Sprint gets serious – files suit to block AT&T T-Mobile deal

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Sprint filed suit against AT&T today, following the U.S. Department of Justice’s own suit opposing the merger. As quoted from their press release, ”Sprint opposes AT&T’s proposed takeover of T-Mobile,” said Susan Z. Haller, vice president-Litigation, Sprint. “With today’s legal action, we are continuing that advocacy on behalf of consumers and competition, and expect to contribute our expertise and resources in proving that the proposed transaction is illegal.” It looks as if the chaos we’ve witnessed thus far is merely the beginning.

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Samsung Stratosphere passes through FCC with LTE onboard

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Yesterday we showed you the first press shots of the Samsung Stratosphere (SCH-I405) headed to Verizon Wireless. It just passed through the FCC, which makes it officially ready for launch. As expected, 4G LTE band 13 is onboard which could make this the most affordable Verizon LTE phone. In addition to the LTE, it has Verizon CDMA and EV-DO bands, and it supports 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz WiFi.

All we need now is the full hardware specs. There is speculation that the Stratosphere could drop any day now, but most of the time it takes six to eight weeks after passing through the FCC. One thing I can promise you is that we will report any updates as soon as we hear anything. Stay tuned.

Are any QWERTY fans excited for this one?

[via FCC]

Deutsche Telekom says break-up fee is on even if AT&T deal fails

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Earlier today, we reported on a Reuters article suggesting that T-Mobile wouldn’t receive their settlement package if the the merger deal fell through. Deutsche Telekom has since responded to the Wall Street Journal. A Deutsche Telekom spokesman said that AT&T could “retreat from the transaction if the concessions necessary to get approval amount to more than $7.8 billion, but added, Deutsche Telekom would still be entitled to receive the break-up fee package.” So, Deutsche Telekom isn’t indicating that the fee is in any danger should the deal not close, contrary to the previous report from Reuters. Everything is still up in the air folks. Regardless, Deutsche Telekom is confident that they are still entitled to the $6 billion.

[via tmonews]

DROID X Gingerbread 4.5.602 SBF Released

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Calling all Droid X users, your safety net is here. We now have a .602 SBF for the most current Gingerbread version to save us if we get stuck in our rooting adventures. Since we can root this device very easily, you should absolutely add this file to your toolbox of rooting goodies just in case. There is also a new RSD Lite to aid you in your troubles. Hit us up in the comments if you need any help.

Download them both right here: 4.5.602 SBF / RSDLite 5.4.4

[via mydroidworld]

DROID Prime (SCH-I515) gets WiFi certified, Nexus Prime (GT-I9250) gets Bluetooth SIG treatment

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We are definitely moving closer to the launch of the DROID Prime or whatever the first Ice Cream Sandwich phone will be called. The only thing we know for sure is the model number, which is SCH-I515, and it has received WiFi certification. Last week it went though Bluetooth SIG, and speaking of Bluetooth, the real Nexus Prime (GT-I9250) received Bluetooth certification as well.

Many have speculated that these phones are the same, and the Verizon version will be called the DROID Prime. It is unlikely that both devices will have the “Prime” name, and it is more unlikely that Verizon will get a true Nexus device. Both phones are rumored to be out in October, so it shouldn’t take long to put all the puzzle pieces together.

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Sony Ericsson says Xperia Play is “meeting expectations”

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Despite price drops, some would say the Xperia Play wasn’t the hit it should have been. In spite of this, Sony Ericsson said that their gaming phone is “meeting expectations”. We’ve also seen the Play showing up in different color flavors recently as well. Sony Ericsson is hoping for a big sales bang for the device this holiday season.

How can it compete with all the dual-core power goodness coming this year you ask? Well, Sony Erricsson has this to say:

“When you go into things like dual core versus single core, what a lot of people don’t understand or appreciate is the actual benchmarking and the ability of a device to do what they do, dual core doesn’t mean it’s faster. This is PlayStation Certified, and it’s been proven by all of the discussions of a very technical nature we’re having with publishers”

Well Ericsson you’re right, the masses don’t understand you can make software run faster on a slower processor. It makes me think of the PlayStation consoles (or any game console for that matter) where they games get better graphically while the hardware stays the same. Or how about PCs getting faster and faster, but Windows just became more of a resource hog? I’d like to see Sony do well in the Android market, so hopefully as they continue to pump out games things will work out. I think there is a place in the market for this device, don’t you?

[via eurodroid]

Samsung Galaxy W to launch on O2 UK later this month

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Samsung introduced the Galaxy W as part of their new naming scheme last month. The “W’ stands for Wonder which represents high quality, and is perfect for those seeking a balance between style and performance. We already know it will be available on the Three network in the UK, and it looks like O2 will be carrying it was well.

O2 has the Galaxy W listed as “Coming Soon: September.” on their website. The Galaxy W will have a 1.4GHz single-core CPU, 3.7-inch SLCD display, 5MP rear camera, Android 2.3, and TouchWiz 4.0.

We expect availability to be towards the end of the month.

[via O2]

Gingerbread update now available for DROID 2 Global

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Well, the soak test must be over. 

The Android 2.3 upgrade is now rolling out in phases to DROID 2 users.  Some of the enhancements include a new download manager app, multi-touch key-chording, a new interface, and more!

You can also access the update by going to Menu > Settings > About phone > System updates.

Let us know in the comments what you think about the new update!

[via motorolaforum]

Chinese search giant Baidu launches mobile OS, forms alliance with Dell

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Chinese search engine Baidu has formally entered the mobile device arena by announcing its own mobile OS, as well as entering into an alliance with Dell to produce tablets and smartphones.

Baidu, whose name was inspired from a poem written during the Song Dynasty, has launched its long-anticipated mobile OS named Biadu Yi.

Biadu Yi appears to be a heavily modified Android fork that utilizes cloud storage, backup and sharing capabilities, and comes with its own app store.  Baidu had been rumored to be planning the OS – and to be using a modified version of Android – for some time, but had refused to provide confirmation.

In addition to Biadu Yi, it is being reported that Baidu will supply its own maps, reader, music apps, and provide its Shen Bian service to stand in for Google Places.  The music app will likely integrate with Baidu’s Ting licensed music download service.

With its alliance with Dell in place, and a new OS ready for distribution, Baidu appears to have a solid footing with both software and hardware for mobile devices.   While Dell has struggled to find the success in the mobile device market that it enjoyed in the PC market, entering into an alliance makes sense as Baidu is one of the strongest domestic brand names in China and also dominates China’s search market.  

China has an estimated 906+ million mobile phones in operation, making it nearly 3 times as big a market as the United States.  While Baidu has thus far sat on the sidelines in the mobile device war, it now looks like it is preparing to strike.  The combination of their Biadu Yi OS, along with a steady supply of mobile devices from Dell, gives them a fighting chance to make inroads into the mobile-device rich Chinese market. 

It’s unknown if Baidu’s sights are just on the Chinese market but one thing is certain, before you have a chance to make your mark in the mobile device wars, you first have to be good enough to make your competitors aware that you even joined the fight.

What do you think?  Will Biadu YI make a dent in the Chinese market?  Will it one day be a viable competitor to Android?  Let us know in the comments!

[via telecomasia and dailytech]

Pierre Cardin tablet gets Gingerbread update and lower price

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Remember the Pierre Cardin 7-inch tablet (PC-7006) we told you about last month? We weren’t too impressed with it especially since it came with Android 2.2 Froyo. It looks like they are moving up in the world as they have updated it to Gingerbread, and added a G to the model number which is now PC-7006G.

Unfortunately it is still unimpressive, but if you are into designer names, this is the one for you. They even dropped the price from £274.99 ($438) to £224.99 ($358). It still comes with a leather case and black gift box, but it’s still 14mm thick.

The rest of the specs are okay for the money:

  • 7-inch (800 x 480) capacitive multi-touch display
  • Samsung S5PV210 Cortex-A8 1.0 GHz procesor
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 1.3-megapixel front facing camera
  • 4GB internal storage
  • microSD card slot (supports up to 16GB, 4GB card provided)
  • mini USB, HDMI
  • WiFi, 3G (with an external dongle)
  • 4400mAh battery

Is anyone looking forward to the PC-7006I?

[via pierre cardin]