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3 years ago

HTC Legend comes to North America on Canada's Virgin Mobile

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The HTC Legend has been one of our favorite phones to come out of the Taiwanese manufacturer this year. (Read our full review) Its unibody aluminum construction, the new Sense UI, optical trackpad, gorgeous AMOLED screen, 5MP camera, speedy processor ... the list goes on. Only problem's been that it's kept itself out of North America -- until now. Canada's Virgin Mobile network has scored it for $79 with a three-year (Canadian standard) contract and data plan at $50 a month. Welcome to the new world, little Legend. Now let's work our way south into the States, eh? [Virgin Mobile]

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3 years ago

AT&T's data down again in the Southeast

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Say what you will about AT&T's network issues, but for a lot of us it's worked just fine. Except for when it doesn't work, like today. Seems that it's taken quite a hit in the Southeast again (Sunday wasn't much fun either). AT&T's support forums are lighting up, as is our inbox. What's everybody out there seeing? [AT&T Forums - must be registered]

Update: AT&T tells us a couple of major fiber lines were cut, but everything should be back up now.

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3 years ago

New pics of the Droid X emerge, looking like a major player (updated)

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In a word: Wow. Finally, some clear pics of the Droid Xtreme -- which apparently is going to be called the Droid X -- and it's a looker. Gadget University scored some time with the as-yet unannounced Verizon-branded phone and reports back that it indeed has a 4.3-inch screen (and says "the colors are much better than on the Droid"), 1GHz Snapdragon process (Really? Switching to Snapdragon? The 1GHz part may still be true, though. -- Update: Now they're saying 750Mhz TI OMAP3630.), HDMI out, 8MP camera with flash, Android 2.1, and an updated Motoblur when they say isn't as bad as what we have now.

Not sure how crazy we'll be about the physical button on the bottom -- they look a little out of place on an otherwise very slick phone. GU says we may see this guy on Verizon in the next month or so. Let's certainly hope so. [Gadget University via Droid Life]

Update: BGR's got an unsourced post that says we'll see this puppy in July and the Droid 2 in August, with the latter launching with Android 2.2. We'll see.

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3 years ago

Milestone, Xperia X-10 to get updates, says O2 Germany

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O2 Germany says that the  Motorola Milestone and the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 will soon be getting updated ROMs.  Sorry, but the Milestone won't be getting Android 2.2/Froyo this time around, nor will the X10 be getting Android 2.1/Eclair -- they both are getting small maintenance releases.  Expect them within the next two weeks according to O2.

We've heard nada from Motorola or Sony Ericsson about this, and can only assume that the software will also be headed for other carriers if needed.  And even though it's not the update you might have been hoping for, it's nice to know the manufacturers haven't forgotten you.  [Twitter via TheUnwired.net]

 

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3 years ago

LG planning 20 Android phones in next 6 months

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HTC, Motorola, and Samsung are the three juggernauts of the Android phone world. So what’s the deal with LG? So far, they don’t have much to show for in the US, except the LG Ally. On top of that, their first-quarter smartphone profit sales have dropped 6.7 percent from last year. Since the Android market is starting to become insanely lucrative, they’ve decided to get serious and have released a statement saying that 20 LG Android powered devices will be rolled out before the end of the year. Now, it’s hard to say how many of those phones will make it to the US, but we should expect to see at least a few. [via Unwired View]

Update: It appears that LG's 20 new smartphones won't all be running Android.  Android Central commenter On2Vegas points us to a comment on a story at GigaOm from Ken Hong at LG Electronics in Seoul.  According to Ken no solid numbers for the Android platform as the "portfolio is still in flux".  Thanks On2Vegas!

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3 years ago

Android Central Podcast Episode 16

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Audio-only stream below

Phil, Jerry and Mickey break down the latest on the Evo 4G, Froyo on the Motorola Droid, the new Droid 2 pictures, the upcoming U.S. launch of the Samsung Galaxy S, and squeeze in a few of your voicemails and e-mails.

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3 years ago

AT&T HTC Intruder (or Liberty, or Aria) teased in testing video

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(AT&T Android Product Manager Dante Martin)

We brought you the first picture of the AT&T HTC Liberty -- which may well be named the Intruder -- and now we can bring you a video teaser of the phone. It's clearly a small HTC phone running Sense, and it definitely lines up with the Liberty render we stripped out of the ROM, with the Evo-style buttons and Incredible-style trackpad. Can't tell too much otherwise, except that the microUSB port is on the bottom of the phone, and the phone itself appears to be pretty small, which could line up with the 320x480 screen resolution.

The video itself is pretty interesting, too -- check it out after the break -- showing how AT&T tests its phones long before they ever get into your hot little hands. And that they did so with an as-yet unannounced Android phone is very cool, too. Nicely done, AT&T. Thanks, Will!

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3 years ago

Android Town is looking for a new name

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Remember that Quick App post from Jerry back in May? Well, Android Town is looking to expand and they’re in the process of making a multiplatform application and with that in mind, they’re looking to change their name and they’re going to let the users who helped them grow this app with such great feedback and suggestions, pick the new name! Drop a suggestion down in the comments and if you haven’t got this app already or taken a look at the latest version, you can get it here:

[Market Link | AppBrain]

Also, don't forget to look for us in the town!
phil, duvi, drm2blv, Jorge, afazel, jerry and Dman

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3 years ago

Evo 4G screen scratch test isn't pretty to watch, but the result's not bad

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When you see a phone along side a set of keys, a screw, a penny a razor blade, you know something bad's about to happen. Right? Roman G lets us know in the Android Central Forums about his scratch test on the Evo 4G (he was sending the phone back to Sprint for another physical problem anyway), and he definitely put it through its paces. Check out the video, after the break. [YouTube via Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

Evo 4G limited to 30 frames per second

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Some of you have reported the Evo 4G to be a little choppy while scrolling through the menu, or swiping through the home screens, and it might just not be your imagination. Using an application called ‘fps2d’, Evo enthusiasts have discovered that there appears to be a 30-frames-per-second cap. That means that games and other graphic intensive applications may not be running to the best of their ability. Nobody’s really sure as to why this could be yet, but there was a similar issue with the Motorola Droid when it got its Eclair update. But you better believe your friendly neighborhood devs are quickly working to resolve this issue.  [code.google.com via XDA]

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