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3 years ago

Leaked Verizon document shows Bionic, Stratosphere, Vigor release dates and more

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The folks over at IGN (yeah, the game guys) got their hands on a leaked internal Verizon document that shows release dates for a slew of Android phones, as well as info about the LTE upgrade for the Motorola Xoom.  The big fellas on the list, the Motorola Bionic and Samsung Stratosphere, look to be scheduled for a September 8 release date, here's the break down:

Interesting to see the Thunderbolt and Revolution getting replaced in stores so soon, but that doesn't mean they are gone out to pasture -- just that something else will occupy their shelf space.  Also seeing the Stratosphere (rumored to be Verizon's Samsung Galaxy S II) and Bionic launching on the same day comes as a bit of a shocker.  And maybe the most interesting thing is the unnamed Galaxy Tab P8 -- could that be the 8.9 inch Galaxy Tab so many of us have been waiting for?  We'll have to wait a bit and see.  In the meantime, looks like the whole Verizon lineup just got a good bit better.

Source: IGN

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3 years ago

Motorola XPRT review

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Android phones aren't always the best for the business set, but that's not for a lack of trying. Last year, Motorola and Verizon Wireless brought us the Droid Pro, a phone aimed right at BlackBerry defectors. Now Sprint users get their own version, the Motorola XPRT (see what they did there?). The XPRT is pretty much the Pro reborn on a different network.

Is it still good enough for the business-minded? Let's take a look, after the break.

Motorola XPRT ForumMotorola XPRT Accessories

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3 years ago

Cellular South getting the Samsung Admire

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We've seen a sneak peek of the Samsung Admire on MetroPCS, and now it's officially coming to regional carrier Cellular South. The Admire looks to be a pretty basic entry-level phone, with a 3.5-inch touchscreen at HVGA resolution. That's 320x480, which is what we consider to be the bare minimum these days, and not something we'd really recommend.

Official specs are a bit scarce, but it'll be running Android 2.3 and have a 3.2MP rear camera. The usual connectivity options (Wifi, Bluetooth, etc.) are on board, but you'll be on your own to supply a microSD card.

No word yet on pricing or availability. We've got more pics after the break.

Source: Cellular South; thanks, rscarpenter, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Study shows that 'mobile threat activity' has risen significantly in past 6 months

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Based on information collected from more than 700,000 applications installed on more than 10 million devices, the folks at Lookout have released their first Mobile Threat Report.  This data shows that the threat of coming across malware has increased by as much as 250 percent in the past six months.  We want to make it clear that the huge majority of Android applications, both in the official Market as well as other sources, are completely legitimate and built by honest, hard working developers -- but malware, spyware, and various nasty bits of code are out there.  We've seen them out there, both real issues and overblown ones.

Now it is certainly in a company involved in mobile security's advantage to report this kind of situation, but it's always best to know exactly what we are facing out there in the wild internet.  That's where Lookout's Mobile Threat Report enters the picture, explaining the different types of security issues users are likely to come up against, and information about how to protect yourself against them.  Armed with this information, and a smattering of old fashioned common sense, you'll be better able to make the right decisions.  Hit the break to see Lookout's press release, and visit the source link to read the Mobile Threat Report in it's entirety.

Source: Lookout

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3 years ago

Latest Android version numbers are out; Froyo still rules the roost

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Google has released the numbers for the different platform versions accessing the Android Market ending Aug. 1, and there are no big surprises. Froyo still leads the pack with over 55 percent of devices running it, down about 10 percentage points because we're seeing a jump in devices running Android 2.3.3 or 2.3.4. The full breakdown is in the chart above, but if we take a quick comparison to the last time we looked at numbers, we see Android 1.5 shrinking by 0.4 percentage points, Android 1.6 dropping a half-percentage point, Eclair dropping a whopping 6 percentage points, and Honeycomb being split up into three versions for 1.3 percent total, up a full percentage point.

In simpler terms, like the ones used for other mobile operating systems, only 3.3 percent of all Android phones are not running version 2.x of the OS.  In more realistic terms, well outside of any reality distortion machinery, 18.3 percent of Android phones can't run applications designed for all devices.  It's a number that's slowly improving, and we hope to see the trend continue.

Source: Android Developer

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3 years ago

Motorola Droid Bionic specs sneak out courtesy of MotoDev Site

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Yes, the Droid Bionic won't be arriving until September. Yes, a lot of folks who were waiting for it have long since moved on. But that doesn't mean the information surrounding it is going to stop. Even if the device is no longer on your most wanted list -- it's still on the radar and now specs (final or not) have popped up on the Motorola dev site:

  • 1GHz OMAP4430 dual-core
  • 8 megapixels (3266 x 2450 w/ 1080p video)
  • VGA Fixed Focus front facing camera
  • Android 2.3.4
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4.3-inch qHD display
  • HDMI 1.4
  • Webtop Access
  • 4G LTE

There's absolutely nothing there that surprises anyone, right? No mention of battery life or standby time exists on the documentation yet but Motorola still has some time to go ahead and update that information.

Source: Moto Dev Site; via: Android Central Forums

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3 years ago

Motorola Photon 4G gets rooted via webtop [update: how-to video]

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If you're the proud owner of a shiny new Motorola Photon 4G and itching for some root action, you're in luck -- provided you have the HD dock, some USB computer peripherals, and access to a monitor or TV with an HDMI input.  An exploit that can be delivered and run via the Webtop application has been discovered by Android hacker edgan, and it should get you rooted and ready to go as long as you have the required hardware.  The exploit and the method seem simple enough, you're just uploading a few files over an SSH connection, but the setup is where things get a little hairy.  Luckily, edgan has a really complete set of step-by-step instructions and links to all the needed resource files.  Hit the source link, have a read, and give it a whirl.

Update: Wanna see how it's done? We've got video after the break.

Source: XDA-DevelopersThanks everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

NVIDIA: Kal-El quad-core tablets coming this fall, phones in early 2012

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It's been about six months since we got our first look at NVIDIA's quad-core test platform -- codenamed "Kal-El" -- and it pretty much floored us. The initial window for seeing any sort of Kal-El device at the time was said to be August. But initial time frames are just that -- initial.

NVIDIA now tells us the following:

“Project Kal-El-powered tablets are coming this Fall, and phones around the CES 2012 timeframe.”

You read that right. We'll see quad-core phones about a year after first seeing dual-core phones and tablets. Now that doesn't mean you'll be buying a quad-core phone come CES (which is scheduled for Jan. 10-13), but figure if they're announced then, we could see them in the spring or early summer.

One other thing of note: While people have been throwing around the Tegra 3 name for the next-gen platform (NVIDIA's dual-core platform is Tegra 2), Kal-El is still just a code name, and Tegra 3's not official. Just sayin'.

Regardless, as powerful as 2011 has been, 2012's going to be even more so. Hit the break for our hands-on with Kal-El from Mobile World Congress.

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3 years ago

Fido LG Optimus 2X gets priced at $425 outright

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The other day it leaked out that Fido was going to be adding a few new Android devices to their lineup, one of which was the LG Optimus 2X. At the time, no pricing details were available for any of the devices but that's starting to change with the LG Optimus 2X pricing now available. When released on Fido, you'll be looking at $425 no-term, $375 on a two-year and only $100 with a new three-year contract. You will have to deal with Android 2.2 but the documentation assures us Android 2.3 is coming soon.

Thanks, anon!

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3 years ago

Sprint's training up on the Samsung Conquer 4G

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Hey, look at that. Seems someone's training up on how to sell the Samsung Conquer 4G on Sprint. There's really nothing here we didn't already know -- 3.5-inch display, 1GHz processor, Android 2.3, 32GB of memory, Swype, and so on and so forth. Plus, it's got Sprint ID, if you're into that sort of thing.

What we still don't have is any sort of launch date -- or even an official acknowledgement that it exists -- though we do have that leak from Sam's Club that said it'd been pushed to late August. All things in due time, we suppose.

Thanks, anon!

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3 years ago

Kyocera Echo gets Gingerbread upgrade, doesn't have NFC, can't make waffles; Update: And may brick your phone

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Update: We've gotten numerous reports in the comments on this post, in our forums and at Sprint's forums saying this update's bricking phones. Sprint acknowledged earlier in the day that there might be issues, but we've yet to receive a follow-up. For now, we'd hold off on installing this update.

Sprint and Kyocera this morning confirmed that the dual-screen Echo -- read our full review -- is getting its Android 2.3 Gingerbread update. On top of the OS bump, it's getting an update to Swype 3.0, as well as a new "Eco mode" to help out on battery life -- something the Echo desperately needs. (Remember that it actually comes with two batteries and a spare charger.)

Something the update doesn't bring, contrary to earlier reports, is some hidden NFC capability. No great surprise there -- if the Echo had an NFC chip in it, we would have heard about it by now.

But don't let that cast a dark cloud over this update. If you've got an Echo, look for the over-the-air-update to start pushing right ... about ... Now!

Source: Sprint

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3 years ago

Gameloft sees sales climb by 15 percent in first half of 2011, mobile sales up 55 percent

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Gameloft has announced that through the first half of 2011, they have hit €76.8 Million (about 110 million USD) in sales, which is up 15 percent from last year.  Smartphone and tablet sales are up 55 percent, and account for 30 percent of the total.  The second quarter alone saw €37.4 million (about 53 million USD), which is up 11 percent, even with the weak US dollar -- using a constant rate of exchange those sales grew by 16 percent.  These second quarter sales break down to 33 percent from Europe, 28 percent from North America, and 39 percent for the rest of the world.

Gameloft expects to launch 20 new smartphone and tablet games during the second half of this year, so their outlook for sustained growth of this nature is good.  While they may not have the best distribution model for the Android platform, you have to admit their games are very well done.  We're looking forward to what's coming from Gameloft, and I'm sure more than a few of you guys are, too.  Hit the break for the full announcement.

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3 years ago

LG begins rollout of RemoteCall support software on 'premium' Optimus phones

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LG is starting to roll out its RemoteCall software on all "premium" Optimus smartphones, according to press release issued by the Korean manufacturer today. The RemoteCall software is already pre-loaded on the Optimus 3D, which is now shipping in Europe and Asia. It allows LG support reps direct access to customers' devices in order to diagnose software or hardware problems via Wifi or 3G.

LG says the software will be made available on the Optimus 2X, Optimus Black and Optimus 3D internationally, following its initial roll-out in South Korea. Join us after the jump for the full presser from LG.

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3 years ago

Gingerbread update for HTC Desire now available as RUU

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Almost exactly a year after the device first received an update to Froyo, the venerable HTC Desire now has an official Android 2.3 Gingerbread update available. The update is provided in the form of a RUU (ROM Update Utility) directly from HTC's Developer Center.

In order to fit Gingerbread and HTC Sense onto the Desire's tiny 512MB of internal storage, HTC has removed certain bundled apps from the update. The updater will also eradicate any carrier-specific branding or applications that might be loaded onto your Desire, which for some may be reason enough to update. Because of the nature of the update, HTC won't be offering it over-the-air, instead the only way to get it will be via a manual install of the package on the developer site. And because the installation method is a little more complex then the usual OTA, HTC recommends the Gingerbread update for "expert users only".

Unfortunately, though, Desire owners in Germany, North America, South America, South Korea, and Japan are out of luck. HTC says that Desires in these territories aren't supported, and applying the update on an unsupported device may result in the loss of basic functionality like SMS and MMS.

So to break it down, here's what you'll get if you choose to apply the update --

  • Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread (yay!) on top of a tweaked version of HTC Sense 1.0.
  • A clean, de-branded phone. All user data will be removed during the update, as will any bloatware bundled apps from your carrier.
  • Just one pre-loaded wallpaper. The rest are included in a zip file inside the updater package.
  • Flashlight, Teeter, Facebook are no longer pre-loaded. The first two are included as apk files in the update package, while the latter is available from the Android Market after initial setup.

Kudos to HTC for providing a way for advanced users to enjoy Gingerbread with a minimal amount of fuss and lost functionality (we doubt anyone will lose any sleep over having to sideload Teeter and the Flashlight app). If you've taken the plunge and updated your Desire using the RUU, let us know how it went in the comments. In the meantime, you can grab the files for yourself from the source link below, or check out HTC's full release notes after the jump.

Source: HTC Developer Center

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3 years ago

Cellular South gets the Motorola Milestone Plus (aka Droid Pro)

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Regional U.S. carrier Cellular South today announced that it's carrying the Motorola Milestone Plus, which by no small coincidence looks exactly like the Motorola Droid Pro (read our full review) we've come to know and (mostly) love on Verizon.

The Droid Pro Milestone Plus sports a 3.1-inch touchscreen, running Android 2.2 with a 1 GHz processor. And because of that smaller screen and beefy CPU, this thing flies. It's also got 4GB of on-board storage, plus a 5MP camera with flash.

The Motorola Milestone Plus is available today for $199 with a two-year contract and $50 mail-in rebate.

Source: Press release

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