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2 years ago

Cellular South to become C Spire Wireless on Sep. 26

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Cellular South has announced they will be changing their name, and the way wireless is personalized come Sep. 26 when they officially become C Spire Wireless.  While Mississippi based Cell South isn't one of the big four national carriers, they do have about 1 million subscribers and have plans to roll out a high speed LTE network in the near future, so big changes will not go unnoticed nationwide.

What are the changes exactly?  The press release is scant of full details, but it does tell us that they will be offering a new customer loyalty plan, deeper social network integration, and a customized app recommendation service for subscribers.  As always, we'll reserve any final judgment on just how good these changes are for the consumer until we see them in practice, but it's refreshing to see any wireless provider aware that people have a choice and try to offer services to keep them.  I know we have readers using Cell South, so what say you?  Do you think these changes make your experience better, or worse? 

C Spire personalized wireless

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2 years ago

Sprint outs the Motorola Admiral in Youtube video

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We've yet to have an official announcement regarding the Motorola Admiral on Sprint, but that hasn't stopped the SprintNow Youtube channel from doing it anyway. Dubbed a "productivity powerhouse," you get clear shots of the 3.1-inch touchscreen, four-row QWERTY keyboard, 5MP camera, direct connect button and all the other usual smartphone sundries. There's also a mute button and camera button, if you're into that sort of thing. It'll also have 5-device mobile hotspot, and Sprint TV.

Check out the full video, and a handful of screen captures, after the break.

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2 years ago

Google Wallet experience, Windows 8 [From the Forums]

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After taking a well deserved break from the Android Central podcast, we'll be rocking things out tonight for you all so make sure you join us. While you wait, we suggest you hit up the Android Central forums and check out what's happening in there!

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

Reported 3.2 update for Sony Tablet S available, more new features coming soon

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Did you pick up a Sony Tablet S yet? The recently launched tablet came out of the blocks running Honeycomb 3.1, with a promise of an update to 3.2. Reportedly that promise has begun to come true today, with the 3.2 update becoming available for download. 

Among the new features available, is support for Sony's Video Unlimited store. This isn't due for launch until October 10, with the Sony Entertainment Network services all in place before the end of  October. Video rentals available through the store will be offered in both Standard and High Definition.

Also due with the rollout of the Entertainment Network is the Sony Reader Online Store, and the Playstation services. The 3.2 update is necessary to make use of all the Sony Entertainment Network features. 

Is the update showing yet for you guys? Let us know in the comments!

Source: PC Advisor

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2 years ago

Bell's Samsung Galaxy S II looks sexy in white; and it's coming in time for the holidays

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I know some of you out there are like me, and are a sucker for a white phone -- especially when it's a powerhouse like the Samsung Galaxy S II.  And if you're a Bell Canada subscriber, you'll soon have a chance to get a hold of one.  According to Mobilesyrup, Bell plans to release the above pictured white Galaxy S II "way before the holiday rush", which means November for most of us (or mid July for my dear mother).  Everything else is the same as we already know and love -- dual-cores, Super AMOLED, and a nice new breed of Touchwiz, just dressed up in white for those of us that aren't afraid to indulge our shallow side.  Now that users in Canada and the UK can get a white Galaxy S II, I think it's high time a US carrier got involved and offered us yanks one. 

Source: Mobilesyrup

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2 years ago

Is this the Verizon Samsung Stratosphere, and is it coming soon?

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We've been talking about the Samsung Stratosphere since July, and today an image popped up at the Wirefly site for the Pantech Breakout that looks like it might just be the final press shots of the phone itself.  To refresh your memory, the Stratosphere is rumored to be a Verizon LTE device, with a full sliding horizontal qwerty keyboard.  Other rumored specs include a Super AMOLED screen and front facing camera, making this one an Epic 4G clone for Verizon LTE users -- and we know there's a lot of intrest out there in that.

What seeing these images on a site like wirefly that sells phones indirectly for Verizon means is still up for grabs.  There's rumors that the Stratosphere may be hitting the shelves as early as Oct. 6, but then again there were rumours that it would debut on Sept. 8 as well -- which of course didn't happen.  What we can be pretty sure of is that it's real, and it's coming eventually to Verizon, and hopefully bringing a nice full keyboard along for people who have been wanting LTE and qwerty.

We've got one more pic after the break.

Source: Wirefly; via Owen Johnston

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2 years ago

Android App Review: MattedBlues Theme for CM7

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One of the best parts about CyanogenMod 7 is the powerful theme engine. No flashing zip files or anything is such a relief, plus, the theming and skinning community has delivered a multitude of awesome themes to try out. One of those is MattedBlues, which is made by the same fellow who created the MellowYellow Theme for CM7.

MattedBlues was the original theme created by this person (group? The developer name is Team MattedBlues), but just because it's older doesn't mean it's still not great. A lot of the features we saw in the MellowYellow theme are present, just in a cool blue instead.

Per the usual with these kinds of themes, once you've selected MattedBlues from the Theme Engine, all your icons, check marks, highlights, and even the bounce color when a list hits the top or bottom turns blue. There's also a different 3G icon, but the other icons are par the course, just in this particular shade of blue.

The notification pulldown menu is the same as it is in MellowYellow (I assume MellowYellow actually borrowed it from MattedBlues), with the same, happy little Android head at the bottom, except he's blue. Pretty stock, except on this theme, it says "MattedBlues" inside of his head. I don't know why, but I feel like it could do without that.

The phone dialer is similarly transparent, with a better looking font replacing the stock font. If only the Theme Engine itself supported changing the fonts the entire phone over, I think this theme would truly kick it up a notch.

For those who aren't a fan of yellow but still want to theme their CM7'd phones, MattedBlues is another great entry by a great theme developer. I'm still pushing for an orange theme myself, but for those who find blue as their color of choice, MattedBlues is for you.

MattedBlues for CM7 is $2.99 in the Android Market.

We've got more screenshots and download links after the break.

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2 years ago

Pantech Breakout now available from Verizon Wireless

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Whether you have been in the market for a new 4G phone but weren't satisfied with previous pricing, or you are looking for a new gadget that doesn't break the bank you will want to check out the Pantech Breakout. Available today from Verizon Wireless the Pantech Breakout is a 4G LTE device that will run you only $99 on contract. The device is powered by a 1GHz processor with a four inch 480x800 display, along with a 5MP camera rear facing camera and a VGA front facing camera. Sure, it may not be Verizon's next flagship device, but it does pack quite a punch for the price, and for those looking to buy off contract this thing will only run you $359.

Thinking about picking one of these up? Be sure to hop in our forums and let us know your thoughts on it!

Source: Verizon

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2 years ago

Google Movies slowly showing up for Canadians

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While folks in the U.S. have had Google Movies rental service on their devices for quite a while now, Canadians have been thus far left in the dark from having it appear on the Android Market. Now though, numerous reports have confirmed the service is slowly rolling out handsets along with the Android Market 3.1.5 update.

For now, the confirmations seem to only be coming from users of Canadian carrier Bell. I've tried numerous times to get the movies portion on my Rogers device but it's not showing up despite it now showing on the Android Market website as well. Anyone else seeing the update being pushed? If so drop us some comments.

Thanks, @Roscopcoletrain and Chris!

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2 years ago

Android Game Review: Noogra Nuts

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If I had to pick my favorite cuddly nature animal, squirrel would probably win. They have big, bushy tails, look really soft, and one time I saw one run up to a guy and take the remainder of his sandwich out of his hand. (No lie.) When I found a game about a squirrel busting open nuts on his head and eating them, I figured it was worth a look. That game is Noogra Nuts.

Noogra Nuts is an entirely tilt-based game where your aim is to bounce falling nuts on this squirrel's head until the shells crack, then eat the delicious innards as they come tumbling down to your mouth. This sounds like a pretty fun game until you realize it's completely tilt-based and there's no options to change it to some sort of touch screen control.

There's a lot of good about Noogra Nuts, though, like the graphics. Continuing the theme of nature and squirrels and nuts and stuff, Noogra Nuts has nice green grass fields you jump on, cartoonish nuts that fall, and a terrifyingly absurd looking squirrel that's the star of the game. Yeah, he makes cutesy noises when he jumps and when nuts bonk him on the head, but those eyes freak me out.

The sound is good too, with this loop of weird, upbeat techno on the title screen and nature sounds during gameplay. Nuts bouncing off of the squirrel's head have a satisfying if not muted knocking sound to them, but it's not ill-placed.

Back to the controls, they're just not precise enough for my taste. Doing a completely motion-based game is cool, but it feels like you're either not tilting hard enough or you tilt too hard and overcompensate to move. The result is your squirrel inching along or bouncing from side-to-side on the screen, missing most of the stuff he's supposed to be bouncing up. If the developer added in something as simple like a thumb press on each side of the screen, I think it'd make Noogra Nuts much more intuitive and enjoyable.

At the very least, Noogra Nuts is OpenFeint supported and doesn't cost anything to play. There is an ugly ad on the front of the title screen that you have to pay (via an in-app purchase) to remove, but it never shows up in gameplay, so it's not too terrible of a deal.

To get your nutcracking skills on, there's download links after the break.

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