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2 years ago

Radio Shack offering free phones for the holidays, new selection each week

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If you're in the market for a new smartphone on AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon, and aren't afraid to sign a new contract you might want to check out Radio Shack before you spend your cash.  They're running a holiday promotion where they give away free phones (including some Android handsets) with a new agreement, and the list of devices changes every week.  This week's offerings (good until Dec. 10) include the HTC Inspire 4G, the HTC Status, and the LG Phoenix for AT&T; the LG Marquee, the Kyocera Milano, the Samsung Conquer 4G, the Samsung Transform Ultra, and LG Optimus S for Sprint; and the Samsung Stratosphere and LG Enlighten for Verizon.

Remember the list changes every week, so if you've had you eye on a particular model you'll have to grab it while it's on sale.  Might be a great way to get a Facebook phone or a QWERTY LTE phone without any out-of-pocket cash.  Hit the break for the comparison charts for this week, and for more info, visit Radio Shack Wireless.

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2 years ago

Sony Ericsson also tells how it's handling Ice Cream Sandwich

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Two manufacturers explaining the upgrade path to Ice Cream Sandwich on the same day? It's gotta be a coincidence, right? Anyhoo, Sony Ericsson -- hot on the heels of Motorola's own post -- has explained in great detail on its developer blog what all goes into updating its devices to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

It's a pretty interesting read (if a little long) and gives a great look at everything that has to happen while the rest of us are setting our hair on fire impatiently waiting on updates. Give it a read.

Source: Sony Ericsson Developer World
Thanks, kjell, for the tip!

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2 years ago

Motorola explains what all it has to do before you get an Ice Cream Sandwich update

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Motorola Mobility, on its blog, has done a great piece explaining the steps it has to take before releasing any upgrades to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. That includes getting the source code, merging it with its existing frameworks, bug-testing, getting carrier certification, doing an initial pre-release with some of us in the real world (those are those "soak tests" we hear about) and, finally, releasing the upgrade. No small feat, to be sure.

We still don't have a hard time table for when we'll start seeing Motorola's devices get their updates, though the manufacturer does remind us that the Droid RAZR, Xoom and Xoom Family Edition, and Droid Bionic will all receive updates to ICS. And that's just for starters, most likely.

Source: MotorolaThanks, Durthquake!

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2 years ago

Verizon's Galaxy Nexus now said to miss never-announced Dec. 9 launch date

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We've gotten a ton of tips from Verizon employees this morning saying that the unofficially official -- and very much not publicly announced -- Dec. 9 launch date for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus has been scrapped for an unannounced reason. 

We've talked with a Verizon spokesperson who reiterated that no official launch date announcement has been made. So, yeah.

Anyhoo, we're in the exact same position we were yesterday. Still no official announcement. We're talking more about it here in the forums.

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2 years ago

Sprint Epic Touch 4G OTA update rolling out now

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Late last month we caught word of an upcoming OTA update for the Sprint Epic Touch 4G, and reports are now that it is rolling out. The update fixes the radio signal loss and the 4G hotspot disconnect during phone calls, which is a huge relief to many of you. If you haven't received a notification for the update yet be sure to hop into your system settings and manually check for an update.

Source: Sprint; via: Android Central Forums

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2 years ago

A close-up look at the Verizon Galaxy Nexus extended battery

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Here's a great look at the Verizon Galaxy Nexus extended battery that should be available at launch this week, courtesy of forums member reflekt2099. It's not a huge boost in available juice at 2100 mAh -- about 13 percent -- but with an LTE radio tucked inside, we'll take whatever we can get.

And unsurprisingly, the battery cover appears to be just a tad thicker than the one we've got on our GSM Galaxy Nexus. (If it wasn't, they obviously wouldn't have included a new battery cover.) Accessory compatibility's a big question here, but we've got a feeling this exetended battery and cover will just squeeze in.

Two days to go.

Source: Verizon Galaxy Nexuxs forums

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2 years ago

Verizon Galaxy Nexus arriving in select Radio Shack stores 'this week' with a $300 price tag

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This just came in through the Android Central app, and it lets us know that the Verizon Unicorn Galaxy Nexus should be arriving in select Radio Shack locations "this week".  The pricing will be $299.99 on a new plan or an upgrade, and a whopping $799.99 unactivated and off-contract.  Visual merchandising (a.k.a. in-store posters and other advertising material) can be displayed Thursday, Dec. 8, and it's likely that the phones will be available for sale if they've arrived in the store by then.  As we can barely make out on the last line, the Galaxy Nexus will be replacing the Samsung Droid Charge on the shelves at Radio Shack, which originally sold for $299.99 as well.  We're getting there folks, two more days.

Thanks, Anon!

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2 years ago

Sony Ericsson 'Xperia Arc HD' sighted in Hong Kong, rumored for unveiling at CES

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It's been just over a month since we got our first glimpse of Sony Ericsson's next big thing, the Xperia Arc HD (previously known by its codename, "Nozomi"). Today a new photo has emerged of the device, which is reportedly going through carrier testing in Hong Kong. Despite sections of the phone being strategically blurred out, you can clearly see that the Xperia UI has undergone a bit of a facelift, and that the chassis seems to be incredibly thin, just like its predecessors. Some mystery still surrounds the purpose of the glowing section at the bottom of the device though -- as we've seen in the earlier shots, it seems to extend all the way around the shell.

Chinese blog Techorz, the source of the leak, claims an unveiling at CES in early January is on the cards, which wouldn't surprise us considering that's where we first saw the original Arc almost a year ago. As for rumored specs, the site reports exactly what we've heard elsewhere -- a 1.5 GHz dual-core CPU inside, with 1GB of RAM, a 4.3-inch, 720p display and a whopping 12MP camera, presumably sporting Sony's Exmor R tech. Crucially, though, there's no mention of which version of Android is powering the Arc HD at present. Last time we saw it, it was rocking Android 2.3.5, though if it does launch with Gingerbread we'd expect a relatively speedy upgrade to ICS.

Fingers crossed, hopefully we'll be getting our hands on this beast sooner rather than later.

Source: Techorz, Thanks, Alfred!

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2 years ago

Secure tokens will cause issues with NFC and battery swapping on the Verizon Galaxy Nexus

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One of the little bombshells dropped from the Verizon Galaxy Nexus training materials concerns NFC and the swappable battery.  Because the NFC chip resides on the battery itself, the hardware changes when you change the battery.  Not only does your replacement battery have to have NFC capabilities, but the system and NFC chip use a token to match things together for security.  We're speculating that ISIS requires this sort of extra layer, but that's just an educated guess.  Note that this doesn't mean things won't work, Verizon simply says:

Customers attempting to use more than one battery with the Galaxy Nexus may have less than an optimal experience since the NFC chip within the battery must register a token between the device and the battery each time the battery is swapped.

Less than optimal may mean different things to different people, so this may mean that it takes a bit longer for the system to initialize, NFC settings will need adjusted, not all apps will work properly, or the whole enchilada may not work.  We'll know more when the Verizon version hits the shelves.  Hopefully, that's soon.

Thanks, +Butch Yon for the heads up!

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2 years ago

Ice Cream Sandwich coming to Archos G9 series in Q1 2012

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Archos sends word that its G9 series of tablets, which includes 8-inch and 10-inch models, will be upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich during the first quarter of next year. The Archos 101 G9 and Archos 80 G9, which launched with Honeycomb (version 3.2 to be precise), were unveiled earlier this year as Archos' first products to ship with the Android Market.

With a dual-core OMAP CPU inside and an update to ICS now assured, we have to admit that £199 (around $279 in the US) price point is looking ever more tempting. Check out our hands-on coverage for more on both G9 tablets.

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