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[Updated] Mark Your Calendars: Sprint Officially Announces HTC EVO 4G For $199, Coming June 4th! Mandatory "Premium" Charge Of $10/mo (booo!), Mobile Hotspot - $29.99/mo

Tonight in New York City, Sprint unveils a whopper, and it has nothing (or very little, anyway) to do with Disney's new film Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.

It has everything, however, to do with the newest Android bit of gold: the release date of the HTC EVO 4G, the first 4G phone on Sprint's 4G wireless network.

Until now, all we've seen is a teaser on the phone's home page indicating that it will be available summer 2010 and some unconfirmed rumors about June 6th release date and $199.

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HTC Files Patent Suit Against Apple – The Circle Of Life Continues

It looks like the patent war between Apple and HTC is beginning to heat up. Apple fired the opening shot two months ago when they filed suit against HTC, claiming they infringed on a number of their patents, and until today, things kept fairly quiet. However, as expected, HTC won’t give up with out a fight, and has retaliated by filing their own patent suit with the ITC asking that all imports and sales of iPhones, iPads and iPods be halted.

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Verizon Officially Reveals LG Ally Price ($100) And Full Details, Preorder Starts Tomorrow

Yesterday BGR leaked a few documents providing pretty much all the details on the new LG Ally Android phone except its price, and today Verizon filled in the only missing piece of the puzzle in the official LG Ally press release.

Come tomorrow, May 13th, you'll be able to preorder this relatively low-end but still pretty sweet phone for $100 after a $100 rebate on a 2-year contract.

For a budget phone that already runs Android 2.1, has a 600MHz processor, a 3.2" screen, a 3.2MP camera, a full hardware keyboard, 802.11b/g and n support, and a 4GB microSD memory card, $99.99 is not a bad deal at all.

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T-Mobile To Ship Garminfone In June For $199

If you've been waiting for Garmin's half-GPS/half-Android-phone (phonotaur?) Garminfone to drop, you now won't have to wait too much longer.

According to Engadget, T-Mobile is going to start shipping this highly originally named device in June for a relatively steep price of $199.

Update: T-Mobile's garminfone site is now available:

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Considering that a superior EVO 4G is rumored to have the same price tag, the Garminfone deal may seem like a steal to only the most directionally challenged of us.

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EXCLUSIVE: AndroidPolice.com's Nexus One Is Running Android 2.2 Froyo. How Fast Is It Compared To 2.1? Oh, Only About 450% Faster


Upcoming Frozen Goodness

Folks, we have a Nexus One. We also have Froyo. In fact, we have the two mixed together in the most delicious frozen-yogurty Android 2.2 kind of way you can imagine.

Not much has been officially released by Google about Android 2.2 - probably less than any other release to date. We all have a hunch about some new features but Google wouldn't officially confirm or deny any of them, other than the one about Flash 10.1.

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Motorola Twist Renamed The Flipout, Looks Just As Strange, Coming In June To AT&T?

Remember the strangely shaped Motorola phone that we saw last month? It’s now known as the Motorola Flipout, according to the Italian site hdblog.it.

The Flipout is supposedly running Android 2.1 with Motorola’s custom MOTOBLUR interface and will be available in a choice of black, green, or pink.

Motorola Twist Renamed The Flipout, Looks Just As Strange, Coming In June To AT&T?

The specs given by HDBlog are the same as the ones that were leaked last month, so nothing’s changed there.

  • CPU: OMAP3410, 700MHZ
  • Networks: WCDMA/HSPA: 850/1900 GSM/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900
  • Display: 2.8” QVGA, 320 x 240
  • Web: HTML, Flash with multi-touch
  • Camera: 3MP
  • Video: Capture/Playback/Streaming, H.263, MPG-4, WMV v9
  • Internal Memory: 512MB of flash, 256MB RAM
  • Memory Card: MicroSDHC up to 32GB
  • WLAN: 802.11 b/g
  • Bluetooth: 2.1 with EDR
  • GPS/aGPS
  • Battery: 940 mAH
  • Special Features: MOTOBLUR 1.5, 3.5mm audio jack, removable/customized rear covers

Motorola Twist Renamed The Flipout, Looks Just As Strange, Coming In June To AT&T?

The Flipout is rumored to be headed to AT&T, although a confirmation is still needed.

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LG Ally Full Specs Leaked, Preorder On May 13th, Launch With Verizon On May 20th

Boy Genius Report has released details about the upcoming LG Ally, which we now heavily associate with Iron Man 2, with a leaked document providing specs and release information ahead of the launch.

Catering for the low-end market, the Ally has a 600MHz processor and 256MB of RAM, and ships with Android 2.1. LG has also added their own touch to the phone with a custom theme.

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HTC Hero Owners - Here Are A Few Subtle But Awesome Changes Android 2.1 Brings To Your Phone

As you may have seen, I've been running Android 2.1 on my Sprint HTC Hero for a few weeks now, and I'd like to follow up the mega [p]review of all the new features with a few subtle observations that made me, a long-time Hero user, happy.

These may be small things but it takes only a few of them to take the overall phone experience to a new level.

By the way, if you want to experience Android 2.1 on your Hero without waiting for Sprint/HTC to release it, you can proceed to this how-to that I compiled just for you: To All Complaining About Android 2.1 On HTC Hero – Step 1: Chill Out.

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HTC Droid Eris Should Be Getting The Android 2.1 OTA Update Today

It's finally here - today should be the day when Verizon starts rolling out the Android 2.1 OTA (over-the-air) update that we reported on a few days ago.

The update page on Verizon's site, which provides benefits of the new 2.1 OS as well as the update instructions, still mentions "Coming Soon!" as the release date.

That last part, however, apparently means today, May 11th, according to a MobileCrunch tipster who sent in this internal memo screen:

HTC Droid Eris Should Be Getting The Android 2.1 OTA Update Today

We know it says "tentatively scheduled" and Verizon doesn't exactly have the best track record with releasing 2.1 when it says it is, but we have a hunch that it will actually begin on time this time around.

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A Video Of An Adobe Evangelist Showcasing Flash 10.1 Smoothly Running On A Nexus One With Android 2.2 Froyo

Today we have a new video from Ryan Stewart, an Adobe evangelist, who shows off his Nexus One running a Froyo build (that's Android 2.2 for those who live in a cave) and Flash 10.1.

In the video, Ryan and his shiny dome show off a handful of examples from fully featured Flash applications to video players playing videos, all relatively smoothly and crashing free (it *is* a pre-recorded demo though, I wonder how it performs in real-life conditions).

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