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3 years ago

Sprint Kyocera Echo first impressions

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Woe is the smartphone carrier and manufacturer that tries something new, apparently. That much was apparent from the comments before, during and after Sprint's unveiling of the Kyocera Echo dual-screen smartphone at a special event in the Edison Ballroom in New York City. You folks out there certainly made your feelings known.

But we've actually had some time with the Echo. And it's certainly not as far to one end of the spectrum as you might believe. After the break, we get into our initial impressions of the Sprint Kyocera Echo and its crazy two-screen self. Read on!

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3 years ago

Your Optimus S has new toys -- Legos!

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It's no secret that I'm really digging what LG has done with the Optimus One series phones, and Sprint's Optimus S is no exception.  High performance Android phones for the budget-minded consumer is the right way to do Android.

Take that great little phone, add in three ambitious ROM developers, and one of the best ideas to hit custom ROM development ever, and you have the Lego ROM. 

Usually when you flash a custom ROM, you have to search out the extra tweaks, kernels, small edits and theme you want, then hope that they all play nicely together so you don't have to fool with it.  Not so with the Lego ROM.  These fellas have built the Lego ROM as a modular process, allowing you to choose your tweaks and theme up front, making the process pretty pain-free.  It's also a great custom ROM in it's own right, check the feature list after the break, and hit the forums to check it outThanks Beezy, KSmith, and Nick7 for the hard work!

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3 years ago

ZAGAT to go for Android gets a makeover and new features

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If you love food as much as I do you'll know that finding great restaurants is often times a tough task. For that we have plenty of Android apps out there to help filter out the good from the bad. One of the most respected names in that area is Zagat and just in time for Valentines day they have made some changes to their Zagat to go app for Android. Aside from the complete UI overhaul, Zagat has added quite a few new features as well:

  • Restaurant reviews and our signature 30 point ratings for Food, Decor, Service and actual down-to-the-dollar estimates for dinner costs
  • GPS - Find nearby restaurants automatically
  • Advanced Search - Mix and Match by any criteria including ratings, cuisines and attributes like Child-Friendly, Business Dining, Romantic and dozens more!
  • Top Rated Lists - Zagat has picked the “Best of” in your city like Best Burgers, Best Italian, Most Romantic and more
  • Meal Suggestions – Get tips from the Foursquare community on what to order when you get there!
  • Write Reviews – Publish reviews to Zagat.com from your phone instantly, wherever you are. No drafting, no waiting!
  • Visual Menu – Browse thousands of photos of dishes from Foodspotting
  • Restaurant Widget – Feeling lucky? Get nearby restaurant recommendations automatically. Long press on your home screen and select Zagat to get started.

If you're looking to tap into your inner food connoisseur, Zagat will cost you $9.99 for a year subscription. The update release is available now in the Android Market. Download and press release can be found after the break.

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3 years ago

U.S. Cellular releases Froyo update for the HTC Desire

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Another long-awaited device update has just rolled out for those of you on U.S. Cellular. The HTC Desire Froyo update has been posted and is now ready and waiting for you to download it. So what are ya waiting for? Go get your Froyo on, folks, and most important, enjoy! Let us know in the comments or in the forums how to upgrade went for you all. [U.S. Cellular] Thanks, Brandon!

Update - Yes, I put HD. My apologies but clearly you all knew the difference anyway.

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3 years ago

HTC Thunderbolt dummy phones arrive, but it looks like the phone is delayed

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The good news: It looks like dummy units -- nonworking shells, really -- of the eagerly awaited HTC ThunderBolt are starting to show up. The bad news: Looks like the phone's going to miss that officially non-official Feb. 14 launch date.

Let's start with the picture you see above, which is of said dummy unit. That's a pretty good sign that things are all but ready to go. Only problem is, things aren't ready to go. Droid-Life purloined a screen shot that flat-out says "launch from 2/14 has been delayed. No ETA at this time." It adds that "HTC-created elements WILL arrive this week. Agents are not to display ..."

In other words, things are pretty much ready to go, but something's holding up the works, and word around the campfire is that the new Skype Mobile has something to do with it. That said, Veizon's never publicly announced a launch date -- and now you see why.

Check out the leaked shot after the break if you need the knife to be twisted just a little more. [@v3rdict, Droid-Life via Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

Dell developing 10-inch Android Tablet (Updated)

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We're here at the "Dell Means Business" press conference and while the main focus is business and the marquee product here is the hint of a Windows 7 tablet, Dell also has a nice little entry in their list above that a "10 inch Android Tablet" is on the way. It'll come inside the largest consumer product lineup that Dell has ever launched - 39 products in all (naturally they're mostly talking about Windows 7 devices).

More as we can get it - stay tuned.

Update: They just talked up the benefits of the Windows 7 products for power business users and showed a prototype of the Windows 7 Tablet (not the Android Tablet) after the break.

In other words - we'll see if Dell tells us more about that single line on the above PowerPoint slide, since today is more focused on traditional PCs and Windows 7 devices. 

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3 years ago

Honeycomb port coming to Dell Streak

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Are you a Dell Streak owner who is rather bored with the current state of your lil' tablet? Well, it looks as though you may soon be able to toss a little Honeycomb into the mix. Yes, much like the Nook Color the Dell Streak now has a port of Honeycomb in the works for it. It is only fair to note though, the port is not complete as of yet. No downloads are available but the fact it is being worked on by Stephen Hyde, who has created the StreakDroid ROMS gives us hope it will see release at some point. [Modaco via Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

SiriusXM planning Android devices

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Teleca, which supplies integrated software solutions for consumer electronics, as well as the automotive and mobile industries, has announced it is developing an embedded solution to use Android in future SiriusXM satellite radio devices. The solution will include all vehicle, portable and home products.

“SiriusXM continues to develop innovative products that allow our subscribers to experience the best audio entertainment available,” said Sean Gibbons, vice president of product marketing for SiriusXM’s aftermarket division. “We were impressed with Teleca’s experience with the Android Operating System and strong background in radio interface integration. Teleca is working with us to develop a complete platform strategy for delivering our unique and compelling programming to consumers.”

The solution will be on display next week at Mobile World Conference, which we will be at bringing you all of the exciting news. Full press release after the break.

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3 years ago

All major UK carriers set to offer the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play

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The other night we got a tease from Sony Ericsson, which finally provided us with an announcement date for the Xperia Play

Since then, most of the carriers in the UK have been announcing that they will carry the new device from Sony Ericsson.  Thus far, the Xperia Play has been confirmed by Vodafone, Orange, T-Mobile, Three, and O2.

This is great news for UK residents as they will have an array of choices to choose from if they are considering the Xperia Play. After months of speculation and rumors, it looks like we're finally close to getting the Xperia Play. Stay tuned! 

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3 years ago

Amazon says HTC ThunderBolt coming February 14

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We're guessing Amazon was feeling a little left out of all the HTC Thunderbolt launch date rumors. Seriously, though, we've pretty much got every day in February covered at this point, so no matter when it comes out everyone can say they were right. In any event, if you stroll on over to Amazon and do a search you'll see they now have the device listed for February 14. You can sign up to be notified when it becomes available. One thing is for certain though, the HTC Thunderbolt is coming -- soon. [via BGR]

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