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3 years ago

T-Mobile announces all phones free for Valentine's Day

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T-Mobile wants to share a little love this Valentine's Day, and they are trying to win your heart with free phones.  On Feb. 11 and 12 (hey, that's this weekend!) all phones on T-Mobile will be free.  This includes their high end Android phones like the MyTouch 4G, the T-Mobile G2, and the Samsung Vibrant.

Of course free really means you're tied to a two year agreement, and if you dig a little deeper into the press release you see that "Mail-in rebate card may apply".  But if you were planning on sticking with T-Mobile for two years anyway, might as well score a free Android phone out of the deal.  The full press release is after the break. [T-Mobile]

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3 years ago

Toshiba Honeycomb tablet website goes live

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Back in January we got a hands-on look at Toshiba's upcoming Honeycomb-based tablet (which, of course, was still running Froyo at the time).  Now, we all can take virtual look at it as Toshiba has put up a page for the upcoming tablet. Not too much new information here, and it's still nameless, but there is a nice video and flash overview of the device which you can dive into. No solid information on a release date, but the website does note a release of sometime this Spring. [Toshiba]

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3 years ago

Motorola Droid Bionic now in the hands of the FCC? (Update: Looks like the Xoom)

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Having now wrapped up their XOOM commercial it looks as though Motorola has moved onto other devices in their stable. The Motorola Droid Bionic is seemingly what we are looking at above and it has now crossed the hands of the FCC seeking approval. Although it doesn't state it specifically it does have dual-band Wi-Fi and since that it one of the features of the Droid Bionic shared with Atrix 4G and not much else we're left to conclude on our own. Still no release date for the Motorola Droid Bionic as of yet but we'll be sure to keep you updated. Anyone still interested in grabbing the Droid Bionic upon release? [FCC via Engadget]

Update: It's now looking more like the XOOM as it has no LTE bands and a non-removable battery.

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3 years ago

Sprint's own website outs Kyocera Echo; we'll likely see it tonight

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Sprint's own website appears to have tipped what's likely in store for us at tonight's event. Confirming earlier reports, a search for the Kyocera Echo returns results for "The world's first dual-touchscreen smartphone" -- something the Samsung Continuum might raise an eyebrow at. The site describes it as:

The Kyocera Echo smashes the last barrier between you and the ultimate mobile experience. Its unique dual-touchscreen, pivot hinge design gives you all the space you need to run the apps that connect you to the people and information you need every day. Spread your work across all 4.7 inches of combined display or use each smaller display independently to run multiple apps. Closed, the Kyocera Echo is a pocket-friendly smartphone. Open it and expand your world.

So we've got a hinged display with a total of 4.7 inches of real estate, and you can use one screen at a time, or both. We'll find out tonight whether it's truly magical, or just a bunch of smoke and mirrors, so join us for the liveblog! Thanks, Sketch42!

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3 years ago

Update: Google IO sells out in 59 minutes!

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Attention developers, manufacturers and Android nerds the world over: Registration has opened for Google IO 2011, May 10-11 at Moscone West in San Francisco. And if it's anything like last year's developer's conference, you're going to want to get in early.

Last year we saw the unveiling of Android 2.2 Froyo, Google TV and a host of improvements to Google Chrome. This year? The sky's the limit, though we're expecting a good bit on Honeycomb and Google TV.

General registration is $450 through April 16, $550 thereafter, and $150 if you're in academia. Register now at Google.com/io.

Update: Yeah, the page is down for the count. Don't blame us. Or do. Up to you.

Update 2: Yeah, it's official. Google IO 2011 is now sold out.

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3 years ago

Motorola Cliq 2 free with two year contract from T-Mobile until Feb. 9

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T-Mobile is running a special online-only sale for the Motorola Cliq 2 (watch our hands-on) this week. Until Feb. 9 at 10 p.m. Pacific Time you can pick one up for free on two-year contract. Remember that the Cliq 2 isn't really a high-end phone, but is just fine for anyone looking for an entry level Android device. Plus, Motorola has had some trouble getting the Cliq line OS updates. If you still want in, head on past the link to order one now. [T-Mobile via Twitter]

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3 years ago

Angry Birds Valentine's Day edition available now via an update

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We got a sneak peek at the new Angry Birds Valentines Day edition last week and it is now available via an update. 

If you have Angry Birds Seasons, go to the Market and download the update. The icon will now be red and pink and the Valentines Day version will appear next to the others in the main menu. If you don't have this version, please find links after the break.

Rovio continues to develop quality versions for their massively popular game and this should continue that track record. Now excuse me, I have to go back to beating the pigs. Thanks Jeff!

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3 years ago

Texas Instruments announces the OMAP 5 CPU platform

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Texas Instruments held a webcast today, where they announced the OMAP 5 processor.  While it's not expected to be seen until mid 2012, it brings a lot of new tech to the table.  The OMAP 5 will be a multi-core system-on-chip consisting of ARM Cortex -A15 CPU cores and a POWERVR SGX544 multi-core GPU.  According to TI, this will bring a disruptive mobile experience, akin to the way Henry Ford transformed the auto industry.  While I'm not sure I would go that far, some of the new innovations do look very interesting.  It's worth noting that smartphone technology is moving so fast that we haven't even seen the OMAP 4 platform, but we expect devices running the platform this year.  Current Android devices using Texas Instruments CPUs, like the Droid X, are still running single core OMAP 3 technology.

The OMAP 5 will help usher in stereoscopic 3D, gesture recognition, computational photography, and more.  While providing up to three times the processing performance, the new chip promises nearly a 60 percent power reduction over the OMAP 4 platform.  TI also says they are very excited to continue their strong support of open source software, and they have been, and will continue to work closely with Google and the Android platform. 

Have a look at the short presentation video, and the press release will full tech specs after the break. [Texas instruments]

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3 years ago

Sprint rolls out maintenance release updates for the LG Optimus S and Samsung Galaxy Tab

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Sprint has announced some maintenance release updates for the LG Optimus S and Samsung Galaxy Tab. Both updates will be sent out in stages so there is no mad rush to get them download but if you own either device you'll want to check out the change logs to see if anything applies. You'll find those by hitting the source links and if you're not feeling that you can just look past the break, they're listed there as well. [Sprint, 2]

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3 years ago

HTC bets on Saffron Digital, makes huge investment

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HTC has announced that it has made a large investment in Saffron Digital, a London-based digital media delivery company.

Saffron had a great year in 2010 with loads of integration in products by HTC, LG, Sony Ericsson, Nokia, T-Mobile and Paramount, mostly in Europe.

The investment from HTC will allow Saffron to expand to other markets, most notably, Asia.

“HTC’s investment increases our global expansion capabilities and provides us with an opportunity to expand into new markets like Asia and new sectors like games and music delivery,” says Shashi Fernando, CEO of Saffron Digital. “We have grown Saffron Digital into one of the best and most exciting digital service providers in the world and this enables us to take digital content delivery to a new level for our customers around the world.”

Despite the strategic move from HTC, Saffron will continue partnerships with other vendors. Peter Chou talking about the investment: 

"Saffron Digital has developed an incredible expertise in mobile multimedia delivery. This ability to deliver optimised content in the future will be a key asset as content becomes more and more complex and localised,“ said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. “We are excited to be working with Saffron to increase our global service delivery capabilities and expertise.”

It will be interesting to see how Saffron expands and in which ways HTC uses the digital media delivery company. [Business Wire]

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