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3 years ago

Hands-on with the LG Optimus Slider

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Ah, yes - another prepaid device to hit the market for Virgin Mobile, but come on now who doesn't like selection? The latest device to hit Virgin Mobile is the LG Optimus Slider, the revamped and enhanced LG Optimus S that is currently available from them. Featuring a slightly different form factor -- and by slightly we mean it contains a sliding QWERTY keyboard, the device is sure to please the messaging crowd.

With a 3.2-inch display, this sliding QWERTY runs Android 2.3.4 in a vanilla form, giving quite a pleasurable overall experience. The device certainly doesn't have the fastest of processors, but it is more than enough to ensure that a smooth experience while flipping through your home pages, and scrolling in your app drawer. On the back there is a 3.2MP shooter, nothing overly impressive and sadly lacking a flash, but for those looking for something basic just to capture memories while on the go it will certainly do the job. Priced at only $199 with a monthly bill of only $35 for unlimited data as well as 300 minutes, it is a pretty good deal. Hit the break for some more pictures as well as a quick video walk through.

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3 years ago

Motorola Mobility stockholders approve merger with Google

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Not that we ever really expected otherwise, but the shareholders of Motorola Mobility today approved the company's merger with Google. Motorola says 99 percent of the votes were in favor of the merger, and the votes represented about 74 percent of the company's outstanding shares as of Oct. 11.

“We are pleased and gratified by the strong support we have received from our stockholders, with more than 99 percent of the voting shares voting in support of the transaction," CEO Sanjay Jha said in a released statement. "We look forward to working with Google to realize the significant value this combination will bring to our stockholders and all the new opportunities it will provide our dedicated employees, customers, and partners.”

Google has said it intends to continue to run Motorola as a separate company. The deal, worth some $12.5 billion, is expected to close late this year or in early 2012.

Source: Motorola

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the ZTE Warp

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With pre-paid cell phones becoming increasingly more popular, it should come as no suprise to see manufacturers developing devices to run on prepaid carriers. ZTE recently launched the ZTE Warp, a 4.3-inch Android 2.3.5 powered handset that runs on the Boost Mobile network.  Powered by a 1GHz processor, the overall feel of the software is quite smooth, and very little lag can be noticed. Many of us prefer vanilla Android, and that is exactly what they have given us.

Of course the device contains the usual bloatware that we are used to seeing so frequently now-a-days, but aside from that the device is great. The 5MP shooter has an LED flash accompanying it, and the overall picture quality is pretty impressive. So, whether in the market to replace an old phone, or looking to add a second line without contract, this device is one you will definitely want to check out. Priced at only $199 (sorry for the $249 mention in the video!) and $55 a month for unlimited everything, this sure is a tempting purchase. Be sure to hit the break for a few more pictures, and a quick video tour!

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3 years ago

So how well does the Galaxy Nexus stand up against keys?

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So the Galaxy Nexus is officially and actually now out in the wild (in the UK at least) and in the treasured hands of some eager Android fans. One such fan has done what to many would be unthinkable, and rubbed a set of keys all over the screen! 

As we all know by now, there is no Gorilla Glass on the Galaxy Nexus. Curious for the results? Check out the video after the jump and see for yourselves, we think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

Thanks migespy!

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3 years ago

Galaxy Nexus features explored in new instructional videos

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If you're one of the few lucky people who managed to bag a Galaxy Nexus at Phones4U in London today, then Google has some brand new instructional videos to help you get to grips with your shiny new plaything. The videos cover everything from first-time startup to the new NFC-enabled Android Beam feature. Head on over to the source link to check them out.

Source: Google Nexus on YouTube

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3 years ago

The Facebook phone revisited with the Motokey Social on TELUS

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Apparently unconvinced by that other Facebook phone that such as beast isn't really desired, Motorola and Canadian carrier TELUS today anonounced the Motokey Social, with a 2.4-inch touchscreen and big black keyboard. You'll no doubt note the Facebook button in thie lower left, and it's also got five hom screens and two themes, all with links to Facebook.

Physically, it's 10mm thin, has a 3 MP camera and weighs 87 grams. It'll go for $89.99 startin Nov. 21 to TELUS prepaid customers.

More: Motorola

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3 years ago

Today is Galaxy Nexus day in the UK

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If you're in the UK and want to buy a Samsung Galaxy Nexus, you can now hand over your hard-earned cash and do just that -- with a few conditions. The phone is now available from brick-and-mortar Phones4U shops, as well as the retailer's online store. It seems Phones4U has been given a one week head-start on other vendors, however it's not selling the phone without a contract online -- you'll need to head in-store if you want a SIM-free Nexus.

Most retailers are now expecting to stock the ICS-powered Nexus next Tuesday or Wednesday -- Nov. 22/23. So if you're not up for committing to another 24-month contract, and aren't near a Phones4U store, you may have to endure another week with whatever smartphone is currently in your pocket.

If you are after a new contract, you'll be able to sign up for a variety of 18 to 24-month plans with Vodafone, T-Mobile, Orange or O2 over on the Phones4U website (check the source link). Notably absent from the list is Three, which appears to be in the same boat as everyone else, shipping on the 22nd or 23rd. See the source link for more info.

Source: Phones4U

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3 years ago

Good grief! 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' now available on your Android phone or tablet

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This might be the best $6.99 you spend this holiday season. LoudCrow Interactive -- the company behind bringing the Sandra Boynton books to Android -- has brought the classic "A Charlie Brown Christmas" to phones and tablets.

It's the same interactive reading experience we've come to know and love, right down to Schroeder's piano. Chances are you'll enjoy this as much as your kids.

We've got demo video and download links after the break.

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3 years ago

T-Mobile offers more free tracks via Google music store to customers until the end of the year

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Just in case you thought today's Google Music news couldn't get any better, T-Mobile has announced that they have partnered with Google and will be offering additional free tracks to their subscribers from now until the end of this year.  Customers using a T-Mobile handset, like the Samsung Galaxy S II, can go to the T-Mobile free tracks section and download (and share via Google+) new tracks every week.  This starts today with tracks from Drake and Maroon 5.  You'll need the new updated Android Market on your phone or tablet, and of course have an active T-Mobile line.  For the full details, follow the link below.

More: T-Mobile

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3 years ago

Google Music Artist Hub allows independent artists full distribution to millions

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This one is big news for the budding musicians out there -- Google has announced that the Artist hub will be part of their new Music player and website.  Artist Hub is a way for independent musicians to promote their music with audio files, video, and exclusive content that they control.  It's very much like the Android Market developers portal.  All the content artists upload will be available via the web, and on 200 million Android devices.  That's a lot of eyes and ears, and this service should be a great way to get your music heard, as well as a great way for users to discover new content.

More: music.google.com/artists/

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3 years ago

Android has 200 million device activations

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At the Google music event this afternoon, Google announced that they have activated their 200 millionth device.  That's a 100 million more than just six months ago. That's a whole heck of a lot of Android devices.

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3 years ago

T-Mobile adds 11 cities to its 42Mbps roster, expands 21Mbps to 9 others

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T-Mobile today announced that it's launching its high-speed, 42Mbps network in 11 new markets today, and expanding its 21Mbps network in nine others.

Included in the HSPA+ 42 launch are: Bend, Medford and Corvallis, Ore.; Benton Harbor, Mich.; Bloomington, Champaign–Urbana and Springfield, Ill.; Columbus, Ga.; Hagerstown, Md.; Montgomery, Ala; and Yuba City, Calif.

Seeing HSPA+ 21 service for the first time are: Corvallis, Ore.; Decatur and Peoria, Ill.; Evansville, Ind.; Holland and Kalamazoo, Mich.; Santa Barbara, Calif; State College, Pa.; Yuba City, Calif.

Of course, you'll need the proper smartphone -- such as the Samsung Galaxy S II or HTC Amaze 4G -- to take advantage. Full presser's after the break.

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3 years ago

Amazon UK has Galaxy Nexus slated for Dec. 2

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Ask any three retailers anywhere in the world when the Samsung Galaxy Nexus will actually go on sale, and you're likely to get three different answers. And now, Amazon UK's got the object of our affection slated for Dec. 2. Meanwhile, we still have no official date from Verizon here in the U.S., and we're closing in on a month since the phone was actually announced.

Source: Amazon UK; thanks, Bob!

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3 years ago

Vivid (the porn company) takes on the HTC Vivid (as in the phone)

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See, folks, you've gotta be careful when you're naming things, otherwise you might find yourself on the wrong end of porn. Wait. Back that thang up. Erm, we mean let's back up. Uhhh, start at the begnning.

Adult entertainment company Vivid Entertainment -- perhaps you know their work -- apparently has sent a cease-and-desist letter to HTC, claiming that the new HTC Vivid -- one of AT&T's first LTE Android smartphones -- is infringing on its trademarked name. The Verge confirmed the letter with HTC and rightfully notes that this could be Vivid Entertainment vigorously defending its trademarks (and of there's one way Vivid knows how to work, it's vigorously), as you're required to do in such cases.

But also remember that Vivid has already announced its own Google TV channel, so the lines are being blurred a little bit. That doesn't mean you're likely to see a dedicated porn phone anytime soon, though you'll recall how someone already thought there was one. And this isn't the first naming spat HTC's seen -- the HTC ChaCha's been targeted by an online search engine of the same name, and it was changed to the ChaChaCha in Spain because of translation issues.

Source: TMZ; More: The Verge

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3 years ago

'HTC Zeta' renders appear, rumored to be a 2.5GHz quad-core, ICS-powered beast

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A few days ago we were introduced to the Tegra 3-powered HTC Edge, rumored to be one of the first quad-core Android smartphones. Today sees the emergence of renders showing another rumored quad-core HTC phone, the "HTC Zeta". According to Engadget, the Zeta's striking design isn't the only remarkable thing about the device, as it reportedly packs a quad-core Qualcomm APQ8064 CPU at a whopping 2.5 GHz.

Other reported specs include 1GB of RAM, a 4.5-inch 720p display of some sort, 32GB internal storage and an ample 1830 mAh battery. The phone is also said to include an 8MP rear camera capable of 1080p recording, along with the standard 1.3MP front-facer. As you'd expect from a premium HTC handset that's likely to launch in 2012, Sense and Beats Audio are also included, along with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Interestingly the phone is said to weigh just 146 grams, significantly less than many other HTC devices around the 4.3-4.7-inch mark. To put that into perspective, the recently-launched Rezound weighs in at 170 grams, while the Thunderbolt tips the scales at 175.

For the moment, of course, all this is well within rumor territory, and that'll remain the case until such time as HTC announces this device. It could turn out to be little more than a fanciful render of a product that might never come to market. But if it isn't, we certainly look forward to getting our hands on the Zeta, most likely at CES or Mobile World Congress next year.

Source: Engadget

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