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3 years ago

Xperia Arc/Play available for pre-order on Rogers, 'late April' release rumored

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Canadian carrier Rogers now has pre-order pages up for Sony Ericsson's Xperia Arc and Xperia Play, following the phones' (slightly disrupted) European launch yesterday. Both phones will set Canadian buyers back C$99.99 upfront on any of Rogers' contracts, which range from C$50/month to C$75/month. While the Xperia Arc will only be available in black, Rogers is offering the Xperia Play in the lesser-spotted white as well.

The Rogers pre-order site doesn't list any release date. However, MobileSyrup is reporting via a leaked Rogers internal screen that both phones will see the light of day in "late April", with inventory arriving in stores between April 19 and 21. [Rogers, MobileSyrup]

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3 years ago

Motorola Bravo's Froyo update delayed on the cusp of its release?

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A little bit of bad news for those of you with a Motorola Bravo -- looks like external testing for an update to Android 2.2 Froyo was about to begin (according to a post this week in Moto's support forums). But the screen shot we were just sent certainly makes it look like that update (or possibly a separate update) might have been delayed.

The Bravo, as you'll recall, is a mid-level device on AT&T (see our hands-on) announced last fall at CTIA. It's got a 3.7-inch WGVA touchscreen, 2GB of ROM, a 3MP camera and ye olde Motoblur.

If indeed it's the Froyo update that's been delayed, here's hoping for a speedy re-release. Submitted via the Android Central App

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3 years ago

Sprint's Nexus S 4G launching April 18? [Update: Just a training launch?]

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Dunno from whom or where this came, but it sure looks like someone's about to get all trained up on the Sprint Nexus S 4G. (See our hands-on at CTIA.) And it sure does look like it could see an April 18 launch. The Nexus S 4G, as you'll remember, is the same as the original Nexus S, with a Wimax radio thrown in for good measure. It'll cost you $199 on-contract whenever it does launch, and you'll have to shell out extra for the Wifi hotspot. Submitted via the official Android Central app

[Update: Got a tip that this is sort of a soft training launch from the rewards site that announces the trainings, and that we could see the consumer launch a week or two later. The source guesses on or about April 24.]

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3 years ago

LTE onOFF brings an easy way to turn off 4G on your Thunderbolt

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We have discussed the battery life of the HTC Thunderbolt a time or two, and we have seen some ways to turn off the 4G connection, but none of them were as simple as a toggle on your home screen. The folks at TeamAndIRC were nice enough to go ahead and create a 4G LTE toggle for the HTC Thunderbolt, that allows for a quick and easy way to turn the connection on or off. Nothing overly fancy, a simple toggle that allows you to select whether you want the connection on or off, so head to the market, and grab it for yourself. Download information after the break.

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3 years ago

Early Upgrade price changes coming to AT&T?

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We just received this one through the Android Central app, and with a little sleuthing (reports filed via the app are completely anonymous) we tied it to AT&T, based on the lingo.  QMP is what AT&T calls their feature phones (Quick Messaging Phones), and it looks like anyone looking to purchase off-contract or on a one-year commitment is going to be paying a little more come April 3.

According to the screenshot, the price of the iPhone will be going up by $50, while other smartphones like the Atrix 4G will be going up by $150 for a one year contract, and $50 if purchased outright.  How any rebates are going to affect this, is still unknown.  Nobody likes it when prices rise, but Android, BlackBerry, and WP7 fans will be hit the hardest.  And just when we thought AT&T was warming up to Android a little.  Thanks, Anon!

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3 years ago

Beautiful Widgets Beta, Thunderbolt themes [from the forums]

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It's Friday, April Fools Day, and it's also the start of the weekend, which is a good thing considering some of the pranks we've seen through out the day. Everything from Cyanogen leaving Android to ClockworkMod being acquired by HTC. Needless to say, we're glad it's all coming to a close for another year. We've covered a lot of news this week and did a stellar podcast for you all so be sure to check it out. If you're looking to get totally caught up over the weekend, jump into the forums and get started.

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3 years ago

Google I/O Extended events connect developers across the globe

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Can't attend this year's Google I/O conference? Google and the GTUG network have you covered, with a number of Google I/O Extended events around the world where developers can watch live streams of all the action for free. Google describes the Extended events as "part viewing party and part community building", with some events even including local developer demos and speaker sessions.

Hit the source link for a map showing all the I/O Extended events around the world, along with registration links. [Google I/O 2011 Extended]

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3 years ago

HTC ThunderBolt 2750mAh extended battery

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Find the latest HTC ThunderBolt accessories

When it comes to extended batteries, there are a couple things I worry about. First and foremost is having more juice. That's a given, though. With the 2750mAh extended battery for the HTC ThunderBolt, you're getting nearly double the miliAmp/hours of the stock 1400mAh battery. So it's going to last longer. (Or in the case of the ThunderBolt on LTE, which sucks through a battery, you might actually get a day's use out of it.)

But the other thing -- and for a lot of us the only real concern -- is how the extended battery looks and feels on the phone.

First things first: It's bigger. Along with the battery, you get a new battery cover. And the cover has the same cutouts for the camera, dual flashes and 3.5mm as the standard battery. And it also has the same internal antenna connections, which is important, too. It's also made of the same soft-touch plastic as the stock battery cover and has the same HTC and 4G LTE markings.

As for the size, it's definitely larger, sticking out from the back of the ThunderBolt, whereas the stock battery and cover are flush. That's to be expected, of course. Funny thing is, it doesn't feel too bad in the hand. It's noticeably heavier -- about 1 ounce -- but, again, that's to be expected. But our fingers rest comfortably on the top lip. So despite the added size and weight, it's not horrible.

We'll talk actual battery life once it's broken in and properly tested. But for a good look at how it'll fit on your ThunderBolt, hit the pictures after the break. You can snag the HTC ThunderBolt extended battery in the Android Central Store for $49.95.

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3 years ago

Win a Tablet of your choice from TouchType!

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To celebrate 1 million downloads of their SwiftKey keyboard app, TouchType is giving away a tablet each to THREE lucky winners! Which tablets? Whichever the winner chooses so long as they're available for purchase for up to $800 where he or she lives. iPad 2, PlayBook, Xoom, Galaxy Tab are all on the table.

How do you enter? TouchType has put together a small survey which shouldn't take more than five or ten minutes to complete. That's it - well, that and a quick perusal of the official entry rules just to make sure you're eligible (sorry minors and SPE employees). The contest is open to readers of Android Central, CrackBerry.com, TiPb, and WPCentral and ends at midnight Pacific on April 14th.

Not familiar with TouchType? You may have also seen that TouchType made a splash at this year's CTIA with their tablet keyboard for Honeycomb - that's coming soon, but SwiftKey is available now for Android devices. 

So get cracking on the survey, folks - these tablets aren't going to give themselves away.

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3 years ago

Android Central Podcast Episode 54

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Audio-only stream below

Phil and Jerry get a little ranty as we discuss the possibility of Honeycomb not being open-sourced. Plus, Amazon's recent awesomeness, and another CTIA wrapup. Listen in!

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