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3 years ago

Droid Eris not getting Froyo

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Official word has come from Verizon that the Droid Eris will not be receiving an update to Android 2.2 ("Froyo"). Considering the device already hit end-of-life, this shouldn't really surprise anyone. Luckily for you, the determined Eris user, there are ways to get Froyo onto your phone. Who needs official software these days, anyways? [ComputerWorld via IntoMobile]

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3 years ago

Samsung Media Hub bringing movies, next-day television to Samsung devices

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Samsung tonight in New York unveiled its Media Hub service, which will bring movies and television to its high-end devices, as well as PCs.

Content partnerships include MTV, MBC, Paramount and the WB, for starters, and television shows will be available next-day. Samsung is stressing seamless integration, and shows will be available for viewing as they're downloading to the device.

We're still waiting to hear pricing, so stay tuned.

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3 years ago

Wifi-only version of the Galaxy Tab coming

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Samsung's Dale Sohn dropped the news we'd been hoping to hear ever since the Galaxy Tab Android tablet was announced a couple of weeks ago at IFA in Berlin -- a Wifi-only version is in the works. Don't know when, or for how much, but it's coming, folks. For more, check out our liveblog.

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3 years ago

Samsung Announces the Galaxy Tab on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon

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Samsung this evening in New York City announced its Media Hub service -- movies and TV on Galaxy devices. Also, Samsung announced that the Galaxy Tab Android 7-inch tablet will be available on all major U.S. carriers. That's right, Sprint, AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile. Here's the official word:

Samsung Mobile today announced the upcoming availability of the Galaxy Tab™ in the U.S with AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless. The first mobile tablet from Samsung shares many of the powerful characteristics of the Galaxy S smart phone lineup that launched this summer. The Galaxy Tab is designed with several enhancements to create a unique mobile experience that other products can’t deliver.

The Galaxy Tab features a brilliant 7-inch enhanced TFT display screen, 1GHz Hummingbird Application processor supporting 3D graphics and smooth Web browsing and front and rear-facing cameras for video chat while on-the-go. The Galaxy Tab is powered by Android 2.2™, including full support for Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1. Just like the Galaxy S smart phones, the Galaxy Tab includes Samsung’s Social Hub application and the new Media Hub content service, offering a robust collection of premium movies and TV episodes from some of the biggest entertainment companies.

Samsung's Dale Sohn also announced that the Tabs should be available by the holiday season, and that a Wifi-only version is in the works.

We're live at the event, so join the liveblog and stay tuned for more info and some hands-ons. Full presser from Samsung after the break.

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3 years ago

Samsung Media Hub event livebog

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We're at Time Warner Center in New York City at Samsung's event, where we'll get our first look at Media Hub and -- hopefully -- some more quality time with the Galaxy Tab. 

The event kicks off at 7 p.m. EDT / 4 p.m. PDT, and we've got a liveblog rocking after the break. Join us!

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3 years ago

Linking individual contacts with Sense and TouchWiz

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Syncing contacts with services like Facebook and Google Contacts is a built in feature of Android, and most users set it up when they get a new phone (Watch Phil set up a Droid Incredible here, 3:55 is where the Facebook stuff starts). HTC's Sense UI and Samsung's TouchWiz improve this functionality by letting users edit links for each individual contact after setting up your phone. So, for instance, say you have a contact on your phone simply named "Bob" but you are friends with "Bob" on Facebook, where his full name "Robert Smith" is listed. Normally, these accounts won't be linked by Android during the initial setup. Using Sense or TouchWiz, however, makes linking the two is easy as pie. 

  1. Open up your contacts app and goto the person you want to link.
  2. In Sense, the link button is in the top right (pictured right). In TouchWiz, it is an option found by scrolling down under the "Info" tab (see the picture after the break).
  3. Clicking on either button will take you to a linked contacts editing screen, where you can search for another contact to link to the one you already have selected. This can be from Facebook, Google Contacts, or a phone contact.
  4. Click on the person or account you want linked, and the software will do its thing. You can link multiple accounts together if you so desire.
  5. Linking a Facebook contact will bring in some cool pieces of info, including birthday (if the person has it on their account) and their profile picture. Nifty!

This is one of the few areas where manufacturer UI customizations really improve Android, and is a feature we would like to see implemented by Google in the future. Click past the break to see a screen shot of TouchWiz doing its thing. Thanks to Bryan for the TouchWiz screenshot from his Vibrant!

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3 years ago

Motorola snatches up Aloqa GmbH in hopes of strengthening Blur

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Location-based software developer, Aloqa was purchased by Motorola earlier today with the intent of adding location integration services into Motorola’s Blur interface. Implementation of Aloqa’s software into Blur turns the phone into a semi-personal assistant through offering information about near by events from local stores that are having a sale to concerts and movies that Aloqa fetches. At this moment it is unknown when Aloqa’s services will be rolled in with Blur but we’ll be sure to let you know when it happens. [Motorola]

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Hiplogic *Spark launcher replacement

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Longtime software developer Hiplogic this week released a beta of its *Spark Android launcher (that'll be the last time we put the asterisk in Spark, by the way). Emphasis on the beta party, is it's still a bit laggy and buggy, but it's an interesting addition to Android.

The gist is that you get a vertical sliding UI, with weather info at the top, some shortcuts, news, post to Facebook and Twitter, plus Facebook and Twitter updates. Standard stuff really, but it's done in an interesting and attractive way.

Again, we need to reiterate that this is an unfinished beta, and you should treat it as such. But it's worth keeping an eye on, and you can find out more at SparkMyPhone.com. Video hands-on and download info are after the break.

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3 years ago

Logitech's Google TV box is coming Sept. 29 with $299 price tag

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We have known about the Logitech Revue (check out our unplugged hands-on) and its Google TV-touting ways for some time now, but Google had only given us the vague "this fall" as a release date. Well, Engadget has it on good authority that the box will be hitting retail later this month, Sept. 29 to be exact, for the hefty sum of $300. Dish Network might be offering subscribers a much better deal: one box per house for $179. Engadget has a bunch of pictures from their tipster up, so make sure you hit up the link. [Engadget

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3 years ago

Epic 4G getting an update today to enable Samsung Media Hub

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The Epic 4G is getting an over-the-air update today that will enable Samsung Media Hub (which will be officially announced tonight), plus a few bugfixes. Here's the list:

  • Optimized, HotSpot in 3G idle mode to help conserve battery power
  • Optimized, Applied Qualcomm patch for performance enhancement
  • Added, Media Hub
  • Modified, WiMAX exit delay
  • Modified, UI "Noisey" One to "Noisy One"
  • Fixed, 32GB mSD card is not recongized when formatted in device
  • Fixed, When playing video, the playback is paused if a headset is connected/disconnected
  • Fixed, Sorry popup when DRM file is selected in the Gallery
  • Fixed, Hotspot registration/deregistration

Some people already are seeing the update (version DI07, for those playing at home), so hang tight if you haven't gotten it yet.  [Samsung, Sprint, Android Central Forums]

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