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2 years ago

HTC Wildfire S now available on T-Mobile for $79.99

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The HTC Wildfire S (read our review of the European version) is now available from T-Mobile and can be had for $79.99 with a 2-year contract.

The lower end but still highly capable device sports a 3.2-inch screen, 5MP camera and Android 2.3. It is available in white from T-Mobile stores and black from Walmart, Sam's Club and T-Mobile online.

If you've been waiting for a great phone at an affordable price, the Wildfire S should fit your bill. If you intend to pick one up, brag about it in the HTC Wildfire S Forum.

Source: T-Mobile

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2 years ago

Motorola XPRT review

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Android phones aren't always the best for the business set, but that's not for a lack of trying. Last year, Motorola and Verizon Wireless brought us the Droid Pro, a phone aimed right at BlackBerry defectors. Now Sprint users get their own version, the Motorola XPRT (see what they did there?). The XPRT is pretty much the Pro reborn on a different network.

Is it still good enough for the business-minded? Let's take a look, after the break.

Motorola XPRT ForumMotorola XPRT Accessories

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2 years ago

Capital One mobile banking app finally arrives in the Android Market

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Capital One customers irked at the lack of mobile banking options will be pleased to know that an official app is now available in the Android Market.  Capitol One now gives Android users access to their checking and credit card account balances, recent transactions, an ATM and branch locator, and rewards information, as well as mobile functionality for account transfer and bill pay. The app is available on Android 1.6 and above, with Honeycomb support coming "soon." Download from the Android Market with the link below.

Thanks mrspock2002!

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2 years ago

Samsung's TouchWiz update goes out publicly on Aug. 5

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We're knee-deep into Samsung's press-showing of the TouchWiz update for the Galaxy Tab 10.1, and the Korean manufacturer just dropped word that the update will push out publicly on Aug. 5. If you just can't wait that long, you can head by the Samsung Experience in New York City and get your Tab updated today.

We've already walked you through the TouchWiz update, but hit the press release link below for the full changelog.

Source: Press release

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2 years ago

Huawei announces the Vision, a 3.7-inch smartphone with Gingerbread

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Huawei today announced the newest addition to its smartphone lineup with the Vision. It's a sleek device that actually closely resembles the Nexus S with its curved unibody construction. The phone will run Android 2.3, the latest version of Android, and come packed with a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.

Here are the known specs:

  • 3.7-inch capacitive touchscreen
  • 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
  • 5MP camera with auto focus and LED flash
  • 720p video recording
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • 3D interface that includes 3D panels to make navigating the phone possible by swiping
  • Pre-installed games include: Angry Birds, Asphalt 6: Adrenaline, Order & Chaos Online, Guerilla Bob HD

The Vision will be available in 'select markets' in September. It's great to see Huawei stepping their game up in the consumer mobile space with the Vision. It's also nice to see a 3.7-inch screen as it seems lately the market has been flooded with the larger ones. More choice is always better. Please find the press release after the break.

Source: Huawei

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2 years ago

Rdio updates its Android app ... for Ice Cream Sandwich compatibility

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Eagle-eyed Android Central reader @baynard17 pinged us on Twitter this morning to alert us to an update to Rdio's Android app. It's good to see the bugfixes and TELUS integration (Canadian carriers need love, too), plus support for gift cards.

But the really interesting bullet point is "Android 'Ice Cream Sandwich' support. We know Ice Cream Sandwich is coming in the fourth quarter this year -- Google announced it at its developer conference in May -- and that it'll bring the Android tablet and smartphone tracks back together. We've yet to see public release of the SDK, and likely won't for an other couple months. But it'd be of little surprise to us to learn that some developers already have it under an NDA, and Rdio's a good choice for that.

Does that mean ICS is imminent? Google said Q4, and we've got no reason to believe we'll see it sooner. (But it'd certainly be cool if we did.)

Thanks, @baynard17!

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2 years ago

Time Inc. bringing all 21 of its magazines to tablet form

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Digital subscriptions also extended to the Nook Color

Time Inc. today announced that it'll be bringing all 21 of its magazine brands to tablet form -- that means Android Honeycomb tablets (along with the iPad and webOS TouchPad). We've been enjoying the likes of Sports Illustrated on our smartphones and tablets for a while now -- the tablet version is excellent -- and seeing more titles added only makes Android tablets stronger.

In addition, Time Inc's penned a deal to bring subscriptions and single-copy sales to the Barnes & Noble Nook Color. Fortune, People, Sports Illustrated and Time will roll out later this month, with the other publications to follow by the end of the year.

Source: Press release

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2 years ago

Sign up for Comcast cable, get a Motorola Xoom for free (or $99)

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Comcast -- yeah, that Comcast -- apparently is offering up the Motorola Xoom Android tablet when you sign up for a cable contract. There's a trio of options, but the gist is sign up for an applicable cable deal and get a Xoom for free, or $99, depending on the two-year contract you sign.

According to the internal memo, you'll have to actually ask about this deal, and you'll get the Xoom by mail -- in other words, they're not carrying them around in the trucks, ya' dig?

The promo, of course, ties in to Comcast's Xfinity app, which lets you control your Comcast experience from your phone or tablet. Interesting tie-in, that's for sure. Hit the break for more on the promo.

Thanks, anon!

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2 years ago

Cellular South getting the Samsung Admire

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We've seen a sneak peek of the Samsung Admire on MetroPCS, and now it's officially coming to regional carrier Cellular South. The Admire looks to be a pretty basic entry-level phone, with a 3.5-inch touchscreen at HVGA resolution. That's 320x480, which is what we consider to be the bare minimum these days, and not something we'd really recommend.

Official specs are a bit scarce, but it'll be running Android 2.3 and have a 3.2MP rear camera. The usual connectivity options (Wifi, Bluetooth, etc.) are on board, but you'll be on your own to supply a microSD card.

No word yet on pricing or availability. We've got more pics after the break.

Source: Cellular South; thanks, rscarpenter, for the tip!

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2 years ago

Reminder: We're live from London and New York for Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 events

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Just a quick reminder that today's the day Samsung starts offering the Touchwiz update for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 Things kick off at 11 a.m. EST in New York City with a press-only event. We'll be there, of course.

And from 1 to 6 p.m. EST, at the Samsung Experience at The Shops at Columbus Circle (third floor, folks), you, gentle member of the general public, can take your very own Galaxy Tab 10.1 to be updated to Touchwiz. It comes with a caveat, however, as getting the update today will wipe your device. (If you want to wait for the over-the-air update, your data will remain intact.)

But that's not all. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is launching this afternoon in London at PC World -- we'll be there as well.

So look for updates from not one but two continents today. That's how we roll. And be sure to check out our TouchWiz preview if you've not yet done so.

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