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Aug
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Last Updated: August 28th, 2011

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The Prize

Alright, we heard from a lot of you that social contests just aren't up your alley sometimes - so we've listened.

03
Aug
HTC Wildfire S_

It's August 3rd, and as promised, the HTC Wildfire S is now available on T-Mobile. The Wildfire S is the newest mid-range device to grace the Land of Pink, most likely aimed at tweeners and smartphone newcomers.

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Spec porn:

  • 3.2 inch 320x480 display
  • 800MHz single-core processor
  • 512MB RAM
  • SD Card slot
  • 5MP rear shooter
  • Android 2.3 with HTC Sense

You can grab this device in white directly from T-Mo for $80 after a $50 mail-in-rebate, or hit up T-Mobile's online store, Sam's Club, or Wal-Mart to score the black variation.

02
Aug
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Well, it's only taken about five months, but Verizon XOOM owners will finally be able to make use of that lovely microSD slot on the side of their tablet. Of course, the OTA update in question does a fair bit more than allow you to up your XOOM's already robust storage. Take a look at this list:

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While Verizon (they're the ones publishing the update) doesn't explicitly state that the update, dubbed HTJ85 (has a nice ring to it, right?), brings Android 3.2 to the XOOM, it's clearly implied by the addition of "Screen Scaling Compatibility Mode" - a feature of Android 3.2 that we talked about a while ago.

02
Aug
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Last Updated: August 30th, 2011

Well, the Galaxy S II rumors are really starting to heat up stateside. Earlier today, BGR let loose a tip that Sprint may be getting its own Galaxy S II-based handset as early as next month (September), and that it will be dubbed the 'Epic Touch 4G.' This obviously implies that the device will not share the physical QWERTY keyboard of its etymological ancestor, the Epic 4G.

The phone will also feature Sprint's WiMAX 4G - which raises another big question: just how should Sprint subscribers reconcile the carrier's planned adoption of LTE with yet another WiMAX handset on the way?

01
Aug
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Last week we got our hands on the Sprint Playbook which indicated that the Kyocera Echo would be receiving a firmware update to Android 2.3. Accordingly, a page has now gone live on the official Kyocera Echo webpage confirming that an update to Android 2.3.4 is imminent. By the looks of the Echo webpage this update will bring some major features and enhancements to this unique device.

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As indicated in the Playbook the update will include Swype 3.0 with "Tap Correction and Horizontal Word Choice List" (i.e.

29
Jul
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Here's a shocker: in order to conserve precious bandwidth, AT&T plans to start throttling data for the top 5% of users that were grandfathered in on unlimited data plans back in the day. An AT&T spokesperson danced around the subject quite delicately, making sure to note that most users won't be affected by the change:

One new measure is a step that may reduce the data throughput speed experienced by a very small minority of smartphone customers who are on unlimited plans – those whose extraordinary level of data usage puts them in the top 5 percent of our heaviest data users in a billing period.

29
Jul
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Earlier this week we found out about a supposed Galaxy S II variant rocking a slide-out QWERTY that was said to be on its way to AT&T. Needless to say, most people were not happy about the addition of a keyboard -- and with good reason. Why ruin one of the thinnest smartphones on the planet by adding a physical keyboard?

Guess what? They didn't.

As it turns out, that wasn't a Galaxy S II variant at all, but a completely different handset that is headed to Ma Bell.

28
Jul
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Less than a week ago, T-Mobile announced that Gingerbread would be rolling out to a limited number of myTouch 4G users on June 20th, with a broader rollout hitting all customer by the end of the year. In a strange twist, the Magenta Carrier updated the myTouch 4G support page this morning stating that:

Beginning August 5, you will be able to go to  a T-Mobile retail store to update your T-Mobile myTouch 4G to the most recent software version.

28
Jul
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If you were not in one of the lucky cities to get 4G coverage from Verizon's extensive LTE rollout earlier this month, fear not as more cities are being added to the list as we speak. In fact the rollout and expansion have become so extensive we had to hunt through two pages of Verizon's press-releases to compile the list of new and expanded markets.

The cities that Verizon will be rolling out 4G LTE to on August 18 include the following:

  • Provo/Orem, Utah
  • Capital Region, New York
  • Syracuse New York
  • Ithaca, New York
  • Greater Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Salinas and Monterey, California
  • Bakersfield, California
  • Omaha and Council Bluffs, Nebraska
  • Johnstown and Altoona, Pennsylvania
  • Ft.
28
Jul
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Two days ago we let you know that the 4G LTE variant of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 was set to hit Big Red's sales floor on July 28th for $530 (with a two-year agreement, that is). That day is here, and right on schedule, the LTE Tab 10.1 is ready to go in VZW stores across the country.

Accompanying what is probably the best Android tablet on the market, you'll find a whole slew of accessories to optimize the usefulness and experience of the Tab.