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3 years ago

The Droid Bionic has 16GB of internal storage, but you can't have it all

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Read our Droid Bionic Review

We're already getting angry e-mails over this one. Just about every spec sheet everywhere on the Motorola Droid Bionic states that it has 16GB of on-board storage in addition to a 16GB microSD card. And that's true. But you don't get to play with it all.

Because of the way things are partitioned, and because the operating system takes up some of that internal storage, you won't actually see 16GB of internal storage if you look at the phone's settings. Instead, you have about 3.5GB of "application storage," which is where apps install by default. Then you have 8GB of "Internal storage," on which you can save photos, movies, music, etc. Apps also can store data here as well, so you'll likely see it decrease over time. Then you have the 16GB microSD card that comes pre-installed. (It can be increased to a 32GB card.)

So, realistically, you have 27.5GB of user-accessible storage memory, and not 32GB as you might think looking at the spec sheets.

More in the Droid Bionic forums

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3 years ago

Galaxy Nexus, Gingerbread MIA [From the Forums]

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Droid Bionic, new Sony Ericsson gear and most importantly -- Football! All sorts of news hit the blogs today so if you missed out on any be sure to check it all out. If you were here for all the action and want to discuss it some more, head on into the Android Central forums and be heard!

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3 years ago

The unannounced Sprint LG Marquee looks a lot like the LG Optimus Black

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We've been squinting our eyes at this one for a little while now. Seen in a video montage from the Radio Shack Business Summit in Dallas a couple weeks ago is what's labeled the LG Marquee. ... And that's about it. It's seen here with the stock Android UI. ... And that's about it.

Only, we keep being drawn to the buttons you see on the left-hand bezel. They're actually vaguely familiar, possibly indicating the volume rocker and "G" of the LG Optimus Black. (Read our full review.) The general shape and bezel size looks about right, too.

That's inspired guesswork on our part, however, and not yet fact. (We've left e-mails with Sprint, seeking clarification.) But it's certainly not out of the realm of possibility. Remember that we could possibly see a CDMA Optimus Black this month on US Cellular, and there once was a wee tip of an "Optimus B," so a Sprint version may be in the cards, too. We'll just have to see.

Update: Sprint's gotten back to us, saying, "We can’t comment on any speculation regarding devices coming to Sprint."

Check out the video after the break, as well as a close-up of the Optimus Black's buttons, and see what you think.

Source: Radio Shack Blog; Thanks, Kevin, for the tip!

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3 years ago

One click root for Motorola Droid Bionic and other Moto phones running Android 2.3.4

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Just picked up your Motorola Droid Bionic, eh?  After you've got it charged and ready to roll, for many the next step will be to root it and strip out the loads of carrier bloat Verizon so kindly supplies.  That will be a simple affair thanks to Pete Souza and his one-click Motorola Root Tools. The Bionic and any other Motorola phone running the 2.3.4 version of Gingerbread (like the Droid 3 and the Droid X2) can be rooted with a minimum of fuss, needing only a correctly set-up USB driver and the cable that came with your phone. Pete has things set up with easy to follow instructions for Windows, Mac, and Linux so you'll be rock and rolling in no time.

Now for the big fat warnings -- currently, there is no way to roll back the Bionic to the factory state.  Once done, consider this permanent until further notice.  Also, word is that Motorola is well aware and will be patching this method shortly, so mind those OTA updates if you're considering the root road.  Any HTC EVO 4G user can tell you tales of woe and waiting once an update was accepted.  If you're clear on all this, and ready to go forward, hit the source link and have a go.

Source: Pete's Motorola Root Tools; More: Droid Bionic Forums

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3 years ago

Google Maps updated, lets you see places you've rated 4 and 5 star and attach photos to your reviews

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Big G has updated Google Maps to version 5.10.0, and with the update comes two features that users might just love -- the ability to see places you've rated 4 or 5 stars right on your map view, and the ability to attach a photo to a place review.

Some of us just use maps for the awesome turn-by-turn navigation, or to find that little seafood place your brother-in-law told you about with the great clam chowder, but places and check-ins are another great feature we rarely mention.  With today's update, they get pushed a little closer to the front of the action, with places you like showing up right on your map so you don't forget about them.  Could be awful handy for the business traveler, deadhead, or anyone who often finds themselves jaunting across the country in a different bed each night.  And to help others know about those great places you visit, you can attach a photo to your review.

OK, so it's not the biggest update in the world, but it does offer a nice bump for the folks who use the places features, and is a good way to get more of us to use them.  It will be interesting just how Google works places and reviews from Maps into things now that they've bought out Zagat.  Grab the update from the Android Market, or we've got a handy link after the break.

Thanks, Jason! 

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3 years ago

Win two nights at the Staybridge Suites hotel for the Big Android BBQ in Austin, Texas

If you're planning on heading to Austin for the Big Android BBQ this year (we'll be there!) this one's for you -- we're giving away two nights at the Staybridge Suites hotel for a comfy place to crash after spending the day with a bunch of Android fans.  Check the details:

  • You're entering to win one room for two nights
  • The nights can be Friday, Sept. 30 and Saturday Oct.1, or Saturday Oct.1 and Sunday Oct. 2
  • You're responsible for your own tickets to the event, and transportation
  • Having fun is mandatory

You'll want to be sure to check out all the details about the BBQ, and you can do that right here.  It looks to be a load of fun with a bunch of like-minded people, with good food and plenty of Android talk and tips.  You don't want to miss it.  To enter, hit the forums and drop a line in the contest thread. We'll see ya there!

Enter to win in the Android Central contest forums

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3 years ago

Droid Bionic extended battery

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We're knee-deep into our Motorola Droid Bionic review (update: Read our comprehensive Droid Bionic Review!) but wanted to take a quick second to talk about the battery. Specifically, let's talk about the Droid Bionic's extended battery.

We're all in the midst of testing this dual-core LTE phone, hopefully will see better battery life than some of its predecessors. But an extended battery is definitely still an option, and this one bumps you up to 2760 mAh, from the stock 1735 mAh.

And the DB's extended battery doesn't add as much heft or girth to the phone as we'd feared. It does require an bigger batter cover, but it's nicely designed and while it makes the phone thicker, it does so in a pretty stylish manner and still feels pretty good in the hand. The larger battery door is nicely contoured and doesn't have nearly the same sharp lines as the extended battery door on the HTC ThunderBolt.

We've got more pics and hands-on video after the break if you're still on the fence. Check it out.

Motorola Droid Bionic Extended Battery | All Motorola Droid Bionic Batteries

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman

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The Walkman brand might not be as synonymous with portable music as it once was, but it's continued to live on in Sony Ericsson's Walkman line of phones. In the past, these have typically been mid-to-low-end devices as opposed to anything with true smartphone functionality. That changes with the launch of the Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman, though, which is the first Android-powered Walkman device. Despite its budget leanings, the Live is no slouch, with a 1GHz second-gen Snapdragon and Android 2.3.4 on-board.

We got an early look at the Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman at the Xperia Party in London last night, and you can check out our first video walkthrough of the device after the jump.

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S

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The Xperia Arc is one of our favorite phones of 2011. Sony Ericsson really knocked it out of the park earlier this year, bringing to market a device with stunning aesthetics, solid specs and the best camera on any Android smartphone. So when they announced the Xperia Arc S -- a beefed-up Arc with a faster 1.4GHz CPU and updated software -- we were eager to put it through its paces. And that's exactly what we did yesterday, at the manufacturer's Xperia Party event in London.

Join us after the break to find out what we thought...

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3 years ago

HTC EVO 3D in white and Kyocera Milano to hit Radio Shack on Sept. 9

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The HTC EVO 3D in white (ooo-la-la!) and the Kyocera Milano should be on your local Radio Shack's shelves come Friday Sept. 9 according to these information sheets we received from a friendly insider.  There's not much more to tell about the EVO 3D -- it's popular for a few reasons (fast as hell CPU and qHD display come instantly to mind) and if you don't mind a bit of gushing, it looks awful damn sexy in it's white dress.  If you have been on the fence and are a sucker for white phones (guilty!) go buy one and be sure to torture me with full frontal shots in the EVO 3D forums until I give in and get another Sprint line.

The Milano looks ready to pounce smack dab in the middle of the entry-level smartphone arena in a big way.  Combine an 800MHz CPU with a 3-inch touchscreen and 3.2MP camera, put a few goodies like Swype and Gingerbread on board, then sell it for $50 on a new contract and you have a pretty good formula for sales.  The real test will be how it performs a few weeks after the newness wears off, and we'll have our ears open to see just how it's received.  Hit the break to see the picture.

Thanks, Anon!

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the Sony Ericsson Live Dock

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It wasn't just phones on show at last night's Xperia Party in London. Sony Ericsson was also keen to show off the latest accessory for its 2011 Xperia smartphones -- the Live Dock. This is a brand new smartphone dock which serves not only as a charging station, but allows you to connect USB peripherals like keyboards and mice, and control your phone using good old-fashioned button-based devices.

And if you've got a HDMI-enabled Xperia, like the Arc or Arc S? Well, that's where things start to get really cool -- in that case, you can browse the web and play Angry Birds on your TV, using any standard USB wireless keyboard and mouse. Proof of this, in video form, is after the jump.

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray

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The Xperia Ray quickly piqued our interest when it was announced a few months ago. Up to now, Sony Ericsson smartphones had invariably been constructed of plastic, and while this has its benefits, an aluminum-framed device is always going to be sturdier and feel better in the hand.

We finally got the chance to fondle the Xperia Ray at Sony Ericsson's Xperia Party in London yesterday, and found it to be a worthy mid-to-high-end offering from the manufacturer. It packs all of the premium features of the Xperia Neo, while addressing one of our biggest concerns with that phone -- its looks.

Read on to find out what we thought as we got to grips with the Xperia Ray.

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3 years ago

Sprint's Kyocera Milano available Sept. 9 for $49.99

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Sprint this morning announced the Kyocera Milano, a phone we outed a week ago in the Sprint Playbook. The Milona looks to be a mid- to low-end Android smartphone, with a 3-inch display, Android 2.3, a 3.2MP camera and slide-out QWERTY keyboard. It weighs 5.6 ounces and has a 1490 mAHh battery, and 512MB of RAM and ROM.

It's also got a battery-saving "Eco Mode," and the Sprint ID custom themes.

The Kyocera Milano will be available Sept. 9 for $49.99 after two-year contract and $50 rebate.

Source: Sprint

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3 years ago

AT&T's Sony Ericsson Xperia Play available Sept. 18 for $49.99

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AT&T this morning announced that its version of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play (see our hands-on) will be available Sept. 18 for a mere $49.99 with two-year contract. The Xperia Play, as you'll recall from our review, is the so-called Playstation phone, with a slide-out gamepad and Playstation-optimized games. It's rocking Android 2.3.3 with a 4-inch screen.

Games included with AT&T's Xperia Play at launch are:

  • Dungeon Defenders™ Second Wave by Trendy Entertainment
  • Asphalt™ 6 Adrenaline by Gameloft
  • Star Battalion by Gameloft
  • Madden NFL™ 11 by Electronic Arts
  • The Sims™ 3 by Electronic Arts
  • Tower Bloxx™: My City by Digital Chocolate
  • Crash Bandicoot® by SCEA/Naughty Dog/Universal

As if a $49 Xperia Play isn't a good enough deal, AT&T's also sweetening things by throwing in the DK300 Multimedida Dock (check out our review of the dock) and MC100 music cable.

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the Sony Ericsson Xperia Active

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Last night we dropped in on the Sony Ericsson Summer Showcase (aka Xperia Party) in London's Mayfair district, to check out some of the manufacturer's upcoming Android phones. One of the stars of the show was the tiny Xperia Active, a small but ruggedized phone designed for outdoorsy types who don't want to worry about a little dust, dirt or water getting in the way of playing Angry Birds in the middle of a hardcore kayaking session. The Active demo units at the Xperia Party were frequently dunked in nearby glasses of water to demonstrate its water-resistant features, which includes Sony Ericsson's unique "wet finger tracking" tech, allowing touchscreen use even when there's water on the screen.

Join us after the jump for a full run-down of the Xperia Active's features, along with a hands-on video tour and a bunch more photos.

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