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Sep
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Just earlier today, we found Sprint documents that confirmed the Galaxy Nexus variant on the Now Network would be receiving Jelly Bean today. Now, a Sprint employee has confirmed on its community message board that the Nexus S rollout will begin today. As with the GNex update, this will be an OTA, so no, refreshing over and over won't get it to you any faster.

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Of course, it's still a reminder that CDMA Nexii get the short end of the stick.

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Sep
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Today has undoubtedly been a momentous one for Amazon. We've seen the introduction of a new family of Kindle products including the new Kindle Fire and a pair of Kindle Fire HD tablets.

Following today's announcements, Amazon decided to take some time to introduce a few awesome new features those who buy from the Kindle line can expect to enjoy from their new Amazon-branded tablets. In this post, we'll take a brief look at the bevy of new features, starting with X-Ray for Movies.

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Last Updated: September 8th, 2012

Earlier today, Amazon announced a slew of new Kindle products: a refreshed 8GB Fire, brand new 16/32GB Fire HD 7" and 16/32GB Fire HD 8.9", including 32/64GB LTE-enabled variants, and a Kindle Paperwhite which doesn't run Android. The pre-order links weren't working right away, but they've just gone live, and I have them all for you right here.

Kindle Fire (2012 Refresh)

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8GB - $159 (September 14th release date) - Pre-order link

Kindle Fire HD 7"

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16GB - $199 (September 14th release date) - Pre-order link

32GB - $249 (October 25th release date) - Pre-order link

Kindle Fire HD 8.9"

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16GB - $299 (November 20th release date) - Pre-order link

32GB - $369 (November 20th release date) - Pre-order link

Kindle Fire HD 8.9" 4G-LTE

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32GB - $499 (November 20th release date) - Pre-order link

64GB - $599 (November 20th release date) - Pre-order link

Kindle Paperwhite

Repeat after me - "paperwhite." Not "paperweight." Amazon didn't think this one through, did it?

06
Sep
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Amazon's new 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD is impressive enough in its own right, thanks to high-end features and a competitive price of $299. But at the Kindle press event today, CEO Jeff Bezos announced something truly groundbreaking: a Kindle Fire with a 4G LTE connection and an unprecedented data plan. For $499 (the price of the iPad 3, among many others) you get the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD, a 4G LTE data connection (almost certainly AT&T) and access to a $49.99-a-year data plan.

06
Sep
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As was reported yesterday, it looks like the Sprint Galaxy Nexus will, in fact, be receiving its upgrade to Jelly Bean. Finally. According to documents on Sprint's support page, the JRO03R build starts rolling out today. It looks like it will be an OTA update. If you want to compulsively check for it, though, you can do so in Settings.

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We're still waiting to see if the Nexus S 4G will also get the promised Jelly Bean update, as we'd also heard.

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Sep
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Amazon's just announced not one, but two a few new Kindle Fires: the Fire and Fire HD 7/8.9. The former is a slight bump in spec and drop in price from its predecessor:

  • Faster 1.2GHz OMAP4430 dual-core processor
  • 7" 1024x600 IPS LCD display, 169ppi
  • 2-point multi-touch
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB storage
  • Android 4.0 underpinning
  • Stereo speakers
  • 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (single-band), though no support for ad-hoc networks
  • Longer battery life (8.5 hours of continuous use)
  • MicroUSB
  • No camera or microphone
  • 14.1oz (400 grams)
  • Free month of Amazon Prime
  • X-Ray for Movies and Books, Immersion Reading, Whispersync for Voice, and more

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Other than that, Amazon was very scant on details.

06
Sep
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Amazon is currently unveiling a slew of new products at its press conference today. One of the headlining set of slates is the Kindle Fire HD. They will come in two sizes, 7" and 8.9". The HD tablets will be tied deeply to Amazon's content ecosystem. The 8.9" model will have an astounding 1920x1200 display, and it's bound to be one of the nicest looking displays we've seen in a primarily-content-driven device.

06
Sep
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When the first Galaxy Note launched, everyone was reasonably skeptical. Was the world ready for such a large phone? Turns out, yep. So now, it would be expected for more carriers to want in on the action. Cue Sprint, stage left. One curious XDA member started poking around in some Sprint documents and found reference to one "SPH-L900." We know SPH is a designation Sprint uses for its Samsung phones (Galaxy Nexus is SPH-L700, Galaxy S III is SPH-L710, etc.), but the L900 is brand new.

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Sep
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Pay-as-you-go service is getting more and more appealing with each passing day, and Virgin Mobile just announced the Samsung Galaxy Reverb - an Android 4.0 handset that should offer a decent amount of bang for the buck.

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Specs:

  • 4" display
  • 1.4GHz single-core processor
  • 768MB RAM
  • 5MP rear shooter
  • 122.40mm x 64.20mm x 11.40mm, 128.7g
  • Android 4.0

While those specs are mediocre compared to the flagship phones of today, it's hard to deny the allure of a device that goes for $249 without contract on a carrier that offers equally as affordable plans.

05
Sep
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I just got back from New York, the city of absolutely no internet, and now I can finally tell you about my experiences with the new RAZRs - the DROID RAZR HD 4G LTE, DROID RAZR HD MAXX 4G LTE, and DROID RAZR M 4G LTE. (My shift key is going to get a workout today!)

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The design and construction of all 3 phones is basically the same. A stitched Kevlar back with a rubber coating, a plastic body, and an industrial-style design with exposed, prominent screws.

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