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3 years ago

T-Mobile announces a duo of Samsung Android phones -- the Exhibit 4G and the Gravity Smart

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Another day, another midnight T-Mobile press release to show us some new Android phones.  This time around we have the Samsung Exhibit 4G, and the Samsung Gravity Smart.  The Exhibit 4G (pictured on the left) comes with a 1GHz CPU, Android 2.3, a 21Mbps 4G radio, all wrapped up in either violet or black.  It also has Samsung's Media Hub, Doodle Jump, Bejeweled 2, and Scrabble preinstalled to keep you occupied between phone calls and messages.  The Exhibit 4G checks in at $79.99 after a new agreement and a $50 rebate.

The Gravity Smart (on the right) features a four-row slide out QWERTY keyboard, running Android 2.2, T-Mobile's Group Text service, and a 3MP camera.  The Berry Red and Sapphire Blue models check in at $69.99, the Lunar Gray model is a mere $29.99 -- both after the usual agreement and $50 rebate.

Both are expected on the shelves sometime in June, and look to be a very nice choice in the mid-level market.  Hit the break for the full press release.

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3 years ago

Android version numbers show slight uptick in Gingerbread

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Another month, another batch of numbers showing us the percentage of devices running the various builds of Android. And the numbers haven't change greatly since our last look a month ago.

The big winners (and "big" is relative here) -- Android 2.3.3, not even the latest version of Gingerbread -- that'd be Android 2.3.4 on the Nexus S and Nexus One -- jumped from 3 percent to 8.1 percent. (Update: Google just explained that one to us: The chart's really sorted by API level, so don't worry that Android 2.3.4 isn't visible.)  Otherwise, things are as you'd expect. The older versions continue to dwindle -- Eclair's down to 21.2 percent, and Froyo's dropped a little more than a percentage point to 64.6 percent.

As for Honeycomb? Pretty much no change at 0.3 percent for Android 3.0 and Android 3.1. Now, you might be tempted to extrapolate that to the 400,000-some-odd devices being activated a day, and that'd give you about 2,400 Honeycomb devices being activated every day. But that's bad math. Remember that this chart is aggregate -- from the dawn of time until now. So you're comparing Honeycomb devices against the millions of other devices out there. Food for thought.

Source: Google Developer Blog

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3 years ago

EVO 4G Gingerbread update set to hit June 3

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Can't put it more plainly than that. According to this little tidbit that just hit our inbox, it looks like the Sprint HTC EVO 4G -- the first 4.3-inch Android smartphone, as well as the first with 4G Wimax -- could find itself with a an Android 2.3 update -- that's Gingerbread, folks. Starting June 3, you'll be able to manually update. Three days later, if you haven't already requested the update, your phone will ask if you want to update. (Hint: Say yes.)

If this is on the level, it looks like we'll be getting software version 4.22.651.2. And in addition to all of the Gingerbread fixes, you'll see fixes for the infamous SMS bug, a tweak to the Spanish translation in SMS, gmail syncing and that long-annoying bug where batteries just refuse to charge. (Oh, hai, Dieter.)

None of this is official quite yet, and updates like this never hit all at one time. But we've got a good feeling we'll see Gingerbread on the EVO 4G sooner rather than later.

Thanks, anon!

EVO 4G ReviewEVO 4G ForumsEVO 4G Accessories

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3 years ago

Motorola Atrix launches on T-Mobile UK

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The Motorola Atrix is now available on T-Mobile UK, ending the handset's brief period of exclusivity on T-Mo's sister network Orange. T-Mobile is offering the Atrix for free on 24-month contracts of £35.75 or more per month, which is pretty much the going rate for dual-core smartphones in the UK right now. Opt for a cheaper or shorter contract, and you'll pay between £50 and £350 upfront for your Atrix.

There's no mention of the laptop dock just yet, but Orange has been selling them for £299.99 (~$490), so you can probably expect T-Mobile to get on-board soon at a similar price point.

Source: T-Mobile UK

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3 years ago

T-Mobile MyTouch 4G Slide hits the FCC

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The HTC Doubleshot, aka the Mytouch 4G Slide, aka the PG59100, made it's way through the FCC today.  The upcoming QWERTY horizontal slider supposedly will be sporting a dual-core Qualcomm chip of some variant, have a front facing camera, and a 3.7-inch display along with a physical keyboard.

The original MyTouch 3G Slide came out at a bad time, and other, more capable phones soon eclipsed it in the public's eye.  We can't help but think the new version is in the same peril, as we're seeing a new phone just about every month from all the big-name Android manufacturers.  That being said, the MyTouch line certainly has it's fans, and fairly good developer support from the hacking community.  We don't know when to expect it, or how much it will be, but as soon as T-mobile breaks their code of silence we'll certainly let you know.

Source: FCC via WirelessGoodness

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3 years ago

Don't be evil, LTE 4G on the Xoom [From the forums]

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Told you all this was going to be a fun week! Lots of news, lots of apps and plenty of updates and Android love going around. If you're looking for some more of the Android love, hop on into the Android Central Forums and check out what folks are talking about!

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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3 years ago

Android Market adds Google's new +1 button

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Hey, look at that. It's the Android Central app. (You're using the Android Central app, right?) And just like everything else in the Android web market, it's now got one of those newfangled +1 buttons on it. So when you've got a free minute, swing by and give it a click. And if you haven't already, check out the app.

Download: Android Central app; More: Google +1

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3 years ago

Archos to announce Gen 9 tablets, invite suggests Market and Honeycomb

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Archos, a longtime manufacturer of Android tablets and personal media players, has announced the release of their new generation of tablets on June 23, in Paris.  Details from Archos are sparse, to say the least, but the invitation shows Bugdroid, the Android mascot, carrying a tote that looks very much like the Android Market icon, and you also see the familiar blue Honeycomb bee buzzing around his head.

Lack of the Android Market (officially) has been a thorn in Archos' side for a while now, so this would be a huge step for them.  And since Google still hasn't open-sourced Honeycomb, we can only speculate that Archos is now an "official" authorized Android partner -- as they should be.  We'll know more in a few weeks.

Source: ArchosLounge (French).  Thanks, Romain!

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3 years ago

Google Offers goes live in Oregon

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Google has launched the new Google Offers beta program today in Portland, Ore.  We heard about it last night at the D9 Conference when Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt took the stage, and now the website is live and ready to send offers to your inbox.

What is it, you ask?  Everyone was pretty sure Google wanted to get into the online deals game when they tried to buy Groupon, and today we see that they have had this in the works for a while.  As it stands now, you can sign up at the Google Offers beta website, and online coupons are sent to your inbox, ready to buy, print, and redeem at local Portland business.  The transaction goes right through Google Checkout, and seems pretty seamless.  The initial offer (you can check it out at the source links) is for Floyd's Coffee Shop -- $10 worth of pastries for $3.  Other announced partners are Le Bistro Montage, Powell's Books, and Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade.  If you're not in Portland, Google says offers are coming soon for New York and San Francisco, and you can sign up to be notified when it rolls around to your area.

The real power behind Google Offers is the integration with Google Wallet.  The demonstration shown last night at D9 shows tight integration with the NFC point-of-sale platform, so we're all chomping at the bit to give it a try.  Your offers are saved to the application, and we assume the NFC chip and point-of-sale machine cooperate to confirm the transaction.  Google is clearly aiming to replace hard currency here, and it will be interesting to see how this all develops, and how well businesses adapt and get on board.  No word on when exactly we'll be able to check it all out, but Google says they will be releasing teh Wallet app for the Nexus S 4G "soon".  In the meantime, I have to call Floyd's Coffee Shop and see if they can ship me my pastries.  Check out a short product demo from Google after the break.

Source: The Official Google Blog
More: Google Offers; All things D

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3 years ago

Dolphin Browser HD v5.0 hits Android Market, is now ad-free

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After a series of successful beta tests, Dolphin Browser HD is now updated in the Android Market to version 5.0.  There's a long list of features, both new and old that make it the web browser of choice for quite a few people, and with the latest free version all advertisements have been removed, giving users a premium app feature that many people have been wanting.

Besides the removal of ads, the look has been updated to what the folks at Dolphin are calling the "Fire UI," changes have been made to the Bookmarks menu and sidebar, the themes and add-ons have been updated, and the new tab button now open a a speed dial page where you can reach your favorites or re-open recently closed tabs.

If you are rocking a high density screen Android phone or tablet, you really have to give Dolphin HD a look -- there's a reason it has a 4.5 star rating in the Market, and we give it our own Editor's Choice tag here at the office.  Dolphin HD is available in 16 languages, requires Android 2.0.1 or higher, and is free in the Android Market.  Hit the break for the download link.

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