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3 years ago

Skype and Verizon announce video calling on many of their 4G Android devices

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Today, along with announcing their recent acquisition of Qik, Skype has also announced that they plan to bring video calling to a wide variety of 4G Android devices on Verizon. It has become obvious across mobile platforms that video calling is a feature that is in high demand, and Verizon and Skype wanted to ensure that they were not left behind with this; and to make sure they utilized the front and rear facing cameras to the max. Currently they expect this feature to be usable mid-2011, so while unfortunately not yet available, it is on its way!

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3 years ago

Samsung and Verizon announce Samsung 4G LTE Smartphone

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Verizon and Samsung have just announced a device with no name. Yes, you read that right. At this point the device is simply named Samsung 4G LTE Smartphone. The specs for this Samsung 4G LTE Smartphone look pretty sweet and it's the first device to market with Samsungs new Super AMOLED Plus display. It does however lack dual core and comes loaded with TouchWiz for better or worse but hey, no Bing.

  • Android 2.2
  • Google Mobile services, including Google Search
    Google Maps and Gmail, YouTube
  • Brilliant 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus touch screen display
  • 1GHz application processor
  • Rear-facing 8-megapixel camera with LED flash
  • Front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera to support video chat capabilities
  • Samsung Social Hub and Media Hub.

Any takers on this one? Stay tuned, hopefully we can get some hands on love with this peculiar little device. Press release can be found after the break.

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3 years ago

HTC and Verizon announce the HTC Thunderbolt [update: specs]

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HTC thunderbolt

Peter Chou from HTC takes the stage and unveils the HTC Thunderbolt, HTC's first LTE phone.  Mr Chou says he has been using it as his personal device for a while, and "it's blazing fast".  We're looking for full specs, for now we have the basics we did before -- 4G LTE, 4.3 inch screen, HTC Sense, and coming soon.  More as we ferret it out. [Android Central LiveBlog]

Update: You want specs?  Here ya go!:

  • 1 GHz Snapdragon CPU
  • 4G LTE – customers can expect download speeds of 5 to 12 Mbps and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in 4G Mobile Broadband coverage areas
  • 4.3-inch WVGA display
  • Mobile Hotspot capability – share 4G connection with up to 8 Wi-Fi devices
  • Android 2.2 platform
  • 32GB microSD card included
  • HTC Sense 2.0 with new features, including Fast Boot
  • Built-in kickstand for easy media viewing
  • Dolby and SRS surround sound
  • Fully integrated Skype mobile experience
  • 720p HD video recording
  • DLNA streaming multimedia support

Full press release follows the break.

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3 years ago

HTC Thunderbolt and LG Revolution appear on the Verizon website

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We're still catching all the details as we sit in on the press conference right now but if you're looking to get a taste of what's being announced you can hit up the Verizon website for some high res images of the HTC Thunderbolt as well as the LG Revolution. Sit tight folks, lots more coming up in the next few minutes. [Verizon]

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3 years ago

Verizon and LG announce the LG Revolution

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LG Revolution

Dr. Jong-seok Park of LG Electronics takes the stage at the Verizon press conference and announces the LG Revolution, LG's first LTE device.  We'll update with specs and more information as it becomes available!  [Android Central's LiveBlog]

Update:  We have the press release, and the specs everyone wants:

  • 4G LTE – customers can expect download speeds of 5 to 12 Mbps and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in 4G Mobile Broadband coverage areas
  • 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen
  • Wi-Fi capable
  • Mobile Hotspot capability – share 4G connection with up to 8 Wi-Fi devices
  • DLNA, HDMI and DIVX capable
  • Video telephony support with front-facing camera
  • Android 2.2 technology for Google Mobile Services, including Gmail™, YouTube™, Google Talk, Google Voice and access to Android Market™
  • Virtual QWERTY keyboard
  • Bluetooth® 3.0 capabilities with support for Bluetooth Profiles Supported: Headset, Hands-Free, Dial-Up Networking, Object Push, Advanced Audio Distribution (stereo), Audio/Video Remote Control, Phone Book Access, and File Transfer
  • 16GB internal memory with microSD™ card slot with expandable memory up to 32GB
     

No official word on CPU or RAM, we'll keep looking.  Hit the break for the full presser.

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3 years ago

Is this Samsung's LTE phone?

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Our LiveBlog of the Verizon CES event just started, and Samsung took a minute to show their support for Verizon's LTE network.  Is this a glimpse of their first LTE phone?  Stay tuned!

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3 years ago

Live from the Verizon Wireless press event!

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Verizon press conference

The excitement's been building for this one, and we're live at the Verizon Wireless press event at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas.

We've already seen a couple new Android devices on Verizon -- the Motorola Droid Bionic and Xoom Honeycomb tablet. Will they have something else up their sleeve? Join us after the break to find out!

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3 years ago

T-Mobile to double their 4G speeds

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HSPA+ coverage

T-Mobile talked about more than Android phones and tablets today, also letting us know that they will be doubling their 4G HSPA+ network speeds.  T-Mobile plans to get their network up to 42 Mbps (zooooom) and launch at least 25 new 4G devices to take advantage of the new speeds.  Whether you want to call it 4G, 3.5G or 3G, 42 Mbps is fast, and we're all for it.  Press release after the break.

Update: T-Mobile also makes the bold promise that there will be no surcharges of any kind for their 4G service.  That's the kind of news we like to report.

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3 years ago

T-Mobile makes LG G-Slate official

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 T-Mobile LG G-Slate

T-Mobile today officially announced their G-Slate tablet. Made by LG, the tablet comes with TMo HSPA+ for "4G" speeds and Android 3.0 Honeycomb running the whole assembly. We already saw some leaked videos of the device in action and we are awaiting more hard tech specs. Press release after the break. [Android Central live blog, T-Mobile]

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3 years ago

T-mobile announces the Dell Streak 7

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Dell Streak 7

We already knew it was going to happen, but T-Mobile announced the Dell Streak 7 at their CES press conference today. From their press release:

"T-Mobile’s first 4G tablet, the Dell Streak 7, is capable of peak speeds up to 21 Mbps to provide a super-fast 4G mobile broadband experience for watching movies and entertainment through preloaded content and thousands of widgets, games and applications available on Android Market™. Running the Android 2.2 operating system, the Dell Streak 7 features a brilliant 7-inch WVGA touch screen with Gorilla® Glass, dual core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor and full Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1 support."

Sounds like a great new device for those who aren't interested in bigger (and heavier) gear, as long as Dell can get the updates to it in a timely manner.  We'll share more as we hear it!

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3 years ago

Qik acquired by Skype [update]

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Qik, the company behind video conferencing on the HTC Evo 4G, and many other mobile devices, has been acquired by video and voice over IP giant, Skype. Tony Bates, the CEO of Skype, has posted the announcement on the company's blog.

"Skype and Qik share a common purpose of enriching communications with video, and the acquisition of Qik will help to accelerate our leadership in video by adding recording, sharing and storing capabilities to our product portfolio" said the CEO.

No word on how much the acquisition cost and when the two will officially join forces. We'll keep you posted as this week's CES plays out. [Skype]

Update: Mashable has confirmed that Qik has been purchased for $100 million bucks.

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3 years ago

Android overtakes iPhone in total mobile U.S. user numbers as of November

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 comScore numbers ending November, 2010

Think back to November 2009 for a moment: the HTC Hero was the best you could buy on Sprint, the Motorola DROID was shouting "Droid Does" from every direction, and the Nexus One was not even a rumor. Flash forward back to November 2010 and analytics company comScore is reporting that Android has surpassed the iPhone in total active mobile users in the United States. Their numbers show Android at 26 percent marketshare, just edging out the iPhone at 25 percent. RIM's Blackberry is still the market leader at 33.5 percent, but they have lost 4 percentage points since the August numbers were released. Since then, Android gained 6 percentage points and iOS gained just under 1 point. 

Considering the ever-increasing sales numbers for Android phones-- 300,000 per day at last check in early December -- it is almost certain that Google's OS will become the sole market leader in the U.S. at some point this year. Just try to not rub it in your iPhone-using friends' faces too much, OK? Just throw a couple more widgets on your homescreen and get back to following our CES coverage. [comScore via TechCrunch]

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3 years ago

T-Mobile press event liveblog

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Good morning from beautiful Las Vegas. We've fought our way through the Adult Entertainment Expo here at the Sands Expo and Convention Center (it's a rough job, we know) and are at the T-Mobile press event.

Will we see new phones? A Dell tablet? Only one way to find out. Hit the break for the liveblog action!

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3 years ago

HTC Evo Shift 4G benchmarks

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YouTube link for mobile viewing

What's a new smartphone without some benchmark tests, eh? Here we have the new HTC Evo Shift 4G. And with it's 3.6-inch touchscreen, 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7630 processor and 512MB of RAM, the thing is downright speedy.  And it should be, it's basically the G2 with HTC's Sense slathered on top, and Sprints radios installed.

When we get back from CES we'll have more time to sit down with this one, but like mentioned in the video, it's a joy to use.  Sprint has another winner on their hands, and I'm loving the 4G here in Vegas.

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3 years ago

No Froyo for Xperia X10 Series, says Sony Ericsson

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Sad pandas all-round for Xperia X10 series owners today. Sony Ericsson UK has revealed in a tweet that the X10 series won't be getting any further Android updates beyond the current 2.1 Eclair release.

Sony Ericsson reasons that "the features included in the Android 2.1 phone are on par with, and in many cases better than, a vanilla installation of 2.2". While that may be true of functionality, X10 owners will miss out on the performance improvements brought about by Froyo's JIT compiler and V8 Javascript engine. 

Sony Ericsson has incurred the wrath of customers in the past over the slow pace of OS upgrades for their Android devices. Xperia X10 devices have only just been updated to Eclair, having previously languished on the positively Jurassic Android 1.6.

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