Sprint / Motorola Event Scheduled for June 9th [Dual-Core Ahoy?]

We've just received an invite to an event that'll be taking place at the beginning of next month, June 9th 2011 at 30 minutes after noon all the way over in New York. We'll be there with bells on, of course, and we'll be bringing you all the coverage your heart can handle sooner than anyone else - you can bank on it! Meanwhile, lets talk a little bit about what they might be revealing as this event.

Details on T-Mobile “Insomnia Sale” with free Sidekick 4G and G2

According to T-Mobile and their twitter account we have just got the details on the Insomnia Sale, or after-hours sale they have been talking about. They will be selling some of their hottest summer devices at extremely low prices, or in this case free for those that stay up late with them and can get in on the action. Here is the official tweet. It is tonight, May 25th so don't waste any time.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7″ 3G on sale for $259 at Woot

No Woot-off going on today but the ever so popular woot.com does have a little android treat for sale today. For those that don't know Woot they have one sale a day, and that is it (excluding woot-offs). So if you want to get in on the action you better act fast. If you're looking for a great way to get into an android tablet at a low price this would probably be your best bet. They have the 16GB Wifi AND 3G Samsung Galaxy Tab from Sprint for $259.

LG Revolution Hands-On and Unboxing

As you may have heard this morning, the LG Revolution is official and it's got both a release date (May 26th, 2011) and a price ($249.99 with new 2-year contract and data plan) on Verizon wireless. And it's running on 4G LTE! Well wouldn't you also know it - we just happened to have gotten this device in the mail today for review! It's come in the same package as the Xperia PLAY (which you can also order now from Verizon) and it's got a box that reminds us instantly of a couple of other related items - the HTC ThunderBolt and the LG Optimus 3D. Brand coincidence? No way! Let's have a peek at this device and sneak around its insides!

Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY Hands-On and Unboxing [Verizon]

Well what do you know? We got a PlayStation phone in the mail! This device is one of Verizon's newest handsets, it being produced by Sony Ericsson and of course it being the very first and only PlayStation Certified smartphone in the world. It's running Android 2.3.2 Gingerbread, connects to data via Verizon's 3G network, and it comes in a rather unexciting box. It'll sell itself, I swear! Inside the device you'll find more than just guts, you'll find a perfectly usable set of PlayStation controls including flat joysticks, directional pad, and four PlayStation buttons. There's also a start button, a select button, and an extra Android menu button so you don't have to reach all the way up to the side of the display. Left and Right buttons are up top (behind the display when open) and a volume dongle sits in the middle. Lets get our hands on it and see how it goes!

LG Revolution 4G priced and dated for Verizon

The Verizon Revolution by LG will arrive on May 26, the carrier has confirmed, the latest Android smartphone to offer 4G LTE connectivity. Based on a 1GHz Snapdragon processor with a 4.3-inch display, the LG Revolution has an HDMI output, WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0, along with a 5-megapixel main camera that can record 720p HD video. There's also a front-facing 1.3-megapixel webcam for video calls. Verizon preloads Swype, Bing search and mapping, Netflix and an image-editing app, along with a Mobile Hotspot app that can share the 4G connection with up to eight WiFi clients (or a 3G connection with up to five). Pricing will be $249.99 with a new, two-year agreement and a mandatory data plan. More details on the Revolution in our hands-on from way back at CES. [vms be6ec9b852b0a542e2f3] UPDATE: Also we now have this device on hand for you to be looking at closer than ever! See our hands-on and unboxing and see some cinematic gold now! Press Release:
Revolution™ By LG Arrives For Verizon Wireless Dynamic Trio of 4G LTE, Entertainment and Power Combine To Make Revolution™ by LG BASKING RIDGE, NJ, and SAN DIEGO, CA — Verizon Wireless and LG Mobile Phones today announced Revolution™ by LG will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com on May 26. An entertainment powerhouse, Revolution by LG is the first Android™ smartphone preloaded with the Neflix application, allowing Netflix subscribers access to movies and television shows. Revolution customers can capture and share HD images or videos on a 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen. Built-in HDMI output and SmartShare capability allow customers to share multimedia content with HDMI capable displays, creating an exceptional entertainment experience. Key features: 4G LTE – customers can expect download speeds of 5 to 12 Mbps and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in 4G Mobile Broadband coverage areas 1 GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon® processor Android™ 2.2 platform Access to more than 200,000 apps available to download from Android Market™ Bing® Search and Maps Adobe® Flash® Player Rear-facing 5.0-megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video chat 720p HD video recording and playback Wi-Fi connectivity 802.11 b/g/n Mobile Hotspot capability allows customers to share 4G LTE with up to 8 Wi-Fi-enabled devices or a 3G connection with up to 5 devices Bluetooth® Version 3.0 Support Profiles: headset, hands-free, object push, advanced audio distribution (stereo), audio/video remote control, file transfer, phone book access Additional features: V CAST Apps Virtual QWERTY keyboard with SWYPE technology Equipped with Dolby® Mobile for rich listening experience Extensive image editor includes: crop, rotate, resize, apply filters, image adjustments, draw, write, erase and add stamps 16 GB preinstalled microSD card™ Pricing and availability: Revolution by LG will be available in Verizon Wireless Communication Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com for $249.99 with a new two-year customer agreement. Revolution customers will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan and a data package. Nationwide Talk plans begin at $39.99 for monthly access. An unlimited data package is available for $29.99 for monthly access. The Mobile Hotspot feature will be included for a limited time at no additional charge. The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network, launched in December 2010, is the fastest, most advanced 4G network in the United States, providing speeds up to 10 times faster than Verizon Wireless’ 3G network. Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network currently reaches one-third of all Americans, with plans to expand the network to the company’s entire 3G coverage area over the next three years. For more information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

Galaxy Tab 10.1 “a few days away” with Android 3.1 onboard!?

I am really looking forward to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 hitting the market for folks to get hands on. I know I am not the only one. We put up a review not long ago of the Galaxy 10.1 that was handed out at Google I/O and we liked the thing pretty well. The tablet we laid our hands on was packing Android 3.0.1 under the hood. There is now evidence surfacing directly from Samsung that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 may in fact be packing Android 3.1 when it hits stores.

HTC “reviewing” locked bootloader policy after Android feedback

HTC has confirmed that it is "reviewing the issue and our policy around bootloaders" in a move that may see the company backtrack on its locked-down Android smartphones. According to the HTC Facebook page, user satisfaction "is a top priority" and - perhaps a little tongue in cheek, given how virulently some of the Android faithful have reacted - thanks users for their "willingness to share" feedback. HTC wouldn't be the first company to reverse policy on bootloader locking. Sony Ericsson impressed modders earlier this year after it confirmed it would be allowing bootloader access to certain 2011 Android models, after getting similarly strong feedback. Now, there's no guarantee that HTC will decide unlocking is in its best interest, but we know for a fact the company is aware of the bootloader cloud hanging over the HTC Sensation and how that's pushing some power-users toward Samsung's Galaxy S II.
Update on Bootloaders Thanks so much for providing feedback, we hear your concerns. Your satisfaction is a top priority for us and we're working hard to ensure you have great experiences with our phones. We're reviewing the issue and our policy around bootloaders and will provide more information soon. Thank you for your interest, support and willingness to share your feedback.
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