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3 years ago

Droid 2 Global officially acknowledged by Verizon on Facebook

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Verizon has finally and officially, kind of, sort of announced the Motorola Droid 2 Global on its Facebook page. You've actually been able to preorder the Droid 2 Global for a while now, but now it's official -- and $20 more than its initial listing -- at $199.99 after two-year contract and $100 mail-in rebate. In return you get the Droid 2 upgraded with a SIM card so you can use it overseas (forget about using it on T-Mobile and AT&T), plus a faster 1.2GHz processor.

It's also interesting that it's the lone entry on Verizon's DroidDoes site, cementing the thought that it has replaced the original Droid 2, which is just a few months old. Anybody buying now? [Facebook, Verizon via AndroidOS.in]

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3 years ago

HTC Merge user-agent string appears, confirms our hands-on info

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Looking for a little more news on the HTC Merge? We've gotcha covered. First off, that rumored launch last Thursday was never true (and obviously didn't happen). A quick call to HTC last week cleared that up -- it basically was PR whoopsie, same as when it supposedly was going to be given away as a prize in the Verizon Urban Challenge in Seattle.

So what do we have that's new? The user-agent string has hit HTC's servers. Not a lot there that we didn't already know from our exclusive hands-on -- QWERTY keyboard, 480x800 touchscreen, the usual audio/video info, blah, blah, blah.

What we still don't know is a release date. Nov. 23's been kicked around some, but with everybody's track record predicting guessing so far, we'll see it when we believe it. [HTC] Thanks, T!

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3 years ago

Android struts stuff for Armani, Samsung

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A cute and classy commercial featuring everybody's favorite robot and the new Giorgio Armani version of the Samsung Galaxy S. Check out after the break. [YouTube via P@ssionMobile, DailyMobile.se]

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3 years ago

AT&T's Samsung Galaxy Tab available today for $649.99 outright

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A reminder that AT&T's version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab is available starting today. You'll be buying it without a contract -- that means unsubsidized, and that means you'll be paying $649.99. Data is $14.99 a month for 250MB, or $25 for 2GB. That's a lot of money, but you get a lot of hardware -- a 7-inch Android 2.2. tablet with 1GHz processor and dual cameras. Who's buying? [AT&T]

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3 years ago

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3 years ago

Samsung Continuum hands-on

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We actually had our first hands-on with the Samsung Continuum long, long before it was ever announced, but now that it's official and available, we're going to give it the official treatment. It's the first phone of its kind, and I have to be honest -- the ticker fascinates me.  We'll see if it can live up to the expectations I have for it over the next week or so.  

In the meantime, have another look at the hardware and an overview of the ticker and its settings, video style, after the break.

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3 years ago

HTC drops WiMax and CDMA enabled device off at the FCC --EVO Shift 4G?

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While the information is slim, the smaller, finer details give us just enough to keep the speculation going. According to an FCC filing, HTC has dropped off a WiMax, CDMA enabled device to the FCC labs for testing. For those of you out there keeping track, these specs fall in line with that of the oft rumored HTC Knight / HTC Shift Evo 4G that's supposed to be heading to Sprint with some Android flavor. Many folks still question the reality of this device, as we noticed in our forums but if nothing else, this FCC finding could mean we are one step closer to seeing it hit store shelves soon. [FCC via Engadget]

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3 years ago

Motorola Droid Pro review

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It might look (a lot) like an oversized BlackBerry,
but the Motorola Droid Pro on Verizon is all Android

The Motorola Droid Pro brings to fruition a form factor long desired on Android smartphones -- a full front-facing QWERTY keyboard. The easy comparison, of course, with with the BlackBerry, but let it not be forgotten that Motorola had a strong showing with the Q-series of Windows Mobile phones back in the day.

And that brings up a few interesting questions. Is Android -- primarily a touchscreen-optimized OS -- ready for a front-facing keyboard? And how does that affect how you use the touchscreen? Will we even need it? And will the Droid Pro’s slightly smaller touchscreen (at a mid-level resolution) be usable for someone coming from a high-end phone? Is it for stuffy suits? Can it still play games? And what’s all this talk about it being a “world phone.” Good questions, all. We’ll answer them, and more, after the break.

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3 years ago

Sneak peek at an upcoming Samsung Fascinate update

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The Verizon Samsung Fascinate is set to get another maintenance update over the next few weeks -- no, it's not Froyo -- and we got a sneak peak at an early version. GPS has been targeted, and it's looking better in early testing. Signal strength has been addressed. Also, the backlight settings are a little better, which helps the capacitive buttons stay lit longer. That's just the tip of the iceberg. I walk through them in the video after the break.

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3 years ago

AppBrain v5 now available for download

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Big things happening for AppBrain today -- they've just released v5 of their Android app for users to download. The release, while improved, does have a few caveats with it though as noted on the AppBrain blog:

We're sorry to report that Google has disabled the Fast Web Installer functionality in the latest update of the Android Market. Google is pushing out this update to all devices now, so we don't know how long the fast web installer will still be relevant. (You can uninstall updates of the market to make fast web installer work again, but it seems the update keeps reinstalling automatically).

The Fast Web Installer is still available, in fact it's actually part of the AppBrain install now but given that Google broke it AppBrain has also included a Fast Sync Widget that will allow syncing from your desktop.

Despite that little bump in the road AppBrain has managed to make the app faster when loading, include a new layout which, allows for easier sharing and exploration of apps that may interest you or your friends. We're still playing around with the update but overall, looking good! Link after the break. [AppBrain Blog]

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