Most – if not all – of us have purchased an application (Beautiful Widgets anyone?) at some point that wasn't priced in U.S. dollars. Well, Google heard our pleas (as well as every other nation's, too), and the market now automatically approximates the price of a foreign app in in your native currency before you press the "purchase" button. As you scroll through the endless list of apps, free or paid, you'll now be able to see the converted price . Look for the telltale sign of an app that has had its price converted, a little tilde "~" denotes if the price displayed is an approximate. Worry no more about foreign prices and be free all you market shoppers! Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
The Samsung Transform may not be available from Sprint just yet (or even announced for that matter), but the user guide (.pdf) can now be found at Sprint's website, nestled away with the other phone documents. I had a quick look through it, appears that the Transform will be sporting a horizontal qwerty and a 3MP camera, running Android 2.1, and there's no mention of 4G that I can see.
Also -- if the device images in the guide are accurate, this one isn't Galaxy S branded either. Here's hoping it gets the same level of support from Samsung and Sprint that the Epic 4G has, because it looks like one of Sprint's best mid level phones ever. Hit the source link to read all about it. [Sprint (.pdf file)] Thanks, Jaggery, for the tip!
Late last month Fring announced fringOut calling -- cheap calls to regular telephone numbers from the Android client. And it's now available (coincidentally on the same day Skype opened up to the rest of Android) in an updated Android app. FringOut allows you to call phones worldwide for as low as 1 cent a minute. Not only does that make their pricing extremely competitive, it also makes it so reasonable that it's hard to justify passing up a deal like that up. Of course, if only Fring and Skype would kiss and make up, it'd make this a much more interesting story.
LG announced that it has decided to postpone the launch of an Android-based tablet device, which it had hoped to release next quarter, to a later date. In a discussion LG had with Google about this decision, a representative from LG stated that the reasoning behind this decision was that they wanted to release a tablet that, “runs on the most reliable Android version” and that they, “are in talks with Google to decide on the most suitable version for our tablet and that is not Froyo 2.2.”
Another explanation as to why LG has done this could be that it is concentrating its resources and efforts on its mobile phone line. We'll see. [via Reuters]
We knew AT&T had some more Android up its sleeve -- we just didn't think it'd be dropping three new phones on us at once. But a trio we have. Seen above from left are the Motorola Bravo, Flipside and Flipout. The deets:
A 3.7-inch WVGA (480x854) touchscreen with 3-megapixel camera, powered by an 800MHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 2GB ROM and a 2GB microSD card. Features DLNA access for streaming media. Motoblur UI atop Android 2.1. Bluetooth 2.1+EDR. 1540mAh battery, weighs 4.59 ounces. Has Adobe Flash Lite.
Available by the holidays for $129.99 after contract. No rebate required.
A 3.1-inch touchscreen (320x480) horizontal slider with four-row keyboard. Runs Motoblur atop Android 2.1. Has a 3MP camera. Is powered by a TI OMAP 3410 processor running at 720MHz. Has 512MB of RAM, 512MB of ROM and a 2GB microSD card. Has Adobe Flash Lite, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR. Wifi b/g and an FM radio. 1540 mAh battery, weighs 5.11 ounces.
Available by the holidays for $99.99 after contract. No rebate required.
We've seen this one before, but now it's official. A 2.8-inch touchscreen (320x240) atop a full QWERTY keyboard. Runs Android 2.1 and Motoblur. Powered by a TI OMAP 3410 processor at 720 MHz. 512MB of RAM, 512MB of ROM and a 2GB microSD card. Wifi b/g, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR. 3MP camera, fixed focus. 1170mAh battery, weighs 4.3 ounces.
Available Oct. 17 for $79.99 after contract. No rebate required.
All in all, nothing terribly high end, but respectable mid-level phones. Presumably they'll be locked into the Android Market like AT&T's other fare, but that's why we have the Android Sideload Wonder Machine. [AT&T, Bravo, Flipside, Flipout]
Samsung's Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab will soon be available to Japanese customers through the carrier NTT Docomo.
One of the interesting parts of the the press release is that it labels the Galaxy S with Android 2.2, which isn't yet on any of the other versions. The announcement says the phone is due to come out in late October, so maybe around the time we can expect Froyo to be pushed to the rest of the world?
Another interesting note for Japanese consumers is that the Tab will support Docomo's new e-book service, which is expected to launch in mid-October. The Galaxy Tab is supposed to release in late November in Japan.
The two devices will be exhibited at CEATEC Japan, which runs from October 5th through October 9. Great news as Samsung is getting two of its high-end devices to more corners of the world. [NTTDocomo]
Once upon a time there as a little rumor that Skype was going to shed its exclusivity with Verizon and once again be available to everyone else. Friends, that day has come. Chat and call all you want. It's cool. Free Skype to Skype calls. Call internationally for cheap. IM your friends. One caveat here is that calls have to be made over Wifi in the United States, but that's not the worst thing in the world.
So let's raise a glass to the death of another exclusive agreement that shut out more users than it included, and get your download on after the break. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
T-Mobile's Motorola Cliq XT is getting an update, but it's not yet the Android 2.1 update we're all waiting for. Instead, it's your basic maintenance update. Here's what's being fixed:
Overall phone performance: Users will notice a significantly improved overall performance and responsiveness to input requests, including: opening applications, answering calls, opening the Happenings widget, and downloading attachments and pictures within email.
Additional stability: Improved stability, resulting in fewer occurrences of unresponsiveness and/or programs quitting unexpectedly.
Bluetooth performance: Improved performance and connectivity with other Bluetooth devices.
Messaging: Prevents erroneous notifications that a message has not been sent. Also resolves MMS sending / receiving functionality issues in certain scenarios.
Touchscreen: Improved touch screen sensitivity and touch response.
Swype: Includes updates to the latest version of the SWYPE software, resulting in improved overall performance of the application.
We love the Evo 4G, you love the Evo 4G, and now Popular Mechanics loves the Evo 4G too. The magazine has posted the results of its "Top Products of 2010" awards, and the Evo has come out on top of the smartphone pile. PM specifically called out the fast 4G speeds, large 4.3-inch screen, and ability to WiFi tether up to eight devices as prime reasons for the award. Qualcomm's Snapdragon processor, which powers phones like the Nexus One, Droid Incredible, and Evo 4G, was also awarded for offering a great balance of power and "almost-all-day battery life." We imagine HTC is particularly happy with these announcements as they have been the largest supporter of the Snapdragon processor line. [Popular Mechanics : Evo 4G, Snapdragon] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
Android has a long history with slider keyboard phones. The G1 was the device that started it all. And it was the Motorola Droid that really brought Android to the mainstream on Verizon. (We now have its sequel, the Droid 2.)
So how does the HTC Merge (remember, it's not yet been announced, and that name's not necessarily final) stack up? After the break, we pit the Merge against the Droid 2 in a battle of brains, brawn and beauty between a couple of Verizon sliders. Let's check it out.
We figured that Costco was going to be selling the T-Mobile G2, based on a tip and a screenshot from Costco's internal systems, and today we find that it's now available for online ordering from the bulk discount warehouse giant. The deal gets better, as Android Central Forums member CrAZ points out the G2 also includes a free accessory kit containing a handsfree earbud, case, car charger, and a bluetooth headset.
There's a small catch though, as Costco is only selling the G2 to those with an available upgrade -- so no outright sales or flex-pay are available. The contract renewal price is $199.99, with none of that mail-in rebate we all love to hate. Hit the source link to learn more. [Android Central Forums]
OK, all you Palm defectors (and we know who you are). Listen up. Our pals at PreCentral broke the news that the boys and girls in Sunnyvale may be working on a keyboardless device, codenamed "Mansion." It's said to have a 480x800 resolution, and we'll go ahead and assume it'll launch with a next-gen version of Palm's webOS software.
So we put the question to you: If Palm comes out with a black-slab phone, would it be enough to get you off the likes of the Evo 4G or Droid Incredible or any of the other phones superior to the current Palm hardware? Let's hear it in the comments, folks. [PreCentral]
Twitter is everywhere, and it just announced that it will have a client for Google TV. This will allow users to easily browse their timelines, mentions and direct messages as well as click links, compose tweets and keep up with everything right through their TV. So, um Apple, where is that Twitter for Apple TV? [via Twitter Blog]
Virgin Mobile officially announced the Samsung Intercept's pricing and availability today. After small updates through Facebook and our showing it to your first at Target, we finally know that the Intercept is officially available beginning today at Target stores across the country. The Intercept will retail at $249.99 -- just like we saw earlier. The phone will make its way into other major retailers by mid-October. Full press release after the break.
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