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2 years ago

Accessory review: HTC Micro-USB Dual Car Charger

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The latest addition to my Bentley BMW Civic is so simple, I'm not sure what took me so long to do it. It's the HTC microUSB dual-port car charger. One standard 12v outlet, one charger, two USB ports. It comes with one coiled microUSB cable that's perfect for connecting to a car dock, or for charging a phone directly. The coiled part of the microUSB cable's pretty tight, so it'll return to its original shape after multiple stretches. For short runs, like stashing a phone in a cup holder while it's charging, it's perfect.

And if you're like me and have more than one (or two or three) devices on hand, the second charging port becomes a lifesaver. No more having to choose which phone's going to be juiced up, and which will be left to suffer from battery envy. You're on your own to provide the second microUSB cable, though. Only one is included with the charger.

The HTC microUSB dual-port car charger is available for $19.95 in the Android Central Store. We've got more pics after the break.

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2 years ago

T-Mobile taking smartphone trade-ins, gives you up to $300

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T-Mobile is instituting a phone trade-in program, taking not only their own handsets, but a handset from any carrier and offering up to $300 that could be used towards the purchase of a new T-Mobile phone. The best part? You can put your trade-in money towards any phone, including some of their beastly 4G handsets.

Got an old flip-phone that’s collecting dust? Wanna trade up to the latest 4G device but watching the wallet? T-Mobile is making it even more affordable to upgrade with a new retail Trade In program that provides customers with the ability to trade existing mobile devices, from any carrier, for cash (up to $300) that could be used towards the purchase of a new handset – including any smartphone running on T-Mobile’s 4G network. Customers just need to go to any T-Mobile retail store with their old device, where a trained T-Mobile representative will determine the trade-in value of each device and a check for the quoted amount will be given to the customer via a mail-in rebate process. It’s a great way to step up to 4G without spending a ton.

Full presser is after the break.

More: MyTradeIns.com

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2 years ago

NTT Docomo's summer lineup: 9 smartphones, 8 are Android

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Japanese carrier NTT Docomo has announced its summer 2011 lineup, which includes nine smartphones -- eight of which are Android.  The offerings from Sharp, NEC, LG, Samsung and Sony Ericsson are chock full of cool features that never seem to make it out of Asia, like infrared data exchange and mobile wallet.  Even more interesting is that they all will ship with Gingerbread, another feature that seems slow to make it's way to North America.

We've already seen the Xperia Acro, will launch in June or July, and the summer fun kicks off on May 20 with the Sharp AQUOS SH-12C, which is billed as an "Android smartphone with 8.0-megapixel 3D twin cameras. LCD panel and image processor based on AQUOS technology for high-resolution images."  Hit the break to see the smartphone portion of NTT Docomo's press release, and the source link for more information.

Source: NTT Docomo

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2 years ago

LG Revolution launching May 26?

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The LG Revolution may be hitting shelves on May 26. Photos of the Best Buy listing for the device have surfaced, followed by inventory information that has the "in-stock" of May 25. Verizon has a history of launching phones on a Thursday -- and we'll see the Xperia Play and possibly the Droid X2 on May 26 -- so this is entirely possible.

Again, nothing is official until Verizon announces it --and we've seen supposed launch dates come and go all sprint -- so keep that in mind.

If you've been waiting patiently for the LG Revolution, which will be a 4G LTE device, your wait may come to an end next week.

Source: Droid Attic; via LG Revolution Forum

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2 years ago

Verizon's Sony Ericsson Xperia Play coming May 26 for $199

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Online preorders start May 19

The way's nearly over for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play on Verizon. Big Red announced this morning that it'll be available for preorder on May 19, and in stores May 26 for $199 with a two-year contract. That's the same Xperia Play as we first got our hands on back at Mobile World Congress in February, with all its Playstation game goodness.

Need a rehash of the specs? Here goes:

  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • Playstation-like controllers
  • 1 GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon® II processor with Adreno 205 GPU
  • Adobe® Flash® Player
  • 4-inch multi-touch display
  • 5-megapixel rear-facing camera
  • VGA front-facing camera for still shots and video chatting
  • Preloaded with seven games -- Madden NFL 11, Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior, Asphalt 6, Adrenaline, The Sims 3, Star Battalion, Crash Bandicoot, Tetris
  • Support for Google Mobile Services including Gmail™, YouTube™, Google Talk™, Google Search™, Google Maps™, and access to more than 200,000 apps available to download from Android Market™
  • Mobile hotspot capability– share 3G connection with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices

Yeah, we're more than a little excited to get our game on with this one, folks. Full presser's after the break.

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2 years ago

Xperia Play delayed on Vodafone NZ after entire shipment of phones is stolen

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Vodafone New Zealand has confirmed that it's delaying its launch of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play after thieves managed to swipe the first shipment of phones in its entirety. Vodafone described the incident as a "major security breach", and isn't yet able to offer any updated release schedule for the device.

This isn't the first time an Xperia Play launch has been held up due to unforseen events. Stock has been in short supply following the natural disasters in Japan earlier this year. Elsewhere, "freight issues" delayed the phone's launch on many British carriers by several weeks, and and O2 UK is still working to iron out software kinks that are preventing the Xperia Play from launching on its network.

Source: @VodafoneNZ

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2 years ago

AT&T confirms to devs: Sideloading from here on out

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When we broke the news that AT&T is pushing updates to older Android devices to finally enable sideloading, and with the Infuse 4G being its first phone to sideload out of the box, we naturally assumed AT&T will continue to leave its future phones open. And that assumption has been confirmed, as Ma Bell went straight to the developers to inform them of her intent to no longer lock out sideloading on future phones.

Again, props to AT&T for finally changing its stance, even if it took the Amazon Appstore not working to make it happen. No matter how you slice it, it's a win for the customer.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

Android Central reader meet-up: June 2 in New York City!

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Update: And all 450 tickets have been claimed! Stay tuned for more info, folks!

When you're looking to get the best Android bloggers together with the best Android fans, there's only one place to do it. Mark your calendars, folks — we're coming to New York City on June 2, 2011, and we're bringing some of the summer's hottest tech with us. And you're invited.

The deets:

  • Doors open at 7 p.m. June 2. Just where those doors will be is yet to be determined. But there will be doors, and they will open. For free.
  • There will be punch and pie.
  • Our own Phil Nickinson and Dieter Bohn will be there, along with their pals from Phandroid, PhoneDog, MobileBurn, Mobiputing and Netshelter.
  • The event is an all-ages affair.
  • We mentioned tech. You'll get a look at the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 before it's released to the public.
  • And you'll have a chance to win one of five Galaxy Tabs or one of five other Samsung smartphones.

So what are you waiting for? Tickets are going to go fast. So register for the event now. And tell 'em Lloyd sent ya. (And, yes, he's walking on water. Deal with it.)

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2 years ago

Slacker launches Premium Radio -- brings music on demand

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Slacker has announced Slacker Premium Radio, which adds a third level of service to the streaming radio giant's offerings.  Slacker Premium Radio brings on-demand access to the complete Slacker music library including individual songs, albums, artist radio stations and more. Now users have a choice between the free basic service, the $4.99 monthly subscription which brings more features like skipping tracks and gets rid of the ads, to the newest service which rings up at $9.99 monthly. 

Also coming with the updated app is Slacker station creator.  Using this, listeners have the ability create multi-artist stations, full of features to fine tune things to your liking.  Slacker Premium subscribers will be able to create single artist ad free stations, but the lower tiers of service are multi-artist only.

The full list of Premium features (from the press release):

  • Search, play and replay specific songs or entire albums
  • Create specific playlists on mobile and on the web
  • Off-line playback of stations, playlists and albums on the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, Android and BlackBerry smartphones
  • Replay specific songs on programmed and custom stations
  • Browse and play "Favorite" songs, now collected in one location
  • Unlimited song skipping
  • Ad-free listening
  • Complete song lyrics
  • Browse Top Charts on all Slacker genre stations
  • “Peek Ahead” artist, album and song preview
  • Ability to skip forward and backward

And maybe the best news, a limited time, a free subscription to Slacker Premium Radio is available by visiting Slacker's Facebook page.  Check out the full press release and download link after the break.

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2 years ago

Epic 4G gets a new Gingerbread leak -- Android 2.3.3 and EE03

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We know full well that Sprint's testing Gingerbread builds for the Samsung Epic 4G, and the latest to leak out is build EE03. News of this Android 2.3.3 build has actually been floating around for a few days, but now the ROM's in hand, rooted and ready to be flashed, if you're brave enough. For what it's worth, the folks at ACS say it's much better than the ED12 build that leaked previously.

So, who's up for some late night Gingerbread?

Source: ACS; More: Android Central Forums

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