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2 years ago

Droid Bionic release date is officially official, according to official commercial

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As if the entire Droid Bionic saga wasn't exciting enough, we've finally got officially official video confirmation that the Bionic's release date is Sept. 8. A date you've probably heard once or twice or five times. Like Costco getting it then, or other, independent retailers getting it then, too.

This is on TV, so you know it's real now. And in case you missed it, the Droid Bionic is coming out on September 8. Did everyone get that?

Thanks, John!

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2 years ago

Bionical, Hercules [From the Forums]

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Ready for another epic Android Central podcast? So are we. Lots to talk about so make sure you jump on in the forums and hit up the blogs before you tune in tonight in case you need a refresher on what has been happening.

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

Rogers now taking reservations for 4G LTE devices, including the Galaxy S II

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Rogers for the past little while has been taking pre-orders for new devices through online accounts services and now with the announcement of their 4G LTE expansion coming this month, they've started taking online reservations for LTE devices as well.

As of now, you'll find the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE listed along with Rogers LTE Rocketstick (Sierra Wireless AirCard 754S). Reservation will set you back $40 per device but that's cheaper then pre-ordering from Best Buy which typically costs you a $50 deposit.

Rogers 4G LTE is already live in Ottawa but come September 28 they will be lighting up the largest city in Canada - Toronto. Pricing for the LTE equipped devices hasn't been announced as of yet but, if you're wishing to be among the first with an LTE Samsung Galaxy S II you can now get your reservation in.

Source: Rogers

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2 years ago

LG Thrill 4G available at at least one Costco for as low as $29.99

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The AT&T LG Thrill 4G officially doesn't go on sale until Sept. 4, but at least one Costco's already got it on sale for a sweet little price. A mere $29.99 gets you the first 3D smartphone (see our review of its unbranded cousin, the Optimus 3D), with all the 3D goodness it can muster. That should also give us a pretty good idea of what AT&T's going to price it at (the carrier's still not saying) when it drops Sunday.

We're told it's already available in Kansas and Missouri. Anybody else seeing 'em?

Thanks, R!

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2 years ago

Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit, exclusive to Xperia Play ... for now

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The latest mobile version of the long running Need For Speed franchise is now upon us, and for the time being at least will be exclusive to the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play. 

Hot Pursuit is now available through the on board games store, and we were treated to some hands-on time this evening at a Sony Ericsson press event in London. First impressions are pretty good. Anyone familiar with the series will feel right at home, but for those new to it; you drive a selection of some of the worlds most exotic supercars (and some not so exotic) trying to speed away from the Police using all manner of underhanded tactics to shake them off such as oil slicks. 

Or if you're a more law abiding citizen, you can turn the tables and play as the Police and use your stinger strips and and roadblocks to stop the fugitive. 

Controls on the Play are really nice, very responsive and graphically it isn't a bad looking game when you see it up close. There's also plenty of variety with 20 cars and 24 events to choose from.

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2 years ago

Reminder: Win an HTC Thunderbolt today from Waze and Android Central

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A friendly reminder that today's prize in the big Waze contest is an HTC Thunderbolt -- packed with LTE goodness.  With the included car dock and charger, it's not only the "ultimate traffic survival kit" but it's a cool way to use Waze while you're out doing other stuff that isn't nearly as fun.  Entering to win it is easy as can be:

  • Download Waze (m.waze.com) or via the Android Marketplace (we've got an easy link after the break)
  • Make sure you’re a registered user with an email on file (Waze needs your contact info to tell you you’ve won – check ‘Settings’ to ensure that you’re registered.)
  • Munch (drive over) as many robot road goodies as you can

See the Waze blog for all the details, and get that app downloaded and start playing!

Even though I can't win a prize (curses!) I had to load up Waze and see what all the fuss was about.  I needed something to make a trip into downtown DC a bit more fun, and decided munching some Androids would be the way to do it.  Set-up and registering was simple, and soon I was on the look out for some munchies. I soon spied one just off interstate 66, and just knew I had to have it.

Then, I noticed things started to slow down (as they are apt to do anytime you're close to Washington, DC and driving -- it's evil on the roads around here).  Slower, and slower, then we finally stopped.  The wife said, "what's this icon with the cars on your Waze app?"  After some discussion that went along the lines of me saying I didn't know, and her telling me that any Android blogger worth his salt should know these things, I figured out that tapping it would probably be the way to go here.  Sure enough, a big warning about the traffic jam I was sitting in, and had I been paying attention instead of singing Creedence Clearwater Revival songs (off-key and loudly), I may have been able to jump off the highway and missed. 

Yeah, I could have known this 19 minutes before I took the screenshot, sitting in 600 degree heat (OK, maybe only 90) on I-66 with my wife reminding me that technology has advanced far enough to keep people like me from doing stupid things if we only pay attention. 

I do know that I'll be putting the car dock up on the dash, and seriously checking out Waze on my next trip to traffic hell Washington, even if I can't win any cool Android devices.  I never did get my Android munchie, blasted traffic, but I'll get the next one.  You can, too -- hit the jump,download Waze, and be sure to holler at me if you win a Thunderbolt today.

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2 years ago

Android Weather App Review: BeWeather

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

When it comes to weather apps on Android, HTC's pretty much had the market cornered in terms of design. But look out, there's a new kid in town. And in addition to being gorgeous as well as extremely useful, BeWeather has the added advantage of not being locked into one manufacturer's devices. Indeed, for $2.99 $3.59 an apparently fluctuating price, anyone can download this app, powered by the also excellent Weather Underground, and get weather info for just about any city, including four-day forecasts, sun/moon info, and so on. It's the whole 9 yards.

Plus, there's a complete armada of widgets of nearly every size you could want, from 4x3 to 1x1, so it can take us much or as little of your home screen as you want.

Let's just put it this way: BeWeather is now our go-to weather app. Period. This one's definitely deserving of a look, folks. Download links are after the break.

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2 years ago

Swiftkey/Touchtype survey results are in: What do smartphone users really want?

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The results are in on TouchType and Smartphone Experts' survey from earlier this year, and with over 30,000 responses, we now have some pretty solid data to share with you. The survey asked readers to share how they use their smartphones, and which features they find most important. Of those surveyed, 86 percent indicated that they use their phone for texting at least once a day, while only 80 percent reporting making a call at least once a day. An overwhelming majority (94 percent) reporting emailing daily. Hit the break for the rest of the results.

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2 years ago

Aboard space shuttle Atlantis, Nexus S is enjoying a productive vacation

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Since NASA launched the final Atlantis shuttle mission earlier this summer, the two Nexus S devices on board have been hard at work upgrading three SPHERES (Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites) aboard the shuttle. NASA has expressed interest in Android due to its open-source nature, which has enabled engineers to build the sensor logging app that is currently being used on the SPHERES. The video above sheds some light on the Nexus S's deep space adventures, and you can grab said sensor logging app, straight from NASA engineers, from the Android Market after the break.

Source: Google Mobile Blog

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2 years ago

Lenovo announces the $199 Gingerbread powered IdeaPad A1 tablet

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While some other tablet manufacturers are hitting high peaks when it comes to pricing, the folks over at Lenovo feel that is seemingly the wrong way to go. Instead of releasing a really expensive Honeycomb tablet, they've stuck to announcing a $199 Gingerbread powered device that may never get upgraded to Honeycomb. The IdeaPad A1 tablet is 7 inches running Android 2.3 Gingerbread on a single-core Cortex A8 processor, and a touting a 1,024 x 600 display.

When it comes to storage, you're looking at 8GB, 16GB and 32GB - which versions will be available in the US isn't known at this time but pricing goes like this 8GB - $199, 16GB- $249 with the 32GB - $299. WiFi is on-board as well as GPS but not mention of 3G connectivity at this time, though it may come in later versions but you do get front and rear facing cameras with the better 3MP shooter being placed on the back. Plus, a SDCard and mircoSD card for watever you do so wish.  Anyone still interested in a Gingerbread tablet? You can hit the Lenovo site for more details should you need them.

Source: Lenovo

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