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2 years ago

Motorola launches teaser site for tomorrow's big announcement

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Chomping at the bit for Motorola and Verizon's big reveal tomorrow afternoon? You're not the only one. Until we finally get to see what all the fuss is about, you can check out Motorola's teaser site at the source link below, which features a countdown to the big news, a nice little mural dedicated to "Faster, Thinner, Stronger, and Smarter", and an all-too-brief promo video. If you're the type to look too deep into things, you'll notice a razor, a bulletproof vest, and the number 42 flash on the screen: RAZR, Kevlar coating, and 4G LTE, perhaps? Or maybe not. We'll all find out together tomorrow at noon, where we'll be reporting live from New York City.

Source: Motorola

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2 years ago

Kyocera Milano review

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Entry-level, a hard keyboard, and an interesting form factor

I've got to hand it to any carrier (and manufacturer) for continuing to make and sell entry-level Android phones. Without them, a whole swath of people would miss out on the coolest mobile OS around and might not get the green fever everyone around here seems to have.

What we have in the Kyocera Milano is a tasty cookie just that: a pretty decent, entry-level Android for the (probably) first-time smartphone owner. If you're a power user and rooter extraordinaire, keep walking. If, however, you're looking to get your first shiny, new smartphone (or know someone who is), dive on deeper with me and we'll sort this whole thing out. 


It's small, brisk for it's size, and has a hard keyboard (great for messaging). It's also about as stock as you can get without going Nexus.


The small screen isn't as sharp as it should be and it's thicker than most über-phones out on the market today.



Sprint and Kyocera have definitely developed a phone for a particular audience, and for that audience, it definitely fits. For everyone else, keep moving right along.

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2 years ago

10 Honeycomb UI features we hope to see in Ice Cream Sandwich for phones

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In short order, Googlers will be on stage announcing Ice Cream Sandwich.  The next version of Android, it's been touted as "the one" that will merge the tablet operating system (Honeycomb) with the phone operating system (Gingerbread), as well as bring "incredible" things according to Larry Page.  We figure a lot of these incredible things will be under the hood, and they should be -- Android still needs some work in key areas, but as users, we're excited about one thing -- the new user interface.

Honeycomb does a lot of things right, and we would love to see some of those things kept and ported over to phones.  Everyone has their own list, but we're going to share ours.  Read on past the break!

Ice Cream Sandwich forums | Nexus Prime forums | rumored device forums

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2 years ago

BIG Launcher receives a huge update, now 100% accessible

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A few weeks back we took a look at BIG Launcher, an Android replacement launcher geared toward those who have some trouble seeing smaller icons, and they are pleased to announce a huge update. With this update the launcher is now 100% accessible, meaning it is now compatible with screen reader applications, such as Talkback, it is now fully controllable by physical buttons only if preffered, and they offer a dark skin as well so it is a bit easier on the eyes. If you have already purchased BIG Launcher be sure to grab the latest update, and if you haven't or know someone who could benefit from it be sure to hit the break for download links.

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2 years ago

Photon 4G update not going smoothly for all

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It's a story we're hearing all too often these days. An update comes down for a phone, and the phone starts acting up. Such is the case, apparently, for a number of Sprint Motorola Photon 4G users, who are reporting such problems as overheating to failed updates. It's not everybody, of course, but it's enough to raise eyebrows.

So what's the word? Yay or nay on update issues?

Source: Sprint forums; Photon 4G forums

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2 years ago

Android Theme Review: Lucid

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Ed. note: This theme requires use of the Theme Chooser.

If you're looking for the antithesis of Frost, you'll find it in Lucid. Dark, dramatic, and definitely easy on the battery, Lucid has won me over in the dark themes category and Sonny Sekhon has definitely shown off that he's no slouch at making CM7 themes.

Take everything I've said about Frost and Tangerine, and just make it black. The notification pulldown bar is back to being black. The transparency is there and the bottom of the pulldown is black with a little white arrow. The widget icons are white (naturally, so you can see them), and the battery percent is still inside the battery.

The dialer is transparent black, just like the other themes made by this developer. The accent colors for the frames is actually the same silver as Frost. The only difference here is that Lucid opts for black instead of silver.

Icons and widgets are the same greyish silver from Frost, too. Give your app drawer a look, there's plenty to see. It matches the theme really well, and while it may initially seem like a bummer that the icons are the same as Frost, monochrome looks so good with black you won't even mind the next time you look.

The toast notifications, buttons, highlight color, and checks are also the same dark grey/silver color, but it looks awesome. I guess that means we could argue Lucid is just Frost with a black bar, but don't. The theme looks good and it's functional, so let it be.

If you're looking for a theme with a bit darker vibe, Lucid is it. It's clean, look great, and shouldn't be too hard on the battery. Like it's other friends from the same dev, it's all yours for only $1.

We've got download links and more pictures after the break.

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2 years ago

T-Mobile gets the text-friendly, dual-screened LG DoublePlay

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And in this corner of the LG U.S. National Texting Championship we have the brand-new LG DoublePlay on T-Mobile. Just announced, the Android 2.3 device features a 3.5-inch main display and 2-inch sub-display that splits the four-row QWERTY keyboard. While secondary screens have yet to really take off (hi, Kyrocera Echo and Samsung Continuum), this one's different as it's got a layer of functionality the others lacked with the keyboard.

The DoublePlay, which is powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, also has a 5MP camera and is the phone contestants will use at the National Texting Championship on Oct. 26 in New York. No word yet on when us mere mortals can pick one up.

Source: T-Mobile

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2 years ago

Verizon data struggling tonight

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Yep, looks like Verizon's in the midst of a pretty widespread data issue tonight, if you folks on Twitter are any indication. Could be worse, we suppose, but any outage is a bad outage, even if it is Sunday evening. Hope Verizon's IT folks didn't have anything planned.

Anyhoo, voice your displeasure in the comments.

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