Motorola Posts Android 4.0 Upgrade Path, Outs Verizon Devices For First Batch

Well, this is cool, but also a bummer. Motorola has announced their plans to upgrade their recent Android devices to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but has omitted details for all of the Verizon devices, stating that the upgrades for the DROID BIONIC, DROID RAZR, DROID RAZR MAXX and DROID 4, are currently under evaluation and planning. The devices with scheduled Android 4.0 updates are as follows: an ICS update is currently rolling out to the XOOM, with XOOM Family Edition, Atrix 4G, Atrix 2 and Photon 4G set to receive the update in the second quarter and third quarter of 2012. Via: Motorola Forums

Mass Effect 3 Demo Now Available For Battlefield 3 Owners

Ah, the privileges of being a Battlefield 3 player just got even higher (besides that owning BF3 is awesome), EA is allowing owners on PS3, Xbox 360, and PC (the main system for BF3) to download the Mass Effect 3 demo early. And that’s exactly what I’m doing in Origin on PC right now. To be in the shoes of the great Commander Shepherd saving the galaxy from the Normandy space ship — good times.

[Thanks EA!]

iPad 3 To Sport AT&T And Verizon 4G LTE, Says WSJ

This is some interesting stuff. With a March 7th (or February 29th) announcement date in the pipeline for the iPad 3, the Wall Street Journal has used the venerable “people familiar with the matter” to state that the iPad 3 will receive AT&T and Verizon 4G LTE networking, and when 4G is not around, will downgrade to an older networking technology (i.e. HSPA+. 3G or 2G). Other purported specs include a 2048×1536 Retina display, a quad-core Apple A6 system-on-a-chip (we think it will be a dual-core), and an updated form of iOS.

We will know all the outcome in due time of course, but still, the speculation is exciting. Via: WSJ, iMore

Samsung Galaxy Note Hands-On!

This is the fantastic Samsung Galaxy Note with AT&T. After just a few minutes of testing our review unit after meeting up with Samsung and AT&T, I can conclude the the large 5.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus form factor is just fantastic for the S pen (which can be stored in the device itself), and even the Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread software. The snap-on case with cover (which replaces the battery cover to reduce bulk) is a must-buy accessory, and the 4G LTE data service from AT&T fortifies its superiority over some of the other Galaxy S II devices, and even other superphones from other manufacturers.

The only trade-off could be its size. Placing it near your head looks rather silly. But the 1.5GHz dual-core processor and 8 megapixel camera with 1080p HD video recording can make that all go away — I think. The S Memo sketching software is incredibly useful for a quick note, or for extended doodling. 3rd-party devs are also getting on board with the Galaxy Note’s S pen.

It will launch on February 17th for those who pre-ordered and it will be generally available February 19th for $299.99 on a new 2-year contract on AT&T. Unboxing video after the break, with gallery below! Review coming soon!

Samsung Galaxy Note Hands-On!

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Leaked: HTC Endeavor Software Build With Android 4.0 & Sense UI

This is exactly what we wanted to happen: first the HTC Endeavor is leaked (see news of it on the podcast) and then the RUU (ROM Upgrade Utility) gets leaked with the Android 4.0 and Sense UI ROM included inside for the upcoming Endeavor. All of this means that we get to see what Sense UI looks like on Android 4.0 without having to wait as long. And dare I say, it looks impressive with the subtle changes it has gone through. There have not been many tweaks to make note of so far, but mostly the aesthetic has been slightly polished and reorganized, with new lockscreen options to boot. Check out the source link for the full analysis of the software build.

Via: HTC FR Hub, xda-developers

Minecraft Pocket Edition Now Has The Famous Survival Mode

It’s finally happened — a critical update for the Minecraft Pocket Edition on Android and iOS. First off, survival mode has been added, introducing sheep, zombies (!), and the day/night cycle. Also included are things like fences, doors, digging, shearing, etc. Flying has also been added to the creative mode, so the quintessential Minecraft player will have a great time enjoying the new update released by Mojang AB.

Via: Android Market

The TechMemo Podcast (Episode 2)!

This week’s TechMemo podcast is better and built to last longer (well, it’s not necessarily longer), but it is much better, with any kinks from the previous episode annihilated. That being said, we had quite a few epic things to cover this week, including MWC 2012, the upcoming iPad 3 announcement, tons of new smartphones, and then the 3 Epic Things for the week. And just for your information, the TechMemo podcast is recorded by your’s truly and Cam the Techtainian. As always, there is a healthy dose of salt-encrusted rumors and witty comebacks.

Show notes and links after the break.