Motorola ATRIX 4G goes on sale for the weekend, $49.99 on Amazon
Apr09

Motorola ATRIX 4G goes on sale for the weekend, $49.99 on Amazon

Those of you who have been eyeing the Motorola ATRIX 4G but not pleased with the price, now is an excellent time to take the plunge into getting the dual-core, Tegra2-powered AT&T flagship Android handset. This weekend only, new customers will be able to get the Atrix for a mere $49.99 on Amazon, the lowest price we’ve seen for that phone since it was launched. This sale is only going on for this weekend. If you are an existing customer, you’ll need to fork out $99.99, but it still is a rather good deal. We’re not sure if we’re going to see this deal again for a while, so if you’ve been sitting on the fence,  this might just be enough to get you to jump. Follow the link below. Get the Atrix on...

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Play and Arc limits production due to earthquake; Xperia Neo delayed
Apr08

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play and Arc limits production due to earthquake; Xperia Neo delayed

Our hearts go out to everyone in Japan. A second set of earthquakes rattled the country for the second time in under a month. Not as much damage was done this time, but several companies have been shaken up by both earthquakes. Sony Ericsson was one of these companies, which announced that quantities of their upcoming devices, the Xperia Play and Arc, will be limited for a while after they first launch. In addition, SE reports that full-scale launch of the Xperia Neo won’t occur until early Q3 of this year now. This being the case, if you are hoping to get your hands on one of these devices, we recommend paying special attention to any pre-orders or early sales going on, because it’s quite possible they’ll be all spoken for before too long. Here’s what SE had to say on its Italian Facebook page (translated using Google): Hello everyone, today we received an official update on the launch of Xperia Neo. As you know, the recent disaster happened in Japan is directly involved, both from an emotional point of view and economically. So far we have not released official communications because we were still assessing the total damage suffered. Our supply chain is reorganizing in particular as regards the sourcing of components, and the first direct consequence is the rescheduled launch of Xperia Neo, now scheduled for July. Fortunately Xperia Xperia Arc and Play have not been delayed. We hope to have your continued understanding in this situation and are confident that we will update you on any further change. We will continue to keep you updated on the status of these devices and their production. Source: SE Facebook Italia via:...

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Windows Phone Marketplace: Now at 13,000 apps
Apr08

Windows Phone Marketplace: Now at 13,000 apps

Windows Phone is definitely picking up the pace now. 10 days after hitting the 12,000 milestone, it’s now at 13,000. In fact, almost 1500 apps have been added in the last 2 weeks, meaning WP7 is at a pace of adding 3,000 apps to its Marketplace per month. Now if only we could convince Pandora to throw a little something together, and tell Rovio to hurry up with Angry Birds, Windows Phone would definitely be sitting pretty.   via...

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Android Hacks and ROMs available this week
Apr08

Android Hacks and ROMs available this week

It’s time to start a new feature here on Unwired View. Recently I’ve been paying more and more attention to the hoardes of official and unofficial Android ROMs, roots, source code leaks, and other forms of Android hackery, and realized how hard it is to keep track and make sense of it all. So, I’d like to help sort it all out and help point you in the right direction if you are interested in dabbling in the mysterious underbelly of Android. Let’s get started. Here are a few that I’ve found from this week: HTC Incredible 2 RUU code leaked PSX4Droid Emulator now open-sourced, free for download Eee Pad Transformer source code released by ASUS Acer Liquid Metal’s official Gingerbread ROM leaked (via MoDaCo) HTC Thunderbolt gets rooted with just one click; overclocked to 2 GHz Sony Ericsson Xperia X10’s Bootloader has been cracked; SE plans to release a bootloader unlocking solution for the entire Xperia lineup soon So that’s a good start for this week. Let me know what you think about this feature, and we’ll give it a try again next week! image courtesy...

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Motorola Enlists 1,000 Bravo Owners to try out Froyo First

Motorola wants YOU to test out its new pre-release software! Yes, I’m looking at you, Mister Motorola Bravo owner. Here is the perfect opportunity to get your hands on Android 2.2 Froyo for your phone before anyone else can. My friends, that is a golden opportunity that does not come around very often. Offered earlier today on the Support Forums for Motorola, the pre-release version of Froyo for the Bravo is ready, but the company wants some guinea pigs to test it out on. So head on over to their forums to get the full scoop. Basically, you just need to join the forum and sign up using this form here. Here’s the full post: Motorola and AT&T are happy to  announce a pre-release of the first software upgrade* for BRAVO™ with  MOTOBLUR™, before it is officially released to all customers. We are  recruiting 1,000 BRAVO™ owners to test and provide feedback on the  upgrade to FroYo (Android 2.2). This  registration period will be open until we receive our limit of  qualified applicants. Note that you must be a member of the Motorola  Owners’ Forums to register. If you’re interested in testing and want to  take part, just join Motorola’s community now and then fill out the short registration form. Please  note that registering will not guarantee you’ll be among those testing  the software update as testers will be chosen on a first-come,  first-served basis, and on valid registration responses. Selected users will receive additional information to prepare for the upgrade via email when the trial begins. A list of enhancements are included with the Release notes. Thanks! Motorola and AT&T Community Management *  Motorola Software Pre-Releases are final software checks, with a  limited group of users, before upgrades/updates are provided to the  general public. Software tested may be no different than what other  users receive once testing is complete. **  Please do not contact customer service regarding this BRAVO™ upgrade  as they will not be able to provide assistance until the upgrade is  available to everyone. Please check back here for updates on  upgrade availability. Source: Motorola Support Forums via Android...

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Verizon 86’s the One-Year Contract Option, effective April 17
Apr08

Verizon 86’s the One-Year Contract Option, effective April 17

One thing consumers treasure more than anything is the opportunity to have choice, regardless of whether the options are good or not. In addition to the New Every Two program getting flushed down the toilet earlier this year, now the one-year contract option is on the chopping block. These moves are part of a large effort to simplify the plans the company offers and make the choices less confusing to the consumer. Sadly, the consumer does not get a say in the matter.     Certainly, the two-year contracts were the much more popular option to choose, particularly due to the up-front cost savings on the phones. But there are definitely those out there that will be saddened by this news. The one-year contract option will be eliminated as of April 17. It will not affect any customers already on this particular contract; you will just not be able to renew your contract the same way again. Source: Gadget U via...

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Screenshots of WebOS 3.0 Leak, Show off HP TouchPad
Apr07

Screenshots of WebOS 3.0 Leak, Show off HP TouchPad

We’ve seen pictures taken of HP’s new version of WebOS before, but now we have actually found some screenshots, courtesy of PreCentral. These shots show a few aspects of the OS, as if it were on the HP TouchPad. We still don’t know when we’ll actually be able to get some hands-on time with WebOS 3.0, but since we are starting to see screenshots leaked through to us, it likely means we’re getting pretty close to the “summer” release timeframe. So check out the screenshots below and enjoy. One notable difference is the choice here to go with Bing Maps, which means you’ll get more 45-degree birds-eye views, but you won’t get the same accuracy in traffic data as you would with Google Maps. Bing is also notable for its minimalist approach, which is good or bad depending on how you feel about that style. Here’s a few other screenshots now. Device Menu Keyboard Messaging Do you see anything new in there that appeals to you as a potential WebOS user? via...

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Sprint HTC Arrive Review
Mar31

Sprint HTC Arrive Review

The very first Windows Phone 7 device has shown up on Sprint’s website and stores (note how I avoided the obvious pun there?), which Microsoft should consider a huge victory for its overall smartphone market share in the US. Now that WP7 is finally available on CDMA, we should see the floodgates open for multiple handsets running the platform on Sprint and Verizon both. This is going to be great for Microsoft, since up until this time the OS was only available on exactly 50% of the major nationwide networks, and it’s only going to continue growing. But before we see any sort of floodgates in action for WP7, let us first reflect upon the HTC Arrive, the phone responsible for leading the charge against the CDMA carriers. With one more OS platform becoming available on Sprint, I love seeing carriers offer more OS choices to their customers. Let the HTC Arrive review commence! Here’s Part 1 of the Video Review.   First impressions and Unboxing Check here for my first impressions of the HTC Arrive immediately after unboxing it, and watch the unboxing video below.   Software of the HTC Arrive Windows Phone 7 devices are the most consistent of any OS platform (with iOS perhaps excepted) currently, which is another way of saying it’s the most boring across the board. Every single device running WP7 has to be running a minimal hardware standard, and the most customizing any OEM or carrier can do on WP7 is restricted to the Hub for that company. It’s a locked-down OS to the max, which makes Microsoft sound a heckuva lot like Apple. My guess is that they have chosen the same closed-OS model as its competitor because they were too worried that an open-sourced or open-to-customization WP7 would easily just spiral out of control, essentially turning into the same exact problem Windows Mobile 6.x ran into. The software of any WP7 device is going to be boring to review, because there’s very little room for each OEM and carrier to innovate and be different from their competitors. The only hope for each WP7 phone to shine is to find a nook or cranny on the software or hardware that makes it look or feel different than the rest. In the case of the HTC Arrive, they were supremely different in 3 things: NoDo pre-installed, Sprint Zone, and a couple new design ideas that had me sold from the first moment I tried the phone. NoDo Update on the Arrive The HTC Arrive is the first to come pre-loaded with the new NoDo update, which is finally now starting to roll...

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Verizon HTC Thunderbolt 4G Review
Mar30

Verizon HTC Thunderbolt 4G Review

It’s time to review the very first smartphone on Verizon’s new LTE 4G network, and we haven’t seen this much hype for a phone (outside the iPhone, that is) for a very long time. We’ve been waiting for this phone to come out for a good 4 years; we are, of course, talking about the HTC Thunderbolt, the brand-new hero device for the Big Red network. The Thunderbolt isn’t the very first smartphone with 4G ever made; not by a long shot. It’s not even the first 4G phone to use LTE specifically, as MetroPCS won the crown for that with the Samsung Craft. But it is the first on Verizon’s LTE, which is cause to rejoice. The idea of having unlimited access to some of the best internet speeds around for an affordable price and on a rock-solid network is very tantalizing for novice and tech geek alike, which is the main reason behind the large amount of hype on the Thunderbolt. Sure, the 4G network is the biggest part of the Thunderbolt experience without a doubt, but it’s easy to forget that the HTC Thunderbolt is still a phone, and can actually make calls, send texts and do everything else a smartphone is supposed to do. In this review I will cover the LTE data, the phone, the Android with Sense UI, the large and bright 4.3” Super LCD display, and everything in between. Join me!   Unboxing and First Impressions My very first impressions of the HTC Thunderbolt was rather focused on the size of the device. It is not a small phone by any stretch of the imagination, and it may be slightly out of many peoples’ comfort zones. It’s got a huge screen and is packed to the max with powerful specs inside, not to mention a LTE radio, which means it has quite a bit of heft to it. Beyond that, in looking and playing with the Thunderbolt at first, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the HTC Inspire 4G or EVO 4G, similar phones with the same screen size and similar build, and both have Android Froyo with HTC Sense UI pre-installed. Heck, the design is strikingly familiar as the stereotypical HTC flare (or lack thereof). There are very few differences between the Thunderbolt and other phones made by HTC, but the Thunderbolt does have some things to help it stand out of the crowd. Notable Features and Specs: This may be a crazy idea, but I think the inclusion of a true 4G, LTE radio inside the Thunderbolt is the most notable feature in the device. Otherwise it would be...

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Contest: Win a Wrapsol Ultra Screen Wrap for iPhone 4!
Mar29

Contest: Win a Wrapsol Ultra Screen Wrap for iPhone 4!

Ready for the next contest? What, you’re always ready for the next contest? Then let’s get to it! This week our contest is focusing on a screen protector. But not just any screen protector — we’re talking the super-durable Wrapsol Ultra screen protectors here, not the dinky plastic films that try to pass as screen protectors. The Wrapsol Ultra wraps around the entire phone and not only prevent scratches, but are made of a special material that helps protect it from drops as well. Made from advanced high strength polyurethane and using a dry application process that actively releases air bubbles, Wrapsol Ultra installs quickly and easily and helps prevent everyday dings, dents and scratches, even damage from falls from up to 6 feet while preserving screen brilliancy and touch sensitivity. Not bad, eh? Who wants one? We have 11 Wrapsol Ultras for iPhone 4 to give away! And we’re going to give you until Friday, April 1, 2011 at 11:59 PM PST to enter to win. There are two ways to win, but you can enter multiple times: 1. Retweet this message on Twitter: “RT @unwiredtweets RT this message and enter to win a Wrapsol for iPhone 4! Visit http://wp.me/peL1j-cMB to learn more. #contest #free #iPhone” You can RT once a day, and each time will count as an entry into the contest. 2. Go to our Facebook page and comment on the contest page there. No multiple entries allowed here; only one comment will be counted. Not too difficult at all, and since there’s 11 of them to give away, you have a great chance of winning! The Wrapsol Ultra for iPhone 4 is normally priced at $29.99, which is still a great deal because of the high level of protection you receive for your hard-earned cash. If you don’t have an iPhone 4 but would still be interested in getting one for your phone, check out their website to see if your phone model has a Wrapsol made for...

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