U.S. Cellular Offers Huawei Ascend II Free After Mail-In Rebate

There is always going to be a place for a mid-level Android device, especially ones that are free. U.S. Celluar is now offering the Huawei Ascend II for free after a $100 mail-in rebate. With Android 2.3, a 3.5″ screen, and a 600MHz processor it’s not the strongest phone on the block, but hey it’s free. You can check the deal out and all the phone’s details from the source link below.

[via U.S. Celluar]

 

 

Shawdowgun THD for Tegra 3 devices is now available in the Android Market [Video]

Unfortunately there is only one Tegra 3 device available and most who want one, can’t put their hands on one. Those of you lucky enough to get a Transformer Prime, you need to head over to the Android Market right now and pick up Shawdowgun THD, which is the Tegra 3 version of the popular game. Check out our review here. It will cost you $4.99, but I am sure it will be worth every penny with the console quality graphics.

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HTC Fireball and LG Spectrum could be Verizon’s first 4G LTE global devices

We’ve been hearing about the LG Spectrum and the HTC Fireball, two upcoming 4G LTE phones for Verizon Wireless. Now the latest news is that both of these phones may have global capabilities which is a first for Verizon, at least for 4G LTE phones. The above leaked document shows an “O” under “Global Phone” for both devices. There’s usually a “N” when the device isn’t compatible. Why there wouldn’t be a “Y” is a mystery to me, but this appears to be good news for the hardcore travelers.

The LG Spectrum is supposed to be much like the LG Nitro HD which recently launched on AT&T. Little has surfaced about the HTC Fireball, but the model number of ADR6410 puts it in between the Thunderbolt and the Rezound spec-wise. No release dates to tell you, but hold on as this is Big Red, so we will probably have about five or so rumored dates for you soon!!!

[via droid-life]

[Video] Swype Working On Galaxy Nexus Thanks To XDA

Any Galaxy Nexus owners out there that have been waiting for Swype to work on ICS? Well, thanks to XDA member theb1rdm4n, Swype has been modified to work on the Galaxy Nexus. This is why we all love Android and give applause  to all the devs like theb1rdm4n that help make our devices great. Hit up the break to see Swype running on the GN as well as a link to download the .apk. Just make sure you have Unknown Sources checked off under Security before installing.


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Electronic Arts brings Real Racing 2 to the Android Market [Video]

It’s not getting the greatest reviews, but Electronic Arts just released Real Racing 2 in the Android Market. Some users are complaining about support for their phones and others say they can’t download the game data. It’s not even compatible with the Galaxy Nexus. All in all, this one might be worth watching as I am sure EA will provide some timely updates that will make this an exciting racer. It’s a freemium app which means it’s free to try, but you will have to spend some money to unlock the full game. The full game features:

  • Test your racing prowess on a 16 car grid against highly skilled AI drivers.
  • Select from 30 officially licensed cars including the 2010 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500, 2010 Nissan GT-R (R35), 2012 McLaren MP4-12C, and more!
  • Work your way from rookie to pro in a robust Career Mode, offering 10 hours of racing enjoyment. Jump into a Quick Race for instant fun – or race against the clock in Time Trial Mode.
  • Race in 15 beautiful locations, with 40 miles of highly detailed race tracks, speedways and city circuits – including twilight and night races.
  • Touch or tilt to steer, as you experience state-of-the-art handling with customizable options that tailor to your personal driving style.
  • Experience the intensity of head-to-head racing with 5 unique camera angles and breath-taking graphics powered by Firemint’s exclusive high performance Mint3D™ engine.
Download links and trailer video after the break.

Samsung unveils the Galaxy Y DUOS and Galaxy Y Pro DUOS, Both with dual SIM capability

Today Samsung announced the Galaxy Y DUOS (top left) and the Galaxy Y Pro DUOS (top right). Both feature a unique Dual SIM system that allows the use of two separate phone numbers and a simultaneous use of data on the same device. For those of you that have busy professional and social lives, you will find either of these phones convenient with the ability to easily switch from one line to the other.

Starting in January 2012, both phones will debut in Russia. The Galaxy Y DUOS will eventually roll out to Europe, CIS, Latin America, Southeast and Southwest Asia, Middle East, Africa and China. The Galaxy Y Pro DUOS will hit Europe, CIS, Latin America, Southwest Asia, Middle East and Africa.

For the full specs on each phone, see the press release after the break.


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Electronic Frontier Foundation is asking for your help in taking down Carrier IQ

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is looking for users of rooted or jailbroken phones to help them in their pursuit of taking down Carrier IQ. If you remember, the EFF was enlisted by Trevor Eckhart after Carrier IQ slapped him with a Cease and Desist letter. The EFF is all about protecting the public’s digital rights, so it’s not surprising they are looking to uncover exactly what Carrier IQ was doing with the data.

What the EFF needs is the “profile” that is on your phone. What is a profile? It’s a file written by Carrier IQ that is based on the specifications of the phone company or client. It’s written to each phone, and it contains information about what data to collect and where to send it. You will most likely need to be rooted or jailbroken in order to get to the profile. There is even a thread over at XDA discussing possible methods in finding these profiles. If you’re able to obtain your profile, the EFF would like you to send it to them along with what phone and network it was from and where on the phone’s file system you found it. This can be emailed at iqiq@eff.org or in a git remote they can pull from. Hit the source links for more information.

[via eff and xda]

 

Sony Ericsson Xperia active (Unlocked) unboxing and initial hands on review [Video]

If you have an active lifestyle, then the Sony Ericsson Xperia active might be the phone for you. It’s an entry level device, but will satisfy most consumers. It features a 3-inch (480 x 320) TFT display, a 1GHz single-core processor, 512MB RAM, 5MP rear camera, 320MB internal memory, 2GB microSD card (upgradeable to 32GB), 1200mAh battery, and Android 2.3.4. It comes pre-loaded with personalized sports apps that allow you to easily track your workouts and fitness level to help you reach your goals. Our own Joe Sirianni will do a full review, but for now, checkout my initial hands on.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia arc S (unlocked) unboxing and initial hands on review [Video]

Sony Ericsson recently made a push into the United States with some unlocked options. We reviewed the Xperia ray last month, and recently the Xperia arc S and Xperia active became available. All three phones are compatible with AT&T’s 3G network. Priced at $395.50 (Amazon), this is a pretty good deal. Remember, this price is contract free.

The arc S features a 4.2-inch (854 x 480) LCD display, a 1.4GHz single core Snapdragon processor, 512MB RAM, 8.1MP rear camera capable of recording video at 720p, 1GB of internal storage, 8GB microSD card (upgradeable to 32GB), 1500mAh battery, and Android 2.3.4. It’s very thin as it comes in at 8.7mm. This rivals the Samsung Galaxy S II. Our own Joe Sirianni will do a full review, but for now, checkout my initial hands on.

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T-Mobile Huawei Springboard unboxing and initial hands on review [Video]

Back in October, CTIA was supposed be all about the Galaxy Nexus. When Google and Samsung cancelled the event, it created an opportunity for other manufacturers to grab the spotlight. The Springboard from Huawei was one of those. It’s their latest Honeycomb tablet, and it’s compatible with T-Mobile’s 4G network at 14.4/Mbps. It features a 7-inch (1280 x 800) TFT display with IPS, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, microSD slot for up to 32GB of extra storage, 5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera, and Android 3.2. It comes in at 10.41mm thick and weighs 399 grams. It’s priced at $249.99, and it’s biggest competition is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, which is a little thinner and lighter, 9.96mm and 345 grams respectively. We will do a full review, but for now checkout my quick hands on video.

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