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3 years ago

LG Optimus S available Sunday on Sprint

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The LG Optimus S, a solid, entry-level offering from Sprint, will be available on Sunday.

The Optimus S sports:

  • Android 2.2 (Froyo)
  • 3.2-inch screen
  • 3.2MP camera
  • microSD card slot (up to 32GB)
  • Mobile hotspot capability

It will only be available in Charcoal on Sunday; if you want the Purple version you'll have to wait until November 21st. The Optimus S is a low-end offering that is aimed at consumers transitioning to their first smartphone. Here is a quote from LG:

“LG partnered with Sprint to deliver a handset that would empower first-time smartphone users to discover the changing mobile phone marketplace.”

The phone will be $49.99 with a 2-year contract (after a $100 mail-in rebate). If you've been waiting for the Optimus S, the wait is over on Sunday. [Sprint]

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3 years ago

Motorola Droid Pro pricing: $179 with contract, rebate

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Remember how we brought you the Motorola Droid Pro launch date but were left wondering what it would cost? Wonder no more. Your cost, after two-year contract and $100 rebate, will be $179.99. A one-year deal will be $249.99 when all is said and done, and off-contract will be $479.99. All in all, not bad for a phone with a 1GHz processor, full QWERTY keyboard and the ability to work overseas.

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3 years ago

Vox brings its VoIP services to Android via Nimbuzz

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VoX Communications is partnering with Nimbuzz to bring their popular cloud-based VoIP network to Android devices in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico.

 For a monthly fee, VoX will provide you with a calling plan as well as a real U.S., Canadian, or Puerto Rican phone number with no contract required.  This phone number would allow you to call anyone in the US, Canada or Puerto Rico over your WiFi or 3G connection by using the free Nimbuzz VoIP applications without paying your carrier any international long distance rates or a costly unlimited plan.

VoX offers three "Domestic" plans:

  • Pay as you go: $4.95/Month @ $.05/Min
  • Mobile Out 500: $9.95/Month  @ 500 included minutes, $.05/Min overage
  • Mobile Out Unlimited: $24.95/Month
  • International pricing is also available here.

 If you're interested in signing up for an account, and want to know how to link it to your Nimbuzz application, check out the official VoX website.

And because this application works entirely over data, it will work on any Android device with the Nimbuzz app installed, like a tablet.  Throw in some Google Voice for texting, and you can have that 7 inch smartphone you always wanted.  Via [IntoMobile]

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3 years ago

Flysmart, the airport terminal directory application, lands on Android

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Stuck in a strange airport on layover and have a sudden craving for coffee that doesn't come from a dispenser?  Clear Channel partnered with Geodelic to bring their free FlySmart application to Android devices.

The application, which currently works in more than 20 airports, will give you at a glance information about terminal exits, restrooms, and shops within your terminal.  If you're waiting for a flight, you can use the built in Flight Tracker to see departing and arriving flight times directly on your device. 

Once you leave the airport, the application will tie into Geodelic's location discovery guide, which will give you ideas on what to do in whatever city you find yourself in. 

Hit the Read More link to see a list of currently supported airports as well as a link to grab the free application for yourself. [FLYsmart via Business Wire]

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3 years ago

Droid Incredible maintenance update reportedly starting Nov. 8

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We just got word that an update is on the way for the HTC Droid Incredible on Verizon -- and we can expect it to start pushing out on our about Nov. 8. (And remember, kids, that doesn't necessarily mean everyone will get it that day. But once we have the manual update location, it's all good.) Here's what's coming in Software version 3.26.605.1:

  • Updated Flash Player with security enhancements
  • Visual Voice Mail Wifi improvements and removal of incorrect service messages and post-call notifications
  • Better support for Yahoo IMAP e-mail
  • Update to Slacker Radio app
  • You can attach files larger than 5MB
  • Updated Cox POP3 e-mail settings
  • Updated Comcast POP3 e-mail settings
  • Play YouTube videos in the YouTube app (that's new?)
  • Seamlessly switch between portrait/landscape in Google Maps
  • Search key and other buttons displayed in the correct order (what's the wrong order?)
  • VCAST app lets you bill apps to your Verizon account

That's no small list, but nothing earth-shattering either. Regardless, any update is good to see. Thanks, Mystery Man!

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3 years ago

HTC and SoundHound team up in Europe

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HTC and SoundHound have laid out some Global plans that will initially start in Europe. In a press released issued this week, HTC and SoundHound outlined the details which will have SoundHound embedded into all HTC device releases in the coming future.

 “Partnering with HTC to make SoundHound available on HTC’s Android handsets is a great win for both companies,” said Amir Arbabi, vice president, business development, SoundHound Inc. “SoundHound makes music search and discovery on mobile devices fast, accurate and delightful. Working with a global innovator like HTC extends our leadership as we continue to expand the adoption of our technologies and services around the world.”

“HTC is focused on improving the mobile experience for our customers and a key part of that is with music,” said John Wang, chief marketing officer, HTC Corporation. “We are excited to be working with SoundHound, a leader in music search and discovery to raise the bar for the search and discovery of music on HTC phones.”

The first devices to get the official SoundHound treatment will be the HTC Desire HD and the HTC Desire Z with addition others added in the near future. [via Businesswire]

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3 years ago

Samsung's Galaxy S becomes first smartphone to be Wi-Fi Direct certified

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The news of Wi-Fi Direct recently gave everyone hope that their device will be able to connect with others simply via a Wi-Fi connection. While the news was exciting, we didn't receive dates or specific device lists in order to estimate a time frame. 

Samsung's Galaxy S was caught on the Wi-Fi Alliance's Wi-Fi Direct certification listing; it is the first smartphone to receive the certification. 

No news on when this would be available to consumers, but this is a sign that we should see Wi-Fi Direct in action in the near future. Galaxy S users, you may be the lucky ones to try it first. [Wi-Fi Alliance via Engadget]

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3 years ago

T-Mobile myTouch 4G already getting an OTA update

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Have you picked up your fancy new myTouch 4G yet? If so, you might have noticed that T-Mobile is already pushing out an OTA update for it. As posted in our forums, the snapshot above is that of the update which was sent out to a brand new myTouch 4G. We're still digging through what all the update addresses but for now, most folks have noticed that it fixes some of the display issues with the web browser address bar. If you all spot any other changes, be sure to let us know.

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3 years ago

Motorola Backflip to Android 2.1 upgrade instructions, release notes

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Motorola has sent out the test version of the 2.1 update for the Backflip to a limited group of people.  If you're not one of them, no worries -- the download is out there for the taking -- or at least until it's taken down. Here's what to do:

  • Charge your phone fully.  This could take up to 40 minutes according to AT&T, but our tipster says about 15 minutes.
  • Grab the file right here.
  • Copy it to the root of your SD card (not inside another folder), and make sure it stays named "Blur_Version.3.0.1390.MB300.ATT.en.US.zip."  Sometimes Windows likes to add to the file type extension, so double check.
  • Tap the menu key > Settings > About Phone > System Updates and look for the update. Your Backflip should find it, install it, and reboot.

When you restart (this process may take a while!) you should be running Android 2.1.  Our friend also says that you may experience apps force closing, this can be fixed by uninstalling, then reinstalling.  Good Luck!  Thanks anonymous friends!

Update: Actually, it looks like Moto's ready to go with this update as soon as testing's over. You can find the entire Backflip Eclair update page here, and the release notes here. (pdf)

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3 years ago

Qik for myTouch 4G ties into contacts to show who's available

Now that the myTouch 4G is up for grabs for all, T-Mobile and Qik wasted no time in letting folks know that Qik will be powering the T-Mobile video chat service. Of course, that's not really the news there. The news is that T-Mobile video chat will be the first to actually integrate with the native Android address book. As noted in the press release:

The integrated T-Mobile Video Chat powered by Qik will be the first to offer integration into the native Android™ address book with the benefit of indicating live presence allowing customers to connect with friends and family through live video conversations and video messaging over T-Mobile’s network and Wi-Fi.

Pretty interesting. Not sure it's quite the greatest selling feature but it's a new feature nonetheless and we like new features around here, a lot. You can hit the full press release after the break [via PRNewswire] Thanks, Dieter!

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