Hands on with the Kyocera Rise and Hydro at CTIA

Kyocera just announced the Rise and the Hydro, which are two entry-level Android smartphones. The Rise is a QWERTY slider (pictured above) with a 3.5-inch display and the Hydro (pictured below) is a waterproof offering with the same display. Both have Ice Cream Sandwich onboard and probably won’t be available till the second half of the year. We don’t have pricing yet, but expect them to be sub $100 for contracts. For more information, checkout our previous post or hit the break for a quick hands on.

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Samsung Putting Up $4 Million In Effort To Motivate App Development For Galaxy Note and Galaxy Tab (Video)

How do you get developers to start developing good quality applications for your product?  You toss out big numbers like $4 million dollars, that’s how.  Samsung has set aside a whopping $4,080,000 in award money for developers willing to create good quality and highly popular applications for its Galaxy Tab and Note line of devices.  If this doesn’t encourage developers to start coding for these products I don’t if anything will.  The Smart App Challenge 2012 will run from now until September 30th and those apps will be judged by popularity according to their downloads.  The company is also offering the opportunity with its S-Pen device but winners will be selected by a panel of judges.  Monetary awards range from $200,000 to as little as $30,000 for those interested.  In addition, if your application is popular Samsung is offering “mega marketing support” for the app, promising to mention it during company press releases, TV spots and various social media outlets.  So, does this change your mind regarding the old saying, “there’s no such thing as making  a quick buck?”  Damn, I wish I knew how to write code!  See the source link for more details and don’t forget to check out the quick video spot as well.

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source: Samsung Smart App Challenge 2012

Hands on with the DROID Incredible 4G LTE by HTC

Verizon and HTC kicked CTIA off with the official announcement of the DROID Incredible 4G LTE, the 3rd Incredible since its original launch in 2010. It’s similar to the HTC One S, but unfortunately it doesn’t come with the ImageSense chip that you will find on the AT&T One X, T-Mobile HTC One S, and Sprint EVO 4G LTE. There are some pluses however, they’ve included a removable battery (1700 mAh) and a micro SD slot for up to an additional 32GB of storage. However, with that comes a little extra bulk.

HTC is going all the way with their booth this year as they’re really pushing the One line. In the video (after the hands on) you can see a mini-show they have going on at the booth.

Hit the break for the quick hands on.

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Virgin Mobile Announces HTC Evo V 4G For May 31st At $299.99


Before you run off thinking this is a re-branded HTC One X or HTC Evo 4G LTE, hold your horses, it’s not.  The device is more of an Evo 3D with some slight modifications to accommodate Virgin’s network.  This will be marked as Virgin Mobile’s first “4G” device to hit the carrier.  The company is offering a $35 plan with unlimited data and 300 minutes of talk time.  The hardware offers a 4.3-inch qHD (960 x 540) display, a 3D camera on the backside, a 1.3 mp front facing camera, a 5 meg camera on the backside as a point-and-shoot, 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage.  So what’s going to make this device stand out from the rest? Consider the fact that the device will launch with ICS 4.0 on-board and that just might be enough for some people.  However, note that it will not house the latest version of Sense UI, 4.0 as seen on the One family of devices but rather 3.6.  If you’re on Virgin’s network and have been wanting a “big boy” phone for some time, this might be as close as you’re going to get to one for now.  The device is slated for a May 31st launch and will go for $299.99 on contract. Feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below.

source: Virgin Mobile


Amazon UK Offering Pre-Orders For Samsung Galaxy S III 16GB

And so it’s begun!  Amazon UK is now offering up the opportunity to pre-order the Samsung Galaxy S III 16GB model for £499.95 ($806.67) over at their website.  Looks like our fellow UK’ers will be among the first to snatch the Pebble Blue or Marble White device and have it in hand by or after the releae date, May 30th.  And since Vodafone at this time has exclusivity on the 32 gig model, it’s highly unlikely that UK’ers will be able to grab this model any time soon.  But remember, Sammy has already mentioned that a number of US carriers will be seeing the device “this summer” so hang in there readers.  And don’t forget to sign up over at Sammy’s website to receive updates on the device and any other activity regarding the new handset.

source: Amazon UK

Various Canadian Carriers And Retailers Make Announcements to Release Galaxy S III “This Summer”

If you live in Canada and are chomping at the bit to get your hands on the Galaxy S III after its announcement then this is the post for you. From what it appears most mobile carriers are looking to get in on the S III action and have gone as far as giving confirmation for this much anticipated device. So far the ever growing list includes, Bell, Rogers, TELUS, WIND Mobile, Videotron, Sasktel, Virgin Mobile as well as others.

All of the announcements make it appear that carriers are gearing for the slated summer launch of the device. Some are short and straight to the point while others give praise to the Samsung Device. So without any more hesitation hit the break below to check out each of the announcements made by the various Canadian Carriers.

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HTC Airs New Car and Media-Link HD Demo Videos for One Series Phones

If you are anything like us, you already think the HTC One X is one of the best smartphones on the market. With its awesome screen, powerful processor, and amazing features, the One X could easily outperform any device on the market right now. Some of the One X’s features aren’t just limited to the One X and carry over to the other HTC One series phones. Features such as HTC Media-Link HD and HTC Car, give this series of devices an advantage that other manufacturers have yet to perfect.

Today, HTC unveiled a couple videos showing the two features in action. Both require an add-on dongle but once equipped, give the One series phones some uber cool media capabilities. Media-Link HD allows users the ability to wirelessly transfer media to their TV with just a 3-finger swipe and HTC Car can wirelessly stream audio to any auxiliary input, and can also tune in to over 60,000 radio stations across the globe. Pretty cool stuff. You really should jump past the break to see them in action. 
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International Galaxy S III Receives Bluetooth Certification, One Step Closer to Launch

One of this years most highly anticipated phones has just payed a visit to the office of Bluetooth certification, gaining its approval and moving one step closer to launch. Dawning the model numbers GT-I9300 and GT-I9300T, according to the Bluetooth SIG these versions of the Galaxy S III are headed Australia, Africa, Asia and Europe. It is safe to say that this group of countries should expect to see a launch in the end of May because during the GSIII announcement in London, Samsung told us that we can expect to see an international rollout on May 30th. Those of us here in the sates will most likely have to wait until June and possibly even later (you know how carrier testing can push back release dates). Either way, this is one minor stepping stone before a device gets released and its timing leads me to believe things are right on track.

So who is ready to get one of these bad boys? Is there anything that is preventing you from wanting one? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: Bluetooth Sig 1 / 2
via: DroidLife


CM 9 Nightlies Get Theme Manager Support, AOKP Will Soon As Well

One of the most coveted things about CyanogenMod 7 was the ability to customize the heck out of the ROM. This included the much loved Theme Manager which until now was absent from the CM 9 Nightly builds. So once again users of this ROM will be able to change colors of just about everything. However rather than have it in a Theme Chooser app it’s now in a place that makes much more sense: the Settings Menu. Lockscreen shortcuts have been added as well so you can access your favorite apps straight from the lockscreen.

If you’re on another ROM and feel that you are missing out, worry not. One of the developers of AOKP made it known via Twitter last night that their ROM will be seeing theme manager support here soon. You can always check the CM 9 Nightly page to see if your device is supported and if it is enjoy theming it until your heart’s content. As if that wasn’t enough we also have a video of said theming in action after the break. Enjoy!


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T-Mobile Announces Additional Plans For Its 4G Network, Highlights Bobsled Million Customer Milestone

And the beat goes on here at CTIA for mobile networking giant T-Mobile. They roll in with some big news starting with its announcement regarding its new partnership with Ericsson and Nokia Siemens to assist in rolling out the upgraded $4 billion 4G network courtesy of generous Uncle AT&T. With the new collaboration all set, T-Mobile reaffirmed its intentions to formally rollout its LTE network based of the AWS Spectrum by 2013. While the LTE network is still a year away at the earliest, T-Mobile doesn’t plan on sitting idle in the meantime— it still has its mean and lean HSPA+ 4G network to enhance and expand— so markets such as Little Rock, Springfield, MO, and Madison, WI are next in line to receive the oh-so fast 4G service. With that in mind, T-Mobile plans on additionally expanding its HSPA+ network on 1900MHz bands, which would allow T-Mobile customers to use a greater range of non-Android devices including Android’s biggest competitor. T-Mobile also took some time to pump up its Bobsled VoIP service by adding its cracked the 1 million-mark for customers and continuing to highlight T-Mobile customers have a means of calling and messaging customers for free via WiFi.

Hit the break for additional information regarding T-Mobile’s 4G announcement.

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