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2 years ago

HTC officially announces the Rhyme for Verizon, Europe, Asia

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And here it is, folks: the HTC Rhyme (aka the Bliss). Coming to Verizon on Sept. 22, the 3.7-inch smartphone has Android 2.3, a 3.7-inch WVGA (480x800) display and a 5MP camera, along with the latest version of HTC Sense, seen only in leaks until now. It's also got a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and 768MB of RAM.

The real story, of course, are the accessories. There's the plugless dock (the trio of gold contacts is a telltale that you just place the phone in it), a glowing "charm cable" that plugs into the 3.5mm headphone jack, a sports armband and a Bluetooth headset. Note that the tangle-free earbuds are NOT of the Beats Audio variety.

The Rhyme -- which will cost $199 for all that purple goodness -- will be hitting Europe and Asia next month as well.

We're at HTC's event now -- hands-on impressions coming up.

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2 years ago

Sprint Epic 4G Touch torn down, revealed to contain smartphone parts

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First comes the major smartphone launch, then comes the teardown. The folks at iFixit have done their thing to the Samsung Galaxy S II Sprint Epic 4G Touch. And, lo and behold, it's a smartphone! No real surprises so far as the layman (that's us) is concerned, though apparently the Broadcom chip also has FM capabilities. Hardly the first time we've seen that go unused. Anyhoo, if you're into smartphone pr0n, check out the link below.

Source: iFixit

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2 years ago

Droid Incredible 2 Android 2.3.4 update now available

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Have yourself a Droid Incredible 2 and wondering when it will see Android 2.3.4? Well, wonder no more. It looks as though the latest software update for the device is now pushing out. Word from the forums is that it is a 32MB file and upon installation you will be asked to go ahead and reboot your phone. Changes? Not many but they are listed for us:

  • Improved server connections for email synchronization and Mail application stability.
  • Increased stability of Visual Voice Mail application.
  • Ability to dial the “+1” prefix when roaming internationally in CDMA markets.
  • Option to set Data roaming for “all trips” or for “individual trips”.
  • Improvements in sending/receiving messages while roaming.

As you can tell, a few bug fixes and improvements in this release so you'll want to be sure you grab if it you've been having any issues. Though, if you're rooted you might want to check out the Android Central forums to ensure root can be obtained afterward as well. If you've not received the notification as of yet, go ahead and check for system updates it should be waiting.

Source: Android Central Forums

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2 years ago

Target Mobile (aka Radio Shack) plans Verizon HTC Rhyme presale for Sept. 21, release Sept. 22

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If there was ever much doubt that the HTC Bliss is the HTC Rhyme (there wasn't) and that it's coming to Verizon (again, none) and that we might well see it Tuesday morning at an HTC event in New York City (we'll be there, by the way), well, that ends tonight.

A tipster just hit us up with Target Mobile's plans for the charming device (see what we did there?), and they are as follows: Presales start Wednesday, Sept. 21, with the phone being available Sept. 22. Target Mobile (aka Radio Shack) has the exclusive on a Plum-colored version, it seems, and it looks like it'll be available a week or so later -- at least preorders apparently will continue through next week.

As for specs? They're looking fairly official now as a 3.7-inch WVGA (480x800) display, Android 2.3, 5MP rear camera, VGA front-facing camera and a light-up charm that will alert you to incoming or missed calls, or text messages. Judging from the picture, it looks like it plugs into the 3.5mm headphone jack, and so it might or might not be Bluetooth-enabled. If it's the latter, it's a decidedly low-tech solution to a problem most people don't really have -- it's why all these Bluetooth watches and the like are still a niche product.

The screen also tells of two other "exclusive in-box accessories that are designe to enhance user experience." We gather one are the headphones you see here, which could well be of Beats Audio nature, though camps have been divided on that one. The other may be that dock, which showed up in one of the earlierst leaks. Or there could be something else.

Anyhoo, we should find out more in just a few short hours.

Thanks, R!

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2 years ago

Hanging with Friends now available for Android

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If you love Words with Friends, it's time to try Hanging with Friends. If it looks familiar, it should -- both apps are Zynga favorites. Hanging with Friends is a lot like Hangman, only without the whole swinging from a noose thing. You come up with a word (and get bonus points if it's a nice long one), and so does your opponent. Then the guessing starts. Get too many strikes, and you lose a balloon. Lose too many balloons and gravity takes over.

You can connect with and play against your Facebook friends, a random opponent, search for friends or choose people from your contact list. Or you can just hand your phone to someone and play that way.

Hanging with Friends is free, supported by ads. We've got download links after the break.

Looking for a HwF game? Find an opponent here!

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2 years ago

Android 2.3.4 arrives for the HTC Sensation on O2

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If you have an HTC Sensation on O2 in the UK, you've likely been wondering what the heck has been taking them so long to push out the Android 2.3.4 update. Truth is, we don't know. But, they've finally managed to get it together and make it available for download.

Customers of O2 started reporting the update being available as of early this morning and now it seems a full roll out is happening. Go ahead and check for system updates, you'll be pleasantly surprised to find it there waiting for you.

Source: O2; Thanks, Elliot!

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2 years ago

Google Wallet, Troubles with HBO Go! [From the Forums]

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Monday again folks, and we're off to a good start! Plenty of things lined up for this week though, so be sure to stay tuned. Got questions? Need some help? Wanna share some screenshots, wallpapers or just talk Android? Hit up the Android Central forums for it all.

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

Samsung seeking to block sales of upcoming iPhone in Korea

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What the world needs now is more litigation to stifle technology innovation, and Samsung looks determined to follow Apple's lead and try to make it happen.  In an interview with the Korea Times, and unnamed senior executive from Samsung Electronics has said that Samsung is preparing to attempt to block all sales of the upcoming iPhone in Korea.  He also gives a bit of insight into the mind of Samsung corporate, telling us that Samsung was willing to let the "copycat" argument go so that the relationship with Apple (who uses Samsung parts in many of their products) was not put under stress.  Apple's complaint and subsuquent injunction against Samsung at IFA in Germany, which caused the highly anticipated 7.7 inch variant of the Galaxy Tab to be pulled from the show, created a turning point of sorts, where Samsung has filed against Apple for technology patents in Australia

In Korea, Samsung is preparing to say that unless Apple drops mobile telecommunication functions from it's iPhone, it would be impossible for it not to infringe on Samsung's mobile patents.  The patents in question, as well as the total number, were not identified.  As a result, Samsung wants all sales of the new iPhone blocked in Korea.

It saddens me to see Samsung follow this path.  Competition is healthy for the entire mobile eco-system, and having an "eye for an eye" attitude only hurts the consumer.  Unfortunateley, Apple's current strategy of domination through lawsuits looks like it may have awoken a sleeping giant -- Samsung is one of the largest electronic manufacturing compaines in the world, and likely holds patents that many other manufacturers are infringing upon, as does Motorola (Nokia flashback, anyone?).  In the end, someone with a lot of money will be giving a little of it to someone else with a lot of money, but nobody really wins in these types of war games.

Source: Korea Times (Korean)

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2 years ago

More creditors to join Google Wallet in future version

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Lest you read over it like, erm, some of us did, it's worth a mention that along with the official launch of Google Wallet in San Francisco and New York comes news that the service also has expanded to more creditors. American Express, Visa and Discover "have made available their NFC specifications that could enable their cards to be added to future versions of Google Wallet," according to Google's official blog post.

That means while you're still only currently able to use a Citi MasterCard (or pre-paid card), we should see more options in the future. Hopefully more locales will follow.

Source: Google

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2 years ago

Update brings Google Wallet to Sprint's Nexus S 4G

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Google Wallet has finally arrived on Sprint's Nexus S 4G in the form of an OTA update rolling out now. Samsung says that software version GWK74, which contains some security fixes along with Wallet, is pushing to users sporting the latest software build (GRJ90). If you're a few updates behind, you'll have to try to pull this one manually, as you probaby won't receive a notification. Sit tight if you're not seeing it yet, and sing out below when it hits. 

Google's also putting its best foot forward on this limited launch. Check out the video after the break.

Source: Samsung; Google

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