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3 years ago

Huawei Glory will bring high-end Android to Cricket for $300

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Are you ready for a high-end Android phone, on a prepaid unlimited $45 plan, checking in at under $300?  Cricket Wireless thinks you are, and will be offering the Huawei Glory to foot the bill.  Checking in with a 1.4 GHz CPU, a 4-inch 854x480 screen, an 8MP camera and Gingerbread (Android 2.3.3), the Glory looks like it's filling the promises we heard last year about high-end, low cost components that will push Android into as many hands as possible.

According to Sasha Segan (PCMag), Huawei has edited a few things away from stock, but the Glory doesn't have a heavy manufacturer skin.  It does have a huge 1900 mAh battery and a very bright LCD screen.  To sweeten the whole pot, Huawei also says the Glory will be updated to Ice Cream Sandwich when it's available.

Will great phones on pre-paid carriers (see the Motorola Triumph on Virgin Mobile) become commonplace?  I certainly hope so.

Source: PCMag. Thanks, Ilya!

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3 years ago

Sprint EVO 3D getting pre-launch update to fix calendar bug

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It's not the strangest thing in the world to see an unreleased phone get a pre-launch update -- think way back to the Motorola Droid X -- and the Sprint EVO 3D is the latest to do so. Software version 1.13.651.7 will bring a fix for "Calendar entries in certain formats force close while editing." Important, indeed.

Oh, and look at that. Our review unit's already got the update. It's a sizable 26.59MB and installed with nary a problem. More in the link below, if you're interested.

More: EVO 3D forums; Thanks, anon!

 

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3 years ago

Motorola Triumph hitting Virgin Mobile on July 19?

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When we last saw the Motorola Triumph -- a relatively high-end Android phone headed for the prepaid Virgin Mobile -- we'd been given a time frame of July for release, and that was that. If this image taken from a magazine is on the level, it might be headed our way come July 19.

The Triumph, as you'll remember from our hands-on, is a 4.1-inch stock Android phone with a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 5MP rear camera and HDMI out, running Froyo. That's certainly nothing to sneeze at, now is it?

So, anybody going the prepaid route on July 19?

Source: Stephen Gariti's Flickr; via Facebook; Thanks, girldroid, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Angry Birds Seasons Summer Pignic coming ... this summer

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The birds are back. One bird, rather, according to the latest teaser from the folks behind Angry Birds. "Summer Picnic" will be the latest addition to the Angry Birds Seasons lineup. And, like always, you'll be flinging a bird at pigs. And you won't be able to stop.

And as you'll see in the trailer, in addition to traditional Android devices, it'll also be available on the Barnes & Noble Nook Color, as part of its new app store.

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3 years ago

Bolt browser's back, in private beta (and we have codes!)

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You folks who came from Windows Mobile or, more recently, defected from BlackBerry should well remember the Bolt browser. It's webkit based, as are a good number of other browser these days, and it's full of all that HTML5 goodness the kids are talking about it.

And now it's coming to Android. It's currently in a closed beta program. But we've got your key to entry. Head on over to boltbrowser.com/android, give 'em your name and address, and use the code androidcentral. It's that easy.

Better hurry, though, cause it's only open to the first 500 who enter. And we know how much you folks like beta testing. 

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3 years ago

HTC EVO 3D user guide now available from Sprint [from the forums]

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The HTC EVO 3D user guide has been made available by Sprint for everyone interested in one of the Summer's hottest devices.  It checks in at 315 pages, and will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about operating and enjoying the EVO 3D and Sense 3.0, and even you seasoned Android veterans should take a peek if you're grabbing one of these babies come Friday.

Maybe it will never top Oprah's book list, but we need something to pass the time until we can get our greasy hands all over the 4.3 inches of glass, and I can promise it doesn't end with the butler having done it.  Grab it from the source link.

Source: Sprint (pdf) via Android Central forums

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3 years ago

HTC EVO 3D now available for pre-order if you're a premier customer

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The HTC EVO 3D can now be pre-ordered by Sprint premier customers directly from the Sprint website.  The latest and greatest from Sprint will cost you $199 with a new or renewed two year agreement, which seems like a fair price for the high performance that oozes out of that thing.  Check out our initial review and see for yourself.

Late last night when the pre-order went live, the Sprint website was getting hammered by buyers and lookers alike, so interest seems to be as high as anticipated.  Ordering early and direct from Sprint might not be a bad idea if you're able.  The rest of us will just have to wait until the stroke of midnight a few days from now.  And here's hoping for overnight shipping!

Source: Sprint; via Android Central forumsThanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

T-Mobile HTC Sensation 4G review

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The phone so nice, we're reviewing it twice

This is the HTC Sensation 4G. Look familiar? It should -- you likely just read Alex Dobie's excellent review of the European version, the HTC Sensation. So we've now got it here in the states, on T-Mobile. And that's where the "4G" part comes in. This one has access to T-Mobile (USA's) HSPA+ network, meaning faster data speeds.

The Sensation 4G also brings along the latest version of HTC Sense, along with Android 2.3.3. That's Gingerbread, folks.

We're going to take a slightly different look here at the Sensation 4G for our second time around. Less clinical, more colorful. Again, go back and check out Alex's HTC Sensation review. It's a must-read. As for me? I'm smitten. And it's going to show.

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3 years ago

Motorola Droid 3 shows up in online benchmark results

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The Motorola Droid 3 has shown up in some GLBenchmark 2.0 online results, and they are looking good.  Right off the bat -- I don't think benchmark tests are the true mark of user experience (perhaps you've read this?).  You can only get the real picture by holding and using the device the way you would normally use it.  Having said that, the numbers are pretty impressive, and show just how well the OMAP 4 and PowerVR SGX 540 can crunch those triangles. 

In the Egypt benchmark (it's one of the most demanding GL benchmarks in the GLBenchmarks testing suite) the Droid 3 was only beaten out by the Optimus 3D and its "Tri-dual" technology.  In a less demanding benchmark that allows software to have more influence, the Droid 3 still performs well, landing right among the latest and greatest from other manufacturers.  That graphic is after the break.

The hardware looks like it can do the job.  Let's hope the software can keep up, and we have a real 3G powerhouse for Verizon this summer.

Source: Anandtech via Droid matters

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3 years ago

Optimus 3D launching July 7 at Carphone Warehouse

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LG's Optimus 3D will be launching "exclusively" at the Carphone Warehouse on July 7, according to a statement released by the retailer today. UK networks Three, T-Mobile and Orange will also be selling the phone on-contract in July, so it looks like Carphone's exclusivity period may be pretty short-lived.

Right now the retailer's website lists the Optimus 3D for pre-order, for free on contracts of £35 or more per month -- around going rate for dual-core smartphones in the UK at the moment. To find out more about the Optimus 3D, check out our hands-on feature.

Source: Mobile Today

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3 years ago

Camera comparison: HTC EVO 3D vs. EVO 4G

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One big question regarding the new HTC EVO 3D concerns the camera. Erm, make that cameras. How does the EVO 3D, with its 5-megapixel camera (in 2D mode) stack up against the HTC EVO 4G's 8MP shooter?

In our initial (and very unscientific) tests, the EVO 3D holds up pretty well. A couple of things we need to mention here: We're running Cyanogenmod 7 on our EVO 4G, and the phone (and lens cover) is well more than a year old. So consider it handicapped against a brand-new EVO 3D, we suppose. But you should get the gist of what we're seeing.

Sample pics are after the break.

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3 years ago

Xperia X10 Gingerbread update demoed, set for release in August

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If at any point over the past year you would have told me that the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 would actually get an update to Gingerbread, I'd likely have laughed at you. And, in fact, I did throw a chuckle or two toward Alex Dobie when he first wrote in March that indeed the X10 was slated for an Android 2.3.3 update.

Sony Ericcson's now given us a little more detail on the update. It's currently shooting for an August released -- the beginning of August, in fact. Other details to note:

  • The Gingerbread update will keep the original camera software user interface.
  • The new Facebook inside Xperia will be included.
  • Features from the Xperia Arc will be included.
  • There will not, however, be DLNA support.

Who'd have thunk the Xperia X10 would end up being one of the longest-lasing smartphones of the past 18 months, eh? Peep the video above for a quick demo, and get full details at the source link.

Source: Sony Ericsson

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3 years ago

EVO 4G maintenance update begins its push; Netflix, SMS bug fixes on the way

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Just as it was foretold, the Sprint HTC EVO 4G is getting a maintenance update that will, among other things, fix the broken Netflix compatibility, and fix that blasted SMS bug. Other fixes include:

  • SMS are intermittently sent to wrong and seemingly random contact
  • "Me" instead of "Yo" in SMS thread conversations when set to Spanish
  • Unable to stream media thru some applications after updating to 3.70
  • Email attachments are not displayed in the mail client
  • Multiple Gmail accounts no longer sync after FroYo update
  • Fix for battery discharge issue
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • Downloads managementThe Downloads application gives the user easy access
  • to any file downloaded from the browser, email,or another application
  • Corrects voicemail notification issue (from 4.22.651.2)
  • Corrects issue with hearing aid compatibility menu disappearing (from 4.22.651.2)
  • Netflix compatibility (from 4.22.651.2)

The update to version 4.24.651.1 is pushing out now. Look for the manual download location to be discovered any time now.

Source: Sprint; More: EVO 4G forums; Thanks, dw3bb10!

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3 years ago

Pantech Crossover review

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The Pantech Crossover is one of those phones that's hard to place. It's a bit smaller than most of it's smartphone brethren, isn't packing the latest components, plus it's got a retro-funky design. It's a bit of an anomaly in the sea of high-end phones surrounding it, but at the very least, it's a breath of fresh air.

But what does that mean for those on AT&T? Is this keyboard-packing slider worth investing in? For those with furious fingers, is this seemingly rugged, message-focused phone the one for you?

Those are all questions I aim to tackle, so take a deep breath, join me after the break, and let's find out.

 

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3 years ago

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play review

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It’s finally out, eh? I feel like we’ve been talking about this phone for years. Actually, it really has been years to tell you the truth. The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play was the new hotness everyone was talking about around the web. Once the rumor mill started churning out gossip, people were posting rumors left and right. Before you knew it, Sony PlayStation and Sony Ericsson were trying to keep rumors to a dull roar, in hopes of keeping this project a secret. But in that span of time, I think it’s evident that something went wrong. Sony is a very big company, and Sony Ericsson and Sony PlayStation, are two very different divisions within Sony. And somewhere within those two large divisions of the company, something was bound to go wrong. It seemed like they had it all: a very strong PlayStation gaming brand and solid cell phone manufacturer – and Android at its core.  Jump past the break to “Play” along and see what this device has to offer.

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