HTC Rhyme Hitting Target Exclusively At Target On Sept. 30th With $50 Trade-in

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A tip from phandroid reports that Target Mobile will be exclusively selling the HTC Rhyme (aka HTC Bliss) tomorrow the 30th. During their exclusive third-party period of three weeks, Target Mobile will also be offering a “Trade and Save” deal taking off $50 bucks off by trading in qualified phone up to Oct. 8th. This will take the final price of the Rhyme down to $149.99 on contract. Don’t forget, the Rhyme is supposed to be a winner with the ladies that comes with a glowing charm that lights up when you get a notification on the phone. Come on, you know you want that charm. Anyone going to be grabbing one?

[via phandroid]

Quick Look At Today’s Free Amazon App: Symphony of Eternity

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Up today free from the Amazon Appstore is an RPG called Symphony of Eternity. This game has a definite old school Final Fantasy feel with it’s turn based battles and attack system. The battle actions do take up a lot of real estate on your screen, but it didn’t seem to take away any of the action for me. There are two stories that eventually mix together throughout the game. The first being a quest for a legendary weapon called “Regratlute” where the holder of this weapons desires come true. The second story follows members of a royal family being killed by the traitor Safario who wants to take over the world. In FF style there is world travel with turn based battles along the way and certainly matches the old school graphics of say FF IV or V. As far as game play time, you’ll probably get a good 20-25 hours out of this one.

Normally, this game will cost you a mighty $10.45, so you might as well give it a try for free and see if it’s your cup of tea from the Amazon Appstore. If not using the Appstore, you can grab the download here by entering your email address or phone number in the upper right hand corner for a download link.  Be sure to have the “unknown sources” box checked off under Settings —>Applications on your Android device. Check out the game video after the break and let us know what you think.

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CyanogenMod 7 gets updated for the HTC Thunderbolt

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The HTC Thunderbolt finally received some Gingerbread love, so how about a CyanogenMod 7 update? This update brings Bluetooth calling, better audio with the camcorder, and new lockscreen options. You should still expect a lot of bugs, so if you don’t mind being a tester and helping with the development, hit the source link to get started.

Known issues with this release are:

  • Possible Data/Voice bugs and issues.
  • GPS Not being accurate.
  • GPS Not starting. 
  • Flash Videos in browser only work with Flash version 10.2
  • Speaker Phone in Skype broken

[via rootzwiki]

U.S. Cellular announces the HTC Wildfire S, Hero S and Flyer will be available next month

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It was outed back in July, and now it’s official. U.S Cellular announced the HTC Wildfire S, the HTC Hero S, and the HTC Flyer will be available next month.

The HTC Hero S has Android 2.3, a 4-inch Super LCD qHD touchscreen, 5MP rear camera, and 1.3MP front facing camera. Pricing will be $199.99 after a $100 mail-in-rebate, along with a 2-year contract and data plan.

The HTC Wildfire S will have Android 2.3, a 3.2-inch touchscreen, and 5MP camera. It will be available in grey and purple and will cost $79.99 after a $100 mail-in-rebate, along with a 2-year contract and data plan.

The HTC Flyer is a 7-inch tablet with a 1.5GHz Snapdragon single-core processor. It has 32GB of storage and you can take notes with the optional HTC Scribe pen. It will run you $199.99 after a $100 mail-in-rebate, along with a 2-year contract and a $54.99 data plan.

Unfortunately they didn’t provide dates so stay tuned.

Full press release after the break:

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CyanogenMod will support Sony Ericsson Xperia line with next release

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Owners of Sony Ericsson devices have been waiting for CyanogenMod support for a while now. The wait is just about over as the CyanogenMod and FreeXperia team just announced that the next release of CyanogenMod will support multiple Xperia devices. You can expect a full build with just about full hardware support (they are still working on FM radio), along with nightly builds and instructions soon.

Supported devices include:

2011 lineup:

  • Xperia™ arc
  • Xperia™ neo
  • Xperia™ mini
  • Xperia™ mini pro
  • Xperia™ PLAY
  • Xperia™ ray
  • Xperia™ active (when available)
  • Xperia™ pro (when available)

Older lineup:

  • Xperia™ X10
  • Xperia™ X8
  • Xperia™ X10 mini
  • Xperia™ X10 mini pro

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Box App To Be Preloaded On Motorola Xoom

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A new partnership with Motorola has secured a spot for Box.net’s cloud storage app as being preloaded on future Xoom Android tablets worldwide. The announcement was accompanied by news of additional partnerships with VMware, Ping Security and Salesforce Chatter also, however its mobile strategy seems to make perfect sense as Box’s service offers companies and individuals a cloud structure that keeps everyone connected with great ease from anywhere.

Box’s on-going relationship with HP, which made Box the only preloaded app on the TouchPad (with 50GB of free lifetime storage) looks to be going strong as well. HP’s Vice-President of Strategy and Operations announced this week that their business PCs will start shipping the Box app preloaded beginning with SMBs in North America with a future intent to go global.

Even if you haven’t had the opportunity to try Box’s services out yet, with the way they are expanding their market, chances are you’ll meet soon enough.

[via zdnet]

LTE Goes Live In Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto While Pricing On Rogers Upcoming LTE Devices Are Revealed

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If you happen to live in any of Canada’s three largest provinces and fall under the umbrella of the Rogers network, you’re certainly in for a treat.  LTE went live in a number of markets and the carrier is now touting LTE service availability for over 5.5 million Canadians.  That’s pretty big if you ask us.  Among these regions, Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto can now join the ranks of those experiencing the blazing fast speeds of LTE.  And up until now, the only device available for the service was the Sierra Wireless AirCard 754S.  Well, all of that is about to change. Thanks to our friends over at MobileSyrup, a complete pricing guide has been revealed, exposing a pretty hefty line up being added to the Rogers arsenal.  Among the elite, customers will now be able to get their hands on the upcoming HTC Jetstream, an LTE tablet with WiFi connectivity, a 10″ capacitive touch display, 32 GB of storage and a dual-core 1.5GHz CPU all topped with Honeycomb 3.1. You can also bet your bottom dollar you’ll be able to get a hold of the HTC Scribe digital pen accessory for the perfect blend of functionality and freaking awesomeness.  Expect to be able bring this device home with you on October 18th.

In addition to the JetStream, the ever popular and world-wide known device, the Samsung Galaxy S II, will also join the ranks of LTE devices available “in the coming weeks”.  Rumor has it that another LTE enabled HTC handset could make it to Rogers as well along with the super ridiculously thin Galaxy Tab 8.9.  And thanks to our friends, once again over at MobileSyrup, full price plans have been revealed for their various agreements, one such being a 3-year contract, ouch!  Hit the break to check out the full pricing scheme, courtesy of a tipster, and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.   » Read the rest

Bladeslinger Headed To Android, Teaser Trailer Released

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The sci-fi/western action game Bladeslinger was announced for Android by Luma Arcade at the Unity Conference Unite 11 yesterday. A teaser trailer was also released to correspond with the announcement, giving fans a peek into this 3rd-person shooter that combines both close and ranged combat as well as the ability to pause game-play and activate special attacks and abilities. Luma Arcade General Manager, Sam Williams calls the project a “pet passion” for their studio that now makes its way to Android (and iOS) “without compromising our vision for the game.”

Hit the break for the Bladeslinger teaser trailer and get aquatinted with the character William Glaston on his way home to Hammer’s Peak, an ill-fated town now overthrown by dreadful creatures.

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Google Requesting Protection For Android Plans During AT&T, T-Mobile Antitrust Trial

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Looks like Google is looking out for numero uno while the AT&T and T-Mobile antitrust trail is taking place.  Can you blame them?  In an effort to keep and protect proprietary information from leaking out or getting into the hands of their competitors, they’ve filed a motion to forbid any disclosure regarding its plans for Android.  The motion was filed by Google yesterday in hopes that a judge will grant their request in order to protect any possible release of confidential information.  If this information were to leak out, it could be extremely harmful to Google’s business plans and strategy for the Android operating system.

Apparently, while conducting the antitrust investigation between AT&T and T-Mobile, Google supplied the DOJ with sensitive material and is now taking precautionary measures in keeping that information private.  We can certainly think of a few companies off the top of our heads who would love to get their hands on information like that.  However, Google is pretty adamant in ensuring that certain information is not revealed during the hearing.  The proceedings were provoked when the DOJ stepped in last month and filed its own suit against the acquisition claiming that it will surely hinder competition.  Only time will tell what happens as this begins to unfold.  But one thing is for certain, Google is going to do whatever it takes to ensure its secrets stay secret.  Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Two Minute Walk Through Of Ice Cream Sandwich Surfaces, Courtesy Of Lucky eBay Recipient (Video)

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Say, you wouldn’t be interested in checking out a 2 min video showing a walk through of Android’s latest and greatest, Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), would you?  Oh yeah, you would?  Great, because we’ve got a taste for you courtesy of our friends over at Engadget.  We’re not surprised that leaks would begin to surface, especially since the OS will most likely be available some time over the next couple of months.  However, this was a bit out of left field.  One lucky eBay member looking forward to receiving a Nexus S he purchased on the popular online auction received a little more than he thought he would.  After snatching this bad boy out of the box and noticing something a bit off.  He noticed the OS was slightly revamped, so naturally, he hightailed it to the “About Screen”.  To his amazement, he found the blissful words “IceCreamSandwich” for its OS version.  We know what you’re thinking.  ”You lucky b!@#%*d”.  Well, don’t worry, as we can provide you with the next best thing.  How about a 2 min walk-through of the device running on an updated build, IRK48 and kernel 3.0.1?

Note in the video that there are some extremely noticeable hints of honeycomb on the device, such as the vertical multitasking menu found on tablets.  Short cut keys now include room for four icons instead of two.  In addition, Google has added a Google Apps icon which gives you instant access to all of your favorite Google products.  You’ll notice UI changes as well when it comes to the camera, several menus and the notification bar.  As the folks over at Engadget note, it’s possible that this could just be a slick ROM placed on the device, which is where Im personally leaning.  However, we have to admit it and give credit where credit is due.  Even for a ROM, it looks slick as hell.  Hit the break to check out the video courtesy of a tipster at Engadget and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.   » Read the rest