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2 years ago

T-Mobile gets its first no-contract 4G smartphone -- the Samsung Exhibit II 4G

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Available at Walmart on Oct. 27, nationwide Nov. 2

T-Mobile tonight announced the Samsung Exhibit II 4G, a 3.7-inch, Android 2.3 Ginerbread smartphone. It'll be available in Walmart stores on Oct. 27, and nationwide starting Nov. 2. It's T-Mobile's first no-contract phone and will sell outright for $199. If you prefer to sign away two years, khowever, you can snag the phone for just $29.99 (after $50 rebate).

In addition to the 3.7-inch WVGA display, it's got a 3MP rear camera, front-facing camera and 1GHz processor.

Yeah, it's not the sexiest hardware you'll get. But a $200 no-contract phone is something we can get behind. Full presser is after the break.

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2 years ago

ThunderBolt's Gingerbread update once again pushing out

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Finally, the Gingerbread update for the HTC ThunderBolt (that'd be the one we told you about this morning) is once again pushing out. This is the second time Gingerbread's headed to the ThunderBolt; it was pulled earlier because of some bugs, including by not limited to voicemail.

Go to settings>software update to get things going, and hit the forums link below to see how it's going for everybody.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
More in the HTC ThunderBolt forums

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2 years ago

Apple granted patent on slide to unlock, even though it existed 2 years before they invented it

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The software patent system is totally askew.  We need to look no further to see this than the recent news that Apple was granted a patent on sliding to unlock a mobile device.  (Edit: It actually was granted back in February, but the case pinged again, and so we're all revisiting it.) It's bad enough that a governing body somewhere actually believes that you or I aren't smart enough to come to the natural conclusion on our own (that's basically what a patent means -- it's a unique idea or process), but the fact that it existed on an old Windows CE device in 2005 was totally overlooked.

I present the Neonode N1m, as reviewed by none other than Tnkgrl.


Youtube link for mobile viewing

Jump to 4:00 if you're impatient.  Now you might ask two things -- why was this patent granted, and does "prior art" really mean anything?  The first is an easy answer, the folks who granted the patent probably never heard of the Neonode N1m (but I'm sure Apple did).  You can't blame them if they didn't know, even if they should have.  The second question is a bit more tricky.  Usually, if prior art can be proven, a patent is invalidated.  Proven is a tough word that means more than one thing to different people.  It should be easy to interpret, but that's not how the legal system in the US works. 

It did work as expected in the Netherlands though, and Samsung has already brought the lowly Neonode N1m in front of the court there -- and had Apple's claims over slide to unlock determined to be "trivial and likely invalid", and the court refused to consider them.  I'm sure HTC and Motorola, who are being sued over multiple gesture patents in the US, already have this particular Youtube video bookmarked.  If this patent stands, we all should just go back to this.

More: 9to5Mac; Fosspatents

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2 years ago

Sound quality concerns, Off contract RAZR [From the Forums]

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Boom! Seems just tge other day I mentioned HTC not bringing any news as of late and now they have scheduled a new event for November. Wonder what it could be? Time will tell, and we'll be right here to tell you all whatever it is as well. In the meantime, hit up some of todays forums post for more Android discussion:

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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2 years ago

Sprint OTA update for all current HTC Android phones now available, fixes data storage privacy issue

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Sprint has announced that an OTA (over the air) update is now available for all current HTC Android phones on their network, specifically the HTC EVO 4G, the HTC EVO Shift 4G, the HTC View 4G, the HTC EVO 3D, the  HTC EVO Design 4G, and the HTC Wildfire S.  They say they worked closely with HTC after news of the data mishandling by HTC phones was brought to light, and now offer a solution for all affected phones.  Like every OTA, they will be going out in waves -- if you don't get it today, you will shortly.  To manually check for the update, go to Settings >System updates > HTC software update > Check Now, and if the update is available for you it will begin the download and installation process. 

We still want to remind you to always watch what applications you install.  When your smartphone is as powerful as the desktop PC's we used 5 years ago, they are susceptible to the same security issues.  Be safe, not sorry.

Source: Sprint

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2 years ago

Amazon building 'millions more' Kindle Fires than planned, thanks to pre-orders

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Amazon released its third-quarter earnings today. And while the Kindle Fire isn't yet available, CEO Jeff Bezos is pimping pre-orders like they're they lifeblood of the company. And if the rhetoric is even half true, it might well be. Bezos said they're already increasing manufacturing capacity "and building millions more than we'd already planned."

Not bad for a device that nobody in the public (as well as 99 percent of journalists) has even touched yet.

Money-wise, Amazon says net sales were up 44 percent year over year, to $10.88 billion in the three months ending Sept. 30, though net income was down 73 percent to $63 million.

Conference call's coming up. Stay tuned.

Source: Amazon
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2 years ago

Android Quick App: Wind-up Knight

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Stop what you're doing and download Wind-up Knight for Android. Wait. Read this first. Then stop what you're doing and download Wind-up Knight, which has been gaining great kudos and buzz just hours after its release.

Wind-up Knight is a side-scroller that's reminscient of Super Mario Brothers -- you'll be collecting coins while dispatching creatures, all in the name of saving a princess. But it's not a mere two-dimensional side-scroller -- this sucker's got depth. And the graphics, while simple, also don't overpower the gameplay, a problem we've seen in other games. The controls are simple as well. Your character runs on his own (hint: You'll need to go left sometimes), and you're left iwth jumping and rolling and attacking.

Wind-up Knight is a free game, but you'll need to collect weapons and armor along the way. And you can upgrade as quickly as you want, thanks to in-app purchasing. Want a bad-ass sword without having to save up currency? You can buy 10,000 Note for a $9.99US. Of course, that's the trick, right? You'll likely end up spending far more within the game than you would if you paid $1.99, or $2.99 -- heck, we'd probably easily go $5 for Wind-up Knight -- up front. But on the other hand, with 50 levels and great gameplay, you're getting your money's worth. And you don't actually have to purchase the more-expensive weapons to complete the game. But it's very, very tempting.

One downside of all that in-app purchasing, though, is that you can't switch devices. If you upgrade on a tablet, you won't have those weapons and armor on a phone, unless you repurchase them. (Hopefully Google does something about that at some point.

Anyhoo, we've distracted you long enough. Hit up the download links and check out our hands-on video after the break.

Update: Ooo. So after a few levels, you have the one-time option to upgrade to the full version at a discounted $3.99. We're all for in-app purchases, but the upselling is starting to be a bit much here.

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2 years ago

TripCase for Android moves into v2.4.1 - Brings back offline mode, adds combined trips and expense reports

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TripCase has rolled out their latest update bumping the app up to v2.4.1. Previously, the offline feature of the app was removed but has now made its triumphant return along with the ability to combine trips and keep better expense reports. If you're not yet familiar with TripCase, it's a pretty awesome app to be packing when travelling.

Features:

  • Easily map locations and events in your trip itinerary
  • Share your trip with people you trust on social networks
  • Airplane mode
  • Add trip details from multiple sources
  • Car rental information
  • Hotel descriptions and photos
  • Flight status, delays, cancellations and gate changes
  • See alternate flight schedules

If you opt for the Pro package, you'll get even more features such as SMS alerts, seat maps, airline flight schedules and even a rewards bonus program. With the latest update addressing the offline issue, it's worth checking out especially if you have some holiday travels coming up. Better to be prepared ahead of time with the tools to help you then be left scrambling.

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2 years ago

Rogers LTE equipped Samsung Galaxy S II arriving next week

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Rogers has been taking preorder reservations for their LTE equipped Samsung Galaxy S II for quite some time now but the latest information coming from the Canadian carrier is that the device will be shipping as early as next week. A few lucky customers have already had their reservation orders fulfilled but other shipments now having been confirmed.

We’re also excited to confirm that we’ll continue to fulfill orders for the device as early as next week and expect to have enough devices for everyone in the reservations system.

A reminder though, Rogers LTE is currently only available in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Ottawa but no matter what network you connect it to, you'll find satisfaction in that 1.5GHz processor and 4.5-inch display.

Source: Rogers

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2 years ago

HTC laying down some Beats (Audio) on Nov. 3

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Hmmmm. What have we here? Looks like HTC's having a little get-together on Nov. 3 in New York City, and Beats Audio's invited. (As were we, of course.) There's a strong possibility we'll be seeing the Verizon HTC Rezound (aka the Vigor), though nothing's official yet. We'll see next week!

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