Samsung Galaxy Nexus accessories start to appear online

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To me it’s never a big deal when accessories start appearing online for unreleased devices because it generally just confirms that we know the device exists and that’s about it. Well, the multimedia dock (EDD-H1F8BEG) and vehicle mount (ECS-K1F8BEG) for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus has surfaced online at Cartronics. Take a look at the release date which says November 21. Usually accessories like this are released at the same time as the device so if this is correct, we won’t see the Galaxy Nexus until November 21. We have been hoping for November 10, but those MAP dates are not always spot one are they?

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HTC Thunderbolt Gingerbread update (2.11.605.5) is back and ready to go

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HTC Thunderbolt owners have been teased, but not pleased with the promised Gingerbread update. It was finally released a month ago only to be dropped for issues. Trust me, that was a good thing. I am sure a lot of you thought you might not even see it in 2011, but it looks like HTC has come through as the support docs are up. This update will bring you to build 2.11.605.5 and baseband 1.48.00.0906w_1, 0.01.78.0906w_2.

It’s too bad Thunderbolt owners weren’t able to enjoy some Gingerbread loving before the SDK for Ice Cream Sandwich was released, but as the saying goes, “It’s never too late.” Lets hope this update goes a tad smoother.

Full changelog after the break:

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ViewSonic ViewPad 7e Priced to Compete With Kindle Fire, Landing This Month

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Look out Kindle Fire, the ViewSonic ViewPad 7e is about to drop this month and with the exact same price of $199.99. Last time we touched on the ViewSonic ViewPad 7e, we didn’t really know that much about it. Now do we not only have a full spec run down, we have a release time-frame to boot.

The device has an “E” at the end of it’s name designating it as the Entry-level tablet offered by ViewSonic. Once you get an idea of the specs it has, you might still think that it is very Entry-level like, but either way, it is still quite a bargain. With a 3D UI designed by the folks who made the SPB Shell 3D Android launcher, the device runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread and has a 1GHz single-core processor with a 7″ display.

There is a microHDMI port that transfers 1080p quality video and the tablet has a 3mp camera on back with a 0.3 mp camera up front. Internal memory is 4GB but there is a microSD card slot that is expandable to 32GB of storage. ViewSonic has include the new “AirSync” program that promises to keep the device up to date via OTA upgrades via the built in Wi-Fi connectivity. Not too shabby for a device that costs half that of other popular tablets that are currently on the market.

Again the price will only be $199.99 and it should be available here in the U.S. starting in the end of October. Latin America is up next on the roll-out release and is slated to see the economical 7″ tablet sometime in November, an exact date has yet to be confirmed.

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HTC and Dropbox Team up to Bring 5GB of Online Storage to New HTC Devices

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Looks like us little people are going to reap even more benefits from HTC’s recent partnership with the online storage giant, Dropbox. This is a take-off from their September announcement that gave out 3GB of additional storage to owners of HTC devices running Sense 3.5.

This new deal includes a Dropbox app that will come pre installed on all HTC Android phones and new owners will get 5GB of free online cloud storage, versus the standard 2GB normally given to standard accounts.

It was just yesterday that the anouncement was made, and was done through HTC’s official Facebook page. As you can see, quite a few people are digging the new partnership and most likely the free upgraded storage space even more.

This isn’t the first time Dropbox has teamed up with handset manufactures, they previously joined forces with Sony Ericsson and included the Dropbox app on Experia phones but without the additional storage bonus.

No word yet on which HTC devices will take advantage of the deal but we will let you know as soon as we find out.

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Android Takes Hold of 27% Of The Tablet Market In Just One Year

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Android is still producing explosive numbers and showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon.  According to Business Wire, in the time span of just one year, when not even yet in the tablet category, Android has quickly gained ground to claim 27% of the tablet market.  That’s pretty impressive considering about this time one year ago the only contender around was the iPad.  If this isn’t a clear indication that Android is here to stay and the masses continue to demand the popular OS, I don’t know what is.  And with pre-orders in the vicinity of 50,000 per day for the Kindle Fire, that market share percentage is only bound to rise, and rise fast.  I can only assume that with all of the diversity and hardware choices that Android offers, this is what is appealing to most consumers.  Devices like the Asus Eee Pad Transformer, the Galaxy Tab 10.1, 8.9 and 7.0 Plus are but just a glimpse of the many offerings and flavors of devices and manufactures available today.   What’s your take on it all?  Feel free to leave a comment or two below.

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LG Optimus LTE Coming To Bell As The “LG Eye” (Video)

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LG continues to aim to be a top contender in the mobile arena with their recently unveiled LG Optimus LTE.  Only this time around the device is making its way to Bell as the “LG Eye”.  Check out our recent post revealing some “eye” candy videos of a demo by LG themselves.  The device is impressive all around sporting Gingerbread 2.3 and a 4.5inch “True HD IPS” display with resolutions beating out the iPhone (1280 x 720) or 329 pixels per inch.  In addition, the handset sports a 1.5 GHz dual-core CPU, an 8 meg camera capable of capturing 1080p HD videos, a whopping 1830 mAH battery and comes in at 10.4 mm thin.  And of course, the device comes with LTE radios on board, hitting “theoretical” speeds of up to 100 mb/s.

The Source, a Bell-owned retailer has released a video showing off some of the features of the device and could possibly launch some time in November on Bell’s network.  Check out the video and don’t forget to let us know what you think. As soon as we hear word of this device hitting our shores, you can be sure that you’ll be the first to know about it.

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Why Verizon Shouldn’t Be Locking Some Bootloaders And What You Can Do To Help

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Did you know that when Verizon locks the bootloader on certain devices, it’s breaking the law?  Hot on the heels of news regarding Motorola not unlocking the bootloader for its popular and upcoming Droid RAZR comes this surprising but much welcomed tidbit regarding FCC policies and procedures.  It seems the carrier has forgotten a few things and we aim to send some reminders.   But before we do so, we’ll need to reiterate why it’s illegal.  Ever heard of “Block C frequencies”?  Yeah, not many have.  Andrew Krug of Android Activist offers an explanation:

C block? No I am not referring to what that one guy always does when you go out drinking on the weekend. The C block is a swath of 700MHz bandwidth also known these days as 4G LTE that was up for auction several years ago by the FCC.

And azrienoch from XDA adds:

Verizon has the largest 4G network because they bought it in 2008.  At the time, the 700 MHz radio frequencies brought you your favorite broadcast television shows.  When television switched from analog to digital, they became your 4G networks.

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Real Meaning of Motorola’s Misread Tweet Regarding ICS Update Plans

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It seems that a tweet sent out earlier today by Motorola has gotten a little misunderstood and conclusions were made before the real meaning of the message would be deciphered. Motorola’s tweet read, ” We’ll be releasing devices for ICS 6 weeks after Google releases the final version of it”, and in turn, sent the rumor mill for a fill-in-in-the-blank  hay day.

Two of the most reported rumors were: 1, Motorola was planning on updating current capable devices to Android 4.0; and 2, new devices would be revealed 6 weeks after the final version of ICS was released. Both of these turned out to be false and some clarification was later issued by Motorola to the folks at Android and Me putting all hear-say to rest. » Read the rest

[Deal] Get the HTC EVO Design 4G for $29.99 at Amazon Wireless, $79.99 for upgrades

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The HTC EVO Design 4G just launched on Sprint for $99.99, but if you are opening a new account, you can grab it for $29.99 (with a 2-year contract) at Amazon Wireless. To entice you a little more, they are waiving the activation fee till midnight tonight. The $29.99 price will remain though. If you are upgrading an existing account, you can still save $20.00 because they are offering it for $79.99 (with a 2-year contract). The EVO Design 4G won’t wow you with specs, but it’s more than enough for most consumers.

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O2 Galaxy Nexus landing page confirms November release

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We were all happy to see the Samsung Galaxy Nexus finally get announced, but if there was a disappointment, it was the fact that there wasn’t any pricing or release dates revealed. We already heard from Verizon Wireless and the U.K. carriers, but only for intentions to carry the device, no pricing or dates have been officially announced.

Now O2 has put up their landing page for the Galaxy Nexus, but even though it’s one step closer to reality, we still feel empty without an actual date or price. The anticipation is killing us, but be assured that we are closer rather than later.

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