4 years ago

US Cellular to provide 4G LTE service to 25% of customers by the holiday season


US Cellular announced today that it will begin its LTE rollout and will be able to provide the 4G service to 25 percent of its customers by the holiday season. The initial coverage areas will include parts of Iowa, Wisconsin, Maine, North Carolina, Texas and Oklahoma. Some of the cities that will seeing the faster speeds first include Milwaukee, Madison, Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Greenville, NC and Portland, Maine.

To compliment the new LTE service, US Cellular will also introduce a range of 4G enabled devices, which will continue to be released alongside deployment throughout 2012. More 4G LTE is a good thing and it looks like US Cellular customers will not have to wait long. Full press release after the break.

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4 years ago

Droid Charge case review: Mobi Products Skin Case


Here's the Mobi Products skin case for the Samsung Droid Charge, one of the first cases for the new 4G LTE phone on Verizon. And it's a simple case, providing basic protection.

What you've got is a simple but durable skin that wraps around your phone. Or you slide the phone inside it. Your call. Regardless of how you get it in there, the case protects the shell of your phone from scratches or dings and helps improve your grip, which is good, seeing how the Droid Charge is a large device. It slips on and off fairly easily, but not so easy that it should come off without warning.

The skin case also sports an anti-dust coating, which is good for these rubberized types of skins. It has cutouts for the camera, microUSB port, lanyard holder, microphone and HDMI port. The volume rocker and power button are covered, but you can use them easily through the case.

The Mobi Products Skin Case, available in black, clear (seen here), purple or pink, is available for $9.99 from the Android Central Store. We've got more pics after the break.

Samsung Droid ChargeMore Droid Charge CasesAll Droid Charge Accessories

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4 years ago

How to remove the Infuse 4G microSD card


(Yes, you'll need instructions)

You really shouldn't need an instruction manual to remove the microSD card from a phone. But things get a little tricky with the Samsung Infuse 4G.

Open up the battery cover and there's no card to be found. OK, there's a picture of one on the FCC label, but where the heck is the card? Samsung tucked it up under the SIM card. It's spring-loaded and pops out straight down toward the bottom of the phone.

But that's not the only trick -- it's mounted face down. You'll need to make sure the printed side is down, and the gold contacts are facing up.

As for actually getting your fat fingers around and under the card to remove it? You're on your own. Check out our trials and tribulations after the break.

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4 years ago

Sony Ericsson officially reveals Xperia Acro


Apparently Cinco de Mayo isn't just a day for celebration and drinking, phone manufacturers like to join in on the fun, too.  Sony Ericsson announced a new addition to its Xperia line of phones, the Xperia Acro, the Japanese cousin to the SE Xperia Arc.

In a press release, Sony Ericsson told us its new phone would have Android 2.3 on board, huzzah!  It's always a good sign to see manufacturers preloading Gingerbread on their new phones.  It'll handle the processing with the help of a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU and Adreno 205 GPU.  The camera will snap photos at 8.1MP and record video at 720p.  With the included Exmor R for mobile technology, low light stills and videos will turn out surprisingly well, often negating the use for the camera flash.  SE brags the Acro has "best-in-class imaging and display technology features," something we can certainly attest to given the excellence of the Xperia Arc's camera.  This allows it to take full advantage of the mobile TV functionality it's capable of.  All this goodness will be displayed on a 4.2-inch extra-wide screen powered by the Reality Display with Mobile Bravia Engine.  You'll be able to pick up an Acro this summer in black or white.

We have SE's full press release after the break.

Source: Sony Ericsson

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4 years ago

New demo video of Android Apps on the BlackBerry PlayBook



Just a few days ago our pals at CrackBerry got their first look at Android apps on the BlackBerry PlayBook, which is something we knew was coming for a while now. And now RIM has posted on its  blog a live video of how it all works on the device itself. Nothing crazy, all information that we have known, just nice to see the applications running live on the device itself while in someone's hands.

Source: CrackBerry

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4 years ago

A lucky few buying the Nexus S 4G two days early



Looks like some Sprint stores are unleashing the Nexus S 4G a few days early, according to some excited chatter in the forums. Despite the May 8 release date (that's this Sunday), some folks are saying they’ve managed to purchase their shiny new Google phone today. We’re pretty sure these are isolated cases but if you're  itching too hard to wait ‘til Sunday, it couldn’t hurt to drop by your local Sprint store to see how far some sweet talking will get you.

Source: Android Central Forums

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4 years ago

Welcome to the newly redesigned Android Central!


What's all this, then?

Oh, hello Android lover - welcome to the all-new Android Central! We've been spending the past few months giving your favorite site for Android forums, reviews, news, and information a whole new look and bringing new functionality to every page you visit.

Of course, any big redesign can bring bugs, so please go on and tell us both the good and the bad in this forum thread (and, yeah, please clear your browser cache if things look really bad). We'd love to take you on a quick tour, so join us, won't you?

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4 years ago

Android app captures hit-and-run on camera


We have seen Android devices save people's lives. Now it's catching crooks. Imagine just driving down the road minding your business, and someone miscalculates their lane change, and next thing you know they hit you and then speed off. Well just that happened to a driver in Knoxville, Tenn., but lucky for him he was using the Android application DailyRoads Voyager, which happens to capture video of the whole drive after the application is launched. While this doesn't change the fact that he got hit, it sure helps to identify exactly what happened, and in some cases could provide crucial evidence.

If you haven't already installed this application on your device, be sure to head to the market and download your copy today. Video of the hit-and-run and and download links for the app are after the break.

Source: WBIR / Thanks, Tim!

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4 years ago

LG Optimus Black unbooking (unboxing)


Ah, the unboxing. All that pomp and circumstance to tell you that inside most smartphone boxes you'll find a charger, USB cable, manual, some leagalese, maybe a SD card adapter, some earbuds if you're really lucky -- standard fare. Yawn.

LG's included all that in the Optimus Black package it sent us. We've got a charger. We've got a manual. We've got a microSD card adapter. We've even got earbuds. But, darn it, LG did it with style, including a beautifully drawn book with several dozen pages detailing some of the finer points of the Black (as we're going to call it).

It's an unboxing (or is it unbooking?) to behold. Check it all out in still life -- like, 50-something pictures -- after the break.

More: LG Optimus Black initial review

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4 years ago

CyanogenMod 7.0.3 now available



Popular custom ROM CyanogenMod has been updated to version 7.0.3, bringing minor bug fixes along with an "important security fix". The new version is available now through ROM Manager, as well as the official CyanogenMod website.

CyanogenMod 7.0.3 is still based on Android 2.3.3, so user are advised against trying to upgrade to this version if they're running any of the recent 2.3.4-based nightly builds. The CM team is now hard at work on version 7.1, and lead developer Steve Kondik (Cyanogen) has tweeted that he expects release candidates to appear in the next couple of weeks.

Source: CyanogenMod, @cyanogen

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4 years ago

Kyocera Echo review


If there ever was a phone you shouldn't buy without doing your homework, the Kyocera Echo is it.  It brings something new and different, but that doesn't always mean something new, different and good.  There's a lot of general disdain out there for the poor Echo, and it's understandable, because without trying it out it's hard to visualize just how it will fit -- or not fit -- into your lifestyle. 

The fine folks at Sprint sent us one to use and abuse, so I spent a week or so carrying it around to see exactly what I think of it.  Now it's time to put those thoughts into words, in the hopes it helps you see if the Echo just may be the phone you're looking for.  Move on past the break and have a read.

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4 years ago

T-Mobile G2X Gingerbread leak teased, leaked again, ready for flashing


Seen the video of the Gingerbread leak for the T-Mobile G2X teased by former Engadget Mobile editor (and current This is My Next-er) Chris Ziegler? That's as close as you've been able to get to it -- just a video. Until now.

The leaked Android 2.3.3 ROM has been leaked yet again and packaged into a handy update.zip file for those of you who have unshackled your G2X from the bonds of official update-dom. Bugfixes, the tweaked UI, and all the usual Gingerbread goodness we've come to know and love on other devices are all there.

So get your download on at the source leak, and there's a quick hands-on with the leak after the break.

Download: MoDaCo; Source: This is My Next

T-Mobile G2X SpecsT-Mobile G2X ForumsT-Mobile G2X Accessories

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4 years ago

Is your ThunderBolt kickstand peeling?


Not the sort of thing you want to see on a phone that's not even a couple months old, but it looks like the HTC ThunderBolt's kickstand has a little protective coating that's not going to stand up to the test of time. No, it's not a plastic film that we forgot to take off (though some phones are ridiculously covered in that stuff); it's just some sort of thin coating that's starting to come off. (You can can see it on the end of our kickstand above, as well as where it meets the phone.)

End of the world? Not hardly. But for as much money as we all spend on these phones, we could do without the cosmetic defects.

Source: Thunderbolt Forums

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4 years ago

LG Optimus Pad 3G coming to Rogers


A 3G verison of the LG optimus Pad (see our hands-on) is destined for Rogers according to an insider with early access to some of the Canadian carrier's sales literature.  For all you kids keeping score at home, the Optimus Pad is the international version of the LG G-Slate, which features the same Tegra 2 CPU and gigabyte of RAM we're used to seeing in premium Android tablets by now, and wraps it all up in a 8.9 inch (that's 22.6 cm, 'eh?) form factor with a twist -- two HD cameras on the rear of the unit allow for 3D video capture.

Of course there's no word on pricing or a release date, but at least we know it's coming -- and knowing is half the battle. 

Thanks Anon!

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4 years ago

Samsung Infuse 4G video interview


Samsung and AT&T threw an announcement party last night in New York City for the Samsung Infuse 4G. The two mobile companies invited us out on Cinco de Mayo to enjoy some Mexican drinks and spicy foods. Oh yeah, there was guacamole there, too -- and lots of it. But along with fancy food and drinks, Samsung and AT&T officially announced the Samsung Infuse 4G. The big screened device will be available on May 15 for $199 on a new two year contract.

I got the chance to spend a few minutes with Kim Titus, Samsung's Director of Public Relations. Watch the video above to hear all about the Samsung Infuse 4G and some fun Cinco de Mayo facts.

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