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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S reportedly may ship in UK in early June

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Samsung Galaxy S

Those of you waiting to get your hands on the world's first smartphone with a Super AMOLED may only have to wait another month or so. UK retailer Expansys says it expects the Samsung Galaxy S right around the end of May, which can't come too soon for a goodly number of you. If you're looking to bring it to the U.S, it's gonna cost you about $850, which is quite a chunk of change. (In the meantime, you can make do with our hardware and software hands-ons from CTIA.) It's coming, folks. [EuroDroid via Unwired View]

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4 years ago

We're giving away 30 free 1-year subscriptions to WaveSecure [contest]

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WaveSecure

There have been a few stories in the news of late of a certain tech company losing a certain phone in a bar. If only they'd had WaveSecure. With it, you can back up, lock, locate or wipe your Android phone from any computer, anywhere, at any time. Phone stolen? Not a problem. WaveSecure locks it down and alerts a designated contact if a new SIM card is inserted and requires a PIN to unlock. (Only applies to GSM phones, of course.) Left it somewhere? Track it down with Google Maps. (Get the full run-down at WaveSecure's site.)

And we've got 30 1-year subscriptions (normally $19.90) to give away. All you have to do is leave a comment on this story through 11:59 p.m. EDT tonight and tell us the worst place you've ever left/lost/or had your phone stolen. We'll pick 30 winners at random and e-mail the subscription codes. Good luck!

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4 years ago

Motorola MT820 pictured, does 3D ?

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Could that weird Motorola Android device we saw last week actually be the Motorola MT820 pictured above? The button arrangement is different but the transparent flip screen, camera placement, and general shape is very familiar. If they're not the same phone (one being prototype, other being final), they at least have to be part of the same family right?

The MT820 certainly looks a lot better than what we previously saw but that could be the higher resolution shots talking. We're still unsure about the whole 'flip' form factor but rumors are suggesting that the extra screen allows the MT820 to display 3D images. The MT820 is headed to China's TD-SCDMA network, which means we'll likely never see the phone. Not like we were dying for it in this first place, the form factor is still too weird and 3D is currently more a gimmicky feature than anything. What do you guys think? Do we want 3D on our phones yet? Ever?

Hit the link to see more pictures of the MT820 [slashphone]

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4 years ago

Xperia X10 Mini & X10 Mini Pro gets priced, coming May/June to Rogers ?

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We don't know if we're being foolish in believing that Sony Ericsson can hit its target launch date, but the latest report hovering around is that the Xperia X10 Mini & X10 Mini Pro will hit Rogers in May or June. That time frame fits with the original summer timeline we heard previously and considering we felt both devices were ready back in February, it's not that much of a reach.

Whether Sony Ericsson and Rogers can hit that date is of course another matter, but we're hopeful they won't bungle this release like the big brother Xperia X10. Surprisingly, the price of the X10 Mini & X10 Mini Pro on a new 3-year contract is expected to be rather affordable. The X10 Mini is expected to retail for $49.99 and the X10 Mini Pro will be priced at $69.99. That would be a great price point for the miniature versions of a once sought after phone. [mobilesyrup]

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4 years ago

Win Phil's (and Dieter's, too!) Nexus Ones: Fourth batch of entries [contest]

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Oh, my. Just when you thought it couldn't get any better, here you go. As Dieter mentions above (you did watch the video first, right?), we're now giving away TWO T-Mobile Nexus Ones.

And, so, after the break is the fourth batch of entries. And just like the previous three batches, we've got five more gems here. Check 'em out after the break. A reminder that you still have the rest of this week to get your entries in. Remember, you are the ones voting. You'll decide who wins my (and Dieter's!) Nexus One. Now, on to the vids.

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4 years ago

Verizon HTC Droid Incredibles are shipping all over the place

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HTC Verizon Droid IncredibleWe hear you, folks. The Verizon HTC Droid Incredible that you all pre-ordered over the weekend are shipping now (if you're not one of the uber-lucky folks who have gotten yours already, that is).

If you haven't yet ordered yours, or you're still in mourning after finding out that the Nexus One isn't coming to Verizon and you're going to have to slum it with this 8MP monster instead, take heart and take the time to enter one of our two Droid Incredible giveaways. We're picking winners Wednesday morning, so time's running out to enter. Details here.

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4 years ago

Spring Design Alex e-reader gets rooted

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With the onslaught of e-readers in the works, and the tablet device craze gaining steam, life has to be tough for the Alex.  It clearly has slipped off the radar recently, even the announcement that it's started shipping already didn't find much coverage.  I've not had a chance to fiddle with it, but I can see why some of the competition gets more favorable press.  It's big.  It's still running Cupcake.  It has no menu button !?!

It does have however a nice, easy-to-read e-ink display. And as of late Sunday afternoon, it
has something else that many will be interested in --  A mystery hacker by the name of
Bluebrain has got the thing cracked open.  It looks to be a relatively simple task, all the
hard work has been wrapped up nicely into a single download.

I'm not convinced that this will be enough to save the Alex from a doomed life in the shadow
of iPads and Nooks, but it certainly piqued my interest in the device a little bit.  We'll
keep an eye on things, and if any sort of outside development community springs up (pun
intended - zing!
) I know I'll be looking at it a little harder.  Anyone out there using an
Alex?  We'd love to hear your thoughts and opinions in the comments! [via engadget]

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4 years ago

Review: Otterbox Commuter Series case for the Motorola Droid

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Otterbox Commuter Series case for Motorola Droid

The Motorola Droid is a beast of a phone, no two ways about it. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't consider a case to help protect it. After the break, we take a look at the Otterbox Commuter Series case.

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4 years ago

HTC Droid Incredible reviews, contest; Nexus One on Verizon; Sprint Evo 4G

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4 years ago

Motorola ditching Google location services on Android phones for Skyhook

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Skyhook

Here we go again. First it's Samsung going with Yahoo services, and now comes word that Motorola's switching to Skyhook for its location-based services over Google. Devices with the new service will "begin shipping later this year," Skyhook says, and "will have the ability to better support a new wave of location-aware applications by leveraging Skyhook's precise, reliable and fast-performing location engine."

Hey, fair enough. No reason why it shouldn't be as good or better than Google's default services, right? [via Engadget]

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4 years ago

Samsung and Yahoo team up on Android smartphones

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Samsung and Yahoo have teamed up and extended a "Strategic global partnership for mobile" that will effect Android phones as well as phones running Samsung's bada OS. What does this mean for you? Well if you're planning on buying an Android-powered Samsung phone you might be in the same shoes as Motorola Backflip users on AT&T. Samsung phones may replace standard-on-Android Google services with Yahoo services for search, email, contacts, calendar, news, and weather. Yowza. So for those of you thinking of purchasing a Samsung Galaxy S, would this affect your decision? Let us know in the comments! [via BusinessWire]

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4 years ago

Maintenance update being tested for Motorola Cliq XT

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Motorola Cliq XT

The Motorola Cliq XT (see our hands-on) has only been available for a month or so, and a maintenance update apparently already is on the way. Scheduled for improvement are:

  • Improves Overall Phone Performance: Generally improves data connectivity while reducing the occurrence of freeze-ups, resets, and random forced quits.
  • Visual Voice Mail Enhancements: Enhanced design and interaction for Visual Voice Mail.
  • Bluetooth Audio Improvements to Bluetooth audio while streaming.
  • Camera Correction: Addresses instances of camera randomly freezing after taking a picture, and helps correct intermittent resets while camera and video applications are in use.
  • Screen/Display Performance: Improves backlight performance for the display.
  • Text Messaging Improvements: General improvements to text messaging - especially for longer text message threads.
  • Touch Screen Enhancement Improves overall sensitivity of the touch screen.

The update's available for just 1,000 people right now, and we should see wider release shortly. [Motorola via TmoNews]

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4 years ago

Motorola Europe says Android 2.1 for its Milestone is delayed

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Motorola Milestone Android 2.1 delay

The saga of the Android 2.1 upgrades continues, with Motorola Europe posting on its Facebook page that the upgrade for the Milestone has been delayed.

"We regret to say the UK 2.1 update has suffered further delays and been pushed back at least another 2 weeks. Additional operator approvals are now required which were not planned for originally. As we don't want to cause any further disappointment, we will now post about the update only once the launch date is 100...% confirmed. Sincere apologies for the frustration caused and thanks for your continued patience."

The good news is they're taking their time to get things right. Bad news is it's taking time. Hang in there, folks. [Facebook via TheUnwired's Arne Hess on Twitter]

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4 years ago

We're now giving away two Verizon HTC Droid Incredibles [contest]

Verizon HTC Droid Incredible Contest

What's better than giving away a Verizon HTC Droid Incredible? Giving away two Verizon HTC Droid Incredibles. That's right, we're upping the ante in advance of this week's launch. Here's the deal:

  • Our original contest is still on. Hit up the forums if you haven't entered yet.
  • For a second chance at winning a Droid Incredible, hit up this forum thread and tell us about the sorry old phone you're currently using. We'll pick one answer at random to win the second Incredible.

We'll pick both winners Wednesday morning and contact by e-mail, so keep close to your inboxes, and ship 'em out so you'll have them on Thursday, launch day. Good luck, everyone!

Another chance to win a Verizon HTC Droid Incredible

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4 years ago

Vodafone Nexus One available for pre-order, will be available in stores

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Vodafone Nexus One

And in slightly less unhappy Nexus One news, it's now available for pre-order on Vodafone in the U.K. -- free if you shell out for a monthly plan that costs at least £35. We're also being told that unlike in the U.S., you're actually going to be able to buy it in stores. Will that signal a change for procedure in the U.S.? Let's hope so. [Vodafone] Thanks, Dave!

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