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Samsung finally releases GPS fix for Captivate, no ETA for 2.2

The Samsung Captivate was released back in July and since that time a small number of users have experienced GPS issues that made navigation nearly impossible. An unofficial software hack has been available for quite some time which resolved the issue, but now all Captivate owners can enjoy improved GPS performance thanks to a new update that is rolling out now.

Samsung’s GPS fix was a long time in coming and we were beginning to think it would be rolled into the Android 2.2 update, but that is not the case. All Captivates will remain at Android 2.1, but the update brings additional improvements such as media scanning time, adding the full version of Quickoffice and addressing Microsoft Exchange 2003 policy support.

Now that HTC and Motorola have updated their flagship devices to Android 2.2, Samsung is on the clock as everyone waits for them to upgrade their entire lineup of Galaxy S phones. We initially heard it would be ready by September, but Samsung has been quiet and rumblings suggest we now might see Android 2.2 in October.

One interesting thing to note is that this update will be pushed over the air by AT&T. We were told the Captivate would require a wired update to receive Android 2.2, so maybe the smaller file size played a factor in this rollout.

It’s a good day for next-gen network news, apparently — first Verizon promised to bring its 4G network to 30 NFL cities by the end of the year, and now AT&T’s John Stankey says its LTE network will arrive by mid-2011. Trials are already underway in Baltimore and Dallas, and Ma Bell’s pulled some $700 million out of the kitty to fund the buildout, with investment scheduled to go “far beyond that” next year. On top of that, AT&T is also working to upgrade its backhaul connections for its current HSPA 7.2 3G sites to Gigabit Ethernet, and it’s planning to upgrade the vast majority of its 3G sites to HSPA+ for real-world 7Mbps 3G download speeds sometime this year — a seemingly big expansion from the “certain locations” we’d been promised earlier. Why the change? We don’t know exactly, but AT&T is quick to point out that LTE customers will fall back to 3G quite often in the early days, and that Verizon isn’t investing in 3G speeds at all anymore — an interesting claim and potentially a major differentiator if the HSPA+ rollout is completed quickly, but one that won’t matter if Verizon’s network offers sufficient coverage. We’ll see — looks like the next year is going to be mighty interesting.

HTC T8788 Windows Phone 7 AT&T

Boy, the Windows Phone 7 leaks just keep on coming, don’t they?  We’ve seen LG’s C900 and E900, Samsung’sCetus and another unnamed WP7 device, and HTC’s Schubert.  Today we’ve got another HTC WP7 handset for you, but it’s name doesn’t roll off the tongue quite as well as Schubert does.  Simply known as the T8788, this HTC-made device headed to AT&T and is a landscape slider, although it doesn’t slide to reveal a keyboard.  Instead, you get a speaker, which is something haven’t seen often in the past.  The sliding speaker, combing with the kickstand, means that this looks like it could be a very media-centric device.

Like I said, we’ve seen several Windows Phone 7 leaks in the past few weeks, and while the T8788 doesn’t have the most attractive name, I would argue that it has one of the most handsome exteriors.  Besides, I’m sure that HTC will have an interesting name picked out for the T8788 when it finally hits AT&T’s shelves.  So, readers, do you like the inclusion of a slide-out speaker or would you prefer something with a little more QWERTY?

HTC T8788 Windows Phone 7 AT&T

Via Engadget

AT&T has officially launched version 2.0 of its iPhone app for U-Verse TV customers. Now dubbed U-Verse Mobile, it still allows users to manage and schedule DVR recordings on the go, but now has an updated UI, a favorite channels list, and most notably will allow users (with the U399 or U450 packages) to download a limited selection of shows directly to their phone. While that should make it easier to catch up with Lost, Grey’s Anatomy or whatever other shows AT&T makes available while on the subway or otherwise out of streaming reach you won’t be downloading your own DVR recordings, and you won’t downloading any of them over 3G since that’s WiFi only. While AT&T is loudly proclaiming it’s the first to allow downloads, by comparison Dish already lets users Sling whatever they want from its 922 — if they can get it to work right now. Check out the press release and a quick video demo after the break if you’re still not exactly sure how all this will go down, or just go straight to iTunes and grab the free app right now. Blackberry Torch fans should keep an eye out too, since a compatible version is on the way — no word yet on Android or webOS.

We suppose this shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, but we’re still disappointed to see that HTC has pulled the version its Sync app that had been posted late last week with support for sideloading of Android apps on AT&T’s Aria, seemingly by mistake. Given that the new version of Sync had never been accompanied by an over-the-air firmware update to enable non-Market app installations from the phone itself, this seems to totally confirm what had been suspected all along: it was nothing more than a mix-up, and AT&T hasn’t approved any sweeping changes in its branded Android philosophy. Considering the excitement and buzz this whole thing generated, we can still hope AT&T has a change of heart, of course — but in light of everything we know, we certainly wouldn’t get our hopes up.

source HTC

Engadget is reporting that the dell streak may be hitting AT&T stores as early as next week.  Apparently AT&T has corporate stores locked down and erected a new product display and implemented security measures that make JFK airport seem easy.

According to Engadget, employees are required to sign non-disclosure agreements, and warned not to get to curious about the display. The display is said to be geared toward a larger device, possibly something five inches or bigger. I guess we will see.

We will be keeping you updated as more news breaks.  Anyone plan on buying a Dell Streak if it does launch next week?

Source: Engadget

When the Moto Backflip launched we were a wee bit miffed that AT&T stuffed its ROM with what our esteemed Chris Ziegler referred to as “unremovable crapware.” But, even more annoying was the handset being locked down to only accept apps installed via the Android Market, preventing users from the wealth of other goodies floating around these great internets. A few months on the situation is still the same for the HTC Aria and the company is responding directly to criticism with a statement that indicates it’s all in your best interests:

AT&T selected Android Market as the exclusive source for applications because it forces developers to be accountable for the apps they submit. If the Android community has issues with an app, the app can be flagged and removed. This minimizes the risk of malicious apps harming customers and provides more protection to the customer’s private data stored on the phone.

There, don’t you feel safer now?

Motorola Flipout ready to twist and shout on AT&T

The Android phone with the most interesting form factor appears headed for AT&T. Our friends over at Android Central are reporting that a tipster has informed them the Motorola Flipout has already been sent out to testers and should launch soon.

Motorola’s Flipout features one of the smallest displays for an Android phone at 2.8 inches, but it’s 600 MHz OMAP3410 processor is based on a ARM Cortex-A8 core which makes it faster than most mid-range devices. Early reports on the Flipout also suggested it had 256 MB of RAM, but theofficial product page indicates that has been doubled to 512 MB.

I could see the twist-out design turning off some users, but the Flipout features some of the most beefy specs for a mid-range Android device. I’m glad to see Motorola using the OMAP3410 processor which is powerful enough to run Flash 10.1 (if the phone is upgraded to Android 2.2).

Given that the Flipout is already in testers’ hands with a firmware that looks final, expect the Flipout to launch later this summer (July-August).

Highlights of the Motorola FLIPOUT include:

  • 2.8 inch QVGA display (320×420)
  • 600 MHz processor TI OMAP3410
  • 512 MB ROM, 512 MB RAM
  • 3.1 MP camera
  • Five row QWERTY keyboard
  • GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth
  • 1170 mAh Li Ion
  • Android 2.1 with Motoblur

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Apple Support Says iPhone 4 Yellow Tint Problem Is "Residue From Manufacturing"

For the first time, Apple support technicians have pointed at a manufacturing issue as the origin of the yellow bands and spots that people are finding in their iPhone 4’s displays. There’s no official word from Apple yet, however.

I too have the yellow discoloration on the bottom of my new iphone 4 screen.

I called Apple and they guy told me that it is residue from the manufacturing process and that they rushed the shipments out to hit deadline. He also told me that its just because the residue is not dry fully yet and it should clear up within a couple of days.

Pat Cain

Presumably, this “residue from the manufacturing process” is the adhesive used to bind the glass with the screen, as pointed in our ongoing coverage.

We are still receiving contradicting reports, however: At least three readers have said that Apple support has directed them to ask for a replacement instead of waiting for the yellow spots to disappear. Two readers have told us about this after Pat talked with Apple support. Naldien, a Gizmodo reader who got his iPhone 4 at the University Village store in Seattle, says that Apple Store employees there were aware of the problem:

“So, did you hear about the screens yellowing at all?” and an employee said “Yeah, if that happens to you just bring it back in and we’ll swap it. We have tons of replacement phones in-stock.”

Naldien discovered that his phone also had the yellow tint problem in his car, after leaving the Apple Store.

There is still no word about the other display problem that seems to affect a handful of users: White spots randomly distributed over the screen, resembling a constellation of stars.