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3 years ago

Even Palm fans can't stay away from Android

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So what happens exactly when you take the Palm Pre and load it up with a healthy dose of Android -- more specifically a Gingerbread AOSP. The folks over at PreCentral have done all the hard work for us and were even kind enough to film it. If you happen to have a Palm Pre kicking around that you want to have some fun with, then by all means -- head on over to PreCentral and take a look at k3dar's work, or just hit up the video above. Instructions and a downloadable shell script are available to help you along should you like to go on this adventure. [PreCentral]

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3 years ago

Sprint Nexus S 4G available for purchase at Best Buy, no ship date yet

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Following the news last week that Best Buy had put it's pre-order page up for the Gingerbread-rocking Sprint Samsung Nexus S 4G, some of you will be glad to know that the official ordering page is now up, albeit without an ETA.  The $199.99 new two-year contract or upgrade price holds true and but if you're looking to buy this pure Google experience outright, expect to pony up almost 700 big ones!  That's right, off contract pricing is running $699.99 compared to the $529.99 for the T-Mobile Nexus S, which also sells for $99.99 on contract.  Now, that's not say things can't change between now and launch date, but given that Best Buy is ready to take our credit card info, it seems to be set in stone. [Best BuyThanks for the tip repsak187!

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3 years ago

Leaked 2.3.3 ROM floating around for Galaxy Ace

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I hope everyone Europeans reading abroad are ready for this, but Samsung's Galaxy Ace (which shipped with 2.2) is definitely getting upgraded to some Gingerbread goodness, and if you just can't wait for it, there's a leaked ROM you might want to consider picking up.

The ROM is build tag S5830XXKP8 (for those interested) and is for the European model, S5830. (Sorry, everyone else!)

Any of our European compatriots considering taking this out for a spin? If you do, be sure to let us know how much faster that 800 MHz processor feels. [Blogsdna] Thanks, Sandip!

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3 years ago

Xoom tested on horseback, airplane wings and everything in between

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Those barmy chaps at the Carphone Warehouse have taken their battle-testing of the Motorola Xoom to the extreme, starting off using Google Maps on the back of a motorcycle and culminating with some light 3G browsing on the wings of an airplane. In the video, which we've embedded above, they also put Motorola's Honeycomb tablet through its paces on horseback, speedboat and see-saw. Not quite an Android in space, but very nearly as awesome. 

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3 years ago

Sprint Google Voice integration to launch April 26

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It looks Google Voice and Sprint will get things started in just a few days, as the above flyer is now floating around the Internet.  In case you haven't been paying attention, Sprint customers will soon have the option to use their mobile number for their Google voice number, without porting, fees, or wizardry. 

They've been testing things for a little over a month now, and after a few initial hiccups, folks are saying it's working well.  Most of us here rely on Google Voice, and what Sprint and Google are offering is pretty nice.  I think everyone that it's available to should give it a test run.  Thanks, Randy and anonymous!

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3 years ago

Skyfire 4.0 released with new features, paid and free

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We mentioned last month that the folks at Skyfire were working on a big update that would bring a new set of features as well as a new pricing model, and today is the day it becomes available.  There was some talk about that pricing model, so let's get that cleared up right away.  All the features you currently use in Skyfire will remain free.  The pricing revolves around what they're calling CAAS (Compression As A Service).  It uses Google's new Android in-app purchasing to pay for "video cloud acceleration".  Pay a one time fee of $2.99 and Skyfire renders and compresses video content on their servers, which offers up a more mobile optimized experience and saves both data usage and battery life.  Now before you start grumbling, Skyfire also says the three million of you who currently use Skyfire are grandfathered in and there will be no charge.  In addition, users who download Skyfire 4.0 through the VCast apps section of the Market n your Verizon phones will also get the service free.  Now we can all grumble a little bit at content deals, but not too much.  $2.99 isn't a bad price at all if you need to watch your data usage.

Along with the improved cloud acceleration, some other changes come along, notably Groupon, Twitter and Google Reader support.  There's a few changes in the SkyBar as well -- check them out, along with some screencaps and the press release, after the break.

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3 years ago

Samsung Droid Charge available April 28, $299 on contract

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Samsung and Verizon have "officially" unveiled the Samsung Droid Charge (see our hands-on from CES), making it available April 28 for $299.99 with a two-year agreement.  It will be the second LTE device to hit big red, and I know a lot of folks are waiting for that sweet 4.3 inch SAMOLED plus screen and 4G speeds.

Also from the press release, the @droidlanding scavenger hunt kicks off today offering up 16 chances to find and win one of these beauties.  So be sure to keep an eye on Twitter, and possibly save yourself a few dollars.  Hit the break for the full press release. [Samsung USA Newsroom]

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3 years ago

Sony Ericsson announces the W8 Walkman phone

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With no fanfare, The W8 Walkman phone appeared on Sony Ericsson's website today.  The phone runs Android (like all the cool phones do now-a-days), and for all intents and purposes is a re-worked Xperia X8 -- including still being stuck on Eclair (Android 2.1).  For now, SE warns that availability will be limited, and the W8 is set to be released in Asia sometime in Q2.

Travel back in time to the beginning of last year, and we see that Sony Ericsson has been working on this for a while.  We're glad to see more Android powered music players, but I'm not sure if offering them up with dated hardware and phone capabilities is the way to go.  [Sony Ericsson via Xperia Blog]

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3 years ago

Samsung Replenish benchmarks

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Since we've already gone hands-on with the Samsung Replenish from Sprint and we've also taken the time to give it an initial review, that means one of the only thing left to do for now was give it a run through for benchmarking purposes. As we're sure you already know, the Samsung Replenish isn't exactly a powerhouse so we weren't expecting a whole lot from it but what we did get we were pleasantly surprised with. Go ahead, check out the video and try to ignore the fact that Phil has a awesome looking sandwich and booze in front of him and you don't.

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3 years ago

Rogers bringing the Huawei S7 and LG Optimus Pad to Canada?!

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In case you've been wondering what tablets, aside from the Motorola Xoom may be heading towards Canada we have some unconfirmed but nonetheless nice rumors for you. The above image is a comparison chart, which according to the details is an internal document from Rogers outlining the differences between the iPad 2, LG Optimus Pad and the Huawei S7 tablets. While there isn't even any rumored launch dates for the Huawei S7, it looks as though Rogers may be seeing the LG Optimus Pad as early as May 10 as an exclusive device to their network. That's all for now but we'll let you know more when the information becomes available. [Mobile Syrup]

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