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2 years ago

ZTE Warp Review

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The market for prepaid cell phones continues to rise as more of us look for ways to reduce expenses in everyday life but no one wants to be stuck with a run of the mill phone because of it, right? Well lucky for us we have seen some more powerful Android handsets arriving in the pre-paid market, so you can now slash the price tag without giving up a whole lot when it comes to the device.

ZTE has recently released the Warp, a Gingerbread powered device with a 4.3-inch display that carries a rather affordable price tag of only $199 with no contract needed. Could a device at this price point hold up in comparison to others that have released recently? Let’s hit the break and break it all down.


The ZTE Warp offers a great combination of nearly the most current OS (no ICS) along with a nice large display without breaking the bank.


ZTE's record in Android has yet to be established here in the United States -- with U.S. carriers, so we are unsure what to expect as far as updates. 



If money is a determining factor in your next cell phone purchase, but you don't want it to allow you to completely limit your purchase the ZTE Warp is a great device to consider. Keeping up with most of the specs of a high-end device, or an entry level price allows it to be ultra competitive in the market.
 

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2 years ago

OnStar API kicks off with ridesharing app

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At CES 2012, GM was showing off their remote control and monitoring Android app, but I would say their more interesting announcement from the show was a new OnStar API, which will enable outside developers to start plugging into their connected electric car. To showcase the new capabilities, GM partnered up with the guys at RelayRides, which is basically Airbnb for cars. Using the mobile app, you will be able to post your vehicle as available for rent within certain dates, and if it's with a Chevrolet Volt, the car will only begin functioning in the specified timeframe. Once a rental time kicks in, customers can use the app to find the Volt via GPS, and remotely unlock the car to grab the keys inside. Even if you don't have a smartphone, you'll be able to unlock the car via text message. From the renter's side, you can search based on vehicle type, proximity, timeframe, price, and all of the other usual criteria. Rental rates can go as low as $5 to $6, which includes a million-dollar insurance policy. 

This is pretty big news because so far, the only other car manufacturer seriously wooing app developers has been Ford, and they've been doing it for some time now with AppLink. They haven't been able to crank out a ton of apps since AppLink has come out, but RelayRides was apparently wrapped up in under a month. Of course, they made their app specifically for the OnStar API, so they might have been able to get it up a bit quicker than others will be able to, but it's a promising start.

The OnStar API will be available for Android and iOS starting in the first half of this year, but if you're interested in getting involved sooner than later, you can pitch your app idea to developers@onstar.com

Source: OnStar

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2 years ago

Hands-on redux with the LG Viper on Sprint

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

After going hands-on with the LG Viper at CES during the stylish-yet-dark Sprint party, we just  had to get our hands back on one of these devices to check it out a second time. 

The booth rep here reiterates a good point -- you're not actually looking at a final device here. Don't expect a real change in the hardware, of course, and the software's going to be pretty vanilla with stock Gingerbread and Sprint ID. But that's why the CES hands-ons with the Viper have been superficial at best.

Anyhoo, check it out, and stay tuned for pricing and availability information.

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2 years ago

Official MIUI release now available for the Samsung Epic Touch 4G

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Been looking for a new ROM for your Samsung Epic Touch 4G on Sprint, well how about a little bit of MIUI love for you? It appears as though an official build has been released for the device, and it is now available for your downloading pleasure. For those unfamiliar, MIUI is a custom ROM that is quite similar in many ways to iOS and provides a rather unique Android experience. Rooted and ready to flash? If so hit the link below for download links and full information about the ROM.

Source: XDA

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2 years ago

White Galaxy Nexus caught out in the wild

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We've had the first retailers bring it up, we've had the first real promotional shots, and now we have the first real, actual shots of the white Samsung Galaxy Nexus

The folks over at the AndroidHD Blog in Italy have snagged themselves some photos of the as-yet unreleased device. Worth noting is that as in the official renders, it's only the sides and the rear of the device that are white -- the front remains black as on the original "titanium silver" version. 

In the UK at least, we're expecting to see this on sale from the week commencing Mar. 6. If you're a sucker for a white phone, hit the source link below for more pictures. 

Source: AndroidHD Blog (translated)

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2 years ago

UK retailers beginning to offer up dates for official Galaxy Nexus accessories

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In the United Kingdom, we're fortunate enough to have had the brilliant Samsung Galaxy Nexus since mid-November. Almost two months on from release, what we're still yet to see are any of the OEM accessories for the device. Two of the leading British online retailers for mobile equipment, Expansys and Clove Technology, have now started to offer some actual timeframes for getting their stock of the accessories in. Both companies though have quite different expected release dates. 

Clove have got the full range, including the sweet looking vehicle mount shown here, showing "first stock expected mid-January." We're in mid-January now, so this could mean we won't have to wait much longer. 

Expansys however are expecting to release the items on Feb 29. A significant difference from the Clove expectations, but it's important to note that Expansys are not always in first with what they sell. It's a lot more pinpoint though than "mid-January." 

Hopefully we really won't have too much longer to wait. Theres a lot to be said for utilising official OEM accessories, and my wallet is crying out to buy them. 

Source: Expansys, Clove

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2 years ago

HTC Rezound Ice Cream Sandwich build leaks -- proceed with caution

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If you have been feeling a bit left out with your HTC Rezound and have been anxiously awaiting your invitation to the Ice Cream Sandwich party the time has come. Over at Rootzwiki they seem to have landed their hands on an ICS build for you to download and play around wtih. This is ICS 4.0.1 with Sense 3.5 overtop of it, and not all of it is really usable -- there are watermarks on various screens, screen shots, calls and more cause rebooting of the device, but hey it's new and shiny. So if you got some time to kill, and are comfortable with being able to roll your device back, head over and check it out!

P.S Apparently there is another newer and better build that should be coming "soon" so be sure to keep your eye out for that one as well. In the mean time be sure to let us know what you think in the forums!

Source: Rootzwiki; via: Android Central Forums

 

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2 years ago

ITC Judge rules in favor of Motorola in Apple patent dispute

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The ALJ (Administrative Law Judge) appointed by the International Trade Commission in the case of Apple v. Motorola has determined that Motorola Mobility does not violate three Apple-held patents.  A statement issued today by Motorola also says the following from Scott Offer, senior vice president and general counsel of Motorola Mobility:

We are pleased with today’s favorable outcome for Motorola Mobility.  Motorola Mobility has worked hard over the years to develop technology and build an industry-leading intellectual property portfolio. We are proud to leverage this broad and deep portfolio to create differentiated innovations that enhance the user experience.

The patents (collectively referred to as multitouch patents) in dispute covered ways to interact with the screen, including tapping, sliding and pinching with one or more fingers, and Apple claimed that Droid, Droid 2, Droid X, Cliq, BackFlip, Devour and Charm specifically were in violation.

Details are still a bit sparse, and this is best left for a legal expert to break down, but we wanted to share this breaking news with you guys.  The full press release is after the break.

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2 years ago

Are you ready for some football? Get EA Sports' Madden NFL 12 for just a buck in the Android Market

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Get the latest of one of the most popular sports video game franchise ever, Madden NFL '12, for your Android device for just 99 cents from EA Sports.  The game was built for Android 2.1 or higher, and has optimized versions for both Tablets and the Xperia Play with it's built-in control pad.  You can choose to play as any of the 32 NFL teams, and different game-play modes allow for complete micro-management of every bit of action on the field.

It's Madden NFL 12, done right, for a buck.  Grab it using the handy link after the break.

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2 years ago

Sony Xperia S pre-orders start, available early March

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UK retailer Clove Technology has today started listing the recently-announced Sony Xperia S for pre-order, along with the news that the first stock is expected during the week commencing Mar. 5. The Xperia S, which was unveiled on Monday at CES, comes in at a surprisingly reasonable £467.99 including VAT. Clove's offering the black version only, Phones4U has already snapped up UK-wide exclusive rights to the white model.

To find out more about Sony's new flagship smartphone, check out our initial announcement post and hands-on feature.

Source: Clove Technology

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2 years ago

Droid 4 manual gives the ins and outs of Motorola's latest

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If you're eyeing the Motorola Droid 4 and want to pore over every inch of the smartphone before it goes on sale eventually, Motorola's made the Droid 4 user manual available for download. Probably the most useful part of the Droid 4 manual will be the bevy of customizations and security tweaks Moto's added. For a look at what you'll be getting hardware-wise, be sure to check out our Droid 4 hands-on from CES.

Download: Droid 4 manual; More: Droid 4 forums
Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the first Intel Android phone, the China-bound Lenovo K800

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Your first time with a Chinese smartphone that marks the beginning of a new era of Android computing is a lot like your first time with a woman. You're pretty sure you know what you're getting into, and you sort of know your way around already. But when you get down to it, you're on your own, wondering if one wrong press of a button is going to blow up the whole damn experience, leaving you naked and alone, quivering at the thought of anyone seeing how badly you just failed at what should have been been a simple task. You had your chance. You blew it. And you're going to have to live with that shame forever. You tool.

The Lenovo K800 has a 4.5-inch display at 1280x720, runs Ice Cream Sandwich and is powered by an Intel Atom Z2460 CPU running at 1.6GHz. It's got an 8MP camera.

You'll never forget your first. Hands-on is after the break.

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2 years ago

CyanogenMod hits 1 million unique installs

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Last night Steve Kondik (Cyanogen) and Jef Oliver from the CyanogenMod team broke the news that the popular custom firmware has reached 1 million unique installs. CM, which is by far the leading multi-device custom ROM for Android phones, is officially supported on 56 Android devices, with many more available via unofficial or nightly builds.

Interestingly, almost half of the CM installations are of unofficial or "KANGed" builds, although that's likely skewed by official-unofficial self-KANG builds by developers maintaining not-yet-supported phones like the HTC Sensation and EVO 3D. Top devices include the HTC Desire and Motorola DEFY, with over 80,000 and 58,000 installs respectively.

Congrats to the CM team in reaching this huge milestone. With more than a few Android owners eagerly awaiting the ICS-based CM9 in the months ahead, that number is sure to increase in 2012.

More: CM Stats

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2 years ago

T-Mobile shows off Bobsled Messaging - free cloud-based SMS texting

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I think we're all a bit curt with T-Mobile for announcing the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G, but not actually having it here at CES 2012 for us to play with, but they did have something substantial to show off in Vegas. Bobsled Messaging is a new free SMS messaging application which allows you to read and send texts from just about any web-enabled device. 

The Android app propogates text messages across multiple screens, including phone, tablet, and web, while packaging everything in a familiar threaded interface. The web console is particularly cool in that you can send out group messages with minimal fuss.

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