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3 years ago

Verizon employees getting training on the upcoming HTC Thunderbolt

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The bad news: We still don't know when the HTC Thunderbolt will be available on Verizon. The good news: If the above pic is any indication, it looks like training has begun. So it likely won't be too long now before you'll be able to get your hands on that hunk-a-hunk-a-burning LTE goodness. In the meantime, you'll have to make do with our hands-on.

Update: Yes, it's noted that the TB will rock simultaneous voice and data on LTE. Pretty cool, eh?

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3 years ago

Xperia Arc camera improvements showcased

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In its latest product blog post, Sony Ericsson shows off some of the new camera features to be found in its upcoming Xperia Arc. Sony's Rikard Skogberg gives a video walkthrough of the camera app in the Gingerbread-powered phone, introducing its new Exmor R back-illuminated sensor technology. This, together with the Arc's f/2.4 aperture value, is designed to improve the quality of pictures taken in low-light environments.

Later, in a final Inception-like twist, Skogberg reveals that the video itself is being recorded on a second Xperia Arc, showcasing the device's HD video recording capabilities. Check out the video for yourself after the jump. [Sony Ericsson Product Blog]

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3 years ago

LG Ally about to get Froyo update

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Waiting for the LG Ally to get Froyo? Looks like your wait's about up, as Verizon's prepping the Android 2.2 update in short order. The update (VS740ZVD) will bring you the various improvements we've covered in our Froyo Features series, so check them out for the whole nitty gritty. And try not to look your friends with Fascinates in the eye. They're a little twitchy right now.

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3 years ago

Is the Nook Color the Android Tablet for you?

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By now, you've probably heard about all the Android mad scientists hacking their Barnes & Noble NOOKcolor's into full-fledged Android tablets. If you haven't donned the Einstein wig yourself and are curious whether this hack-job is for you, read on ...

People often ask why they should go the Nook modding route when there are devices out there that are--you know--actually meant to be tablets?

As the current Android Central Nook Color Adviser, my official answer is:

"Buy the Nook! Buy the Nook!! Then come to Android Central for all your NOOKcolor modding questions!!! Be sure to tell your friends, too!!!!"

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3 years ago

GameBox Android console announced

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Gaming firm Envizions has announced the Android-based GameBox console, which promises to deliver a cloud-supported home console experience on the Android platform. Similar to Envizions' cross-platform GameBox service, the new console will allow gamers to play native and cloud-based games, saving their progress to the cloud as they go and letting them resume from any supported device.

"Gamebox provides a cross-device environment that benefits players and developers. It supports both application-based games designed for high-definition televisions and networked-based games that are streamed over the cloud. Initially, developers worldwide will be able to distribute games via the system. In the near future, they will be able to stream games to users by system update."

Other promised features include social networking integration and gesture-controlled input. Specific information on the new console is sketchy at the moment, though. Specifications and release dates have yet to be revealed, though Envizions is already on the lookout for developers. In the near future, developers interested in working with the GameBox console will be able to pay $9.95 per month for access to storage, support, SDK's and distribution tools. [GameBox]

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3 years ago

Sprint notices you're using data, is adding $10/month fee to all smartphones

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When the HTC EVO 4G was announced last summer (and later with the Epic 4G and Shift 4G), along with it came an extra $10 fee that Sprint swore up and down wasn't a 4G tax. It wasn't, and it still isn't, and starting Jan. 30, everyone with a smartphone will be subject to the "$10 per month Premium Data add-on charge."

Note that if you're not currently using the EVO 4G, Epic 4G or Shift, but are using another smartphone (defined as "devices with robust operating systems bringing the full function of mobile applications and programs to life including Blackberry, Android, Windows Mobile, Palm, and the Instinct family of devices"), you're not going to be paying the extra $10 until you upgrade or activate another smartphone. In other words, you're grandfathered in.

In the press release announcing the change, Sprint says that its smartphone customers use, on average, 10 times more data than users of feature phones. (As well they should.)  [Sprint, 2]

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3 years ago

T-Mobile Vibrant 4G shows itself

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Behold, the T-Mobile Vibrant 4G, apparently. It largely looks like the original Vibrant, though it appears to be sporting a front-facing camera and is supposed to hook into TMo's HSPA+ "4G" network. Oh, and it's rumored to launch with Android 2.3, once Touchwiz is ported to it (which BGR explains is the reason it's unskinned in the pic above). Otherwise, same 4-inch Super AMOLED screen, and we'll wager it has the same 1GHz Hummingbird processor (though a slight speed boost wouldn't be out of the question). It's still rumored to be headed our way Feb. 23. [BGR]

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3 years ago

T-Mobile G2 free through Jan. 20

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If you're looking to snag a T-Mobile G2 (check out our review) on the cheap, it's now available for the low, low price of free through Jan. 20. With it you get great keyboard, fast processor and that crazy locked-down hardware that took way too much time and effort to crack. (But cracked it was. Huzzah!) Anyhoo, you've got a couple days left to pull the trigger. Get it at the source link. [T-Mobile]

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3 years ago

Dance a jig with a robot in this new live wallpaper [video]

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The Android Market is filled with some pretty terrible live wallpapers. Most of them cause your device's battery to die faster or cause it to crash, constantly. But every once in awhile, we share one we think you guys might like. This particular live wallpaper is one of those. It's fairly simple in design and concept. It's a robot dancing the jigg -- you can't beat that! Developer Scipher Technologies has two versions available: free and donation ($0.99). Search for JiggBot Live in the Android Market. QR code and video after the break.

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3 years ago

Samsung Vibrant 4G launching Feb. 23?

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The Samsung Vibrant 4G, Samsung's latest upgrade from the original Samsung Vibrant is expected to launch on Feb 23, according to this leaked image. This release date may come as a bit of a shock to many, considering that the original Vibrant owners are still awaiting an update for their device to Android 2.2. Then again, we don't really know what the Vibrant 4G is, or what it's rocking, now do we? [via TmoNews]

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