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July, 2011  // Posts published in July, 2011

30 Jul Posted by in Android News | Comments

Concert footage from LG’s ‘Bring Your World Alive’ event in Hell’s Kitchen now on Youtube

LG Thrill party

LG’s mighty proud of the Thrill 4G, and we can’t say we blame them — check out the hands-on and see why.  To celebrate the launch, they threw a big bash on July 25 in New York with musical guest Jane’s Addiction, and the concert footage from the party is now on line for every one to have a look at.  At their ComeAlive Youtube channel, they’ve dropped nine videos of the band having a loud good time, as well as the crowd.  Maybe even more interesting to us Android fans, on Aug. 4 they will be uploading a full documentary shot in 3D with the LG Thrill 4G to their channel.  Should make for a great look on any stereoscopic 3D device, like the Optimus 3D or the EVO 3D.  Of course with word that the LG Thrill may be delayed, it’s may be a few weeks until you can actually watch in on a Thrill.  In the meantime, check out the band at the source link.

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30 Jul Posted by in Android News | Comments

Virgin Mobile offering the Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant for $350 off contract

 Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant

If you’re in Canada and looking to pick up the  Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant, you may want to check out Virgin Mobile. They are currently offering this device for just $349.99 with no contract, which looks like a great deal compared to some of the other carrier’s prices. And with carriers changing data plans left and right, there’s no better time to look into pre-paid services.You can find full details at the source link below.

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30 Jul Posted by in Blog | Comments

AT&T to throttle smartphone data starting October 1st

AT&T said on Friday that it will begin throttling unlimited smartphone data plans as of October 1st. “Like other wireless companies, we’re taking steps to manage exploding demand for mobile data,” AT&T said Friday in a statement. The carrier continued, “One new measure is a step that may reduce the data throughput speed experienced by a very small minority of smartphone customers who are on unlimited plans – those whose extraordinary level of data usage puts them in the top 5 percent of our heaviest data users in a billing period. In fact, these customers on average use 12 times more data than the average of all other smartphone data customers.” AT&T was very careful to mention, repeatedly, that the new move will not impact the “vast majority” of its customers. According to the carrier’s statement, only the top 5% of its smartphone data users will be affected. AT&T’s full statement follows below.

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30 Jul Posted by in Blog | Comments

Apple’s iPhone accounted for 66% of Q2 smartphone profit among top vendors

With just two smartphone models available for sale, Apple took in two thirds of profits from smartphone sales in the second quarter among the top eight vendors in the world. The news comes following Strategy Analytics’ confirmation that Apple is also the world’s top smartphone vendor by volume. Four of the eight major smartphone vendors were profitable in the June quarter — Samsung, Apple, RIM and HTC — while Nokia, Motorola, LG and Sony Ericsson all reported losses. Total profit from sales of smartphones among these eight companies declined overall in the second quarter, but Apple’s profit share jumped from 50% in the second half last year and 57% in the first quarter of 2011 to 66.3% this past quarter. Samsung’s profit share hit 15% in the June quarter, RIM stayed level at 11% and HTC grew from 6% in the first quarter to 7.4%, a new high for the company. Another graphical representation of smartphone profit can be seen below.

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30 Jul Posted by in Android News | Comments

Photon questions, Gmail update issues [From the Forums]

From the Forums

We’ve come to Friday, and it’s been a fairly busy week for us here at Android Central. Although we skipped the podcast it was a good week. As you roll on into the weekend, make sure you head on back and catch up on the things you may have missed out on — or just join us the forums for more.

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29 Jul Posted by in Android News | Comments

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1" shows off Galaxy Tab 8.9" retail mode

YouTube link for mobile viewing

Looking for something cool but not overly useful to do with your Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1? Might as well check out the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9″ retail mode that has been loaded onto it since Samsung saw fit to leave it on there. As you can tell from the video above, it’s as you would expect — just a demo video of what the device is capable of in addition to showing off the new TouchWiz UI. Here is how you can do it:

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29 Jul Posted by in Android News | Comments

HTC EVO 3D and Sensation (and others) get new unlocked life thanks to Revolutionary

Revolutionary

OK, all you boys and girls who are dying to hack into your shiny new EVO 3D. The long-rumored collaboration between the folks behindUnrEVOked and AlphaRev has come to fruition, and the Revolutionary S-OFF and Recovery Tool has been born. Devices supported include:

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29 Jul Posted by in Android News | Comments

Radio Shack memo says LG Thrill delayed until Aug. 21

LG Thrill delayed

This just rolled in from a tipster, and it looks like you folks waiting for AT&T to release the LG Thrill 4G might have to wait just a bit longer.  According to this internal memo from Radio Shack, the thrill has been put on hold until Aug. 21.  The Shack will continue to take pre-orders for the dual-core 3D handset until Aug. 15, and those of you that already have yours on order should be getting word from Radio Shack about the delay soon. 

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29 Jul Posted by in Android News | Comments

Netflix offering 3 months of free service when you purchase an LG Revolution

Netflix

If you’ve been planning on grabbing an LG Revolution from Verizon at some point soon, now is as good a time as any. Right now and up until August 28, Verizon, LG and Netflix have teamed up to offer 3 free months of Netflix service to anyone who purchases an LG Revolution for $199 from Verizon. After the 3 months is up, you’ll be on the hook for $7.99/mnth but you have no obligation to continue plus – it sure beats their 30-day free trial if you’re going to be grabbing and LG Revolution anyway.

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29 Jul Posted by in Android News | Comments

Leaked Samsung slider not the Galaxy S II after all, expect the svelte version we all know and love

Samsung Slider

Remember that Samsung Galaxy S II slider that we saw a few days back?  Turns out that it likely isn’t the Galaxy S II after all, according to BGR, who leaked out the original images.  Just as we already reported, AT&T is now looking to release two new Samsung phones, one being the SGH-i927 with a sliding horizontal qwerty keyboard (pictured above, and mentioned here as well), and a more conventional styled phone that will be the Samsung Galaxy S II for the number two US carrier. 

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