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HTC Droid Incredible may not get Gingerbread after all

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HTC-Droid-Incredible-may-not-get-Gingerbread-after-allIt may not be official just yet, but according to an HTC customer service representative the HTC Droid Incredible will not be getting its tasting of Android 2.3 Gingerbread despite previous reports that it would.

An eager customer reached out to HTC in regards to the promised Gingerbread upgrade for the original HTC Incredible. The rep responded in a letter and said the Droid Incredible is not on the list of devices slated to receive the update because they only provide updates if it will provide an improved user experience.

There is a chance that the representative’s response is incorrect but nobody really knows for sure. This wouldn’t be the first time that an Android phone awaiting an update never actually got the update. If it does end up receiving Gingerbread this wouldn’t be the first time that a smartphone got an update when it was believed that it wouldn’t.

So if you are holding on to your Droid Incredible in hopes that it will receive Android 2.3 down the line keep your eyes open. Hopefully if this is true we will find out soon. Tell us what you think in the comments below.

source: Droid Life

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HTC Stunning is being dubbed as HTC’s first NFC capable smartphone – coming to China

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HTC-Stunning-is-being-dubbed-as-HTCs-first-NFC-capable-smartphone---coming-to-ChinaWith mobile payments expected to grow in the coming years, handset makers are naturally going to ride the trend of offering NFC support with upcoming handsets – like what’s offered by the Google Nexus S. Being a major contender in the smartphone space, HTC just announced its plans to produce its very fist NFC capable smartphone – the HTC Stunning.

Expected to launch in the Chinese market with the support of China UnionPay’s mobile payment system, it’s currently speculated to come to market some time in September – albeit, no official release date has been mentioned just yet.  Still, it would be hard to not see this one flaunt some high-end hardware under the hood. Actually, what’s known so far is that it’ll feature a 4” display of some sort and will be powered by none other than the Android platform.

Needless to say, it’s great timing on HTC’s part to announce and commit to manufacturing an NFC capable device – especially when the new form of payment is undoubtedly going to progress healthily thanks to smartphones.

via Mobileburn

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Xperia PLAY’s emulator for PlayStation is reversed engineered to run custom ISOs

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Xperia-PLAYs-emulator-for-PlayStation-is-reversed-engineered-to-run-custom-ISOsAre you tired of playing the waiting game with original PlayStation titles becoming available with the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY? Well, if you still have actual original PlayStation disc titles of games laying around being unused at the moment, you might take some fancy in the idea that you can rip and play them on the Xperia PLAY.

Thankfully, one XDA member going by the name of yifanlu has been hard at work for over a week reverse engineering the handset’s PlayStation emulator – the one that actually allows games like Crash Bandicoot to work on it. Interestingly enough, yifanlu has somehow managed to work it out so that the Xperia PLAY is able to play converted custom ISOs.

Well, all the hard work seems well-deserved because yifanlu was able to get an ISO of Crash Bandicoot 3 running in its entirety on the beloved gaming conscious smartphone. In fact, it’s almost a near perfect port, which is exhibited by the video below. However, there are still some minor issues to iron out in the meantime – like its inability to play multi-disc titles.

Nevertheless, it’s a decent starting point for a portable console that’s trying desperately to bring old school PlayStation titles that we’ve fallen in love with in the past.

source: XDA & yifanlu via Phandroid

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Samsung & NVIDIA announce that the Samsung Galaxy R is headed to Europe & Asia

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Samsung---NVIDIA-announce-that-the-Samsung-Galaxy-R-is-headed-to-Europe---AsiaAlready, we’ve managed to get a small preview of the Samsung Galaxy R, but now we’re finally getting an official word from both NVIDIA and Samsung in regards to its availability.

Actually, NVIDIA and Samsung announced today that the Gingerbread powered smartphone can now be purchased in Sweden – though, it’s going to be spreading out to other European markets as well. Additionally, the Asian markets will no doubt be graced with this latest member in the beloved Samsung Galaxy family.

Naturally, the handset itself appears to be out of the ordinary with Samsung’s usual Galaxy products seeing that it features a 4.19” WVGA Super LCD display and an NVIDIA Tegra 2 chipset. Still, those two specific items shouldn’t alarm loyal customers since it’s still classified as a high-end smartphone that should fit well with the family. Other features include 720p video capture, 1090p full HD playback, 8GB of internal storage, and a microSD card slot.

Unless you really want to be the first to sport this one, then you’d better make sure to get yourself into Sweden so that you can pick one up today. But if not, then you’ll simply have to make due until it arrives in other markets – in the meantime, you can watch the lovely video about the handset below.

via Android Central

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The rugged Samsung Galaxy Xcover runs Gingerbread and is not afraid to get dirty

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The-rugged-Samsung-Galaxy-Xcover-runs-Gingerbread-and-is-not-afraid-to-get-dirtyWhen it comes to rugged phones, most of them would not offer you much in terms of software and functionality, but the newly-announced Samsung Galaxy Xcover does not follow that unwritten rule. Powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the Galaxy Xcover is one full-fledged smartphone, yet it is tough enough to withstand the elements. The device is IP67 certified, which makes it resistant to dust, dirt and submersion in water at up to 1 meter for 30 minutes, so it would probably not mind hanging out in your pocket the next time you decide to go jet-skiing. Besides that, the smartphone’s display is made using scratch-resistant tempered glass meaning that it will take more abuse that you would imagine.

The complete hardware specs of the Samsung Galaxy Xcover are not official yet, but it we can tell you that it will pack a 3.65-inch display, GPS, Wi-Fi and a HSDPA radio that can reach downlink speeds of up to 7.2 Mbps, at least in theory. Another handy feature of the Xcover is that its 3.2-megapixel camera is backed up by a LED flash, that can double as a flashlight.

At this time, we cannot really tell you whether the Galaxy Xcover will ever reach the US. It will be the folks in Germany who will get to try the smartphone out first after it gets launched there on October 3.

source: Samsung Germany (translated) via Unwired View

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Walmart has the Samsung Conquer 4G on pre-order; price is set to free on-contract

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Walmart-has-the-Samsung-Conquer-4G-on-pre-order-price-is-set-to-free-on-contractSeriously! Who doesn’t love the fact when we see third party sellers offering pre-orders for an upcoming phone, but rather than sticking with the carrier’s original pricing, they simply blow them out of the water?

Well, if you happen to be eying the upcoming Samsung Conquer 4G for Sprint, you might want to check out what Walmart is offering right now. Specifically, they already have the 4G WiMAX enabled smartphone up for pre-order, but more importantly, early adopters choosing to side with the retailer are going to be knocked out by its sticker price.

Walmart-has-the-Samsung-Conquer-4G-on-pre-order-price-is-set-to-free-on-contractAlthough Sprint is pricing the handset at the affordable price of $99.99 with a 2-year contract, early adopters will find it difficult to not side with Walmart on this one because they’re selling it for free! Considering that it packs some mid-range specs, the free on-contract pricing is undoubtedly astonishing on so many levels.

Indeed, it’s neither the biggest, nor the baddest Android smartphone on Sprint’s lineup, but the combination of a fantastic price and decent hardware will really catch the attention of anyone.
source: Walmart via Engadget

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Motorola DROID Bionic makes appearance in ads at Mets game

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Motorola-DROID-Bionic-makes-appearance-in-ads-at-Mets-gameThose New York Mets fans among our loyal readers should know that they are not imagining things. Perhaps you thought that you have seen so much of the Motorola DROID Bionic lately that the image of the phone is permanently seared into your eyes. The truth here is that with a Verizon store at Field Level in Citi Field, there are pictures of the Motorola DROID Bionic all over the ballpark.

What you are seeing in the picture below is a sign on a wall at the stadium that promotes the Verizon location at Citi Field, home to the Mets. And what phone is pictured? Why, it’s none other than the Motorola DROID Bionic, even though the phone has not yet officially been introduced. And who is staring back at us from the DROID Bionic’s 4.3 inch qHD screen? It’s the Big Apple’s favorite baseball headed character, Mr. Met.

We wonder how many of the nearly 25,000 in attendance at the game spotted the ads and noticed that it was the Motorola DROID Bionic that was pictured. It is just another sign that we are getting close to the launch of the long awaited device. When it comes to the DROID Bionic, it’s time for Verizon to “Play Ball!”

source: AndroidCentral

Mr. Met stars in a promotional ad for the Motorola DROID Bionic

Mr. Met stars in a promotional ad for the Motorola DROID Bionic

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With its mid-range specs, the HTC Bliss is speculated to run Sense 3.5?

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With-its-mid-range-specs-the-HTC-Bliss-is-speculated-to-run-Sense-3.5As far back as May, we managed to hear about the HTC Bliss being pegged as a handset that’s specifically catered for women, but up until now, we’re heard very little else in regards to its hardware and software.

Some might have wondered what the HTC Bliss will be packing under the hood, but it appears as though it’s along the lines of a mid-range handset. According to rumors, the handset will feature an 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7×30 CPU with an Adreno 205 GP, which should go well with the Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread experience it’s set to offer.

Interestingly enough, it might be one of the very first devices to feature HTC Sense 3.5, which is something that’s rather peculiar considering that the latest one available is Sense 3.0. Already, we’ve seen devices like the HTC EVO 3D and Sensation 4G showing off the latest Sense experience. However, what separates them from the HTC Bliss is the fact that they’re powered by some beefy hardware – whereas the Bliss isn’t the fastest thing on the block.

Knowing that, it’ll be interesting to see how HTC pulls the whole thing off – especially when Sense 3.0 is one graphically intensive customized Android experience already.

via Pocketnow

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Motorola DROID BIONIC: what we know so far

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Motorola-DROID-BIONIC-what-we-know-so-farAh, the Motorola DROID BIONIC – easily our best candidate for most delayed device in recent history. From January 5th when it was unveiled at CES all the way until August it has become more and more mysterious.

Let’s start with some history – Motorola announced and showcased the phone eight months ago. With the passing of time rumors started appearing that it will be delayed. Motorola silently confirmed this, saying that it will release the phone with improved specifications (and design) – a different device, which we knew under the codename Targa.

Details remained a secret and with so much mystery we could hardly be certain about anything when it comes to the Bionic. Up until recently that is, when what looks like the final Droid Bionic hit the FCC as Motorola XT875

Read the full article at PhoneArena

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Samsung Admire is now official; coming to a MetroPCS store near you

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Samsung-Admire-is-now-official-coming-to-a-MetroPCS-store-near-youThe first time when we heard about the Samsung Admire was when it posed for the camera last month and revealed itself in a set of leaked spy shots. Today, however, the smartphone has stepped out of the shadows and has been officially announced by MetroPCS.

As it is above all a mid-range device aimed at budget-conscious customers, the Samsung Admire does not pack much of a hardware punch. It is powered by a run-of-the-mill 800MHz processor, which makes it a decent entry-level smartphone. Some of the other goodies that the device has to offer include a 3.5-inch HVGA display, 3.2-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and Android 2.3 Gingerbread to satisfy all your app cravings.

It has not been officially announced how much the Samsung Admire will cost, but if the rumors are to be believed, MetroPCS will be offering the smartphone for $150. What we do know for sure, however, is that the Admire will go hand in hand with the carrier’s no-annual-contract rate plans, which start at $40 per month.

source: MetroPCS via PRNewswire

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