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3 years ago

T-Mobile's "New Year, New Phone" sale will slash Android prices for three days only

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If the holiday season didn't manage to bait you into a new phone, this might be your chance: T-Mobile is having a three-day "New Year, New Phone" sale this weekend only, beginning on Friday, January 6.  Sure, there are mail-in rebates involved, and you'll have to make a monthly payment ranging from $10 to $20 on the device itself, but a $49.99 down payment on a Galaxy S II or an Amaze 4G is hard to pass up. Other Android devices pegged at the $49.99 sweet spot include the Sensation 4G, the myTouch 4G, the Springboard, and the G-Slate. The source link has a full list of devices on sale, along with the corresponding mail-in rebates and monthly payment information. 

Source: T-Mobile

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3 years ago

Samsung unveils new entry-level offering -- the Galaxy Ace Plus

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Today sees the unveiling of a new entry-level Android handset from Samsung, the 3.65-inch Galaxy Ace Plus. The Ace Plus is the successor to last year's Galaxy Ace, which was Sammy's main mid-range phone for Europe in 2011. It's billed as a phone for "trendy and sociable young professionals" (so that's us out), and brings Android 2.3 Gingerbread and the latest TouchWiz 4.0 onto a 3.65-inch HVGA display. Design-wise, you've got a chassis that closely resembles the original Galaxy S, and the more recent Galaxy S Plus.

The phone's powered by a 1GHz CPU and comes equipped with a 5MP rear-facing camera (no front-facer), along with 512MB RAM and 3GB internal storage (including 1GB for apps, and expandable using a microSD card) -- so nothing to set the world alight, but a respectable mainstream device nonetheless. Of course, you can also expect all the usual Gingerbread and TouchWiz software niceties.

Samsung expects to release the Galaxy Ace Plus in Russia this month, followed by a gradual roll-out in Europe, Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa later in the year. We've got the full spec list, along with more photos, after the jump.

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3 years ago

ClockworkMod Tether to bring a no-root tethering solution to Windows, Mac, and Linux

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ClockworkMod, aka Koushik Dutta, a favorite among the modding and hacker crowd because of great apps like ROM Manager, has released a very alpha version of Clockwork Mod Tether, and no-root required application for Android that will bring USB tethering to Windows, Mac and Linux.  Koush seems pretty confident that he has worked out a solution that will be invisible to your carrier by using a virtual network interface on your computer that acts as a network proxy.  It's worth mentioning that your network data caps and speeds will still apply, you'll just be able to use that data on a computer as well as on your phone or tablet, without the carrier knowing that's what you're doing. Dumb pipes FTW.

This is a very early preview, and may very well have some issues -- which is why Koush is soliciting alpha testing -- and there's no support or instructions for use yet.  If you feel like having an early look, and are willing to help in the development, watch +Koushik Dutta for details.

Source: +Koushik Dutta

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3 years ago

CyanogenMod 7 nightly builds now available for SE Xperia Active, Xperia Pro and LG Thrill

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Following a slew of other phones late last week, the CyanogenMod team has just added nightly build support for three new devices -- Sony Ericsson's Xperia Pro and Xperia Active, as well the LG Thrill 4G -- AT&T's version of the Optimus 3D. Nightly builds of the popular custom ROM are built every day by the team's army of robots, giving advanced users the change to try out the very latest untested versions, bugs and all. They're also an important milestone towards a device being fully supported by CM.

Also worth noting is the fact that these nightlies are based on the current CyanogenMod 7 release, rather than the upcoming CyanogenMod 9, so if you're after ICS on these devices, then you'll have to wait a little while longer. We've got individual device links after the jump, or alternatively you can hit the source link to see all CM7 nightly builds.

Source: CM Mirror Network; via: XperiaBlog, +Ricardo Cerquiera

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3 years ago

This is a picture of a Samsung Galaxy Note with an AT&T logo

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Forgive us for not being too terribly excited about a render of the Samsung Galaxy Note with an AT&T logo on it. But the Galaxy Note, despite its huge-ass 5.3-inch screen size, has garnered a surprising amount of interest here in the States, and this one you see before you here has UCLA featured on Google Maps. Interesting. (Check out our full review if you've yet to get your hands on one.)

But what we're really interested in is official pricing and a release date. If we had to guess, we'd put even money on seeing it in a week at AT&T's developer conference in Las Vegas (we'll be there, of course) on the eve of CES.

Anyhoo, here's a render of a Samsung Galaxy Note with an AT&T logo and a mention of UCLA. Don't think you'll be able to squint much more out of it, but feel free to try.

Source: SamMobile

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S II (I-9100) gets a couple new leaked ICS builds

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For you folks who enjoy poking your heads where they don't quite yet belong, a couple new Ice Cream Sandwich builds have leaked out for the international version of the Samsung Galaxy S II. And, yes, TouchWiz is there. And still looks like TouchWiz.  Of the two alpha versions, KP4 and KP8, the latter is said to be the "better" of the two. (These follow the KP1 build we saw a couple weeks ago.) And both are built on Android 4.0.3, the new official "base" of Ice Cream Sandwich.

That said, while these might be "official" builds, we've got absolutely no idea how finished they might be, so we're really not going to read too much into anything just yet. But TouchWiz has gotten better with ever iteration, and marrying it with ICS is something we're absolutely looking forward to trying.

You can snag ODIN-flashable downloads at the source link below, and check out the quick hands-on videos after the break.

Source: SamMobile

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3 years ago

Report puts LG-Intel relationship on track with Android at CES

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Back in October we got word that in 2012 we'll be seeing versions of Android optimized to run on Intel chipsets. Word out of Korea is that the first smartphones running on them, will be made by LG and on show for the world to see at CES.

An article in the Korea Times claims that officials from both companies have confirmed the news despite official spokespeople remaining quiet on the matter. 

To spin the story around a little though, another LG executive doesn't think that the company will be releasing Intel powered phones to the mass market. Instead claiming that through massive subsidies from Intel, LG would more likely be producing the reference devices. 

It's not unusual to see such rumours floating around so close to CES -- especially one that makes total sense -- but Intel will be there so seeing an Android announcement isn't too far fetched. Either way we don't have long to wait and see. 

Source: Korea Times 

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3 years ago

HTC EVO Design 4G and Hero S kernel source released

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HTC has released the kernel source for the EVO Design 4G, and its US Cellular cousin, the HTC Hero S.  The specific version is 2.6.35 for Gingerbread, which is the current kernel running on the devices.  Having kernel source opens up some ridiculously cool mods and hacks, and the development community should have plenty of fun with this.  This means that we'll all be having fun shortly after.  If you're an interested developer, hit the link below and grab some code.

Source: HTC Developers

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3 years ago

Ice Cream Sandwich ROMs for the Nexus S 4G [from the forums]

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Google may not have officially pumped out Ice Cream Sandwich for the Nexus S 4G yet, but that won't stop you from having it.  We've got two custom ROMs in the forums that are dripping with ICS goodness.  If you're a fan of the stock Android experience, you can get a fully working AOSP 4.0.3 ROM for your 4G, with just enough changes from standard to make everything work well from Beezy.  It's like having a smaller Galaxy Nexus in your pocket, with face lock, beam, and everything else you've seen in videos and reviews.

If you want something a little different, fergie716 has ported over the latest ICS MIUI ROM to the Sprint Nexus, with everything good to go except for Wimax (which you'll never see working on MIUI).  It's also Android 4.0.3 under all the candy, and offers a very different experience that everyone should try for themselves at least once.  It's subtle, beautiful, and a nice change of pace.

Of course, nobody here will blame you if you just want to wait for Google to get the official 4.0.3 build pushed to you.  But if you like to tinker around, there's no need to wait.  Check 'em out. 

[ROM] AOSP 4.0.3 for the Nexus S 4G

[MIUI 4.0] MIUI SwAT for the Nexus S 4G

Thanks, devs, and thanks Paul for the tip!

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3 years ago

European Motorola RAZR maintenance update rolling out now

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European Motorola RAZR owners should be waking up to an update this morning to software version 651.73.30, bringing with it some useful bugfixes along with a couple of new features. Here's whats new:

  • New Evernote™ application
  • Camera - General improvements to camera performance
  • New Smart Rule Trigger  - 'Motion Detection'
  • Security features - Added new security features in the Google™ Android™ release
  • Phone stability - Improvements on call performance and Bluetooth® connectivity
  • Localisation improvements
  • Wi-Fi performance and stability   General improvements to Wi-Fi connectivity         

You can get the update by hitting Settings>About Phone>System Updates 

Source: Motorola 

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3 years ago

Motorola Droid Bionic, Droid RAZR & Atrix 2 Fastboot files now available - Bring your device back to life from a soft brick

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If you like to tinker around with your device then chances are you've suffered a soft brick or two in your life, then spent some time looking in the Android Central forums or hitting up Google and eventually finding some magical files to help restore your device back to normal.

Those wonderful little files are the Fastboot recoevery files and they are great to have kicking around just in case things go awry, and while they're often hard to find -- some fine folks have now shared them for a multitude of Motorola devices.

The Droid Bionic, Droid RAZR and Atrix 2 files are now all available for download, In addition to saving your behind from a softbrick, developers can make great use of these files as well so, you'll want to keep your eyes peeled for some new happenings when it comes to development for these devices.

Source: XDA - Bionic, RAZR, Atrix 2

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3 years ago

3 new LG devices get CyanogenMod nightly support; Optimus Black makes its return

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Ricardo Cerqueira, a member of the CM team and LG Android device guru, has added official  CyanogenMod nightly (CM7 for the time being) support for three new LG devices -- The LG Optimus 3D, the LG Optimus Pro, and the LG Optimus Hub -- and has once again made support for the LG Optimus Black official after a short hiatus.  Here in the states we're not too familiar with these devices, but we have plenty of American counterparts that are relatively close, so this may make things much easier to support our LG devices as well.  Quality hardware and specs, meet quality software.  It's sounds like a hell of a match.

Source: +CyanogenMod

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3 years ago

Huawei Ascend II now available from US Cellular, free after rebate

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We heard last week that US Cellular would be carrying the Huawei Ascend II -- a 3.5-inch candy bar style Android phone running Gingerbread -- and today they have made it available at the low price of free on a new agreement and after rebates.  While the Ascend II isn't a powerhouse (it has a Qualcomm MSM7627 at 600MHz) it has specs that make it more than acceptable to most folks.  It's nice to see a more consumer-friendly company like US Cellular getting closer with Android, and it's clearly what a lot of people want.  If you're interested in grabbing one of these free Android phones, hit the link and have a look.

More: US CellularThanks, Danny!

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3 years ago

'Xperia Ion' trademark hints at possible next-gen SE branding

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With CES looming, we've already heard our fair share of rumors about upcoming Sony Ericsson handsets, including leaked photos of the "Xperia Arc HD" and specs for the elusive LTE-toting LT28at. A recent trademark filing may provide some further clues about Sony Ericsson's branding for future devices, as shortly before the holidays the manufacturer applied for the "Xperia Ion" trademark in the U.S., for use in connection with "mobile phones".

It should be noted that a trademark filing is far from a guarantee that a product with this name will see the light of day. However the timing -- and the fact that we've yet to hear any reliable info about SE's 2012 Xperia branding -- suggests that the unveiling of an "Xperia Ion" phone could be on the cards for next month's CES, or February's Mobile World Congress.

Source: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; via: XperiaBlog

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3 years ago

Samsung hits milestone with Galaxy Note; one million shipped globally

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Samsung announced today that it has reached a respectable milestone with its Galaxy Note tablet/smartphone hybrid, citing one million units shipped globally to date.What makes the figure even more impressive is that the Note isn't officially available yet in one of Samsung's largest markets-- the United States. The Galaxy Note is currently gaining in popularity in France, Germany, Hong Kong and Taiwan, Samsung says, and will hit American shores "next year." Hit the source link for Samsung's full statement, via its Flickr account.

Source: Samsung

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