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Here It Is: Ice Cream Sandwich Video In All It’s Glory

We’ve all been waiting since the first hints of Ice Cream Sandwich last year, to see this beautiful version of the Android operating system.  Ice Cream Sandwich is supposed to take all of those “bests” from Gingerbread and the “bests” from Honeycomb and mash them all together like Girl Talk.

Well here it is. Here is a  quick, silent, two minute video of someone putting their Nexus S with Ice Cream Sandwich through some of the features that show that this is actually Ice Cream Sandwich and not some crazy ROM. The video takes you through the camera, app drawer, notifications, launcher and lock screen.

The Nexus S with Ice Cream Sandwich on it was purchased on ebay.  After this video started making it’s rounds, Google reportedly attempted to remotely wipe the phone and the new owner has been frantically trying to save what he can from Ice Cream Sandwich with the help from XDA.

Google has refused to let us know what the version number is for Ice Cream Sandwich and even in this video, under Android version, where it usually says which version number, it simply says “Ice Cream Sandwich”

Well there you have it, there’s the video!

source: Engadget via ubergizmo

Veteran Tech Blogger Joshua Topolsky Adds A Print Gig At The Washington Post

Self proclaimed Motorola Atrix lover, former Editor in Chief at Engadget, and co-founder of This Is My Next and The Verge, (wow that’s a lot) Joshua Topolsky is adding a print column to his hectic schedule.

Poynter reports that Joshua Topolsky, the guys some of us Android Enthusiasts used to love to hate, is now penning a technology column weekly at The Washington Post.  In addition the Washington Post is going to aggregate content from Topolsky’s latest venture with SBS media, A Washington DC based company, The Verge.

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TechCrunch Wins The Engadget TechCrunch War

TechCrunch CEO Heather Harde now in charge of TechCrunch and Engadget (photo: TechCrunch/Cruncbhase)

A memo this morning from AOL’s CEO Tim Armstrong outlined a bunch of major changes within AOL’s advertising structure. AOL’s ad sales boss Jeff Levick is out and one of Armstrong’s confidant’s, Ned Brody is replacing him.

Armstrong, a former Google executive, has been trying to rebuild AOL into a premium content centered organization. Back in January it was reported that AOL still makes 80% of it’s revenue off of subscribers that are either too lazy to cancel their AOL subscriptions or don’t realize you no longer need to pay AOL to keep your AOL email address. Armstrong is hoping through some very lucrative content acquisitions, he can make a huge business out of AOL.com and AOL owned content sites like The Huffington Post, TechCrunch and Engadget.

A few months back TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington and Engadget’s Editor In Chief, Joshua Topolsky started throwing internet blows against each other in a widely publicized internal blog war.  When news of The Huffington Post acquisition started to surface Topolsky and most of his Engadget crew started a mass exodus for This Is My Next and now The Verge.  Senior Editor Nilay Patel, immediately followed suit.

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Breaking: Engadgeteers Topolsky & Patel Leaving For Their Own Site?

Engadget fronntman, Editor in Chief Joshua Topolsky announced two hours ago on Engadget.com that he was leaving. He said that he was stepping aside and had some fantasy projects he may be working on.  He also said that he would stay on as Editor at Large to help in the transition, noble of him.

Top Tech Journalists at both Engadget and Techcrunch have been vocal lately about working for AOL.  Aol finished their acquisition of the Huffington Post last week and with that Ariana Huffington is overseeing all the content in AOL’s blogsphere.  Earlier this year Ross Miller and Paul J Miller (not related) exited tech crunch.  Paul Miller admitted on his personal site that he would not succumb to the AOL way and veto everything he has learned about journalistic integrity to make way for SEO.

Earlier today Kara Swisher at allthingsdigital broke the news of Topolsky leaving and Managing Editor Nilay Patel.

We wish all of them well they are very good at what they do.  Patel may be best remembered in the Android community for taking on AGTNFTW host Ray Walters in a show that brought just as many viewers as an appearance by Cyanogen.

No one has openly said where they are going but earlier this week Patel posted the tweet above about buying his own domain name. While he could just be doing his own personal blog, with Engadget’s top 3 people “on the beach” it wouldn’t be too far off to speculate that they will soon be working together again.

Source: Engadget, All Things Digital, Twitter

The Latest HTC Thunderbolt Rumor: Battery Life


Engadget is reporting on good sources that the problems with the HTC Thunderbolt delay are stemming from bad battery life.  When all delays are considered the HTC Thunderbolt is on it’s 6th delay to release at retail.

Although the Merge was never formally announced until today, that device first leaked back in August when Thedroidguy.com and Androidguys.com simultaneously leaked the first photos of the merge on August 5th. Just as an aside that is 6 months waiting on that device. The merge was even featured in a full double page spread ad for HTC in Entrepreneur magazine.

While we aren’t suggesting the HTC Thunderbolt will be delayed 6 months, the continued delays are hindering the belief in what seems like an awesome device.

According to Engadget’s sources the current battery is getting 2-3 hours at best with the 4G LTE radio on.  Our Verizon ninjas have told us repeatedly about problems stemming from the handoff from 3G to LTE and back. Another one of Engadget’s tipsters told Engadget that there’s a new firmware in the works to handle signal issues and battery life which are related.

Source: Engadget
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Motorola Xoom Already Headed To The Oscars… In Gold

The highly anticipated Motorola Xoom hasn’t even been released to the public yet and it’s already on it’s way to the Oscars.

Engadget is reporting that the Gold Motorola Xoom pictured above will be given out as celebrity swag to the presenters and nominees in the Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Director categories at this weekend’s Oscar awards.

In addition to the gold plated Motorola Xoom tablet they will receive a custom leather envelope case.  Too bad the iPad loving @mchammer will not be at the Oscars this year.

Source: Engadget

Paul Miller Falls Victim To The AOL Way

Oh come on don’t deny it you read Engadget every day like most other tech enthusiasts and everyone here at thedroidguy.  We make no bones about it we are more team TC than team Engadget however, I do have a lot of respect for everything Engadget does and has done for the tech community.

Although Engadget was purchased and brought under the Tim Armstrong, AOL umbrella before Tech Crunch, and the Huffington Post and all the other content providers that have moved from their own homes to AOL Towns, the move has taken it’s toll on a first class journalist.

Please don’t misunderstand my post I am not from the school that thinks Engadget, Tech Crunch, or any of the AOL blogs have sold out. There are a lot of big named blogs owned by bigger named corporations and in my opinion its an honor more of a sellout when some company has enough faith in your product to pour millions into it.  If faced with a similar offer me and my team would definitely consider it. We’ve turned down a few offers to fold TDG into another site and then me manage the twitter presence.

But Paul Miller…

From their often sarcastic and somtimes flippant style, especially in live blogging, some might think that the Engadget posse is maybe a little arrogant.. they’re not…

I’ve run into Paul at a few events, shared tables in press rooms with him and gone to some after parties where he’s been in attendance. Not enough to call friends, maybe colleagues but needless to say you can tell by reading he is passionate about tech, writing, freedom of the press and high level pixel density displays.

Miller penned his last post on Engadget on the 18th and this farewell on his personal site shortly after.  On his personal blog he writes

AOL sees content as a commodity it can sell ads against. That might make good business sense (though I doubt it), but it doesn’t promote good journalism or even good entertainment, and it doesn’t allow an ambitious team like the one I know and love at Engadget to thrive.

Miller has always been an open supporter of good journalism and brings it.  His blog says he doesn’t know where he’ll end up but wants to stay in the tech community and I’m sure he will.

It was big news that the Huffington Post was purchased by AOL. No one seems to know exactly what Tim Armstrong’s big plan is for AOL he is building a strong content empire of some of the best individual thinkers in the space however with all these hot content properties 80% of AOL’s revenue still comes from subscribers.  He says that sites like Engadget and Tech Crunch still have their own editorial control, but it seems that’s not the case.  Armstrong comes from a background in Google’s main business search. Search = SEO.

We’re not sure what the future has in store for Future Paul but when another popular, enthusiastic tech journalist and all around good guy Noah Kravitz ventured out to he found his perfect opportunity he did, as will Miller.

Good Luck @futurepaul

Source: Laptopmemo

Verizon: HTC Thunderbolt Hotspot Works and So Does Talk & Data on 3G

One of the hottest stories over the weekend was that an internal Verion document suggested that Verizon was holding back the Mobile Hotspot feature and Skype video on the upcoming HTC Thunderbolt. However Verizon did an about face this morning that was discovered in a leaked internal memo that Droid Life and Engadget picked up.

The other really interesting part of this memo, as you can see above, is that the HTC Thunderbolt will support simultaneous voice and data over not just 4G/LTE but 3G as well.  Verizon doesn’t want in store sales people to push this feature however it’s there. Verizon tells their staff that the voice and data simultaneously over 3G may not offer the end user the experience they expect from Verizon.

All of the sudden the HTC Thunderbolt just got more cool points.

Source: Engadget via Droid Life

LG’s G-Slate Shows Up On Youtube In Mystery Guitar Man’s Video Confirms 3D

Engadget has found a video by a mysteryguitarman sneaking a glimpse of the new LG G-Slate headed to T-Mobile later this year.

The LG G-Slate made a cameo appearance in a Korean Pop video last week. This week the video is a little closer and a little more clear. The screen capture shot shows the “With Google” branding strip in between the dual cameras.

The G-Slate doesn’t make it’s appearance until 3:39 into the longwinded video about 3D

The T-Mobile G-Slate has an unconfirmed release date in March of 2011 the specs include:

8.9″ display allowing 3D viewing with or without glasses
Dual camera (presumably part of the 3d experience)
Tegra 2 Dual Core CPU
USB connection (with host)
HDMI output

We’ll have more on the LG G-Slate soon.

Source: Engadget

Not So Fast Tech Crunch & Engadget 80% Of AOL Revenue Is Old & Lazy Subs

For the record Techcrunch is one of my favorite sites… however…

Last week the world was rocked by Mike Arrington, Arrington’s to the point brash style of blogging has been a staple in the tech community for a decade. Through Techcrunch he and his team bring the latest in the VC world, Silicon Valley, Start Ups, and behind the scenes tech news. Their companion crunch sites give us what we look for in gadget reviews, mobile life and more.

Engadget on the other hand is  a staple in the tech comunity for breaking the latest gadget news from all areas in the tech world be it apple, android, pc, odd gadgets and much more.

Both sites came to a head when Arrington called out Engadget for buying Google ads. From there it was a great blog war with many posts and even more comments.  Both sites are part of tech town in AOL’s content division and both sites seem to be the crown jewel of AOL… Not so fast…

A story in the New Yorker today reveals that 80% of their revenue comes from subscribers.  Not just subscribers but people that actually have another form of ISP and are paying AOL every month to keep their email address @aol.com that they’ve had for a decade or two.

AOL’s current CEO Tim Armstrong is a newspaper and content man having come from a journalism background and then a lofty sales position at Google before coming to AOL.  Under Armstrong’s leadership AOL has beefed up their content properties owning 90 or so blogs and 700 “Patch” local sites devoted to local news, content and of course advertising.  Their collection of blog sites covers everything from tech to mommys and more. So it seems alarming that 80% of their revenue is subscription base.

If someone were to invest in the millions of dollars to put little CD packs at every walmart that say “HOW TO KEEP YOUR AOL ADDRESS AND NOT PAY AOL” it would be doomsday for Armstrong and his current model.

Just how long will AOL depend on the laziness and ignorance of people still paying them every month as if it were 1992?

Source: New Yorker

When News crosses that line to Gossip… OpEd

Recently there has been a big push in Android news that “news” sites are getting exclusive information on new devices or products “going” to be launched in future. These sites claim to have an “insider” who has sent them info on said product, such as the Droid X2 or Droid 3, (which I might  add the Droid2 was quickly taken off shelves for the Droid 2 Global). So how is it that  these “news” sites keep posting these articles and calling them news when they are  not. They should call them what they are, which is just rumors and gossip I don’t get?

I don’t blame the owners of the sites, just the sites, as like any website owner they are in it for page views. Who I blame are the editors who allow such articles to be posted since they have the final say.  It’s not  just  Android news sites that are the only one’s who do this, but major one’s like Boy Genius who reported to have the first pictures of the Samsung Vibrant 4G for T-Mobile.  Which was not only  incorrect but other sites like Engadget picked it up and ran it without fact checking. Not to mention  the hundreds of  other Android sites that take what Engadget, and Boy Genius says as gospel. But its not just “stories” in which someone sends a website “scoops” to its that the sites see something and run with it.

I can’t remember it off top of head but I know one of our great readers will find the link and post it in the comments but Engadget ran a story of. I believe it was a Samsung phone running 2.3 way back before 2.2 was even out, and it comes to find out it was just the Mui Rom on a phone that another Chinese company used in there advertising to sell a phone.

While I don’t claim to be above anyone else when it comes to journalism seeing how I didn’t go to college or write for a major news site, I did own a website in which did news and was always sent “scoops”. However I never ran with them at all because the fact that while I did want to be the number 1 Android news site out there, I didn’t want to risk sending out the wrong information to have it only come back to me as wrong.

Many people who follow me on Twitter know that I’ll go after not only sites who post bogus “news” stories but also companies who try and cheat people. I know my word isn’t going to change a nation just hopefully it opens someone’s eye and they pass it on and the word spreads that way. I know Android news sites wont always post the source why should they help out another website in which they got there news from? Or why should they second guess an “insider” who is giving them information that no one else has so they can be first.  Just keep in mind an “insider” isn’t a part time employee at the T-Mobile kiosk in your local mall, most of the time we know more than them if we aren’t them in the first place. There is a fine line between news and gossip I agree, but where sites show there colors is where you can trust that you’ll receive news or gossip while visiting said site.

This post isn’t made to call out a specific site or company but to hopefully open peoples eyes as to what are real news sites and what are just gossip sites pretending to do news. Someone making up a name on a site as a Samsung worker posting a long post about how they charge carriers to do upgrade isn’t news its just gossip unless they show internally sheets stating as much. So Engadget next time you want to run a story please check your facts before you are next to the Enquirer on the NewsStand.

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About the writer. Brent F is our west coast event reporter. In addition he used to own his own website.  Brent F is the founder of a new app development company

T-Mobile Customers Rejoice Froyo To Vibrant Tomorrow

Engadget is reporting by way of PC Magazine that Froyo is coming tomorrow to a Samsung Vibrant near you.  This wasn’t just some annonymous tip either. T-Mobile’s Chief Marketing Officer Cole Brodman told PC Magazine directly that the Froyo update would be here tomorrow.

Brodman cited quality control issues and timing issues for the reason for the delay. Brodman acknowledged that Android updates have been a little slow and told PC Magazine that from now on updates should happen within 5 months of Google releasing the source code.

As any good CMO would do, it appears that T-Mobile is making every effort possible to get the Vibrant update to Froyo out before the new Samsung Galaxy S, exclusively from T-Mobile, becomes available next month.

Source: Engadget

Mikes Arrogance Or Business Insiders Ignorance? OpED

So the other day Mike Arrington called out the Engadget possee for purchasing ads on Google.  Engadget quicky rebutted saying that AOL paid for those ads and not them.  Business Insider (for the same reason I’m doing this right now, to get more hits LOL) decided to postulate a hypotehsis on this and suggest that Mike Arrington was AOL’s Public Enemy Number One… Is Business Insider so naive as to think AOL didn’t do it’s due diligence?

Did AOL not realize that Arrington in some circles is called Mike Arrogant? Did they not realize that if you don’t come correct in asking for Techcrunch coverage you don’t get techcrunch coverage? Did they not realize if your idea sucked and your product was stupid not just Arrington but anyone of the crunchers would do the world a service and let you know?

They went on to suggest that no commentator in 2011 would dare cross their bosses, at least not one Business Insider could track down.  I guess they don’t listen to Michael Savage, Howard Stern, or even back in the day Don Imus.  And while they may not make it a daily ritual to cross Fox News, both Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reiley have been critical of News Corp, Fox News’ parent company.

Then they went on to suggest that Engadget was at CES all by themselves making money for AOL. Sure they were there everywhere you turned you bumped into Paul Miller or Josh Topolsky but at the same events were John Biggs or Matt Burns. They even highlighted how they pulled off their video coverage. We even ran into John Biggs at a Samsung after event way into the next morning.

Are Engadget and Tech Crunch expected to act like loving brothers and sisters now the same way say Kmart and Sears do?

In my radio days in the 90s was when consolidation had just begun. I was doing nights in a major market and my rival had just been bought by Chancellor Media (two evolutions before Clear Channel) now I’m supposed to diss this schlep rock while looking at him through a fish bowl window. Or was I supposed to say Now lets be buddies.

Arrington makes no bones about his feelings for his new corporate home but don’t for a second think he was going to be blogging from some back alley street corner if AOL hadn’t come along. And dont for a second think he got the deal he wanted. According to internet reports he’s virtually untouchable for three years.  The way he wanted it.

In media how are two rival teams supposed to cooperate under the same parent? Did we really not expect Arrington to well be Arrington? Did we really not expect Josh Topolsky to go crying to mommy and daddy?

Post purchase blog posts of both Engadget and Tech Crunch both say that AOL lets both properties operate independently, the way that they were before bought by AOL. Although Engadget has been with AOL a lot longer than TechCrunch, they still have some degree of Independence. Do we think for a second that Arrington wouldn’t call Engadget out if both companies were still independent?

The Dell Streak 7 is Coming

We’re sure you’ve seen the original Dell Streak get some swift pricing changes and enhancements. This is probably to make way for the new 7″ version of the Dell Streak.

The new version of the Dell Streak is rumored to be 7″ and feature a Tegra 2 processor making it uber fast.  The original Dell Streak had a model number of M01M. A new Dell model number of M02M has been wifi certified and now some of the creative from their upcoming television campaign has been discovered by Engadget.

There are not a lot of details about the new version of the Dell Streak except it is being classified as an MID in the smartphone category  and it will feature Dell’s custom “Stage” UI (which isn’t that bad)

We are looking forward to seeing this unveiled at CES.  Hopefully Dell has learned a valueable lesson and will get the 7″ version out to market quicker than the almost year it took for the 5″ version

Source: Engadget