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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!

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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.

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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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3 years ago

Droid X now listed as qHD, a good sign the X2 actually will be

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Now why would the Motorola Droid X suddenly be listed on the Droid Does with a 560x960 resolution touchscreen? That's a qHD display, folks (or close enough). And we're more than willing to bet that's what's on the upcoming Droid X2. Some recent Nenamark benchmark tests apparently back it up.

And we're still awaiting an official announcement from Verizon, but we have a feeling they'll probably play this one low key, like they did the Droid Incredible 2.

Source: Droid Does. More: Nenamark Thanks, Adam!

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3 years ago

Clearwire no longer planning phones; Sony Ericsson drops lawsuit

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Remember the little lawsuit Sony Ericsson filed against Clearwire? Nope? You're better off for it. SE had filed suit in January, claiming Clearwire's logo looked a little too familiar, and it would cause confusion after Clearwire announced its plan to release its own smartphones. But there's a happy ending.

Over the past year, Sony Ericsson grew concerned that Clearwire's logos were moving progressively closer to Sony Ericsson's registered logo. Since Clearwire also previously announced it would enter the field of mobile devices by launching a smartphone, Sony Ericsson brought the litigation in January 2011 and sought a preliminary injunction against Clearwire to prohibit its further use of the logos. In response, Clearwire represented to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia that it had no present intention to launch a smartphone. This representation effectively provided Sony Ericsson with much of the emergency relief it sought.

So everybody's kissed and made up. Clearwire's no longer planning on releasing any phones on its own (or so it told a federal court in Virginia), and Sony Ericsson's dropping the whole thing. But SE leaves a warning for anyone who dares to tread on its logo in the future: "Sony Ericsson remains focused on preventing consumer confusion and protecting its trademarks, especially in the field of mobile devices."

Indeed. Let us all get on with our weekends, shall we?

Source: Sony Ericsson

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3 years ago

Droid Charge gets ED2 system update, affects Media Hub only

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The Samsung Droid Charge has officially been on sale for less than 24 hours now, and a system update has already been released. Update ED2 is just a minor little thing, a 5.2-megabyte update that brings a couple of fixes to Samsung's Media Hub app. And the fixes are:

  • A software change was made to the Media Hub application to prevent downloading content over the 3G network. This application will only work in the 4G network or when using Wi-Fi to ensure quality and speed.
  • A pop up message was added to the Media Hub application to inform customers of the size of the download when in a 4G coverage area before downloading.

We're never really happy to see a software update that takes away functionality, but there you have it. So if you're dead set on using Media Hub over 3G, might wanna hold off on this one, folks.

More: Verizon Wireless. Thanks, Smarti277!

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3 years ago

Samsung Droid Charge now available from Verizon, still $299

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After a long journey with enough plot twists to make Hithcock proud, the Samsung Droid Charge is finally available from Verizon Wireless for $299 after the usual contracts and agreements.  After seeing and playing with the Charge for a bit I have to say that the SAMOLED plus display is something that needs to be seen in person.  The rest of the features are no slouch either:

  • Android 2.2
  • Google Mobile services, including Google Search
  • Google Maps and Gmail, YouTube
  • Brilliant 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus touch screen display
  • 1GHz application processor
  • Rear-facing 8-megapixel camera with LED flash
  • Front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera to support video chat capabilities
  • Samsung Social Hub and Media Hub
  • 4G LTE hotspot available free until June 16

So who's picking up the second LTE Android phone on Verizon?  Hit the Droid Charge forum to chat all about it!

Source: Verizon Wireless

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