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2 years ago

DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket now available for more Android devices

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If you're an Android wielding NFL fan, this season just got a bit more interesting, as DirecTV has released the NFL Sunday Ticket application to a slew of new Android devices, including the Motorola Xoom and Galaxy Tab 10.1.  In the press release, The Xoom, Tab and all Motorola's Android offerings are listed, but a quick peek at the Android Market website shows it as compatible with all my devices listed, including the oddballs like the Kyocera Echo and the Android player on the BlackBerry Playbook -- you'll have to check and see if your device is listed for yourself (link after the break). 

You will have to be a NFL Sunday Ticket subscriber, and there's the matter of the pesky $50 "to-go" charge for on device streaming to contend with.  More information about that can be found at DirecTV.  Considering the cost of a frosty beverage at FedEx Field, it's a price many NFL fans are willing to pay.  Hit the break for the full press release and download links. 

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2 years ago

Droid Bionic's retail price to be $587 - plus, possible launch date

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Well, well. What have we here? We're getting word that at least one Verizon store has gotten a shipment of the mythical (OK, not so much anymore) Motorola Droid Bionic. Let's start with what you can see here. There's the SKU on the left, which points to this being the new Droid Bionic, aka the XT875. That's a good sign. "Motorola Droid Bionic" in the description? Check. That's good, too.

Then there's the unit cost. The $587 you see obviously is before any sort of rebate or contract subsidy, so most of you will be paying less. How much less? That hasn't been officially announced yet, but we're willing to wager $249 or so. (At least let's hope Verizon doesn't flirt with the $299 level, which might well turn people off pretty fast.)

Now, as for a release date. Again, nothing's official, and these things are very much subject to change. But our source says Aug. 26 is a real possibility, and that'd be ahead of the September time frame Motorola's Sanjay Jha dropped during a recent earnings call, and ahead of all of those September dates that have been floating around. But, again. That's unofficial stuff.

Regardless, we're certainly moving quite along. Now, about that Droid HD ...

Thanks, xWiggy18x!
More: Droid Bionic Forums

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2 years ago

Super AMOLED HD reportedly is on the way, using new materials and improved maunfacturing process

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The folks over at OLED-info got a bit of inside information about Super AMOLED HD screens, and the news is good.  Using a new and improved manufacturing process and materials, Samsung has supposedly managed to get high resolution Super AMOLED screens at a much smaller size than was previously possible, and we may be seeing them this fall.  There's even a bit of speculation that they are even more cost efficient with this new process, and a Super AMOLED panel is now 20 percent cheaper than the equivalent S-LCD panel.  Awesome.

Remember, this is all third hand info, but here's the skinny -- we should expect smartphones with Super AMOLED HD (720p) screens in the five to six inch range this fall, and the first will likely be the GT-i9220 with a 5.3-inch display.  Yes, that model looks familiar, because we have seen it leaked from a Lithuanian retailer (listed with a 4.3-inch display), but Samsung was quick to remind us that it was "not accurate."  We should also be seeing a 7-inch tablet with a Super AMOLED HD screen by then end of 2011 (happy dance). 

Like a lot of other people out there in Android phone land, I'm hooked on some Super Amoled.  I just don't want my next dream phone to use anything else.  I'm also not feeling the love for a 5 inch or larger phone, so seeing more and more resolution squeezed into a smaller package is like music to my ears.  I've made peace with the fact that I'll probably have to move up to a 4.3- or 4.5-inch display on my next purchase, and fooling around with a Samsung Infuse has helped me justify it with some sort of voodoo mind trick.  If this info turns out to be correct, we're so close.

Source: OLED-info

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2 years ago

Sony Ericsson to preview a slew of new titles for the Xperia PLAY at this week's Gamescom

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Sony Ericsson will be showing off a slew of new games optimized for the Xperia PLAY this week at the annual Gamescom trade show in Cologne, Germany. The new titles will join the list of over 150 titles currently optimized for the device, which continues to grow thanks to the expanding partnerships between Sony and game developers. Hit the break for a full list of upcoming games to be previewed at this week's events, which begin today and run through Aug. 21.

Source: Sony Ericsson

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2 years ago

Droid 3 backordered, slew of devices on Verizon end-of-life list, internal memo says

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We just got slipped a little internal memo, purportedly from Big Red, catching up on some Verizon supply and end-of-life news. Here's the breakdown:

  • Motorola Droid 3: Seeing some backorders. (Not sure if that means non many were ordered by Verizon in the first place, or if it's that popular. We'll hope for the latter.)
  • Samsung Continuum: Good luck finding one. If a store has it, it's likely one of the last few, as "supply is depleted."
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 7: In short supply, but not dead yet.
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (gray): Supply "expected to be constrained for the next several weeks." Not surprising -- the gray one is hawt.

And devices that are done for, or shall be shortly: Motorola Citus (late August/early September); and the Motorola Droid 2 (August).

Check out the full pic after the break if you wanna see all the dirty details.

Thanks, anon!

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2 years ago

Droid Bionic features, specs and more leak out ... again

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The information for the Motorola Droid Bionic is flowing more heavily as well we move closer and and closer to seeing it finally arrive. The folks over at TechnoBuffalo appear to of have gotten their hands on all the spec information and as such have posted it up for all to see:

  • 4.3-inch qHD display
  • Webtop Apps/Wireless Printing - Just like the Motorola Photon and the Droid 3 MotoPrint is on board. As well, Bedside mode, HDMI-out with mirroring and availability of a laptop dock just like the Motorola Atrix has
  • Zumocast - Is pre-loaded for streaming of content from the Droid Bionic
  • Camera - 8MP with LED flash, Front facing cam for video chat
  • Three Microphones - For enhanced call quality and noise control
  • Mobile Hotspot - Allowing up to 8 devices to be connected simultaneously

The info, looks as though it came from a user-guide or marketing material since it outlines each and every spec while telling you how exactly to work such things. You can find some more pics past the break.

Source: TechnoBuffalo

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2 years ago

Google Reader updated for tablets

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Google Reader for Android just got a nice little update -- mainly that it's now optimized for tablets, too. You now have the basic two-pane system. Folders on the left, stories on the right. And it's all synced with your Google Reader account, just as it should be. Also noted in the app's changelog is that the "Mark Previous as Read" button is now a long-press function. Just FYI.

While Google Reader might not be the prettiest news reader for Honeycomb, but it's definitely one of the more useful ones. Download links are after the break.

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2 years ago

Next-Gen ASUS Eee Pad Transformer to be the first Kal-El Device?

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The original ASUS EeePad Transformer

We always like a little speculation and rumor when it comes to next-gen devices, so the news that ASUS' next-gen version of the ASUS EeePad Transformer will be the first tablet to make use of NVIDIA's Kal-El SoC appeals to us. The news comes from "multiple confirmed sources" and we'll just leave it at that. With CES happening in January, could ASUS be looking to give us some quad-core goodness ahead of time? We'll have to wait and see but it sure would be nice.

Source: Engadget

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2 years ago

Verizon flipping the 4G LTE switch tomorrow in 15 more cities, expanding in 10

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There's really no other way to put it -- Verizon's LTE rollout is putting other companies' 4G offerings to shame. Some 15 more cities are set to get Verizon's 4G data on Aug. 18, and 10 will see their coverage expanded. Here's the breakdown:

New LTE service:

  • Tucson, Ariz.
  • Fayetteville/Springdale/Rogers, Ark.
  • Bakersfield and Salinas/Monterey/Seaside, Calif.
  • Fort Collins, Colo.; Frederick, Md.
  • Worcester, Mass.
  • Omaha, Neb./Council Bluffs, Iowa
  • Albany, Ithaca and Syracuse, N.Y.
  • Altoona and Johnstown, Pa.
  • Memphis, Tenn.
  • Provo, Utah.  

And expanded service is coming to:

  • Washington, D.C.
  • Tampa, Fla.
  • Atlanta, Ga.
  • Baltimore, Md.
  • Boston, Mass.
  • Lansing, Mich.
  • New York, N.Y.
  • Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio
  • Salt Lake City-Ogden, Utah.

Of course, you'll need an LTE-capable device if you want to get those sweet data speeds. Current LTE smartphones are the Samsung Droid Charge, HTC ThunderBolt and LG Revolution. The upcoming Motorola Droid Bionic will also be able to use LTE data. On the tablet side, Verizon's got the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

For a full list of cities with LTE, ease on past the break.

Source: Verizon press release

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2 years ago

Android 201: How to turn on USB debugging

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Here's one you see every now an then -- like when you're running a program that will root your phone without you doing any command line work. In a nutshell, USB debugging is a method of opening up your phone to work with the Android SDK. You can have the SDK installed on your computer all you want -- plugging in your phone won't do anything with it until you've turned on USB debugging.

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