3 years ago

Motorola Atrix HD becomes official - HD display, LTE and 'Kevlar strong'


We all saw the leaks of a new Motorola smartphone apparently heading the way of AT&T, codename Dinara, and now the leaks have become an official device. Behold, the Motorola Atrix HD. And, it's a pretty handsome looking thing too, being available in two colors, titanium and modern white.

Once again from Motorola too, we've got a healthy dose of Kevlar in the construction. But, perhaps more impressive design wise, is the on-screen Android 4.x buttons. And, if the render shown here is anything to go by, they seem to blend into the homescreen pretty well, not like the solid black band we see on the Galaxy Nexus.

So, specs, what are we looking at? Quite a bit in truth, but we'll focus on the ones you're likely more interested in:

  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 4.5-inch 1280x720 HD Colorboost display
  • Gorilla Glass
  • 8GB on-board storage, with expandable microSD card slot
  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor
  • 8MP rear camera with LED flash and 1080p video recording, 1.3MP front facing camera
  • 1780mAh battery
  • 1GB RAM
  • LTE

All in all, not too shabby. Nothing groundbreaking, but simply having expandable storage alone will be enough to sway many into purchasing the Atrix HD. Motorola also seems to be pushing this as a potential business purchase, by proudly declaring it as "business ready." The "Government grade encryption" promises to keep your data safe, while the VPN will keep you connected to the office whilst out on the road. 

As one would expect from Motorola, Webtop is also along for the ride. As too, is the usual array of OEM accessories. Theres a HD dock, a travel VGA adaptor, and a smart controller that gives you complete control of the phone remotely while it is connected to an external display. 

There's no word as yet on when the Atrix HD will be going on sale, but the AT&T branding seen here in the official render at least gives us a pretty hefty clue on where it will be going on sale. For now, interested potential buyers can head over to the official product page at Motorola, and sign up now. 

Source: Motorola

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3 years ago

Sky Go for Android gets fresh on-demand content, ICS support inbound


British broadcaster Sky has announced some major updates to its Sky Go streaming application for Android. The update adds on-demand streaming of Sky Movies content, and "popular entertainment channels" including Sky 1, Sky Atlantic, Sky Living and Sky Arts 1. The new channel listing brings the Sky Go Android app up to par with its iOS cousin. There are also additional account controls built into the new app, which allow customers to view their Sky package and monthly bills.

Compatibility is still an issue, as Sky's been slow to test and certify new devices (likely due to licensing restrictions rather than the broadcaster's own intransigence.) Right now official support is only available for the HTC Desire, Desire S, Desire HD, Incredible, Sensation, Sensation XE, as well as Samsung's Galaxy S and Galaxy S II. And they're only supported on Android 2.2 and 2.3, so you're SOL once you get that long-awaited ICS update.

In any case, Sky says a future update, due by the end of July, will add support for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, as well as the Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy Note. There's no word on Jelly Bean support, though right now the app refuses to install on our Nexus 7 and I/O edition Galaxy Nexus. The Galaxy Note, it seems, is currently supported, according to the Google Play Store listing.

If you're a Sky subscriber, hit the comments and let us know how you're getting on with the new version. We've got Sky's press release after the break.

Download: Sky Go

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3 years ago

White EVO 4G LTE coming to Sprint on July 15?


Are you hankering after a HTC EVO 4G LTE, but just wish that it came in white? According to an internal document obtained by the guys over at TechnoBuffalo, your wishes may come true from July 15. LTE issues aside, the EVO 4G LTE is a fine phone, and it seems to look darn fine in white too. If you're torn, don't forget to check out our comprehensive review to help you decide. 

The same screenshot also seems to show a forthcoming buy-one-get-one offer for the Epic 4G Touch. While it may be a 2011 device, for families this could be a steal. 

Source: TechnoBuffalo


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3 years ago

LG Prada 3.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update now available in Germany and Italy


If you happen to own the awkwardly named LG Prada 3.0, you can now take some joy in knowing that Android 4.0 is now available for download provided you're in Germany or Italy and have a non-carrier branded version.

Having launched with Android 2.3.7, the upgrade to ICS can be found by plugging your device into your computer and then using the LG Mobile Phone Support tool that is available for Windows PC's. If you're on a Mac, you'll have to find a Windows machine.

According to the documentation, the update should only take a few minutes and leave your device info intact though, a back up is suggested.

Source: LG Germany, LG Italy via: The Verge

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3 years ago

Orange San Diego review


Intel finally arrives on Android, but is it everything we were hoping for?

The Android/Intel love affair kicked off officially in January back at CES in Las Vegas. Back then, the computing giant took to the stage to show off their new, prototype hardware running on its Medfield chipset. The demonstration was impressive, boasting incredible performance from a single-core processor running under a customized version of Gingerbread.

Almost six months on, and in the UK at least, the first Intel-powered Android smartphone has made it to market. Launched in partnership with UK carrier Orange, the San Diego is the first of what Intel's hoping will be a host of devices from Intel. The launch event in London made it clear the phone would be aggressively marketed, and indeed this marketing has already begun. This is the first own-brand smartphone that Orange has ever pushed TV advertising for. And those ads focus on one thing -- speed.

Promising performance on par with dual-core phones at an affordable price, the San Diego, on paper at least, is an enticing prospect. That's all well and good, but how does it measure up in real life? Find out after the break, as we walk you through the Orange San Diego.

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3 years ago

Samsung launches official UK Top 40 chart app on Galaxy Ace II


Samsung has teamed up with music app-maker MusicQubed to launch an official UK Top 40 chart app across its range of smartphones. The app will debut on the Galaxy Ace II, which Sammy says is launching today in the UK.  Presumably it'll later start begin roll out across the Galaxy line through the Google Play Store. Unfortunately we're not able to use it on our Galaxy S III due to our being on an "unsupported network" (go figure), and our Jelly Bean'd Galaxy Nexus was deemed incompatible, too.

For those with both a a compatible handset and supported carrier, the MusicQubed chart app, Samsung says, gives users unlimited plays of the current UK top 40. It apparently works by caching these tracks overnight, meaning there's no need to stream out of your precious cellular data allowance. The app also delivers "daily celebrity news updates," if you're into that sort of thing. There's also social integration via both  Twitters and the Facebook. Galaxy phone owners will get free access to the app for two months, after which it'll cost £1 per week.

Check past the break for the full presser.

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3 years ago

HTC Raider and EVO 3D Ice Cream Sandwich updates now available for Rogers


Rogers hasn't had a great track record thus far of keeping folks in the loop when it comes to Ice Cream Sandwich updates but at least two of the devices in their lineup are now getting ICS rolled out to them via OTA. Owners of either the HTC Raider or EVO 3D can go ahead and check for updates and now find Android 4.0 available. The update should only take a few minutes to load up and then you'll be good to go with Ice Cream Sandwich.

Thanks, John!

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3 years ago

Verizon Galaxy S III preorders shipping already


Looks like some bank accounts are a few hundred bucks lighter tonight, as preorders of the Verizon Galaxy S III have begun shipping. We're seeing arrival dates as early as Thursday, which should be a perfect way to cap off the holiday here in the States. 

If you haven't preordered, the Galaxy S III will be in Verizon stores starting July 10, with the 16GB version running $199 on contract, and the 32GB version hitting $249.

More: Verizon Galaxy S III forums; thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Contest Winners: Google I/O t-shirts and a Samsung Galaxy Nexus


If you're a registered member here at Android Central then you know our forums always have a contest happening. And if you're not registered, well -- now is as good a time as any. This week's winners are as posted after the break, and if you were chosen watch your email as we'll be following up during the week. Stay tuned for more upcoming contests folks. Congrats to the winners!

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3 years ago

Comscore: Samsung top mobile manufacturer, Android top platform


It's not all doom and gloom in the Android world. Comscore just released its findings for the three months ending in May, and they are as follows:

  • Samsung's is the top overall mobile manufacturer at 25.7 percent. LG's second at 19.1 percent. That's counting smartphones and non-smartphones, however. Apple's third at 15 percent (the largest gainer with a 1.5 percentage point increase over February), followed by Motorola (which has more than a few non-smartphones) at 12 percent, and HTC at 6.1 percent.
  • Google's still well in the lead for total smartphone subscribers, at 50.9 percent. Apple's second at 31.9 percent, and it again was the highest gainer at 1.7 percentage points. (Android grew about half that.) BlackBerry fell 2 percentage points to 11.4 percent, and Microsoft's Windows Phone showed just 0.1 percentage points of growth, to 4 percent even.

We'll be looking for Android's numbers to take a pretty big bump maybe not in the June findings, but certainly July, as the Galaxy S III is finally hitting stores.

Source: Comscore

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3 years ago

AT&T Galaxy S III hits stores Friday


A little bit of good news for those of you who are still trying to get the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S III from an actual ... what do you call it ... oh, right -- store. The carrier today says it expects full stock on July 6 -- that's this Friday. Preorders have been shipping over the past several days, so that's been taken care of. But being able to walk in, hold the GSIII in your hand and then plop down some cash has been problematic, at best. This week that ends.

Pricing remains $199 for the 16GB version, which is all AT&T's got. But you can still slap up to a 64GB microSD card in there, so all's not lost.

But before you hoof it over to an AT&T store -- hell, before you eat lunch -- be sure to read our complete AT&T Galaxy S III review.

Source: AT&T

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3 years ago

GSM Motorola Razr begins receiving Ice Cream Sandwich update


We have seen the Ice Cream Sandwich update start trickling out, and then land for the masses for the Verizon customers, and now it appears as though Motorola has made the update available outside of the US as well. The update is beginning to land on GSM devices as well, with initial reports coming in from Asia. While we are unsure of the roll out plans for the rest of the GSM users, this is definitely good news, and we hope to see the update become available on all of your devices soon!

Are you a GSM Motorola Razr owner who has received the update notification as well? Be sure to hop into to the forums and let us know where you are and what carrier you use!

Thanks, Whimex!

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3 years ago

Droid Incredible 4G LTE hits Verizon on July 5


As it was foretold, If you've been holding out for the HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE on Verizon, this is the week, folks. It'll be available starting July 5 for $149.99 on contract and after a $50 mail-in rebate.

You'll no doubt remember this phone from our hands-on at CTIA in New Orleans, as well as our comparison to the HTC EVO 4G LTE, and it's important to remember that the D4GLTE, in additional to having a ridiculously long name, is not a member of the HTC One family. You'll find many of the same software improvements, including Beats audio and Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich, but it's lacking the separate image processing of the HTC One line, and that's a big deal. But the Snapdragon S4 processor should still be snappy enough, and the shooter, despite not being HTC's best, is still 8 megapixels at f/2.2 with a 28 mm lens. So there's that.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S III at Sprint, 32GB and all


The wait is over for you Sprint customers. If you have been anxiously awaiting your chance to put the amazing new Samsung Galaxy S III in your hands, the time is now, you can finally have your very own 32GB model. If you are still on the fence, or looking for a little more assurance that this could be a great move for you, be sure to check out our review of the device and see just how great it really is. So will you be heading off to the local Sprint store to hand over $249 in return for one of these, and if so which color will you be picking up? Be sure to sound off in the comments and hit the forums as well!

Source: Sprint

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3 years ago

Ice Cream Sandwich now available for everyone with a Droid RAZR/RAZR MAXX


Who needs push when you've got pull? The Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Motorola Droid RAZR and RAZR MAXX has been trickling out for a week or so now. But today it's available to anyone with those devices. Just hit the menu button, choose Settings>About and get your ICS on.

And while you're at it, be sure to check out our preview of what you'll be getting in the update.

More: Droid RAZR forums; RAZR MAXX forums

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