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2 years ago

Future T-Mobile Samsung QWERTY slider snapped in the wild

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Well well well, what do we have here? Seems that Sprint might not be the only ones with a new QWERTY slider in the pipeline. The folks over at ​TmoNews ​have been sent this snapshot of what is purported to be the SGH-T699, a future Samsung smartphone heading to T-Mobile

Details on specs are a little scarce, but it's supposed to be housing some form of Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, a 5MP rear camera, a front facing camera and an LED notification light. Whatever this may be is also supposed to be running Android 4.0.4 out of the box. Oh, and the traditional -- at least internationally anyway -- Samsung home button. 

It probably isn't going to be the highest end device some would maybe hope for, but allegedly it does run really smoothly. QWERTY keyboards might well be going the way of the dinosaurs, but variety is still a good thing. Some people really like their keyboards after all. We'll have to keep our eyes open for more on this one.

Source: Tmonews

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2 years ago

TELUS Samsung Galaxy Note due for some Ice Cream Sandwich July 13, Galaxy Tab 8.9 slips to August

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A couple of weeks ago, we got a look at a TELUS document detailing their revised Ice Cream Sandwich update schedule for their Android devices. There's another updated document out there now, detailing in particular a specific "in market" date for the Samsung Galaxy Note of July 13. The ICS update for the Note brings among other things enhanced S-Pen applications, and is well worth the upgrade. 

Of other Samsung devices on the list, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 remains pencilled for late July, but it's smaller sibling, the Galaxy Tab 8.9, has now slipped to August. 

Source: TELUS via Mobilesyrup

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2 years ago

First look at a Motorola QWERTY slider on Sprint!

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Well, now, what have we here? It appears that Motorola and Sprint are testing some sort of QWERTY slider smartphone. This pic comes from Va1ha11a in our Rumored Devices forum (still one of my favorite places to hang out). Supposedly this is a test device, and other than what we see, that's about all we know.

So what do we see? That's a five-row keyboard with staggered keys and dedicated arrow buttons. We're going to guess that's a qHD display (feel free to correct us with any math-based opinions). And you can easily see the Sprint Music app there in the drawer. 

Loads of questions remain, of course. It's probably safe to say this one's an LTE-capable device. What's under the hood, then? Will we finally start to see some Intel-Motorola love here in the states? (Remember how the two companies in January announced a multi-year agreement, with devices starting to land this fall.) And when was the last time Motorola did a slider here that wasn't part of Verizon's Droid line?

Also of note is that save for the slider keyboard, this appears to be a buttonless device, using screen real estate for back, home and multitasking, as Google intended. That's in contrast to recent efforts from other manufacturers, including LG and Samsung. That's something we're paying more and more attention to, as it goes against (at least in spirit) Google's references for Android 4.0 design.

So what say you, Sprint fans? This Motorola slider piquing your interest any? Get in on the whole discussion in the link below.

Read: Sprint-Motorola new ICS buttonless slider coming

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2 years ago

CyanogenMod 7.2 stable builds start rolling out to various devices

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As we learned from the previously announced code freeze on CM9, the CyanogenMod team has been working hard on getting CyanogenMod 7.2 stable builds out the door for various devices. Though no ETA's were given in their previous announcements, If you head on over the CyanogenMod downloads page there is a bunch of devices that have new builds available for download that have been marked as stable.

There is yet to be an official announcement from the CyanogenMod team but surely it's coming when they have a few more devices covered. Go ahead, have a look and see if you can among the first to give CyanogenMod 7.2 a go. Make sure you drop by the Android Central forums as well and let us know how things are working out for ya!

Source: CyanogenMod Downloads

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2 years ago

Canadians will see Samsung Galaxy S III delayed until June 27

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Canadian retailers have been taking preorders for the Samsung Galaxy S III for quite some time now but according to Samsung, the official launch originally set for June 20th in Canada will now happen on June 27th. Why, you ask? Demand for the device according to Samsung Canada who took to Twitter to let their followers know:

Due to unprecedented demand, our launch of GALAXY S III will happen June 27th, rather than June 20th. Thanks for your understanding.

You'll have to excuse us for being a little skeptical here Samsung. Yes, we know you reportedly have over 9 Million global preorders for the Samsung Galaxy S III but that being the case does that mean you allocated the stock elsewhere and now are making Canadians wait? Will this delay also, eventually cause a delay for U.S. customers as well?

Seems kinda like we're not getting the full story here. What? Someone had to say it.

Via: Mobile Syrup

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2 years ago

Cincinnati Bell gets the HTC One S on June 25

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Cincinnati Bell today announced that it'll carry the HTC One S starting June 25. This is the same 4.3-inch qHD, Android 4.0 device we've come to know and love over the past couple months, and it's still got the same excellent 1.5 GHz Qualcomm S4 processor. It'll cost $299 up front on a two-year contract, and you'll have a $100 mail-in rebate to deal with afterward.

Full presser's after the break.

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2 years ago

Verizon reminds Droid RAZR/MAXX owners that Ice Cream Sandwich is coming

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Folks have started getting text messages today from Verizon saying that their Droid RAZRs and RAZR MAXXs "soon will be upgrade to Android 4.0," which is good to hear because the update's still due in the second quarter, according to Motorola's update chart, and that ends in a little more than two weeks. Here's the full message:

Free Verizon Message: Your phone will soon be upgraded to Android 4.0. At that time we will remove your Verizon Wireless Mobile IM app because it is not supported on Android 4.0. Please download a new instant messaging app to use IM on your phone. Thank you for using Mobile IM!

The only slightly bigger news is that Verizon will have to kill off its own IM app because it's not compatible with Ice Cream Sandwich. There's a better than even chance that if you're reading this, you weren't actually using Verizon's IM app in the first place, but we still appreciate the heads up.

More: Droid RAZR forums; thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

How to disable the water droplet sound on the Samsung Galaxy S3

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Samsung's marketing campaign for the new Samsung Galaxy S III (S3) focuses heavily on how the visuals and sounds in its software are "inspired by nature." But one of the less welcome results of this is the water droplet sound that plays every time you press an on-screen button, menu or widget. Thankfully there's an easy way to make this quieter -- or completely silence it -- if it's not your cup of tea. Check out the video above for a quick walkthrough.

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2 years ago

Carphone Warehouse offering free Galaxy Note on £21 contract for next seven days

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The Samsung Galaxy Note is one of the surprise Android success stories of the past six months. And now British retailer the Carphone Warehouse is offering the device for free on a surprisingly reasonable £21 per month, 24-month service plan. In addition to a free Galaxy Note, the deal gets you 100 minutes, unlimited texts and 750MB on T-Mobile UK, which is a pretty competitive package for the UK market. Carphone says the deal will be available to new customers online and in-store for the next seven days.

Although it's more than half a year old at this point, the Note still stands up alongside current high-end Android phones, with a 1.4GHz dual-core Exynos chip, a 1280x800 SuperAMOLED display and an 8MP camera. Better still, it's just been updated to the latest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich. If you're unfamiliar with the Galaxy Note, be sure to check out our full review of Samsung's 5.3-inch stylus-toting beast.

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2 years ago

HTC Desire C: First look at the budget smartphone

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With three new Android devices released in the past few months, HTC have been pretty busy on the 'high end' side of things. Luckily they haven't forgotten about the low end market, as the Desire C launches as the company's new budget offering. 

It may not have the best specs, but it doesn't need them with its target market. What it does offer though is the latest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, as well as Sense 4.0 which many Android lovers have grown to be fond of.

For the price, which is around the £180 mark on pay-as-you-go, you get reasonable value for money. There's a smooth Android experience with decent build quality, which we have come to expect from HTC.

Taking a further look at what's powering the HTC Desire C, we only get a 600MHz Snapdragon processor, which doesn't sound like much. However, coupled with its 512MB or RAM the device performs surprisingly fluidly. Its 3.5-inch screen may not have the highest resolution, and in comparison to its big brothers, the One X and One S, seem a little washed out. But you are never going to get the same technology in a budget smartphone compared to a £500 one. On-board storage is limited to 4GB.  That's not a huge amount, but it can be expanded with a MicroSD card (up to 32GB cards are supported).

All the main applications that we have seen on the One series appear to be present in the Desire C, so if you are an HTC fan but cannot commit to a huge, powerful, expensive smartphone then this new creation may well suit your needs. We'll have a full review in the near future but my early impressions are very positive. Another good job, HTC. Give yourselves a 'budget' pat on the back from me.

We've got video after the break.

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