Another Best Buy document surfaces, shows Samsung Prime, but no Thunderbolt 2

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Last night we showed you a leaked photo of a document showing upcoming Verizon Wireless phones along with what phone they were replacing. It was taken by a Best Buy Mobile employee, and the document was handed out by a Verizon rep. Some people might consider it a fake because of some misspellings, but interestingly enough, another Best Buy document has surfaced that is showing similar information, but in a different format.

The spelling is okay, but it doesn’t prove anything. This time Samsung is spelled out for the Samsung Prime (instead of SAM), and it still shows as replacing the DROID Charge. A notable exception is the Thunderbolt 2. For whatever reason it is omitted, but I don’t think it means that it won’t be launching soon. If both of these documents are real, than it’s obvious that each rep or district is making their own copies. It is possible that this rep made their copy before the Thunderbolt 2 (or Vigor) was clear.

I do find it interesting that the Bionic is on this list, and not on the other. It is obviously not replacing anything, nor will it be replaced anytime soon. I think it is on the list to show it as a new release much like the Pantech Breakout, which also isn’t replacing anything. This is further proof that this list was created way before last night’s leak.

[via droid-life]

[Leak] Motorola Dinara 13 megapixel test photo surfaces

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Back in July we first heard about the Motorola Dinara which is rumored to have a 720p screen and a 13MP camera. Last month we saw the Dinara or the DROID HD posing with the Bionic. We are still not certain if the Dinara is the same phone as the DROID HD or something different.

Late last month we saw a test photo from the Dinara, but it was only at 9MP (4000 x 2248). The 13MP specs continued to stick, but we wanted proof. We just received proof as another photo surfaced, but this time at 4128 x 3096 or 12.8MP. Sure the photo is blurry, but it isn’t about the quality right now, it is more about the pixels.

This is great news, but lets face it, Motorola’s cameras haven’t been the greatest. 13 megapixels is wonderful, but lets hope they finally figure out that quality is more important.

[via pocketnow]

Make it rain, money

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A recent study by Research2Guidance looked at 26 app categories in the Android Market to see which was most profitable. Despite the fact that one quarter of all Android apps downloaded are games, weather apps showed themselves to be by far the biggest earners for their developers. On average, the weather app has made its developer $21,000! Business and productivity apps were the closest contenders while multimedia and comic book apps made almost no return. Well developers, it looks like Android users are more interested in using their phone as a tool than an entertainment device.

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Gingerbread update for DROID R2-D2 Edition now live

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Last week we got word the DROID R2-D2 edition would get the Gingerbread update soon. It appears that it started rolling out during the night because a few readers let me know they received it. This update brings you to Android 2.3, and the version is 4.5.602.A957.Verizon.en.US. If you haven’t received the update yet, hit Menu/Settings/About Phone/System Updates, and hopefully it will be there for you to manually pull.

Thanks Bill and Jeff

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Patent Wars move to France as Samsung sues Apple for patent infringement

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It is nice to see Android manufacturers being offensive once in a while. HTC recently dropped one on Apple with patents acquired from Google, and now Samsung is taking it to Apple in France.

Samsung filed a complaint against Apple in a Paris district court for infringement of three mobile phone technology patents dealing with the iPhone and iPad. We don’t know the specific patents, but they concern UMTS, which is a third generation (3G) mobile cellular technology for networks based on the GSM standard. The complaint targets Apple’s iPhone 3G and 3GS, iPhone 4, and both generations of the iPad.

The complaint was actually filed in July, and the first hearing will take place in December.

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Sony Android Walkman – Get it December 10th for 28,000 yen

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Sony’s prototype portable media player has now been officially named the Walkman Z series. This 4.3″ Gingerbread 2.3 media player will start showing up on Japan store shelves on December 10th for ¥28,000, ¥33,000, and ¥43,000, in respect to your choice of 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB storage options. You can also expect an 800 x 480 LCD screen, DLNA, Micro-HDMI, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, FM radio, 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2, 512MB of RAM, and 1080p video playback at a bitrate of up to 10Mbps. A number of sound-enhancing technologies are bundled in, including active noise cancellation.

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Galaxy Tab 10.1 clears FCC with T-Mobile compatibility

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Have you been dying to buy a new Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 with mobile data connectivity but aren’t or don’t want to be a Verizon customer? Well It might just be your day my friend. A recent photo shows a new Sammy 10 inch slate dubbed the SGH-T859 that could only be a reconfiguration of the Galaxy Tab 10.1. This time around it will sport a 1700MHZ AWS radio compatible with T-Mobile, along with 850/1900 GSM / EDGE / WCDMA / HSPA, all in the same body as the WiFi only rig. It is still speculation that this device is headed solely to T-Mobile, but options are always nice when shopping around for data plans.

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Budget conscious Android phone LG Optimus Hub announced

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Last month we brought you news about the upcoming release of the Optimus One successor. At that time it was referred to as the Optimus Univa. An official announcement was made for the device but this time LG refers to it as the Optimus Hub.

Although rocking a new name, the specs are virtually the same. With the younger generation and affordability in mind, the mid range device features a single-core 800MHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 3.5-inch HVGA (480×320) display, five-megapixel camera, Bluetooth 3.0, DLNA, 1,500mAh battery and Wi-Fi direct. It will first land in Europe in October for €199 unlocked, which is about $270. Unfortunately there is no word as to when it will arrive in the states.

[via pocketnow]

Ford Electric E-Bike concept utilizes a Samsung Galaxy S II

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Ford just showed off their E-Bike Concept in Frankfurt, Germany. It can go up to 25 km/h thanks to an electric motor built into the front wheel and 9.2Ah battery, or you can pedal the conventional way.

What is most interesting to me about the E-Bike is that the picture above has a Samsung Galaxy S II on the handlebar. No, it is not some simple dock just to listen to music or give you directions. Sure, you can do those things if you wish, but it can also change suspension modes and monitor battery charge through custom software.

For now it’s just a concept, but a concept we would like to see in production. Hit the beak for one more picture.

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New Sprint App Disables Teen’s Phones While Driving

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Sprint has come up with an app to take preventing cell phone usage while driving to a whole new level. The app is called Drive First and is being marketed to parents to prevent their kids from cell phone usage while driving. Available for all Android devices on Sprint, their app will lock down the phone after detecting when a car is moving more than 10 mph. Not only is it locked down from use, but incoming calls are forwarded directly to voicemail, texts are answered with an automated message that the user is driving, and silences all incoming alerts. Once the app sees no movement, taking into account stop-and-go traffic, the phone will become unlocked again. The owner of the Drive First account does however have the ability to grant the user access to navigation, music, or weather. Seems like a cool concept to me and the app will cost you $2 a month after the 15 day free trial is over. The link to check this app out is right here and be sure to check out the full press release after the break. What are you’re thoughts on this one? Cool concept or something that can be easily hacked by a teen?

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