Specs have yet to leak out, but this phone could be a slightly lesser version of the popular HTC Sensation, which could appeal to a lot of people. A cheaper phone perhaps that offers solid specs would be widely adopted in my opinion. Of course nothing is official or even leaked out at this point, so we'll have to be content with the photo. When something does pop up about the Ruby though, we'll make sure to let you know as soon as it does.
It appears that another new phone has reached the hands of testers, as shots of the Samsung Hercules -- now officially unofficially T-Mobile's Galaxy S II variant -- are cropping up across the web. We're still in the dark about most of the specs, we've heard things like a Qualcomm processor and 4.5-inch screen (which would be a departure from the rest of the Galaxy S II line), but we do get a pretty good look at the exterior of the new device. These new pics have the Hercules looking a lot like the Samsung Nexus S in the overall body design, as the optical trackpad single button we see on the international versions is gone, and the rear of the phone has the familiar reverse chin. Looking through the other pictures (check the source links) we also see a front facing camera, an 8MP rear camera, capacitive buttons, a SAMOLED display (we'd bet on that being SAMOLED plus), and a 4G icon. The two biggest questions -- will it really be dropping the Samsung Exynos processor in favor of the Qualcomm, and the release date, are still unanswered. For now, we'll just enjoy the pictures.
If you're the sort who actually reads user manuals (and we know there are a few of you out there), a draft version of the Motorola Droid Bionic user guide has been publicly revealed by the FCC. Flipping through it, we don't see too much we didn't expect -- note the microHDMI port along with confirmation of a 4.3-inch qHD display.
Curious, though, is the inclusion of a section on the World Phone GSM capabilities. Last time we checked, the Droid Bionic was to be an LTE data smartphone. And while both use SIM cards, we've yet to see a dual LTE/GSM device. And that would be different from the specs Motorola briefly outed and later pulled, and from the FCC's own testing here. And it definitely looks like other pages in this draft guide are borrowed from other devices.
So is it really a CDMA/LTE/GSM smartphone with a dual-core processor and qHD display? We're skeptical at this point. But, damn, that'd be one sweet -- and power-hungry -- device.
Not that we haven't seen the long-overdue revamped Motorola Droid Bionic about 16different ways now, but a handful of documents at the FCC unsealed today give us yet another look at the upcoming Verizon smartphone.
In addition to more exterior shots, we get a look at the internals of the phone we've come to know by its Targa codename. And, surprise, surprise, it looks like a smartphone on the inside.
And if you're really looking for the nerdy details, the FCC's also unsealed its testing photos for the Droid Bionic. Interesting stuff, actually. Now if only we had an official release date.
Settling in for UFC 133 tonight? If so, you'll want to grab the UFC TV app from the Android Market. The app itself allows for viewing live UFC events and if you have a device capable of HDMI out you can broadcast them direct your TV plus, you get to view all the press conferences and weigh-ins live for free. Live events and past events do cost you some money but the app itself is free. Pretty decent app for UFC fans out there. Download link can be found past the break.
We already knew that CyanogenMod 7.1 was on its way to the LG Optimus 3D (aka LG Thrill 4G), but now we have some early video footage of the popular custom firmware running on LG's new flagship phone, courtesy of developer Ricardo Cerquiera. The video shows a surprisingly functional build, with video, Wifi, browsing and OpenGL all working without a hitch. The early build also manages an impressive 58 frames per second in the NenaMark benchmarking app.
Ricardo mentions on Google+ that he's already got 3D video working, so it looks like Optimus 3D owners won't have to sacrifice any of that stereoscopic goodness to run CM7 when the time comes. As ever, there's no ETA for any nightly builds or release candidates, but we look forward to seeing more of CM7 on the Optimus 3D just as soon as it's ready.
The Motorola Titanium is the latest Android Nextel device, complete with a full portrait keyboard and push-to-talk features. It's rugged, meeting MilSpec 810G for dust, shock, vibration, low pressure, solar radiation, high temperature and low temperature, and looks to be the replacement for the Moto i1, which was the previous Nextel Android phone. After a bit of time with it I think this would be a logical choice for the jobsite foreman, or anyone in uniform that needs this level of ruggedness, at the expense of performance. Yes, this phone is not perfect. After the break, check it out with me and decide if this one fits your needs.
It's time to show support for your favorite Android phone with our readers choice polls in the Android Central Forums. We've got them set up for the four major US carriers as well as Europe and Canada, and now we need your help to find the winners. We're only listing currently announced and available phones, so don't be surprised that the quad-core Rumor-Machine 9000 isn't listed yet, but we've got the great ones covered. Jump in and vote for your favorite!
Get the feeling that the Motorola Droid Bionic -- which is hitting stores sometime next month -- is in the hands of a few few testers? Yeah, us, too. Here's a new pic that was dropped into our forums. (Full disclosure: We've cropped out the beyond-spammy watermark on this pic; you can see the whole thing at the source links below.)
Anyhoo, not a whole lot to see here. Big battery (but will it be big enough?), the 4G LTE SIM card, and a spot for the microSD card.
Last night Samsung Mobile held a concert in Toronto, during which they had a VIP event, and the folks at MobileSyup were able to snap a picture of an unannounced Android device. The device looks to be the Canadian version of the Samsung Galaxy S II, which is apparently launching as the Samsung Hercules on TELUS. As you can see, unlike the UK version (see our review), this device does not have an optical track pad, instead the standard four buttons we are used to on Android devices. This guy's also reported to be a larger 4.5 inches. Noyce.
While there is no release date, or pricing information, the fact that the device is in the hands of some folks is always good news. Will this be the next device that locks you into a contract, or got something else in mind?
I know everyone got really excited when AlphaRev and UnrEVOked unveiled their latest project, Revolutionary, myself included. Now that we've had a few days to settle into and, simmer down, and enjoy our new, freer phones, I realized there was a startling lack of Lloyd splash screens out there for flashing and consumption.
Needless to say, that isn't an issue anymore. If your phone is S-OFF'd and just aching for a better splash than what HTC gave you, head on over to the Android Central forums. There's instructions, along with two different flashable zip files that'll make your phone feel more at home.
AutoCAD WS has just celebrated its 2-million-registered-users milestone, with a cool million of those being for the Android platform. Launching for iOS back in September 2010, the huge influx of Android users that accounts for over half the install base comes in only three months time -- proving that there is a need for mobile CAD applications, and that people who develop and design intricate "stuff" also use and prefer Android. Users aren't just looking and uninstalling either, as there have been 3.5 million drawings uploaded to AutoCAD WS since its inception.
It may not be a fun 3D game, or an easy way to tell your friends what movie you're seeing, but AutoCAD WS does work well, and the folks behind it tease us about new features and the next release "in the coming weeks." Keep up the great work, and congrats!
If you want to have a look and see what all the fuss is about, hit the break for a download link. (Android 2.1 and higher)
If you are on Verizon and have had a hard time deciding which device to get, it seems like things are not getting any easier as yet another device has leaked out along with some specs. The LG Enlighten, a mid ranged QWERTY slider has appeared, and apparently it is set to release on August 25. The device will be running Android 2.3, Gingerbread, and will be powered by a 800MHz processor, not the fastest we have seen, and all of this will be displayed on a 3.2" HVGA display. While it may not compete spec for spec with some of the other upcoming Verizon device, is the LG Enlighten something that you could consider owning? Full spec sheet after the break.
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