Verizon adds additional cities to the 4G LTE list for July 21; 28 total

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Earlier we reported details for certain markets that would be getting 4G LTE. Since then, Verizon issued another press release that brings the total to 28 cities slated for this Thursday, July 21st.

Here is the full updated list as reported by Big Red:

The new cities include Decatur and Huntsville, Ala.;Colorado Springs, Colo.; Lakeland and Sarasota-Bradenton, Fla.; Augusta, Ga.; Hilo, Honolulu, Kahului-Wailuku and Lahaina, Hawaii; Carbondale, Ill.; Wichita, Kan.; Louisville, Ky.; Baton Rouge and Hammond, La.; Springfield, Mass.;Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point and Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; Toledo, Ohio; Tulsa, Okla.; Portland, Ore.; Wilkes Barre/Scranton, Pa.; Charleston, S.C.; Chattanooga and Knoxville, Tenn.; Olympia and Tacoma, Wash; and Charleston, W.Va.

Of course, it you live in one of the above cities, there is a good chance it is already live as they have been testing for a while now.

The company is also expanding its 4G LTE network in Phoenix, Ariz.; Los Angeles and San Diego, Calif.; Las Vegas, Nev.;Northern New Jersey;  Dallas-Ft. Worth and San Antonio, Texas; and Seattle, Wash.

This brings the total number of 4G LTE markets to 102.

Full press release after the break.

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Want more speed: Check out the best RAM Optimization script for Android [Video]

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We all want more speed, smoothness, and more than enough free memory on our phones. Recently, XDA Recognized Developer, Juwe11, came out with a RAM Optimization script for Android devices. It will find the best balance between free memory, multitasking, speed of launching apps, and system speed.

Juwe11 states that you will notice a considerable difference in speed when switching between apps.

You will need root access and a kernel that supports init.d. Check out the video:

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Hit the source link for further instructions from the modification thread.

[source xda-developers]

Extent offers up all-you-can-eat gaming on your Android device for cheap

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Tired of paying out upwards of $5, even $10 for a good quality game? Also tired of lite versions of games that, while free, simply don’t quench that gaming thirst? Software company Extent think they have the answer, and they call it GameTanium Mobile.

The service offers up a buffet-style of gaming choices, following a very Netflix-esque profit model. For $4.99 / month, you can gobble up all the games available to you through the service, which (at the moment) is just over 75 options large. While most of the options seem to pertain mostly to extremely casual gamers (Treasures of Montezuma and Farm Frenzy), there are some racing games, even the fairly popular Parachute Panic.

The launch of the service takes place today. While you can get it as a standalone app / service through their website, the final goal of the company seems to be partnerships with carriers. Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments.

[via techcrunch]

Motorola XT860: Canada’s version of the Droid 3, but with 4G?

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We continue to see news about the Motorola Droid 3 here in the states. Whether it’s an Amazon sale or some news about how the data on it won’t be unlimited anymore, the phone is undeniably in your face. Now, however, we’ve got some interesting news… that has nothing to do with the U.S. of A.. Apparently, Bell Canada has snagged a Droid 3 lookalike – but there’s a catch. This one is sporting 4G. That’s right, we got everything with the Droid 3… except awesome data speeds.

The Motorola XT860 4G has an HSPA+ radio inside that runs on the 850, 1900 and 2100 MHz bands. In other words, if you had your hands on one, you would not only be able to enjoy an HSPA+ network, but would be able to roam globally with ease. Everything else is the same as the Droid 3, all the way down to the 4″ screen, dual core CPU, and sweet Gingerbread. While we’re not sure of the price at the moment, you can bet the Mounties will be bringing it soon.

Be sure to let us know what you think in the comments.

[via engadget]

Grab the Motorola Triumph a few days early at Best Buy

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The Motorola Triumph is not supposed to be available until July 20th, but if you can’t wait to get your hands on one, there are reports that Best Buy Mobile might sell you one now.

I believe the Triumph is one of those “sleeper” phones. The prepaid arena generally has a lot of low end phones, but the Triumph sports a 1GHz processor, a 4.1-inch (800 x 480) screen, and front and rear cameras for $300 with no contract. The only downside is it comes with Android 2.2 Froyo, but if I was in the market for a prepaid phone, this is the one I would be buying.

[via phandroid]

Verizon “Flips the Switch” on LTE in Dozens of New Areas

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Verizon’s network has been LTE-ready in many areas for some time. Today, they will be flipping the switch, and activating LTE in dozens of new areas across the US. We already have confirmation that this is the case in several cities, and hope to see it completely rolled out by the end of the day.

Are you one of the lucky few to get this upgrade? Let us know how much of an improvement you see!

Below are the affected areas:

  • Augusta, Ga.: Augusta, North Augusta and Aiken. This includes the I-20 corridor, Aiken Mall, Augusta Mall, Augusta National Golf Club, Fort Gordon, Augusta Regional Airport, Medical College of Georgia and the E-Z-Go manufacturing plant.
  • Charleston, S.C.: Charleston, Folly Beach, Goose Creek, Hanahan, Hickory Hill Plantation, Isle of Palms, Kiawah Island, Ladson, Lincolnville, Mount Pleasant, North Charleston, Riverland Terrace, Seabrook Island, Sullivan’s Island, Summerville, and Wildwood.
  • Knoxville, Tenn.: Athens, Etowah, Greenway, Jefferson City, Knoxville, Lenoir City, Louden, Marbledale, Maryville, Morristown, Niota, Oak Ridge, Oakland, Pigeon Forge, Pleasant View, Powell, Rockford, Sevierville, Sweetwater, Talbot, and White Pine.
  • Raleigh-Durham, N.C.: Apex, Carrboro, Cary, Chapel Hill, Clayton, Durham, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Gorman, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Morrisville, Raleigh, Rolesville, Smithfield, Wake Forest, and Wendell.

Verizon also tells us that they are on track to release LTE in Huntsville, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Springfield, Greensboro-Winston Salem-High Point, and Wichita by the end of the week.

[via ac]

Archos G9 Tablets get officially priced

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Remember the Archos G9 tablets we told you about last month? Well they didn’t come in as cheap as we originally thought, but they are still a pretty good deal.

We also thought they were only going to offer 250GB versions, but it looks like they are going to offer 8GB and 16GB versions as well, which will be a lot lighter for those that don’t need the extra storage. Archos is marketing these devices as the fastest tablets on earth with the 1.5GHz dual-core processor, but it will only be offered in the 250GB versions. According to their site the official prices are:

Archos 101 G9 – 10.1-inch screen

  • 8GB – $369.99
  • 16GB – $399.99
  • 250GB – $469.99

Archos 80 G9 – 8-inch screen

  • 8GB – $299.99
  • 16GB – $329.99
  • 250GB  - $369.99

Product features after the break:

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Looking to upgrade? Grab the DROID 3 for just $70 at Amazon

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Grab this one while you can.

You can pick up the new DROID 3 at Amazon for just $70, $130 on contract. The DROID 3 sports a 4 inch qHD display, a dual-core 1Ghz processor, and ships with 2.3 Gingerbread.

That said, why not get one for the whole family? Verizon currently offers activations at $200, BOGO. That’s $100 per phone, which is an excellent deal if you have multiple upgrades available to you. While its’ lack of 4g may turn off some, this is a steal for a phone of these specs and a great “first DROID” for many users.

So what are you waiting for? Be sure to hit the source link below to get yours today.

Anyone have first-hand experience with the DROID 3? Leave your comments in the area below!

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Quickapp – Quick Locale for Android lets you change languages fast

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If you find that you need to change your language on your device more than most folks, you also may find it to be a much more timely task than it needs to be. XDA forum member DevJackey has made that task much easier by creating a customizable widget for your homescreen that launches right into your locale language settings area. Just one click, and your Android device is in a whole different language.

Here’s some of the features as described on XDA;

  • Launch the app from the App Drawer to instantly go to a list of languages. Click to change.
  • Widget Support! Create a widget on the Homescreen and preselect languages
  • One click to change language on widgets.
  • Able to launch full list of languages from Widget, if Full List was preselected.

Give the app a try, and if you find any bugs or issues, or even want to support this developer, head over to this application thread to get the app, and comment if necessary.

[via xda developers]

From the Rumor Mill: Samsung Galaxy Q Tablet(ish)

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Question: Is an Android device with a 5.3-inch screen a really big phone, or a really small tablet? I lean towards the former, but it’s definitely a gray area. Regardless, the rumor goin’ ’round is that Samsung is launching a device at exactly that size, and they seem to think it qualifies as a tablet. Maybe it doesn’t have phone capabilities? Anyway, the Samsung Galaxy Q is expected to be revealed publicly at IFA in Berlin this September, and maybe we’ll get the full scoop then. Word is it’ll have a Super AMOLED screen and probably rock a dual-core CPU. Stick around, we’ll keep you posted as more news becomes available. In the meantime, hit the comments and tell us what you think the ideal size for a tablet is.

[via phandroid]