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3 years ago

Try on jeans, get a 'free' phone

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We're going to suspend disbelief here for a moment and imagine that some of you have girlfriends, and that these girlfriends on occasion shop at a store called Wet Seal, which apparently sells "cute teen clothing." (Note to self: Don't ever let your daughters grow up.)

Anyhoo, they might soon be asking about a promotion in which they can get a free Android smartphone for trying on a pair of jeans (and they'll likely be wondering where you're hiding the camera).

Here's the deal: Yeah, they (or you) can get a "free" phone in exchange for trying on jeans. It's free insofar as you still have to sign up for a two-year voice/data plan. So if that's a good deal for you, then go for it. But remember, free ain't quite "free."

Sources: Wet Seal, press release

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3 years ago

Travelocity launches Android app

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Travel giant Travelocity has launched its Android app. You've got options to book flights and hotels, find deals, get flight info, explore destinations, find gas stations, view your trips (once you're logged in to your account, of course), contact Travelocity, or go to the full website.

The app itself is pretty simple -- what you see above amounts to the entirety of the menu, and there are no real settings to take advantage of. You can search for flights or hotels without being logged in, which is nice, and the "Contact us" button brings up Travelocity's toll-free number.

We've got download links after the break if you want to give it a go.

Source: Press release

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3 years ago

Editorial: Netflix's Android rollout an example of a good thing done badly

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One of the first rules of kindergarten is you don't talk about kindergarten. Wait. That's something else. Actually, one of the first rules of kindergarten involves bringing treats to school. If you don't have enough for everybody, don't bring anything.

The same should apply for some Android applications. In particular, we're talking about the Netflix application. Here's a look at how it's rolled out:

So we now have 24 devices that "officially" can run Netflix. And of those 24 devices, only one is a Honeycomb tablet -- and it's one that maybe all of a dozen people have purchased. That's the Lenovo IdeaPad Tablet K1, which only went on sale July 20. No Motorola Xoom. Not Galaxy Tab 10.1. No ASUS eee Pad Transformer. No Acer Iconia Tab A500.

That's no way to run a railroad. It's not good for Netflix, and it's sure not good for Android. The list of smartphones that Netflix is now (finally) available on is pretty good, with most of the high-end devices available in the United States. But the form factor that screams for Netflix -- that'd be tablets -- is still severely lacking.

We know the Netflix app works well on tablets. Hell, it looks great on Honeycomb tablets. The latest version released this week works just fine, no hacking of the app needed.

And if you'll allow a short rant here, we've never been that comfortable with people hacking open the Netflix app to get it to work on other devices. Changing the build.prop file on your own phone to spoof a device ID is one thing; breaking open someone's app and rebuilding it to suit your needs (and then distributing it) is another. It's practices like this that cause the DRM punishment in the first place. And as we all know, it never really punishes the offenders, who just find another way around the DRM.

Netflix has to satisfy the movie studios' requirements to make sure there's not wholesale pirating of movies. We get that. It sucks, but we get it. But look where it's led us -- a half-assed rollout of what should be one of the most exciting applications to hit a Honeycomb tablet, and one that could have made Google's movie rental service all but irrelevant before it even launched.

Instead, we have a great app that finally works on some devices and a scant few tablets. It's nice that we've got it now, but it's pretty much been an exercise in how not to launch a popular app.

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3 years ago

T-Mobile G2x Gingerbread update now available

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If you've got a sexy T-Mobile G2x in your hands you'll want to sit it down for a while so that you can grab your cables and get started on downloading the LG update tool. Yes, Gingerbread for the T-Mobile G2x is now available for download. The update will come in weighing 178MB and when completed you'll have fully loaded Android 2.3.3 GRI40. If you're rooted or using a custom ROM at the moment, you'll likely want to hold off but of none of that is your concern -- have at it.

Source: XDA; via: Android Police

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3 years ago

T-Mobile getting the Wildfire S on Aug. 3 for $80 on contract

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The HTC Wildfire S is coming to T-Mobile this fall. The Wildfire S -- read our review of the European version -- sports a 3.2-inch touchscreen and is running Android 2.3. It's got a 5MP camera on the back.

It'll be available starting Aug. 3 for $79.99 (after $50 mail-in rebate) with a two-year contract. It'll be available in white at T-Mobile stores, and also in black at Walmart and Sam's Club.

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3 years ago

Nexus S hits AT&T on July 24, presales start today

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Can't say we haven't seen this one coming for a long time, but now it's finally official. AT&T is getting its own Nexus S on July 24. It'll be available only at Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile (just like the T-Mobile Nexus S and Sprint Nexus S4G).

Cost is $99 with a new two-year contract, or $529 off-contract.

Full presser's after the break.

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3 years ago

AT&T's Android (and other smartphone) sales double year over year in Q2

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AT&T today released its earnings for the second quarter of 2011. Revenue was up $680 million (2.2 percent) to $31.5 billion compared to the second quarter of last year. AT&T says 70 percent of its postpaid sales were from smartphones, and that it had a record second quarter with 5.6 million smartphones sold. On top of that, sales of Android "and other smartphones" (are there any other kinds?) doubled year over year.

AT&T currently has the HTC Status and Inspire 4G, LG Phoenix, Motorola Flipside and Atrix, Pantech Crossover, and the Samsung Captivate and Infuse 4G in its Android arsenal.

Source: AT&T; More: iPhone numbers from TiPb

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3 years ago

Google reportedly in talks to purchase alternate patent suite from InterDigital

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As the patent world turns ... The Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed sources, this morning reports that Google is in talks with InterDigital Inc. about acquiring the "technology developer and licenser" in the wake of its failed bidding for that Nortel patent suite.

The WSJ story says IngerDigital owns around 8,800 patents regarding transmitting wireless data, noise-cancellation and other technology for cellular phones and networks.

Source: WSJ; More: Google and patents

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3 years ago

T-Mobile rolling out new Value plans July 24th

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If all the changes to carrier data plans  lately are making you a bit nervous about your current data usage, T-Mobile wants you to know that you can quit worrying and sign up for their new plans with unlimited data packages. Starting July 24, the new Value plans feature a variety of  monthly rates for talk, text and unlimited data with 2 GB, 5 GB or 10 GB of high speed data – with no overage charges – for individual and family customers on new two-year agreements. T-Mobile will continue to offer traditional plans under the new T-Mobile Classic plan brand (previously called Even More plans), as well as Monthly4G No Annual Contract plans and Pay As You Go plans. More information and the full press release can be found after the break.

Source: T-Mobile

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3 years ago

Cut the Rope getting its own comic series ... on iTunes

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Better not let ol' Lloyd hear about this -- the loveable Om Nom from Cut the Rope is getting his ... erm, its ... own digital comic series. If you've yet to play Cut the Rope, the premise is you have to get dangling candies into Om Nom's mouth. And it can be surprisingly difficult to do so.

Now, the bad news: The digital comic will launch in the iTunes App Store in late August. Lame. Here's what we'd do: Hit up facebook.com/cuttherope or get 'em on Twitter at @Cut_The_Rope and let 'em know we want some Om Nom comic love on Android soonest.

Or we'd settle for getting Lloyd his own gig.

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