Samsung releases list of U.S. devices getting Android 4.0; is yours included?

Yesterday, Samsung released a list containing details about the smartphones and tablets that were picked to receive the Android 4.0 update. However, no official roll out dates were given but they’re encouraging you to check their list for updates. Here are the devices:

AT&T

  • Galaxy S II (SGH-i777)
  • Galaxy S II Skyrocket (SGH-i727)
  • Galaxy Note (SGH-i717)
  • Captivate Glide (SGH-i927)
  • Nexus S (SGH-i9020A)
  • Galaxy Tab 8.9 (SGH-i957)

Sprint

  • Nexus S 4G (SPH-d720) ICS Update is Available!
  • Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch (SPH-d710)

Verizon

  • Galaxy Tab 10.1 (SCH-i905)
  • Galaxy Tab 7.7 (SCH-i815)

Wi-Fi

  • Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Wi-Fi (P6210)
  • Galaxy Tab 8.9 Wi-Fi (P7310)
  • Galaxy Tab 10.1 Wi-Fi (P7510)

T-Mobile is the only carrier that hasn’t communicated with Samsung about updating their Galaxy S II and Galaxy Tab 8.9. Older devices like the Galaxy S and the original 7-inch Galaxy Tab will not be updated to Android 4.0 even though Samsung said that they’ll look into it. Is your device included?

via Samsung

Concept app steals keyboard taps via phone sensors

Hey, security researchers. We appreciate what you do. But the world of malware is worrisome enough without yo giving the bad guys even more ideas. A graduate student at Pennsylvania State University has upped the creepy factor by creating a concept app that can steal keylogging information by surreptitiously reading information from a smartphone’s various sensors, like the accelerometer. The app is called “Taplogger”, and it’s just a proof of concept. For the moment.

Taplogger disguises itself as a simple memory game, in a manner not uncommon among Android trojans. In the background it records your phone’s movements in three dimensions constantly, waiting for the subtle changes in pitch and yaw that come when a user is inputting a number. It then records the location of a touch on the touchscreen (without ever interfering with a software keyboard or number pad) and “listens” for important personal information, like lockscreen PINs and Social Security numbers.

According to the student who created the app, its intended effect is to illustrate the fact that the permissions for motion sensors on smartphones are dangerously unregulated. The lead PhD candidate notes that the same functions are unsecured on both iOS and BlackBerry, making this sort of exploit theoretically simple. The research paper, “TapLogger: Inferring User Inputs On Smartphone Touchscreens Using On-board Motion Sensors“, was co-authored by University of Pennsylvania PhD candidate student Sencun Zhu and Kun Bai, a researcher working for IBM.

[via Ars Technica]


Yahoo! Sportacular App updated with NFL draft coverage

Who’s ready for the 2012 NFL Draft? Apparently Yahoo! is because they’ve just updated their Android Sportacular app for the draft. All the Indianapolis Colts fans are probably worried, even though they know who they’ll be picking. The Redskins might win 6 games with RG3, and the Minnesota Vikings need some serious help to protect that rookie QB of theirs. More details below.

The Yahoo! Sportacular app has been one of my favorites for over a year on Android. It doesn’t have the best user interface but in terms of overall sports coverage for NFL, NCAA, NBA, and everything else they truly have it all. I use it more than NFL Mobile from Verizon. Today they’ve updated with full support for the 2012 NFL Draft and you can see their current mock draft, and will be able to follow along live during the Draft later this week.

For now all they have is a mock draft but once things get under way and the picks start rolling Thursday in Radio City you’ll be able to follow along, check stats, read information on the players and more all from Yahoo! Sports. You can single it down by team and follow your favorite teams picks too. I’m a Green Bay Packers fan so all we really need is a few linebackers and we are headed for another Super Bowl, so don’t mind me.

Head to the Google Play Store and get the latest Yahoo! Sportacular app today for your 2012 NFL Draft coverage. Also don’t forget that you can follow along with commentary and video highlights from NFL Mobile if you’re a Verizon customer. Good luck teams!

Sportacular App Link


HTC Sensation users on Cincinnati Bell receive Ice Cream Sandwich

Don’t look now, T-Mobile users, but HTC Sensation owners on Cincinnati Bell are getting a little treat starting today. The regional carriers has announced that an upgrade to Android 4.0 is available starting today. It’ll be an over-the-air process that’ll last a week, so be sure to apply the update through the settings menu or head to a store to get help applying it.

The version of Sense will be stepped up to 3.6. T-Mobile users have been awaiting the upgrade for quite some time. Users anticipated being able to get it weeks ago, but a series of delays blew those hopes into smithereens. We’re sure Magenta faithful will be banging on the doors of T-Mobile after they’re forced to look on in jealousy. As for you Cincinnati Bell customers, enjoy! [via Facebook, thanks to everyone who sent this in!]


Enhanced Email Review

For the majority of Android users who need email access beyond their Gmail account, Android’s built-in mail client performs adequately. It handles POP, IMAP and Exchange accounts without fuss, or any bells and whistles. But if you’re someone who relies on email for your profession (and these days, who doesn’t?) you’ve probably found yourself looking for a few more features, like a search function for Exchange accounts. If that’s you, check out Enhanced Email from developer Quantum Apps.

Enhanced Email features support for POP and IMAP as well as half a dozen other email standards, but Microsoft’s ubiquitous and often cumbersome Exchange is the focus. The app is licensed for Activesync, so it features practically instantaneous push email – a must-have for mobile professionals. Beyond that you get a lightweight interface that could be mistaken for Android’s default Email app, were it not for the breadth of customization options presented.

To tell the truth, the app is a little on the drab side, but considering its utilitarian focus that’s not really a problem. And those who want to shake things up can alter the theme to their liking. Light and dark presets are pre-loaded, but you can alter the color of the text and background on read and unread mail, not to mention the global and message font sizes. Colors for each attached email account can also be customized.

There’s a ton of other settings as well – perhaps not as many as you’ll get in the full desktop version of Outlook, but far more than are available by default, concerning everything from your mobile email signature to where attachments appear in the interface. There’s not much to look at, but if you want absolute control over how your email comes into your phone, gets displayed and goes back out again, Enhanced Email is the app for you. And for those of you who constantly flash new ROMs: all you settings can be backed up and restored for later.

Oh, and search. The one function that is so glaringly absent from the default email client is present, front and center. Just tap the Search button up top and you’re ready to go. I wish it worked with the Search button your phone (or in the case of my Galaxy Nexus, on my ROM) but the fact that it’s there, fast and effective is an absolute godsend. Even when going through hundreds of old emails it brought back results in less than a second.

There’s just one thing I’m not crazy about in Enhanced Email: the interface. It’s all there and it works, but the app looks like it’s running on Froyo and it could definitely use some Ice Cream Sandwich-themed updates to its icons and menus. But that’s a nit-pick – it’s not as if Outlook is very pretty either. It could also use a tablet interface; right now the app just expands from smartphone mode on Honeycomb or later.

Long story short: if you need a flexible, powerful Exchange email client that still manages to run as fast as if it were native, Enhanced Email is worth the price of entry. It’s a steep price – the app goes for $9.99 – but for a function that some of us use every hour of every workday, the Search function and customization options are indispensable. Download it from the Google Play Store.

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Vodafone responds to user complaint over Galaxy Tab 10.1v updates with a video

Vodafone have responded to a users’ complaint about the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v update situation through a video. In said video (embedded below) Vodafone’s Device Introduction Specialist, Kieran McIlwain, gets to the heart of the problem by discussing how the update process works for the Galaxy Tab 10.1v considering it’s a “Google Experience” device. In short, the update is effected by other countries needs that are not met. So if Vodafone Ireland have a problem with the update, the global update gets postponed until that issue is fixed.

It seems like an update process such as this one isn’t great…

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Samsung announces winners of the Galaxy Note developer challenge

Back in the beginning of March, Samsung launched a Galaxy Note developer challenge, with $200,000 in prizes, in an effort to challenge developers to make new apps for their tablet-phone hybrid. Just two months later, and they've chosen the winners, each with their own creativeness. In first place, with the "Best Overall App," is Chiu-ki Chan, who made "Monkey Write * Learn Chinese" and scored the grand prize of $100,000. The "Best Overall App" that grabbed second place was "Maze Racer" by Roger Peters and David McCanless, which cashed in on a $50,000 prize. Rounding out the top three was "Drawing Pad" by Christopher Lott and Daren Murtha, who walked away with a cool $25,000. Congratulations to these three, as well as the numerous honorable mentions that entered the contest.

The full press release can be found below, along with the links to the top three apps. If you've got a Galaxy Note, these are definitely apps that you need to try for yourself.

Monkey Write * Learn Chinese

Maze Racer

Drawing Pad

So, have you downloaded any of the winning apps? What else do you think would be useful on the Galaxy Note? Drop a comment below!

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