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5 years ago

T-Mobile taking smartphone trade-ins, gives you up to $300


T-Mobile is instituting a phone trade-in program, taking not only their own handsets, but a handset from any carrier and offering up to $300 that could be used towards the purchase of a new T-Mobile phone. The best part? You can put your trade-in money towards any phone, including some of their beastly 4G handsets.

Got an old flip-phone that’s collecting dust? Wanna trade up to the latest 4G device but watching the wallet? T-Mobile is making it even more affordable to upgrade with a new retail Trade In program that provides customers with the ability to trade existing mobile devices, from any carrier, for cash (up to $300) that could be used towards the purchase of a new handset – including any smartphone running on T-Mobile’s 4G network. Customers just need to go to any T-Mobile retail store with their old device, where a trained T-Mobile representative will determine the trade-in value of each device and a check for the quoted amount will be given to the customer via a mail-in rebate process. It’s a great way to step up to 4G without spending a ton.

Full presser is after the break.


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5 years ago

NTT Docomo's summer lineup: 9 smartphones, 8 are Android


Japanese carrier NTT Docomo has announced its summer 2011 lineup, which includes nine smartphones -- eight of which are Android.  The offerings from Sharp, NEC, LG, Samsung and Sony Ericsson are chock full of cool features that never seem to make it out of Asia, like infrared data exchange and mobile wallet.  Even more interesting is that they all will ship with Gingerbread, another feature that seems slow to make it's way to North America.

We've already seen the Xperia Acro, will launch in June or July, and the summer fun kicks off on May 20 with the Sharp AQUOS SH-12C, which is billed as an "Android smartphone with 8.0-megapixel 3D twin cameras. LCD panel and image processor based on AQUOS technology for high-resolution images."  Hit the break to see the smartphone portion of NTT Docomo's press release, and the source link for more information.

Source: NTT Docomo

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5 years ago

LG Revolution launching May 26?


The LG Revolution may be hitting shelves on May 26. Photos of the Best Buy listing for the device have surfaced, followed by inventory information that has the "in-stock" of May 25. Verizon has a history of launching phones on a Thursday -- and we'll see the Xperia Play and possibly the Droid X2 on May 26 -- so this is entirely possible.

Again, nothing is official until Verizon announces it --and we've seen supposed launch dates come and go all sprint -- so keep that in mind.

If you've been waiting patiently for the LG Revolution, which will be a 4G LTE device, your wait may come to an end next week.

Source: Droid Attic; via LG Revolution Forum

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5 years ago

Verizon's Sony Ericsson Xperia Play coming May 26 for $199


Online preorders start May 19

The way's nearly over for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play on Verizon. Big Red announced this morning that it'll be available for preorder on May 19, and in stores May 26 for $199 with a two-year contract. That's the same Xperia Play as we first got our hands on back at Mobile World Congress in February, with all its Playstation game goodness.

Need a rehash of the specs? Here goes:

  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • Playstation-like controllers
  • 1 GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon® II processor with Adreno 205 GPU
  • Adobe® Flash® Player
  • 4-inch multi-touch display
  • 5-megapixel rear-facing camera
  • VGA front-facing camera for still shots and video chatting
  • Preloaded with seven games -- Madden NFL 11, Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior, Asphalt 6, Adrenaline, The Sims 3, Star Battalion, Crash Bandicoot, Tetris
  • Support for Google Mobile Services including Gmail™, YouTube™, Google Talk™, Google Search™, Google Maps™, and access to more than 200,000 apps available to download from Android Market™
  • Mobile hotspot capability– share 3G connection with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices

Yeah, we're more than a little excited to get our game on with this one, folks. Full presser's after the break.

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5 years ago

Xperia Play delayed on Vodafone NZ after entire shipment of phones is stolen



Vodafone New Zealand has confirmed that it's delaying its launch of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play after thieves managed to swipe the first shipment of phones in its entirety. Vodafone described the incident as a "major security breach", and isn't yet able to offer any updated release schedule for the device.

This isn't the first time an Xperia Play launch has been held up due to unforseen events. Stock has been in short supply following the natural disasters in Japan earlier this year. Elsewhere, "freight issues" delayed the phone's launch on many British carriers by several weeks, and and O2 UK is still working to iron out software kinks that are preventing the Xperia Play from launching on its network.

Source: @VodafoneNZ

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5 years ago

AT&T confirms to devs: Sideloading from here on out


When we broke the news that AT&T is pushing updates to older Android devices to finally enable sideloading, and with the Infuse 4G being its first phone to sideload out of the box, we naturally assumed AT&T will continue to leave its future phones open. And that assumption has been confirmed, as Ma Bell went straight to the developers to inform them of her intent to no longer lock out sideloading on future phones.

Again, props to AT&T for finally changing its stance, even if it took the Amazon Appstore not working to make it happen. No matter how you slice it, it's a win for the customer.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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5 years ago

Android Central reader meet-up: June 2 in New York City!


Update: And all 450 tickets have been claimed! Stay tuned for more info, folks!

When you're looking to get the best Android bloggers together with the best Android fans, there's only one place to do it. Mark your calendars, folks — we're coming to New York City on June 2, 2011, and we're bringing some of the summer's hottest tech with us. And you're invited.

The deets:

  • Doors open at 7 p.m. June 2. Just where those doors will be is yet to be determined. But there will be doors, and they will open. For free.
  • There will be punch and pie.
  • Our own Phil Nickinson and Dieter Bohn will be there, along with their pals from Phandroid, PhoneDog, MobileBurn, Mobiputing and Netshelter.
  • The event is an all-ages affair.
  • We mentioned tech. You'll get a look at the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 before it's released to the public.
  • And you'll have a chance to win one of five Galaxy Tabs or one of five other Samsung smartphones.

So what are you waiting for? Tickets are going to go fast. So register for the event now. And tell 'em Lloyd sent ya. (And, yes, he's walking on water. Deal with it.)

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5 years ago

Slacker launches Premium Radio -- brings music on demand


Slacker has announced Slacker Premium Radio, which adds a third level of service to the streaming radio giant's offerings.  Slacker Premium Radio brings on-demand access to the complete Slacker music library including individual songs, albums, artist radio stations and more. Now users have a choice between the free basic service, the $4.99 monthly subscription which brings more features like skipping tracks and gets rid of the ads, to the newest service which rings up at $9.99 monthly. 

Also coming with the updated app is Slacker station creator.  Using this, listeners have the ability create multi-artist stations, full of features to fine tune things to your liking.  Slacker Premium subscribers will be able to create single artist ad free stations, but the lower tiers of service are multi-artist only.

The full list of Premium features (from the press release):

  • Search, play and replay specific songs or entire albums
  • Create specific playlists on mobile and on the web
  • Off-line playback of stations, playlists and albums on the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, Android and BlackBerry smartphones
  • Replay specific songs on programmed and custom stations
  • Browse and play "Favorite" songs, now collected in one location
  • Unlimited song skipping
  • Ad-free listening
  • Complete song lyrics
  • Browse Top Charts on all Slacker genre stations
  • “Peek Ahead” artist, album and song preview
  • Ability to skip forward and backward

And maybe the best news, a limited time, a free subscription to Slacker Premium Radio is available by visiting Slacker's Facebook page.  Check out the full press release and download link after the break.

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5 years ago

Epic 4G gets a new Gingerbread leak -- Android 2.3.3 and EE03


We know full well that Sprint's testing Gingerbread builds for the Samsung Epic 4G, and the latest to leak out is build EE03. News of this Android 2.3.3 build has actually been floating around for a few days, but now the ROM's in hand, rooted and ready to be flashed, if you're brave enough. For what it's worth, the folks at ACS say it's much better than the ED12 build that leaked previously.

So, who's up for some late night Gingerbread?

Source: ACS; More: Android Central Forums

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5 years ago

Radio Shack's silent EVO 3D preorders start Tuesday


Radio Shack EVO 3D preorder

Here we go again, folks. First it was Best Buy with the not-so-secret silent preorders for the upcoming Sprint HTC EVO 3D (see our hands-on at CTIA), and now Radio Shack's getting in on the game. Just like with Best Buy, Radio Shack's not going to be openly promoting the preorders. But if you ask, they'll gladly give you a $50 gift card along with the promise of an EVO 3D just as soon as it's released.

And as for when it's going to be released, seems nobody knows just yet (or at least Sprint is keeping it really close to the chest), which is the reason for all this super secret silent preorder stuff in the first place. For more on that, check out the rest of the images after the break.

Thanks, anon!

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5 years ago

Gameloft revises DRM, allows games to be redownloaded on new devices


Good news if you're someone who someone who plays any of Gameloft's Android games. Word on the street is that Gameloft has enhanced their DRM to allow patrons to re-download their purchased games on new devices. Previously, you had to go through customer service when you got a new device, but how times have changed.

Gameloft is also pushing out a number of other updates as of late, including launching their games on the Android Market (yippee!).  Realizing that the Market has always let you re-download apps you've purchased to new phones, this change to their DRM is both welcome and makes perfect sense.

The only thing you need to do to get yours games on your new device is a quick stop by the Gameloft website, but know that any .apk files you've got won't work as backups anymore.

So, how's everyone feel about this? Gameloft has some pretty cool games, and now that you don't have to jump through hoops to get them back on your new phone, does anyone think they'll consider purchasing where they haven't before? Or are you waiting for Gameloft to make things easy and actually use the Android Market?

Source: Droid Gamers

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5 years ago

HTC Evo Shift 4G Gingerbread leaked, custom ROM already built and running


Someone had better call a plumber, 'cause the leaks are going crazy!  Here's another Gingerbread leak, this time for the HTC Evo Shift 4G.  But this one has a twist -- Shift 4G developer TMartin03 has already snapped the pieces together and built a flashable custom ROM for the Shift, and it's ready and waiting for you to download and try.  For now, it's a stock build that's been rooted and had busybox added, but I'm sure development on this one will be going full steam shortly.

If you're rooted and ROM'd, give it a try and make your Speedy even more speedy.

Source: 911Sniper (original leak); XDA-Developers (custom ROM)

Thanks, cr33p, for the heads up!

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5 years ago

Netflix on the Nook Color, Honeycomb coming to the Galaxy Tab [from the forums]


A new week, new devices and plenty of news right out of the gates. Always nice when the week starts off awesome. If you've not done so today, be sure to hop on into the Android Central forums and dig around -- lots of talk of rumored devices, new ROMS and more to discuss.

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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5 years ago

T-Mobile G2X review


A vanilla UI and dual-core power combined with open hardware make the G2X one of the best Android phones to date

The LG T-Mobile G2X and its cousin from across the pond the Optimus 2X show us LG is serious about getting into the high-end Android market in the United States.  LG has always been a major player in the mobile space, but up until now its U.S. Android offerings have leaned towards the mid-range of the market at best.  When the LG Star prototype first showed up last November, the Android world (at least the part on the Internet) was all a-buzz with excitement.  It's 4-inch display, dual-core Tegra 2 CPU and front facing camera were all still relatively new ideas then, and we ate it up. 

But today, those kinds of specifications are a given.  Maybe we're jaded, but as a whole the Android community scoffs at phones that aren't dual-core hot rods with big glass and don't have two cameras.  So how does the G2X measure up with our current expectations of what makes a high-end Android smartphone?  Hit the break and have a look.

G2X SpecsG2X ForumsG2X Accessories

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5 years ago

HTC Evo 3D system dump available


The HTC Evo 3D will be one of the hottest Android phones of the year, and to whet everyone's appetite a system dump for the beast has shown up online.  Our pals at 911Sniper, who have a knack for obtaining the unobtainable, have posted up a test build of the software for everyone to have a look through.  We're doing just that right now, and will get a fast mirror and any goodies we can pull out posted up in the Evo 3D forums.

In the meantime, reading the specs always makes us happy:

  • 4.3-inch 3D qHD capacitive 960 x 540 px display
  • 1730 mAh battery
  • 4GB of internal memory
  • 8GB microSD card pre-installed (expandable to 32GB)
  • 1GB RAM
  • 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • Dual 5 MP rear cameras (for 3D)
  • 1.3 MP front-facing camera
  • 2D video recording at 1080p
  • 3D video recording at 720p

The rumored day in June can't come soon enough.

Source: 911Sniper. Thanks everyone who sent this in!

Update:  Here's that link with the fast mirror and the goodies I promised.  Have at it folks!

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