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2 years ago

Another look at a white Sprint Epic 4G Touch, will ship with version EK02

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Here's another nice look at the Sprint Epic 4G Touch in white thanks to a couple of insiders, and this one shows us the software these white beauties will be shipping with.  If anyone was still holding on to the idea that we'd see a new version of the software (possibly one of the recent leaked builds, I don't think anyone expected Ice Cream Sandwich just yet), I'm the bearer of bad news.  The white version ships with the same EK02 build that went out OTA last month.  The good news is that the Hardware version isn't new, so at least there's not an oddball version floating around when this one lands Sunday.

There's a screenshot from the about screen minus the reflections after the break, and a handful of shots showing off how hawt the white E4GT looks.  Thanks to the ninjas for sending these in, and thanks to everyone on Google+ who helped verify the numbers.

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2 years ago

Motorola teases CES with 'stay unplugged,' connecting your home to your devices

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Youtube link for mobile devices

We've watchced this video something like, twice now, and damned if we can figure out exactly what Motorola's got up its sleeves next week at CES, at least as far as Android is concerned. Though the crying USB charger above could point to wireless charging. Maybe we'll finally see that become popular this year, eh?

Oh, that's not to say we don't have a pretty good idea what else we might see, though. Moto's already taken the wraps off the Motorola 4Home Connected Gateway, sort of a sooped-up router that connects your Motorola devices to each other with great ease. Sounds fun. The box itself has a 1.2GHz processor and the aforementioned 4Home software that will tie your tablets to your phones to your PCs. Motorola's been doing wonders with some of the tweaks in its smartphones, so this should be interesting.

Moto's also got its new "Televation" box on hand, which pumps a full cable TV stream onto your tablets. And that sounds pretty cool. It'll work out of the box with the Xoom and XYBOARD tablets, and Motorola says they're opening it up to other manufacturers as well.

Plus, we've got the Motoluxe and Defy Mini to play with as well. We'll find out in a couple days.

Source: Motorola; Check out all of our CES 2012 coverage

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2 years ago

Sony Ericsson MT27i Pepper poses for the blurry-cam in first leaked pics

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We've heard (and seen) plenty about the Sony Ericsson LT26i "Nozomi" already, but one upcoming SE device that has so far only existed as a set of leaked specifications is the MT27i "Pepper", a mid-range phone that seems to share some design cues with its big brother.

Today the first photos of the Pepper, which is being called a successor to the Xperia Neo, have emerged over on XperiaBlog. There's plenty of blurry-cam action going on, but you can still get a reasonable idea of how it's supposed to look. It's smaller than the Nozomi, but it shares the more grown-up, angular look of that phone. Spec-wise, XperiaBlog says it'll sport a 1GHz dual-core CPU, with a 3.7-inch WVGA854 display and a 5MP camera with 720p recording. If true, the camera specs are a little disappointing, representing a downgrade (in terms of numbers, at least) from the excellent 8MP Exmor R in last year's Neo.

For the full set of blurry-cam shots, head over to the source link. Sony Ericsson is promising to show off some new handsets at next week's CES, so there's every chance that we'll see more of the Pepper in the near future.

Source: XperiaBlog

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2 years ago

Verizon Galaxy Nexus Review

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It's hard to talk about the Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus without talking about the relative mess that was its road to launch. The Galaxy Nexus was announced (after a brief delay) in Hong Kong on Oct. 18. At the time, no carriers were announced. Verizon finally made it official on Oct. 21, saying the first phone with Android 4.0 "will be available later this year." And that's all we got, until Dec. 15, when it finally and unceremoniously went on sale.

Never mind that we told way back on July 25 that Verizon would get it. But we digress.

And you know what? Now that the phone's out, none of this matters. Old news.

And never mind that for all intents and purposes, we've already thoroughly reviewed the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, thanks to Alex Dobie's stellar look at the unlocked GSM version that's been available in Europe for some time and for importing to the States. While the Verizon Galaxy Nexus is new to those of us in the United States, and new in the sense that it's a 4G device with a bit of hand-holding from Verizon in the software department, we're hardly looking at an all new phone from the GSM model.

So here's where we stand: Read on for our complete Verizon Galaxy Nexus review. I haven't yet really weighed in on my thoughts about the Galaxy Nexus and Ice Cream Sandwich. So I'm going to forgo some of the usual spec talk (again, read Alex's GSM Galaxy Nexus review if you haven't already) and concentrate more on the Verizon Galaxy Nexus differences, and my thoughts on Android 4.0 and how it all fits together.

And with that, we present our Verizon Galaxy Nexus review.


It's a Nexus, so it's got the full weight and attention of Google behind it. I'll get upgrades before other devices. The screen is gorgeous, as is Ice Cream Sandwich.


The camera is woefully disappointing. The speakerphone is all but unusable on phone calls. There are some Ice Cream Sandwich UI hiccups.



If you have to have the latest and greatest version of Android, this is the phone to get. If you have to have a phone that's easily hackable, this is the phone to get. If you want the best overall hardware? Might want to look elsewhere.

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2 years ago

Android website gets another playful easter egg added

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When Google went ahead and updated the Android website not all that long ago, they had some easter eggs built into the site at the bottom. Previously, you could go ahead and make Bugdroid do the moonwalk, wave hello and juggle among other things. If you head on over there now though -- there is a fun little snow ball tossing game in place of the previous easter eggs. No telling how long its been that way but, it's the little, clever things that make us happy.

Source: Android; Thanks, David!

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2 years ago

Wifi-only Motorola XYBOARDs shipping in mid-January, pre-order now

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Motorola has four new versions of the XYBOARD tablet up for preorder. They've dropped the cellular radios as thus the Verizon "Droid" branding as well, and they've shed a few bucks, too. There are 10.1- and 8.2-inch versions, of course. And other than also shedding some Verizon apps, it looks like we're pretty much looking at the same devices here. Pricing is as follows:

  • XYBOARD 10.1 32GB: $599.99
  • XYBOARD 10.1 16GB: $499.99
  • XYBOARD 8.2 32GB: $499.99
  • XYBOARD 8.2 16GB: $399.99

Across the board, that's actually $20 less than what they're going for on Verizon, though you're saving hundreds in monthly charges by going wifi-only. Moto's got them shipping the week of Jan. 18. Hit the link below to preorder.

Preorder: Motorola; thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

Alleged Sprint LTE speed test video surfaces; 40Mbps speeds from a Huawei hotspot

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

What's allegedly a set of speed tests of a computer using a Huawei-made LTE hotspot running on Sprint's LTE network has surfaced.  There's not a lot of detail, but we see speeds of over 40M/sec download and 5M/sec upload, and very nice ping times.  The tester appears to be somewhere around the Houston area, and very close to an LTE tower he doesn't have to share with anyone.  He certainly achieves cable modem style network speed, and that should make more than a few of us happy.  Check out the video, we think you'll like what you see.

Source: Youtube; via Android Central forumsThanks, Quarry!

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2 years ago

ZENandTECH 29: Tips and tech for travelers

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Georgia, Rene, and special guest Phil Nickinson of Android Central talk tech for business travelers. Whether you're a road warrior or frequent flyer, or just headed to CES to get with the gadgets, a little planning and a lot of good apps and accessories can make your trips less stressful and far more successful. This is ZENandTECH!

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2 years ago

BluRay digital copies on Kindle Fire, Disappointed with Soft Keys [From the Forums]

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If you can't tell by now, there is some big event happening in Las Vegas soon and we're going to be there. Make sure you follow along with us next week, and in the meantime -- make sure you hit up the Android Central forums. If you don't yet have an account, getchu' you one so you can discuss all the news as it happens.

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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2 years ago

Ultimate Stopwatch & Timer hits v5.0, brings complete rewrite and new designs along

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We love to see Android applications get updated, and we love even more when they are completely re-written and redesigned. Ultimate Stopwatch & Timer has just received a huge update that brought a ton of new greatness to it like

  • New clean design
  • Action Bar on all versions (using ActionBarCompat)
  • Touch feedback on all elements
  • Light face for stopwatch, Dark face for countdown
  • Lap Times separated out
  • Built for Android 4.0 with support for versions 2.0+
  • Portrait / Landscape layouts for all sceen sizes including QVGA and Tablets

Beyond these additions they have also implimented a bunch of bug fixes for various issues that were reported from the users. Update should be hitting the market, so be sure to hit the break for download links.

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