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4 years ago

Sprint flips the 4G switch in Virginia, Utah and Missouri

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sprint 4g

Perfect way to end the weekend.  We've heard rumours about some people seeing 4G in as-of-yet unannounced areas lately, seen leaked photos of roadmaps, and now we've learned that Sprint has indeed activated it's 4G WiMax network in Richmond, Virginia; Salt Lake City, Utah; and St. Louis, Missouri. From the press release:

Customers in Richmond, Salt Lake City and St. Louis can now use the 4G capabilities of Overdrive(TM) 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot, Sprint 3G/4G USB Device 250U from Sierra Wireless and Sprint 3G/4G USB Device U301 to connect to the Web for blazing fast data speeds or the recently released HTC EVO(TM) 4G, America's first 3G/4G wireless phone. With today's launches, Sprint 4G is now available in 36 markets across the country.

Hit the break to see the full press release.  HTC Evo users, and soon to be Samsung Epic users, bon apetit!

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4 years ago

iPhone 4 reviewed by TiPB.com

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iPhone 4

We know a bunch of you are looking at coming over to Android from an iPhone -- and a few of you Benedict Arnolds are looking to tuck tail and run back to Apple. If you're still on the fence, allow us to direct you to our pals at TiPB.com, who have given the iPhone 4 a thorough rundown.

So check out TiPB's iPhone 4 review. At let us (and them) know if it's catching up to Android yet. :p

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4 years ago

Let's hug it out: 'Entourage's' Ari Gold using Android's Nexus One

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Ari with the Nexus One

If you caught Sunday's season premiere of HBO's hit-show "Entourage," you might have noticed uber-agent Ari Gold sporting the Nexus One. Balancing form and function, the phone meets every expectation and serves every purpose necessary for someone of Ari's profession. The Nexus One preforms a wide variety of tasks from managing Ari's immense social network to keeping in touch with his clients, made all the more easy with the beautiful 3.7-inch AMOLED screen. Should he feel the need to snap a picture with Vince, the Nexus One offers a 5-megapixel camera and now features high-definition recording in 720p. All in all, the Nexus One is truly "something Ari Gold might be interested in." [via @kmobs]

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4 years ago

Super Mario sidescrolls way through your Android live wallpaper

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Super Mario live wallpaper

This quite possibly is the greatest thing we've ever seen before breakfast (at least since Zombies crossed our desk). That's right, it's Super Mario, scrolling his way on through your Android 2.1 (and up) live wallpaper. He plays through a couple of levels, and you can tweak the settings to show the paths that Mario is thinking about taking. It's all brought to you by pikipirs at XDA Developers, so drop a dime or two in the collection plate if you feel like it. Download at the source link, and check out some video after the break. [XDA Developers]

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4 years ago

Evo 4G software update now available

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Evo 4G software update

Sprint and HTC this morning released the expected software update for the Evo 4G. Said to be improved in Version 1.47.651.1 are Wifi signal strength reporting, improvements to the Exchange ActiveSync security policies, and network improvements to address battery life.

The update takes just a few minutes to download and install. You can get it by going to Settings>System update>HTC Update. Sound off in the forums if you're seeing improvements.

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4 years ago

Sprint Epic 4G is the Samsung Galaxy S -- with a keyboard

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Sprint Epic 4G

Behold, the Sprint Epic 4G. It's the Samsung Galaxy S with a keyboard (previously and unofficially dubbed the Galaxy S Pro), the second Wimax device for Sprint (there's that other phone called the Evo 4G) and the first for Samsung. It's got the same 4-inch Super AMOLED screen that we've been dying to get our hands on here in the United States. It's got Android 2.1 and Sammy's custom user interface. It's got 3G and 4G Wifi hotspot access for up to five devices, 802.11 b/g/n/, that 1GHz Hummingbird processor that we're itching to try, and a 5MP camera with a 3x digital zoom and 720p video recording.

We've already gotten a sneak peak of the Epic 4G thanks to benevolent tipster, and chances are we'll get to see it in the flesh this week at Samsung's event in New York City. For now, you get can the full Epic 4G specs here.

In the meantime, no word on pricing or availability, other than "soon." But you can sign up for more information here, and you better believe we just did so. Full presser after the break. [Sprint]

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4 years ago

US Cellular getting in on the Samsung Galaxy S action, too

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Not to be outdone by the big 4 carriers, U.S. Cellular and Samsung announced that a "Galaxy S device" will also be hitting the regional carrier, too.  Not 100 percent sure of a model name, or a case design yet, but given the recent news from Samsung it should be another stunner with the 1GHz Hummingbird, Super AMOLED screen, and all you've come to know and love from Google.  Check out the full presser after the break. [Samsung]

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4 years ago

Samsung Facinate Verizon's version of the Galaxy S

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Samsung Galaxy S

Rounding out the Big 4 U.S. carriers, the Samsung Galaxy S (that's the stock version up top here) shall now be known as the Verizon Fascinate. Again, same 4-inch Super AMOLED screen, same 1GHz Hummingbird processor, same 5-megapixel camera with 720p video, and so on and so forth. No word from Verizon yet on when it'll be available, or for how much. But $199 after contract and rebate is a pretty good bet these days. Full presser after the break. [Samsung]

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4 years ago

T-Mobile's Samsung Vibrant available July 21 for $199

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Samsung Vibrant

Next up in Samsung's late-night onslaught is T-Mobile's version of the Galaxy S, which already had been announced as the Vibrant. Now we have pricing and availability to go with it, which would be $199 after contract and rebate, with it hitting stores July 21 -- with preorders at Radioshack starting July 1. It's got the same 4-inch Super AMOLED screen as its cousins, same 1GHz processor, and will also launch with Android 2.1. Full presser after the break. [T-Mobile]

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4 years ago

Motorola Flipout possibly coming to AT&T

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Motorola Flipout on AT&T

If you're on AT&T and looking longingly at that Motorola Charm, you may soon see its older brother make an appearance. Our tipster says it's currently in testing with AT&T (whose other Android phones are the Moto Backflip, HTC Aria and upcoming Samsung Captivate).

It's said to have Android 2.1 on board, and we assume (and very much hope) will have the same improvements to Motoblur that the Charm, Cliq and Cliq XT will have. We have to assume at this point that AT&T will keep the Flipout locked down to not allow the sideloading of apps -- which we still hate to see, but likely a decision that won't greatly impact someone who's looking for a phone of this kind in the first place. We're also told that "Test units have Yahoo as the browser default," just like the Backflip.

One more picture after the break, folks. Thanks, anonymous.

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4 years ago

Motorola Charm may bring new Motoblur, Android 2.1 to T-Mobile

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Motorola Charm

Not sure this is quite the Q9h-type device I've been longing for on Android, but Motorola apparently has a front-facing QWERTY phone with a quaint little screen possibly headed for T-Mobile. The leaked slides show Android 2.1 with "new Motoblur enhancements" that share at least some of the attributes of what's on the new Droid X, in that you can resize some widgets. The slides also show that the Cliq and Cliq XT will be getting updates to the same UI, so we can all wait for that now, too. This piquing anyone's interest? [Engadget]

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4 years ago

Fine tuning the MinFree settings (improving on Android's multitasking)

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Inside Android

Hey guys!  Jerry back with another neat trick you can do on your Android phone.  This one helps keep things running smoothly, and gives us some user control over Android's internal task killer.  Like most things that affect the low level operation of Android, this one requires root, but it's a good read even for you folks who don't feel the need to root (and break your warranty!) because you just might have a better understanding of what's going on behind the scenes.  Open up a couple extra tabs on your browser, get your phone (and maybe even your USB cable) ready and follow the break.

Oh, and a warning: This is pretty low-level stuff. It's not hard to do, but what it does is a bit advanced. Don't say we didn't warn you.

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4 years ago

What's coming in Firefox mobile 2.0

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Fennec updates

When it comes to the development of Fennec -- Mozilla's mobile Firefox browser -- the Maemo client is a ways ahead of Android, which is still very much in Alpha status. And so we watch the Maemo development to get an idea of where our version likely is headed.

A couple of biggie improvements Mozilla's working on for Fennec 2.0 are Electrolysis -- aka out-of-process content -- and Layers -- aka accelerated rendering. Electrolysis sandboxes things under the hood of the browser so that if a plug-in or page crashes, it doesn't take down the whole app. (Like in Google Chrome, and coming up in the Firefox desktop browser.) It also splits the load between several processes, which should speed things up. As will Layers, which " In addition to the potential of hardware accelerated rendering on mobile devices, Layers also allows Fennec to remove the custom built canvas-tile-cache rendering solution used to achieve decent panning performance and responsiveness." Ah, so.

For more, check out Mark Finkle's blog. [Stark Raving Finkle]

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