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Refresh Roundup: week of April 16th, 2012

Your smartphone and / or tablet is just begging for an update. From time to time, these mobile devices are blessed with maintenance refreshes, bug fixes, custom ROMs and anything in between, and so many of them are floating around that it's easy for a sizable chunk to get lost in the mix. To make sure they don't escape without notice, we've gathered every possible update, hack, and other miscellaneous tomfoolery we could find during the last week and crammed them into one convenient roundup. If you find something available for your device, please give us a shout at tips at engadget dawt com and let us know. Enjoy!

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Refresh Roundup: week of April 16th, 2012 originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 22 Apr 2012 21:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Refresh Roundup: week of January 30, 2012
Your smartphone and / or tablet is just begging for an update. From time to time, these mobile devices are blessed with maintenance refreshes, bug fixes, custom ROMs and anything in between, and so many of them are floating around that it's easy for a sizable chunk to get lost in the mix. To make sure they don't escape without notice, we've gathered every possible update, hack, and other miscellaneous tomfoolery we could find during the last week and crammed them into one convenient roundup. If you find something available for your device, please give us a shout at tips at engadget dawt com and let us know. Enjoy!

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Refresh Roundup: week of January 30, 2012 originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 05 Feb 2012 11:32:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Verizon's Casio G'zOne Commando updated with push-to-talk capability and a number of bug fixes

Verizon Wireless and Casio released a new update for the rugged G’zOne Commando Android smartphone. Firmware version C771M100 brings a number of improvements, most notably free push-to-talk capability. In addition, there are other changes included as well, such as:

  • Google Mobile Services has been updated to Gingerbread R8.
  • Improvements in security with the latest Google Security Patch.
  • New Verizon Video Application will replace the current V CAST Video app.
  • Addition of text messaging and multimedia messaging signatures.
  • Correctly enter your PIN/Password in Lotus Traveler without error.
  • The screen is now kept locked after a call is ended via a Bluetooth headset in order to avoid unexpected dialing in the pocket.
  • LED flash for missed call or text has been added back.

In order to enable Push to Talk capability, you must ensure that the Push to Talk feature code has been added to your account by logging in to My Business Account or Verizon Enterprise Center, or by calling 1.800.VZW.4BIZ. If you are a consumer, log into My Verizon or call 1.800.2.JOIN.IN. Now open the Push to Talk app and enable the feature by selecting “OK” – the side key on the Commando will automatically change to Push to Talk ready…

Verizon’s Casio G’zOne Commando updated with push-to-talk capability and a number of bug fixes originally appeared on IntoMobile.com on 2012-02-04T11:03:18Z. FV1gMYsz9b5j


Like your phones tough? Casio's apparently crafted another hardy device and this one appears to be running Android Gingerbread. The unnamed device can handle ten-foot drops and ten meters of water, while scaring small children at the same time. Hiding under a bridge somewhere in Las Vegas, it somehow avoided our patrols of the CES showfloor. The rubberized smartphone holds on to those G-Shock looks, with nubs mimicking the layout of Casio's ubiquitous digital watch. Aside from the super-tough credentials emblazoned on the back of the device, other specs remain unknown. MyNavi reports that the device remains a concept at the moment, although Casio still seems more than happy to show off the phone on its Facebook page. Interested in another option besides those smartphone-friendly G-Shocks? You can peruse the source for a full gallery of the hardware.

[Thanks GreeKNastY]

G-Shock prototype phone hides its craggy looks at CES, only fears your stares originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 24 Jan 2012 15:03:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Focus groups are the bane of people who genuinely want to create something new. There’s a reason Apple doesn’t use them and why everyone quotes Henry Ford as saying that if he asked his customers what they wanted, they’d say a faster horse. Still, that hasn’t stopped Casio and Verizon from holding a focus group to see what people thought of some as yet to be released devices. One of the people at said focus group was a gadget nerd and he told the folks at Droid Life what he saw. Let’s start with the flagship device, an Android Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone with a screen that uses Super AMOLED technology and measures between 4.5 inches and 4.7 inches across. It’s less than 8 mm thick, has a quad core processor, NFC, 4G LTE, 8 megapixel rear camera, 2 megapixel forward camera, and a 2,000 mAh battery. Sound tempting? We’re practically drooling on our laptops here. Three other devices were also shown: some clamshells, a ruggedized version of the previously mentioned super phone, and a 5 inch phone that was actually a dummy unit and not a working device.

The big question is when are we actually going to be able to buy these devices and how much will they cost? Looking at our crystal ball, we’re going to say that these Casio smartphones will be announced at CTIA in May of this year and will hit the market during the summer time, if not then most definitely the back to school season. Why CTIA in May? Because yesterday we heard that the UK isn’t going to get the newly updated quad core Transformer Prime until June, so we’re thinking it’s an issue related to NVIDIA’s end, and NVIDIA is the only company making quad core chips, so … put two and two together and you get late Q2 2011.

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Rumor: Verizon to launch a quad core Casio Android smartphone running Ice Cream Sandwich? originally appeared on IntoMobile.com on 2012-01-19T09:43:43Z. FV1gMYsz9b5j


This week was packed with news on the mobile front, so it was easy to miss a few stories here and there. Here's some of the other stuff that happened in the wide world of wireless for the week of November 14, 2011:
  • Sony Ericsson has teamed up with Ingram Micro, a distributor that ships phones to Amazon, Buy.com, Best Buy and Newegg, to expand the distribution of its Android lineup in the US. The deal will include a healthy chunk of the Xperia series, including the arc S. [PRNewswire]
  • Like the Motorola Defy+ but it's just not tough enough? Check out the limited-edition JCB version of the rugged device, which adds a hardcore JCB case, a special app with handyman tools and a two-year extended warranty. And it can be yours through Clove on December 6th for £219. [TechDigest]
  • Verizon introduced the LG Extrovert, a prepaid device with a slide-out four-row QWERTY, 2.8-inch WQVGA (400 x 240) touchscreen display, 2MP camera and expandable storage. It, however, lacks 3G data. It's all yours on Verizon's prepaid site for $110. [PhoneArena]
  • Speaking of Big Red, the rugged Casio Gz'One Ravine 2 was launched this week, and can be yours for $150 with a two-year contract. [PhoneScoop]
  • The BlackBerry Bold 9790, announced this week, is confirmed to show up in the UK on Vodafone and O2, likely sometime in January. [Unwired View]
  • SFR is selling the ZTE Tania, but it appears to be sold as a carrier-branded Windows Phone. You can purchase it without a contract for €269, or with a two-year commitment for €9.99. [MobileTechWorld]
  • Twitter for Windows Phone just got updated to be compatible with Mango. It's meant to offer a smoother experience, but doesn't bring any new features with it. [WMPowerUser]
  • Fandango debuted a new paperless ticket system, in concert with Regal-owned theaters, which can send a scannable bar code to your phone when you want to go see a movie. The ticket-takers then simply scan the code and you're all ready to root on Team Edward in the latest Twilight movie. Just don't forget the popcorn. [Yahoo!]

Mobile Miscellany: week of November 14, 2011 originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 19 Nov 2011 10:32:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Verizon Wireless unveils Casio G'zOne Ravine 2

Roughly a year after the original Casio G’zOne Ravine was announced, Verizon Wireless unveiled its successor, simply named G’zOne Ravine 2. Keeping it up with its roots, the new Ravine is also a tough, rugged device, made to meet military specifications for immersion, water, shock, dust, vibration, salt fog, humidity, solar radiation, altitude, and low and high temperatures. In addition, it also comes with two screens (internal and external), 3.2-megapixel camera with auto-focus and flash, 2.5mm headset jack, GPS, push-to-talk capability and a memory card slot. When it comes to pre-installed software, there are a number of apps for outdoor adventurers like Earth Compass, Walking Counter, Astro Calendar, Tide chart, Thermometer, Sunrise/Sunset chart and Star Gaze chart; as well as Verizon’s VZ Navigator GPS app/service.

The price, you ask? It’s $149.99 after rebate and with a new two-year contract. The Casio G’zOne Ravine 2 will be available tomorrow (November 17) online with Verizon stores scheduled to get it on November 23…

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Verizon Wireless unveils Casio G’zOne Ravine 2 originally appeared on IntoMobile.com on 2011-11-16T10:42:18Z. FV1gMYsz9b5j