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3 years ago

Optimus 3D launching July 7 at Carphone Warehouse

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LG's Optimus 3D will be launching "exclusively" at the Carphone Warehouse on July 7, according to a statement released by the retailer today. UK networks Three, T-Mobile and Orange will also be selling the phone on-contract in July, so it looks like Carphone's exclusivity period may be pretty short-lived.

Right now the retailer's website lists the Optimus 3D for pre-order, for free on contracts of £35 or more per month -- around going rate for dual-core smartphones in the UK at the moment. To find out more about the Optimus 3D, check out our hands-on feature.

Source: Mobile Today

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3 years ago

Bell Motorola Atrix software update v37.23 now available

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If you're a Bell Motorola Atrix user who has been patiently waiting for the v37.23 software update to roll out then now is your time to shine. If you jump on into the settings and check for updates you should find v37.23 available for download. Changes included in this release:

  • Upload Data Speed - Increased upload speed at which data can travel on the network.
  • Data and Voice Connection - Improvements to prevent interruptions to data and voice connection.
  • Screen - Improvements to prevent screen from freezing.
  • Skype - Improvements to call audio function so it is easier for the person you called to hear you. Please note this application is not pre-loaded on phone, but is available for download from Android Market.
  • Wi-Fi - Increased functionality by enabling Yahoo Email to be sent over a Wi-Fi connection.
  • Display - Improved International Roaming Warning Message by simplifying user notification so that it only appears on the screen when you move to a new network. 
  • Happening Widget - Improved Happenings Widget to ensure that you receive the latest updates across the social networks you are connected to such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter.
  • Calling - Improvements were made to incoming and outgoing call functionality to ensure a more seamless experience
  • Expanded Language Support for Webtop - Accented character support within Webtop application.
  • Improved Support for POP/SMTP Email - Support for SMTP outgoing servers that do not require authentication
  • Improved Exchange Performance - Improved Exchange Email/Calendar/Contacts performance

Overall, a lot of device improvements come with this release -- if you've not already gone ahead and updated via other means then you'll certainly want to grab this official release.

Source: Motorola; Thanks, Treatz!

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3 years ago

Friend Me -- A tablet-optimized experience for Facebook

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So you managed to pick up a fancy new Android tablet only to realize that working Facebook in the browser is kind of a drag and it doesn't provide an optimal tablet experience. Enter Friend Me -- a new Facebook application optimized for use on Android tablets running Honeycomb. Friend Me comes to us all from the maker of Newsr and TweetComb and brings Facebook to tablets, as you would expect it to be.

  • News Feed - Quickly and easily browse the latest news from your Facebook friends.
  • Comment and Like - Stay in touch by liking and commenting on news items posted by your friends.
  • Profile - Easily view your profile info, wall, and photo albums.
  • Friends - Explore a list of your Facebook friends and drill into their profile info and wall.
  • Photos - Beautifully experience your photo albums on the tablet.
  • Games - Play your favorite Facebook games directly in Friend Me. Friend Me offers a web view of your Facebook games, including Flash-based games, a feature of the Android platform.

Friend Me is available now in the Android Market for free and comes with no ads. With this being the first release of Friend Me, more features will be added in the coming weeks. If you're looking for a better Facebook experience on a tablet then give Friend me a go, you'll find the download link past the break. 

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3 years ago

Google TV starting to show up in Android Market device listings

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If you're a Google TV owner, you're no doubt still waiting to see when, exactly Google will be making Android Market access available. The good news -- it looks like today was a small step toward that as some people are now seeing their Google TV systems show up in the Android Market device listings. The bad news -- we still don't know when the 3.x update and Market access is coming but we're hoping this is a sign of it being soon. Also, Google just scooped up SageTV in a deal that will bring SageTV features to Google TV -- so alas, things are still moving on the Google TV front, and that pleases us.

Thanks, Samlehman90

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3 years ago

Verizon saying goodbye to unlimited data plans on July 7?

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While we can't be sure of anything until after it happens, supposedly starting July 7 Verizon will be offering three different tiers of data in lieu of their current unlimited offerings -- 2GB for $30 monthly, 5GB for $50 monthly, and 10GB for $80 monthly.  A tethering package will cost an additional $20 for 2GB of tethered data, and overages check in at $10 per GB used.

This shouldn't really surprise anyone, as Verizon has hinted that they would be switching to tiered data plans and even revamped things a bit last fall. The important thing to remember here is that if you currently have an unlimited plan, this won't affect your current contract, and it's very likely that you will be able to continue month-to-month at your current rate and plan. 

Source: Droid-Life

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3 years ago

Samsung's Time to Tab contest could net you some cash

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To celebrate the release of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, Samsung is holding the "Time to Tab" contest -- giving away $15,000 worth of cash prizes.  They're looking for a short (60-second) video about how "24/7 digitally active people make their lives fuller through the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1."  While you should certainly visit the official page to see all the details, they're looking for things like how widgets help improve productivity and time management, and how a thin and light tablet offers a better on-the-go experience.  Check out the Galaxy Tab 10.1(Google I/O edition) review for some ideas.  First prize is $7,000.00, so it ain't chump change!

If you're not into sharing video on the Internet, you can still win $500.00 for simply sharing the videos others have created.  Click one of the social media icons and share some content, and once three or more people use your link to come back and have a look, you're entered to win $500.00.  Get clicking!

Source: Samsung; Official rules for the Sharing prize: Samsung (pdf)

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3 years ago

Camera comparison: HTC EVO 3D vs. EVO 4G

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One big question regarding the new HTC EVO 3D concerns the camera. Erm, make that cameras. How does the EVO 3D, with its 5-megapixel camera (in 2D mode) stack up against the HTC EVO 4G's 8MP shooter?

In our initial (and very unscientific) tests, the EVO 3D holds up pretty well. A couple of things we need to mention here: We're running Cyanogenmod 7 on our EVO 4G, and the phone (and lens cover) is well more than a year old. So consider it handicapped against a brand-new EVO 3D, we suppose. But you should get the gist of what we're seeing.

Sample pics are after the break.

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3 years ago

Huawei to debut a 7-inch tablet running Android 3.2

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Yes, you read that right, a 7-inch Android tablet is apparently coming forth from Huawei, and will be running Android 3.2, which apparently is a 7-inch optimization of Honeycomb. The Huawei tablet, the MediaPad, is set to launch with Flash 10.3, Twitter, Facebook and more built in along with a 1.3MP front camera and a 5MP rear camera for HD video recording. The device is only 0.4 inches thick, only 0.06 inches thicker then the Samsung Galaxy 10.1, and weighs in at just over a quarter of a pound. Huawei has said that they will begin launching in various markets in the 3rd quarter, but nothing concrete as of yet.

Source: PCMag

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Robo Defense

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Robo Defense is one of those staples of the Android Market. It's been around since very early on in Android's life, and has been consistently updated to keep the game up-to-date graphically and in gameplay.

Robo Defense is a tower defense game where you're repelling hordes of robots. Defending against robots, ergo, Robo Defense ... everyone clear?

The gameplay is straightforward. You start off on an empty canvas with one hole on one side, another hole on the other, and you need to strategically set up your towers to stop the baddies as they march through. Different levels are set up differently, but Level 0 is a no-frills, easy-to-grasp starter level.

You have a pretty wide range of towers to choose from. Your main three that you'll be picking from are the regular gun tower, missile tower, and slow tower. Over time, as the enemies get stronger and you accumulate more money, you can upgrade your towers. For example, the missile tower can be upgraded to anti-air missiles, a mortar tower, or a medium strength missile tower. Even subclasses of tower you choose, like mortars, have an upgrade (artillery). It's this wide swath of options that affords you the opportunity to avoid repetitious and boring gameplay. Do I want the flame tower (yes, there is one) or anti-air cannons?

Because achievements are all the rage, Robo Defense tracks certain achievements, like beating your first map, playing 25 levels or more all in "fast" mode, or completing a map without losing any life. If you're a completionist, there's enough achievements to keep you occupied for a while. There's also a "reward points" system, where you're awarded points at the end of a game based on how much life you had remaining, how much cash you had, and what your score was. You can spend these points on upgrades to towers you have or you can buy new towers altogether, like the famed teleport tower.

There's both a free and a paid version (with more levels) in the Market, but if you have any love for tower defense games, Robo Defense is like their Android-based grandpa. Do it a favor, respect your elders, and give it a try.

More pictures and download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

HTC EVO 4G case review: Trident Cyclops Series

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If you're looking to strike the perfect balance between full-phone protection and still maintaining a slim phone, the Trident Cyclops Series Cases for HTC EVO 4G are the way to go. You're still getting all of the dust and particle-covering rubber that you get from some other offerings (like the Seidio CONVERT Combo) but without the same bulk and heft that mandates it goes on a belt holster.

The Trident Cyclops Series actually comes in two parts: the hard, plastic shell that surrounds your phone, and the rubberized skin that goes around the outside edges of the shell. The rubber feels fine in hand, and that's where you're actually getting all of your dust rejection powers. The rubber skin covers all of the open ports on the phone as well as volume rocker and power button, ensuring nothing gets in.

One of the cooler features of this case is that it comes with a built-in screen protector, not unlike the Otterbox Defender line of cases. When the phone is in the case, you can't even tell there's a thin plastic screen separating you from your phone's screen, but if you're anal like me, you'll be spending a lot of time trying to make sure there's no dust on the phone and the screen protector before finally locking your EVO inside.

Best part? You don't lose access to your kickstand! That might sound silly, but I use my kickstand often, so getting to keep my phone massively protecting and getting to flip out my kickstand at a moment's notice is too sweet a deal for me. You can pick up the Trident Cyclops Series Cases for HTC EVO 4G in the Android Central Store for $32.95.

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