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3 years ago

New Snapdragon processors on the way -- snappier speeds lower power use

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These days, folks scoff at the thought of running anything less then a 1GHz processor on their devices. However uncalled for that scoffing may be, those that do will be glad to know the next generation of processors are already in the pipeline and are promising blazing speeds. Qualcomm, provider of chipsets to many of our beloved Android device manufacturers claim that its upcoming Snapdragon chipset, the MSM8960, will outperform their first set of snapdragon chips by nearly five times.

Clocking in at 1.2GHz, Qualcomm states their upcoming chipset will use 75 percent less power, thanks to a 28-nanometer processor that's new to mobile devices and will have support for LTE (Long Term Evolution) onboard, making your device 4G-compatible even if you're not on a carrier which offers 4G services. To us, that sounds like Qualcomm wants to push manufacturers and carriers to 4G. Fine by us, that's for sure. Come 2011 when the chips are expected to arrive, we'll be more then ready to make use of them. Heck, we've been ready for a while now. We're just stuck waiting for someone to put this tech to work. [PCWorld]

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3 years ago

Cox Wireless launches with a pair of Android phones in its arsenal

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When we brought your the first pictures of a Cox HTC Hero back in May, we were expecting it to only be a test device -- it's not a young phone, after all. But Cox has just launched its wireless service in a trio of markets -- in Orange County, Calif., Omaha, Neb., and Hampton Roads, Va. -- and the Hero the HTC Desire are among the new carrier's ranks.

The Desire's going for $69.99 after two-year contract and $100 rebate, and the Hero's just $49.99 after contract and rebate. Voice plans will start at $39.99, and, and unlimited data runs $30 a month. [Cox via Bloomberg]

 

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3 years ago

Verizon to offer free streaming of NFL games this weekend

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Verizon has featured the NFL Mobile app for some time, which allows users to view live streams of NFL games from the NFL Network. The service will run you $10 per month (on top of data), which is probably a barrier to entry for many. As such, Verizon will be allowing smartphone users to try the app for this weekend. Starting Monday, Nov. 22, you will have to pony up that $10 to continue getting the games. Verizon customers should be able to find the app under the "Verizon" tab of the Market, or you can enter your number on the promo site and you will get install instructions. Click past the link to see full details and features. [Verizon]

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3 years ago

Acer Liquid E Froyo update available

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The Froyo update for the Acer Liquid E is now available for customers of both Rogers and Fido.  It's not an OTA update, so you'll have to download it and install manually.  That's OK, because Acer has included a great set of instructions in the zip file you download, making the whole thing pretty foolproof.  Having said it's pretty foolproof, now is a good time to mention that there's at least one report of a fouled upgrade.  But this is official, from Acer, and endorsed by the carriers so hopefully that's just a fluke.

Head to Acer Canada and visit the download center to grab your copy and give Froyo a whirl.  Thanks for the tip, John!

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3 years ago

US Cellular customers get weeklong Android Black Friday specials

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If you are a US Cellular customer, and have been holding out on grabbing an Android device, the time to buy is about to hit. US Cellular has decided that instead of trying to cram all the fun into just one day that they are going to have a week long sale on many of their Android devices.

U.S. Cellular is offering door-busting deals on its entire lineup of Android-powered phones, including the Samsung Mesmerize (a Galaxy S phone) for just $99 and the HTC Desire for $49 after an $80 mail-in rebate with a two-year contract. The LG Apex and Samsung Acclaim will be free after an $80 mail-in rebate with a two-year contract. With U.S. Cellular's “no contract after the first” from The Belief Project, customers who opt for a contract never have to sign another one.

So if you have teased yourself with the review of the Samsung Mesmerize, or the review of the HTC Desire, your wait is almost over. Be sure to check out your local US Cellular store next week for all the great deals!

Note: Current U.S. Cellular customers who switched to one of U.S. Cellular's new Belief Plans and are eligible for a phone upgrade can get those sale prices without signing a new contract. New customers who sign up for a Belief Plan will get those sale prices and never sign another contract with "no contract after the first." It's one of the benefits of The Belief Project from U.S. Cellular.

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3 years ago

Nexus One gets an update to FRG83D (no, it's still not Gingerbread)

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The Google Nexus One just got itself a little update. It's still Android 2.2.1 -- no Gingerbread yet, folks -- and the 1.3MB download looks to be a bunch of patches and bugfixes. We've poked around it for a few minutes, and here's what we see:

The Froyo framework has been patched, as has the applications debugger. When we look at the system applications, each has a small patch, but Vending (the Android Market, which is now at Version 2.12), the Google services framework, and the GoogleEmail application (not Gmail) has a larger patch in place. There's also a small patch to the stock recovery.

So, no Gingerbread yet, but this this likely is an update to get us ready for it. For the direct download link and more discussion, check out this thread. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

HTC Merge 360-degree view appears, quickly disappears from Verizon's site

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Need another sign that the HTC Merge is nearing release? How about a 360-degree look to go along with our previous hands-on and video preview. It popped up on Verizon's website today and was quickly pulled, but that's just not how we do things around here. Check it out, after the break. [Via bigdav1178 in the Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

Adobe Reader updated

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Adobe Reader -- Adobe's official pdf reader -- got itself a little update recently. Here's what's new: 

  • Tablet support
  • Open PDF Portfolios & Password protected PDF files
  • Text search
  • View mode – Fit Screen & Continuous scroll
  • Go to page
  • Improved navigation Performance
  • Support for English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese , Swedish, Russian, Czech, Polish & Turkish

You can update yours now in the Android Market, or we have download links after the break. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Android device traffic -- Moto Droid No.1 , 4G-enabled phones at 16%

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Chitika Research has compiled some statistics that break down Android specific device traffic, and the Motorola Droid still comes out on top with 19 percent of the total.  The breakdown really isn't surprising, Verizon and Sprint hold the top two spots with the Sprint Evo 4G coming in right behind the Droid at 12 percent.  The Samsung Vibrant comes in at number five, with a five percent share as the first GSM device on the list.

We don't have a fancy pie chart to show it, but according to Chikita, 4G Android phones (The Evo 4G, The Epic 4G, the T-Mobile G2, and the T-Mobile MyTouch 4G) claim 16 percent of all Android traffic in their study.  Something tells me that number will be a bit different come Q2 2011, when Verizon gets into the mix. [Chitika Research]

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3 years ago

Win 1 of 50 unlock codes for your GSM HTC device courtesy of CellUnlock!

In celebration of our new unlocking help forums opening up today, we have a contest for anyone out there who has an HTC GSM device and would like to no longer have it locked to any specific carrier. Courtesy of folks over at CellUnlock.net we'll be giving away 50 codes in total. Let's make entry a little interesting though, leave a comment in the contest forums letting us know what about Android it is that you love and you'll be entered to win. Good luck to all! And of course, thanks to CellUnlock for the codes!

Click here to enter for your chance to win 1 of 50 unlock codes

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