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3 years ago

Droid X2 update available now

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Word on the street tonight/this morning is that the latest update to the Motorola Droid X2 on Verizon is now available for download. That's the update that brings the following:

Device Features

  • Keyboard remains visible during text input.
  • Input characters are properly displayed during text entry.
  • Device will no longer lockup or reset when using the keyboard.
  • Charging indicator will display only when the device is plugged into a charger.
  • Home key functions correctly while the device is in the desktop cradle.
  • Successfully use the camera after unlocking the device.
  • Video quality has been improved for video recording and playback.
  • Mobile Hotspot password can now exceed 63 characters.
  • Improvement to the device stability limits resets and lockups.
  • The Magic Smoke live wallpaper animation now works properly.
  • Enjoy improved audio when streaming music.

Applications & Widgets

  •   When playing MP3s through the Music App, songs will not skip.
  •   Avoid YouTube video lockup while viewing.
  •   Desktop cradle application starts correctly.

That's quite the laundry list, indeed. Head on into your phone's settings to download the update now.

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3 years ago

Motorola Atrix 2 hands on

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The "white whale" at this year's CTIA is the Motorola Atrix 2, the recently announced successor to the Atrix heading to AT&T on October 16. We got our hands on one at tonight's Pepcom event here in San Diego, and we're excited about what we saw. While the Atrix 2 might not be enough for owners of the original Atrix to spring for, those looking to tap into AT&T's 21 Mbps speeds have found a solid choice. 

The Atrix 2 has a solid build quality: it's light, it's solid, and it feels great in the hand. Despite it's 4.3-inch display, the phone doesn't feel oversized or out of proportion. And about that display: it's qHD and it looks fantastic. Motorola wouldn't say (or, perhaps didn't know) whether or not the Atrix 2 is rocking a Pentile display, but if it is, it is certainly an improved version. The display looks crisp and bright, much like the Bionic, though the "pixelation" issues that have plagued Motorola's latest crop seem to be missing here. That's good news. Camera wise, the Atrix 2 has a 1.3 megapixel front-facer, and out back there's an 8 megapixel shooter capable of capturing 1080p video.

Inside, the Atrix 2 has got a dual-core OMAP processor clocked at 1 GHz along with 1 GB RAM and 8 GB of onboard storage. Together, the guts give the Atrix 2 a major kick. No lag, no stuttering, and no hang-ups. We'll throw the usual benchmarks and graphics tests at it when we get our hands on a review unit. 

The Atrix 2 is a Gingerbread device that comes skinned with (you guessed it) Motoblur. On the radio end, it supports AT&T's HSPA+ network, and Motorola claims you'll easily get "true" 4G speeds of up to 21 Mbps. Again, we'll test this more when the Atrix 2 launches, but we're hoping it's true. 

Like I said, I don't know if the Atrix 2 is worth it for those who bought the original Atrix not too long ago. Although at $99 on contract, it could be too good to resist. You'll be able to decide on October 16, when the Atrix 2 officially launches on AT&T. Until then, enjoy some photos and a hands-on below. 

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the Samsung Transfix

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Here we go with the Samsung Transfix, Cricket Communications' new 3.2-inch Android 2.3 slider. In all respects it's a fairly benign phone. Fast enough with an 800 MHz processor, a stock Gingerbread experience, and the four-row QWERTY keyboard is of the usual Samsung fare. The buttons are flat and shallow.

Really, it's the price -- $179 -- and Cricket's prepaid service that is the most attractive feature here. 

Speaking of attractive -- we've got more hands-on pics and video after the break.

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3 years ago

Motorola announces the new Motorola Lapdock 100 - Coming soon to Verizon Wireless, Sprint, and AT&T

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Motorola made us all fully aware of the fact they were going to be bringing top notch accessories to their higher-end devices in the future. What started with the Motorola Atrix 4G, webtop has now expanded into Motorola's latest accessory announcement being the Motorola Lapdock 100.

Equipped with a bright 10.1 inch high resolution screen, high quality audio, large ergonomically-slanted keyboard with dedicated Android™ keys, touch-pad, multi-tasking capabilities, and desktop-class tabbed web browsing using Wi-Fi or the smartphone’s data plan, the innovative companion device is now more affordable, lightweight, and intuitive.

Motorola LAPDOCK 100 supports full multi-tasking - making it easy to respond to an incoming text or take a call while browsing the web, using any one of the thousands of Android™ apps available, viewing pictures, or listening to music.

At a mere 2.2lbs (less than 1Kg), Motorola LAPDOCK 100 is designed to be as mobile as its owners’ lives. Compact enough to carry in a back-pack or briefcase, use in the office, in the classroom, at a café or on the couch at home, the device’s up to five hour* battery charges the phone so a user never loses their freedom to be mobile.

Motorola LAPDOCK 100 is compatible with multiple Motorola smartphones, including Motorola ATRIX™ 2, PHOTON™ 4G, and DROID BIONIC by Motorola.** It will also be compatible with future Motorola webtop-enabled devices.

So when will it be available? The Motorola Lapdock 100 will be available online at AT&T on 10/17. It will also be available through Verizon Wireless and Sprint later this quarter. No pricing was announced as of yet either but you better believe we'll keep you all up to date on that.

Source: Motorola

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3 years ago

Motorola Spyder and Xoom 2 appear again in new images

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We know Motorola has something ready for us all, they've made no bones about teasing everyone with it, so it's not surprising more leaks have now shown up for the devices known as the Xoom 2 and Spyder / Droid HD / Droid RAZR.

The Xoom 2 hasn't changed all that much since we last saw it, though it is noted that these devices are as close to final form as can be. Looking at the Spyder though, we can see Verizon logos all over the thing, leaving no doubt about where it will drop.

Noted also is the info that the Spyder actually has a 1.5GHz processor but when it arrives in consumers hands it'll only be clocked at 1.2GHz -- nothing new but still interesting.  Also, the back of the device is said to be kevlar coating, though I'm sure it won't be stopping bullets any time soon. More shots can be found past the break for you all.

Source: Engadget

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the Samsung Stratosphere

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The Samsung Stratosphere made a brief cameo at CTIA today, two days ahead of its official launch on Verizon, and we were there to catch all of it's full QWERTY, LTE goodness. The Stratosphere is Big Red's first LTE slider, and if you've ever encountered Sprint's Epic 4G, you'll know what to expect.

The Stratosphere has a 4-inch Super AMOLED display that looks just as good as what we've come to expect from Samsung. The QWERTY keyboard doesn't disappoint, either. The slider mechanism works and feels great and you'll have plenty of room to let your thumbs do some walking. In the back you've got a 5 megapixel camera; up front, a 1.3 megapixel shooter.

Inside, it's got a 1 GHz single-core Hummingbird processor with 512 MB RAM and 4 GB system storage. Oh, and let's not forget Verizon's blazing-fast LTE. While the specs might not be the biggest we've ever seen, performance didn't suffer for it. The UI (yes, it's TouchWiz) felt zippy and smooth, and coupled with 4G data speeds, the Stratosphere should be able to handle most of what you throw at it.

The Samsung Stratosphere officially launches on October 13 on Verizon for $149.99 with a two-year contract. Until then, enjoy the photos and the video after the break.

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3 years ago

BlueStacks now available, brings Android apps to your PC in style

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It seems forever ago that BlueStacks was announced as coming soon but no -- it's finally here. In case you don't remember, BlueStacks is for now, a Windows application that allows you to run Android apps directly on your computer and easily switch between say Windows and Android.

The BlueStacks Android Player was released in Alpha form last night and to go along with that came of course, the Android app syncer as well. The App Syncer application allows you to sync any Android app on your device with the BlueStacks cloud service. When synced, the apps will then become available for use on your PC.

After having given it a go, I have to say it is pretty impressive. Most of the apps I synced worked quite well. Some apps did lag, and some apps for whatever reason refused to sync but that's to be expected as it is still Alpha testing. If you give it a go, make sure you send the BlueStacks team some feedback as that will help their offersings progress. You can hit the source link for more info plus, a demo video can be found after the break.

Note: You do need a Facebook account in order to have access. Other methods are on their way but for now, Facebook it is.

Source: BlueStacks

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the AT&T Impulse 4G

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

And here we have the AT&T Impulse 4G from Huawei. It's a nice little entry-level phone, with a 3.8-inch display running Android 2.2. Not a whole lot to say -- it's snappy enough and has a 5MP camera. And while being a little portly, it still feels pretty good in the hand. It also feels good in the wallet -- it's just $29 on contract.

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3 years ago

Qualcomm's Snapdragon team presents the Bug Circus Generator

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

If there's anything we love more than a tech company that's constantly pushing the envelope and developing new things, it's one that has a sense of humor whilst doing it.  We're assuming that Qualcomm hasn't really developed a working bug circus to recharge smartphone batteries, but who can be sure?  In either case -- it's amazing, or terrifying, and worth a look.

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3 years ago

Cricket announces the Samsung Transfix

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Cricket Communications this morning announced a new phone to its lineup -- the Samsung Transfix.

The QWERTY slider sports a 3.2-inch display and runs Android 2.3 with an 800 MHz processor. It's got a 3.2MP rear camera and is available now for $179. Full press release is after the break.

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3 years ago

AT&T announces the AT&T Avail from ZTE

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Covering all bases, the AT&T Avail from ZTE will be filling out the Android portion of AT&T's GoPhone Pre-paid services. This device features a 3.5-inch touch screen, 5- megapixel camera and runs on Android 2.3 OS. Other specs include:

  • UMTS 850/1900/2100
  • GSM 850/900/1800/1900
  • Internal memory: 512 MB ROM, 512 MB RAM, 2 GB microSD™ card
  • Seven customizable homescreens
  • Wi-Fi capable

Kudos to AT&T for bringing an Android 2.3 device to their pre-paid offerings. If you're looking for more info, the full press release is past the break for you all.

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3 years ago

AT&T announces the Pantech Pocket

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Next up in the deluge of Android devices announced by AT&T tonight is the Pantech Pocket -- a unique looking device that AT&T says is focused on messaging and social entertainment.  It's wide 4-inch SVGA (that's 800x600 for those following at home) should make for a nice experience using a touchscreen keyboard, and the mini-tablet form factor should allow for nice browsing and video playback.  Check the specs:

  • UMTS 850/1900/2100
  • GSM 850/900/1800/1900
  • Internal Memory:  ~600MB plus 2GB microSD™ included.
  • User Memory: 2.5 GB included (Includes a 2 GB microSD Card)
  • Support for up to 32GB microSD
  • Android  2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • Full touch 4" SVGA display
  • Screen size & resolution: 4" (600x800) 16M TFT
  • 5 MP camera with flash and HD video recording
  • 114.7mm x 78mm x 11.3mm
  • Weight is 4.66 oz
  • Bluetooth: v. 2.1 + EDR
  • Wi-Fi and access to AT&T hotspots

While this may not appeal to everyone, it's nice to see AT&T branching out and trying new things.  Again, the press release is after the break.

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3 years ago

AT&T announces the Samsung DoubleTime

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AT&T hasn't forgotten the cost effective line of devices with their latest unveiling of their Android line up either. The Samsung DoubleTime specs fit that bill nicely, and while you won't be blown away with the specs it's still a worthy device to be picking up as a back up or for those in school.

  • UMTS 850/1900/2100
  • GSM 850/900/1800/1900
  • Processor Qualcomm 600 MHz
  • Onboard Memory Supports 260MB
  • Android 2.2 (Froyo)
  • microSD™ memory card supports up to 32GB (2GB microSD card included)
  • 3.2” full touch screen display with 320 x 480 and 480 x 320 (HVGA) resolution

You are for now at least -- going to be making use of the pink and white color scheme but you get a  3.2 MP digital camera with a camcorder, voice recognition, a dedicated function key for shortcuts and full QWERTY keyboard. Full press release is beyond the break.

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3 years ago

AT&T announces the Samsung Captivate Glide

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AT&T is certainly on a roll this evening, and hot on the heels of the Atrix 2 announcement comes the Samsung Captivate Glide -- a Tegra 2, 1GB RAM, Super AMOLED sliding qwerty with AT&T's 4G speeds.  We've seen this one way back in July, where many thought it would be the Galaxy S II.  We now know that's not the case, and fans of the sliding qwerty form factor (right here!) should be pleased with this one.  The full specs:

  • UMTS 850/1900/2100
  • GSM 850/900/1800/1900
  • 4G HSPA+ 21 Mbps (Category 14)
  • 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 AP20H dual core processor
  • 1GB RAM/1GB ROM/8GB Internal microSD to 32GB (not included)
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • 4-inch 480x800 WVGA Super AMOLED
  • Dual camera - 8MP Autofocus w/LED + 1.3MP front
  • Full HD 1080p video camera + HDMI playback
  • Enhanced Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) to sync email, contacts, calendar and tasks
  • Device and SD card encryption
  • Virtual private network support
  • Mobile Device Management (MDM)

Looks like a nice phone, especially if it hits the sweet spot for pricing.  The full presser is after the break.

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3 years ago

AT&T announces the Motorola Atrix 2, available Oct. 16 for $99

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AT&T isn't waiting for daylight to start announcing new Android phones, they have busted out a handful, one of which is the Motorola Atrix 2.  It looks like a decent refresh of the original Atrix, with a new body design, faster HSPA+ modem (it supports speeds up to 21Mbps), and ships with  Android 2.3.  We don't have the full specs or parts list, so we don't know if other internals have been changed or not -- though rumors abound as always. 

Specs are as follows:

  • UMTS 850/1900/2100
  • GSM 850/900/1800/1900
  • 4G HSPA+ 21 Mbps (Category 14)
  • 1GHz dual-core processor
  • Internal memory: 8GB ROM, 1GB RAM, 2GB microSD card (expandable to 32GB)
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • 4.3-inch qHD screen 960x540 TFT, with more than  500,000 pixels for sharper, clearer display
  • 8MP camera and LED flash with faster viewfinder start-up and shutter speeds than a digital camera
  • Front-facing camera
  • 1080p HD video capture, 30 frames per second playback
  • On Device Encryption (ODE) and Enhanced Exchange ActiveSync® (EAS)
  • IPsec VPN
  • Lapdock 100 Accessory

We've got the full press release after the break.

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