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2 years ago

Sphero recaps the Big Android BBQ for us all to see

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Unfortuantely not everyone was able to make it down to Texas for the Big Android BBQ this year, and we all had to live through the tweets, posts and recap videos in order to get our fix. The folks at Sphero have released their own recap of the event from their eyes, so take a few minutes and check out some more action of the BBQ and see what you missed out on this year.

Source: Sphero

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2 years ago

Motorola RAZR gets UK price and launch date

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In all the excitement of the Ice Cream Sandwich launch, it's almost easy to forget that Motorola too launched a new device yesterday, the rebirth of the RAZR

The device has been declared as on sale from Nov. 1 in the UK by online retailer Clove. Announced via their blog, Clove have given the RAZR a £455 ($720) price tag off contract which probably isn't too far off the actual price of the phone. 

Launching with Gingerbread 2.3.5 will come as a disappointment to most given the day's other news, but don't write the RAZR off. If you've not seen it in action yet, be sure to check out our hands on at the launch event. 

Source: Clove blog
More: Hands on  with the Motorola RAZR 

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2 years ago

EVO Design 4G announced, available on Sprint on Oct. 23

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Sprint's just announced the HTC EVO Design 4G, a $100 world phone coming Oct. 23. The price and dual CDMA/GSM capabilities might be the standout features, but the rest of the phone is no slouch, including:

  • Android™ 2.3, Gingerbread
  • HTC Sense – Award-winning user experience taking social networking, navigation and customization to new levels
  • Aluminum unibody design gives the HTC EVO Design 4G a slim, streamlined profile –guaranteed to get attention and nicely compact in your hand, pocket or bag
  • 1.2GHz processor
  • 4-inch qHD capacitive touchscreen display
  • Dual cameras: 5MP rear-facing camera/camcorder with flash and HD video recording and 1.3MP front-facing camera for video chat
  • World Phone capabilities to make and receive calls and texts, and to access email and news from locations around the globe
  • 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot, supporting up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices
  • Wifi 802.11 b/g/n

Source: Sprint

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2 years ago

Amazon adds PBS content to Prime; Kindle Fire will feature day-after episodes

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The Amazon Kindle Fire, which was announced last month, will debut in mid-November. It's a content consumption device that will integrate with all of Amazon's media services. As we near the release, Amazon continues to announce more content deals for its Prime instant video service. Prime was strictly about free two-day shipping until recently when they added the ability to stream thousands of movies and tv shows with the membership. The latest is PBS, which is providing a variety of shows including day-after availability for some titles.

The PBS library will be over 1,000 large and will include episodes from: NOVA, Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow, Prohibition, The French Chef and documentaries from Ken Burns (Baseball, The National Parks: America's Best Idea, The Civil War). Day-after availability will be offered for Frontline and Washington Week.

With the addition of this content from PBS, Amazon's Prime library is now up to 12,000 titles.

If you purchase a Kindle Fire, you will have access to a free month of Amazon Prime, which other than these instant videos, includes free two-day shipping. Membership fee is $79/year.

In the cuthroat world that is content licensing, expect to see Amazon to continue to announce more titles to compete with Netflix, particularly once the Kindle Fire is in the hands of millions of people.

If you have any questions or comments regarding the up and coming tablet, please visit our Amazon Kindle Fire Forum.

Source: Press release

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2 years ago

T-Mobile G2 gets an OTA update to Android 2.3.4, brings better battery life and more

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While tons of news has been kicking around about Ice Cream Sandwich, the rest of us are hoping and praying that our devices won't be left behind in terms of updates. The T-Mobile G2 has not been forgotten, yet instead there is an OTA that started rolling out yesterday. Included in this update to Android 2.3.4 are the following improvements:

  •     Google Security Patch
  •     Google Skymap improvements
  •     Battery life improvements
  •     Data connection while roaming domestically

So, if you are a G2 owner and have yet to receive the update prompt, head into your settings then about phone and check for your update. Be sure to hop in the forums and let us know how the update goes for you, and any improvements you notice!

Source: T-Mobile; Thanks, Stacy!

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2 years ago

Ice Cream Sandwich SDK system dump available -- devs and themers get at it!

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With the Galaxy Nexus and Ice Cream Sandwich just around the corner, everyone's excited for all the new features and look.  We can't offer a way to get any of the features just yet -- that'll have to wait till the code drops -- but your favorite themer sure can have a ball with the system files from the SDK.  All the graphics are there -- icons, status bar symbols, interface elements, etc. -- ripe for the taking and ready to be worked into a great new theme for your current rooted Android phone.  If you're the theme-creating type, yet don't want to fool with extracting everything out of the system images, we got ya covered.  Hit the forums and download it.  Be sure to give us a holler when you create something with them, we'd love to have a look!

Download the Ice Cream Sandwich SDK system dump

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2 years ago

Relive the Ice Cream Sandwich/Galaxy Nexus event all over again

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Google's posted the official event video. Enjoy.

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2 years ago

ASUS unleashes Transformer 2 video

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ASUS has let slip a teaser video for the next Transformer tablet. And in a word: Sexy. Obviously thinner and sleeker than the original Transformer -- which we were very much smitten with -- the sequel also looks to have a detachable keyboard dock, also redesigned.

Our big question at this point, though: Honeycomb? Or Ice Cream Sandwich? Check it out after the break.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

Three, O2 and Vodafone to carry Galaxy Nexus in the UK

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Three, O2 and Vodafone UK are the first British network to announce that they'll be carrying the new Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which was unveiled at the recent Samsung Unpacked event in Hong Kong.

In Three's case, the device will run on the carrier's HSPA+ network, which it aims to have rolled out to 80% of the country by the end of 2011. Voda and O2 have kept quiet on the subject of HSPA+ so far.

As there doesn't seem to be any exclusivity agreement in place in the UK, we can probably expect fairly competitive pricing as the three networks battle for their share of Galaxy Nexus customers. We'll keep you posted if we hear anything from the two remaining carriers, Orange and T-Mobile. Hit the source links for more details direct from Three, O2 and Vodafone.

Source: Three Media Centre, @O2, @VodafoneUK

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2 years ago

HTC on ICS: 'reviewing its features and functionality to determine our upgrade plans'

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Here's official word on HTC's plans for Ice Cream Sandwich, straight from your favorite three-lettered manufactuer:

"We are excited about the latest update for Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, and are currently reviewing its features and functionality to determine our upgrade plans. Our goal for Android updates is to give every customer an improved user experience, which means balancing each phone's unique hardware, HTC Sense experience and the Android kernel. While our goal is to upgrade as many of our recent devices as possible, we are committed to maintaining every phone's performance and usability first. Please stay tuned for more updates on specific device upgrade plans."

That's hardly a surprising answer. We're certainly curious how -- or even if -- the Sense customizations will work with what we've seen so far in Ice Cream Sandwich. It's going to be an interesting six months or so, won't it?

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