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Aug 22, 2011 - 10:47 AM - by dgstorm

There is a new application on many folks Verizon Android device called Verizon Video. In case you haven't investigated it, it is a new service that Verizon has rolled out. It is a monthly streaming service with over 250 TV shows. You can get access to it for $10 bucks a month. Some of the content comes from the various stations including ABC, NBC, CBS, ESPN, CNBC, Animal Planet, Comedy Central, Disney Channel, etc. Temporarily you can try out the service with a free preview, and after the free preview period ends you will be able to try it for $3 bucks for 24 Hours.

Keep in mind that this service will still chew through your data limit if you don't have a grandfathered unlimited plan. Hmmm... that seems almost "sneaky" of Verizon...

Source: PhoneArena
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Aug 22, 2011 - 10:07 AM - by dgstorm

The above and below pics show that the Droid Bionic has appeared on Best Buy's website now. The product listing gives details on the specs for the phone, confirming what we already knew. Unfortunately, it doesn't give pricing details or a release date, although previously we shared a leaked Verizon document that more than likely confirms a September 8th Date, and $299.99 contract price. Still, it's good to see these tidbits about the device flowing freely now, as the arrival of the phone is obviously on the horizon.

Source: BionicForums.net via Droid-Life and Best Buy
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Aug 21, 2011 - 8:29 PM - by WenWM

HP recently killed off the TouchPad, and seeing as that was one of the only quality alternatives to Android and iOS tablets, it would be unfair to let it die quietly. The tablet that was just mere months old was discontinued by the popular PC manufacturer, and liquidated to sell at $99 for the 16GB model and $149.99 for the 32GB variant. This move came as a shock because HP hasn't done much with the OS that cost them a cool $1.2 billion to acquire. Now they're cutting their loses all together, estimated at another $1 billion, and stepping away from that market.

This means, with WebOS and the TouchPad gone, the only truly relevant OS's are now just Android, iOS, and Windows Phone 7. I don't consider Blackberry as one of the 3 because they are still pushing to get into the touch market, and I honestly do not see them stepping in the ring anytime soon. Microsoft is pushing hard to shove their Windows Phone 7 OS down our throats, and with all the patent lawsuits going back and forth, they are sort of winning. Apple is also taking the battle into the court rooms and making sure Samsung will not be available for us to purchase when it comes time for Christmas --or black Friday for that matter.

This elephant in the room has to be posted, so please share your thoughts about this news below. Did you get a chance to buy the tablet? I personally am sitting next to mine as I write this and my buddy Virus (founder of the HTC Amazon data leak) is getting his own soon. We hope to have Android 3.0 "popping" on here soon --dual booting anyone? Reply with your thoughts.
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Aug 21, 2011 - 12:56 AM - by WenWM

The Droid Incredible community has been patiently waiting for the update to Gingerbread, and now the wait is over. The guys at Androidpolice have gotten their hands on the Droid Incredible final and official Gingerbread update, and have made the file available for download. This update brings some great changes along with the upgrade to Gingerbread:

  • MMS Messages send correctly
  • Successfully play audio files from a message
  • Send Vcard through SMS
  • Internet connections via Bluetooth now enabled
  • VZ Navigator now operates over Wi-Fi
  • Change songs in the Music widget by tapping the forward button
  • Camera functions successfully without inserting SD card

Download the file in the source link, and return and tell us your update experience.
Via: Androidpolice
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Aug 21, 2011 - 12:38 AM - by WenWM

Some of us might get lost in all the patent battles, but no worries, Reuters recently published their updated patent battle infograph. The image above is made for those of you that want to get all the facts straight about who is fighting who. As you can see, Apple is currently top dog as far as lawsuits goes; they're suing some big names and apparently their opponents are fighting back strong. The market is hot and ready for battles, and now we know exactly what the battles are looking like.

Share your thoughts on these lawsuits below.

Via: Reuters
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Aug 20, 2011 - 1:37 AM - by Malvado

An unsubstantiated report coming out of SprintFeed claims that Sprint could be among the first of the US carriers to launch the SGSII. Under the name Epic Touch 4G, we could be seeing the followup to last year’s Epic 4G as early as September 9th. The timing matches up with previous whispers about the launch of the Galaxy S II in the States, but the date remains a rumor for now. All will be revealed (we hope) come August 29th at Samsung’s launch event for its new North American lineup.

SOURCE: [Rumor] Samsung Epic Touch 4G Releasing September 9th » Sprintfeed
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Aug 19, 2011 - 6:52 PM - by WenWM

Privacy is a thing of the past according to the latest ROM chief news. My buddy Jesse(Virus) shared a link with me today to an article that might effect all the HTC Android 2.3.4 users. According to the source, HTC is sharing your app information with an unencrypted Amazon server. How long you use an app, what app you are using, the fact that you are rooted, the location you are using it from, and other information are now easily accessible by some unknown hacker.

Phone companies are going down a slippery slope when it comes to our privacy, and that's not good at all. Lucky for the users, the makers of the Synergy ROM line and the upcoming Eternity line of ROMs, know/found this breach of your privacy and fixed it in their future released ROMs. There you go folks, how's that for "quietly brilliant," I think it's more like "quietly sharing your information."

To mess with HTC, the developers TrevE and Virus coded their work so that when HTC looks for your information all they see is "beat by Team Synergy." Talk about a sense of humor. Spread the news!!

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Attached Files Latest ROM Updates For All HTC Devices Running 2.3.4 Leaking Information To Amazon-privacy.jpg  
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Aug 19, 2011 - 3:06 PM - by WenWM

Touch Retouch is a very cool application that allows you to edit all those "almost perfect" pictures you took this summer. This application has rarely been spoken off, but the developers have given us 5 copies to give away for you guys.

Here are the highlight features:
* In-app video tutorials
* Unlimited Undo/Redo actions
* Smart image background recovery techniques
* No distortions in final image
* Easy to use interface
* 1:1 view
* Finger move hint
Remove unwanted content from your photos easily!TouchRetouch is an award-winning photo editor that allows you to remove unwanted content or objects from any photo, using just your finger and your phone. Mark the items you want taken out of the snapshot and hit ‘Go’. That’s all there is to it. Photo editing has never been so quick, easy and convenient.
If you'd like to get a copy of this application, reply below and let us know why we should throw you a free version.
If you don't want to wait and maybe win a copy, check it out in the Android Market.
Enjoy this great application guys.

Some people wonder what happened to the Mybackup Pro giveaway, I PM'ed the winners rather than making a post announcing the winners. So if you won a copy, I PM'ed you if not, here is your chance at another application.
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Aug 19, 2011 - 12:51 PM - by Preach2k
DROID HD May be Headed to Verizon as the Motorola “Spyder”

The DROID HD that was pictured with the Droid Bionic a few days ago. Sources are saying that this phone will be coming to Verizon as the Motorola Spyder. Some are saying that Spyder is a code name and that it will more then likely come to Verizon as a Droid phone. Could this be Verizon's first Ice Cream Sandwich Device? We will just have to wait and see!!!

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Aug 19, 2011 - 11:04 AM - by dgstorm

It appears that Apple may have pulled some more photo doctoring shenanigans in their lawsuit against Samsung. Previously we reported that they were called out for using re-sized photos of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 to compare against the iPad, giving a false impression that the two tabs were identical in size. A new report seems to show potential evidence that they are doing the same thing with the iPhone 3G and the Samsung Galaxy SII smartphone. The pic above shows Apple's evidence picture on the left showing two identically sized devices. On the right you can see an added pic showing the actual size to scale of the SGS2, clearly indicating that the phone is noticeably larger than the iPhone.

This comes hot on the heels of the new announcement that Apple has filed a motion to bar Samsung from selling all of their smartphones and tablets throughout Europe, not just the Galaxy Tab 10.1. This kind of makes you wonder if we really are seeing some sort of minor "Apple-picture-gate." So, I have added a poll to this thread asking if you think someone within Apple intentionally doctored these pics in order to improve their chances with the lawsuit, or not. Without starting a flame-war... sound off your perspective and make your voice heard by clicking on the poll. If someone voices their ideas, remember the forum rules of no personal attacks or flames. Everyone is entitled to their opinion.

Source: SlashGear
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Aug 19, 2011 - 10:25 AM - by dgstorm

The Advent Vega may not have received a lot of media attention, but the inexpensive little Tegra-2 powered Android tablet sure is getting a lot of love from modders. Not only does the $329 dollar device already have a port of Honeycomb, but some industrious hackers have also created a more advanced Honeycomb 3.2 ROM that even supports the more powerful GPU acceleration in the tab.

The ROM isn't "fully baked" yet, as the camera and Bluetooth aren't functional, yet, but the savvy engineers are working on that right now too. If you are one of the ucky folks that has one of these tabs, and want to give the ROM a try, just hit the Tablet Roms source link below for more info and a download. You can also check out the video above to get a glimpse of it in action.

Source: AndroidTablets.net via Engadget and Tablet Roms
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Aug 19, 2011 - 9:32 AM - by dgstorm

This new ad just showed up on Verizon's website stating that the Droid Bionic is almost here and will "rule all machines." Whether that is true will be determined once we get it in our hands, but it definitely will "rule our pocketbook." The pricing on the phone is an "ouch" inducing $299.99 subsidized, and $589.99 unsubsidized. There is no release date with the ad, but, from the timing of this, most industry folks are speculating that the rumored September 8th release date is probably pretty accurate, and we may be able to start pre-orders on September 1st. We should know for sure sometime very soon.

[Update:] I watched Verizon's website for several minutes and never saw the above teaser show up. Perhaps VZW took it down shortly after the "teasing." At any rate, at least we got a good screenshot of it before it shows up again.

[Update 2:] A Verizon roadmap was leaked that seems to confirm the September 8th launch date. Here it is below:

Source: DroidMatters and VZW and Droid-Life
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Aug 19, 2011 - 6:31 AM - by WenWM

Samsung really should consider a locked safe, because now we have another leaked road map of theirs. The latest road map was acquired by the guys at telefonino, and hastily posted for us to indulge in. The road map speaks of all the near future releases by Samsung, including a possible 7 inch Super AMOLED HD tablet and even an Ice Cream sandwich device. Now remember, we've seen this road map before but this one seems more official because it comes with launch date galore.

Launch dates are in weeks, and so being in week 33, that should give you a perspective of when to expect these:

  • GT-I8150 (W40) Android 2.3.3, 3.7-inch 480×800 display, HSDPA network support, 4GB of memory, 1.4GHz processor, 5 megapixel camera with 720p HD recording.
  • GT-B5510 (W41) Android 2.2.2 smartphone with 2.8-inch display, 800MHz processor, QWERTY keyboard, 3MP camera.
  • GT-S5360 (W42) Android 2.3.3, 3-inch screen with 240×320 resolution, 2MP camera.
  • GT-S5610 (W42) Android 2.3.3, 2.4-inch 320×240 display, 5MP camera, 150 MB of internal memory and support for HSDPA networks.
  • GT-I9220 (W43) Android 2.3.3, 4.3-inch 1280×720 Super AMOLED display, 1.4Ghz dual-core processor and 8MP camera.
  • P6200 (W44) Honeycomb tablet with 7-inch 1024×600 Super AMOLED display, HSDPA support, 3MP rear camera, 2MP front facing.
  • P6210 (W44) Honeycomb tablet, 7-inch 1024×600 Super AMOLED display, WiFi, 3MP rear camera, 2MP front facing.
  • GT-I9210 (W48) Android 2.3.3, 4.5-inch 480×800 Super AMOLED display, supports 4G networks, 16 GB of memory, 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and front facing 2MP, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi b/g/n and 1750 mAh battery.
  • GT-I9250 (W48) Android Ice Cream Sandwich, 4.65-inch 1280×720 Super AMOLED display, 5MP
... [Read More]
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Aug 19, 2011 - 6:13 AM - by WenWM
Video promos of the latest high-tech devices are a norm around here, but the mistake Blackberry made trying to show off their latest software is far from it. In an attempt to demo how "cool" their latest keyboard is, they somehow replaced it with an HTC Droid Incredible 2 in this video above. The video was pulled in mere hours, but some smart individual made himself a copy and that's what you're watching now.

So if you're interested in seeing HTC's creation being touted as a Blackberry, fast forward to point 0:15 and 0:27. Now is that not an awesome looking keyboard, it is almost like we're accustomed to it already.

Via: Phandroid
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Aug 18, 2011 - 12:24 PM - by Malvado

Well, isn’t this just the cluster**** of all cluster****s (use your imagination). Carrier SoftBank in Japan has introduced a “Yahoo Phone” complete with licensed branding and possibly a completely customized version of Android. Users will get preinstalled Yahoo applications and, for the cost of the phone, two free years of Yahoo Plus. Yahoo is apparently the nation’s biggest website so it should turn some heads just as we figure a Facebook phone in Europe and the Americas would.

Yahoo didn’t go and order extensive R&D for hardware, though – this one’s a rebranded Sharp AQUOS PHONE THE PREMIUM SoftBank 009SH. It has a 4 inch qHD display, an 8 megapixel camera sensor, WiFi, Bluetooth and Android 2.3. On top of that looks to be a custom Yahoo-centric user interface that will give you access to time, weather, stocks, news, social, search and more right on your homescreen.
We’ll probably never see this phone make outside of Japan, but interesting and very ironic nonetheless. SoftBank is set to offer it to their customers next month.

SOURCE: Japan To Get Android-Based “Yahoo Phone” Next Month | TechCrunch
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