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3 years ago

Samsung Droid Charge shows up in Verizon promo material

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Droid-Charge

Back at CES we first caught wind of the nameless Verizon device, which we later found out was the Samsung Droid Charge, and it has now made an official appearance in some Verizon promotional material. There's also a multimedia desktop charger, which serves as a media player and a speakerphone, and it has a spare battery charger slot, which is pretty sweet. While this isn't as great as a release date, it is further proof that the device could be coming sooner then later. [Engadget]

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3 years ago

Toshiba Android tablet 'coming soon' at Best buy

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Toshiba Tablet

With PC makers getting into the Android Tablet game, it is a given that Toshiba would give us their spin on a high-quality Android tablet.  While this isn't the first time we've seen it on the web, the coming soon page at Best Buy's site is encouraging.  When we first saw it in January at CES 2011, it was running Froyo, but the hardware and the fact that Toshiba let us know they had no plans to customize the OS got us the most excited.

The specs are just what you would expect for a high-end Honeycomb tablet:

  • Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor
  • 10.1 inch High-definition wide view backlit LED display
  • 2 MP front camera, 5 MP rear
  • Wireless b/g/n
  • HDMI out
  • One full size USB port, one mini-USB port (yes, the specs say mini-USB)
  • Android 3.0

We know from our time with it at CES that the display is 1280x800 at 16:10, and Toshiba's "resolution plus" will allow video upscaling on the device. 

My future purchase plans just got more difficult. [Best Buy] Thanks, dcabuckeye!

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3 years ago

Acer Iconia Tablet pre-orders now available at Best Buy, shipping soon

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Acer-Iconia

If you passed on the Motorola Xoom in hopes of another Honeycomb based Android tablet coming to the market and have been eying the Acer Iconia, you will be pleased to know Best Buy is now accepting pre-orders. For the price tag of $449.99 you will get a 10.1-inch screen with a 1GHz processor that will be the second device to run Android 3.0, Honeycomb. Best Buy's web site shows that the device is set to be delivered between April 24 and 29, which would lead us to believe the launch is within that time frame. [Best Buy via CNET] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Virgin Mobile's Samsung Intercept getting Froyo in coming weeks

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Virgin Mobile Samsung Intercept

It's been a couple months since Virgin Mobile told us the Samsung Intercept was due to get Android 2.2, and a couple weeks since the first expected window, but it looks like its day in the Froyo sun is upon us. We're getting numerous reports of text messages that read:

The Froyo Update for the Virgin Mobile Samsung Intercept is finally coming out on Monday the 11th! VMFreeMsg: Starting 4/11/11, you will be notified of a phone software upgrade available for your Intercept. Click http://msg4u.us/isr for more information.

That link then takes you to a Virgin Mobile detailing the update. In addition to all the Froyo goodness, you'll be getitng:

  • Exchange Active Sync updates
  • ability to install applications to external memory card
  • improved Bluetooth device support
  • Bluetooth Voice dialing
  • improved operating system performance
  • dedicated phone, application and browser icons on every home screen

So look for it any week now. Thanks to @mjsalinger and the Android Central App submission.

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3 years ago

Defeat those pesky blocks with Block Busta

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Busting up some blocks on a cell phone goes way back, and has always been a fun way to pass some time. If you came from a BlackBerry you are probably very familiar with Brick Breaker, and may have missed it when you made the switch. Well, miss no more, because the folks over at MCurrent have blessed us with Block Busta, an Android game that is fun, yet challenging.

The free version contains five stages, while the paid version contains 25 with three rounds of blocks on each. Both versions available in the Android market, and the paid version will only run you roughly $2.15 and is sure to deliver hours of fun. Hit the break for download links.

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3 years ago

Wifi-only Samsung Galaxy Tab snagged early by a cagy reader

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Wifi-only Samsung Galaxy Tab

You're still going to have to wait until Sunday to get your Wifi-only Samsung Galaxy Tab if you plan on ordering online. But if you're like Android Central reader Giorgio and live close to a Tiger Direct/CompUSA warehouse, you just might be able to pick up one of these 16GB Android 2.2 tablets a wee bit early for the $350 asking price.

Anybody else snag one early? Let us know. And we've got a shot of the rear of the box after the break. Thanks, Giorgio!

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3 years ago

Is the Verizon HTC Merge happening? 'Cause it's on its website

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Verizon HTC Merge

That's kind of the big question, isn't it. We're now six months removed from our exclusive hands-on with the Verizon-branded HTC Merge. And in that time, it's appeared all but left for dead, only two re-emerge on a couple of regional carriers -- Alltel and Cellular South.

But the big question remains, will we ever see it on Verizon?

Stories have been floating around this week of new "first press shots" of a Verizon-branded Merge.  We'd like to think they're new. But seeing as how Verizon was ramping up the Merge so long ago, that's pretty doubtful.

And we'll throw into the mix that we've recently heard that even Verizon still hadn't made up its mind whether it is going to release the Merge.

Oh, but it gets even more complicated. Because on Verizon's website, in a section for free text alerts is pictured ... wait for it ... the Merge. That's it above.

So after all that, what do we know? Maybe it's coming, and maybe it's not. Hang in there, folks. [via rosser in the Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

HTC holding a free event in London on April 12

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HTC

Now that HTC has tripled their profits for Q1 it appears as though they want to celebrate by having a get together with everyone that helped them reach that goal. OK, maybe not everyone -- but everyone near London who can make out for the free event, which is piggybacking a press event the same day where we'll likely see the Pyramid/Sensation launched. There will be food, drinks just like their last London event and according to their Facebook page, they also will have some great news to share with everyone who attend. If you're looking for the full details, hit the source link. The event does take place on Tuesday, April 12,  from 7:30 to 11 p.m. but you'll want to make sure to RSVP for this one. [Facebook]

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3 years ago

Screen shot confirms 16GB Xoom coming

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Motorola Xoom 16GB

We broke the news about an upcoming 16GB version Motorola Xoom in the Android Central Forums early this week. (Another reason why it's the place to be, folks.) And we've now got more confirmation of that, thanks to a leaked screen shot. There's nothing there we haven't already told you -- it'll be an LTE device (eventually) and not Wifi-only, with 16GB of on-board storage. It's a 16GB Xoom, no more, no less. No word on pricing or availability, either. But with the announcement of a $350 Wifi-only 16GB Samsung Galaxy Tab, we'd love to see this in the $450 range. [Droid-Life]

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3 years ago

Android Central Podcast Episode 55

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Audio-only stream below

Phil, Jerry, Chris and Mickey tackle the new twists in the saga of Android openness. Plus, more on the HTC ThunderBolt, Wifi-only tablets, and more of your e-mails and voicemails. Join us!

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3 years ago

Android hacked onto a HTC HD 7 Windows Phone

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Hacking Android onto devices that Android was not meant to run on is a great pastime for some folks. In fact, it's one we enjoy seeing thoroughly. Managing to pull it off, and have it run well -- that's kind of a different story. In any case, the above video looks to be that of an HTC HD7 Windows Phone getting an Android makeover that appears to of have gone rather well. While we can't comment on its legitimacy -- if it is a fake, it's a really good one. What do you all think, fake or real? [HDBlog] Thanks, Niccolo for sending this in!

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3 years ago

Rogers and Fido pricing details for the Samsung Nexus S

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Rogers and Fido pricing details for the Samsung Nexus S

The Canadian release of the Samsung Nexus S has pretty much every Canadian carrier lined up. From Rogers to Fido to Wind to Mobilicity, most will have a version of the Nexus S available in store. Pricing details are trickling out for each and every single carrier but let us first just cover Rogers and Fido. As they are the same company, both will be launching the device on or around April 12 with a suggested retail price of $499 and going down from there. 1-year contract will be $449; 2-year contact will be $399 with a 3-year contract rolling in at $349. That 3-year contract pricing however will be seeing a promo price of $99 with a voice and data plan agreement. [MobileSyrup]

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3 years ago

Strong Android sales see HTC's Q1 profits triple

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HTC LogoHTC's profits during the first quarter of this year tripled compared with the same period in 2010, according a report from Reuters. The massive increase in profits is attributed to strong sales of the manufacturer's line-up of Android smartphones.

From atop a gigantic pile of cash, HTC announced that it made a first-quarter profit of T$14.83 billion (~$511 million), beating the predicted figure of T$12.99 billion. Q1 2011 revenues apparently topped T$104.2 billion (~$3.6 billion), with consolidated sales for March hitting T$37 billion (~$1.3 billion). That's a lot of phones.

Expectations are already high for the second quarter, with analysts suggesting HTC's profits could increase by up to 20% during the next three months. [Reuters]

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3 years ago

Sprint's Samsung Replenish details leaked -- a 'green' Android phone

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Samsung Replenish

You might remember seeing the picture above -- it's the full view of the training promotion for Sprint's upcoming phones we showed everyone at the beginning of April.  At the time we were focused on the Nexus S 4G, as rumor had it that the Samsung Replenish was a feature phone.  We received some information tonight that tells us the Replenish will actually be a "green" Android smartphone.  We're to see the official press release on April 15, with the device available for sale (online at least) by Sprint on May 5.  If we had to make a guess, it would be that the Replenish is that portrait QWERTY Samsung with Sprint's logo we saw last month.

We're pretty confident of the information, because it comes directly from some Sprint internal pages that have been uncovered.  I'm not going to reveal how to see them, but you can see the full pages (minus some personal information) after the break.  Thanks paulmike3!

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3 years ago

Confidential Sprint EVO 3D page spotted; under wraps until April 11

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HTC Evo 3D

We're not quite sure just what to make of it, but an astute reader has spotted a page on Sprint's website with a message about the EVO 3D (see our hands-on with one right here).  There's not much to go on, here's what it says:

The vanity request identified as "www.sprint.com/evo3d" is confidential until after the requested launch date of: 04/11/2011

Nothing more, nothing less.  Does this mean Sprint is releasing the EVO 3D on April 11?  Doubtful.  Does it mean they will be announcing the EVO 3D launch date and putting up a pre-order page on April 11?  Possibly.  Is it just a random date thrown in as a page placeholder?  Could be.

Whatever it means, I'm sure Sprint is aware of the consumer interest this one will garner, so expect a big media push once they feel ready to talk about it.  In the meantime, hit the source link to see for yourselves, then hit the Evo 3D forums and speculate! [Sprint] Thanks, milad6923!

Update: Looks like there's one for the EVO View tablet as well. Thanks, Francis!

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