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5 years ago

Radio Shack Now Selling the T-Mobile myTouch 3G

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Radio Shack (or is just The Shack now?) just announced that they'll be selling the T-Mobile myTouch 3G in store which would certainly spell a good thing for T-Mobile considering 'The Shack' has more than 4,000 locations nationwide. Radio Shack and T-Mobile had just minted a new deal to sell T-Mobile handsets so hopefully we can expect future T-Mobile Android devices available there as well.

We're not frequent customers of Radio Shack, so this deal doesn't exactly affect us but what about the rest of you guys? Radio Shack + Android = Good?

[cnet]

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5 years ago

Pink HTC Hero Caught on Camera

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We know there are some of you out there who've been very interested in what the pink HTC Hero would look like and there you have it, side-by-side with regular ol' white. After the shockingly bright pink Hero that leaked along with the rest of HTC's 2009 smartphone lineup, we were glad to see that HTC decided to switch gears and offer a softer, more soothing pink.

Though we're firmly entrenched in the white HTC Hero camp, we can't help but applaud HTC for delivering such a nice color option. It definitely feels like a breath of fresh air. We think we'll be seeing a lot more pink Hero's in the future.

Who else likes the pink HTC Hero?

[via phandroid]

hit the jump to see the back of the pink htc hero!

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5 years ago

New T-Mobile 3G Cities Reported From Our Readers!

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The T-Mobile 3G Rollout has been slowly inching its way across the United States, slowly making its way toward respectability. We're happy to report that many cities have received T-Mobile 3G since our last Rollout Report and they're as follows:

  • Chesapeake, VA
  • El Paso, TX
  • Middletown, CT
  • New Haven, CT

We're positive that a lot of big cities are still without T-Mobile 3G and we definitely empathize with you guys--3G is such a difference maker, it'll make your T-Mobile G1 feel like a brand new phone. So, let's work together and compile a list of the biggest cities still without T-Mobile 3G and put some pressure on T-Mobile to accelerate their 3G rollout!

Let's hear which cities don't have T-Mobile 3G in the comments!

thanks to all our wonderful readers who contributed to this report!

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5 years ago

T-Mobile Pulse Passes FCC

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If you remember correctly, the T-Mobile Pulse is Huawei's first Android effort (Huawei 8220) and it's very likely the same device as the previously reported Huawei 8230. Well, since the T-Mobile Pulse received its Wi-Fi certificate the other day, it has also passed through the reigns of the notorious FCC.

Though a T-Mobile US isn't confirmed yet, the Pulse is expected to launch on T-Mobile in Europe so it's very likely that Magenta users in the states will eventually be able to rock the Pulse. And since it's already cleared the FCC, we should (hopefully, at least) expect the Pulse to launch before the end of 2009.

Hopefully we'll find out more about the T-Mobile Pulse in the near future. We can't wait to see what Huawei's first Android effort has to offer!

[cellphonesignal]

thanks MARCO for the tip!

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5 years ago

Will the T-Mobile G1 Continue to Receive Android Updates ?

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If reports indicating that the T-Mobile G1 is permanently stuck at Android 1.5 and won't receive further software updates like Donut and Eclair are true, it'll break the hearts of many Android users across the world. According to Android software engineer Dave Sparks, there'll be a time when developers "wont be able to fit the latest [Android] release on the G1's internal flash."

You've got to be kidding me. The T-Mobile G1 isn't even a year old and it could potentially be out-of-date already? All over some memory issue? That's just a terrible excuse.

Luckily T-Mobile jumped into the fray to squash the reports because they've said, "We plan to continue working with Google to introduce future software updates to the T-Mobile G1. Reports to the contrary are inaccurate."

But the seed of doubt has been planted. We're not sure if T-Mobile is defining 'future software updates' as the Donut and Eclair updates to Android or as mere security updates. We're not sure if all the features of Donut/Eclair will make it to the T-Mobile G1. We're not sure of anything anymore because we used to think that the T-Mobile G1 was still a great device that would only get better as Android got better.

Hopefully, Google and T-Mobile still think the same.

[via gizmodo]

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5 years ago

Layar Augmented Reality App Now Available in Android Market

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Layar, the world's first mobile augmented reality application, is now available for Android in Android Market. We urge you to go download it. Like right now. Okay. To give you a brief introduction on what Layar is, you can either watch this video or read our own description:

Layar uses Android's GPS, camera, and compass features to display real-time information on the world before you. Think of it as an informative looking glass for the world, you point your Android phone in a particular direction and you'll receive details galore--points-of-interests, houses for sale, ATMs, jobs, and so much more. It'll give you the information about what you want to know--distance, store hours, etc--by just pointing in the right direction. It's pretty much Google Maps on ridiculously powerful steroids

The real beauty of Layar is that they've opened up this 'reality browser' to third-party developers, over 100 developers have already developed layers for the application and 500 more developers will be jumping in. You can already see nearby Yelp reviews, tweets from Twitter friends around you, and so much more. The potential is simply off the charts.

We've installed Layar on our T-Mobile G1 and were very impressed on how well it runs for such a (presumably) demanding application. We're excited and hopeful for Layar to take off and bring augmented reality browsers to the forefront of the discussion. It's the future.

Go grab Layar and tell us what you think!

picture from engadget

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5 years ago

HTC Click Expected to Release Q4 2009

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We've seen the HTC Click before, it's HTC's low-end Android phone intended for the mass market. We weren't exactly blown away by the Click's design but it certainly looked good enough to use and if it were to be offered at a low, low price (read: free) we might even love to use it. Looks like HTC is thinking the same.

The HTC Click is targeted for a September release and HTC is forecasting a 19% growth in shipments during the fourth quarter, largely because of this budget-minded phone. The HTC Click is expected to be priced at around $300 before carrier subsidies, so expecting a price tag of free isn't out of the question.

How many of you are interested in the HTC Click?

[digitimes]

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5 years ago

Mysterious Android Powered MID Spotted, Looks Like The iPhone

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We know next to nothing about this Android-powered MID (pictured above) other than the fact that we wouldn't mind using one and that it looks exactly like an iPhone, right down to the black border and chrome trim. The MID also looks to include SD card expansion, a couple of buttons, and maybe even phone capabilities. Yeah, vague, we know.

Overall, we're going to keep an eye on this completely unknown device because as much as an Android tablet is noteworthy, an iPhone-look-a-like Android tablet is even better.

What do you guys think? Straight rip off? Interesting?

[via engadget]

More pictures of this Android MID after the jump!

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5 years ago

HTC Sense Coming to HTC Magic, Not T-Mobile myTouch 3G

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Hooray! HTC Magic users will be glad to know that they'll be able to upgrade their devices to HTC Sense, the sexy, wonderful UI that have people going gaga over on the HTC Hero. If you've forgotten how lovely HTC Sense is, feel free to check out our coverage on what we feel is a major step forward for Android.

One bad thing though, this bit of news doesn't apply to T-Mobile myTouch 3G users. Due to licensing issues, the T-Mobile myTouch 3G and other Magics with the "with Google" branding won't be able to officially upgrade to HTC Sense. We're not exactly sure how the legalities work but it probably has to do with Google and T-Mobile not wanting non-Google/T-Mobile approved software floating around on their handets. Lame. There's always the good folks at xda for you though...

But if you've got yourself a HTC Magic without Google branding, count yourself as one of the lucky ones. You'll be able to rock your device like the forthcoming HTC Hero. Kudos to you all.

[via gizmodo]

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5 years ago

Dell Mini 3i Pictured in Real Life

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There you have it. A picture of the Dell Mini 3i aka dellphone in real, breathing life. Look at that polish! Look at that glare! Getting excited? Don't. Your hopes for a high-end device will be crushed when you realize that the first ever dellphone, though beautiful and runs Android, lacks WiFi and 3G. Why? Well, because China seems to have a rule that all cellphones must suck in order to gain approval.

So though these pictures show off Dell's first smartphone, our excitement has been definitely dampened by the fact that it's handcuffed by China's strict standards and that we're not even getting a sniff of it. Sigh. What can you do. At least the device is real.

[engadget]

Hit the jump to see more pictures of the Dell Mini 3i

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5 years ago

Is the T-Mobile Pulse Actually an Android Phone Made by Huawei ?

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The T-Mobile Pulse just received its Wi-Fi certificate, why is that important? Well, because the Pulse is actually the Huawei 8220, why is that important? Because the Huawei 8230 was once announced to be an Android phone. 8220, 8230--see the similarities?

So if we take a tiny leap of faith, this Huawei 8220 may be code-numbered for a specific region, with the other 8230 designated for another region. We were very excited about the Huawei 8230 because it just oozed polish and quality. And so far, the specs of the 8220 seem like a good enough start to maintain our excitement--3.5 inch touchscreen, WiFi, Bluetooth, 3MP camera, etc. Sounds good on T-Mobile, right?

If you haven't heard of Huawei before, don't worry, it's not because they're some two-bit company. Huawei is like HTC before you knew who HTC was. We'll continue to keep an eye out for the T-Mobile Pulse/Huawei 8220/8230 because more Android phones is always a good thing.

[via tmonews]

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5 years ago

Samsung Galaxy I7500 Coming to O2 UK This Week?

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The Samsung Galaxy is reportedly slated for release in the UK this week, kind of. Reports have shown that O2's retail staff have found the Samsung Galaxy, Samsung's first Android phone, in their inventory system and that shipments will arrive this week. Though this doesn't necessarily mean that the Galaxy will be immediately available to customers, it shouldn't be too far off in the future.

O2 representatives have stated that the handset will launch in the next few weeks and our own report has expected an August release date for months now so we believe that this rumor of a Samsung Galaxy launch on O2 carries some weight. Though the Samsung Galaxy has taken a back seat to the HTC Hero, Sony 'Rachael' and others in our eyes, we're definitely excited to see it back in the spotlight and hopeful for its success.

Any UK'ers out there going to buy a Galaxy?

[bgr]

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5 years ago

Pictures of Android Powered Dell Ophone mini 3i Pop Up

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We've already reported on Dell's upcoming Android smartphone launch in China and expressed our disappointment in it not being available to the US market on launch. At that point, we didn't know what the dellphone was going to look like nor did we know any specifics on it. That's changed now, Dell's Android Ophone mini 3i has finally got a face, and its face looks pretty good.

The purported specs are as follows:

  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE class 12
  • 103g grams weight
  • 58 x 122 x 11.7mm
  • 3.5″ nHD 640×360 LCD, 18-bit, 262K colors
  • Microsoft Exchange support
  • Google, AIM, Yahoo and MSN IM support
  • 3 megapixel auto-focus, flash, 8x digital zoom camera with 30fps video shooting mode, built in photo editor
  • USB 2.0, Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR, A-GPS
  • On-screen QWERTY keyboard, hardwriting recognition, multi touch UI
  • MicroSD slot

The Dell mini 3i is supposedly 'launch ready' which corroborates with our previous report. If you live in China, you should expect this device sooner rather than later. Yeah, so why couldn't this have launched in America with US 3G?

Anyone interested in Dell's Android phone?

[bgr]

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5 years ago

Multi-Touch Coming to Android in 2.0, Eclair ?

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One feature that has been conspicuously missing in Android since its launch has been a biggie--multi-touch. Multi-touch is the wonderful input method that reads multiple touch inputs at once. It gives for a more 'natural' control of input, instead of zooming in/out by tapping plus/minus signs, you can simply pinch or pull the screen. We've said it before but: Multitouch has become the benchmark for touchscreen browsing. The iPhone has it, the Pre has it, Android should definitely have it by now.

Luckily, CNET reports that official multi-touch support will be coming to the Android 2.0 update, which is expected to release this holiday season. Having multi-touch in Android is necessary not because of just its improvement to the user experience but it will take away a bullet point from its competitors. And to clarify, Eclair, not Donut, is expected to be 2.0.

Excited for the multi-touch news?

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