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Steve Jobs passes away the day after the iPhone 4S announcement, HTC Android handsets like the EVO 3D have a huge security bug, Sprint’s 4G LTE network is on its way, and a new “Xbox TV” service has been announced. These are just a few of the topics discussed on this week’s episode of CrowdGadgets. Plus, can a phone really run Windows 7? Listen to find out!
00:00:54 – Apple Chairman and former CEO Steve Jobs passes away
00:03:22 – Samsung Nexus Prime, Android Ice Cream Sandwich not coming next week
00:07:48 – iPhone 4S announcement, pre-order experience, and comparison
00:17:07 – Huge security vulnerability found in HTC EVO devices
00:20:57 – Sprint’s Strategy Update is finally revealed
00:22:31 – Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” to bring new devices, Xbox 360 controller app
00:32:30 – HTC Sensation XL with Beats Audio
00:34:34 – US Honeycomb update starts rolling out to Dell Streak 7 WiFi
00:45:14 – Fujitsu Loox F-07C first impressions
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Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” is rolling out to customers at an accelerated rate, and new devices are starting to show up in stores. We’ve created a list of all of the second generation handsets to help readers keep track of the various announcements. Soon, Windows Phone users will be able to control their Xbox 360 as well. HTC also announced that it plans to release an Android version of the upcoming TITAN, the Sensation XL, in Europe and Asia. Finally, T-Mobile has a big month ahead, with multiple devices going on sale every week.
The Cowon D3 has been out for some time, but the initial Android 2.1 firmware meant that the performance was somewhat underwhelming. Now that it’s been updated to Gingerbread, we decided it was time to delve into the device with a massive review. Microsoft also confirmed this week that the Zune HD is no longer being manufactured. But don’t worry: the software and services remain alive and well, especially on Windows Phone, PC, and Xbox 360.
Good and EVO
Sprint finally revealed their Strategy Update, including plans to improve 3G coverage and launch a 4G LTE network next year – can anyone say LTE EVO? More worrisome, though, was the huge security vulnerability that was found in HTC Android devices last week, including the EVO 4G and EVO 3D. This bug could give virtually any app with internet permissions access to sensitive data including the device’s location, call logs, and even text messages. HTC has promised to look into it and issue a quick fix, although rooted users already have it under control.
Nothing But Tablets
iOS devices will soon be getting some nice new features with the confirmation of iOS 5’s release on October 12th. The Barnes & Noble “Simple Touch” received a favourable review, while Adobe has announced a plethora of touch-focused apps for mobile computing devices. Those who purchased the HP TouchPad during the fire sale would be elated to know it is even closer to gaining Android, after a sluggish emulator was successfully run on the device.
As we all know, Apple unveiled the iPhone 4S last Tuesday. Unfortunately, only one day after that, on Wednesday, co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs passed away. We honor his memory here at CrowdGadgets, and sincerely thank him for his contributions to and impact on the tech world.
StreakSmart had quite a big week this week, with the launch of Honeycomb on the Dell Streak 7. First up was the EU WiFi Model of the Streak 7, and that was on Monday. Tuesday saw the launch of Honeycomb 3.2 on the Dell Streak 10 Pro, while Wednesday gave us the US WiFi Streak 7 Honeycomb update.