Check it out, Android lovers; U.S. Cellular has a new device joining its ranks this July. There already has been talk of the HTC Desire appearing on their network, and now it has announced the arrival of the Samsung Acclaim (R880). The Acclaim is going to be exclusive to the regional carrier and is reportedly very similar to its Sprint cousin – the Moment. Although considered a "mid-level" Android phone, the fact that its running Android 2.1 and has a QWERTY keyboard is definitely a big plus, and should be well received into U.S. Cellular's arsenal. [Facebook via Android And Me]
It’s not every day that you see someone playing a guitar made out of cell phones. However, today a music sequence developer thought it would be a good idea to write apps for Android, Windows Mobile, and the iPhone, and then tape all the three different devices on a banjo and video tape himself playing "Cracklin Rosie." All three major cell phone platforms (BlackBerry, Nokia and Palm fans start your rant engines) synchronized in a perfect musical balance of harmony: We know it sounds outrageous, but the results are pretty darn cool. Be sure to check it out for yourself after the break.
Howdy! It's me again, and this week we're gonna talk about something near and dear to all of us -- battery life. It's always at the tip of everyone's tongue (especially as new phones are released), and all the information out there is enough to make a person lose his or her mind. Hopefully together we can work through it all, separate the fact from the fiction, and figure out how to keep everything out of the red.
Prepare your beverages, smoke 'em if you got 'em, and follow the jump so we can figure this out together.
Not to be left out in all the fun that its little brother is having, the iPhone 3G is joining the Android party, too. David Wang has ported Android to the iPhone 3G (not the current 3GS, mind you) and well, it boots and loads Android all right. The Android iPhone 3G port is a little rougher than the original port but who really cares, these hacks are awesome! Supposedly, we'll find out how to do this ourselves in a couple of days. True freedom is here iPhone 3G owners! [pcworld]
For many reasons, be it environmental, minimalist, etc., phone boxes have become bland and basic. Thankfully, it looks like T-Mobile has eschewed those type of simple boxes for packaging that is downright cool--the myTouch Slide is housed in a nicely designed, silver briefcase.
Obviously, what's inside the box counts more than the box itself but it's clear that if this is the retail packaging for the myTouch Slide, that T-Mobile cares very much about the device. In non-box news, the guys at the Droid Sector have unboxed the myTouch Slide and played around with it, concluding that it's very fast. We'll judge for ourselves when we review it but in the meantime hit the jump for some pictures of the myTouch Slide!
First some Nexus One owners found out they were getting the tax of their device refunded to them, now HTC Droid Incredible owners are being notified they will be getting some money back as well. It appears as though Verizon has figured out a way to lower shipping costs, I guess shipping them early helped, and they have reached out to owners via email informing them that they will be issued some sort of partial refund. While exact details, such as the amount, or how it will be received are still unknown, it is still good news for those Droid Incredible owners. For those who think you may be affected by this, check your email that is on file with Verizon, and if you come across any further details, let us know in the forums. Thanks Jonathan!
Well, 2.1 rumors are just flying around these days like no other, but this time it seems like something a little more concrete then a rumor. Verizon appears to have update their site showing an update for the Droid Eris as "coming soon". For those who watched the Droid 2.1 update unfold, you will remember we saw this prior to the release as well. It appears as though the new ROM version (2.36.605.1/Radio: 2.42.00.04.12) is in line with the latest leak that many of you are probably running. Timeframe on the release is still unknown, but this looks like some more concrete evidence that the Droid Eris will indeed see Android 2.1. Check out the full document with some more information after the jump. [via Verizon]
Sprint has left new official word about the 2.1 eclair update for the still popular (but last generation) Samsung Moment and HTC Hero handsets. It's not likely to make anyone happy, but it's exactly what we figured it would be.
The Sprint Evo 4G WiMax hotspot plans are starting to shape up internally, and it's not looking good if you were hoping Sprint would go the same route as Verizon and offer it up for free. (That said, we're talking WiMax and not just 3G EVDO, so ...) As you see above, "Special plans are being created for the Evo 4G because it is the first dual mode 3G/4G phone offered by Sprint." Also, the plans will have "a monthly recurring charge." That's really not that big a surprise, however unwelcome.
We're still unsure of an exact release date, though we're expecting it sooner rather than later. Let's just hope that the plans are reasonable (we've heard rumors of as much as $30 a month for hotspot access) and that WiMax lives up to its billing and that the rollout continues to smaller cities. One more shot of the info after the break.
If you missed out on one of the 30 copies of WaveSecure we gave away, we're not done yet. For one month, you can get WaveSecure at a 20 percent discount if you use the promo code WS-ACENTRAL. That's 20 percent off what you'd pay for the peace of mind to know that you can locate your phone if it's lost or stolen, and that you can lock out anyone trying to insert an unauthorized SIM card. Get WaveSecure for just $15.90 for the next month at WaveSecure's site (and be sure to click on the promo code link).
Legos? Check. Droid? Check. Puzzle problem solver? Check. What you see above is being used to trumpet the ARM processor inside the Motorola Droid (as well as any number of other smartphones). The phone's camera is used to identify the colors on the Rubik's Cube and instruct the Lego robot on how to solve it. No matter how you slice it, this is one of the coolest thing's we've seen all week. [YouTube] Thanks to everybody who sent this in.
Bloomberg is reporting that Sony will introduce their Android-based 'Google TV' at Google I/O. Remember, 'Google TVs' are TV sets that use Intel Atom chips and run an optimized Android OS. Having Android on a TV could very well be the solution to all our crappy TV UI's. It also could not.
What's kind of interesting, however, is that Sony is using a new version of Android called 'Dragonpoint' to power these TVs. We've never heard of Dragonpoint before, and though it sounds insanely cool, it's probably just code for Android optimized for TV usage. Or it could be awesome.
Basically, there's much to find out about these new Google TV sets and Google I/O is the perfect stage for it to be introduced. Considering the likes of Sony, Intel, and Google are involved, it has to be big. Google I/O is set for May 19th and 20th. We can't wait.
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