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3 years ago

Verizon offers sign-up page for more Droid Bionic info

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Chances are when there's news regarding the Motorola Droid Bionic on Verizon, you'll hear it here first. But we'll play along. Verizon's offering up an e-mail sign-up form to "receive details and launch dates so you can be one of the first to get the Droid Bionic." Which is nice, but it doesn't really give any more insight into when the darn thing will finally be available.

Sign up: Verizon Droid Bionic

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3 years ago

T-Mobile doubles 4G speed in 56 markets

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T-Mobile increased the theoretical speed of its 4G network in 56 markets throughout the United States to a blistering 42 Mbps, which TMo calls, appropriately enough, HSPA+ 42. That brings its 4G coverage to more than 170 million people in 152 markets.

The markets getting the increase are:

Laredo, Texas Lynchburg, Va. Manchester, N.H. Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn. New Haven, Conn. Ogden, Utah Providence, R.I. Provo, Utah Raleigh-Cary, N.C. Redding, Calif. Reno-Sparks, Nev. Richmond, Va. Roanoke, Va. Rockford, Ill. Salem, Ore. Scranton-Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Spartanburg, S.C. State College, Pa. Tallahassee, Fla. Terre Haute, Ind. Tucson, Ariz. Washington, D.C. Wichita Falls, Texas Winchester, Va. Winston-Salem, N.C. Worcester, Mass. York, Pa.

Quite the list, eh? Remember that the 42 Mbps are theoretical speeds, so you'll likely not hit that ceiling unless you're in a T-Mobile lab somewhere. But we'll take a ceiling like that any day of the week. You'll also need a 42 Mbps-capable phone, which TMo says it'll bring later this year.

Full press release is after the break.

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3 years ago

A Motorola Xoom for $399? Woot, indeed!

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Not much to say here, folks. The venerable Motorola Xoom (32GB Wifi-only version) is just $399 today on Woot. It might not be the thinnest or lightest Honeycomb tablet, but for today, it's just about the cheapest.

Source: Woot; thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Android 3.2, Gingerbread improvements [From the Forums]

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Lots of good news happening today -- app updates, device updates and plenty of love directly from Google with the news of the new Android Market coming soon. Catch up on the blogs, once done -- jump into the Android Central forums for some more Android discussion.

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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3 years ago

HTC Status, Motorola Triumph, Gravity Smart, and Pantech Crossover coming soon to Radio Shack

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Radio Shack is getting a slew of Android phones next week, and thanks to an anonymous friend we know which ones.  First up is the HTC Status (check out our hands-on), which should be for sale "early next week" for $20 on contract and $400 outright.  Perfect price point for that one!  Another $20 phone coming early next week is the Pantech Crossover (read our review), which goes for $350 if bought off-contract.  You'll be able to snatch the T-Mobile Gravity Smart this week, for $20 on a new two-year plan, or $50 for an upgrade.  And finally, next week you can spend your $300 on a Motorola Triumph of your very own, and get a great phone on a pre-paid plan.  Looks like that July 19 date for this one was close.

Looks like things will be busy at the Shack.  Hit the break for a couple more pics. 

Thanks, Anon!

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3 years ago

Grab the new Android Market app while it's hot

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You might have heard that Google was rolling out a new Android Market, complete with book and movie rentals.  You also might have heard it would coming in the next few weeks.  Well thanks to an anonymous source (possibly with a time machine) you can grab it today.

Hit the download link, and install it from your SD card like any other app.  Fair warning -- we don't know if there will be any complications from doing this, but we haven't seen any so far.  Use your best judgement.  Discuss it in the forums!

Download: New Android Market

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3 years ago

First look at the AT&T Xperia Play

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One major release headed for AT&T this holiday season is the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, which we had a nice hands-on with today in New York City. This is the same Xperia Play currently offered on Verizon, meaning it's the same slide out keyboard, 4-inch FWVGA display (854x480), and 1GHz processor you've grown to love. This one, however, will be running on AT&T's HSPA+ network, earning it the coveted title of "4G device." AT&T will be offering the device in a “Stealth Blue” option, a nice addition to the standard black option we've already seen.

From our hands-on everything looks pretty smooth and ready for production. The gameplay is great, the screen is vibrant, and the OS seems pretty snappy.  If you're a gamer, you'd be silly to miss this one. Whether you're biding your time to buy one or just interested in learning more, check out our review of Verizon's version here.

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the AT&T HTC Status

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Here, ladies and gentlemen, is our first look at the U.S. version of the HTC ChaCha, known here in the states as the HTC Status on AT&T. Same as it ever was in Europe (only with proper 3G), a four-row QWERTY keyboard, and that dedicated Facebook button.

First impressions? Forgive us, but we're getting a bit nostalgic here. If you're looking to bang out e-mails on an Android phone, this one's going to deserve a look. The keys are to die for. You'll have to get used to the smaller screen, natch, but if gaming's not your thing, you're going to be flying on the Status.

The Facebook button's pretty intuitive, too, blinking when there's content to share. But we'd prefer it to be closer to screen. That's where our eyes are looking most of the time, and it's a bit of a stretch down to the bottom of the device.

But for now, feast your eyes on more pics after the break.

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3 years ago

Google updating Android Market for US phones to include books and movie rentals

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Google has announced a huge Android Market update, bringing a slew of changes, including books and movie rentals to users in the US.  The update (for Android 2.2 and higher) will bring the ability to purchase books via your Android Market account, as well as rent movies through the Videos app (hey, we've seen that somewhere before) starting at $1.99.  Google says they plan to expand this outside the US in the future.

Also coming are changes like new top picks, a new visual style, and web features like Editor's Choice and Staff Picks.  The Market will start rolling out in the next few weeks, and as soon as you receive the update you'll be able to access the videos app to rent movies and buy books through the market with no changes on your end.  Hit the break for a video overview.

Source: Google Mobile Blog

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3 years ago

Xperia Play coming to AT&T

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Our folks on the ground in New York at AT&T's event this evening have just got their hands on the AT&T version of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play (check out our review).  We've got no release date or pricing information, but we do know that PlayStation games are fun as hell to play on it.  More as we find out.

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