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2 years ago

Three UK takes a sneak peek at Samsung's Galaxy W

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British carrier Three got some hands-on time with the Samsung Galaxy W, one of the new mid-range offerings announced by Sammy earlier today. It looks like a solid mid-range device, with a 3.7-inch SLCD display, 1.4 GHz single-core CPU and TouchWiz 4.0 on top of Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

The Samsung Galaxy W will be "coming soon" to Three, though no release date or pricing info is available just yet. Join us after the jump for the video, which offers a closer look at the Galaxy W's hardware.

Source: Three Blog; via: Eurodroid

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2 years ago

Sprint Motorola Photon 4G gets an update to fix muted call issue

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Sprint's Motorola Photon 4G is in the midst of a little bugfix update this week. You can either go into the settings menu and start the update that way, or just wait for the update notification to appear.

Here's what's being fixed in software version 4.5.1A-1_SUN-154_5:

  • Improvements to voice calling to eliminate inadvertent voice calls defaulting to mute
  • Improve stability, resulting in fewer occurrences of unresponsiveness
  • Bluetooth support for mono headsets with the Sprint Visual Voicemail application

Yeah. Muted calls are a big one, as is stability. Good on Sprint and Moto for getting that one pushed out soonest.

Source: Sprint; via Photon 4G Forums

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2 years ago

Pierce your nipples, get a 'free' phone

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We've seen these "free" phone deals before. Try on a pair of jeans, get a "free" phone. But we're a little intrigued about the prospect of getting a "free" phone (you still have to sign a contract and, you know, pay your bill every month) in exchange for putting holes in your body. But that's what you can get from the Piercing Pagoda, apparently. You've got to be 18, and be able to pass a credit check. And, you know, have a hole put in your body.

Source: Piercing Pagoda; thanks, Justice

Update: Whoops. Piercing Pagoda doesn't do nipples. That was an embarrassing trip to the mall.

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2 years ago

Samsung announces new smartphone naming strategy, four new Gingerbread phones

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Samsung Galaxy M Pro (left) and Galaxy Y Pro

Get ready for more smartphone alphabet soup. Samsung has announced its new naming convention, along with four new Android smartphones.

Let's start with the hardware and preface it by saying this is a general announcement, and not anything you'll see in the United States anytime soon. And with that, we've got the Samsung Galaxy W, Galaxy M Pro, Galaxy Y and Galaxy Y Pro.

We break it all down after the break.

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2 years ago

Motorola lights up the UK market with the Motorola Fire

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Motorola this morning announced the UK as the Motorola Fire, a 2.8-inch Android 2.3 touchscreen device with a physical QWERTY keyboard on the bottom. The device will launch with a 1420mAh battery which is said to deliver best-in-class battery life, allowing users to easily make it through an entire day. The device will be available in the standard black that we have seen before, as well as a white version. It'll be available in September. Full details after the break.

Source: Motorola

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2 years ago

Verizon peeps getting their Droid Bionic shirts -- a good sign there's actually a phone coming

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Once upon a time we heard a story about a phone's release being delayed because Verizon employees didn't get their T-shirts in time. No idea if that was truth or fantasy, but it makes for a great story.

Looks like T-shirts will be the least of the launch problems for the Droid Bionic. Huzzah.

Thanks, Wiggy!

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2 years ago

AT&T leaked roadmap for the second half of 2011 has plenty of Android on the way

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It looks like we'll be seeing quite a few Android devices come out later this year on AT&T, according to this leaked roadmap for the second half of 2011.  Besides the Samsung Galaxy S II (supposedly the AT&T Attain) we see listed as the Samsung "Singa" SGH-i777, we also see another potential high end Android device from Samsung as the "Gidim" SGH-i927, which may turn out to be the Samsung slider we all saw earlier, or the Samsung Impulse, another 4G phone.  Also nestled among the various WP7 and BlackBerry phones is the Atrix refresh, the MB865 we've been hearing about. 

And of course, we can't forget the other end of the spectrum -- Huawei and Pantech look to be putting out more affordable (and probably less feature-rich) handsets this year as well.  What's a bit odd is what we're not seeing -- namely the HTC Holiday.  We won't read too much into that, as there's certainly other phones coming that aren't on this list as well.  If this holds to be true (remember, these things change all the time) it looks like a great third and fourth quarter for AT&T subscribers and Android fans.

Source: Pocketnow

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2 years ago

And yet another ThunderBolt Gingerbread RUU comes forward

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We've lost track of just how many Gingerbread builds have leaked for the HTC Thunderbolt, but a new one's just appeared in RUU form. Ol' Football just dropped build 2.11.605.0. And being an RUU, it means you'll be wiping your phone if you run it in that form and don't want for a little additional hackery.

The good news is that work is obviously continuing on Android 2.3 builds for the 'Bolt. So hopefully we'll have a relatively bug-free upgrade when the time comes. (Knock on wood.)

Source: XDA Developers; Thanks, Brian!

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2 years ago

Radio Shack teasing a white EVO 3D, coming Sept. 9

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Read our EVO 3D review

There's something rather ironic about Radio Shack teasing exclusivity on a white HTC EVO 3D on Instagram, which is still iOS-only. But whatever. Radio Shack's teasing exclusivity on a white EVO 3D. And it's coming Sept. 9. And it's on Sprint. Huzzah.

Source: @RadioShack

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2 years ago

Android 101: How to perform a factory data reset

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