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3 years ago

Last chance to sign up for Swiftkey beta program

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TouchType online, the folks behind the amazing SwiftKey keyboard for Android (check out their development forum here at Android Central), has sent out an email to all their beta test program participants letting them know that open beta sign-up for the SwiftKey VIP program is ending Jan. 18.  The SwiftKey VIP program gives access to testing builds of the application, as well as access to the confidential VIP discussion forum at SwiftKey's website.  Anyone with software beta-testing experience, or who would like to get started should enroll while they can -- you can do that right here.  Word is some great new features are soon to be tested, and you don't want to miss out on a chance to test them.

Joe Braidwood, Chief Marketing Officer at TouchType also reminds everyone that it's not too late to vote in the CES Mobile Apps Showdown, so check that out right here, and make your voice heard. 

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3 years ago

LG Optimus 2X whips iPhone 4 in browser speed tests

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In a test that should really surprise nobody, the dual-core Tegra 2 powered LG Optimus 2X got caught on video demolishing an iPhone 4 in browser speed tests over WiFi. What is most impressive is that the 2X apparently had Flash 10.1 fully enabled at the time, so those who visit Flash-enabled websites on a regular basis should be especially excited for the phone. It seems LG has improved the software since we last saw the phone showing off back in late November. Look for much more coverage of the device come CES and check out the video past the break. [PhoneArena]

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3 years ago

OnLive Coming to (Vizio) Android Devices

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Game streaming service OnLive has announced its availability on a bunch of new Vizio-built devices today. In addition to being able to play through Vizio's range of 3DTV's, gamers will also be able stream games to the manufacturer's upcoming Android tablets and phones.

OnLive's press release boasts:

With the click of a remote control, or a tap on a tablet or phone touchscreen, VIZIO owners will be immediately transported into the OnLive Game Service, with the same state-of-the-art, instant game experience you get with the OnLive MicroConsole TV adapter, PCs, Macs®, and the iPad®. In fact, you’ll be able to save your OnLive game on one device, and instantly resume it on another device. Seamlessly.

OnLive has been available on iOS for some time, so its arrival on Android shouldn't come as too much of a surprise. So far, though, it's not clear whether OnLive on Android will be exclusive to Vizio's devices, or whether we'll see a more general release through the Android Market in the future.

Of course, this isn't the first time we've seen streaming games on Android phones. Last month some enterprising hackers got World of Warcraft streaming to the HTC Desire.

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3 years ago

More pics of the Xperia Play surface

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The Sony Xperia Play, dubbed the 'Playstation Phone' has been leaked quite a bit in the past couple months, and more pictures have surfaced of the unannounced device.

The pics appeared on a Chinese forum and are further evidence an official announcement shouldn't be too far off. The devices pictured are running Gingerbread (2.3), suggesting that Sony will indeed release the gaming phone with the latest version of the OS.

Stay tuned for more info on the Xperia Play; there is bound to be more in the coming weeks. [HKgolden via Engadget]

For more, check out our Rumored Devices Forum

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3 years ago

Verizon changing its upgrade policy; you'll have to wait 20 months for a new phone

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Verizon's getting ready to change (they call it "simplifying") its upgrade policy starting Jan. 16, and it's not quite in favor of the consumer. As you can see in the above training material, customers on a standard two-year contract won't be able to upgrade in months 13 through 20 and instead must wait until the contract is nearly up. Also, the "New Every Two" program will be phased out as those customers re-up. Customers on one-year contracts won't be affected.

So it's a step backward, and it makes it that much more important to pick a good phone (and be willing to spend a few extra bucks to do so) -- and that much more important for Verizon and the manufacturers to update phones as best they can.

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3 years ago

Best Buy Mobile begins HTC Evo Shift 4G presale

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Moments ago, Best Buy Mobile outlined their presale plans for Sprint's latest Android-powered QWERTY slider -- the HTC Evo Shift 4G.  Best Buy Reward Zone members are also given an exclusive chance to be one of the first people in the country to own an HTC Evo Shift 4G.  Best Buy Reward Zone card holders can preorder their handset now, and will receive their goods as early as Jan. 6, while the general public must wait until Jan. 9.

Head on over to Best Buy Mobile's website to get your preorder on.  The HTC Evo Shift 4G will set you back a cool $149.99 on contract, or if you're like Jerry and you avoid contracts like the plague, you can dish out the full retail cost -- $549.99.

Need more Evo Shift 4G?  Check out an video review via Wirefly (which also will be selling the phone -- convenient, eh?) after the break. [Best Buy Mobile]

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3 years ago

Pandigital introduces 9-Inch Android Multimedia Tablet and eReader arriving on AT&T

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Still weighing options when it comes to Android tablets? Well Pandigital is hoping to sway you with their offering of a 9-inch multimedia tablet and eReader all in one. Arriving on AT&T at the end of this month bearing suggested retail price of $279.99. The Pandigital offering comes with an ARM 11 processor, 2GB of integrated memory and an SD, SDHC and MMC card reader that accepts up to 32GB memory in addition to a mini-USB port. On top of all that, included is AT&T wireless connectivity and Wi-Fi built in. Any takers? Oh ya, should be mentioned -- screen is resistive. [Press Release]

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3 years ago

Amazon working on new version of Kindle app for Android tablets

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We've read enough books on the Samsung Galaxy Tab to say that e-reading's a breeze on Android tablets. But that hasn't stopped Amazon from wanting to improve its Kindle app, and today it announced it's working on a new version for Android tablets. Amazon didn't offer up much beyond that, though it's probably safe to say we'll see something along the lines of the iPad version. And that ain't too shabby. [Press release]

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3 years ago

ESPN Pack launches on Sprint ID Devices

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Sports fans on Sprint can now get their fill of ESPN coverage with the newly announced ESPN Pack for Sprint ID enabled handsets. The LG Optimus S, Sanyo Zio and the Samsung Transform are among those supported. The ESPN ID pack includes access to:

  • ScoreCenter: Keep up with the latest scores and stats from 500 leagues around the world with the ESPN ScoreCenter app. With ScoreCenter, fans never miss another goal, run, or touchdown.
  • Video On Demand: Watch news and analysis from ESPN’s experts whenever and wherever.
  • ESPN Mobile TV: Catch the latest sports news and highlights, fan favorite studio shows, and more than 900 live events per year.
  • Fantasy Sports: Connect to ESPN Fantasy teams on the go. With one-tap Fantasy access, it’s never been easier to check on an injury, make a substitution or accept a trade.
  • ESPN Extras: Download wallpaper, ringtones, notifications and alarms from a variety of ESPN programs including SportsCenter, Pardon The Interruption, SportsNation and more.

If you're big on sports then chances are this will be a must have package for you. If you're not, Sprint does offer some other ID packs that may be of interest to you. You can learn more by checking out the direct Sprint ID page or hit the press release  after the break. [Sprint]

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3 years ago

HTC Evo Shift 4G official, available Jan. 9 for 149.99

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The day some of us here have been waiting for has finally arrived. Yes, Sprint and HTC have announced the HTC Evo Shift 4G in all it's glory. The HTC EVO Shift 4G will be available exclusively from Sprint on Jan. 9 for $149.99 as was rumored previously. A short run through of the specs is listed below:

  • Android 2.2
  • 5MP autofocus camera and 720p HD camcorder.
  • Wi-Fi
  • 4G data speeds (WiMAX) – peak download speeds of more than 10 Mbps; peak upload speeds of 1 Mbps; average download speeds of 3-6 Mbps.
  • Sprint Mobile Hotspot (supporting up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices)
  • Android Market with access to more than 100,000 apps
  • Messaging – Personal and business e-mail, IM and text messaging
  • Social Networking Integration – Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and more
    Visual Voicemail
  • Google Mobile Services, including YouTube, Gmail, Google Talk, Google Voice and Google Maps
  • GPS Navigation
  • Stereo Bluetooth® wireless technology
  • microSD slot (supporting up to 32GB memory card)

You can find the full specs here. As well, be sure to check out HTC Evo Shift 4G device gallery. Be sure to join us in the forums for more discussion, full press release is after the break.

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