When Research In Motion released its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, the device had its fair share of problems. RIM promised an operating system update that would address these problems but the launch was delayed by several months. A new report from N4BB claims the official release of the PlayBook 2.0 update is set for February 21st, just over a week later than the company initially planned. The PlayBook OS 2.0 update will include native email, calendar and contacts apps, but unfortunately native BBM will remain absent from the tablet and can only be accessed through BlackBerry Bridge. More →
Asus recently confirmed on Twitter that an official tool for unlocking the bootloader on the Transformer Prime will be made available in February. The company didn’t give an exact date for when the tool would be released, but the good news is Transformer Prime owners have just a few weeks to wait until they can unlock the bootloader on the quad-core tablet. Asus originally promised that the tool would be made available after upset customers lashed out in January. An unlocked bootloader allows Android users to install custom ROMs and kernels, but it does come with several consequences. As we noted earlier this year, unlocking the bootloader will void Asus’s warranty and some services, such as Google’s video rental application, will not work properly. More →
AT&T has confirmed that it has started pushing the “NoDo” Windows Phone 7 update to Samsung Focus and LG Quantum handsets. The software update will bring copy and paste functionality, along with a host of other improvements, to Microsoft’s mobile fledgling operating system. A Microsoft official noted that AT&T’s HTC Surround is still in the testing phase, and that it is working to get the update ready for that particular handset as soon as possible. Neither Microsoft nor AT&T provided a timeline indicating when the update roll-out is expected to be completed. More →
According to a recently filed report, nearly 1 million Windows Phone handsets were sold in the month of February alone. Using the same algorithm that successfully predicted when Microsoft hit 1 million units sold, The Next Web estimates that 3.38 million Windows Phone handsets have been sold thus far — 877,000 of which occurred in February of this year. The company’s new mobile operating system, which entered a fairly saturated market place, has posted respectable sales figures since its launch late last year.
Microsoft can also celebrate another, software-related milestone achieved with the Windows Phone ecosystem: 10,000 Marketplace applications. Adding over 1,000 applications in the last two weeks, the Redmond company has pushed its total app count over the five-digit mark. Microsoft officially announced that its mobile store had crossed the 6,000 application threshold back in January of this year. Many Windows Phone users are still waiting for the first major software update to the platform — codenamed NoDo — which is scheduled for release later this month. An subsequent update planned for later in 2011 is scheduled to bring multitasking and support for third-party push notifications to the platform — which should spur application development even further More →
Fear not Epic 4G owners, Sprint has not forsaken thee. Via the company’s community site, Sprint has announced that the Samsung Epic 4G will be updated to Android 2.2 (Froyo) starting on February 21st — just like we reported on Thursday. The post also notes that “All users should have access to Android 2.2 by Feb. 25,” in case you don’t see it right away. Great news for Epic 4G owners. Now, is it too early to start nagging Samsung for an Android 2.3 update?
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We have to admit, HP’s timing on the Pre 2 in the U.S. is a little funny. Just one day after the announcement that the Pre 3 will be here this summer, HP and Verizon Wireless made the Pre 2 available for pre-order. You can reserve yourself the webOS 2.0 handset for $99, with delivery occurring on February 17th. We’re not sure why anyone would opt for the Pre Deuce with the Tre set to drop this summer, but it’s nice to have options. Anyone out there with that crazy look in their eye going to order the Pre 2?
According to a report filed by Droid-Life, electronics retailer Best Buy will be allowing consumers to opt-in to its recently announced Buy Back Program, free of charge, from February 6th to the 26th. Best Buy hopes the giveaway will draw attention to its new offering; often referred to by the company as “future proofing.” What else will BB be doing to draw attention to said program? Well, they’ll be running a Superbowl commercial during the third-quarter of this year big game staring… Justin Bieber. Sigh. Regardless, if you plan on purchasing a phone, laptop, or television around that time, why not get in on the Buy Back program for free?
UPDATE: We’re being told that Best Buy Mobile will be offering the Buy Back program free to customers from February 6th to the 26th; all other departments will have the promotion running from the 6th to the 12th. More →
We’re hearing rumors that Verizon Wireless store managers have been told to prepare for a February 24th release of HTC’s 4.3-inch, LTE, Thunderbolt handset. More →
We’re not sure why T-Mobile loves the midnight press release, but they do. At 12:00AM, T-Mo officially announced it’s first 21Mbps capable smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S 4G. The device will boast a 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor, 21Mbps capable HSPA+ radio, 5 megapixel camera with 720p video recording, 16GB pre-installed micro-SD card, and a 1650mAh battery. The S 4G will, unfortunately, run Android 2.2, but will be available to customers sometime this month.
T-Mobile also made it known that it will be “delivering 4G speeds to Albany, Augusta, Columbus and Macon, Ga., and Chattanooga, Tenn., in the South region as well as in Champaign, Ill.; Lansing, Mich.; and Rochester, Minn., in the Midwest.”
Hit the jump for the full press release.
We’re going streaking… at T-Mobile… on February 2nd! Hmm, that may have come out wrong. What we’re trying to say is that Dell’s 7-inch tablet, the Streak 7, will be hitting the shelves of T-Mobile in just two days on February 2nd — a date we’ve heard kicked around before. The device will retail for a very reasonable $199.99 with a signed, two-year contract (after a $50 mail-in rebate). For those that need a quick refresher, the Streak 7 was announced at this month’s Consumer Electronics show and will boast a dual-core Tegra 2 processor, HSPA+ radio, front-facing camera, and Android 2.2. A Galaxy Tab or a Streak 7… that is the question. More →
Blog TmoNews has acquired intel that indicates America’s fourth largest wireless carrier, T-Mobile, will be launching the Dell Streak 7 Android tablet on February 2nd, Groundhog Day. The information comes courtesy of a leaked materials-placement guide presumably sent to a retail location. The Streak 7 will be T-Mobile’s first HSPA+ tablet offering and is slated to ship running the Android 2.2 operating system. Hopefully, Dell will be more proactive in pushing out updates to this Streak offering. Any Magenta lovers out there waiting for the Streak 7? More →
In a note to fellow developers, Mozilla team member Damon has declared the end of February as the target ship-date for Firefox version 4.0.0. The post reads:
Over the past several days, component leads have again reduced their blockers by identifying hard blockers and those we can live without. We’ve around 160 hard blockers remaining, and historically it has taken us six weeks to reach RC once we have 100 blockers left. We must press hard now.
Damon goes on to write that the first release candidate of Firefox 4 should be out by the beginning of February with a final version shipped before the month’s close. Anyone out there anxiously awaiting the release of FF4? More →
Earlier today, we posted information that led us to believe Apple’s iPhone for Verizon Wireless will go on sale starting February 3rd. The dates all line up with previous reports of Apple vacation blackouts in addition to Apple keeping on the extra Holiday staffers for its stores until further notice. Our independent sources confirmed that in multiple regions, Apple employees are not able to take vacations from February 3rd to February 6th. If those dates hold true, and turn out to be the dates the Verizon iPhone goes on sale, Apple will have to announce the device fairly quickly. While Verizon is one carrier that Apple could trust to keep a product secret (if there is such a thing), there is still no way the company would let the stock piles of Verizon iPhones move before an announcement. More →