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3 years ago

Live all week from CTIA Wireless

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Only two things to do in Orlando -- theme parks and conventions. And some of us have already done the Disney thing this month, so it's time to cover some smartphones, shall we? It's the CTIA Wireless show from the Orange County Convention Center. And we've got a pretty good idea of what we'll see, from a smattering of Sprint stuff to a new Samsung tablet -- and that's barely scratching the surface.

So join us all week for live coverage from Orlando. You can keep up with this link. And if you're looking for any behind-the-scenes stuff, be sure to follow @philnickinson, @backlon and @crackberrykevin.

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3 years ago

SwiftKey Tablet Beta now available for VIP forum members [video]

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TouchType has released a closed beta of its highly anticipated SwiftKey Tablet keyboard. The larger inspired keyboard is optimised for Android tablet devices running Honeycomb. The creative minds behind SwiftKey, developer TouchType, has made the beta available exclusively to their SwiftKey VIP forum members. Anyone who wants to give the beta a "feel" or "touch," can register here. Once registered, newly appointed VIP members can download the tablet beta here. Make the jump to see the beta in action. Oh, and since SwiftKey is so awesome, we think you should vote for them in the CTIA Emerging Technology Awards.

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3 years ago

Motorola bootloader still encrypted, developer comes clean

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The bootloader on your Milestone or Droid X is just as locked today as it was yesterday, and it looks like it will stay that way.  Android developer Nenolod admits he was lying when he claimed to have the keys to the Motorola sholes platform bootloader, and just did it for the lulz. 

What can we say?  Things like this happen, and all you can do is remember the names involved and stay far away from their "work" until they disappear.  We certainly will.  Hopefully nobody bricked any phones toying with this one.  [@clockworkmod]

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3 years ago

Samsung releases Sprint Epic 4G EC05 source code

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Sprint has announced the latest Froyo update for the Sprint Epic 4G will begin rolling out today, and Samsung follows through with some source code.  Nothing here for the average Joe, but your independent developers will be all over this and true custom Froyo ROMs for the Epic will show up and make all your geeky dreams come true.  Look in the Epic 4G hacking forums to keep up to date on all of them.

If you're one of those developers, want to become one, or are just curious hit the source link and search "EC05" for the download.  Now the wait for Gingerbread begins. [Samsung Open Source Release Center via @Paul627G]

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3 years ago

How to turn off LTE on the HTC ThunderBolt [from the forums]

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Many of us have been frustrated, to say the least, that there's no toggle switch to turn off the LTE radio in the HTC ThunderBolt like there is in, say, the Sprint EVO 4G or Epic 4G. You could open up the battery cover and pull the 4G SIM card, but that's ... what's the word ... work.

No matter. User cdunn05 over at the ThunderBolt Forums worked up the instructions to manually turn the LTE radio off while still leaving the 3G radio on using the following steps. It looks scarier than it is, and the best part is that it survives a reset. We've got full instructions in the ThunderBolt forums. [How to turn off ThunderBolt LTE] Thanks, cdunn05!

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3 years ago

Future Shop now taking pre-orders for the Motorola Xoom in Canada

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Future Shop wasted no time after Motorola's official press release announcing the Motorola XOOM launch in Canada, setting up a pre-order page. Right now, if you head on over the Future Shop website the Motorola XOOM is placed front and center. Listed at $599.99 with an expected ship date of April 8, Motorola's timing for a Canadian release appears to be a planned out distraction for those waiting for either an iPad 2 that launches on March 25 and the BlackBerry PlayBook that should be getting a release date any day now. Wanna pre-order some Honeycomb goodness? Hit the source link for more details. [Future Shop]

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3 years ago

Costco taking pre-orders for the Samsung Stealth March 24, tentative launch April 7

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Although Verizon has just rolled out their first 4G LTE device being the HTC Thunderbolt that doesn't mean they're going to stop there. One of the next devices aside from the Motorola Droid Bionic is the Samsung 4G Droid Stealth. We've seen plenty of the device since it was announced at CES 2011.

We've gone hands-on with it, it's been spotted in the wild and its even crossed paths with the FCC but despite all of that, the closest anyone has got to an actual recent date is April. New info, as seen above from Costco pegs the device as going up for pre-order on March 24 with a tentative launch date of April 7.

Although the Samsung 4G Droid Stealth may not be a top priority for everyone to pick up, the fact we'll have another 4G LTE device to choose from is a pretty awesome. If nothing else, we can compare the battery life of it to that of the HTC Thunderbolt. [Thanks, anon for the tip!]

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3 years ago

Sprint Nexus S 4G will be a Best Buy retail exclusive; presale starts today

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Earlier today the Sprint Nexus S 4G became official, and not long after that Best Buy announced that it'll have retail exclusivity on the device, and that the presale will begin today. This means that other than a Sprint store, Best Buy will be the only place you'll be able to try and purchase a Nexus S 4G. As we all know, Best Buy has had many retail exclusive releases lately, one of which was the T-Mobile version of the Nexus S, which they were very excited about.

“The exclusive launch of Nexus S from Google was a landmark for us and it continues to be one of our best-selling devices,” said Scott Anderson,head of merchandising for Best Buy Mobile. “Bringing Nexus S 4G to our stores is one more way we’re making it as easy as possible for people to find the phone that’s right for them.”

The Best Buy presale is a $50 fee, that is applied to your purchase at the time it is made, and can be done at any Best Buy retail location, or any Best Buy Mobile stand-alone store. [Best Buy] More in the Nexus S 4G forums

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3 years ago

The Motorola Xoom (Wi-Fi) is coming to Canada this April

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Motorola has announced that the Honeycomb based tablet, the Motorola Xoom, is headed north to Canada this April. Unfortunately, Motorola is currently only making the Wi-Fi version available to Canadians. Although, the press release does state 3G is coming mid-year. So for those of you waiting for a 3G Xoom, hang tight! The Xoom hitting Canada in April is the same exact one we've come to know and love here in the US -- nothing new. Press release after the break, folks.

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3 years ago

AT&T announces the LG Thrill

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AT&T has announced the LG Thrill 4G -- their branded version of the LG Optimus 3D (check out our hands-on).  They are marketing the Thrill as the first U.S. smartphone with a glasses free 3D display -- a 4.3-inch stereoscopic LCD.  Toss in the OMAP 4 dual core, dual channel 1GHz CPU, dual channel RAM and 8 GB of on-board storage memory and you have what many have been looking for.  Pricing and availability weren't announced, but we expect to see it sometime in the second quarter of this year.  The full press release is after the break. [PRNewswire]

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