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2 years ago

Droid X2 in stores May 26, direct fulfillment May 19

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Staying up nights wondering when the Droid X2 is going to drop? Well, wonder no more, as we've gotten our hot little hands on Verizon's internal listings. The Droid X2 is scheduled for direct fulfillment on May 19, with an in-store launch on May 26. That's five short days to wait for the initial shipments, and 12 days until the dual-core qHD device hits stores.

That's a pretty big sign that Verizon's not going to make a huge deal out of the Droid X2 launch, kind of like the Droid Incredible 2. Not surprising, we suppose.

Oh, and if you want more confirmation on the full X2 specs -- including 512MB of RAM and a Tegra 2 processor, we've got 'em after the break.

Thanks, anon!

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2 years ago

Motorola Xoom getting official SD support soon -- in Canada

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Although the Motorola Xoom has been getting some Android 3.1 love as of late, one thing that is still missing is the long sought after SDCard support. Today though, Motorola Canada gave us some insight as to when we may see it -- although, we've heard "coming soon" plenty of times now and what was posted, only leads to more questions.

The Motorola XOOM upgrade for Canada is coming soon! Some of the feature upgrades include basic external SD card support for general SD file and media access, expanded support for USB-connected accessories, additional Bluetooth support and Picture Transfer Protocol to enable easier transfer of photo files to your PC.

Cool! Coming soon for Canadians -- but, what about the rest of the Motorola Xoom owners out there? Granted, we weren't expecting Motorola Canada to say much about any other releases but it sure would be nice to hear something.

Source: Facebook; Thanks, Brendon!

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2 years ago

Droid X now listed as qHD, a good sign the X2 actually will be

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Now why would the Motorola Droid X suddenly be listed on the Droid Does with a 560x960 resolution touchscreen? That's a qHD display, folks (or close enough). And we're more than willing to bet that's what's on the upcoming Droid X2. Some recent Nenamark benchmark tests apparently back it up.

And we're still awaiting an official announcement from Verizon, but we have a feeling they'll probably play this one low key, like they did the Droid Incredible 2.

Source: Droid Does. More: Nenamark Thanks, Adam!

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2 years ago

Clearwire no longer planning phones; Sony Ericsson drops lawsuit

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Remember the little lawsuit Sony Ericsson filed against Clearwire? Nope? You're better off for it. SE had filed suit in January, claiming Clearwire's logo looked a little too familiar, and it would cause confusion after Clearwire announced its plan to release its own smartphones. But there's a happy ending.

Over the past year, Sony Ericsson grew concerned that Clearwire's logos were moving progressively closer to Sony Ericsson's registered logo. Since Clearwire also previously announced it would enter the field of mobile devices by launching a smartphone, Sony Ericsson brought the litigation in January 2011 and sought a preliminary injunction against Clearwire to prohibit its further use of the logos. In response, Clearwire represented to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia that it had no present intention to launch a smartphone. This representation effectively provided Sony Ericsson with much of the emergency relief it sought.

So everybody's kissed and made up. Clearwire's no longer planning on releasing any phones on its own (or so it told a federal court in Virginia), and Sony Ericsson's dropping the whole thing. But SE leaves a warning for anyone who dares to tread on its logo in the future: "Sony Ericsson remains focused on preventing consumer confusion and protecting its trademarks, especially in the field of mobile devices."

Indeed. Let us all get on with our weekends, shall we?

Source: Sony Ericsson

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2 years ago

Droid Charge gets ED2 system update, affects Media Hub only

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Read our Droid Charge review!

The Samsung Droid Charge has officially been on sale for less than 24 hours now, and a system update has already been released. Update ED2 is just a minor little thing, a 5.2-megabyte update that brings a couple of fixes to Samsung's Media Hub app. And the fixes are:

  • A software change was made to the Media Hub application to prevent downloading content over the 3G network. This application will only work in the 4G network or when using Wi-Fi to ensure quality and speed.
  • A pop up message was added to the Media Hub application to inform customers of the size of the download when in a 4G coverage area before downloading.

We're never really happy to see a software update that takes away functionality, but there you have it. So if you're dead set on using Media Hub over 3G, might wanna hold off on this one, folks.

More: Verizon Wireless. Thanks, Smarti277!

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2 years ago

Samsung Droid Charge now available from Verizon, still $299

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After a long journey with enough plot twists to make Hithcock proud, the Samsung Droid Charge is finally available from Verizon Wireless for $299 after the usual contracts and agreements.  After seeing and playing with the Charge for a bit I have to say that the SAMOLED plus display is something that needs to be seen in person.  The rest of the features are no slouch either:

  • 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
  • 4G LTE hotspot available free until June 16

So who's picking up the second LTE Android phone on Verizon?  Hit the Droid Charge forum to chat all about it!

Source: Verizon Wireless

Droid Charge Specs Droid Charge Forums Droid Charge Accessories 

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2 years ago

Android 3.1, Thunderbolt post OTA concerns [from the forums]

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With Google IO all said and done, it's time to get back to our regularly scheduled programming, so let's start things off by having a look at what's been happening in the forums. As always, some of the more popular threads have been highlighted below or you can hop on in the forums and start your own.

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2 years ago

Verizon extends Droid Charge 4G hotspot trial until June 16

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There was some concern that the delay in releasing the Samsung Droid Charge would not give potential users the time they need to use and evaluate the free 4G LTE hotspot, but it looks like all that is soon to be put to rest.  In this internal memo from Verizon we see that the trial period is bring extended to june 16, giving everyone who is planning on picking up a Droid Charge come May 14 a little over a month to use and abuse some LTE data.  Nice call, Verizon.

We don't know if this offer is going to extend to Thunderbolt users, or what (if anything) this means about the end of unlimited data plans.  We do know that having an LTE hotspot can come in really handy, and may just save your bacon in a crowded press room where the number of users is higher than the number of cat5 cables, though.  Be sure to put it through the paces if you pick up a Charge.

Thanks, Anon!

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2 years ago

Google I/O developer session recap

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By now we're all back home from Google I/O and get back to work.  For Android software developers, that means back to writing and building great Android apps, armed with everything they learned from a couple days at Moscone West, listening to the geniuses behind Android.  And they have a full plate -- Google clearly is all about the apps now.  Once you get past the exciting news from the keynotes and go past the new version announcements and assorted glamour and glitz, you see that from Chrome, to Google TV, to Android the focus is shifting to better application development.

Join us after the break to see just what Google has lined up to push Android application development to the next level.

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2 years ago

Netflix on a rooted Nook Color [how-to]

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Have a rooted and hacked Nook Color? Want to run the new Netflix app? It's as simple as changing the build.prop file, of course, to make the app think your $250 e-reader actually is one of the few phones currently supported by Netflix. Been there, hacked that, got the T-shirt.

Youtuber huskermania has worked up an excellent video showing you how it's done. In less than five minutes, you, too, can be streaming Netflix on the Nook Color to your heart's content. Check it out.

More coverage: Nook Color forums. Thanks, Alex!

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