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Boost Mobile to get Android-powered slider from Samsung

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Boost-Mobile-to-get-Android-powered-slider-from-SamsungIt seems as though Sprint’s no-contract company Boost Mobile will be getting its first taste of Android flavored, QWERTY packing devices as the Samsung SPH-M930 appears to be heading its way.

Boost Mobile has offered Android handsets previously, but they never offered one that had a full QWERTY keyboard. Though it has not gone through the FCC just yet, we know that this yet-to-be-named smartphone will have 2.3 Gingerbread on-board. Behind the scenes is said to be a 1GHz processor.

Samsung-M930-BoostIn a move which more than likely is to keep cost down given the prepaid nature of this unreleased handset, it will only feature an HVGA display. It is

also possible that the camera on the back could only be 2 or 3 megapixels, although it does appear to be sporting a flash.

This smartphone will be a first for Boost Mobile. Given that it hasn’t yet gone through the FCC we probably won’t see this device on shelves for a few months. However, at the time of its release it will probably be one of the best that Boost has to offer. Tell us what you think in the comments below.

source: Pocket Now

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LG Revolution becomes Verizon’s most affordable 4G LTE smartphone; priced at $199.99

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LG-Revolution-becomes-Verizons-most-affordable-4G-LTE-smartphone-priced-at-199.99Experiencing the absolute very latest in technology can seriously be expensive and draining to the pockets, but as we all know, there’s a high premium associated to scooping up any of Verizon’s available 4G LTE smartphones.

All priced initially well above the $250 on-contract mark, there still might be some customers that are too scared off from picking anyone of them up – especially when $200 is generally deemed as the golden price for most high-end smartphones. Well, the LG Revolution can now proclaim itself as the most affordable device out of the three now that it’s selling for $199.99 with your signature on a 2-year agreement. Even though it’s not a dramatic reduction, it’s still nevertheless prevalent enough to stand out amongst the competition.

Compared to the $249.99 HTC ThunderBolt and $299.99 Samsung Droid Charge, the Revolution’s new price point may easily catch the gaze of potential buyers as they compare things in stores. And of course, they can better spend the extra savings on something else at the same time. However, one must remember that they’re going to be greeted with the Bing experience on this Android 2.2 Froyo powered device.

source: Verizon

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Gingerbread update for the Motorola ATRIX 4G is being sent out to testers

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Gingerbread-update-for-the-Motorola-ATRIX-4G-is-being-sent-out-to-testersOnly a few days ago, we found out that Motorola was seeking out approximately 1,000 owners to beta test the handset’s upcoming Android 2.3 Gingerbread update, but it now appears that they’re finally seeing it being rolled out to them in batches.

Apparently, it seems that Motorola managed to scoop up the testers they needed for this update – and the timing couldn’t have been any better on their part. These lucky owners will undoubtedly be able to check out the most up-to-date version of the platform on their handsets, and if everything goes smoothly, we’re confident that an official release could possibly be in the books in the very near future.

Taking into account that the Motorola ATRIX 4G is still one of the top handsets around on AT&T’s lineup right now, it’s just nice to know that the handset is still seeing its fair share of love – even if it’s taking some time to get Gingerbread properly out to the masses.

source: Droid Matters via Mobileburn

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Virgin Mobile US now offering the Motorola Triumph

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Virgin-Mobile-US-now-offering-the-Motorola-TriumphVirgin Mobile US has started offering the Motorola Triumph, a mid-range model that is perfect for those who don’t like to get tied up with a two-year contract. Of course, that is the reason for using a pre-paid carrier in the first place, and for $299.99 off contract, you can pick up the Triumph. With an oddly sized 4.1 inch display, the handset is powered by Android 2.2 which might not be the latest Android build, but at least it will support Adobe Flash. And the single core 1GHz processor, while so 2010, will allow you to get things done quickly. A 5MP camera is on the rear and will capture video at 720p.

Virgin Mobile US is offering you unlimited texts and data with 300 minutes of talk for $35 a month. Raise the talk time to 1200 minutes and it will cost you $45 monthly. For $55 per month, the carrier will allow you to have unlimited text, data and talk.

Remember when the pre-paid carriers offered the phones that nobody wanted, with very few features? Now we are seeing a trend toward low to mid-range Android handsets that might not have the hottest specs, but are powerful enough to allow you to browse the web, download all the apps you can fit and take decent pictures.

source: VirginMobile via AndroidMobile

Virgin Mobile US is now offering the Motorola Triumph

Virgin Mobile US is now offering the Motorola Triumph

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Samsung Infuse 4G is coming to Rogers

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Samsung-Infuse-4G-is-coming-to-RogersThe monstrous Samsung Infuse 4G is coming to the Rogers network next week and anyone interested in this Android-powered beast can pick it up for $149.99 with a three-year contract.

Major retail chain Future Shop has already listed the smartphone at this price point. It is believed that if you want to pick one up but don’t want to sign your life away for three-years this phone can be had commitment-free for $549.99.

The Samsung Infuse 4G is an impressive device that packs a gorgeous 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display. Behind the scenes is a single-core 1.2GHz processor trying to hold its own in a dual-core world. Around the back of the super-thin smartphone is an 8 megapixel camera with HD video recording capabilities while a front-facing 1.3 megapixel shooter is present for all of your video chatting and self-portrait needs.

If you are interested in the Samsung Infuse 4G and are up for renewal on Rogers, then go pick one up for yourself when it launches next week. Tell us what you think in the comments below.

source: Future Shop via Mobile Syrup

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Samsung Galaxy S II US release date set for August

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Samsung-Galaxy-S-II-US-release-date-set-for-AugustLand of the free and home of the brave, America is, but sadly that doesn’t include Samsung’s latest brave flagship, the Galaxy S II. We’ve been waiting for the dual-core 4.3-inch Android Gingerbread powerhouse for months, but now the end of the waiting is near as the phone should be available stateside “sometime in August,” Samsung’s head of mobile business, Shin Jong-kyun, confirmed at the launch of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in South Korea.

We already know that Verizon, AT&T and Sprint are expected to get the phone under different monikers: the Samsung Function for Verizon, the Samsung Attain for AT&T and the Samsung Within for Sprint. Shin however did not give an exact date other than the vague August timeframe neither did he provide a price or any other details.

The Galaxy S II in its various reincarnations is expected to directly rival the next-gen iPhone and no wonder – it’s among the best Android handsets out there. Sales numbers are the first to confirm that as the phone has been available outside the States for months selling over 3 million in just 55 days. Our review of the Galaxy S II covers all the details of the dual-core phone, so feel free to check it out keeping your fingers crossed that the handset is indeed coming in August.

source: Associated Press

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DROID 3 vs ThunderBolt vs iPhone 4: web browsing comparison

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DROID-3-vs-ThunderBolt-vs-iPhone-4-web-browsing-comparisonContinually seeing leaps in technology, the proliferation of web surfing on smartphones has been aided by network carriers aggressively expanding their data infrastructure across all four corners of the world. At first, 3G was undeniably accepted with open arms as it produced significantly faster speeds compared to the generation before it – and much like that, LTE and the myriad of 4G labeled networks are doing the same thing for our time. However, there are still other factors that come to play in profoundly earning a great web browsing experience on a smartphone. Knowing that, we decided to pick up a trio of top-notch devices and pit them against one another in a battle for web surfing supremacy.

Taking the Apple iPhone 4, HTC ThunderBolt, and Motorola DROID 3, we decided to run a few different web browsing tests to see how they stack up against each other. And to make things as fair as possible, especially when the 4G LTE enabled HTC ThunderBolt would smite the other two in raw data speed, we placed them all into airplane mode and connected them to the same Wi-Fi network. At this point, that takes out the network carriers out of the equation and mainly places the burden on the handset’s hardware and software to see which one is able to pull off the best results…

Read the whole article at PhoneArena.com!

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Small pilot Gingerbread update for T-Mobile myTouch 4G starts Wednesday

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Small-pilot-Gingerbread-update-for-T-Mobile-myTouch-4G-starts-WednesdayA small number of users of the T-Mobile myTouch 4G will be getting an upgrade to Android 2.3.3 starting on Wednesday. Besides updating the OS, other changes include offering an update for Swype and bringing Exchange 2010 compatibility. Some bugs will be repaired including fixes for Bluetooth audio when answering a call, allowing messages to be saved in the inbox, a better domestic roaming signal, a display that is more responsive and stable during bootup and regular use, and a few unnamed stability and software fixes. Because the update will be downloading Android 2.3.3, not 2.3.4 onto the handset, gTalk video calling will not be enabled on the phone-at least for now.

If the small pilot test goes well, in a few weeks the update will resume and last the rest of the year which will allow all myTouch 4G owners to be rockin’ the Gingerbread update. If you are one of the lucky ones whose myTouch 4G was chosen to be part of the pilot program,, let us know the changes that you’ve spotted on your handset by sending us a comment in the box below.

source: T-Mobile via AndroidCentral

Starting Wednesday, a small number of T-Mobile myTouch 4G owners will receive an update to Android 2.3.3

Starting Wednesday, a small number of T-Mobile myTouch 4G owners will receive an update to Android 2.3.3

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Is the Motorola Dinara the successor to the DROID Bionic with a 13MP rear camera?

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Is-the-Motorola-Dinara-the-successor-to-the-DROID-Bionic-with-a-13MP-rear-cameraWhile the Motorola DROID Bionic seems to be the smartphone that everyone on Verizon is waiting for, there is something in the wind that might be even better. Even though the DROID Bionic has yet to be introduced, its successor model has already been leaked by sources for Droid-Life. What they are saying is that the Motorola Dinara (code name) will be equipped with an HD screen larger than the 4.3 inches on the Bionic. There will be 1GB of RAM on board. And while similar in style to the DROID Bionic, the Motorola Dinara will be slimmer and lighter than that model. In fact, the two models will have the same casing with the difference in screen size accounted for by the Dinara’s display going from edge to edge without a border. On back will be a 13MP camera with a front facing camera aboard as well.

Other interesting features include a lock button on the side and Holy Cupertino Batman! The battery will not be removable.Will this be LTE enabled? Nothing has been said so far, but we would expect 4G connectivity on a device of this stature. There is also the chance that this will end up being offered on multiple carriers. The Motorola Dinara is allegedly under development and since Ice Cream Sandwich has not been disseminated, it is Gingerbread running the show for now. According to the sources for Droid-Life, they are looking for a winter release for the phone. Now we have something to look forward to once summer ends!

If this turns out to be true, those Verizon customers who have their update all cleaned and spiffed up, ready to be used when the Motorola DROID Bionic launches, will have to stop and consider whether a Bionic in the hand is worth a Dinara coming just a few months later.

source: DroidLife

**UPDATE**

Post #283 on Howard Forums has some updated info on this phone and it appears to be Motorola Model MB886 for AT&T. It will be loaded up with Android 2.3.4 with a dual-core processor,1 GB of RAM, a 13MP rear camera, and a front-facing one too. The power button is indeed on the side and there is a rubberized back. At least this makes life easier for Verizon customers with an update!

source: HowardForums

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Gingerbread update is coming in October for UK versions of the LG Optimus 3D

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Gingerbread-update-is-coming-in-October-for-UK-versions-of-the-LG-Optimus-3DEven right now, it’s still rather unbelievable at times to see newer Android powered smartphones coming to market with Froyo on board as opposed to Gingerbread – especially when the latter first came rolling onto the scene back in December. Well, that’s exactly what we’re seeing with the LG Optimus 3D right now over in Europe.

Although it’s still a while away, current UK owners of the 3D equipped handset can expect to see the Gingerbread update arriving some time in October – though, we’re not certain when other markets will see it. Despite giving us a general time frame, it’s nevertheless good news from LG that will ease some worries for some people. Still, that means UK handset owners of the LG Optimus 3D will need to wait out at least another 2.5 solid months before seeing the update, which is pretty rough considering it can appear to be longer mainly due to the grueling heat of the summer.

On top of it all, it might leave some with a sour taste in their mouths knowing that we will be expecting to see the first Ice Cream Sandwich powered device by then.

via Unwired View & Mobileburn

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