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2 years ago

Supposed 'list of files' for Verizon Nexus Prime leaked, bloatware free

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A list of the installed apps in the ROM for the Verizon Nexus Prime has been leaked, and they are unsurprisingly bloat free! OK. That's not surpring since it's a Nexus device, but surprising because it's Verizon. Some of us (cough) thought would never happen.

(And I'm required by law and/or Phil to point out that we first brought Verizon into the Nexus equation way back in June.)

We have no idea of the validity or source of this one -- or just how finished a build it might have been pulled from -- but we're going to go on assumption that a device tester was able to get the info out there, and let's all hope it's final.  It's a long list, and we want to discuss some of it, so hit the break and play along.

Source: My Droid World

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2 years ago

HTC Holiday checks in at the FCC

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If the HTC Holiday is high up there on your LTE capable device want list, you shouldn't have that much longer to wait. The FCC has done their due dilligence and gave the device blessing to proceed with 1700/2100/700 LTE bands intact. If you're looking for any carrier details in the FCC filing, you won't find them but this one has been pegged for AT&T since it started popping up.

Source: FCC; via Engadget

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2 years ago

Xperia Pro showing up Oct. 6?

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British online retailer Clove has put the forthcoming Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro up for pre-order, claiming an October 6th release date for the device.

If this is the phone for you, then in the UK at least it'll set you back £322 ($524) off contract. Bearing passing resemblance to the Xperia Play, the Pro has a full slide out QWERTY keyboard in place of the game controls, and we know how much some of you love your QWERTY's.

As with all recent devices out of the Xperia stable, the Pro is packing similar specs to its siblings. It comes with Gingerbread on board, a 3.7" display complete with the mobile Bravia technology, the 8.1 megapixel Exmor R camera from the Arc S, HD video recording and HDMI out. 

via Social Barrel
More: Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro - Hands on at MWC 11

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2 years ago

Sony Ericsson committed to supporting independent Android developers

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Yesterday we saw the confirmation that, thanks to assistance from Sony Ericsson, almost all of its Xperia range will be receiving full support from custom ROM CyangenMod in the future. Now SE itself has publicly come out in support of independent developers in a post on its Developer World blog.

The post by Karl-Johan Dahlström (he's the guy holding the CM7'd Xperia Arc in the image above) acknowledges that custom ROMs are "a part of the Android ecosystem", and says SE "fully believes in the openness of Android". It also confirms that SE provided "around 20" devices to FreeXperia team members, along with technical assistance, in order to help bring custom ROMs to the Xperia line.

It wasn't long ago that manufacturers seemed to be irreversibly marching towards locked bootloaders and further restrictions on the way customers use their devices, so it's great to see this kind of support for ROM-makers. And although other manufacturers provide similar assistance to devs behind the scenes, it's fantastic that Sony Ericsson's publicly stating its support for some of the brightest and most dedicated people in the Android community.

Source: SE Developer World

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2 years ago

HTC announces the cost-effective Explorer for India and Europe, coming in Q4

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HTC announced their newest smartphone this morning called the Explorer, which represents an affordable device headed to India and Europe. We tend to get excited about the top tier phones but the lower-cost devices such as the HTC Explorer are equally just as game changing as they will allow more people with varying incomes to buy a smartphone.

Here are the specs for the HTC Explorer:

  • 3.2-inch touchscreen with 320 x 480 resolution
  • 600 MHz processor
  • 512 MB internal storage
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 3 MP camera
  • WiFi (802.11 b/g/n)
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • 1230 mAh battery

The phone will be coming to the India and EMEA markets in Q4 and will be available in three colors: Metallic Black, Active Black and Metallic Navy. No word yet on how much it will cost, but given how HTC is marketing it, the price will be very low relative to other smartphones. In the UK, Vodafone has already announced that it'll be carrying the device.

To discuss the "affordable" HTC Explorer in more depth, check out our Android News Forum.

Source: HTC

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2 years ago

AppBrain re-invents social app discovery with the AppBrain Stream

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The AppBrain Stream

The folks at AppBrain (remember them?), those same fellows who brought the original web installer for Android to the masses, today unveiled the AppBrain Stream.  It's a lot like Facebook style social networking, but geared towards, and all about, your Android apps.  AppBrain has always been a great way to discover and share Android applications, but the new user streams and feeds really take it all to the next level.  If you feel a bit overwhelmed by all the other great tools AppBrain gives us, like daily "hot" apps, personalized recommendations, app demographics, and shared user app lists, you're going to love this.

It's genuinely simple -- you now have a couple new entries on your AppBrain page that show your personalized stream of app-related news and events.  You'll see things like messages from your friends when they install a new app (or uninstall an app), personalized recommendations for new apps based on what you're currently using, updates to apps you're running, even app reviews from your friends and discussion about them.  You can "like", share or add commentary to each of these entries, just like you would at your favorite social networking site.  You can also see just your activity in a dedicated list, to keep track of apps you're talking about.

There's no setup involved -- if you follow someone on AppBrain, you'll see their activity in your stream.  The guys at AppBrain let us in a bit early to check it out, and I'll have to say -- this has real potential.  No more relying on cryptic or less-than-helpful comments in the Market, or using a random Google search to try and find what your looking for.  Like the staff picks on the official Android Market, it will be a great way to find new apps that fit you, with the added bonus of goofing off a bit with your friends.  We've got a couple screenshots after the break, as well as a link to download AppBrain to your phone so you can join in.  And as we've said before -- Google, just buy these guys already.

More at AppBrain

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2 years ago

9MM from Gameloft enters the Android Market

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I've always enjoyed third-person shooter games and Gameloft has now made available 9MM in the Android Market. If you're into some pretend gang violence with a Scarface like tone to it then you'll likely dig 9MM -- as the story line goes:

You become John "Loose" Kannon, the leader of a special team of hardened cops that aren't afraid to bend the law to clean up the streets. But when they kill a local drug lord's brother and steal millions in cash, the theft makes Kannon's whole team the target of every gangster in the city. Now Kannon has only one option: Take down the gang leader that's hunting them, legally or not, before his team gets taken out first.

Original story? Not exactly. But the game looks to have some pretty awesome graphics and the soundtrack is pretty slick as well. You'll want to make sure you play this one with some headphones on though, or at least out of earshot of those who may find some of the NSFW language found within offensive. You'll find the NSFW video trailer, press release and download link past the break. Before you download though, check out the review left on the Android Market -- many are saying it is a fairly large download so keep that in mind.

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2 years ago

Skype adds video calling -- and ads - to another round of phones

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You don't usually get sumpthin' for nothin', and the adage rings true with the latest update to Skype for Android. The good news: A baker's dozen devices have had video calling turned on, but at the price of having to put up with advertising.  You can get around the ads (which show up for everyone, not just the new crop) if you've got Skype credits laying around, which we're betting most of you don't.

Anyhoo. Here's the list of phones that gained video calling:

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (T-Mobile)
  • HTC Shooter (KDDI)
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia Live with Walkman
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia neo V
  • Acer Iconia Tablet (A500)
  • LG Optimus Black (landscape only)
  • LG Optimus 3D (landscape only)
  • LG Optimus 2x (landscape only)
  • Motorola Photon
  • Motorola Droid 3 (landscape only)
  • Motorola Bionic (landscape only)
  • Motorola Xoom
  • Motorola Atrix

A nice smattering, indeed. Download links are after the break.

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2 years ago

HTC Rhyme now available from Verizon

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Seems not all that long ago the HTC Rhyme was nothng more then a rumor and now Verizon will gladly sell you one for $199 on a new 2-year contract. You get that fancy interactive charm to go along with it so it's not all that bad of a deal, especially considering the package as a whole. 

Nothing mind blowing can be found in the specs but that's not what the HTC Rhyme was built for. Everything about the devices is geared towards females, even the weird commercial that went along with its launch which can be found past the break for you all.

Source: Verizon

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2 years ago

LG Esteem for MetroPCS gets unboxed

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

We're all over the place, but we can't always be everywhere. That's where you come in. And sniper1087 has done an excellent unboxing of the LG Esteem for MetroPCS. He'll walk you through the UI, benchmarks, and don't blink, or you'll miss the very cool boot sound.

Need a reminder on specs?

  • 4.3-inch display
  • Gorilla Glass
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • 1GHz Snapdragon processor
  • 512MB RAM
  • 8GB on-board storage
  • 5MP rear camera (capable of 720p video recording)
  • 1.3MP front-facing camera
  • 1500mAh battery
  • DLNA streaming
  • Metro PCS' CDMA/LTE network.

There you have it. Peep the video. It's well worth a watch.

Thanks, sniper1087!

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2 years ago

Samsung and Google appear poised for some possible Ice Cream Sandwich at CTIA

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Allow us a little inside baseball here. We normally don't post every event we're invited to at the usual trade shows. We'll be there, and you know we'll be there. But this one's a little different.

Behold the invitation to the Samsung Mobile Unpacked 2011 "Google Episode" at CTIA in San Diego. So, first, it's the "Google Episode." That's new. Second, they're going to stream it for everyone to see, live on Youtube. Normally such bandwidth is reserved for Google events. And this very much appears to be a Google event.

So we're going to figure we've got some Ice Cream Sandwich in our future in San Diego. Some Nexus Ice Cream Sandwich. Some Samsung Nexus Ice Cream Sandwich.

We'll see you there.

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2 years ago

Ice Cream Sandwich supposedly seen in short video - is it the real deal?

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So here's the story -- supposedly an anonymous fellow purchased a Nexus S on eBay, and to his surprise found it running Ice Cream Sandwich.  There are quite a few visual differences, namely a new launcher style, a new "Google Apps" folder, a new notification bar, and a new lockscreen.  There's also what looks to be a panorama feature in the camera, and the "Movie Studio" icon in the app drawer.  Everything is nice and fluid -- at least everything we get to see.

Here's where things get sticky -- those things can all be (and have been) faked.  Would it be easy?  Hell, no, but it's entirely possible.  With ICS coming sometime soon, this very well could be a development unit that somehow slipped away from Mountain View -- we've been expecting a leak or two for a while now.  But we have to hold off judgement and will let you guys decide and discuss yourselves.  Be sure to hit the source link and check out the video after the break if you haven't already.

Source: Engadget
Thanks everyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

Isis NFC mobile payment group gets backing from handset manufacturers

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Isis, a joint venture of Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile, has announced that the major hardware makers of Android  (and Windows 7) phones have climbed on board and will offer hardware that implements Isis' NFC tech and standards.  The press release names LG, Motorola, HTC, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and BlackBerry manufacturer RIM as hardware partners, as well as DeviceFidelity to offer solutions such as NFC enabled memory cards for phones built without NFC hardware.  Scott Mulloy, chief technology officer at Isis, says the following:

Isis’ technology standards provide the direction and certainty needed for the development and deployment of NFC devices and the mobile commerce ecosystem.  Working together with the device makers and our founding mobile carriers, Isis can provide the consumer choice and scale necessary for widespread adoption of mobile commerce.

While we can't see the future, we're going to have to assume this isn't good news for Google and their own NFC payment system, Google Wallet.  Mired in some unknown exclusivity agreement with Sprint, Google Wallet was not provided for any unlocked, non-carrier branded Nexus S devices, though they would be fully capable.  With carriers and OEM's on board with Isis, it looks like another uphill battle for Google.  The good news for us is that now companies are seeing the value in devices with NFC technology, and the manufacturers are ready to provide it.  There's still one major player who hasn't chimed in yet, though -- Apple.  Only time will tell if Apple jumps on board with the upcoming "standard" or if they implement iWallet themselves in pursuit of a bigger cut.  The press release is after the break.

Read more about RIM and Isis at Crackberry

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2 years ago

US Cellular adds the HTC Wildfire S, Hero S and Flyer to its lineup

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US Cellular just droppeed word that it's adding a trio of HTC devices to its lineup -- devices that we outed back in July along with the rest of USCC's roadmap. Here's what's on tap:

  • HTC Hero S -- It's got a 4-inch Super LCD display at qHD resolution, 5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front-facing camera, Android 2.3, and HTC Sense. It'll cost $199.99 after a $100 rebate and contract.
  • HTC Wildfire S -- Stepping down just a tad, this one's got Android 2.3, a 3.2-inch display, a 5MP rear camera and will be available in grey or purple. It'll cost $79.99 after rebate and contract.
  • HTC Flyer -- The 7-inch tablet has been a favorite of many this year, with its 1.5GHz processor, 32GB of storage and the HTC Scribe stylus. It'll cost $199.99 after $100 rebate and two-year contract.

One thing we don't have are release dates, so stay tuned. Full presser's after the break.

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2 years ago

CyanogenMod support coming to Sony Ericsson Xperia devices

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The CyanogenMod and FreeXperia development teams have announced that they'll be bringing popular custom firmware CyanogenMod to all of Sony Ericsson's 2011 Xperia phones, along with many older X8 and X10 devices.

The developers promise full support -- with the exception of FM radio, which is still being worked on -- starting with the next release of CyanogenMod, version 7.1. Nightly builds are expected to start rolling out soon, so keep watching the CyanogenMod download site if you fancy testing some early builds on your Xperia phone.

In a blog post on the CyanogenMod site, the team praised Sony Ericsson for its "strong involvement with the developer community", and thanked the manufacturer for providing "devices and technical expertise that proved invaluable in making all this happen".

This is great news for custom ROM enthusiasts with Xperia devices, and even better news for legacy Xperia phone owners, most of whom are left without an official upgrade path to Gingerbread. Hit the source link for the full list of CM-supported Xperia phones.

Source: CyanogenMod

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