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2 years ago

Zlango adds icons to text messaging; we go hands-on

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Last time we checked, the great thing about text messages was that they're simple, short and don't take much brain power to digest. Zlango goes a different direction. The SMS replacement app, which launched today, adds a world of crazy little icons to your text messages. It's fully themed -- that's The Walking Dead theme you see above -- so you can customize to your heart's content. It's also got an easy on/off toggle if you want to switch back to normal.

You guys might not be ready for it yet, but your kids are gonna love it. Check out the video after the break.

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2 years ago

HTC Sensation XL headed to Three and O2 in the UK

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British networks O2 and Three will both carry HTC's recently-announced Sensation XL, according to new entries on both carriers' "coming soon" pages. The Sensation XL, a 4.7-incher with Beats Audio built-in, was unveiled at a swanky event at London's Roundhouse last Thursday. Be sure to check out our hands-on feature for more on the device itself.

Three's listing the Sensation XL with an "October" release date, however based on HTC's own timetable for the device, we'd be surprised to see it anywhere before November. Neither carrier has announced any pricing details, but based on pre-order prices of around £500 (~$775) that've been appearing over the past few days, we'd expect to see subsidized Sensation XLs given for free on contracts of around £30 per month.

Sensation XL Hands-on | Sensation XL Specs | Sensation XL Forums

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2 years ago

Sneak peek at an Android-based Philips Go Gear Connect Prototype

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Here's a sneak peek at a prototype of what is tentatively being called the Philips Go Gear Connect. It's very much a pre-release product -- so new they didn't even have any real specs to give us. But through our keen sense of deduction we were able to surmise that it's running Gingerbread, has a small screen and three buttons at the bottom.

Slightly surprising to us was that even though it's far from release and really not intended for public consumption just yet (whoops), it actually has all the Google apps -- Gmail, the Android Market and the like -- on board. No way of telling if that's because someone just put them on, or if this will be a PMP with Google's blessing. We're hoping it's the later.

More pics and some video are after the break.

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2 years ago

Tapjoy and MachineWorks NorthWest bring Duke Nukem 3D to Android

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Hail to the king, baby! Tapjoy and MachineWorks NorthWest have teamed up to bring the classic first-person shooter Duke Nukem 3D to the Android platform and we'll soon all be able to kick some alien ass:

“Duke Nukem is a legend in his own time, and he’d be the first person to tell you that,” said Rob Carroll, Tapjoy’s Director of Publishing for Tapjoy. “MachineWorks NorthWest has done a great job of bringing the brash, trash-talking character and all his ass-kicking glory to the mobile environment, and we are thrilled to be working with AAA studios like MachineWorks to help bring games of this caliber to Android.”

Duke Nukem 3D will be available very soon in the Android Market, with compatability for any device running Android 2.1 and higher. Press release is past the break, what are you waitin' for - Christmas?!

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2 years ago

Droid X2 update available now

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Word on the street tonight/this morning is that the latest update to the Motorola Droid X2 on Verizon is now available for download. That's the update that brings the following:

Device Features

  • Keyboard remains visible during text input.
  • Input characters are properly displayed during text entry.
  • Device will no longer lockup or reset when using the keyboard.
  • Charging indicator will display only when the device is plugged into a charger.
  • Home key functions correctly while the device is in the desktop cradle.
  • Successfully use the camera after unlocking the device.
  • Video quality has been improved for video recording and playback.
  • Mobile Hotspot password can now exceed 63 characters.
  • Improvement to the device stability limits resets and lockups.
  • The Magic Smoke live wallpaper animation now works properly.
  • Enjoy improved audio when streaming music.

Applications & Widgets

  •   When playing MP3s through the Music App, songs will not skip.
  •   Avoid YouTube video lockup while viewing.
  •   Desktop cradle application starts correctly.

That's quite the laundry list, indeed. Head on into your phone's settings to download the update now.

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0 hands on

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Remember the Galaxy Players that Samsung sprung on the world at their Galaxy Tab 8.9 unveiling late last month? Well, we got our hands on the 5-inch model again tonight here in San Diego, and we still like what we see. A refresher: the Galaxy Players are basically Android phones minus the phone. They run the latest version of Gingerbread, skinned with the Galaxy brand's TouchWiz UI. Both the 4.0 and 5.0 come with a single core processor clocked at 1 GHz and 512 MB RAM. The 4.0 has a 4-inch screen Super WVGA Super Clear LCD at 800 x 480 resolution, while the 5.0 has a 5-inch, WVGA TFT LCD display at 800 x 480 resolution. The screens are beautiful, and the 5-inch model is a beast. They'll launch this week (October 16, to be exact); the 4.0 will run you $229, the 5.0 will set you back $269. A video and a few new pictures are after the break.

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2 years ago

Motorola Atrix 2 hands on

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The "white whale" at this year's CTIA is the Motorola Atrix 2, the recently announced successor to the Atrix heading to AT&T on October 16. We got our hands on one at tonight's Pepcom event here in San Diego, and we're excited about what we saw. While the Atrix 2 might not be enough for owners of the original Atrix to spring for, those looking to tap into AT&T's 21 Mbps speeds have found a solid choice. 

The Atrix 2 has a solid build quality: it's light, it's solid, and it feels great in the hand. Despite it's 4.3-inch display, the phone doesn't feel oversized or out of proportion. And about that display: it's qHD and it looks fantastic. Motorola wouldn't say (or, perhaps didn't know) whether or not the Atrix 2 is rocking a Pentile display, but if it is, it is certainly an improved version. The display looks crisp and bright, much like the Bionic, though the "pixelation" issues that have plagued Motorola's latest crop seem to be missing here. That's good news. Camera wise, the Atrix 2 has a 1.3 megapixel front-facer, and out back there's an 8 megapixel shooter capable of capturing 1080p video.

Inside, the Atrix 2 has got a dual-core OMAP processor clocked at 1 GHz along with 1 GB RAM and 8 GB of onboard storage. Together, the guts give the Atrix 2 a major kick. No lag, no stuttering, and no hang-ups. We'll throw the usual benchmarks and graphics tests at it when we get our hands on a review unit. 

The Atrix 2 is a Gingerbread device that comes skinned with (you guessed it) Motoblur. On the radio end, it supports AT&T's HSPA+ network, and Motorola claims you'll easily get "true" 4G speeds of up to 21 Mbps. Again, we'll test this more when the Atrix 2 launches, but we're hoping it's true. 

Like I said, I don't know if the Atrix 2 is worth it for those who bought the original Atrix not too long ago. Although at $99 on contract, it could be too good to resist. You'll be able to decide on October 16, when the Atrix 2 officially launches on AT&T. Until then, enjoy some photos and a hands-on below. 

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2 years ago

Cadillac unveils its Cadillac CUE infotainment system; we take it for a spin

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Cadillac took the wraps off of its new Cadillac CUE infotainment system on Tuesday in San Diego. We're not, strictly speaking, looking at an Android product here. (Though it does run Linux, so that's close enough, right?) But it absolutely concerns your Android smartphone on a couple of levels.

Cadillac CUE -- that stands for Cadillac User Experience -- is a gorgeous in-dash and in-console experience. On the dash side, you have a totally digital readout. Tach, spedometer -- all digital. It's also customizable. You can have a traditional (read: boring) look, or go with something more sexy at the touch of a button. Very cool.

But what we're more concered with is the monster 8-inch capactive touchscreen with haptic feedback in the center of the cockpit. You read that right. An 8-inch capactive touchscreen with haptic feedback. Oh, and it's got a proximity sensor. Yes, Cadillac's taken the best parts of smartphone and tablet tech and has put it in a vehicle. And it's gone even further, with a user interface that's as intuitive as anything we've seen. Smartphone and tablet manufacturers should take note -- this car manufactuer just showed you how to do car mode.

So where does your phone come in? You'll be able to connect your device to the vehicle over Bluetooth, and they'll interact just as you saw in our walkthrough of Chevy MyLink. In fact, Pandora once again is on board here. Cadillac CUE doesn't replace your phone. Yet.

What you see here will be available on in 2012 in the Cadillac XTS and ATS, and the SRX luxury crossover. So, yeah, it'll be out of reach for many of us. But we'll repeat what we said back in the summer with the MyLink launch: This is the future of your smartphone on the road. Get ready for it.

More official footage from Cadillac, as well as the press release, is after the break.

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the Samsung Transfix

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Here we go with the Samsung Transfix, Cricket Communications' new 3.2-inch Android 2.3 slider. In all respects it's a fairly benign phone. Fast enough with an 800 MHz processor, a stock Gingerbread experience, and the four-row QWERTY keyboard is of the usual Samsung fare. The buttons are flat and shallow.

Really, it's the price -- $179 -- and Cricket's prepaid service that is the most attractive feature here. 

Speaking of attractive -- we've got more hands-on pics and video after the break.

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2 years ago

Motorola announces the new Motorola Lapdock 100 - Coming soon to Verizon Wireless, Sprint, and AT&T

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Motorola made us all fully aware of the fact they were going to be bringing top notch accessories to their higher-end devices in the future. What started with the Motorola Atrix 4G, webtop has now expanded into Motorola's latest accessory announcement being the Motorola Lapdock 100.

Equipped with a bright 10.1 inch high resolution screen, high quality audio, large ergonomically-slanted keyboard with dedicated Android™ keys, touch-pad, multi-tasking capabilities, and desktop-class tabbed web browsing using Wi-Fi or the smartphone’s data plan, the innovative companion device is now more affordable, lightweight, and intuitive.

Motorola LAPDOCK 100 supports full multi-tasking - making it easy to respond to an incoming text or take a call while browsing the web, using any one of the thousands of Android™ apps available, viewing pictures, or listening to music.

At a mere 2.2lbs (less than 1Kg), Motorola LAPDOCK 100 is designed to be as mobile as its owners’ lives. Compact enough to carry in a back-pack or briefcase, use in the office, in the classroom, at a café or on the couch at home, the device’s up to five hour* battery charges the phone so a user never loses their freedom to be mobile.

Motorola LAPDOCK 100 is compatible with multiple Motorola smartphones, including Motorola ATRIX™ 2, PHOTON™ 4G, and DROID BIONIC by Motorola.** It will also be compatible with future Motorola webtop-enabled devices.

So when will it be available? The Motorola Lapdock 100 will be available online at AT&T on 10/17. It will also be available through Verizon Wireless and Sprint later this quarter. No pricing was announced as of yet either but you better believe we'll keep you all up to date on that.

Source: Motorola

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