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Motorola's Rugged i1 Brings Push-To-Talk And Resistance To Mother Nature To Android, Available On Sprint July 25th

If you’re the kind of person who isn’t exactly careful with their phone, or needs it to be usable in extreme conditions, you’re in luck. Sprint has just announced it will begin shipping the Motorola i1, the first push-to-talk Android phone, from their online store and telesales starting July 25, and from all other channels on August 8.

The phone meets military specifications for dust, shock, vibration, and rain, so it will certainly be able to handle anything you can throw at it (or anything you throw it against.) Nothing has changed since its launch on Boost Mobile last month, but here’s a refresher on its specs, now that the device is hitting one of the four major carriers:

  • 5 megapixel camera with LED flash
  • Swype, Opera Mini 5, and Touiteur pre-installed
  • Android 1.5 with MOTOBLUR
  • 600 MHz processor
  • 3.1” screen
  • Push-to-talk
  • Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth

Clearly, the fact that it is running Android 1.5 is a huge downside, but that shouldn’t matter to the market the phone is aimed at.

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AT&T Samsung Captivate Galaxy S Series Phone Now Available For $199.99

Today, right on schedule, AT&T has launched Samsung Captivate - a 2nd Galaxy S series phone incarnation in the US, 3 days after T-Mobile's Samsung Vibrant. The phone is available for $199.99 on a contract and $499.99 without.

Specs

Let's recap Captivate's specs:

  • 1GHz Hummingbird processor
  • a gorgeous 4" Super AMOLED
  • a 5MP camera with 720p HD video recording
  • 16GB internal storage
  • DLNA certified
  • comes with the Swype keyboard pre-installed
  • Android 2.1 Eclair
  • 4.5oz
  • 9.9mm
  • 1500mAh battery

Our Captivate Preview

Samsung was kind enough to send us a Captivate early - check out our AT&T’s Samsung Captivate Unboxing And Initial Hands-On!

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Droid Eris Owners Get Fix For “Silent Call” Issue With Maintenance Release 4 [Download Link Inside]

For some time, the Droid Eris on Verizon Wireless has had a bug that causes the user to be unable to hear the person on the other end during a phone call, and/or be heard by said person. A member of the Verizon Wireless forums, after receiving Maintenance Release 4, is reporting that the issue appears to have been resolved with the patch.

Droid Eris OTA manual install link found

The update comes OTA and will reach most users in the coming weeks; however, you can download a signed zip from Google directly as well to get the fix right now.

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Samsung Vibrant Galaxy S Series Phone Now Available At T-Mobile's Online Store

Manufacturers take note: this is how it’s done. A mere two weeks after the Vibrant was announced, this Samsung’s Galaxy S variant for T-Mobile is now up available for order at T-Mobile’s online store.

The Vibrant is currently listed at a $499.99 off-contract price, or $249.99 plus a $50 mail-in rebate with a 2-year contract.

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What do you get for your money?

  • 4.0” Super AMOLED 480 x 800 capacitive touchscreen
  • 16GB onboard storage
  • 5 MP autofocus camera capable of recording 720p video
  • 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor
  • Android 2.1 with TouchWiz 3.0
  • Swype text input

Better Deal From Wirefly

There is a better deal available though, which we posted about a few days ago: if you order from Wirefly, which offers free shipping and free returns, you will not have to deal with annoying rebates and will in addition save another $50.

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CyanogenMod 6.0.0 Release Candidate 1 Hits The Streets For Nexus One, Dream and Magic Devices (Download Links In Post)

The long-awaited first beta (release candidate) of CyanogenMod 6 is available for download on the HTC Nexus One, Dream, and Magic devices as of 10:15PST this evening. While Cyanogen’s site is experiencing some seriously debilitating traffic, we’ve managed to get links to all the downloads for those of you eagerly awaiting a taste of what CyanogenMod 6 will bring to your phone. Additionally, Cyanogen has said it will be available via ROM Manager very shortly.

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AT&T Announces July 18th Release For Samsung Captivate (Galaxy S) With $199 Price Tag

This morning, AT&T announced that the Samsung Captivate (aka Galaxy S i9000) would go on sale July 18th at a new contract or upgrade price of $199. The Galaxy S will be a watershed in AT&T’s release history: Captivate will be the first high-end Android device to reach an AT&T store and sit side by side with (or perhaps in an unlit corner far away from) the iPhone 4.

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There does not appear to be a pre-order option, so you anxious AT&T users will likely have to get to your local AT&T store July 18th to pick up your device if you want it on release day.

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T-Mobile’s Samsung Vibrant To Launch One Week Early On July 15

It seems T-Mobile simply can’t wait to get its new high-end Android offering on the market. Citing “multiple sources”, TmoNews is reporting that the Samsung Vibrant (T-Mobile’s version of the Samsung Galaxy S) is due to launch July 15, one week earlier than was previously reported. It seems pretty clear that T-Mobile is trying to take away the thunder of another Android superphone launching on July 15 – but T-Mobile will need to build up a lot of hype to take down the newest member of Verizon’s Droid army.

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UPDATE: CyanogenMod 6 Alpha 3 for Motorola Droid Now Available For Download

DISCLAIMER: This is an alpha release. This means it is buggy, and might have some minor (maybe even substantial) issues upon installation. Download and install at your own risk.

UPDATE: Updated download link for Alpha 3 below. We don’t currently have a change log, unfortunately.

An alpha of CyanogenMod 6 for the Droid has been released, and is up for download. The link, along with the link for FRF85B’s GApps (Google Apps) package, is below.

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CyanogenMod 6 Hands-On: First Impressions

Yesterday, we broke the news that CyanogenMod 6 Alpha 1 was released to the public. Having successfully installed it on an AT&T Nexus One, we can now give you the lowdown on what this release (so far) contains.

User Interface

Essentially, users can expect an experience that will not stray too far from what CyanogenMod 5.08 changed in terms of the UI. An updated version of ADW Launcher does provide a few enhancements, though.

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Google Confirms Immediate Android 2.2 Froyo OTA Rollout To Nexus One Devices Worldwide, Download The Full Update Inside

Google has officially confirmed it: Android 2.2 is now available for the Nexus One, and will be pushed to devices starting today. The press release below from Google:

Monday, June 28, 2010

New Android 2.2 Software Update for Nexus One phones

Starting today, Nexus One users will begin to receive the Android 2.2 (codenamed Froyo) over-the-air software update on their phones. This update provides some great new features including support for making your handset a portable hotspot and support for Adobe Flash within the browser.

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