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2 years ago

Cricket launches the Huawei Ascend II

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Following up on their successful launch of the Original Huawei Ascend, Cricket has announced the availability of the Huawei Ascend II, which also is slated to hit US Cellular in the fall. This time around there is no trackball to be found on the device and it comes pre-loaded with Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

This value-priced Android comes with a 3.5" HVGA touch-screen with virtual keyboard, Wi-Fi capability and 3G Real Web Browsing. The Ascend II has lots of great smartphone features packed into an affordable package. Cricket's fifth Android smartphone also includes great features like a 5 MP camera/camcorder and a MP3 player/microSD slot. The Ascend II features the Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS and a 600 MHz processor.

That value-price equates to $179.99 at Cricket retailers but you'll also nee to sign on for Cricket's all-inclusive $55 Android plan, which provides users with unlimited talk, text, 411 information, international text, unlimited and video picture messages with unlimited data included.

Source: Leap Wireless

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2 years ago

Samsung Replenish to get EF27 update on July 18

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Another thing we found while digging through the leaked Sprint playbook was a maintenance release update for the Samsung Replenish, scheduled to hit July 18.  With it will come enhancements to the LED, a fix that sounds the roaming alert before roaming is activated, and a fix for the issue of the ##RTN# attribute resetting to all zeros that was introduced with ED23.

While it's not a major OS update to Gingerbread, it's refreshing to see issues and bugs get quickly fixed.  If you're using a Replenish, you'll be notified when the update is sent to your phone, and given installation instructions at that time.

Thanks, Anon!

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2 years ago

Latest Sprint Playbook foretells return of the mail-in rebate, TEP increase, takes shot at Verizon

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Thanks to an anonymous friend, we have our hands on the latest edition of the Sprint Playbook, and this time it's chock full of news about everything from rebates to device launches.  Some of it confirms what we already knew, some reinforces some rumors floating around, and some is stuff we've not thought of yet.  Hit the break and have a look.

Thanks, Anon!

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2 years ago

Motorola Electrify (aka Photon), LG Optimus Black top US Cellular's Q3 roadmap

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Way, way back in early June, US Cellular teased seven Android phones and tablets to be released by the end of the year. The breakdown went thusly:

  • Three HTC devices -- two smartphones and a tablet (which we presumed would be the Flyer
  • A 4.3-inch Motorola device with a dual-core 1GHz processor and world phone radio
  • An LG device with a 1GHz dual-core processor, 4-inch touchscreen and "ultra-bright LCD display that is easy to view in sunlight." We figured that to be the LG Optimus Black
  • Plus, entry-level phones from Samsung and Huawei.

We've since seen the HTC Desire II and Wildfire S show up in USCC's inventory. So put a check to them.

As for the other devices? We've got US Cellular's entire third-quarter roster after the break, if you're into that sort of thing.

Thanks, Anon!

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2 years ago

T-Mobile MyTouch 4G Slide initial review

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The T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide is the latest in the myTouch line from T-Mo, and should be hitting the shelves on July 27.  It has some pretty big shoes to fill, as the myTouch 4G/Glacier/Panache is one hell of a phone, though often overlooked because of it's carrier.  The latest iteration of the myTouch brings the hardware specs into the "superphone" range, and gives a decent horizontal sliding qwerty option for those that need or want one.  Hit the break and have a look at our hands-on and first impressions of this one.

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2 years ago

Anti-Theft apps, new Market on the Nook

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Looks like today was a day for tablet news, Xoom price drops, Sony S1 and S2 news and Phil busted open the Toshiba Thrive for it's initial review. Needless to say, that wasn't all the news happening today so make sure you all get caught up and leave some comments on the blogs. If you're really ambitious and got more to say -- join us in the Android Central forums.

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2 years ago

Toshiba Thrive initial review

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It's been some six months since we first saw the Toshiba Thrive at CES. At the time, it didn't have a name, and it wasn't even a Honeycomb tablet -- more of a hardware prototype running Froyo.

That all ends today. Let's start with the obvious: It's not the most svelte Android tablet out there. No, that crown still belongs to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, and the Thrive's actually thicker than the Motorola Xoom while weighing about as much. But the Thrive more than makes up being a bit portly with its hardware features. Let's explore them after the break.

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2 years ago

Twitter for Android receives big update, now supports multiple accounts and push notifications

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Twitter for Android has received a sizable update, which now provides users with two features that have been absent from the official app for too long: support for multiple accounts and push notifications.

There are a good variety of Twitter apps to choose from on Android depending on what you're preferences are. The crowd who prefers the official Twitter for Android app has long complained that if these two features were added, it would be near perfect. Well, they're available now, so check out links to the app after the break.

Source: Twitter Blog

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2 years ago

Sprint's Motorola Photon 4G available July 31 for $199 on contract

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Sprint Premier customers can snag it July 28

Sprint just dropped word that the long-awaited Motorola Photon 4G -- the first Wimax device from Moto -- will be available on July 31 for $199 on contract. As you'll recall from our hands-on with it in June, it's a 4.3-inch Gorilla Glass-sporting, 8MP-shooting, 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2-processing, Gingerbread world phone, with Sprint ID thrown in to boot.

More specs, straight from the source:

  • Dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor with each core running at 1GHz and 1GB of RAM
  • Large 4.3-inch touchscreen with qHD (Quarter High Definition) display
  • Dual cameras – 8-megapixel, dual-LED flash camera with front-facing webcam and VGA front-facing camera for video chat
  • Android Market™ for access to more than 200,000 useful applications, widgets and games available for download to customize the experience
  • 16GB of onboard memory, support for up to 32GB SD Card, for a total of up to 48GB
  • Worldphone capabilities to access emails, calendars and news from anywhere around the globe
  • 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot capability, supporting up to eight devices on the Sprint 3G or 4G networks.
  • Supports critical IT device policies commonly requested by enterprises and governmental entities, including integration ease, cost-of-management and data security concerns

And because we know some of you are going to ask, no, it's not supposed to ship with an unlocked bootloader. Remember that Motorola said it'd get into the unlocking thing in late-2011. July is mid-2011. So let's all wait a couple more months before we go through this with every new Moto phone that's announced, m'kay?

That said, we're plenty excited to see a phone with this much depth and power on Sprint. What about y'all?

Source: Sprint

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2 years ago

New Android Market allows you to choose your Google account

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Google just showed us the new updated Android Market client that brings a UI overhaul, as well as Google Books and Movies for folks in the states.  Not long after, we gave you a way to download the new Market for yourselves, and you guys got to work checking it out.  It has a lot of different features, including one that a lot of us have been wanting -- the ability to switch to any Google account on your phone for Market use.  You can even choose a Google Apps account.  This could be a pretty handy feature, but also opens up the possibility of abuse via shared account credentials.  We'll have to see how it all unfolds.

Source: Android Central forums

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