MADDEN NFL 12 is available free this weekend for Verizon Wireless customers

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We have a great deal for fans of the MADDEN NFL franchise and Verizon Wireless customers. It’s normally priced at $6.99, but MADDEN NFL 12 is free this weekend to Verizon customers with Android phones. The deal starts tomorrow, October 1 and ends Monday, October 3.

It will be available via VCAST Apps for selected Verizon Android devices, but you need to call **MADDEN (as in “star-star M-A-D-D-E-N”) with your Android phone between October 1 and October 3 to qualify.

Enjoy!!

[via ea]

HTC officially announces Explorer (Pico) Heading to India and Europe

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It looks as though the rumored release date for the HTC Explorer, a.k.a. Pico, has come to fruition. Last week we told you that it was to be released on Sept. 29th, and well… it did! Today HTC announced that the budget friendly device will be heading to India and Europe, expanding the market for affordable smartphones. The phone will arrive in India and EMEA markets in Q4. UK’s Vodafone also said they too will soon offer the device. There is no word on price as of yet but you can be sure that it won’t break the bank. The Explorer will be available in three colors, Metallic Black, Active Black, and Metallic Navy, and will have enough specs to get the job done:

  • 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

Full press release after the break.

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China’s HTC Sensation Will Be The First To Receive ST-Ericsson’s NovaThor SoC

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We know what you’re thinking.  This is just an HTC Sensation which we’ve all seen and heard of before.  Well, not quite.  What you don’t notice is primarily under the hood.  Dubbed the Sensation Z710t, it’s sporting the new ST Ericsson NovaThor SoC (System on a chip).  In addition to the new platform, the handset will sport a 1 GHz Nova A9500 dual-core application processor accompanied with the Thor M6718 mobile connectivity capabilities with carriers utilizing TD-SCDMA technology.  Those using the handset should experience extremely fast speeds with this combination of technology.  As far as the exterior goes, the device remains the same with a 4.3-inch qHD display, 8 meg camera and Sense UI.  As soon as we receive word on pricing, you’ll be the first to know.  Feel free to leave your thoughts and comments below.  Hit the break for the full press release and to get a better understanding of ST-Ericsson’s new platform.

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Microsoft rakes in $444 million annually from Android patent licenses

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Goldman Sachs figures that Microsoft is going to get a whopping $444 million from Android manufacturers for the 2012 fiscal year (July 1, 2011 –  June 30, 2012). Estimates peg Microsoft receiving $3-$6 per Android device sold. The software giant has settlements with big Android contenders; the likes of Samsung and HTC among others. While $444 million sounds like a ridiculous number, it’s a drop in the bucket when it comes to the grand scheme of things.  According to Goldman, Microsoft’s revenue for fiscal 2012 is an estimated $75 billion. So that money they’re gleaning from Android…comparatively it’s almost nothing, especially when you consider how crippling Android has become to Microsoft’s own Windows Phones.

[via businessinsider]

Dell Streak Pro 101DL coming to Softbank January 2012

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Count this as one more phone to be added to Softbank’s fall/winter lineup; the Dell Streak Pro 101DL. This looks to be another higher end device with specs including:

  • Android 2.3
  • 4.3-inch super AMOLED screen with 540×960 QHD resolution (Gorilla Glass)
  • 8MP CMOS camera
  • 1.3MP sub camera
  • 1.5GHz dual-core MSM8260 CPU
  • SyncUp compatible
  • Dell Stage 2.0 pre-installed
  • Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
  • IEEE802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • GPS
  • microSDHC card slot
  • W-CDMA, GSM
  • size: 65×126×10.3mm, weight: 140g

Expect this one on shelves sometime in January 2012. Price is still yet to be dermined.

[via TechCrunch]

T-Mobile’s Huawei 4G tablet spotted in the wild

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What we have here is the 7″ Huawei 4G tablet headed to T-Mobile; fully loaded with IPS WVGA 1280 x 800 screen, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, Android 3.2 Honeycomb, Flash 10.3, 16GB of internal memory, dual-cameras and a 4100mAh battery. What’s more, there are a lot of rumors going around that the tablet may sell for $199 (on contract). While you should of course take that with a grain of salt, it would make sense after the announcement of the $199 Kindle Fire. The 7″ market has certainly had a new bar set for price point. Expect to hear more about this one at next month’s CTIA event.

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HTC Holiday visits the FCC – AT&T LTE onboard

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The HTC Holiday has been to the FCC recently and while it was there we got a peak at what frequencies it operates on. From the FCC documents, the Holiday is equipped to run on AT&T’s LTE network, so that all but confirms that the Holiday will be joining their network..erhrm..this holiday season.  Toward the end of this past August, we reported a leak of the Holiday; bringing you the specifications. As a refresher, the Holiday will have:

  • 4.5-inch qHD touchpanel
  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor
  • 1GB of memory
  • 8 MP rear camera (with flash & capable of 1080p)
  • 1.3 MP front camera
  • 802.11b/g/n WiFi
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • Android 2.3.4
  • HTC Sense 3.0

We know that HTC has already prepped a Holiday for South Korea under the moniker Raider, and with all the info and photos available, this powerful phone has got to be near launch. I supposed they may be waiting to have the Holiday’s launch coincide with holiday shopping. *rimshot*

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Clove UK now taking Experia Pro pre-orders, shipping October 6th

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It was back in July when we watched the Sony Experia Pro gain approval from the FCC. It seems the official launch is right around the corner as British online retailer, Clove, listed the device up for pre-order and should be shipping October 6th. It will cost £322 ($524) off contract and comes in three flavors, black, red, or silver. Bearing a resemblance to the Xperia Play, the Pro will feature a slide-out QWERTY keyboard instead of gaming controls. Inside the device you will find a 1Ghz Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon processor running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, 512MB of RAM, and up to 32 GB of microSD card storage. The 8MP camera is capable of 3D panoramic photos in 720p and takes HD video that can be transferred to a T.V. through the phone’s HDMI output.

Pre-order available now from Clove Technology.

[via androidcentral]

Verizon Nexus Prime system app list shows no bloatware and possible facial recognition lockscreen

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We know some sort of variant of the Nexus Prime will launch with Ice Cream Sandwich on Verizon first. The big question is if it will be a true Nexus device with no bloatware? Our friends over at MyDroidLife have the system app list and guess what? No bloatware. We know the phone is made by Samsung so what about TouchWiz? It’s also missing in action. It looks like Verizon may have a full stock Android experience.

Also on the app list is Facelock.apk. This could be some sort of facial recognition for the lock screen. Of course we will find out all the details on October 11 at CTIA 2011 in San Diego, but I am sure more stuff will leak before than. Stay tuned.

November can’t come soon enough. Who’s going to miss City Id?

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