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3 years ago

US Cellular announces plans for 7 Android phones, tablets by 2012

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Regional carrier US Cellular has hardly been slacking in the Android department, recently adding the likes of the venerable HTC Merge to its stable. And it's just getting started. In a news release, USCC announced its intentions to launch seven more Android smartphones by the end of the year. Of those seven phones, one will include its first 4G device, expected in November.

Here's the breakdown:

  • HTC will have three Android devices on USCC -- two smartphones, and a 7-inch tablet, presumably, the Flyer.
  • Motorola's bringing a 4.3-inch device with a dual-core 1GHz processor and world phone capabilities.
  • And LG is said to be bringing "one of the slimmest and lightest smartphones," with a 1GHz processor, 4-inch touchscreen and "ultra-bright LCD display that is easy to view in sunlight." Sounds like the Optimus Black to us.
  • In addition, there will be entry-level phones from Samsung and Huawei.

So that makes seven phones, folks -- and while they might not be top-of-the-line at the end of the year, they certainly don't sound like anything to scoff at.

Source: US Cellular. Thanks, John, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Motorola Triumph initial hands-on

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Today's event killed two birds with one stone, with Sprint and Motorola unveiling both the Photon 4G and the Triumph, the latter a seriously respectable device headed to Virgin Mobile. It's being called one of the best phones available for prepaid customers and it's got the specs to prove it: 4.1 inch WVGA display with 800x480 resolution, 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, 5 MP rear camera with 720 video capture, VGA front facing video camera, 512 MB RAM, and HDMI out, all stuffed into an impossibly thin package. It's got "Virgin Mobile Live", the carrier's video and music streaming software, and it ships with Android 2.2 Froyo. But wait, did we mention this bad boy is Blur-free? That's right-- you've got a Vanilla Froyo experience on Virgin Mobile. Pretty cool, huh? Hit the break for pics.

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3 years ago

LG Optimus Black 'Skype Edition' headed to Telus soon

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We've been all over the LG Optimus Black in the past -- we gave it a full run through in our review but we now know that it will be making its way to Telus in Canada. Telus has done some special customization with their release though -- they've managed to team up with Skype to offer a special "Skype edition".

Of course, all that really breaks down to is that Skype comes pre-loaded and you can charge Skype credits right to your TELUS account but still -- that's pretty cool in our books. As it stands right now, Telus hasn't issued a date for release but they now have the splash page up announcing the device, which we take as a good sign that it will be sooner rather than later.

Source: Telus

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3 years ago

Motorola Photon 4G has an unlocked bootloader, sports Gorilla Glass

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Update: We've spoken with Motorola PR, who tells us the Photon does not have an unlocked bootloader, and the rep who initially told us otherwise was in error. Please read the full story here.

One of the more exciting (if extremely nerdy) specs to come out of today's Sprint Motorola Photon 4G event (see our hands-on) is that the upcoming Android smartphone indeed will ship with an unlocked bootloader. While we don't actually have a shipping date for the Photon just yet, it does sound like we'll see a Moto device with an unlocked bootloader sooner rather than later -- and well ahead of the "late 2011" time frame we'd previously been given.

Why should you care about having an unlocked bootloader? If you're the type who likes to tinker, it's a much-desired feature.

And another one that should get you excited: The Photon 4G sports Gorilla Glass. That's the uber-scratch-resistant kind of display that, frankly, should be on every smartphone. Nicely done, Moto!

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3 years ago

Motorola Photon 4G initial hands-on

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The Motorola Photon 4G is here, and we got a nice up-close look at it today in New York City. CEOs of Sprint and Motorola Mobility, Dan Hesse and Sanjay Jha respectively, took the opportunity to reiterate their companies' commitment to each other, promising ten new devices within the next year.

The Photon 4G has a beautiful 4.3 inch qHD display, a 1 GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB onboard memory, WiMAX connectivity, and it's webtop ready. It's a world phone, and it's running Android 2.3 Gingerbread at release. It's got the same Blur you've all come to love, which Sprint execs lauded for its enterprise-friendly security features. And contain your excitement: Motorola reps have said that it does NOT, I repeat does NOT have a locked bootloader. Is Motorola reconciling with the developer community?  EDIT: Looks like some of the reps at today's event weren't on the same page as Motorola, as the company has backtracked and said that the Photon does indeed come with a locked bootloader. Bummer. Check the pics and the video after the break.

More in the Photon 4G forums!

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S II coming soon to Canada

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We've heard rumors aplenty about the Samsung Galaxy S II coming to Canada in the past. In fact, Samsung themselves have stated it would be coming soon, but they never mentioned as to when, exactly or to what carrier it going once released. The latest info is suggesting an early Q3 release but most recently Samsung Canada has updated their Galaxy S II site to once again reflect the "coming soon" sentiment. If we had to take a stab in the dark we'd say it's likely we'll see a variation of the device on Rogers, Bell and TELUS with likely Bell and TELUS getting dibs on the initial release. But we'll just have to wait and see how this all pans out for Samsung. Stay tuned!

Source: Samsung; via: MobileSyrup

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3 years ago

Motorola Triumph brings a new level of Android to Virgin Mobile

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In addition to the Sprint Photon, Motorola today also announced the addition of the Triumph to Virgin Mobile.

It's got a 4.1-inch touchscreen, a 5MP rear camera (with HD recording) and VGA front camera and runs atop Android 2.2. And it does all that in a form factor that's just four-tenths of an inch thick.

Specs? We got 'em.

  • 5MP back-facing camera and VGA front-facing camera
  • HD video capture and playback in 720p, both on device or over HDMI
  • Massive 4.1” display (800x480 WVGA) and ultra-thin at .0.4”
  • 1400 mAh battery
  • 512MB RAM with 2GB ROM and SD card slot for extended
  • Froyo (Android 2.2) with Flash support for enhanced browsing (download from Android Market)
  • Soft touch design for comfort in hand
  

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3 years ago

Motorola Photon specs

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PRODUCTIVITY:

  • 3G/4G Handset – The latest arrival to America’s favorite 4G network
  • 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA®Tegra™2 Processor for quick downloads and app performance
  • 4.3” qHD touchscreen for cinematic viewing with kickstand
  • Built with Android 2.3, Gingerbread operating system
  • International GSM capabilities

Enterprise Security

  • 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot capability for up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices (additional fee required)
  • Corporate (MS Exchange ActiveSync) and personal (POP & IMAP) email access
  • Messaging – personal and business email, Google TalkTM instant message and text
  • messaging
  • Sprint ID offering an innovative way to personalize an Android smartphone with
  • apps, widgets, ringtones and more all in a single download
  • GPS navigation enabled

ENTERTAINMENT:

  • Dual cameras – 8 megapixel HD video capture camera and VGA front-facing camera
  • 720P HD Video capture and the ability to output HD video (1080P) via HDMI
  • Android Market™ for access to more than 200,000 applications, widgets and games available for download to customize the experience
  • HD Multimedia Dock* and Car Dock* for a truly unique handset experience
  • 16GB of on board memory, support for up to 32GB SD Card, for a total of up to 48GB
  • Ability to utilize the webtop application while connected to a Motorola accessory dock to open, view, edit and send Microsoft Office documents using cloud-based web apps through the full Mozilla Firefox browser
  • Bluetooth® 2.1
  • Wi-Fi® b/g/n

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Dimensions: 2.6 inches x 5.0 inches x 0.5 inches (66.9mm x 126.9mm x 12.2mm)
  • Weight: 5.6 oz (158 grams)
  • Display: 4.3-inch qHD 540x960
  • Memory: 16GB eMMC ROM/1GB DDR2 RAM
  • Battery Specifications: 1700 mAh Lithium-ion battery
  • Talktime: CDMA: up to 10 hours; WDCDMA: up to 9.1 hours; GSM up to 10.4 hours
  • *Accessory docks sold separately

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3 years ago

Sprint announces the Motorola Photon

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Sprint today in New York City announced the long-rumored Motorola Photon. The 4.3-inch Android smartphone runs Gingerbread, sports an 8MP camera on the back, VGA camera on the front, mobile hotspot and Wimax. Under the hood, it's got a dual-core Tegra 2 processor.

It's Motorola's first 4G phone, beating out the delayed Droid Bionic on Verizon.

It's got 16GB of on-board storage, and you can add up to a 32GB microSD card for up to 48GB of storage. On top of that, it's a world phone, so you'll be able to use it on 3G GSM networks outside the United States. The Photon also sports a 1700mAh battery.

Full press release is after the break.

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3 years ago

Lunch and liveblogging with Sprint and Motorola

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Just a quick reminder that we're lunching with Sprint and Motorola at a little event here in New York City. Will we see the long-rumored Photon? (That's a code name, remember.) Something else? And, most imortant, what are we eating? All that in more in the coming minutes, folks.

Join us for the liveblog after the break!

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