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3 years ago

LG dual-screen slider with T-Mobile branding caught at Kineto Wireless event

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Ever want a split-keyboard, dual screen slider phone that runs Android?  You're in luck, because it looks like LG is making one and it is headed to T-Mobile.  There's not a lot known just yet, other than it's thick, and two of the eight "shortcut" icons in the secondary display are user programmable.  The fact that Kineto, the people behind wifi calling for Android, were showing it off makes us think that feature will be included as well. 

I'll be honest -- I'm kind of digging it.  I like physical keyboards, and something tells me I could adapt to the split model pretty easily.  I'm sure more info will start to trickle out about this one, but in the meantime be sure to visit the source link and check out the pictures. 

Source: Pocket-lint

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3 years ago

Some T-Mobile G2 warranty replacements mistakenly shipped with Gingerbread

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A leaked internal screenshot seems to show T-Mobile USA acknowledging recent reports of some G2 warranty replacements returning to customers with a tasty surprise, in the form of Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread. According to the image obtained by TmoNews, the carrier notes that this was a "test build", "shipped in error on a limited number of devices". Unsurprisingly, Tmo also says it noticed an increased number of "unnecessary" exchange requests in the week or so since the reports first emerged, as wily G2 owners attempted to take advantage of the mix-up to get an early taste of Gingerbread.

However, now that T-Mobile is aware of the error, it's unlikely any more devices will be shipped with the test build. Unless you're among the lucky few that already has it, you'll have to wait until the update's officially sent out over-the-air in the weeks ahead.

Source: TmoNews

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3 years ago

eBay revamps Android app, adds more selling capabilities

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Online auction giant eBay has just revamped its Android application, adding selling capabilities for casual and professional sellers alike.

  • List an item for sale, from start to finish, in under 60 seconds
  • Use the barcode scanner to scan a product’s barcode and immediately populate details for listings
  • “Sell One Like This” – for a casual seller who wants to list a similar item already selling on eBay
  • Schedule when an auction starts and ends
  • Contact the buyer

Buying -- and now selling -- from start to finish, all on your smartphone. Welcome to the 21st century, folks. Download links are more screen shots are after the break.

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3 years ago

Sprint HTC EVO 3D initial review

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Watch our hands-on with the EVO 3D!

If there ever was a phone that could supplant the venerable HTC EVO 4G as Sprint's best-selling Android device, the new EVO 3D could well be it. Spend just a few minutes with the device, and that much is clear. You're going to want this smartphone.

"But Phil," you say. "It's got all that 3D stuff, and I don't care about 3D stuff."

Know what? That's fine. You don't have to use it. We're well into our review of the EVO 3D, and it's time for some initial thoughts. Find 'em after the break.

EVO 3D SpecsEVO 3D ForumsEVO 3D Accessories

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3 years ago

Sprint HTC EVO 3D video hands-on

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

It's been a few months since we first handled the Sprint HTC EVO 3D. And at the time, the software was far from finished. But we're just a mere week or so away from the official public launch of HTC's first 3D-capable smartphone, and it's time to give it a thorough what-for.

Hardware-wise, the EVO 3D feels a tad slimmer than its predecessor, though it's a tad taller. We're also very much impressed by the textured soft-touch coating on the battery cover. As you'll see in the video, you're going to get your grubby fingers all over the camera lenses when using the EVO 3D as a phone, and we're a little worried that the flush lenses will become horribly scratched -- just like with our EVO 4G.

Software-wise, it's got Android 2.3.3 and the new Sense 3.0, which we're very much impressed by. (And you can hear it in our voice.) All in all, it looks like the EVO 3D's going to be the Summer phone to beat on Sprint.

More: Ask Phil about the EVO 3D!

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3 years ago

Panasonic announces its first Toughbook-branded Android tablet

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Panasonic recently announced what it is calling the first "Enterprise Ready" tablet geared towards commercial and government users looking to take their tablet with them into the field. This will be the first Android device offered by the company bearing the Toughbook name, a brand known for its durability and business focused features:

  • A 10.1" 1024x786 matte-finish display that is "daylight viewable"
  • An (included) "Active Stylus" for capturing signatures
  • Security embedded at the "hardware level"
  • "Full shift" battery life
  • GPS capability
  • Wifi with optional embedded 3G/4G connectivity
  • Durable construction consistent with other Toughbook-brand device

One of the press shots shows the tablet running a version of Android 2.x, but no operating system was officially announced. Processor, RAM, and storage aren't known yet, but as this is an enterprise-class device and not a consumer model, don't expect this thing to set any benchmark records.  Panasonic's Toughbook line is known for their durability and business-friendly features, not bleeding edge tech.  Still, it's exciting to see Android move into the business sector, and it's a good sign that our little green robot is starting to grow up.  Pricing and Availability are not yet available.

The press picture showing this running Android 2.x is located after the break.

Source: BusinessWire; via Crunchgear

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3 years ago

HTC EVO 4G case review: Case-Mate Barely There

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Not everyone is interested in the biggest and bulkiest case designed for their phone. Some keep their phones in their pocket, some in their purse, and for these people, I suggest the Case-Mate Barely There Case for the HTC EVO 4G.

The case is a single, thin-yet-hard impact resistant shell that fully covers the backside of your EVO 4G, sans camera, flash, and speaker. It doesn't cover the top or the bottom of your phone, so your headphone jack, power button, USB port, and HDMI part all still uncovered, as is the volume rocker on the side of the phone. It literally just snaps around the phone and isn't very difficult to get off. For the front of the screen, Case-Mate includes a screen protector that'll cover up your whopping display.

If you're after a case that'll protect the minimum essentials of your phone without adding the heft of other brands, the Case-Mate Barely There Case is for you. You can find it in the Android Central Store in black and pink for $17.95. More pics are after the break.

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3 years ago

EVO Shift 4G's Gingerbread update now available for manual download

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Sprint's just let us know that the EVO Shift 4G can now grab its update to Android 2.3 Gingerbread. All you have to do to get it is go to Menu>Settings>System updates>HTC software Update and start the process. In addition to the Gingerbread update, you'll get improved download management, and fixes media streaming.

If for some reason you want to wait for the update to be pushed to you, Sprint will start force-feeding it on Monday.

Source: Sprint; More EVO Shift 4G forums; Thanks, Eric!

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3 years ago

Galaxy on Fire 2 now available for Tegra 2 Android devices

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Galaxy on Fire 2 -- one of the most visually stunning games we've ever played on Android -- is now available in the Android Market and in NVIDIA's Tegra Zone app. GoF2 is a space-based saga where you're stuck working for a mining colony (not exactly of your on free will) and alternate between working for the man and blowing up bad guys for the man.

The story line's fine and all, but it's the gameplay that's stunning. An on-screen joystick controls your ships and weapons, and you're bound to fall out of your chair at least once, thanks to the completely free range of movement you get with flying through space. You really do have to experience it to believe it.

Galaxy on Fire 2 is available free in the Android Market and Tegra Zone. You'll get just the first galaxy (which you can play as much as you want) and can unlock the entire game with a $14.99 in-app purchase. Give it a whirl. Download links and more screen shots are after the break.

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3 years ago

HTC Sensation now available on Three UK

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Today sees the end of Vodafone's UK-wide exclusivity of the HTC Sensation, with the launch of the phone on rival network Three. Three has HTC's dual-core monster available for £449.99 without a contract, or for free on 24-month contracts starting at £30 per month.

This matches the cheapest Vodafone contract that includes a free Sensation, though for your £30 Three will give you a more generous data and text allowance (1GB and 5000 texts), at the expense of fewer minutes (500 vs. 1500 on Vodafone). Three's also offering the Sensation on its £37 per month "One Plan", which includes unlimited data, 5000 texts and 2000 minutes.

If you're thinking of snapping one up today, make sure you check out our full review of the HTC Sensation before parting with your cash.

Source: Three Store

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