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Verizon Wireless just released the Motorola DROID Bionic, a powerful beast-of-a-smartphone, last week, and it won’t be too long before another powerful beast–this time from HTC’s camp–comes along, as a device rumored to be the HTC Vigor just made it past the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Said to be the HTC Vigor, the device with HTC model number PH98100 (FCC ID NM8PH98100), recently received clearance from the FCC for its CDMA/EVDO and 4G LTE radios. As is usually the case, approval from the FCC usually suggests the device’s launch or release date just around the corner. HTC has been mum…

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One of the hallmarks  of Android is that it is used in many cheap tablets and phones. Admittedly this is mostly because of Android’s semi-open nature. However, this has greatly helped in the operating system’s market penetration. Well, if there’s anyone who knows about being cheap and affordable, it’s Vizio. The US-based manufacturer of cheap electronics has made a name for itself with its line of cheap yet nice quality LCD TVs. Now it’s trying to branch out. Vizio announced earlier this year that they would be working on an Android phone and tablet. Well, the Android phone was spotted…

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Back at CES 2011, we all knew that Vizio would make the plunge into the world of smartphones and, at that time, only knew that it was their intention. We even caught a glimpse, albeit momentarily, of their newest and soon-to-come smartphone. However things have turned out a bit strangely to some extent since that time. There was never a single piece of information or even any leak of their smartphone until now. Lately, there were reports that Vizio won the approval of the FCC. Truly, Vizio is now back in business, and hopes to win the hearts of Android…

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Most recently, Sprint released an official announcement that they are going to join the Rural Carrier Association (RCA) in order to help them prevent AT&T and T-Mobile’s merger. However, in the face of their relentless objections, AT&T is still continuing to pursue its merger with T-Mobile and has submitted their deal to the FCC. Many critics argue that the merger would put Sprint out of business in the wireless industry as Verizon and AT&T would surface as the only worthwhile competitors. On the other hand, AT&T is ready to contend that merging with T-Mobile will let them bring 4G LTE…

The HTC Desire is an Android-based smartphone that offers a 3.7-inch AMOLED touchscreen display, a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, Wi-Fi, GPS, and runs a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. The Desire landed overseas first and U.S. Cellular (a CDMA carrier) announced that it would carry the smartphone this summer, but it has not been announced for any other U.S. carriers to date. However, FCC documents suggest that a version of the device with support for AT&T’s 3G network could be on the way. [via Electronista]

For some odd reason, the FCC has found it prudent to post images of a forthcoming HTC device some believe to be called ‘Wildfire’. A brief glance at the pictures reveal that this HTC PC70110 device offers a touchscreen along with a full QWERTY keyboard. The FCC approved it for AT&T 3G bands (850 / 1900 MHz). There is no way of truly knowing whether this is an Android based device. However, there are four touch-sensitive keys on the front of the device, and it looks like one of them is the friendly Android Home key that we’re so used…

On the surface, the Samsung Galaxy S looks to be a nice phone. After all, it has a 4” Super-AMOLED display with accompanying technology only found in Samsung’s actual TVs. However, if you look a little deeper, you’ll find that the Samsung Galaxy S should be a great phone. It is the first phone to launch by Samsung that will offer their fabled Hummingbird Graphics Processing Unit (GPU). The irony comes in light of the fact that when Samsung first released their original press release, there was no word about graphics processing, nor how this new piece of kit would…

A variant of the HTC Legend was spotted as it made its way through the FCC recently. It was keen observation by the folks at Androphones that tipped them to the HTC Legend. They astutely noticed that the sketch of the label in the FCC documents exactly matches the FCC label on the leaked photos of the Legend that appeared last week. It is unmistakable as the label has a unique shape due to the unusual battery cover and unibody design of the Legend. Future Legend owners in the US should not start jumping for joy quite yet as this…

An eagle eyed member of Android forums scanned the FCC and scooped the Nexus One desktop dock which received FCC approval last week. The outline drawing of the desktop dock is not revealing but the test report reveals a bit of an oddity – the desktop dock includes integrated Bluetooh 2.1+EDR, seemingly duplicating the Bluetooth functionality of the phone. Any guesses as to what extra functionality would be provided by the secondary Bluetooth in the desktop dock? Unless someone with inside information comes forward, this is one mystery that may have to wait for the official announcement before it is…

The Sony Ericsson X10 made its maiden voyage through the FCC and left behind a cornucopia of information. Some of the goodies include the full manual detailing the phone’s features and its custom Android interface, internal photos of the handset, external photos of the handset, and a test report chock full technical jargon. Inside the Declaration of FCC Conformity within the user manual, the folks over at BGR picked up on a brief reference to UMTS/HSPA Bands 1, 4, and 8 which corresponds to 2100/1700/900MHz. These three bands are known and loved by T-Mobile customers as they grace nearly every…