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2 years ago

HTC Runnymede stars in a new video

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We've seen the HTC Runnymede, a 4.7-inch device with Beats Audio support and a 1.5 GHz CPU leak a few times now but the latest gives us a pretty good look at the device as it starts in its own Youtube video. The device has been reported to be launching as the HTC Bass but when, we don't know as of yet. The video shows "Vodafone" on the display but this shouldn't be considered branding or serve as any indication of carrier pick up -- that's just Sense showing what carrier the device is currently running on. So, what do you all think?

Update - And just like that, the video has been pulled.

Source: Youtube; via: Engadget

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2 years ago

AT&T's best phones: The iPhone 4 and Samsung Galaxy S II

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Somewhere, a Windows Phone is weeping. But right now we're going to take a look at the top Android smartphone and the top ... other ... smartphone on AT&T -- the Samsung Galaxy S II and the iPhone 4. Yeah, WP7 has pretty much secured the No. 3 spot, but, frankly, we feel it needs another cycle or two to really work out the kinks.

So ease on past the break for the briefest of walkthroughs of what's easily the best Android smartphone on AT&T versus the elephant in the room. And if you've yet to do so, check out our standalone walkthrough of the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II.

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2 years ago

Motorola Spyder crawls out of the dark corner carrying a qHD Super AMOLED display and more [updated]

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Just when you finally think you may have decided which device is right for you, we throw another one into the mix. The guys over at This is my Next have been sent some images of an unannounced Motorola device that is apparently named the Motorola Spyder. What makes this device any different than any of the others you are probably wondering, so let's take a look at the specs.

The Motorola Spyder is said to have a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display, this would be the first time we have ever seen this, and will be powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor. In addition it will rock an 8MP camera on the back, a "HD" front facing camera, and 1GB of RAM. Which carrier this device is destined to launch for is still unknown, could this be the first big AT&T 4G LTE device, or yet another in the Verizon selection?

Update - They have received another tip from a trusted source who has had hands-on time with the device and the About screen of the device reveals it to be the Droid RAZR. With the "Droid" branding that pretty much leaves us knowing that it will be heading Verizon's way, but the question now is when?

Source: This is my Next

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2 years ago

Nexus One updated to Android 2.3.6 (GRK39F)

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Not to be forgotten, the venerable Nexus One got itself a little update overnight. Now at Android 2.3.6, Build GRK39F, the update ... does something -- the update screen just says "important bug fixes and security patches." We'll take their word for it.

Of course, there can't be all that many Nexus Ones still in use (though we fall in love with it all over again every time we turn it on), and there's a good chance that if you are rocking one, it's not stock. But if vanilla's your thing, look for the update to push down shortly. And should it not, we've got manual install instructions after the break.

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2 years ago

AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II vs. Sprint Epic 4G Touch

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Behold, the Samsung Galaxy S II. And the Samsung Galaxy S II. We've got AT&T's version in our fat little fingers and have given it the what-for, alongside Sprint's Epic 4G Touch for good measure.

By now you've read our Epic 4G Touch review. (If not, go ahead. We'll wait. ... OK. Ready?) Much of what you read there stands for AT&T's version. They both have the same 1.2GHz processor and 1GB (more or less) of RAM, and so they pretty much feel the same in our initial use.

But the ATTSGSII has a smaller display -- a mere 4.3 inches in diagonal -- plus a few other tweaks. Some of them are physical -- there's a different tetxure to the battery cover, the battery itself is a lower-capacity, the power button's been moved. AT&T's initial setup of the home screens isn't nearly as good as Sprint's, which is a shame, because Samsung's got some nice widgets in Touchwiz.

But what's really confounding us is the inclusion of near-field communication -- that's the NFC you hear everyone raving about -- with no clear apps or settings to take advantage of it. On the only other U.S. phone with NFC -- the Samsung Nexus S -- there's at least some options in the wireless/network settings. There's none of that here. But the ATTSGSII's battery clearly states that it has NFC. We'll have to track that down in due time, and note that NFC was never mentioned in any of the press releases.

For now, hit the break for our initial walkthough with the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II, and a comparison to the Sprint Epic 4G Touch and Samsung Infuse 4G.

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2 years ago

HTC Vigor media files, live wallpaper and boot animation leak out

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The wallpapers, ringtones, boot animation and the new Beats live wallpaper from the HTC Vigor have popped up, and are available for download.  No source is given, but we're assuming they are from the Vigor RUU that's been mentioned (but not released) by a few HTC Sensation developers.  It appears that most of the media is the typical HTC Sense fare, but there are two new Vigor specific wallpapers and the boot animation, and a, let's call it busy, live wallpaper based on the Beats static wallpaper.  The folks at Android Police have them packaged up and ready to roll, hit the source link for the downloads.

Source: Android Police

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2 years ago

Gingerbread leak for the Samsung Infuse 4G now available

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The Samsung Infuse 4G might finally see some Gingerbread soon, as build I997UCKI4 has leaked out for the 4.5 inch love child of a Captivate and a Galaxy Tab.  I know plenty of you have been waiting (and waiting) for the slightly late Gingerbread update, and seeing a 2.3.5 build leaked out is a good sign that something official is close.

If you like to live on the edge, you don't have to wait for AT&T to give you some Gingerbread goodies, you can hit the source link and grab the leaked file -- of course all the usual warnings apply.  We've got a couple folks in the Infuse hacking forums to help steer you right should you have any questions or hit any snags, drop in and say hey.

Source: SamFirmwareThanks, Jason!

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2 years ago

Droid Bionic Multimedia docks

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Just off the truck and into the Android Central Store are the HD docks for the Motorola Droid Bionic. You've got two to choose from -- here's the lowdown.

The more basic of the two is the Motorola Standard Dock, seen above and after the break. It's your standard dock, with a 3.5mm headphone jack in the back, along with a microUSB plug for charging. It also comes with the remote control you see here, so you can work the phone without having to touch it. That means slideshows, music and the like.

Then there's the HD Multimedia Dock. It's the same look, but it's got a microHDMI-out port and three full-size USB ports to go along with the 3.5mm headphone jack. This is the one you want if you're going to be doing any Webtop work.

The big point here is to make sure you get the right dock for the right job.

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2 years ago

Sprint Epic 4G Touch review

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The Samsung Galaxy S II hits the U.S. in a big, fast, thin, light way

Thin and light is how Samsung rolls these days. That's no surprise -- it's been doing so for a while now.

It's time to add fast to those superlatives. OK, how about faster. That's really the bottom line with the Samsung Galaxy S II, Sprint Epic 4G Touch. That's its entire, official name, punctuation and all, depending on who you ask. It's a little ridiculous, to be sure. But a big, fast phone perhaps deserves a bombastic name.

The SGSIISE4GT, which is how we're abbreviating it at least one time, is the first version of Samsung's Galaxy S II to be released in the United States. The phone's been around in its RoW (rest of world) form since we first saw it at Mobile World Congress way back in February, and it's safe to say we Americans have been chomping at the bit for this guy.

The Epic 4G Touch is the third phone for Sprint to have both a dual-core processor and Wimax data. Just as with Verizon's Motorola Droid Bionic and Sprint's own EVO 3D and Photon 4G, that presents an interesting situation with battery life. You've got a power-hungry radio with a power-saving processor. Throw in the 4.52-inch (that's four-and-a-half freakin' inches, folks!) Super AMOLED Plus display in a form factor that's just 0.38 inches thick, and Sprint's got the makings of a monster on its hands.


            Design:                Just about the thinnest, lightest and fastest smartphone available today.

Performance: Fast, fast, fast. (And did we mention it's fast?)


Could be too big for many people with its 4.52-inch display, and we experienced lackluster data speeds on Sprint's network.



If the size doesn't bother you, the Epic 4G Touch is easily the best phone on Sprint at the moment. And while its hulking (yet excellent) display is tempered by its thinness, it's still going to be too large for some.

Inside this review

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3 years ago

LG Esteem extended battery for MetroPCS

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If you're a MetroPCS fan and are eyeing the LG Esteem that we first showed you yesterday, here's a quick look at the extended battery cover that will be available at launch. No word on the exact capacity of the battery, but that hump is reminiscient of the HTC ThunderBolt's extended battery, and we'd reckon it's probably in the 2500 mAh range (at least).

Thanks, anon!

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S Glide coming to Rogers

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When you look at the landscape for Android devices you'll instantly notice choices with QWERTY keyboards are very few and far between. Samsung is hoping to corner in on some those wanting a keyboard device and the Samsung Galaxy S Glide is their latest effort. With a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, 1.2GHz processor and an 8MP camera on the back all powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread they have my interest. The Samsung Galaxy S Glide doesn't have any price points slated as of yet but it is expected on Rogers in time for holiday shopping.

Source: Mobilesyrup

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3 years ago

How to customize the Samsung Epic Touch 4G lock screen

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I've never met a person who doesn't like to customize their phone in one way or another but sometimes, software constraints don't always allow for it. Luckily, for those of you who picked up a Samsung Epic Touch 4G you can do some cool customizations without digging deep into the system or rooting your device. As milominderbinder shows us in the forums, customizing the lock screen requires only a few steps that can be done in a matter of minutes with the end result being a unique lock screen just for you.

Learn how  to customize the Epic 4G Touch lock screen

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3 years ago

LG Esteem specs and details leak -- Gingerbread and LTE for MetroPCS

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The LG Esteem is a name that's been kicking around the Internet for a month or so, and today a friendly ninja sent us these screenshots from LG's partner portal, confirming the LTE enabled device for Metro PCS.  We have most of the specifications: 1GHz Snapdragon, 512MB RAM and 8GB on-board storage, a 4.3 inch LCD display, 5MP shooter around back (capable of 720p video recording) and a 1.3MP front facing camera, a 1500mAh battery and it will run on Metro PCS' CDMA/LTE network.  Also on board will be Gingerbread, and what looks to be the latest version of LG's Optimus UI.  No word on the price or the release date, but we're hearing "soon" <insert grain of salt>.  Catch some more screen shots, including the specifications after the break.

Update: Our friend just let us know that the Esteem will $349 with a $100 mail-in rebate.  Our wallets approve!

Thanks, Anon!

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3 years ago

Cellular South to become C Spire Wireless on Sep. 26

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Cellular South has announced they will be changing their name, and the way wireless is personalized come Sep. 26 when they officially become C Spire Wireless.  While Mississippi based Cell South isn't one of the big four national carriers, they do have about 1 million subscribers and have plans to roll out a high speed LTE network in the near future, so big changes will not go unnoticed nationwide.

What are the changes exactly?  The press release is scant of full details, but it does tell us that they will be offering a new customer loyalty plan, deeper social network integration, and a customized app recommendation service for subscribers.  As always, we'll reserve any final judgment on just how good these changes are for the consumer until we see them in practice, but it's refreshing to see any wireless provider aware that people have a choice and try to offer services to keep them.  I know we have readers using Cell South, so what say you?  Do you think these changes make your experience better, or worse? 

C Spire personalized wireless

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3 years ago

Sprint outs the Motorola Admiral in Youtube video

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We've yet to have an official announcement regarding the Motorola Admiral on Sprint, but that hasn't stopped the SprintNow Youtube channel from doing it anyway. Dubbed a "productivity powerhouse," you get clear shots of the 3.1-inch touchscreen, four-row QWERTY keyboard, 5MP camera, direct connect button and all the other usual smartphone sundries. There's also a mute button and camera button, if you're into that sort of thing. It'll also have 5-device mobile hotspot, and Sprint TV.

Check out the full video, and a handful of screen captures, after the break.

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