T-Mobile Announces First Contract-Free 4G Phone — Samsung Exhibit II 4G

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Today, Samsung and T-Mobile announced the launch of a new budget-friendly phone – the Samsung Exhibit II 4G, the sequel to the original Exhibit 4G that was introduced back in June. This new device will be available in Walmart stores tomorrow, October 27th, and will be sold at T-Mobile retail outlets starting November 2nd. Although budget friendly, the phone is still feature packed sporting a 3.7″ WVGA display, 1GHz processor, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, 3 megapixel camera, front camera, and 4G (HSPA+) connectivity.

The Samsung Exhibit II 4G will be T-Mobile’s first no annual contract 4G smartphone, though it will also be available with a two-year contract. The Exhibit II 4G will run $29.99 after a $50 mail in rebate and a two-year contract, you can also get it for $199.99 sans contract, not too bad for someone who want’s an affordable device with the benefits of 4G speeds. Now, who plans on picking one of these up tomorrow?

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Lookout Mobile Security comes to Android tablets

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Lookout Mobile Security is already the best app for securing your Android phone, and we are excited because they just added protection for Android tablets. This includes tablets running Honeycomb or Ice Cream Sandwich along with WiFi only models.

You will get the same security protection that you’ve enjoyed with your Android phone; protection from malware and spyware, data backups, and the ability to find your device when it’s lost or stolen. It couldn’t be easier since you will now be able to manage all of your devices from mylookout.com.

If you aren’t already signed up with Lookout than we highly recommend it. The free app provides security, data backup, and find-my-phone features, but Lookout Premium  provides comprehensive security and privacy protection for $2.99/month or $29.99/year. More importantly, you can now register both your smartphone and tablet under the same account.

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Quick Look At Today’s Free Amazon App: OfficeSuite Pro 5

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Today’s Free Amazon App is perfect for anyone, but especially those constantly on the go (which is most of us). OfficeSuite Pro 5 not only the free deal of the day, but perhaps the free deal of the year. The app, created by Mobile Systems, Inc. is a productivity suite aimed to help make our lives just a little easier.

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No Ice Cream Sandwich love for the Nexus One

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We received confirmation last week that the Nexus S would receive Ice Cream Sandwich, but what about the Nexus One? Unfortunately we have bad news as Google Director of Android Product Management Hugo Barra told the Telegraph that the Nexus One’s hardware is too old.

The hardware is relatively close between the Nexus One and Nexus S as they both have processors clocked at 1GHz along with 512MB RAM, so what gives? The theory is the problem lies with the lower internal storage space, which could be an issue for a lot of  late 2009 and early 2010 Android phones.

The good news is we’re sure there will be some custom ROMs based on Ice Cream Sandwich, but there’s no question this is a big disappointment.

On the brighter side, Hugo Barra said to expect the ICS update for the Nexus S about a couple of weeks after the Galaxy Nexus starts to ship.

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Sprint will add LTE-Advanced in first half of 2013, 12 LTE devices to launch next year

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We already know that Sprint will deploy LTE by mid 2012, but we also learned that they plan on launching LTE-Advanced on its 800 MHz spectrum in the first half of 2013. Iyad Tarazi, Sprint’s vice president of network development and engineering, confirmed this at the 4G World conference.  He expects that LTE-Advanced to achieve 12-15 Mbps download speeds.

Tarazi also added a little about the LTE rollout for next year. He confirmed the use of the 1900 MHz spectrum and the mid-2012 launch. He said they expect to have 250 milion to 277 million POPs covered with LTE by the end of 2013, which will be a bigger footprint than its existing CDMA network. For starters, voice will continue over CDMA, while data will be over LTE. By early 2013, they will switch over to voice over LTE (VoLTE). Last but not least, you can expect to see about 12 LTE devices next year.

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Nexus S Gets Unofficial Android 4.0 [Courtesy of XDA]

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If you are anything like me you must be getting excited to see ICS first hand, not only in person, but on your very own device. Not every one is going to be able to run out and purchase the new Galaxy Nexus and some can hardly wait for the official ICS update to roll-out for scheduled devices.

The peeps over at XDA have taken the wait away for you brave Nexus S owners who are willing to port an early unofficial build. The build is pretty close to the real thing but it is definitely not official. This build is based on an earlier version of ICS and some of the new Android 4.0 features are missing. There have been reports of minor issues ones that by no means make the device unusable: a few of the new icons are missing, NFC is a bust, the camera might have some glitches, and this build is sans facial recognition.

If you have a rooted device and are familiar with flashing ROM’s you may want to give this a whirl, if not I suggest just waiting it out a couple more weeks until Google pushes out the official release. Reports are saying that for an unofficial port it is super stable so if you’ve got a brass set and want to give it a try, hit the link below. Remember, anything YOU do to YOUR phone is at YOUR own risk!

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Sprint and HTC Roll Out Security Updates For Sense UI Devices

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HTC and Sprint have been hard at work trying to fix a security issue which came to light some time last month. The two companies worked closely on the new update, ever since they found out there was a security gap with a number of Sense UI devices.

Earlier reports were that the EVO 3D was getting the update, but Sprint reports that the entire EVO line will be getting the update along with the Wildfire S.

To manually download the update  go to Settings >System updates > HTC software update > Check Now. If the update isn’t there check back later. Now if only they would update Sense reloading every time I hit the home button.

Let us know if you got the update, Did it change anything noticeable? Hit us up in the comments.

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Apple Wins Patent On Lock Screen Gestures

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In a result that surprises many, Apple was granted patent number 7657849. You probably know this patent as “slide to unlock.” Before you start screaming and demanding to the heads of those responsible, realize that there is still a decent chance that this will be invalidated. It took 6 years for Apple to finally convince the US that they deserved this patent, and the US seems to be the only ones buying this. A Dutch Judge has already denied Apple the patent based on the fact that Apple was not the first to use a “slide to unlock” gesture. Regardless of what happens, you can be sure that Apple’s leeches lawyers are already getting their suitcases and papers ready. The full patent can be found after the break.

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Why Yes, Your Hardware Buttons WILL Work With the Android 4.0 Update

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There is one question we have been asked a lot lately regarding Android 4.0 and the plans for updating current phones; If my device gets the upgrade what happens to my hardware buttons? That is actually a good question, one until now didn’t have an affirmative answer.

As we suspected, the new Android ICS operating system will bypass the onscreen buttons and will utilize the device’s hardware buttons just like it did on its original OS. The folks over at Gizmodo spoke to a Google representative that confirmed this theory and describes the process like this:

ICS does have onscreen buttons but not always. If there’s a device with hardware buttons the onscreen buttons won’t be there, and the hardware buttons will act and function as you’d expect them to…. back and home will function as you’d expect, the search button will query the search bar (as you’d expect), and the menu button will query the menu overflow in the action bar.

I don’t think it will be Google’s task to re-design ICS to run on all the different manufacturer’s button layouts, rather it will be up to the manufacturer to tweak it as necessary before pushing out the update. We are keeping a close eye on those who claim to have plans to push out the ICS update to their devices, so stay tuned because we will let you know as we add more to the confirmed update list.

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HTC Explorer Passes Through FCC, Launch Imminent

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It looks like we might see another budget friendly device hit the store shelves soon now that we have seen the HTC Explorer, formerly Pico, pass FCC inspection. The phone was officially announced last month and HTC said it was initially heading to India and Europe. With the brief visit at the FCC, we can only guess it will land here in the U.S. as well.

In case you forgot, the Explorer is an entry level device and the price should be very affordable based on the handset’s specs, it may even end up being free with a two-year contract but no exact price has been confirmed. Just to recap, some features to expect are:

  • 3.2-inch touchscreen with 320 x 480 resolution
  • 600 MHz processor
  • 512 MB internal storage
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 3 MP camera
  • WiFi (802.11 b/g/n)
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • 1230 mAh battery

Also with the new pairing of HTC and Dropbox, you can probably expect the device to receive a pre-loaded Dropbox app and new owners should get the upgraded 5GB of cloud storage as well. If you missed our article about the two companies teaming up offering extended cloud storage on new HTC devices, be sure to check it out. Also, if you feel so inclined you can see all the dirty details of the FCC visit here, jump past the break to see a quick HTC Explorer promo video as well.

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