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2 years ago

Leaked Droid RAZR HD pic shows a big, wide phone

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Where do you go from the Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX? How's about the Droid RAZR HD? This leaked pic seems to suggest a wide (but thin) phone with the same Kevlar back we've come to know over the past six months or so, along with mciroUSB and and HDMI port, plus what looks be to a door for the 4G LTE SIM card, and presumably some microSD storage on the side (like the Droid X days). Camera, speaker, flash. Eh, it's a phone.

The bigger question for this phone is when we're going to see it, what's on the inside -- both hardware and software -- and whether it's got a snowball's chance in hell against the Samsung Galaxy S III on Verizon. Put it this way: Moto's gonna have to bring something seriously new to catch our attention at this point in the year, and it's still too early for Google to swoop in and rescue what otherwise might be an iterative phone. (And really, there's no promising that Google would even do that.)

So, yeah. You've got a leaked picture of the back (and, after the break, the side) or another Motorola phone. We're not getting all that excited just yet.

Source: Droid-Life

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2 years ago

AT&T Motorola 'Dinara' revealed - upcoming buttonless phone with 13MP camera

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With Android flagships from HTC and Samsung already on store shelves around the world, there's been a lot of interest in what Motorola's up to. Today we have some early hints of what may be next from the new Google-owned manufacturer.

The Verge​ has obtained images of what seems to be an AT&T-branded version of the Motorola XT928 "Dinara," a phone which launched in China in late 2011. As you might've guessed from the on-screen buttons, this is an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich device. Other reported specs include LTE connectivity, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, a 4.5-inch 720p display,  13MP camera with 1080p video recording, and a 1.3MP front-facer. No word on final branding, but "Atrix 3" is certainly a leading contender.

There's also no information on any possible launch date, but the source speculates that the July 26 date on-screen may be a possibility.

Source: The Verge

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2 years ago

US Cellular announces pricing for its Galaxy S III, will be available in July

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When US Cellular announced its intention to sell the Samsung Galaxy S III, it kinda forgot to mention how much it was going to cost us. That's been rectified today, and the prices are in line with the four major U.S. carriers.

USCC will sell the Galaxy S III for $199 for the 16-gigabyte version, and $249 for the 32-gigabyte version. That all comes after a $100 mail-in rebate, though, so you'll be paying a little extra up front. (Ed. note: Boooooooooooooooooo.)

Preorders start June 12, and USCC says the phone "will be available in stores and online in July." So it looks like in addition to paying more up front, you'll have to wait a couple weeks longer than AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint.

More: GSII at US CellularGalaxy S III forums

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2 years ago

MetroPCS introduces the Activa 4G, Huawei's first U.S. LTE smartphone

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MetroPCS today introduced its latest Android smartphone, the LTE-capable Huawei Activa 4G. This is Huawei's first LTE device here in the United States, and for $149 without a contract (after a $50 instant rebate and a $50 mail-in), we'll happily welcome it to our shores. The Activa isn't going to blow anyone away spec wise: underneath the 3.5-inch HVGA display, the Activa is sporting an 800 MHz single-core processor and up to 32GB of external memory, with a 5MP shooter around back. The Activa ships with a 4GB microSD card preloaded with the movie Kung Foo Panda 2, which may or may not sweeten the deal. The Activa ships with Gingerbread, and everything considered, we wouldn't hold our breath for Ice Cream Sandwich to arrive anytime soon. Regardless, if you're within MetroPCS's LTE coverage, the Activa offers access to blazing speeds on a decent Android smartphone starting at an oh-so-tempting $50/month. 

Source: MetroPCS

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2 years ago

SK Telecom leak suggests quad-core, 2GB Galaxy S III may be Korea-bound

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Rumors of a special Korea-only version of the Galaxy S III stem back to a report from The Korea Times just over a month ago. Since then, things have been pretty quiet -- international markets have gotten the quad-core HSPA+ version, while LTE territories have received the dual-core Snapdragon S4 model. Now a leaked internal image from Korean carrier SK Telecom suggests the reports may be true, and that Samsung's home territory may end up with an S III variant sporting a quad-core CPU, 2GB of RAM.

The image obtained by PhoneArena​ lists the following specs for the rumored device --

  • Quad-core Samsung Exynos 4412 with CPU clocked @ 1.4GHz
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 4.8-inch Super AMOLED HD screen
  • 4.82 ounces (136.5 grams)
  • 0.35 inches (9mm)

Eagle-eyed readers will note that's a little thicker and a little heaver than the international HSPA+ version, so it could well be the case that we're dealing with a whole new device here, rather than a typo or error on the carrier's part. No word on LTE connectivity yet, though Exynos 4's lack of built-in LTE would make this unlikely. In any case, we'll be watching with interest (and maybe a little bit of envy) to see whether Korea does eventually get the best of both worlds with its version of the Galaxy S III.

Source: PhoneArena

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2 years ago

Orange San Diego video walkthrough

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So, we finally have an Intel powered Android smartphone in our hands. Having gone on sale earlier in the week, we went and got hold of one so we can take a proper look at just what's what. 

We got a quick hands on at the launch event in London, at which the San Diego impressed upon its first public outing. Yes, it runs Gingerbread, yes it's 'only' a 4.03-inch display, and yes it's "only" a single-core 1.6GHz processor. But Intel is making big shouts over what they can do, so naturally it falls to us to put those claims to the test. The full review will be coming over the course of the next week or so, but in the meantime we've put together a slightly more in depth hands-on with the device. First impressions are good, there might just be something to this Intel thing. 

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2 years ago

Evernote launches Evernote Food on Android, helps you remember all your good eats

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Evernote has been on a roll as of late rolling out updates to already existing apps and adding new ones to the mix. The latest to land on Android is Evernote Food. If you're a food lover, it's something you might want to take a look at. It's based on the same concept as Evernote itself but as the name implies it revolves around food that you've enjoyed.

Out at a great restaurant and want to share it with others? Snap a pic and have it uploaded to Evernote food and share the details with others with the included function of adding titles, tags and even location as it has Foursquare integration built right in. The app itself looks great especially after you start adding your own items to the mix.

Evernote Food is available on the Google Play Store right now but if you're looking to get a better look at the app in action or see how it can fit into your daily use, there is video below of the app in action for you all to check out.

Source: Evernote Blog

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2 years ago

Pro tip: Avoid unsightly contextless crotch shots on the Google+ app with better descriptions

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No, Google+ app. Not "this." Because "this," being a comic-drawn crotch shot, is not what I wanted folks to focus their attention on when I linked to Peter Ha's TechCrunch piece debunking the Bloomberg story that Microsoft had "shut out" HTC from manufacturing Windows 8 devices. My only comment -- "This."

(BTW, Bloomberg's is a fairly ridiculous story, led by the all-too-familiar "people with knowledge of the matter." If you didn't bite on it, kudos.)

But if you'd seen my post from the Google+ app, all you'd know is that apparently I like cartoon pr0n. (Not that there's anything wrong with that, I suppose.)

This all stems, of course, from Google's recent redesign of the Google+ app. And for the most part, it's a beautiful redesign. Images are large. Posts are easy to follow -- so long as you don't actually link to anything. It's something I noted at the outset but apparently forgot because I'm using G+ on the desktop side most of the time. It's also a step backward. The app used to have this problem, then it got fixed in April. Now? It's gone again, at least in the stream view.  (Tap into the post and things look better, with headlines and summaries.)

I've learned my lesson. This'll put an end to the one-liners. I'll use 20 words when only one is needed. Or Google could just add back a little beta of metadata.

Regardless, learn from my mistake. Only you can prevent inadvertent contextless Google+ crotch shots.

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2 years ago

Android Central 98: Coming to America (the Galaxy S III is), Google buys some stuff, CrackBerry Kevin visits

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Audio-only stream below

Look, we can't help it. We had to talk about the Samsung Galaxy S III. We mean, it is​ coming to four major U.S. carriers and one regional carrier. We just couldn't avoid it. Plus, CrackBerry Kevin stops by to talk about his visit to Android on his World Tour. Also, Google buys some stuff, and we handle some more of your e-mails and voicemails. Join us!

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2 years ago

Facebook for Android updated with fixes for crashes and login issues

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Been having issues with Facebook for Android logging you out or just outright crashing seemingly for no reason? If so, time to grab the latest version that is now appearing in the Google Play Store. As noted in the change log, this one should solve those issues, though we're not going to make any promises. You'll find the update in your apps list or you can just grab it from here.

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