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Amazon to build Android smartphone

Amazon Wireless is reported to be in the running to produce an Android based smartphone to challenge the iPhone and give another gateway to sell their products like the Kindle Fire. With

unnamed sources, Amazon Wireless is contracting with Foxconn Int’l to produce the phones while acquiring wireless patents for it to avoid patent infringements such as what Apple is doing to Samsung and HTC with their super legal team. Hit the break for more information about this phone.

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Leak: MetroPCS New Phone – Coolpad Quattro 4G Specs and Images

We reported a few days ago some new phones being released to MetroPCS. Now we have some specs and images to go with that. The Quattro’s 1GHz dedicated application processor maximizes the speed of the 4G network operated by MetroPCS™. With 4G, browsing the Internet and streaming media happen in just a blink of an eye.

Hit the break for more the goods!

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HTC One V Comes to Virgin Mobile USA [Press Release]

In the latest demonstration of its “Higher Calling” commitment to customers, Virgin Mobile USA is offering the HTC One™ V, a powerful all-around media monster to help customers stay connected, take and share great photos, keep up on email, and enjoy high-quality sound. The new HTC One V on Virgin Mobile is a great smartphone for multitaskers and music buffs and is now available for $199.99 on virginmobileusa.com and at local retailers, rolling out to national retailers Best Buy, RadioShack and Walmart through July and August.

Hit the break to read the full press release

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Free Boost Mobile Prepaid Phones For New Customers

Unfortunatly I didn’t catch this earlier but you still have time to react to this!  Free phones through Boost Mobile until 6/30.

  • Samsung Replenish Android QWERTY candy bar (regular price $99.99)
  • LG Rumor Reflex touchscreen QWERTY slider (regular price $79.99)
  • Kyocera Innuendo (Black & Blue) QWERTY clamshell (regular price $79.99)
  • BlackBerry Curve 8530 (regular price $99.99)

Hit the break for more details.

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You know you're rooted if……

I was looking at G+ the yesterday and I saw this and about died laughing.  Now if you’re not rooted most of these probably won’t make sense to you.  If you are rooted, please pull over before you read because it’s about to get real loud from laughter.  And without further delay….hit the break

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Google Play Store now Sports 600,000 apps and over 20 Billion downloads!

Google yesterday gave some numbers regarding the Google Play Store.  The Google Play Store is huge, but then we already knew that.  If you didn’t, have you been hiding under a rock??  Google says there are now 600,000 applications and games available for downloading to devices.  Downloads of said applications and games have passed the 20 billion mark.  Yes, that’s billion!  Impressive stats if I say so myself.

 

Source: Android Central

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean SDK Now Available for Developers

Google has made the latest Android SDK available for developers to download

and update their apps for compatibility with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.  Below are some of the new features inside the SDK.  We have the download link below as well.

  • Faster, Smoother, More Responsive - Android 4.1 is optimized to deliver Android’s best performance and lowest touch latency, in an effortless, intuitive UI.
  • Enhanced Accessibility – New APIs for accessibility services let you handle gestures and manage accessibility focus as the user moves through the on-screen elements and navigation buttons using accessibility gestures, accessories, and other input. The Talkback system and explore-by-touch are redesigned to use accessibility focus for easier use and offer a complete set of APIs for developers.
  • Support For International Users - Android 4.1 helps you to reach more users through support for bi-directional text in TextView and EditText elements. Apps can display text or handle text editing in left-to-right or right-to-left scripts. Apps can make use of new Arabic and Hebrew locales and associated fonts.
  • Expandable Notifications - Android 4.1 brings a major update to the Android notifications framework. Apps can now display larger, richer notifications to users that can be expanded and collapsed with a pinch. Notifications support new types of content, including photos, have configurable priority, and can even include multiple actions.
  • Resizable app widgets – Android 4.1 introduces improved App Widgets that can automatically resize, based on where the user drops them on the home screen, the size to which the user expands them, and the amount of room available on the home screen. New App Widget APIs let you take advantage of this to optimize your app widget content as the size of widgets changes.

Click here to download the Android 4.1 SDK

 

Source: Android Central

 

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Leaked: Rumored list of new phones headed to MetroPCS – Samsung Galaxy S3 CONFIRMED

MetroPCS has been stagnant for a little while now with new phones coming out, especially ones that are high-end or even mid-range phones.  It seems now they are going to have a good sized push for 4G phones to be released in the near future.  It has been speculated that the 5th largest carrier in size was getting bought out by Sprint (which was declined by share holders) and then merging with T-Mobile.  As a MetroPCS user it’s going to be a great thing to see the lineup having some high-end products to choose from.  I am not sure if this is a last ditch effort to stay alive with the competition or to make them more attractive to be bought out, however, their customers appreciate it!

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Android 4.1 Jelly Bean FeaturesI

Today at Google I/O, we got a better understanding as to what Google’s newest update, JellyBean, has in store for us.  The first part of Jellybean will be called ” Project Butter” which will be where Google improves the overall performance of the Android operating system. One thing it looks to improve will be the system’s frame rate to make it consistent at 60 frames per second and it will also feature a battery saving mode that will bring the CPU to a lower frequency then bring it back up when the user touches the device.

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Introducing: Nexus Q

I’ve been getting bored with news lately. It all just seemed stale. Until now. Enter, Nexus Q, the future of cloud streaming. This thing is going to change the game in the smartphone arena. Mark my words. This brings great hope for technology, and audiophiles alike.

The Nexus Q features the same TI OMAP processor found in the Galaxy Nexus and sports NFC, Bluetooth, and WiFi among other standard features found in your typical Android device. Unlike your typical Android device, however, the Q boasts a 25 watt class D stereo amplifier. Outputs include HDMI, optical and banana jack audio outputs, and Ethernet. A microUSB port is present for “service and support” (in other words, to make the device easily hackable).