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Amazon, Motorola, Nokia Rush to Make News Ahead of iPhone 5

Amazon, Motorola, Nokia Rush to Make News Ahead of iPhone 5

Amazon, Motorola, Nokia Rush to Make News Ahead of iPhone 5
News from eWeek:

Apple is expected to introduce the iPhone 5 Sept. 12—after which it’s going to be no easy feat for its competitors to grab a headline or pull attention away from the smartphone that Apple fans have been waiting for since essentially last October.

Because of this, you can expect a whole lot of news to be crammed into the week before.

Nokia has an event planned for Sept. 5, during which it’s expected to introduce its first phone, or phones, running Windows Phone 8.

Nokia could use a bit of spotlight, certainly—while to its credit it did increase smartphone sales between the first and second quarters, Gartner recently described Nokia’s Lumia devices as continuing to “struggle to find a place in consumers’ minds as a replacement for Android.” However, it’s not likely to have that spotlight to itself for very long.

Later that same day, Motorola has an event planned, also in New York City.

The next day, Sept. 6, Amazon has invited some members of the press to an event in the Los Angeles area. The easy guess is a new Kindle Fire—the tablet that, ahem, blazed onto the scene last December and line-hopped everyone to grab the number-two market share ranking behind Apple.

The next quarter was a much differen…………… continues on eWeek

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Motorola Xyboard Wi Fi gets Android 4.0.4 update in the US
News from The Droid Guy:

Some of us who can cast our minds back to December 2011 might remember when Motorola first introduced the two different XYboard tablets and they promised back then that the devices would receive an Android 4.0.4 (ice cream sandwich) upgrade.  Well, we are seeing the days get shorter and summer is nearing its end, but finally it seems that Motorola has kept its word and we are now hearing news of the promised Android operating system update available for both the 10.1 and 8.2 Wi-Fi tablets.

Well, after the long wait, the most obvious question will be what new features or enhancements can users expect? The Android 4.0.4 update offers a number of enhancements including updated browser utility:  faster rendering, zoom and pan and also the ability to dismiss those annoying notifications with the simple swipe of the fingers.  Additionally, users can also look forward to enjoying the app launchers, which will allow them to quickly uninstall any undesired app, as well as being able to gather more information on apps immediately.

Users wanting to use their voice will find this new system software allows them to type using their voice and also offers much improved text input and spell checking.  Also, users are likely to find reading is a lot easier thanks to the new ‘Rob…………… continues on The Droid Guy

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