The T-Mobile Comet has finally broken cover -- and it's ready for its close up. This entry-level Android device was once known as the Huawei Ideos. The Comet is dated for Nov. 3, and is promising to ship with Froyo. But don't dismiss this phone right away. If your somebody who's not one for OEMs putting their own UI flavor in their phones -- rejoice, for this phone will ship with plain ol' stock vanilla Android. Click the source link to see the Comet sized up next to the LG Optimus T. [TmoNews]
The title just about says it all, folks. Samsung will be unveiling a new Android device (let's assume phone) in New York City on Nov. 8. And if any of the rumors we've heard swirling around are true, this could be a darn good one. Nothing definite yet, but the words dual-core, Google experience and otherwise mind-blowing have been used. (Or, yes, it could be the Verizon Samsung Continuum.) Of course, we'll be there. Stay tuned, folks.
Update: Yeah, so we're all in agreement that we're probably going to see the Samsung Continuum at the event. And, oh -- look at that. We've already got video of it, as well as a hands-on preview.
As far as the Internet goes, Google TV is pretty darn sweet. But when it comes to actually watching television, those of us who got our Logitech Revue over the weekend have found video quality to be wanting. Ask just about anyone who tried watching football over the weekend, and we'll all likely answer the same: Frame rate wasn't what it should have been.
The way it works is this: The cable (or satellite) source is pumped into the Revue, and then output to the television. I've got your basic high-def cable setup on a 50-inch plasma, and anything with fast motion was bad enough to be unwatchable -- the complete opposite of when the signal's going straight from the cable box to the TV via HDMI.
We've been discussing the issue in our Google TV forums, and there's a fat thread in Logitech's forums, too. And they're aware of the problem. This morning, Peter Evans, director of Logitech Revue customer care, sent in the following:
Thank you for your feedback about Logitech Revue causing the TV picture to skip frames and for sharing information about your home entertainment setup. With your help we have been able to confirm that in some cases Logitech Revue is dropping video frames, resulting in a staggered image.
With Logitech Revue, it is our priority to provide a high quality TV experience, and we recognize that this issue is affecting your enjoyment. Logitech and the Google TV team are working hard to find the root cause of this issue and to develop a solution, which we will share with you as soon as it is available. We will keep you updated on our progress through this forum thread.
We do apologize for your TV experience being less than perfect.
We broke the news last night, and now it's official: The Sprint Samsung Galaxy Tab will be available Nov. 14 for $399 with a two-year contract. Data plans start at $29.99 a month for 2GB, or $59.99 a month for 5GB and unlimited messaging.
Along with the 7-inch LCD touchscreen, Wifi b/g/n, GPS, Android 2.2 and all the apps the Android Market can muster, you have the option to use Sprint Navigation for $2.99 a day, or $9.99 a month.
You can preorder the Sprint Galaxy Tab today at any participating Sprint Store with the purchase of a $50 gift card (which you can later use to help pay for the Galaxy Tab). [Sprint]
For you tinkering types, HTC just released the source code for the Desire HD. As always, some proprietary code will remain under wraps. That's not going to mean much if you don't like taking apart ROMs and seeing what's inside. But it's early in the week yet, and there's always time to take up a new hobby. [HTC Developer Center]
Acer announced the Liquid Metalin the UK last month, but was mum on any availability for the United States. That seems to have (unofficially) changed as the FCC has posted documents that show the phone with AT&T 3G bands on board. The Liquid Metal is still scheduled for an October release in the UK, so it should be hitting stores sometime this week for our English friends across the pond. As for us Americans, Acer would surely love to have it out for the shopping season, so we shouldn't have to wait too much longer. As a quick recap, the phone will be sporting a 800MHz CPU along with a 800x480 3.6-inch touchscreen, WiFi b/g/n, GPS, and Bluetooth. [FCC via Engadget]
Adobe has ramped up its presence in the application space with AIR 2.5, and to help get the content out to the masses it introduced Adobe InMarket. AIR 2.5 is available on devices ranging from phones, to tablets and televisions -- including Android 2.2 devices, of course. In addition, AIR 2.5 enables hardware acceleration across all major chip makers, including Broadcom, Intel, NVIDIA, ST Micro, Trident, Texas Instruments, Qualcomm and others. Samsung is scheduled to take the lead and be the first to ship AIR preinstalled in their SmartTV line, and Acer, HTC, Motorola, RIM, and Samsung will be releasing smartphones or tablets that ship with AIR enabled. Adobe AIR 2.5 for Android is available from the Market as a free download, we'll have a link after the break.
Adobe InMarket is Adobe's foray into the publishing and distribution space. InMarket will assist developers distribute and sell their applications on many different application stores across, on various device types from Acer, Intel, and others. Android is not specifically mentioned, but I'm certain InMarket will help Android developers publish to alternative Android application stores. There's a catch, though -- Adobe will pull 30 percent off the top for the service, according to their developer connection page, but that's standard for app stores these days. The full press release, and AIR 2.5 download link are after the break.
Best Buy is going to be selling Samsung's Galaxy Tab, both with carrier plans as well as a Wifi-only version. Dates have been leaking out recently regarding the Tab's release on all major carriers, most recently being Sprint on Nov. 14.
It appears Best Buy will carry 3G versions of the Tab on Verizon and Sprint. Contracts will be offered as well as month-to-month plans.
However, the leak also suggests there will be a Wifi-only version available from Best Buy that will cost $499. Customers will also have the choice between a silver or black version. The Wi-Fi only version has been the wish of many interested in the device; how does that price point seem to those considering buying one? [Pocketables]
Update: While we're expecting a Wifi-only Tab at some point, we're being told this flier is just a bad typo.
Let's not beat around the bush here: The Sprint Samsung Galaxy Tab (seen above as the Samsung P1 Tablet) is coming Nov. 14, according to the inventory spreadsheet that just hit our inbox. That's seven inches of Android tablet goodness, a 1GHz processor, and all the bells and whistles we saw during our hands-on with the Galaxy Tab back in August.
What we still don't know: Pricing, and whether Sprint will rig up any sort of cool Wimax tethering-case deal like it's done for the iPad.
But, wait, there's more. Looks like the Motorola i886 will be dropping in January, right around CES. It's already been outed by the FCC (via Unwired View), and reportedly is a some sort of non-touchscreen iDEN-type device.
Once upon a time (way back in early September) we relayed a tale of a mysterious Android phone with LTE markings being packed by none other than Verizon's chief financial officer. Might the above LG device, sent in to Engadget, be that mysterious device? Can't say at this point, but the LTE branding in unmistakable. The front-facing camera is pretty obvious, too, and the not-so-subtle "HD" logo near the rear-facing camera, which like means 720p or (gasp) 1080p video recording. Other than that? Gonna have to wait, folks. [Engadget]
We're not really sure what to make of this one, but word is that the HTC Knight is destined for Sprint, and something on it slides. Apparently the source behind the rumor has access to the device (or at least the ROM itself) and the words "do not slide screen in/out during operation" are hidden away in a menu. That could mean that this has a sliding keyboard, or something else, but that's really anyone's guess at this point. I've even heard stirrings of a T-Mobile G2-style device headed for Sprint, but for now even I'm not going there.
Now that the word is out, expect rumors and leaks if this one turns out to be as close to release as was reported, which is within two weeks. We've got our ears on. [XDA-Developers via Pocketnow]
What makes a movie a classic? Truthfully, there is no simple answer to that question. If there was, every movie production company in the business would be throwing big bucks your way.
But for now, while you try to figure out that secret formula, here are a few movies that are undoubtedly classics: The Usual Suspects, Citizen Kane, Terminator 2, Casablanca, It's a Wonderful Life, and Back to the Future.
Now take those movies and toss a little Android in them -- and what do you get? Well, the collegiate dudes and dudettes over at College Humor did just that. With a little help from T-Mobile's G2 (our review), all those classics listed above, well -- changed. Have a look for yourself. Oh, and don't forget that popcorn. Video after the break. [College Humor] Thanks, Lisa!
Will Gingerbread be Android 2.3? Yes, it was that kind of week, loaded with news that was unexpected. Tons of applications were updated, many new ones discovered, and the news never ended. Let's take a look at some of what happened this week, in case you happened to blink during this week.
The Samsung Galaxy S2 rumor has been floating around the internet for several months now. It's been discussed by Android enthusiasts at various blogs, and in our own forums as well, and generally written off as an Android phone-geeks dream. Have a look at it's supposed specs:
4.3-inch SAMOLED2 display at 1280x720 and 340 dpi
2 GHz CPU
1 GB RAM, 4 GB ROM, 32 GB storage with microSD slot for cards up to 32 GB
8 MP camera with full HD video recording
Bluetooth 3.0, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, A-GPS
Accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity and all the other Android standards
Running Android 3.0
Its supposed release date is Q1 2011. Why are we revisiting this now? We've seen HTC's new hardware in the Desire HD and Desire Z/Vision, and Motorola has shown us the Droid Pro and Droid 2 Global, but Samsung has been quiet about their future plans for a high end phone. I'm sure they have something in the works, and Samsung likes to go big in the hardware department. I'm pretty certain that this isn't really the next Samsung Android phone, but I have to wonder how close they can get. I'd buy it, and I'm sure more than a handful of you guys would, too. [itrans (Russian) via UnwiredView]
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