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3 years ago

HTC Desire officially available on U.S. Cellular today

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The HTC Desire (check out our full review here) is officially available on U.S. Cellular today for $199.95 after a $70 mail-in rebate and with a 2-year contract. HTC's device is the second Android powered phone to hit US Cellular this year; it will be followed by the Samsung Galaxy S in October and 2 LG phones by years end.  

Full press release is after the break, if you're into that sort of thing. Anybody on this little-carrier-that-could looking to pick one up?

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3 years ago

New Droid Incredibles to ship with Froyo, love

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While all of us current Droid Incredible owners are waiting in anticipation of Froyo today, new owners can be assured that their DInc will come to their door with Android 2.2 already loaded on their shiny new phone. Interestingly, the phone is listed as a "Google Experience Device" despite having HTC's Sense UI loaded. Also, it looks like HTC and Verizon have resolved supply issues once and for all as the phone no longer has the "ships by" tag it had been sporting since launch.

We know every one of your DInc owners (myself included) simply can't wait any longer. Rather than turn to violence, why not share your pain with other users in the Android Central Forums? [Verizon] Thanks to forums user O.G. Incredible for the tip!

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3 years ago

Samsung Fascinate Launch on Sept 9th looks likely [update]

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Looking for yet more evidence of that Verizon's Galaxy S phone, the Samsung Fascinate, will launch on September 9th before you head off and pre-order from Best Buy? Look no further than the image at right sent in from an anonymous tipster. 

It's a list of the prepaid Smartphone devices for Verizon and there's the Fascinate listed for 9/9/2010. 

As we saw in our Hands-On with the Samsung Fascinate, it's looking to be a fairly straight-forward Galaxy S class phone with conservative styling and, thankfully, a flash to back up the 5-megapixel camera. You can get a pretty good idea of what you'll be looking at by checking out our Samsung Captivate Review or our Samsung Vibrant Review.

In any case, Sept 9th looks solid, which means we can start waiting for an Android 2.2 update and wondering whether it will have fully operational GPS. Given Verizon's history on the latter, our fingers are crossed to tightly we're might have blisters.

Update: Thanks to another unnamed tipster, we have even more reason to believe the September 9 date.  After the break check out another image from Verizon systems saying the Fascinate will be available on the Internet on September 8, followed by an "all channel launch" on September 9.  Get ready!

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3 years ago

Best Buy to offer pre-order of Verizon Fascinate starting this weekend

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Best Buy has announced that it will be offering pre-orders of the Samsung Fascinate (see our hands on here), starting today (Aug. 27) for Reward Zone members, and kicking in on Sunday (Aug. 29) for the public at large.  As for pricing information, which hasn't been announced by Verizon, Best Buy has this to say:

"Pre-orders can be made by visiting any local Best Buy or Best Buy Mobile standalone store. Pricing and launch dates for the Samsung Fascinate, which is a member of the Galaxy Series, will be announced soon."

Soon in this case may really mean soon, as we just saw some evidence that the Fascinate may launch on September 9.  And it could be that Best Buy saw that, too, and is just getting its ducks in a row. For all of you guys and gals who have been waiting for the Verizon flavor of the Galaxy S line, it looks like the time is drawing near.  [Best Buy]

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3 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for Aug. 26, 2010

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Dedicated readers of Android Central, we apologize for the delay in bringing you our latest application selections! I hope we have not hindered you from taking a leap into the huge market to find something great to use for yourself! Well, without any further delays, let's take a look at some of this weeks selections.

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3 years ago

HTC Vanguard (Vision/G2?) to be released Sept. 29?

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There's been some talk about the HSPA+ HTC G2 being released in September, and TmoNews has got hold of some screenshots that puts the date as September 29 for the release of the Vanguard.  What does the Vanguard have to do with the G2?  I'm glad you asked.  If you rip open the leaked G2 ROM we saw recently (or grab it already done for you here), you will see references to the Vanguard, such as in the devices name for the static wallpapers (also pulled out for you here).  

If things don't change (and they often do), look for the G2, codenamed the Vanguard, running stock Froyo, with an all new chip on the 29th of September.  So who's excited for this besides me? [TmoNews]

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3 years ago

TeleNav introduces OnMyWay for Android

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TeleNav has released its OnMyWay application for Android in the Market. OnMyWay is an easy-to-use application that will let a person or group know your travel status and estimated arrival time.  Very popular on the BlackBerry platform, this should prove to be a popular item and a must have for travellers.  Buy another bag of ice for the cooler, Phil -- looks like I'm going to be late.

After the break we have the app's description as a mini press release from TeleNav, a video showing it in action, and the download links.

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3 years ago

Dear Logitech ... Your Revue Google TV ads are kinda creepy

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Sincerely, Palm.

(That said, my dog does the same thing. Check out the video after the break. Or don't. Up to you. Thanks to everyone who sent this in.)

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3 years ago

Froyo update for the Evo 4G is now rootable

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The Froyo (Android 2.2) update for the Evo 4G has been rooted.  While the current method is a bit hairy and involves timing and a bit of luck, the directions look very straightforward, and more important, not too dangerous to your precious hardware.  The method is a mix of the recent exploit used on the Droid 2 and tools from the UnrEVOked team, and should leave you with a fully rooted and bootloader unlocked Evo, ready for your choice of a custom ROM.  

Remember, this sort of thing breaks warranties and has the potential to ruin things, even if this method looks fairly safe.  Proceed at your own risk, or wait it out a few days to see if an easier method rolls around -- nobody here will blame you. But you trailblazers, hit the source link to give it a go!  [xda-developers] Thanks Chuck!

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3 years ago

Galaxy Tab video preview shows up in Korea

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Sick of seeing videos of Samsung's Galaxy Tab yet? Neither are we. A new video preview of the Android device that will be introduced on Sept 2 has popped up in Korea. The clip is nearly 3 minutes long and provides some great looks at the 7-inch device. In the video, the user shows off the size versus an iPad, uses Swype with the notepad app, watches video, reads a newspaper article and looks at Google Maps. 

It looks like a great device, especially if the price point is significantly lower than Apple's tablet. More questions loom however, such as:

  • Are there other connectors besides the apparent proprietary one shown in the videos?
  • Will there be a Wi-Fi only version?

These and other questions will be answered in Berlin on Sept. 2nd (we hope), and we'll be there to bring it all to you. Enjoy the video after the break in the meantime. [Engadget]

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