U.S. Cellular releases their first 4G LTE smartphone: The Samsung Galaxy S Aviator

On the heels of the U.S. Cellular’s first 4G LTE tablet (The Galaxy Tab 10.1), they just announced that their first ever 4G LTE smartphone is now available. The Samsung Galaxy S Aviator (aka DROID Charge) is now available for $99.99 after a $100 mail-in-rebate. According to the presser, it will only be available in select markets covered by 4G LTE. What are those markets? For now they are Iowa, Maine, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas and Wisconsin. They are expecting to expand coverage to Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oregon, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia in the second half of the year. Some of the specs include:

  • 4.3-inch Super AMOLED™ Plus touchscreen
  • 8 megapixel rear-facing camera
  • Front facing webcam
  • HDMI port
  • Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread

Full press release after the break:


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Update for Google Play Books adds new features for Froyo and Gingerbread users

Google has just released a new update for their popular Google Play Books app that will add a little finesse for those of you still rocking Android 2.2 Froyo and 2.3 Gingerbread. Version 2.4.3 will bring a new UI along with 3D page-turn animations. Some other nifty tweaks include new home screen shortcuts for single books, the screen will now stay on during text-to-speech (TTS) and the in-book search function will now work offline. Hit the Play Store link below to get the goods.

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The Google Play Store has ran into one or two teething problem since it replaced the long-standing Android Market. Google has already pushed out a couple of updates in a short space of the time with the most recent seemingly causing more issues than it fixed. Frustrated users have been reporting a series of force closes, glitches whilst browsing and disappearing paid apps.

Fret no more as Google has started rolling out v3.5.16 which promises to fix the reported issues. There doesn’t appear to be a major overhaul here, it’s primarily just bug fixes. Paid apps are back, force closes fixed and early feedback suggests that navigating the menus is quicker and smoother.

If you don’t want to hang around until Google gets round to pushing the update then why not fetch it yourself. Click any one of the links below to get going.

 

source : Android Police

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500 Paramount movies coming to Google Play and YouTube thanks to a new licensing agreement

Google just announced a new licensing agreement with Paramount Pictures, which will bring approximately 500 new movie titles to both Google Play and YouTube. Paramount is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year and has been responsible for titles such as Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Hugo, Transformers, and the Godfather.

With the addition of Paramount, Google now has five of the six major studios and has a nearly 9,000 movies available for rent. They plan on continuing to add more titles and hopefully open up shop in more countries this year.

As far as the new Paramount movies goes, some of the titles are already available, but it might take a couple of months for all of them to show up.

source: youtube

 

Pre-orders for the ASUS Padfone start tomorrow in Taiwan

When ASUS finally unveiled the Padfone at Mobile World Congress, they promised an April release. Looks like things are on track because it’s going up for pre-order tomorrow in Taiwan with a mid-April release. If you want to buy the phone on its own, the cost will be NT$17,990 ($610). This is where things get really expensive. If you want the tablet set which would include the phone, tablet dock, and bluetooth stylus/headset combo, the cost is NT$24,980 ($850). Now if you really have some money to burn you could throw in the keyboard dock for a final price of NT$28,901 ($980). For those that pre-order, they will throw in an extra battery.

We knew this bad boy wasn’t going to be cheap, but please understand these are “no contract” pricing. If you really think about it, the tablet dock is $240 which isn’t bad considering that you will have full connectivity with the carrier at no extra charge. You would have to pay upwards of $600 (off contract) for a tab with carrier connectivity, not to mention you would have to pay for data. What do you guys think?

source: engadget

 

Samsung Galaxy S III shows up on a leaked press invite

It’s actually been a few days since our last supposed image of the Samsung Galaxy S III leaked. If you remember, one such leak showed a date of May 22 on the phone display, which quickly became the rumored date for the announcement. The image above appears to be a press invite that shows the same date and what could be an image of the most anticipated phone for 2012. Of course we don’t have any way of knowing if this is legit just like any of the other leaks. CNET reached out to Samsung and they were told that they don’t “comment on rumors or speculations” and that the “successor to the Galaxy S II smartphone will be unveiled in the first half of the year, closer to the commercial availability of the product”.

They really aren’t telling us yes or no, but you certainly weren’t expecting them to say that it’s legit were you? How about Mobile-Review Editor In Chief Eldar Murtazin? He leaked an image a couple of months ago and always seems to make a comment about any other leaks. Well the Twitter world immediately asked him and, he had this to say:

My comment about this sgs3 pic….hmmm no comments :-)

No comment with a smiley face is not a “Yes,” but I would say that things are leaning toward this being a real pic. What do you guys think?

sources: cnet and twitter

Google CEO Larry Page Interview – Apple’s Fight With Android Was For Show

Bloomberg Businessweek’s Brad Stone sat down with Google CEO and co-founder Larry Page recently and discussed everything from Android to tablets to social networking. Oh yes, they also talked a little bit about Steve Jobs and Apple. Larry took over the Google reins when Eric Schmidt departed last year, and seems to be a man who is passionate about the technology he helps develop.

What we see, having these amazing devices in your pocket.  Every time I get a new one, it’s like a kid on Christmas. I mean, it’s just totally—my life has changed. It’s kind of like the experience of first using the Internet or using a computer as you get these new phones.

When asked if there’s an Android tablet he’s happy with, he states:

I really like using my Samsung tablet. I previously used the Motorola Xoom for a while and liked that. I think that those are great experiences, but they’re going to get a lot better. I think that we’re at the pretty early stages of this.

The feud between Apple and Google over Android was a topic that yielded probably one of the most interesting quotes from Page.


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HD Voice Coming To Sprint In Late 2012, HTC Evo 4G LTE Gets It First

During today’s unveiling of the HTC Evo 4G LTE, Sprint outed its upcoming HD voice service. HD voice is exactly what it sounds like… better audio quality during phone calls with background noise reduction. The technology has been available for years. It’s essentially what we get when we use VoIP services, and some European networks have been using it for a while.

In true Sprint fashion, they’re not waiting to roll this out with voice over LTE (VoLTE), but rather they are launching it later this year on its 3G network in areas that have already been upgraded to the newer 1X Advanced CDMA standard. Sprint has been in the process of upgrading their entire 3G network to this newer, faster standard as part of its Network Vision strategy.

The HTC Evo 4G LTE (see our hands-on video here) will be the first phone to support HD voice. But there’s a catch.


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DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX Soak Test Starts Tomorrow – No, It’s Not Ice Cream Sandwich Yet

The emails have started arriving in the inboxes of members of the Motorola Feedback Network and this time it’s for owners of the DROID RAZR and DROID RAZR MAXX. A software update soak test is coming in the morning, and while we all thought it would be Ice Cream Sandwich, it seems it’s not… at least not yet. But it still seems like a worthwhile update, with improved Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity, battery life improvements, beefier security, and a whole slew of bug fixes. Full changelog after the break.


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Sprint Fires Up the Pre-Order Reminder Page for the HTC EVO 4G LTE

Hot on the heels of the exciting announcement of the new HTC EVO 4G LTE, Sprint wasted no time adding the device to their website’s “Shop” page. For those of you who are looking forward to snatching up this sweet device, May 7th is the date you are going to want to remember. That is the day Sprint begins presales and luckily the price is only a mere $199.99 on conract. In case some of you have a bad memory or don’t like using calandars, you can jump to Sprint’s EVO 4G LTE sign-up page through the link below. There you can sign up to recieve an email reminder when preorders begin. So what are you waiting for? Go sign up before you forget!

source: Sprint