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3 years ago

Sign up to find out when the Xoom 4G LTE upgrade is available

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The Motorola Xoom is available from Verizon today, at a cost of $599 with a contract and $799 without. At launch, the Xoom will only be compatible with Verizon's 3G network, but will eligible for a free 4G LTE upgrade in the coming months. 

If you have a Xoom, are planning to get one, or want to wait for when the 4G upgrade is available, sign up on Verizon's site to receive a notification e-mail, and you'll be among the first to know. [Verizon]

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3 years ago

NTT DOCOMO unveils three new smart mobile devices for the Japanese market

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While we already knew NTT DOCOMO was putting the LG Optimus Pad up for pre-order, and we've come to find out they were adding two other devices to their already existing line-up as well. One of those devices is the not yet released in North America Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc. The other, a device that will likely never seen North American shores; the MEDIAS N-04C which oddly enough is claiming to be the Worlds thinnest smartphone measuring just 7.7 mm, and weighing only 105 grams.  We've got the press release after the break if you're looking for more details surround their rollout.

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3 years ago

MetroPCS hires Snoop 'DoGGGG' to help promote the 4G Samsung Indulge

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MetroPCS has just launched an ... interesting ad campaign to promote its upcoming LTE-rocking Samsung Indulge. Snoop Dogg himself takes on a trio of personalities as possible matches for a woman on a dating show, each with more "G"s in his name - and thus is more attractive. Asked about "the 4 Gs" in his name, Snoop explains that "lately the speed of my hustle has increased exceptionally, and I've had to amp up my Gs to facilitate my needs." Honestly, we couldn't make this up if we tried. Catch the video past the break. [YouTube]

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S 4G gets torn down to reveal what it's made of

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Just a mere day after we saw the Motorola Atrix 4G torn down to its naughty bits, we now get to have a good look at the Samsung Galaxy S 4G get the same treatment. The good folks at iFixit sacrificed one for science and came to a few conclusions about the device over all:

  • Samsung KB100L00WM-A453 512 MB of DRAM, which also contains a 1 GHz Intrinsity Processor in a package-on-package configuration
  • The front panel is adhered to the AMOLED display, so they must be replaced as one expensive unit
  • Less-than-stellar fit of the front panel and chromed plastic accents can lead to cosmetic issues after long-term use.
  • It turns out that Samsung tells no lie -- their structural framework IS made of magnesium! This helps make the device lighter.

Overall, iFixit gave the Samsung Galaxy S 4G a 6 out of 10 for it's cost effectiveness to repair. Had the display been easier to remove it would likely have scored the 9 out of 10 the Motorola Atrix 4G did as there are a lot of internal similarities there. [iFixit]

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3 years ago

Honeycomb boot animation on Droid X

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3 years ago

Motorola giving away a limited-edition gold Motorola XOOM

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Just in case you're not really feeling a new 2-year contract or the actual sticker cost of the Motorola Xoom that doesn't mean you still can't have one. If you're lucky enough you may just end up with a gold one and then you can be just like an Oscar nominated movie stars. As was sent out via their Twitter account, Motorola might just have a gold Xoom with your name on it. All you have to do is re-tweet the above and you're good to go provided you have read the full contest details and qualify to win. To make it easier on you, hit the source link and start re- tweeting. [Twitter]

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3 years ago

Zynga puts a hit out on the Android Market with Mafia Wars

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Although I'm not really much of a fun of the game, I do know a lot of people love wasting some time playing Mafia Wars. Be it on Facebook or the many other various platforms it is available for. Finally, Zynga has brought Mafia Wars to the Android Market. While early reviews show it needs some work, the fact that Zynga has created a base for Mafia Wars gives them room to play around with and user feedback will help them improve it in the long run. They are quite capable of building great games.

At the moment, some elements of the original game are missing and you can only access one city but I'm sure more will become available over time. If you're into playing Mafia Wars it's certainly worth a look. If you're looking for more feedback based on user reviews head on past the break for the Android Market download link. Just remember, it uses your Facebook account for stats and such so if you don't have a Facebook account you really just login and play. If you're not into Mafia Wars then try out Words with Friends. Fah-get about it!

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3 years ago

AT&T Nexus S may have been tipped in change to Android code

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An AT&T-3G version of the Samsung Nexus S has been rumored for a while now, but while poking around at Google's Android Open Source Project git repository I noticed one of the changes made for 2.3.3 centered around the requirement for a new radio -- and it differentiates between T-Mobile and AT&T.  I'm no Googler, but that sure looks like we're seeing Gingerbread being built for the Nexus S with AT&T in mind.

The page has disappeared for a bit while writing this one up, but the magic of tabbed browsing saves the day in case it doesn't come back online soon.  Have a peek after the break for the full page view. [Android Open Source Project]

Update: The page is live again at the source link, but we'll leave it after the break as well for our mobile viewers. 

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3 years ago

Motorola Xoom available now at Verizon

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Kinda goes without saying at this point, but you can now officially buy the Motorola Xoom Honeycomb tablet at Verizon. A mere $599 gets you 10.1 inches of Android 3.0 goodness with a dual-core Tegra 2 processor. And that sort of thing makes us happy. But do note that little asterisk next to the "Fully Flash-enabled" line -- it'll be getting Flash in a few weeks, but it's not there yet. [Verizon]

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3 years ago

LG Optimus Pad presales start March 15 in Japan

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LG Electronics has issued a press release announcing that pre-sales for the Optimus Pad (check out our hands-on) will begin on March 15 for NTT DOCOMO customers in Japan.  The tablet has been customized for the Japanese market, with applications like BeeTV for mobile video entertainment and the 2Dfacto app for viewing eBooks and comics. 

Japanese consumers have long been known as early adopters of electronics, and it makes sense to offer the Optimus Pad on NTT DOCOMO right away.  It will be an excellent opportunity to evaluate the demand for the tablet's 3D camera, as well as the more "normal" hardware that we will be seeing on more tablets this year.  The press release offers no insight on pricing or an availability date, and we're not about to guess any further than expensive, and soon after.  Hopefully the T-Mobile G-Slate version won't be far behind.  You can read the full press release after the break. 

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