Verizon Wireless is selling its newest Android phone, the Motorola Droid Bionic, for $300 with a two-year contract, but Amazon has a much better deal:
With a new Verizon account and a two-year service agreement, you can get the Bionic for just $179. This price includes 2-day shipping. If you’re already a Verizon customer and are eligible for an upgrade, the price jumps to $249, still $50 off the Verizon price.
But if you’re upgrading, a better deal can be found at LetsTalk, where the upgrade price is $199, saving you an additional $50 off Amazon’s $249.
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An update to Android 2.3.4 “Gingerbread” is now available for the AT&T Motorola Atrix 4G smartphone. The update is marked v4.5.91.
The update brings the latest version of the Android OS, along with various enhancements and fixes.
To update, you must be connected to a Wi-Fi hotspot or network. You may receive a notification that the update is available; if you do not, you can navigate to Settings > About Phone > System Updates to manually install the update.
For more information including detailed release notes, visit this support page on the Motorola web site.
Samsung’s Galaxy S2 Android-powered smartphones are headed for the U.S. beginning next month.
The Galaxy S2 is one of the most advanced smartphones in the world. With its zippy dual-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A9 Exynos CPU, 32GB ROM, 1GB of RAM, 1080p HD video recording, 8MP still camera, brilliant AMOLED+ display and slim form factor, many believe that it’s the Android phone to beat, even with the impressive additions we’ve seen so far in 2011.
Like the first-gen Galaxy S models, the S2s will be available from multiple American wireless carriers under different model names and with slight variations from unit to unit. Here’s what we know – or think we know – so far about the U.S. versions of the Samsung Galaxy S2:
AT&T: The Galaxy S2 will come to AT&T as the Samsung Attain. It’ll have HSDA+ “4G” wireless in addition to 3G, a 4.3-inch AMOLED display, a 2MP front-facing camera, Bluetooth 3.0 and a 1650mAh battery. This may be the first S2 model we see in the U.S. starting next month, and will replace the Samsung Captivate. Like all Galaxy S2 models, the Attain will run Android 2.3.x, aka Gingerbread.
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But don’t get too excited just yet; the new Google Talk will be included in an upcoming over-the-air Android 2.3.4 OS update for the Nexus S, and won’t be an individual download for some time (if ever). Android users who don’t have a Nexus S will presumably have to wait either until their device is updated to Android 2.3.4 (and most are still stuck with 2.2.1, to say nothing of 2.3) or until Google decides to make this Google Talk app available via the Marketplace as a standalone download.
Features include video chatting over Wi-Fi or 3G/4G (if your carrier allows it) as well as the ability to chat with anyone using Gmail or a video-capable version of Google Talk, irrespective of device.
Find out more at the Google Mobile Blog.