Saturday, December 10, 2011

UK HTC Desire HD, Incredible S get Sense 3.0, Android 2.3.5

Posted: 09 Dec 2011 12:33 PM PST

HTC has announced that owners of its Android-powere Desire HD and Incredible S smartphones in the UK are about to get a new firmware upgrade for their phones. Both Google's Android 2.3.5 operating system and HTC's own Sense 3.0 user interface are rolling out to users in the UK now, according to the handset manufacturer.
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Google adds detailed movie searches for Android, iOS browsers

Posted: 09 Dec 2011 12:02 PM PST

Google has just rolled out a new movie search feature for its website when viewed on Android and Apple iOS powered devices. The new search will offer a scrollable ribbon of movies to choose from, and can even show which movies are available at a particular movie theater.
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Samsung Galaxy Note for AT&T passes the FCC

Posted: 09 Dec 2011 11:23 AM PST

AT&T users that are looking to get a new Android device should take note, as the FCC is showing that Samsung's Galaxy Note may be headed to the nation's #2 carrier. The smartphone tablet hybrid features a massive 5.3-inch Super AMOLED HD display, with 1280 x 800 pixels of resolution for viewing pictures and video. The device also offers Google's Android Gingerbread OS, a dual-core 1.4GHz processor, and a main 8 megapixel camera that is backed up by a 2 megapixel user-facing camera for video chats. The Galaxy Note on the FCC site shows support for AT&T's network bands for voice and data connectivity, but FCC approval does not always mean that a device is destined to be sold in the U.S. We sure hope it is, though.
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HP to open source webOS smartphone and tablet platform

Posted: 09 Dec 2011 10:52 AM PST

HP has just announced that it is going to contribute its webOS smartphone and tablet OS to the open source community.
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Toshiba to offer 10-inch Excite Android tablet in January

Posted: 09 Dec 2011 10:42 AM PST

Toshiba is readying its latest Android tablet, the Excite, for January, according to the electronics maker's Canadian webpage. The Excite is the successor to the Thrive tablet and will offer 10 inches of touchscreen real estate to its users. The tablet will also come loaded with Google's Android 3.2 Honeycomb operating system which is powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz processor from Texas Instruments. Other features include a 5 megapixel camera for video and photo taking as well as a 2 megapixel user facing camera for video chats. The Excite offers both built-in WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, a micro-SD memory card slot, and a micro HDMI port. The Toshiba Excite will be offered in two variants: 16GB or 32GB. No word yet on pricing and availability.
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AT&T CEO: consumers will see higher prices if T-Mobile deal is blocked

Posted: 09 Dec 2011 10:07 AM PST

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson has said that wireless consumers will see higher service costs if his company is not allowed to purchase T-Mobile USA.
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Panasonic shows prototype Android smartphone for Europe

Posted: 09 Dec 2011 09:32 AM PST

Japanese electronics manufacturer Panasonic has shown off a prototype of a new Android smartphone that it is hoping to debut in Europe next year.
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AT&T's plan backfires; DoJ requests postponement, threatens to drop T-Mobile deal lawsuit

Posted: 09 Dec 2011 08:51 AM PST

It appears that AT&T's plan to postpone its battle with the FCC to focus on a Department of Justice suit has backfired, since the U.S. Department of Justice has requested that its suit to block AT&T's planned takeover of T-Mobile USA be postponed. The case had previously been granted expedited status at the request of AT&T.
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Apple expected to sell 30 million iPhone, 12 million iPads this quarter

Posted: 09 Dec 2011 08:32 AM PST

A UBS analyst named Maynard Um has said that he estimates that Apple will sell a massive 30 million iPhones in Q4 of 2011. This is up from Um's earlier 28 million estimate. Um also estimates that Apple will ship an impressive 12 million iPad tablets in Q4, as well.
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Nokia Lumia 710 to launch on T-Mobile USA, claims WSJ source

Posted: 09 Dec 2011 08:03 AM PST

According to a source reporting to The Wall Street Journal, the device that Nokia and T-Mobile USA are planning to launch in New York on December 14 is the Lumia 710, a Windows Phone 7.5 powered smartphone.
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Motorola granted injunction against Apple in Germany

Posted: 09 Dec 2011 07:39 AM PST

A German court has granted an injunction to Motorola that blocks Apple from selling its iPhone smartphone and 3G-capable versions of its iPad tablet in the country. Motorola had applied for the injunction on the grounds that Apple's devices with cellular transmitters in them used Motorola's patents without license.
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Day 4 of Google's 10-cent app promo features Shazam Encore, more

Posted: 09 Dec 2011 07:04 AM PST

It is now day 4 of Google's 10-day celebration of 10 billion apps downloaded from the Android Market, and there is a fresh list of premium apps available for 10 cents each.
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Google's Schmidt slams Carrier IQ as being a "keylogger"

Posted: 09 Dec 2011 06:43 AM PST

Google chairman Eric Schmidt slammed the Carrier IQ system that is being used in many Android smartphones while speaking at a conference on internet freedom at the Hague.
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Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1, 8.2 Android tablets now available from Verizon

Posted: 09 Dec 2011 06:17 AM PST

The two new Motorola DROID XYBOARD tablets for Verizon Wireless that were announced earlier this week are now available for purchase from the carrier. The DROID XYBOARD 10.1 features a 10.1-inch display and comes with a stylus for pen interaction. It is available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB configurations and costs $529.99, $629.99, and $729.99 with a new two-year data contract, respectively. The DROID XYBOARD 8.2 has a slightly-smaller 8.2-inch display, and is available in 16GB and 32GB versions for $429.99 and $529.99 with a new contract.
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Nokia's Lumia 710 Windows Phone smartphone is now shipping

Posted: 09 Dec 2011 05:49 AM PST

Today Nokia announced that its second Windows Phone 7.5 powered smartphone, the mid-tier Lumia 710, is now shipping.
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