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2 years ago

Verizon: Galaxy Tab 10.1 -- not the Galaxy S II (yet) -- has LTE

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Update: Verizon Support has tweeted again (and again and again), saying it mistweeted and it's the Galaxy Tab 10.1 that has LTE, and it has no info on the Galaxy S II. Move along, folks.

Original story: Great news just keeps coming for the Samsung Galaxy S II as Verizon reveals that their model will support their 4G LTE network. Five million have been sold worldwide thus far without hitting the US market. Many US consumers are considering one, but the question of LTE support has remained unanswered until now. Today's announcement will give Verizon customers food for thought, as the Galaxy S II and LTE-toting Droid Bionic are both due for release around the same time.

Here's the Tweet from @VZWSupport:

Great news! The Samsung Galaxy SII will have 4G. ^LM

So now that it will be running on Verizon's blazing fast 4G LTE, who is going to get one? And perhaps more importantly, what kind of toll can we expect LTE, SuperAMOLED+ and a dual-core CPU to take on the device's battery?

Source: @VZWSupport via Android Central Forums

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2 years ago

White Galaxy S II coming August 15, says UK retailer

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While most of the US is going nuts waiting for the launch of their Samsung Galaxy S II, it looks like Sammy could also have a little treat in store for Europeans next month. UK-based online retailer Clove Technology reports that it'll begin selling a white version of Samsung's flagship smartphone from August 15. There are no photos available just yet, but the internals match the impressive specs of the black original, and the price tag isn't too far off either -- the white Galaxy S II will sell for £410, compared to £399 for the black version.

The Galaxy S II has already seen success internationally, with 5 million units sold in just 85 days. Head on over to our full review of the device to find out why it's one of the most exciting Android phones of the year.

Source: Clove Blog

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2 years ago

Xperia X10 Gingerbread update actually 'days' away

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Whoops. Looks like someone over on the Sony Ericsson support site pulled the trigger a little early on the news that the Xperia X10's Gingerbread update was live. Sony Ericsson has issued a clarification today, saying that the announcement was "premature" and that while everything was going "according to plan", it'll still be a few more days before the update to Android 2.3.3 goes out through the PC Companion app.

So hold tight, X10 owners, your Gingerbread update isn't far away!

Source: Sony Ericsson Product Blog

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 major software update unveiled Aug 3 in New York

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Samsung is holding a press conference to unveil the TouchWiz update for the US Galaxy Tab 10.1  August 3 at the Samsung Experience at Columbus Circle in New York.  They plan a live showing and full demonstration of the new TouchWiz for tablets, and will sideload the update on-site during the briefing, as well as for the general public afterwards.  It's not often that we would want to see a manufacturer UI placed on a stock Android device, but everything we've seen and heard about TouchWiz for the Tab 10.1 makes us think this will be a bit different.  The changes look like they add to the Honeycomb experience in a good way, both in the looks department as well as the functionality.  Besides the changes included in TouchWiz like the mini-apps and live panels, Samsung plans to bring a new Media Hub interface, the Kindle and Amazon Music Cloud player, Words with Friends, and a set of "Enterprise Mobile" solutions. 

While the press will be there checking out the demo and sampling the provided lunch, the public can get involved after.  Starting at 1PM and running until 6PM, you can bring your Tab 10.1 in and have the TouchWiz UI flashed by the pros at Samsung.  Samsung warns us that sideloading the update will wipe your Tab, so keep that in mind.  For the rest of us, and those who don't want to lose all their data, the OTA version of the update will be coming soon after.  If you're in New York, you should drop by and check it out.

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2 years ago

Sharp FX Plus for AT&T coming to a Walmart near you

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Walmart has always been great at letting things get out early, and this -- the Sharp PX Plus was feeling left out of all the Android love. This Android 2.2 powered device recently popped up in a Walmart brochure sharing only a small amount of specs being that it has a 3.2-inch display, and Audience's earSmart noise cancellation technology built in. That's about it for now as pricing or launch details are not available at this point.

Source: Engadget

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2 years ago

DubMeNow & AT&T bringing AT&T Campus Guide to smartphones

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AT&T today has announced a new partnership with the folks from DubMeNow. The agreement will help bring the AT&T Campus Guide to thousands of schools across the U.S. and assist students by offering up nine features that help them with Campus information:

  • Courses: Students can connect with classmates and professors in real-time using AT&T Campus Guide, viewing grades, assignments, announcements and detailed class information.
  • Events: Wondering when the next big game is?  Not sure when exams start?  The events calendar on AT&T Campus Guide provides important dates and times for campus happenings.
  • Directory: Search and browse contact information and connect with other students and faculty, without paging through a campus phonebook.
  • Maps: Freshmen, visiting students and alumni will particularly appreciate campus maps and turn-by-turn directions between buildings.
  • Notifications: Timely notifications announce school cancellations and remind students about overdue library books, tuition payments and more.
  • News: Find the latest campus news, sports scores and Tweets – all in one place.
  • Friends: An always up-to-date and backed-up address book of all students’ classmates, friends and campus contacts.  Any time students lose or replace their phones, they can just reinstall the AT&T Campus Guide app to their new phones and all of their contacts are restored.
  • My Card: Students can easily share their customizable contact information to keep in touch with their friends, classmates, potential employers, alumni and advisors..
  • Info: Looking for more information?  Click on Info for miscellaneous details about campus.

No longer will you be stuck carrying a ton of paper and flyers around with you, if you have a smartphone you can just load up the AT&T Campus Guide and find everything you need at your fingertips. Full press release is on past the break.

Source: AT&T

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2 years ago

Android 101: How to check your OS version

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Five million Galaxy S II sold in 85 days, not even in the US yet

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It should come as no surprise that the Samsung Galaxy S II (check out our review) is quite a popular device overseas, but just how popular it is may surprise you. Samsung has announced that this is the fastest selling Galaxy device to date, selling over 5 million devices in just 85 days, compared to the 125 days it took for the Galaxy S to reach that number. This is quite an accomplishment considering that the Galaxy S II has yet to even arrive in the US on any carriers, at least until August. Samsung anticipates that they will also beat the 10 million mark, which previously took 7 months to reach. Will you be helping Samsung blow out the previous records by picking on up when it is available?

Source: Oled-Info; Thanks Ron!

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2 years ago

Twitter for Android bumped to v2.1.2 - Minor fixes included

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It might not be the biggest update in the world, it's an update to a widely used application. If you hit the Android Market right now, you'll find Twitter for Android is now sitting at v2.1.2 with some minor changes listed in the log:

  • Updates account settings.
  • Updates translations for currently supported languages.
  • Many more improvements and bug fixes.

So, no drastic changes but I'm sure it will address some issues users were experiencing, whatever they were. Download link is beyond the break for anyone who hasn't update or tried Twitter for Android yet.

Thanks, Joshua!

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2 years ago

Vodafone UK dumps HTC EVO 3D, citing 'delays'

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So ends Vodafone UK's brief flirtation with the HTC EVO 3D. Almost a month to the day after the network first announced its intention to carry HTC's first 3D phone, it's today confirmed that it won't be selling the device after all. According to Vodafone, this is due to delays in bringing the phone to market. The EVO 3D was originally due to launch in the UK this month, but recently a more conservative mid-September launch window has been reported by retailers stocking the SIM-free version of the phone.

Here's Voda's statement in full --

There’s been speculation recently regarding availability of HTC EVO 3D.

We can confirm that due to delays in the launch of the HTC EVO 3D, we no longer intend to include the device in our smartphone range. We’ll be contacting any customers who registered their interest shortly.

We realise this might come as a disappointment, but we’ve got some really exciting handsets in the pipeline. Keep an eye on our coming soon section for all the latest information about the products coming to Vodafone.

We can't help but wonder if one of these might be LG's rival Optimus 3D, which is already available in the UK and mainland Europe.

While this is bad news, you'll still be able to pick up a SIM-free EVO 3D this September, and it's likely that other British carriers will step in and pick up the device now that Vodafone is out of the picture.

Source: Eurodroid, Vodafone UK

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