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3 years ago

Hands-on with the Cricket LG Optimus C

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There's the Optimus One. And the Optimus M. And the Optimus S. And the Optimus T. And the Optimus U. And the Optimus V. And the LG Vortex on Verizon. And now, we present the LG Optimus C on Cricket, fresh off the show floor at CTIA. 

This is yet another variant of the Optimus One, which is an above-average mid-range Android smartphone. You have Android 2.2 running with a 3.2-inch touchscreen, a 3.2MP camera with a 1500mAh battery. The physical buttons are a tad different than what you'll get on the other versions, but all in all it's mostly the same experience. More pics and hands-on video are after the break.

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3 years ago

Motorola Xoom Wifi-only version unboxed by Android Central reader

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This is why you all kick ass. Android Central member n64kps snagged one of those Wifi-only Motorola Xooms a couple days early from Staples and did up a nice little unboxing video. Yes, I've said unboxings are lame, but only when I do them. When you guys do them for me, they're awesome! :p

Anyhoo, nicely done, n64kps! Now if you can get benchmarks, a photo gallery, and a full review by end-of-day Sunday (we'll give you lots of time, it is the weekend, after all), that'd be great! Love, Phil.

Now everybody go check out the video after the break!

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3 years ago

Atrix 4G, Inspire 4G to get their big boy HSUPA pants in April, AT&T says

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Much hay has been made about AT&T's calling the HTC Inspire and Motorola Atrix "4G" phones despite the fact that they shipped without actually being "4g"-enabled, and rightfully so. We brought you instructions a month or so ago about how to hack your way to HSUPA (upload) speeds on the Inspire, but it's a bit of work.

And now comes word through the FCC and from AT&T itself that points to an upgrade in the works. First, there's a filing at the FCC that actually gives it governmental permission to flip the HSPUA switch on the phones. And then there's a response on Facebook that says the two phones will be getting updates (presumably for HSUPA) in April. It also goes on to say that the Samsung Infuse (4G) will ship with HSUPA enabled.

So put down the pitchforks, folks, and put away your petitions. The Atrix and Inspire are about to get AT&T's "4G." [FCC, Facebook via Wireless Goodness, Droid Matters]

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3 years ago

Sprint Epic 4G Froyo update pushing again

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Despite some issues with the initial rollout, it looks as though Sprint Epic 4G owners are now once again seeing the update -- EC05 pushed to their devices. A quick look in our forums shows this to be true and if you check out the Sprint customer forums the original posting has been updated with the following info:

UPDATE: The OTA push for EB13 users has been started and should reach your devices today.  If you haven't yet received the push, please be patient - there are a lot of devices in the queue to receive the EC05 update.

Needless to say this has been a long time coming. Hopefully this roll out will go a lot more smoother for folks. Jump into the forums to discuss the latest update release. [Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

Some Staples stores selling Wifi Xoom a few days early [Updated with unboxing video]

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If you're buying a Wifi-only Xoom on release day, you might want to call your local Staples.  A lucky reader did just that, and found that one of his area stores had everything set up and was selling the no-carrier, no-contract version of the Xoom tablet two days earlier than it should be.  He took advantage, and after the break you can see his Xoom in some excited hands.

And yes, we notice that Staples has placed SD cards in the accessories area.  Those will be useful soon, we hopeThanks, and have fun, n64kps!

Update: n64kps also gives us an unboxing video, you can see it after the break as well.  Thanks again n46kps!

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3 years ago

Software bugs delay O2 UK's Xperia Play launch

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British network O2 has announced that it's delaying its launch of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play due to bugs discovered in the phone's software. In a post on O2's blog, testing head Stuart Hibberd says that it won't be able to hit the previously-announced April 1 release date, as it's still working with Sony Ericsson to iron out the issues discovered in testing.

O2 hasn't published a revised release date for the Xperia Play, but based on the way this sort of thing usually works, we'd expect the delay to be a matter of weeks rather than months. [O2 UK Blog] Thanks to Chris for the tip!

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3 years ago

Samsung Transform getting its Froyo on

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Word on the street and in the Android Central Forums is that the Samsung Transform is in the throes of receiving its Android 2.2 Froyo update, as was promised earlier this week. The upgrade to version EB28 also adds Swype, boosts Sprint Zone to version 2.5, and brings bug fixes in search, mobile hotspot, and Google sync issues.

What it apparently hasn't done is open up the phone to an official build of Adobe Flash Player. And that's not too surprising, given that the Transform isn't exactly the most powerful device on the block -- and also that it's not on Adobe's list of supported devices.

But, hey, having Froyo is better than not having Froyo, we suppose. More in the Android Central Forums. Thanks, mixmastrzzz!

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3 years ago

T-Mobile UK giving away entry-level Androids on £10 contract until end of March

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T-Mobile UK is giving away four entry-level Android handsets on contracts of £10.21 per month for the next week. Right now anyone signing up for T-Mobile's cheapest contract can also walk away with a Samsung Galaxy Apollo, LG Optimus OneSony Ericsson Xperia X8 or Xperia X10 Mini Pro. None of these phones offer earth-shattering specs, but in our opinion the Galaxy Apollo and Optimus One are pretty safe bets -- specifications are similar, and both are upgradeable to Froyo.

The deal runs until Mar. 31, and includes 100 minutes, unlimited texts and a 500MB data allowance on all phones. Hit the source link for more information. [T-Mobile UK]

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3 years ago

Sprint hotspot will still cost extra on the Nexus S 4G [from the forums]

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With the announcement of Sprint Nexus S 4G came the question of tethering on the device. Will Sprint leave it and if so, how much if anything will they charge for it? As it is a pure Google experience phone tethering is baked right into the firmware and Sprint has no intentions on removing it. Not really a surprise there. They do, however, plan on charging you for its use:

Q: How much is the Mobile Hotspot capability?
A: Mobile Hotspot capability for Nexus S 4G is a $29.99 optional add-on. It allows the customer to use Nexus S as a Mobile Hotspot device capable of sending out a Wi-Fi signal to up to six Wi-Fi capable devices. This follows the new discounting rules launching in July and is not NVP discountable (e.g. SOCs $29.99 and below are not discountable; SOCs $30 and up are discountable).

The fact they are charging for something that is included directly in the firmware always raises some eyebrows and quite often leads to folks looking for workarounds to access stuff for free and really, you already are paying for the data. Carriers’ charging for this feature is often looked at like they are charging you twice for something you already have.

AT&T has noticed the trend in users using workarounds and has started to go after iPhone users who tether without a plan so this always raises the question -- should you have to pay for tethering service if it is something that is built in? Sound off in the comments or head on into the forums to discuss tethering on the Nexus S 4G [Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

Android quick-app: Pulse Version 2.0

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The Pulse news reader has long been one of our favorite -- and more graphically pleasing -- ways to crank through news. While it might not be the best way to sort through hundreds of hundreds or RSS feeds (what, you think this job is easy), if you want a great experience reading a couple dozen, you can't beat it.

And Pulse just got even better in Version 2.0. The UI has been divided into "pages" (or think of them as tabs if you want). There's a bunch of preloaded content, and a couple blank pages, and you can customize things to you heart's content.

And new for us Android users is an entire section of Android news. Not that you'll need more than the Android Central feed, of course. Check out our hands-on and get download links after the break.

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