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Motorola, Sprint Brewing New QWERTY Android Smartphone

by: Elmer MontejoJune 28, 2011

A while back, Sprint took the Motorola Droid Pro (which was on Verizon) for a spin and rebranded it as its own Motorola XPRT. Sprint and Motorola, these days, are hand-in-hand again in the labs to come up with a new Android smartphone–another portrait QWERTY again.

In fact, the tipster that leaked the news to PopHerald said that, although the new QWERTY smartphone is not entirely XPRT in look and feel, the phone does have features that remind you of the Motorola XPRT. For instance, the new device will still have a full, four-row QWERTY keyboard, but the rows will be fashioned in a “smile pattern” (as opposed to the “ruler pattern” of the XPRT) [...]

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HTC EVO 3D En Route to Europe

by: Elmer MontejoJune 28, 2011

Europe’s first 3D-capable smartphone, the LG Optimus 3D (launched as the LG THRILL 4G on AT&T in the U.S.), will soon be hitting store shelves on July 7. And, HTC is going to follow suit in the same month–maybe within the same time week or a little later–with the GSM version of the HTC EVO 3D.

HTC announced the European release of the HTC EVO 3D yesterday in London. The announcement gave no specific release date for the HTC EVO 3D. However, it did say that the Android smartphone will become available all over Europe starting in July. No price info has been leaked out yet, although rumors say the price range will be somewhere around [...]

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Samsung Working on iPhone 5 Rival

by: Elmer MontejoJune 28, 2011

Samsung is currently working double time on a new high-end smartphone intended to challenge Apple’s iPhone 5 head to head. Tech and social media news site PopHerald received “credible” information from Asian sources saying that a new Samsung superphone is due to be released either in August or September this year.

Rumor has it that the iPhone 5 will be released some time in September. If true, Apple’s latest iPhone will clash directly with Samsung’s upcoming superphone. But, there’s no surprise there, as iPhone 5 rivals are already starting to pop up here and there.

The upcoming iPhone 5 competitor from Samsung is said to carry [...]

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Android Market Now Shows Apps Star Ratings Breakdown

by: Elmer MontejoJune 27, 2011

Individual app pages on the Android Market now show not just the average star rating and the total number of people who left star ratings for the app. The app pages also now show the breakdown of how many users left 5, 4, 3, 2, or 1 star for the app.

Being the primary source of Android apps, the Android Market provides an avenue for users to search for Android apps and relevant information about those apps. The latest feature that added Google added to its Android Market is a step towards making app evaluation easier for market patrons.

Here’s a partial screenshot of the star rating breakdown for the all-time popular app on the Android Market–Google [...]

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CyanogenMod 7.1 Release Candidate 1 Now Ready for Testing

by: Elmer MontejoJune 27, 2011

The first release candidate (RC1) of CyanogenMod-7.1 is already out and available for testing. This release updates existing CyanogenMod installations to Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread, packs new features, and lengthens the list of supported Android handsets.

Among the new devices supported by the CyanogenMod-7.1-RC1 are several devices from Samsung (Galaxy S, Captivate, and Vibrant), LG Optimus 2X (also known as the T-Mobile G2x), the HTC Incredible S (ViVo), and the Motorola CLIQ and CLIQ XT.

As a release candidate, the software update provides for a functional preview of features that will potentially make it to the final release of CyanogenMod-7.1. It is a much stable [...]

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Facebook for Android App Updated to Version 1.6

by: Elmer MontejoJune 27, 2011

Time to level up your Facebook for Android app up to the latest version 1.6.0. The developers of the official Facebook for Android app just released the update last week on the Android Market.

Among the new stuff you can experience with the updated version are improvements to the News Feed, video uploading, and ability to view Pages. These new functionalities are expected to make the app give its users an easier time to keep in touch with their Facebook contacts. Pretty much all the basics of Facebook are already supported by the app. For instance, status updates, reading the News Feed, viewing Walls and user info, sharing photos, chatting, checking in to Places, sharing [...]

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Release Dates Revealed for Lenovo IdeaPad K1, ThinkPad

by: Elmer MontejoJune 27, 2011

To cut the story short, the Lenovo IdeaPad K1 is coming out some time before June ends or in early July, while the ThinkPad tablet has a specific release date of June 28 (actually much earlier than we originally thought). Both tablets are expected to have 10.1-inch screens.

The information about the launch dates for the Lenovo IdeaPad K1 and the ThinkPad came from a note that Lenovo sent out to subscribers of its affiliate program. The IdeaPad K1 will have Android 3.x Honeycomb, a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, and 1280×800 screen resolution. It’s also expected to have two cameras (front and back), Wi-Fi, 32 GB inbuilt storage, and up to 10 hours of [...]

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Custom ROM With Android 3.1 Leaked For Acer Iconia Tab A500

by: Darcy LaCouveeJune 27, 2011

I’ve got custom ROM’s on the brain these days. Ask anyone who’s ever successfully rooted their device, and put on Cynanogen Mod on their Android tablet or smartphone, and they will tell you it has breathed incredible new life into their device, and given them full control over virtually every aspect of it. It might sound complicated, but in reality, it’s actually as simple as a bit of research and few clicks.


While the Asus Eee Pad Transformer has already received the Honeycomb 3.1 update, with all the refinements and improvements that it brings, Acer Iconia Tab A500 owners have been left out in the [...]

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Samsung Epic 2, Mystery Phone Coming to Sprint in 3Q

by: Elmer MontejoJune 26, 2011

With the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi and the HTC EVO 3D arriving on Sprint this month, you would think the mobile carrier would pause for a while to take a breather. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Sprint has more in store for the third quarter of 2011. This Is My Next received an insider tip from Sprint saying that the third quarter of 2011 will also herald new Android devices on the mobile network–two Android handsets, in fact.

The first one is a QWERTY smartphone. Last year, Sprint launched the Samsung Epic 4G, and its successor is coming out some time this third quarter. The Samsung Epic 2 bears several improvements to its predecessor, except [...]

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LG Optimus 2X Released on Wind Mobile

by: Darcy LaCouveeJune 25, 2011

Good news Canadians! The LG Optimus 2X is finally available at WIND Mobile. It’s a wonderfully appointed handset featuring a large 4.0 inch display, dual core 1Ghz processor, and 1080p video recording, and it’s being offered for the very reasonable price for $445.

The Optimus 2X is able to hold its own with some of the best Android phones of 2011, and is, hands down, the best phone Wind Mobile has put on sale to date. It also comes with Android OS 2.2, and is upgradable to Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Plus, don’t forget, it will come with a a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera along with an 8 megapixel camera that shoots/plays back 1080p HD videos. The [...]

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