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3 years ago

New Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich wallpapers

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Can't wait until November for your Ice Cream Sandwich fix? You can now find eleven new high-resolution wallpapers from the recently-released Android 4.0 SDK build over on the Android Central forums! The images are same abstract backgrounds that've been spotted in a number of Galaxy Nexus photos, and we've got the high-resolution (1440x1280) originals pulled from the SDK, ready to spruce up your phone's homescreens while we wait for ICS to officially arrive.

So what are you waiting for? Head over to the AC forums to get started!

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3 years ago

Android AOSP source code back online with a new home

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In a post on the Android-building Google group, Dan Morrill announced that the AOSP tree (the "Master" and "Gingerbread" branches) are once again available online.  Because of problems with the kernel.org servers, the source has been MIA for a while, and in the downtime Google ramped up work for their own git hosting on Google's servers. 

For now, only the code is available.  Google is working hard to get the Gerrit code review site back in operation, then gitweb afterwards.  Dan also reiterates that the Ice Cream Sandwich source code will be available as soon as devices running it are delivered. 

With new servers comes new download and building instructions, which Dan outlines in his message at Google groups.  Be sure to have a look and get your new repository set-up -- you can find all the information at the source link.

Source: Android-building

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3 years ago

Bluegrass Cellular gets the Samsung Admire

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On Bluegrass Cellular? Want the Samsung Admire? It can now be yours for the low, low price of $49.99, if you're willing to go in for a two-year contract. But for our money, we'd do the $213, no-contract deal. And for that you get mid-level 3.5-inch device. Could certainly do worse.

Source: Bluegrass Cellular

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3 years ago

Breaksclusive update: Still no official U.S. carrier for the Galaxy Nexus

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Update: And the same person who initially said what we already all knew has now retracted that statement, saying what we all know is not officially known yet.

Original: We've suspected it for a while, we've even got a poll up asking what you think about the possibility. Now it seems we finally have confirmation that the shiny new Ice Cream Sandwich-powered Galaxy Nexus will, initially at least, only be offered on Verizon Wireless in the US.

On its official Facebook page, Samsung Mobile USA confirmed that Verizon "will be offering the Galaxy Nexus with the initial release." As for other carriers, Samsung says they "may support this device in the near future", meaning the door isn't being closed on other networks offering the new Nexus further down the line.

So while Verizon customers get bragging rights for now, there's still at least the possibility of the HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus gracing AT&T or T-Mobile at a later date. In any case, be sure to hit our Verizon Galaxy Nexus poll, before sounding off in the comments.

Source: Samsung Mobile USA on Facebook
Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Poll: How's a Verizon-exclusive Galaxy Nexus going to affect you?

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So the Galaxy Nexus is coming to Verizon. Not like we didn't know that. And it might only be on Verizon in the U.S. for a little while. Not like we never said that wasn't a possibility. So the big question is this: Will a Verizon exclusive sway you to switch?

Would exclusivity on the Galaxy Nexus get you to switch to Verizon from your current carrier?

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3 years ago

Camera rig shots reveal Galaxy Nexus with Verizon 4G LTE

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If you've watched last night's Galaxy Nexus and Ice Cream Sandwich unveiling, you'll recall the sequence where the phone was hooked up to a camera rig and used to capture some impressive-looking time-lapse videos. Now, some behind-the-scenes photos of the rig, uploaded by Google's Romain Guy, have given us our best indication yet that Big Red will indeed be getting an LTE version of the upcoming Nexus. Yep, that's Verizon's 4G LTE logo on the battery door.

Of course, that shouldn't really surprise anyone, right?

Source: +Romain Guy; via: Droid-Life

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3 years ago

Boost Mobile set to launch the ZTE Warp

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Boost Mobile is starting to flesh out their Android line up and come Nov. 2, they'll be adding the ZTE Warp to help achieve that goal. The Android 2.3 Gingerbread powered device will bring Boost customers a 1GHz processor along with a 5MP camera.

Boost Mobile is very excited to partner with one of the fastest growing and largest handset makers in the world, to introduce the ZTE Warp,” said Andre Smith, vice president-Boost Mobile. “ZTE Warp delivers a powerful Android device for Boost Mobile customers searching for a big screen experience to capture and view higher quality photos and video.

Boost will have the device with no contract required for $250 and the ZTE Warp will be the first Android device loaded with the "Boost Zone,"  -- a centralized place on the device where Boost Mobile customers can access their account, pay their bill, get assistance with their phone, and stay up-to-date on Boost Mobile’s products and services. Full PR is past the break.

Source: Sprint

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3 years ago

HTC Wildfire S now available at US Cellular

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US Cellular has added a new entry-level device to their lineup. The HTC Wildfire S is available today their website and will be in US Cellular stores this Friday, October 21. You can pick one up free after a $100 mail-in rebate, and there’s no activation fee as part of US Cellular’s Switch for Free promotion that runs through Nov. 20 and anyone on a Belief Plan can get the upgrade without signing a new contract. You can check out our mini-review here or head on over to the US Cellular site for more details.

Source: U.S. Cellular

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3 years ago

SIM-free UK Galaxy Nexus coming early Nov. for £515, says retailer

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British online retailer Clove is the first to offer up SIM-free UK pricing for the new Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which was unveiled yesterday in Hong Kong. On its official blog, Clove says that it's "confirmed" the price at £514.80 inc. VAT (~$825), with a initial stock of the Ice Cream Sandwich-powered treats apparently arriving "at the beginning of November."

That's a lot of money, but typical of the cost of high-end handsets in the UK -- right now the iPhone 4S and HTC Sensation XE hover around the same £500-530 price point. Interestingly, Clove says it's also confirmed that the 32GB Galaxy Nexus won't be making it to British shores, instead limiting consumers to the 16GB model.

If £515 up-front is a bit much to swallow, then Three, O2 and Vodafone have also announced that they'll be carrying subsidized Galaxy Nexuses starting next month. However, details of pricing and availability for the carrier-subsidized versions have yet to been offered.

Source: Clove Blog

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3 years ago

T-Mobile Galaxy S II review

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T-Mobile has had a long relationship with Android and Google, but was the last carrier in the universe to bring out the Galaxy S II.   Long rumored as the Hercules, many a smartphone fan wanted and waited to see just what T-Mobile could do with Samsung's newest "game-changing" phone, and now we know.  Make it bigger.  Make it with more Gees.  Make it their own.

How does this new and improved different version of the hardware compare to the phone many around the globe already know and love?  There was a lot of worrying about things once people found out that Samsung had to change a few things to provide something that worked on T-Mobile's new 42 Mbps network.  Already impressed with the performance of the Galaxy S II based on reviews and time spent with the international version, these were valid concerns -- it was a lot to live up to.  Keep reading to see what I think.


The Super AMOLED screen is beautiful, and at 4.52-inches gives you plenty of real estate.  The phone is thin, light, and performs like a beast -- like a Galaxy S II is supposed to.  Network speeds are great in the right area, and the battery life is excellent.


It's big.  4.52-inches may be too much for some people to deal with, no matter how thin it is.  The absence of Wifi calling is disappointing.  Because the hardware is different, Samsung and T-mobile may take a while to push out updates.  Front facing camera is not integrated into Google Talk.



The best screen technology combined with incredible battery life makes this one really stand out.  If you live, work, and play in a T-Mobile "4G" area, you'll be impressed by the network speed.  The Galaxy S II is a future-proof phone that should appeal to many.

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3 years ago

Motorola RAZR gets UK price and launch date

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In all the excitement of the Ice Cream Sandwich launch, it's almost easy to forget that Motorola too launched a new device yesterday, the rebirth of the RAZR

The device has been declared as on sale from Nov. 1 in the UK by online retailer Clove. Announced via their blog, Clove have given the RAZR a £455 ($720) price tag off contract which probably isn't too far off the actual price of the phone. 

Launching with Gingerbread 2.3.5 will come as a disappointment to most given the day's other news, but don't write the RAZR off. If you've not seen it in action yet, be sure to check out our hands on at the launch event. 

Source: Clove blog
More: Hands on  with the Motorola RAZR 

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3 years ago

EVO Design 4G announced, available on Sprint on Oct. 23

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Sprint's just announced the HTC EVO Design 4G, a $100 world phone coming Oct. 23. The price and dual CDMA/GSM capabilities might be the standout features, but the rest of the phone is no slouch, including:

  • Android™ 2.3, Gingerbread
  • HTC Sense – Award-winning user experience taking social networking, navigation and customization to new levels
  • Aluminum unibody design gives the HTC EVO Design 4G a slim, streamlined profile –guaranteed to get attention and nicely compact in your hand, pocket or bag
  • 1.2GHz processor
  • 4-inch qHD capacitive touchscreen display
  • Dual cameras: 5MP rear-facing camera/camcorder with flash and HD video recording and 1.3MP front-facing camera for video chat
  • World Phone capabilities to make and receive calls and texts, and to access email and news from locations around the globe
  • 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot, supporting up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices
  • Wifi 802.11 b/g/n

Source: Sprint

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3 years ago

T-Mobile G2 gets an OTA update to Android 2.3.4, brings better battery life and more

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While tons of news has been kicking around about Ice Cream Sandwich, the rest of us are hoping and praying that our devices won't be left behind in terms of updates. The T-Mobile G2 has not been forgotten, yet instead there is an OTA that started rolling out yesterday. Included in this update to Android 2.3.4 are the following improvements:

  •     Google Security Patch
  •     Google Skymap improvements
  •     Battery life improvements
  •     Data connection while roaming domestically

So, if you are a G2 owner and have yet to receive the update prompt, head into your settings then about phone and check for your update. Be sure to hop in the forums and let us know how the update goes for you, and any improvements you notice!

Source: T-Mobile; Thanks, Stacy!

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3 years ago

Three, O2 and Vodafone to carry Galaxy Nexus in the UK

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Three, O2 and Vodafone UK are the first British network to announce that they'll be carrying the new Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which was unveiled at the recent Samsung Unpacked event in Hong Kong.

In Three's case, the device will run on the carrier's HSPA+ network, which it aims to have rolled out to 80% of the country by the end of 2011. Voda and O2 have kept quiet on the subject of HSPA+ so far.

As there doesn't seem to be any exclusivity agreement in place in the UK, we can probably expect fairly competitive pricing as the three networks battle for their share of Galaxy Nexus customers. We'll keep you posted if we hear anything from the two remaining carriers, Orange and T-Mobile. Hit the source links for more details direct from Three, O2 and Vodafone.

Source: Three Media Centre, @O2, @VodafoneUK

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3 years ago

Calling all speed demons - Galaxy Nexus!

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Robots, light cycles, Galaxy Nexus -- Awesome. Hit the 20 second mark if you're a Verizon user.

Source: Android Developers; Thanks, Will!

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