AT&T Customers Ask – Where’s the Amazon App Store?

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Since news broke that Amazon would soon have an ‘app store’ available to the Android community, we’ve posted a few articles on the development. I guess the ‘dark side’ of AT&T strikes again, and at the expense of their customers. Since the Amazon App Store has been available for download, AT&T Android device users have been unable to use it. Why, you ask? Come on, I thought you guys would know this by now. AT&T does not allow installation of apps that are not regulated through the Android market. So what I’m saying is any Android Package file (.apk) that you may find on a site, or thru a third party app store, your out of luck.

But there is a light at the end of the tunnel…..Just maybe. AT&T is working with Amazon to resolve this issue, at least for the Amazon App Store specifically. AT&T has provided a form for its customers to fill out, submitting their email address and phone model so they can be notified when the Amazon App Store will be available.

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So if you’re an AT&T customer, go ahead and fill this form out. Let us know what you think of this Amazon App Store and being restricted from using it for the time being in the comments. As for now, I’m going to go back to playing Angry Birds RIO that I downloaded from the Amazon App Store, on my Sprint HTC Evo 4G

Hands on with the Sprint Nexus S 4G

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The Sprint Nexus S 4G was made official yesterday and BGR was able to get some photos of it. You won’t notice much of a difference as compared to the T-Mobile Nexus S. The only difference is the WiMAX radio. It will also come with Gingerbread and Near Field Communications.  Given that “pure” Android phones, free of custom UIs and carrier-installed software, are becoming fewer and farther between, the flagship Nexus line has been very popular amongst developers. It’s good to see it landing on Sprint, especially given the new relationship between T-Mobile and AT&t.

Pre-orders for the Nexus S 4G started yesterday at Best Buy. The price will be $199 and it will be available in the spring.

[via bgr]

Verizon Wireless moves forward, Expanding 4G LTE Coverage

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Fast on the heels of the LTE capable HTC Thunderbolt that was released to the masses last week, Big Red has sent out a press release stating the projected expansion of 4G LTE coverage. The Tbolt was a huge hit on March 17th, and sales continue. It’s very possible that the pre-sales numbers over at Wirefly.com (the leading online retailer of wireless devices) were taken into consideration.

Quote from prweb:

“Yesterday was an extremely exciting day at Wirefly,” said Andy Zeinfeld, Chief Executive Officer at Simplexity, Wirefly’s parent company. “As the first smartphone to launch on Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network, we knew there was a pent-up demand for the THUNDERBOLT™ by HTC however, our sales volume far surpassed our expectations.

For continued information on this check the press release. Continue reading…..

Kyocera Dual Screen Echo gets Developer Program

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If you follow TalkAndroid you’ve probably read through a few articles over the last couple months discussing the Kyocera Echo (on the Sprint Network). Namely the latest article announcing April 17th as the launch date of the unique dual-screen Android device. Now as the day draws closer Kyocera has decided to release a developers program for you Android devs out their that want to accept the challenge and take a shot at creating apps for the Echos dual-screen.

Of course as of right now there really are not many applications that can take advantage of the display on this new device. Hence the reason for the Android dev program. And to be honest, I think the last dual screen device I had my hands on was the Nintendo DSi, what a blast that was for 20 minutes!

Click the source to read more on this story……….

[via intomobile]

LG G2x announced for T-Mobile, available in spring with Tegra Zone

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T-Mobile has made the LG G2x official at CTIA and it will be available this spring. The rest of the world knows it as the LG Optimus 2X. This will be a pure vanilla android device, but it will come with preloaded apps like Qik, Need for Speed Shift HD, T-Mobile TV, and DTS Ultra Mobile sound enhancer. The G2x will ship with Froyo. Other specs include:

  • Tegra 2 1GHz dual-core processor from NVIDIA
  • 4 inch display with 480 x 800 resolution
  • 8 megapixel rear camera
  • 1.3 megapixel front facing camera
  • 1080p video recording
  • HSPA+ 4G network

NVIDIA reported that the G2x will be the first phone to ship with Tegra Zone. With the Tegra Zone app, users will be able to easily find games that are optimized for the Tegra mobile processor.

Are you guys excited for vanilla android?

Is Verizon Wireless interested in buying Sprint? – CEO says No

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As soon as the news broke about AT&T buying T-Mobile for $39 billion, the speculation started on the possibility of Verizon Wireless purchasing Sprint to leave us with 2 carriers in the US.

Daniel Mead, Verizon Wireless CEO, says there is no interest and he will not oppose the AT&T buyout of T-Mobile. Ahead of the CTIA Wireless Conference yesterday, Mead said “We’re not interested in Sprint. We don’t need them.” He went on to say that they do not want to be distracted from their goal of being the most profitable wireless operator in the US.

Mead expects that the deal between AT&T and T-Mobile will be approved by US regulators. If he is right AT&T will have approximately 130 million subscribers as opposed to around 100 million for Verizon Wireless.

This will not be the first time a CEO has said “No” and then months later it actually happened. Don’t be surprised if some day we are left with 2 carriers in the US.

[via reuters]

Senator asks DOJ and FCC to scrutinize ATT and T-Mobile merger

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When a business deal this big goes down, you know that someone with some pull is going to have a problem with it. Reminds me of Ghostbusters when they started getting really big and that goofy loser Walter Peck had a problem with them and made them shut down their containment unit at the main shop….bad things happened to the city of New York!

I’m not suggesting bad things are going to happen, actually, this merger will most likely be a great thing for AT&T and T-Mobile customers, as they’ll likely see a much larger coverage map, but as the way of things, some Senator, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, has her nose out of joint over it, much like Chuck Schumer who let Steve Jobs know about the antenna issues with the iPhone…which we know led to ‘Antennagate’. Senator Klobuchar is asking the DOJ and FCC to pay close attention to this type of deal, as it could have massive effects on the mobile markets economically, and I don’t disagree with that…she’s got a point. That said though, this whole process may take anywhere from 12 -18 months to investigate, which means many many dollars will be spent in the process. Who do you think will end up paying for all those expenses in the end…

That’s politics I guess, you make a big fuss over something and people listen…but do they agree is the question. It didn’t work out so well for Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich after going for the Napster jugular.

[via engadget]

CTIA – Day 1 Keynote with FCC Chairman

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Alright folks, CTIA has officially been kicked off!

Sprint CEO Dan Hesse, as CTIA Chairman of the Board, opened up the show.  He congratulated the efforts of everyone involved in the relief efforts of the Japan disaster and spoke on the explosion of the smartphone market, particularly Android phones. He also spoke on the importance of not being distracted while driving and announced a Sprint initiative to install software on Sprint Android phones that will lock down phones while driving. Hesse did a pretty good job as chairman spokesperson of being unbiased towards his own company, only mentioning Sprint or Sprint programs a few times.

Today’s keynote featured FCC chairman Julius Genachowski as a guest-speaker. Genachowski talked about the US’ new leadership in the wireless industry, the importance of expanding wireless spectrum and access to high-speed data access, and bringing next generation enhancements to America’s existing 911 system (texting, picture and video sharing/uploading). One thing he made a point of not discussing was the pending buyout of T-Mobile by AT&T.

Also, present were the CEOs from AT&T and Verizon (Ralph de la Vega and Dan Meade, respectively), with T-Mobile’s Philipp Humm notably absent. Along with Hesse, de la Vega and Meade were grilled on-stage by CNBC’s Jim Cramer. During the questioning, the US’ competitive wireless position in the world, the recent AT&T and T-Mobile buyout, and 4G were all mentioned. There was also some friendly jabbing back and forth between the CEOs, much to the amusement of the spectators.

So far, no announcements but stay tuned, the day is young! If you’re interested in checking out the full keynote, hit the link below.

[full keynote via bgr]

T-Mobile launches LG G2X and G-Slate – NVIDIA tegra Zone pre-installed

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It’s official folks, the LG G-Slate and the LG G2X are now part of T-Mobile and will both come pre-loaded with the new NVIDIA Tegra Zone app for quick and easy access to awesome games. The LG G2X (Optimus 2X) will also come with stock Android 2.2 Froyo as well as Qik, Need for Speed Shift HD, T-Mobile TV, and DTS Ultra Mobile sound enhancer. This will be the first smartphone to have the NVIDIA Tegra Zone pre-loaded as well.

Now onto the T-Mobile G-Slate…in all 8.9 inches of Android tablet awesomeness. This device shoots 3D video, running Android 3.0 Honeycomb, all while bringing you 1080p video output, and 4G network connectivity. This tablet is priced at $529.99 at T-Mobile after a $100 mail-in rebate. It’s pricey…but spicy!

Tegra Zone Screen Shot

Click here to see the full press Releases.