If you’ve had your eyes on the Motorola Xyboard, you’ll be happy to note that the device is going to ship sometime around mid-January. The WiFi-only models are now available for pre-order on Motorola’s site and will come in the 10.1 and 8.2-inch varieties. We’re even told they’ve stripped several of the Verizon specific applications along with the “Droid” branding. Hey, we’ll take it. Here’s what you’ll expect to pay for each respective model:
- XYBOARD 10.1 32GB: $599.99
- XYBOARD 10.1 16GB: $499.99
- XYBOARD 8.2 32GB: $499.99
- XYBOARD 8.2 16GB: $399.99
Those prices come out to be about $20 bucks cheaper than purchasing them on Verizon’s website. If you’re ready to pre-order one now, head on over to Motorola’s site via the source link and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.
Some of you may have heard that Dow Jones Newswire recently claimed that Sprint CEO Dan Hesse said that they throttle the top 1% of data users sending the interwebs into a huge ranting session. Why would Hesse admit to data throttling when they claim to offer unlimited data to its customers? Well, it seems that Dow Jones got their story wrong and misquoted Hesse. As it turns out, while speaking at an investors meeting, Hesse did mention the throttling of data hogs but was referring to those who are roaming while doing so. Sprint customers who are throttled because of roaming account for 1% of the customer base and are, according to the fine print, violating the 300MB limit of off-network data.
Sprint executive Bill White told CNET that “we don’t throttle our postpaid customers” and Sprint also posted a blog trying to clear up the misunderstanding:
- Sprint does not throttle any postpaid phone data users for on-network or off-network usage. Sprint is the only national carrier offering smartphone users truly unlimited data with no throttling, metering or overages while on the Sprint network.
- Sprint does have terms and conditions which prohibit certain types of data use that may impair other customers’ usage or harm or interfere with the network. At yesterday’s investor conference, Sprint CEO Dan Hesse was referring to Sprint’s right to terminate service of data abusers who violate Sprint’s terms and conditions. Customers who abuse our network by violating the terms and conditions will be contacted by Sprint in an effort to have the customer change their usage to comply with their subscriber agreement. Customers who do not change their usage and remain in violation of the terms and conditions may be subject to actions reserved by Sprint, including but not limited to termination. Consistent with our advertising, engaging in such uses will not result in throttling for customers on unlimited data-included plans for phones.
If you weren’t one of the lucky ones to score a Galaxy Nexus on Verizon or in the UK and you’re hopelessly wondering when you’re going to get your first taste of Ice Cream Sandwich, a few of you are in luck. Specifically you’re in luck if you’re in Canada and on Rogers or Telus as you will see a Galaxy Nexus of your own come January 13th. So far Bell is the only service to carry it in Canada.
If you live in areas surrounding Toronto or Vancouver then you can experience Rogers’ 4G speeds on this amazing device. Also, if you’re on Rogers and reserved your phone back in November, then you can expect to see them soon. There is no say on pricing but we should expect to see it around the same price as the competition’s. So if you’re in Canada, on one of these networks, and ready for an amazing phone, check out the Galaxy Nexus coming to a store near you next Friday. When you get yours, let us know if you feel the same way about yours as we do about ours.
It looks like US Cellular is gearing up to go full swing with their LTE rollout as they just announced two LTE devices will become available in the coming months. According to the US Cellular Twitter account, an LTE tablet will first hit the market in March and their first LTE smartphone will be available in April. Today’s US Cellular tweet reads like this:
4G LTE is almost here! A tablet will be available by the end of March, and our first Smartphone will be ready in April.
At this point there is really no telling what devices they will adopt, but you can bet both will be powered by our beloved Android OS. The first markets to receive US Cellular LTE coverage will be Wisconsin, Maine, Iowa, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Texas with more areas to follow throughout the year.
Looks like some lucky person was able to get their hands on Sony Ericsson’s latest 12MP monster, had a photo shoot, and ran it through a benchmark test all before Sony could announce it next week at CES. ITProPortal gets all the credit for unearthing all of these great photos and benchmark results of the soon to be public, Sony Xperia HD.
We have seen a lot of rumors and leaks surrounding this device lately so the images you see aren’t anything groundbreaking, but definitely are cool. We are now hearing that the device is dubbed the Sony Xperia HD and not the Xperia Arc HD (Nozomi) as rumored before. A few specs have been confirmed including an HD 720 x 1280 screen, Android 2.3.7, a 1.5GHZ dual-core Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM and a whopping 12MP camera. The device pictured only comes with 8GB of internal storage as well as no support for a microSD card – no telling whether the production units will have the same configuration. Also, the device uses a microSIM card just like the DROID RAZR.
The Samsung Galaxy Note sure can’t get over to the States soon enough. Of course we’ve seen a hint here and another one there indicating it’s not only on its way to the U.S., but the Galaxy Note will launch with AT&T. In case there were still nonbelievers of the device being added to AT&T’s ever-growing arsenal, these photos and additional info should finally put your doubt to rest. Our friends at PocketNow reports that the device will also be known as model number SGH-I717 and will formally be introduced at CES 2012 next week. As far as the specs are concerned for the American version, we can expect the same 5.3-inch, 1280×800 Super AMOLED display and 1.4GHz dual-core Exynos processor found in the overseas’ version. For those of you interested, Gingerbread 2.3 will run the show (sorry, no Android 4.0… yet). The expected release date is February 14th. Of course it’s all speculation for now, but that date sounds like it’s as good as any to launch.
If that doesn’t tickle your fancy yet, this might– there’s the expectation of an HD LTE-version of the handset as well. Also expected to launch with AT&T, the HD LTE-version of the Galaxy Note will also be known as the SGH-i957 Celox HD. We can expect that device to land in AT&T stores in the “near-future”. Are your mouths watering yet?
(Photo courtesy of PocketNow)
Is another version of the white Galaxy Nexus lurking somewhere in the shadows? We just saw a render of the white jewel and now it looks as though that previous rendering of the white version of the phone may have been released a bit prematurely. The new images show the Galaxy Nexus having a white back cover, but keeping its sleek black front completely intact. The phone still looks mighty attractive, doesn’t it?
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While I don’t use remote desktop apps all too often, as I am near my computer usually anyway, in the times I have Splashtop Remote Desktop has been my app of choice. Connections are stable and I have found little lag in use. I have yet to drop a connection through the app itself, and when I have it was something to do with my router. Well today is a good day for those that need a remote desktop app as Amazon is offering it as its free App of the Day. Given that it is normally $4.99 any other day, this is one heck of a deal. Version 188.8.131.52 offers the following features:
The makers of the best scratch-resistant material around are set for an encore. Corning, the developers of Gorilla Glass, will be at CES 2012 next week to highlight its newest creation– Gorilla Glass 2. It looks like Corning is set to have one heck of a follow-up too. Here are their own words:
“Corning Gorilla Glass has been a tremendous success for Corning, enjoying excellent market acceptance across mobile device industries. Handset and tablet device manufacturers are clearly driving toward higher functionality from thinner designs. Corning’s latest innovation in Gorilla Glass technology is very well positioned to meet these challenges and enable broader touch technology penetration”.
Looks like we have a lot to look forward to from Corning. Considering we’ve seen the first Gorilla Glass withstand even the harshest of scenarios, it’s safe to say that Corning is ready to take us for a wilder ride with Gorilla Glass 2, which Talk Android will be at front and center. Hit the break to see the full press release.
The other day we brought to you news of how you could sneakily snag yourself 50GB of free online storage from Box.net. As you know, folks who owned either a Sony Xperia or LG Android smartphone received 50GB of cloud storage for free as part of a promotional deal between Sony, LG and Box.net. Well today we bring you news that Box has updated their Android app bringing it to version 1.5. Besides updates to the interface the app boasts some awesome productivity features. They are:
- A widget that shows the progress of files that are currently being modified or updated.
- The ability to upload email attachments or files directly from the app you’re currently using.
- The ability to create documents in an office app of your choice and saving the file in Box, rather than in the document editor.
Given Box.net has 1.9 million users, the company is doing what it can to provide important improvements to the user experience. This goes a long way in customer satisfaction and it’s a relief to see that some companies still value the consumer. Hit the break below to find the Market link or QR Code, and if you are truly interested to read the press release. Even if you missed the 50GB promotion you can still snag 5GB of free online storage which is more than enough for most folks, enjoy.