Samsung Gem Arrives on BlueGrass Cellular for $59 With Contract

Regional Kentucky carrier Bluegrass Cellular has got the Samsung Gem available now for the low, low price of $59 with a two-year contract. Of course, you could also buy it contract-free for $205, and that’s a pretty reasonable price for the hardware. As a reminder, this phone sports Android 2.1 and an 800MHz processor with a 3.2-inch screen and a 3.2 megapixel camera. It also comes with Swype pre-installed for easier text entry.

If you’re in the Kentucky area in the market for an entry-level phone, this is a very solid offering. Drop by your local Bluegrass Cellular dealer and have a look!

[via Android Central]

Is the Google Nexus S heading to AT&T?

Is the Google Nexus S heading to AT&T? The Nexus S is available now through T-Mobile, but it looks like the other major American GSM carrier will be getting its own Nexus S as well. Above is a screenshot showing different Nexus S model numbers going through the FCC.

Sources at PocketNow are confirming this:

So far three Nexus S versions have gone through the FCC: the original GT-i9020, followed by the GT-i9020T and GT-i9023. But thanks to the Bluetooth SIG, we now know that a fourth variant exists which hasn’t appeared in any other databases, including the FCC: GT-i9020A. According to the descriptions of these models on the Bluetooth certificates, all are destined for North America except i9023, which is supposedly bound for Europe.

While the release of the Nexus S on AT&T is a good thing, the flagship Android device will be competing with pretty hot Android devices on the carrier, namely the dual-core Atrix 4G, which also has a laptop dock being released with it.

The addition of the Nexus S would be good for business, as AT&T is losing exclusivity of the Apple iPhone; Verizon Wireless is gearing up to release the iPhone 4 on its CDMA network in February.

[via intomobile]

Motorola posts $80 million earnings for Q4 thanks to Android

Motorola posted a solid fourth quarter with $80 million in earnings, thanks to a killer Android lineup of Motorola devices that reinvented the company as a smartphone juggernaut. Motorola shipped 4.9 million smartphones in the fourth quarter alone; this included devices like the Droid Pro, Droid 2, Defy and Bravo.

“The improvement in our financial results last year, including profitability in the fourth quarter, is indicative of the progress we have made in delivering innovative smartphones and improving the Mobile Devices business,” said Sanjay Jha, chairman and chief executive officer of Motorola Mobility.

Although Motorola will face stiff competition with the release of the iPhone 4 on Verizon Wireless next month, the company has a lineup that certainly pleased CES goers this year, with devices like the Atrix 4G, Xoom, and Droid Bionic. With AT&T losing exclusivity with the iPhone 4, it’s plausible to assume that Motorola can consistently capitalize on Android devices on AT&T (especially with the dual-core Atrix 4G)

As always, we’ll just have to wait and see what happens in the Android world.

[via intomobile]

AT&T to Start Pushing Android Phones

Since AT&T has been the exclusive carrier of the iPhone since its launch, it was no surprise that they have pushed that, almost to the exclusion of all other Smartphones.  A cursory glance over their lineup shows a noticeable shortage of Android and Blackberry devices, compared to the other carriers.  But, according to AT&T’s CEO, now that Verizon is getting the iPhone as well, that’s about to change.

We showed you a metric a few days ago reflecting how light Android is on AT&T compared to other carriers, but Randall Stephenson, CEO, stated “We’re going to be a heavy participant in the Android market this year, so you’re going to see a significant shift in mix.” He went on to say that they will be marketing Android phones “very aggressively” in the near future. When it comes to phone sales, it seems like a lot of the time public perception has more to do with the numbers than the actual feature lists, so perhaps AT&T being a little more open about Android’s capabilities on its network will help keep Android numbers strong as Verizon starts bringing in iPhone sales.

We’re likely to see a lot happening in the next few months as the initial iPhone sales start hitting Verizon, and it could bring some really interesting changes. Glad to see AT&T stepping up their Android game…we’ll see what that leads to in the marketshare battle in the next few months.

[via YahooNews]

Virgin Mobile launches LG Optimus V

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How many LG Optimus smartphones can you fit in a VW Bug? We don’t know either, but you can fit a lot into retail stores and carriers! Virgin Mobile being one of them, having been the latest carrier to launch the LG Optimus V (V for Virgin….stop laughing now…) with Virgin software over Android OS, basically he same as the LG Optimus S for…you guessed it…Sprint. $150 will put you into the drivers seat at Virgin Mobile for an LG Optimus V.

This device features Android 2.2, a 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen, 600 Mhz processor, 3.2MP camera, 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth.

South Korea’s Galaxy S Hoppin Includes Media Dock

SK Telekom in South Korea is releasing a new Galaxy S phone — dubbed the “Hoppin,” named for the built-in entertainment system software (I know, we didn’t get it at first either.) The phone comes with a dock that will connect it to your TV and run the Hoppin software to stream movies directly from your phone, much like Samsung’s media hub that the US Galaxy S owners are familiar with. It’s being reported that movies will cost anywhere from 1,000 to 3,500 won (.89 cents to $3.12 in USD), which is a very reasonable price to download a movie, especially via cell network.

Aside from that, it’s pretty much your standard Galaxy S fare with the Hummingbird processor clocked in at 1GHz, 5 megapixel camera, wifi, etc. And unlike the US Galaxy S phones, it’s shipping with Froyo.

[via Engadget]

T-Mobile Pushing out Froyo to MyTouch 3G now – for real this time

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It looks like after T-Mobile let out they were setting the myTouch updates to Froyo out of the cage, only to keep it on a leash and never let it out, They’re promising to push out the update again. This time, myTouch users hope they aren’t disappointed again.

T-Mobile started rolling out OTA updates to bring myTouch 3G 3.5mm Jack and the MyTouch Fender LE oday, so users should see this coming in waves over the next few days, be sure to watch for it if you have one.

[Thanks to our Tipster!]

Xperia Arc Up for Pre-Sale in UK

We’ve been looking forward to the release of the Xperia Arc since CES. It’s got a very sleek look to it, plus some pretty impressive hardware, to boot. And it looks like our wait may not last much longer.

The Xperia Arc has just gone up for pre-sale in the UK, at £459.99 — and keep in mind, that’s not a carrier-subsidized price, but full retail. It appears that the phone will become available on April 1st, and it’s likely that when it actually hits shelves it will be a bit cheaper, as that is usually the case with pre-sale deals on phones. That’s certainly not a low price on any handset, but for one with specs like this, and carrier-unlocked, it may be worth your money. If you like in the UK and can’t wait to get your hands on one, hit the website where it’s up for pre-order, and be sure and let us know how that purchase goes!

[via Xperia Blog]

Google Allows Number Porting to All Google Voice Accounts

A few days ago, we discovered that Google allowed number porting into Google Voice on limited accounts, for a very short down. Within hours, however, the service was no longer available. If that’s the one thing you’ve been desperately waiting for to make your Google Voice account everything you’ve ever wanted, you’ll be happy to know that the porting capability has been reinstated.

A word of advice: Porting your number to Google Voice isn’t the easiest, smoothest process ever. You’ll want to talk to your carrier for to ensure that you can do this without incurring charges for breaking your contract. Also, keep in mind that MMS isn’t supported at this time, so make sure anyone who wants to send you picture mail knows to send to your ACTUAL phone number, not your Google Voice number. Also, there’s a one-time fee of $20 for this service. Still, if this is something you’re interested in, be sure and hit the source link, do your homework, and let us know in the comments how you feel about the service.

[via Google Mobile Blog]

Verizon profits nearly double, still miss Wall Street expectations

Verizon’s quarterly earning report is in, and Big Red’s profits are nearly twice the amount of last year’s, with earnings coming in at $4.65 billion – which is a great figure compared to last year’s $2.37 billion. Also,Verizon earned 872,000 new customers.

These figures seem pretty solid, right? Not to Wall Street analysts, who wanted to see 55 cents per share. Verizon ended up making 54 cents per share, and thus Verizon share went down 1.3% so far.

This is the last quarterly report the company will have before the iPhone 4 is added to Verizon’s arsenal of smartphones, so we’ll be waiting to see how these numbers change next quarter.

[via engadget]

Verizon changing low-end data plans, ‘3G’ distinctive from LTE data upcharges

Based on the above screenshot, it looks Verizon Wireless is getting rid of the $15 charge for 150MB of data monthly for smartphones altogether, instead offering a $30 unlimited data plan.

Also, the $9.99 25MB feature phone data option is upgrading to 75MB with $10 per 75MB overage, which is a slight drop from the 20 cent / MB overage that Verizon customers currently have.

You’ll also notice that it’s 3G smartphones that are being offered the above prices. That means that LTE phones will have different, and definitely more expensive, prices for data.

[via engadget]

Is Apple Going to Take iPhone to Other Carriers? Will It Help?

If you’ve been keeping an eye on the numbers in the marketshare battle between Android and iPhone, you know that they’re pretty much neck and neck. Nearly half of all Android customers reside on T-Mobile and Sprint, with Verizon having nearly all of the rest and AT&T barely making a splash. Has the iPhone played a factor in that? It seems likely…but AT&T also hasn’t had a lot to offer in the Android department, so maybe that tips the scales unfairly. But regardless, the numbers stand as they are. Now, Apple is about to launch the iPhone on Verizon — will they steal some numbers from Android? Or will they just steal iPhone users from AT&T? Only time will tell, but either way, many analysts are saying it won’t be enough to keep them in the fight with Android.

So that begs the question: Will Apple bring the iPhone to Sprint and/or T-Mobile? We haven’t really heard any rumors to that effect, but there’s a lot of talk in the industry  — and it makes sense — that Apple will have have to branch out to as many carriers as possible if they want to stay in the competition for marketshare. Given that pretty much every carrier offers multiple Android phones, it’s hard to imagine that the iPhone can compete on that level just between AT&T and Verizon.

But even that may not be enough. Because Android has many manufacturers, these phones are always pushing the envelope. So far, every 4G phone has been Android, and even coming to Verizon the iPhone won’t be able to match that. Every dual-core phone that has been announced will be running the Android OS, and we’ll be seeing those very soon. These factors alone make it likely that Android will be able to move and stay ahead as things continue to advance.

We’ll keep watch on the marketshare situation and see what happens in the fight between Android and iPhone, and obviously we hope to see Android come out on top when the chips are down.  Time will tell what happens, but we’ll keep you abreast of the situation.

[via New York Times]

Samsung SCH-R910, Also Known As the Forte, Seen Up-Close, Making its Way to MetroPCS Soon

We’ve seen the SCH-R910 popping up here and there, and it’s recently been identified as the Samsung Forte, heading for MetroPCS. Finally, through some (intentional?) leaks, we’re starting to see it up close. It’s got the tell-tale TouchWiz UI that Samsung is so fond of lately, and that does nothing to squash rumors that this might be a Galaxy S variant.

Pictures and video at the source link. Still no solid word on a release date, but we’re looking for it.  More on this phone as it develops.

[via Engadget]

Sprint’s Official Answer for Techs to Give on the “Where’s Froyo” Question

Sprint spoke out recently about the Froyo updates for their devices that are still awaiting it, and they have made similar statements via Twitter. So it’s not surprising that they have an internal document that has basically the same bullet points. It seems like they are distributing this to agents in their stores and at their call centers to use for an answer to the “When I will I get the 2.2 update on my phone” question. The standard response will be the usual company lines of “Sprint works closely with our manufacturing partners to deliver updates,” and “We bring software updates to our customers as quickly as possible.” Clearly Sprint is trying to reinforce the exact same message on every front.

While this answer may not be what customers want to hear, at least Sprint is addressing the issue head-on after months of silence. The document states that the update will be announced when it is ready directly from Sprint, and that the Epic 4G, the Transform, and Sanyo Zio are all being prepped for update. Stay tuned, and we’ll bring you that information the day it’s available.

[via Android Central]