Verizon Unveils New Concept Store, Attempts to Make It a More Enjoyable Experience

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If you’re like me, when it’s time to upgrade to the latest and greatest that Verizon has to offer you head on down to the local carrier store. While you may not buy from that store but rather order the device online, you still go down there to try the device out to get a feel on if it’s the right phone for you. However when you get down to the store you find that the place is littered with dummy units that do nothing more than look pretty while collecting dust. Then when it’s time to make a purchase you wait in line for the next rep to become available in hopes that they can answer questions regarding your purchasing decision. This can take a decent amount of time depending on what number in line you are and the kind of questions being asked by those ahead of you.  » Read the rest

Amazon MP3 App Receives Update, Brings UI Overhaul and Tablet Optimization

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For those of you who still refuse to use Google Music as your one stop place for streaming/purchasing/storing of your tunes, I guess Amazon MP3 would be your next best choice. The Amazon MP3 app has just received an needed update that brings a revamped, better looking UI, tablet optimization and a couple other minor adjustments. While I still feel that Google Music is much more appealing, this is definitely a step in the right direction.

The MP3 app and MP3 Store were updated to look more similar to that of the newly updated Amazon Appstore and the kindle application. The new look is now adorned with white text on a grey backdrop with orange highlights as to better match the other Amazon apps. It appears this was an attempt to appeal new Kindle Fire owners, and a way to tidy up shop. Although I am still a Google fan through and through, I must admit it looks seemingly better after the update. To check it out for yourself, hit up the market link below.

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[Leak] LG X3 specs and benchmarks revealed

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Last month we told you about the upcoming LG X3 (P880), which is rumored to be a Tegra 3 quad-core beast. MoDaCo was able to get some inside info and screen shots of a recent benchmark. As you can see it’s running Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich and the kernel of 2.6.39 is the latest release from NVIDIA, which confirms the Tegra 3. The insider they spoke to also confirmed the following specs:

  • 4.7″ HD 720×1280 screen
  • Tegra 3 Quad core processor (1.5GHz on single core, 1.4GHz when on 2-4 cores) + SMP Core (core companion) for IDLE task operations which will save battery life
  • 2000mAh battery
  • 16GB internal memory + microSD slot
  • 8MP camera with ultra fast shutter
  • 1.3MP Front Facing camera
  • Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.3

I would assume it will be called the Optimus X3 when it’s unveiled, but who’s excited for this one? We should see it officially unveiled in 2 weeks along the HTC Endeavor at Mobile World Congress.

source: MoDaCo

HTC Building Wireless Boombox to Stream Music from HTC Phones via Bluetooth

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It appears that HTC is planning on pushing Beats Audio anyway they can. While also planning a streaming music service to take on companies like Spotify it appears that the Taiwanese company is in the process of building a wireless boombox that could connect to your HTC phone over bluetooth to stream music. Currently the company sells a wireless boombox made by Monster however due to the recent break up of Monster and Beats Audio, HTC and Beats Audio may have to press forward on their own.  » Read the rest

Apple is the top smartphone vendor for 2011, but Android OS continues to lead market share

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The great Apple vs. Android debate continues to press on. In the latest chapter of the competition, Apple strutted its stuff as the world’s top smartphone vendor by marketshare in 2011 at 19 percent, according to Gartner. This is due to a big charge during Q4 in which Apple grabbed 23.8 percent of the overall market. In the quarter alone, Apple sold 35.5 million handsets, a 121.4 percent increase from Q4 2010. Amidst all of Apple’s success, it also helped the company take over as the third largest seller of smartphones, behind Nokia and Samsung. This seems to fall in line with Kantar’s recent findings.

While Apple continues to make a big push in the smartphone battle, Android continues to win the software war. The Android OS was the top OS, having 50.9 percent of the overall smartphone market. While Android had a major advantage in the quarter, Gartner reports it is down compared to the previous quarter—where the Android OS had 53 percent of the overall smartphone market. Remember folks, independent researchers such as Nielsen continue to highlight the Android OS as having the most overall influence and advantage over all other software platforms. I’m sure you’re all dying to see more findings about Gartner’s report, so why don’t you hit the break to see the full press release.

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Google Wallet prepaid security flaw gets fixed, Brute-force issue remains

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Last week we told you about the brute-force issue for rooted users with Google Wallet, which then followed by an issue for non-rooted users that left the prepaid card vulnerable. Google just announced the non-rooted prepaid issue has been resolved. Since this issue could be vulnerable to anyone, they felt a fix was necessary. If you remember, Google made a statement regarding the brut-force issue of which they said you shouldn’t root your phone or simply don’t use Google Wallet if you’re rooted. Unfortunately, if you like to root your phone, that isn’t going to make you happy. Plus, if your phone isn’t rooted, couldn’t a potential thief root your phone?

Either way, regardless if you’re rooted or not, you need to lock your phone. I know it makes it slower to to unlock your phone, but the only sure way to protect anything and everything (Google Wallet or otherwise) on your devices is to either use a lock code or pattern. Sure, there are remote wipes, but you may not even realize your phone is out of your possession until damage has been done.

Hit the break for the statement from Osama Bedier, Vice President, Google Wallet and Payments

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Get your Android figurines at local retailers, But hurry!!

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Limited edition Android figurines have been hard to get, but a run of non-limited edition figurines are landing at retailers such as Urban Outfitters, FYE, and Barnes and Noble. You will find various themes including the Abominable snowman, Taxi cab driver, and businessman. These aren’t part of the limited edition designer series or special editions, but will sure to be popular at $10 each.  You better run to your local store today because they won’t last long. No word on a European release, but hopefully soon.

source: phandroid

 

Guide: How to Add Widgets to Your Screens (Beginners)

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One of the best features that Android devices have is called “Widgets“. It’s a great way to have more information available to you at first glance, rather than relying on Notifications or ‘badges‘ like you see on iOS devices. Sure, they let you know that something is new within that app, but it doesn’t give you a glimpse on what that really is without either pulling down your Notification bar, or opening up the app. If you’re a busy body like me, and need to get the information fast, widgets are the way to go!

To add a widget to your screen(s), simply follow the steps below. One thing to remember however is that you won’t be able to add a widget to a screen that doesn’t have the space for it. For that reason, you’ll need to make sure there’s some free space on your screen. If you have no free space available, you’ll need to decide on what needs to be deleted to make room. To delete a widget, or any app shortcut for that matter, simply Press and Hold it until you see a ‘Trash Bin‘ on the top or bottom of your screen. Once you see it, still holding the widget or shortcut, drag it over top of the trash bin. That’s it.

Continue below for steps on adding Widgets.

Motorola DROID 3 Springs Two Leaks

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The Motorola DROID 3 is getting updated! Relax, it’s not Ice Cream Sandwich. Two Motorola-signed builds for the soon-to-be defunct slider were recently leaked on XDA. These leaks are flashable on a fully stock phone, which will remain rootable after the update. These are beta builds found on a Motorola QA server, and seem close to final and very stable, but there’s no guarantee these will become the official versions to get pushed to customers.

So what exactly do these updates contain? They seem to be maintenance releases that include camera updates, increased speed in MotoBlur, better battery life, a new baseband, and updated icons for select apps. There may be more, but without an official changelog, it’s hard to say.

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