4 years ago

Kyocera Zio M6000 Android phone is awesomely affordable



A year ago, Kyocera announced that they were tossing their hat in the Android mix. A year later, we meet the Kyocera Zio M6000. Though Kyocera isn't a big name in the smartphone industry, the Zio M6000 is a pretty solid effort. It comes with a stellar 3.5-inch 800x480 touchscreen, 600 MHz Qualcomm processor, 3.2-megapixel camera, and Android 1.6. What's most awesome about the Kyocera Zio M6000 is that it's rumored to be $169-$216 unsubsidized (!), that's nearly unheard of for an Android smartphone these days.

If Kyocera finds a US carrier, we think the Zio M6000 might be able to succeed. The design is inoffensive, the specs are good enough, and that price is just so right. What do you guys think?

one more picture after the jump!

[via engadget]

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4 years ago

Is Motoblur down? Happenings widget is broken, other widgets not updating



Yikes. We're getting word that Motoblur has been down for a while now and that many devices are still affected. Specifically, it looks like the Happenings widget in Motoblur hasn't been updating and that the other widgets (Facebook, twitter, etc) haven't been acting properly either. If these problems are as widespread as the forums make it seem, it's a gigantic black eye on the Motoblur experience (which many Android users feel is unnecessary as it is). There's been no official word from Motorola or T-Mobile on this but some are pointing toward a server issue somewhere. We'll be sure to keep you guys posted.

Anyone with a Motoblur device suffering from these problems?

[motorola forums, t-mobile forums via androinica]

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4 years ago

Samsung announces Android Galaxy S, with 4-inch Super AMOLED screen


Samsung Mobile president J.K. Shin at this morning's keynote just announced the Samsung Galaxy S, a monster 4-inch Super AMOLED Android phone.

The phone has three main pillars in its inception: Screen, speed and content.

For screen, it ha the new Super AMOLED technology that Samsung unveiled back at Mobile World Congress, which in addition to bringing the brightest screen available, it brings a 20 percent increase in battery life, Shin said.

On the processor side, it features a 1GHz chip -- the new standard for Samsung, Shin said -- bringing better graphics, multitasking and video.

But really, Shin said, it all boils down to content. The greatest screen in the world means nothing if you don't have content for it. And in that end, full-length movies and TV shows are optimized for the device. Also coming are books, newspapers and magazines. You want content? You got content.

We're headed over to get a closer look. Stay tuned.

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4 years ago

No, Palm's not switching to Android


File this under "Ain't gonna happen." The rampant rumor that Palm's going to ditch webOS for Android just isn't true. Are things kinda dim right now for the boys and girls from Sunnyvale? Maybe a little, depending on who you ask. But, no, they're not about to scrap the OS in favor of Android. Feel free to hash this out among yourselves, but this one's really much ado about nothing. [via PreCentral]

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4 years ago

CTIA Day 1 keynote


We're settled in for the first keynote of CTIA. Here's who's on tap this morning: AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets President & CEO Ralph de la Vega; Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd’s President of Mobile Communications Business J.K. Shin; AT&T, Inc’s Chairman of the Board and President & CEO Randall Stephenson; and Telefónica Internacional, USA Inc.’s Chairman Iñaki Urdangarín. Also on board is CTIA President and CEO Steve Largent.

No, none of them will tell you when the Hero or Droid or Moment is getting the 2.1 update. We'll check in after it's all over, however, and look for more throughout the day.

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4 years ago

Sprint announces more cities to receive WiMax 4G this year


Sprint this morning announced a slew of new cities on its schedule for 4G expansion as it expects to cover 120 million people with WiMax by the end of the year.

The new cities are:

  • Cincinnati
  • Cleveland
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • Pittsburgh
  • Salt Lake City
  • St. Louis

Those cities will join Boston, Denver, Kansas City, Houston, Minneapolis, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., which already were slated to receive 4G service this year.

Now all they'll need is a proper Android phone to take advantage of that speed. Supersonic, anyone? [Sprint]

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4 years ago

Zagg Leather Skin for the Motorola Droid


Got a look at a pretty cool (and brand new) backing skin for the Droid last night at the Showstoppers event, part of CTIA here in Las Vegas. It attaches directly to the battery cover and base of the phone and feels pretty darn good.

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4 years ago

Groundbreaking new device announced tomorrow?

It looks like the rumors may be true. Earlier we reported that Sprint should be announcing the HTC Supersonic at CTIA. Well tonight it seem like Sprint Premier customers are seeing a pre-announcement blurb on their account page. If the Supersonic isn’t the groundbreaking device, I can’t wait to see what is.

Whatever this may mean, you can be sure to get the skinny right here at AC – We’ll be there covering the announcement live from Vegas at CTIA Hit the break for a screenshot

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4 years ago

Root Wireless releases network monitoring app


Sure, you think your network's good. But just how good is it? Root Wireless is looking to answer that and crowdsource the nation's cellular network, at that. Today it released a free beta application that utilizes smartphones as network monitoring devices. (Check out CrackBerry.com's interview with them at CES in January.)

Supported Android devices are the Google Nexus One, Motorola Cliq, HTC Droid Eris and T-Mobile G1.

Here's how it works: You load up Root Wireless' app on your phone, and use it to monitor the network. Then you sign in at MyTrueCoverage.com, and your network strength is plotted on Google Maps. A handy tool if you're looking to determine just how good (or bad) a cell carrier is where you live, work and play. Full presser after the break.

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4 years ago

Use Picasa? It's another reason to be on Android


Take a lot of photos? Do you use Picasa to sort and store them? If so, here’s another reason to look towards Mountain View when buying a tablet. Our SPE sister site The iPhone Blog reports the latest from Apple CEO (and part time CSR) Steve Jobs.

…Are there any plans to support Picasa’s faces and albums in iTunes, so I can take full advantage of the [iPad] Photos application, since Photoshop Album is long discontinued. If not, please can you look into supporting the Picasa library format?

And the response from Steve Jobs:

No, but iPhoto on the Mac has much better Faces and Places features.

Sent from my iPhone

Granted, it’s his baby and he can decide who and what to support, but the list of iDont’s seems to get bigger each time we hear from Mr. Jobs about this thing. If you’re not using a Mac with Faces and Places, don’t fret. Android has you covered.

Sent from my old Tablet PC tethered to my Android [via TiPb]

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