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3 years ago

Did a WiFi only Motorola XOOM just appear at the FCC?

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We've been discussing the possibility of a WiFi only Motorola XOOM showing up for quite some time now and although Motorola gave us a partial confirmation, that was seemingly only for Latin America. We're still looking for the North American branch of Motorola to come out and say one exists and will be sold here. Although, we may not necessarily need them to considering what is now showing up at the FCC. As described in the documents, Motorola submitted the following:

This equipment operates in the 2.4 GHz band functioning as Bluetooth and WiFi (part 15.247) as well as in the 5GHz UNII sub-bands I & IV non-DFS WiFi (part 15.407). The unit may also be connected to a computer via a USB connection. (Part 15B Computing Device Peripheral).

That sure sounds like a XOOM to us. Couple it with the fact the SARS report is in-line with that of the originally posted XOOM and we're drawing a blank as to what else it could be. There is actually two reports showing the same ID, the other shows it as a tablet. Hit the break for that image. Share your thoughts in the comments folks. [via FCC] Thanks, Tom!

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3 years ago

Android 2.3.3 SDK platform intros new NFC capabilities

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Over at the Android Developers blog today, Google has announced an update to Android 2.3 that adds new NFC capabilities for developers. Google also stated that since NFC is an emerging technology, they'll be doing their best to offer what they can from those capabilities as they present themselves. Some new features added in the 2.3.3 platform include:

  • A comprehensive NFC reader/writer API that lets apps read and write to almost any standard NFC tag in use today.
  • Advanced Intent dispatching that gives apps more control over how/when they are launched when an NFC tag comes into range.
  • Some limited support for peer-to-peer connection with other NFC devices.

You can view the full details via the source link or if you're only interested in the changes you can view the change log here. The Android 2.3.3 SDK platform can be downloaded via the Android SDK Manager. [Android Developers Blog]

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3 years ago

Flashable zip of Honeycomb on the Nook Color available now

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Just a few days after we introduced more complicated methods to install Honeycomb to the Nook Color's internal memory, the latest version of deeper-blue's Android 3.0 port is now available to be flashed as a zip file in ClockworkMod Recovery.

The zip, pieced together by samuelhalff, looks pretty solid so far (based on users' comments).  You can check out our complete how-to for either method of installing internally, in addition to our SD card install guide.  [xda-developers]

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3 years ago

BBC iPlayer app coming to Android

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BBC iPlayer site. Android app coming soon.

The BBC has announced that it'll be launching an official iPlayer app on the Android Market later this week. While Android owners can currently access the service through their web browsers, the new app will apparently provide a flashier UI and better touchscreen integration.

According to the Beeb, the app will allow live TV and radio streaming -- something not possible via the current web interface -- as well as the same catalog of catch-up TV found on the iPlayer website. As with the iPlayer mobile site, viewers will need Android 2.2 and Flash Player 10.1 to get in on the action.

As ever, the iPlayer is free to all TV license fee payers in the UK. The BBC plans to launch a subscription-based version of the service to viewers in other countries later this year. [BBC Blog]

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3 years ago

Dzyplastic Series 2 mini Android collectibles coming soon

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If you're an Android fan, you likely have at least one or more of these little guys in your house somewhere. Series 1 of the Dzyplastic mini Android collectibles was awesome and now, series 2 is being shown off over at the Dzyplastic blog. While not all the new designs have been posted, we'd be lying if we were to say we're not excited to see the rest of them. You can hit the break to see the two latest or head on over to the source link to see all six that have been shown off so far. [Dzyplastic Production Blog]

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3 years ago

Sprint Kyocera Echo presentation

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Sprint event

One last post from this week's Sprint Kyocera Echo event now that you've read our initial impressions and gallery from the event -- and it's video of the presentation itself. We'll say at the outset that this really is a phone you have to try before dismissing. And as cool as the giant replica was on stage, it got a tad confusing during the presentation. But you can check it out after the break and see for yourself.

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3 years ago

Another LG Optimus 3D video breaks cover before MWC

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LG Optimus 3D teaser video

The LG Optimus 3D might as well have been officially announced and released by now. We know the device is set to arrive at Mobile World Congress. Heck, LG even sent out their press release confirming it. We've seen leaked images and official videos hyping it. We really are just waiting for the device to get the official stamp of approval. With that in mind, another video has now popped up online teasing us with all the wonders of 3D. You can hit the break to check it out, it's only short but you'll see where LG is going here. It's no longer just an idea. [Pocket-lint]

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3 years ago

Leave Kyocera Alone; XOOM $799...Ouch! [from the forums]

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Android Forums at Android Central

 Lots of action happening in the forums due to the events, hop on in there and discuss won't you?

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Indulge arrives on MetroPCS this week for $399

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Samsung Indulge

We've been onto MetroPCS' plans for a new 4G LTE phone for a while now and it appears it'll be arriving to customers shortly. The previously outed Samsung Forte is now the Samsung Galaxy Indulge. Android 2.2 is loaded on the horizontal, Swype-enabled QWERTY and it is powered by a 1GHz Hummingbird processor and 3MP camera. Listed at $399.99 with no contract this could be a great device for MetroPCS when it hits later this week. Full presser's after the break. [MetroPCS]

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3 years ago

Will Honeycomb on the Nook Color affect Xoom sales?

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You really have to wonder how closely Motorola has been watching the extravaganza that the development community has been having with the Nook Color.  Dollars will undoubtedly flow towards the soon-to-be-released Xoom, but will they flow just a little bit less now that Honeycomb can be installed on a $250 "e-reader?"

Do you think the recipients of the latest Google flagship device deal are squirming just a little bit?

A commercial for the Xoom ran during the Super Bowl, hailing it as "the fastest tablet running Android 3.0 'Honeycomb.'"  But wasn't it just recently being described as "the first tablet to run Android 3.0 Honeycomb?"  You have to wonder . . .

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3 years ago

HTC Wildfire 2 spotted in promotional video?

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Wildfire 2

Well, what do we have here? The week before Mobile World Congress, HTC has uploaded a promotional video to their YouTube channel, which features a phone currently not on the market. 

The phone's form factor is strikingly similar to that of the popular HTC Wildfire, which suggests this could be the second version in the line. The only physical difference we can see from the original is the absence of the optical trackpad. 

Our answers will all be answered next week in Barcelona as HTC is set to take the stage and introduce some new devices. In the meantime, we can bask in the glory of rumors and predictions. What do you think of the look of this device? Is the exclusion of the optical trackpad a good idea? Check out the video after the break. [YouTube]

Thanks @brodduncan!

To discuss further, check out our Rumored Devices Forum

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3 years ago

More details on Sprint Kyocera Echo price

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Sprint Kyocera Echo pricing

Here's a little more info on the pricing situation for the Sprint Kyocera Echo: The $199 price point (after contract and $100 rebate) already has been announced. And if you're looking to get one off contract, it'll run you $449, or $225 a screen. If you want a one-year contract, you'll pony up about $275 after rebate. Good to know, indeed. Thanks, L!

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3 years ago

HTC teasing 'big things' next week at Mobile World Congress

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HTC at Mobile World Congress

If you've wandered by HTC's Facebook page (or Twitter feed) recently, you've likely stumbled across the teaser you see above. No, it's not for the Thunderbolt. (Or the Merge. Quit asking!) But the "big things" line certainly makes us wonder if it's going to be tablet time in Barcelona one week from today. We'll be there to find out, of course.

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3 years ago

Rumor puts official Froyo update for the Sprint Epic 4G on Feb. 21

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Froyo build EA17 for the Epic 4G

Could this finally be the official Froyo build for Sprint's Epic 4G?  A source tells us yes, and to expect it on Feb. 21.  We can't share everything we've heard, but apparently some folks from Samsung are sporting build EA17, and it's ready to go.  And no, we can't get a leak -- trust me, I tried :)

The whole Froyo debacle for US Galaxy S phones seems to be coming to an end, and while it made for a lot of news, we will be glad to see it put to rest.  If it happens that is.  All we can do is wait and see, and hope the Feb 21 date doesn't turn out like the Dec. 26 date from last year did.  We were all told it would be coming "ASAP" a few weeks back, so our fingers are crossed.  Thanks to our anonymous tipster!

(Oh, and for you folks on the Fascinate? You might wanna keep your calendars clear on or about Feb. 22. Just sayin'.)

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3 years ago

HTC Droid Eris forever! CM7 port released

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CM7 port for the Eris CM7 port for the Eris

Put those shovels away -- the Droid Eris is still alive and kicking, and now a  CyanogenMod 7 port is available.  The Eris isn't on the CM 7 "officially supported" list, and HTC and Verizon forgot about this sweet little phone long ago, but workshed over at XDA isn't about to let that stop him from squeezing Gingerbread onto the phone, CM style.  It was built from CM7 sources, and the latest version (as of this writing) was synced with the CyanogenMod tree on Feb. 7.  The changes and full kernel source are available, too.  For anyone thinking about diving in and developing a ROM, this is how it's done.

It's not 100 percent just yet, but from what I'm reading, it good enough to run daily.  Heck, if I was rocking the Eris I'd be using it.  Give it a try and breathe some new life into your Droid Eris.  [XDA-Developers] Thanks for the tip, Dustin!

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