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2 years ago

Future Shop drops the price of the Rogers Samsung Galaxy S II LTE to $20

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While Rogers is still looking to charge you $150 for the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE online, Future Shop is a little more forgiving on your bank balance and is now offering the device for only $20 in retail locations across Canada. That won't save you from the 3-year contract required but hey -- getting the device cheaper is better then a swift kick in the arse, right?

Source: Future Shop

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2 years ago

Financial Times finally arrives on Android, beta tag in tow

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The Financial Times may have parted company with the iOS App Store, but they haven't given up on native applications completely as the financial news powerhouse brings their Android offering to the table. 

First things first, if you own a shiny new Galaxy Nexus, hold off a moment as the beta available for download isn't yet compatible with Ice Cream Sandwich. If you're somewhere above Android 2.2 on phones and 3.1 for tablets then you're in luck, and it promises to automatically optimise for your device's screen size for the best user experience. Auto-downloads of the latest edition for offline reading are also along for the ride.

The app is free to download, but the FT does operate as a subscription service. The free registration allows access to eight articles per month, so it's at least possible to try it out without ponying up the cash first. 

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2 years ago

Ice Cream Sandwich coming to Archos G9 series in Q1 2012

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Archos sends word that its G9 series of tablets, which includes 8-inch and 10-inch models, will be upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich during the first quarter of next year. The Archos 101 G9 and Archos 80 G9, which launched with Honeycomb (version 3.2 to be precise), were unveiled earlier this year as Archos' first products to ship with the Android Market.

With a dual-core OMAP CPU inside and an update to ICS now assured, we have to admit that £199 (around $279 in the US) price point is looking ever more tempting. Check out our hands-on coverage for more on both G9 tablets.

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2 years ago

Best Buy getting its Galaxy Nexus stock starting today (but don't tell anyone)

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Shhhhh. Don't tell anybody, but Best Buy's starting to get its Samsung Galaxy Nexus stock today. And don't bother asking, though, cause they can't tell you that it's starting to get its Galaxy Nexus stock today. But we can, and we did.

Now only if we knew when it was going to be released. Hmmmmmmmm.

Thanks, anon! More: Galaxy Nexus forums

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2 years ago

US Cellular tells its employees it doesn't use Carrier IQ

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Chalk up another carrier in the "No" column when it comes to Carrier IQ, apparently. Regional carrier US Cellular, in an internal memo, USC says unequivocably, "None of our devices have this software/applications embedded." Here's the full skinny:

Many of you may have received inquiries from customers regarding USC's usage of Carrier IQ Software that has been in news articles the last few days. At U.S. Cellular®, we take customer privacy very seriously. None of our devices have this software/applications embedded. If you receive any further customer inquiries please let them know that our devices do not have this and we do not monitor this type of information.

We've got the full memo after the break.

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2 years ago

Verizon says it's not blocking Google Wallet, it just doesn't have it because of an integration thing

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We're just going to let this one from Verizon hang out there:

Recent reports that Verizon is blocking Google Wallet on our devices are false. Verizon does not block applications.

Google Wallet is different from other widely-available m-commerce services. Google Wallet does not simply access the operating system and basic hardware of our phones like thousands of other applications. Instead, in order to work as architected by Google, Google Wallet needs to be integrated into a new, secure and proprietary hardware element in our phones.

We are continuing our commercial discussions with Google on this issue.

Whether it's Verizon doing the blocking, as 9 to 5 Google's anonymous source reportedly said, or if it's just not allowing the app, or whatever -- or if it's the current deal with Sprint that's keeping Google Wallet off every other Nexus device -- it's still bad for Google Wallet in short term, not to mention disappointing for those who don't want to hack their phones. Will Google Wallet survive in the long term? Just have to see. 

Source: Verizon

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2 years ago

Google officially announces 10 billion app downloads, more 10-cent apps to come

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Our intrepid readers figured it out a little early this morning, but Google's just made it official: The Android Market has surpassed 10 billion downloads. And as you can see from the chart above, the numbers have skyrocketed over the past several months.

And the really good news: Google's not just promoting the same 10-cent apps for the next week and a half. Check back each day over the next 10 days for all new 10-cent apps. It's a great gift from the maker of the world's best damn mobile OS, that's for sure. 

Source: Google+; more: Android Market

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2 years ago

DroidDoodle - Quad-core

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Don't even ask where his fifth companion core is.

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Nexus in Verizon stores on Dec. 9, Droid 4 on Dec. 8, according to leaked screen

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We have been waiting, and speculating, and hoping that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus launch date would get confirmed by Verizon, and while it hasn't, Engadget received a nice tip. It appears as though all the merchandising materials will be showing up for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus on Dec. 8 -- just two days away -- and also on that day the Motorola Droid 4 will be launching. Unfortunately their source tells them that Thursday won't be the launch day for the Galaxy Nexus, and we will have to wait a whole 24 hours more until Dec. 9 to get our paws on it. Here's to hoping for an official Verizon announcement!

Source: Engadget; More: Galaxy Nexus forums

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2 years ago

Google's 10-cent app sale part of 10 billion downloads promo

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Looks like Google's taken the lid off of this 10-cent app thing. The Android Market's now promoting 10 days of offers -- top premium apps -- 10 cents per app. Dive into that Market page and you see the "10 billion promo" page. That 10 billion's got to refer to app downloads -- a milestone if we've ever heard one.

Here are the 10 apps on the 10-cent promotion for the next 10 days:

Figure we'll see some sort of announcement from Google at some point. In the meantime, hit the links above and get downloading!

More: Android Market

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