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HTC Rezound (aka Vigor) gets a pre-production hands-on

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So here’s our first look the HTC Rezound — aka the HTC Vigor — on Verizon, which we’re fully expecting to see officially unveiled Thursday in New York. (We’ll be there, by the way.) JohnBoy shows us what we pretty much expected — it’s an HTC device with a fairly cool looking battery cover, Android 2.3.4, Sense 3.5, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera, 1GB of RAM, Wifi 802.11 b/g/n  [Read More…]

HTC EVO Design 4G hands-on

HTC EVO Design 4G

I’ve got to hand it to HTC. They continue to make beautiful-looking devices, one after another, with nary an end in sight. The latest in their lineup is the EVO Design 4G, a solid, mid-range phone that carries Sprint’s EVO branding.

At first glance it looks like, well, an EVO. Not quite big enough to be the original EVO 4G and not as bulky as the current EVO  [Read More…]

Google Apps customers can now access Google+

Quick programming note for those of you out there who use Google Apps and are ticked off that Google+ was previously unusable with your existing account. Google VP Vic Gundotra has just announced that Google+ customers can finally join the much-talked-about and quickly-adopted social network.

Apps customers will be able to access Google+ the same way as “regular” users, and the same features will  [Read More…]

Sony Internet TV’s Google TV 2.0 update pushing out now!

Google TV update

Just as Google foretold, the Android 3.1 update (aka Google TV 2.0) has begun pushing out to Sony Internet TV boxes and televisions. As you’ll recall, this is the update that brings:

A simpler user interface, with a customizable home screen. Finding content becomes easier. TV and movies get their own search, whether they’re on Netflix, YouTube, Amazon, cable, satellite, etc. Improved YouTube experience. Leanback was just the beginning. It’s now  [Read More…]

Samsung Galaxy Note hands-on [updated with video]

Samsung Galaxy Note

Is it a phone? Is it a tablet? As smartphones move to sizes of 4.5 inches and beyond, it’s a question we’ve found ourselves asking more and more. The Samsung Galaxy Note is a new “flagship” product which straddles the line between both categories of device. Technically it’s a phone, and you can make calls on it, but the large 5.3-inch 1280×800 display means it’s not a million miles away from  [Read More…]

LG Revolution receives its official Gingerbread update

LG Revolution

Here’s some good news for all of you who have been wondering if the LG Revolution would ever receive its Gingerbread update: Verizon has made it official and is pushing it out as we speak. In addition to Android 2.3, the update (software version VS910ZV7) also brings with it a host of improvements, all listed above. A welcome update indeed. Sit tight if you’re still waiting, and hit the source link for detailed  [Read More…]

Sony will buy out Ericsson, end Sony Ericsson partnership [Confirmed]


Sony Ericsson will be no more now that the two companies behind the joint venture have announced that they will part ways. Confirming the persistent rumors that reappeared this month, Ericsson announced today that Sony Corporation will buy out its 50 percent stake in SE and assume control of the mobile operation.

The 1.05 billion euro purchase  [Read More…]

AT&T gets its first LTE smartphones — the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket and HTC Vivid

HTC Vivid

Samsung and AT&T this morning announced the carrier’s first LTE smartphones — the Android 2.3.5-powered Galaxy S II Skyrocket and HTC Vivid.

Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket In addition to sporting Gingerbread (and we’d fully expect it to get an update to Ice Cream Sandwich next year), the Skyrocket has a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display at 480×800 reolution, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, an 8MP  [Read More…]

European Galaxy Nexus availability

Galaxy Nexus Europe

Samsung on Thursday gave more details on availability for the Galaxy Nexus in Europe. It’ll be available Nov. 17. Here are details country-by-country:

United Kingdom: O2, Three, SIM-free Ireland: Three France: SFR, SIM-free Germany: Vodafone, O2, SIM-free Italy: TIM, Vodafone, Three, Wind, SIM-free Spain: Vodafone, SIM-free Portugal: Vodafone, SIM-free The Netherlands: SIM-free Belgium: SIM-free Sweden: Telia, Three Austria: A1, Three Slovenia: Mobitel, SiMobil Poland: SIM-free Hungary: Telenor Czech Republic: Vodafone, SIM-free  [Read More…]

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S review

Android Central

The past 11 months have seen Sony Ericsson recover from the disappointments and frustrations of its early Android efforts, releasing a solid line-up of well-designed Gingerbread-based phones in a range of different form factors. SE’s market share might be dwarfed by rival Android manufacturers like HTC and Samsung, but there’s no doubting the quality of its 2011 Xperia series.

So as we enter the final stretch of the year, Sony Ericsson  [Read More…]