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3 years ago

Confirmation of Motorola Xoom 4G/LTE pops up

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Horseshoes, hand grenades and the Motorola Xoom LTE. That's close enough to the the Motorola Xoom 4G we told you about last week  (remember that Verizon calls it "4G LTE") that we're more than happy to drop a big fat "told you so" on this fine Sunday afternoon. So it's coming, apparently. Still don't know when, and for how much, however. And note the acknowledgement of the Motorola Droid 3, which is nice and all.

What's still missing, of course, is when (and at this point, if) the original Motorola Xoom will get that long-awaited hardware update to LTE.

So, all and all, not a whole lot of news here. But some confirmation is better than none, right?

Source: Droid Life

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3 years ago

Android App Review: Lightbox

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Lightbox is a camera/gallery replacement application that bills itself as "The Connected Camera," allowing you to snap, "enhance," and easily share your pictures with your favorite social networks.  The idea of a "social" camera is still something of a new concept but they're rather popular with our fruit-flavored cousins and they're becoming increasingly popular in the Android ecosystem.  That doesn't mean they're for everyone, but there is clearly a market for this type of product, one that Lightbox hopes to fill.

We first saw the Lightbox back in May at Google IO, but the app didn't officially hit the market until last week, and not without its own share of controversy.  Join us after the break to read our full review, additional screenshots, and the download link.

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3 years ago

T-Mobile MyTouch 4G Slide caught in wild, looks darn sexy

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Well, well. What have we here? It's the long-rumored T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide. And, boy howdy, does that look like a fine piece of smartphone, now that it's far less blurry than the last time it poked up its head.

Let's talk about what we can glean from the pics: There's the obvious four-row sliding keyboard. And we'd wager it's as good as any out there, given that it's made by HTC. Note that the "G" button remains, a holdover from the original keyboardless myTouch 4G. We could take it or leave it. (Leaning toward the latter.) Also note that in addition to the dedicated .com key, its alternate function is www. Nice!

It's also said to have an updated Espresso UI (Gingerbread, says TmoNews' source), but otherwise keeps the overall look and feel (including the heft) of the original myTouch 4G.

Still no word on when we'll officially see this guy. But it's already gone through the FCC, and it's likely in the hands of civilian testers now. So hopefully sooner rather than later. More pics are at the source link.

Source: TmoNews

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3 years ago

Pantech Crossover review

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The Pantech Crossover is one of those phones that's hard to place. It's a bit smaller than most of it's smartphone brethren, isn't packing the latest components, plus it's got a retro-funky design. It's a bit of an anomaly in the sea of high-end phones surrounding it, but at the very least, it's a breath of fresh air.

But what does that mean for those on AT&T? Is this keyboard-packing slider worth investing in? For those with furious fingers, is this seemingly rugged, message-focused phone the one for you?

Those are all questions I aim to tackle, so take a deep breath, join me after the break, and let's find out.

 

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3 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for June 18, 2011

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Half the fun of having an Android device is the wide selection of amazing applications which are available in the Android market. But half the battle is trying to find ones that you want, or that serve the purpose you need, but as you know we love our readers, so each week we bring you some of our personal favorites. Hit the break and let's take a look at what we got for you all this week!

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3 years ago

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play review

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It’s finally out, eh? I feel like we’ve been talking about this phone for years. Actually, it really has been years to tell you the truth. The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play was the new hotness everyone was talking about around the web. Once the rumor mill started churning out gossip, people were posting rumors left and right. Before you knew it, Sony PlayStation and Sony Ericsson were trying to keep rumors to a dull roar, in hopes of keeping this project a secret. But in that span of time, I think it’s evident that something went wrong. Sony is a very big company, and Sony Ericsson and Sony PlayStation, are two very different divisions within Sony. And somewhere within those two large divisions of the company, something was bound to go wrong. It seemed like they had it all: a very strong PlayStation gaming brand and solid cell phone manufacturer – and Android at its core.  Jump past the break to “Play” along and see what this device has to offer.

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: WeatherPro

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If you're still searching for the most detailed weather app in the Market, I introduce you to WeatherPro by MeteoGroup. WeatherPro is both an aesthetically appealing app that's just rife with anything you could need to know about the weather in your area.

WeatherPro offers a full weekly forecast as well as breakdowns of each day in three hour intervals. It also gives you important information like wind direction and speed, chance for precipitation, and air pressure. If you're so inclined, you can also find sunrise and sunset times in the app as well.

MeteoGroup gives you not only the opportunity to pick a city from a list of popular destinations, but also lets you search for a city by name to get weather information about. I was definitely curious how Austin only felt like 50 degrees, but when I added the state, bingo, right up in the triple digits where we belong.

WeatherPro is packing both radar and satellite view, which, after loading, animate for you on screen. Your selected city is shown as a red dot. It's a really cool feature, especially if you want to see a storm's position in relation to your location.

Perhaps the most advanced part of the app (and the part that'll make you feel like a meteorologist) are the graphs that show your weekly forecast in line and bar graph form. The graphs include temperature, precipitation risk, pressure, sunshine duration, humidity, and wind conditions. They're pretty wild to look at, and once you've mastered reading them, you can appreciate how amazing it is that things of this caliber are included in an app.

The settings menu lets you pick your measurement system of choice, so people around the world can get the weather in their preferred system. There are also three widgets included, so you can always be up-to-date without opening the app.

WeatherPro weighs in at around $3.58, but if you like what you see, it's definitely a worthy investment. Download links and more pictures are after the break.

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3 years ago

ThunderBolt update may bring Gingerbread, Skype video along with reboot fix

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Looks like the continued wait for the latest HTC ThunderBolt software update -- the one that everybody initially thought would just be to fix those blasted reboots -- may be well worth the wait. We'd heard that the more improvements were in the works as, meanwhile, work has continued on new radios. And if this feature list is any indication, we're about to see some official Gingerbread love, folks. Here's the rundown:

  • Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread.
  • Google Talk video chat (making it only the third phone to get it)
  • Skype video (at long last)
  • Sense 2.1
  • Enhanced aGPS
  • Amazon Appstore
  • Download Manager
  • Verizon Phone Finder
  • MyVerizon

June 30 is the rumored date for the software push, but you know how those things go. It lines up with the news we broke a couple weeks ago, stating an update was coming in the second half of June. But seeing as how there are 30 days in June, that could be what we call a "CYA date." And Verizon recently said no date had been scheduled, after rumors of June 15 fell flat. We'll just have to see.

Anyhoo. Gingerbread. Skype video. Sense 2.1. Oh, and hopefully an end to all those reboots. Now if only someone could do a little something more about battery life.

Source: Android and Me; More: HTC ThunderBolt Forums

Update: A lot of your are noting the misspellings and use of "gTalk" and are of the opinion that this is fake. Might well be. You'd have to ask Android and Me's "Verizon Insider" -- it's their source, not ours. But we will say we've seen some fat fingers at Verizon before. Anybody remember this one?

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3 years ago

Sprint and LightSquared reportedly to deploy LTE network

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Sprint Nextel corp and LightSquared, Inc. have just reached a 15-year deal to provide high-speed LTE services, equipment, and share expansion costs, according to Bloomberg.  All the details haven't been announced, but according to insiders the deal could be valued as high as $20 billion.  From a letter from LightSquared financial backer Phillip Falcone to Harbinger Capital Partner investors obtained by Bloomberg:

LightSquared and Sprint will jointly develop, deploy and operate LightSquared’s 4G LTE network. Sprint will become a significant customer of LightSquared’s 4G LTE network.

We have no idea how this will affect any relationship between Sprint and Clearwire (which ain't exactly the greatest in the world), but we can tell you that your current Sprint 4G phones won't stop working until long after the contract is up.  If Bloomberg is right on this one (and they usually are), expect a formal announcement soonish.

Source: Bloomberg via

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