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3 years ago

HTC ChaCha review (Three network)

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The persistent rumors of an Android-powered “Facebook phone” culminated in the unveiling of the HTC ChaCha and its larger sibling, the Salsa, at Mobile World Congress back in February. With its full QWERTY keyboard and slightly silly name, the ChaCha drew attention for being the first phone to put the social network at the center of the user experience. Avid Facebookers were promised hardware and software to help them stay in touch with their legions of friends and followers -- a dedicated Facebook button was introduced, along with a specially-customized version of HTC’s Sense UI.

We’ve spent the past couple of weeks getting to grips with the HTC ChaCha on Three UK, which is available on Pay As You Go for £199.99, or for free on contracts starting at £20 per month. Read on to find out if we ‘Like’ the ChaCha, or whether we’d rather unfriend it and go our separate ways.

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3 years ago

Microsoft reportedly demanding $15 per Android phone from Samsung

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Microsoft and Samsung reportedly are in discussions over licensing fees concerning the latter's Android smartphones. Reuters, citing "local media," reported that Microsoft was "demanding" $15 per smartphone. Samsung reportedly countered with $10 per phone in exchange for "a deeper alliance with Microsoft for the U.S. company's Windows platform."

And thus the world continues to work as it's intended to. It's important to note that just as when HTC started forking over licensing fees to Microsoft, we're talking Microsoft and Samsung here, not Microsoft and Google, or Microsoft and Android. OK, maybe indirectly. But there are countless lines of proprietary code in Android, and any number of ways that code -- or, yes, possibly code from the Android Open Source Project itself -- could infringe on another company's patents. Problem right now is that nobody's saying which toes are getting stepped on, just that there's pressure on the foot.

Source: Reuters

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3 years ago

Sam's Club looking to get Samsung Conquer by July 24

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And, finally, we round out the Launch Date Leakapolooza with Sprint, and the Samsung Conquer. That's the mid-level Android smartphone that a brief appearance on Sammy's website last week before being yanked. Specs, as you'll recall, include:

  • 3.5-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen
  • 1 GHz CPU
  • 3.2MP rear camera, 1.3MP front facing camera
  • Android 2.3 (without TouchWiz and with Sprint ID)
  • Tri-Band CDMA (including the 800MHz frequencies)

So, we may well see the Samsung Conquer by July 24. Also note that the Motorola Photon appears to be slated for July, which narrows things down a little more than just "coming soon."

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3 years ago

European HTC Sensation gets first over-the-air update

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HTC is now pushing out its first over-the-air update for unbranded European Sensations, according to reports from users in several European countries. The update package reportedly weighs just under 27MB, and brings the Sensation up to software version 1.35.401.1 -- the exact same version which leaked last week in the form of an RUU (ROM update utility).

The general consensus seems to be that this is a small, incremental update consisting mostly of bug fixes and the like. The new software is still based on Android 2.3.3, and there's no sign that the bootloader has been unlocked in accordance with HTC's new bootloader policy. However, there are unconfirmed reports that the new software remedies some of the lag that users have been experiencing in the Sensation's homescreen launcher which, if true, would be very welcome indeed.

If you've got an unbranded European HTC Sensation, head over to 'Settings' -> 'About phone' -> 'Check for updates' to grab the new firmware, and report back to us in the comments if you notice any changes.

Source: XDA

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3 years ago

The Kyocera Echo flexes its muscles, shows off just how durable it really is

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One thing some Android devices aren't is durable. We have heard complaints of just how easily the screen of the HTC Thunderbolt scratches (just ask Phil), and we have seen plenty of devices put in their grave after just one fall. But not the Kyocera Echo. Kyocera has taken to its YouTube page to show off just how durable the Echo really is, and give us the low down on what goes into the creation of the device. Be sure to hit the break and check out some interesting lab tests taking place, and see for yourself just how strong this device really is.

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3 years ago

Qualcomm roadmap leaks, expect dual-core Krait soon, quad-core in 2013

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The Qualcomm roadmap for the next few years has leaked out, putting a time frame on the chips they announced last February.  According to the leak, we should expect dual-core LTE, HSPA, and HSPA+ chips clocked anywhere from 1.5 GHz to 1.7 GHz to be in the hands of manufacturers late in Q3 of this year, with the Adreno 225 GPU on board.  Come Q3 of next year, we should see the budget version start to make it's way into phones and other connected devices, with a Adreno 305 GPU and a bit lower (1.0-1.2GHz) clock speeds.

The "big deal," and what many are waiting for, are the quad-core Krait systems, complete with an Adreno 320 to push out 1080p video at 60 fps, and clock speeds in the 2 GHz and up range.  We won't get to see those until early 2013 though.  Of course, this is all subject to change -- if there's anything we all have learned from leaks, it's that they often don't hold true.  They will arrive when they arrive, and I think we will love them.

Source: MobileTechWorld; via Engadget

Update: Image and links removed at Qualcomm's request

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3 years ago

Words with Friends back on Honeycomb, looking better than ever

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Admittedly, it's been a few weeks since I last let my wife beat me had my butt kicked at Words with Friends. And in that time, it's disappeared from the Android Market for Honeycomb devices, and reappeared, more stable (hopefully) and better looking than ever.

One thing the update won't do: Keep your younger brother from cheating, or your spouse from beating you the old fashioned way. Regardless, download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

Comscore numbers from May are in; Android and Samsung still leading

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Comscore has released their numbers for the period ending May 2011, and it's no surprise that Samsung and Android still lead the pack.  According to Comscore, smartphone adoption in the US has climbed by 11 percent to reach 76.8 million users, with 38.1 percent of those being Android smartphones -- up 5.1 percent from the last study.  Apple comes in second with 26.6 percent (a 1.4 percent increase) and RIM. Microsoft and Palm round out the bottom -- all showing a decline in adoption.

On the hardware front, Samsung is once again the OEM selling the most mobile devices in the US with a 24.8 percent market share.  The numbers across the board here are pretty flat, telling us that the 11 percent increase in smartphone adoption isn't favoring any one manufacturer over any other. 

While all this is interesting, don't let numbers get in the way when you find it's time for a new phone.  None of these platforms or manufacturers is going away any time soon, and this type of tight competition makes things better for you and I, driving innovation and value. 

Source: Comscore

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3 years ago

3D images, new 4G LTE areas [From the Forums]

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With the long weekend over and done with, we're slowly moving into a new week of Android news. We've got plenty of things in the hopper so you'll just have to ride along with us until they're ready -- in the meantime though, feel free to jump on into the Android Central forums for some more Android discussions.

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3 years ago

Sony S1 and S2 make time for some closeup shots

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At the end of April, Sony made an official announcement revealing the long rumored S1 and S2 Honeycomb Android tablets. And since then, we haven't heard or seen anything from Sony on the two tablets. Italian notebook site, Notebook Italia, got some exclusive up close shots and got to play with the oddly shaped tablets. The S1 tablet sports a 9.4-inch screen and curved backing. As for the S2, it follows a similar design to the Kyocera Echo, with its dual screen display. The dual-screen tablet is the first of its kind. The S2 has two 5.5-inch screens. Hit the source link for more photos.

Source: Notebook Italia

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