[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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Bugless Beast is back, Brings original DROID to Android 2.3.7

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As Peter Alfonso puts it, “The Beast is back,” as in Bugless Beast. Peter Alfonso created the ROM series, Bugless Beast, when the original DROID launched. When Android 2.3 Gingerbread hit the scene, he decided to go into a different direction by maintaining the stock appearance along with additional hidden features, which he called the PGA series.

The latest version, GPA18, brings back the Beast and  updates your device to Android 2.3.7.

Full changelog after the break.

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Microsoft inks licensing deal with Compal Electronics, 10th deal and climbing

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You have to hand it to Microsoft, they might not be able to sell phones, but they are going to make a lot of money off of Android. They have already inked deals with the likes of HTC, Samsung, Acer, Quanta, Wistron, General Dynamics Itronix, ViewSonic, Onkyo and Velocity Micro.

The list continues to grow as they just added original design manufacturer (ODM), Compal Electronics. This is the tenth deal for Microsoft. The deal remains unknown, but it will cover products ranging from tablets, mobile phones, e-readers, and other consumer devices running Android or Google’s Chrome platform.

It should be a nice chunk of change for Microsoft because Compal earns over $28 billion annually.

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Samsung to Release SCH-W999 Clamshell for China

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Samsung will soon release a new Android clamshell hybrid that will be heading to China. This new device features two WVGA OLED touch-screen displays, both with the same 800×480 resolution. The SCH-W999 is not the first Android clamshell hybrid that we have seen, the Sharp Aquos 007SH-KT was discussed 2 months ago and was the first of it’s kind.

This new hybrid is designed to serve as a flip phone but retains full functionality when closed via the front OLED display. The device will run some version of the Android OS but exact details on which version are still unknown. Other features to expect: Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP support, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, microSD card slot expandable to 32GB, GPS, and dual cameras.

This new Samsung SCH-W999 is the successor to last years SCH-W899 which ended up in the China market only. If rumors are correct, we can expect the new hybrid phone to launch on China Telecom and should be available soon. There is no official release date but we will let you know as soon as we get more solid info.

[via pocketnow]

Zinio adds ‘Explore’ option for Android tablet users,

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Today Zinio announced that their “Explore” option is now available to Android tablet users that have Android 3.x Honeycomb. The Zinio Explore gives you free access to the latest premium stories from every major magazine genre, including sports, entertainment, business, and lifestyle. It’s updated daily, and you will find it alongside the “Shop” and “Read” sections.

“With Zinio, just like browsing a newsstand, readers can pick a magazine and read a quick article,” said Zinio President and CEO Rich Maggiotto. “But unlike a real-world newsstand, or any other digital newsstand, Zinio offers 5,000 magazines, covering every subject. Our readers can enjoy domestic titles, as well as hard-to-find content from around the world — we’re providing the first truly global newsstand.”

If you are not already familiar with Zinio, it’s the world’s largest newsstand of magazines. You can download digital subscritions or single issues and sync them across multiple devices. You also get 4 free issues upon downloading the app for the first time. Just head over to the Android Market or for the QR code hit our Apps Database.

Full press release after the break:

Android Tablet Owners Now Get Top Magazine Articles for Free Through Zinio

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Samsung announces the Transform Ultra for Sprint

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Samsung just gave us word that the Transform Ultra (SPH-M930) will not be limited to just Boost Mobile as it will be available on Sprint as well. The specs are the same and they include:

  • Android 2.3
  • 1GHz processor
  • Touchscreen (nobody’s saying how big)
  • Full QWERTY Keypad
  • 3MP rear camera with video
  • VGA front-facing camera
  • Wi-Fi®, GPS and Wireless Web enabled
  • Front-facing VGA camera
  • Easy access to Gmail™ and Google Talk™
  • Bluetooth® capable
  • Speakerphone with voice-activated dialing
  • Supports microSD® cards up to 32GB (2GB card included)
  • Voice mail, caller ID, call waiting and three-way calling

No word on availability or price, but we will let you know.

Lemon App, The Sweetest Way To Manage All Of Your Purchases

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If you are anything like me and have a super hectic, sometimes scatterbrain lifestyle, a little bit of organizational skills can go a long way. I find that unfortunately my finances are sometimes victim to neglect and I lose track of where and how much money I am spending. Recently I came across a free app in the Android Market called Lemon, it keeps track of how much money you spend and even keeps an image of your receipts. Instead of cramming a bunch of receipts in your wallet, just send them to Lemon where they will be instantly filed and organized for future reference. It’s that easy!

The Lemon app also provides a lemon.com email address that you can enter when making online purchases. When a receipt is emailed after your purchase is complete, it automatically filters out the relevant purchasing data and sends it to your Lemon account for safe keeping. You can even snap a picture of your paper receipts with your Android phone as long as it has an auto focus camera. The app will then search for text within the image and makes them searchable via character recognition. Data is compiled into handy reports that keep you in tune with your finances and provides visual graphs that plot your spending habits.

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Motorola RAZR Will Have Unlockable Bootloader For International Version Only

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For those of you who are planning on buying the Droid Razr, we have some good news for you. Unfortunately good news is usually accompanied by the bad.

Motorola has decided to make the device’s bootloader either locked or unlocked, leaving it up to the carrier to decide. The European market will be getting the unlocked version known as the Motorola Razr. Verizon on the other hand unfortunately decided to keep the U.S. variant, the Droid Razr, on lock-down.

If you were hoping to get the Razr with an unlocked bootloader you will have to import one from another market or wait for the dev community to find a way to port the bootloader over from the international version. Most likely this will happen since it will be the device of choice for many developers and should only be a matter of time before the Droid Razr  sees some custom ROMs, so keep the faith my friends.

If this is a deal-breaker for you, and you would rather import the international version, let us know in the comments below.

[via ausdroid]

Droid RAZR Page Goes Live On DroidDoes Website

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Looks like Verizon is kicking the Droid Razr add campaign into overdrive with their latest addition to the DroidDoes website. There is no new info to be had from the site nor DOES it give us an exact release date, but it sure DOES look cool! With the recent leak of Verizon’s latest roadmap we can expect to see this device available for purchase sometime early November with pre-orders possibly starting on the 27th of October.

Head on over to the DroidDoes website to check out the cool new mechanical flash video and be sure to sign up for mobile and email alerts while you are there.

[via DroidDoes]