SoundHound offers usage metrics for the first time

Last month SoundHound launched a new update for its Android app that brought the app some fixes and a nice new feature. The new feature was the inclusion of LiveLyrics to the mix. At the time, I wondered how many people actually used SoundHound and the company has now offered up some usage stats. This is the first time that SoundHound has offered any insight into how used its app is on the iPhone and Android platform.

HTC ThunderBolt Gingerbread update rolls out again, with security fix

It's been a rocky road to Gingerbread for the HTC ThunderBolt, but it appears that Verizon is once again pushing out the long-awaited update. The original 2.3 over-the-air update began back in late September, but serious bugs and glitches led the Verizon to suspend updates just a couple of days later. The new and presumably corrected update also includes HTC's fix for the massive security flaws discovered on all Sense phone earlier.

A week with CyanogenMod on the HP TouchPad [Video]

Like many out there, I jumped at the chance to get my hands on an HP TouchPad during its initial $99 fire sale specifically for the purpose of running Android on it. It's a very similar motive for when I bought a Barnes & Noble Nook Color, though in this case, I got a whole lot more tablet for the money. Like the Nook Color, the best (but not the first) option for running a full version of Android is the venerated CyanogenMod, now on its seventh version. I've spent the last week or so installing, customizing and generally playing with the one-two hardware and software combination - here are my impressions.

Motorola ATRIX 2 hands-on [Video]

The original Motorola ATRIX was a top-end phone and a curiosity, mostly stemming form the novel addition of the laptop dock and its almost-desktop experience. The ATRIX 2 adds a few improvements, most notably a bigger 4.3-inch screen. Elsewhere the phone is mostly unchanged: same 1GHZ processor and 1GB RAM, same camera, even the same screen resolution. There are a few stylistic differences - the battery cover no longer has a faux carbon fiber look, for example - so let's explore them now. The 4.3-inch qHD screen dominates the front of the ATRIX 2, sparing just enough space for capacitive navigation buttons, a front-facing camera and of course, an AT&T logo. The screen is bright and crisp, the 960 x 540 resolution being put to good use on the large size. The phone itself is a little thick at 10.1 millimeters, but the curved back makes it comfortable enough. On the right side of the phone you get Motorola's standard mini-HDMI and USB ports, while the right side has volume up/down and - YES! - a camera button. Around the back you see an exposed speaker poking through the battery cover and the 8-megapixel, 1080p camera. The battery cover pops off when levered by a thumbnail from the bottom of the phone, and coves the entire back and top and bottom sides. This makes it a devil to get off, but once it's on there's absolutely no danger of it coming loose, which I feel is an acceptable trade-off. The ATRIX 2 comes with a measly 2GB MicroSD card, a poor inclusion on a top-end phone, especially since the internal storage has been halved to 8GB from the original ATRIX's 16. Inside you'll find Motorola's standard subtle Blur customizations running over Gingerbread, and the experience is a lot smoother than some other Moto phones I've seen, even on high-end hardware. The bloatware factor is unfortunately high: an AT&T-branded QR scanner, navigation, two specialized Market links, Live TV, a branded music store, and the Yellow Pages app. Other inclusions are the ubiquitous Let's Golf 2, ZumoCast, Qik, and QuickOffice. Motorola sent along a bevvy of accessories: the new universal Lapdock 100, desktop and car docks, an extended external battery and various cables to take advantage of them all, none of which are included in the retail packaging. All you get in the AT&T box is the phone, a charger wall ward and a USB cable. We'll be taking an in-depth look at the available accessories during the review.The ATRIX 2 is, currently and paradoxically, the same price as the ATRIX 4G at $99. Check out the hands-on video below. Note that I made an error in narration - the original ATRIX did not have a kickstand, that was the Motorola Photon. [vms 9c7956b1df66729296a4] [gallery] [device id=1734]

Samsung Galaxy Nexus official dock accessories appear online

We already know the new Samsung Galaxy Nexus is coming this November and with those 3 dock connectors on the side we all had a pretty good idea some fancy docks were on their way too. Today they've showed up online at a few retailers as "official Samsung accessories" although sadly we don't get any pictures to do us justice or make us drool -- yet. I have a feeling some pretty awesome car and desktop multimedia docks are in the works from Samsung and Google.

More trouble for Android, Apple granted Slide to Unlock patent

Today we have more news regarding some of those Apple patents. This morning after being filed way back in December of 2005, The US Patent & Trademark Office issued a patent grant to Apple regarding their familiar Slide to Unlock gesture. This has actually been officially granted to Apple, no longer is this pending, the deed is done.