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3 years ago

Droid Bionic launching Aug. 4, according to leaked screen

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Might we finally have a launch date for the Verizon Droid Bionic? It just went through the FCC. And according to this screen shot we just received, it looks like Aug. 4 might finally be the day (which would match a third-quarter window noted previously). That would be just about seven months since the Bionic was announced by Motorola at CES. (See our hands-on.) And since that time, it's gone back underground for a hardware overhaul, and we'll likely see updated software, too. Neither the new hardware nor new software has been confirmed by Motorola or Verizon, however.

And all that said, here comes our usual "Launch dates are subject to change" speech. There's still nothing official, but this is as good as we've seen so far.

BTW: Note the confirmation of the Droid 3 launch date, too.

More: Droid Bionic forums; Thanks, Anon!

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3 years ago

Our forums hit 1 million posts; now you can win a Galaxy Tab 10.1!

Another reason to celebrate this Fourth of July weekend -- the Android Central Forums recently passed 1 million posts. So to give back (and celebrate freedom and stuff) we're giving away a 32 GB Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. White or gray -- your call.

To enter to win, all you have to do is leave a post in this thread. It's that easy. Now, the fine print:

  • You've gotta be in the U.S. or Canada for this one.
  • This is the Wifi-only version -- no fussing around with carrier contracts.
  • We can't stop you from entering more than once, but we will know when you do, and it won't help your chances any.
  • Contest ends at 5 p.m. EST Thursday, July 7. We'll announce the winner live on the Android Central Podcast that night.
  • Android Central and Smartphone Experts employees, and AC Forums moderators (sorry, guys!), can't win. And if they even try to enter, we're going to take them out back.

That's it. Good luck!

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3 years ago

Sprint HTC EVO 3D review

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Mild-mannered high-end smartphone,
or a three-dimensional breakthrough?

 

There are a couple ways to look at the Sprint HTC EVO 3D. One is that it's a high-end smartphone, with the latest hardware and software you can get. Another is that it's a high-end smartphone with the latest hardware and software -- and 3D recording and playback technology.

There's a larger discussion to be had regarding 3D recording and playback on smartphones. Do we really want it? Do we need it? Are we just seeing first-generation tech growing pains? That's a discussion we've been having for some time, and we'll continue to have it.

But back to the EVO 3D. It's one of the first dual-core-processor phones to be released by Qualcomm (along with the HTC Sensation). It's one of the first to run the new HTC Sense 3.0 user interface. Oh, and it's the first 3D smartphone to be released in the United States. And it's following up one of the hottest phones of the past year or so in the EVO 4G. So it's got a lot going for it, and lofty expectations. Will it live up to them? Find out after the break.

EVO 3D SpecsEVO 3D ForumsEVO 3D Accessories

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3 years ago

HTC Sensation about to get an update?

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What's this? This image submitted anonymously via the Android Central app shows a nearly 369-megabyte test update for the HTC Pyramid (aka Sensation)? Veddy interesting. We've got no idea whether this is the T-Mobile USA version, or the European version, but the latter recently saw an RUU leak out with a similar version name.

Either way, looks like someone's getting set to push out a sizable update.

More: XDA Developers; Thanks, anon!

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3 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for July 2, 2011

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We just got past Canada Day, and now it's the Fourth of July weekend, and you will be busy outside with the barbecue and having some fun with the family, but who can really pass up the opportunity to find some new applications? Let's hit the break and check out some of our favorite picks for this week.

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3 years ago

SIM-free European HTC EVO 3D gets pre-order price and date

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Many European retailers are taking pre-orders of the HTC EVO 3D (check out our initial review of the US version), but Amazon.co.uk is the first to offer up both a SIM-free price and a possible release date. Amazon's currently listing the EVO 3D with a due date of Sep. 12 and an unsurprisingly hefty price tag of £569.99 (~$910).

As we're always quick to point out, pre-order prices and release dates are never set in stone, and may be based off the retailer's best guess rather than anything official. While the price is about what we'd expect to pay for a phone like this, the release date seems a little wide of the mark given that HTC has already announced a July launch for the EVO 3D in the UK. With Vodafone being the only British network currently confirmed to be carrying the phone, we suppose it's possible that some sort of exclusivity agreement may delay availability of the EVO 3D through other channels for a few weeks, just as it did with the Sensation. Nothing has been announced yet though, so for the moment that's still just speculation.

Source: Amazon.co.uk

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3 years ago

Windows 8 UI looks pretty cool on Android tablets [video]

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Over the past little while we've seen plenty of portions of the Windows Phone 7 UI land on Android devices. The music player, contacts, app launcher and more have all made their move but now we're getting a look at the Windows 8 live tiles up and running on a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 courtesy of the folks over at WP7Android. It's a preview of their upcoming app, WP7Lock with the rest being completed by ADW EX and a lot of time spent in Desktop Visualizer. In any event, it looks pretty cool if you ask us but what do you all think? Sound off in the comments.

Source: WP7Android; via WPCentral

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3 years ago

Google prepping Google Videos for Phones?

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Way back at GoogleIO, Google showed off their upcoming movie rental service, releasing the service to the Motorola Xoom, promising that other devices would be added in "a few weeks."  It's taken awhile, but it seems like Google is finally preparing to push the app out to a wider audience.

Several members tipped us about seeing the application in the market briefly yesterday evening, and while the app itself doesn't work on phone's yet, I was able to download it before it disappeared again.  No word on when the application will be officially available, but hopefully this is a sign that it's almost ready.  Anyone with a non-rooted device looking forward to having this on their phone?

After the break is a brief video shot by one of our readers (loukkra) showing off the app running on his Nexus S.

Thanks Small_law and loukkra! 

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3 years ago

One of these EVO 3Ds is not like the other

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Whoopsie. Reader Nelson passes along the following story about his EVO 3D:

I just bought these phones last night at a Nebraska Furniture Mart and one of them came with the camera plate upside down. I went back to the store to exchange it, but they said that is just cosmetic and if i change it will use my one-time store exchange. I just think that is not fair.

We're inclined to agree. Now we're not exactly up on our Nebraska Furniture Mart trainee's manual, but we're willing to bet that if we started using ʇɹɐɯ ǝɹnʇıuɹnɟ ɐʞsɐɹqǝu everywhere we went, they'd call it more than just cosmetic. If a store gives you a hassle over something like this, you might want to hit up the manufacturer, too. Couldn't hurt.

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