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3 years ago

HTC Puccini tablet goes through the FCC

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If you've been dying for a blueprint-esque look at HTC's upcoming 10-inch "Puccini" (that's a code name) Android tablet, look no further than the FCC, which has taking the HTC Puccini for a spin. Most of us can't tell too much from this line drawing (at least it doesn't appear to have dual 3D cameras), but the FCC's testing does out 850MHz and 1900MHz radios, which seems to imply that we could possibly see this guy on AT&T at some point. And it's also got an LTE radio to boot, which lends credence to the idea that this could roll out along with AT&T's true 4G network (enhanced backhaul be damned!) later this year. On the other hand, releasing an LTE tablet that's only LTE in five cities -- remember that AT&T plans to light up Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Atlanta and San Antonio first -- makes only slightly more sense than releasing an LTE tablet that doesn't actually have LTE.

Also still on the fence: Exactly what Android version will this thing be running, and what sort of special sauce will HTC bring to it?

Anyhoo, the Android tablet machine marches on. This one whetting anyone's appetite just yet?

Source: FCC; via Engadget

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3 years ago

Sprint promo gives NASCAR drivers a shot at $3 Million to share with fans and charity

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Want to win an all-expenses-paid trip to Atlanta Motor Speedway and a chance to share a $3 million prize with one of your favorite NASCAR drivers and their favorite charity? If so, Sprint wants to help make that happen for you. All you have to do is pick who you think will win the Sprint Summer Showdown. You can enter each week, pick your driver to win and after each week’s race, one race fan will be randomly chosen from those fans that correctly picked that week’s winning driver. 

The lucky fan chosen after each race will enjoy an all-expenses paid trip to Atlanta Motor Speedway and be there in person to see whether his or her driver can win at Atlanta. If that driver claims the Sprint Summer Showdown presented by HTC EVO 3D, the fan will win $1 million. Fans can change their picks until the scheduled start time for each event.

Not bad, right? If you're looking for the full details they can be found after the break -- or you can head on over to the Sprint website to get started on picking your winners today.

Source: Sprint

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3 years ago

Droid X2 about to soak itself in some sort of update

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Hot on the heels of word that the Motorola Atrix 4G is about to get its Gingerbread "soak" test, we've now learned that the Motorola Droid X is about to get a soak of its own. Motorola's asking for a few thousand testers. MFN members are being contacted and asked to complete a survey, after which they may be accepted into the beta. We're not sure if it's going to be the Gingerbread update, but we've got a feeling that it will be. Here's the survey intro:

Several thousand Droid X2 owners will receive the update. Only a percentage will be Motorola Feedback Network (MFN) members. If you sign up, your phone will be included.

This is what we call a "pre-launch soak." We'll watch what happens for about two days, just to make sure there is nothing wrong with the update or the update process.

You will be trialing FINAL software. This is not a beta test. In most cases, this is the software that will be released, unless we find an extremely serious issue. Your feedback will help us identify issues that may require a later fix, and help us prepare others for getting used to the new software. Your feedback will be extremely valuable and we do hope you will take part!

When you receive the update, we would appreciate your quick feedback. You will be provided a link to a private community. All of your comments and questions should be posted there, and that's where we'll provide more information.

We will also distribute one or more surveys to get your evaluation of the process and the software.

So it looks like we'll be seeing this update -- whatever it is -- in the coming weeks. Huzzah!

Thanks, anon!

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3 years ago

Droid 3 torn down, contains snips and snails and puppy dog tails (and smartphone parts)

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What man builds, man must also take apart. At least that's how it goes for the folks at iFixit (we're not letting them near our phones any time soon), who snagged one of them newfangled Motorola Droid 3s and have thoroughly disassembled it. And, low and behold, it's a smartphone. No real surprises -- it's a 4-inch Droid 3 with Gorilla Glass and a dual-core TI OMAP processor, plus all the usual screws, glue, transistors, diodes and vacuum tubes you'd expect in a modern-day smartphone.

Now if only they could have put it back together with an LTE radio inside.

Source: iFixit

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3 years ago

AT&T's U-verse app now on more Android devices, including the LG Thrive, LG Phoenix and Samsung Infuse

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AT&T has announced it's upping its U-Verse game -- the subscription based service that helps with freeing your TV content and bringing it to your mobile device will now work on some of the new Android devices put out by AT&T. The LG Thrive, LG Phoenix and Samsung Infuse have all be added to the line-up, so if you're a U-Verse subscriber who has been holding off on upgrading your device due to the lack of U-Verse support --AT&T now has you covered. You can find the press release after the break, as well as the download link to the U-Verse mobile app.

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3 years ago

Verizon breaks down who's getting LTE where this week

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Verizon's trickling out press releases all day, so we're updating as we get them.

Verizon this morning dropped a few more details on the markets that are scheduled to see the LTE switch flipped on Thursday. (We say "scheduled," because it definitely looks like some of you are seeing those sweet, sweet 4G speeds.) Following are the communities that will see new coverage:

Raleigh-Durham, N.C.: Apex, Carrboro, Cary, Chapel Hill, Clayton, Durham, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Gorman, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Morrisville, Raleigh, Rolesville, Smithfield, Wake Forest, and Wendell.

Charleston, S.C.: Charleston, Folly Beach, Goose Creek, Hanahan, Hickory Hill Plantation, Isle of Palms, Kiawah Island, Ladson, Lincolnville, Mount Pleasant, North Charleston, Riverland Terrace, Seabrook Island, Sullivan's Island, Summerville, and Wildwood.

Knoxville, Tenn.: Athens, Etowah, Greenway, Jefferson City, Knoxville, Lenoir City, Louden, Marbledale, Maryville, Morristown, Niota, Oak Ridge, Oakland, Pigeon Forge, Pleasant View, Powell, Rockford, Sevierville, Sweetwater, Talbot, and White Pine. 

Augusta, Ga.: Augusta, North Augusta and Aiken. Coverage includes the I-20 corridor, Aiken Mall, Augusta Mall, Augusta National Golf Club, Fort Gordon, Augusta Regional Airport, Medical College of Georgia and the E-Z-Go manufacturing plant.

Maui, Hawaii: Kaanapali, Kahului, Kihei, Lahaina, Napili, Wailea, Wailuku.

The Big Island, Hawaii: Hilo, Keaau, Mountain View, Pahoa

Oahu, Hawaii: Aiea, Ewa Beach, Haleiwa, Hawaii Kai, Honolulu, Kailua, Kaneohe, Kapolei, Mililani, Pearl City, Waialua, Waikiki, Waipahu, Waipio

Toledo, Ohio: Toledo, within the Interstate 75/475 beltway north to the Michian state line; Bowling Green; Oregon; Waterville

Verizon did manage to slip a bunch of cities into one press release. Here's the list of markets going live this week.

Decatur and Huntsville, Ala.; Colorado Springs, Colo.; Lakeland and Sarasota-Bradenton, Fla.; Augusta, Ga.; Hilo, Honolulu, Kahului-Wailuku and Lahaina, Hawaii; Carbondale, Ill.; Wichita, Kan.; Louisville, Ky.; Baton Rouge and Hammond, La.; Springfield, Mass.; Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point and Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; Toledo, Ohio; Tulsa, Okla.; Portland, Ore.; Wilkes Barre/Scranton, Pa.; Charleston, S.C.; Chattanooga and Knoxville, Tenn.; Olympia and Tacoma, Wash; and Charleston, W.Va.  The company is also expanding its 4G LTE network in Phoenix, Ariz.; Los Angeles and San Diego, Calif.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Northern New Jersey;  Dallas-Ft. Worth and San Antonio, Texas; and Seattle, Wash.

To take advantage of Verizon's 4G speeds, you'll need either an HTC ThunderBolt, Samsung Droid Charge or LG Revolution Android smartphone.

More: Verizon

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3 years ago

HTC releases source code for Desire Z, Flyer, Incredible S

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HTC over the weekend released the source code for a trio of devices. The Desire Z and Incredible S saw the release of their Gingerbread maintenance updates, while the HTC Flyer 7-inch tablet say its kernel source code hit the open web.

For the vast majority us, this doesn't mean much. But for the developers out there, source code is like blood. Or Mountain Dew. Or something like that.

Source: HTC Developer Center

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3 years ago

LG Revolution review

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What's one more LTE phone, more or less? That almost seems to be the case with the LG Revolution on Verizon. It makes up the triad that is Verizon's LTE smartphone stable, along with the HTC ThunderBolt and Samsung Droid Charge.

We've long crowed about LG's capability as a high-end smartphone manufacturer, despite the fact that it's taken half of forever for it to break through in the United States, having until recently been limited to low- to mid-level devices. But make no mistake about it -- the LG Revolution is far from a low-end device.

But that doesn't mean we don't have questions. Where, exactly, does the Revolution fit into things? And will a single "feature" doom it to obscurity like it has other devices? Read on, past the break.

LG Revolution SpecsLG Revolution Forums | LG Revolution Accessories

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3 years ago

Accessory review: Seidio CONVERT Combo for Samsung Nexus S

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Tired of switching cases on your Nexus S (all models) anytime you need something extra rugged?  The Seidio CONVERT Combo case for the Nexus S is something you'll want to have a look at.  The first layer is the smooth and slim Seidio Surface, which offers a tasteful look and protection enough for everyday use, but combined with the top layer of rugged silicon skin and the plastic skeleton frame makes it perfect for outdoor activities or use on the job.  Top it off with the face-in belt holster and included screen protector, and you're ready for anything.

In either configuration you have access to all the ports and controls, and while the tough rubber skin is on everything is covered by a protective flap to seal out the dirt and dust.  These are easily opened for access to anything you would need to do, whether it be snapping a quick picture or using the microUSB port.  The headset jack has it's own cut-out, so the protective flap can be closed while you're jamming out or using a wired headset.

The included belt holster swivels and locks in place in seven different positions, so you're sure to find the one that feels just right.  It's also a great way to carry your Nexus S in the car while clamped to the sun visor.  The holding clip locks in place to keep it from opening when you don't want it to, but a quick flip of the latch allows you to open it easily.  No matter which flavor of Nexus S you're rocking, the Seidio CONVERT Combo case kit will give you just the amount of protection you need, and looks good while doing it.  Check out a slew of pictures after the jump, and grab it in the Android Central store for $47.95.

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: GetGlue

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Social media has taken over the better portion of our life -- if not Twitter or Facebook, it's Foursquare telling our friends where we are. Or the new Google+. But if you're more the stay-at-home kind, GetGlue is perfect for you. GetGlue, a social networking site that allows users to share what they are thinking about, listening to, or watching, is a service that has taken off in the past few months, and it can kind of be addictive.

For folks like myself, who spend most of their days working from home, a lot of my day consists of listening to music, or having the TV playing various TV shows, so networks like Foursquare and Facebook places don't help me, since I am not leaving the house, but GetGlue allows me to share things with my friends, and get cool stickers in reward for sharing.

After launching the application you will notice a very user friendly user interface, giving you options to check in to things like television shows, movies, music, what they are thinking about or even if they are drinking wine. At the start of a new show or movie simply launch the application, search for the title, and check in for your very own chance to gain a new sticker. While checking in you can add a comment, and after checking in you are able to rate whether you enjoy it or not.

Whether sitting around with some friends and drinking some wine, or chatting about a celebrity, GetGlue allows you to check in to all these topics, giving you even more chances to gain some stickers. One of the coolest things about GetGlue is the stickers, and after you have unlocked 20 or more of them you can request to have physical copies of the stickers mailed to you from GetGlue, which is something you can't do with any other social network. So whether an avid lover of television shows or movies, or just the occasional watcher, this free application is sure to add some additional fun. Download links and more shots available after the break.

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