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2 years ago

HTC Thunderbolt gets a MIUI port; data connectivity still in the works

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The HTC Thunderbolt has been quite a doozy for developers, we saw it take quite a while for the CyanogenMod team to get working data and unfortunately it seems all developers are facing the same issues. Getting the 3G / 4G LTE to work on custom ROM's has not been an easy task, but that hasn't stopped anyone from trying.

XDA forums member DroidVicious has been hard at work ironing out the kinks of his MIUI port for the HTC Thunderbolt, and the only thing non-functional at this point is the data, and SMS which he believes will resolve itself once the data is fixed. Sure, this does mean it is not yet ready for everyday use, but it is a step closer to more choices for Thunderbolt owners. If you are feeling brave, or have a few hours to spare that you don't need data connectivity, give it a shot!

Source: XDA; Thanks, Michael!

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2 years ago

Rezound vs. RAZR, Dialer data [From the Forums]

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Wicked busy day for a Monday eh? New Nook Tablet, HTC and Sprint confirming some Ice Cream Sandwich love and Google+ Pages now popping up everywhere. If you missed out on any news from today be sure to jump on back a few pages and get ccaught up. Plus, you can head on into the Android Central forums for 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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2 years ago

Motorola Droid RAZR HD Dock

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Read our full Droid Razr Review!

Here's a quick look at the HD Dock for the Motorola Droid RAZR. It's a simple enough accessory -- you plug in the phone and dock mode launches. It's got a trio of modes -- music, office and bedside (though we'd argue you could easily combine music and bedside if you play your cards right).

Just like with the car dock, the HD dock presents big, bold graphics that are intuitive and easy to hit when you're fumbling around in the middle of the night, or after a 3 p.m. highball in the boardroom.

It's also got a bevy a USB ports in the back along with HDMI out should you want to take advantage of the Webtop capability and run a full version of Firefox from the phone instead of using a real laptop or desktop computer at your desk. There's also a 3.5 mm jack for audio out.

Our only real niggle here is that unsightly bulge that sticks out, but that's what you get when the ports are on the top of the phone. If you can overlook that, you've got yourself a fine-looking dock here. We've got more pics after the break.

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2 years ago

Android Central has arrived on Google+ Pages

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With Google+ Pages now available we've gone ahead and set up our very own Android Central page for you all. Actually, Lloyd did it for us so make you drop by our page and give us a follow and don't be shy to hit that +1 button as you're checking things out!

Follow Android Central on Google+
And follow Mobile Nations on Google+

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2 years ago

U.S. Cellular announces the Samsung Repp along with a new phone and tablet trade-in program

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U.S Cellular has been busy getting ready to release the latest device to their ever expanding Android line-up. Announcing today, the Samsung Repp - an Android 2.3 powered smartphone with a a 3.2-inch HVGA LCD touchcreen, 3 megapixel camera, an 800 MHz processor and 2GB of expandable up-to 32GB storage. If you're looking to move into a starter Android the Samsung Repp is meant for you. 

In addition to the announcement of the Samsung Repp, U.S Cellular also announced a new phone and tablet trade-in program for customers. You can trade-in your old device, even if it's from a different carrier for a check up to $150. Until November 20th, activation fees for select devices are also waived. Check the U.S Cellular website for more deatils.

Source: U.S Cellular

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2 years ago

HTC Edge to be one of the first quad core smartphones in America

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For those of you who ever doubted just how fast the smartphone industry moves, here's a glimpse at the "next best thing": The HTC Edge appears to be one of the first quad-core smartphones heading to the U.S. The ladies and gentlemen over at pocketnow got their hands on the first render of the device, which shows a 4.7-inch megadisplay with 720p resolution atop four (yes four) 1.5 GHz cores of Tegra 3 goodness and 1GB RAM. You've also got an 8MP camera with HTC's new 28-millimeter, f/2.2 lens technology. Now there are still a lot of holes: Carrier? Release date? LTE? And the four capacitve buttons pictured above hint at Gingerbread, but will that eventually be updated to Ice Cream Sandwich? Sit tight, this one's still a way's away, but it's always good to watch the horizon. 

Source: pocketnow

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2 years ago

Motorola Droid 4 appears again, this time in Verizon internal systems

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The Motorola Droid 4 has already been spotted in all its glory but there isn't a whole lot of info out there when it comes to a release date. Its been speculated that it would be a while yet before you can head on down to a retail location and pick one up given the Motorola Droid 3 hasn't been out all that long but we're not so sure about that.

Motorola has been busy as of late pushing devices out left and right and with the Motorola Droid 4 now appearing in some Verizon internal testing systems, we're inclined once again to believe it will arrive sooner rather then later. Either way -- we're positive this is not the last we'll hear of the device.

Source: Droid-Life

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2 years ago

Google+ Pages now open for businesses and brands

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While Google never hesitated in telling folks it was coming, they never said when and now the time has finally arrived. Google+ Pages is now open for businesses and brands alike.  Until now, the focus of Google+ has been on people, and how to connect individuals to each other but as noted on the official Google Blog, Google wants everyone in on the action:

People + pages, better together
Google+ has always been a place for real-life sharing, and Google+ Pages is no exception. After all: behind every page (or storefront, or four-door sedan) is a passionate group of individuals, and we think you should able to connect with them too.

For you and me, this means we can now hang out live with the local bike shop, or discuss our wardrobe with a favorite clothing line, or follow a band on tour. Google+ pages give life to everything we find in the real world. And by adding them to circles, we can create lasting bonds with the pages (and people) that matter most.

There is already quite a few pages set up for folks like The Muppets, Anderson Cooper 360, Macy's, BurBerry, Angry Birds and more so there is plenty of content to look up. Plus, Google has no introduced Direct Connect. You like something? Search for it -- and you can be directly taken to their Google+ Page if you wish. Hit the source link for the full details while we get to work on our own Google+ page.

Source: Official Google Blog
 

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2 years ago

A better look at the Verizon double data LTE promo plans

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With the announcement of the Motorola Droid RAZR, Verizon also confirmed some new double data LTE plans to go along with it. More data is always a good thing, so we're gald to see it happening on Verizon. So what are they all about and how can you get into them?

Eligibility – Twice the Data

  • All customer types are eligible including consumers, business and Verizon Wireless employees.
  • Data is also doubled on packages with business email.
  • New 4G LTE Smartphone activations and upgrades are eligible as well as existing customers on 4G LTE Smartphones.
  • Customers can switch through My Verizon and My Business.
  • Existing 4G LTE Smartphone customers will not be automatically moved to a double data feature code but can change to one.
  • To avoid prorating, customers may future date the change to the start of their next bill cycle if the date is within the promotional period.
  • Backdating prior to 11/8/11 is not available.
  • 4G LTE Smartphone customers who make a price plan change or an ESN change during the promotional period will be asked to select one of the promotional options.
  • Customers who order a 4G LTE Smartphone, including a DROID RAZR preorder, with a standard usage based data package prior to 11/8/11 and activate during the promotional period will receive promotional pricing.

One caveat here though is that Mobile Hotspot allowance is not doubled, although that is a separate charge anyway so there isn't much room to complain there. Plus, if you're not really needing all this data there is a  $20/300MB data plan that will also be available. You can just past the break for the full details.

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2 years ago

Sprint announces Ice Cream Sandwich update for HTC devices

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Word has arrived from Sprint regarding the future availability of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for their smartphones, with an announcement having been made today about their HTC line of devices. From the Sprint Community portal blog:

"Sprint will begin to rollout Google's latest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, to our customers in early 2012. Ice Cream Sandwich will be available via an over-the-air update to a variety of devices including HTC EVO 3D, HTC EVO Design 4G and other key products in our line-up."

These HTC phones join the short list of other existing Android devices to receive the Ice Cream Sandwich OTA update. We'll be looking for the update to arrive early next year, but it definitely couldn't arrive soon enough.

Source: Sprint Community Blog; Thanks for the tip, leerage!

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