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3 years ago

Pantech Crossover hits AT&T on June 5

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AT&T and Pantech this morning announced the Crossover, a horizontal slider with a 3.1-inch display, four-row keyboard, 3MP camera and Android 2.2. It's Pantech's first Android device in the United States. Under the hood, it's got a 600MHz processor powered by a 1500mAh battery.

It'll be available June 5 for $69 on contract.

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3 years ago

Sprint teasing EVO 3D via e-mail; not listed on rebates before June 23

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Let's get back to the Sprint EVO 3D launch date for a second, shall we? Or, rather, the lack of a launch date. A bunch of you reminded us that when the EVO 3D was listed under "Week 4" in the recent version of the Sprint Playbook, it referred to the training cycle, and not so much a spot on the calendar. And that's correct.

But let's also take a look at the rebate schedule from said Playbook. The EVO 3D is nowhere to be seen for June 5-23. Now that doesn't mean things can't change -- we'd love to see it come out sooner rather than later. But all the info we currently have suggests we won't see a launch before ... wait for it ... the fourth week of June, at the earliest. But, again, that could well change.

Also, Sprint's started sending out e-mail teasers for the EVO 3D, which AC reader Jamie just sent our way. No, there's no launch date listed there, either, but it's another sure sign that we're marching steadily toward launch. Check it out after the break.

More: EVO 3D forums

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3 years ago

Eclair update now rolling out to AT&T-branded Xperia X10's

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Better late than never, eh? Today Sony Ericsson has announced on its official product blog that the Android 2.1 update is now available for Xperia X10 users on AT&T. Alongside the newer version of Android, X10 owners will get camera enhancements including 720p recording, multi-touch support and support for up to five homescreens. If you're still rocking your AT&T-branded X10, then you'll find a guide to getting yourself updated at the source link below.

Source: Sony Ericsson Product Blog, Xperia X10 Update Page

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3 years ago

Plants vs. Zombies -- all 75MB of it -- now in the Amazon Appstore

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The wait is over, folks. Plants vs. Zombies for Android is finally available. But it comes with a catch. First is that it's only available in the Amazon Appstore. No biggie. The other is that it's a whopping 75 megabytes. We can already feel your older phone creaking under the weight. (Never mind how long it's taking to actually download the thing. Lady Gaga's Amazon exclusive has nothing on this.) But for all those ones and zeroes, you get 49 killer plants and 26 varieties of zombies.

So get your download on at the link below, as the game is free today.

Download: Amazon Appstore; Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

The Week in Android News

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Another week in the Android books -- with a long holiday weekend, to boot -- and just a few days away from the upcoming reader meet- up (which you are attending, correct?) Lloyd dropped a little treat for us this week with the announcement of the new Android Central T-Shirts, which we know you ordered one already, right? Well, either way, at some point this week you probably slept, attending a meeting, or forgot to check the site so you probably missed something, so let's take a look below at some of what you may have missed.

General News

Hardware News

Tablet News

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3 years ago

Motorola Droid 3 appears in Verizon device management pages

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While this is in no way any indication of an immediate release, seeing the Motorola Droid 3 listed in Verizon's device management pages means the folks at big red are getting ready for the new slider to make it's way into stores.  We've seen pictures of the Droid 3 a few times, but the release date and specs still seem to elude everyone, although we've heard dual-core, 4-inch qHD display, and 3G only; sometime in June.  This latest piece of the puzzle still doesn't shed much light on any of it, unfortunately.  One thing we do know -- it's coming, and there's quite a few OG Droid users getting antsy to trade up to a newer model.  Not only is that a testament to the longevity of the phone that many feel started it all, but it should also be a hint to Verizon to hurry and help folks spend their money.

Thanks, NerdyDesi!

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3 years ago

SmrtGuard Mobile Security - A chance to win yourself a free subscription just for trying it out!

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There is a lot of wireless back up / restore, locate and wipe applications available in the Android Market. But a lot of the time, getting all those solutions into one application is hard. You'll often find one app may have some of the features while; you'll need to download another in order to get all of what you seek. SmrtGuard Mobile Security for Android is looking to close that need for multiple apps by offering a all-in-one, complete solution for wireless back up / restore, locate, wipe and more.

Recently, SmrtGuard released version 5.08, which has the SmrtAdvisor feature: As soon as you download and install any third-party application, SmrtAdvisor feature will alert you if the application can uses your location, read/fwd your SMS/MMS, read/change your contacts, control your 'key strokes' remotely.

Oh, not to mention it has a full-featured call blocker and SMS blocker, which means you don't need to buy another app for block calls and SMS. The best part is that it even blocks unknown and private callers.

Key Features

  • Wireless back up / restore, locate, wipe - Security for your device even when lost.
  • Application Transparency – Know what you are downloading, and report to SmrtGuard if you see something suspicious.
  • Permission Pattern Malware Scan – Uses permission pattern scanning technology to identify potential malware and disguising as a free app you recently downloaded.
  • Uninstall Notification – Along with our free companion application installed, SmrtBeacon, you will be notified if SmrtGuard is uninstalled. Likewise, if SmrtBeacon is uninstalled, you will be notified too.
  • Ability to export any backed up data.

Giveaway:

SmrtGuard Mobile Security is turning 2 years old today -- Memorial Day 2011 -- and they are giving away 50 subscriptions to Android Central readers who are new to SmrtGuard. To enter, it is simple: Download SmrtGuard from the Android Marketplace. From SmrtGuard application, activate you account and then you are automatically entered!

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3 years ago

Catch Andy Rubin's tease during the Google IO keynote?

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Dunno how we all missed this during Google IO -- but we did. There in the demonstration of how you can resize widgets is either a fun little Easter egg, or a very excited Andy Rubin, who on May 6 apparently sent an e-mail with the following subject line:

K release — I've got the BEST name ever ...

Now all we have to do is figure out just what ol' Andy came up with. Any ideas?

Thanks, Brodie!

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3 years ago

OfficeMax appears poised to sell the Galaxy Tab 10.1, too

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Looks like the list of retailers preparing to sell the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (read our full review) is shaping up quite nicely. First we had Best Buy, and now it looks like OfficeMax is getting into the game as well, thanks to this comparison sheet snagged by our sister site, PreCentral. We're all still operating under the June 8 date that Samsung announced back at CTIA in March, so we may well finally see public release of one of our favorite Honeycomb tablets in less than two weeks.

Source: PreCentral

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3 years ago

ASUS unveils the Padfone -- a tablet/phone hybrid

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While the U.S. is in holiday mode today, the rest of the world isn't taking the day off. And for manufacturer ASUS, today's a big one, with the announcement of the Padfone at the Computex conferencfe. One part Android phone, another part Android tablet, the Padfone docks inside the tablet itself. One phone, one tablet, one set of data -- no syncing. An interesting concept, indeed, from the manufacturer of the excellent EeePad Transformer tablet/keyboard combo. (Read our full review.)

Details are still a little light, being as this is far from a finished product, but you're looking at a 4.3-inch smartphone that powers the 10-inch tablet -- the larger won't work without the smaller. Should be an interesting little marriage. Check out the official videos after the break.

Source: ASUS; More: Engadget

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