Video of the Droid Bionic’s new MotoBlur

Here’s a taste of what MotoBlur will be like on the soon to be unleashed Droid Bionic. MotoBlur has, in the past, had a bad brutally terrible reputation for its looks and functionality. The Bionic’s MotoBlur may be a chance to redeem itself, although its still not perfect yet – as you’ll see from the video. If you can look past that for now, however, it seems Moto worked pretty hard this time to make it super smooth. Also, it lends a lot of its functionality to what you see in Honeycomb; 3D and sort of Tron-like elements. After watching the video, we would love to hear what you all think, especially if your feelings have changed toward MotoBlur. Remember,  Verizon’s Droid Bionic “destroys all machines” September 8th.

Video after the break.

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Rumored Pantech Breakout, Another LTE Phone on Verizon

A recent leak has us wondering about the possibility of a new Verizon device, the Breakout, coming in the following months. While the specs aren’t great – just a 1GHz CPU, 512MB RAM, front and back cameras and Gingerbread – it does support Verizon LTE. Judging by the popularity of LTE and the relative demand for inexpensive smartphones, our guess is that this phone will target the low-budget crowd (maybe even the prepaid crowd). While nothing is confirmed yet, we do have a comparison sheet, which is more than we can say for many other rumors.

[via ac]

T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint’s Galaxy S II Variants Pose for a Picture

Thanks to Pocket Now we’ve got a nice group shot of the upcoming Galaxy S II U.S. variants. Out of the three, I’m still digging the Nexus S style of T-Mobile’s version, but I’ll be sure to check out all of them equally once they hit the shelves. We should be fully introduced to this threesome this Tuesday at Samsung’s reveal event in NYC. Though Verizon isn’t supposed to get an S II model, there have been rumors there will be a device close in specs coming. This could very well be the LTE Galaxy device we mentioned. More surprises could be in store for Tuesday, so stay tuned.

[via pn]

Nexus Prime passes WiFi certification

We’re pretty excited here at TA because we likely have a bit of Nexus Prime news on our hands. The Samsung GT-I9250 has just passed WiFi certification today. If the info on a recently leaked Samsung roadmap holds any truths, this is 99.9% the Nexus Prime. It’s coming people, we’re close. If you’ve been out of the Android loop recently, the new Nexus will have a Super AMOLED 1280×720 HD screen, feature Ice Cream Sandwich, and some sort of TI OMAP4 processor rumored to be a 1.5Ghz dual core. This will be the Android to own. Being a Verizon customer, I’ve been denied a Nexus One and Nexus S, but my hopes are high this time.

[via Phandroid]

Samsung Galaxy W to launch in the UK on the British Three network

News that the Samsung Galaxy W will be launching on the British Three network in September comes only days after a video was posted showing a sneak-peak at the beautiful device.

Specs on the Galaxy W include a 3.7-inch (800 x 400) TFT LCD screen, 1.3GHz processor, 5MP camera, 14.4Mbps HSDPA, Bluetooth 2.1, WiFi, 1500mAh battery, and Android 2.3 (Gingerbread).

The Samsung W is scheduled to be showcased at the IFA in Berlin next week along with the other classes in the Galaxy line.

[via engadget]

Samsung Hercules (T989) and AT&T Variant (I927) Clear The FCC

One of my personal upcoming favorites this year coming to T-Mobile, the Samsung Hercules, has cleared the FCC today. It also appears the Hercules will be rocking Near Field Communications according to the filing (hello Google Wallet). Also clearing the FCC is the I927, AT&T’s variant of the Samsung Galaxy S II.

We’ve heard the Hercules will be launching on Oct. 26th and the AT&T variant should be launching soon as well. I fear the US variants of the Galaxy S IIs might be a little late in the game to compete, especially with the Nexus Prime possibly right around the corner for Verizon (OK, I’ll even throw the iPhone 5 in here for competition). Even with the new Nexus coming, the Hercules may be enough for me to drop my Verizon line, which my day job is paying for, and grab a T-Mobile contract just to check it out. More is sure to come about both of these devices on Tuesday at the SGSII reveal in NYC (moved from Monday due to Hurricane Irene). The FCC filings brings us one step closer to the SGSII dominating the US. Who’s grabbing one? Hit the break for full size images of the FCC filings.

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HTC Vigor is Bluetooth 3.0 certified

The HTC Vigor is officially Bluetooth 3.0 certified, having just made its way through Bluetooth SIG. As we detailed in a previous post, the Vigor is rumored to sport a 4.3-inch 1280×720 resolution HD display, 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon, 8MP camera, Sense 3.5, Beats audio, and Gingerbread 2.3.4. Those combined specs will no doubt make the Vigor a heavy hitter when it arrives on Verizon’s store shelves, which by the way, could be as early as October 5th.

[via Softpedia]

Xoom 4G LTE Upgrade Beginning – Government & Business users in “Pilot” group

Emails are cropping up in Verizon Xoom owners’ inboxes, letting them know that the 4G upgrade process will begin next week! That is, if your Xoom is for business or government use. Other Xooms will come second. This initial upgrade group is being referred to as the “pilot” program.

The original upgrade process will remain unchanged. Your upgrade will be free of charge and will be initiated by an email from Motorola. You’ll also receive a pre-paid FedEx box to ship your Xoom in. Also, please keep in mind that you will want to back up all of your data before the send off, since it is likely the device will be wiped during the upgrade process.

Our friends from Droid Life have screenshots of the emails being sent out. Check them out here after the break!

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Verizon Wireless And Intuit Team Up To Offer GoPayment, Allows Mobile Credit Card Processing For Small Businesses

Looks like mobile payment systems are catching on pretty quickly and starting to become the norm around these parts.  We saw Square update their mobile application to support a slew of new features, offering a better mobile payment experience.  In recent news, Verizon Wireless and Intuit have announced that they’re teaming up to bring you a mobile payment solution as well.  The GoPayment service will focus on allowing mobile payment processing for small to medium sized business owners.  I personally hope this trend kicks off, as these companies and carriers are quickly recognizing the need.  We’re doing  more and more on or smartphones these days and it would be wise for companies to continue to acknowledge that by meeting the need.
Verizon Wireless and Intuit Inc. today announced a strategic alliance to give all small businesses – from the sole proprietor to a medium-sized business – the ability to process credit card payments on smartphones and tablets. The companies are now offering Intuit’sGoPayment app and pocket-sized credit card reader in Verizon Wireless’ 2,300 retail stores and business-to-business sales channels.
Hit the break for the full presser and screenshots.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.  Just check with your nearest Verizon Wireless outlet on how to obtain the free pocket-sized credit card reader.  Then, when you’re ready, head on over to the Android Market for the download and give it a go.  There’s even a version for Tablet owners.    
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Motorola DROID Bionic receives a gift; No Samsung Galaxy S II for Verizon Wireless

At one time it was thought that Verizon would be the first U.S. carrier to get the Samsung Galaxy S II, and now it seems as though Verizon has decided to not carry it at all. It has been confirmed by the Wall Street Journal and  Brenda Raney, a Verizon spokesperson.

We know the Samsung Stratosphere is coming, but it will be an Epic 4G variant. Of course, rumors are that the Nexus Prime will show up on Verizon, and since it will most likely be made by Samsung, this could have contributed to the decision.

Ultimately I think it comes down to Verizon wanting to have the DROID Bionic and the iPhone 5 as their featured phones this fall. Verizon will put a lot of money into the Bionic and they have a strong relationship with Motorola. Many thought that if it weren’t for 4G LTE compatibility, the Bionic was dead in the water. The Galaxy S II has been declared the better phone and their is no question that it would’ve impacted the Bionic’s sales and success. With no Galaxy S II in play, the Bionic gets center stage.

I would love to hear from Verizon customers. What are your thoughts? I am on Verizon myself and was already leaning towards the Bionic because of the 4G LTE capability.

[via wsj]