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2 years ago

Obvious test is obvious: Glass iPhone shatters worse than plastic Galaxy S II

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In an unscientific test performed by unscientific people in a less-than-sterile scientific environment, a glass-bodied phone is surprisingly found to shatter more than a plastic one. Shocking.

Via: @squaretrade
More: The Earth is round

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2 years ago

Droid RAZR teaser site not that much of a tease

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Yep, there it is. The Motorola Droid RAZR. Cause when you tease something, chances are it's not lurking too far behind. And such was the case with that Droid RAZR teaser site, as many an Android snooper is now discovering. Thin. Presumably light. With that carbon-fiber/Kevlar-esque back. We'll get a better look at Tuesday's event.

More: Reveal.Motorola.com

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2 years ago

Worldwide Samsung Galaxy S sales hit 30 million

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Samsung has announced that it's sold 30 million Galaxy S phones worldwide since the series launched last April. At least a third of that number consists of sales of Samsung's latest and greatest dual-core smartphone, the Galaxy S II. As we reported last month, sales of that device now top 10 million worldwide.

With the Galaxy S II now available on three of the four major US carriers, that number's only going to increase in the months ahead. Samsung notes that the current figures show one Galaxy S II being sold every second since the device's international launch this Spring, which is pretty crazy.

More big numbers and superlatives can be found in today's full press release, after the jump.

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2 years ago

T-Mobile adds a handful of new no-contract 4G plans

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T-Mobile has announced a few new additions to its pay-as-you-go 4G plans, available beginning today. For $60/month customers will receive unlimited talk, text and web with up to 2 GB data at 4G speeds. If you prefer to take things one day at a time, you'll now have three options: for $3/day, you'll have unlimited talk, text, and web with 200 MB of 4G data, while $2/day will get you unlimited everything, though you'll be stuck at 2G speeds. And for a buck a day, you'll have unlimited text and 10 cents per minute for talk, with no data. Oh, one more thing: available exclusively through Walmart, for $30/month, you'll get unlimited texting and web, with up to 5 GB of data at 4G speeds, and 100 minutes. Commitment-phobes, rejoice!

Source: T-Mobile

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2 years ago

Google IO 2012 announced for April 24-25 in San Francisco

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Finally, Google's given us a date for the 2012 edition of its Google IO developer's conference. April 24-25 is the result, with Moscone West once again the venue.

Google IO, of course, is the conference for all things Google, not just Android. But it's also where we've gotten previews of things to come, panels with the movers and shakers in the Android world, and some great meetings with developers.

No word on registration yet -- but we're willing to bet that it sells out even quicker than last year.

Source: Google Code blog
More: Check out our Google IO 2011 coverage

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2 years ago

Motorola launches teaser site for tomorrow's big announcement

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Chomping at the bit for Motorola and Verizon's big reveal tomorrow afternoon? You're not the only one. Until we finally get to see what all the fuss is about, you can check out Motorola's teaser site at the source link below, which features a countdown to the big news, a nice little mural dedicated to "Faster, Thinner, Stronger, and Smarter", and an all-too-brief promo video. If you're the type to look too deep into things, you'll notice a razor, a bulletproof vest, and the number 42 flash on the screen: RAZR, Kevlar coating, and 4G LTE, perhaps? Or maybe not. We'll all find out together tomorrow at noon, where we'll be reporting live from New York City.

Source: Motorola

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2 years ago

Kyocera Milano review

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Entry-level, a hard keyboard, and an interesting form factor

I've got to hand it to any carrier (and manufacturer) for continuing to make and sell entry-level Android phones. Without them, a whole swath of people would miss out on the coolest mobile OS around and might not get the green fever everyone around here seems to have.

What we have in the Kyocera Milano is a tasty cookie just that: a pretty decent, entry-level Android for the (probably) first-time smartphone owner. If you're a power user and rooter extraordinaire, keep walking. If, however, you're looking to get your first shiny, new smartphone (or know someone who is), dive on deeper with me and we'll sort this whole thing out. 


It's small, brisk for it's size, and has a hard keyboard (great for messaging). It's also about as stock as you can get without going Nexus.


The small screen isn't as sharp as it should be and it's thicker than most über-phones out on the market today.



Sprint and Kyocera have definitely developed a phone for a particular audience, and for that audience, it definitely fits. For everyone else, keep moving right along.

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2 years ago

10 Honeycomb UI features we hope to see in Ice Cream Sandwich for phones

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In short order, Googlers will be on stage announcing Ice Cream Sandwich.  The next version of Android, it's been touted as "the one" that will merge the tablet operating system (Honeycomb) with the phone operating system (Gingerbread), as well as bring "incredible" things according to Larry Page.  We figure a lot of these incredible things will be under the hood, and they should be -- Android still needs some work in key areas, but as users, we're excited about one thing -- the new user interface.

Honeycomb does a lot of things right, and we would love to see some of those things kept and ported over to phones.  Everyone has their own list, but we're going to share ours.  Read on past the break!

Ice Cream Sandwich forums | Nexus Prime forums | rumored device forums

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2 years ago

BIG Launcher receives a huge update, now 100% accessible

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A few weeks back we took a look at BIG Launcher, an Android replacement launcher geared toward those who have some trouble seeing smaller icons, and they are pleased to announce a huge update. With this update the launcher is now 100% accessible, meaning it is now compatible with screen reader applications, such as Talkback, it is now fully controllable by physical buttons only if preffered, and they offer a dark skin as well so it is a bit easier on the eyes. If you have already purchased BIG Launcher be sure to grab the latest update, and if you haven't or know someone who could benefit from it be sure to hit the break for download links.

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2 years ago

Photon 4G update not going smoothly for all

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It's a story we're hearing all too often these days. An update comes down for a phone, and the phone starts acting up. Such is the case, apparently, for a number of Sprint Motorola Photon 4G users, who are reporting such problems as overheating to failed updates. It's not everybody, of course, but it's enough to raise eyebrows.

So what's the word? Yay or nay on update issues?

Source: Sprint forums; Photon 4G forums

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