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4 years ago

Sprint bringing 'the latest in wireless innovation at CTIA' this month

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Sprint at CTIA

We don't usually post all of our upcoming individual show events here on the front page. (We do, however, post our show schedule here.) But because so many were worried Sprint was getting out of the smartphone business after a relative no-show at CES in January, we'll make an exception this time.

As for what we'll see? More likely than not, something with the name "EVO" attached. Might be a true sequel, but remember that Sprint's told us the original EVO 4G and EVO Shift 4G are just the first in what will be a growing EVO brand.

Anyhoo, we'll be at CTIA in a couple of weeks to bring it all to you.

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4 years ago

BBM again rumored to be Android-bound, possibly by year's end

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HTC Thunderbolt with BBM

It's kinda been the white whale of smartphone nerds -- RIM's BlackBerry Messenger running on something other than a BlackBerry. We've seen a number of third-party clients come and go with occasional success. But as a poll at CrackBerry.com indicated late last year, you all (and us, too) want BBM on your phone, be it BlackBerry, Android or iPhone.

And according to an anonymously sourced post at BGR, it might finally happen. The anonymous sources claim BBM will be headed to Android and iOS by the end of the year. And while it'll be functional (and free), it'll also be stripped down from the full BB version, meaning you'll get basic messaging functionality but not location or picture sharing, and the like.

This all, of course, goes hand-in-hand with the rumor that the BlackBerry Playbook tablet might end up running Android apps in some shape or form, so things are certainly getting interesting. [BGR via CrackBerry]

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4 years ago

Motorola Flipout, Charm won't get Froyo, manufacturer says

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Motorola Flipout and Charm

If you've got a Motorola Flipout or Motorola Charm and are staying up nights waiting for a Froyo update, time to pour yourself a glass of milk, fluff the pillows and head to bed. It ain't gonna happen. Motorola just updated its increasingly less popular update timeline chart and broke the bad news -- the Charm and Flipout "will remain on Android 2.1." It's not that big a surprise, we suppose, but still is a disappointment.

And now, Motorola, it's about time to start letting us know which phones have a shot at being upgraded to Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Droid X? Droid 2/Global? Droid Pro? Any of these ring a bell? [Motorola]

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4 years ago

Verizon gives $100 discount on every Droid phone in stock

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 Verizon Droid sale

It looks like Verizon wants to start the month of March with a bang as they are offering steep discounts on every Droid phone in their inventory. It would seem that Big Red has slashed a cool $100 from the two-year contract price of the phones across the board. Here is a quick rundown on the deals to be had:

Even with the coming launch of the HTC Thunderbolt and the Droid Bionic, these deals may be too good to pass up if you aren't one to pine over LTE. [Verizon] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

HTC Merge at the FCC again, this time with the user manual in tow

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The HTC Merge has had quite a wild ride since we first went hands- on with it. After seemingly dropping off the face of the earth, it was deemed canceled, sold on eBay, turned up on Alltel and finally the big news arrived -- an official announcement of its release.  Although the official announcement lacked any launch dates or specific carriers, Verizon was assumed to be on that list given the fact they never removed it from their system nor bothered to stop shipping accessories.

The latest HTC Merge news is that it has now passed FCC approval. And while rumors may have suggested it was possibly being revamped for LTE, we're not exactly shocked to find out it still remains without. (In fact, judging from the tape/Photoshop job where the carrier logo would be, we're betting this is exactly the same model as what we saw, and it's been sitting on a shelf somewhere.)

In addition to passing FCC approval, if you hit up the FCC link you'll also be able to get a look at the (Still Verizon-branded) user-guide, if that's your thing. Still no release date as of yet but no doubt, it's coming soon. [FCC via Phonescoop]

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4 years ago

Best keyboard, Farewell to my Motorola Xoom [from the forums]

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Android Forums at Android Central

Did Apple have some sort of announcement today or something? We felt a lot of hot air coming from San Francisco. All joking aside, if you're looking to escape the news from today hop on into the Android Central forums where we're talking about much cooler things then the latest from Cupertino.

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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4 years ago

iPad 2 versus Honeycomb (and others)!

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What's this? A giant chart comparing the spanking new iPad 2 against the Android Honeycomb tablets, the HP TouchPad and the BlackBerry Playbook? Sold! Do note that a few of the Android specs are still up in the air, but you'll get the gist of it. Android Honeycomb tablets are far superior over anything else known in this universe. Right? RIGHT?

By the way, if you're interested in more on the new iPad 2, check out all the coverage at our sister site, TiPb.com.

Did the iPad 2 impress you at all?online survey

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4 years ago

Google Body for Android tablets is available once again, for real this time

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Google Body

Just a heads up that Google Body is back in the Android Market, and it's now available for download on Honeycomb tablets. Again, you'll need a tablet running Android 3.0, not a phone running anything other than Android 3.0. But with it you'll be able to explore the human body from a muscular, skeletal, vascular and nervous point of view, and it's pretty darn cool. Download links and our hands-on video are after the break. Thanks, Richie!

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4 years ago

European Xoom will have Flash at launch in the first week of April

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Motorola Xoom

Good news for those of you awaiting the Motorola Xoom in Europe -- it'll have Adobe Flash Player out of the box when it launches in the first week of April. That also lines up with the "within a few weeks" line that Adobe gave us for getting Flash on the U.S. Xooms. [via @fwa and @ryanstewart]

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4 years ago

Motorola Xoom to arrive in the UK in early April for £500

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Motorola Xoom

Looks like the price that briefly leaked yesterday for the British Wi-Fi Xoom was just a little too good to be true -- precisely £50 too good to be true, in fact. PC World updated its Wi-Fi Xoom pre-order page today with a price of £499.99, compared to the £449.99 that was listed for a couple of hours yesterday. The retailer says it'll begin shipping Wi-Fi Xooms to Brits during the first week of April, and that these lucky folks will be the first in Europe to own the device.

If you're holding out for the UK 3G version, the Carphone Warehouse says these will be arriving in April, and has a page where you can register your interest, through prices are still nowhere to be found. [PC World, Carphone Warehouse]

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab Case Review: Samsung Leather Easle

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 Galaxy Tab case 1

If you’re looking for a great case for your Tab that protects it, feels good in the hand and also allows for easier typing, consider the Leather Easle Case from Samsung.

I have been thoroughly impressed after using this case for a while. My first impressions of the case were good. It reminded me in look and size of the Nook cases that are all over Barnes and Noble stores. This was instantly a positive in my mind because many of those cases have been known for their robust look and feel.

The Tab fits snugly into the right side of the case with slits for the buttons that of course don’t block any portion of them.

One of the aspects that I really like about the Tab is the size. The 7-inch device fits snug in my jacket pocket, so I don’t want a case that increases the size too much that it wouldn’t fit. Good news Tab owners, the case, while adding a little size, doesn’t drastically change it. It still fits in my pocket without any trouble.

The case is designed to allow consumers to use their Tab horizontally without having to hold it up. This is especially important while typing or consuming media. It’s simple to do; just bring the Tab towards the left jacket of the case and you will have a sturdy stand.

One small yet quality feature in my opinion is the elastic band that is included. Located on the back, it’s nice to be able to stretch it across the front to keep the case in place.

Overall, the case is fantastic and I would highly recommend it. The leather is good quality and feels good in the hand. The look resembles a journal or a notebook, which I really like about it.

The Samsung Leather Easle Case can be bought from the Android Central Store for $29.95. Check out more pictures after the break.

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4 years ago

HTC Wildfire S ROM and system dump appear online

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HTC Wildfire S

Yet another upcoming phone has had its software internals laid bare over on XDA. A recent forum thread on the site links to a pre-release ROM for the HTC Wildfire S, as well as a system dump extracted from that ROM. These leaked files give developers access to a potent combination of Android 2.3.2 Gingerbread and HTC Sense 2.1, and some are already working on ways of porting this back to earlier HTC phones. In particular this might help out owners of the original HTC Wildfire, which has been left off the list of older HTC devices due to receive an official Gingerbread update.

The HTC Wildfire S is due to appear in Europe and Asia during the second quarter of the year. Check out our hands-on coverage to learn more. [XDA]

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4 years ago

Samsung Stealth V turns up at the FCC carrying Verizon 4G

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Back when the device was announced it had no name. Now, it has a name and an FCC filing to go along with it. The Samsung Stealth V has hit the FCC carrying Verizon 4G LTE bands and just in case you all needed a run down of those specs once again, they are:

  • Android 2.2
  • Google Mobile services, including Google Search
    Google Maps and Gmail, YouTube
  • Brilliant 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus touch screen display
  • 1GHz application processor
  • Rear-facing 8-megapixel camera with LED flash
  • Front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera to support video chat capabilities
  • Samsung Social Hub and Media Hub.

Still no indication on a launch date other then Summer 2011 but it now appearing at the FCC could mean it'll show up sooner rather than later. [Wireless Goodness] Thanks, JRamone!

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4 years ago

Humans vs Aliens updated to Version 1.1

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A few weeks ago we took our first look at Humans vs Aliens, an Android game similar to Plants vs Zombies, and since then the game has continued to improve. The folks over at Epic Applications have been hard at work on this game, and continuing to improve the overall game play, and they are excited to announce version 1.1. This update brings some great enhancements to the game play, such as:

  • New Game Mode! Unlimited mode puts you against an unlimited barrage of aliens to see how long you can last! 5 new achievements and a leaderboard!
  • Meteors now can fall from the sky to destroy aliens or take out humans.
  • Improved memory management: optimized and reduced FCs
  • Health meters for humans!
  • Fix for Last Chance and Musical Chairs achievements which prevented them from being unlocked
  • New crash animations for spaceships and Chopper!
  • Restarting campaign fix

If you already own the game, be sure to grab the update, and if not, be sure to pick up your very own copy from the Android Market.

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4 years ago

HTC ChaCha to be known as the HTC ChaChaCha in Spain

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Although HTC may be having their troubles with the folks from ChaCha the search engine company, announcing the HTC ChaCha in Barcelona, Spain doesn't seem like such a great idea now either. Not because of the Facebook button but rather the usage of the word chacha that, in Spanish holds a rather not so friendly meaning. As such, from here on out in Spain (and likely the U.S. eventually) the device formerly known as the HTC ChaCha will now be the HTC ChaChaCha. Although we're sure it will have a hard time abandoning the "Facebook phone" title anyway. Wonder how ChaCha Inc. feels now? [HTC via Engadget]

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