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2 years ago

The Facebook phone revisited with the Motokey Social on TELUS

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Apparently unconvinced by that other Facebook phone that such as beast isn't really desired, Motorola and Canadian carrier TELUS today anonounced the Motokey Social, with a 2.4-inch touchscreen and big black keyboard. You'll no doubt note the Facebook button in thie lower left, and it's also got five hom screens and two themes, all with links to Facebook.

Physically, it's 10mm thin, has a 3 MP camera and weighs 87 grams. It'll go for $89.99 startin Nov. 21 to TELUS prepaid customers.

More: Motorola

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2 years ago

Today is Galaxy Nexus day in the UK

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If you're in the UK and want to buy a Samsung Galaxy Nexus, you can now hand over your hard-earned cash and do just that -- with a few conditions. The phone is now available from brick-and-mortar Phones4U shops, as well as the retailer's online store. It seems Phones4U has been given a one week head-start on other vendors, however it's not selling the phone without a contract online -- you'll need to head in-store if you want a SIM-free Nexus.

Most retailers are now expecting to stock the ICS-powered Nexus next Tuesday or Wednesday -- Nov. 22/23. So if you're not up for committing to another 24-month contract, and aren't near a Phones4U store, you may have to endure another week with whatever smartphone is currently in your pocket.

If you are after a new contract, you'll be able to sign up for a variety of 18 to 24-month plans with Vodafone, T-Mobile, Orange or O2 over on the Phones4U website (check the source link). Notably absent from the list is Three, which appears to be in the same boat as everyone else, shipping on the 22nd or 23rd. See the source link for more info.

Source: Phones4U

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2 years ago

Good grief! 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' now available on your Android phone or tablet

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This might be the best $6.99 you spend this holiday season. LoudCrow Interactive -- the company behind bringing the Sandra Boynton books to Android -- has brought the classic "A Charlie Brown Christmas" to phones and tablets.

It's the same interactive reading experience we've come to know and love, right down to Schroeder's piano. Chances are you'll enjoy this as much as your kids.

We've got demo video and download links after the break.

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2 years ago

T-Mobile offers more free tracks via Google music store to customers until the end of the year

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Just in case you thought today's Google Music news couldn't get any better, T-Mobile has announced that they have partnered with Google and will be offering additional free tracks to their subscribers from now until the end of this year.  Customers using a T-Mobile handset, like the Samsung Galaxy S II, can go to the T-Mobile free tracks section and download (and share via Google+) new tracks every week.  This starts today with tracks from Drake and Maroon 5.  You'll need the new updated Android Market on your phone or tablet, and of course have an active T-Mobile line.  For the full details, follow the link below.

More: T-Mobile

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2 years ago

Google Music Artist Hub allows independent artists full distribution to millions

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This one is big news for the budding musicians out there -- Google has announced that the Artist hub will be part of their new Music player and website.  Artist Hub is a way for independent musicians to promote their music with audio files, video, and exclusive content that they control.  It's very much like the Android Market developers portal.  All the content artists upload will be available via the web, and on 200 million Android devices.  That's a lot of eyes and ears, and this service should be a great way to get your music heard, as well as a great way for users to discover new content.

More: music.google.com/artists/

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2 years ago

Android has 200 million device activations

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At the Google music event this afternoon, Google announced that they have activated their 200 millionth device.  That's a 100 million more than just six months ago. That's a whole heck of a lot of Android devices.

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2 years ago

T-Mobile adds 11 cities to its 42Mbps roster, expands 21Mbps to 9 others

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T-Mobile today announced that it's launching its high-speed, 42Mbps network in 11 new markets today, and expanding its 21Mbps network in nine others.

Included in the HSPA+ 42 launch are: Bend, Medford and Corvallis, Ore.; Benton Harbor, Mich.; Bloomington, Champaign–Urbana and Springfield, Ill.; Columbus, Ga.; Hagerstown, Md.; Montgomery, Ala; and Yuba City, Calif.

Seeing HSPA+ 21 service for the first time are: Corvallis, Ore.; Decatur and Peoria, Ill.; Evansville, Ind.; Holland and Kalamazoo, Mich.; Santa Barbara, Calif; State College, Pa.; Yuba City, Calif.

Of course, you'll need the proper smartphone -- such as the Samsung Galaxy S II or HTC Amaze 4G -- to take advantage. Full presser's after the break.

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2 years ago

Amazon UK has Galaxy Nexus slated for Dec. 2

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Ask any three retailers anywhere in the world when the Samsung Galaxy Nexus will actually go on sale, and you're likely to get three different answers. And now, Amazon UK's got the object of our affection slated for Dec. 2. Meanwhile, we still have no official date from Verizon here in the U.S., and we're closing in on a month since the phone was actually announced.

Source: Amazon UK; thanks, Bob!

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2 years ago

Vivid (the porn company) takes on the HTC Vivid (as in the phone)

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See, folks, you've gotta be careful when you're naming things, otherwise you might find yourself on the wrong end of porn. Wait. Back that thang up. Erm, we mean let's back up. Uhhh, start at the begnning.

Adult entertainment company Vivid Entertainment -- perhaps you know their work -- apparently has sent a cease-and-desist letter to HTC, claiming that the new HTC Vivid -- one of AT&T's first LTE Android smartphones -- is infringing on its trademarked name. The Verge confirmed the letter with HTC and rightfully notes that this could be Vivid Entertainment vigorously defending its trademarks (and of there's one way Vivid knows how to work, it's vigorously), as you're required to do in such cases.

But also remember that Vivid has already announced its own Google TV channel, so the lines are being blurred a little bit. That doesn't mean you're likely to see a dedicated porn phone anytime soon, though you'll recall how someone already thought there was one. And this isn't the first naming spat HTC's seen -- the HTC ChaCha's been targeted by an online search engine of the same name, and it was changed to the ChaChaCha in Spain because of translation issues.

Source: TMZ; More: The Verge

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2 years ago

'HTC Zeta' renders appear, rumored to be a 2.5GHz quad-core, ICS-powered beast

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A few days ago we were introduced to the Tegra 3-powered HTC Edge, rumored to be one of the first quad-core Android smartphones. Today sees the emergence of renders showing another rumored quad-core HTC phone, the "HTC Zeta". According to Engadget, the Zeta's striking design isn't the only remarkable thing about the device, as it reportedly packs a quad-core Qualcomm APQ8064 CPU at a whopping 2.5 GHz.

Other reported specs include 1GB of RAM, a 4.5-inch 720p display of some sort, 32GB internal storage and an ample 1830 mAh battery. The phone is also said to include an 8MP rear camera capable of 1080p recording, along with the standard 1.3MP front-facer. As you'd expect from a premium HTC handset that's likely to launch in 2012, Sense and Beats Audio are also included, along with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Interestingly the phone is said to weigh just 146 grams, significantly less than many other HTC devices around the 4.3-4.7-inch mark. To put that into perspective, the recently-launched Rezound weighs in at 170 grams, while the Thunderbolt tips the scales at 175.

For the moment, of course, all this is well within rumor territory, and that'll remain the case until such time as HTC announces this device. It could turn out to be little more than a fanciful render of a product that might never come to market. But if it isn't, we certainly look forward to getting our hands on the Zeta, most likely at CES or Mobile World Congress next year.

Source: Engadget

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