So the unreleased EVO Shift 4G — an HTC EVO 4G with a smaller 3.6-inch screen, 3G/4G WiMAX, and a slide-out QWERTY — was just recently spotted in a RadioShack catalog. It seemed to be priced at $149 on a 2-year contract and $449 without. We (and by that, I mean me) would probably go for this over the Epic 4G, considering it uses Sense UI and not the awful Touchwiz 3.0 user interface overlay, meaning it would probably make more sense. Via: AndroidCentral
Would you like some apps with that bacon? Apparently, two sites dedicated to tracking down the amount of Windows Phone 7 apps available report they’ve neared 5,000, and as usual, the reliable AndroidLib reports a total of 200,000k apps in the Android Market. Keep in mind you tech elite readers, that we’ve been hurt by fake statistics, and even Google pitching in and stating they had less apps than AndroidLib had reported before. Take this with a small grain of salt (on top of your salty bacon) and use these numbers as an overall look into how many applications are available for both platforms.
And yes, there are a lot of crappy apps, and farts associated with those numbers.
Via: AndroLib, WP7 Applist, and Marketplace Browser
So far as according to the rumor mills, HTC Thunderbolt 4G will be Verizon’s first 4G LTE handset, and as according to the promo page seen above, rightfully so. Ahead of the CES announcement, there’s obvious fact that the “Thunderbolt 4G” is bound for Verizon — all 3 other “4G” handsets of major popularity are built by HTC, and AT&T doesn’t have a 4G network in service yet. Time to see what the might of the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show brings, right guys and gals? Via: AndroidCentral
At first, “meh” was stated quite a few times before writing this, so give me the credit for actually committing to posting this (just kidding). The Samsung Galaxy Player will be just like the Galaxy S that many have come to love, except with no cellular radios installed. For an unannounced price and release date, you’d get a 1GHz (Hummingbird?) processor, 4-inch WVGA touchscreen (LCD, not Super AMOLED), SoundAlive audio enhancement technology, something called T-DMB, dual cameras, HD video playback support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0 and — wait for it — finally, Android 2.2, hopefully with 2.3 Gingerbread on its way. Speaking of all of that, imagine how much hacking would be possible with clean slate like this?
Galaxy Player will come in three storage sizes: 8 GB, 16 GB and 32 GB. Not bad; now just wait till CES 2011 in Las Vegas when it’s formally announced. Via: SamsungHub
In Jeff Bezos we trust, it seems.
Amazon has come in clean today, and stated that the Kindle 3 is their best-selling product, in all categories, of all time, in any country. Despite there being no sales report to suggest Amazon sold that many Kindles, we can only tell that they probably were that successful. Press release after the bounce.
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Christmas is over. It’s back to business in the tech world. That business may or may not include: ranting, reviews, leaks, and news. Worry not, because I have one of said types of content available right after the break for you to read. Essentially, I think Nokia is behind, some of their hardware is almost on par (I said, almost, more like a little far) with most Android and Windows Phone offerings, but their software sucks more than not finding the movie you want on Netflix.
Read on, readers.
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It’s the world-famous Joby Gorillapod, a tripod that screws onto the bottom of your camera like every other tripod out there, but can grasp on anything you wrap its legs around, and this particular model supports the weight of DSLRs, up to 1.75 lbs, while the SLR zoom model can support 6.6lbs of weight. Thankfully, ThinkGeek was able to get one out to us, and after the break, you can see the review. Oh, and Merry Christmas!
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Yeah, HTC likes being first it seems. The HTC EVO 4G was advertised as the “first 4G phone ever”, then the T-Mobile G2 as the “first to 4G on T-Mobile”, and now it seems HTC wants to be the “first to 4G, again” with their upcoming 4G LTE Verizon Wireless handset due to be announced on the 6th of January it seems, as according to a graphic a forum-goer stumbled upon on HTC’s mobile site, seen at the source link.
Via: Weird HTC Subdomain
Coming straight out of the coding programs of 15-year-old online dev, Stephen Ou, creator of the popular iTunes Instant web app, has launched Ohboard, a paid app for $3.99 (which is a little high, but hey, to each his own) on the Chrome Web Store. Interestingly enough, this is a whiteboard app, has only 4 buttons, and the blank canvas of pixels that is your screen. Think of it as a journal, but as an app in Chrome that auto-saves every time you use it. It seems simple and useful enough to serve as a quick doodling app, or as serious as your drawing skills can get. Via: OhBoard on Chrome Web Store
No really, some PR dude (or dudette) is leaking 4G LTE all the way for some gadget blogs (send some our way guys), and this time Gizmodo gets another one in the portfolio. This 4G LTE Samsung handset has a front-facing camera (a first at VZW!), Android 2.2.1 (come on, man!), no Bing by defualt (yay!) and Touchwiz (fffuuuu). I’d like to applaud Samsung on the SCH-I520 because it does seem to contain dubious amounts of awesome sauce, despite the Touchwiz coating. Via: GizyWhizzyModo