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Android 2.3.4 Update For The US Cellular HTC Merge Is Now Ready. Goodbye, Froyo - Hello, Gingerbread

HTC Merge users on US Cellular, your day has come. Forget about Froyo, aka Android 2.2, and zoom straight to the latest version of Android available for non-Nexus phones - 2.3.4 "Gingerbread" (HTC version 3.10.573.1 to be exact - the image below taken from the update guide is outdated).

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The update will need to be applied on a computer using HTC Sync and will wipe your device clean of emails, contacts, calendars, apps, bookmarks, and any other personalization - it'll basically be back to stock. Pictures, movies, music, and everything on your SD card should remain intact, but you'll have to set up your Merge from scratch once the update has been completed.

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Sprint Announces The LG Marquee, Available Online Starting September 20 For $99

Sprint announced its version of the LG Optimus Black earlier today, which will be known as the LG Marquee. It's a solid mid-range phone, with an appropriate pricetag:

  • 4-inch 480x800 NOVA display
  • 1GHz single-core processor
  • 512MB RAM
  • 2GB built-in storage
  • 5MP and 2MP cameras
  • Android 2.3
  • $99 with a two-year agreement

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This definitely seems like a worthy contender if you're looking for a solid smartphone on Sprint but don't need the power (or pricetag) of the Photon, EVO 3D, or Epic 4G Touch.

The Marquee will debut at Fashion Week in NYC and be available for purchase online starting September 20th with in-store availability on October 2nd.

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T-Mobile's Samsung Galaxy S II Will Come With A 1.5GHz Dual-Core Snapdragon According To GalaxySsupport's Twitter

When Samsung officially unveiled the US variants of the Galaxy S II, the spec sheet for T-Mobile's variant was oddly absent from the show. After that, we started hearing that it would not be sporting the same Exynos processor of its AT&T and Sprint siblings, but rather a chip from a "different manufacturer," with no word as to who that manufacturer could be.

Today, though, one Twitter-er had enough with the guesswork and decided to get an answer directly from the source: @GalaxySsupport, the official support account for all US Galaxy S devices. The first response was a bit lackluster however, only stating only that it "has a dual core processor." Naturally, this answer was just not good enough, so the question was asked again, this time with more detail.

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Initial Impressions And Hands-On With The Samsung Epic 4G Touch For Sprint

The Samsung Galaxy S II (SGSII) has been one of the most highly anticipated devices in recent memory - perhaps second only to the annual new iPhone. There are two very good reasons for this: first, the original Galaxy S devices were hailed as some of the best on the market. Second - and more importantly - from its start as an on-paper proof, to its run on the trade show circuit, through its international release, the Galaxy S II been hailed as one of (if not the) best phone on the market.

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Unfortunately for those of us in the States, we've had to wait quite a bit longer than our European counterparts to get our mitts on the hottest piece of Android kit ever to hit the market.

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Android Market Carrier Billing Comes To More Networks In South Korea, The UK, And Germany

Google has made good on its promise to expand carrier billing for the Android Market internationally today, introducing the feature to customers on various carriers in three countries. This is great news for consumers, and even better news for developers.

South Korean users on SK Telecom and KT Corporation, UK users on Vodafone UK, and German users on Vodafone DE will all be receiving access to direct carrier billing in the coming weeks.

Carrier billing is a major feature for users in countries outside the US, where Google Checkout support for regional banks and credit cards can often be severely wanting.

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Motorola Photon 4G Is Coming To US Cellular Under The Name 'Electrify' For $199 Later This Month

US Cellular just sent out a presser for the upcoming Motorola Electrify, which is basically a rebranded Photon 4G minus WiMax. There's little doubt that this will be US Cellular's flagship device, as it's far-and-above their current highest-spec'd device:

  • 4.3-inch qHD display
  • 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage
  • 8MP rear camera, VGA front camera
  • Webtop capable
  • Kickstand
  • Android 2.3

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The Electrify will be available sometime later this month for $199 with a two-year agreement.

Congratulations, US Cellular customers, you just scored a pretty amazing piece of kit.

MOTOROLA ELECTRIFY COMING SOON TO U.S. CELLULAR

Android Smartphone Combines Unparalleled Power and Versatility

CHICAGO (September 12, 2011) – U.S.

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DROID BIONIC Review: This Is The Phone That The DROID X2 Should Have Been

The DROID BIONIC has probably been the single most anticipated Android smartphone in the US. Since its unveiling at CES, subsequent total re-design, and sort-of-delayed release, it has been a long and winding road for Motorola's newest flagship handset. Verizon's massive marketing arm hasn't failed to promote this thing, either - walk into any Verizon store and you'll see employees garbed in BIONIC t-shirts, armed with BIONIC accessory display boxes and a tailor-made marketing spiel, ready to meet you with more LTE and dual-core madness than you can shake a stick at.

So, it's safe to say, this phone has spent extensive time in the hype machine.

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Acer Iconia Tab A501 Coming To AT&T's HSPA+ Network On September 18th, And It's Actually Reasonably Priced

We were all left with a bad taste in our mouths after hearing AT&T's pricing for the recently announced HTC Jetstream, but if you're looking for a  solid Honeycomb tablet with always-connected mobile access then check out Ma Bell's latest offering: the Acer Iconia Tab A501.

Under the hood, it's the exact same device as the A500, with the inclusion of an HSPA+ radio. The nuts and bolts of it are:

  • 10.1-inch 1280x800 display
  • 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 5MP and 2MP cameras
  • SD card, microUSB, and microHDMI ports
  • Android 3.2

The real sweet spot for this tablet, though, is the pricing.

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[Deal Alert] Samsung Epic 4G Touch Price Slashed To $99.99 On New 2-Year Contract From Walmart Wireless (That's $100 Off)

Sprint's variant of the Samsung Galaxy SII has already gotten an irresistible price slash thanks to Walmart Wireless before even being released. The sleek new powerhouse has been dropped to the price of just $99.99 for a new 2-year contract. To top it off, Walmart Wireless is offering free shipping.

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If you've forgotten the Epic 4G Touch's impressive specs, here they are again:

  • 4.52" Super AMOLED Plus Display
  • 1.2GHz Dual-Core Processor
  • 8MP Rear Camera & 2MP Front-Facing Camera
  • Android 2.3 Platform
  • 3G/4G Hotspot Capabilities
  • 1080p HD Video Recording
  • Expandable memory up to 32GB

Getting such a discount on the Epic 4G Touch before its release is almost too good to believe, but if you want to get your hands on this deal check out the sale at Walmart Wireless.

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[Deal Alert] AT&T Drops Motorola ATRIX Entertainment Center/Webtop Access Bundle To $99 ($91 off)

If you've been holding out on getting a bundle of goodies to go with your Motorola ATRIX, there is good news. AT&T has just dropped the price of the ATRIX's Entertainment Centre/Webtop Access bundle down to a cool $99. That's down from the original $190 price tag, and still lower than Amazon's offering of $140.

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The kit includes an HD Multimedia Dock, cordless mouse, and Universal Bluetooth keyboard. If you want to get your hands on this hot deal, head over to the product page at AT&T.

via Fat Wallet

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