Galaxy S II 

Samsung’s dual-core, Gingerbread-powered Galaxy S II has appeared on Play.co.uk alongside a tentative SIM-free price and release date. According to Play, which is currently taking pre-orders for the phone, it’ll ship Mar. 31 for £599.99 (~$960). Pre-release prices are never guaranteed to be accurate and are always subject to change, but £599 seems like a realistic price point for the Galaxy S II, as it’s slightly higher than current single-core offerings from other manufacturers.

Can’t wait another month for your Galaxy S II fix? Check out our hands-on coverage from MWC 2011. [Play.co.uk]

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The T-Mobile Pulse Mini has become a popular choice, due to its endearing aesthetic appeal, as well as its impressive levels of functionality and cost effective price. It is a unit which offers affordable smart phone technology with the added benefit of Internet access all within a stylish unit.


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app picks

Whether you enjoy cruising the market, or struggle to find applications for your favorite Android device, suggestions of great applications are usually welcomed. We spend lots of time looking for fun new applications, and are always looking for the next great thing to load on our devices. Weekly we enjoy to share some of our favorite applications with you, so hit the jump and see what we got in store for you this week.

Android Central Editors' app picks for Feb. 26, 2011 posted originally by Android Central

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HTC Incredible 2 Verizon

You didn’t actually think the recently announced HTC Incredible S (see our hands-on) wouldn’t make its way to Verizon as the Droid Incredible 2, did ya? A couple of leaked screen shots point to ADR6350 as coming to Big Red. No real surprise there, as the DInc was one of the hottest phones of 2010. Let’s just hope there aren’t the same supply issues this year.

Oh, and after the break, another pic that also shows the ADR6350W listing, as well as the newly revived HTC Merge. Might it end up on Verizon after all? Or is it just an old inventory listing? News at 11, folks. [Engadget]

HTC Incredible 2 tipped for Verizon posted originally by Android Central

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Motorola Xoom LTE fix

We’ve known since its unveiling in January that you’re going to have to take the Motorola Xoom somewhere to be upgraded to LTE date. The question was where, and how. The answer(s)? Back to Motorola, via FedEx.

Verizon’s posted up instructions on everything you should do before shipping your new Honeycomb tablet back to the mother ship for some LTE re-education, and it all it takes is three simple steps (one of them is optional) — in a dozen or so parts.

The first step is backing up your user data and saving it locally onto a computer — something that’s a bit foreign in this day an age, but something we’d still recommend doing. (We’re anal like that.)

The second (and optional, but very cool) step is to encrypt and hard-reset your Xoom. You’ve gotta have a full battery to do it. And if you leave it encrypted, you’ll have to enter a password each time you log on. Or you can unencrypt, which also involves a hard-reset, but you’ll restore all your date in the process. Time-consuming, but safe and cool.

The third step is to actually ship the device to Motorola via FedEx. You’ll be provided a bubble pack — wonder how long it’ll take to get to you — and then ship it off. And a week or so later, you’ll get it back, LTE-enabled.

Sounds like a good time. [Verizon via Android Central Forums]

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HTC Thunderbolt

Yes, everyone is waiting for the HTC Thunderbolt.  It has to be one of the most anticipated releases in recent Android history, and a lot of potential buyers are getting a bit…antsy.  Android Central forums member AisforAustin got a chance to relieve a little of that pre-release stress today at his local Verizon Wireless store, where he had some hands-on time with a Thunderbolt dummy unit.  I’ll let you read his post, but the gist of it is:

"I immediately fell in love with the device."

And release info?  He was told within two weeks.  But there’s no way we’re going to hold him to that.  Read more in the Android Central Thunderbolt forumsThanks for sharing AisforAustin!

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The HTC Merge is officially official.  HTC has announced that the HTC Merge will be heading to multiple carriers in the U.S. this spring.  As expected, the HTC Merge will feature a 3.8-inch display, four-row QWERTY keyboard, 5 megapixel camera capable of 720p video recording, Android 2.2, and HTC Sense. Since T-Mobile already has the [...]





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And you thought it would never happen. It’s been about six months since our exclusive hands-on with the HTC Merge, and we’d hardly seen or heard a peep from it since. But it’s official, folks — the HTC Merge lives, and it’s coming to "multiple North American operators" this spring.

And it looks like the HTC Merge will be the same device we’ve already seen. Same 3.8-inch touchscreen, same 5MP camera with 720p recording, same World Phone capability (SIM-card slot), same Android 2.2 — and the same awesome sliding keyboard. The biggest question now is when, and where.

For our complete exclusive preview of the HTC Merge, please see the following stories:

Full presser’s after the break, and be sure to check out our HTC Merge Forums.

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The Motorola Xoom offers the latest Android 3.0 operating system (Honeycomb) among its other features. The tablet device has a 10.1 inch display and a 5 megapixel rear facing camera for photo and HD video capture, along with an email client, web browsing capabilities and location based services.


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