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3 years ago

Editorial: Android's most wanted -- New phones with a current OS

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Step into my time machine, and go back to May 20, 2010, with me.  That was the day Google released Froyo to the world with much fanfare and cheering.  I think a few little old ladies may have even cried.  In any case, we all were excited and looking forward to the day we could have some frozen yogurt for our Android phones.  Now back to today, and things still look about the same -- a year and a few days later and manufacturers are still shipping phones with Froyo, even though Gingerbread has been available since December of last year.  We're not talking about phones that languished forever and a day without getting an update, that's just as ridiculous, but best saved for another day.  This is about new phones, still being shipped and sold with a year old codebase -- and known security issues.  Hit the break and read along.

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3 years ago

T-Mobile HTC Sensation 4G to run $199 at Target [Update: launch date]

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Looking for the T-Mobile HTC Sensation price? We've got you covered, by way of Target Mobile. Looks like the one of the hottest little phones of the summer is going to go for $199 on contract, or $549 outright. That's just about the sweet spot, we think, considering what you're getting -- 4.3-inch screen, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 8MP rear camera and a 1.2MP front, the latest version of HTC Sense. Now all we need is a nice little date to go with it.

Thanks, anon!

Update: After speaking with a Target Mobile ninja, the 061211 number we see on the sticker is the launch date, at least at Target.  Look for the Sensation 4G on the shelves at Target Sunday, June 12.  That gives us about a month to save up our pennies!  No word if that date will happen for other retailers or T-Mobile corporate stores.

Update 2: TMoNews has confirmed a June 8 release date on TMo proper. Everything's happening according to plan, folks.

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3 years ago

OG Droid gets stock, rooted Bugless Beast Gingerbread ROM update

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If you're still rocking your OG Droid, then you'll be pleased to know it has once again had its life extended. The latest Bugless Beast ROM is now available for download, and it's pretty rocking. The update, labeled GPA15 has quite a few changes within so make sure you check out the full changelog for details, you'll find them listed after the break for you all. Also, as a heads up -- the next update which will be labeled GPA16 will bring Android 2.3.4 to all OG Droid owners. Again, hit the break for the changelog or skip on over to the source link for the download.

Source: Peter Alfonso; Thanks, for sending this in, WES!

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3 years ago

AT&T prepping a red Inspire 4G for Radio Shack

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Read our complete Inspire 4G review

Same ol' black slab got you down? If you have your eye on an AT&T HTC Inspire 4G, you might soon get some relief, as we just got some pics of a red Inspire, well a dummy unit, anyway. It's said to be headed to Radio Shack, price and date to be determined.

Gotta say, that looks pretty darn good. Definitely a good way to break the black-slab monotony.

Thanks, anon!

Inspire 4G specsInspire 4G forumsInspire 4G accessories

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3 years ago

Samsung Infuse 4G review

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It's big, it's bold, it's thin, it's fast and has one hell of a camera -- and it's caught in the middle of AT&T's '4G' propaganda

 

From the outset, the Samsung Infuse 4G on AT&T just sounded too big. Ridiculously big. Some 4.5 inches big. If you don't count the Dell Streak as a smartphone (and we don't, really), it's the biggest damn Android device that's intended to be occasionally used upside your head to make phone calls.

But we'll clue you in on a little secret: It's not too big. No, really. We've spent the last week or so with the Infuse and have found ourselves thoroughly surprised by just how usable a 4-and-a-half-inch phone can be.

That's not to say the Infuse is without its quirks. But we put it through its paces the best way we know how -- in the field, on the road, and in our hands at the Google IO developer conference.

So how'd it hold up? Read on for our complete review.

Infuse 4G SpecsInfuse 4G Forums | Infuse 4G Accessories

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3 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for May 13, 2011

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We're fresh off of Google IO 2011, where we got a look at some favorite old applications, as well as some new ones. There's just so much to choose from these days, and that's a good thing. Let's hit the jump and take a look at some of our picks from this week.

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3 years ago

Thunderbolt's free mobile hotspot extended through June 15, post-promo pricing revealed [updated]

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According to Verizon's official Twitter account, Thunderbolt users will in fact get to enjoy another month of free mobile hotspot, presumably thanks to the Charge's delay and subsequent promo of its own:

@VZWSupport: @mgluna The free Hotspot offer has been extended through June 15th and includes Thunderbolt users. *CM

Now that Thunderbolt and Charge users are on the same page, it looks like Verizon's ready to price the LTE hotspot feature post-promotion with the same structure currently in place for its 3G hotspot:

@VZWSupport: @jthomas99 The cost of the Hotspot Feature is $20.00 for a 2GB allowance once the promotion ends. *CM

Remember, blowing through 2GBs on LTE will be a much quicker task than on the 3G network, but we won't get too antsy until we see it in written in stone. With that said, is $20 worth it? Who'll be signing up on June 15?

 Sources: @VZWSupport (extension); @VZWSupport (pricing)

Thanks everyone who sent this in!

Update: And now it seems that Verizon has backpedaled a bit, and is saying that information about the hotspot is not available:

@Broadwayblues That information is not available. Please sign up for email alerts about new products & services at http://bit.ly/a6qsIg *VS

Maybe *VS and *CM should meet at the water cooler and have a chat? 

 

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3 years ago

Droid X2 in stores May 26, direct fulfillment May 19

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Staying up nights wondering when the Droid X2 is going to drop? Well, wonder no more, as we've gotten our hot little hands on Verizon's internal listings. The Droid X2 is scheduled for direct fulfillment on May 19, with an in-store launch on May 26. That's five short days to wait for the initial shipments, and 12 days until the dual-core qHD device hits stores.

That's a pretty big sign that Verizon's not going to make a huge deal out of the Droid X2 launch, kind of like the Droid Incredible 2. Not surprising, we suppose.

Oh, and if you want more confirmation on the full X2 specs -- including 512MB of RAM and a Tegra 2 processor, we've got 'em after the break.

Thanks, anon!

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3 years ago

Motorola Xoom getting official SD support soon -- in Canada

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Although the Motorola Xoom has been getting some Android 3.1 love as of late, one thing that is still missing is the long sought after SDCard support. Today though, Motorola Canada gave us some insight as to when we may see it -- although, we've heard "coming soon" plenty of times now and what was posted, only leads to more questions.

The Motorola XOOM upgrade for Canada is coming soon! Some of the feature upgrades include basic external SD card support for general SD file and media access, expanded support for USB-connected accessories, additional Bluetooth support and Picture Transfer Protocol to enable easier transfer of photo files to your PC.

Cool! Coming soon for Canadians -- but, what about the rest of the Motorola Xoom owners out there? Granted, we weren't expecting Motorola Canada to say much about any other releases but it sure would be nice to hear something.

Source: Facebook; Thanks, Brendon!

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