Huawei Mercury is now available on Cricket for $249.99

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Huawei and Cricket just released the Mercury just in time for the Holidays. This one has some pretty decent specs for $249.99.

Full specs include:

  • 1.4Ghz Processor
  • 4″ (854 x 480) Touchscreen
  • Email application for both consumer and business email
  • 8.0 MP AF HD rear camera/camcorder
  • VGA Front Camera
  • 2GB Internal Memory
  • Real Web Browsing at 3G speeds
  • Wi-Fi Capable
  • Stereo Bluetooth
  • Mobile Hotspot (i.e. Tethering); supports up to 5 devices
  • Support for Google Mobile™ Services – Gmail™, Google Maps™ with 3D maps and free turn-by-turn navigation, Google Earth™, Movie Studio, YouTube, access to more than 300,000 apps, millions of eBooks, thousands of movies to rent from Android Market

This isn’t half bad considering you can get unlimited talk and long distance, caller ID, voicemail, call waiting, 3-way calling, call forwarding, unlimited text, picture and video messaging, 3G mobile data and email for $55 per month.

Full press release after the break:

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British Telecom sues Google over patent infringement

by Robert Nazarian on
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When it comes to patents in the mobile world, I’m not sure who isn’t suing who, nor can I barely keep up with who is suing who. Now we need to throw British Telecom (BT) into the mix as they are going after Google for patent infringement.

BT is alleging that some of Google products and services infringe upon one or more of six of its patents. Android is considered one of those services and specifically as it relates to search, music, maps, and location-based advertising. For example, BT is stating that Google Music and Android violated U.S. Patent No. 6,151,309. This patent is “directed to systems and methods for accessing content in a mobile environment where network constraints vary across networks”.

BT filed for an injunction in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware this past Thursday. The damages are unspecified, but could be tripled if it’s found that Google’s alleged infringement was willful and deliberate.

Florian Mueller of Foss Patents is also saying that if Google is forced to pay royalties with this suit or from any of the other suits, they could pass the cost on to device makers. In other words, they would change their “free” Android licensing model.

I have stated numerous times that these patent suits only stifle innovation and create unnecessary costs to the consumer. The system needs a serious overhaul.

[via fosspatents]

 

Nexus S Ice Cream Sandwich update brings some bugs

by Robert Nazarian on
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We were happy that Google released the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Nexus S, but it looks like there might be a few bugs that need to be ironed out. Apparently some people aren’t able to send or receive MMS messages. Others are reporting that the Google+ instant update doesn’t work. These should be minor and easily fixed. How about you guys? Are you experiencing any of these bugs or anything else?

[via mobileinquirer]

 

 

Tiger Direct And Amazon Now Shipping ASUS Transformer Prime To Customers

by Roy Alugbue on
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In other exciting news, there are some very lucky individuals in Canada and the US. Those who were fortunate enough to have pre-ordered the quad-core Transformer Prime will have an early Christmas gift thanks to Tiger Direct and Amazon. The above image shows that Tiger Direct Canada is starting to ship the Transformer Prime to customers who pre-ordered. Further proof below shows they might be able to play with their shiny new toy by this Wednesday, December 21.

We’re also hearing that Amazon is contacting customers who pre-ordered letting them know they expect to ship as early as next week.

What we can’t say is how many of these pre-orders will be filled. Our guess is it won’t be many and don’t expect to see much supply in the retail channels. This is going to be the same situation as the original Transformer release. Most people probably won’t get their hands on one until February. I hope I’m wrong. For those of you who actually get filled, congratulations, and please let us know in the comments.

[via Phandroid and Mobile Syrup]

US Cellular Set To Give Samsung Galaxy Tab Some Gingerbread Love

by Roy Alugbue on
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US Cellular is (finally) set to update the original Galaxy Tab to Android 2.3 from Android 2.2. Yes it’s not Honeycomb or especially that delectable Ice Cream Sandwich, but hey anything is better than Froyo, right? In addition to the standard Gingerbread 2.3.5 features, owners can find among the following updates/improvements on the tablet:

  • VPN support
  • Google security patches – DigiNotar certificate revocation; Libpng security update
  • Remove auto accept of Bluetooth paring for Handsfree Profile (HFP). This vulnerability allows a nearby third-party to auto connect to Bluetooth HFP and potentially access contact data on the mobile device.

These are no doubt welcome fixes and updates. One thing owners should note– you would think this is an OTA update, but it’s not. You’ll have to download the software on a windows-based computer and connect your device via USB in order to apply the update. Be sure to back everything up thoroughly before starting the update. The good news is that Sammy has a pretty comprehensive and thorough guide that will direct you throughout the setup process and make updating simple & painless. Hit the link below for full details, the changelog and instructions on how to apply the update to your device.

[via Samsung]

[Download] “Nexus” Notification Sound, See Ya “DRRROOOIID”

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Does anyone actually use the “Droid” notification on their device? Yeah, I’m actually someone that uses it proudly. Well, Droid Life has posted a “DROOOID” type notification, but in this case it’s calling out “Nexus”. Sounds more like a Decepticon, but still kinda cool. Check out the video below to see what it sounds like. To have it show up in your sounds list, you’ll have to move the file from your Downloads to your Notifications folder. Anyone going to rock this out?

Download: Nexus Notification

 

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[via Droid Life]

Android Promises a Surprise This Monday on Google+

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Well it appears that Android knows that we like surprises as they have something in store for us tomorrow. While we don’t know what it is, others are hopeful that it deals with a wide release of Ice Cream Sandwich. We aren’t sure about that, but we are just as much in the dark as you folks are. So with that, it appears that we will have to wait until tomorrow sometime to see what Google and Android have in store for us. Stay tuned!

[via Android on Google+]

Samsung Galaxy Nexus as low as $149.99 at Amazon Wireless [Deal]

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So you fancy yourself buying a Samsung Galaxy Nexus but can’t swing the $300 Verizon sticker price? Amazon would like to help you have a happier holiday. Right now new customers can snag the new Nexus for just $149.99, or $199.99 if you’re an existing customer. If that sounds like a good deal to you, you wouldn’t be the only one. Currently the phone is backordered, but you can still place your own order now to lock in that low price.

[via AmazonWireless]

The Talk Android staff gives their initial thoughts on the Verizon Galaxy Nexus after 48 hours

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We already gave our take of the Galaxy Nexus after 24 hours, which seemed to be thumbs up across the board. Has either of our minds changed after 48 hours? Lets see:

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New devices always feel great after 24 hours, but as you get into the second day, the annoyances you found in the first day either start bugging you more or you forget about them altogether. There is also the possibility that new ones crop up. For me, the negative on this device is the hardware. As I mentioned in the 24 hour post, thankfully Samsung put a textured back on the Nexus or I don’t know that I could keep it. but the more I spend time with it, those little things come to light. For example, when using the speakerphone yesterday, I found myself missing the great Motorola hardware. These are things that don’t bother a lot of people, but to me, it keeps this phone from being what it could be. Combine Motorola hardware with this stock Ice Cream experience, and you might have the “Mother of all phones.” Maybe next year. Does this mean I’m ready to return it? Absolutely not. The bottomline is this is a pure stock Android phone, which to me, makes it the phone to have. Is it the phone to have for mainstream consumers? I will save that for my full review, but I will say that if the Galaxy Nexus came with Gingerbread, I’m not sure I would’ve ran out an bought it opening day. I continue to enjoy the newer features of Ice Cream Sandwich, but still find myself wanting to hit a different button at times. For example, I keep long pressing the home screen to install a widget. These are all minor issues and is expected. I’m also feeling the software is not as smooth as it should be. For example, when using the Twitter app, scrolling is very choppy. Again, this will be fixed and is minor, but is disappointing that these little things weren’t already worked out. Lastly, battery life  continues to disappoint, but that’s what it is with LTE so we have to live with it. Sure, you can spend $25 on extended battery, which is a great deal, but that kind of stuff pisses me off. I don’t like spending $299 and being told if I want to make it “right” I need to spend an extra $25. Being a technology nerd, you learn to live with these types of annoyances to have the latest and greatest, and that’s what I will do. All in all, if you’re in the market for a new phone, this is the one to buy.   » Read the rest

Sprint’s Nexus S 4G gets Android 4.0.3 ROM Ported from T-Mobile’s Nexus S OTA

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Android Central forum member beezy has whipped up an Ice Cream Sandwich treat for you folks on Sprint with a Nexus S 4G. The Android 4.0.3 OTA for T-mobile’s Nexus S has been ported to Sprint’s Nexus 4G. You won’t see any wimax (4G), but 3G data, camera, WiFi, and bluetooth are confirmed working. You’ll need to be rooted and you can flash this ROM via Clockwork. You will also need to head over to the AC forums and be registered to download the file and you can do so from the source link below. Happy flashing, but do so at your own risk.

[via android central forums]