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5 years ago

Sprint introduces Sprint ID -- may spell doom for future Sense, Touchwiz UIs


Sprint ID

Sprint, in partnership with big names like Notre Dame, Oprah and MTV, announced its Sprint ID service for Android today at the carrier's CTIA press event (see the liveblog here).  Sprint ID takes the idea of HTC's scenes to the next level, giving the user an "ID Pack" for different scenarios.

But what exactly is Sprint ID? Customers can download and store up to five IDs -- filled with preloaded apps and icons -- designed to meet specific needs or interests.  Once the IDs are loaded, switching between is only a click away, and applications, widgets, ringtones and other parts of your Android experience change to suit your mood.  Along with the bundled applications and media, you can load any application from the market (and other sources likely) and continue to customize your phone to fit you.  Sprint ID will ship with the trio of new phones announced today, but no word on backwards compatibility.

It's a great idea, and Sprint loves to let us know it was first to the table with it.  Let's just hope the execution is well done, and the content is worthwhile, lest it become just another piece of bloat we'd do anything to get rid of. We're not quite sure what Sprint ID will mean for the future of UIs like HTC Sense and Samsung's Touchwiz, but it's interesting to note that the ESPN Sprint ID demo (which you can see after the break) appears emulated on an Evo 4G.

After the break you'll find the press release with the full details about Sprint ID. Lean more about Sprint ID here

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5 years ago

LG Optimus S Hands On


 LG Optimus S

The LG Optimus S is the cheapest of the new Sprint ID phones, clocking in at a price usually reserved for blowout: $49.99 after rebate. For that price you're looking at Android 2.2, 3G mobile hotspot, a 3.2 megapixel camera, and a "I-can't-believe-it's-only-fifty-bucks" level of responsiveness on the 320x480 screen - which is to say it's passible but nowhere near Incredible.

The LG Optimus S isn't going to blow the doors off anything, but for a budget Android phone we're not complaining. Grab a few more shots of it after the break.

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5 years ago

Sprint announces the Samsung Transform, Sanyo Zio and LG Optimus S


Sprint just dropped three new (OK, some more new than others) Android phones on us at CTIA. They are the Samsung Transform, the Sanyo Zio and LG Optimus S.

The Transform we saw through the user manual that appeared earlier this week. It'll go for $149 with $100 rebate and contract. It's a 3.5-inch HVGA touchscreen, 3.2MP camera and front-facing VGA camera. It's launching with Android 2.1, but Sprint says it'll be upgraded to Froyo later this year. The transform will be available Oct. 10.

The Zio's an oldie from the Sprint CTIA event and more recently as dummy units at Radio Shack. It'll cost just $99 on contract and $100 rebate. It sports Android 2.1 (again, an update is in the works) on a 3.5-inch WVGA touchscreen, a 3.2MP camera, 512MB of internal memory and a 2GB micro SD card. It'll be available Oct. 10.

The Optimus S looks to be a lot like the Optimus One we've seen in Asia.  It'll be available Oct. 31 for just $49.99 after contract and $100 rebate. It's got a 3.2-inch touchscreen, 3.2MP camera, mobile hotspot capability and launches with Android 2.2. [Transform, Zio, Optimus S]

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5 years ago

T-Mobile announces the LG Optimus T (with Google)


LG Optimus T

To continue the absolute onslaught of new Android phones, T-Mobile has announced the LG Optimus T, their latest "with Google" phone.  Details are a little sparse, but it's sporting a 3.2 MP autofocus camera, comes with a two GB microSD card (expandable to 32 GB), comes in burgundy or titanium, and Froyo on board.  No word on  price or availability other than "this holiday season", and nothing mentioned about WiFi calling, though we've heard it will be on board.   Full press release after the jump.

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5 years ago

Live from Sprint's CTIA event


 Sprint CTIA event

We've live at Sprint's press conference (2 p.m. PDT/5 p.m. EDT) at CTIA at the beautiful Moscone West in San Francisco. We're expecting a whole lot of 4G trumpeting, and rumor has it we're about to get a trio of new Android phones dropped on us. Liveblog starts after the break, folks.

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5 years ago

Samsung Mesmerize heading for US Cellular, Showcase for Cellular South


Samsung Mesmerize

Samsung, and carriers U.S. Cellular and Cellular South have announced the two newest editions of the Galaxy S phones headed to market -- the Mesmerize on U.S. Cellular, and the Showcase for Cellular South.  Both phones seem to have the standard 1GHz Hummingbird CPU, four inch SAMOLED screens, 5 MP cameras, and will ship running Android 2.1.

No prices have been mentioned for the Showcase as of yet, but The Samsung Mesmerize will retail for $199 after an $80 mail-in rebate  (with qualifying contract of course).  We also have a small piece of release news -- the Mesmerize should hit US Cellular on Oct 27, and the Showcase will be available from Cellular South "before the holidays."  Looks like both of these smaller carriers will soon have a great phone in their lineup.  Follow the break for both press releases.

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5 years ago

Logitech with Google TV - Preorder for $300


 Logitech Revue with Google TV

The long wait for Google TV is nearly over, folks. Logitech today (as we type this, actually) is unveiling Logitech Revue with Google TV (that's a mouthful) in San Francisco. In a nutshell, it's a set-top box that brings the full power of the Google, the Internet and Android to your living room. And, really, that goes nowhere near doing it justice. There's an option HD camera for video conferencing. 

As for interaction? Well, none of that janky Sony keyboard stuff. (OK, you can get a Mini Controller as an option). But there's also the bad boy you see above, and you will be able to control it from your Android phone.

Needless to say, we're excited about Google TV, even though the Revue's a wee bit on the pricey side at $299. But you know we're gonna buy one. [Logitech]

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5 years ago

Verizon announces its LTE markets -- 38 metro areas by the end of the year


 Verizon LTE markets

Verizon just announced its deployment plans for its 4G LTE network and as expected, it's a biggie. When the switch is thrown later this year, 38 metro areas will be covered. And on top of that, 62 airports will have service. The list is extensive and pretty damn exciting, unless you're not in the initial coverage areas. Smartphones and tablets will debut at CES in January (and you bet your bippy we'll be there).

Verizon's about to go into details at a press conference at CTIA, and we'll be listening in for any more details. Check out the press release and list of launch cities after the break. 

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5 years ago

Full version of Angry Birds hits next week


Angry Birds

Good news, folks. The long-awaited full version of Angry Birds (we've been going nuts playing the limited beta over and over) finally will drop next week, developer Rovio announced on Twitter this morning. They're working on proper multitasking, which pushed things back a tad. But that's worth waiting for, right? [Twitter]

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5 years ago

T-Mobile G2 rooting, rootkits and other things that may or may not be true


All over the interwebs this morning there's scuttlebutt about some mysterious rootkit in the T-Mobile G2.  Is the sky falling? Will this be the most locked down phone since the Motorola Droid X (which, by the way, has been "software" cracked)? 

Let's discuss a little bit after the break.

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5 years ago

HTC doubles quarterly profit



Its moto may be "quietly brilliant," but HTC has been anything but silent in the past year. It has launched flagship phones like the Nexus One, Droid Incredible, and Evo 4G here in the U.S., and the Desire has been popular abroad as well. The Taiwanese company has reported Q3 profits of $361 million, up from about half that number in Q3 of 2009. HTC has been running advertising campaigns in the U.S. to promote their flagship phones, and it appears that the money was well spent. Of course, making amazing phones along with what is probably the best manufacturer skin in Sense probably helped a bit. Click on past the link for lots of numbers and earning analysis. [The Wall Street Journal]

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5 years ago

Motorola Charm review


Motorola Charm

The Motorola Charm is the embodiment of the "smart-messaging phone."  It runs Android, but make no mistake -- it's not what you would expect from your typical Android phone.  It has an excellent qwerty keyboard, a small screen well designed for messaging applications (but little else), and a price point that makes sense.  Hit the break to see my impressions of Android's version of the Kin.

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5 years ago

T-Mobile officially announces Wifi calling on the new myTouch and Defy Android phones


 T-Mobile myTouch and Defy

T-Mobile this morning made the rumors official -- there be Wifi calling on them there Android phones. Specficially, on the new T-Mobile myTouch and Motorola Defy, and it'll be coming to more Android devices in the coming months. And -- surprise, surprise -- its done with that Kineto technology we wrote about a couple of weeks ago. So it's not quite the UMA of old, but it's close. Full presser after the break.

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5 years ago

Google reportedly close to implementing PayPal for Android Market purchases



The Android Market may soon be getting a pretty big boost -- from online payment system PayPal. The Street reports that a deal is in the works and may be announced as early as Oct. 26 at PayPal's developer conference in San Francisco to bring PayPal to Android app purchases.

That would help bolster one the bigger barriers to entry to the Android Market -- having your credit card information in Google Checkout. Though it's not exactly a hassle to set up, certainly more of us are already hooked into (and familiar) with PayPal. [The Street]

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5 years ago

Sony hopes its Google TV remote confuses you into buying it


Google TV

I've got high hopes for Google TV. From the Wifi-plagued demo at Google IO to a more intimate demo at the Adobe Android Summit, this things got legs. But only if manufacturers don't totally overwhelm an already skeptical consumer base, like with the Sony remote seen above. Sony's baking Google TV into some of its new sets, which we should see next week. But this remote, outed during a GTV preview on ABC's "Nightline," scares the hell out of me, and I'm used to using a button or three in my daily existence. Now imagine how it's going to make your mother feel. Yeah. It'll never come out of the box.

We've got a little more hope for Logitech's set-top box. But we're going to hope and pray for a little more ease of use before launch. Check out the "Nightline" piece after the break if you want. [ABC via Engadget]

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