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2 years ago

Why it makes sense for Sprint to launch the Galaxy Nexus with LTE turned off by default

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There's something sadly funny about seeing training docs for the Sprint Samsung Galaxy Nexus, nearly half a year after its initial launch in the rest of the world. But that's where we stand today, as Engadget's gotten its hands on some internal Sprint materials showing employees how to sell the thing. There's not much in the way of anything to tell you ​when​ it's coming, but obviously training's a pretty big step toward launch.

The one interesting thing we see is that LTE won't be turned on by default. On one hand, it suggests that Sprint's LTE network might not actually be up and running when the Sprint GNex launches.

But consider this: Even if Sprint were to flip the switch on its LTE network tomorrow, it'd still only be live in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Baltimore and Kansas City. Barring any new announcements, that leaves, oh, every city but those without Sprint LTE -- and there are a lot of Sprint stores in the rest of the country that will be selling the Galaxy Nexus.

So while it looks like Sprint will launch the Galaxy Nexus with LTE turned off by default, maybe it's not quite as crazy as it sounds. On the other hand, it doesn't do much to persuade me to to with Sprint's LTE network over more mature networks like Verizon, or even AT&T.

Source: Engadget; more: Galaxy Nexus forums

 

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2 years ago

Android tops 50% market share in Feb 2012 Comscore data

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The Comscore numbers for the quarter endng in February 2012 are in, and it's no surprise to see that Android is still out ahead of all the other smartphone platforms in the U.S. The latest numbers show Android on over 50 percent of all smartphones in the country, rising 3.2 percent from the last quarter, and a whopping 17 percent gain from a year ago. Apple's iOS also rose from 28.7 percent to 30.2 percent (a 5 percentage point increase for the year).

Unfortunately, BlackBerry and Windows Phone still continue to slide, both are down for the past quarter (-3.2 percent and -1.3 percent respectively), while Symbian maintains it's 1.5 percent of the U.S. Market. It's apparent that users leaving RIM and Microsoft, as well as new users, are choosing Android more than the competition. We can understand why -- flexibility and freedom, combined with great phones like the HTC Vivid or Droid RAZR MAXX are a huge draw.

These numbers only take phones into consideration, so there's no iPads or BB Playbooks being counted. While we're always happy to see Android growing, we hate to see it come at the expense of BlackBerry and WP7. They're both great smartphone platforms in their own right, and we certainly don't want either to fizzle out. As users replace their feature phones for smartphones, hopefully they will always have the choice to use what suits them the best. To view more of the data, hit the source link.

Source: Comscore

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2 years ago

HTC One X now available to pre-order on Rogers

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The HTC One X will launch in Europe this Thursday, and it looks like Canada isn't far behind. Canadian network Rogers is offering HTC's new flagship phone for pre-order from today, priced C$169.99 with a three (yes, three) year contract. While Rogers hasn't given any specifics on when it'll launch the One X, the up-front price is part of a promotion which runs until the end of April. Monthly prices range from C$52-62 f

Rogers is sweetening the deal by giving One X pre-orderers the chance to win a "HTC prize pack", including a two-person trip to the Universal Music Video Awards in Toronto and C$2500 spending money.

In case you've somehow missed all our coverage over the past couple of days, the One X is HTC's leading smartphone for 2012, with a 4.7-inch HD SuperLCD 2 screen, a quad-core Tegra 3 CPU and the brand new Sense 4.0 on top of ICS. Check out our definitive review to find out more.

Source: Rogers; via: MobileSyrup

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2 years ago

TELUS launching the Samsung Galaxy Note in white April 4th

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For the past little while I've been contemplating picking up a Samsung Galaxy Note from one of the Canadian carriers that have it available. Sadly though, none of them have it available in white so I was going to grab an unlocked AT&T version. The latest news from TELUS though may have me once again changing my plans again because as of April 4th, they'll be releasing their own version in white. If you can hold out until April 4th, a white Galaxy Note can be yours for $200 with a new three-year contract from TELUS or $780 no term.

Source: Mobile Syrup

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2 years ago

Sprint's LG Viper goes up for preorder April 12 for $99

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Sprint's just given us the heads up that the LG Viper 4G LTE, with its 4-inch NOVA display, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 5MP camera and NFC radio (along with Google Wallet) will be up for pre-order starting April 12. The Viper, which we got a dark look at back at CES in January, admittedly won't set any hardware records. But the price is right -- $99 on contract, with $50 mail-in rebate. Sweetening the deal is 50GB of cloud storage from Box.

Sprint says full availability dates will be announced later this month.

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2 years ago

RIM launches BlackBerry Mobile Fusion, Android client now available

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Research In Motion has had a rough go the past little while but they're looking to get things moving in the right direction once again and one of the tools they're deploying to help get them there is something called BlackBerry Mobile Fusion.

With BlackBerry Mobile Fusion being a mobile device management suite, those making use of BlackBerry Enterprise Servers will be able to control all devices connected to their network including those running Android and iOS with some of the following features available:

  • Support for multiple devices per user
  • Application and software management
  • Connectivity management (Wi-Fi®, VPN, certificates)
  • Centralized, easy to use, unified web-based console
  • Security and policy definition and management
  • Asset management
  • Configuration management
  • Security and protection for lost or stolen devices (remote lock, wipe)
  • User- and group-based administration
  • High scalability

In order to make use of the services, IT Admins will need to deploy the Android client that is currently available in the Google Play Store for download. If you're interested in learning more about RIM's offering for Android, you can jump past the break for the full press release as well as a link to the mobile client needed.

Source: CrackBerry

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2 years ago

Instagram for Android now live in the Google Play Store

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We've known for quite some time it was coming but the folks from Instagram never said when, exactly. Now, without any pre-warning Instagram for Android has turned up in the Google Play Store and is available for download, though -- we'd remiss if we didn't mention it does have a few things missing.

Features
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  • 100% free custom designed filters and borders
  • Lux works its magic by making your photos more vibrant and brings out details in your photos you couldn't see before
  • Instant sharing to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Foursquare (Flickr coming very soon)
  • Interact with friends through giving & receiving likes and comments
  • Works with Android versions 2.2 and above that support OpenGL ES 2
  • Full front & back camera support

We'll get up close and personal with it here in a bit but in the meantime, you can jump past the break for the download link. Regarding the missing items, it looks as though  tilt shift and circle blur are unavailable.

More: Why you want Instagram on Android

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2 years ago

Google Maps adds service alerts for the London Underground

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The London Underground is chaotic and delay-prone at the best of times, and with thousands descending on London this summer for the Olympics, it's going to be busier than ever. Fortunately Google's stepped in to ease your Tube-related woes, by adding service alerts for the Underground to Google Maps.

It's all part of Google Maps' live transit updates feature, which launched last June in a handful of cities, mostly in the U.S. From today, London Underground passengers will be able to get similar notifications showing any problems or delays that may affect their journey -- these can be found by selecting an individual station, or planning a journey on the Underground through Google Maps, as you'll see above. Live transit updates are available on the desktop and mobile version of Google Maps, as well as the Android app.

Londoners, be sure to hit the comments and let us know if this helps with the soul-crushing inevitability of Tube delays.

Source: Google Lat Long Blog

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2 years ago

AT&T lighting up new LTE markets on April 8

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AT&T this morning announced that Bloomington and Muncie, Ind., and Bryan-College Station, Texas, will see LTE data starting this Sunday, April 8. It's part of a 12-market expansion that also includes Cleveland, Akron and Canton, Ohio; Lafayette, Ind.; Baton Rouge and New Orleans; St. Louis; and Staten Island, N.Y.

Current Android AT&T devices that can take advantage of AT&T's LTE data are the Samsung Galaxy Note, Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket, LG Nitro HD, HTC Vivid and Pantech Burst. AT&T also has the new HTC One X coming with LTE. No release date has been announced, but Best Buy in a recent e-mail to customers suggested early May.

Source: AT&T

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2 years ago

Path update to v2.1.1 brings promised security enhancements to keep personal data secure

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The latest update to Path for Android update has now hit the Google Play Store, and this release will be of interest to those who previously had concerns over Path not properly securing personal data. As noted on the Path blog:

We take privacy and security seriously, and we believe your data deserves to be well-protected. That’s why, with the release of Path 2.1.1, we are enhancing our security by hashing user contact data so that it is anonymized. This means last names, phone numbers, email addresses, Twitter handles and Facebook IDs. We collect this data to connect you with those who are closest to you.

We hope our actions set a new standard in this field as we strive to serve you, our users, first. Thank you for your trust, and thank you for using Path.

With the privacy matters in the app now cleared up, the change log does also not various other bg fixes as well. That said; there was no mention of the multiple notification issue being fixed that some folks have been experiencing for the past little while now. Give it a go, the download link is beyond the break for you all and if you've had the notification bug before -- let us know in the comments if it is now fixed for ya.

Source: Path

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