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2 years ago

US Cellular's HTC Merge gets its Gingerbread update [Updated]

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There's some poetic justice in that the HTC Merge -- US Cellular's version, anyway -- is getting its Android 2.3 update when you consider that the phone nearly died on the Verizon vine. But Gingerbread it now has, at least for you folks on the beloved regional carrier.

You're getting Android 2.3.4 (build 3.05.573.1), and with it all the updates and improvements that some of the most high-profile phones of the past nine months or so don't even have. Well done, USCC!

Update: There have been some issues with the download link for the Merge update, and US Cellular says they are working closely with HTC to rectify the situation on their Facebook page.  If you have experienced and issues, know that they are being worked on and USCC will let everyone know when things are back on track. 

Download: Gingerbread for USCC HTC Merge; via US Cellular

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2 years ago

Verizon to launch 26 new LTE markets Sep. 15, expand 3 others

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Verizon has announced that they will be turning on the LTE switch in 26 new areas come Sep 15 (that's tomorrow!), as well as expanding the footprint in three metro areas.  The new markets are:

  • Fort Smith and Jonesboro, Ark.
  • San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara, Calif.
  • Daytona, Fla.
  • Bloomington, Champaign/Urbana, Rockford and Springfield, Ill.
  • Quad Cities, Ill./Iowa
  • Iowa City, Iowa
  • Shreveport, La.
  • Kalamazoo and Saginaw, Mich.
  • Reno, Nev.
  • Las Cruces, N.M.
  • Fargo, N.D.
  • Canton, Lima and Mansfield, Ohio
  • Dyersburg, Tenn.
  • Tri-Cities, Tenn./Va.
  • Austin, Beaumont/Port Arthur, Wichita Falls and El Paso, Texas.

The existing LTE footprint in San Francisco, Calif., Indianapolis Ind., and Cleveland/Akron Ohio is also slated to see a "major expansion".  As you can see in our Droid Bionic review, LTE is fast data re-defined.  The footprint keeps expanding, and each new LTE device brings a little better performance than the last, and everyone is loving it.  Keep it up Big Red!  We've got the (very long) full press release after the break.

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2 years ago

HTC Sensation XE UK availability and pricing info emerges

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British retailer Phones4U has announced that it'll be the first to carry HTC's new flagship smartphone, the Sensation XE, with a release slated for October 1. Phones4U says it'll have a "lead to market" on the device, which will become the fastest HTC smartphone available when it launches. In related news, Clove, which sells SIM-free smartphones, says it'll stock the Sensation XE from October 7, priced at £492 (~$780).

In addition to everything that made the original Sensation such a great phone, the Sensation XE boasts a slightly faster 1.5GHz CPU, along with Beats Audio support and bundled Beats earphones. Hit up our announcement post from earlier today for all the details.

Phones4U adds that it'll also be carrying an exclusive white version of the original Sensation, which it'll launch alongside the Sensation XE on October 1. The white Sensation will apparently be offered for free on contracts of £31 or more per month, while if it's the Sensation XE you're after, you'll need to spend £36 per month to get the phone for free.

Join us after the jump for more details in the official presser.

Source: Phones4U, Clove; via: Eurodroid

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2 years ago

T-Mobile Galaxy S II processor outed by Galaxy S support Twitter account?

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And there you have it.  The T-Mobile version of the Samsung Galaxy S II will have the Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8060 1.5GHz dual-core CPU instead of the Exynos processor the rest of the series has.  People who go gaga over the benchmark numbers will be disappointed, as will people wanting that 42Mbps HSPA+ speed that was rumored for a while, as the product brief for the MSM8X60/APQ8060 lists its max speed at 14Mbps.

Who won't be disappointed?  A whole bunch of folks who will be picking this one up when it launches that have no idea what's under the hood (and don't really care), and those that want the most out of their battery life.  Android geeks will just have to second guess why the decision was made -- if it turns out to be true.  We've seen Twitter fail us much too often to put all our faith into 140 characters.

Source: @GalaxySsupportThanks, Wilson!

MSM8X60/APQ8060 product brief

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2 years ago

Sprint begins the Gingerbread rollout for the LG Optimus S

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Remember the end of last month when we saw the source code for the LG Optimus S Gingerbread update appear, but no word of the update? Well the update has finally been detailed for us, and it will begin rolling out today. The update, which is slated to roll out to all users within 10 days will bring a whole bunch of improvements, such as

  • Volume adjustment from handset when backlight is off and in a Bluetooth call
  • Initiation of a 3-way call in certain markets
  • Updated color scheme (includes darker notification bar and black-based menus)
  • New on-screen keyboard (supports multi-touch input and a smart auto-correction function)
  • Improved cut-paste functionality
  • New integrated download application for ease in accessing downloaded files
  • Updated camera application
  • Power management and task killer applications

So if you own an LG Optimus S on Sprint be sure to check for the update, and if you happen to receive it let us know your thoughts in our forums!

Source: Sprint ; Thanks, Jim!

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2 years ago

Android 101: Keep your Picasa account synced with your Android device

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2 years ago

HTC reigns supreme among UK Android fans

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In some not so unexpected but still slightly surprising news, recent figures suggest that HTC accounts for just over half of all Android smartphones in use in the UK. 

A recent Comscore study revealed that 50.9 per cent of the 6.3million UK Android phones belong to the Taiwanese manufacturer. In comparison, second place went to Samsung with 21.6 per cent, and Sony Ericsson rounding out the podium in third with 14.2 per cent. 

I'll admit to first recognizing Android through HTC, in particular Sense, but to see the brand so far out front from Samsung especially with the mighty Galaxy S 2 doing the rounds still surprises a little. Maybe Sense UI really does make a difference.

Source: T3

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2 years ago

Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray now available on Vodafone UK

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Vodafone UK has announced that it's just launched the Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray (check out our hands-on feature) in gold on its network. The Ray, which has much the same internals as the Xperia Arc, packs a 3.3-inch Sony "Reality Display" inside a slim aluminum chassis -- a pleasant change from the plastic used in most SE phones.

Vodafone is offering the Xperia Ray for free on 24-month contracts of £26 or more per month. At that price, you'll get a monthly allowance of 300 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB data to play with. Hit the source link for more details.

Source: Vodafone UK

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2 years ago

HTC Runnymede and Bliss leakage outs specs, Beats Audio support

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A slew of specifications for two upcoming Gingerbread-powered HTC phones -- the Bliss and the Runnymede -- have leaked out onto the web, along with fresh promotional shots of the latter. The spec list, which appears on This Is My Next, shows the European version of the HTC Bliss as being a 3.7-inch device with a WVGA display. Other nuts and bolts include a 1GHz Qualcomm CPU, 5MP rear camera and VGA front-facing camera. So far, on par with the Desire S.

The stand-out feature for the Bliss seems to be the "charm indicator", which is said to be an attachment to the device designed to hang out of a handbag and flash when the phone needs your attention. This would certainly fit with all the rumors about the Bliss being targeted specifically at women. Unfortunately, though, there's nothing on the spec sheets about the re-tooled version of Sense that looks to be on its way to the Bliss.

The HTC Runnymede is a little more interesting. According to the leaked specs, it's confirmed as a massive 4.7-inch device, similar to HTC's Windows-powered Titan. Like that device, it's just 9.9mm thick and includes a 1.5GHz single-core Qualcomm CPU along with an 8MP rear camera capable of 720p video recording. No word yet on whether it's the same much-hyped f/2.2 lens found in the Titan, but our fingers are firmly crossed. Beats Audio is also said to be included in the Runnymede, following HTC's recent partnership with Beats by Dre, though apparently not all Runnymede SKUs will ship with Beats support.

Finally, an early promotional shot of the HTC Runnymede has emerged on Chinese site ePrice, showing the device in all its glory, with the Beats Audio logo clearly on display. Eagle-eyed readers will also note a small design change in HTC's Sense UI -- note the larger, shinier, translucent dock near the bottom.

Tempted by either of these new HTC devices? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Source: This Is My Next, UnwiredView

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2 years ago

Motorola Droid Bionic review

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The Motorola Droid Bionic is a hell of a phone —
but can it possibly live up to the months and months of hype?


Finally, Verizon combines LTE data with a dual-core processor in a familiar and stylish form factor. It's fast, well-built with a large screen.


What took this phone so long to get to market? It's found itself in a precarious place, with a new version of Android imminent, along with new hardware. Then there's the Pentile display and continued LTE battery suck, plus a suspect camera.



This should have been Verizon's Droid X2. Or maybe it was supposed to be the Droid X3. Regardless, it's the best LTE device available today.

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