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2 years ago

Pre-orders begin at Best Buy for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9

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If the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 was not for you, and you have been holding out for the 8.9-inch version you will be happy to know that Best Buy has begun the pre-order process for the device. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9, which we have gone hands on with, packs a dual-core 1GHz processor, a 1200x800 WXGA display and tons of other goodies under the hood. The 16GB version is showing a price tag of $469, while the 32GB sits at $569, and Best Buy is stating that they will be shipping between Sept. 25 and Sept. 30. Will you be picking one of these up? Let us know in the forums!

Source: Best Buy;
Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

Verizon and FuzeBox announce Fuze Meeting for the Business Solutions Alliance program

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Verizon has just announced that they have partnered with FuzeBox, and will be featuring Fuze Meeting as part of the BSA (Business Solutions Alliance) program.  If you're unfamiliar with Fuze Meeting, it's an online collaboration tool that provides virtual meetings via computers, tablets, and smartphones.  As Michael Toto, director, Enterprise and Government Partnerships at Verizon Wireless says:

As tablets and mobile devices continue to advance their capabilities and get adopted as de facto tools in the business environment, video collaboration is becoming mainstream for diagnostics, analysis, transactions and many other drivers that companies rely on. FuzeBox is delivering a perfect meeting place for the two technologies, offering high-quality, user-friendly solutions to a wide range of industries and customers, and the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network ties them all together.

And he's right.  With new high-speed cellular data networks come great ways to be even more productive on connected devices.  With rising fuel and travel costs, many businesses have turned to online meetings instead of flying folks cross-country to work together.  Here at Android Central, we conduct most of our internal business this way, and it's high time that mobile gets in on the action.

Be aware though, this isn't a tool for the average consumer.  A quick look at the Fuze Meeting pricing page shows that this tech doesn't come cheaply.  But it's still far more cost effective than the alternative, and should be a heavy hitter for Verizon's BSA.  We have the full press release after the break, and you can learn more at the link below.

Fuze Meeting

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2 years ago

Boost Mobile gets the Samsung Transform Ultra, adds $5 a month to its Android plans

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Boost Mobile's getting an update of an old Sprint favorite when the Samsung Transform Ultra lands on Oct. 7 on Boost's website. It'll run $229, plus tax.

Specs include:

  • Android 2.3
  • 1GHz processor
  • Touchscreen (nobody's saying how big)
  • Full QWERTY Keypad
  • 3MP rear camera with video
  • VGA front-facing camera
  • Wi-Fi®, GPS and Wireless Web enabled
  • Front-facing VGA camera
  • Easy access to Gmail™ and Google Talk™
  • Bluetooth® capable
  • Speakerphone with voice-activated dialing
  • Supports microSD® cards up to 32GB (2GB card included)
  • Voice mail, caller ID, call waiting and three-way calling

Boost is also tweaking its data plans. Starting Oct. 6, it will add an additional $5 monthly charge for unlimited data and messaging services offered on Android-powered devices. Current Monthly Unlimited customers get to keep their plans until they upgrade their phone.

Check out the full press release after the break.

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2 years ago

Xperia Active gets UK price and potential release date

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We were really impressed with the Sony Ericsson Xperia Active when we had a first hands on with the device last week. All that was missing was a launch date less vague than "later this month." Now it seems that at least one British retailer has the device up for pre-sale. 

Play.com are listing the Active at £239.99 ($390) SIM free and unlocked with a release date of September 30. 

Remember too that for the money you get similar specs to the Xperia Arc, 2.3.4 out of the box, and a phone that you can drop in your beer on a Friday night at the bar and still use to call for a taxi home. 

If you've not already seen it, check out our hands on with the Xperia Active from the launch party in London. 

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2 years ago

Google picks up another 1,023 patents from IBM

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The patent arms race continues as Google purchased 1,023 patents from IBM in August. The patents run the gamut from hardware to software. As SEO by the Sea points out, some relate to Java, others to networking, and others to search. It's tough to tell whether we're looking at an offensive or defensive purchase here (and that all depends on whom might have already licensed those patents, or if they'll need to in the future). And, so, the game goes on.

Source: USPTO; via SEO by the Sea, Bloomberg

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2 years ago

Motorola Admiral tipped to Sprint's Direct Connect lineup

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The Motorola Admiral's floated around in name only for a while now, but that ends today. This leaked screen shot points to it being part of Sprint's Direct Connect stable, with Android 2.3, a 3.1-inch display, QWERTY keyboard, a huge 1860 mAh battery that should last forever with that little screen, 5MP camera and a 1.2MHz Qualcomm MSM8655 processor. If that's not the fastest little device in the West, we don't know what is. Toss in mil-spec ruggedness and this thing's likely to be a lethal weapon in itself.

Source: Engadget

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2 years ago

Sprint Playbook shows big changes coming to Premier program, return policy, and more (and you won't like any of them)

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We just got our hands of a copy of the latest Sprint Playbook, and while we were hoping for some more info about the LG Marquee and Kyocera Milano, what we found was a bit, well, different.  It seems that in order to stay competitive with Verizon and AT&T (Sprint's words, not ours), some changes are going to be made to several of the perks everyone on Sprint takes for granted. 

For starters, the Sprint Premier program is coming to an end.  Current members will be hearing from Sprint sometime after Sept. 16 with all the details, but the short version is starting at the beginning of this month, enrollment in the program stopped, and you'll have to use your current (and final) Premier upgrade on or before Dec. 31, 2012.  In addition, the other smaller but just as appreciated perks like accessory discounts and annual anniversary gifts end Dec. 31, 2011.  Employees have been instructed how to let everyone down easy, but this will sting no matter how you slice it.

Next up, is a major change to Sprint's 30-day=satisfaction guarantee -- it's getting cut by 16 days.  Like we've seen other carriers do, Sprint will now be switching to a 14-day return policy.  They will still return everything but the restocking fee, you just have a couple weeks less to make up your mind. 

Finally, starting Oct. 2, the "New For You" upgrade time is changing from 22 months, down to 20.  Cutting the time down by two months is nice, but will hardly take the sting of losing the yearly Premier benefit away.

Nothing good can last forever folks, and as Sprint reminds us, they have to do something to stay competitive.  In the end, it's a business and sometimes you have to rob from Peter to pay Paul.  We have some relevant pages of the Playbook after the break.

Thanks, Anon!

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the LG Marquee (Updated with video)

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The LG Marquee made a cameo appearance tonight in New York, a night before Sprint and LG are slated to "officially" unveil the device at New York City's Fashion Week finale. The Marquee is the next big device from Sprint (after, of course, this Friday's Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch launch), officially landing on October 6.

While it's not the most powerful phone on the market, we loved it as the Optimus Black -- read our full review -- and it's certainly got some respectable specs: 

  • Dimensions: 4.8" (H) x 2.52" (W) x 0.36" (D)
  • Weight: 3.95oz
  • NOVA Display: 4-inch color TFT (480 x 800) WVGA
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • 1GHz processor
  • Memory: 512MB RAM, 2GB ROM
  • 1500mAh battery
  • 5.5 hrs Talk Time
  • MicroSD Slot (2GB included card)
  • Wifi Enabled-- 802.11 b/g/n (Hotspot capable)
  • Sprint ID
  • Virtual QWERTY keyboard (with SWYPE)
  • 5-megapixel camera (rear)
  • 2-megapixel camera (front)

Most important is the display: the Marquee's 4-inch NOVA display is a stunner, and LG seems to think it can compete with the likes of SAMOLED Plus. Well can it? You'll have to see it for yourself,  but in a word: gorgeous. It's super bright, super sharp, and the colors look fantastic. It's noticeably smaller than its 4.3-inch (and now 4.5-inch) brethren, but we won't complain: it feels right.

Another thing to look out for is the "pocketability" of the Marquee. It's super thin and super light. Yeah, light is becoming the norm these days, but it's always refreshing when you can drop a smartphone in your pocket and not know it's there.

No, it doesn't have a dual or tri or quad core processor, but from an initial spin around the UI, everything seems pretty smooth. No stuttering, no stammering, and no hesitations. Sure, that could change once you put it through its paces, but until we do so, don't count the Marquee out.

We've got more photos (and a video!) below.

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the Lenovo IdeaPad A1

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And then there's the Lenovo IdeaPad A1, aka the little brother of the Lenovo IdeaPad K1. It's a wee 7-inch tablet. And while it's nicely put together, we're having a hard time swallowing a Gingerbread tablet when Honeycomb's starting to hit in the same form factor.

It's noticeably slower than its dual-core counterpart, but then again, it's also only $200, and you'd be hard-pressed to beat that at this point.

See what we mean with photos and video after the break.

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the Viewsonic Viewpad 7e

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We have seen some Viewsonic tablets in the past, and heard they had some new ones in the works, and we were able to get some time with the Viewsonic Viewpad 7e ahead of its launch. The Viewsonic Viewpad 7e is the entry level 7-inch tablet that they are launching in October, it will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread, instead of Android 3.2 Honeycomb, like its big brother, the 7x. The device has a 800x600 display powered by a 1GHz processor, but unfortunately will not have Google Market support. The Viewpad 7e will launch with Amazon Appstore integration so you are not left without any applications, and will come preloaded with numerous apps, such as Twitter, TuneIn Radio and Amazon Kindle.

At the $199 price point it is sure to please a number of users who are looking for something small and portable to take with them on the go. Hit the break for more more pictures!

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