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3 years ago

Regarding the pre-emptive PenTile Galaxy Nexus bashing

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Well said, ericsckane. Well said.

(Hat tip to @QuinsDad for the quote)

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3 years ago

Motorola Electrify review

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Another strong phone in US Cellular's lineup

Whether it was bringing the HTC Merge, the Motorola Xoom, or the Optimus Black, US Cellular has always made sure to have some of the best and greatest Android phones for their customers to choose.

They've continued that trend with the Motorola Electrify, their regional version of Sprint's Photon 4G. How does it stack up, though? Not only against US Cellular's other offerings, but just as a phone itself? That's what we've come here to settle.

Jump on in to find out.


Lightweight, pretty thin, and fast. The 4.3-inch qHD display provides plenty of screen real estate to stare at.


Two words: PenTile Matrix. Pixels are (too) easy to see, and that distracts from an otherwise great experience.



US Cellular has nabbed another great Android phone in the Motorola Electrify. It's just as solid and functional as we've come to expect from Motorola, and at $200, the price is definitely right.

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3 years ago

T-Mobile: Apple still hasn't made an iPhone for us, but how about that Amaze 4G camera

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T-Mobile still doesn't have an iPhone, in case you didn't know. (A fact we're perfectly OK with.) But it does have yet another news release explaining why. Apparently Apple won't make one that will work on T-Mobile's 3G and 4G networks. (Never mind that AT&T's apparently trying to call its HSPA+ iPhone 4S a 4G device.)

Anyhoo, TMo's Andrew Sherrard, senior vice president of marketing, just wants to remind y'all that they do have other devices with faster speeds, bigger screens, "compelling service pricing," more choice, and how about a "more advanced camera on the HTC Amaze 4G." And how about that 4.52-inch Super AMOLED display on the Samsung Galaxy S II?

It's yet another bizarre news release from the carrier whining about not having the iPhone (What? That's what it is.) while trumpeting Android. While we're perfect happy about the latter, we could do without seeing Android lumped in with the former, ya know?

Check out the full missive after the break.

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3 years ago

Google Movies starting to appear in UK Android Market

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If like me, you're a UK based Android user we have some good news to get you started. As of this morning you may be seeing this shot in your Market application - that's right folks, Google Movies has landed in the UK.

Up until now the service has been exclusive to the US and Canada, but hot on the heels of Google Books, the UK is gradually receiving more love from Google.

If you're in the UK, and have tried it out, hit us up in the comments.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

HTC Amaze 4G gets a one-click root option, permanent for unlocked bootloaders

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Developers have worked out a one-click root option for the HTC Amaze 4G, that provides a temporary root option if you have a locked bootloader, or a perm-a-root if you've managed to get the bootloader unlocked.  While many (yours truly) aren't a fan of one click solutions, I know a lot of you guys love them, and as long as you're careful you don't need folks like me giving you guff.

The process looks pretty painless -- you'll need the adb drivers from HTC, and the ability to follow some easy instructions.  Hit the source link for all the details and the download.

Source: XDA
More discussion in the Amaze 4G forums

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3 years ago

TELUS launching the Samsung Galaxy S II X October 28th

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While the Samsung Galaxy S II has been available in Canada for quite some time now, TELUS has been holding back their release for whatever reason but the time has come and they're ready to release it. October 28th is when the Samsung Galaxy S II  X, as TELUS is branding it will drop bringing its 1.5Ghz dual-core processor goodness. Still no word on pricing as yet but the fact that we finally have a date is good enough for me.

Source: TELUS via: Mobile Syrup

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3 years ago

Will my phone get Ice Cream Sandwich? Our predictions:

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The wait is over -- Google has officially announced Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and showed us a whole lot to like.  Of course, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is coming soon, and and many others will follow shortly thereafter with the latest and greatest that Android has to offer. But right now the big question is "When will my phone get the Ice Cream Sandwich update?"

With two-year contracts and $500-and-up off-contract prices, most of us will want to hold on to the phone we bought this year and milk it for every penny we can.  That's the wise (and frugal) thing to do, and we're right there with ya when it comes to saving a few dollars.

So which phones do we believe will see an ICS udpate? Hit the break for our predictions.

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3 years ago

Ice Cream Sandwich SDK ports begin with the Nexus S 4G

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As we explained yesterday, now that the Ice Cream Sandwich SDK has been released, we're about to see a deluge of SDK-based ROM ports. We're not going to cover them all here, but will will cover the first to come out of the Android Central Forums. Beezy's been hard at work, and you'll soon be able to enjoy the fruits of his SDK labor on the Nexus S 4G. Things are very much still a work in progress, but you'll soon be able to be the first on your block to say you have some form of ICS on your phone.

Source: Nexus S 4G forums

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3 years ago

Gingerbread kernel source for the Samsung Epic 4G now available

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Samsung has released the kernel source code (and other GPL bits of code for open-source software) for the D700, which we all know and love as the Epic 4G.  Does this mean a stable Gingerbread build is imminent? We have no idea, but we do know that the many of you guys who have long forgotten about the official update path should now have even better custom ROM's to flash, and developers can carry on doing what they do independently from Samsung and Sprint.  That's why we love open-source software.  If you're a kernel developer, or think now would be a good time to start, grab it from the source link (search for D700).

Source: Samsung; Thanks, rocket321!

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3 years ago

MP3 purchases from Google are 'close,' Rubin says

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So we didn't see any updates to Google Music this week like so many of us had hoped there would be. But Andy Rubin has said that Google is "close" to being able to offer a bona fide MP3 store. 

Speaking at the AsiaD conference, he recognised the lack of such content as a key "missing ingredient" in the attempts to lure people away from the Apple and iTunes ecosystem. He also said that Google would not be following "the 99-cent model" but that their pricing would "have a little twist - it will have a little Google in it." Let's hope for some subscriptions, eh?

Not much detail to go on, but it looks as though Google could be about to turn a corner. They're said to have inked a deal with EMI, with negotiations continuing with Universal, Sony Music and Warner Music. 

Source: The Guardian

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3 years ago

Sprint announces the Motorola Admiral, coming Oct. 23 for 99

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Sprint has finally announced the Android-based Motorola Admiral, one of its new Direct Connect phones. It'll be available in stores Oct. 23 for $99 on contract and after $50 rebate, and in all Sprint channels on Nov. 13.

The mil-spec phone (meaning you'll have to work hard to break the thing) features a 3.1-inch VGA touchscreen, 1.2GHz processor and Android 2.3, with a front-facing QWERTY keyboard. Other specs include:

  • 5-megapixel camera with 720p HD video capture, flash and 4x zoom
  • Quickoffice
  • 3G Mobile Hotspot capability supporting up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously
  • 802.11 b/g/n
  • 4GB internal memory, plus microSD card
  • Dprint Direct Connect
  • Group Connect
  • NextMail

Source: Sprint

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3 years ago

Sony Ericsson planning to bring ICS to 2011 Xperia line

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We've already heard HTC's thoughts on Ice Cream Sandwich, and now Sony Ericsson has revealed its plans for the next version of Android. According to a statement on the manufacturer's Dutch Facebook page, SE plans to bring Android 4.0 to its 2011 Xperia line, which includes phones like the Xperia Arc and Xperia Play.

Here's a translation of the statement from Sony Ericsson Nederland --

We are planning to upgrade our 2011 Xperia smartphone portfolio to the next Android platform, following Gingerbread 2.3.4. The official Sony Ericsson communication about software upgrades will always be what my international colleagues publish on our Blog: http://blogs.sonyericsson.com/

So great news for owners of those devices, and proof that SE wasn't kidding when it promised to step up its game back in January. Looks like we'll be avoiding a repeat of last year's unpleasantness.

Source: Sony Ericsson Nederland; via: Geeky Gadgets

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3 years ago

Poll: Do you still incorrectly believe that megapixels are everything?

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Galaxy Nexus camera

See what we did there? Look, we're not saying anything new here, but we have a feeling we're going to have to keep saying it over and over. Megapixels -- i.e. resolution -- aren't everything when it comes to camera quality. Image size, yes. Image quality, no. There are other factors at play.

Hopefully you saw the demo during the Galaxy Nexus launch. Shot by Google's Romain Guy -- whos's certainly no slouch with a full SLR, if you've ever seen his other work -- it's an incredible example shot a new smartphone. You can see an extended version at the source link below.

No, megapixels aren't everything. When you see that one phone (whether it's the Galaxy Nexus or something else) has fewer megapixels than another, it doesn't necessarily mean that the camera will be "worse." It just means that it doesn't shoot in as high a resolution, and you might not be able to make a 4-foot poster out of the thing. Get a real camera for that.

Source: +Romain Guy; More: Galaxy Nexus forums

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3 years ago

AT&T's Android sales more double year over year for Q3

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We've long cast a wary eye toward AT&T when it comes to Android (and rightfull so, between an initially tepid adoption rate, suspect devices (and devices), an odd apps policy and the whole faux-G thing. But there's no denying this: Sales of Android smartphones more than doubled on the U.S. carrier in the third quarter of 2012 2011 when compared to Q3 a year ago.

AT&T didn't give specific numbers, but it did say that non-iPhone devices (Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry) made up almost half of its 4.8 million smartphone sales for the quarter. By comparison, AT&T activated 2.7 million iPhones in Q3. Some 52.6 percent of AT&T's 68.6 million postpad subscribers have smartphones.

AT&T also saw an increase of 2.1 million subscribers, to surpass 100 million total. Its stable currently includes the Samsung Galaxy S II, Motorola Atrix, Samsung Infuse, HTC Inspire 4G, Samsung Captivate and Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, among others.

Source: AT&T

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3 years ago

Samsung's Galaxy Nexus signup sheet shows 7 US carriers

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All kidding and interweb trolling aside, nobody really thinks the Galaxy Nexus will be a Verizon exclusive.  But the site to register for more information does have something there few were expecting -- the Galaxy Nexus looks to be launching on more than just the big four in the US.  Besides Verizon, we see listings you would have imagined, like Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T, as well as a few others -- Cellular South, Metro PCS, and US Cellular.

A Nexus phone on every major US carrier?  Who would have imagined that two years ago.  Nice work Google and Samsung, let's hope it's not a misprint or typo.  We'll be on the lookout for individual carrier announcements in the coming days and weeks.

Source: @AshleyEsqueda

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