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3 years ago

Rogers bringing the LTE equipped Samsung Galaxy S II to Canada

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With Samsung having now officially announced the LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy S II, Rogers in Canada has wasted no time in letting folks know they will be one of the first carriers with the device. While Rogers LTE coverage at this point is still rather limited, come Sept 28 it will be expanding;

Customers in Toronto and Ottawa can be among the first in the world to experience LTE wireless devices when the company continues to roll out its LTE product line this fall.  It includes:  the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE Smartphone; the LTE Rocket mobile hotspot (Sierra Wireless AirCard 754S); Rogers LTE Rocket stick (now available in Ottawa); LTE Tablet from a leading manufacturer; and the previously announced HTC Smartphone.

No pricing details were announced yet but it looks as though Rogers will be bringing a lot of good equipment to those who live in their LTE enabled area. Sadly, I'm not one of them as of yet.

Source: CNW

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3 years ago

Motorola Pro+ announced, coming to Asia and Europe starting in October

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While the Droid Pro never made it to the UK under any other name, Motorola is making sure the Motorola Pro+ makes it there. The freshly announced device is a rather obvious follow up for that line but not to be mistaken for the Motorola Fire we saw recently. Rather then the 2.1-inch screen from the Fire, the Pro+ will offer up a 3.1-inch Gorilla Glass screen. Other specs include Android 2.3, 5MP camera, 1GHz Processor and a 1600mAh battery. Full details can be found past the break.

Source: Motorola Media Center

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3 years ago

Motorola DEFY+ slated for UK release this September

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Motorola's recently announced DEFY+ will be making its way to British shores sometime next month, according to a press release by Moto's UK division. The DEFY+ is a beefed up version of the original DEFY -- you get a 1GHz CPU (up from 800MHz), Android 2.3 Gingerbread and a higher resolution screen inside a similarly rugged, waterproof chassis.

No word on which UK networks will be getting the DEFY+ just yet. However Orange and T-Mobile (aka Everything Everywhere) are a good bet, considering they've been quick to pick up Motorola devices like the Atrix and the original DEFY in the past.

If reading press releases is your thing, you can find Moto's DEFY+ UK presser after the jump.

Source: Motorola Media Center

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3 years ago

Reminder: Win an HTC EVO 3D today from Waze and Android Central

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A friendly reminder that today's prize in Waze and Android Central's big giveaway is a shiny new unlocked GSM EVO 3D.  Winning one is easy, too!  Check the Waze website for all the details, but the short version is:

  • Download Waze (m.waze.com) or via the Android Marketplace (we've got an easy link after the break)
  • Make sure you’re a registered user with an email on file (Waze needs your contact info to tell you you’ve won – check ‘Settings’ to ensure that you’re registered.)
  • Munch (drive over) as many robot road goodies as you can

Have fun building out a social mapping tool on you way to work or around town, and have a chance to win a new Android device at the same time.  Sounds like a win-win situation to me!

More information: Waze

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3 years ago

LG bringing 3D conversion engine to IFA, worthwhile boost to its flagship?

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So one of the biggest problems befalling 3D devices like the Optimus 3D -- and all (erm, both) 3D phones at the moment -- is the lack of 3D content right? Well, LG is making a play to change all that at the upcoming IFA 2011 show in Germany, by showing off for the first time their Open-GL based 3D game converter software ahead of its inclusion in the first Maintenance Release for the phone in October.

The idea is simple. The software allows existing 2D games that have been made compatible to be played in 3D, and around 50 titles will get a full 3D makeover. Unsupported games can be manually tweaked to achieve the desired effect. 

LG are expecting 50 titles to be fully optimized in October, with another 50 being added before 2011 is out. Many still aren't convinced by 3D phones, but LG is determined to make it less of a gimmick.The question still remains as to how successful it will be in convincing consumers to buy their flagship device.

See the full press release after the break. 

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3 years ago

Angry Birds Rio - Airfield Chase update now available

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The latest Angry Birds Rio update is now available in the Android Market and with the new airfield chase level episode, that means you get 15 new levels to jam away at. We're sure you'll have them beat in a matter of just a few hours. Still reading this? Why? Hit the break for the download.

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3 years ago

LG releases Optimus S Gingerbread source, no sign of the update just yet

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LG has released the Kernel source and assorted GPL bits for the Gingerbread build on their Optimus S device.  No reports of anything showing in the LG updater tool just yet, and rumor says mid-September for an OTA.  For now, this just means that our resident Optimus warlords (yes, they have transcended developer status) have some new code to play with and see if they can improve the Gingerbread builds they have had running for the Optimus S for quite a while.  Realistically, there will be a few things here of value for all Optimus developers, who have been forced to use hacks and work arounds for some of the closed-source functionality from LG.  With this new codebase, expect your favorite Gingerbread ROM for the Optimus S to get even better. 

Source: LG; via Android Central forums

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3 years ago

AT&T, on Twitter, confirms the Thrill 4G is coming Sept. 4

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Confirming news we broke two weeks ago, AT&T has announced on Twitter that the Thrill 4G (aka the Optimus 3D) will be available on Sept. 4. We've basically reviewed this thing every way possible in its unbranded form (see our first review, and our European take as well), and we took another look at AT&T's version a couple months ago. Still no price, but word around the campfire is it'll run about $100.

Source: @att

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3 years ago

The Droid Prime -- Just as Uncle Jerry predicted?

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Who needs anonymous sources when you've got a witch like Jerry Hildenbrand? Here, in his own words, from last week's Android Central Podcast, is Jerry predicting a Nexus-caliber smartphone with Droid branding. Or, maybe Jerry and those anonymous sources are all wrong.

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3 years ago

Motorola Milestone 3 heading to Brazil Aug. 29, six other Latin American nations by October

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Motorola has announced that the Milestone 3 will be available for customers in Brazil starting Aug. 29.  As we've seen in the past, Motorola Milestone devices are copies of their Verizon counterparts, minus the America-centric CDMA radio and Verizon Droid branding.  Like the Motorola Droid 3, the Milestone is no slouch when it comes to specifications:

  • Dual-core OMAP4 CPU at 1GHz
  • 4-inch qHD display
  • 8MP rear camera with LED flash and 1080p capture, front camera for video conferencing
  • 16GB internal memory
  • Android 2.3

Also included are Motorola's comprehensive set of business features, like GAL lookup, remote document access, data encryption, and remote wipe.  And we can't forget the five-row QWERTY packed onto this one, one of the best Motorola has offered thus far.  The Milestone 3 should be a hit with Android fans in Brazil, and in six other Latin American nations by October.  Read the full press release after the break.

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3 years ago

LG VS920 skates through the FCC, could it be the Revolution 2?

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The LG VS920 has just received FCC certification, and we're pretty sure we're looking at the LG Revolution 2.  We first heard that it would be coming along to replace the Revolution in that leaked roadmap we saw early in August, and since the Revolution is the VS910, it's not that much of a leap to call the VS920 the Revolution 2.  What we didn't know, and makes us happy all at the same time, as that this appears to be a world phone with CDMA, LTE, and GSM bands just like the Droid Pro. 

The rumor said we'll be seeing this one on or around Oct. 20, and the FCC certification lines up well with that timeline.  We'll just have to wait and see.

Source: FCC

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3 years ago

Fake 'Droid Bionic' Twitter is fake

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There's more controversy surrounding the Motorola Droid Bionic, as PC Mag's Sascha Segan has confirmed that the "official" @DroidBionic Twitter account isn't so official after all.  According to Sascha, both Verizon and Motorola have come forward and stated that the account is not an official feed from either company. 

So who is it?  We have no idea.  Just a heads-up to take those "official" September 8 launch details with the proverbial grain of salt.

Source: @phonescooper, PC Mag

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3 years ago

HTC adds more HTC Sensation models to the unlockable bootloader list

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If you've been holding out, waiting for your HTC Sensation to be available for bootloader unlocking over at HTCDev then today may be the day you have been waiting for. HTC has added a few more HTC Sensation variations to the list including T-Mobile this time around. You can head on over to the site now to get started, though -- we suggest reading up on just how unlocked your bootloader really is when using the HTC provided tools first, then deciding if it is still something you wish to do.

Source: HTCDev; Thanks, Alexis!

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3 years ago

Waze and Android Central are giving away one Android device every day for a week!

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Starting today (Aug. 29), Waze and Android Central will be giving away an Android phone or tablet each day to a lucky winner.  Entering is fun and easy -- download Waze from the Android Market (link after the break) or Waze's website, register a user profile so Waze knows how to get in touch with you, then find the "Road Goodies" that appear on your map and drive over them to collect.  Entrants who collect the most each day will be eligible for a daily drawing to win an awesome new Android device.  Which devices?  We're glad you asked!

It gets even cooler -- each of the phones on the list will also include a car dock and charger, making it the ultimate traffic survival kit.  The contest begins now and runs through midnight Sept. 4.  The winners will be announced Wednesday, Sept. 7.  Full rules and details are after the break.

Just what is Waze?  It's a free social mapping tool: you can get directions, find out where the traffic is, ping other users, and generally find your way around while helping other Waze users get better location and traffic information. Check out the full details on the Waze Blog.

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3 years ago

How might a Droid Prime affect the future of Android's Nexus line?

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Perusers of our Rumored Devices Forum were the first to learn weeks ago that the Nexus Prime is (a) coming to Verizon and (b) we should expect it in October. But what if it's a Droid-branded device? BGR brings that bit of unofficial info this morning, adding that it'll be the SCH-i515, and it's an interesting idea, spawning several possibilities.

First, remember that we're all expecting the Nexus Prime (or Droid Prime, perhaps) to be the first running Ice Cream Sandwich, the version of Android that brings the Honeycomb tablet-style OS back to the smartphone. The previous two Nexus devices -- Google's de facto developer phones -- have largely gone unbranded. Verizon attaching its excellent "Droid" branding would be unprecedented for the Nexus line.

We've long been of the opinion that Verizon never got the Nexus One (though it was originally supposed to) or Nexus S because there really wasn't  anything in it for them. No carrier-branded apps, with which it makes money, no control over the update process, etc. And aside from Sprint's Wimax version of the Nexus S (appended as the Nexus S 4G), there's been no individual naming. The Nexus One was the Nexus One, the Nexus S was the Nexus S. (Hell, neither one had any branding at all on the front -- Google and manufacturer logos were relegated to the rear.) We never saw an "EVO Nexus" on Sprint or "myTouch Nexus" on T-Mobile (and just as well -- those would be terrible names). Perhaps a Droid branding is the trade-off for finally getting the Nexus line on Big Red.

It's a slippery slope, right? Say the Droid Prime really is a Nexus device. Does that mean Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T -- which for some reason has always been late to the Nexus party -- will each get individualized versions, even if it's name only? We kind of hope not. One of the stronger features of the Nexus line has been its unification. One device, one experience, one name. That's why it's also been the developer line of devices, as well as being popular with those who want a "Pure Google" experience.

The next thing to ponder is that maybe the Droid Prime is completely separate from the Nexus line.  The unconfirmed rumor suggests it's a Verizon exclusive, but we do have a hard time believing the next Nexus phone would launch on a device that's really only usable in the United States, seeing as how Verizon's CDMA network is only good here, and LTE's not exactly built out anywhere else yet (and likely will use different frequencies anyway).

There are lots of questions remaining on this one. But we're expecting to get answers soon enough. One way other another, things are heating up, folks.

Update: Oh, and one more thing. Any phone branded as "DROID" by definition is a Verizon exclusive. It's the only carrier to have licensed the name for a line of phones. Food for thought.

Source: BGR;
More: Nexus Prime forum; rumored devices forum

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