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3 years ago

Motorola Flipside receives Android 2.2 update

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Still rocking a Motorola Flipside? If so, you'll be pleased to know that you can now officially update your device to Android 2.2 Froyo. Sure, it's not Gingerbread, but, hey -- it's nice to see the Flipside even get Froyo at this point. You can find the download and details over at the Motorola source link below. The update will consumer approx. 40MB of space on the device and when updated you'll be sitting at Version.1.23.20.MB508.ATT.en.US.

Source: Motorola; Thanks, Drew!

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3 years ago

GetGlue for Android receives a facelift, new interface with the same great features

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GetGlue is a great social networking application for those of us who enjoy sitting at home watching movies, TV shows, and listening to various musical artists. The Android version of the application has been a bit behind in the looks category in comparison to the iOS version, but luckily they have not forgotten about us, just put it out a little bit later. Today GetGlue has released an updated that brings a great new interface to the same great application. Hit the break for some more photos and download links.

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3 years ago

And then there were three [the competition] -- HP to shut down webOS device operations

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In a shocking development, HP has announced that they plan to discountinue operations for webOS devices, to include the TouchPad and webOS phones.  This leaves Apple, RIM, and Microsoft as the smartphone alternatives to Android, and that makes us sad.  Nobody has the full details just yet, but whispers of licensing out the software or open-sourcing the entire project are already making the rounds, and we certainly hope that webOS isn't just left to die a horrible death on HP printers. 

What does this mean for Android is what we have to ask ourselves, and the jury is still out.  With news of Google buying Motorola, and if HP does license out webOS to OEMs, things could get really interesting.  We'll just have to what and see what develops.

Source: Pre Central

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3 years ago

HTC Puccini tablet coming to AT&T as 'HTC Jetstream'?

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The latest in a long line of HTC Puccini leaks has made its way out onto the web, suggesting that HTC's Honeycomb-powered 10-incher could launch on AT&T as the "Jetstream". The latest shots seem to show a more recent build of HTC's tablet software, which is now looking a lot more Sensey than in previously-leaked images. Eagle-eyed readers will also notice AT&T's 4G logo down in the notification area.

Rumored specifications for the Puccini, or Jetstream as we may eventually come to know it, include a 1.2-1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and a standard 1280x800 display. Plausible specs, but still nowhere near officially confirmed.

We hope we won't have to wait too long to get our hands on HTC's first Honeycomb tablet -- our fingers are firmly crossed for an announcement at the manufacturer's upcoming European shindig in a couple of weeks...

Source: Pocketnow

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3 years ago

Super AMOLED HD news spawns new round of October Nexus Prime rumors

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With the news that Samsung may be able to actually produce the fabled Super AMOLED HD screen, the Nexus Prime rumors are once again out in full force.  The details are the same as the last round -- 4.5 inch Super AMOLED HD display at 1280x720 resolution, 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, Ice Cream Sandwich on board, and coming in October.

Boom.

We've been hearing the same rumors since July, and honestly, there's nothing there that is outlandish enough to dismiss them out of hand.  The Nexus Prime sounds like a beefed up Samsung Galaxy S II, with delicious vanilla Android running on a screen that some of us (yours truly) are simply salivating over (especially now that it's more plausible).  Some of you guys aren't very keen on the fact that Samsung is once again making the Nexus device, but we all have to remember that the purpose of these developer models is to provide a showcase and hardware for new features introduced in the latest Android version, so software devs can write apps that use them.  A new resolution and rumored buttonless design is one of these features, and who better to provide the equipment than the company who can make the screens.  Nobody can be sure of the details of the next Nexus device until Vic G and friends are on stage showing it to us all, but the Nexus Prime sounds more than reasonable.  Or maybe I'm setting myself up for a fall -- we'll see in October.

Source: etNews (Korean); via OLED-display

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3 years ago

Cellular South gets ready for LTE network, expands voice and data capacity

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Cellular South has just announced they will be spending 90 million dollars in network expansion to ready themselves for their LTE network.  This involves new towers, thousands of miles of new fiber, a significant boost in network capacity, and the obligatory enhanced backhaul.  We all know the big four providers here in the states, but few realize that Cellular South is the nation's largest privately held wireless provider in the US, and actually has a higher rate of smartphone adoption than any other carrier.  This is "driving an explosive demand for mobile data services" says Kevin Hankins, chief operating officer for Cellular South.

Most of the new expansion will be in Mississippi, Tennessee, and Alabama where 258 new cell sites are planned, to serve 42 different counties.  There will also be capacity boosts at major colleges this fall, including up to 150 percent capacity increases on the Ole Miss, Mississippi State, and University of Southern Mississippi campuses and expanded coverage at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium, the home of Jackson State University football.  While we have no timetable for any LTE rollout, it appears the Cellular South is getting itself ready for it's appearance.  You can read the full press release after the break.

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3 years ago

Android Game Review: STAR BLITZ

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I like checking out what the featured apps are in the Market, because I usually assume it's featured for good reason. STAR BLITZ isn't one of those apps.

If you've played GUN BROS, seen any videos, or read our review of it, you've experienced STAR BLITZ. Glu Mobile could have named this one "Space Siblings" and that'd probably be a better name for it. At least it'd tip you off to how much of a GUN BROS clone it is.

And what a clone it is. The user interface is identical, just about. Same digital joysticks, same menus, same store, all of it. Yeah, the story is different. Instead of bad guys on a planet, now they're bad guys in space. You don't carry around guns, you fly spaceships. Oh, and it's a lady and a guy this time, hence why it should be Space Siblings and not Space Sisters or something.

The gameplay isn't bad, it's just uninspired. We've been here, done that. This is last week's hit song, dressed up in new clothes and paraded around as something new, original, and unique. And I just don't dig that.

The worst part? It's not even one of those cheap, weird knockoffs you find in the Market that might or might not be malware. It's made by the same group who made GUN BROS. That's just lazy, in my opinion, and if you're going to get featured in the Market, your game should actually be something worth featuring. (Fun fact: if you look at its app ID, they actually named it "Space Bros." What does that tell you?)

At least it's still free.

Download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

Best Buy confirms white Droid Incredible 2 coming Aug. 21 for $149

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We broke the news yesterday that the HTC Droid Incredible 2 is coming to Best Buy in an exclusive white paint job for $149, and today the big box retailer confirmed the news. Here's the full scoop:

MINNEAPOLIS, August 18, 2011 - More exclusives are coming to Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile specialty stores, this time with the white version of the DROID Incredible 2 by HTC on the Verizon Wireless network. The smartphone launches nationwide in Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile specialty stores and online at BestBuy.com/Mobile on Sunday, Aug. 21.

Similar to the original DROID Incredible 2 that launched in April, the white version features the Android 2.2 operating system, 4" WVGA touch screen, 8.0MP digital camera and 1.3MP front-facing camera and Mobile Hotspot capability. It retails for $149.99 with new, two-year activation.

Best Buy Mobile has set a precedent of bringing exclusive phones and colors to the market, supporting its commitment to delivering a better choice of phones and networks. Best Buy Mobile is also focused on delivering straightforward pricing featuring no mail-in rebates; impartial, informed advice with a non-commissioned sales staff; and someone to be there for the life of the phone through key services like Walk Out Working and Geek Squad Black Tie Protection.

Loving the white color. Shame it's not shipping with Gingerbread now, though. We'd prefer customers not have to update.

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3 years ago

Droid Bionic ads hit Best Buy

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The Motorola Droid Bionic has popped up in the latest Best Buy circular, yet again confirming the 4.3-inch display, 1GHz dual-core processor, 8MP rear camera and all that jazz. And after the break, we've got that ad that first surfaced last month, in print form this time. Call us crazy, but it looks like Best Buy's planning on selling this thing.

Thanks, anon!

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3 years ago

Samsung teases new 'Unpacked' event at Berlin's IFA conference

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That little box can only mean one thing -- it's time for another Samsung Mobile Unpacked event. Let's refresh: In March 2010 we go the Samsung Galaxy S at the first unpacked event. Mobile World Congress this past February was huge, bringing us the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Tab 10.1. And at CTIA this past March, we got a redesigned Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Galaxy Tab 8.9. (Where is that thing, anyway!)

And now Samsung's got something cooking for the IFA show in Berlin in a few weeks. What's in store for this one? Judging from Samsung's promo video (see it after the break), it's looking like something handheld, but bigger than a phone. A revamped 7-inch Galaxy Tab, perhaps? Remember that it debuted last fall at IFA, so it's probably due.

Source: SmartDroid.de (translated)

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