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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S II rumored for possible July launch on Verizon (Update: Yeah, not so much)

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Update: Hate to say we told you so, but ... yeah. Verizon got up with Engadget, saying this is all about the Galaxy Tab 10.1, and not the Galaxy S II. Move along, folks.

The Samsung Galaxy S II is now rumored for release on Verizon in July. That comes from an unnamed Verizon spokeswoman communicating with Computer World via e-mail. Words like "plan for" and "expected to" are also used, along with "no date yet."

In other words, maybe it'll be released in July. (And possibly as the Verizon Function.)

You'll have to forgive our skeptical tone, but until we see the official press release with the official date -- well, let's just say we've seen unofficial Verizon roadmaps miss the mark, the very drawn-out saga of the HTC ThunderBolt launch (not to mention the Droid Charge), the entire revamping of the Droid Bionic hardware -- and, of course, the near-killing off of the HTC Merge.

In the immortal words Boo-Boo Bera, the lesser known fictional cousin of Yankee Yogi Berra, "it ain't official till it's official, folks."

Source: Computer World; update: Engadget

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3 years ago

BeyondPod HD beta now in full swing

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Here's a Honeycomb-specific app you won't find in the Android Market just yet -- the popular podcast player BeyondPod has an open beta for testing the tablet optimized HD version, and things are shaping up nicely.  A couple of us here have been fooling with it for about three versions now, and it looks very close to release-quality.  Certainly working well enough for me to recommend you guys give it a try.

It has the features you expect from BeyondPod, but scaled beautifully for the big screen of a Honeycomb tablet.  Widgets, high-speed playback, favoriting, and tabbed navigation make this one a real standout.  Will there be bugs?  Probably.  This is a development beta, and if you download and install it you're actively participating in the testing.  But version 2.70.10 (latest as of this writing) seems really stable and the features are all there.  Hit the source link for full change logs and the download.

Source: BeyondPod

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3 years ago

Relive the Samsung Galaxy Tab reader meet-up on Facebook

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We're nearly a week removed from the Samsung Galaxy Tab NYC reader meet-up (and the NYC Galaxy Tab launch event is happening right now), so it's as good a time as any to check out a few of Sammy's pics from last week's event.

If you haven't heard, we had a blast. Meeting all you fine folks out there, helping to give away more tablets and smartphones than we can count, and getting our first look at the retail version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, of course.

So check out all of Sammy's pics on Facebook, and see if you can find the shot of a handful of Android Central writers. (Hint: They're by the food table, natch.)

Source: Samsung Mobile USA Facebook

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3 years ago

Taptu updated to version 1.5, brings better searching and more UI options

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Taptu has updated its popular Android app to version 1.5 with a handful of new features that will make users old and new pretty happy.  Having fully supported Honeycomb since version 1.4, now they take the UI up a couple notches and offer some pretty slick enhancements.  To start with, you can now enlarge the section holding the stream you're currently reading, giving you a better view of things you might want to click and explore further.  You also have the ability to color code the stream headers, to tell at a glance which is which.  Both sound subtle, but in practice they really are nice features -- the folks have done their homework.

If a nicer UI isn't enough, the search function has been enhanced.  When you search a keyword, both the topics and content are searched to offer the articles that may have been missed otherwise.  Says Taptu CEO Mitch Lazar:

Our promise has always been to ensure that no matter what you're searching for, we’ve got a stream for it. We wanted to give Taptu fans even more ways to discover new content in our app. We wanted to bring even more serendipity to what the app can offer, aside of course, from giving them the ability to customize the app to get exactly the content they want.

A couple days with the press preview tells me they have succeeded here as well.  Of course there's other enhancements as well.  Back-end URL shortening is available from within the app, the phone version now shows larger images, scrolling over to the right auto-refreshes the current stream, and the whole app benefits from new performance and speed improvements.  In this bloggers opinion, they've outdone themselves with version 1.5.  Taptu is still free, and runs on Android 2.1 and higher devices.  You can find the full press release, a couple more screenshots, and the download link after the break.

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3 years ago

Iconsys' My Receipt Manager now available in the Android Market

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With more enterprise-centric apps flooding the Android Market, it has become apparent that Android is on the rise in the business world. One such app helping it do so is Iconosys’ My Receipt Manager, an easy way to track your business-related expenses. Take a photo of an expense receipt and the app will watermark and record it, eliminating the need to keep a hard copy. And if your mileage is reimbursable, My Receipt Manager will track and record it using Google’s mapping API. The app will even let you send your records straight from your phone to your company’s HR or payroll department at user-defined intervals. All records are indexed on your phone according to category or date and are compatible with Quickbooks, Excel, and other accounting software. My Receipt Manager is available now in the Android Market for $4.99, along with a free, ad-supported version as well. Hit the break for the free download.

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3 years ago

Musicnotes Sheet Music Viewer app well on its way to Android

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Hear ye, hear ye, all musicians and readers of sheet music. Pretty soon you too will be able to flip through your digital purchases of sheet music on your Android tablet of your choice, removing the need things like paper and folders that we've all grown accustomed to.

It definitely looks like it'll only show music you've bought from Musicnotes.com, but with such an expansive catalog, you'll probably be able to find what you're looking for. Say the developers:

"Over the last few months we've been hard at work creating an Android app for our customers to be able to access their sheet music. It's based on the things that have worked well on the iPad app (which has been downloaded over 100,000 times) -- and will have a few extras that Android allows us to do that Apple doesn't."

Pretty cool stuff, especially if you're the type of person who is used to hauling around a couple of 3-inch binders filled with music. The app is set for release sometime this summer, so as soon as we know it's out, we'll let y'all know.

Source: YouTube; Thanks, Bill!

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 available today in NYC from Best Buy

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (see our review of the special IO edition) launches today, but you'll only be able to get one if you're in New York City. The Best Buy at Union Square has a 10-day exclusive of the new tablet, which is shipping with Android 3.1.

If you're in NYC and want to get the new Tab 10.1, it goes on sale at noon. Best Buy is also giving away goodies to the first purchasers. If you are one of the first 200 people to buy one, you will get a free leather case and if you're in the first 50 customers you'll get VIP access to an exclusive performance by Ne-Yo.

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 can be purchased for:

  • 16GB - $499
  • 32GB - $599

This is the WiFi-only version of the tablet (meaning no carrier contracts). If you plan to pick one up or are just curious about how people are liking it, check out our:

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Forum

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3 years ago

Software update soon to be released for the Samsung Mesmerize on U.S. Cellular

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Samsung Mesmerize owners who may have had issues with the initial Android 2.2 update from US Cellular are soon going to be getting another update to address any remaining issues. The update is currently available in stores that have a tech center, and a software update will be rolling out on June 14 for any remaining customers who may be experiencing issues. US Cellular never mentioned what issues, exactly it addresses but many users did report problems with the volume keys and missing calls on their device after having updated to Android 2.2.

Source: @USCellular; Facebook

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3 years ago

Google rolls out Live Transit Updates for Maps

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Starting today, users of Google Maps (desktop and mobile versions) will be able to see live transit updates, informing them if their ride is actually going to show up on time. Google's managed to make this magic happen by partnering with transit agencies in four US cities and two in Europe.

If you're living in Boston; Portland, Ore.; San Diego; San Francisco; Madrid; or Turin, Italy; you'll be able to take advantage of this service immediately.

Getting live data is as easy as clicking on a transit station or planning a transit route with Google Maps. Pretty cool, no?

If you live in a launch city, hop on your app and let us know how it performs. I'm sure this will be nothing but a boon to those who rely on public transit in their everyday lives.

Source: Google Mobile Blog

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3 years ago

HTC Sensation now available to pre-order at Carphone Warehouse

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Right now Vodafone is the only network in the UK that's able to hook you up with a shiny new HTC Sensation. But that's about to change, as the Carphone Warehouse has begun listing the device for pre-order on contracts with rival carriers O2 and Orange.

The cheapest way to get a free Sensation through Carphone is currently on a £40 per month, 24-month contract with Orange. Cheaper or shorter contracts will see you paying between £30 and £380 for the phone itself. Hit the source link for a complete list of Sensation contract options (after checking out our full review of the phone, of course).

Source: Carphone Warehouse

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3 years ago

Nook Touch root instructions now available

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Looking to root your new Barnes & Noble Nook Touch? (And maybe play a little Angry Birds?) Instructions are now available for us mere mortals. You'll need the Nook Touch (of course), a microSD card (128MB or larger) that you're willing to sacrifice to the rooting process, a computer, Wifi connection and a program to write disk images. In other words -- it's pretty much the same as rooting the Nook Color, eh?

This will most definitely void your warranty, of course. But you're not exactly the type of person who worries about that, are you? (And for $139 a pop, it's not that big a deal.) Full deets are at the source link.

Instructions: Nook Devs; via The-eBook-Reader; Thanks, Xenowolf!

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3 years ago

Verizon prepping fix for ThunderBolt reboots, scheduled for next few weeks

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The bad news: If your HTC ThunderBolt is still suffering from reboots following last month's update, well, you're just going to have to live with it. According to the internal memo we just received, Verizon's got no short-term help for you. The good news: A fix indeed is on the way -- hey, we told you HTC and Verizon were on the case -- and it's scheduled for release in the second half of June.

If the reboots really are that bad (ie if you complain enough), Verizon apparently will fork over a "new" phone (as in "certified like-new replacement"), which is darn nice of them. But either way, an update is coming, folks.

Thanks, anon!

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3 years ago

Vodafone UK abandons plans to sell Galaxy Tab 10.1v, will stock new, slimmer Tab 10.1 instead

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Vodafone UK has announced that it's abandoning its plans to offer the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v, instead opting sell its slimmer, lighter sibling -- the "new" Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Confused? The 10.1v is the new name for the original Galaxy Tab 10.1 that was unveiled shortly before Mobile World Congress, only to be trumped by a redesigned model a couple of months later. The heavier, bulkier 10.1v was due to be sold exclusively through Vodafone (hence the "V"), but it now seems that in the UK at least, this will not be the case.

Vodafone confirmed the change in an email to customers who had pre-registered for updates on the 10.1v's availability, but did not give any details of pricing or availability for the new Tab 10.1.

Source: Vodafone UK

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3 years ago

Android 2.3 Gingerbread coming to the Cellcom Galaxy S and Milestone X

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Cellcom -- a regional carrier out of Wisconsin is getting bringing some Android 2.3 love to their line up of devices. They confirmation came from Samsung and Motorola as noted on their Facebook page:

Android 2.3( Gingerbread) Update: We have been informed by Motorola that the Milestone X & by Samsung that the Galaxy S Showcase will both be getting an update to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). At this time there have not been testing timelines established, so we do not have any indication as to when the updates will be available.
 

With all these regional carriers getting ready to roll out Android 2.3, it all kind of makes you wonder what, exactly takes the big boys so long in their approval processes but alas, we've been down that road a good many times before and it's an argument that has no end.

Source: Facebook; Thanks, Aaron!

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3 years ago

TouchWiz on the Samsung Galaxy Tab rears its head

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We already knew TouchWiz would be a separate download for the Galaxy Tab 10.1, but when the update eventually arrives, this is what we're expecting to be part of the download. Keep in mind this is on a Galaxy Tab 8.9 (and it's a developer unit), but Samsung probably isn't going to completely revise TouchWiz for Tablets between now and launch.

It looks like we're still packing the Associated Press widget, picture frame, date/time, weather, stock quotes, and the like. Kudos to Sammy for not completely butchering Honeycomb in order to leave their lasting mark. The TouchWiz notification area looks pretty slick, as well.

One of the more interesting additions is the "mini apps tray" which looks like it could definitely lead to more legal posturing between Samsung and Apple, but I digress. Aside from the look of it, though, the functionality seems awesome.

So how do Samsung's TouchWiz additions strike you? Useful and slick, or unnecessary bloat? Does this compel anyone to get a Galaxy Tab or not get one? Let us know. We're listening.

Source: YouTube

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