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3 years ago

Finally official, the Motorola Droid Bionic arrives Sept. 8 for $299 on contract

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Read our Droid Bionic Review

Have we mentioned the Motorola Droid Bionic will be available Sept. 8? Oh, good. Because it's now finally officially official. Price is official as well: $299 with a two-year contract.

This has without a doubt been one of the strangest roads to launch for a smartphone in recent memory. The Droid Bionic was initially announced in January at CES (see our hands-on) but was scrapped for revamped hardware, which has been leaked just about every which way since.

Now you're basically getting an LTE version of the Droid X2, with a 4.3-inch qHD display, 1GB of RAM, Android 2.3.4, Motorola's Webtop features, Gorilla Glass, and a 1735 mAh battery, which should help add a little life to the LTE device. Verizon's also staking the Droid Bionic's claim as the thinnest LTE smartphone at 11mm, but that's not as svelte as the new Galaxy S II on Sprint.

Anyhoo, we'll just have to see whether the wait -- and the price -- make it worth it. Full press release is after the break.

More: Droid Bionic forums

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3 years ago

HTC enables bootloader unlock for EVO 3D in Europe and Canada

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HTC has added two additional flavors of EVO 3D to its bootloader unlocking site, following in the footsteps of the Sprint version, which become unlockable last month. If you own an unbranded European EVO 3D, or a Rogers-branded device in Canada, then you can begin your quest by using the web tool over on the HTCDev site.

Unlocking your bootloader will allow you to monkey around with custom firmware and the like, though you'll void your warranty by doing so, even if you use the official HTC unlocking tools. Still interested? Hit the link below to begin.

Source: HTCDev

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3 years ago

Nexus Prime on Sprint, Galaxy Tab power gremlins [From the Forums]

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With the long weekend now over, it's time to get rolling again in full effect, and that's exactly what we've done. Both here, on the blogs and in the forums -- if you can't get enough Android goodness here on the blogs, make sure you jump into the Android Central forums and hop on a soap-box.

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3 years ago

Yet another hands-on with the Droid Bionic

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Another nice Droid Bionic video, this time from javikid in the Android Central Forums. Just two days to go, folks.

Source: Droid Bionic forums

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3 years ago

Droid 2 Global gets its Gingerbread update

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Ol' Moto Matt just dropped word this morning that the Droid 2 Global (that's the GSM/CDMA world phone edition of the Droid 2 that was swapped in shortly after the phone's release) can now get its Gingerbread update. Just go to Menu>Settings>About phone>System updates to snag yours.

Source: Motorola Support forums; more Droid 2 forums; Thanks, Tim!

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy W launching on O2 UK this month

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O2 UK's "coming soon" page has been updated to feature Samsung's upcoming mid-range Android offering, the Galaxy W. The Galaxy W arrives as part of Sammy's new smartphone namimg strategy, which sees devices tagged with a different letter to demote where they fit in the manufacturer's line-up. Targeted at mainstream smartphone buyers, the Galaxy W is powered by a 1.4 GHz single-core CPU, and ships with Android 2.3 Gingerbread and Samsung's latest TouchWiz 4.0. Other highlights include a 3.7-inch SLCD display and 5-megapixel rear camera.

Three UK was the first British network to announce the Galaxy W in late August. Like Three, O2 expects to start shipping Galaxy Ws out to customers later this month.

Source: O2 UK

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3 years ago

Droid Bionic reader review continues with dozens of videos

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If you needed yet another reason why the Android Central Forums are, in fact, the bast damn Android community around, look no further than member bworley50. You might remember him from his recent Droid Bionic review, and now he's back with not one, not two, but some two dozen videos of the Motorola Droid Bionic.

His "My Bionic" thread has become something of a new legend, and at the time of this writing it's topped out at nearly 80 pages. But if you're at all interested in what to expect when the DB is finally released this week, you're going to want to read them.

And we've compiled bworley's video after the break, so check 'em out. Very well done, sir. Very. Well. Done.

More: "My Bionic" in the Droid Bionic Forums

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3 years ago

White Samsung Galaxy S II now available from Vodafone UK

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Vodafone UK customers can now bag a Samsung Galaxy S II in white from the carrier's website, as well as brick-and-mortar stores. Vodafone joins Three and the Carphone Warehouse, which also recently began offering Samsung's flagship device in white, alongside the standard black. Just like the black version, the white Galaxy S II can be yours for free on 24-month contracts of £36 or more per month. At that price, you'll get 900 minutes, unlimited texts and a 750MB data allowance.

Rival UK carriers O2 and Everything Everywhere (T-Mobile/Orange) expect to launch the white Galaxy S II later this month.

Source: Vodafone UK

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3 years ago

Mysterious Samsung Slider now going by 'Stratosphere;' Pantech Breakout also gets another look

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Astute Android Central readers will recall the phone you see above as the Samsung SCH-i405, which we first brought you a full picture of way back in July, looking very much like an LTE version of Sprint's Epic 4G. And now it's back in a clearer render form, pretty much looking how we last left it, only now going by its "Stratosphere" name.

No real change in specs, so far as we unofficially know. You're likely still looking at a 4-inch(ish) slider with what our original tipster believed may be a Super AMOLED Plus screen (or maybe it's just the shine of a qHD resolution), with about 2GB of storage, a 5MP camera on the back and 1.3MP shooter on the rear. Plus it's got 4G LTE data. Huzzah.

Then there's there's the Pantech Breakout, seen here at right. That's another one we broke the news on a week or so ago. It's got a 4-inch display at the usual 480x800 res, with a 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 390 MB of internal storage and an 8GB microSD card. It's got a 5MP shooter on the back and a VGA camera up front. It's also a 4G LTE device, serving as a mobile hotspot for up to 10 devices. It's rocking a custom skin atop Android 2.3.

Still no official word on when either of these could be launched.

Source: Pocketnow 1, 2

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3 years ago

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S gets priced and dated by UK retailer

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British online retailer Clove Technology is first to reveal details of pricing and availability for the Sony Ericsson's Xperia Arc S, which was announced last week at IFA in Berlin. According to an entry on its blog, Clove will sell the Arc S for £350 SIM-free, with units expected to start shipping out on Sept. 26. Clove will initially stock the Arc S in "pure white" and "midnight blue".

The Xperia Arc S is a minor hardware refresh, with a faster 1.4 GHz CPU compared to the 1 GHz chip in the original. Sony Ericsson says the more advanced CPU brings 25% faster camera start-up time, 20% faster web rendering and improved battery life. All welcome changes as far as we're concerned.

You can find pre-order links for both flavors of Arc S over at the source link.

Source: Clove Blog

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3 years ago

Drawing on the Samsung Galaxy Note

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Here's a great demo of the drawing capabilities on the Samsung Galaxy Note, that gianormous 5.3-inch uber-drawing/notetaking smartphone. Of course, you're going to need some sort of artistic talent to begin with, but you get a sense of how detailed you can get with the stylus. Check it out after the break.

Via Softpedia; Thanks, Peter!

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3 years ago

HTC Ruby gets new set of pics, more specs, still looking at October launch as T-Mobile Amaze 4G

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One of our minor complaints regarding the T-Mobile HTC Sensation 4G was a wee bit of lag when compared to its cousin, the Sprint EVO 3D. We've pretty much chalked that up to the EVO 3D's increased RAM, and whatever difference in software tweaks you'll find between a Sprint and T-Mobile device. But that might all about to become moot, with yet another appearance of the HTC Ruby, which is believed to be destined for T-Mobile as the Amaze 4G.

First up, new specs on the Ruby, courtesy of DroidSans: It's looking to be very much like a souped-up Sensation, with a similar 4.3-inch display at qHD (960x540) resolution, 8MP camera with flash. But the powerplant's been beefed up, moving to a dual-core, 1.5GHz processor (up from a mere 1.2GHz), and a full 1GB of RAM. And it's going from 4GB of internal storage to a monster 16GB. Toss in Android 2.3.5 and Sense 3.5, and HTC's best and brightest from mere months ago is already seeing a hefty upgrade. No complaints from us.

As for when we'll see it? A new leaked roadmap from TmoNews points to a possible October launch, and that jibes with a previous leak. That's plenty close, but if true, we can't help but wonder how it's going to leave current Sensation 4G owners feeling.

Source: TmoNews, DroidSans (translated); via TIMN

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3 years ago

Droid Bionic browser benchmarked, numbers look impressive

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     Droid Bionic                                Stock Android 2.3.4

In his pre-release hands-on and review of the Motorola Droid Bionic, Joe the Insider also gave us a peek at some web browser benchmarks.  These numbers aren't the end-all be-all of real world performance, but they do show how the hardware and the software handle things like sprites and math functions while rendering what you see in the web browser window.  And the Bionic looks like it does a fine job handling it's business.  Compared to a fully stock Android 2.3.4 build on the Nexus One (it's not even rooted!), the Bionic beats the score hands down, even while running out of the box stock with all the Blur bells and whistles.

We should expect this based on the new hardware, but it sure is nice to see it in handy picture form.  Be sure to read Joe's thread and get the full details. 

The full scoop: Thoughts after using Bionic, plus pictures

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3 years ago

Latest Droid Bionic video shows retail box, more hands-on love

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Hope you're not sick of the Motorola Droid Bionic yet. Because yet another video has popped up in our forums. This one, from bworley50, also shows us the retail box, if you're into that sort of thing. Plus there's a quick run through the UI to the About screen. Check it out, and hit the link below to ask your questions.

More: "My Bionic" in the Android Central forums

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3 years ago

Latest Android version numbers released, 84% of devices running Android 2.2 or higher

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Google has just released the latest set of Android version numbers, and the overall trend of legacy version numbers dropping continues.  There's no drastic changes, but a quick look at the chart above lets us see that numbers for Donut and Cupcake are now in the "also ran" category with each under two percent, and Eclair is steadily dropping compared to last monthFroyo (Android 2.2) still leads the pack with over 50 percent of all devices using the Android Market running it, but we see a nice boost in the number of phones running gingerbread, with numbers for Android 2.3 climbing over six percentage points.  With Gingerbread updates rolling out or in the works for the Dinc, Droid 2, Droid X, and more, we expect another significant increase next month.

Interestingly, Honeycomb growth seems to have stalled with a measly 0.1 percent increase since August.  It looks like most folks buying into the Android eco-system today prefer it on their smartphones.  We expect that number will change this holiday season.

Source: Android Developers

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