Pantech Breakout LTE and Samsung Illusion exposed for Verizon Wireless

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Last week we told you about the Pantech Breakout LTE for Verizon Wireless which will have a 1GHz single-core processor, 512MB RAM, and a 5MP rear camera, along with a front facing camera that will most likely be VGA. The specs aren’t hot, but speaking of hot, it has the ability to be a mobile hotspot for up to 10 devices over LTE. It could be launched any day now.

The next device we can show you is the Samsung Illusion (model number SCH-i110). We have no idea what the specs are, but from the model number, this has to be an entry-level phone with most likely an 800MHz processor, 480 x 320 resolution, and a 3 to 5MP camera. We might see this one by the end of September.

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Kindle App for Android Updated with New Home Screen

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The Amazon Kindle app for Android has been updated bringing a much needed home screen update. On top of the new tabbed style home screen experience, you can see a new recommendation bar at the bottom in the shot above (guess I need to figure out how to use my Droid X while working out). There are also some bug fixes included with the update along with in-app upgrade notifications. Grab the Amazon Kindle app right here from our handy apps database or use the QR code below.

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Samsung Pure Breeze Launcher Available In The Android Market

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The vast number of possible Android launchers has increased by yet another as Samsung has released their own UI rendition called Pure Breeze from Samsung San Jose Mobile Lab. The launcher replaces the standard Android Home layout (for any Android device 2.1 or greater) in the hopes of giving users custom options, better organization and simplified navigation to apps and files. The twist? It works around a unique grouping system with a floating “Kite” that holds those groups and acts as your home screen. Whether or not this is a recipe for success remains questionable however.

Here’s what they say:

Pure Breeze is a customizable user interface that lets you easily organize your apps, groups, and tasks, and create shortcuts. Pure Breeze replaces your default home screen and allows you to enhance navigation by organizing your applications into groups. The “Kite”, a customizable floating window is always available with one touch to access your phone’s widgets and shortcuts. The “Kite” becomes your new launcher and home screen.

The full version of Pure Breeze in available in the Android Market for £1.23 ($1.74US), or you can snag a free trial before you make any commitments.

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Get Your 3G Speeds Back After Latest EVO 3D Update

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If you applied the latest update for your HTC EVO 3D, you may have noticed your data speeds took a serious nose dive. The reason for that is the most recent PRL (preferred roaming list) isn’t allowing some users access to Sprint’s EVDO network, forcing you to use the slower 1xRTT network. The PRL version that seems to be the culprit is 50580 and you may check your version by going to Settings -> About Phone -> Software information -> More. To check what network you are truly on, you can use an app like Netmonitor to find out, which you can see in the above screenshot. If this is the case with your current EVO 3D and you’re not willing to wait for a fix, hit the break for a solution to your woes.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray Finally Coming To The U.K. September 5th

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According to the U.K. Amazon, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray will be available tomorrow. Unlocked the device will cost you around $535.
The Xperia Ray has a 3.3-inch display with the Mobile Bravia Engine, a 1GHz processor,  a mighty 8 MP camera with Exmor R sensor, and Gingerbread (Android 2.3.3) to boot. The device is getting pretty solid reviews and I have to admit that I’ve even looked into one (I for one love the design). It’s good to know that our friends overseas will get to try the device out as well.

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Motorola DROID Bionic Eye Live Wallpaper [Download]

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The DROID Bionic Eye live wallpaper has been pulled, detoxed, and recompiled to make it work on any device running Android 2.1 or above.  The wallpaper is interactive and has a couple of options that control when the wallpaper animates:

  • When changing home panels
  • Every few minutes
  • Each time the wallpaper is shown
  • Every time the wallpaper is tapped

To Download: DroidBionicEyeLWbyDL.apk | Mirror

To install, download the .apk file to your phone, tap “Install”, then back out to home and set it as your wallpaper.  I downloaded, installed, and set the wallpaper on my DROID X2 and it worked with no problems.

Have Fun!

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Droid Bionic’s Browser Benchmarked

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We’ve got some images from a browser benchmark on the Droid Bionic. While benchmark tests don’t always mirror real-world usage, this at least gives us somewhere to start when comparing. While the Bionic is running full blur, it look the lead over a stock Nexus One running Android 2.3.4 (as it certainly should with it’s dual-core goodness). Initial thoughts in the report was that the phone is extremely light, pretty thin, and boots up very quickly. I can’t wait to see this phone in person it looks to be a solid device for sure. Hit up the break for the Bionic and Nexus comparison images.

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New Bionic Video Shows off Retail Box with Short Hands On

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The Droid Bionic is almost here, and if your not out playing Bionic Arena, here’s a short video for you to check out. Android Central forum member bworley50 has posted a Bionic video that shows off the retail box. There is also a quick hands through the UI and a glimpse of the About screen. Check it out after the break and give us your thoughts.

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Android Gingerbread is now on 31.3% of Android phones, Still very disappointing

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It’s that time of the month again when Google reports on what percentage of Android devices is running what version of Android. Last month, Android 2.3x Gingerbread was on 24.3% of phones, and one month later it has jumped to 31.3%. Although it is nice to see an upward trend, it’s very disappointing. Gingerbread has been around for over 9 months so the figure should be above 75% in my opinion.

Honeycomb continues to move up slowly. It went from 1.3% to 1.4% in the same one month period.

In last month’s report I stressed that if you are in the market for a new phone, and really care about having the latest version of Android, you better wait. We know that Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) is coming in quarter 4. Any phones that you purchase from now until then (that includes the Bionic) could be stuck on Gingerbread for a long time. Verizon is rumored to have a hold on the first ICS phone as either a Nexus Prime or a variant. We also know that the Nexus Prime will makes its way to other carriers. Other phones that may have ICS are unknown. If you want ICS, I suggest you buy a phone with it already installed.

It is obvious the manufacturers cannot handle the upgrades because of their custom UI’s that nobody cares about.

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Apple forces Samsung to remove the Galaxy Tab 7.7 from IFA show floor

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Apple is at it again. Samsung recently unveiled the Galaxy Tab 7.7 at the IFA Conference in Berlin, but they were forced to remove it from the show floor because a Dusseldorf court granted Apple’s request to ban sales and marketing of it. The above picture shows them covering all references to it.

“Samsung respects the court’s decision,” Chung said, adding that the company believes it “severely limits consumer choice in Germany. Samsung will pursue all available options, including legal action, to defend its intellectual property rights, he said.

If you remember, last month the Dusseldorf Regional court granted a preliminary injunction for all of Europe (except the Netherlands) on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 because it simply looked like the iPad. It was later changed to just Germany.

The Netherlands court threw out 9 out of the 10 patents that Apple claimed Samsung infringed, and gave Samsung until October 13th to remedy the remaining patent, which will most likely be a software update.

This latest judgement in Dusseldorf took place on Friday, one day after the Galaxy Tab 7.7 announcement. Lets also not forget that Apple might have tampered with evidence.

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