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3 years ago

Verizon axes $10 add-a-line cost for new smartphones on family plans

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Verizon has just announced a new promotion that will provide a bit of extra incentive for users in family plans to upgrade to a smartphone this Christmas season. The offer gets rid of the $9.99 per month charge for adding lines as long as those lines are smartphones and paying the $29.99 per month charge for unlimited data. The rebate actually lasts the entire length of your contract, so assuming you stick with it for the full two years, each added smartphone line would save $240 ($10 per month for 24 months) over the life of the contract.

Verizon will start the discount pricing Nov. 19, and it will run until Jan. 7, 2011. Verizon is aiming specifically to get owners of family plans an incentive to upgrade their spouse or children to smartphones, which I am sure many will do. Family plans currently start at $69.99 and you can add up to five additional lines to the base plan. Click past the break to see some more slides we have ninja'd from Big Red that will tell you all you need to know about eligibility and pricing. [Verizon Wireless]

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3 years ago

Steve Wozniak talks Android's future (hint: he thinks it's got one)

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The Wonderful Wizard of Woz, or simply, Steve Wozniak -- is at it again. This time only, he's talking Android and iOS. The co-founder of Apple was recently interviewed by De Telegraaf, a newspaper in the Netherlands, on what he thoughts were on the Android platform and some deets on a unreleased Apple manufactured smartphone back in 2004.

The computer genius drew some comparisons between the early Windows platform and today's Android, claiming that quality and user satisfaction could be better, but ultimately it will become the dominant smartphone in the market, much like how Windows has taken over today. 

Wozniak also disclosed some info about a smartphone they were developing back in 2004 with a Japanese electronics company. The smartphone was never released publicly because Apple felt that the device was not quite all there, and they wanted a device that would be "breakthrough." Anyone remember the Apple Pippin? Anyone? [De Telegraaf via Engadget, TiPB]

Update: Well, it didn't take long for Steve to point out his was misquoted on a few things here. Woz has since clarified some of the misquotes that have been reported, by stating that he'd never say that Android was better than iOS, and that "Almost every app I have is better on the iPhone." It appears, something here was lost in translation. Best to listen to the audio so that you get the full effect of what Woz was stating. [Engadget]

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3 years ago

Google Sky Map gets updated with time travel, multitouch

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This one's for all you astronomers out there. Google has just updated Google Sky Map to version 1.6. You were keeping count, right? The update brings two new features to the app:

  • Time Travel: Travel through time to view the sky as it looked in the past or as it will look in the future. You can also speed up time to watch events
    like eclipses and conjunctions
  • MultiTouch: Easily zoom in & out or rotate display using just two fingers
    on devices that support multi-touch input

Very, very cool. Download links are after the break. [Google] Thanks, El Jefe!

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3 years ago

LG Optimus One review

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Redefining entry-level Android phones, one carrier at a time

Let's not mince words: The LG Optimus One is not a top-end phone, nor was it designed to be.  If you're expecting some sort of dual-core wünderphone, look elsewhere.

But -- if you're looking for a very pocketable, well built, speedy communications device you've found the right place.  Hit the break and check out how LG is changing the way we think of low end Android phones.

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Black Friday by dealnews.com

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If the Christmas music on the radio station didn't tip you off, the busiest shopping season is just around the corner.  In nine days parents across the country will be lining up outside of their favorite big box retailers, hoping to get their big ticket gifts out of the way at amazing prices.

Sure, you can root through print ads, cutting out items you want and taping them to your master shopping list, but wouldn't it be easier if you could view deals and compile your list directly on your Android cellphone?

BusinessWire posted an article about a new Black Friday app for Android and iOS devices by the popular deal website dealnews.com.  It promises to simplify your Black Friday shopping by letting you browse Black Friday deals from your handset and add them to a master list for when you head out before the crack of dawn on the 26th.

 Hit the read more link to find out more about this holiday app, and for links to download it to your shopping companion. [Via BusinessWire, dealnews.com]

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3 years ago

Motorola Droid Pro officially on sale today

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The Motorola Droid Pro -- with its 3.1-inch touchscreen and full QWERTY front-facing keyboard -- is officially available today from Verizon Wireless for $179 after two-year contract and $100 rebate. We're knee-deep into testing this guy out, but in the interim you can check out our initial hands-on, benchmark test, full specs and gallery. [Verizon]

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3 years ago

Google Navigation comes to Australia

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This is a nice update for our readers down in Australia.  As of today, you can use Google Maps to give you free turn by turn navigation on your Android device providing it's running Android 1.6 or higher.  Australia is the latest in a string of countries to get the popular navigation service, and all functions, including traffic conditions for select cities, seem to be online.  If you live in Australia, be sure to try out the new Google maps and let us know how it's working for you below or in our forums. Via [Sydney Morning Herald] Thanks Tristan!

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3 years ago

Angry Birds lite coming for older phones

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For those of you not running the latest and greatest Android smartphone but still have a hankering for some Angry Birds, fear not -- a "lite" version of the game is in the works. In a blog post about recent feedback it's received, developer Rovio says the following:

"We are currently developing a lighter solution to run Angry Birds on lower end Android devices. This does not mean lighter gameplay or a lesser amount of levels, but a game experience optimized for devices with less processing power.

Rovio also trumpets GetJar, saying it used the web-based app distributor instead of the Android Market because "we wanted to make Angry Birds available for every feasible Android device ... and why the game is supported by advertising." (We'll let you try to figure that one out.)

Rovio also listed all of the phones that aren't currently supported by Angry birds. That list includes the Droid Eris, HTC Dream, Hero, Magic/Sapphire/myTouch 3G, Tattoo, Wildfire, Huawei Ideos, LG Ally, LG GW620, Motorola Backflip, Motorola Cliq, Samsung Acclaim, Samsung Moment, Samsung Spica, Samsung Transform, Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini, T-Mobile G1 and the new old G2. Plus, anything running on Cupcake (Android 1.5) or below is not supported; same goes for custom ROMs (though we all know that's just a CYA move).

We've run Angry Birds on the Samsung Transform -- not great, but it works -- and the HTC Wildfire -- don't bother -- so it's great to see that a lite version is in the works.s [Rovio]

Update: Ah! PC Mag's Sascha Segan got clarification on the G2 not being supported. It's the old Euro G2 (as in the Euro version of the myTouch), not the brand new T-Mobile G2.

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3 years ago

HTC releases source code for T-Mo G2, myTouch 4G, Verizon Droid Incredible

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HTC this morning released source code for a trio of Android phones: the long-awaited first look at the myTouch 4G, plus the latest maintenance updates for the T-Mobile G2 and the Droid Incredible.

As always, some proprietary code will be missing, and unless you're a modder there's not much you can do with this stuff. But for those of you waiting on custom ROMs, things are about to get better. [HTC Developer Center]

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3 years ago

Canadian Galaxy S phones get Froyo update news

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Samsung Mobile Canada has announced via Facebook that "Android 2.2 will be released for Vibrant from Bell and Captivate from Rogers in mid-December, and for the Fascinate from TELUS in early 2011. We’ll post further details as they become available."

You can call that good news, or bad news, but at least we have a time frame.  Still no new word for any of the US Galaxy S phones, which will likely depend on the individual carrier.  We're watching and waiting, too.  To our Canadian readers -- pass the time in the forums with the rest of us waiting for the elusive update.  [ Samsung Mobile Canada via MobileSyrup]

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