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Motorola Droid Bionic Receiving Minor OTA Update To Build 5.9.905, Improves LTE Connectivity And Bluetooth Sound Quality

Verizon just started pushing a small OTA update to the Droid Bionic that brings a few small enhancements to the device:

  • Recalibrated volume of the call connect and disconnect tones to be more comfortable for Bluetooth® users.
  • Improved Visual Voice Mail to ensure delivery of a notification to the Status bar.
  • Reduced data stalls to improve 4G LTE data connectivity

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While it's not ICS, hopefully it will fix the LTE issues that users have been experiencing for quite some time.

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Sony Announces Four New Smartphones: The Xperia miro, Xperia tipo, Xperia tipo dual and Xperia ion HSPA

Sony has had a busy morning so far, announcing no fewer than four new Android smartphones. The newly announced Xperia miro, tipo and tipo dual will all ship with Android 4.0, despite each having underwhelming specifications, whilst the HSPA version of the Xperia ion is still set to ship with Android 2.3, but as the name suggests it will be lacking 4G.

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The Xperia mio packs a 3.5-inch display with a resolution of 480 x 320, Android 4.0 and a 5MP rear camera.

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[Exclusive] How To Root The Virgin Mobile LG Optimus Elite

While we were able to test this process on the Virgin Mobile variant, it has not been tested on the Sprint version. It's not advised that you even attempt this on the Sprint variant until we've been able to test it first.

We are not responsible for any destruction of data, phones, or small animals. Use these instructions at your own risk.

This is not a simple root, and is very involved.

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Regional Carrier C Spire Announces The Galaxy S III, Pricing And Availability Will Be Announced 'In The Coming Weeks'

If you're on the regional carrier C Spire and have been jealous of all the Galaxy S III banter, you can lay that jealousy to rest. C Spire just announced that it will be getting the Galaxy S III as one of the initial devices to run on its upcoming 4G LTE network.

The device will launch with identical specs to the other U.S. carriers:

  • 4.8" Super AMOLED HD display with Gorilla Glass 2.0
  • 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB on-board storage with microSD card slot
  • 2100mAh battery
  • Android 4.0 with TouchWiz

Unfortunately, pricing and release date information aren't yet available, but the company plans to launch its LTE network in 20 Mississippi markets beginning in September, and the GSIII will most likely be its flagship for the launch.

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The New Verizon Wireless Shared Data Plans Start June 28th, Here's How They Work

Verizon has officially announced the impending launch of its shared data plans on June 28, and at first glance, they make look a little confusing:

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The reality is much simpler (check out this PDF - it's better). The "Share Everything" plan, as it's called, starts out on the premise that you are required to choose unlimited voice and text messaging. Not bad.

Then, you're required to select a data plan based on your needs.

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Samsung Galaxy S3 Not Eligible For 50 GB Dropbox Offer On AT&T Or Verizon

Although it isn't a new feature, one of Samsung's software perks with the Galaxy S3 is the inclusion of 48 GB of free space in a Dropbox account, an offer that lasts two years. Unfortunately, according to an official Dropbox support page, some U.S. users won't have the option to take advantage of this free space.

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AT&T and Verizon have chosen to opt out of this promotion, though their reasoning is unclear.

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Rumor: Sprint Releasing Its Own Mobile Payment Service Called "Touch," Google Wallet Now Left High And Dry

Well, we knew it was a possibility, and given Google Wallet's painfully slow adoption rate (by carriers and payment processors), rumors today from NFCTimes that the service's sole remaining partner Sprint is coming up with an alternative aren't exactly surprising.

NFCTimes says the service will be called "Touch," and will utilize a "secure element" system like Wallet (a physical chip) in order to securely process mobile payments. Likely by necessity, this would mean the end of support for Google Wallet on Sprint handsets released after the launch of the new "Touch" service.

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Motorola Droid RAZR HD Blurrycam Images Leak, Don't Really Show Anything New

A couple images of the rumored Droid RAZR HD just landed on Droid Life, showing off the back and side the device; while that really isn't much, at least it's something.

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For starters, it's pretty obvious that Motorola stuck with the distinct RAZR Kevlar backing, which is quite nice. Otherwise, there's a camera - rumored to be 13MP - a flash, a speaker, and of course, the 4G LTE logo and Verizon branding.

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Motorola 'Dinara' Press Shot Leaks, Possibly Coming To AT&T As The Newest Successor In The Atrix Line

It seems like we've been hearing about a Motorola device headed to AT&T codenamed "Dinara" for eons now. A new press shot of this elusive device has now fallen into the hands of The Verge, and it shows a very different handset than the one sharing the same codenamed that was released in China last year.

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As you can see, this device is definitely running Ice Cream Sandwich, with a seemingly tolerable version of Motoblur (or whatever they're calling it these days) slapped on top of it.

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MetroPCS Launches The Activa 4G, Huawei's First LTE Android Phone In The U.S.

It may not get the tech world's heart all a-flutter to hear that MetroPCS is launching a Huawei phone, but the world needs budget phones and networks too! The duo is teaming up this time to bring no fewer than four gees to consumers for the first time in a Huawei device. The Activa 4G is a modestly spec'd phone, with a 3.5" HVGA display, a 5 megapixel camera, and running Android 2.3.

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