Another day, another tip about overclocking -- this time it's the Samsung Vibrant hitting a very fast, yet still believable 1.6 GHz. The method isn't yet public (at the time of this writing), but at least these fellows have some benchmarks to back it up. Besides the Quadrant benchmark (which is about useless on a Galaxy S phone -- blame the cheaters and developers lack of fixing the I/O scoring algorithm for that one) of 3196, they're showing off a Linpack score of 12.3. Before you scoff, this is on the OMAP a Hummingbird, still running 2.1. That's fast. Very fast. I'm pretty sure most, if not all, of this will work with all Galaxy S phones, but the skeptic in me says wait for the developers to chime in on that one.
They have also been hard at work on tuning the GPU, and are getting incredible graphics benchmark scores, and these don't involve any suspect benchmark apps. These are real, folks, and are the kind of scores we all wanted out of the Galaxy S phones. I, for one, am awful glad to see the community deliver them. I know benchmarks often don't translate into real-world improvement, but scores this high surely will. Hit the source link to follow the progress, and read all the juicy details. [AndroidSpin, CyanogenMod forums (down)] Thanks everyone who sent this in!
As the Samsung Galaxy Tab nears launch here in the U.S., one question still looms: will there be a WiFi-only version? We have heard rumors on both sides, but the affirmative side just got a big boost as it appears a WiFi-only version passed through the FCC.
The device has been known as the GT-P1010 and quietly received approval. This is great news for consumers who want the Galaxy Tab but don't want to be tied to a specific carrier. No release date or pricing details yet, but we'll update you when we find out. [FCC via IntoMobile]
Over at the official Android Central Facebook page, users have been listing the apps they most want to see come to Android. Hulu and Netflix are the two near-universal choices, with a smattering of games thrown in for good measure. We know Netflix is working on an app, but Hulu has been mum. Netflix hasn't given anything more than a vague hint, leaving Android media streaming lovers out in the cold. People have even resorted to using third party solutions to get their Hulu fix on. Hey guys, you do know that the best way to get money for your product and services is to sell it to people willing to buy, right? [Facebook]
Seems like one of these things is popping up every day, doesn't it? But this time, it's the carrier itself doing the prodding.
In an attempt to better understand what their customers want, Sprint has put up a poll in the Sprint Community section of their website. Who knows how important the results are, but Sprint is asking their subscribers "Which platform do YOU think we should focus on?"
As I'm writing this article, HP webOS is enjoying a massive lead over Android, BlackBerry, and "Windows 7" (though I'm sure they mean Windows Phone 7).
Before you mosey on over and start voting, you should know that this poll is only open to Sprint customers. So if you're on the Now Network, head on over and cast your vote.
And it appears as though our friends at PreCentral got a head start on us, but let's even the playing field here. Make sure our little green friend stands strong against the competition! [Sprint Community via PreCentral]
With the Android market breaking 100,000 applications, it is no wonder why finding the perfect application can be a difficult task. Many hours are spend, many batteries killed, all in the hunt of finding a great application. Check out some of our favorite applications with us after the jump.
Here we go again, folks. The Android Market seems to have taken a bit of a header this afternoon. We've gotten apps to download find on some devices, and not so fine on others, so maybe the worst is behind us. What say you all?
If your Logitech Revue didn't make it to your doorstep as quickly as it was supposed to, check your inbox. An apology in the form of a $25 gift code might have just arrived. That's $25 off anything, no minimum purchase, plus you'll get free shipping. Which is darn nice of Logitech, we say.
We're not sure we'd call this an actual hands-on, per se, but Gizmodo says "a friend of ours" got to play with an upcoming Samsung device that will be the Nexus Two, or Nexus S, or whatever the darn thing ends up being called. From what Giz's friend says, it pretty much sounds like a Galaxy S device with a front-facing camera and a slightly different, more curved shell. We'll just have to see, won't we.
Oh, and before you wet yourself, that's just Giz's mock-up you see above, not the actual thing. [Gizmodo]
It appears that there may be a cameraless version of the Motorola Droid Pro available in the near future. This would be aimed at the often overlooked but large group of workers who are unable to sport a camera on their phones due to security concerns. As cameras have continued to evolve and improve in the mobile space, there are lots of jobs that unfortunately don't allow those technologies to be enjoyed. It doesn't mean they should have to settle for a less capable phone though.
It's good to see Motorola and Verizon catering at the market that has been dominated so heavily by RIM and Microsoft.
Does anyone work in an environment where you're not allowed to have a camera on your phone? If so, does the Droid Pro entice you? [Engadget]
We don't know too much about the Venue, but expect it to be very similar to its Windows Phone counterpart. Instead of a vertical slider however, this version will have a full touchscreen, that should be nice on the 4.1-inch Super-AMOLED screen.
Good news for those of you who were a little jealous during Windows Phone 7 launch day. Let's hope Dell releases it with an updated version of the OS. [FCC via Engadget]
Update: Just heard back from HTC, and they tell us that anywhere you see the word "Merge" below, replace it with "Droid Incredible." They then told us they didn't know what we were talking about, there is no HTC Merge, we must be a prank caller and then hung up on us. (Not really.)
The HTC Merge is still very much unofficial, not having been announced by either HTC or Verizon. So imagine our surprise when it shows up on the prize list for the Verizon Urban Challenge. In fact, Verizon is giving away six of the Android 2.2 sliders on Saturday. Here's the deal, according to Verizon:
[The Urban Challenge is] a rat race through the fair city of Seattle. A grueling test of head-to-toe and between-the-ears strength. An unpredictable, multi-stage contest against 49 teams all with a ravenous appetite for the same dish-1st place. Or maybe it's the cash and HTC smartphone. Either way, grab the closest relative, girlfriend, boyfriend, best friend, neighbor, or stranger and snag one of the 50 spots while you still can.
The first-place team wins $3,000 case, a pair of Merges Droid Incredibles, and a couple of $125 Verizon gift cards. Second place wins $1,500, plus the phones and gift cards, and third place gets $500 plus the phones and gift cards.
Android 2.3 -- which we told you last week will indeed be Gingerbread -- is starting to show up in Google Analytics logs. Our pals at Android and Me are seeing them, as are we. And while it's impossible to know what phone they're coming from -- it's what's at the bottom of our list that's piqued our interest even more.
Yep, that's Android 3.0.1, which made an appearance last week before going dark again. Now how real is that? Unknown. Could be kids looking to cause trouble. Seeing Gingerbread pop up isn't that surprising, but seeing the next version -- tentatively code named Honeycomb -- appear? That's downright intriguing. Discuss.
Adobe has announced another security advisory for Flash on Android, affecting all builds, including the current version of 10.1.95.2. Additionally, the same advisory goes out to users on Windows, Mac, Solaris, and Linux for builds up to and including 10.1.85.3, and for Acrobat and Reader 9.4.
According to Adobe, "This vulnerability (CVE-2010-3654) could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system. There are reports that this vulnerability is being actively exploited in the wild against Adobe Reader and Acrobat 9.x. Adobe is not currently aware of attacks targeting Adobe Flash Player."
Adobe says it is already in the process of finalizing the fix, and will have it rolled out by Nov 9. Should any real exploits for Flash on Android surface, we'll let you know. [Adobe via PC Mag] Thanks evoinmypalm for the tip!
Google Maps just got itself a little update in ye olde Android Market. And as you can see above, the changes are as follows: You can filter your search results by what's currently open, but neighborhood or by related searches. Also, you can browse the updated reviews section of Place Pages to read others' reviews.
OK, so not the sexiest of updates, but a fairly major one nonetheless. Have at it! [Google]
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