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3 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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3 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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3 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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3 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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3 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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3 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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3 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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3 years ago

Radio Shack's silent EVO 3D preorders start Tuesday

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Here we go again, folks. First it was Best Buy with the not-so-secret silent preorders for the upcoming Sprint HTC EVO 3D (see our hands-on at CTIA), and now Radio Shack's getting in on the game. Just like with Best Buy, Radio Shack's not going to be openly promoting the preorders. But if you ask, they'll gladly give you a $50 gift card along with the promise of an EVO 3D just as soon as it's released.

And as for when it's going to be released, seems nobody knows just yet (or at least Sprint is keeping it really close to the chest), which is the reason for all this super secret silent preorder stuff in the first place. For more on that, check out the rest of the images after the break.

Thanks, anon!

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3 years ago

Gameloft revises DRM, allows games to be redownloaded on new devices

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Good news if you're someone who someone who plays any of Gameloft's Android games. Word on the street is that Gameloft has enhanced their DRM to allow patrons to re-download their purchased games on new devices. Previously, you had to go through customer service when you got a new device, but how times have changed.

Gameloft is also pushing out a number of other updates as of late, including launching their games on the Android Market (yippee!).  Realizing that the Market has always let you re-download apps you've purchased to new phones, this change to their DRM is both welcome and makes perfect sense.

The only thing you need to do to get yours games on your new device is a quick stop by the Gameloft website, but know that any .apk files you've got won't work as backups anymore.

So, how's everyone feel about this? Gameloft has some pretty cool games, and now that you don't have to jump through hoops to get them back on your new phone, does anyone think they'll consider purchasing where they haven't before? Or are you waiting for Gameloft to make things easy and actually use the Android Market?

Source: Droid Gamers

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3 years ago

HTC Evo Shift 4G Gingerbread leaked, custom ROM already built and running

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Someone had better call a plumber, 'cause the leaks are going crazy!  Here's another Gingerbread leak, this time for the HTC Evo Shift 4G.  But this one has a twist -- Shift 4G developer TMartin03 has already snapped the pieces together and built a flashable custom ROM for the Shift, and it's ready and waiting for you to download and try.  For now, it's a stock build that's been rooted and had busybox added, but I'm sure development on this one will be going full steam shortly.

If you're rooted and ROM'd, give it a try and make your Speedy even more speedy.

Source: 911Sniper (original leak); XDA-Developers (custom ROM)

Thanks, cr33p, for the heads up!

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