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2 years ago

Android 101: Know what's using your battery

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2 years ago

Three UK aiming for 80% HSPA+ coverage by end of 2011

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Buried at the bottom of a recent press release from Three UK is this rather interesting little morsel -- the carrier's planning on extending its HSPA+ coverage to 80% of the UK by the end of this year, with the rest of the country following "soon afterwards". Right now Three's HSPA+ network, which offers download speeds up to 21.1 Mbps and uploads of up to 5.76 Mbps, is only available on a handful of phones, tablets and mobile broadband dongles. Three's also keeping quiet about exactly how much of the UK is currently covered, though we'd assume major cities like London would have already been upgraded.

If Three manages to pull off its target of 80% coverage by the end of 2011, then it could put them at an advantage over larger competitors like O2 and Vodafone. Right now HSPA+ coverage on all networks that offer it can be patchy at the best of times.

Source: Three UK Press Centre

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2 years ago

Verizon officially unveils Verizon Video - more than 250 TV shows for $10 a month

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Those of you with Verizon Android smartphones might have noticed a Verizon Video app pushed out over the past few days (yeah, we didn't ask for it either), and this morning Big Red has officially announced it.

Essentially, Verizon Video is exactly what it looks like -- on-demand streaming (powered by RealNetworks) of more than 250 television, and on-demand video from ABC, NBC, CBS, MTV, Comedy Central, Animal Planet, CNBC, Disney Channel, ESPN, PBS Kids and others. You'll also have access to NFL RedZone on Sundays, NBC's "Sunday Night Football" and the NFL Network.

Verizon Video is available "on select smartphones," (we've got it on a ThunderBolt here) and is currently in a free preview. After the preview ends, a monthly subscription is $10, or you can try it out for 24  hours for $3.

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2 years ago

The Walkman returns with Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman

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The Sony Walkman has been reincarnated yet again -- this time on Android. The Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman, aside being quite the mouthful, is a 3.2-inch Android 2.3 smartphone with some seriously deep music integration (nothing new for SE phones), as well as deep integration with Facebook.

Hardware-wise, you're looking at a relatively small device -- it weighs 115 grams and measures in at 56.5 x 106 x 14.2 mm. It sports a 1GHz processor, pushing Gingerbread and SE's custom UI on that 3.2-inch display, which only sports a 320x480 resolution. (Hey, it is just 3.2 inches.) It's got 320MB of on-board storage, and comes with a 2GB microSD card. There's a 5MP camera on the back that will record video in 720p, and its 1200 mAh battery is rated at up to 17.5 hours of music listening time.

And speaking of music, this thing's loaded. It's got a dedicated hardware Walkman button, and you might remember the "infinite button" from the previous iterations of its Mediascape UI. The infinite button is back, sending you deep inside the Qriocity music service. It's also got xLoud, which is said to enhance the sound coming out of the phone's speakers, and TrackID, to, well, ID what you're listening to.

No word on specific markets just yet, but look for the Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman in the fourth quarter this year. More pics and a full presser are after the break.

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2 years ago

LG announces the Optimus Sol with 3.8-inch 'Ultra AMOLED' display

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LG this evening announced the Optimus Sol (aka the LG -E730). And this things packed with a number of standout features. First off, it's running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, as well it should. It's boasting a 3.8-inch "Ultra AMOLED" display at 480x800 resolution, which LG says "has a two-fold advanced reflection rate compared to standard AMOLED displays," leading to better clarity outdoors, and a reduction in image quality degradation.

It's also got a new power-management system, which LG says will boost battery life by 20 percent to 30 percent.

Other specs of note:

  • Qualcomm MSM8255 processor at 1GHz
  • Network: Quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900), dual-band UMTS (900/2100)
  • RAM: 512MB
  • ROM: 2GB
  • Program memory: 150MB internal
  • External memory: 2GB microSD card included
  • Rear camera: 5MP with autofocus
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • Wifi 802.11 b/g/n
  • aGPS
  • DLNA
  • Dimensions: 122.5 x 62.5 x 9.8 mm
  • Battery: 1,500 mAh

The Optimus Sol will be available in Europe in mid-September, followed by Central and South America. It'll be available in black, titan and white, subject to regional release.

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2 years ago

LG Thrill 4G shows up in Target circular, sports an $80 price tag

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While we still aren't sure exactly when the LG Thrill 4G will be showing up for sale, or the reason for the delays, we know it will cost 80 dollars if you pick it up from Target on a new line or have a qualifying update available, or a healthy $550 if you buy it outright.  If you haven't been paying attention, the Thrill 4G runs Froyo on an OMAP4 dual-core CPU, has dual channel RAM and a dual channel board configuration, nifty stereoscopic glasses free 3D, and if AT&T hasn't pulled any shenanigans, is a sure bet for inclusion in CyanogenMod's stable of devices. 

We've handled the thing numerous times, and we all know it's coming.  What it being in the coming week's Target advertisement means is anyone's guess. 

via: +Brady Duran

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2 years ago

LG Optimus Sol press images revealed, looks like another stylish mid-range phone from LG

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Press shots for the LG Optimus Sol have leaked out, and while it's not going to be a groundbreaking device in the specs department, LG is delivering some very clean lines and a nice looking Android handset with this one.  Rumored to have a 1GHz single core CPU, front and rear cameras, Wifi direct, and LG's first AMOLED display checking in at 3.8 inches, it should be a solid performer.  After seeing these press photos, it looks like LG is following the trend they began with the Optimus Black, and offering a phone that looks as good as it runs.  No unsightly bumps or bulges, no NASCAR-esque labels and graphics plastered all over the back, and no big protruding buttons. 

While there's no word on when or where we may be seeing this one, it will certainly appeal to those who are looking for Android power in a sexy shell. 

Source: Pocketnow

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2 years ago

Android Game Review: Spirit HD

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Holy moly. I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I downloaded this game. I've got this nice, shiny Thrive to check out tablet apps on, and this was featured, so I figured "Why not?" Lemme tell ya, as far as Android games go, one of the best decisions I could have made.

In Spirit (HD optional), you control this little ghost-looking guy, presumably a spirit via touch. He's a deceptively powerful little guy, creating black holes/vortexes/scary holes that swallow stuff whenever he makes two points of his movement trail touch. This is the key to your victory.

The reason he can make these portals is out of sheer defense, because there's shapes (yes, shapes) of various colors and abilities that are out to hurt you. One touch, boom, you're done. It feels very Geometry Wars in terms of aesthetic, but fortunately, the gameplay differs.

What I noticed in my time with Spirit is that the levels are seemingly random. One level, I faced these terrifying, red triangles that came at you like a booby trap from an Indiana Jones movie. That same level (the next time I played) had green laser shapes shooting, you guessed it, lasers at me. That was pretty refreshing, because it keeps working through the lower levels from getting stale.

There's also three modes of gameplay. There's Classic, Extreme, and Pulse. Classic is just what you'd expect: Good, ol' fashioned shape-destroying via scary portal. Extreme ups the ante, sending more deadly shapes your way. Move quick, or your Spirit goes bye-bye.

Pulse takes your normal system of gameplay and turns it on its head. Instead of being able to create portal by making circles, you need to fly into the circle pulse orbs that spawn. Hit one and you get a nice portal for a little bit. In the mean time, baddies of all color and variety are teleporting in, and it can get pretty hectic really quickly. It's incredibly challenging and definitely my favorite way to play.

Spirit is an awesome game, and I can tell why it did so well on iOS. What's really cool for us Android users is that if you buy Spirit, you get both the phone and tablet version with one purchase, so you can install on any device you have and you'll be able to play. Spirit is $1.30, and it's not priced unfairly.

Download links are after the break.

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