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3 years ago

Sprint ID teases the Samsung Chief, LG Q, LG Optimus B and Motorola Sunfire

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Wanna have a little fun poking your nose around where it doesn't belong? Tucked deep inside the Sprint ID app is a not-so-secret menu for downloading the Sprint Employee Pack for Sprint ID. And before you download the pack, you're asked which phone you have. And there are a few interesting names in that list. Namely:

  • LG Optimus B
  • LG Q
  • Samsung Chief
  • Motorola Sunfire

Those four listings, unlike the Samsung Epic 2.2/2.3 you see in the picture above, don't have images with them. Just the Sprint logo. So what are they?

The LG Optimus B, it stands to reasons, could be the Optimus Black. The Motorola Sunfire is believed to be the recently announced Photon 4G. And the Samsung Chief could be the mid-level "Conquer" everybody's geeking out over today. As for the LG Q? Your guess is as good as ours. The upcoming LG Optimus Slider, perhaps?

Any Sprint employees wanna chime in and clear things up?

Thanks, anon!

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3 years ago

Google brings more features to mobile search

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Earlier today Google held its "Inside Search" event in California, where they showed us a lot of cool new features built in (or being built in) to Google.com, both on the desktop and mobile.  We were hinted at one of them earlier -- Google Places buttons and code added right into the mobile page.  The final version looks pretty slick -- tap a place icon, and you're presented with a map that stays above your search results and adjusts to fit the results you're seeing.

What we didn't see coming, but is every bit as cool, is a type of query builder now built into the search box.  If you use search auto-complete, you know what happens if you tap one of the suggestions -- you start a search for it.  Now, you have a new choice -- a plus button that will add the term to the search box, but let you add more.  Yes, it's the same as was offered in the Google Search app, but now available on the web as well.  These additions are available for Android 2.2 and higher, and iOS 4 or higher.  Check it out, as well as some more about the Places icons, in a couple short videos after the break.

Source: Google mobile Blog

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3 years ago

Garmin signs agreement to acquire Navigon

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Garmin and Navigon have announced today that they have signed an agreement that will have Navigon become a subsidiary of Garmin. With Garmin's experience in the automotive business and Naivgon being one of the top-selling navigation applications in the Android Market, the two companies are hoping their combined efforts will help ensure long-term revenue for the future as well -- bring some new innovations to the market for consumers as Egon Minar, CEO of Navigon, stated:

“We look forward to sharing expertise, technologies, and relationships between Navigon and Garmin in order to serve more customers, expand product offerings, and lead the market in hardware and software innovation,”

Sounds good to us. The deal for the most part is closed at this point but both companies are now waiting for regulatory approval, which, is expected to arrive soon. For more details you'll find the press release right after the break.

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3 years ago

Samsung Mesmerize EE19 update now available for download

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Right on schedule, as U.S. Cellular noted previously -- the EE19 update for their Samsung Mesmerize is now available for download via the U.S. Cellular Android updates page. You will need to make sure you have Kies Mini installed in order to make use of the update but that's a minor step in the process. This update should correct the issue some users were having with phone calls not be able to be heard, as well as an issue with the volume buttons not accurately responding. Hit up the source link for the full details as well as the how-to install guide using Kies Mini.

Source: U.S. Cellular, Thanks, Zachary!

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3 years ago

Dell Venue review

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Close your eyes and imagine this: you're a tech giant that has made billions of dollars on desktop and laptop computers. You were once one of the largest tech companies in America, and today you still maintain a large PC market share. But the times, they are a changin', and you realize in order to stay relevant, you'll have to play the smartphone game. But with competitors who have already giants in the industry, how can you compete?

I'd imagine this is what Dell must feel like at this moment. CEO and founder Michael Dell has pledged his allegiance time and time again to Android, promising that the company will commit whole heartedly to the platform. Yet as of today, the company has only two Android-powered smartphones on the market. How can it compete with the giants that are HTC, Motorola, and Samsung, who together have released scores of handsets since Android's debut?

Dell's answer appears to be the Venue, its first pocketable Android-powered smartphone. Sure, the Streak was released last year, but it was identity confused, falling somewhere in the purgatory between smartphone and tablet. The Venue is 100 percent smartphone, and Dell appears to have given it its all. But is it enough? And with a $99 price tag on a two-year AT&T contact, finally available nearly four months after its initial release, is it too little too late?  Here, we'll look at what the Venue is, what it should be, and what it means for Dell's future in the Android playing field.

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3 years ago

HTC Desire won't be getting an official Gingerbread update

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Bad news for those of you in the UK who have been looking forward to getting an official Gingerbread update on your HTC Desire. Looks like it's not going to happen, as the phone's just plain run out of memory, and HTC just can't squeeze in Sense and Gingerbread. (That's not the biggest shock in the world -- Sense has grown quite a bit over the last few versions.)

Here's the official word from HTC UK, via its Facebook page:

Our engineering teams have been working hard for the past few months to find a way to bring Gingerbread to the HTC Desire without compromising the HTC Sense experience you’ve come to expect from our phones. However, we’re sorry to announce that we’ve been forced to accept there isn’t enough memory to allow us both to bring Gingerbread and keep the HTC Sense experience on the HTC Desire. We’re sincerely sorry for the disappointment that this news may bring to some of you.

We know what you're about to say. "Just forget Sense and give us Gingerbread!" Sorry, but HTC's not going to do that. That's one of the downsides to carrier customizations -- even ones as great as HTC Sense. Sometimes the stars just don't line up. The good news is you can always root and ROM the thing.

And one other thing that needs to be mentioned: Kudos to HTC for being forthright and upfront about this. We've seen too many smartphones over the years languish with no updates, and nary a word why. It's a tough pill to swallow, but we're glad HTC's being up-front about it.

Source: HTC UK Facebook; Thanks, Dab, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Google Places finds ... a place ... on the mobile search page

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Fire up google.com from your phone's browser this morning and you'll see a few familiar buttons at the bottom. Those are borrowed from the Places app, which is now part of the default Google Apps stable. Tap one, and you'll get local results for restaurants, coffee shops, bars, fast food, what's nearby, shops, ATMs, gas stations and other attractions. It's just like the Places app, only it's been moved into the browser. A nice little treat.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in! (And to @Samlehman90 for the pic)

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3 years ago

Android Travel Tip: Automatic time zone switching

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3 years ago

Android Accessory Review: Body Glove Case for the Motorola Droid 2

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Like many of you out there I have a love/hate relationship with cases on my device, I love the protection, but often times hate the feel. With a recent change of career I found myself looking for a nice rugged case that I could use with a belt clip, or without if I wanted, and while this may seem like a lot to look for in a case, I was able to find it all with the Body Glove Case for the Motorola Droid 2. Let's hit the break and take a deeper look at this case, along with some more pictures of the fit.

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Ninua (Beta)

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News apps and RSS readers are a dime a dozen. While the content and interface can vary from app to app, the basics are essentially the same. You choose your news sources and interesting topics, and let the app pull articles it thinks you'll like and display them in a phone-friendly format.  It's a great way to get a list of articles that you'll (hopefully) be interested in each morning.  But if we want to find out what articles our friends like, we have to go to Facebook, twitter, or go through our email for those rare "FWD" emails that don't include pictures of funny cat faces.

Ninua is a new Android application that hopes to make your daily news stream more social. While the app still has a few rough edges, it's now my go to news source on my phone.  Full impressions after the break.

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