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3 years ago

Motorola Droid RAZR in Verizon systems, reminds us that it will be awesome

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With all the Galaxy Nexus talk, it's easy to forget that the Motorola Droid RAZR (check out our hands-on) will go up for pre-orders in just a few days.  Verizon hasn't forgotten, and the RAZR is sitting pretty in the equipment infocenter so that everyone at Big Red can be ready to answer your questions about this new Motobeast.  With great specs (dual-core 1.2GHz CPU, 1GB RAM, Gorilla Glass and Super AMOLED up front while Kevlar adorns the back), and a sleek thin profile, this is the Android phone to get for many of you.  I couldn't blame ya -- it's gorgeous, and it's coming soon.

Thanks, anon!

Droid RAZR Forums | Droid RAZR Specs | Droid RAZR Gallery

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3 years ago

Verizon Nexapoclypse continues: Galaxy Nexus and Rezound on Nov 10 still looking good

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Is anyone tired of seeing the words "Galaxy Nexus on Verizon" yet?  I didn't think so.  We said it was coming.  We now know it's coming.  And here's even more reason to believe that it's coming November 10, just like we heard it would before

While things are always subject to change, the screen you see above should make more than a few happy.  Of course Verizon's still mum on an official date, but as of today, they still have stores and agents preparing for a Nov. 10 launch.  And for those more interested in some HTC hotness?  The HTC Rezound is still on that same Nov 10 track as well. 

That's 20 days and 3 hours (ET) for those keeping score at home.

Verizon Galaxy Nexus forums | HTC Rezound forums

Thanks, anon!

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3 years ago

Verizon Wireless confirms what we already knew -- Galaxy Nexus coming to Verizon 'later this year'

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Not to say we told you so, but, well, we told you so. And now we have official confirmation of what we've been saying for months -- the Ice Cream Sandwich-powered Samsung Galaxy Nexus is headed to Verizon "later this year", with 4G LTE capability.

So now we can all relax. Hit the jump for the official presser, along with the now-familiar spec list.

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3 years ago

Sprint axes unlimited data for all mobile broadband plans and mobile hotspot

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We already knew that Sprint was killing off unlimited data for the hotspot plan, but today's news makes everything all official.  Starting in November, users with a mobile broadband plan (that would be a tablet, netbook, USB card, connection card or mobile hotspot device) as well as folks using the mobile hotspot plan on their smartphone will no longer have unlimited data.  Depending on your existing plan, you'll be placed in a tier that goes between 3GB and 10GB of data, with a $0.05 per MB overage in-network, and a $0.25 per MB overage while roaming.

Note that this does not affect unlimited data for smartphones.  Your Epic 4G Touch or EVO 3D will still have unlimited data.  It's still a direction we hate to see yet another carrier travel, though.  Resist the temptation Dan.  Don't kill your unlimited smartphone plans.

Source: SprintThanks everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Which carriers will get the Galaxy Nexus: Our predictions

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Now that we've tackled which phones we think will (or at least should) get updates to Ice Cream Sandwich (along with the slightly more obvious tablet contingent), let's take a loook at which carriers you can expect to use the Galaxy Nexus on. While everybody's been freaking out over where exactly you'll be able to use the Galaxy Nexus, the answer is surprisingly calm and simple.

All of them.

Yes. All of them. And, yes, that's kind of a cop-out answer. But that doesn't make it any less true, though we've not seen any official annoucements. We'll break it down after the, erm, break.

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3 years ago

Root now available for the T-Mobile Galaxy S II

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The T-Mobile Galaxy S II has been rooted, thanks to Samsung releasing the kernel source.  Like most Samsung Android phones (and tablets) there's no trickery involved, you simply flash the new recovery with ODIN and you're able to flash unsigned update packages, like the one that contains the files needed for root.  The process is pretty easy, thanks to no locked bootloaders or rolling back to engineering builds, and we like easy.

You'll need working Windows drivers, and ODIN 1.8.4 or higher, but all the root packages and files are available at the source link, as well as easy instructions to get you on your way.  Goodbye T-Mobile Mall, and hello Root Explorer!  We're sure plenty of hacks will soon follow -- T-Mobile and Android hacking go hand-in-hand.

Source: Rootzwiki. Thanks, Mario!

More discussion in the T-Mobile Galaxy S II forums

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3 years ago

Regarding the pre-emptive PenTile Galaxy Nexus bashing

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Well said, ericsckane. Well said.

(Hat tip to @QuinsDad for the quote)

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3 years ago

Motorola Electrify review

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Another strong phone in US Cellular's lineup

Whether it was bringing the HTC Merge, the Motorola Xoom, or the Optimus Black, US Cellular has always made sure to have some of the best and greatest Android phones for their customers to choose.

They've continued that trend with the Motorola Electrify, their regional version of Sprint's Photon 4G. How does it stack up, though? Not only against US Cellular's other offerings, but just as a phone itself? That's what we've come here to settle.

Jump on in to find out.


Lightweight, pretty thin, and fast. The 4.3-inch qHD display provides plenty of screen real estate to stare at.


Two words: PenTile Matrix. Pixels are (too) easy to see, and that distracts from an otherwise great experience.



US Cellular has nabbed another great Android phone in the Motorola Electrify. It's just as solid and functional as we've come to expect from Motorola, and at $200, the price is definitely right.

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3 years ago

T-Mobile: Apple still hasn't made an iPhone for us, but how about that Amaze 4G camera

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T-Mobile still doesn't have an iPhone, in case you didn't know. (A fact we're perfectly OK with.) But it does have yet another news release explaining why. Apparently Apple won't make one that will work on T-Mobile's 3G and 4G networks. (Never mind that AT&T's apparently trying to call its HSPA+ iPhone 4S a 4G device.)

Anyhoo, TMo's Andrew Sherrard, senior vice president of marketing, just wants to remind y'all that they do have other devices with faster speeds, bigger screens, "compelling service pricing," more choice, and how about a "more advanced camera on the HTC Amaze 4G." And how about that 4.52-inch Super AMOLED display on the Samsung Galaxy S II?

It's yet another bizarre news release from the carrier whining about not having the iPhone (What? That's what it is.) while trumpeting Android. While we're perfect happy about the latter, we could do without seeing Android lumped in with the former, ya know?

Check out the full missive after the break.

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3 years ago

Google Movies starting to appear in UK Android Market

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If like me, you're a UK based Android user we have some good news to get you started. As of this morning you may be seeing this shot in your Market application - that's right folks, Google Movies has landed in the UK.

Up until now the service has been exclusive to the US and Canada, but hot on the heels of Google Books, the UK is gradually receiving more love from Google.

If you're in the UK, and have tried it out, hit us up in the comments.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

HTC Amaze 4G gets a one-click root option, permanent for unlocked bootloaders

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Developers have worked out a one-click root option for the HTC Amaze 4G, that provides a temporary root option if you have a locked bootloader, or a perm-a-root if you've managed to get the bootloader unlocked.  While many (yours truly) aren't a fan of one click solutions, I know a lot of you guys love them, and as long as you're careful you don't need folks like me giving you guff.

The process looks pretty painless -- you'll need the adb drivers from HTC, and the ability to follow some easy instructions.  Hit the source link for all the details and the download.

Source: XDA
More discussion in the Amaze 4G forums

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3 years ago

TELUS launching the Samsung Galaxy S II X October 28th

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While the Samsung Galaxy S II has been available in Canada for quite some time now, TELUS has been holding back their release for whatever reason but the time has come and they're ready to release it. October 28th is when the Samsung Galaxy S II  X, as TELUS is branding it will drop bringing its 1.5Ghz dual-core processor goodness. Still no word on pricing as yet but the fact that we finally have a date is good enough for me.

Source: TELUS via: Mobile Syrup

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3 years ago

Will my phone get Ice Cream Sandwich? Our predictions:

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The wait is over -- Google has officially announced Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and showed us a whole lot to like.  Of course, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is coming soon, and and many others will follow shortly thereafter with the latest and greatest that Android has to offer. But right now the big question is "When will my phone get the Ice Cream Sandwich update?"

With two-year contracts and $500-and-up off-contract prices, most of us will want to hold on to the phone we bought this year and milk it for every penny we can.  That's the wise (and frugal) thing to do, and we're right there with ya when it comes to saving a few dollars.

So which phones do we believe will see an ICS udpate? Hit the break for our predictions.

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3 years ago

Gingerbread kernel source for the Samsung Epic 4G now available

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Samsung has released the kernel source code (and other GPL bits of code for open-source software) for the D700, which we all know and love as the Epic 4G.  Does this mean a stable Gingerbread build is imminent? We have no idea, but we do know that the many of you guys who have long forgotten about the official update path should now have even better custom ROM's to flash, and developers can carry on doing what they do independently from Samsung and Sprint.  That's why we love open-source software.  If you're a kernel developer, or think now would be a good time to start, grab it from the source link (search for D700).

Source: Samsung; Thanks, rocket321!

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3 years ago

MP3 purchases from Google are 'close,' Rubin says

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So we didn't see any updates to Google Music this week like so many of us had hoped there would be. But Andy Rubin has said that Google is "close" to being able to offer a bona fide MP3 store. 

Speaking at the AsiaD conference, he recognised the lack of such content as a key "missing ingredient" in the attempts to lure people away from the Apple and iTunes ecosystem. He also said that Google would not be following "the 99-cent model" but that their pricing would "have a little twist - it will have a little Google in it." Let's hope for some subscriptions, eh?

Not much detail to go on, but it looks as though Google could be about to turn a corner. They're said to have inked a deal with EMI, with negotiations continuing with Universal, Sony Music and Warner Music. 

Source: The Guardian

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