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3 years ago

Costco teases possible Droid Charge re-launch

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File this under "Tease," but it looks like we might soon get a re-launch date for the Samsung Droid Charge, following the postponement due to some LTE network tomfoolery. Costco's expecting expecting to receive word (presumably from Verizon) on Monday. We know the phones are in hand at retailers nationwide, just waiting to be sold. They just need to be given the green light.

Thanks, anon!

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3 years ago

Sneak peek at the Seesmic Honeycomb Twitter client

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It was less than two weeks ago that we predicted the major Twitter app developers would soon (but not soon enough) be unleashing Honeycomb apps for Android tablets. Here, friends, is one of the first. We've gotten a sneak peek at Seesmic's upcoming Honeycomb Twitter client and present it to you here.

All in all, we're not overly surprised by the GUI. It's using the fragments that make up a big part of the Honeycomb experience -- basically the ability to bring more information to a larger screen. In the example above, Seemic founder and CEO Loic Le Meur tweeted about the Air France Flight 447 crash. The tweet included a link via ping.fm (which Seesmic bought last year) to the boingboing article, and we see the page loaded in a fragment on the right. And presumably other content will at least be previewed that way, too.

We're not going to read too much more into these screen shots (there's one more after the break) just yet, except to say that this is just the beginning of the Honeycomb Twitter apps, folks, and Seesmic has previously said publicly that we'll get a look at its app next week at Google IO.

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3 years ago

Samsung Exhibit 4G leaks, looks like T-Mobile's latest mid-range offering

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T-Mobile is continuing its push of 4G Android phones, and the latest looks to be the Samsung Exhibit 4G.  The specs we're sure of, thanks to a tipster who sent a handful of pictures to T-MoNews, are TouchWiz, a front facing camera, Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread), and a model number of SGH-T759.  Additional rumored specs include a 1.4 GHz ARM11 processor, a 5 MP shooter that does 720p recording, and a 3.7-inch AMOLED display. 

Looks like another nice mid-range Android phone from Samsung.  We'll be on the lookout for more about this one, for now hit the source link to see the rest of the photos.

Source: T-MoNews

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3 years ago

HTC EVO 3D shows up in ESPN The Magazine (Update: And in EW!)

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We know the HTC EVO 3D is coming soon to Sprint. We know it's coming this summer. We just don't know exactly when. And this little advertisement in ESPN The Magazine is doing its best to taunt us, and we're not happy about it one bit. Zoom in all you want, we sure don't see any clues as to when it'll be released. But don't forget that you can preorder one now at Best Buy, if you've really got an itch.

Update: And I just found one in this week's EW magazine. Pic's above. For those asking, the date you see on there is definitely 3/24.

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3 years ago

HTC ThunderBolt Review

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A familiar phone gets faster, thanks to Verizon's LTE network

 

It isn't very often that a smartphone has the the staying power to remain a best-seller for an entire year, and it's even more rare to see that smartphone still have a major buzz factor when it hits another carrier some 12 months after it was initially announced. That phone, of course, is the HTC EVO 4G on Sprint. And it's been revamped and revitalized as the HTC ThunderBolt -- the first 4G LTE smartphone on Verizon.

Let's just get this out of the way -- yes, the ThunderBolt is nearly a dead ringer for the Sprint EVO 4G, another HTC device. And that's a good thing. The EVO 4G was the first Wimax device, and the first Android smartphone with a 4.3-inch touchscreen, and we'd still have little problem recommending it to someone today. So it was of little surprise that the ThunderBolt caused such a commotion leading up to its announcement at CES in January 2011, and that frustration over the nearly three months it took until release crescendoed to a level never before seen.

But, indeed, the ThunderBolt ushers in a new era -- the LTE era -- and that means a whole new experience. So join us after the break as we break down the ThunderBolt and its place atop of the smartphone mountain.

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3 years ago

HTC Sensation hits the FCC again, for real this time

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To add to the confusion, the HTC Sensation has cleared the FCC, and this time it has a name.  A few days back a phone with no name, identified only by a model number cleared the FCC, and we all thought that was the Sensation.  Today we see a different phone, with a different model number, but the name HTC Sensation clearly identified, making it's way through the FCC verification process.  Odds are that this time it really is the HTC Sensation.  The phone has T-Mobile "4G" radios and everything else is still marked confidential.  But it does say HTC Sensation, so it has to be it.  Right?  Right?

So to recap:

  • The PG58130 is the HTC Sensation according to the FCC label.
  • The PG59100 is the HTC Doubleshot according to information from the system dump.
  • The PG58100 is something with T-Mobile radios and FCC approval.  Now to find out what.

Source: FCC via UnwiredView. Nice sleuthing, Florin!

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3 years ago

ColorSnap makes painting your house a whole lot simpler

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Sherwin-Williams has released its ColorSnap app for Android, and suddenly I can’t remember how I lived life without it. For someone who’s colorblind like me, the app is a downright miracle and for normal sighted folk, it’s still pretty darn useful. The concept is simple and works like a charm: snap a picture of just about anything, or use photos already in your gallery, and ColorSnap will analyze the selected portion of the pic and match it to one of their millions of paint colors. Have a portrait you want to match your walls to? Snap it and the app will get you to Sherwin-Williams’ closest matching color. Admitted, I’ll never know exactly what the heck “Quixotic Plum” is, but at least now I know it’s what I used in my 2nd grade art project. Now if only I had ColorSnap that time I accidentally painted my walls "Barney purple"… Hit the break to grab Colorsnap for free from the Android Market.

Source: Sherwin-Williams

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3 years ago

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

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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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3 years ago

Droid Charge case review: Mobi Products Skin Case

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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.

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3 years ago

How to remove the Infuse 4G microSD card

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(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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