Consumers want to know; what exactly is 4G? All they know is that 3G was fast, and 4G is faster.
Sprint, the only wireless carrier currently providing 4G coverage in the United States, has taken it upon themselves to mount up on a rooftop, camera in hand, and show you all the workings of 4G. This way, you’ll really know what you’re getting when you purchase devices like the Samsung Epic 4G or HTC Evo 4G.
Stick around after the break to see a video of a Sprint rep showing you the wonders of 4G connectivity. » Read the rest
Vodafone has announced the follow-up to the 845 with the cleverly named 945. This device will feature Android 2.1, a 3.2-inch display, 5MP camera, WiFi, and 300MB of built in memory. Here is the official statement from Vodaphone.
Following in the footsteps of the popular Vodafone 845 launched in April 2010, the 945 is Vodafone’s second, very competitively priced own-brand Android smartphone.
The handset offers customers a best-in-class mobile internet experience and comes with all the services and features you would expect from a high-end handset:
Android 2.1 software; access to Marketplace and its tens of thousands of apps; Vodafone Music services and its catalogue of over 2 million DRM-free tracks; a 3.2” capacitive multi-touch screen with haptic feedback; a 5MP camera with flash; WiFi and 300MB of built-in memory that can be built up to 32GB with a Micro SD card.
Available in black or silver, the Vodafone 945 is a handset with a contemporary feel – both in terms of design and the services and features it offers.
There’s no word yet about pricing or a release date, so stay tuned.
In an announcement made today during their holiday preview event, Best Buy announced that they will be offering four free phones, one from each provider, every Friday during the month of October. In order to receive the free device, the customer must either start a new 2-year contract, upgrade, or add a new line to an existing contract.
Below are the phones which will be available for free this Friday, Oct. 1:
- Samsung Fascinate (Verizon)
- BlackBerry Curve (Sprint)
- HTC Aria (AT&T)
- Samsung Gravity 3 (T-Mobile)
Each week’s phone offerings will be announced the Thursday before, at 1 p.m. central time.
Continue after the break for the full press release.
If you want to run a custom theme on your Android phone, it first needs to be deodexed. If you own a Droid X, 928Droid has a solution for deodexing your device for the use of custom themes, which includes the Black Class theme built in.
First, you need to download this file: DroidX-OTA2315-DeOdexEERR-THEME.zip
Next, follow these instructions:
1. You need to be rooted.
2. You need to have run Koush’s Droid X Bootstrap.
3. You need to have the DeOdexEERR.zip file on your SD card.
4. Open Koush’s DX Bootstrap and boostrap the recovery before rebooting to it.
5. From there, go into “backup / restore” and create a backup.
6. Then choose “install zip from sd card.”
7. Choose “select zip to install” and find the DeOdexEERR.zip.
8. Say “yes” and your phone will deodex and apply the 928Droid theme.
In true handset manufacturer fashion, HTC has, months after initial release, let loose some new color jobs on two of their devices. The HTC Wildfire and HTC Desire are soon coming with some new paint, and the pre-orders are up in the UK. The Wildfire will come out in silver, while the Desire is showing off some white curves.
If you’re in the UK, you can pick up one of these handsets, or at least get your pre-order in, for these two handsets. While the new Desire will be free on contracts that start at £25 per month, the silver Wildfire will come in at the same no-cost price on contracts at or above £20 per month. Be sure to check out the order page for the Desire here, and the Wildfire here.
The HTC Aria is an entry level device that can be seen as being very similar to the Wildfire. It has a 5 megapixel camera, a 4.3-inch HVGA display, and comes with Android 2.1. Find out more from the Aria’s dedicated page here at TalkAndroid by clicking here.
The Aria will be available from mid-October exclusively from Optus. Optus customers can purchase the HTC Aria for $0 upfront on the $49 Optus Cap.
According to a recent Millennial Media report, the amount of ad requests from Android devices has been increasing 39% month-over-month, and since January has skyrocketed 996 percent. The number don’t lie – the availability of Android phones on all major carriers and the amount of hardware manufactures backing them have proven to be a bountiful success for the Android operating system.
This movement in consumer’s mobile consumption will surely sway more developers to the green alien which in turn will supply even more apps in the already rapidly expanding Android Market. In fact, just this summer, it blew past the 100,000 app marker and shows no sign of slowing down. And to think, there isn’t even a high-end Android tablet readily available yet!
[via Millennial Media Blog]
Out of the group, 59% feel that Android has the best long-term outlook, compared to 35% for iOS. On the other hand, 75% of those asked feel that iOS has the best short-term benefits, based on the success of the iPhone, iPad, and the iPod touch.
Developers see Android as the safer bet in the future because of the multitude of devices which can utilize it. Apple’s iOS is limited to Apple products, whereas Android can be built into any device or platform by any manufacturer. For example. developers cited products like Google TV as being very appealing to work with in the future.
The survey also suggests that developers feel that Google and Apple will be the only real companies duking it out for tablet supremacy, with just 15% of developers expressing interest in Palm’s WebOS platform, and 14% for RIM’s Blackberry tablet OS.
Well, the G2 is starting to make its way out into the wild, and photos are popping up everywhere. TmoNews has a nice spread, including some comparison shots featuring the G2 next to a Samsung Vibrant.
We can’t help but notice that the display is visually dimmer than that of the Vibrants, but perhaps the G2′s brightness wasn’t set to max in the photo. You can hit up the source link below for some up close and personal shots of the G2.
You can also check out a brief video preview courtesy of Engadget.