The HTC Merge is no mystery to us, we have seen it at the FCC, we have gone hands on a time or two, and well, it's finally made its way to a carrier. The device has landed itself on Alltel for the pricing of $124.99 on new contract, which seems to be quite reasonable for this Android 2.2 device powered by a 800MHz processor. The preorder starts on March 28, so if you are an Alltel customer, be sure to keep your eyes on their site and place the order once available. [Alltel] More in the HTC Merge forums.
Back at CES Verizon had announced that they had already rolled out their initial 39 cities, and were expanding to 49 more, with plans to hit more then 140 cities by year end. Today, at CTIA Verizon announced that they will be adding 59 more markets to the existing ones, bringing them one step closer to their goal for the year. This news is bound to make many Verizon users happy, as they anxiously await 4G in their areas to take full advantage of new devices like the HTC Thunderbolt. Hit the break for a full list of covered cities, and the newly announced cities. [Verizon]
If you have been looking for an option to have your voicemail in text form, and have no interest or desire to change over to Google Voice, Yap has come to your rescue. This application will allow users to quickly at a glance read their voicemails in text form, instead of having to dial in and listen to the message. Some key features of this application include:
Quickly Read Voicemail Messages: Yap Voicemail lets users glance at their Android phones to quickly preview messages and determine whether they require immediate attention. In addition, users are able to check their voice message in situations like business meetings or loud settings where listening to messages is not practical.
Find Important Messages Quickly: Instead of listening to each message until finding that critical piece of information, Yap Voicemail lets users type in a few keywords that describe what they are searching. Yap Voicemail displays transcriptions of all of the voice messages that match.
Reply Using Email and Text Messages: Just because someone called and left a message doesn’t mean a return phone call is required. Thanks to reply functionality that is integrated with Android’s native SMS and email, Yap Voicemail lets users conveniently and quickly respond to voicemail messages via a text message or email.
If you have been looking for a great way to get your voicemail in a text format, you will not want to delay any further and head into the Android market and pick up Yap Voicemail. Download links after the break.
Hear ye, hear ye all developer types: HTC today has released the kernel source code for a trio of smartphones. They are the Incredible S, and updates to the myTouch 3G Slide and Wildfire. For the vast majority of us this doesn't mean much -- you can't just download this and update your phone or anything. But for those in the custom ROM game, it's a gold mine. [HTC Developer Center]
During our hands-on with the new HTC devices, there was one phone sitting on the table, staring at us the whole time. And staring at some of us harder than others. And that phone was none other than the HTC Merge. And being the good employee that I am -- that and the fact that I've already crawled all over the thing many moons ago -- it was time to give up the Merge to the man himself, Dieter Bohn. Namaste.
Ahhhhh. So apparently the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9-incher that we took a look at this morning was the European one an early prototype. The real U.S. version is just as sexy, and maybe even more so, even though they wouldn't let us turn it on. It's mostly the same hardware, except for the back cover. The textured grille has been swapped out for a matte finish, and it's noticeable easier to hang onto, which is good. But otherwise, we're pretty much looking at the same thing. More pictures of the 8.9- and 10.1-inch Galaxy Tabs are after the break.
For all intents and purposes, it's an HTC Flyer, same as we saw unveiled a month ago at Mobile World Congress. The advantage here, of course, is that you're not beholden to a carrier for a two year contract. On the other hand, you have to rely on having a Wifi signal, but for many of us that's not a problem.
Still no word on when it'll be available, other than "this spring," and they're not budging on how much they'll be selling it for. So stay tuned.
Best Buy will have the exclusive launch of the WiFi only model of the 7-inch HTC Flyer tablet, coming sometime this Spring. While some of us may enjoy the connectivity that a 3G or 4G Android tablet brings, the fact remains that most of us would prefer a WiFi only version, free of monthly payments and carrier contracts. We saw Samsung buck the trend and announce WiFi only versions of their 8.9 and 10.1 inch Galaxy Tab models, and it appears that HTC is going to do the same tonight at Pepcom's Mobile Focus on the floor at CTIA.
Earlier this week we heard about the acquisition of T-Mobile by AT&T, which was shortly followed by a Q & A from T-Mobile. We appreciate T-Mobile providing so much information, as many customers are left wondering what will happen to them, and more importantly their devices and service. Some of these new answers address things such as:
Your rates for your current plan will not be affected.
Forums are a great place to express concerns and have questions answered
Great time to join T-Mobile, they are continuing to expand their own network while working through the acquisition
The LG Optimus 3D is coming to AT&T, bringing what may once again be the nation's largest carrier its first 3D Android smartphone. The Thrill, for all intents and purposes, is just as we saw it a month ago at Mobile World Congress. You've got the 4.3-inch stereoscopic touchscreen, a special section on the phone for the 3D apps, and it's all powered by that a dual-core TI OMAP 4 processor.
More 3D-enabled apps, including Let's Golf, are in the works. Take a gander at more pics and hands-on video, after the break, and do keep in mind that the software's not yet final.
If you own an HTC Thunderbolt, and rooting is not your thing, but you still want to be able to change the look of your device beyond the options already available, you will be happy to know that more HTC skins have shown up. The process for downloading these skins is pretty simple, and in only a couple of minutes you should be all set and have the ability to change them on the go. The instructions are quite simple:
While this doesn't allow complete control of the theme of the device, and there isn't much you can do to customize beyond what the theme brings, it certainly adds more options for those of us who wish to avoid rooting and flashing custom ROM's and themes. [XDA via Android Central Forums]
OK, all you boys and girls out there itching to get your hands on a T-Mobile Sidekick 4G. You can't have it yet, we got our fat little fingers on it for you. And for those of you unfamiliar with the Sidekick experience (that'd be yours truly), it's an ... interesting experience.
The flip-up screen has a nice spring to it, and the keyboard is just shy of being excellent. What's not excellent is that the usual Android buttons are at the four corners (three, actually) of the device, meaning you're doing to be doing some reaching to get back to the home screens.
The software is an interesting mix of Android -- there's much that familiar -- and Sidekick special sauce. We're going to need some more time with the software to get a grip on it, but it's not the worst thing in the world. When it comes to pricing, we're looking at $99 - $149.99 depending on your data plan chosen and fussing with mail-in-rebates. Jump on past the break for some images of the Sidekick 4G
Running a dual core Tegra 2 processor clocked at 1GHz, the device feels snappy as it powers its way through Android 2.2 (froyo). Other key specs include:
4-inch capacitive touchscreen
8 MP rear camera / 1.3 MP front-facing camera
Video recording at 1080p
8GB internal memory
Assuming you're on T-Mobile (or is it going to be AT&T now?!) and you're looking for a dual core Android phone, this is one you'll want to check out. I'm pretty terrible this hands-on (blame my Android newb status), so if you're looking for a more in-depth look be sure to click over to the previous hands-on Phil did up. If the craziness slows down, I'm sure he'll hit up up the G2x for another closer look.
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