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3 years ago

Hello, Kitty (we love Japan)

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Android 2.3, NFC, IR port, 6.1MP camera, and coming to SoftBank Japan.  Open is great, ain't it?

Source: SoftBank (Japanese)

 

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3 years ago

Android 2.3 Gingerbread now available for the Telus Samsung Fascinate 3G+

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If you have a Samsung Fascinate 3G+ on Telus and have been waiting for, what seemingly is forever for them to update it to Android 2.3 Gingerbread, then today is a good day for you. Android 2.3.3 has been released via the Telus website and anyone looking to update can now do so. The update is done through Kies so, be sure to grab a copy of that before you get started. You can find the full details over at the Telus website.

Source: Telus; via: Android Central Forums

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3 years ago

Gameloft seems to think an HTC EVO Design 4G is on the way

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ZOMG, Gameloft says the HTC EVO Design 4G is official! Well, it's at least gone as far as to put it in a drop-down menu of phones that it can support, which either means it's really real (really!), or Gameloft reads ye olde blogs, saw the EVO Design 4G and slapped it in the list. Pick your poison, we suppose. We're actually going to go with the former here. But until it's officially official, things remain officially unofficial, ya know?

Source: Gameloft; via @shapiro12345678 (yeah, really)

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3 years ago

Minimum-advertised pricing puts Droid Bionic at $299 starting Sept. 8

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OK, so my hopes that the Motorola Droid Bionic would go for $250 or so appear to be dashed. Boy can dream, eh? Here we have the minimum-advertised pricing for the Droid Bionic, marked at $299 (with contract and rebate, natch) starting Sept. 8.

The deal is that's the minimum price at which the DB can be advertised. You'll find it cheaper, but it'll be one of those "Our prices are so good, we can't even tell you" deals.

Thanks, anon!

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3 years ago

Android 2.3.4 update for T-Mobile HTC Sensation 4G now rolling out

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Following last week's European release, T-Mobile USA has announced that Android 2.3.4 has begun rolling out to its Sensation 4G. The update brings a wide variety of performance improvements, alongside the new version of Android, which adds video chat capabilities to Google Talk. Here's what Sensation 4G owners can look forward to in the new version 1.45.531.1, which will roll out to handsets between now and the end of September --

    New Features
  • Software stability
  • Improved battery life
    Improvements
  • Improvements to Trace dictionary
  • Improvements to screen responsiveness
  • Improvements to video playback
  • Improvements  regarding device reboot / power off
  • Improvements to icon  pixilation
  • Improvements to Wi-Fi connection
  • Improvements to screen/photo resolution

When the new firmware is available for your phone, you'll be able to grab it by heading to Settings -> About phone -> Software updates and tapping "Check now".

Source: T-Mobile; via: TmoNews

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3 years ago

Motorola Flipside receives Android 2.2 update

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Still rocking a Motorola Flipside? If so, you'll be pleased to know that you can now officially update your device to Android 2.2 Froyo. Sure, it's not Gingerbread, but, hey -- it's nice to see the Flipside even get Froyo at this point. You can find the download and details over at the Motorola source link below. The update will consumer approx. 40MB of space on the device and when updated you'll be sitting at Version.1.23.20.MB508.ATT.en.US.

Source: Motorola; Thanks, Drew!

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3 years ago

And then there were three [the competition] -- HP to shut down webOS device operations

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In a shocking development, HP has announced that they plan to discountinue operations for webOS devices, to include the TouchPad and webOS phones.  This leaves Apple, RIM, and Microsoft as the smartphone alternatives to Android, and that makes us sad.  Nobody has the full details just yet, but whispers of licensing out the software or open-sourcing the entire project are already making the rounds, and we certainly hope that webOS isn't just left to die a horrible death on HP printers. 

What does this mean for Android is what we have to ask ourselves, and the jury is still out.  With news of Google buying Motorola, and if HP does license out webOS to OEMs, things could get really interesting.  We'll just have to what and see what develops.

Source: Pre Central

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3 years ago

Super AMOLED HD news spawns new round of October Nexus Prime rumors

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With the news that Samsung may be able to actually produce the fabled Super AMOLED HD screen, the Nexus Prime rumors are once again out in full force.  The details are the same as the last round -- 4.5 inch Super AMOLED HD display at 1280x720 resolution, 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, Ice Cream Sandwich on board, and coming in October.

Boom.

We've been hearing the same rumors since July, and honestly, there's nothing there that is outlandish enough to dismiss them out of hand.  The Nexus Prime sounds like a beefed up Samsung Galaxy S II, with delicious vanilla Android running on a screen that some of us (yours truly) are simply salivating over (especially now that it's more plausible).  Some of you guys aren't very keen on the fact that Samsung is once again making the Nexus device, but we all have to remember that the purpose of these developer models is to provide a showcase and hardware for new features introduced in the latest Android version, so software devs can write apps that use them.  A new resolution and rumored buttonless design is one of these features, and who better to provide the equipment than the company who can make the screens.  Nobody can be sure of the details of the next Nexus device until Vic G and friends are on stage showing it to us all, but the Nexus Prime sounds more than reasonable.  Or maybe I'm setting myself up for a fall -- we'll see in October.

Source: etNews (Korean); via OLED-display

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3 years ago

Best Buy confirms white Droid Incredible 2 coming Aug. 21 for $149

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We broke the news yesterday that the HTC Droid Incredible 2 is coming to Best Buy in an exclusive white paint job for $149, and today the big box retailer confirmed the news. Here's the full scoop:

MINNEAPOLIS, August 18, 2011 - More exclusives are coming to Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile specialty stores, this time with the white version of the DROID Incredible 2 by HTC on the Verizon Wireless network. The smartphone launches nationwide in Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile specialty stores and online at BestBuy.com/Mobile on Sunday, Aug. 21.

Similar to the original DROID Incredible 2 that launched in April, the white version features the Android 2.2 operating system, 4" WVGA touch screen, 8.0MP digital camera and 1.3MP front-facing camera and Mobile Hotspot capability. It retails for $149.99 with new, two-year activation.

Best Buy Mobile has set a precedent of bringing exclusive phones and colors to the market, supporting its commitment to delivering a better choice of phones and networks. Best Buy Mobile is also focused on delivering straightforward pricing featuring no mail-in rebates; impartial, informed advice with a non-commissioned sales staff; and someone to be there for the life of the phone through key services like Walk Out Working and Geek Squad Black Tie Protection.

Loving the white color. Shame it's not shipping with Gingerbread now, though. We'd prefer customers not have to update.

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3 years ago

Droid Bionic ads hit Best Buy

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The Motorola Droid Bionic has popped up in the latest Best Buy circular, yet again confirming the 4.3-inch display, 1GHz dual-core processor, 8MP rear camera and all that jazz. And after the break, we've got that ad that first surfaced last month, in print form this time. Call us crazy, but it looks like Best Buy's planning on selling this thing.

Thanks, anon!

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3 years ago

HTC EVO 3D update now available

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If you are an HTC EVO 3D owner that has been anxiously awaiting the new OTA update to roll out in hopes of fixing some of your existing issues, luck is on your side today. Yesterday we reported that the update would begin to roll out on Aug. 23, but users are reporting the ability to install the OTA right now if you manually check for updates on your phone. This update is set to fix some lock screen issues, fix GPS lock issues, as well as make more applications uninstallable by users. Have you already installed the update? If so, be sure to let us know how it is treating you, and what changes you have noticed.

More info: Android Central Forums

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3 years ago

More Super AMOLED HD details revealed, a 4.5" Super AMOLED HD Samsung Celox may be using it

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Earlier you might have noticed that Samsung has advanced their manufacturing process far enough to bring Super AMOLED HD to a phone sized screen.  You also might have noticed I'm pretty interested in the whole subject, hence the late night blog post.  A little more information has surfaced, and it sounds like Samsung has the ability to produce a 4.5 inch 720p Super AMOLED HD display, as long as the old style RGBG pentile matrix technology is used.  While this isn't the best case scenario, it makes the Samsung Celox a bit more interesting, as it's reported that it will launch with a 4.5 inch 1280x720 Super AMOLED HD screen with a pentile matrix.  The OLED Association is sure that the next step will be to produce an RGB stripe version, thus creating a Super AMOLED HD Plus display, having the same improvements we saw with the move from Super AMOLED to Super AMOLED Plus.

Of course, nothing is official until we have it in our hot little fingers.  Hopefully, if any of the information flying around is off-base, Samsung jumps to correct it.

Source: OLED-display

 

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3 years ago

Samsung Hercules shows up on TELUS one more time

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Canadians, eh? They seem to be having quite a bit of luck these days with getting their hands on new devices. The Samsung Galaxy S II has been available in Canada for quite some time already in a number of variants but this one, the TELUS version matches that of the T-Mobile version we saw a number of times already. This also isn't the first Telus sighting either, nor is it likely to be the last. Still no pricing or date to go along with it but just when you thought the Samsung Galaxy S II couldn't get any better -- they drop this 42Mbps beast on us. Glad I've not yet picked up a SGS II.

Source: Mobile Syrup

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3 years ago

Leaked Sprint playbook shows HTC EVO 3D to get updated Aug 23, Conquer 4G on Aug 21

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Good news if your rocking an HTC EVO 3D or planning on picking up a Samsung Conquer 4G -- both are soon to see some updates according to a page from the latest Sprint playbook.  We're pouring through it, and this one caught our eye.

The EVO 3D is scheduled to have an update to version 2.08.651.2 sitting and waiting for users to go get on Aug 18, and will begin being pushed on Aug 23.  While it's not a major upgrade (no, you're not getting Ice Cream Sandwich just yet), it looks like it addresses some bugs and should be welcomed by many.  Fair warning -- that shiny new bootloader crack and root method may be patched in this one.

The Conquer 4G looks to be getting a security patch on release day, bumping it to build Gingerbread EG15.  Specifics are lacking, other than an enhancement/fix to device security.  Nobody is going to complain about that.

Thanks, anon!

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3 years ago

3D hands-on with the HTC EVO 3D (European version)

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After months of speculation and weeks of delays, Europe finally has its EVO. The HTC EVO 3D (previously seen on Sprint in the US) launched in the UK yesterday, sporting a stylish bronze camera trim, 3G GSM radio and a £500 (~$815) price tag. We've been playing with ours for a few hours now, and we've prepared our initial thoughts, along with a very special 3D hands-on video of HTC's most ambitious international release yet.

Join us after the jump to find out how the EVO 3D compares to HTC's current European flagship phone, the Sensation, as well as competitors like LG's Optimus 3D. And you'll definitely want to check out our 3D hands-on video if you're into that sort of thing...

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