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3 years ago

Three UK takes a sneak peek at Samsung's Galaxy W

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British carrier Three got some hands-on time with the Samsung Galaxy W, one of the new mid-range offerings announced by Sammy earlier today. It looks like a solid mid-range device, with a 3.7-inch SLCD display, 1.4 GHz single-core CPU and TouchWiz 4.0 on top of Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

The Samsung Galaxy W will be "coming soon" to Three, though no release date or pricing info is available just yet. Join us after the jump for the video, which offers a closer look at the Galaxy W's hardware.

Source: Three Blog; via: Eurodroid

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3 years ago

Sprint Motorola Photon 4G gets an update to fix muted call issue

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Sprint's Motorola Photon 4G is in the midst of a little bugfix update this week. You can either go into the settings menu and start the update that way, or just wait for the update notification to appear.

Here's what's being fixed in software version 4.5.1A-1_SUN-154_5:

  • Improvements to voice calling to eliminate inadvertent voice calls defaulting to mute
  • Improve stability, resulting in fewer occurrences of unresponsiveness
  • Bluetooth support for mono headsets with the Sprint Visual Voicemail application

Yeah. Muted calls are a big one, as is stability. Good on Sprint and Moto for getting that one pushed out soonest.

Source: Sprint; via Photon 4G Forums

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3 years ago

Pierce your nipples, get a 'free' phone

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We've seen these "free" phone deals before. Try on a pair of jeans, get a "free" phone. But we're a little intrigued about the prospect of getting a "free" phone (you still have to sign a contract and, you know, pay your bill every month) in exchange for putting holes in your body. But that's what you can get from the Piercing Pagoda, apparently. You've got to be 18, and be able to pass a credit check. And, you know, have a hole put in your body.

Source: Piercing Pagoda; thanks, Justice

Update: Whoops. Piercing Pagoda doesn't do nipples. That was an embarrassing trip to the mall.

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3 years ago

Samsung announces new smartphone naming strategy, four new Gingerbread phones

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Samsung Galaxy M Pro (left) and Galaxy Y Pro

Get ready for more smartphone alphabet soup. Samsung has announced its new naming convention, along with four new Android smartphones.

Let's start with the hardware and preface it by saying this is a general announcement, and not anything you'll see in the United States anytime soon. And with that, we've got the Samsung Galaxy W, Galaxy M Pro, Galaxy Y and Galaxy Y Pro.

We break it all down after the break.

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3 years ago

Motorola lights up the UK market with the Motorola Fire

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Motorola this morning announced the UK as the Motorola Fire, a 2.8-inch Android 2.3 touchscreen device with a physical QWERTY keyboard on the bottom. The device will launch with a 1420mAh battery which is said to deliver best-in-class battery life, allowing users to easily make it through an entire day. The device will be available in the standard black that we have seen before, as well as a white version. It'll be available in September. Full details after the break.

Source: Motorola

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3 years ago

Verizon peeps getting their Droid Bionic shirts -- a good sign there's actually a phone coming

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Once upon a time we heard a story about a phone's release being delayed because Verizon employees didn't get their T-shirts in time. No idea if that was truth or fantasy, but it makes for a great story.

Looks like T-shirts will be the least of the launch problems for the Droid Bionic. Huzzah.

Thanks, Wiggy!

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3 years ago

AT&T leaked roadmap for the second half of 2011 has plenty of Android on the way

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It looks like we'll be seeing quite a few Android devices come out later this year on AT&T, according to this leaked roadmap for the second half of 2011.  Besides the Samsung Galaxy S II (supposedly the AT&T Attain) we see listed as the Samsung "Singa" SGH-i777, we also see another potential high end Android device from Samsung as the "Gidim" SGH-i927, which may turn out to be the Samsung slider we all saw earlier, or the Samsung Impulse, another 4G phone.  Also nestled among the various WP7 and BlackBerry phones is the Atrix refresh, the MB865 we've been hearing about. 

And of course, we can't forget the other end of the spectrum -- Huawei and Pantech look to be putting out more affordable (and probably less feature-rich) handsets this year as well.  What's a bit odd is what we're not seeing -- namely the HTC Holiday.  We won't read too much into that, as there's certainly other phones coming that aren't on this list as well.  If this holds to be true (remember, these things change all the time) it looks like a great third and fourth quarter for AT&T subscribers and Android fans.

Source: Pocketnow

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3 years ago

And yet another ThunderBolt Gingerbread RUU comes forward

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We've lost track of just how many Gingerbread builds have leaked for the HTC Thunderbolt, but a new one's just appeared in RUU form. Ol' Football just dropped build 2.11.605.0. And being an RUU, it means you'll be wiping your phone if you run it in that form and don't want for a little additional hackery.

The good news is that work is obviously continuing on Android 2.3 builds for the 'Bolt. So hopefully we'll have a relatively bug-free upgrade when the time comes. (Knock on wood.)

Source: XDA Developers; Thanks, Brian!

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3 years ago

Radio Shack teasing a white EVO 3D, coming Sept. 9

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Read our EVO 3D review

There's something rather ironic about Radio Shack teasing exclusivity on a white HTC EVO 3D on Instagram, which is still iOS-only. But whatever. Radio Shack's teasing exclusivity on a white EVO 3D. And it's coming Sept. 9. And it's on Sprint. Huzzah.

Source: @RadioShack

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3 years ago

Android 101: How to perform a factory data reset

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3 years ago

AC on the Road: A couple days with GM, Chevy MyLink and a wealth of Android potential

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Image courtesy of General Motors and Wieck Media Services

General Motors wants you to use your phone in the car. No, really. And it's got a way for you to do so more easily. With the addition of MyLink system, using your Android smartphone in a vehicle has never been better -- and that means safer, as well.

A little background: We spent a couple quality days several weeks ago at GM's proving grounds in Milford, Mich. (Full disclosure: We were there on GM's dime.) On the agenda: A look at the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu and, more important, its new Chevy MyLink "infotainment" system, which integrates damn near perfectly with Android. Plus, more from OnStar, and some eye candy in GM's wind tunnel and a quick spin around a test track, plus a test drive of a Chevy Volt.

But it was the 2013 Malibu and MyLink -- and the apps -- that were the stars of the show. Yes, the apps. Apps in the car, and apps on your phone. We explain after the break.

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3 years ago

Android Market gets another update, brings PIN locking, +1ing

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Another update to the Android Market is pushing out to your smartphone, and we're liking what we're seeing. There are a couple of new features you need to know about. The first is that you can now +1 apps from within the market on your phone. That's a good thing, and you should practice on this one. The other is that you can now set a PIN lock on market purchases. That means you'll have to enter a code any time you want to buy an app -- but it'll also keep someone else for charging things for you, too.

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3 years ago

AT&T Samsung Impulse might be 4G ... but which kind of 4G?

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Now here's a conundrum. This Samsung Droid Charge lookalike apparently will be known as the Samsung Impulse 4G on AT&T. And BGR's opining that it could be AT&T's first LTE smartphone. And that could be. AT&T's first LTE modems just went on sale this week, and smartphones are next -- but we don't yet have a date.

AT&T's going to find itself in a pickle with this naming convention, though. You've got the likes of the Samsung Infuse 4G and Motorola Atrix 4G and HTC Inspire 4G -- all of which use that special little brand of "4G" that requires mentioning "HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul" whenever it's uttered. So what are we going to call AT&T's 4G phones when LTE devices finally do hit? How about 4G+? Or we could revert some to 4G-, we suppose. It makes the brain hurt.

Source: BGR

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3 years ago

What operating system will your next phone use?

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You might have heard of this thing called the iPhone 5 that's "coming soon.".  It's going to crush Android, just like the iPhone 4 was supposed to, or the iPhone on Verizon.  At least that's what the fruit flavored portions of the Internet keep telling me.  They even have a study to back it up -- earlier this month industry analyst Gene Munster surveyed a whopping 216 people in Minneapolis and found that 42 percent of Android users were planning to buy an iPhone. 

Now, Mr. Munster doesn't say where he polled all these people, it could have been at an Apple store or a Hot Topic right next to the Starbucks at the mall (same difference?).  Rather than guess at what these results mean we decided to run a poll of our own, at a place where we know there are lots and lots of Android users -- right here at Android Central.  The question is simple -- what OS will be on the next phone you buy.  Not a tablet.  Not an mp3 player.  Not a set top box.  Just your phone.  I'm betting our results will be a bit different than Mr. Munster's. 

Original survey and analysis: Business Insider

 

Which OS will be on the next phone you buy?

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3 years ago

Microsoft tries to keep Motorola from importing phones it's no longer selling anyway

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Look at the list of Motorola smartphones that Microsoft has dragged out before the International Trade Commission in hopes of blocking future imports, and you can't help but chuckle. Oh, there are a couple of high-enders there -- the Droid X and Droid 2 -- but everything else is an also-ran -- the Charm, Cliq XT, Backflip and Devour. And considering most of them either have gone the way of the dinosaurs or have been replaced by sequels, well, let's just say they won't be missed.

At issue are patents covering functions "essential to the smartphone user experience." We'd argue that there was little on the likes of the Devour or Backflip that was ever essential to any experience (at least not a good one), but that's not quite the point, is it. Chances are Microsoft's looking to set a little precedent with this one.

Set your calendars for Nov. 4, folks, when we'll get some initial findings from the administrative law judge. And start prepping for March 5, 2012, when the investigation is set to conclude. We're on the edge of our seats.

Source: Bloomberg

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