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3 years ago

HTC Thunderbolt wireless charging back cover at FCC

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In documents made available today from the FCC, it's been revealed that HTC has submitted a request to modify the back cover of the Thunderbolt to allow for wireless charging.  Bringing the convenience of this from an OEM could prove to be a great step in the right direction for HTC.  We already know LG plans on implementing this and with the Palm Pre approaching it's 2nd birthday, inductive charging is not something new or revolutionary but it's a budding technology in the smartphone arena that a lot of us would like to see take off.  Let's hope HTC finalizes this soon and gets it to the rest of its line of devices as well!

Source: FCC, thanks Emeterio!

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3 years ago

Google unveils 'News near you' -- location tracking still optional

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Google is introducing a new, browser-based feature for everyone who reads news using a mobile device. The service is called "News near you" and it's accessible if you direct your mobile browser to Google's news page.

Google says it analyzes every word in every story to determine both the story's location and source, and then files it appropriately and serves it back to you depending on where you are. If you don't want to share your location, there's an opt-in message the first time you land on Google News.

Anyone think they'll be taking advantage of this? I get most of my local news from the evening news, but does anyone see this replacing that for them? Sound off and let us know how accurate the city placement is once you've opted-in.

Source: The Google Mobile Blog

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Micronytes

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As long as I'm on a kick with games that make me think of movies, I've got to mention Micronytes. This is an absolutely incredible platformer that just reeks of Fantastic Voyage.

Instead of a blood clot in the brain, there are these (assumedly evil) green, anthropomorphized green blobs munching on all the tasty red stuff inside of an unnamed victim. How to defeat them? Send in some rotund, faceless gents in all white suits to eradicate the problem.

Join me after the break to see just how detailed this adventure becomes.

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3 years ago

It's official: Droid Charge goes on sale May 14

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Read our Droid Charge review!

Update: Verizon just e-mailed us and has officially confirmed the Droid Charge goes on sale at midnight Eastern tonight. Huzzah!

Word around the campfire is that The Samsung Droid Charge is finally going to go on sale tomorrow, May 14, and we've now got the internal notes to back that up. It's been a long road for the 4.3-inch LTE device. It was announced four months ago at CES. But its April 28 launch date was postponed in the wake of Verizon's LTE data outage. Can't say we blame anyone for that.

So, who's picking one up tomorrow?

Thanks, anon!

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3 years ago

Seesmic for Honeycomb gets a preview at Google IO

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Did our exclusive first look at the Seesmic Honeycomb Twitter client leave you hungry for more? No worries, folks. Our pal Stephanie (aka The LG Girl) snagged a look this week on the T-Mobile G-Slate during Google IO. And while the UI remains quite simple, it's all the special sauce Seesmic includes in its apps that has us refreshing the Android Market every couple of hours. Take a gander.

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3 years ago

Teaser video shows off OGT Eros -- 'world's thinnest tablet' tablet

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Although we've caught a glimpse of the upcoming OGT Tablet -- now named Eros -- the mystery and specs surrounding this device were certainly enough to make us want another look at it. No, we don't have a full and complete hands-on with it for you all as of yet but -- OGT has posted up their teaser video just to double check our interest.

If you missed it the first time around, "the world's thinnest Android tablet" packs a 1GHz processor, microSD card slot along with front and rear facing cameras and a 188 ppi (pixels per inch) display. Needless to say -- we're still interested OGT but we'll need one soon to stay that way, the market is growing.

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3 years ago

Nexus S 4G hands-on

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The Nexus S -- Samsung's slick, sultry beauty in a little black dress shell -- made fanboys and developers alike swoon over its svelte, new imagining of the Nexus line. All was well with the world.

Then Sammy did the unthinkable. They added a 4G radio and brought it to Sprint.

The Nexus S 4G has been out for a few days now, and it's time to put her through her paces.

Pictures and video are after the break.

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3 years ago

New HTC Sensation video offers hardware and software tour

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HTC is ramping up the hype around its upcoming dual-core flagship phone, the Sensation, with a new promotional video showing off the device's hardware and software. In particular, there's a great deal of info about shiny new Sense 3.0 features like active lockscreens, improved weather animations and HTC Watch, the manufacturer's new movie and TV streaming service. Check out the video for yourself after the jump.

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3 years ago

HTC Sensation shipping RUU gets leaked

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With the HTC Sensation's European street date fast approaching, the final shipping software for the device has leaked out on Chinese blog 911Sniper in the form of an RUU executable and image dump. The software is listed as version 1.24.401.1, and features the new HTC Sense 3.0 on top of Android 2.3. It's also a whopper -- uncompressed, the system dump weighs in at just under 850MB.

Android Police has dissected these new files and notes that the bootloader is signed, making the task of getting custom ROMs loaded onto HTC's new flagship phone significantly harder. However, this shouldn't come as much of a surprise -- a signed bootloader is pretty much par for the course when it comes to newer HTC devices. Hit the source link if you want to poke around the files yourself.

Source: 911Sniper, Android Police

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3 years ago

HTC announces European Flyer availability

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HTC has just announced that the HTC Flyer is now available in the UK and most of continental Europe. Beginning today, customers will be able to pick up a Flyer from retailers based in the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Greece, Portugal, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Romania. In addition, HTC will be selling the 7-inch tablet directly through its official website.

The European Flyer will launch in two flavors -- a 32GB 3G model, and a 16GB Wifi-only model, both of which include HTC's "Magic Pen" in the box. All the stores we checked are still listing the Flyer for pre-order only, however now that the press release has gone out, we can probably expect stock to start appearing pretty soon. Speaking of press releases, you can find today's after the jump.

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