4 years ago

Motorola Photon 4G initial hands-on


The Motorola Photon 4G is here, and we got a nice up-close look at it today in New York City. CEOs of Sprint and Motorola Mobility, Dan Hesse and Sanjay Jha respectively, took the opportunity to reiterate their companies' commitment to each other, promising ten new devices within the next year.

The Photon 4G has a beautiful 4.3 inch qHD display, a 1 GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB onboard memory, WiMAX connectivity, and it's webtop ready. It's a world phone, and it's running Android 2.3 Gingerbread at release. It's got the same Blur you've all come to love, which Sprint execs lauded for its enterprise-friendly security features. And contain your excitement: Motorola reps have said that it does NOT, I repeat does NOT have a locked bootloader. Is Motorola reconciling with the developer community?  EDIT: Looks like some of the reps at today's event weren't on the same page as Motorola, as the company has backtracked and said that the Photon does indeed come with a locked bootloader. Bummer. Check the pics and the video after the break.

More in the Photon 4G forums!

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S II coming soon to Canada


We've heard rumors aplenty about the Samsung Galaxy S II coming to Canada in the past. In fact, Samsung themselves have stated it would be coming soon, but they never mentioned as to when, exactly or to what carrier it going once released. The latest info is suggesting an early Q3 release but most recently Samsung Canada has updated their Galaxy S II site to once again reflect the "coming soon" sentiment. If we had to take a stab in the dark we'd say it's likely we'll see a variation of the device on Rogers, Bell and TELUS with likely Bell and TELUS getting dibs on the initial release. But we'll just have to wait and see how this all pans out for Samsung. Stay tuned!

Source: Samsung; via: MobileSyrup

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4 years ago

Motorola Triumph brings a new level of Android to Virgin Mobile


In addition to the Sprint Photon, Motorola today also announced the addition of the Triumph to Virgin Mobile.

It's got a 4.1-inch touchscreen, a 5MP rear camera (with HD recording) and VGA front camera and runs atop Android 2.2. And it does all that in a form factor that's just four-tenths of an inch thick.

Specs? We got 'em.

  • 5MP back-facing camera and VGA front-facing camera
  • HD video capture and playback in 720p, both on device or over HDMI
  • Massive 4.1” display (800x480 WVGA) and ultra-thin at .0.4”
  • 1400 mAh battery
  • 512MB RAM with 2GB ROM and SD card slot for extended
  • Froyo (Android 2.2) with Flash support for enhanced browsing (download from Android Market)
  • Soft touch design for comfort in hand

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4 years ago

Motorola Photon specs



  • 3G/4G Handset – The latest arrival to America’s favorite 4G network
  • 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA®Tegra™2 Processor for quick downloads and app performance
  • 4.3” qHD touchscreen for cinematic viewing with kickstand
  • Built with Android 2.3, Gingerbread operating system
  • International GSM capabilities

Enterprise Security

  • 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot capability for up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices (additional fee required)
  • Corporate (MS Exchange ActiveSync) and personal (POP & IMAP) email access
  • Messaging – personal and business email, Google TalkTM instant message and text
  • messaging
  • Sprint ID offering an innovative way to personalize an Android smartphone with
  • apps, widgets, ringtones and more all in a single download
  • GPS navigation enabled


  • Dual cameras – 8 megapixel HD video capture camera and VGA front-facing camera
  • 720P HD Video capture and the ability to output HD video (1080P) via HDMI
  • Android Market™ for access to more than 200,000 applications, widgets and games available for download to customize the experience
  • HD Multimedia Dock* and Car Dock* for a truly unique handset experience
  • 16GB of on board memory, support for up to 32GB SD Card, for a total of up to 48GB
  • Ability to utilize the webtop application while connected to a Motorola accessory dock to open, view, edit and send Microsoft Office documents using cloud-based web apps through the full Mozilla Firefox browser
  • Bluetooth® 2.1
  • Wi-Fi® b/g/n


  • Dimensions: 2.6 inches x 5.0 inches x 0.5 inches (66.9mm x 126.9mm x 12.2mm)
  • Weight: 5.6 oz (158 grams)
  • Display: 4.3-inch qHD 540x960
  • Memory: 16GB eMMC ROM/1GB DDR2 RAM
  • Battery Specifications: 1700 mAh Lithium-ion battery
  • Talktime: CDMA: up to 10 hours; WDCDMA: up to 9.1 hours; GSM up to 10.4 hours
  • *Accessory docks sold separately

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4 years ago

Sprint announces the Motorola Photon


Sprint today in New York City announced the long-rumored Motorola Photon. The 4.3-inch Android smartphone runs Gingerbread, sports an 8MP camera on the back, VGA camera on the front, mobile hotspot and Wimax. Under the hood, it's got a dual-core Tegra 2 processor.

It's Motorola's first 4G phone, beating out the delayed Droid Bionic on Verizon.

It's got 16GB of on-board storage, and you can add up to a 32GB microSD card for up to 48GB of storage. On top of that, it's a world phone, so you'll be able to use it on 3G GSM networks outside the United States. The Photon also sports a 1700mAh battery.

Full press release is after the break.

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4 years ago

Lunch and liveblogging with Sprint and Motorola


Just a quick reminder that we're lunching with Sprint and Motorola at a little event here in New York City. Will we see the long-rumored Photon? (That's a code name, remember.) Something else? And, most imortant, what are we eating? All that in more in the coming minutes, folks.

Join us for the liveblog after the break!

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4 years ago

HTC EVO 4G case review: Seidio CONVERT Combo


When I look at the Seidio CONVERT Combo for the HTC EVO 4G, I think it's definitely for the most rough-and-tumble of Android users out there. This is for the types who need to check their email while scaling a mountainside, the people who send a text while skydiving, or those prone to dropping their phones on the ground (a lot). Or not.

Let's check it out, after the break.

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4 years ago

Samsung Dart to hit T-Mobile on June 15


For those people looking for a good, mid-level Android device to start them on their Android journey, the Samsung Dart is right around the corner. It's sporting a 3MP camera, an included 2GB microSD card, and comes with Swype preinstalled.

For those who think the HTC Sensation might be a bit too much phone for them, the Dart might be the way to go.

Source: TmoNews

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4 years ago

Android Central theme review: Synergy for CyanogenMod 7


This week we wanted to cover a slick theme for devices running CyanogenMod 7.  Synergy is a theme built using the T-Mobile Theme Engine, a nifty piece of software that allows you to quickly change the feel of your device without having to flash something through recovery.  Instead, themes can be found in the market and downloaded like any other application.  There are dozens of themes available, but Synergy is quickly becoming a staff favorite.

Want to write a ROM review for Android Central? We'd love to hear from you! Look here for details. Now head past the break for the review.

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4 years ago

Droid Charge about to get a bunch of bugfixes in EE4 update


Read our Samsung Droid Charge Review!

The Samsung Droid Charge is getting itself a nice little slew of bugfixes, courtesy of an update slugged EE4. And it's a pretty good list of fixes:

  • Improved battery life when placing a voice call
  • Easily return calls within the call log entry by pressing the phone icon
  • outgoing calls from visual voicemail will be placed propely
  • Pressing and holding the 1 key will automatically route the user to the voicemail service
  • Audio has been adjusted to avoid "No audio" or "screeching sounds"
  • Accurately detect and connect to LTE
  • Enhanced browser performance
  • New email folder struction
  • Exchange password change fixes
  • Email and calendar sync fixes
  • Mobile hotspot capability restored
  • USB mass storage mode now automatically recognized
  • Phone recognizes ringtones purchased from Verizon
  • GPS improvements

Pretty good for a maintenance release. Now let's see some Gingerbread on it.

Oh, and if you're looking for a manual download, or pal DroidXcon has you taken care of.

Source: Verizon (pdf); Download: Android Central Forums

Droid Charge ForumsDroid Charge Specs | Droid Charge Accessories

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4 years ago

Android Travel Tip: Document your documents

4 years ago

Spiceworks Mobile app arrives on Android


Working in IT at times is a daunting task so when an application comes along, that promises to help make things easier -- a lot of folks are willing to go ahead and give it a shot. Such is the case with Spiceworks and now -- they've gone mobile and in doing so have brought a lot of their core features to their mobile application:

  • Help Desk – allows IT pros to open, access, edit and manage Spiceworks help desk tickets from their Android mobile device or iPhone.
  • Inventory & Monitoring – enables users to view the status of their servers, software applications and cloud services. As a result, IT professionals on the go can stay informed about the health of important network services and devices.
  • People View – allows IT pros to access employee contact information from Spiceworks. In addition, they can easily upload employee photos taken with their Android mobile device or iPhone to their Spiceworks user profiles.
  • Community of IT Pros – gives users a way to view posts, answer questions, ask for help, and comment on topics that spark their interests from the Spiceworks community of IT pros – all from their Android mobile device or iPhone.
  • Low Bandwidth Requirements – because this is a native application, the amount of data sent between the mobile app and Spiceworks is very lean, which means it performs well over a VPN or 3G mobile network.

If you're an IT Pro in need of better mobile management tools you can jump on past the back for more information regarding Spiceworks. It could be just the mobile application you need to regain some sanity in the workplace.

Source: BusinessWire

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S 4G and Galaxy Tab 10.1 now supported by ROM Manager


It looks like you won't have to wait long for developers to get geared up for Samsung's latest beauties -- the Galaxy S 4G on T-Mobile and Galaxy Tab 10.1 (the I/O edition only for now) have both been given official support by ROM Manager.  We all know that once you make it easy to flash custom zip files to a device, people will start building those flashable zip files.  I was told to expect the retail version soon, along with a root method.

Of course, you do need to be rooted and aware of all the risks involved.  Once you're comfortable, and when your version is ready, you can download ROM Manager from the Market.  We've got the link after the break.

Source: @clockworkmod

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4 years ago

Google adds device compatibility checks to the Android Market


Something that has long been missing from the Android Market now appears to be rolling out across the board. Yup, as shown in the above image the Android Market now offers up a device compatibility check before you download any new items.

Until now, developers have pretty much relied on their text areas to inform individuals of possible non-compatible devices but this looks to be the start of the end to all that. We're guessing that's the goal anyway -- whether or not it will go that way remains to be seen considering the broad scope of devices out there but hey -- have to start somewhere and this is so far, looking pretty good. Check it out for yourself in the Android Market.

Thanks, Gone24!

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4 years ago

Sprint reportedly boosting 4G upload speed cap to 1.5Mbps



Sprint customers will soon be getting their maximum 4G uplink speeds boosted to 1.5 Mbps, according to an internal screen captured by Android Police. The change will kick in this Friday, June 10, and will only affect 4G phones -- 4G modems and the like will still be limited to the previous cap of 1.0 Mbps.

This is a relatively minor boost for Sprint's network -- upstream limits are generally less noticeable than download limits, especially on smartphones, where other bottlenecks can come into play. As such, the Sprint internal memo says that the carrier isn't planning on "proactively communicating" this information to customers. Still, any network speed increase has to be good news, right?

Source: Android Police

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