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Motorola Unveils The Defy: Dust And Water-Resistance Included

Leave it to Motorola to come up with a bizarrely compelling new device that they can slip MotoBlur onto.

We’ve recently seen the Charm and Flipout with Android 2.1 and MotoBlur, and now the Defy is joining them. However, this is a touchscreen only device, and it has something else special: an IP67 water and dust resistance rating. That rating qualifies it as fully protected from dust, and immune to the effects of immersion between 15 cm and 1 m for up to 30 minutes.

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T-Mobile G2 Prices Leaked: $200 On Contract, $500 Off Contract

It seems to be the trend nowadays that you know everything about a device before it even gets properly announced, and while it makes for plenty of blog-fodder, it sort of spoils the fun of waiting for new things to come out.

Anyhoo, TmoNews just got their hands on the pricing scheme for the upcoming G2, HTC’s eagerly anticipated landscape slider. Calling the pricing “Exactly what everyone expects it to be”, TmoNews posted a photo of an internal T-Mobile document, showing the G2 to be $499.99 off-contract, or $199.99 with (presumably) a new two-year agreement and a $50 MIR.

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Sprint Launches 4G In Boston, MA; Daytona Beach, FL; Providence, RI

EVO 4G and now Epic 4G owners can celebrate the addition of 3 more metropolitan areas to Sprint's 4G family, as the company just announced that the following cities are lighting up with 4G, effective immediately:

  • Boston, MA
  • Daytona Beach, FL
  • Providence, RI

These latest additions bring Sprint’s 4G coverage grand total to over 50 urban hotspots. Still no official release of 4G we caught in the Bay Area but we're hoping for something soon, as the clock that will mark the promised end of the year timeline is ticking.

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Archos Announces A Whole New Lineup Of Five Froyo Tablets

While the current state of Android tablets is measly to say the least, it looks like that may be changing soon enough, with the Galaxy Tab that we will (hopefully) see announced in 3 days at IFA 2010, the recently announced ViewSonic ViewPad 7 Froyo tablet, and now five new Archos tablets.

Admittedly, the Archos name didn't exactly excite us (this is, after all, the same company that made the resistive touchscreen-impaired, buttonless, Android 1.6-laden, Archos 5 Internet tablet) but after a closer look at what they've got to offer, we think the manufacturer might be onto something here.

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ViewSonic Announces ViewPad 7 Froyo Tablet…Phone

With the possible exception of Archos, there are no big names in the Android tablet field right now. If you have a tablet running a Google-flavoured OS, chances are it’s from Shenzen, has a resistive touchscreen, and will have been superseded by a newer model by the end of this paragraph. Enter ViewSonic. They’re a display company with some fairly well-regarded LCD monitors, which should bode well for the display of their newly announced, previously-rumored tablet.

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Move Over EVO - Sprint's 2nd 4G Phone, Samsung Epic 4G, Now Available

It's August 31st and like clockwork, the first CDMA Galaxy S counterpart of the T-Mobile Vibrant and AT&T Captivate, the Epic 4G is finally available both online and in stores.

If you've been following our Epic 4G coverage, you would know that:

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Official Pictures Of The T-Mobile G2 Leaked, Take A Look At That Glorious Keyboard

In case you’re one of many people eagerly awaiting the successor of the original Android phone, you may be excited to hear that CellPhoneSignal has some high-quality (albeit quite small), official pictures of the upcoming T-Mobile G2, which show off just how nice that keyboard looks (not to mention how good vanilla FroYo looks, too).

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So, what do you think? Is this first HSPA+ compatible handset not enough for you to leave your Vibrant?

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Rockbox For Android Now Semi-Functional

The popular, open-source media player firmware Rockbox has recently been made available for Android. Rather than run as an operating system, Rockbox operates as a standalone application that you can install as usual with an APK. Development is still on-going, but Rockbox dev kugel has a few pre-compiled APKs hosted for you to try out if you’re interested.

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These builds are unofficial and are purely for demonstrative purposes, but they seem to work pretty nicely.

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T-Mobile Killing Off Motorola Cliq, Cliq XT, And MyTouch 1.2

In what seems like preparation for their upcoming G2 handset, T-Mobile is planning on clearing out their selection of Android handsets by ending sales of the Motorola Cliq, Cliq XT, and T-Mobile MyTouch 1.2 on October 4.

Whatever the reason, it’s probably a good thing that these low-end handsets are going off the market - hopefully, it will help keep outdated OS's like Cupcake and Donut from growing in size.

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