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3 years ago

Reminder: Win an HTC Thunderbolt today from Waze and Android Central

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A friendly reminder that today's prize in the big Waze contest is an HTC Thunderbolt -- packed with LTE goodness.  With the included car dock and charger, it's not only the "ultimate traffic survival kit" but it's a cool way to use Waze while you're out doing other stuff that isn't nearly as fun.  Entering to win it is easy as can be:

  • Download Waze (m.waze.com) or via the Android Marketplace (we've got an easy link after the break)
  • Make sure you’re a registered user with an email on file (Waze needs your contact info to tell you you’ve won – check ‘Settings’ to ensure that you’re registered.)
  • Munch (drive over) as many robot road goodies as you can

See the Waze blog for all the details, and get that app downloaded and start playing!

Even though I can't win a prize (curses!) I had to load up Waze and see what all the fuss was about.  I needed something to make a trip into downtown DC a bit more fun, and decided munching some Androids would be the way to do it.  Set-up and registering was simple, and soon I was on the look out for some munchies. I soon spied one just off interstate 66, and just knew I had to have it.

Then, I noticed things started to slow down (as they are apt to do anytime you're close to Washington, DC and driving -- it's evil on the roads around here).  Slower, and slower, then we finally stopped.  The wife said, "what's this icon with the cars on your Waze app?"  After some discussion that went along the lines of me saying I didn't know, and her telling me that any Android blogger worth his salt should know these things, I figured out that tapping it would probably be the way to go here.  Sure enough, a big warning about the traffic jam I was sitting in, and had I been paying attention instead of singing Creedence Clearwater Revival songs (off-key and loudly), I may have been able to jump off the highway and missed. 

Yeah, I could have known this 19 minutes before I took the screenshot, sitting in 600 degree heat (OK, maybe only 90) on I-66 with my wife reminding me that technology has advanced far enough to keep people like me from doing stupid things if we only pay attention. 

I do know that I'll be putting the car dock up on the dash, and seriously checking out Waze on my next trip to traffic hell Washington, even if I can't win any cool Android devices.  I never did get my Android munchie, blasted traffic, but I'll get the next one.  You can, too -- hit the jump,download Waze, and be sure to holler at me if you win a Thunderbolt today.

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3 years ago

HTC EVO 3D review (European version)

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HTC isn’t always first to market with new smartphone technologies, but we’ve found that its products are usually worth the wait. The Sensation, for example, wasn’t the first dual-core smartphone on the block when it launched back in May, but when it arrived it proved itself to be a speedy and stylish device with some of the best software we’ve seen on any Android phone.

Now, without much fanfare or hype, HTC has quietly released the Sensation’s big brother -- the EVO 3D, in Europe. If the name sounds familiar, then it should. We reviewed  the Sprint version of this stereoscopic beast back in June, and over the past couple of months, users across the US have been rushing to pick up the device.

Being a Euro phone, there’s no 4G Wimax support, however fundamentally it’s still an EVO 3D -- a big, chunky, heavy, powerful 4.3-inch smartphone running Gingerbread and HTC Sense 3.0, with some neat 3D trickery up its sleeve. However all this shiny new technology doesn’t come cheap -- at the time of writing the SIM-free price is an eye-watering £500 (~$825), with on-contract prices from the Carphone Warehouse starting at £36 per month.

So can the HTC EVO 3D justify its high price point, and how does it compare to more affordable competition from the LG Optimus 3D and HTC’s own Sensation? Read on to find out.

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3 years ago

Final reminder: Take a great pic with Lloyd, win a Verizon-branded HTC Merge

  
David and Lloyd at Devil's Tower

Here's a final reminder, folks, that we're winding down our Verizon HTC Merge contest. You've got two days left to print out everybody's favorite Android mascot, snap a pic with him (and we want to see you in the shot as well), and send it in.

You can get full details in the link below. We've had some incredible entries so far, and there's still time to get yours in. Let's see 'em!

Win a free Verizon-branded HTC Merge!

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3 years ago

Droid 2 Gingerbread update is pushing out now

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Those of you who woke up with a Motorola Droid 2 by your side should start pressing the update button now, because your Android 2.3 Gingerbread update is available. It's actually Android 2.3.3 and not the more recent Android 2.3.4, but we'll take what we can get at this point.

In addition to the OS update, here's what you can expect:

  • New Download Manager App
  • Under Manage Applications, a new “Running” tab displays a list of active applications, as well as the storage and memory being used by each.
  • Multi-Touch Key-Chording
  • Improved Word Selection and Copy Functionality:
  • New User Interface and Color Scheme:
  • New widgets, icons and screens with refreshed colors.
  • Three swappable icons and the App Launcher icon are fixed to the dock at the bottom of all home screen panels for easy and instant access.
  • New App Menu allows creation of custom app groups
  • Added Device and SD Card encryption.
  • VPN enhancements integrate IPSec VPN clients into device security settings

Initial reports are that things certainly seem smoother, which isn't always the case with updates these days. Seeing something different? Sound off!

More in the Droid 2 forums
Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note official videos

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

You've seen the Samsung Galaxy Note announcements, now watch the official demo videos, where you get a good sense at how the stylus thing's going to work, as well as a few of the features of "a new type of smartphone."

One more video's after the break.

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3 years ago

Samsung unveils Galaxy Note - a new 5.3-inch, dual-core phone with a SuperAMOLED HD display

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Samsung's head of global sales and marketing, DJ Lee, has just announced a brand new "premium" smartphone at the electronics giant's IFA 2011 press conference. It's designed to fit between a traditional 3 to 4-inch phone and a tablet, and its name is the Samsung Galaxy Note.

The Galaxy Note features Android 2.3 on a thin, 5.3-inch chassis with a Super AMOLED HD display, which runs at 1280x800. Powering the device is a 1.4 GHz dual core processor, which is backed up by a massive 2500 mAh battery. Other stand-out features include stylus input for note-taking via the bundled Samsung "S Pen" pressure-sensitive pen, as well as HSPA+ data, an 8MP rear camera and 2MP front-facing shooter.

As the name suggests, Samsung is aiming to make the Galaxy Note the idea portable digital notepad. And despite its massive display size, it's just 9.65mm thick, weighin in at 178 grams.

Demonstrating the Galaxy Note at the press conference, Samsung Europe boss Andrew Coughlin said that it's intended to be a new primary device for users that need more visual realestate than can be found on a typical smartphone. Instead of switching between multiple devices, Coughlin said Galaxy Note users would be able to perform many tasks commonly associated with tablets right on their smartphone.

Samsung's S Pen, which is included with the Galaxy Note, is a pressure-sensitive stylis much like the "magic pen" included with the HTC Flyer. And like the Flyer, the Galaxy Note supports screenshot-taking and annotation across all areas of the UI. To help in the development of new apps for the platform, Sammy will be releasing the S Pen SDK in the near future, and even showcased a couple of example applications, including a collaborative whiteboard app that could be used in meetings.

We definitely can't wait to get our hands on this one, folks. More images coming your way, along with the official presser, after the jump.

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3 years ago

Samsung's 'Unpacked' IFA press conference now streaming

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Samsung's now broadcasting its IFA press conference live from its US Facebook page. We're expecting announcements relating to a possible new 7-inch tablet amongst other stuff, so watch along at the source link below. We'll have posts covering whatever Sammy unveils over the next hour or so, so stay tuned to AC too!

Source: Samsung USA Facebook

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3 years ago

Motorola Droid Bionic hitting the shelves at Costco Sept. 8

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While you probably won't find an awesome 3D robotic head sculpture in the box, it looks like you'll be able to grab a Droid Bionic from Costco on Sept. 8 -- the same day you'll find it at Verizon corporate stores.  In a little over a week, the dual-core LTE device that everyone's been wanting since January will finally be in our hands.  Like everyone, we're curious how the OMAP4 will handle battery life with a power-hungry LTE modem, and ready to put the Bionic to the test.

No details about the pricing, but with Costco's warranty and guarantee we know many folks prefer to buy their Android goodness there while shopping for pallets of canned corn and 50 roll packs of paper towels.  And do try the Hawaiian Ham samples -- they're to die for.

Thanks, Anon!
Discuss in the Droid Bionic forums

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3 years ago

Sprint Playbook shows us a new device, policy changes, new rewards program, gives AT&T HTC Holiday a September release

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The latest Sprint Playbook is out, and while the majority of the news is a re-hash of the Sprint Epic 4G Touch news we saw last night in New York, there ares some other interesting tidbits nestled between the pages.  A new device, HTC Holiday rumors, policy changes, and a new customer rewards program are all afoot, hit the jump and check them out.

Thanks, Anon!

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3 years ago

Uncrating the Droid Bionic Droid Does code

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The Motorola Droid Bionic. Perhaps you've heard of it. And perhaps you've heard of the little -- or not so little -- Droid Does campaign that's just getting going in earnest. We were sent a case (along with BGR, Boing Boing and Joystiq) containing ... well, containing a code to help unlock the Droid Does video ... and containing something else.

Take a look, after the break.

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3 years ago

HTC ThunderBolt, Droid Incredible to get Gingerbread in September

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HTC took to its Facebook page today to announce the good news that the ThunderBolt and Droid Incredible will finally be receiving their Android 2.3 Gingerbread updates in September. No word yet on exactly which version of Gingerbread they're getting -- we're hoping it's Android 2.3.4 -- or whether video chat will work, or whether it means anything for unlocking their bootloaders. But this is certainly a day of celebration if you own either of these devices. You may now take 5 minutes for a Snoopy dance.

Source: Facebook; Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Reminder: Last chance to win a 3D phone with SpeedX 3D and Android Central!

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Update: Here's a quick reminder that there's just a few more hours left for you to win an LG Optimus 3D or HTC EVO 3D in our super-awesome contest, brought to you by HyperBees and SpeedX 3D. The contest closes as 5pm EST this evening, and the winner will walk away with a 3D phone of his or her choice.

All you have to do is prove your worth in Hyperbees' SpeedX 3D, an addictive tunnel racer that includes plenty of levels, challenge modes and full stereoscopic 3D support in the paid version. Here's how it works --

  • Download either the free or paid version of SpeedX 3D from the Android Market. If you already have SpeedX 3D, make sure you're on at least version 2.5.5.
  • Select "Play" and then "Contest" from the main menu and see how long you can race before being eliminated. The longer your run, the higher your score.
  • Compete against other players (top scores are available here).
  • There is no limit to the number of times you can attempt to improve your score, so keep trying!
  • The contest is open to readers worldwide and runs until Wednesday, 31 August at 5 PM EST.
  • Winners will be announced here on AC on Thursday, 1 September.

Join us after the jump for the QR code and Market download link for the free version, as well as the full contest rules.

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3 years ago

Which Samsung Galaxy S II is right for you?

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Plus, a recap of the U.S. launch event

So here's your obligatory shot of the three U.S. versions (so far) of the Samsung Galaxy S II. We crawled all over these guys at the U.S. launch event, and they're definitely lookers. We could ask you which one you like the best, or which one you think looks better. But to anyone who's actually held one (or all three), it's pretty obvious that you're pretty much dealing with the same device here, insofar as look, feel and performance go.

And the Super AMOLED Plus displays? (They're so named because they have more subpixels that a mere Super AMOLED display.) You're going to want to see these in action if you haven't already.

Oh, there are some subtle differences in software (but nothing really to write home about just yet), and the AT&T Galaxy S II (that's it's official name, by the way) is noticeably smaller at 4.3 inches, instead of the 4.52 inches seen in Sprint and T-Mobile's versions. Trust us when we say you'll be OK with that.

No, the deciding factor over which Galaxy S II version you get in the United States really comes down to which carrier you're on. Let's break it all down, after the break.

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3 years ago

A sneak peak at the Droid Bionic training docs, plus more confirmation of a Sept. 8 launch

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If you sell Verizon smartphones, chances are you're well on your way to being properly trained up on the Motorola Droid Bionic. And we've gotten a sneak peak at the training, which we'll share with you here. There aren't many surprises -- it'll have all the usual accessories and Webtop dock -- it'll even come with a phone charger! But seeing as how it's been a couple hours since we last teased the DB, we now present you with more, after the break.

Oh, and with the demise of the fake Droid Bionic Twitter account also comes the demise of the unofficial Sept. 8 launch date. It's cool, though. We've gotten more confirmation that independent retailers are expecting inventory on Sept. 8, and we may see pre-orders start on Sept. 1, so be sure to check in.

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3 years ago

Sony Ericsson unveils Xperia Arc S with 1.4GHz CPU, coming October

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Sony Ericsson has unveiled the latest addition to its 2011 Xperia line -- the Xperia Arc S, which builds on its previous flagship device by bumping its CPU speed from 1.0 to 1.4 GHz, a change SE says will deliver "up to 25% faster" entertainment experiences. The Arc S includes the same 8.1-megapixel Exmor R camera sensor found in the original Arc, and thanks to a software upgrade, the new model will also support 3D sweep panorama recording out of the box.

Design-wise, it's the same slim Xperia Arc chassis we all know and love, available in a variety of colors, including "Pure White, Midnight Blue, Misty Silver, Gloss Black and Sakura Pink". Like its predecessor, the Arc S also runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread on top of which sits Sony Ericsson's custom UX.

The Xperia Arc's sleek design and high-performance camera made it one of our favorite phones of the year so far, and we look forward to getting our hands on the re-vamped model when it's available this October. Join us after the jump for the full specs, along with today's press release in.

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