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3 years ago

Google I/O contest begins; round 1 is finished

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As we all remember, the Google I/O registration sold out this year in only 59 minutes, making it extremely difficult for anyone who wanted to go, but wasn't on the site at the second it opened. Google announced that they would be running a contest to bring another 100 tickets to the table, and the first round ended yesterday. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled, as you still have nine days, and 90 chances left to win a ticket to the event. Be sure to make note of the start times, as you will only have 30 minutes to submit your answers from the time the contest begins. [@googleio]

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3 years ago

HTC Thunderbolt orders go live on the Verizon Wireless website

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It's time folks. If you've been sitting at your computer waiting for the minutes on the clock to roll over your wait is now over. After many rumored launch dates, delays and seemingly false starts -- the HTC Thunderbolt has now gone live on the Verizon Wireless website and is ready to be delivered direct to your door. As noted previously, purchasing the device straight from Verizon will run you $250 for a two-year contract, $320 for a one-year contract, or $600 $444.99 with no contract.

No matter where you stood in our poll from earlier, a lot of folks are going to be grabbing the HTC Thunderbolt and taking the device as well as 4G LTE for a spin. Until now,  the Verizon 4G LTE network has seen minimal traffic so it'll be interesting to see how it handles the masses. If you're still undecided about the device as a whole, you can check our device page to get the full run down, also be sure to hit up our first-look from CES 2011. If you've already decided and are ready to take the plunge, then jump on the source link to take you on over to the Verizon Wireless website. After that, hop into the forums to brag. [Verizon] PS: Looks like no contract price was dropped to $444.99

*Edit* - Now it is back to $599.99, anyone get one at $444.99?

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3 years ago

Amazon will sell you a HTC Thunderbolt for $180, goes on sale at midnight

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So, apparently some phone called the HTC Thunderbolt is coming out tomorrow. And some people are kind of excited for it for one reason or another. Well, Amazon will help you make the plunge into this LTE thing as they are now offering the TBolt for just $180 when signing up for a new or upgrade two-year contract. It should be noted that Amazon will likely hit you with an extra fee if you ETF, so keep that into account if you are prone to such things.

All jokes aside, pricing straight from Verizon will run you $250 for two-year contract, $320 for one-year contract, or $600 with no contract when the phone goes on sale tonight at midnight. The 4G is so close you can almost taste it. [Amazon Wireless, Twitter (1), (2)]

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3 years ago

Samsung officially brings the Galaxy Player 4 and 5 to the US this spring

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We've seen similar products like this from Samsung in the past and we're about to see some more come this spring. The latest press releases confirms they will indeed be bringing the Samsung Galaxy Player 4 and 5 to the US market. Although no pricing or details were revealed they did drop the specs for us all in the official announcement.

Both the 4" and 5" will come pre-loaded with Android 2.2 Froyo and will be upgradeable to Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Both devices also Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, front and rear facing cameras and Skype as well as Flash 10.1. Hit the break for the full press release. [Businesswire via Engadget]

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3 years ago

Thunder, Thunder, Thunderbolt; HTC Shooter looking good [from the forums]

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Finally! The HTC Thunderbolt is rolling into retail locations and users will be able to pick one up for themselves. No more rumored release dates, no more cases showing up in store inventory with no devices available. As a Canadian, I cannot partake in the luxury of grabbing one but I'll certainly be scouring the Android Central forums to get folks opinion on it after it hits the masses. Until then, check out some of the threads below:

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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3 years ago

Is the HTC Thunderbolt your next device? [Poll]

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The LONG awaited HTC Thunderbolt is destined to release tomorrow as we found out earlier this week, and we need to know, is this device the one for you. The Android Central Forums have been home to "The Official HTC Thunderbolt Waiting Room", and with over 18,000 views, and nearly 400 replies, we would like to think that users are rather excited about this device. So, let us know, are you still interested, or have the "delays" swayed your decision and opened your curious eyes to a new device? Be sure to let us know what device you will be leaving behind for the Thunderbolt in our forums as well!

Are you getting the HTC Thunderbolt?online surveys

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3 years ago

The HTC Thunderbolts have arrived

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Since the HTC Thunderbolt is going on sale tomorrow, the fact that they're arriving in stores isn't a surprise.  I'm not going to let a little thing like that keep me from showing you guys a few pictures of HTC LTE goodness sitting in the backroom though.  Nothing new to report, just beautiful black boxes ready and waiting for you to show up tomorrow and make one your own.  Two more pictures after the break.  Thanks Anon!

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3 years ago

Motivation to keep yourself healthy comes in the form of a new application, Fatbooth

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Need a reason to keep in shape? Wondered what you would look like if you let yourself go? Well, no need to imagine it anymore as Fatbooth, a newly released Android application that did very well on iOS has no problem showing you exactly how you would look. While yes, the application may not assist you in your daily tasks, it certainly can help out that extra ounce of motivation in you to push yourself into the gym that day. So, let's have some fun with this free application, and if you aren't shy, show yourself off in the forums here. Download links after the break.

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3 years ago

Rogers amps up Xperia Play and Xperia Arc promotions, still no launch dates announced

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Although Rogers was quick to jump on the official announcements of the Xperia Play and Xperia Arc, they've remained quiet when it comes to stating a launch date for either. Instead they've just opted to roll with the "coming soon" banter and leave it at that. However, if there was any indication that "coming soon" actually means sooner then we think it's the fact that Rogers has now set up dedicated sites for each device.

Yes, both the Xperia Arc and Xperia Play have their own pages on the Rogers website along with a bunch of videos and other specs and information. Rogers appears to be boasting rather proudly, as they should they'll have not one but rather two Android devices running Android 2.3 Gingerbread. [Rogers]

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3 years ago

'HTC Shooter' gets benchmarked, might be the EVO 3D?

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Sprint has been coy to say the least about information regarding a true successor to the EVO 4G, but the cat might just be out of the bag if leaked benchmark scores are to be believed. They show a "HTC Shooter" running on Sprint's network along with Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread and a 960 x 540 resolution screen. In addition, the Adreno 220 GPU found on board is set to be paired with Qualcomm's upcoming slate of dual-core Snapdragon processors - meaning that something along the line of the 1.2 GHz MSM8660 Snapdragon CPU is a real possibility for this device.

The benchmarks themselves are quite impressive, with the device scoring 22.7 fps on GLBenchmark 2.0 Egypt. For comparison's sake, the Tegra 2-powered Atrix 4G got a score of 19.4 fps on the same test. 

EVO people, please take short breaths. Sprint should be announcing a bunch of things at CTIA on March 22, so you won't have to wait long to find out. Until then, take to the EVO's section of the Android Central Forums. Please? [GLBenchmark via PocketNow] Thanks to MedioGringo for the tip!

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