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4 years ago

Motorola promises $100 credit towards a new phone if yours doesn't get Jelly Bean


Motorola and Verizon's joint event today in New York kicked off with an awesome announcement: if your phone doesn't get a Jelly Bean update, they'll knock off $100 on your upgrade to one of the new Motorola devices. The details are still a bit sketchy, but it's great news, especially combined with their new developer initiative. Motorola said that they're aiming to roll out Jelly Bean to as many of their devices as possible. Apparently most of the ones launched since 2011 will be upgradeable, while all of the new devices announced today will either be launching with Jelly Bean or will have an upgrade in short order.

Being owned by Google is starting to have some perks, eh Moto? So, would you guys side with Motorola or any other device manufacturer that had a deal like this going on? It certainly eases the pain of staying up to date. 

Check out the Motorola site for more details

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4 years ago

Motorola and Verizon announce the Droid RAZR Maxx HD


Along with the new RAZR HD and RAZR M, Moto showed off the RAZR Maxx HD today in New York. It has the same great internals of the RAZR HD -- 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, NFC, 4.7-inch Super AMOLED under Gorilla Glass -- but has one pretty major change with the addition of a high-capacity battery that allows for 32 hours of "normal use".

We've got some sweet hands-on time with all the new Motorola devices coming shortly, stay tuned! In the meantime, the full press release is after the break.


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4 years ago

Motorola and Verizon announce the Droid RAZR HD


And just like that, the Droid RAZR HD has gone official. Getting a little bit of an overhaul from previous generations the Droid RAZR HD will come with a 4.7-inch Super AMOLED HD display along with a 2500mAh battery and Android 4.0.4 preloaded. That's all in addition to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.5 GHz dual-core S4 processor, 1GB of RAM, and 32GB of internal storage and NFC with the obvious LTE connectivity. If you're concerned about the camera, that's an 8MP shooter.

Motorola was quick to note though that Android 4.1 Jelly Bean will be rolled out soon and even brought devices running Jelly Bean to the event for all to see first hand. Customers will also have the choice between white and black options at launch but Motorola nor Verizon confirmed when launch would be but instead settled on saying 'before the holidays'. Other devices announced today include the Droid RAZR M and the Droid RAZR MAXX HD. You can jump below to see the Droid RAZR HD in action as well as read the full press release.

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4 years ago

Droid RAZR M announced for Verizon, shipping next week for $99



Today in New York, Motorola and Verizon jointly announced the RAZR M. It's shipping next week, with preorders starting today at $99 on contract. This little number has 1 GB of RAM, a 2,000 mAh battery, LTE connectivity, 8 megapixel camera, an edge-to-edge 4.3-inch 960 x 540 display, and a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor backed up with 1 GB of RAM. Jelly Bean is apparently coming by the end of the year. 

Check out Verizon's product page here for a closer look. 

Three are a few video demos after the jump. Doesn't look too shabby, does it?

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4 years ago

Google reaches 1.3 million device activations per day, install base at 480 million


Eric Schmidt has made his presence known at the Motorola-Verizon event in New York City by appearing on stage first and as such, he decided to go ahead and share some of the latest numbers for Android activations and installs. The number has grown significantly over the years and has now moved past the 1 million mark and is now tracking 1.3 million device activations per day. To go along with that, Schmidt also noted Android now has an install base of 480 million users and the Google Motorola relationship will only help that to continue to grow from here on out.

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4 years ago

Quora review - the biggest name in social Q&A comes to Android


Quora launched its Android app today, extending the mobile presence of its social question and answer network. Though they’ve been on iOS for a little while now, Quora on Android is highly polished and built with Google’s design practices in mind. Location is tied in to provide you with relevant topic suggestions, plus there are push notifications to let users know about a variety of activity, and voice search integration.

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4 years ago

Google shares new video extolling the virtues of Google Maps


Over the past little while now, we've some cool new videos come from Google. Most notably, the new Nexus 7 videos received quite a bit of attention but the Google Maps team must have wanted to have some fun as well. A new video has popped up on the Google Maps YouTube page and it's a pretty fun look at the many uses of Google Maps. Saskatoon, Kowloon, Cameroon, Brigadoon, to the moon. Let's go everywhere man!

Source: YouTube

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4 years ago

You can't have this awesomely two-toned HTC One X


Pop quiz: What's black and white and too cool for you? If you answered the two-toned Cushnie Et Ochs version of the HTC One X, you'd be right. It's part of Fashion Week here in New York, and we got a quick look at it at HTC's Frequencies II event.

There's not a lot to it that you don't see here. It's half black, half white, with a barely (but still) visible seam down the middle. 

Nope, you can't buy one. It's special-made for folks, well, for folks more special than us.

But we do have some more pics for you after the break. Enjoy.

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4 years ago

Sprint's Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S 4G may be in line for Jelly Bean this week


A quick heads up for you folks on Sprint: We've gotten word from a reliable source that the Sprint Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S 4G are slated to get their Android 4.1 Jelly Bean updates this week. On Thursday, to be exact. And it'll be build FH05 for the Galaxy Nexus, and JRO03R for the Nexus S, to be even more exact.

Here's the e-mail that we've been told is going out:

To Sprint Business Sales

September 5, 2012

Software updates for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (L700) and Nexus S 4G will be available beginning Thursday, 9.6.12. Galaxy Nexus Software Version: FH05 Nexus S Software Version: JRO03R Software updates will be pushed to all handsets via Google. Customers cannot initiate a download on their own.


Upgrades Device Operating System to Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Fastest and smoothest version of Android released Better search experience Expandable, actionable notifications A smarter keyboard And more!

We're digging around for confirmation, but we can all agree that the update can't come soon enough, especially since Nexus S 4G owners have been able to compile their own official Jelly Bean builds for a month now.

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4 years ago

Live from the Motorola-Verizon event in New York City!


We're live from New York City this afternoon for the Motorola/Verizon event, where we're very much expecting some RAZR HD action. Maybe. Or maybe something else. Who knows. Only one way to find out, actually, and that's why we're liveblogging this thing up. Plus, if you want, you can watch along, we've got live, streaming video after the break. In living color, even. 

So click that link below, and let's get to it! The event starts at 2 p.m. EDT, or 11 a.m. on the West Coast, and 7 p.m. BST.

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4 years ago

Sony Xperia Tablet S gets bunch of official video demos


The Sony Xperia Tablet S didn't make a huge splash when it was announced last week at IFA, seeing as it looked like not much more than a marginally souped-up version of its predecessor, but this batch of video demos may change your mind. They go over a lot of the new software features that Sony is launching in their latest tablet, including guest mode, small apps, the universal remote, a Walkman app, and the custom multimedia album. 

The Sony Xperia Tablet S is a decent step up from the original Sony tablet. Here's a quick run-down of the specs. A closer look is available over here in our hands-on video.

  • Slim new aluminium body and splash-proof design
  • 9.4” HD display (1,280 x 800 IPS) with OptiContrast Panel with low-friction coating
  • NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor and Android 4.0.3 operating system
  • Weight: 1.31 lb
  • Various experiences with original applications and Sony’s network services
  • 1-megapixel HD front camera
  • 8-megapixel rear camera
  • SD Card slot
  • 16GB internal storage

The videos were uploaded around the same time as the announcement, but was tucked away in a separate YouTube channel for Canadian Sony Trainer reps. Are you guys finding any particularly interesting features in the videos below? 

Via: PhoneArena

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 may hit T-Mobile as the SGH-T889


The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has just recently been announced, and we're already showing signs of life on T-Mobile U.S.A. This screenshot shows a device model T889, which, after a bit of deduction and cross-referencing with UAProf data, suggests that it's the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 2. the source of the screenshot says that T-Mobile's version will be keeping the Exynos quad-core 1.6 GHz processor, and tap into their 42 Mbps HSPA+ network. We're expecting this bad boy to launch in mid-October in Europe, but there's still no indication as to when we'll see the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 on this side of the pond. 

What's all the fuss about? Well, here's a reminder of the Galaxy Note 2's specs.

  • Network: 3G: HSPA+ 21Mbps (HSDPA 21Mbps / HSUPA 5.76Mbps); 4G LTE: 100Mbps/ 50Mbps
  • Processor: 1.6 GHz quad-core processor
  • Display: 5.5” HD Super AMOLED (1,280 x 720)
  • OS: Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • Camera: Main (Rear): 8 Megapixel Auto Focus Camera with LED Flash, BSI; Sub(Front): 1.9 Megapixel VT Camera, BSI; Best Photo, Best Faces, Low light shot

Be sure to check out our hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 from IFA for a closer look. It is definitely a sweet-looking device. Hopefully we'll get some indications of a launch on other U.S. carriers soon. Any T-Mobile customers considering holding out for this one, assuming it lands before the holidays? Maybe give that new unlimited data plan a shot? 

Source: TmoNews

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4 years ago

T-Mobile kicks off new unlimited data plan


To mark its 10th. anniversary, T-Mobile U.S. has launched its new Unlimited Nationwide "4G" Data plan, available as of today.

The plan has no data caps, speed limits or overages, and includes an extra discount on new devices like the HTC One S when signing on for a new two-year plan. The data plan cost depends on your core voice and text plan; if you're on the Value plan, the new Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan costs $20/month, while it costs $30 if you're on the Classic plan. So, to get unlimited everything on T-Mobile and a subsidized phone, it'll cost $89.99/month - $69.99 without the phone. 

The plan was announced earlier this summer, and should do well to compete with Sprint (the only carrier to continue boasting unlimited plans for awhile now) for the back-to-school rush. Sprint has the added bonus of LTE for now, though that's only really a selling point if you're in a coverage area. With T-Mobile and Sprint waving the "Unlimited" flag high, what are the odds that Verizon and AT&T will revisit their decisions to nix those plans? 

If you're interested in signing up, you can check out the details of T-Mobile's new plans over here. Any takers?

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4 years ago

Software update brings S3 and Note 2 features to original Galaxy Note


The launch of the Galaxy Note 2 might be imminent, but it seems Samsung hasn’t forgotten owners of the original Note. A new over-the-air update is going out today for the international Galaxy Note (GT-N7000), adding a whole host of new features from the Galaxy S3 and Note 2. The update, which is still based upon Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, introduces Note owners to features like Pop-up Play, a new Note 2-style 3D gallery app, lock screen and home screen enhancements and ‘S Cloud’ contact back-up, to name but a few. Overall, there are some pretty sweeping changes to the phone’s UI. The inclusion of S Cloud in particular is interesting, as this has yet to be officially unveiled, but was spotted on some of the Galaxy Note 2 demo units at IFA last week.

The update to version XXLRQ is curretly pushing out over-the-air and through Kies to unlocked Galaxy Note devices in Germany, and we’d expect other territories and networks to follow in the weeks ahead. Some, like the U.S. LTE models, may have a little longer to wait.

Today’s Note update is also good news for Galaxy S2 owners. It’s now likely that phone will get this latest package of software goodies too, regardless of whether Jelly Bean for the S2 ever materializes.

If you’ve got an international Galaxy Note and have received today’s update, hit the comments and let us know how you’re getting on.

via SamMobile, XDA; Thanks, @android_indian!

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 gets UK price and release date


German pricing for Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2 was available for all to see at carriers’ booths at IFA, but so far the device’s UK pricing has remained something of a mystery. Today we have the first tentative UK price tag and release window for the 5.5-inch Note successor, by way of British online retailer Clove Technology.

Clove reports on its official blog that the Note 2 will cost £546 inc. VAT when it’s launched in “mid-October.” That price is undeniably steep for any smartphone, but it is in line with the Galaxy S3’s late-May launch price (and let’s also remember that the original Note wasn’t exactly cheap at launch either). As always, this is a SIM-free price, so you can expect to pay much less if you pick up a network-subsidized model.

Would a high price like this deter you from picking up a Galaxy Note 2 at launch? Hit the comments and let us know.

Source: Clove; More: Hands-on with the Galaxy Note 2

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