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3 years ago

AT&T Status in the wild ... looks like an HTC ChaCha in the wild

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What do you get when you take an HTC ChaCha, slap on an AT&T logo and take a picture? (That's a trick question.) What you see above is a leaked shot of what's rumored to be called the AT&T Status (that's the ChaCha's name on Telus, so it's looking more likely now). And it appears, for all intents and purposes, to be relatively unchanged from the HTC ChaCha we've been eying since Mobile World Congress some four and a half months ago.

Still no word on when the so-called "Faceboook phone" will be announced, or how much it'll cost.

Source: BGR

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3 years ago

The TAG Heuer LINK smartphone runs Froyo, costs $6,700

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TAG Heuer has unveiled the Link smartphone -- a 3.5-inch snakeskin covered Gorilla Glass coated precision made phone that will certainly fulfill any James Bond-like fantasies we would happen to harbor.  Specs are a little unknown, but what TAG Heuer is telling us won't be likely to tickle anyone looking for a powerhouse:

  • Quadband GSM HSUPA enabled
  • 800x480 LCD @16,000,000 colors
  • 256MB RAM
  • 5MP camera
  • Android 2.2
  • And a choice of materials: 316L Stainless steel, Gold, Diamonds, Black PVD, Titanium, Rubber, Calfskin leather, Carbon leather, Alligator and Lizard

Clearly dated specs in the age of dual-core and 3D, but I doubt TAG Heuer is going after the typical Android geek with this one.  Especially with $6,700 as the base price.  It will fill a very small niche, and maybe we'll see one at a police auction one day, because this one won't be hitting the AT&T store any time soon.  Anyone at TAG Heuer who would like me to review this one, please contact me.  Pretty please.  Anyhoo, check out the video after the break.  You know you want to.

Source: A Blog to Read, via: Dvice

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3 years ago

Google goes social with Google+

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Android app gives full access, but it's currently in private beta

Google's just taken the wraps off Google+ -- its answer to Facebook, more or less. More, actually, we believe, though for all the details and video's Google's just dropped, we don't get much in the way of actual hands-on usage.

In an oversimplified nutshell, Google+ is a series of groups, called Circles; trending topics, called Sparks; group chat (including video), dubbed Hangouts; and mobile, which includes location-based services, instant upload of photos, and Huddle (more group chat).

So Google's gone social, and not a moment too soon, though it's currently in a closed beta.

As far as the Android app is concerned: You've got a "Stream" feature, which basically is like Facebook's wall. Photos is well, photos. Huddle is group messaging. Will it finally be group messaging done right?

So that's that. Check out Google's full explanation of Google+ at the source link below, and check out video of the mobile app after the break. Other than that, not a whole lot else to do until more of us get invited.

Source: Google Blog; More: Google+

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3 years ago

HTC ChaCha coming soon to Telus as the HTC Status

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Although we're still waiting for it to make its debut on a U.S. carrier -- Telus in Canada today has taken the wraps off of their version of the HTC ChaCha or as it shall be known in Canada, the HTC Status. Telus hasn't given a launch date or pricing as of yet but when it does arrive, it will be available in black as well as purple. Plus, you know -- you get Android 2.3 and that cute little dedicated Facebook button that helped give the device its name.

Source: Telus

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3 years ago

Vodafone to carry HTC EVO 3D in the UK

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Vodafone is the first UK carrier to announce that it'll be selling the new European version of the HTC EVO 3D. No pricing or release date information is available at the moment, nor is there any hint of the device being exclusive to Vodafone in the UK or elsewhere.

HTC announced yesterday that the EVO 3D, now available on Sprint in the US, would be coming to Europe, with a UK release due sometime in July. Join us after the jump for an early Vodafone promo video showing off the phone's 3D features.

Source: Vodafone UK

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3 years ago

MyTouch 4G Slide officially announced, touting HDR camera

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

And here it is, folks. Just a few minutes after a not-so-cagy tease, we've got the myTouch 4G Slide from HTC and T-Mobile, officially announced. Claiming the "most advanced camera of any smartphone," it's got an 8MP shooter with ClearShot HDR (stitching together different exposures into one image, like on the iPhone 4, yo), SweepShot panorama, BurstShot for, well, burst mode and the Genius Button we saw on the original myTouch 4G.

According to T-Mobile's press release, the camera sports zero shutter lag, a backside illuminated sensor, as well as an f/2.2 aperture.

Other features:

  • 3.7-inch touchscreen.
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
  • Sense 3.0
  • Swype
  • Four-row QWERTY keyboard.
  • Qik mobile video chat.
  • Genius button with Dragon Dictation from Nuance.
  • Netflix.
  • T-Mobile TV.
  • YouTube
  • T-Mobile KidZone

Not a bad list. It'll be available in July for $199. We've got the full press release after the break.

More: T-Mobile; Thanks, Jesus G, for the tip!

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3 years ago

T-Mobile adds a few more cities to its HSPA+ roster

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Tucked deep inside the press release announcing the myTouch 4G Slide, T-Mobile also broke news of seven cities that now have access to its HSPA+ network. They are:

  • Barnstable, Mass.
  • Chico, Calif.
  • Lancaster, Penn.
  • Ogden, Utah
  • Redding, Calif.
  • Vineland, N.J.
  • Winchester, Va.

Source: T-Mobile

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3 years ago

T-Mobile teases ... something ... on Twitter

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Gee, whatever could it be? Couldn't have at least done one of those Magic Eye sailboat things?

Source: @TMobile

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3 years ago

Share your HTC EVO 3D pictures [from the forums]

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A big draw of the modern smartphone is a quality camera, and the HTC EVO 3D is no exception.  Not only can you take some very nice stills in 2D, like Android Central forums member zmann's flower garden above,  but there's that nifty little thing called 3D to play around with.  We've got a place for you to share your pictures, novice or pro, and in 2D or 3D right in the EVO 3D forums

Now grab your EVO 3D, snap some pics, and share with the class -- we all wanna see them.  And while you're at it, you can pick up all the hints and tricks about sharing your 3D content from the folks in the forums who seem to have it just about figured out.

Android Central EVO 3D forums.  Picture credit zmann

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3 years ago

Chinese search giant Baidu developing their own flavor of Android?

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According to the Chinese site TechWeb, the Chinese search company Baidu is developing their own version of Android called "Qiushi", and it will be launched before the end of 2011.  Baidu neither confirms or denies these rumors, saying only that Qiushi is simply a way to offer mobile advertising.  China is a huge market, one that everyone wants to get a strong foothold in.  They also already have two Android variants being sold on mobile devices -- MIUI (yes, the same MIUI that's familiar to many an Android hacker) and DianxinOS.  This could be something a bit different, as you have the name (and the capital) of a highly successful tech corporation behind the development and distribution.  If the rumors pan out, things could get very interesting in China at the mobile OS front.

Source: TechWeb (Chinese) via: AfterDawn

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3 years ago

Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo now available in the UK

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After delays resulting from the recent earthquakes and tsunami in Japan, Sony Ericsson's Xperia Neo is finally starting to see widespread availability, as the handset launches in the UK today. We've been playing around with the Neo for just under a week now -- in terms of internal hardware and software it's pretty much identical to its bigger brother, the 4.2-inch Xperia Arc. There's a larger battery, as well as a front-facing camera, but besides that it's the same phone packed into a smaller (if slightly bulkier) 3.7-inch chassis. However, the Neo is a little more affordable than the Arc, with prices on launch day ranging from £342 at Clove to £390 at Amazon UK.

We'll have a full review of the Xperia Neo written up in the next week or so. In the meantime, let us know in the comments if you're thinking of picking one of these up.

Source: Clove, Amazon UK; via: Eurodroid

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3 years ago

HTC EVO 3D coming to Europe in July

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OK, Europe. It's time to stop glaring at us and our every-so-sexy HTC EVO 3D, as you're about to get one of your very own. (Check out our initial review if you haven't already.) Same 4.3-inch screen. Same dual 5MP cameras. Same Sense 3.0. Same dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, and so on and so forth. Really, the only difference here is the inclusion of GSM radios -- for you tech heads, it's 850/900/1800/1900MHz for EDGE, 900/2100MHz for 3G), and a few cosmetic changes.

Also interesting is that it's also importing the EVO name -- not the first time we've seen this happen now, but so much for it being a Sprint thing, eh?

Pricing wasn't announced, but it'll be available in July. Full presser's after the break.

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3 years ago

CyanogenMod 7.1 release candidate now live

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CyanogenMod 7.1 RC1 is now available for download from the mirror network.  The changelog looks pretty impressive, addressing most of the user issues and adding features and options -- which everyone loves (we've got it posted after the break).  The highlights are Android 2.3.4, Bluetooth mouse support, and improvements to the notification swipe to clear and Profile application.

It looks like a late night for all of us flash-a-holics.  Grab it through ROM Manager, or from the source link below.  Don't forget your Gapps!

Source: CyanogenMod.  More: GappsThanks everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Gears of War theme for the Epic 4G [from the forums]

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Want a badass theme for a badass phone?  Then you'll want to have a look at the Gears of War theme for the Samsung Epic 4G.  It's based on the EC05 Froyo build, and turns your Epic into something the Delta Squad would approve.  It's all done up -- icons, notifications, dialer, and you even have your choice to drop in a nifty GoW boot animation.

And as with any modification, the most important part is the support.  Android Central adviser Paul627g will have that covered, because that's how he rolls -- helping users and spreading the Epic 4G love from coast to coast.  If you've rooted and Rom'd your Epic 4G, you'll want to take a look at this one.

Source: Android Central forumsThanks, Paul!

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S II review (Vodafone network)

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Wow. Even if you've used a dual-core smartphone before, it's difficult not to be blown away by the sheer speed of the Samsung Galaxy S II. Whatever we threw at it during our couple of weeks of testing, it just kept on going, stubbornly refusing to show even the slightest sign of slowdown. The combination of Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread and Samsung's dual-core Exynos processor makes the Galaxy S II one of the fastest Android phones we've tested. And the thin and light chassis means you don't have to sacrifice portability to get this level of performance. Couple that with a large SuperAMOLED+ display, and you've got yourself a seriously advanced smartphone.

We tested the Vodafone UK-branded version of the Galaxy S II, which the network is offering for free on contracts of £30 or more per month. Join us after the break to find out what impressed us so much about Samsung's latest and greatest, and also where there's some room for improvement in this flagship product.

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