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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Precedent coming to Straight Talk

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Straight Talk, the TracPhone MVNO featured nationwide at WalMart locations, is introducing the Samsung Galaxy Precedent, the latest prepay from Samsung, and it very closely resembles the Boost Mobile Prevail.  We can't be sure the innards are the same, but we also can't see Samsung building a completely different model at these price points -- $150 with no contract and on Straight Talk's $45 monthly unlimited plan.  Straight Talk uses the T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon networks, so we're not exactly sure if this is a GSM or CDMA device, but we are sure it looks like a bargain and should make for an excellent phone for the value shoppers out there.  We've got a short promo video after the break, and you can sign up to stay in the loop at the source link.

Source: Straight Talk; via Engadget

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3 years ago

Viewsonic takes a moment to kick webOS while it's down, reminds us it makes Android and Windows tablets

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And those three little birds looked so innocent. ... Viewsonic this afternoon penned a few paragraphs to remind us all that it still makes Windows and Android tablets amid the demise of webOS hardware, saying "From our business-focused Windows solutions with Android integration to our multimedia-optimized consumer offerings, ViewSonic has delivered a diverse tablet portfolio that addresses a wide range of individual needs."

Oh, and it and basically twisted the knife in the back of anyone whose at all cared about webOS. Viewsonic trumpeted Windows over Android in its press release -- no real surprise, we suppose -- but we're a little surprised and just how low a blow it leveled against our reeling webOS brethren.

“HP’s move to launch a tablet with an unknown OS appears to have presented a challenge in marketing their tablet solution. The webOS, unfamiliar to both consumers and enterprises, complicated the tablet sales process and thus deemed a failed experiment.

Harsh, but true.

Source: Viewsonic

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3 years ago

White Samsung Galaxy S II also heading to T-Mobile UK

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Not to be outdone by the rest of the British telecom providers, T-Mobile UK also has a landing page for a white Samsung Galaxy S II online.  It's the same 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, with the same beautiful Super AMOLED plus screen, but the shell of the phone has been done in white -- which is sure to attract at least a few people.  No specific date has been set, but T-Mobile lets us know it's due September 2011,

If your interested in details about the release, including the pricing, sign up for information at T-Mobile UK -- see the source link.  Samsung, please bring this stateside!

Source: T-Mobile UK; via UnwiredView

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3 years ago

Sprint Mobile IP Relay app alludes to Samsung Galaxy S II, Samsung M930, and Kyocera Oblique

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A quick peek at the description for the Sprint Mobile IP Relay app, designed to allow users with hearing disabilities to place relay calls using text on Android phones, gives us a look at some upcoming devices -- Notably the Samsung Galaxy S II.  Listed along side things we know and love like the Optimus S and HTC EVO 4G, we see the Galaxy everyone is aching for, as well as the mid-range Samsung M930 (a qwerty slider said to be heading to Boost Mobile) and the decidedly low-end Kyocera Oblique.

Nothing here is really new -- and anyone can put anything they want in their app's description. But seeing it in print -- err pixels -- is bound to make more than a few happy.  The Galaxy S II is coming, and I know quite a few folks on Sprint ready for it.

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3 years ago

Another Gingerbread build leaks for the HTC Thunderbolt

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Another day, another Gingerbread leak for the HTC Thunderbolt.  This time around everyone's favorite Russian mystery man Football provides us with the 2.10.605.1 build in RUU form.  If you're feeling brave, you can download the file from the source link and install it yourself, or you can play it safe and wait for more feedback.  Of course if you're riding the root train, you'll want to wait for your favorite developer to get his hands on the files and cook up something wonderful.  That won't take too long, it never does.

Source: XDA-Developers; via @joshuaworth

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3 years ago

Android 101: How to close a misbehaving app

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3 years ago

Carrier billing comes to Vodafone UK and Germany

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Vodafone has announced they will now support direct operator billing in the Android Market, making Vodafone UK and Vodafone Germany the first carriers in Europe to offer this service.  Initially, the service will only be open for folks who have purchased their phone through Vodafone's online store or retail channels, so your unlocked handset might be waiting a while for this perk.  According to Vodafone, in some countries more than 90 percent of the market is unwilling or unable to use a credit card to purchase applications, and services like direct carrier billing will make the potential for app purchases much greater for developers.  Vodafone also promises more information on operator billing in other markets soon.  Now go buy some apps!

Source: Vodafone; via @AndroidDev

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3 years ago

Hello, Kitty (we love Japan)

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Android 2.3, NFC, IR port, 6.1MP camera, and coming to SoftBank Japan.  Open is great, ain't it?

Source: SoftBank (Japanese)

 

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3 years ago

Android 2.3 Gingerbread now available for the Telus Samsung Fascinate 3G+

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If you have a Samsung Fascinate 3G+ on Telus and have been waiting for, what seemingly is forever for them to update it to Android 2.3 Gingerbread, then today is a good day for you. Android 2.3.3 has been released via the Telus website and anyone looking to update can now do so. The update is done through Kies so, be sure to grab a copy of that before you get started. You can find the full details over at the Telus website.

Source: Telus; via: Android Central Forums

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3 years ago

Gameloft seems to think an HTC EVO Design 4G is on the way

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ZOMG, Gameloft says the HTC EVO Design 4G is official! Well, it's at least gone as far as to put it in a drop-down menu of phones that it can support, which either means it's really real (really!), or Gameloft reads ye olde blogs, saw the EVO Design 4G and slapped it in the list. Pick your poison, we suppose. We're actually going to go with the former here. But until it's officially official, things remain officially unofficial, ya know?

Source: Gameloft; via @shapiro12345678 (yeah, really)

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3 years ago

Minimum-advertised pricing puts Droid Bionic at $299 starting Sept. 8

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OK, so my hopes that the Motorola Droid Bionic would go for $250 or so appear to be dashed. Boy can dream, eh? Here we have the minimum-advertised pricing for the Droid Bionic, marked at $299 (with contract and rebate, natch) starting Sept. 8.

The deal is that's the minimum price at which the DB can be advertised. You'll find it cheaper, but it'll be one of those "Our prices are so good, we can't even tell you" deals.

Thanks, anon!

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3 years ago

Android 2.3.4 update for T-Mobile HTC Sensation 4G now rolling out

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Following last week's European release, T-Mobile USA has announced that Android 2.3.4 has begun rolling out to its Sensation 4G. The update brings a wide variety of performance improvements, alongside the new version of Android, which adds video chat capabilities to Google Talk. Here's what Sensation 4G owners can look forward to in the new version 1.45.531.1, which will roll out to handsets between now and the end of September --

    New Features
  • Software stability
  • Improved battery life
    Improvements
  • Improvements to Trace dictionary
  • Improvements to screen responsiveness
  • Improvements to video playback
  • Improvements  regarding device reboot / power off
  • Improvements to icon  pixilation
  • Improvements to Wi-Fi connection
  • Improvements to screen/photo resolution

When the new firmware is available for your phone, you'll be able to grab it by heading to Settings -> About phone -> Software updates and tapping "Check now".

Source: T-Mobile; via: TmoNews

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3 years ago

Motorola Flipside receives Android 2.2 update

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Still rocking a Motorola Flipside? If so, you'll be pleased to know that you can now officially update your device to Android 2.2 Froyo. Sure, it's not Gingerbread, but, hey -- it's nice to see the Flipside even get Froyo at this point. You can find the download and details over at the Motorola source link below. The update will consumer approx. 40MB of space on the device and when updated you'll be sitting at Version.1.23.20.MB508.ATT.en.US.

Source: Motorola; Thanks, Drew!

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3 years ago

And then there were three [the competition] -- HP to shut down webOS device operations

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In a shocking development, HP has announced that they plan to discountinue operations for webOS devices, to include the TouchPad and webOS phones.  This leaves Apple, RIM, and Microsoft as the smartphone alternatives to Android, and that makes us sad.  Nobody has the full details just yet, but whispers of licensing out the software or open-sourcing the entire project are already making the rounds, and we certainly hope that webOS isn't just left to die a horrible death on HP printers. 

What does this mean for Android is what we have to ask ourselves, and the jury is still out.  With news of Google buying Motorola, and if HP does license out webOS to OEMs, things could get really interesting.  We'll just have to what and see what develops.

Source: Pre Central

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3 years ago

Super AMOLED HD news spawns new round of October Nexus Prime rumors

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With the news that Samsung may be able to actually produce the fabled Super AMOLED HD screen, the Nexus Prime rumors are once again out in full force.  The details are the same as the last round -- 4.5 inch Super AMOLED HD display at 1280x720 resolution, 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, Ice Cream Sandwich on board, and coming in October.

Boom.

We've been hearing the same rumors since July, and honestly, there's nothing there that is outlandish enough to dismiss them out of hand.  The Nexus Prime sounds like a beefed up Samsung Galaxy S II, with delicious vanilla Android running on a screen that some of us (yours truly) are simply salivating over (especially now that it's more plausible).  Some of you guys aren't very keen on the fact that Samsung is once again making the Nexus device, but we all have to remember that the purpose of these developer models is to provide a showcase and hardware for new features introduced in the latest Android version, so software devs can write apps that use them.  A new resolution and rumored buttonless design is one of these features, and who better to provide the equipment than the company who can make the screens.  Nobody can be sure of the details of the next Nexus device until Vic G and friends are on stage showing it to us all, but the Nexus Prime sounds more than reasonable.  Or maybe I'm setting myself up for a fall -- we'll see in October.

Source: etNews (Korean); via OLED-display

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