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4 years ago

Motorola Droid RAZR specs

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Motorola Droid RAZR gallery

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4 years ago

Motorola Droid RAZR is officially official -- just 7.1mm thin!

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Sanjay Jha just officailly breathed new life into an old brand with the Motorola Droid RAZR at its event in New York City. Thin. Light. Fast. It'll be available in early November for $299 on contract.

Let's just get to the specs.

  • 7.1 mm thin.
  • 127 grams
  • Kevlar
  • Gorilla Glass
  • Splash Guard
  • 1.2GHZ processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Advanced qHD display
  • 8MP camrea with 1080p video
  • MotoCast
  • 12.5 hours talk time/8.9 hours video playback
  • Webtop
  • 1780 mAh battery
  • Bluetooth 4.0

New software called Smart Actions is supposed to take care of some certain tasks in the background, like turning off Bluetooth and GPS when you're at home. Or if you're at 20 percent battery, it'll dim the display automatically, or slow the processor. Moto claims you can get up to 30 percent more battery life because of this.

It's also got MotoCast, which gives you your own personal cloud -- aka one more place to sync your stuff.

Full presser's after the break.

Droid RAZR Forums | Droid RAZR Specs | Droid RAZR Gallery

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4 years ago

Pantech Breakout Review

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Verizon has been busy ramping up their 4G LTE network over the past months, we have watched the expansion, and seen a few devices release to take advantage of it. To this point you had to shell out a pretty penny in order to purchase a device that made use of this network for yourself, but Verizon has changed that with the Pantech Breakout. This device, which appears to be aimed at mid range users, someone looking for a device with good specs, a large screen, and access to the 4G LTE network, without breaking the bank.

So, does the old saying "you get what you pay for" hold true for this device, or has Pantech been able to bring a device to the table at a price much lower than the rest, and allow it to adequately compete with the others? Hit the break and let's take an in depth look at the device, the software, and a bunch of other goodies.


For the price you get a nice 4-inch display, and the amazing speeds of Verizon's 4G LTE network.


The 376MB of memory can be used quickly, and if you are not paying attention and moving apps to the SD card you will can run out of storage space easily.



Pantech has brought a nice entry level LTE device to Verizon's network, and while it isn't for everyone it does appeal to those who want the LTE power, but not to have the price tag of the high end devices.

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4 years ago

Latest Galaxy Nexus leak looks to be the best yet

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We're just about 12 short hours away from the official Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Ice Cream Sandwich announcement in Hong Kong, so it's fitting that we're seeing the best (and most likely legit) leak yet. The goods apparently are from Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo, which says it'll be available Nov. 20. And specs? About the most detailed (if still unofficial) list we've seen yet, including much of what we already "know." Dual-core TI OMAP 4460 processor, 4.7-inch display at 720x1280, Ice Cream Sandwich, 32GB ROM, 1GB RAM, NFC, 1750 mAh battery. Want more?  Peep 'em after the break.

Source: Blog of Mobile (translated) via android.hdblog (translated)
More: Galaxy Nexus forums

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4 years ago

Motorola Droid Bionic kernel source released

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Samsung's not the only OEM releasing source code today, as Motorola has released the kernel and other GPL source code for the Motorola Droid Bionic.  Developers can use this, and will use this, but more important is that it shows that Motorola is serious about its commitment to open-source software.  We ride them because of their bootloader policies, but in reality all they are required to do is provide source code for the software they distribute that calls for it in the license.  They do a good job with this, and we're glad to see it.  Anyhoo, if you're curious, or actively developing for the Bionic, hit the source link and grab the files.

Source: Motorola's Sourceforge page; More: Droid Bionic hacking forums

Thanks, Conner!

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4 years ago

HTC Thunderbolt Gingerbread update anticipated to be coming (back) 'soon'

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The HTC Thunderbolt has had a rough patch when it comes to Gingerbread.  Combine lots of rumors, even more leaks, and a pretty poor OTA that ended up getting yanked back and you'll have a mix that's bound to have Android power users up in arms.  We're not going to judge anyone here, heck we can't judge  -- releasing software isn't easy.  Verizon and HTC want you to be happy, because they want you to be a return customer.  To quote a great philosopher, "Shit Happens".

Hopefully, the happenings have finished, and according to the official @HTC Twitter account, the powers that be "anticipate the update being available soon."  By most accounts, the previous build of Gingerbread was about 90 percent, and the few bugs remaining have hopefully been squashed.  We've got Phil's battle-scarred Thunderbolt primed and ready, and as soon as we catch wind of any updates you'll be the first to know.

Source: @HTC; More: HTC Thunderbolt forums

Thanks, Ryan!

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4 years ago

T-Mobile Galaxy S II kernel source released by Samsung

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Samsung has released the kernel (and other GPL software) sources for the SGH-T989, otherwise known as the T-Mobile Galaxy S II.  As usual, this one's not for the layman or even the average Android hacker to fool with, but to developers it's like gold.  Having the kernel source will allow the Galaxy S II to get rooted, and then all sorts of goodness can happen -- and we can hardly wait.  Nice to see Samsung keeping on track and being quick with their code releases.  Hopefully, other OEM's can take a page from their book.  If you're the type who needs a bit of T989 kernel source, hit the link and grab it.

Source: Samsung

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4 years ago

Worldwide Samsung Galaxy S sales hit 30 million

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Galaxy S II

Samsung has announced that it's sold 30 million Galaxy S phones worldwide since the series launched last April. At least a third of that number consists of sales of Samsung's latest and greatest dual-core smartphone, the Galaxy S II. As we reported last month, sales of that device now top 10 million worldwide.

With the Galaxy S II now available on three of the four major US carriers, that number's only going to increase in the months ahead. Samsung notes that the current figures show one Galaxy S II being sold every second since the device's international launch this Spring, which is pretty crazy.

More big numbers and superlatives can be found in today's full press release, after the jump.

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4 years ago

Kyocera Milano review

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Entry-level, a hard keyboard, and an interesting form factor

I've got to hand it to any carrier (and manufacturer) for continuing to make and sell entry-level Android phones. Without them, a whole swath of people would miss out on the coolest mobile OS around and might not get the green fever everyone around here seems to have.

What we have in the Kyocera Milano is a tasty cookie just that: a pretty decent, entry-level Android for the (probably) first-time smartphone owner. If you're a power user and rooter extraordinaire, keep walking. If, however, you're looking to get your first shiny, new smartphone (or know someone who is), dive on deeper with me and we'll sort this whole thing out. 


It's small, brisk for it's size, and has a hard keyboard (great for messaging). It's also about as stock as you can get without going Nexus.


The small screen isn't as sharp as it should be and it's thicker than most über-phones out on the market today.



Sprint and Kyocera have definitely developed a phone for a particular audience, and for that audience, it definitely fits. For everyone else, keep moving right along.

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4 years ago

10 Honeycomb UI features we hope to see in Ice Cream Sandwich for phones

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In short order, Googlers will be on stage announcing Ice Cream Sandwich.  The next version of Android, it's been touted as "the one" that will merge the tablet operating system (Honeycomb) with the phone operating system (Gingerbread), as well as bring "incredible" things according to Larry Page.  We figure a lot of these incredible things will be under the hood, and they should be -- Android still needs some work in key areas, but as users, we're excited about one thing -- the new user interface.

Honeycomb does a lot of things right, and we would love to see some of those things kept and ported over to phones.  Everyone has their own list, but we're going to share ours.  Read on past the break!

Ice Cream Sandwich forums | Nexus Prime forums | rumored device forums

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4 years ago

Photon 4G update not going smoothly for all

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It's a story we're hearing all too often these days. An update comes down for a phone, and the phone starts acting up. Such is the case, apparently, for a number of Sprint Motorola Photon 4G users, who are reporting such problems as overheating to failed updates. It's not everybody, of course, but it's enough to raise eyebrows.

So what's the word? Yay or nay on update issues?

Source: Sprint forums; Photon 4G forums

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4 years ago

T-Mobile gets the text-friendly, dual-screened LG DoublePlay

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And in this corner of the LG U.S. National Texting Championship we have the brand-new LG DoublePlay on T-Mobile. Just announced, the Android 2.3 device features a 3.5-inch main display and 2-inch sub-display that splits the four-row QWERTY keyboard. While secondary screens have yet to really take off (hi, Kyrocera Echo and Samsung Continuum), this one's different as it's got a layer of functionality the others lacked with the keyboard.

The DoublePlay, which is powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, also has a 5MP camera and is the phone contestants will use at the National Texting Championship on Oct. 26 in New York. No word yet on when us mere mortals can pick one up.

Source: T-Mobile

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4 years ago

Sprint Epic 4G Touch user makes a Lego stand with a twist [from the forums]

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We've seen some inspiring Lego stands people have made for their smartphones.  Legos are affordable, accessible, and fun as hell to play with (admit it) so they are the perfect building materials for all sorts of projects.  This one, for the Sprint Epic 4G Touch, from AC member mlsanders83 takes the cake though.  It's simple. unobtrusive, and looks like a little tiny Android geek working on a giant sized Super AMOLED plus screen.  When asked what Lego kit was used ('cause who wouldn't want to make one of these) mlsanders83 said it was "some combination of a boat and a plane mostly. I'm sure there were some other parts thrown in there too though."  Hit the break to see a couple more pics, and if you'll excuse me, I have some Legos to go buy.

Source: Android Central forums

Thanks, mlsanders83!

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4 years ago

Motorola Atrix 2, Xoom Family Edition available today

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A bit of new kit from Motorola is available today in the United States. First up is the Motorola Atrix 2. That's the obvious ssequel to the original Atrix 4G (read our full review). It's been nipped, it's been tucked, it's a bit faster, and it's probably got Atrix fans who bought the first version in February a bit riled up. Oh, and it's available for $99 on contract.

Then there's the Motorola Xoom Family Edition. It's a lot (if not exactly) like the original Xoom. Same 10.1-inch display, NVIDIA Tegra 2 internals, 5MP camera. And it's got a slew of apps preloaded, included, including the kid-friendly Zoodles, Quickoffice, Asphalt 6 and SIM City Deluxe. It's going for an entirely reasonable $379 at Best Buy.

More: Atrix 2 at AT&T; Xoom Family Edition at Best Buy

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