Some interesting news out of Verizon this morning -- there's going to be a significant shift in how rebates are handled. As you can see above, smartphones that have a net price of $150 or higher will have no rebates. Smartphones with a net price of $149.99 and under will have $50 rebates.
Now before anybody freaks out, we're told all that means is that it'll be treated more like an instant rebate. The up-front cost of the phone will still be cheaper, but the overall price of the phone won't really change.
Beautiful Widgets, the popular clock and weather app from Level Up Studios, saw a significant update this morning to version 3.3. This update brought several welcome changes, including the new "Super Clock" widgets. Besides for the obvious new look, these widgets are hi-res, allowing them to be scaled without quality loss. You can also swap out the weather icon with one that shows you your battery status, or choose from one of the new clock only widgets if you only care about the time.
Beautiful Widgets was one of my first app downloads when I got my Droid over a year ago, and I've loved using it ever since. Full changelog, market link, and two more screenshots after the break.
Looks like that $149.99 price point for the Motorola Atrix 4G might hold up, as Costco has entered its initial price on the upcoming AT&T phone. Whether that's in reaction to Amazon's brief listing is anyone's guess, and it's possible that this could still change. But for a phone with as much potential as the Atrix 4G (check out our hands-on at CES), that's a very affordable subsidized price. Thanks to you know who!
Been wondering where the Samsung Gem is headed? Wonder no more, as it's appeared on regional carrier Bluegrass Cellular for the low, low price of $59 on contract. But for our money, we'd just buy this sucker at its outright price of $205 and skip the mess of contracts. That said, you're getting an entry-level Android phone, with Android 2.1, a 3.2MP camera and 3.2-inch touchscreen, all powered by an 800MHz processor. So it'll get the job done, but likely not win any awards doing it. One more pic after the break. [Bluegrass] Thanks, @ibegary!
You know that rebooting problem that's been plaguing the Samsung Nexus S since its launch? Sounds like Google's just about got it nipped in the bud, and a fix should ship in the next week or two. Googler Ry Guy posts as such in Google support forums:
The initial results of our tests look very promising. At this rate we will most likely be rolling out an OTA to resolve this issue within one to two weeks. We really appreciate your patience as we do our final verifications on this fix before sending it out.
For you folks who like to go lurking around source code, HTC has released the kernels for the EVO Shift 4G, and the Froyo update for the myTouch 3G. They'll be missing some of HTC proprietary code, of course, but there should be plenty of other goodies if you're into rolling your own ROMs. Check it out at the source link. [HTC Developer Center]
Nookie Froyo, the Nook Color's Android 2.2-based custom ROM, can now be flashed via ClockworkMod Recovery. Developer modembug (not the developer of the ROM) has managed to bring us a working .zip of the current Nookie (0.5.9).
If you're an HTC EVO Shift 4G owner who has been looking for a permanent root solution, we now have some great news for you all. You no longer have to wait any more. The HTC EVO Shift 4G permanent root solution has been found and as such, has been posted for all. You will have to proceed with caution and follow the guide to a tee but everyone should be used to that by now, especially if you frequent rooting devices. Hit up the source link for more details and instructions on how to get started. You can also check out forums to discuss it further. [XDA]
AT&T has yet to set a launch date or price for the Motorola Atrix 4G and HTC Inspire 4G, but Amazon isn't shacked to such trivial matters. The upcoming phones were briefly listed on the online retailer tonight but have since been pulled. the Atrix was listed at $149.99, and the 4.3-inch Inspire at $99. While Amazon often undercuts the carriers, there's not telling at this point whether those prices will be what we actually see once the pages return. And so, we wait once more. [Amazon: Atrix, Inspire] Thanks to everyone who sent these in!
Facebook just pushed out a an update for it's Android app. The new version is 1.5.1 adds Facebook Deals (though we can't quite see where they are in the app just yet) and has a few bug fixes, including one in which closed chats would reappear after relaunching the app. Updated now in the Android Market, or there's a download link after the break. [Facebook] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
Good news for everyone looking for parts and files from the LG Optimus 2X, the files have been stripped from the phone and are available for download. The system dump itself is about 275 MB and is the full dump from the Asian release of the phone. Luckily, the wallpapers and sounds have been singled out, saving a lot of time for folks who don't have the time or the need to go through the system files.
For most, the system files themselves aren't of much use, but your favorite developer can get to work porting all the cool content (like that clock widget!) now that the files are available. Enough talking about them, go grab them and enjoy! [Android Central forums -- system dump; wallpapers; ringtones]
Update: The four new live wallpapers are now available as well. They work as stand-alone installable .apk files. Be warned, they were designed for a phone with a Tegra 2 chipset, so performance may vary. Grab them here.
We've heard this plenty of times before. Heck, even Dave Dobbin, CEO of Mobilicity said it was going to happen at some point but now, we've got more evidence of it actually coming to reality. According to some documentation found over at the Bluetooth SIG, it appears the Samsung GT-i9020A has been registered which leads most to assume that "A" stands for AT&T. While that may be accurate let's not forget that also makes it applicable to each and every major GSM player in Canada. Such as Rogers, Bell, TELUS etc.
Given the history of Samsung devices being abbreviated by carrier letters in their naming; this seems reasonable. Not unexpected by any means but reasonable. The Google Nexus One made its rounds to carriers in every GSM flavor; it only makes sense this will eventually happen with the Samsung Nexus S as well. Be it in March or some other month, we won't be too shocked when it does arrive. [Bluetooth SIG via PocketNow]
Cross-platform gaming service OpenFeint has announced the release of Feint Spotlight 1.1 for Android. The latest version of Spotlight brings new features to the platform, including Facebook friend discovery and the ability to browse OpenFeint achievements and leaderboards. Players can also use Spotlight's social network to see which games their friends have been playing, and buy them if they're interested.
A QR code for Feint Spotlight can be found after the jump. [OpenFeint]
We can't not benchmarks the LG Optimus 2X (be sure to check out our hands-on), with the world's first dual-core smartphone processor, right? But here's the thing to remember -- it's not going to make the phone work twice as fast. That's not to say the Optimus 2X isn't speedy -- it certainly is, with its dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 CPUs, each CPU running at 1 GHz.
So above we have our standard benchmarks tests. Take them for what they are. And we're just now cracking open the games and apps, which we expect to pretty much blow our hair back. Stay tuned for more.
Honeycomb you say? Yes, we're still digging through the SDK and looking over the finer details for our own enjoyment and yours. Lots of goodies were found within already. Such as wallpapers, logos and more. If you've not had time to catch up then head on into the forums.
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