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AT&T Announces Five New Android Smartphones

 AT&T previously announced that they had plans to introduce 12 news Android devices this year, and they weren’t kidding around. The company has just released five new Android smartphones, making AT&T’s total 19.

The news phones are – Motorola Atrix 2, Samsung Captivate Glide, Samsung DoubleTime, Pantech Pocket and one other smartphone for the pre-paid customers called the AT&T Avail. Pricing and availability are both unknown at the moment, but all five smartphones will hit the market in 2011.

Leading the pack is the powerful Motorola Atrix 2, with a 4.3-inch, 960×540 (qHD) screen, 1 GHz dual-core CPU, 1 GB of RAM, a 8-megapixel camera capable of full HD video capture and an additional camera for video chat.

Samsung Captivate Glide, as its name suggests, has a side-slide QWERTY keyboard. It also packs decent specifications: a 4-inch, 480×800 Super AMOLED screen, a 1 GHz dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 CPU, 1 GB of RAM, and two cameras, a 1.3-megapixel one at the front and a full HD 8-megapixel one at the back.

Both devices support AT&T’s HSPA+ fast data transfer standard and both are running Android 2.3.

The Pantech Pocket is a mid-range device running Android 2.3, with a 1 GHz CPU, a 4-inch screen, a 5-megapixel camera. To like it, you’ll have to appreciate its form, as the device’s dimensions are 114.7 mm x 7 8mm x 11.3 mm, which makes it a lot wider than most candy bar phones.

Samsung DoubleTime is a device for those who want something different. Its specifications are nothing to write home about – a 600 MHz CPU, 3.2-inch screen and Android 2.2 – but its candy bar form opens to reveal a second 3.2-inch screen and a full QWERTY keyboard.

Finally, the AT&T Avail is for those that don’t like contracts (the other pre-paid smartphone in AT&T’s roster is LG Thrive). It’s a fairly standard candy bar mid-range smartphone, with Android 2.3, a 3.5-inch screen, a 5-megapixel camera and 512 MB of RAM.

1 Year of iPhone “Ringtone Making” — Let’s celebrate. Our App is now Free, for 1 day only!

UPDATE: The celebration was a great success! Enjoy the Apps, everyone.

Last year, on October 11th, we published our first iPhone App — Ringtone Maker for iPhone. This year, as a thank you to everyone for making our free App so popular, we’re making 'Ringtone Maker Pro' available for Free (normally $0.99), for 1 day only!

This version of the App, which you must download in the next 24 hours, does not contain advertisements and, in the future, may contain secret “bonus” features. By getting the App today, and staying up to date with the latest versions, you may get an even better Mobile17 experience!

It costs nothing to download today only, and there are no rainchecks! Grab it, and enjoy, as a thank you for being such loyal Mobile17 fans. — Don’t forget to ‘like us’ on Facebook!

Run Android Apps On An iPad

New software will allow you to run Android apps on nearly any device:

Announced yesterday, Myriad’s Alien Dalvik 2.0 will support Android apps on tablets, e-books, TVs, and even cars.

Initially unveiled for the MeeGo OS earlier this year, the software allows most Android Package—also known as APK—files to run on a myriad of devices with little or no tweaking, according to the company. Users can simply trigger the APK file to install and then launch the app on their chosen device.

Dalvik 2.0 is set to be unveiled next week at the CTIA 2011 Conference.

NASA Releases Ringtones

Imagine everytime your phone rings, you hear Neil Armstrong’s “One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind” or how about “Houston, we’ve had a problem” everytime you receive an email. It’s possible now thanks to NASA’s decision to scourits audio archives for a selection of what it’s collaing “historic and interesting sounds.”

“NASA has been making historic sounds for over 50 years,” NASA App project manager Jerry Colen said. “Now we’re making some of these memorable sounds easy to find an use.” The sounds are organized into four categories: shuttle and station, Apollo and Mercury, current missiongs and beeps & bytes. There are 36 audio clips available.

In addition to the memorable lines, there’s plenty of sounds you’ve probably never heard. “Landing comments begins with the speaker tapping the microphone to check it’s working, before saying, ‘Nose gear touchdown. Having fired the imagination of a generation, a ship like no other, its place in history secured, the space shuttle pulls into port for the last time, its voyage at an end.’” There’s even a clip from JFK’s historic moon landing speech.

All of the audio clips are available in MP3 and M4R formats. Android users can download the clips by first downloading the NASA App. iPhone users should follow the instructions here. To listen to all the available sound bites, click here.

SMS Web Browsing

A new Android app offers users the ability to browse the web even if they don’t have a data plan. The app, called Smozzy, circumvents the traditional mobile browsing experience. By utilizing Short Message Service (SMS) and Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS), Smozzy delivers web content. 

The app is free to download and looks and acts like the regular Android browser. Smozzy receives website and search term requests via SMS. The data is received and that’s when Smozzy’s servers go to work to find the information you’re seeking. The results are then zipped and sent back  as a PNG files via MMS. The app itself receives the files and displays them on the phone in a functional webpage, complete with links and relevant content.

Don’t go cancelling your data plan just yet, though. According to Smozzy’s Android Market page, it’s only available in beta version for T-Mobile subscribers in the United States. Not to mention that the data exchange between the app and their servers isn’t encrypted — don’t enter any passwords or sensitive material. Also, the app itself recommends that the user have unlimited text messaging as it sends and receives numerous SMS and MMS messages that could result in overages for users on tiered messaging plans.

Nokia Ringtone Competition

Nokia is offering $10,000 to the person that can create their next “classic” ringtone. Using AudioDraft, a crowd-sourced sound design contesting site, the company is accepting entries until October 2, 2011. The winning ringtone will be included on selected handsets from Nokia’s 2012 product portfolio.

Of course, the $10,000 prize is enough to make anybody want to compose their own small melody, however having your very own Nokia Tune heard over 1 billion times a day is an exciting enough reason in itself. It is the world’s most recognized audio brand asset.

The general public will be able to vote on their favorite entries, but won’t have the final say on the winner. The top five will go in front of a top-notch judge panel.

Kai Bronner, one of the founders of Audio Branding Academy; Julian Treasure, known for his TED talks and author of ‘Sound Business’; Mark Dewings, head of Brand & Marketing Communications at SoundCloud; Nokia’s SVP of Design, Marko Ahtisaari; Super8 & Tab, worldwide renowned DJ and electronic music production duo who are ranked in the DJ Mag’s Top 100 of most popular DJs; Andrew Higgins, a jury member from the AudioDraft community who has won 12 AudioDraft contests; and Tommi Koskinen, the Community Manager at AudioDraft.

If you’re interested in entering, do so before October 2. If you want to enter, but don’t quite have the skills to create an original masterpiece on your own, find a unique way to use the Mobile17 ringtone maker to simplify the process.

Smartphone Users Choose Android

A new study released by Nielsen shows just how much of a dent Android is making in the smartphones business. Of the most popular operating systems, Android leads the pack with a market share around 40%. Apple iPhone (iOS) came in second at 28% and Blackberry was third with a 19% market share.

Smartphone Marketshare Android Wins

Forty percent of mobile consumers over 18 in the U.S. now have smartphones, according to July 2011 data from Nielsen. Android is the most popular operating system, with 40 percent of mobile consumers reporting they have a smartphone with an Android OS. Apple’s iOS is in second place, with 28 percent.

The survey also focuses on the future of the smartphone market, asking potential buyers what kind of phone they plan to purchase. Of that group, 1/3rd plan to purchase an iPhone, 1/3rd plan to purchase an Android-operated device. Though feature phones still outnumber smartphones, there’s a clear shift to smartphones at the moment and they seem destined to overtake feature phones soon.

Here’s the Early Adopter/Late Adopter breakdown:

Android Early Adopters

Do you plan to upgrade your phone this year? If so, Android, iPhone or other?

Mobile Carriers React To Irene

Irene hits New England

Mashable has a great roundup of preparations by mobile carriers as Hurricane Irene continues to slam the northeastern United States. Obviously, during a natural disaster (like last week’s earthquake in Washington D.C.), hurricane or any other major event, cell phone service is much more likely to be disrupted.


  • AT&T FamilyMap and AT&T Navigator can be used to provide evacuation routes and track family members’ mobile devices in case of separation.
  • Capacity is added to wireless networks to accommodate increased volume.
  • Backup generators are stored in safe locations for immediate use following the storm.


  • Portable generators are prepared near network towers and switches.
  • Resources are waiting outside of Washington, D.C. to aid first responders and public safety officials.
  • 25,000 fully charged Sprint and Nextel Direct Connect phones are available for rent during disaster events.


  • Portable, fueled backup generators are ready to be deployed.
  • Engineers are on-call with repair equipment along the seaboard.
  • Cells-On-Wheels are prepared to provide wireless connections in the worst hit areas.


  • Central network offices have backup generators to ensure land lines operate when power goes out.
  • Trucks and emergency equipment is being removed from low lying areas.
  • Emergency relief kits are prepared to ease power restoration.

Ringtones For Gmail Labels

An recent update for Gmail on Android-powered devices allows users to specify custom ringtones for labels. With these custom ringtones in place, you’ll be able to react quickly to emails from your friends, family and co-workers while ignoring unimportant or unwanted emails. After ensuring that you have the latest versions of Android and the Gmail app, follow the steps below to customize your ringtones.

First, create a few labels for your Gmail account.

Next, visit the ‘Settings’ tab on your Gmail app. Locate the ‘Sync Inboxes and Labels’ section and click to adjust those settings. Select the Label you want to set a custom ringtone for and click. Select the date period for which you would like to sync emails (Sync None, Sync Last Four Days, Sync All) and return to ‘Settings’.

Sync Gmail Inbox

Now, turn your attention to the ‘Labels To Notify’ tab. Select the target label and you’ll be able to set a custom ringtone for that label. You should now have a custom ringtone set for this label. Repeat for all labels that you want to customize.

Gmail Labels To Notify

You can use Mobile17 ringtones to completely customize your phone alerts. With your new streamlined Gmail label ringtones, you’ll be able to focus on the emails that matter to you. This easy customization can save hours of productivity.

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