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Android 4.0, iOS 5, and Windows Phone7.5 update impressions, smartphone announcements, and wireless carrier troubles are just a few of the topics discussed on the eleventh episode of CrowdGadgets. We also talk about new tablets and our experience with the Windows 8 Developer Preview.
00:00:32 – Newsletter launch announcement!
00:01:13 – Ocosmos OCS9 now available for purchase
00:07:01 – Microsoft talks Windows Phone sales, NFC, and LTE
00:09:32 – Nokia 800, Sabre press shots leak ahead of Nokia World
00:11:14 – Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” now available on nearly all devices, firmware updates next week
00:12:01 – iOS 5 and iPhone 4S impressions, iPhone 4S battery issue
00:18:27 – Ice Cream Sandwich announcement
00:26:45 – HTC EVO Design 4G coming to Sprint Oct. 23 for $99.99
00:28:28 – Motorola Droid RAZR announced for Big Red
00:29:01 – Dual-screen LG DoublePlay coming to T-Mobile
00:30:48 – Fujitsu LOOX F-07C review
00:32:05 – Carriers to warn users about upcoming overage charges
00:36:09 – Unlimited 4G data will soon end for HTC EVO View 4G tablet
00:37:22 – Verizon users reporting slow data connections for no apparent reason
00:40:23 – Google Voice is finally getting MMS support
00:42:01 – Get Beats Audio technology on your rooted HTC EVO 3D
00:42:53 – RIM apologizes for outage by giving users $100 worth of apps
CrowdGadgets is the official podcast of the CrowdGather Gadget Network, which includes Anythingbutiphone, Anythingbutipod, Good and EVO, Nothing But Tablets, Pocketables, and StreakSmart. Read the latest news from the network below.
News from around the CrowdGather Gadget Network
Android 4.0, codenamed “Ice Cream Sandwich (ICE),” is coming, and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus will be the first ICE handset on the market. Two other non-ICE devices, the dual-screen LG DoublePlay and long-awaited Motorola Droid RAZR were also announced this week. Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” is now available for all devices, and first-year sales, while small, have actually surpassed those of Android. Finally, Nokia’s first Windows Phones will be announced on October 26.
The Digizoid ZO2 “portable subwoofer” is already up for preorder from Digizoid’s website. The Samsung Galaxy Player, meanwhile, has finally reached the market and is available in 4-inch and 5-inch screen sizes. The portable media players run Android and look very similar to Samsung’s Galaxy line of smartphones. Finally, Motorola has released an Android-based Motoactiv wrist watch with a touch screen, GPS, and heart-rate monitor. Best of all, stats are tracked on Motorola’s website.
Good and EVO
Unlimited 4G is coming to an end for the EVO View tablet and other mobile broadband devices on Sprint. While smartphone data remains unlimited, Sprint seems to cutting back in every other area it can. However, in better news, Ice Cream Sandwich was just officially unveiled and brings a slew of exciting new features to Android. And speaking of new features, Beats by Dre is now available on any rooted Android device running Sense 3.0+.
Nothing But Tablets
If you can’t wait for a tablet with Windows 8, maybe the OCOSMOS OCS9 with Windows 7 is for you. If Windows is not your OS of choice, Ice Cream Sandwich is always just around the corner. Maybe after some skillful programming, the Android 2.3 Kobo Vox could be your $200 ICS tablet. Android Apps will soon be making their way to the BlackBerry PlayBook, with a port package for developers being released by RIM.
This week on Pocketables, we reviewed the Fujitsu LOOX F-07C. It’s a relatively slow device (the Windows Experience Index is a paltry 1.0!), but we found it to be a pretty capable UMPC that will pave the way to future UMPCs running Windows 8. We also took a look at what seems to be a serious battery issue for the iPhone 4S: 50% battery drain overnight, and in standby mode no less!
The Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich” update was finally announced this week, with an emphasis on both smartphones and tablets. The Dell Streak line consists of the Streak 5 smartphone/tablet hybrid and the Streak 7 tablet, so we decided to take a look at how the newest iteration of Android should help catapult the Streaks into stardom once more. The revamped user interface and new features should be exciting for Streak users.