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2 years ago

Rogers' Motorola RAZR to cost just $149 on three-year contract

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We'll still never understand why Canadians put up with three-year contracts. But we're definitely feeling a $149 Motorola RAZR on the only Canadian carrier to, erm, carry it. No mention of two- or one-year pricing. Trade-offs, we suppose.

Source: Rogers Thanks, @TheSolsticeBare!

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2 years ago

RIM: Still 'no plans' to bring BBM to other platforms

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By the way ... As if there wasn't enough going on today, our CrackBerry cousins are in the middle of their DevCon conference in San Francisco, where the topic of BBM on Android came up. RIM VP of developer relations Alec Saunders and Chris Smith, senior director of the BlackBerry Developer Program, pretty much shot it down -- for now -- with the former saying he "wasn't aware of it" and the latter saying "there are no plans for it."

Usually when a company says it "currently has no plans" or "we have nothing to announce at this time," it means full well they're working on it. But it's also worth mentioning that fake screenshots are fake, trollers gonna troll, our our boys on the ground at DevCon know their stuff. Keep calm and carry on.

Source: CrackBerry

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2 years ago

What time is the Samsung Galaxy Nexus event where you live?

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Sure we all know that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus event is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. local time Wednesday in Hong Kong, but what time is that for you? Confusion always sets in around event times, so we wanted to make this super simple for you.

North America

ADT (Halifax) 11 p.m. Tuesday EDT (eastern daylight time) 10 p.m. Tuesday EST (George Town) 9 p.m. Tuesday CDT (central daylight time) 9 p.m. Tuesday MDT (mountain daylight time) 8 p.m. Tuesday MST (mountain standard time) 7 p.m. Tuesday PDT (pacific daylight time) 7 p.m. Tuesday AKDT (Alaska daylight time) 6 p.m. Tuesday HAST (Hawaii-Aleutian standard time) 4 p.m. Tuesday

Hey, rest of the world. We didn't forget about you. Hit this link for a list of cities near you.

And we'll have more coverage than you'll know what to do with all day Tuesday and Wednesday. And remember that the event's being streamed at youtube.com/android. Stay tuned, folks.

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2 years ago

What you've missed so far today

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Did you blink? Today was the wrong day for that, dear friend. This is going to be one of the biggest days of the year for Android. Here's what you've missed so far:

And, of course, tonight we have the Nexus/Ice Cream Sandwich announcement, which will be streamed live. And while you wait, be sure to join our Phonepocalypse Perpetual Liveblog!

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2 years ago

Android 2.3.4 update beginning to roll out for Xperia Arc

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A new software update for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc is rolling out in Europe and the Middle East, according to reports from Xperia Blog and XDA. The new software version 4.0.2.A.0.42 brings Android 2.3.4, along with a handful of bug fixes for SE's Gingerbread-powered 4.2-incher.

The update isn't yet available in the UK, but seems to now be rolling out via the Sony Ericsson PC Companion in mainland Europe, India, Pakistan and Egypt, in addition to Nordic countries, which got the update first a couple of weeks back. If you've recently received the update on your Arc, be sure to let us know in the comments.

Source: Xperia Blog

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2 years ago

Eyes-on "Smart Actions" for the Motorola Droid RAZR

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As a lover of my couch, I didn't get too worked up with the MOTOACTV announcement. What did pique my interest, however, is the Smart Actions function that comes preloaded on the Droid RAZR. Motorola says that this nifty little feature is going to improve your battery life by 30%, which is great, since we won't be able to buy an extended battery for the device. Smart Actions will decrease processor speed, slow down data, and dim your display when the battery is approaching crisis levels.

But Smart Actions' purpose isn't solely battery related. For example, as you'll see in the video, it allows you to program a website to open when your alarm goes off. Now that's pretty cool.

A representative for Motorola said that the company hopes to include this on all future devices, but no word on whether or not it can be ported to existing Motorola smartphones. 

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2 years ago

A.I. type Keyboard out of beta with more features, still predicts like a psychic

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Back in April we wrote about an innovative keyboard called A.I. type that really impressed us with its ability to predict text. It was in beta back then but has graduated recently with some exciting new features, including customization of the bottom row keys and improvements to the prediction engine.

If you're not one of the 100,000 beta testers, A.I. type is a keyboard that specializes in contextual text prediction to make your mobile experience smoother. It learns your writing style and most used words so the more you use it, the better it will be.

Here are some of the key features:

  • Suggests your next word
  • Completes your current word
  • Corrects your spelling as you type
  • Auto-corrects typos when you hit the spacebar
  • Automatically learns your most-used words and writing style
  • Supports skins and allows for individual skin customization
  • Includes a layout for undo/redo/copy/paste/navigation

There is a free version that allows you to take advantage of their text prediction for 10 days. If you find that you can't live without it, upgrade to the Pro version for $4.82. Please find links to both versions after the break. The developers are always working on new features and would love to hear any kind of feedback you may have.

Have you used A.I. Type keyboard before? If you would like to sing out how much you like it or suggest a feature, check out our Android App Forum.

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2 years ago

BlackBerry's Android app repackaging tool is now available

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Just as we described earlier. It's a lot like someone developing an app so you can transfer your MP3s to cassette tapes, we reckon.

Source: CrackBerry

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2 years ago

Dear @georgiatipb: We have a watch for you

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One straps to your wrist, plays music and tracks your workout. The other does the same for almost half the price. OK, OK. So the $249 price (for the 8GB model) of the MOTOACTV is going to be a bit much for some to swallow. We get that.

But here's the thing: It actually goes one further than the iPod Nano and connects to your phone via Bluetooth. So you can see who's calling. Or what messages are coming in. All without having to dig out your phone. We know some of you have been wanting this. Right?

Is $249 just too high a starting point for the MOTOACTV?

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2 years ago

The iPhone 4S review [the competition]

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We're all waiting patiently for the Nexus event coming in a few hours, but Apple had a little event of its own recently, and has released the latest version of their mobile offering -- the iPhone 4S.  We're all Android fans here, but we can't deny the appeal the iPhone has to many people and the impact it has on the mobile space.  Plenty of smartphone geeks love the iPhone, including our good friend Rene Ritchie who cranked out one hell of a review for the iPhone 4S.  You really should read it, even if you have no interest in Apple products, because it showcases the other side of the smartphone buying public.  Most iPhone buyers have no interest in specs, or a long list of features, or even a change log -- they just like it to work as promised right out of the carton.

Rene does an excellent job covering the improvements, like the redesigned antenna and beefed up CPU, as well as the areas where it's still a bit behind the curve -- lack of RAM and no LTE support.  And of course, he takes Siri out for some tests, as well as other new features like iCloud and AirPlay mirroring.  After reading through it, I think this is surely the best iPhone yet.  Even if I would have no interest in using one, I would recommend it to more than a few people I know.  Let's face it -- the smartphone race has basically come down to two major players, and we should care about both of them.  We can pick on Apple users tomorrow, but today let's take a minute and see what so many out there enjoy.

TiPb's iPhone 4S review

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