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3 years ago

Samsung Infuse 4G heading to AT&T, brings 4.5-inch goodness

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Well the announcements just keep rolling in from CES. Samsung has introduced the Infuse 4G, which will be heading to AT&T.  The Infuse has been described as a Galaxy S phone, just better. It sports a whopping 4.5-inch Super-AMOLED screen and a 1.2 GHz processor. Along with the 4.5-inch screen, the device will sport dual cameras, Android 2.2, and HD recording capabilities. [Samsung]

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3 years ago

Acer announces ICONIA Tab A500 headed to Verizon

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ACER

The Consumer Electronics Show is in full swing now, so get prepared for loads of delicious announcements. Acer took the time to announce a tablet headed to the Verizon LTE network, labeled the ICONIA Tab A500.

The ICONIA Tab will be showcased at CES, so we'll do our best to get you all of the information possible about the device.

Here are the specs we know as of right now:

  • 10.1-inch touchscreen
  • NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core 1 GHz processor
  • Flash 10.1
  • 1080p playback
  • HDMI-output
  • 13.3 mm thick
  • Ability to play HD arcade games and complex online 3D games (due to a 10-point multi-touch and gyro meter control)

Sounds like a very intriguing device; stay tuned for more juicy details. Full press release after the break.

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3 years ago

HTC Evo Shift 4G arrives at retail locations, gets unboxed

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Shift 4G retail packaging

With some re-sellers preparing to offer the Evo Shift 4G tomorrow (Jan 6), it figures that they had to be sitting in stockrooms just waiting for someone to grab a picture or two.  It looks like everything is in order, and at least one location has a few in stock, waiting for new homes. 

No surprises in the box, and we didn't really expect any.  Just everything you need to get your Evo Shift 4G slid open and ready to go for gaming, messaging, and browsing.  See a couple more pics after the break. Thanks R!

Talk about it in the Shift 4G forums

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3 years ago

LG announces the Optimus Black with NOVA Display

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As we're sitting in on LG's CES 2011 conference, it seems the press release for the LG Optimus Black as it's now called has escaped a little early on the LG website. The device may look similar to you as it's been fondled a few times but previously known as the LG "B". As mentioned in the press release the selling points here are the sheer size of the device as it comes in at only 9.2 mm thick and weighs only 109g and the display it's using which LG claims is “designed to be the brightest, clearest and most readable among mobile screens with 700 nits of  brightness for optimal visibility.” Hit the break for the full press release and sit tight we we gather you all some more info. [LG]

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3 years ago

LG press event liveblog

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LG pres event 

Join us, one and all for the official LG press event here in Las Vegas. We're expecting some Android smartphone love, as well as tablets. Dual-core processors? Definitely, as LG's the first to bring those to market in the new Optimus 2X.

So join us after the break for all the live coverage. Event starts at 11 a.m. EST/8 a.m. PST.

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3 years ago

Radio Shack to sell the Evo Shift 4G three days before Sprint

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HTC Evo Shift 4G

Radio Shack will sell the new Sprint Evo Shift 4G on Jan. 6 -- three days before it will be available at Sprint stores nationwide. It'll go for the same $149, just three days earlier. A little odd, and not surprising that Sprint made no mention of it during its announcement. But that means no waiting for you guys who can't wait for the newest 4G slider. [via Twitter]

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3 years ago

Use your Nexus S with gloves

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Nexus S works with gloves

Hate the winter cold, and want to keep your fingers warm and toasty even while using your phone?  You're not alone, and if you picked up a Samsung Nexus S you don't even have to take the gloves off to operate it.  Evan and company over at Android Community stumbled across this one, and by gosh it works -- with gloves, socks, fuzzy blankets, and even a WVU football sweatshirt soaked with tears. 

The screen is capacitive for sure, and a stylus doesn't do a darn thing.  Best we can figure is that the touch response is so sensitive that even through a layer of cloth (leather gloves won't work) it picks up the signal from your finger and triggers the digitizer.  Now you can browse the Android Central forums while waiting for the bus, without ever exposing your hands to winter's chill.  Hit the break for a head to head demo. [via Android Community]

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3 years ago

Amazon doing Android app store, launches developer portal

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Android users will be able to download apps through Amazon later this year

Amazon App Store

Amazon today announced its Amazon Appstore Developer portal -- an Android app store within the Amazon ecosystem. It's largely familiar, with the usual hooks for developers, though we'll have to wait a little while to judge its usefulness from a consumer standpoint. We spoke with Amazon's Aaron Rubenson, category leader for Mobile Services for Amazon.com, and Ameesh Paleja, general manager for the Engineering Division of Mobile Services for Amazon.com, for more details.

  • Today's launch is for developers. Consumers will be able to download apps through Amazon later this year.
  • Developers will upload apps through a self-service portal, developer.amazon.com, and include screenshots and metadata.
  • Developers keep 70 percent of the revenue, with Amazon getting the other 30 percent. That's in line with the other major app stores.
  • Developers will be paid once a month, within 30 days of the end of the month.
  • There's not mechanism for app refunds, other than for installation problems. That's much like Amazon's MP3 store. If you buy it, you buy it.
  • Amazon will screen apps to make sure they pass basic functionality. They'll test on a multitude of devices, on a the various versions of Android, to make sure it works and isn't malicious.
  • Apps may be rejected for content; guidelines will be publicly posted.
  • Amazon's not sure yet how long the app approval process may wake.
  • When the customer-facing store is launched, you'll be able to purchase phones from the website, or directly from the phone.
  • Amazon wants its app store to be available on as many phones as possible. Amazon was a little vague on how AT&T's ban on sideloading may affect this, but said "We're working with them to figure out the best way to resolve that."
  • There's a $99 annual program fee; Amazon's waiving it for the first year.

Given Amazon's size, this obviously is one of the larger competitors to Google's own Android Market. Will it take off? We'll have to see. A couple of major questions that remain are whether it'll be preloaded on phones, and just how easy it will be to install apps. Today's just about the developers. So get to downloading, and let us know how it works out.

We've got more screen shots and a Q&A chock full of questions and answers after the break.

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3 years ago

Rolling Stone ad features Thunderbolt, and Inspire 4G headed to AT&T

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HTC 4G

An astute reader noticed an advertisement in the current edition of Rolling Stone, featuring HTC's 4G phones.  Besides the Evo 4G and the T-Mobile G2, we see the latest additions to HTC's 4G stable -- our friend the HTC Thunderbolt, and what appears to be the first look at the HTC Inspire 4G, headed to AT&T.

We still have no specs to offer for the Thunderbolt (I think we'll see those this week at CES, and they'll be very similar to the Desire HD or MyTouch 4G), and all we know about the Inspire 4G is what you see here, and the fact that HTC filed with the USPTO to trademark the name Inspire late last year.  Let's hope CES offers a bit of insight. Hit the break for the full page ad. Thanks Joseph!

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3 years ago

Froyo for the Samsung Fascinate coming Jan 10; Continuum Jan 18?

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Verizon Confidential

According to a tipster (we love tipsters, and their pictures!) Verizon is preparing for a software release for the Samsung Fascinate on Jan 10, and one for the Continuum on Jan 18.  While we can't say for sure this means Froyo, we've heard nothing about any maintenance releases for either phone, so it looks like a good bet you'll soon be seeing Android 2.2 on your Verizon Galaxy S phones.  We'll keep our eyes and ears open, and let you guys know more if it develops. [AndroidCentral forums]

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3 years ago

ASUS unveils a trio of Android tablets

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ASUS Eee tablets

CES 2011 hasn't even officially started yet, but the Android tablet news has.  This afternoon ASUS officially announced a series of Eee Tablets, including three pretty unique Android offerings. The Eee Pad MeMO is a 7 incher running on a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm 8260 Snapdragon processor, sports a capacitive stylus (and bundled with apps that use it), with front and rear cameras -- expect it in June starting at $499. The Eee Pad Transformer has a 10.1-inch IPS display, houses a Tegra 2 chip, has dual cameras, and a unique docking station that incorporates a full qwerty keyboard -- expected in April starting at $399. And finally, the Eee Pad Slider has the same 10.1- inch IPS display, also runs on a Tegra 2 with dual cameras and HDMI out, and has a sliding qwerty keyboard attached -- it arrives in May and starts at $499.  All three of the new Eee tablets will be running Honeycomb, which ASUS has dubbed as Android 3.0.

This is just the tip of the iceberg folks.  We're on the floor at CES; expect to be inundated with Android goodness as CES rolls onwards.  The full press release from ASUS (with device specs) is after the break. [ASUS]

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3 years ago

Honeycomb requirements, next in line after the Nexus One for Gingerbread [from the forums]

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Android Forums at Android Central

Let the fun begin. Ok, realistically the fun never really stops around here since we are an Android blog and something is always happening but that's beside the point. Phil (among others) has now landed in Las Vegas and we're ready to rock. Today got off to a great start with Sprint announcing the HTC Evo Shift 4G and that's just the warm up to CES. Looking towards the forums, it's been busy in there as well.

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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3 years ago

PayPal to be an NFC partner in 2011?

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NFC

Near Field Communication is a feature of Android OS that arrived with Gingerbread (2.3). The practicality of NFC in our day-to-day lives is still to be questioned, but it undoubtedly represents a unique piece of technology that has enormous potential.

As more carriers and credit card companies test out NFC for daily use, it will become clear exactly how effective the technology can be. Rumor has it that PayPal could be one of the first committed partners with Google and could even start NFC payments in the second half of 2011. Laura Chambers, who is Senior Director of PayPal Mobile, said that a commercial NFC service in late 2011 is feasible and that Google could represent a viable partner. 

Such a partnership would seem like a natural fit, given the amount of transactions PayPal handles on a daily basis. It would represent a big step forward for the NFC technology that has the potential to change the way we pay for goods and services.

What do you think about the potential of NFC? Would a PayPal partnership make you more likely to try it out? [Business Week]

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3 years ago

Last chance to sign up for Swiftkey beta program

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Swiftkey

TouchType online, the folks behind the amazing SwiftKey keyboard for Android (check out their development forum here at Android Central), has sent out an email to all their beta test program participants letting them know that open beta sign-up for the SwiftKey VIP program is ending Jan. 18.  The SwiftKey VIP program gives access to testing builds of the application, as well as access to the confidential VIP discussion forum at SwiftKey's website.  Anyone with software beta-testing experience, or who would like to get started should enroll while they can -- you can do that right here.  Word is some great new features are soon to be tested, and you don't want to miss out on a chance to test them.

Joe Braidwood, Chief Marketing Officer at TouchType also reminds everyone that it's not too late to vote in the CES Mobile Apps Showdown, so check that out right here, and make your voice heard. 

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3 years ago

LG Optimus 2X whips iPhone 4 in browser speed tests

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 LG Optimus 2X vs. iPhone 4

In a test that should really surprise nobody, the dual-core Tegra 2 powered LG Optimus 2X got caught on video demolishing an iPhone 4 in browser speed tests over WiFi. What is most impressive is that the 2X apparently had Flash 10.1 fully enabled at the time, so those who visit Flash-enabled websites on a regular basis should be especially excited for the phone. It seems LG has improved the software since we last saw the phone showing off back in late November. Look for much more coverage of the device come CES and check out the video past the break. [PhoneArena]

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