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2 years ago

Sprint saying so long to 1-year contracts

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Like doing one-year contracts on Sprint? Hope you're not married to the idea, because starting Oct. 2, they're history. Kaput. As in, you're not going to get them anymore. That goes right along with the mobile hotspot changes we brought you last week, and the changes we've already seen to the Premier program. Guess it's just a sign of the times.

Thanks, anon!

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2 years ago

Isis NFC mobile payment group gets backing from handset manufacturers

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Isis, a joint venture of Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile, has announced that the major hardware makers of Android  (and Windows 7) phones have climbed on board and will offer hardware that implements Isis' NFC tech and standards.  The press release names LG, Motorola, HTC, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and BlackBerry manufacturer RIM as hardware partners, as well as DeviceFidelity to offer solutions such as NFC enabled memory cards for phones built without NFC hardware.  Scott Mulloy, chief technology officer at Isis, says the following:

Isis’ technology standards provide the direction and certainty needed for the development and deployment of NFC devices and the mobile commerce ecosystem.  Working together with the device makers and our founding mobile carriers, Isis can provide the consumer choice and scale necessary for widespread adoption of mobile commerce.

While we can't see the future, we're going to have to assume this isn't good news for Google and their own NFC payment system, Google Wallet.  Mired in some unknown exclusivity agreement with Sprint, Google Wallet was not provided for any unlocked, non-carrier branded Nexus S devices, though they would be fully capable.  With carriers and OEM's on board with Isis, it looks like another uphill battle for Google.  The good news for us is that now companies are seeing the value in devices with NFC technology, and the manufacturers are ready to provide it.  There's still one major player who hasn't chimed in yet, though -- Apple.  Only time will tell if Apple jumps on board with the upcoming "standard" or if they implement iWallet themselves in pursuit of a bigger cut.  The press release is after the break.

Read more about RIM and Isis at Crackberry

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2 years ago

Kindle Fire, Xoomin' LTE [From the Forums]

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Exciting day with the announcement of the Amazon Kindle Fire and Motorola finally offering Xoom 4G upgrades. If you're looking to discuss more, you can head on into the Android Central forums. Jump into some threads or feel free to start up your own today!

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

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2 years ago

Motorola Xoom finally getting its 4G LTE upgrade starting Sept. 29

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Xoom 4G LTE starts shipping Oct. 13 for $499

We're starting to get word that the Motorola Xoom is finally getting ready for its upgrade to 4G LTE on Verizon. If you'll recall, the Xoom was the first Honeycomb tablet, announced at CES in January. At the time, we knew it was going to launch as a 3G-only device, with a hardware upgrade to come sometime later. And later. And later.

Many moons came and went. Scores of other excellent Honeycomb tablets have been released. Samsung released a 4G LTE version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 on Verizon. And there still sat the Xoom, with its promise of an upgrade looking more and more tarnished. Add to that the fact that you'll still have to actually relenquish your Xoom and send it in for the upgrade, and the whole thing was looking even sillier than it did at first blush.

But that brings us back to now. Starting Thursday, you can go to Verizon's website for complete instructions on how to get your upgrade. You'll have to part with your Xoom for six days. The upgrade is free, and you don't have to change your data plan.

Also of note: Motorola Xooms with 4G LTE baked in -- aptly named the Xoom 4G LTE -- will start shipping Oct. 13 for $499.

Full press release is after the break.

More: Motorola Xoom forums

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2 years ago

Yahoo releases official Flickr app for Android

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Flickr, one of the most popular photo sharing websites, has finally come to Android. Yahoo held off releasing a native app for a while, frustrating many Android users who love Flickr. Good news for both sides as the app is now available for free from the Android Market, and it's pretty good.

With the release, you can take photos from an in-app camera function, filter the images as you see fit and then share them with the world to Flickr, Twitter and Facebook.

Here are the full features:

  • Share photos only with the people you want to with easy privacy settings.
  • Full screen browsing and slideshows for your photos, your contacts photos or any of the public photos from the global Flickr community.
  • Share the story behind your photo with titles, descriptions, comments and tags.
  • Keep your track of where you took your photo by keeping your location data automatically through geotagging.

To get Flickr for your Android device, hit up the links after the break. Heavy and casual Flickr users, we'd love to hear your thoughts. Speak out in the Android App Forum.

Source: Flickr Blog

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2 years ago

Rogers turns LTE on in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver

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In what is great news for Canadian consumers, Rogers announced that its 4G LTE network is now available in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. This expansion brings the total number of people who can access LTE service up to 5.5 million.

The first LTE Android device will be launching on October 18th and will be the HTC Jetstream.  The Honeycomb tablet will cost $499.99 with a 3-year service agreement and $799.99 off contract.

The first LTE-compatible smartphone will be the Samsung Galaxy S II and can be had for $199.99 with a 3-year contract or $649.99 without. Both the Galaxy S II and Jetstream can be reserved via Rogers website today.

Further LTE expansion is always great to see, especially for major cities like the ones listed above.

Source: Rogers

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2 years ago

US Cellular adds the HTC Wildfire S, Hero S and Flyer to its lineup

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US Cellular just droppeed word that it's adding a trio of HTC devices to its lineup -- devices that we outed back in July along with the rest of USCC's roadmap. Here's what's on tap:

  • HTC Hero S -- It's got a 4-inch Super LCD display at qHD resolution, 5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front-facing camera, Android 2.3, and HTC Sense. It'll cost $199.99 after a $100 rebate and contract.
  • HTC Wildfire S -- Stepping down just a tad, this one's got Android 2.3, a 3.2-inch display, a 5MP rear camera and will be available in grey or purple. It'll cost $79.99 after rebate and contract.
  • HTC Flyer -- The 7-inch tablet has been a favorite of many this year, with its 1.5GHz processor, 32GB of storage and the HTC Scribe stylus. It'll cost $199.99 after $100 rebate and two-year contract.

One thing we don't have are release dates, so stay tuned. Full presser's after the break.

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2 years ago

CyanogenMod support coming to Sony Ericsson Xperia devices

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The CyanogenMod and FreeXperia development teams have announced that they'll be bringing popular custom firmware CyanogenMod to all of Sony Ericsson's 2011 Xperia phones, along with many older X8 and X10 devices.

The developers promise full support -- with the exception of FM radio, which is still being worked on -- starting with the next release of CyanogenMod, version 7.1. Nightly builds are expected to start rolling out soon, so keep watching the CyanogenMod download site if you fancy testing some early builds on your Xperia phone.

In a blog post on the CyanogenMod site, the team praised Sony Ericsson for its "strong involvement with the developer community", and thanked the manufacturer for providing "devices and technical expertise that proved invaluable in making all this happen".

This is great news for custom ROM enthusiasts with Xperia devices, and even better news for legacy Xperia phone owners, most of whom are left without an official upgrade path to Gingerbread. Hit the source link for the full list of CM-supported Xperia phones.

Source: CyanogenMod

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2 years ago

AC's 500,000-member giveaway - Day 3!

Here we are at Day 3 of our 500,000-member giveaway. And we were originally going to give away one spare (or extended) battery for your smartphone of choice. Instead, let's do three.

Hit the link below to enter to win one of three spare or extended batteries for your phone, courtesy of the Android Central Store.

And don't forget: On Thursday we're giving away five Android Central T-Shirts, and on Friday we're giving away an IOU for the next Nexus phone, whatever (and whenever) it may be. (And those two are open to our international friends.) Good luck!

Enter to win one of three spare batteries for your phone

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2 years ago

Swissinfo.ch has a new app, and a loving video

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Swissinfo.ch has a new Android app out (news and the like). And to celebrate, it's released the above video, which we're still trying to wrap our heads around. But we couldn't not share it with you.

And if you want to check out the Swissinfo.ch app, links are after the break.

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