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2 years ago

T-Mobile G-Slate's Android 3.1 update pushing out now

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It's been a few days since we first learned the T-Mobile LG G-Slate would be getting its Android 3.1 update soon. And that day has now come. Pushing out over the air, the update will roll out in waves, meaning not everybody's going to get it at the same time. You'll see a notice on your tablet when the update's ready.

Here's what you're getting in Android 3.1:

  • Google Videos - A new Videos app has been added that allows you to buy and rent movies.
  • Recent apps list expanded - The recent apps list has been expanded to show all apps recently used. After opening the apps list, touch one of the apps to access it.
  • Home screen resizable widgets - Widgets built-in to Android 3.0 (Calendar, Email, Gmail, etc.) can now be resized vertically or horizontally on any one of the five home screens.
  • USB accessory support - Customers can now attach a keyboard, pointing device, or gamepad to the G-Slate for use with typing, gaming, etc.

You're also getting bugfixes to Google Talk and Google Music, as was as for the browser and widgets.

Source: T-Mobile

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2 years ago

HTC's dabbled in the whole audio thing before

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So HTC and Beats Entertainment (aka Beats by Dre) have hopped into bed together. It's a $300 million "marriage," as HTC CEO Peter Chou and music mogul and Beats chairman Jimmy Iovine officially announced Thursday night ... and again Friday morning. If you joined us for the liveblog of the conference call and Q&A, you know that we didn't learn a whole lot more than we already knew the night before.

We did learn, however, that it was Beats who approached HTC, back in March. And that despite Beats' business doubling, according to Iovine, the $300 million buy-in (HTC now owns 51 percent of the company) remained unchanged.

Perhaps the phone you see above is what kicked it all off. That's the HTC Surround, which was one of the first Windows Phone 7 devices. We've never considered HTC devices to have the best speaker quality; that crown goes to Motorola. But the Surround (see my initial hands-on from the Windows Phone 7 launch event) sought to change that with its crazy slide-out speaker. Gimmicky, to be sure. But it also sounded a slide shade better than anything else HTC had on the market, for sure. Try one. You'll be surprised. Anyhoo, that speaker's built with Dolby Mobile and SRS WOW HD. (As have a couple Android phones since, but not as well.) And I still don't know what that means, 'cept it sounds better than most of the smartphones I have.

And that's where Beats comes in. You can argue all day about the sound quality -- and you will argue all day about the sound quality. But it's got name recognition and a bit of the ol' sex factor. And that's important. Or maybe it means better earbuds and/or gaudy headphones. Know what? Just about anything would be better than what you get now. So long as they're subsidized in the cost of the phone, we're all for it.

One way or another, this deal is a big one for HTC, and an even bigger one for Beats, as Iovine underscored as he repeated several times how Beats "had to get to the phone." We know you wanted new hardware. We know you want Ice Cream Sandwich. Those things are coming, and coming pretty soon, we reckon. In the meantime, ponder what kind of audio miracle we might soon see -- Chou said Beats-impregnated devices are coming this fall.

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2 years ago

Dell Streak 5 unceremoniously discontinued

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Leave your condolences for the overhyped, oversized, overpriced, underappreciated, underpowered, took-too-long-to-get-to-market Android phablet (that's that weird size between phone and tablet) in the comments below. Or don't.

Source: Dell; thanks to everyone who sent this in

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2 years ago

HTC Stunning will be HTC's first NFC-enabled phone, headed to China

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HTC announced that their first NFC-enabled smartphone, called the Stunning, will be headed to China. With the Stunning, users will be able to use their phone with China UnionPay, the country's sole credit card company. Consumers can pay bills with their phone as well as make payments at point of sale.

The Stunning will feature a 4-inch display and will be available sometime next month. It's good to see HTC getting into the NFC game and I'm sure the technology will be apart of many of their handsets going forward.

Source: Asia Droid

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2 years ago

LG Optimus Sol leaked, AMOLED display, 1GHz CPU and Gingerbread on board

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The fellas over the the German site BestBoyZ have got their hands on an upcoming LG phone dubbed the Optimus Sol (E730).  We don't know a whole lot about this one just yet, but it should hit Vodaphone in Europe eventually, and come in two colors -- black or silver.  On the specs side, it's running Android 2.3.3 on a 1GHz CPU, with LG's very own 3.8 inch AMOLED display.  Top it all off with LG's Optimus UI (we've seen that in action on the Optimus Black and the Optimus 3D) on top of Gingerbread, and you have what looks to be a very nice piece of gear.  After the break you can watch a video hands-on with the LG Optimus Sol -- it's in German but you'll get the gist of it by watching.  Also hit the source link for a couple more pics.

Source: BestBoyZ

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2 years ago

Supposed specs of upcoming Samsung gear outed by Lithuanian retailer

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Samsung has been leading the global charge to put an Android phone into everyone's hands, and if we're to believe some specs listed by Mobili Linija, an online retail shop from Lithuania, we have a slew of new models with some great specs coming.  They have listed details for seven new phones and two new tablets, with the words dual-core and Super AMOLED thrown around liberally.  Hit the break to see the list, and a bit 'o commentary.

Source: Mobili Linija; via SamFirmware

More: Oled-infoThanks, Nick!

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2 years ago

NFL releases official fantasy football app just in time for football season

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Football is right around the corner (finally!), and that means fantasy players everywhere are gathering information for their drafts. NFL.com is obviously the official site for the league and therefore is immensely popular with the football crowd. An official fantasy app from the NFL has been added to the Market that will allow users to manage their teams on-the-go. This means that wherever they are, they can look for ways to improve their teams.

Here is what you can do with the app:

  • Join or create a league
  • Check live fantasy scoring
  • Sit/Start and Add/Drop players
  • Propose and accept trades
  • Read up-to-the minute player news
  • Manage teams in multiple leagues

This is great news for NFL.com fantasy owners who have been calling for a dedicated Android app to manage their teams. The app is available for free from the Android Market, please find links after the break.

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2 years ago

Android App Review: Qello Concert Videos

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Now here's a sweet little app you fans of live music can enjoy. Qello is a rental service for live concert videos. Think of it as a sort of Youtube rental service for live music.

The listings are quite extensive. Alanis Morisette to All That Remains to Alice Cooper to Bob Dylan to Cypress Hill to Def Leppard to George Clinton. We could go on, and on, and on.

Let's talk rentals. This is where things differ slightly from the tablet and smartphone versions. On tablets, you pay $4.99 per concert and have access to it for 30 days. Smartphones have two options: $2.99 for seven days, or $4.99 for 30 days. We'd prefer to have the seven-day option on the tablet, too.

Audio quality is excellent. Video quality is watchable. Not as "HD" as the app might lead you to believe, but we can live with it.

Other items of note: You can preview a concert before you buy it. And purchasing is done through Android's in-app billing system, so you don't have to enter your credit card info again just to use Qello.

Download: Qello (tablets), (smartphones)

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S Plus shows off for the camera, makes Galaxy S owners sad

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The Samsung Galaxy S was one of the hottest phones of 2010,  and the Samsung Galaxy S II has proven to be even more popular, and now there appears to be a Samsung Galaxy S Plus. This device is a bit odd, as it doesn't really change much from the Samsung Galaxy S except for a few things, and doesn't live up to what the Samsung Galaxy S II is, so where exactly does it fit in. The device has a 1.4GHz, a 400 MHz increase over the original, but it's still a single-core proc. The battery has been upgraded to a 1650mAh, and it launches with Android 2.3.3 with Touchwiz 3.0 on top. The device appears to be a Vodafone UK exclusive, and will be launching free on contract with a monthly commitment of £30 per month.

Source: TechRadar

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2 years ago

HTC-Beats by Dre announcement liveblog

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Well, the cat's pretty much out of the bag for HTC's teleconference this morning for what it's billed "a major news announcement" by CEO Peter Chou in Los Angeles. If you haven't heard, HTC and Beats by Dre have teamed up in a $300 million partnership that will bring the audio giant to HTC smartphones starting this fall.

But let's assume we don't yet know it all. Join us after the break as we liveblog the teleconference. The show gets going at 11:30 a.m. EST / 8:30 a.m. PST.

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