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4 years ago

Sprint announces more cities to receive WiMax 4G this year

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Sprint

Sprint this morning announced a slew of new cities on its schedule for 4G expansion as it expects to cover 120 million people with WiMax by the end of the year.

The new cities are:

  • Cincinnati
  • Cleveland
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • Pittsburgh
  • Salt Lake City
  • St. Louis

Those cities will join Boston, Denver, Kansas City, Houston, Minneapolis, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., which already were slated to receive 4G service this year.

Now all they'll need is a proper Android phone to take advantage of that speed. Supersonic, anyone? [Sprint]

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4 years ago

Zagg Leather Skin for the Motorola Droid

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Got a look at a pretty cool (and brand new) backing skin for the Droid last night at the Showstoppers event, part of CTIA here in Las Vegas. It attaches directly to the battery cover and base of the phone and feels pretty darn good.

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4 years ago

Groundbreaking new device announced tomorrow?

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It looks like the rumors may be true. Earlier we reported that Sprint should be announcing the HTC Supersonic at CTIA. Well tonight it seem like Sprint Premier customers are seeing a pre-announcement blurb on their account page. If the Supersonic isn’t the groundbreaking device, I can’t wait to see what is.

Whatever this may mean, you can be sure to get the skinny right here at AC – We’ll be there covering the announcement live from Vegas at CTIA Hit the break for a screenshot

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4 years ago

Root Wireless releases network monitoring app

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Root Wireless

Sure, you think your network's good. But just how good is it? Root Wireless is looking to answer that and crowdsource the nation's cellular network, at that. Today it released a free beta application that utilizes smartphones as network monitoring devices. (Check out CrackBerry.com's interview with them at CES in January.)

Supported Android devices are the Google Nexus One, Motorola Cliq, HTC Droid Eris and T-Mobile G1.

Here's how it works: You load up Root Wireless' app on your phone, and use it to monitor the network. Then you sign in at MyTrueCoverage.com, and your network strength is plotted on Google Maps. A handy tool if you're looking to determine just how good (or bad) a cell carrier is where you live, work and play. Full presser after the break.

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4 years ago

Use Picasa? It's another reason to be on Android

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No Picasa for iPad

Take a lot of photos? Do you use Picasa to sort and store them? If so, here’s another reason to look towards Mountain View when buying a tablet. Our SPE sister site The iPhone Blog reports the latest from Apple CEO (and part time CSR) Steve Jobs.

…Are there any plans to support Picasa’s faces and albums in iTunes, so I can take full advantage of the [iPad] Photos application, since Photoshop Album is long discontinued. If not, please can you look into supporting the Picasa library format?

And the response from Steve Jobs:

No, but iPhoto on the Mac has much better Faces and Places features.

Sent from my iPhone

Granted, it’s his baby and he can decide who and what to support, but the list of iDont’s seems to get bigger each time we hear from Mr. Jobs about this thing. If you’re not using a Mac with Faces and Places, don’t fret. Android has you covered.

Sent from my old Tablet PC tethered to my Android [via TiPb]

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4 years ago

Nexus One takes on Palm Pre in March Madness

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Smartphone March Madness

Laptop Mag's Smartphone March Madness continues, and the Nexus One's taking on the Palm Pre. Seriously, folks, get over there and make this a no-contest, m'kay? [Laptop Mags]

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4 years ago

Motorola announces i1, the first Android push-to-talk device on Sprint

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Motorola i1

On the eve of CTIA (translated: While we're all on planes headed to Las Vegas), Motorola announced the Motorola i1 (aka the Opus One), bringing you the very first push-to-talk Android-powered smartphone.

The i1 sports a 3.1-inch touchscreen at 320x480 pixels, WiFi and Opera Mini 5 with Flash Lite, a 5-megapixel camera and 2GB microSD card included. The Swype keyboard also is included.

Exact pricing wasn't announced, and availability is listed only as the second quarter. So look for it in the next three months. Full presser after the break, if you're into that sort of thing. [Motorola]

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4 years ago

HTC Desire spotted in black on T-Mobile UK

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Well, the HTC Desire sure has seen a lot of headlines lately, and they don't appear to be stopping anytime soon. As we all know the release of this heavily anticipated device is coming near, and finally the device has appeared on the T-Mobile UK site. Not only did the device appear on the site, but now its showing a rather sexy black version, to accompany the silver and brown versions we reported on earlier.

While the news of the release is rather exciting, the site does state it can take around seven days for the shipping process, which lands it right around the rumored April 1st date. As though this is not exciting enough, the pricing of this device landed much lower then many expected, and more pricing details can be found here. Take a look after the jump at a video of this black on in action! [via Engadget]

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4 years ago

Dell launches Aero Android phone on AT&T

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dell aero

Today on AT&T's Facebook page it was announced that the Dell Aero, formally known as the Dell Mini 3, will be the next Android device to be launched from AT&T. What's very interesting is the skin that is seen on this UI, and what Android series this will be running over. Knowing AT&T and their ever so fun restrictive Android systems they enjoy to run, this will probably run over 1.5 or 1.6 instead of 2.1, but there is no solid proof of this at the current time. We can hope and pray that AT&T will do the right thing this time, and let this device run a little more freely then the Backflip does. [Sprint via Engadget]

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4 years ago

HTC's Sense UI Finally Ported to the Droid

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The teaser videos have been around for about a month, people have been anticipating it, and it appears as though it is finally here. Over at AllDroid user Greek35T has been hard at work trying to perfect the port of the new Sense UI to the Motorola Droid.  (See our review of the new Sense.) Well, the wait is over for those brave enough to load this port from the HTC Desire onto their device. While the majority of reports are positive about this ROM, there are always going to be minor kinks, so take this at your own risk. For more information about this ROM, and directions for loading it be sure to check here.  [AllDroid via BoyGeniusReport]

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4 years ago

Android Central at CTIA Wireless

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CTIA

We're headed back to Las Vegas this morning for the CTIA Wireless convention, the third of the year's major smartphone trade shows. (See also CES and Mobile World Congress.)

What do we expect? Some new devices, actually -- possibly the HTC Supersonic -- and a big push for 4G. Look for live coverage throughout the week. And for the latest news from the ground, be sure to follow us on Twitter, as well as @philnickinson, @backlon and @crackberrykevin.

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4 years ago

Nexus One and iPhone on AT&T, Texting, Android Apps, Moto Droid keyboard

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  • In the past few days a common question has been asked, what do I have to do to use my iPhone SIM card in my new Nexus One? For the answer to that and other AT&T SIM card questions visit this thread right here.
  • Since the Nexus One is the hot topic as of late people are wondering, how is the device for texting?
  • For those of you who may be new to Android and are looking for app information, you need to check out the following forum: Android Apps.
  • The Moto Droid came out last November and the build quality has been pretty solid but some are having issues - Droid keyboard membrane coming off. Any of you having the same issue?

See you in the forums!

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4 years ago

HTC A9292 shows up, could the fabled Supersonic be landing this week?

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HTC A9292

Engadget reports that a poster over at Android Community by the name of Onyoursix has shared a screen grab of the internal inventory system for indirect Sprint dealers showing some great news. The HTC A9292 WiMax Bar Phone looks like it’s destined to hit the shelves sometime soon. As we reported back in January and saw again just days ago, this just might be the Supersonic. Seems like all that’s left now is for Sprint to finally come clean with the juicy details in Vegas at CTIA. Come on Dan, you have us lined up with our checkbooks in hand.

Are we ready for a 4.3 inch Snapdragon powered 4G Android smartphone? I sure am. What about you guys and gals?

Image after the break [via Engadget and Android Community]

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4 years ago

Five-column app drawer on Nexus One

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Nexus One app drawer

Five columns of apps, all nice and organized. That's one more column than on the stock Nexus One ROM. Necessary? Heck, no. But that's what makes it cool. [XDA Developers]

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