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4 years ago

Verizon flipping LTE switch in December

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Verizon on Sunday unveiled its first TV commercial for its upcoming LTE service. Its 4G data is being billed as the most "advanced" 4G network (to go up against T-Mobile's "largest" claims and Sprint's inarguable "first 4G network" mantra). And along with the commercial, there have been reports of a December launch being mentioned online, and that's the screen shot you see above; the website has since had the "December" part removed.

December's not a hard month to peg for the launch of the LTE service. Verizon said it'd be up and running in 38 metro areas and 62 airports (plus a smattering of West Virginia) and by the end of the year, and we've only got about a week left in November -- and a holiday week at that. Toss on the Dec. 6 date we've heard mentioned in regards to the HTC Mecha/aka Incredible HD (we do NOT think the phone will be launching or even announced on that date), and the coincidences are piling up. Circumstantial, to be sure, but a December launch is hardly a stretch.

Anyhoo, don't look for any LTE Android smartphones before 2011. Just ain't gonna happen (probably). But we'll take high-speed data from Verizon any way we can. In the meantime, check out the first LTE commercial after the break. [Verizon] Thanks, Andrew!

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4 years ago

Get voice calling on your AT&T, Rogers and Bell Galaxy Tab

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tab-calling

If you have recently purchased a Samsung Galaxy Tab on AT&T, Rogers or Bell and wished that you could use it to make voice calls, you are in luck. XDA member ClubTech has released a method that works on these carriers that will allow you to bring voice calling to your tablet. Unfortunately this method will not work on T-Mobile due to its IMEI block (you'll need this method for that), and will not work on CDMA carriers, either, for the semi-obvious reasons. (Hint: They're not GSM.) Hit the source link for full download links and instructions to bring voice calling to your tablet! XDA Developers]

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4 years ago

Gingerbread: What's the holdup? [from the forums]

Android 2.3 GingerbreadAndroid Central Forums member Hearthatvoiceagain asks the question that's on everybody's mind: Where is Gingerbread? Google CEO Eric Schmidt said Android 2.3 is coming in the next few weeks, but it's been a month since the Gingerbread statue was dropped off at the Google Campus, and still we have no announcement. And that's a break from tradition -- Cupcake, Donut and Froyo were announced within a couple of week of their statues' unveiling.

So what's the holdup? Is Gingerbread just not ready? Is that rumored delay of the Nexus S true, and so we have to wait for Gingerbread? Or maybe everything is going according to Google's plan? 

And will Google unveil Gingerbread during a holiday week?

Join in on the discussion and let us know what you think.

What's holding up Android 2.3. Gingerbread?

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4 years ago

Droid 2 Global officially acknowledged by Verizon on Facebook

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Droid 2 Global

Verizon has finally and officially, kind of, sort of announced the Motorola Droid 2 Global on its Facebook page. You've actually been able to preorder the Droid 2 Global for a while now, but now it's official -- and $20 more than its initial listing -- at $199.99 after two-year contract and $100 mail-in rebate. In return you get the Droid 2 upgraded with a SIM card so you can use it overseas (forget about using it on T-Mobile and AT&T), plus a faster 1.2GHz processor.

It's also interesting that it's the lone entry on Verizon's DroidDoes site, cementing the thought that it has replaced the original Droid 2, which is just a few months old. Anybody buying now? [Facebook, Verizon via AndroidOS.in]

Droid 2 Global on Facebook

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4 years ago

HTC Merge user-agent string appears, confirms our hands-on info

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HTC Merge user-agent

Looking for a little more news on the HTC Merge? We've gotcha covered. First off, that rumored launch last Thursday was never true (and obviously didn't happen). A quick call to HTC last week cleared that up -- it basically was PR whoopsie, same as when it supposedly was going to be given away as a prize in the Verizon Urban Challenge in Seattle.

So what do we have that's new? The user-agent string has hit HTC's servers. Not a lot there that we didn't already know from our exclusive hands-on -- QWERTY keyboard, 480x800 touchscreen, the usual audio/video info, blah, blah, blah.

What we still don't know is a release date. Nov. 23's been kicked around some, but with everybody's track record predicting guessing so far, we'll see it when we believe it. [HTC] Thanks, T!

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4 years ago

Android struts stuff for Armani, Samsung

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Samsung Armani Galaxy S commercial

A cute and classy commercial featuring everybody's favorite robot and the new Giorgio Armani version of the Samsung Galaxy S. Check out after the break. [YouTube via P@ssionMobile, DailyMobile.se]

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4 years ago

AT&T's Samsung Galaxy Tab available today for $649.99 outright

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AT&T Samsung Galaxy Tab

A reminder that AT&T's version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab is available starting today. You'll be buying it without a contract -- that means unsubsidized, and that means you'll be paying $649.99. Data is $14.99 a month for 250MB, or $25 for 2GB. That's a lot of money, but you get a lot of hardware -- a 7-inch Android 2.2. tablet with 1GHz processor and dual cameras. Who's buying? [AT&T]

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4 years ago

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4 years ago

Samsung Continuum hands-on

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Samsing Continuum

We actually had our first hands-on with the Samsung Continuum long, long before it was ever announced, but now that it's official and available, we're going to give it the official treatment. It's the first phone of its kind, and I have to be honest -- the ticker fascinates me.  We'll see if it can live up to the expectations I have for it over the next week or so.  

In the meantime, have another look at the hardware and an overview of the ticker and its settings, video style, after the break.

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4 years ago

HTC drops WiMax and CDMA enabled device off at the FCC --EVO Shift 4G?

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While the information is slim, the smaller, finer details give us just enough to keep the speculation going. According to an FCC filing, HTC has dropped off a WiMax, CDMA enabled device to the FCC labs for testing. For those of you out there keeping track, these specs fall in line with that of the oft rumored HTC Knight / HTC Shift Evo 4G that's supposed to be heading to Sprint with some Android flavor. Many folks still question the reality of this device, as we noticed in our forums but if nothing else, this FCC finding could mean we are one step closer to seeing it hit store shelves soon. [FCC via Engadget]

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4 years ago

Motorola Droid Pro review

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It might look (a lot) like an oversized BlackBerry,
but the Motorola Droid Pro on Verizon is all Android

Motorola Droid Pro

The Motorola Droid Pro brings to fruition a form factor long desired on Android smartphones -- a full front-facing QWERTY keyboard. The easy comparison, of course, with with the BlackBerry, but let it not be forgotten that Motorola had a strong showing with the Q-series of Windows Mobile phones back in the day.

And that brings up a few interesting questions. Is Android -- primarily a touchscreen-optimized OS -- ready for a front-facing keyboard? And how does that affect how you use the touchscreen? Will we even need it? And will the Droid Pro’s slightly smaller touchscreen (at a mid-level resolution) be usable for someone coming from a high-end phone? Is it for stuffy suits? Can it still play games? And what’s all this talk about it being a “world phone.” Good questions, all. We’ll answer them, and more, after the break.

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4 years ago

Sneak peek at an upcoming Samsung Fascinate update

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Samsung Fascinate maintenance release

The Verizon Samsung Fascinate is set to get another maintenance update over the next few weeks -- no, it's not Froyo -- and we got a sneak peak at an early version. GPS has been targeted, and it's looking better in early testing. Signal strength has been addressed. Also, the backlight settings are a little better, which helps the capacitive buttons stay lit longer. That's just the tip of the iceberg. I walk through them in the video after the break.

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4 years ago

AppBrain v5 now available for download

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Big things happening for AppBrain today -- they've just released v5 of their Android app for users to download. The release, while improved, does have a few caveats with it though as noted on the AppBrain blog:

We're sorry to report that Google has disabled the Fast Web Installer functionality in the latest update of the Android Market. Google is pushing out this update to all devices now, so we don't know how long the fast web installer will still be relevant. (You can uninstall updates of the market to make fast web installer work again, but it seems the update keeps reinstalling automatically).

The Fast Web Installer is still available, in fact it's actually part of the AppBrain install now but given that Google broke it AppBrain has also included a Fast Sync Widget that will allow syncing from your desktop.

Despite that little bump in the road AppBrain has managed to make the app faster when loading, include a new layout which, allows for easier sharing and exploration of apps that may interest you or your friends. We're still playing around with the update but overall, looking good! Link after the break. [AppBrain Blog]

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4 years ago

Chase Mobile banking application now available for Android

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Chase Mobile

Chase has released its mobile banking application for Android, and it seems to have been worth the wait.  If you're like me and have been using Chase's less-than-stellar mobile site, or trying your hand with SMS message inquiries, you'll be pleased with the way this one turned out.  You can track transactions, transfer funds, pay your bills and even deposit checks using Chase's Quick Deposit feature that uses a photo of the front and rear of a check to deposit it in your account.  You also have quick access to Chase telephone support built into the app, and Chase's privacy policy is included so you know exactly what you're getting yourself into. 

You'll need to be enrolled in Chase Online account services, which you'll have to do from your computer at the official website.  Chase Mobile is compatible with all versions of Android, and it's free.  Some more screenshots and download links are after the break.  Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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