HTC Hero S press shot for US Cellular

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We recently wrote about the HTC Kingdom coming to US Cellular under the title HTC Hero S. The Hero S is supposed to come with a single core 1.2 GHz processor, a 4-inch qHD (540×960) touchscreen, a 5 MP rear camera, and a secondary front-facing cam. The photo above is US Cellular’s first press shot of the Hero S. It’s pictured beside the Motorola Electrify; a US Cellular variant of Sprint’s Photon. The Hero S is also planned for Sprint under the name HTC Evo Design 4G. Alltel is also expected to carry this phone as the Acquire. Obviously the device is attractive to carriers, we’ll see how it fares with the consumers.

[via pocketnow]

Sprint’s Mobile Hotspot Will Be Capped At 5GB Starting October 2nd

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We just recently said goodbye to Sprint’s Premier Program and saw a trim to the length of their return policy. Oh yeah, don’t forget they just increased their early termination fees as well. Up next Sprint is putting a 5GB limit on their 3G/4G hotspot usage for new and existing customers. There’s also a nice little overage fee of $.05/MB for you to enjoy as well. Note though, this does not apply to tablet plans or your smartphone’s normal data usage, so you’ll still be able to enjoy your unlimited data. There you have it folks take it as you will. The dominoes just keep on falling. Anyone on Sprint looking to jump ship or are you still happy there?

[via sprintfeed]

Sprint’s EOL list – a Eulogy

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Not in cruelty, not in wrath,  EOLs leaked today; the Kyocera and Evo 4G, Sprint has planned to slay.

Ladies and gentleman, tonight we bring sad news. As evidenced by the photo above six phones have been discontinued this evening, two of which are our own; the Kyrocera Echo and the Evo 4G. We remember the  Evo 4G having had a long wonderful life; reaching a ripe old age of one and a half years. In that time it was able to win the hearts and minds  of  many an Android user. The poor Echo however has left us a mere 5 months young, and was looked upon as an outcast by many of the community for its unique dual screen architecture. The world wasn’t ready for you Echo!

While we mourn the loss of these prominent Android devices and pray they may be recycled correctly, we should also find room for happiness. From the plastic and metal of old will rise the shiny new stuff. Customers will again shout  ”Shut up and take my money!” and it will be a joyous occasion.

Of Android we discuss, Talk Android.

[via sprintfeed]

AT&T Galaxy S II Kernel Source Released By Samsung

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On top of the news that AT&T’s Galaxy II variant is hitting shelves Oct. 2nd, Samsung has also released the kernel source well before the device releases. This doesn’t give everything one might need for a full build, but it’s a good head start for developers to start tinkering way ahead of schedule. Samsung, you’re continuing to make yourself shine in great ways so keep it up! If you want to check the file out you can grab it right from the source link below.

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Huawei Blaze Hitting Phones 4U On September 30th For £99 (UK)

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Huawei’s very first own-brand smartphone, the Huawei Blaze, will be going on sale as a short-term exclusive at Phones 4u. Starting September 30th, the Blaze will be offered at a pay as you go price of £99.95 ($136). This isn’t a bad little phone running Android 2.3 with a 3.2-inch HVGA capacitive curved touchscreen. Hit up the break for the full release.

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Samsung mobile device SCH-I815 makes its way through SIG

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Samsung device number SCH-I815 made its way through the Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group) on Monday with a hint on what SCH-I815 might be.

While the Bluetooth SIG does not say what kind of device is attached to SCH-I815, a quick search showed that SCH-I800 was used for the original Samsung 7″ Galaxy Tab.  Does this point to the SCH-I815 being a follow-up based on the way it was named?

What do you think?  Is the naming scheme just a coincidence?

We will continue to track SCH-I815 and keep you updated as more information becomes available!

[via bluetooth]

HTC Raider 4G Going To South Korea, Sure Looks A Lot Like The HTC Holiday

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Remember the HTC Holiday we showed you about a month ago that’s supposed to be coming to AT&T’s LTE network? Well South Korea is getting a device that looks amazingly similar for its LTE network called the Raider 4G. Rocking Gingerbread, a 4.5-inch qHD in-plane switching display (IPS is the same technology used in the Retina displays), a 1.5 GHz dual-core, 1GB of RAM, and front and back cameras both capable of 720p and 1080p. This looks like one serious power house and you can check out the translated official announcement from HTC below.

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DROID X update to fix keyboard is now live

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Last last week, it came to our attention that a new update was ready for the DROID X, and it looks like it is rolling right now. A few of you have written to me letting me know you go the update, but unfortunately it’s not available to me yet. You can check your phone by going to Menu/Settings/About Phone/System Updates to see if you can manually pull it.

This update will bring you to build 4.5.605.MB810.Verizon.en.US, and the only fix is keyboard stability and usability issues. It wasn’t a problem for all, but I know many of you were complaining about it. Please let us know if you were able to get it.

Thanks Greg and Tom

Samsung Galaxy S II hits AT&T on October 2 for $199

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AT&T used Twitter to make the announcement on when their version of the Samsung Galaxy S II will debut. It is going to be on October 2nd, and will be priced at $199 with a 2-year contract and a minimum $15 data plan.

The AT&T version packs a 4.3-inch screen as opposed to Sprint’s Epic Touch 4G and T-Mobile’s version of 4.5-inches.

Full specs include:

  • 4G – HSPA+
  • Android (2.3.4 Gingerbread)
  • GSM Quad-band (850/900/1800/1900MHz)
  • UMTS Tri-band( 850/1900/2100MHz)
  • Screen: 4.3” Super AMOLED Plus
  • Processor: 1.2Ghz x 2 (dual core) Exynos
  • Camera: 8MP AF with LED flash + 2MP front facing for chatting
  • Video Record: 1080p Full HD
  • HDMI Out: HDMI via HDTV Smart Adapter with HDCP
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0
  • Battery: 1650mAh
  • Sensor: Motion UX, 6-axis gyroscope, proximity, light, noise (Audience A2220)

Check out our hands on at the Samsung launch event last month by our own Joe Sirianni.

Update: AT&T pulled their tweet, so the source link is a retweeted version.

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[Leak] Samsung SHV-E120L specs revealed, 4.7-inch 720p screen

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The Samsung SHV-E120L recently showed up on NenaMark, and we already knew that it had a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, Adreno 220 GPU, a 1280 x 720 screen, and Android 2.3.5.

We now have the full specs which include a monster 4.7-inch screen, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera, 1GB RAM, 16GB internal memory, LTE capable radio (for Korea), WiFi b/g/m, NFC, GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, and 1,850mAh battery. It will definitely compete with the LG LU6200, but these specs seem to be very similar to what is rumored for the upcoming Nexus Prime/Samsung Prime/DROID Prime/Galaxy Nexus, or whatever name you want to throw in there.

[via pocketnow]