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2 years ago

Samsung Replenish hops from Sprint to Boost Mobile, available Jan. 16 for $99

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The Samsung Replenish started life on Sprint as the first "eco-friendly" smartphone. Today, it's made the leap to the no-contract Boost Mobile. The Replenish, which sports a 2.8-inch display, full QWERTY keyboard and runs Android 2.3, will be available at Boost retail stores Jan. 16 for $99.99. It'll hit national retailers by March.

Source: Sprint

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2 years ago

Sprint Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch coming in white Jan. 8

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If you've got a hankering for a Sprint Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch in white, get thee to thy nearest Sprint retail channel (in stores, online, and telesales) starting  Jan. 8, as that's when the pale version of the world's most obtusely named phone will be available. It'll cost you $199 on contract, and other than the paint job it's the same as the original SGSIIE4GT we reviewed in 2011.

Full presser's after the break.

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2 years ago

Google Earth updated, fixes issues with Tegra 2 devices

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Google has updated the Google Earth app, fixing a pesky-as-hell bug that caused the app to crash during startup on Tegra 2 devices.  NVIDIA uses special instructions for the Tegra chip, and while they work amazingly well when used properly (check out some Tegra games if you haven't yet), sometimes different specialized hardware makes it difficult for the generic "works everywhere" app to use the full set of features.

That's probably what happened with the last update for Google Earth -- it certainly pushes the limit of what a mobile GPU can handle, and needed a bit of tweaking to run it all on the Tegra chips.  Call it fragmentation, call it legacy, but it's a fact of life that you have trade-offs between different hardware platforms.  Google seems to have it all sorted, and now we can have our imaginary getaways to exotic virtual locations on our Tegra based tablets and phones.  Hit the download link after the break or check the Market for your update.

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2 years ago

Verizon Galaxy Nexus root toolkit makes the process easier than ever

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We're normally not huge fans of one-click rooting around here. Don't get us wrong, they're simple and the folks who put them together deserve applause. But we also think you should have at least a basic understanding of what you're doing to your phone when you're rooting it, and that needs to be more than a button in a dialog box. (And remember, rooting's not for everyone. There's no shame in that.)

And that's why we're thrilled to see Wug's Galaxy Nexus Root Toolkit sitting in our Verizon Galaxy Nexus Forums -- complete with an explainer of what each step of the process does. This is one-click rooting done right, folks. So if you need a little help getting it unlocking and rooting, or going back to stock, hit the link below.

More: Wug's Galaxy Nexus Root Toolkit

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2 years ago

Xperia Active gets drowned, stabbed, bludgeoned and run over by a Jeep

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The Sony Ericsson Xperia Active survived our own dunking test as part of our review, but one YouTube user decided to take things a little further recently, with some heavy-duty tests of his own. These included sending it hurtling into a puddle to test water-resistance, as well as stabbing and bludgeoning the rugged smartphone with wrenches, hammers and screwdrivers. Finally, the Active was put up against a Jeep Wrangler (alongside an unfortunate potato) to test its sturdiness under extreme pressure.

In the end, the phone only sustained screen damage after being repeatedly whacked with a large wrench -- something we try to avoid during our testing process here at AC. In any case, if you want to see all three punishing videos for yourself, we've got them embedded after the jump.

Source: crimi8787 on YouTube; via: SE-nse

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2 years ago

Another look at the Galaxy Nexus car dock and HDMI station

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Following on from our first look at the Verizon Galaxy Nexus's "navigation vehicle mount", mobile blog TheUnwired has a new walkthrough of the official Samsung version for the GSM Nexus, along with the new portrait-orientation charging dock with HDMI port. Unlike Verizon's vehicular mounting annex car dock, the Samsung version magically transforms the phone into car mode, with an appropriately rotated launcher, and quick settings buttons in the notification dropdown. You also get easier charging, thanks to the use of the gold charging contacts on the side of the device.

Both docking stations are expected to arrive during the first quarter of the year. More pics can be found over at the source link.

Source: TheUnwired

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2 years ago

Sony Ericsson drops another CES teaser, looking like an Xperia Arc follow-up

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Sony Ericsson just dropped this little teaser pic onto its Facebook page, and astute readers are noting that, among other things, the camera button appears to be pointing us in the direction of a successor to the Xperia Arc. (Read our full review) Of course, anything that comes out after the Xperia Arc is an Xperia Arc successor, and SE's had not qualms about borrowing features from phone to phone.

But we digress. We should find out soon enough next week at CES 2012 in Las Vegas. Join us, won't ya?

Source: Sony Ericsson Facebook

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy M Style comes to Korea in, ummm, style

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The Korean faction of the Samsung Tomorrow blog today announced the Samsung Galaxy M Style. It's a Gingerbread device with a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, is just 9.9 mm thick and has a 3MP camera. There's also a 1GHz processor and 1650 mAh battery to keep things running.

It'll be available in a variety of colors and is "reasonably priced." Huzzah.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow (translated)

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2 years ago

Score a GSM unlocked Samsung Galaxy Nexus for $559

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Been wanting a Galaxy Nexus for use on T-Mobile or AT&T, but didn't want to shell out a lot of dough?  Daily deals style site dailysteals.com has the unlocked i9250 GSM Galaxy Nexus for just about the same price one would pay had they been sold at Best Buy or the like -- $559.99 plus $4.99 shipping.  CES is right around the corner, and we're sure to see something that tickles everyone's fancy, but for many there's nothing like a Nexus, and the price is right.  No idea how many of these are on hand, so go click if you're interested.

Source: Daily Steals

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2 years ago

Unmodified Holo theme now a requirement for devices with Android Market access

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A lot of work has gone into the UI for Ice Cream Sandwich, and Google has decided that manufacturers who want to have access to the Android Market will now have to let it shine -- the Holo theme, in its unmodified form, is now a requirement for devices that wish to use the Android Market. 

Calm down, calm down -- manufacturer skins like Blur and Sense will still be around. (You were worried about them, we know.) But menus, widgets, and settings dialogs will now have to follow the standards set up in Android 4.0 and above.

This means a lot to app developers.  Having a standard set of UI elements to draw from makes applications look and feel more integrated into the operating system, and now that everyone will have to use the same base they don't have to worry about coding their own.  Adam Powell, Android framework engineer, says:

Before Android 4.0 the variance in system themes from device to device could make it difficult to design an app with a single predictable look and feel. We set out to improve this situation for the developer community in Ice Cream Sandwich and beyond.

Nice work, fellows.  The Holo UI is unique, and stunning.  Let it shine!

Source: Android Developers Blog

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2 years ago

Google acquires 217 more patents from IBM, beefing up portfolio for the inevitable tech Armageddon

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According to an update at the USPTO (US Patent and Trademark Office), Google acquired 188 granted patents and 29 pending patents from the granddaddy of things that go beep, IBM, on Dec. 31, 2011.  This is just three months after Google purchased over 1,000 patents from Big Blue back in September.  Not all these patents are for their mobile division (Google still does this little thing called search), but their are more than a few that cover things your Android phone or tablet (as well as other platforms) can do like web page rendering and VoIP.  We'll let interested parties check out the source link for a more detailed list.

No financial details have been provided, but we imagine it is far cheaper than lawyer and court fees for the upcoming patent meltdown that's sure to hit had they not purchased the patents outright.  Google seems to be preparing for the day when it all hits the fan as well as licensing and purchasing new technology to make their offerings a bit better. 

Source: SEO by the Sea

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2 years ago

Discounted Nexus S back in stock at Carphone Warehouse

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We passed along the good news on Boxing Day about how Carphone Warehouse had slashed the price of the Nexus S to a few pence under £200. However they seemed to sell out of them almost immediately. 

Well, good news. If you missed out last time, it's worth trying again because as the graphic here shows, they're currently back in stock. You won't see a link to the SIM free version on the main page, but hit the source link below to be taken right to it. As ever folks, be quick. Don't expect them to hang around. Again. 

Source: Carphone Warehouse

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2 years ago

LG Optimus 2 hits LG's website

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Update: Apparently this one was released on some regional carriers in late 2011. Carry on, folks!

One of the bigger (if underappreciated) hits of 2011 was LG's Optimus line. And it looks like it'll be getting a follow-up version with the Optimus 2 (aka the AS680). It looks to be sporting a 3.2-inch display, Android 2.3, 3.2MP camera and 1500 mAh battery. It's got all the other usual features, like GPS and Bluetooth, and Swype is built in. 

Look for this guy to make an official appearance next week at CES, we reckon.

Source: LG; via Phonescoop

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2 years ago

T-Mobile's "New Year, New Phone" sale will slash Android prices for three days only

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If the holiday season didn't manage to bait you into a new phone, this might be your chance: T-Mobile is having a three-day "New Year, New Phone" sale this weekend only, beginning on Friday, January 6.  Sure, there are mail-in rebates involved, and you'll have to make a monthly payment ranging from $10 to $20 on the device itself, but a $49.99 down payment on a Galaxy S II or an Amaze 4G is hard to pass up. Other Android devices pegged at the $49.99 sweet spot include the Sensation 4G, the myTouch 4G, the Springboard, and the G-Slate. The source link has a full list of devices on sale, along with the corresponding mail-in rebates and monthly payment information. 

Source: T-Mobile

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2 years ago

Samsung unveils new entry-level offering -- the Galaxy Ace Plus

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Today sees the unveiling of a new entry-level Android handset from Samsung, the 3.65-inch Galaxy Ace Plus. The Ace Plus is the successor to last year's Galaxy Ace, which was Sammy's main mid-range phone for Europe in 2011. It's billed as a phone for "trendy and sociable young professionals" (so that's us out), and brings Android 2.3 Gingerbread and the latest TouchWiz 4.0 onto a 3.65-inch HVGA display. Design-wise, you've got a chassis that closely resembles the original Galaxy S, and the more recent Galaxy S Plus.

The phone's powered by a 1GHz CPU and comes equipped with a 5MP rear-facing camera (no front-facer), along with 512MB RAM and 3GB internal storage (including 1GB for apps, and expandable using a microSD card) -- so nothing to set the world alight, but a respectable mainstream device nonetheless. Of course, you can also expect all the usual Gingerbread and TouchWiz software niceties.

Samsung expects to release the Galaxy Ace Plus in Russia this month, followed by a gradual roll-out in Europe, Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa later in the year. We've got the full spec list, along with more photos, after the jump.

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