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3 years ago

More Galaxy Tab rumors: USB/HDMI, CDMA compatibility and more

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It seems as if Samsung's Galaxy Tab has been leaked more than Motorola's Droid 2. Pictures, videos and information seem to pop up every day about the device that is set to be introduced September 2nd at the IFA Conference in Berlin (we'll be there!)

The rumors that have crept up this time deal with accessories and possible networks. 

Accessories for the tablet device that have been spotted online in the past couple of days:

  • HDMI docking station
  • Leather case
  • Bluetooth keyboard
  • Bluetooth Stylus (that can be used with multiple devices)
  • USB adapter
  • Screen protector

It would be great to see all of these officially confirmed by Samsung on Thursday, particularly the HDMI and USB adapters. I think many of us have been skeptical that the only plug in/out of the tablet was what looked like a proprietary plug only compatible with one device.

The next bit of speculation deals with possible networks that the tablet will be released on. New pictures show a CDMA sticker on the device. Don't get too excited about a possible Sprint or Verizon release just yet (though we're not ruling out either), because remember that CDMA is still prevalent in Samsung's home base of South Korea. The fact that it is being introduced overseas though, where GSM is ubiquitous, makes us think that Samsung will try to release the tablet on as many carriers as possible, like its Galaxy S phone. 

All of these rumors and speculation will end on Thursday in Berlin, as Samsung will finally announce the device. Remember to come back as we we will be in Berlin reporting on everything about the device, from look and feel to networks and accessories. Check out the source for more pictures of the rumored accessories from above. [CDMA: Engadget via iAndroid] [Accessories 1: Engadget via OLED-Display] [Accessories 2: Engadget via OLED-Display]

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3 years ago

Trio of Android headed to Motorola's Chinese "Ming" line

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Here in the U.S., it can be easy to forget that there are many Android devices only sold overseas. Motorola just increased that number by three after announcing a trio of new "Ming" phones for three of China's largest carriers: 

  • XT806 for China Telecom, pictured left
  • A1680 for China Unicom, pictured center
  • MT810 for China Mobile, pictured right

The MT810 is probably the most interesting of the three; it has a resistive touchscreen along with a  flip-down see-though capacitive touch screen. It will also be running OPhone OS 2.0, which is a Chinese modification of stock Android. The XT806 boasts a 3.2-inch screen at 300ppi while the A1680 is packing improved stylus handwriting recognition with Moto's SoftStylus software. Check out the full press release as well as detailed tech specs for each phone past the link. [Motorola]

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3 years ago

Sprint stores open at 8 a.m. Tuesday for the Epic 4G launch

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Our friendly neighborhood Sprint rep (erm, or mass e-mail) reminds us that most Sprint stores will open at 8 a.m. local time on Tuesday for the launch of the Epic 4G, the third in the Samsung Galaxy S line to be released in the United States. (Click here to find info for your local store.) And suffice it to say that we're not the only ones excited for the Epic. Check out what your friends and neighbors are saying in our Epic 4G forums.

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3 years ago

Android Game review: Dead End

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There's two things that I love -- killing zombies, and being happily unproductiveDead End from Infectious Entertainment lets me do both, and does it damn well.  It's a top-down shooter, where you're stuck in a graveyard, facing wave after wave of bloodthirsty zombies.  Here's what Infectious Entertainment says about it:

Zombies have killed your family, eaten your neighbors and destroyed your
city. Blinded by rage and seeking revenge, you go to the one place you know you’ll be able to find the undead……the graveyard. Armed with only a pistol and several grenades, you quickly get yourself lost. Now you must fight your way out of the graveyard or risk meeting the same fate as everyone else.

Fit's pretty well I think.  There's a free and a paid version, with the full version offering more levels, upgraded weapons, achievements and awards, endless mode and even more types of zombies.  We have a link for trial version after the break, as well a a video where you can see just how cool this one is.  Thanks for the heads up Dan!

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3 years ago

From the Forums: Get ready for Froyo on your Droid Incredible

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Finally, after (far too) much waiting, the Droid Incredible faithful are getting Android 2.2 ("Froyo"). Verizon announced last week that the rollout was starting (slowly) and we expect it to hit a ton of phones this coming week. So, while you wait, why not head over to the DInc section of the Android Central Forums to keep up with all the latest going-ons?

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab to hit South Korea in early September

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Samsung hasn't even had a chance to show off its upcoming Android 2.2-powered Galaxy Tab yet and already it is being leaked that South Korea's own SK Telecom will be launching the device come early September. No details on exact date, price, or possible contract were given for the launch. We will all just have to wait on Samsung's September 2 event in Berlin for more info. [Wall Street Journal (pay site)]

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3 years ago

New Google Voice with widget support surfaces

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A few days ago we saw the G2 testing ROM leak, which brought to light a rather interesting new find, widget support in an updated version of Google Voice. Well, many of us were looking for a link, sadly it didn't appear to be just that easy, but that has all changed. Links seem to be flooding the web of locations to download this updated Google Voice onto your device today. If you want to test out the new version, you can download it directly right here. Reports are that it is working great with the exception of the phone dialer button on Sense ROMs, due to the difference in integration, and this coming from a leak, not being an official update. Be sure to check it out, and jump in the forums and let us know what you think! Thanks to 0mie and everyone else who sent this in.

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3 years ago

Samsung Mobile ships 1 million Galaxy S devices in the U.S

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The Samsung Galaxy S -- a device line that many Android fans have grown to love. Samsung has announced today that it has shipped more than 1 million of the Android 2.1-powered Galaxy S phones in the United States. It sounds like that's devices shipped, and not necessarily devices sold to consumers. But there's no denying the line's popularity, with the AT&T and T-Mobile versions already in stores The Sprint Epic 4G launches on Tuesday, followed by the Verizon and US Cellular versions in later fall, so it might not be long until we see a couple more million of these devices being shipped. Check the full press release after the jump. 

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3 years ago

Sapphire custom ROM running on Droid X

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No, that wasn't a typo -- the Droid X, despite the manufacturer's best efforts, has been spied running a custom ROM, namely the Sapphire AOSP 2.2 ROM (see the Sapphire team's post here in the forums).  We love seeing the various hacking and independent development projects on all Android phones, but this one is a bit extra special since the Droid X was supposedly the unhackable phone.  Next I imagine we'll see dogs and cats living together and all sorts of madness!

Check out the video after the break of the big bad X booting up to AOSP glory.  [via @MennoMobile]

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