On Monday, people around the world can add some Android flavor to their holiday decorations. Andrew Bell and Dead Zebra have returned with another Android holiday ornament. Last year, the ornament came in red and blue varieties; however, Bell opted for “good ole ‘Android Green’ edition” with this year’s item. It is shiny all around with sparkling features on the front, back, neck, and ankles. It comes with a hook for easy hanging on a Christmas tree.
The Android holiday ornament will be available on December 15 at 11:00am EST. When stock runs out at that time, more units will be offered at 11:00pm EST. These do tend to sell out very fast, so have quick fingers online. They can be purchased as a single ($10) or double ($20), but also in packs of five ($45) or ten ($90). Customers in the United States should select Priority Mail shipping to make it for Christmas. International customers will likely, and unfortunately, miss receiving the Android holiday ornament in time for Christmas this year.
Hit the break for some information regarding the Series 5 collectibles.
On top of minor bug fixes and improved responsiveness, SwiftKey‘s 5.1.2 update to its 5.1 build also includes a bevy of “festive” holiday themes bundled in a new Gift Wrap pack.
Amazon is courting your favor for this holiday season, as it has just released a new app entitled “Surprise! by Amazon” for those of us who prefer to send gift cards as our primary means of gift-giving.
Angry Birds fans who are ready to enjoy the holiday season in the game may want to check out the latest update to the Angry Birds Seasons app. Rovio uses this version of Angry Birds as a way to make special levels available based on a variety of holidays and festive seasons from around the world, like Halloween or the Chinese New Year celebration. Their latest update, released today, adds several new goodies called Arctic Eggspedition.
The Motorola DROID RAZR M may not be a top tier device, but it is certainly a capable Android smartphone. As we found in our review, the RAZR M offers a lot of bang for the buck when purchased from Verizon for $99. That equation has improved significantly for the holidays as Verizon is now offering the handset for only $49.99 with a two-year contract. This is a good opportunity to get your hands on a relatively decent Android smartphone without breaking the bank. Hit the break to view Verizon’s promo video that includes the offer.
Last week, Verizon was kind enough to extend their return policy to January 9th to accommodate those who receive a new mobile device as a Christmas gift. Now, the return policy is generally only 14 days so for Big Red to extend the window out that far is pretty generous. What’s even more friendly is the fact that they have now extended that return window even further to January 15th, adding 6 more days of trial period.
This works out great for folks like me who are in need of a new phone but really want to save themselves for the Galaxy Nexus. You could now pick up a new RAZR or Rezound today, and return it as soon as the Galaxy Nexus becomes available. As long as you keep the device in fairly good condition, Verizon should have no qualms with you returning your purchase to exchange for Google’s latest masterpiece, but don’t tell them I told you so. You could even manage to deal with another short delay as long as it’s not past January 15th.
Rogers in Canada is going to have a big 4th quarter this year with the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE, Motorola RAZR, HTC Raider, formerly the HTC Holiday, and the Samsung Galaxy Slide. The Galaxy S II LTE and the RAZR are expected to be available on November 4th and priced $199.99 and $149.99 respectively (with a 3-year contract).
The HTC Raider is the second LTE device to hit Rogers and will also be priced at $149.99 with a 3-year contract. We have already seen it hit the FCC with AT&T radios, so we are hoping to see it here in the states especially since it was seen downloading at 29Mbps with AT&T LTE.
As a reminder the Raider features a 4.5-inch qHD (960 x 540) display, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 8MP camera that shoots 1080p HD video, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
We also got word on the Samsung Galaxy Glide (pictured below), which should launch in November as well for $149.99 with a 3-year contract. This one will sport a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 8MP rear camera, 1.2 front camera, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
To top is all off, Rogers will have a little incentive to sign away on that 3-year contract. They are giving away a free Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 for those who activate a family plan (2 lines with voice and data). If you are only able to add one new line while converting to a family plan, you can still grab it for $150.00.
According to a DigiTimes report, Amazon may begin shipping a 10.1-inch tablet by year’s end thanks to a deal with the Taiwan-based Foxconn Electronics, who will produce the devices. Foxconn has had a long-term relationship will Amazon as thier contractor for the Kindle e-reader, though they recently passed on Amazon’s 7-inch Kindle Fire as they completed iPad orders for Apple (Quanta Computer then picked up the Kindle Fire contract instead).
No solid details on specs have surfaced yet, however this little gem is still worth keeping an eye on as we approach the holiday season.
The HTC Holiday has been to the FCC recently and while it was there we got a peak at what frequencies it operates on. From the FCC documents, the Holiday is equipped to run on AT&T’s LTE network, so that all but confirms that the Holiday will be joining their network..erhrm..this holiday season. Toward the end of this past August, we reported a leak of the Holiday; bringing you the specifications. As a refresher, the Holiday will have:
- 4.5-inch qHD touchpanel
- 1.5GHz dual-core processor
- 1GB of memory
- 8 MP rear camera (with flash & capable of 1080p)
- 1.3 MP front camera
- 802.11b/g/n WiFi
- Bluetooth 3.0
- Android 2.3.4
- HTC Sense 3.0
We know that HTC has already prepped a Holiday for South Korea under the moniker Raider, and with all the info and photos available, this powerful phone has got to be near launch. I supposed they may be waiting to have the Holiday’s launch coincide with holiday shopping. *rimshot*
We had posted previously on the spectacular (Get it? Spec? Specs?) HTC Holiday, whose rumored technical prowess was nothing to be trifled with, especially its 4.5 inch screen. Those crafty folks have dug around a bit in the device’s user agent profile to find out that it’s retail name is going to be the Raider. Harrison Ford would be proud. Naturally, we don’t know which carrier is going to release the device by this name, and which carriers are going to change it, but somewhere there’s going to be some HTC Raiders for sale. Also of note, according to Pocketnow, the HTC Raider could be rocking LTE on AT&T’s network, a definite plus in addition to its already rather beefy specs. So who’s interested in this little beasty? Let us know in the comments!