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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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3 years ago

Best Buy confirms white Droid Incredible 2 coming Aug. 21 for $149

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We broke the news yesterday that the HTC Droid Incredible 2 is coming to Best Buy in an exclusive white paint job for $149, and today the big box retailer confirmed the news. Here's the full scoop:

MINNEAPOLIS, August 18, 2011 - More exclusives are coming to Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile specialty stores, this time with the white version of the DROID Incredible 2 by HTC on the Verizon Wireless network. The smartphone launches nationwide in Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile specialty stores and online at BestBuy.com/Mobile on Sunday, Aug. 21.

Similar to the original DROID Incredible 2 that launched in April, the white version features the Android 2.2 operating system, 4" WVGA touch screen, 8.0MP digital camera and 1.3MP front-facing camera and Mobile Hotspot capability. It retails for $149.99 with new, two-year activation.

Best Buy Mobile has set a precedent of bringing exclusive phones and colors to the market, supporting its commitment to delivering a better choice of phones and networks. Best Buy Mobile is also focused on delivering straightforward pricing featuring no mail-in rebates; impartial, informed advice with a non-commissioned sales staff; and someone to be there for the life of the phone through key services like Walk Out Working and Geek Squad Black Tie Protection.

Loving the white color. Shame it's not shipping with Gingerbread now, though. We'd prefer customers not have to update.

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3 years ago

Droid Bionic ads hit Best Buy

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The Motorola Droid Bionic has popped up in the latest Best Buy circular, yet again confirming the 4.3-inch display, 1GHz dual-core processor, 8MP rear camera and all that jazz. And after the break, we've got that ad that first surfaced last month, in print form this time. Call us crazy, but it looks like Best Buy's planning on selling this thing.

Thanks, anon!

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3 years ago

HTC EVO 3D update now available

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If you are an HTC EVO 3D owner that has been anxiously awaiting the new OTA update to roll out in hopes of fixing some of your existing issues, luck is on your side today. Yesterday we reported that the update would begin to roll out on Aug. 23, but users are reporting the ability to install the OTA right now if you manually check for updates on your phone. This update is set to fix some lock screen issues, fix GPS lock issues, as well as make more applications uninstallable by users. Have you already installed the update? If so, be sure to let us know how it is treating you, and what changes you have noticed.

More info: Android Central Forums

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3 years ago

More Super AMOLED HD details revealed, a 4.5" Super AMOLED HD Samsung Celox may be using it

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Earlier you might have noticed that Samsung has advanced their manufacturing process far enough to bring Super AMOLED HD to a phone sized screen.  You also might have noticed I'm pretty interested in the whole subject, hence the late night blog post.  A little more information has surfaced, and it sounds like Samsung has the ability to produce a 4.5 inch 720p Super AMOLED HD display, as long as the old style RGBG pentile matrix technology is used.  While this isn't the best case scenario, it makes the Samsung Celox a bit more interesting, as it's reported that it will launch with a 4.5 inch 1280x720 Super AMOLED HD screen with a pentile matrix.  The OLED Association is sure that the next step will be to produce an RGB stripe version, thus creating a Super AMOLED HD Plus display, having the same improvements we saw with the move from Super AMOLED to Super AMOLED Plus.

Of course, nothing is official until we have it in our hot little fingers.  Hopefully, if any of the information flying around is off-base, Samsung jumps to correct it.

Source: OLED-display

 

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3 years ago

Samsung Hercules shows up on TELUS one more time

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Canadians, eh? They seem to be having quite a bit of luck these days with getting their hands on new devices. The Samsung Galaxy S II has been available in Canada for quite some time already in a number of variants but this one, the TELUS version matches that of the T-Mobile version we saw a number of times already. This also isn't the first Telus sighting either, nor is it likely to be the last. Still no pricing or date to go along with it but just when you thought the Samsung Galaxy S II couldn't get any better -- they drop this 42Mbps beast on us. Glad I've not yet picked up a SGS II.

Source: Mobile Syrup

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3 years ago

Leaked Sprint playbook shows HTC EVO 3D to get updated Aug 23, Conquer 4G on Aug 21

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Good news if your rocking an HTC EVO 3D or planning on picking up a Samsung Conquer 4G -- both are soon to see some updates according to a page from the latest Sprint playbook.  We're pouring through it, and this one caught our eye.

The EVO 3D is scheduled to have an update to version 2.08.651.2 sitting and waiting for users to go get on Aug 18, and will begin being pushed on Aug 23.  While it's not a major upgrade (no, you're not getting Ice Cream Sandwich just yet), it looks like it addresses some bugs and should be welcomed by many.  Fair warning -- that shiny new bootloader crack and root method may be patched in this one.

The Conquer 4G looks to be getting a security patch on release day, bumping it to build Gingerbread EG15.  Specifics are lacking, other than an enhancement/fix to device security.  Nobody is going to complain about that.

Thanks, anon!

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3 years ago

3D hands-on with the HTC EVO 3D (European version)

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After months of speculation and weeks of delays, Europe finally has its EVO. The HTC EVO 3D (previously seen on Sprint in the US) launched in the UK yesterday, sporting a stylish bronze camera trim, 3G GSM radio and a £500 (~$815) price tag. We've been playing with ours for a few hours now, and we've prepared our initial thoughts, along with a very special 3D hands-on video of HTC's most ambitious international release yet.

Join us after the jump to find out how the EVO 3D compares to HTC's current European flagship phone, the Sensation, as well as competitors like LG's Optimus 3D. And you'll definitely want to check out our 3D hands-on video if you're into that sort of thing...

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3 years ago

Droid Bionic's retail price to be $587 - plus, possible launch date

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Well, well. What have we here? We're getting word that at least one Verizon store has gotten a shipment of the mythical (OK, not so much anymore) Motorola Droid Bionic. Let's start with what you can see here. There's the SKU on the left, which points to this being the new Droid Bionic, aka the XT875. That's a good sign. "Motorola Droid Bionic" in the description? Check. That's good, too.

Then there's the unit cost. The $587 you see obviously is before any sort of rebate or contract subsidy, so most of you will be paying less. How much less? That hasn't been officially announced yet, but we're willing to wager $249 or so. (At least let's hope Verizon doesn't flirt with the $299 level, which might well turn people off pretty fast.)

Now, as for a release date. Again, nothing's official, and these things are very much subject to change. But our source says Aug. 26 is a real possibility, and that'd be ahead of the September time frame Motorola's Sanjay Jha dropped during a recent earnings call, and ahead of all of those September dates that have been floating around. But, again. That's unofficial stuff.

Regardless, we're certainly moving quite along. Now, about that Droid HD ...

Thanks, xWiggy18x!
More: Droid Bionic Forums

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3 years ago

Super AMOLED HD reportedly is on the way, using new materials and improved maunfacturing process

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The folks over at OLED-info got a bit of inside information about Super AMOLED HD screens, and the news is good.  Using a new and improved manufacturing process and materials, Samsung has supposedly managed to get high resolution Super AMOLED screens at a much smaller size than was previously possible, and we may be seeing them this fall.  There's even a bit of speculation that they are even more cost efficient with this new process, and a Super AMOLED panel is now 20 percent cheaper than the equivalent S-LCD panel.  Awesome.

Remember, this is all third hand info, but here's the skinny -- we should expect smartphones with Super AMOLED HD (720p) screens in the five to six inch range this fall, and the first will likely be the GT-i9220 with a 5.3-inch display.  Yes, that model looks familiar, because we have seen it leaked from a Lithuanian retailer (listed with a 4.3-inch display), but Samsung was quick to remind us that it was "not accurate."  We should also be seeing a 7-inch tablet with a Super AMOLED HD screen by then end of 2011 (happy dance). 

Like a lot of other people out there in Android phone land, I'm hooked on some Super Amoled.  I just don't want my next dream phone to use anything else.  I'm also not feeling the love for a 5 inch or larger phone, so seeing more and more resolution squeezed into a smaller package is like music to my ears.  I've made peace with the fact that I'll probably have to move up to a 4.3- or 4.5-inch display on my next purchase, and fooling around with a Samsung Infuse has helped me justify it with some sort of voodoo mind trick.  If this info turns out to be correct, we're so close.

Source: OLED-info

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3 years ago

Droid 3 backordered, slew of devices on Verizon end-of-life list, internal memo says

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We just got slipped a little internal memo, purportedly from Big Red, catching up on some Verizon supply and end-of-life news. Here's the breakdown:

  • Motorola Droid 3: Seeing some backorders. (Not sure if that means non many were ordered by Verizon in the first place, or if it's that popular. We'll hope for the latter.)
  • Samsung Continuum: Good luck finding one. If a store has it, it's likely one of the last few, as "supply is depleted."
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 7: In short supply, but not dead yet.
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (gray): Supply "expected to be constrained for the next several weeks." Not surprising -- the gray one is hawt.

And devices that are done for, or shall be shortly: Motorola Citus (late August/early September); and the Motorola Droid 2 (August).

Check out the full pic after the break if you wanna see all the dirty details.

Thanks, anon!

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3 years ago

Droid Bionic features, specs and more leak out ... again

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The information for the Motorola Droid Bionic is flowing more heavily as well we move closer and and closer to seeing it finally arrive. The folks over at TechnoBuffalo appear to of have gotten their hands on all the spec information and as such have posted it up for all to see:

  • 4.3-inch qHD display
  • Webtop Apps/Wireless Printing - Just like the Motorola Photon and the Droid 3 MotoPrint is on board. As well, Bedside mode, HDMI-out with mirroring and availability of a laptop dock just like the Motorola Atrix has
  • Zumocast - Is pre-loaded for streaming of content from the Droid Bionic
  • Camera - 8MP with LED flash, Front facing cam for video chat
  • Three Microphones - For enhanced call quality and noise control
  • Mobile Hotspot - Allowing up to 8 devices to be connected simultaneously

The info, looks as though it came from a user-guide or marketing material since it outlines each and every spec while telling you how exactly to work such things. You can find some more pics past the break.

Source: TechnoBuffalo

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3 years ago

Verizon flipping the 4G LTE switch tomorrow in 15 more cities, expanding in 10

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There's really no other way to put it -- Verizon's LTE rollout is putting other companies' 4G offerings to shame. Some 15 more cities are set to get Verizon's 4G data on Aug. 18, and 10 will see their coverage expanded. Here's the breakdown:

New LTE service:

  • Tucson, Ariz.
  • Fayetteville/Springdale/Rogers, Ark.
  • Bakersfield and Salinas/Monterey/Seaside, Calif.
  • Fort Collins, Colo.; Frederick, Md.
  • Worcester, Mass.
  • Omaha, Neb./Council Bluffs, Iowa
  • Albany, Ithaca and Syracuse, N.Y.
  • Altoona and Johnstown, Pa.
  • Memphis, Tenn.
  • Provo, Utah.  

And expanded service is coming to:

  • Washington, D.C.
  • Tampa, Fla.
  • Atlanta, Ga.
  • Baltimore, Md.
  • Boston, Mass.
  • Lansing, Mich.
  • New York, N.Y.
  • Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio
  • Salt Lake City-Ogden, Utah.

Of course, you'll need an LTE-capable device if you want to get those sweet data speeds. Current LTE smartphones are the Samsung Droid Charge, HTC ThunderBolt and LG Revolution. The upcoming Motorola Droid Bionic will also be able to use LTE data. On the tablet side, Verizon's got the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

For a full list of cities with LTE, ease on past the break.

Source: Verizon press release

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