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3 years ago

Nexus S 4G information uncovered via the Sprint website

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We're not all that far off from CTIA kicking off and low and behold some more information has already snuck out about what Sprint may be announcing in their time there. We've seen plenty of rumors and speculation but this latest bit of info takes the cake.  We're sure it'll be removed at some point soon but the above image is what turns up when you search for Nexus on Sprints very own website. Crazy right?

Although the device info is great the see, the thing that really piques our interest is the mention of Google Voice integration. We're not sure on the complete details behind it but that alone seems more newsworthy to us then just another 4G device announcement. No matter, the wait will soon be over and we'll be there at CTIA to bring you all the latest. [Engadget]

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3 years ago

T-Mobile: Pay your bills, no Magenta iPhone

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So now that T-Mobile's hopped in bed with AT&T -- maybe you've heard about it -- what's that mean for you T-Mobile customers in the near-term? The quick and easy answer is not much. There are a lot of hoops that have to be jumped through for this to even happen. So in the meantime, everyone sit tight and peep these bullet points:

  • Keep paying your bills. T-Mobile's pretty not dead yet, and you still need your phone to work. So write your checks to Magenta just like normal.
  • Your current T-Mobile phone won't yet work on AT&T 3G. And AT&T phones won't work on T-Mobile 3G. The laws of physics can't be breached by this deal.
  • And that means neither T-Mobile nor AT&T are likely to shut down the 1700 MHz (AWS) band any time soon.
  • No, T-Mobile isn't getting the iPhone. And they're pretty clear about that, saying that in the interim, "T-Mobile USA remains an independent company. The acquisition is expected to be completed in approximately 12 months. We do not offer the iPhone."
  • And as you just read, this whole thing's going to take a year or so to be done. There also will be some major rebranding to be done, and likely Carly and that Snarky McSnarkington in those Apple ripoff/AT&T bitchslap commercials will be no more.

Don't believe us? Wanna hear more about how "the merger will ensure the deployment of a robust 4G LTE network to 95% of the U.S. population"? (Never mind that Verizon's very much beating AT&T-Mobile in the 4G game at the moment.) T-Mo's got a nice Q&A worked up in its forums. [T-Mobile Forums] Thanks to everybody who sent this in

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3 years ago

The Week in Android News

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3 years ago

HTC Pyramid gets caught in all its blurry cam glory

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Although we've most recently seen some renders of the HTC Pyramid we're now getting another look at some blurry cam images of the actual device sitting next to an HTC Desire HD. While the renders had Google branding this device is proudly shown off wearing HTC branding.

With specs calling for a 1.2GHz processor, 768MB of RAM along with an 8MP rear and 1.3MP front facing camera on board we're hoping to see more come CTIA. Oddly enough, no mention of what version of Android is running on this device for now -- previous rumors suggested Honeycomb but we can't really see that happening. [Techblog via Engadget]

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3 years ago

More details of Sprint Epic 4G Froyo update leaked

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One of the people "close to the matter" has given us a bit more information about the scheduled update to Froyo for the Sprint Epic 4G.  Besides the lovely picture you see above, we have the text from the instructional page that you'll be seeing tomorrow (March 21) at Sprint's website.  While this may be old hat for many of us, I'm sure that others will benefit, and more evidence that it's coming is always a good thing.  Hit the break for the rest, and remember, the Android Central Epic 4G forums can answer most questions that Sprint doesn't.  Thanks Anonymous!

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3 years ago

Key to Motorola's locked bootloaders found, posted on Twitter [update -- or not]

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This one's still trickling in, but it appears that the keys needed to bypass the bootloader protection used by Motorola have been uncovered, with proof posted on Twitter.  This means developers should be able to build true custom .sbf files and sign them so that they can be flashed via the locked and encrypted bootloader on select Motorola devices.  And presumably, Motorola has its cease-and-desist macro at the ready. Holy shades of Sony v. Geohot, Batman, this is going to get interesting!

To you and I, these aren't of much use.  I'm sure the people that needed them are already hard at work, and soon we will see the benefits.  In the meantime, hit the source links to keep track of the progress.  [@nenolod; nenolod.net]

Update: Turns out this was all a hoax.  Nothing to see here folks.  Look here for details.

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3 years ago

Leaked Three information shows off Samsung Galaxy S 2 Mini along with release dates for the HTC Flyer

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The folks over at Engadget were slipped a little tip that happened to showcase the entire upcoming lineup for UK carrier Three. Included in this was information about a 3.7 inch Samsung Galaxy S2 Mini, and we are puzzled as to where the mini part is, as the screen is still larger than that of the iPhone.

This device, not to be confused with the previous Samsung Galaxy Mini, will be introduced as a high end handset, and is set to launch with Gingerbread. Along with its 3.7 inch display, the device will have a 1.4GHz processor, a 5MP rear facing camera, along with a front facing camera, and 21Mbps HSPA+ connectivity. The launch date for this device is shown as April, which is not far away, and the information included also stated that the HTC Flyer will be available in May, which is also not far away. [Engadget]

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3 years ago

DoggCatcher price cut, all proceeds go to Japan quake fund this weekend

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The team behind DoggCatcher, the popular Android podcast player, have cut the app's price to $2.99 (£1.84 in the UK) this weekend, and are donating all proceeds from app sales during this time to the Red Cross Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Fund. This is a great way to get hold of one of the best podcast catchers for Android at a reduced price, while helping those in need following the natural disasters in Japan last Friday, so it's definitely worth a look.  But hurry, the weekend is almost over!

Market links and a QR code for DoggCatcher can be found after the jump.

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3 years ago

AT&T set to Acquire T-Mobile USA from owners Deutsche Telekom

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Earlier today AT&T and Deutsche Telekom entered a deal for the acquisition of T-Mobile, which between cash and stocks is a deal valued at 39 billion. Part of the deal also gives Deutsche Telekom an equity stake of the company, which is about an 8% of ownership in the company. While this news is rather stunning, and customers of both networks probably have many questions, keep in mind that it will take at least a year to finalize, and faces regulatory approval, but either way this is pretty huge news. With the joining of the two networks, they certainly hope to build one super network, which they put as:

AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile USA provides an optimal combination of network assets to add capacity sooner than any alternative, and it provides an opportunity to improve network quality in the near term for both companies’ customers. In addition, it provides a fast, efficient and certain solution to the impending exhaustion of wireless spectrum in some markets, which limits both companies’ ability to meet the ongoing explosive demand for mobile broadband.

As the deal continues to develop, we will continue to bring you the news. All we can hope for is one super competitive true 4G network that is ready to compete with Verizon. For all the details currently available be sure to check out the press release here. [Business Wire]

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