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Motorola DROID R2-D2 Now Only $99.99

Remember the Star Wars DROID R2-D2? The device brought to market for the "ultra-fans" has just seen a price drop as Verizon navigates away from offering up online rebates. The Motorola DROID R2-D2 has now been cut to $99.99 with a 2-year agreement.

Motorola XOOM coming in 2 weeks? Buccaneer Gerald McCoy says so

For those unaware, Tampa Bay Buccaneer Gerald McCoy has joined up with Motorola at this year's Super Bowl to provide sporadic news from a football player's perspective. Joining Chad Chad Ochocino and the OCNN, the player have been tweeting about the upcoming XOOM tablet. According to the last tweet from McCoy, the XOOM should be coming in 2 weeks. We've heard that the device will launch in February and dates such as the 17th have been rumored, but, if McCoy was told anything about the upcoming release, we should expect it around the 14-17 at latest. No matter the official date, it's coming, and it's coming soon. Who is excited to finally get their hands on Android 3.0 (Honeycomb)? What features are you personally looking forward to the most? [Via DroidLife]

Archos 5 Tablet Only $240 Today on Amazon

Looking for an Android tablet for half off? Today is your lucky day as Amazon has just cut the price of the Archos 5 500 GB Android tablet to $239.99. For the new price tag you will be getting an Android tablet, and although it's a bit behind the times and lacking main features, it's a decent option for anyone just looking for a browsing device. The Archos 5 includes a 500 GB internal hard drive, 5-inch 800x480 resolution screen and a 800MHz processor. Shipping with Android 1.6 Donut (we know, it's old), the device will be able to handle most multi-media needs. However, it's worth noting that the device doesn't ship with Google's standard suite of applications, so if you're looking for the Android Market, Gmail, or Google Maps you will have to use alternative methods to get them on your device. The sale is today only and the 32GB flash storage model has also been cut to $290 fro $380. [Via AndroidCentral]

Samsung Fascinate’s Froyo Leak Available for Download

Just last week the internet was made aware that the Verizon Froyo update for the Samsung Fascinate had been leaked. Even though Kaos would not release it at that time he confirmed its existence. However, now it is available for download for Samsung customers who have waited far too long to be enjoying the updates that came along with Android 2.3 Froyo.

LG Readying NFC For the European Market, Launching 2012

NFC is expected to grow exponentially over the next few years. Already popular in Japan, the technology is readying itself for mainstream adoption as companies such as Google and Apple are preparing to bring the technology to the customers. LG is currently working on this technology and stated that they will be ready for launch in 2012 to the European market. In an interview with Reuters Jin-Yong Kim, vice president for business solutions at LG's Home Entertainment division, stated LG's current plans on progress on the maturing technology:
"The point-of-sale technology, which will be targeted at small and medium-sized businesses and will involve NFC or near field communications and cloud computing, is currently in beta testing. ...The plan is to launch it in Europe in 2012."
Analysts at Frost and Sullivan expect 800 million NFC-enabled mobile phones in use by 2015 and it will be the most-used form of mobile payment. With Google's focus on the technology and promising support in upcoming operating systems, we can expect to see NFC-adoption grow significantly in markets other than Japan. [Via Reuters]

HTC ThunderBolt Simultaneous Data and Voice Over 3G Confirmed, Again

When we first heard that the HTC ThunderBolt would support simultaneous data and voice over 3G on Verizon's network, we were a little skeptical. Verizon has been known, and knocked, for their lack of support of this feature and for it to come up out of no where from hardware on a phone, it left many wondering how HTC managed to do this.
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