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2 years ago

Samsung Illusion device page surfaces on Verizon Infocenter

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It's been a while since we talked about the Samsung Illusion, but a friendly ninja just dropped off a screencap of the Verizon Infocenter page for the entry-level handset in our inbox.  Imagine a smaller version of the Nexus S, minus the vanilla Gingerbread build and plus an SD card slot, and you'll have a pretty good picture of what to expect.  The 1GHz Hummingbird and 512MB of RAM should make for a pretty damn speedy experience with the smaller resolution, though the tiny 3MP camera and TFT display clearly mark this one with the budget or entry-level tag.  With a 3.5-inch display and a curved design, it should be a pleasure to carry and use for talking, but the HVGA (480x320) resolution isn't going to win many points for you gamers out there. 

All in all, it looks like one of the best beginner phones we've ever seen, with decent specs that hopefully will mean a low price point.  We've no idea about price or release, other than rumors that say "this month".  The page in the Infocenter went live today, so Verizon is getting prepped.  When we know more, we'll tell you.

Thanks, ninja!

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2 years ago

Express from Sprint set to ship Nov. 18?

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Not quite sure exactly what we're looking at here, but according to the latest version of the internal Sprint Playbook, it's the Express, it's running Android 2.3, and it's coming Nov. 18 via direct shipping. In addition to the obvious BlackBerry-esque keyboard, it's got a 2.6-inch touchscreen, a 600 MHz processor, Sprint ID, a 3.2MP camera and 1500 mAh battery. It'll go for just $19.99 after two-year contract and $50 mail-in rebate.

Update: Pocketnow notes it looks to be the Huawei Boulder.

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2 years ago

The Droid RAZR unboxing gods are not pleased

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

We've warned you that unboxings are lame. This is what happens when you don't listen. Take the phone out of the box, then show the box. Anything else is a blatant unboxing violation.

Thanks, Scott!

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2 years ago

HTC Rezound arrives at lucky owner's doorstep early, gets unboxed just as early

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Anxiously awaiting Nov. 14 to arrive so you can get your hands on the brand new HTC Rezound? Well, it seems as though a lucky customer received their order from Verizon Wireless a bit early, and they broke out the video camera to show us what they got. So, check out the video above for a quick unbox and hardware tour, and then be sure to check out our hands-on video again!

Source: YouTube; Thanks, Jesse!

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2 years ago

Behind the scenes with the LG DoublePlay at the U.S. National Texting Championships

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes at the LG U.S. National Texting Championship? Our pal Stephanie -- aka the LG Girl -- gives you a backstage look at the tech that keeps the thumbs tapping on the LG DoublePlay.

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2 years ago

Costco selling Droid RAZR with free bonus pack -- HD Dock, HDMI cable, and chargers

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There's two important things to know about the Droid RAZR in this Costco internal memo an anonymous friend sent us -- the first is that yes, Costco will be carrying them, and the second is that Costco members will get an exclusive "Accessory Bonus Pack" with an HD dock, HDMI cable, portable charger, and a second wall charger.  The flip side of the coin is that it looks like at least some locations will be waiting a few extra days past the 11/11/11 11:11 launch date before they will have the phones in stock, with Nov. 14 being the target date for inventory to start showing up. 

Will Costco's liberal return policy, customer service, and of course that sweet HD dock (check out the review) be enough to keep you waiting a few days to get your RAZR?  Shout out in the comments, and of course you can always discuss further in the forums, which are already bumping with excitement over this one. 

Thanks, Anon!

Droid RAZR review | Droid RAZR forums | Droid RAZR specs

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2 years ago

Lookout Mobile Security now available internationally

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Lookout Mobile Security, the free antivirus app, is now available internationally in the UK, Canada, and Australia. Its first international partner will be Australia's Telstra, who will offer the app through its channel in the Android Market. Lookout says that it will soon be available in "many countries", citing the increase in mobile malware as the catalyst for its expansion. In addition to protecting your device from malware, Lookout also locates your phone and backs up your contacts. The premium version offers remote wipe, safe browsing, and advanced backup. Full presser is at the source link, and you can grab Lookout from the market after the break. 

Source: Lookout Mobile Security

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2 years ago

HTC Ville gets detailed, another device coming next year with next year's specs

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On Monday we met the HTC Edge, the first quadcore device that is destined for the states, and today we meet the HTC Ville, an Ice Cream Sandwich device packing all the standard specs we can expect to see next year. The HTC Ville (which is the codename) is said to be packing a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon Series 4 processor, which will power ICS on the 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED screen. The device will have a 1650mAh battery with it, and is said to run on HSPA+, and will measure less than 8mm thick. Yet another device for us to drool about for the coming months until it is announced!

Source: BGR

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2 years ago

Sprint makes it official: Gingerbread for the Epic 4G pushes today

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We broke the news yesterday, and today Sprint's confirmed it: Gingerbread is here for the Samsung Epic 4G. Here's the full changelog for software version EI22 (s:D700.0.5.S.EI22):

  • Upgrade of the Google OS from Froyo to Gingerbread (Android 2.3)
  • Audible Sprint AIRAVE™ notifications when answering call
  • SMS messages sent without area code
  • PRL and Profile update
  • EAS (Exchange Activesync) email displaying HTML
  • Bluetooth headset sound improvements
  • Fully visible date on device lock screen

Be on the lookout for the update, and we're talking all about it in our Epic 4G forums. Join in!

Source: Sprint, Sprint Epic 4G Software Updates

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2 years ago

Adobe to stop new development on mobile Flash Player

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In a briefing to certain people "close to the matter" Adobe has revealed plans to halt future development of the mobile Flash Player, says ZDNet.  According to the leaked document:

Our future work with Flash on mobile devices will be focused on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the major app stores. We will no longer adapt Flash Player for mobile devices to new browser, OS version or device configurations. Some of our source code licensees may opt to continue working on and releasing their own implementations. We will continue to support the current Android and PlayBook configurations with critical bug fixes and security updates.

Adobe will continue to support the current versions of mobile Flash Player, but their main focus will now be on HTML5 and embedded Flash or Air applications for mobile devices.  Flash for the desktop will still be actively developed.  The full announcement is expected sometime today.

What does this mean for those of us that already have Flash on our phones?  Not much.  Security patches and bug fixes will still be developed.  The real changes come when you consider new hardware architecture or new builds of Android.  These deceives won't be supported.  It's an interesting move, and we're curious to see how it plays out.

Source: ZDNet

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2 years ago

Nvidia announces the Tegra 3 -- Kal-El brings PC class performance to Android

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Nvidia has done it again -- they have lifted the curtain and we now know everything there is to know about the Tegra 3 quad-core chip.  We first heard about project Kal-El (Nvidia's code name for the Tegra 3) back in February, and since then we've gotten a good many of the technical specifications and white papers, but now we know what it is, when it's coming, and how much ass it's going to kick.

As we learned back a few months ago, Tegra 3 tablets will be coming very soon -- as in this holiday season -- and phones will follow sometime around Q1 of 2012.  You can learn more about the first one available to us mere mortals -- the Asus Transformer Prime -- right here.  Go ahead, have a look, then come back and read on past the break to see just how much awesome Nvidia has crammed into that little square of silicon, as well as check out some video and pictures, and the full press release.

More: Nvidia

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2 years ago

HTC Thunderbolt MIUI port gets working data, release to follow soon

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Just a few days ago we saw the HTC Thunderbolt get a semi-functional MIUI port, and today we were graced with the good news that the data and SMS issues have been resolved. Developer DroidVicious tweeted out that another developer who had been helping out, Reid Holland, was able to get data fully functional on the device. This news is huge for HTC Thunderbolt owners who have been wanting some MIUI love on their device. DroidVicious says he is working on something for the Droid Eris and then he will be hopefully releasing it tonight!

Source: Twitter

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2 years ago

Gingerbread for the Sprint Epic 4G begins rolling out tomorrow (Nov. 9)

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We just heard from a Sprint ninja that Gingerbread for the Samsung Epic 4G should begin a slow rollout tomorrow (Nov 9).  The initial plan is to get it out to three percent of the users the first day, which should avoid any huge fiasco like we saw with the Froyo update.  The update will continue to slowly roll out over the following eight days, until it gets to 100 percent of the users. 

As we already saw the EI22 kernel source released, it makes sense that its the version we'll be seeing.  Besides all the perks that come with Android 2.3, the change log includes:

  • Airrave notification fixes
  • SMS area code fix
  • PRL and Profile update fix
  • EAS HTML Tagging fix
  • Bluetooth headset quality fix
  • Lock screen date fix

Hit the break for more details, and hit the forums link to discuss.  It's been a long time coming!

Samsung Epic 4G forums

Thanks, friendly Sprint ninja!

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2 years ago

Republic Wireless -- a great idea that's not quite there yet

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Republic Wireless has been making waves the past couple of days with their new spin on the way a carrier works.  The plan is pure genius:

  • Buy an LG Optimus One and the first month's service for $199
  • Enter all the Wifi AP information for where you live, work, and play
  • Get unlimited voice, texts, and data for $19 a month

What's not to love, right?  On paper it seems the perfect solution, and people like myself who whine talk all the time about carrier "reform" here in the states should be in heaven.  And it's Android, so that's double the kickass factor.  But chances are, if you're a member of Android Central, it's not going to work for you.

Republic Wireless uses Wifi for all their services.  If we're to believe that Wifi is everywhere (like carriers who cap their data try to tell us), then it's a perfect situation.  Cheap, unlimited, and Android.  Unfortunately, Wifi isn't everywhere -- no matter what dudes in suits try to say.  So we have to look to the fine print, which reads a bit differently.  While not on Wifi, you're limited to 550 minutes, 150 SMS messages, and 300MB data monthly while on Republic Wireless' 3G network.  Go over those numbers, and you've violated Republic's fair use policy.  When that happens you hear from Republic (in their own words):

First, you’ll be reminded of the guidelines and to what extent you’ve crossed the fair use threshold. We’ll provide you with tips for reducing your cellular footprint and plenty of opportunity to get back on track. When we contact you about your usage, we’ll let you know how much time you have to correct your problem.

OK, so nobody is going to come to your house and break your legs or cut off your wife's pinky finger.  But I'm sure the next step involves you and Republic parting company.  I know I could burn through that SMS and data limit in a busy day out of the office, and I'm sure a lot of you guys can as well. 

It sounds like I'm bashing Republic, but I'm not.  I applaud what they're trying to do here, and I'm all warm and fuzzy inside with feelings that make me want to buy everyone involved a beer or two.  Changing the status quo needs baby steps, and Republic is on the right track.  I just wanted to make sure everyone takes the time to read the fine print and make sure the service is going to work for them.  As for myself, I'll have to wait for version 2.0.

More: Republic Wireless

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2 years ago

HTC Edge to be one of the first quad core smartphones in America

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For those of you who ever doubted just how fast the smartphone industry moves, here's a glimpse at the "next best thing": The HTC Edge appears to be one of the first quad-core smartphones heading to the U.S. The ladies and gentlemen over at pocketnow got their hands on the first render of the device, which shows a 4.7-inch megadisplay with 720p resolution atop four (yes four) 1.5 GHz cores of Tegra 3 goodness and 1GB RAM. You've also got an 8MP camera with HTC's new 28-millimeter, f/2.2 lens technology. Now there are still a lot of holes: Carrier? Release date? LTE? And the four capacitve buttons pictured above hint at Gingerbread, but will that eventually be updated to Ice Cream Sandwich? Sit tight, this one's still a way's away, but it's always good to watch the horizon. 

Source: pocketnow

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