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[Euro Deal] HTC Sensation for £9.99 at Phones 4U

European online retailer, Phones 4U, has a killer deal right now on the HTC Sensation. The Sensation is one of the few 4G phones to sport a 1.2 GHz dual core processor and a 4.3 inch screen, and can be yours for only £9.99. In order to qualify for such a great price you must sign a 2 year contract at £21.50 a month. This contract gives you 200 minutes of air time, 3000 text messages and 500MB of data. Not a bad deal. For all you heavy data users, you might want to increase your data plan to the next tier. Hit our source link to get your newly discounted HTC Sensation.

[via Phones 4U]

Samsung Epic 4G and Sanyo Zio possibly receiving Froyo update February 21

Information has been circulating on the internet about a Froyo update coming to the Samsung Epic 4G and Sanyo Zio. There’s also a rumored release date of February 21st for this Froyo update that many have been waiting for.

These points can’t be verified of course, so keep that in mind. Here’s what’s rumored about the updates:

Software Updates: Samsung Epic (EB13, Froyo) & Sanyo Zio (2.200SP, Froyo)
Effective 2/21/11, software updates will be available for both devices
Over-the-Air (OTA). Both updates will be pushed over a period of days, so
customers will receive them based on their status on the Google servers.

Samsung Epic
Update will be pushed over a 4-day period
After the update completes, verify the new software version (Menu > Settings
> About Phone)
Baseband Version = S: D700.0.5S.EB13
Build Number = FROYO.EB13

Enhancements/fixes: upgrade to Froyo 2.2, improved bluetooth device support,
bluetooth voice dialing, Flash Player 10.1, GPS enhancements, improved OS
performance, ability to install applications to external storage
Sanyo Zio
Updates will be pushed over a 5-day period
Customers are required to download (accept) three portions of the update to
receive Froyo 2.2
Customers should use WiFi if possible to complete the update
After the updates complete, verify the new software version (Menu > Settings
> About Phone)
Baseband Version = S.M910.04.5.DF05
Build Number = Samsung ÉCLAIR.DF05
Enhancements/fixes: upgrade to Froyo 2.2, addition of Swype, Sprint Zone
2.5.5, Sprint ID activation improvements, better battery life

The prospects of receiving the update soon seem pretty good, as Samsung has also released the source code for the Epic 4G. While this isn’t something you can immediately start using, rooted users should be able to use the “official” Froyo before Sprint gets it out on February 21st. If you’re a developer, be sure to click the link at the end of this article and search “D700” at the Samsung Open Source website.

[via AC & Samsung Open Source]

Australian version of Nexus S will not have Super AMOLED display

For those of you in Australia looking to pick up a Google Nexus S when it becomes available on Vodafone, there’s some bad news. The Nexus S to be distributed in Australia will not have a Super AMOLED display, instead sporting a Super LCD display.

Vodafone announced earlier this week that it’d be carrying the Nexus S in 24 countries, though it hasn’t been determined whether other countries will have to settle for the downgraded Nexus S screen. However, the Super AMOLED version of the phone appeared on a Vodafone Germany preview site. Perhaps the situation will vary from country to country.

Despite the screen issue, Australian users will still enjoy the following features of the Google Nexus S:

  • 4 inch touch screen
  • 5.0 megapixel with HD Video recording (720p)
  • Integrated Google services including:
  • Search™, Talk™, Maps™ Gmail™ and YouTube™2
  • Access to 100,000+ Android™ Market Apps
  • Latest Google updates using Google update service
  • Built-in GPS with Google Maps Navigation
  • Near Field Communication (NFC)
  • Wi-Fi, USB and Stereo Bluetooth connectivity
  • Front-facing video call camera
  • 16GB Internal Memory

[via Vodafone]

Samsung Galaxy S2 i9100 specs, price revealed on UK website

It looks like Samsung Galaxy S2 rumors are finally becoming a reality, as UK online retailer has the device listed as the Samsung Galaxy S2 i9100. The website also discloses the price, specs and release date.

According to MobileFun, the Galaxy S2 will be released on March 4 for £549.95, which is about ~$880 USD. Here’s a spec list on the i9100:

  • Powerful dual-core 1.2GHz Samsung Orion processor
  • Ultra sharp 4.3″ Super AMOLED Plus screen
  • Next-generation Bluetooth 3.0
  • NFC technology for contactless payments and more
  • 1GB RAM lets you multitask with ease
  • Comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • 8MP camera with LED flash and 1080p video recording with 1.3MP front-facing camera

Keep in mind that these specs and price listing can’t exactly be confirmed as of yet, so hopefully we will get the official word on the Samsung Galaxy S2 i9100 at the upcoming Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

UK users, is the i9100 a device you could see yourself using? Leave a comment below!

[via AC]

Fix for Nexus S rebooting coming ‘within the next few weeks’, says Google

For those of you Nexus S owners who are getting frustrated with the random rebooting that has plagued the Nexus S since launch, an update is coming ‘within the next few weeks’ that should solve the problem.

Here’s what a Google rep had to say in the Google forums:

Hello again everyone. The initial results of our tests look very promising. At this rate we will most likely be rolling out an OTA to resolve this issue within one to two weeks. We really appreciate your patience as we do our final verifications on this fix before sending it out.

Here’s to hoping the update gets pushed out sooner than later!

[via Google Mobile Forums]

US Cellular to offer all phones free on contract from December 17th to the 24th

If you’re a US Cellular customer who needs to renew their contract, or are considering switching over to the carrier, perhaps this little deal will entice you. The company announced today via press release that they will be offering all devices for free with a new 2-year contract from December 17th to December 24th, 2010.

That’s not all, folks. They’re also offering a $100 credit if you purchase a smartphone, whether you’re a new or existing customer just adding a new line. Pretty sweet deal, huh?

Continue after the break for the full press release, which has all the juicy details about this offer.

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TalkAndroid Ultimate Android Throwdown: HTC Evo 4G beats competition, voted best Android device in the US

Well, folks, the tallies are in. It was a long road, with many brutal battles and war scars, but we finally have a winner in the Ultimate Android Throwdown.

The HTC Evo 4G on Sprint has staked its claim as the #1 Android device in the US, not only available now, but of all time. The Evo beat out the Nexus One in the final round, with a face-melting 467 votes, in comparison to the 273 taken for the Nexus One. While we can all agree that the Nexus One was and still is an outstanding phone, the masses have spoken, and it’s the HTC Evo 4G that has risen above all the others to be declared the best Android phone in the United States.

Be sure to hit up the break for the final leaderboard, and see where the votes came from and how the HTC Evo 4G on Sprint was finally declared as the winner. Let us know what you think in the comments!

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TalkAndroid Ultimate Android Throwdown: Round 5 – Final Battle, HTC Evo 4G vs HTC Nexus One

All the battles, brackets, war scars, victory and defeat, it’s all come down to this. The ultimate battle in the Android realm to pick the one and only champion. The two victors now stand, ready to duel out the final round, so who will your pick be? The wildly popular and capable HTC Evo 4G? Or the record-setting, constantly bar raising HTC Nexus One? It’s time to make your decisions, folks. Who is the best, and who goes home crying to Google? Hit the break for the updated leaderboard and to cast your vote. The official winner will be announced Thursday, Nov. 25th. Be sure to let us know your pick and why in the comments.

Let the battle begin!

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MetroPCS releasing first Android phone

Today, MetroPCS announced the addition of the LG Optimus M to their device lineup. This is the first Android handset to become available from MetroPCS. The LG Optimus M is modeled after the similar Optimus T and Optimus S phones, from T-Mobile and Sprint respectively.

The LG Optimus M is $230 with $50 no-contract monthly plan offered by MetroPCS. This device is a mid-range Android handset, sporting a 3.2 megapixel camera, Android 2.2, and a 3.2-inch touchscreen. It will be available November 24th.

Hit the break for the full presser!

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TalkAndroid Ultimate Android Throwdown: Round 4 – HTC Evo 4G vs G2, Discontinued Phones

Well, it’s down to the final 2 in the available device brackets, along with voting on the discontinued phones. All devices have done well in this knock-down drag-out, but now its down to our top 2 contenders:

  • HTC Evo 4G
  • HTC G2

And now, folks, we’re pitting them against each other to find out what the top Android device available in the US market today is! On top of that, today starts the wildcard voting, meaning it’s time to get in your votes for your favorite discontinued Android phone, with choices of:

  • HTC Droid Eris
  • HTC G1
  • HTC Nexus One
  • Samsung Moment

So hit up the break to get in your votes and check out the updated brackets, because this is the second to final round in the entire throwdown! Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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