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2 years ago

HTC Status, Motorola Triumph, Gravity Smart, and Pantech Crossover coming soon to Radio Shack

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Radio Shack is getting a slew of Android phones next week, and thanks to an anonymous friend we know which ones.  First up is the HTC Status (check out our hands-on), which should be for sale "early next week" for $20 on contract and $400 outright.  Perfect price point for that one!  Another $20 phone coming early next week is the Pantech Crossover (read our review), which goes for $350 if bought off-contract.  You'll be able to snatch the T-Mobile Gravity Smart this week, for $20 on a new two-year plan, or $50 for an upgrade.  And finally, next week you can spend your $300 on a Motorola Triumph of your very own, and get a great phone on a pre-paid plan.  Looks like that July 19 date for this one was close.

Looks like things will be busy at the Shack.  Hit the break for a couple more pics. 

Thanks, Anon!

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2 years ago

Grab the new Android Market app while it's hot

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You might have heard that Google was rolling out a new Android Market, complete with book and movie rentals.  You also might have heard it would coming in the next few weeks.  Well thanks to an anonymous source (possibly with a time machine) you can grab it today.

Hit the download link, and install it from your SD card like any other app.  Fair warning -- we don't know if there will be any complications from doing this, but we haven't seen any so far.  Use your best judgement.  Discuss it in the forums!

Download: New Android Market

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2 years ago

First look at the AT&T Xperia Play

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One major release headed for AT&T this holiday season is the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, which we had a nice hands-on with today in New York City. This is the same Xperia Play currently offered on Verizon, meaning it's the same slide out keyboard, 4-inch FWVGA display (854x480), and 1GHz processor you've grown to love. This one, however, will be running on AT&T's HSPA+ network, earning it the coveted title of "4G device." AT&T will be offering the device in a “Stealth Blue” option, a nice addition to the standard black option we've already seen.

From our hands-on everything looks pretty smooth and ready for production. The gameplay is great, the screen is vibrant, and the OS seems pretty snappy.  If you're a gamer, you'd be silly to miss this one. Whether you're biding your time to buy one or just interested in learning more, check out our review of Verizon's version here.

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the AT&T HTC Status

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Here, ladies and gentlemen, is our first look at the U.S. version of the HTC ChaCha, known here in the states as the HTC Status on AT&T. Same as it ever was in Europe (only with proper 3G), a four-row QWERTY keyboard, and that dedicated Facebook button.

First impressions? Forgive us, but we're getting a bit nostalgic here. If you're looking to bang out e-mails on an Android phone, this one's going to deserve a look. The keys are to die for. You'll have to get used to the smaller screen, natch, but if gaming's not your thing, you're going to be flying on the Status.

The Facebook button's pretty intuitive, too, blinking when there's content to share. But we'd prefer it to be closer to screen. That's where our eyes are looking most of the time, and it's a bit of a stretch down to the bottom of the device.

But for now, feast your eyes on more pics after the break.

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2 years ago

Google updating Android Market for US phones to include books and movie rentals

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Google has announced a huge Android Market update, bringing a slew of changes, including books and movie rentals to users in the US.  The update (for Android 2.2 and higher) will bring the ability to purchase books via your Android Market account, as well as rent movies through the Videos app (hey, we've seen that somewhere before) starting at $1.99.  Google says they plan to expand this outside the US in the future.

Also coming are changes like new top picks, a new visual style, and web features like Editor's Choice and Staff Picks.  The Market will start rolling out in the next few weeks, and as soon as you receive the update you'll be able to access the videos app to rent movies and buy books through the market with no changes on your end.  Hit the break for a video overview.

Source: Google Mobile Blog

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2 years ago

Xperia Play coming to AT&T

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Our folks on the ground in New York at AT&T's event this evening have just got their hands on the AT&T version of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play (check out our review).  We've got no release date or pricing information, but we do know that PlayStation games are fun as hell to play on it.  More as we find out.

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2 years ago

IMDb app updated, now optimized for Honeycomb

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Although the IMDb website works pretty good on a Honeycomb tablet, the dedicated app has now been Honeycomb optimized for users. The UI is pretty slick looking and features built-in such as movie ratings, watch lists and the ability to purchase movie tickets all from within the app make it a pretty awesome update. It's available now in the Android Market -- download link and one more screenshot can be found past the break.

Thanks, Andreas!

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2 years ago

Sony S1 going up for pre-orders in the UK in September?

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The 9.4-inch Sony S1 just might be making its way into the hands of consumers in the UK as early as September 1. New rumors suggest that the Sony Centre stores across the pond will be training up their staff to the max in an effort to ensure they know all the ins and outs of the new tablet. Still no pricing details at this time but if this pre-order date sticks then chances are we'll see one pop up soon.

Source: Thisismynext

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2 years ago

Hands-on redux with the AT&T LG Thrill 4G

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We're edging ever so close to the release of the AT&T Thrill 4G (aka the LG Optimus 3D outside the United States). And seeing as how it's been a good four months since we last took a look at it -- and an unfinished version at that -- today seemed as good a day as any.

We spent some quality time this afternoon with LG in New York City for our first official look at the retail version of the Thrill 4G. And things appear to mostly be as we left them in March. You've got a 4.3-inch display, dual-core TI OMAP 4430 processor running at 1GHz, Android 2.2 (LG tells us it'll get Gingerbread later this year), and a couple of 5MP cameras.

And those cameras, of course, are the starts of the show, working in concert to create 3D pictures and video. And you can view all of that 3D content -- without goofy 3D glasses -- right there on the Thrill 4G.

Unfortunately, watching 3D content as seen from our video camera doesn't really show off the technology. But you do get a good idea of just how powerful this phone is -- pay attention to the graphics.

And, le sigh, we still don't have a street date or pricing for the Thrill 4G. But it's going to be sooner rather than later. Of that we're sure.

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S II coming to Bell July 21

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With Bell, Virgin Mobile and SaskTel having all already confirmed the Samsung Galaxy S II as coming to Canada we were left wondering when the devices would arrive on their respective carriers. What was once rumored to be a July 14 release date for Bell has now confirmed to of have been moved to July 21.  Reason being Bell wants to ensure adequate supply will be available as they anticipate a high demand when it hits store shelves -- we won't ague that.

Thanks, @angrysmartphone!

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