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2 years ago

Sony buying out Ericsson's share of Sony Ericsson

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We've seen this coming for a few weeks now, and today it was announced that after 10 years together and some €1.5 billion in profits, Sony its indeed buying out the Ericsson share in Sony Ericsson

Ericsson confirmed the buyout this morning and will receive a payday of €1.05 billion in return for its half of the partnership. The deal also sees sony receive an IP cross-licensing agreement as well as "five essential patent families."

Why, you ask?

The transaction gives Sony an opportunity to rapidly integrate smartphones into its broad array of network-connected consumer electronics devices – including tablets, televisions and personal computers - for the benefit of consumers and the growth of its business. The transaction also provides Sony with a broad intellectual property (IP) cross-licensing agreement covering all products and services of Sony as well as ownership of five essential patent families relating to wireless handset technology.

Check out the full presser after the break.

Source: Sony Ericsson

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2 years ago

Verizon says 'exclusively' for the Galaxy Nexus ... But it's not exactly true

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So right about now everybody's freaking out over what so many feared -- and what many of us have been saying for quite a while. There's a distinct possibility that Verizon will have some sort of exclusivity on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

First off, it ain't entirely true. There are caveats involved here, folks. But you knew that, because you're smart and you listen to the Greatest Android Pocast in the World and have heard us say this numerous times now and don't freak out when the rest of the world does. Let's break down what a Verizon-exclusive Galaxy Nexus means, in handy list form.

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2 years ago

More clues hinting towards a Google Music store uncovered

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Grab your phone, make sure you're not signed into your Google account in the browser, and head to music.google.com.  You'll see the above, with a big fat (non-working) link to the Android Market's music page (https://market.android.com/music).  It doesn't take much imagination to see how this relates to the rumors that Google is planning to open its own music store, and have it tied into your current Google Music Beta account.  

It's widely believed that Google Music was supposed to launch with such a service, but content deals couldn't be made and those plans were scrapped -- leaving a free storage locker for 20,000 of your own songs you can stream anywhere.  The addition of an Amazon-esque music store, tied directly to your existing Google checkout account, sounds like a winner to us.  Keep it DRM free, allow me to easily download purchased content to my phone or computer, and you have a customer for life, Google.

Source: News on Droid (German); via TechCrunch

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2 years ago

Verizon's Galaxy Nexus sign-up page is live

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In case the suspense isn't already killing you, Verizon Wireless has launched its sign-up page for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, a sure sign that Android's next poster child is oh-so-close. In exchange for your email address, Verizon promises to keep you up-to-speed on Galaxy Nexus information and offers you one of the first spots in line for the device. Hit the source link to sign up and remember: deep breaths, people. It's coming. 

Source: Verizon Wireless

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2 years ago

HTC Raider (Holiday) rumored to come to Rogers, $150 with a 3 year contract

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The HTC Raider (we know it as the Holiday) is coming to Rogers for $149.99 on a three-year contract, according to a tip received by Mobile Syrup.  While a three-year contract is something that just boggles our minds, the Raider is something we can easily get behind.  A 4.5-inch qHD display, 1.2 GHZ dual-core processor, 1GB ram, 8GB internal memory, with an 8MP rear camera and a 1.3MP front camera running on a LTE network will get the attention of just about any smartphone aficionado. 

We've been hearing rumors and seeing pictures of an AT&T version for about forever, but still have no official word from Dallas yet.  Maybe you folks north of the border will get first dibs on this one.  Hopefully we'll know the details shortly.

Source: Mobile Syrup

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2 years ago

Shadowgun now available in the Android Market for Tegra 2 devices

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Here's what you've been waiting for if your an Android fan and love to play action shooters -- Shadowgun (see our early review) is now available in the Android Market for Tegra 2 devices.  It's got killer graphics (console quality, I kid you not), a great storyline, and will give you hours and hours of gameplay.  It's by far one of the best mobile games on any platform.  I've been playing the press copy for a bit on both the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the LG G2X, and have been itching to get the full version myself. 

You'll find download links after the break, as well as the video trailer (it's a must watch).  Shadowgun is $4.99, and runs on Tegra 2 devices with Android 2.2 or higher.

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2 years ago

T-Mobile Amaze 4G review

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A great phone, for sure -- but is it amazing?

A couple weeks into using the HTC Amaze 4G on T-Mobile, we've pretty much decided the most amazing thing about the device isn't the hardware, which of course is stellar. It's not the software, which is a further iteration of HTC Sense. These things are givens, right?

No, instead the most amazing thing about the HTC Amaze 4G is the fact that we're seeing it on T-Mobile at all, just a few months after its older brother, the HTC Sensation 4G, was released.

So what's different? What's new? is it truly amazing? Yes. And no.


Powerful hardware, and HTC Sense is as good as ever. The camera quality is much-improved, and the hardware shutter buttons and quick access to the camera app are must-haves.


Could be too large for some people. The larger plastic battery cover is pretty slick in the hand. Earpiece is a lint trap. The camera app, while better, still has room for improvement.



Easily the best HTC Android smartphone on T-Mobile, with its current hardware and software. The camera is as good as any HTC has done of late. Makes us wonder, however, why T-Mobile's carrying the Amaze 4G as well as the only slightly older HTC Sensation.

Inside this review

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2 years ago

Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo V now available in the UK

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The latest addition to the Sony Ericsson line of Xperia phones, the Xperia Neo V, is now available in the UK for £249.99 ($395) off contract.

Showing up on Sony Ericsson's offical site, the new version of the original Neo is a steal at that price. Remember too, that Sony Ericsson have already come out and said that all their 2011 Xperia phones will be receiving an update to Ice Cream Sandwich.

The Neo V also comes with the 3D sweep panorama photo mode first seen on the Arc S, along with their Facebook inside Xperia integration and access to the Sony Entertainment Network. 

Source: Sony Ericsson

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2 years ago

Yes, the ThunderBolt Gingerbread update is pushing out now

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And this is what it looks like. Yes, Verizon just gave us the heads up that the 146-megabyte Gingerbread update for the HTC ThunderBolt is indeed pushing out right now. Hit up this post for the changelog.

More in the HTC ThunderBolt forums

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2 years ago

HTC Rhyme makes its arrival on UK shores

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HTC's plum coloured Rhyme has made it across the Atlantic and is now on sale in the UK exclusively on O2. 

Available both on and off contract from the carrier, this purple delight can be yours for free on a 2 year, £27 a month deal or for £349.99 off contract. Also included are the bluetooth docking station, the tangle free earbuds, and of course, the charm. 

If you're not familiar with the Rhyme, head on over and check out our hands-on with the device back at the launch event.

Source: O2

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2 years ago

Reckless Racing 2 and Lara Croft headed to Xperia Play, screenshots galore

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Reckless Racing 2 and Lara Croft: Guardian of Light are headed to the Xperia Play in the weeks ahead, and Sony Ericsson's hoping to get gamers hyped up for both titles with today's release of a slew of screenshots from both games.

Both titles are the latest entries in SE's growing list of (timed) exclusives for its gaming-focused phone, a list which has so far included the likes of Sleepy Jack and Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit.

Join us after the jump for six more Lara Croft screenies, and eleven more shots from Reckless Racing 2.

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2 years ago

Droid RAZR pre-sale starts tomorrow, ships by Nov. 10

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Verizon dropped word this morning reminding us that the Motorola Droid RAZR goes up for pre-sale tomorrow morning -- that's Oct. 27 -- at 8 a.m. EDT for $299 on contract. That we knew. But the big deal is that it'll ship no later than Nov. 10. Still no word on when you'll be able to buy on in stores. Full release is after the break.

Update: A tipster's sent in an in-store date of Nov. 10 (makes sense) and an off-contract price of ... wait for it ... $622.

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2 years ago

Official Ice Cream Sandwich for the Nexus One won't happen, Google says

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Shouldn't come as too much of a surprise, but according to Google's Hugo Barra, as reported by The Telegraph, the Nexus One is just too darn old for an official update to Ice Cream Sandwich. It's a shame, because it's still a great daily driver. But this is that whole "legacy" thing we all have to come to terms with, and it's the reason why we put the Nexus One in our "Maybe, but doubtful" column for our ICS update predictions.

All that said: We completely expect someone to build a full ICS ROM for the Nexus One once the code drops, and SDK ports are already in the works.

Source: The Telegraph
More: Will my phone get Ice Cream Sandwich?

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2 years ago

Motorola PRO+ 4G coming to Bell Nov. 7

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Back when the Motorola PRO+ was announced, Motorola only slated it for Europe and Asia but now the time has come to roll it out elsewhere as well. Come Nov. 7, in time for the holidays, the full QWERTY Android 2.3-powered device will be available exclusively from Bell Mobility in Canada. Other specs include 5MP camera, 1GHz processor and a 1550mAh battery.

“The Motorola PRO+ 4G delivers the security and productivity tools that businesses require, but all the fun things consumers want,” says David Petrou, director of sales, Motorola Mobility Canada. “For professionals looking for a smarter smartphone, the Motorola PRO+ 4G offers robust features that work hard and play hard.”

Motorola nor Bell is saying just how the Motorola PRO+ 4G will cost as of yet but we're sure that information will turn up soon enough. Full press release is past the break for you all.

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2 years ago

T-Mobile gets its first no-contract 4G smartphone -- the Samsung Exhibit II 4G

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Available at Walmart on Oct. 27, nationwide Nov. 2

T-Mobile tonight announced the Samsung Exhibit II 4G, a 3.7-inch, Android 2.3 Ginerbread smartphone. It'll be available in Walmart stores on Oct. 27, and nationwide starting Nov. 2. It's T-Mobile's first no-contract phone and will sell outright for $199. If you prefer to sign away two years, khowever, you can snag the phone for just $29.99 (after $50 rebate).

In addition to the 3.7-inch WVGA display, it's got a 3MP rear camera, front-facing camera and 1GHz processor.

Yeah, it's not the sexiest hardware you'll get. But a $200 no-contract phone is something we can get behind. Full presser is after the break.

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