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4 years ago

Verizon nixing one-year contract option beginning April 17

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Verizon contracts

First it was lengthening the early upgrade benefit, and now Verizon's apparently doing away with 1-year contracts altogether starting April 17. We'll let that sink in for a minute.

Here's the deal: Most of the time normal consumers (that's not likely to be many of you out there, right?) purchase a smartphone, they do it on contract. That's 24 months in which you're legally obligated to pay Verizon the monthly penance, and in exchange Verizon subsidizes the cost of the phone, getting it down to $300, $200, or maybe even less -- all the way down to free.

But what's not often talked about is the one-year contract. You pay a little more up front for the hardware, but you're only indebted to the carrier for 12 months. And, really, it's the way to go.

But Verizon apparently is about to do away with that. So you'll either have to pay $500 or $600 for a top-end smartphone, or get ready to sign away two years of your contract life. Up to you. Thanks, W!

How do you normally purchase a smartphone?survey software

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4 years ago

Poll: $250 Nook Color, or $350 WiFi-only Galaxy Tab?

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Nook Color or Wifi Galaxy Tab?

Samsung has finally announced that the Wifi only Galaxy Tab is coming, and that brings up a very interesting question we want to ask you guys.  Which would you buy, the Wifi Tab, or the Nook Color?  On the outside, they are pretty similar.  Both are seven inchers, neither runs Honeycomb, and with the current state of AOSP, maybe neither one ever will.

The innards have a good many differences, starting with the Tab having a 1 GHz Hummingbird CPU and the Nook Color using a TI OMAP 3621 at 800 MHz.  The Tab's GPU is a step up from the Nook's, but both are capable PowerVR chips, and both check in at 512 MB of RAM.  Storage space on the Wifi Tab is 16GB, and the Nook comes with 8GB on board -- both can handle up to a 32 GB SD card.  The biggest hardware difference is the cameras (front and rear) on the Tab.

On the software side, the Tab ships with Froyo, and according to rumors the Nook is scheduled to get Froyo with "tablet features" and Adobe Flash sometime this month.  As it stands now, you'll need to root and hack the Nook Color to get the same feature set as the Tab, but that's a really simple affair, with none of that locked and encrypted mumbo jumbo you've heard about with other Android devices. 

I guess it all really comes down to personal preference, so we've set up a poll.  Let us know what you think, and discuss in the Nook Color and Galaxy Tab forums!

Which would you buy -- the Wifi only Galaxy Tab, or the Nook Color?survey software

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4 years ago

Motorola seeking Bravo owners to test pre-release software update

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Motorola Bravo

Although we recently had to unleash some bad news for Motorola Bravo owners addressing the delay of Froyo, that doesn't mean Motorola has stopped working on the update altogether. In fact, Motorola has now announced that they are seeking out some beta testers for a pre-release round of testing for the eventual OTA update.

Motorola and AT&T are happy to announce a pre-release of the first software upgrade* for BRAVO™ with  MOTOBLUR™, before it is officially released to all customers. We are recruiting 1,000 BRAVO™ owners to test and provide feedback on the upgrade to FroYo (Android 2.2).

This  registration period will be open until we receive our limit of  qualified applicants. Note that you must be a member of the Motorola Owners' Forums to register. If you're interested in testing and want to take part, just join Motorola's community now and then fill out the short registration form.

Although registration doesn't guarantee you a slot for when the testing begins, adding your name to the list is certainly worth it. Hit the source link for the full details and registration link [Motorola Owners' Forum]

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4 years ago

After ice cream, SBF back to stock [from the forums]

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Android Forums at Android Central

It's Thursday and as we get set to rock yet another awesome podcast for you all some folks in the forum are having some fun at guessing the next OS name for Android after ice cream. If you think you've got the next version pegged then join us in the forums and post what you think it will be. If you're not really into guessing games hit up some of the threads below:

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

Just Spotted launches app after battle with Twitter

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Just Spotted

After getting into a battle with Twitter over its use of Twitter's real-time search access, the folks from Scoopler have moved on and have now released their Just Spotted celebrity tracking application to the Android Market.  As described in their press release, the Alpha version release allows you to:

Receive push notifications whenever a celebrity is spotted in your area. Check out the list of nearby spottings to see other spottings near you or click ‘everywhere’ to see the latest spottings world-wide. Click any spotting for more details.

Stalkerish? Certainly, but that's pretty much what they are going for here -- if all you Justin Bieber fans out there are ever going to have a chance at meeting him, you'll first need to know where he is. Jump on past the break for the full press release.

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4 years ago

HTC Inspire 4G case review: Case-Mate Barely There

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Case-Mate Barely There case for the Inspire 4G

Some of us don't need a big, bulky case that protects our phones from rough treatment, and prefer a slim case that keeps things from getting scratched and slips easily into a pocket or purse.  The Case-Mate Barely There case for the Inspire 4G is that case. 

It's a one-piece, very thin (hey, it's barely there!) hard, yet flexible and impact resistant shell that neatly covers the rear of your Inspire 4G or Desire HD.  It's designed to leave all the ports and buttons on the top and bottom of the phone open, and the volume switch on the side is cut-out for easy use.  It's simple to put on and take off, and is going to do a great job keeping the back of your phone from getting dings or scratches.  While the case covers the back and corners, the included Case-Mate screen protector covers the big 4.3-inch piece of glass up front.

If you're looking for a case that's slim and attractive, you should have a look at the Case-Mate Barely there case.  You can find it in the Android Central store, in black, pink, white, and mirrored silver for $17.95. 

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4 years ago

Hey, look, more Incredible 2 pics

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Verizon Incredible 2

We'd be a little more excited about these rather official-looking renders of the Verizon HTC Incredible 2 if we hadn't just dropped a mess of pictures of the actual smartphone on ya. And also if we hadn't crawled all over its precursor, the Incredible S, at Mobile World Congress. But if you're the type who gets giddy at these, then by all means, go for it. [Pocketnow]

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4 years ago

TELUS and Koodo Mobile Samsung Nexus S now available

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TELUS and Koodo Mobile Samsung Nexus S now available

If you live in Canada and have managed to hold off importing a Samsung Nexus S from the U.S. then your patience has paid off. TELUS has now posted the device up on their site for ordering and as was rumored, pricing is as follows:

  • No contract - $549.99
  • 1 year contract - $499.99
  • 2 year contract - $449.99
  • 3 year contract - $179.99

The no contract price is a little higher then what was given at launch for the U.S version but -- I guess that's the cost Canadians pay for also having AT&T compatible 3G on their versions. Now, question is who in the U.S is going to be importing one from Canada to use on AT&T? In other TELUS related news, Best Buy also has TELUS owned Koodo Mobiles version showing on their site as well. [Best Buy, Koodo, TELUS]

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4 years ago

Asus releases Eee Pad Transformer source code

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Eee Pad transformer source code

Asus has released the GPL portions of the source code for their Eee Pad Transformer, and the tablet hasn't even hit the shelves yet.  Just a few days after they published their support page for the Eee Pad Transformer (which I'm referring to as the Transformer from here on out), and long before any of the other Honeycomb source code will arrive.  You can find it at the source link -- select "Downloads", choose "Android" as your operating system, and expand the source code entry.

This won't mean much to you if you're not a kernel developer, but what those developers can and will do with it certainly will.  Now all we need is the Transformer to get on the shelves.  [AsusThanks, Ray!

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4 years ago

Vodafone UK visualizes the 'evolution of mobile' [video]

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YouTube link for mobile viewing

Vodafone UK shows us their interpretation on the "evolution of mobile" in a really cool video.  It's starts at the beginning with the Zack Morris phone, through the myriad of Nokias -- there's even a BlackBerry in there.  It's a well done feast for the eyes, and worth a look.

Where has mobile evolved? No fruitfones here.  Vodafone thinks the HTC Desire S is the pinnacle of mobile evolution, and who are we to argue? [Vodafone video channel] Thanks, anon!

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4 years ago

Motorola XOOM WiFi-only version now available in Canada

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Motorola XOOM WiFi only version now available in Canada

Although the Motorola XOOM has been available for a while in the U.S., the WiFi only version is now making its way to Canada. Pre-orders began quite some time ago but as of yesterday Best Buy and Future Shop are now taking shipment orders online with in store availability happening on April 8. As expected, retail cost still remains at $599.99 for the WiFi only version. Be sure to check out all of our previous Motorola XOOM coverage, and by all means if you're looking for more info hit our forums. Full press release can be found after the break. [Motorola]

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4 years ago

LinkedIn for Android now out of beta and available in the Android Market

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LinkedIn for Android now out of beta and available in the Android Market

After having earned user approval after a long open beta testing period, LinkedIn for Android has finally hit the Android Market and is now ready for mass consumption. If you are looking to download the app you will need a device running Android 2.1 or higher. You'll find the current release sitting at v1.0.0.

Having done some of the beta testing myself I can say overall, the application is built rather well. No doubt it'll see some updates as it gets into the hands of more users but for now, it's certainly worth a look if you're looking to maintain your account on the go If you've got a LinkedIn account and haven't grabbed it, jump on past the break for the download link.

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4 years ago

Verizon's Samsung Galaxy Tab getting an update to help battery life, e-mail

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Verizon Galaxy Tab update

Verizon's version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab (conveniently called the Samsung Galaxy Tab) is in the midst of getting a software update, it seems. The 34.6MB  update to software version EC02 does the following:

  • Enhanced browser performance and speed.
  • Searching for Wifi hotspots doesn't hurt battery life.
  • Improvements to e-mail, including proper linking, time in the status bar shows when the email was received, download Word docs, send multiple name cards, open 5MB video attachments, fonts better sized.

Look for it to push out, oh, any time now.

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4 years ago

Barnes & Noble opens up development for Nook-specific applications

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Nook Color Developers

An e-mail just dropped from Barnes & Noble, bringing details of its upcoming wave of new applications. First off, devs are now able to register and start submitting apps at NookDeveloper.com. The usual revenue split is present -- 70 percent to the developer, 30 percent to BN. There will be free and paid apps, and -- wait for it -- free trials. Apps will need approval from BN before being released to the public.

In addition, developers will have:

  • Access to “Developer Mode” services, which will enable adb (Android Debugging Bridge) access on NOOK Color to facilitate application development and debugging
  • Public and private interaction with other developers and NOOK App Developer technical experts
  • Early access to development tools, APIs, resources and services
  • An app review/acceptance process that will follow the company’s content acceptance policies as with books to ensure the content is appropriate for the Barnes & Noble customer

We're still awaiting that major framework update, but it's coming. Looks like big things are still ahead for the Nook Color. Full text of the e-mail from BN is after the break, and be sure to swing by our Nook Color forums.

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4 years ago

Cellular South getting the HTC Desire 2, along with the Wildfire S

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Cellular South phones

OK, all you boys and girls on Cellular South. Got a couple new phones to whet your appetite. And they would be the HTC Desire II (see our hands-on) and the HTC Wildfire S (hands-on). Neither sequel is a huge surprise -- Cell South had both the original Desire (read our review) and the original Wildfire (see review of Alltel version).

Don't know just when we'll see the Desire 2 or the Wildfire S on Ceulluar South, but they're definitely on their way. And for you Windows Phone 7 fans, it looks like the HTC 7 Pro is headed that way, too. Thanks, anon!

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