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2 years ago

HTC Desire Z to receive Gingerbread 'in the coming weeks'

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Owners of the HTC Desire Z will soon be basking in the love of Gingerbread, according to HTC UK's official Facebook page. HTC says that they have entered final testing and will be rolling Android 2.3 out to the global device “in the coming weeks.” with everyone set to receive the update “by the end of the month.” If you've got a Desire Z hanging around, be sure to check for that OTA update, and keep us posted here when it arrives.

Source: HTC UK

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2 years ago

Hulu Plus now available on four more devices

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Hulu Plus is now available on four more Android smartphones, bringing the total number of supported devices up to 10. The HTC Thunderbolt, EVO 4G, MyTouch 4G, and G2 are now Hulu Plus enabled, joining the Nexus One, Nexus S, HTC Inspire 4G, and the Motorola Droid 2, Droid X, and Atrix 4G. Hulu says that they will continue to add to the list of supported devices in the coming months. If you own one of these devices, you can grab Hulu Plus after the break from the Android Market; the service costs $7.99 a month, though be sure to visit Hulu.com/plus to sign up for a free one week trial (or a full month if you've got a .edu email address.)

Source: Hulu Blog 

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2 years ago

Cricket launches the Huawei Ascend II

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Following up on their successful launch of the Original Huawei Ascend, Cricket has announced the availability of the Huawei Ascend II, which also is slated to hit US Cellular in the fall. This time around there is no trackball to be found on the device and it comes pre-loaded with Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

This value-priced Android comes with a 3.5" HVGA touch-screen with virtual keyboard, Wi-Fi capability and 3G Real Web Browsing. The Ascend II has lots of great smartphone features packed into an affordable package. Cricket's fifth Android smartphone also includes great features like a 5 MP camera/camcorder and a MP3 player/microSD slot. The Ascend II features the Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS and a 600 MHz processor.

That value-price equates to $179.99 at Cricket retailers but you'll also nee to sign on for Cricket's all-inclusive $55 Android plan, which provides users with unlimited talk, text, 411 information, international text, unlimited and video picture messages with unlimited data included.

Source: Leap Wireless

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2 years ago

Samsung Replenish to get EF27 update on July 18

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Another thing we found while digging through the leaked Sprint playbook was a maintenance release update for the Samsung Replenish, scheduled to hit July 18.  With it will come enhancements to the LED, a fix that sounds the roaming alert before roaming is activated, and a fix for the issue of the ##RTN# attribute resetting to all zeros that was introduced with ED23.

While it's not a major OS update to Gingerbread, it's refreshing to see issues and bugs get quickly fixed.  If you're using a Replenish, you'll be notified when the update is sent to your phone, and given installation instructions at that time.

Thanks, Anon!

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2 years ago

Latest Sprint Playbook foretells return of the mail-in rebate, TEP increase, takes shot at Verizon

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Thanks to an anonymous friend, we have our hands on the latest edition of the Sprint Playbook, and this time it's chock full of news about everything from rebates to device launches.  Some of it confirms what we already knew, some reinforces some rumors floating around, and some is stuff we've not thought of yet.  Hit the break and have a look.

Thanks, Anon!

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2 years ago

Motorola Electrify (aka Photon), LG Optimus Black top US Cellular's Q3 roadmap

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Way, way back in early June, US Cellular teased seven Android phones and tablets to be released by the end of the year. The breakdown went thusly:

  • Three HTC devices -- two smartphones and a tablet (which we presumed would be the Flyer
  • A 4.3-inch Motorola device with a dual-core 1GHz processor and world phone radio
  • An LG device with a 1GHz dual-core processor, 4-inch touchscreen and "ultra-bright LCD display that is easy to view in sunlight." We figured that to be the LG Optimus Black
  • Plus, entry-level phones from Samsung and Huawei.

We've since seen the HTC Desire II and Wildfire S show up in USCC's inventory. So put a check to them.

As for the other devices? We've got US Cellular's entire third-quarter roster after the break, if you're into that sort of thing.

Thanks, Anon!

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2 years ago

T-Mobile MyTouch 4G Slide initial review

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The T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide is the latest in the myTouch line from T-Mo, and should be hitting the shelves on July 27.  It has some pretty big shoes to fill, as the myTouch 4G/Glacier/Panache is one hell of a phone, though often overlooked because of it's carrier.  The latest iteration of the myTouch brings the hardware specs into the "superphone" range, and gives a decent horizontal sliding qwerty option for those that need or want one.  Hit the break and have a look at our hands-on and first impressions of this one.

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2 years ago

Anti-Theft apps, new Market on the Nook

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Looks like today was a day for tablet news, Xoom price drops, Sony S1 and S2 news and Phil busted open the Toshiba Thrive for it's initial review. Needless to say, that wasn't all the news happening today so make sure you all get caught up and leave some comments on the blogs. If you're really ambitious and got more to say -- join us in the Android Central forums.

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2 years ago

Toshiba Thrive initial review

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It's been some six months since we first saw the Toshiba Thrive at CES. At the time, it didn't have a name, and it wasn't even a Honeycomb tablet -- more of a hardware prototype running Froyo.

That all ends today. Let's start with the obvious: It's not the most svelte Android tablet out there. No, that crown still belongs to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, and the Thrive's actually thicker than the Motorola Xoom while weighing about as much. But the Thrive more than makes up being a bit portly with its hardware features. Let's explore them after the break.

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2 years ago

Twitter for Android receives big update, now supports multiple accounts and push notifications

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Twitter for Android has received a sizable update, which now provides users with two features that have been absent from the official app for too long: support for multiple accounts and push notifications.

There are a good variety of Twitter apps to choose from on Android depending on what you're preferences are. The crowd who prefers the official Twitter for Android app has long complained that if these two features were added, it would be near perfect. Well, they're available now, so check out links to the app after the break.

Source: Twitter Blog

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