799dcf]

GameStop embraces Android for Streaming Games

GameStop is diving in the deep end of the mobile game streaming, having recently purchased Spawn Labs. Their plan is to go head to head with Steam, and do it with Android leading the charge. With Spawn Labs, GameStop will provide game streaming to any internet connected device, and the mobile market in particular. Why did they choose Android? Control.

Guerrilla Bob THD Review [Tegra High Definition]

Holy goodness gracious, just when you thought this game couldn't possibly get any better without a full-fledged sequel, NVIDIA teams up with the developers to jam out a high-def version of the first bigtime hit. This is Guerrilla Bob, a game we've taken a look at in the past, so I wont bore you with too many details on the inner workings of the game. Instead lemme focus on what you're going to get that's brand new in this birds-eye-view shooter that's so cute, you'll forget that you're murdering the heck out of your enemies with machine guns, flame throwers, rocket launchers, and sticky bomb arrows!

Android users sue Google over tracking

When the allegations that Android smartphones were tacking the users location without the user approving it, I think we all knew that suits were coming. The same thing has already happened with the iPhone and Apple has class action suits pending against it right now. Google is now in the same boat with some Android users filling suit.

Nexus S Android 2.3.4 update can be manually installed!

I hate waiting for things. I especially hate waiting on software updates. I would install an update manually in a second if it meant that I would get it right now rather than having to wait until a device maker felt like pushing it out OTA. I bet that a lot of you are the same way, and if you have a Nexus S smartphone and you are waiting for the Android 2.3.4 update to get pushed to you, why wait?

Patent app shows what a single hub for Google social networking might look like

I think most of us can agree that Google will at some point end up with its own social network and that the network will be heavily tied into anything running the Android OS. With the popularity of Android, a highly integrated social network could be very successful even though almost everyone on the web uses Facebook today and other social networks are quickly becoming also runs. Google already has many different offerings that are based on social interaction, but they are all accessed separately making the services fragmented, for the most part.
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