Sony To Buy Ericsson’s Share Of Sony Ericsson

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As we reported earlier this month Sony looks primed to buy Ericsson’s share of the company. Sony is reported to be paying 1.05 billion Euros to buy the 50 percent of the company that Ericsson holds.

This will bring a family of patents to Sony’s Electronic empire. Sony has been looking to regain entire control of their company.  Even though the buyout has been approved by both companies, yet it isn’t expected to go through until January of next year and it still needs to be cleared by regulatory officials.

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Liberty ROM Released for DROID 3 and Bionic

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So you own a DROID 3 or a Bionic, but hate BLUR? Today is your lucky day. Kejar31 and Jrummy16 at RootzWiki have released their Liberty ROM to the general public. This attractive ROM features apps built from source, an attractive yellow and black theme and custom add-ons such as the Liberty Customizer (enabling you to add back BLUR apps). Hit the break to see full instructions for both the DROID 3 and Bionic from RootzWiki as well as screenshots of the attractive ROM in action.

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[Leak] RAZR-like Motorola DROID 4 pictures appear

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The DROID keyboarded series has been one of the most popular Android phones, but the DROID 3 hasn’t wowed us enough, mostly because it lacks 4G LTE. Personally, I have always loved the Motorola slide-out QWERTY devices, but with 4.5-inch phones that are less than 9mm thick, it is hard to go back.

The DROID 4 could be what the doctor ordered because it looks to have the same styling as the DROID RAZR along with 4G LTE. We all know the RAZR’s top feature is that it’s only 7.1mm thick. No world on what the DROID 4 will come in at, but if this beast comes in close to 9mm, this could be as popular as the original DROID.

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HTC Raider (aka Holiday) and Samsung Galaxy Slide to launch on Rogers for $149.99 with a 3-year contract, Get a Galaxy Tab 10.1 for free

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Rogers in Canada is going to have a big 4th quarter this year with the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE, Motorola RAZRHTC Raider, formerly the HTC Holiday, and the Samsung Galaxy Slide. The Galaxy S II LTE and the RAZR are expected to be available on November 4th and priced $199.99 and $149.99 respectively (with a 3-year contract).

The HTC Raider is the second LTE device to hit Rogers and will also be priced at $149.99 with a 3-year contract. We have already seen it hit the FCC with AT&T radios, so we are hoping to see it here in the states especially since it was seen downloading at 29Mbps with AT&T LTE.

As a reminder the Raider features a 4.5-inch qHD (960 x 540) display, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 8MP camera that shoots 1080p HD video, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

We also got word on the Samsung Galaxy Glide (pictured below), which should launch in November as well for $149.99 with a 3-year contract. This one will sport a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 8MP rear camera, 1.2 front camera, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

To top is all off, Rogers will have a little incentive to sign away on that 3-year contract. They are giving away a free Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 for those who activate a family plan (2 lines with voice and data). If you are only able to add one new line while converting to a family plan, you can still grab it for $150.00.

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T-Mobile HTC Amaze 4G Review

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The Amaze 4G from T-Mobile aka the “Ruby” has landed and is a wonderful follow up to its little brother, the Sensation 4G. However, this HTC experience is a little more geared to the “point and shoot” crowd wanting to capture photos and videos  in an instant.  If you haven’t checked out the unboxing and quick hands-on yet, you can do so here.  The device focuses more on being quick on the draw for capturing moments that matter most by placing dedicated camera and video recording buttons on the device, offering you the ability to be in those applications regardless of the state the phone is currently in.  By simply pressing down for about a second, you’re instantly thrusted into camera or video mode.  In addition, HTC has added the ability to offer point and shoot pics with near zero shutter lag for taking rapid shots when needed.  But we’ll discuss that more in the camera portion of the review.  The device offers a 4.3” qHD Super LCD display which renders beautifully indoors and out.  Further specs include an 8-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash, 1080p video capture , a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon CPU (S3), Gingerbread 2.3.4, NFC and T-Mobile’s HSPA+ connectivity at 42 mp/s.  This is one of two phones currently on the network capable of capturing such theoretical speeds.  The other being the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II.   » Read the rest

Samsung Launches Two New Devices for China, SCH-i929 and Dual-Screen SCH-W999

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Samsung has been on a roll lately with the announcement of new devices, two more are heading to China an I kinda wish they would come to the U.S. as well. With specs similar to the Galaxy S II LTE, the new Samsung SCH-i929 joins up with the recently reported SCH-i929, and with bags packed, heads for China Telecom.

The first device (left) is the SCH-i929 and has some beefy-ass specs that some U.S. folks are gonna be jealous over: a dual-core Snapdragon processor clocked at 1.5GHz, 4.5″ Super AMOLED display, and a 8MP camera. The only real difference between it and the GSII LTE is the lack of LTE support.

Sammy’s second unit, the SCH-W999 (left), is that cool clamshell hybrid I told you about a couple days ago with two 3.5″ Super AMOLED displays. With a revolutionary flip-design, the new SCH-W999, gives peeps the ability to use a flip phone without the loss of Android’s touchscreen goodness, times two! Rocking similar specs to its traveling partner, this hybrid device sports the same processor and GSM/CDMA connectivity but due to its form factor Sammy opted for a 5MP camera instead.

So what do you guys think, you want one of these bad boys? Tell us all about it in the comments, will ya?

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HTC Rhyme review, Is it just for females?

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HTC seems to be releasing a lot of phones lately in the hopes of trying to please everone. Earlier in the year they received feedback from bloggers at BlogHer which eventually led to the Rhyme, formally known as the Bliss. The Rhyme is geared towards the female audience, but aside from the charm indicator, it’s a solid mid-level phone that can satisfy both genders.

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[Leak] Google Music landing page proves music store is coming to the Android Market soon

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We have been hearing reports that Google is very close to unveiling some sort of music service that will allow the purchase of tunes along with a unique spin on sharing. Yesterday if you went to music.google.com on your Android device, you would get the above screen shot. It has been pulled so there is no sense in trying it now, but you will still see the link to “get Android app” if you don’t already have it on your device.

The “shop millions of songs”  link didn’t work either, but the page’s source code revealed that it was a redirect to Https://market.android.com/music.

There’s no question we are close. Are you guys excited to finally have the ability to download music from Google?

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[Leak] ASUS Transformer Prime keyboard dock surfaces

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There was a plethora of Android tablets available this year, but as far as I am concerned, the ASUS Transformer was the one to buy. Even if you weren’t into the keyboard dock, it was still priced right, and they were very timely on updates. We already reported that their follow up will be known as the Transformer Prime, which I know is going to be as hot as the original Transformer.

The new Prime will be thinner and have a better design with the brushed aluminum. Now we get a glimpse of the keyboard dock thanks to Netbook Italia, which resembles the Macbook Pro. With the promise of Ice Cream Sandwich and a Quad-core processor, this one won’t be priced as well as the original, but I am still excited. How about you guys? 2 more pics after the break.

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Motorola Contest Offers Social BLAZR A Chance To Win $2500, DROID RAZR

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An interesting Moto contest has surfaced via Facebook which intends to award $2500, a new DROID RAZR and its various accessories (including HD dock) to a social trailblazer (or Social BLAZR) out there that can tell them, in 100 words or less, how they’ve used social media to grow their personal fan base. The voting phase of this contest starts on November 4th, so head over and share your social media success story today.

Hit the break for a link to this contest via Facebook with its official rules and complete prize list.

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