• Sprint the Worst Carrier IQ Offender but is Now Disabling Carrier IQ From All Phones

    Sprint the Worst Carrier IQ Offender but is Now Disabling Carrier IQ From All Phones

    During the Senate inquiry in which Senator Al Franken questioned several OEMs and carriers regarding the Carrier IQ privacy drama, it was revealed in court docs that Sprint was the worst offender with over 26 million phones utilizing the Carrier IQ keylogger and tracking software, although they indicated that only 1.3 Million devices were ever pinged for information at any one time. It was also revealed that AT&T has over 900,000 phones with the software, that Samsung has over 25 million smartphones with the software, and that HTC has 6.3 million phones with the software.

    During the proceedings, Sprint acknowledged that it used the software, but made it clear that it only used it in a limited capacity to help with diagnostics and troubleshooting technical issues and to improve network performance, not to track users data or for advertising. They also stated that they never shared the data with any third party company or governmental agency, and that they only store the data for a limited period of time (approximately 6 months) in a raw encrypted format. AT&T made similar statements to the Senator. T-Mobile, in an email to ComputerWorld, also made similar statements. Here is one of Sprint’s statements from the court docs,

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  • Ice Cream Sandwich AOSP Build on Xoom Makes it “Crazy Fast”

    Ice Cream Sandwich AOSP Build on Xoom Makes it “Crazy Fast”

    Some guys over at DroidNerds put a compiled AOSP version of Ice Cream Sandwich on the OG Motorola Xoom, with excellent results. They claim that the only thing not working is the camera at this point, but that the performance increase was “crazy fast” and said that, “multitasking through the applications and browsing the internet felt like we were using a whole new device.” The included a video too, which you can see above. Enjoy!

    Video after the jump!

    Source: XoomForums via DroidNerds

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  • Sony Ericsson Italy Indicates Xperia Line to Receive Ice Cream Sandwich by March

    Sony Ericsson Italy Indicates Xperia Line to Receive Ice Cream Sandwich by March

    We already received word from Sony Ericsson previously that they planned on bringing Ice Cream Sandwich to their entire Xperia lineup, but we had no time-frame, until now. According to their Italia Facebook page, the Xperia line will get the Android 4.0 treat in March of next year. In fact, their head of marketing, Maurizio de Palma, indicated that it would “arrive by March.” That doesn’t seem too far off. It would be nice to see it come to other OEMs by then too. From multiple reports around the web, unofficial ports of ICS are coming rapidly for a ton of different devices. So, this March time-frame doesn’t seem inconceivable at all, and may be a bit on the conservative side. What do you guys think?

    Source: PocketNow and Sony Ericsson Italia Facebook


  • [Rumor] Samsung Galaxy Nexus Likely Available “pretty much everywhere” November 21

    [Rumor] Samsung Galaxy Nexus Likely Available “pretty much everywhere” November 21

    Samsung Galaxy Nexus

    According to a report from The Verge, apparently, the rumors are true that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus will likely launch on Monday, November 21st. Their report claims they have heard it directly from Google that the Galaxy Nexus will be “pretty much everywhere” on that date. We are still calling this one a rumor for now, but from several different sources of our own, that date looks very likely.

    Hmmm… a Monday launch. It’s been a while since anyone has done that. This is going to be an strange weekend… being anxious for the weekend to be over so that Monday rolls around. It doesn’t get much more ironic than that.

    Continue the discussion on Droid Forums

    Source: The Verge


  • Create an Android Station with this Dual-Core CPU Equipped USB Stick

    Create an Android Station with this Dual-Core CPU Equipped USB Stick

    Now, this isn’t something you see everyday… a Norwegian company called FXI technologies just unveiled a nifty new product. It is a USB stick with a dual-core CPU inside and an Android OS onboard. The idea behind the device is called “Any Screen Computing,” and it allows you to turn any any TV, laptop, phone, tablet, or set-top box into a dummy terminal with Android at its helm. The device is actually called “The Cotton Candy” referring to its weight similar to a bag of the sugary treat. The amazing little device even has a USB connector on one end and an HDMI on the other. In fact, most of its specs put many other devices to shame. Here’s a breakdown:

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  • Motorola Mobility gets the Approval Stamp

    Motorola Mobility gets the Approval Stamp

    It looks like the Motorola buyout by Google is almost a full done deal. There was a 99% consensus from the shareholders to move this deal forward for finalization, which would be approval by the Federal Government. I must ask… since the shareholders stand to make a lot of money from this acquisition, who in their right mind would be in the 1% to say no to this deal?

    I guess maybe Beavis and Butthead were shareholders…

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