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2 years ago

Samsung Gem EH17 software update now available

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If you're rocking a Samsung Gem and have been feeling rather left out of the update loop, now is your time to shine. Samsung has made available for download the EH17 software update that serves to correct some ghosts in the machine if you will. Changes include:

  • New application: Books added to the application list. The Books application allows you to purchase ebooks through the Google ebooks Website. For more information on Books, click here.
  • Fix: Accessing the Camcorder after taking pictures.
  • Fix: Sending MMS when Wi-Fi is active.
  • Fix: Pause key in voicemail.

You will need to download the Samsung Simple Upgrade Tool, and most importantly -- back up your information first but after that it should be smooth sailing for you. You can grab both the Samsung Simple Upgrade Tool and the software update directly from the source link below. Shine on you crazy diamond!

Source: Samsung

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2 years ago

New images of the HTC Vigor confirm rumored specs

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We've been seeing and hearing plenty about the HTC Vigor these days, even the guided video tours have now leaked out. Before those, the media files, live wallpaper and boot animation were all dumped for everyone to enjoy and now some new images have popped up. Aside from the front and back of the device, there is finally some confirmation for the oft rumored specs and the Vigor is running a 1.5GHz processor, Android 2.3.4, a 8MP rear camera with a 2MP shooter on the front and of course that oh so beautiful 4.3-inch HD display and LTE. More pics can be found past the break for you all.

Source: TeamBAMF

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2 years ago

Fusion Garage’s Grid 4 smartphone receives the FCC treatment

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Just in case you thought the folks from Fusion Garage weren't serious about their whole "Grid" line of the devices, we now have a blatant reminder that they are indeed pushing forth with the idea. The Grid4 smartphone is now in the hands of the FCC, which has given the device a complete tear down.

As a reminder -- this device, when released will be coming with a Qualcomm MSM8255, 4-inch 800 x 480 LCD display, 5 Megapixel camera with Autofocus and LED Flash (720p Video Recording) and 16GB of internal storage.

Also included in the FCC filing is the user manual but it is rather sparse on details and more so full of legal speak stating things such as "This product uses the Flickr API but is not endorsed or certified by Flickr" -- sounds great. You can hit the source link for the nitty gritty, if you dare.

Source: FCC; via: Engadget

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2 years ago

Reason No. 729 why we hate the 'Droooooid' ringtone: Postgame NFL press conferences

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Here's a pro tip for all you aspiring sports reporters out there: If you use your phone to record postgame audio and leave it sitting at the lectern, be sure to take the ringer off -- especially if you're working any bucs games anytime soon.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris was 6 minutes into his postgame presser when someone's Android smartphone sounded off. Looks like a Droid X or Droid X2 to us. If any of you beat writers are missing yours, you can have it back after practice Monday.

Source: Buccaneers.com; thanks, Etienne, for the tip!

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2 years ago

Huawei Honor announced with Gingerbread and 'three-day' battery life

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Chinese manufacturer Huawei has officially announced its latest mid-to-high-end Android smartphone for Europe and Asia, the Huawei Honor. The Honor is a 4-inch device running Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread, with a 1.4GHz single-core CPU. The most interesting feature, however, is the phone's 1900mAh battery, which Huawei claims gives it the ability to run for up to three days on a single charge.

Other notable specs include a 854x480 resolution display, 4GB internal storage, 512MB of RAM and HSPA+ support (up to 14.4Mbps) on 900MHz, 2100MHz and AWS bands. That means it'll work on most European and Asian GSM carriers, as well as T-Mobile USA.

The Huawei Honor is due to launch in China, Russia and the Middle East before the end of the year. Join us after the jump for the full presser.

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2 years ago

Samsung announces the Galaxy S II LTE and Galaxy S II LTE HD (with a 720p display) for Korea

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Samsung's dropped word of a couple of big phones for the Korean market -- the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE (that's it on the left), and the Galaxy S II LTE HD. Yes, folks, HD. As in high-definition. As in a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED HD display. As in a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED HD display at a 1280x720 resolution, for 316 pixels per inch, just shy of the iPhone 4's 326 ppi. Plus is, you know, better, because it's bigger, faster and runs Android.

Save for the screen, specs are the same for both phones -- a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 16GB of internal storage, an 8MP rear camera and the other usual features. And probably the one spec that'll keep those of us here in the states banging our heads -- it's Korean-only for now.

Source: Samsung Korea (translated); via Sammy Hub

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2 years ago

RAM: What it is, how it's used, and why you shouldn't care

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Recently, a wise man holding a new Samsung Galaxy S II made a great observation --

Why, in the name of all things holy, does the fastest, most powerful phone on the market have a widget warning me how many apps are open?

Many of you guys know me, and how I am (if you don't, imagine some godless mash-up of anal retentiveness and OCD), so you know this is something that just had to be addressed or I would never sleep well at night again.  Which leads us to here and now.  The answer to the question is pretty easy -- user madness and FUD forced manufacturers to add some sort of RAM-cleaning, task-killing, and problem-causing widget to current builds of their software.  For most of us, the system running on our Android phones, and the way it handles RAM usage, is very different than what we are used to on our computers.  If we take a few minutes to understand the way RAM is managed on our phones, we'll not only be able to better interpret what that widget is telling us, but also understand why it doesn't really matter.  Let's do that, after the break.

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2 years ago

Samsung Captivate on Rogers gets its Gingerbread update via Kies

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If you're a Rogers customer and using a Samsung Captivate, this weekend would be a good time to hook it up to Kies -- there's an update to Android 2.3.3 waiting for you to grab and install.  Reports say that this one doesn't wipeout all your user data, but it does reset your homescreen(s) configuration, as well as improve Wifi reception and address the mass storage issues a few had with the Froyo update.  Sounds like an awesome tradeoff to me. 

Installation seems pretty painless, be sure you're running the latest version of Kies, then download and install the file.  It takes just a few minutes, and you're left with a Captivate that runs much nicer than it did yesterday.  If you run into any issues, sound out for help in the forums and lets the expert community get you on the right track.

Source: Mobilesyrup

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2 years ago

T-Mobile HTC Amaze 4G sighted, looks like the Sensation's big brother

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We've seen blurry-cam shots of T-Mobile's HTC Amaze 4G before, but now it seems we may have the first set of leaked press shots for the phone, along with a more detailed list of device specs to boot. T-Mobile blog CellphoneSignal has published what look like official promotional images of the Amaze 4G, as well as details of what's lurking within the chassis.

As we heard last month, it looks like the HTC Amaze 4G is a 4.3-inch device with a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon CPU, 1GB of RAM and an 8-megapixel rear camera. CellphoneSignal says the device is targeted as a replacement for the myTouch 4G, which is interesting considering the lack of myTouch branding, and the fact that it seems to be running vanilla HTC Sense. We have to admit, though, the design is highly reminiscent of Tmo's myTouch line.

Other reported specs for the Amaze 4G include a qHD (960x540) display, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, HTC Sense 3.5 on top of Android 2.3, Bluetooth 3.0, and most interestingly, support for HSPA+ speeds of up to 42Mbps.

The Amaze 4G is reportedly due for release "in a few weeks", possibly adding some weight to the rumors of an Oct. 26 release date that emerged back in August, based on a leaked T-Mobile flyer.

Source: CellphoneSignal

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2 years ago

Samsung announces 10 million Galaxy S II moved so far, beats previous record by one month

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Back in July Samsung announced that it had sold 5 million Samsung Galaxy S II units already, and it was only available overseas, and that they predicted they would hit the 10 million mark ahead of what the original Galaxy S did. Well, Samsung has announced that the Galaxy S II has hit the 10 million mark in only six months, one month quicker than the original did, and that is without any of the US sales. As we know they just started selling the Sprint version, and the AT&T variant is due out Oct 2, so how long until we see them annouce that 15 million have been sold?

Full presser's after the break.

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