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Samsung confirms Galaxy Ace Plus, with no availability details

If you can strain your memory to recall the leaked image of Samsung's Galaxy Ace Plus from yesterday, you'll be glad to know that it's now officially official. The shrunken version of the original Galaxy S should make for a solid choice for those who want a mid-sized, affordable phone without dipping into the low-end side of the hardware range. Unfortunately, they didn't mention a price or availability, though we'll probably find out more about that soon enough.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo returns to the FCC

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo has made a repeat appearance to the FCC in order to test WCDMA bands 2 and 5. These bands are covered by AT&Ts 3G service and could mean that AT&T is looking to bring the Neo to Sony fans in the US soon. The only real difference between the WCDMA version of the Neo and the GSM version is just the bands it broadcasts to. But since that difference is enough to warrant an FCC ID designation, both are listed as FCC ID PY7A3880101 and FCC ID PY7A3880100 respectively.

Samsung SCH-W899 Dual Screen gets FCC’d

Tear down images of the Samsung SCH-W899 Dual Screen clamshell handset have popped up and looking at the design, it's a rather interesting design choice. First the cool features, the "Sch" has two 3.3" Super AMOLED screens sitting in what looks like a back to back configuration. The primary screen is for palming the phone for smart computing. Then, when users want to make a phone call, they flip it up "old school" and the second screen comes to life. http://androidcommunity.com/wp-admin/tools.php

AT&T to buy T-Mobile in the US

AT&T and Deutsche Telekom announced today that AT&T will acquire T-Mobile USA in a cash and stock deal valued at around $39 billion, or 8% of company ownership. The agreement has cleared the boards of both companies and will have to be approved by the Federal Communications Commission. Both companies have been reeling of late with extreme competition from Verizon, who is rolling out their 4G/LTE network to over 200 cities this year. Experts says that AT&T's acquisition of T-Mobile's USA network is the fastest way to add 4G capacity to stay competitive.

Motorola XOOM teardown reveals EVDO/HSPA+ World Modem

Motorola's XOOM tablet has suffered the screwless indignities of the teardown, with iFixit taking the 10.1-inch Honeycomb slate apart for the unblinking gaze of the camera. The freshly rooted tablet is unsurprisingly straightforward to open - considering that's something Motorola will be doing a lot of, while replacing the 3G modem with a 4G version later in the year - and reveals what iFixit describes as a blank "mini-PCI interconnect board" which seems to be a placeholder for the 4G modem. Interestingly, the XOOM uses the same Qualcomm MDM6600 3G radio as Verizon's iPhone 4, which as you may remember is potentially world-phone capable (the radio, that is, not the iPhone 4). That could imply that the HSPA+ capable chipset won't be changed out for the GSM versions of the XOOM, merely have its GSM capabilities unlocked through software/firmware. In the end, iFixit have glowing things to say about the XOOM's repairability, though they do warn that there are a lot of screws to get past in order to access all of the different components. For more on the performance of the XOOM, rather than the hardware inside, check out the Android Community XOOM and Honeycomb Review.

Verizon Demos Global Calling and many other features of the Droid 2 Global [Video]

The main difference between the DROID 2 and the DROID 2 Global is that the Global has built in GSM/CDMA radios and can be used around the globe (if you pay for service). Well many users may have the phone and not even know how to enter these modes. Verizon now has you covered with their series of YouTube videos demoing just how to switch network modes, dial a number, and place a call.

Samsung Galaxy Tab FCC Filings Say GSM Also

Just a couple of days ago we saw a leaked internal screen from Verizon showing that the Galaxy Tab would be available through them. Now that we have the FCC filings we are seeing that there will be GSM connectivity options also. The report says that it supports GSM frequencies of 850, 900,1800, 1900 and HSDPA is on board also. It also has dual-band 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi that is capable of speeds up to 150MBPS, which will be very nice.

Motorola Milestone Coming to Cellular South

Cellular South has officially announced that the Milestone will be available soon. A little over a month ago they placed a promotion on their site with an unknown Android handset under a veil. Now that veil has been lifted to reveal the Motorola Milestone.
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