Gingerbread for DROID Incredible returns with a newer build

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I know it has been a long wait for DROID Incredible owners, but Gingerbread might finally be ready. It seemed ready a little over a week ago only to get delayed until September. Trust me, this was a good thing because you don’t want to be plagued by bugs like the DROID X Gingerbread update.

Now it looks like HTC moved a little quicker than expected because support documents are back with a new build (4.06.605.3). It may have started last night so check to see if it is available by going to Settings/About Phone/System Updates. If you were able to pull it, please let us know.

[via verizon support]

Rogers now taking reservations for 4G LTE devices

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A few days after announcing their 4G LTE expansion, Rogers is now taking online reservations for LTE devices. 

Right now you will find the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE as well as the as the Rogers LTE Rocketstick (Sierra Wireless Aircard 745S) available for a reservation fee of $40 per device.  Three additional LTE devices are expected by the end of the year including a yet to be named LTE tablet as well as an LTE HTC phone (pricing for the LTE devices hasn’t been announced yet).

Ottawa currently has Rogers 4G LTE service but Toronto is scheduled to go live on September 28th with Montreal and Vancouver added by years end. 

Keep checking back as we’ll be sure to post updates on the device pricing when we receive it!

[via rogers]

Samsung @GalaxySSupport Twitter account tells us not to buy the DROID Bionic

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When it was revealed that Verizon would not carry the Samsung Galaxy S II, we immediately thought there had to be something else. It could be the Stratosphere, but a revamped Epic 4G is far from exciting. The one phone that would fix all of this would be the Nexus Prime or possibly the DROID Prime landing on Verizon.

The above image is a tweet from @GalaxySSupport in reply to the following question from @ClumsyNinja21:

I have an upgrade to use. So I should use it on a diff mfr? Say #bionic? Or is it worth waiting?

Although the reply does not tell us exactly what it is, I think it is safe to say that it is not the Stratosphere, and it could be the Prime. Of course it could just mean nothing. It is always worth waiting because newer and better phones are constantly launching. If you really think about it, you could sit and wait a long time before finally pulling the trigger. That is why I won’t sign a 2-year contract.

I am sure more puzzle pieces will follow, and eventually we will get final confirmation that the Nexus Prime/DROID Prime will make its way to Verizon Wireless. Are you going to wait?

[via twitter]

LG Thrill 4G for AT&T is available at Costco for $29.99

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The AT&T LG Thrill 4G took forever to get to market, but it looks like they are going to price this thing right to move. AT&T wants $99.99 for it, but we already know Target and Radio Shack will offer it for $79.99.

Now we are hearing Costco will sell it for $29.99. It is not supposed to launch until September 4th, but it appears that it has already shown up in some stores (Kansas and Missouri). Even if you have to wait until Sunday, $29.99 seems like a more than reasonable price for this one, especially if you are wanting to get a 3D phone. Who is planning on buying this one?

[via androidcentral]

Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit launches as an Xperia PLAY exclusive [Video]

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Lovers of the Need For Speed franchise will be happy to know that the latest version is available now, but unfortunately to owners of the Xperia PLAY as an exclusive. Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit is now available through the on board games section. Everyone else can take a look at the video below, and hopefully soon it will be available to all. No word on how long the exclusive will last, but we are hoping it will be a short one.

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NAVIGON announces ‘Next Generation’ of navigation apps for the fall

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NAVIGON announced the next generation of smartphone navigation apps will be available this fall. The new update will feature the ability to download certain regions to their devices, and NAVIGON FreshMaps will offer quarterly map updates for a one-time fee for the lifetime of the product.

“Over the last two years, we’ve continuously added new features to our navigation apps, transforming them into the most feature-rich smartphone GPS apps available,” said Gerhard Mayr, NAVIGON vice-president of worldwide mobile phones and new markets. “For our new generation of apps, we went back to the drawing board to see how we could elevate smartphone navigation to the next level. Feedback from our users suggests that a better way to manage and update maps and a more intuitive user interface are top priorities.”

They have simplified the user interface by allowing multi-touch gestures to easily switch between pages with animated menus. Zagat’s ratings will be added as an in-app purchase, and a cockpit function will display real-time driving data which let users monitor driving behaviors.

Full press release after the break:

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ViewSonic announces ViewPad 7x and 10pro for September, Economical 7e for Q4

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Viewsonic has been teasing us with a few tablets for a while now, and it looks like they are finally going to deliver. They just announced the availability of three models at the IFA Conference in Berlin.

First up is the ViewPad 10pro with Android 2.3 and Windows 7. It will be available on September 5th with a price of €499 ($714) for the WiFi only version.

Next is the ViewPad 7x, which was first shown back in May. It will have a 7-inch (1024 x 600) screen, Tegra 2, 8GB, and Android 3.2. They did not set a date, but all things point to the end of September for a price of €349 ($499).

Last is the economical ViewPad 7e. It will sport a 4:3 screen. We don’t know anything else, but we are anticipating it will have a 7-inch screen. The rest of the specs probably won’t wow us since the expected price is €169 ($242). Look for this one in Q4.

[via engadget]

Samsung Galaxy S WiFi 3.6 Revealed

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Samsung has made a new addition to their WiFi Galaxy S line.  In addition to the 4-inch and 5-inch versions, they now have the Samsung Galaxy S WiFi 3.6 for those looking for a multimedia device without a phone (think iPod touch) in a smaller package. The new device will have a 3.6-inch screen, a 1GHz OMAP processor, 2MP camera, front facing camera, GPS, bluetooth, either 16GB or 32GB for internal storage, and of course WiFi. Without at least a $199 price tag, I can’t see this competing very well with the iPod touch. Anyone think these can compete?

[via phandroid]

Samsung i727 Passes FCC, May Become AT&T’s First LTE Offering

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The Samsung i727 device has passed the FCC and may become AT&T’s first LTE offering on their upcoming 4G network. The device shares the same A3LSGHi727 Rogers’ Galaxy S II LTE model number and is therefore rumored to be the upgraded version of AT&T’s recently announced 4G-less Galaxy S II device. With so few details available, some have also speculated that it could be one of Samsung’s recently announced Galaxy R devices or perhaps even the Impulse we showed you last week.

It may serve us best to put the guessing aside and play wait-and-see on this one, but I’d much prefer if you’d leave a comment with your thoughts.

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Survey: Smartphone Users Tell Swiftkey/TouchType What They Really Want

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The makers of the wildly popular text entry tool SwiftKey X have posted the results from a survey that asked “What do smartphone users really want?” Swiftkey/TouchType conducted the survey in partnership with the online smartphone retailer and manufacturer Smartphone Experts and included over 30,000 participants. This surveyed group of predominantly Android platform users was 91% male, 65% under age 35 and 75% lived in the US.

Some Highlights:

• The most popular way smartphones are used on a daily basis (besides making voice calls) is to send/receive email (94% daily), send/receive text messages (86% daily) and web browsing (91% daily).

• Apple users have more paid apps and in turn spend more money per month on their phones over their Android counterparts with 29% spending over $100 each month. Only 3% of Apple users have never paid for an app compared to 12% for Android and 26% for Blackberry.

• Customer Loyalty: 73% of Apple users would buy another iPhone, 61% of RIM users would buy another Blackberry, 50% of HTC users would buy another HTC while Motorola, Samsung and Sony Ericsson users conveyed lower returning interest in their brands respectively.

• Top concerns for buying a new phone include apps and battery life, but 96% say the ability to type easily is essential – that’s more than even appearance, price, or brand.

• Participants also weighed in on SwiftKey: 97% say SwiftKey makes typing easier, 96% say SwiftKey makes typing faster and 95% say SwiftKey offers the most accurate word predictions.

The Lowlights:

• Android phones scored poorly on keyboard/typing; Sony Ericsson likewise scored very low. Blackberry and LG failed to please with their display and camera.

Hit the break for a full gallery of charts on the findings from this survey.

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