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.
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.
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.
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.
1 year ago
AT&T leaked roadmap for the second half of 2011 has plenty of Android on the way
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.
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.)
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.
Performing a factory data reset can be useful. Maybe you're going to sell your phone or send it back in for warranty work. It's simple to do. Here's how. Go to Settings. then Privacy, then Factory data reset. It will ask you to confirm that you really want to do it. After you confirm it there's no turning back. Once it's done it's done.
Where the Factory data reset button appears may vary slightly from one manufacturer to another. These instructions should work for a vanilla build of Android, such as the T-Mobile G2X, but you may have to investigate the settings a bit to find it on a phone with a manufacturer skin. The rest of the process will be the same.
Also not that some phones (Motorola, particularly) also give you the option to wipe any extra internal storage as well as the storage card.
1 year ago
AC on the Road: A couple days with GM, Chevy MyLink and a wealth of Android potential
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.
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.