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2 years ago

Harman hops on the Android Open Accessory Protocol train

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Harman International Industries -- the company behind such audio giants as Harman Kardon and JBL -- has announced it is supported the Android Open Accessory Protocol. That's the feature announced back at Google IO in May that will let you connect your Android 3.1 tablet and Android 2.3.4 smartphone to, well, anything.

The obvious play here is for car audio, and Harman specifically mentions its Aha Radio service. But also look for navigation and steering wheel control, as well as being able to share music and movies to passengers' seats as well.

No word on when we'll see AOAP-enabled dash units, but it's gonna be pretty sweet when we do. Check out the full press release after the break.

Source: Harman

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2 years ago

T-Mobile MyTouch 4G Slide coming July 27, pre-order starts July 19

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The T-Mobile MyTouch 4G Slide (the one with the awesome camera) will be hitting the shelves come July 27, with a pre-sales campaign starting July 19.  The new slider is a very nice upgrade from the original MyTouch 4G, or the MyTouch 3G Slide, with a dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon, Android 2.3 with Sense 3.0, and a 3.7 inch WVGA LCD screen.  But the real standout looks to be the camera -- HTC promises zero shutter lag on the 8MP camera, with a backside illuminated sensor and an f/2.2 aperture.  Add in some great supporting software, complete with HDR capabilities, and it sounds like a winner.

According to a T-Mobile press release, the availability and pricing details are:

The T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide will be available exclusively from T-Mobile on July 27 at T-Mobile retail stores and through select national retailers and dealers. A Web-only pre-sale at http://mytouch.t-mobile.com/4g-slide will kick off on July 19. Offered in two colors – black and khaki, the myTouch 4G Slide will cost $199.99 with a two-year service agreement and qualifying unlimited data plan after a $50 mail-in-rebate.

I'm already pestering Phil to get my hands on one, so we'll be sure to give it the once over.  While we wait, chat it up in the MyTouch 4G Slide forums!

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2 years ago

HTC Status available on AT&T starting July 17, presales today

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AT&T's just dropped word that the HTC Status (its version of the HTC ChaCha) will be available in stores starting July 17 for a mere $49.99 on contract. That price is just about right, we gather, as it's obviously fighting for the Facebook crowd. (Maybe the dedicated Facebook button gave that away?) Presales begin today, and Best Buy will have an exclusive mauve version available.

Other specs of note:

  • Platform: Android 2.3 + HTC Sense
  • Display: 2.6-inch touch screen with 480 x 320 resolution
  • Network: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 UMTS/HSDPA 850/1900
  • Memory: 512 MB RAM, 512 MB ROM
  • Processor: MSM7227, 800 MHz
  • Battery: Rechargeable lithium-ion battery, 1250 mAh
  • Camera resolution: 5 MP main camera with autofocus, VGA  front-facing camera

So, another week or so to go before you can snag the Status. In the meantime, be sure to check out our review of the European HTC ChaCha.

Source: AT&T

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2 years ago

Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo mini-review

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Sony Ericsson’s 2011 line has so far been dominated by devices with one or more standout features. The Xperia Arc was unbelievably slim and light, with an exceptional camera, while the Xperia Play made its debut as the first PlayStation-certified phone. The Xperia Neo, however, sees the manufacturer taking the hardware of the Arc and downscaling it into a more modest and affordable device. The result of its efforts is a solid mainstream smartphone that incorporates most of the Arc’s features, and even surpasses it in some ways.

Read on to find out how the Xperia Neo compares to the mid-range Android competition, as well as shinier, more expensive offerings from the same manufacturer.

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2 years ago

HTC: Bootloader unlocking starts in August

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HTC has updated us all about their bootloader policy for Android phones, and it's all good news.  If you weren't aware, HTC has already announced that they will no longer be locking the bootloaders on their devices.  Tonight, over on its Facebook page, HTC dropped word that the Sensation will be the first to have its bootloader unlocked, followed by the EVO 3D

Here's the full update:

We wanted to provide an update on HTC’s progress with bringing bootloader unlocking to our newest phones. We know how excited some of you are for this capability, and we’ve put significant resources behind making this change as soon as possible. While we wish we could flip a simple switch and unlock all bootloaders across our device portfolio, this is actually a complex challenge that requires a new software build and extensive testing to deliver the best possible customer experience.

We’re thrilled to announce today that software updates to support bootloader unlocking will begin rolling out in August for the global HTC Sensation, followed by the HTC Sensation 4G on T-Mobile USA and the HTC EVO 3D on Sprint. We’re in the testing phase for the unlocking capability now, and we expect it to be fully operational by early September for devices that have received the software updates. We'll continue rolling out the unlocking capability over time to other devices as part of maintenance releases and new shipments.

HTC continues its commitment to unlocking bootloaders and supporting the developer community. Because of the importance of this community to us, please expect an update on this about every few weeks as we make progress toward launch. Thank you for your patience and continued support!

Sure, the wait's a little longer than we all want, but an approximate date is more than we expected.  I'm sure developers and folks with either the HTC Sensation or the HTC EVO 3D are pleased as punch with this decision, as are we here at Android Central.  Nice work, HTC.

Source: Facebook

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2 years ago

ThunderBolt update brings a slightly easier way to turn off LTE

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Here's an unexpected little treat that's come out of the latest update to the HTC ThunderBolt. Somebody (not sure if it was Verizon or HTC) finally decided it'd be a good idea to give us a way to turn off LTE if we so feel like it. All you have to do is go to Settings>Wireless and Networks>Mobile networks>Network mode, you'll get the option to set your preferred network to LTE/CDMA (ie 3G/4G, which is on by default), or CDMA (1xRTT/3G) only.

OK, so that's not quite as simple as a toggle widget like Sprint's put on its Wimax-capable devices. But it's easier and safer than diving into your modem settings (even if we do have those market shortcuts), and we'll take what we can get.

So if you find yourself in a spotty LTE area, or just want to save on battery, give this one a shot.

More: HTC ThunderBolt forums

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2 years ago

Grab the ThunderBolt update yet?

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Just a quick reminder that you can now snag the latest update for the HTC ThunderBolt that addresses the reboots, as well as:

  • Improved data connectivity.
  • Enhanced Call History view.
  • Reduced number of device power cycles and resets.
  • Improved Bluetooth Discovery Mode pop-up window.
  • View App Menu in tabbed layout.
  • People search function enabled.
  • Backup Assistant has been added to the All Apps menu.
  • Preloaded My Verizon, V CAST Music and V CAST Videos.
  • Desktop cradle App is now available, showing clock in landscape m
  • NY Times site has been added into the browser bookmarks.

If it hasn't pushed out, go to Setting>About phone and have it check for updates. And be sure to hit for the forums to see how the update's affecting everybody else.

More: ThunderBolt forums; Thanks, Nick, for the pic!

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2 years ago

Motorola Droid 3 hitting doorsteps for those who ordered early

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There it is, folks. The Motorola Droid 3. It's still not available in stores, of course, but Android Central Forums member wnflyer (sup!) already has his, declaring the following:

This phone has a great look and feel. Four inches is the "sweet spot."

And wnflyer's not alone. Member mfreeman73 has his, saying:

Just received mine. I've only just unboxed it and it's on the charger right now. Very nice looking phone. I'm using a Droid 1 right now and this is definitely a nicer phone. It says my batter was 60% when I first plugged it in. I'm going to let it charge a little and then turn it on.

Anybody else get their Droid 3 yet? Hit up the thread below and see what everyone's saying.

Source: Droid 3 Forums

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2 years ago

AT&T-friendly Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc now shipping from Sony Store

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The Sony Ericsson's flagship phone, the Xperia Arc, has quietly made its way onto Sony's US store, priced at $599.99. There's no mention of any specific carrier, but the specs list it as running on AT&T's 3G bands -- 850MHz/1900MHz/2100MHz.

This will be the first opportunity for folks in the US to (officially) get hold of an Arc that'll play nicely with a domestic carrier's 3G network. The phone has been available in Europe since April, but imported units are limited to 2G connectivity over EDGE in the US. Right now there's no mention of the Arc on AT&T's official site, so for the moment there's no carrier-subsidized option for this device.

Hit the source link for more information and specs, and make sure to check our full review of the Xperia Arc if you're thinking about snapping one up.

Source: Sony Store

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2 years ago

Motorola Titanium heading to Sprint on July 24, $149 on contract

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The Motorola Titanium looks to be headed to Sprint on July 24 for a cool $149, according to the leaked flyer above. Don't recall the Titanium? Heck, we can't remember back to May either. To refresh your memories, the Titanium's got a full front QWERTY keyboard, 3.1-inch display, 5 MP rear camera, and Android 2.1 Froyo Eclair all housed inside a dust, shock, and heat-proof casing. Oh, it'll support Nextel's Direct Connect services too. Think of it as an indestructable walkie-talkie running Android. Pretty cool, huh? We'll keep an ear out for official word from Sprint, but if you're patiently holding out for a phone to put through the ringer, it looks like you won't have to wait much longer.

Source: Engadget; SprintFeed

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