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3 years ago

Best Buy makes good after customer's already opened Epic 4G Touch gives him the bird

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Android Central Forums member remii picked up his shiny new Samsung Galaxy S II Sprint Epic 4G Touch (hereafter referred to as the SGSIIE4GT for short) at a Best Buy in Riverside, Calif., only to find that it wasn't quite as pristine as you might expect, with the box apparently already opened and the phone's camera having been ... tested. Here's the story in remii's words:

So I walked into Best Buy today to get my Epic 4G Touch, and I go to play with it as the rep finishes my paperwork, and look what I find on it that Best Buy decided to throw in as a bonus!

I was pretty upset. There was another one as well of a random Sprint fixture. Also before I even got the phone in my hand the reps were handing the phone off to each other to check it out. They didn't even know anything about it nor of its release this morning.

... I have to admit the camera quality is pretty nice, lol. But, yeah, I spoke to their manager and he just made excuses. "When we get in new devices the techs like to open them up and explore them a bit" was his reasoning. I then asked why would there be such a vulgar photo on my phone then and he went on to say that they should have deleted it before it was sold. Awesome.

We're willing to bet that's not official Best Buy policy (or anyone else's, for that matter). And while we'd agree that the photos left on the phone aren't all that offensive, but that's not really the point. If we're buying a brand-new phone, we'd prefer that store reps not "play" with it first, ya know? There's probably no need to keep things as sterile as to clearly open the box in plain sight of God and the customer, but just don't "play" with what we're about to buy, m'kay?

As for remii and his almost-new SGSIIE4GT? Hit the break to see how things turned out.

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3 years ago

Reminder: Enter to win a Motorola Atrix 4G from Nvidia and Android Central [contest]

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The Motorola Atrix 4G is one of the first Android "superphones" to use the Tegra 2 chip, as well as the first dual-core device to hit AT&T here in the states.  To go with the performance of that Tegra CPU, Motorola threw in a full Gigabyte of RAM, and a 4-inch qHD display.  When we first looked at it back in March, we knew the phone had huge potential, and once Google and Motorola got together and sent some tasty Gingerbread out to the Atrix, it became one of the best phones available for power users.  With the latest software, this thing is a beast.  And you still have a chance to win one of your own in Nvidia and Android Central's Tegra Madness giveaway!

It's easy, just hit the forums and drop a note in the contest thread, and you're entered.  Each contest runs for 24 hours (midnight to midnight, Eastern Time), and we'll pick the winner at random, then announce them all in one big blog post next Sunday (Sep. 18).  Good luck to all, and be sure to enter all week!

Win a Motorola Atrix

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3 years ago

The top Epic 4G Touch forums

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So you've got your Sprint Epic 4G Touch, eh? Or maybe you're still looking. Either way, we've got everything you need to know in our Epic 4G Touch Forums. Here are but a few of the top threads:

And that's just to get things started. Be sure to stop by!

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3 years ago

Announcing the winners of the Waze and Android Central device giveaways

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A couple weeks back the good folks at Waze got together with us and had a blow-out of a contest.  The huge list of prizes -- tablets, and the best smartphones on the planet -- got everyone excited, and now it's time for seven folks to get even more excited, as we present the winners.  Playing was fun for all, and yours truly discovered a great app with Waze for Android, but the following folks get the added pleasure of some new Android gear to add to their experience:

Congrats ladies and gents!  The folks at Waze will be in touch shortly, via the contact information you provided through the app.  They just shared the winners with us so we could congratulate you ourselves.  Have fun with your new Android devices, and be sure to use 'em to munch some Androids while you're out and about.  Let's all wish them well in the comments guys.  And once again, thanks to Waze for the awesome contest!

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3 years ago

Samsung Illusion for Verizon appears on Flickr

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Although the Samsung Illusion name has been tossed around before on some road maps there was never an official announcement made for the device. Now, thanks to a little slip up from Samsung on Flickr, we're getting a good look at a 3G-only device, but not much else. Specs seem to still be missing for the information but those will come eventually. What we do know though, is that the device is eco-friendly (which we've also seen in the Samsung Replenish):

Samsung mobile phones have been awarded a "green" certificate by one of the most reliable establishment in the US. Samsung announced on September 15 that its two mobile phone models including Ever Green phone (SGH-A667) and Illusion phone (SCH-I110) won a certificate of SPC (Sustainable Product Certification) by the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) in the US, an independent product safety certification organization, expanding its "green" phone line-up into three which also include Replenish (SPH-M580).

Yeah, we know -- not much to go on, but it's interesting that's for sure. What do you all think? A low powered budget device running an 800MHz processor or does it have something a little more beefier under the hood?

Source: Flickr; via: Electronista

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S II Sprint Epic 4G Touch now available online from Sprint

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Despite having the longest name in smartphone history, the Samsung Galaxy S II Sprint Epic 4G Touch is the first of the Galaxy S II devices to reach the United States -- you can hit up Sprint online and order one right now.  It's going to set you back $199.99 and a two year agreement (or $499.99 if you buy it outright), but for that money you're getting 1.2GHz of dual-core, and 4.52 inches of Super AMOLED Plus loving.  Toss in Sprint's Wimax 4G, and an all new version of TouchWiz, and there's a lot there to get excited over. 

Settle in, dust off your credit card, and hit up Sprint -- then drop in the forums to spread the good word.  Things are gonna get busy in there I think!

Source: Sprint

Epic 4G Touch forums

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3 years ago

Reminder: Enter to win a T-Mobile G2X from Nvidia and Android Central [contest]

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The T-Mobile G2X is one of the original dual-core monsters.  The specs are great -- a Tegra 2 power plant, 4-inch IPS display, HDMI out, and easy to hack the daylights out of.  Now that Gingerbread has shown up for it, it's a beast.  Yes, I'm a bit biased -- I use one myself for my Tegra Zone gaming addiction (ZOMG Fruit Ninja THD).  And you can enter to win one in Nvidia and Android Central's Tegra Madness giveaway!

Winning one is easy, just hit the forums and drop a note in the contest thread, and you're entered.  Each contest runs for 24 hours (midnight to midnight, Eastern Time), and we'll pick the winner at random, then announce them all in one big blog post next Sunday (Sep. 18).  Good luck to all, and be sure to enter all week!

Win a T-Mobile G2X

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3 years ago

Sprint stores selling the Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch a little early?

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That blurry little slice of heaven you see here is the Samsung Galaxy S Epic 4G Touch, Esq. (See what we did there?) And it apparently is in the hands of Android Central Forums member Atomicvoice, who managed to get one out of his local Sprint store today after they called and told him to come pick it up.

Nobody's saying which store this was. But if you can't possibly wait another 15 hours or so, it might be worth a phone call or two.

Source: Epic 4G Touch Forums

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3 years ago

Motorola Droid Bionic's Webtop code lists the Moto Edison -- so what is it?

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A lot of cool things can be found when you tear apart code and start digging around.  This is the case when the Webtop code for the Motorola Droid Bionic got busted open, and some device code-names were discovered.  Besides a few we already know -- the Olympus, Sunfire, and Targa are the Atrix, Photon, and Bionic, respectively -- we see "common," which we assume is a generic term used to cover all devices with Webtop enabled. And now we see "edison."  A quick search of the Internet and the various sites in China that usually have information about this sort of thing turns up a blank, so we're pretty sure this is the first mention of a Motorola Edison to be found.

As for what the Edison may be, there are a couple logical choices -- the Atrix should be seeing a refresh (the MB865), and of course we can't forget what was leaked out as the Droid HD -- a Photon-esque shaped device that's thin and has some sort of SIM card slot on the side.  And then again, it could just be a name that was tossed around and then scrapped; we've seen that a time or two as well.  There's always something new and better on the horizon, but we can't help but get interested when we see it in black and white.

Thanks, Braden!

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3 years ago

Google launches new developer site, kicks it off with the Google+ API

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Google has launched a new developer portal where it can share news about events and updates, as well as offer examples and use cases for developers of all their products -- including Android.  To get things started, Google just released the Google+ API and has shared a couple methods to retrieve public data from Google+.  Initially, the API will only collect public data, which should alleviate any privacy concerns and give the folks in Mountain View some time to get a secure method worked out for data that isn't shared with the world.

You might be asking what all this API mumbo jumbo means for you and I.  Think of it as  code that developers can use in their programs, across various platforms like Windows, Mac OS, Android, even ChromeOS.  They can plug this code into their programs and collect data and display it however they like.  This means the third-party applications, like Twitter clients, will be able to hook into Google+ like they currently can with Twitter or Facebook.  As we've seen so far with Google+ itself, this will take some time to get a viable solution worked out; one that addresses users privacy, yet makes things easy for web and mobile developers to use.  We're looking forward to see how this all develops, and of course to see what enterprising developers can come up with.  For more information, visit the links below.

Google Developers; Google+ API. Via +Reto Meier

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3 years ago

HTC Sensation XE coming to O2 UK later this year

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O2 UK has let it be known that HTC's soon to be released Sensation XE, with Beats Audio support, will be launching on its network before the year's end. Writing on the carrier's official Twitter feed, an O2 rep said: "Liking the look & listen of the HTC Sensation XE - it's coming to O2 later this year!"

The Sensation XE is a re-vamped version of HTC's current flagship, with a faster 1.5GHz dual-core CPU and a larger battery, alongside the aforementioned Beats support. Yesterday Phones4U revealed that it'll have a short period of exclusivity on the Sensation XE in the UK, starting on October 1. O2, however, isn't offering any release dates or pricing details for the device just yet.

Source: @O2

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3 years ago

PlayStation Suite SDK to be offered from November, new games from spring 2012

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Sony Computer Entertainment has announced that it'll be releasing a software development kit for its PlayStation Suite starting this November, with the newly-created games becoming available from spring 2012. Using Microsoft's C# programming language, the PS Suite SDK will allow developers to create games for PlayStation-certified Android devices, as well as the upcoming PlayStation Vita console.

Sony adds that its looking to "further accelerate the expansion of PS certified devices" in the future. Right now the PlayStation Suite is only available on the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, however Sony's new Tablet S and Tablet P are to launch with the service in the weeks ahead.

The full press release from Sony can be found after the jump.

Source: SCEI

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3 years ago

Verizon and FuzeBox announce Fuze Meeting for the Business Solutions Alliance program

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Verizon has just announced that they have partnered with FuzeBox, and will be featuring Fuze Meeting as part of the BSA (Business Solutions Alliance) program.  If you're unfamiliar with Fuze Meeting, it's an online collaboration tool that provides virtual meetings via computers, tablets, and smartphones.  As Michael Toto, director, Enterprise and Government Partnerships at Verizon Wireless says:

As tablets and mobile devices continue to advance their capabilities and get adopted as de facto tools in the business environment, video collaboration is becoming mainstream for diagnostics, analysis, transactions and many other drivers that companies rely on. FuzeBox is delivering a perfect meeting place for the two technologies, offering high-quality, user-friendly solutions to a wide range of industries and customers, and the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network ties them all together.

And he's right.  With new high-speed cellular data networks come great ways to be even more productive on connected devices.  With rising fuel and travel costs, many businesses have turned to online meetings instead of flying folks cross-country to work together.  Here at Android Central, we conduct most of our internal business this way, and it's high time that mobile gets in on the action.

Be aware though, this isn't a tool for the average consumer.  A quick look at the Fuze Meeting pricing page shows that this tech doesn't come cheaply.  But it's still far more cost effective than the alternative, and should be a heavy hitter for Verizon's BSA.  We have the full press release after the break, and you can learn more at the link below.

Fuze Meeting

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3 years ago

Boost Mobile gets the Samsung Transform Ultra, adds $5 a month to its Android plans

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Boost Mobile's getting an update of an old Sprint favorite when the Samsung Transform Ultra lands on Oct. 7 on Boost's website. It'll run $229, plus tax.

Specs include:

  • Android 2.3
  • 1GHz processor
  • Touchscreen (nobody's saying how big)
  • Full QWERTY Keypad
  • 3MP rear camera with video
  • VGA front-facing camera
  • Wi-Fi®, GPS and Wireless Web enabled
  • Front-facing VGA camera
  • Easy access to Gmail™ and Google Talk™
  • Bluetooth® capable
  • Speakerphone with voice-activated dialing
  • Supports microSD® cards up to 32GB (2GB card included)
  • Voice mail, caller ID, call waiting and three-way calling

Boost is also tweaking its data plans. Starting Oct. 6, it will add an additional $5 monthly charge for unlimited data and messaging services offered on Android-powered devices. Current Monthly Unlimited customers get to keep their plans until they upgrade their phone.

Check out the full press release after the break.

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3 years ago

Xperia Active gets UK price and potential release date

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We were really impressed with the Sony Ericsson Xperia Active when we had a first hands on with the device last week. All that was missing was a launch date less vague than "later this month." Now it seems that at least one British retailer has the device up for pre-sale. 

Play.com are listing the Active at £239.99 ($390) SIM free and unlocked with a release date of September 30. 

Remember too that for the money you get similar specs to the Xperia Arc, 2.3.4 out of the box, and a phone that you can drop in your beer on a Friday night at the bar and still use to call for a taxi home. 

If you've not already seen it, check out our hands on with the Xperia Active from the launch party in London. 

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