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AT&T Announces The Motorola Atrix 2 and Samsung Captivate Glide

Up until the beginning of this month, AT&T had released 14 new Android phones under their network since the beginning of this year. Today, the company has announced five new Droid phones, taking its tally of Android phones in 2011 to 19.

First and foremost, the company announced the Motorola ATRIX 2. The original Atrix was released at the beginning of this year at CES 2011, and was among the first phones with a Tegra 2 SoC. Its successor also sports a 1GHz dual-core SoC of unknown manufacturer, and comes with 1GB of RAM. The Atrix 2 now sports a bigger 4.3-inch screen with qHD (960×640) resolution, which thankfully is not PenTile.

Other key features of the Atrix 2 includes 8GB of internal memory, microSD card slot, Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS with A-GPS, mini-HDMI port, On-Device Encryption, Enhanced Exchange ActiveSync, IPSec VPN, and WebTop support. At the back of the Atrix 2 is an 8MP camera which is capable of recording videos in 1080p HD resolution, accompanied by a front-facing camera of unknown resolution. The handset also supports AT&T’s fake 4G’ network HSPA+ 21Mbps.

Along with the Atrix 2, the company also announced the Captivate Glide. The Captivate Glide is powered by a 1GHz Tegra 2 SoC, packs 1GB of RAM along with 8GB of internal memory and sports a 4-inch Super-AMOLED screen with WVGA (480×800) resolution. The Glide has an 8MP camera with a front-facing 1.3MP as well. The handset is also capable of recording and playing back 1080p videos. The usual array of connectivity features including support for HSPA+ 21Mbps is also present. The Glide also has some enhanced security features like Device and SD card encryption, VPN support, MDM, and Enhanced Exchange ActiveSync.

Both the Atrix 2 and the Glide run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which is going to get stale by the end of this month.

The other three Droids announced by AT&T are the Samsung DoubleTime, Pantech Pocket and AT&T Avail. Interested readers can find the specifications of these handsets here.

AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy S II Coming On 2nd October

Back in the beginning of September, Samsung finally announced the much-awaited and hyped operators’ variants of the Samsung Galaxy S II.

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While, the Sprint version of the Galaxy S II is already available, no specific date was announced for the T-Mobile and AT&T version. In fact, the complete specs of the T-Mobile version of the Galaxy S II were also not fully revealed.

Earlier, it was rumored that the AT&T version of the Galaxy S II would be released on 18th September. However, AT&T never confirmed that date, and as expected, the phone was not available in AT&T stores on 18th September.

Nevertheless, AT&T has finally confirmed via Twitter that the Galaxy S II will finally hit their retail stores on October 2nd, for $199.99 on a 2-year contract.

For the unknown, here is a quick reminder of the Samsung Galaxy S II specs for AT&T. Like the European version of SGS2, the AT&T version also has a 4.3-inch Super-AMOLED+ display, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, microSD card slot, MHL port, 8MP camera in the back with a 2MP camera in the front, and a NFC chip. The usual bunch of sensors, and connectivity features are also on-board.

White ‘iPhone 4s’ Shows in AT&T’s Inventory System

As an Apple event for the next-generation iPhone nears, leaks have started to become more common. Today, Engadget has received a leaked photo assumed to be from AT&T’s internal inventory system that shows a new entry for a “iPhone 4s white”. The screenshot was received from a tipster, however the listing appears to be incomplete and does not list the storage capacity.  It should be noted that the “s” is left uncapitalized, signaling that the next iPhone will be a evolutionary update rather than a revolutionary one.

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In the past, such entries have occurred and have usually been minimal indications of futures iPhones coming soon. The “iPhone 4s” is rumored by the media to be offered alongside the rumored upcoming “iPhone 5″.  Numerous reports have suggested that Apple will release two distinct versions of the iPhone in an attempt to enter into the pre-paid market. I believe those rumors are false and my predictions for the next iPhone can be read  here.

Apple is expected to unveil its next-genration iPhone and iPod touch in the coming weeks at a press event. Numerous rumors have suggested an event in September and a launch in October.

AT&T’s Sony Ericsson Xperia Play 4G Announced; Releasing On September 18

Sony Ericsson has just announced the Xperia Play 4G, which is headed to AT&T’s network. Don’t be fooled by the ‘4G’ tag though; the Xperia Play 4G is exactly the same as European version of the Play, and the Verizon’s version as well.

This means the Xperia Play 4G still sports the same 1GHz Scorpion processor from Qualcomm, and an Adreno 205 GPU. There is also 512MB of RAM, along with 400MB of internal storage on-board. Compared to the recent dual-core offerings from other Android manufacturers, the Xperia Play 4G hardware definitely feels old.

Other key specs of the Play include a 4-inch FWVGA (854×480) screen, quality stereo speakers, 5MP camera at the back and a VGA camera in the front, and the usual Wi-Fi, GPS with A-GPS and a bunch of other sensors and connectivity features. The main highlight of the Xperia Play is its PSP like gamepad, which is bound to attract die-hard gamers.

A point to note here is that the Xperia Play 4G, unlike its 4G moniker, does not support AT&T’s true  upcoming  4G LTE support. Instead, it supports its current so called 4G network, HSDPA+.

The handset runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and features Facebook Inside Xperia as well.  The Xperia Play is also the first PlayStation Certified phone in the world, and will come with seven games pre-loaded including Dungeon Defenders, Asphalt 6, Star Battalion, Madden NFL, The Sims 3, Tower Bloxx and Crash Bandicoot.

AT&T owners can get their hands on the Xperia Play 4G in an exclusive “Stealth Blue” color for only $49.99, after a two-year contract. The phone will hit the retail stores on September 18.

 

AT&T Jetstream Announced; HTC’s First Ever Honeycomb Tablet!

HTC and AT&T have finally announced there first ever Honeycomb based tablet, the AT&T Jetstream. The taiwanese company’s first ever Honeycomb tablet is different from the other run-of-the-mill Android Honeycomb tablets out there.

Unlike other Honeycomb tablets powered by a Tegra 2 SoC, a blazing fast 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor from Qualcomm powers the Jetstream. The tablet sports a 10.1-inch screen with WXGA (1280×800) resolution. Also, unlike most other Honeycomb tablets out there, the Jetstream will feature HTC’s popular custom UI skin, Sense UI, which will be optimized for tablet. The Jetstream will also feature HTC’s useful Scribe feature, which first made its appearance on the Flyer.

The Jetstream packs the standard connectivity features for a tablet including Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS with A-GPS and support for AT&T’s HSPA+ network, and most importantly its upcoming 4G LTE network.

At the back of the tablet is an 8MP camera with dual LED flash, and a 1.3MP camera in the front for video calling. The device is also capable of recording and playing back full HD videos.

AT&T’s Jetstream will launch with Android 3.1 Honeycomb on-board, and will hit the retail stores on September 4. The disappointing part about the tablet is its price. The Jetstream will cost a wallet-busting $699.99 with a two-year contract. This probably makes the Jetstream the costliest Android tablet at the moment!

 

LG Thrill 4G Coming To AT&T On September 4 For $99.99

lg thrill 4gEarlier this year, LG announced its first 3D smartphone, the LG Optimus 3G. The LG Thrill 4G is the AT&T’s version of LG Optimus 3D smartphone. This handset currently runs on the old Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System, but it will be soon upgraded to the new Android 2.3 OS. This handset allows you to record HD (720p) videos in 3D and full HD (1080p) videos in 2G. We have already posted that LG Thrill 4G will be available for the AT&T customers during the Q3 of 2011.

We have a good news for the AT&T customers, who were eagerly waiting to get their hands on this amazing 3D smartphone. AT&T recently tweeted from their official Twitter account that, the much-awaited LG Thrill 4G will be finally available for purchase from September 4.

LG Thrill 4G comes with a 4.3 inch capacitive touchscreen display with 480 x 800 pixels resolution, 1 GHz dual-core/dual-channel processor, Android 2.2 OS (upgradeable to Android 2.3), Glasses-free 3D, Wi-Fi Connectivity, 5 megapixel dual-lens camera, Full HD (1080p) video recording and playback in 2D, HD (720p) video recording and playback in 3D, etc.

Other features includes a 3.5mm headset jack, FM radio, Multimedia player, 4G Connectivity, Android Market, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSd card slot, 8 GB microSD card bundled, 32 GB expandable memory, HSPA+, HDMI 1.4, DLNA connectivity and a 1500 mAh battery.

This handset allows you to directly upload your 3D videos to the YouTube 3D channel from your handset. The LG Thrill 4G will be available from September 4 for just $99.99 with a 2 year service agreement.

Wall Street Journal: Sprint to Carry iPhone 5 Alongside AT&T and Verizon

In the United States, it is always big news when the iPhone appears on carriers. There was a huge announcement by Verizon when they got their hands on Apple’s smart phone earlier this year. Swirling around with all the iPhone 5 rumors, we have heard talk that Apple will be offering it’s killer device to yet another American carrier this fall.

It looks like that is probably the case. The Wall Street Journal, which isn’t known for being wrong about Apple products, is reporting that Sprint will get Apple’s next iPhone at the same time that it launches on AT&T and Verizon. This will bring the world’s best selling smartphone to America’s third largest cellular carrier.

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This is big news for data users, however. While AT&T and Verizon offer the ability to keep your unlimited plan when you upgrade, you cannot regain it if you lose it. Sprint, on the other hand, still offers unlimited data for a new and existing customers. This is also true unlimited data, unlike the plans offered by T-Mobile which become throttled after a certain amount of data use.

In their article, the Wall Street Journal also said that Sprint would begin selling the iPhone 5 in mid-October. This lines up with the rumored launch date I have previously reported. This also means that these potential sales will not contribute to fourth quarter profits for any carrier, as that ends in September.

Interestingly enough, Virgin Mobile, which operates under the Sprint umbrella in the States, has been working on restructuring it plans. The new plans will feature data throttling, and are set to launch in October. The obvious conclusion would be that Sprint will try to bring the iPhone to prepaid customers in the US for the first time.

BlackBerry Torch 9810 Now Available At AT&T For $49.99

Earlier this month, BlackBerry announced the much-awaited Blackberry Torch 9810 smartphone. This handset is the successor of the highly popular Blackberry Torch smartphone and it runs on the new BlackBerry 7 Operating System. This handset has not yet launched in the Europe and Asia, but the folks living in the US can go ahead and get this smartphone. The Blackberry Torch 9810 is exclusively available for the AT&T customers in the US.

BlackBerry customers are passionate about their smartphones and they know to come to AT&T for the best choice,said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, Devices, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. From being the first carrier to offer the BlackBerry solution in 1999 to the broadest lineup of 4G-capable BlackBerry smartphones this year, we’ll continue to offer our customers the leading BlackBerry portfolio in the U.S.

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Blackberry Torch 9810 features a 3.2 inch TFT LCD display with 640 x 480 pixels resolution, 1.2 GHz processor, BlackBerry 7 Operating System, Trackpad, Slide-out QWERTY keypad, 5 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording, 4X digital zoom, continuous auto focus, face detection and more.

Other features include a 3.5mm stereo headset jack, Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Built-in GPS functionality, BlackBerry Maps, Built-in speakerphone, 8 GB onboard memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 768 MB RAM, 4G Connectivity, up to 54 hours music playback time, up to 7 hours video playback time, up to 6.5 hours of talk time, up to 12.8 days of standby time and a 1270 mAh lithium-ion battery.

AT&T customers can get the Blackberry Torch 9810 for just $49.99 with a 2 year service agreement and a $15 monthly data plan. To buy this handset, head over to this page at AT&T online store.

Motorola Flipside Android 2.2 FroYo Update Rolling Out Now

Motorola Flipside users rejoice! Motorola has finally given your much phone much needed FroYo love. The Flipside was launched last year on AT&T’s network, with Android 2.1 on-board.

The update to Android 2.2 brings with it some welcomed changes, including the ability to transfer applications to memory card, and Flash 10.3 support. While the USB tethering feature is also present, the option to tether via Wi-Fi is absent.

The Android 2.2.2 update also brings with it some much needed  performance  and stability boost. Post the update, Flipside users are also reporting an increase in battery life.

However, one major complain with the update is the low internal memory, once the FroYo update is installed. Thanks to all the non-removable  bloatware by AT&T, users are forced to move nearly all of their apps on to the SD card. Rooting apps like z4root or Super One Click root, don’t work with the FroYo update, at the moment.

Motorola Flipside users can head over to this site for a step-by-step information on how to update your handset to Android 2.2 FroYo.

HTC Inspire 4G Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update Rolling Out Now

HTC has started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for AT&T”s version of the Desire HD, the Inspire 4G. The software update brings a number of enhancements and features, including enhancements in Sense UI and the usual Gingerbread goodies.

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Sadly, the update does not include the latest version of Sense (v3.0), which supports widgets and shortcuts on the lock screen. HTC however has tweaked the Sense UI to include toggles on the notification bar, along with an updated app drawer. The copy-&-paste method and battery life of the handset have also been tweaked.

Here is the full changelog from the folks over at Phandroid:

  • Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread
  • New HTC Senseâ„¢ features
    • Updated Application Tray features
    • Updated FriendStreamâ„¢ features
    • Added Quick Settings in the Notifications window
  • Improved Power Management function
  • Improved media experience
  • Various minor bug fixes

Inspire 4G owners can either wait for the OTA update to hit their phone, or they can manually download and install the update from here. Alternatively, they can pull the update from AT&T’s server by going to Settings->About Phone and selecting the Check for updates’ option.

BlackBerry Announces The New Torch 9810 Smartphone

BlackBerry recently announced the new BlackBerry Torch 9810 smartphone. This handset is the successor of the highly popular Blackberry Torch smartphone. The BlackBerry Torch 9810 runs on the new BlackBerry 7 Operating System and features a 3.2 inch TFT LCD display, 1.2 GHz processor, Slide-out QWERTY keypad, 5 megapixel camera, etc. BlackBerry 7 OS comes with the WebKit browser engine which delivers browsing results that are up to 40% faster than BlackBerry 6 based smartphones and up to 100% faster than BlackBerry 5 based smartphones.

This is the largest global launch of BlackBerry smartphones in our history,said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO of Research In Motion. The BlackBerry solution offers a best-in-class mobile communications experience that customers love and we think they will be thrilled by the faster performance, enhanced browsing and richer multimedia delivered by these powerful new BlackBerry Bold and BlackBerry Torch smartphones.

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BlackBerry Torch 9810 Specifications:

  • 3.2 inch TFT LCD display
  • 640 x 480 pixels resolution
  • 1.2 GHz processor
  • BlackBerry 7 OS
  • Trackpad
  • Slide-out QWERTY keypad
  • 5 megapixel camera
  • HD (720p) video recording
  • 4X digital zoom
  • Continuous auto focus
  • Face detection
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Built-in GPS functionality
  • BlackBerry Maps
  • 3.5mm stereo headset jack
  • Built-in speakerphone
  • 8 GB onboard memory
  • microSD card slot
  • 32 GB expandable memory
  • 768 MB RAM
  • 3G Connectivity
  • Up to 54 hours music playback time
  • Up to 7 hours video playback time
  • Up to 6.5 hours of Talk time
  • Up to 12.8 days of Standby time
  • 1270 mAh lithium-ion battery

BlackBerry Torch 9810 comes with pre-loaded applications and integrated functionality for increased productivity and collaboration. The price of this handset has not been announced yet. The BlackBerry Torch 9810 will be exclusively available for AT&T customers in the US. This handset is expected to release by the end of this month.

AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy S II Pictures Leak; Sports a Four-Row QWERTY Keyboard

Samsung officially confirmed that their most popular handset of all time the Galaxy S II will be hitting the U.S. sometime in August. Now, the folks over at BGR have got their hands on the leaked pictures of the Galaxy S II, which will be headed to AT&T.

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The AT&T variant of the Galaxy S II will sport a four-row slide-out QWERTY keyboard. From the pictures, the screen size of the AT&T variant looks somewhere around 4+ inches. The handset will also sport the four standard capacitive keys, instead of the two capacitive and one hardware key layout found in the Galaxy S II.

In all probability, the handset will be launched with a different name than its original (Galaxy S II). The images also show that the AT&T variant of the Galaxy S II will launch with Android 2.3.4. The back of the phone will sport an 8MP camera with an LED flash.

The leaked images also suggest that Samsung has managed to keep the waistline of the Galaxy S II slim, even with the inclusion of a hardware keyboard. AT&T users should expect the Galaxy S II sometime in the coming month.

All AT&T Android Phones Launched In 2011 Will Get Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update

Most of the Android smartphones lanched in the Q1 of 2011 runs on the old Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System. Manufacturers have already promised the Android 2.3 updates for these devices, but haven’t released it yet. But we have a great news for the AT&T customers, who has purchased an Android phone launched in 2011. AT&T recently announced that, the company will roll out the much-awaited Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for all its post-paid Android smartphones launched in 2011.

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AT&T has already rolled out the Android 2.3 update for the Motorola ATRIX 4G smartphones. Other AT&T smartphones to receive the latest Android update are HTC Inspire 4G, LG Phoenix, Pantech Crossover, Samsung Captivate 4G and Samsung Infuse 4G. AT&T has also announced that, the Samsung Captivate (Galaxy S variant for AT&T) owners will also be able to upgrade their phones to Gingerbread.

AT&T also mentioned that, the delivery methods will vary by device. Most of the times, the update will be delivered Over-The-Air (OTA), however in some cases, you will need to install the update via. Wi-Fi or connect the phone to a PC. Next month, HTC Inspire 4G users will be notified that the update is available and can be downloaded when connected to a Wi-Fi network. Stay tuned for more updates!

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AT&T Nexus S Now Available At Best Buy For $99.99

Google Nexus S is the first Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) smartphone. This handset is already available in 3G and 4G variants exclusively for the T-Mobile and Sprint customers respectively. Last week, AT&T announced the Google Nexus S smartphone, for its customers in the US. This handset is manufactured by Samsung and it comes with a 4 inch Super AMOLED display, 1 GHz processor, 5 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording and more. AT&T customers will be happy to learn that, the much-awaited Google Nexus S smartphone is finally available for purchase exclusively at Best Buy.

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AT&T Google Nexus S features a 4 inch WVGA SUPER AMOLED display with 800 x 480 pixels resolution, 1 GHz application processor, Android 2.3 OS (Gingerbread), Wi-Fi, 3G Connectivity, 5 megapixel camera with Auto Focus, VGA front Camera, HD (720p) video recording and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, NFC (Near Field Communication) Capability, USB 2.0, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, A-GPS, 16 GB internal memory, no MicroSd card slot, 512MB RAM, Accelerometer, Digital compass, Proximity and Light Sensor, Android Market, up to 713 hrs stand-by time, up to 6 hrs 40 min talk-time and a 1500 mAh battery.

The AT&T Google Nexus S allows you to access more than 250,000 apps from the Android Market. This handset also lets you to voice and video chat with your Google Talk friends, over the Wi-Fi or using the 3G/4G connection. AT&T Nexus S comes is available for just $99.99 with a 2 year service agreement. To buy this handset, head over to this page at Best Buy.

Google Nexus S Now Available On AT&T

Today, Google has announced via its blog that its six-months old flagship handset, the Nexus S, is heading to AT&T.

The AT&T version of Nexus S will ship with the exact same specs as its T-Mobile or Sprint version, which includes a 1GHz Hummingbird, 512MB of RAM, 16GB on-board storage, NFC and a 4-inch Super-AMOLED screen with WVGA (800×480) resolution.

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Up until now, the Nexus S was available only under T-Mobile and Sprint network. Even though the addition of AT&T will help the Nexus S to gain market share, it does not downplay the fact that the handset is more than 6 months old. The only advantage the Nexus S holds over its hardware-wise superior competitors, is that being a Nexus branded phone, the handset will get Android updates

Interested users, can already pre-order the Nexus S at Best Buy. The handset will hit the Best Buy store shelves on July 24.

Hopefully, if Google ever intends to launch the Nexus S under Verizon’s network, they will do so before they announce the next Nexus handset.