The Now Network wants you to “fall in love all over again,” as it has put up the pre-order page for the HTC EVO 4G LTE this afternoon. While customers cannot pre-order yet, we now know that those looking to get their hands on Sprint’s next 4G device do not have much longer, because pre-orders start May 7. Announced earlier this month at a media event in New York, the EVO 4G LTE packs a 4.7-inch HD 720p Super LCD display, 1.5 GHz dual core processor, 8-megapixel primary camera, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, Android 4.0, and Google Wallet. Perhaps the EVO line is not your type: In that case, Sprint also offers the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and LG Viper to satisfy your LTE needs. Oh yeah, Sprint’s LTE network has not launched yet. Nevertheless, it should roll out by mid-summer. You can sign-up at the link below to get more information.
Google began testing a new “Trusted Stores” badge on its Adwords platform to compliment its Trusted Stores program. Search Engine Land discovered the feature this afternoon. For those unfamiliar, Adwords is Google’s ad platform that displays ads on Google’s Search product while driving a ton of revenue to the Mountain View, Calif.-based company. Google launched Trusted Stores last year as a way for customers to feel a little more comfortable when buying products online. The new badge that appears in Adwords will help users to understand which companies Google has approved as a reliable source.
A Google spokesperson explained the move: Read more
While rumors of the device have popped up over the last few months, Verizon confirmed the news of the HTC Droid Incredible 4G on its Droid Does website earlier this morning. It was obviously a mistake, because Big Red pulled the listing from its website shortly after. Nevertheless, Android Central got a glimpse of the specs and price. While there is no launch date, we now know the Droid Incredible 4G packs a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 4-inch display, LTE bands, and Android 4.0 with HTC’s custom Sense 4 on top. Presumably, the device also features an 8-megapixel shooter. At $299, this handset will certainly be a hot-seller alongside the Droid RAZR Maxx and Droid 4. We reached out to Verizon to try to learn more.
Samsung’s next Galaxy device is set to launch at a May 3 press event in London, but that has not stopped the company from releasing a ton of teasers for the new device. On top of two video teasers earlier this morning, Samsung also released a registration page to get more information on “a whole new world.” Samsung’s teasers are certainly getting us super excited, and you bet we will be on the look out for even more leaks. So far, rumors are pointing to a nice little spec bump, but overall features should not be that far off from the Galaxy S II. CNET said last week that the device might feature eye tracking technology and the absence of a home button. You can hit up the source link after the break to register, or just stick with 9to5Google for all the latest.
As part of the Samsung Galaxy Note S Pen App Challenge, the company handed out $200,000 in cash prizes to mobile developers in the United States. The awards went to apps that made particular good use of the Galaxy Note’s S Pen stylus. The best overall app and grand prize of $100,000 went to “Monkey Write * Learn Chinese” by Chiu-ki Chan (Square Island LLC).
Other winners include second place best overall app “Maze Racer” with developer SmartyPantsGaming taking home $50,000, and third place best overall app “Drawing Pad” grabbing $25,000.
Popular Choice app went to SignDoc Mobile. It received $2,000 along with the rest of the honorable mention winners below:
Verizon is now offering the Samsung Galaxy Nexus for $199.99 on a two-year contract— a $100 discount.
The carrier’s internal MAP documents from last week suggested a new asking price was coming sooner rather than later, and it seems Verizon was quick to match Sprint’s newly announced price tag for the device. The attractive savings also levels the flagship Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone with Verizon’s other high-end handsets such as the Droid 4 and LG Spectrum. However, Verizon’s off-contract price for the Galaxy Nexus is still fixed at $649.99.
For those unaware, the LTE-capable Galaxy Nexus also packs a 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED contoured display, dual-core 1.2GHz processor and 1GB Ram, and a 5-megapixel camera coupled with a 1.3-megapixel front shooter.