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5 years ago

Sprint's new 'Gold Standard' in push-to-talk will feature an Android QWERTY phone



In an official press release about the new "Gold Standard" CDMA push-to-talk service coming this year, Sprint let everyone know that one of the new featured PTT phones will be an Android model.  The details are slim, only stating that it will be "an Android Smartphone with a touch screen and a QWERTY keyboard."  Further details say that the featured phones will be from Motorola and Kyocera.

While many of us have no need, PTT is still a very popular service that many people need in their jobs.  We're all glad to see Nextel and the iDEN network die a painless death, and Android seems ready to help get the CDMA version of it ready.  The full press release is after the break. [Sprint]

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5 years ago

Samsung teases more Galaxy Tab news during Samsung Mob!le Unpacked [video]


Samsung has posted a new video teasing a new Galaxy Tab device. The thirty second video is rather interesting. In the beginning of the video you see a couple of people holding a regular Samsung Galaxy Tab... cool. But after their babbling, Samsung asks, "What's your Tab life?" The numbers 7,8,9, and 10 appear across the screen. Could those numbers be hinting at 7, 8.9, and 10 inch tablets? Soon after Samsung flashes some quick side shots of one or more devices. One quick screen shot grabbed by the Samsung HD Blog suggests that this Tab might be running Touch Wiz 4.0.

Well, I guess we'll have to find out next week in Orlando, Florida. And you can be sure we'll be there. Video after the break. [YouTube via Samsung HD Blog]

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5 years ago

Verizon LTE data pricing docs leaked


LTE data pricing sheet

An anonymous tipster has sent us s few screenshots of Verizon's LTE data pricing quick reference guide for indirect sales.  Besides taking a shot or two at the competition (did anyone not expect that one?), and confirming what we've already heard about the pricing, there are a few juicy details here. 

  • The $20/2 GB plan will not be available for LTE phones
  • The free MHS (mobile hotspot) lasts only until May 15, regardless of when you sign up
  • Soon after the MHS promotion ends, an OTA update is scheduled to allow customers to pay for tethering for a monthly fee (details and pricing to be determined)
  • 3G and LTE smartphones will have a data only plan if you buy off-contract.  It's $49.99/5 GB (with a $10 per GB overage), and you'll have to sign up for a voice and data plan on a month-to-month agreement, then call Verizon Customer Service to get changed to this plan.
  • The MyVerizon Mobile app is getting updated to track LTE data usage

The two standouts here are the data only plan, and the OTA news.  An OTA on or around May 15 would be a great time to offer Skype, and Netflix streaming, but we have no word that either is coming.  And many of you have already asked about a data only plan, so there's your answer.  We have one more picture after the break.  Thanks Anon!

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5 years ago

Android Central ROM review: Serendipity 6.2 for the Samsung Captivate


ROM review -- Serendipity for the Samsung Captivate

The Samsung Galaxy S line gets a lot of custom ROM love, and the Captivate is no exception.  The awesome hardware just begs to be put to task, and there's that whole Android 2.2 update issue for Galaxy S phones in the USA.  This time around Android Central forums adviser ls377 gives us a look at Serendipity 6.2 for the Captivate, and it's a stunner.  But don't take my word for it, head on past the break and have a read.  Thanks, Larry!

Want to write a ROM review for Android Central?  We'd love to hear from you!  Look here for details.

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5 years ago

Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi arriving at retailers starting March 27


Although we got a heads up from some leaked information, Motorola has gone ahead and made things all official like with the announcement of the Wi-Fi only XOOM. As expected the retailers such as, Best Buy, Costco, RadioShack, Sam's Club, Staples and Walmart will all have the XOOM available as of March 27. If you were holding out for this version expecting it to be cheaper then you may or may not be surprised -- the Wi-Fi only version will be priced at $599.99 across retailers. If you're still wondering what the Motorola XOOM is all about, check out our full on review. [PRNewswire]

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5 years ago

Google TV updated to v1.3, still no Android Market access


Google TV rolled out the latest update over the past few days. The latest release serves to correct some system issues as well adds some new features to the services overall. Despite Google TV now sitting at v1.3 it still lacks the Android Market Google stated was coming soon. A list of updated features is below:

  • The media player now supports more WMA audio files
  • Netflix and CNBC Real Time are better integrated into Google TV
  • Improved transition between songs in Pandora
  • Support for Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity on Sony devices
  • Support for a broader range of Blu-ray discs

Google seemingly was aware the question of Android Market access would come up again and as such they took the time to remind everyone that Google TV is an ever-evolving system. That to us, when translated basically breaks down to -- we know you want it and it is coming just, not this time around. [Google TV Blog]

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5 years ago

Google randomly mailing swag to book buyers?


Free swag is always nice, especially if it comes to you unexpectedly. Jason, one of our readers -- was taken by surprise by some free swag sent to him in the mail from Google. Being an avid Google Books user someone at Google felt Jason could likely make use of some bookmarks for any of the hard copies he may have in his collection. Pretty awesome if you ask me. Anyone else receive some of these after purchasing some Google Books? Thanks, Jason for sending these into us!

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5 years ago

Motorola Atrix arrives on Bell tomorrow


No surprise here since Bell issued a press release back on March 4 announcing the release date but just in case anyone needed a reminder, Bell will be releasing the Motorola Atrix tomorrow. A three-year contract will knock the price down to $169.95 with a minimum $50 plan. Or you can buy it outright for $599.95. You can hit up the Bell website for further details. Jerry has been working on a AT&T version review so, if you're still on the fence you may wanna hold off until we get that posted up for you all. [Bell]

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5 years ago

MIUI ROM on the Evo 4G; Motorola Droid X2, Droid 3, Targa [from the forums]


Android Forums at Android Central

Boom! HTC Thunderbolt goes official and our forums explode with excitement. That begs the question, who's riding the lightning come launch day? Many folks have been waiting a long time for the Thunderbolt but after the long wait time some have moved on. Where do you all stand, join us in the forums and let us know.

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today. PS: Last chance to sneak an entry in to win a free HTC Thunderbolt.

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5 years ago

TELUS Froyo and Gingerbread update schedule revealed


 HTC Desire Gingerbread update

The HTC Desire and Desire HD on TELUS will receive updates to Gingerbread sometime this Spring, while a TELUS-approved Froyo update for the Motorola Milestone is expected "very soon", according to information provided by the Canadian carrier to MobileSyrup. Other Android update plans include Froyo for the Samsung Galaxy Apollo, also due in Spring, and Gingerbread for the LG Shine Plus, due in early Summer. The Shine Plus will skip Froyo altogether and receive an update from Eclair straight to Gingerbread.

Gingerbread updates for the Desire series have already been confirmed for Q2 by HTC, but today's news will reassure TELUS customers that their updates won't lag too far behind the European and Asian versions. Similarly, European Milestones got their Froyo update today, so it's not too surprising to hear that a carrier-approved version isn't far behind. [MobileSyrup]

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5 years ago

Another picture surfaces of the 'Droid 3', shows off keyboard


Droid 3 with keyboard

It was just earlier today that we got our first glimpse of the rumored but not-yet-announced Droid 3. It showed off just the front of the phone and was missing one of the aspects that distinguishes the Droid, Droid 2 and Droid 3 from a lot of other high-end Android phones: the keyboard. 

Well, another photo has emerged on the same forum, showing the keyboard and it looks pretty slick. Keep in mind that this is all just speculation at this point, but it can keep us drooling in the meantime. What do you think of the look and keyboard? Does it entice owners of the first and second generation original Droids or other devices enough to switch? [Howard Forums]

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5 years ago

The tablet competition... Read the Apple iPad 2 Review by TiPb!


Now that the iPad 2 is out, there has been a lot of back and forth about how it stacks up against the Motorola XOOM. While we've yet to do any head to head comparisons our sibling site,, which covers all things Apple iOS related, has broken the iPad 2 down for us from their perspective. 

Quite honestly, I'm a fair gamer when it comes to tablets. Full disclosure -- while I would love to have a Motorola XOOM, no retailer in Canada currently has them so I did purchase a White 32GB WiFi iPad 2 for myself. As soon as a WiFi XOOM becomes available, I'll be grabbing one of those as well.

Considering we posted up our Motorola XOOM review today, if you were looking to compare the two now would be a good time to head on over to TiPb and get a good feeling for the iPad 2. I'm sure they would love some comments from some Android users that offer up a friendly contrast -- or just share with them why you chose a XOOM over an iPad 2. [TiPB]

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5 years ago

LG Revolution system dump has Netflix


 LG Revolution

Although the LG Revolution was announced quite a while ago now, there is still no sign of it being launched. No matter -- we all have the HTC Thunderbolt to hold us over but that doesn't mean the LG Revolution news has to stop. For those of you who like to dig through system dumps you'll find the LG Revolution to contain some interesting items. Although I'm sure most of you out there will only be concerned with one -- Netflix.

Yes, if you dig deep enough into the system dump you'll find there is a Netflix install file in there. We knew it was going to be loaded, as we've seen it in the past but the system dump turning up was a surprise. We've not put it to the test but I was however able to log in just fine. That said, if you do get it working let us know in the comments. [AndroidSpin]

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5 years ago

Facebook for Android updated to version 1.5.2



If you are a Facebook for Android user, which we know many of you are, an update to the application has been pushed to the Android Market. The update brings version 1.5.2 to your device, and some of the changes include:

  • Added the ability to upload photos to friend's Walls
  • Upload photos to Groups
  • Photos will always upload with the correct orientation
  • Improvements to landscape mode
  • Improved security using SSL
  • Various bug fixes

If you use Facebook, and want to take advantage of this update, be sure to hop into the market and grab the update. Download links after the break.

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5 years ago

HTC Thunderbolt user manual now online


Thunderbolt user manual

We know you won't stop to look at it this coming Thursday when you rip the box apart on your new HTC Thunderbolt, so here's where you can read the Tbolt's user manual online -- while you're waiting for them to hit the shelves.  It's mostly basic stuff that you veterans already know, but if this is your first foray into the world of Android you really should spend a few minutes and have a look.  Check it out at the source link, and if you have any questions or just want to talk about it, get into the Thunderbolt forums! (.pdf warning) [Verizon] Thanks, Steven!

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