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2 years ago

Motorola Xoom price falls to £299 in the UK

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First it was £399, then £329, and now the UK price of the Motorola Xoom has dropped below £300 for the first time. British retailer Play.com is now offering the 32GB, Wifi-only Xoom for £299.99 (~$475), a full £100 less than the official RRP just a couple of months ago.

Despite being surpassed in many ways by the thinner, lighter Galaxy Tab 10.1, the Xoom is still a solid Honeycomb tablet with plenty to offer. However, with Android tablet competition hotting up, and Ice Cream Sandwich just around the corner, we think the Xoom could be a hard sell, even at this price. If you're tempted, let us know in the comments.

Source: Play.com; via: Eurodroid

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2 years ago

First look at TeamWin Recovery Project (TWRP) 2.0

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For those folks interested in the next stage of recovery on your phone, this is one I'd set some time aside to check out. I'm sure by now some of you have switched to TeamWin's custom recovery (called TWRP), and we've sat down with developer agrabren for a sneak peek at the latest iteration of their recovery, called TWRP 2.0.

The interview is in two videos, plus select excerpts after the break.

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2 years ago

EVO 3D undergoes surgery to charge on an HP Touchstone

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One of the finest products to come out of Palm's (erm, HP's) WebOS era is the Touchstone inductive charger. In fact, the Touchstone is so great that it has attracted an active modding community itching to ensure that your Android smartphone gets to reap its wireless benefits. One such crafty modder is forum member Thrillhouse617, who has posted a detailed step-by-step on how to mod your EVO 3D to accept a Touchstone's charge. Fair warning: there's a soldering iron and an Xacto knife involved. If you've got the guts, hit the source link for the full walkthrough. 

Source: Android Central Forums

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2 years ago

Reason No. 729 why we hate the 'Droooooid' ringtone: Postgame NFL press conferences

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Here's a pro tip for all you aspiring sports reporters out there: If you use your phone to record postgame audio and leave it sitting at the lectern, be sure to take the ringer off -- especially if you're working any bucs games anytime soon.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris was 6 minutes into his postgame presser when someone's Android smartphone sounded off. Looks like a Droid X or Droid X2 to us. If any of you beat writers are missing yours, you can have it back after practice Monday.

Source: Buccaneers.com; thanks, Etienne, for the tip!

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2 years ago

Huawei Honor announced with Gingerbread and 'three-day' battery life

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Chinese manufacturer Huawei has officially announced its latest mid-to-high-end Android smartphone for Europe and Asia, the Huawei Honor. The Honor is a 4-inch device running Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread, with a 1.4GHz single-core CPU. The most interesting feature, however, is the phone's 1900mAh battery, which Huawei claims gives it the ability to run for up to three days on a single charge.

Other notable specs include a 854x480 resolution display, 4GB internal storage, 512MB of RAM and HSPA+ support (up to 14.4Mbps) on 900MHz, 2100MHz and AWS bands. That means it'll work on most European and Asian GSM carriers, as well as T-Mobile USA.

The Huawei Honor is due to launch in China, Russia and the Middle East before the end of the year. Join us after the jump for the full presser.

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2 years ago

Samsung announces the Galaxy S II LTE and Galaxy S II LTE HD (with a 720p display) for Korea

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Samsung's dropped word of a couple of big phones for the Korean market -- the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE (that's it on the left), and the Galaxy S II LTE HD. Yes, folks, HD. As in high-definition. As in a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED HD display. As in a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED HD display at a 1280x720 resolution, for 316 pixels per inch, just shy of the iPhone 4's 326 ppi. Plus is, you know, better, because it's bigger, faster and runs Android.

Save for the screen, specs are the same for both phones -- a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 16GB of internal storage, an 8MP rear camera and the other usual features. And probably the one spec that'll keep those of us here in the states banging our heads -- it's Korean-only for now.

Source: Samsung Korea (translated); via Sammy Hub

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2 years ago

RAM: What it is, how it's used, and why you shouldn't care

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Recently, a wise man holding a new Samsung Galaxy S II made a great observation --

Why, in the name of all things holy, does the fastest, most powerful phone on the market have a widget warning me how many apps are open?

Many of you guys know me, and how I am (if you don't, imagine some godless mash-up of anal retentiveness and OCD), so you know this is something that just had to be addressed or I would never sleep well at night again.  Which leads us to here and now.  The answer to the question is pretty easy -- user madness and FUD forced manufacturers to add some sort of RAM-cleaning, task-killing, and problem-causing widget to current builds of their software.  For most of us, the system running on our Android phones, and the way it handles RAM usage, is very different than what we are used to on our computers.  If we take a few minutes to understand the way RAM is managed on our phones, we'll not only be able to better interpret what that widget is telling us, but also understand why it doesn't really matter.  Let's do that, after the break.

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2 years ago

Knock out your next tweet on the go with the UberWarrior theme for UberSocial

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Not too long ago we took a look at the Uber50 theme for UberSocial for Android, and today the folks from UberMedia are back at it again with a new custom theme for us to enjoy. This theme is martial arts themed, and is called UberWarrior. The theme includes a custom wallpaper, martial arts styled sounds throughout and gives you the MMA UberChannel to keep you in the loop at all times. So if you are rocking UberSocial for Android and want to kick it up a notch, hit the break and download UberWarrior.

Source: UberSocial

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