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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 review

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If you think there isn't much more to say about Samsung's Galaxy line of tablets, you're probably right. Since the Galaxy Tab 10.1 launched this past summer, it has been dissected and discussed a million times over. We love the screen, we love the thinness, and we almost love TouchWiz. And these feelings translate to the younger brother in the Galaxy Tab line, the 8.9. So instead of bending your ear about things we've already said, let me take a different perspective. We know what the Galaxy line has to offer, but what does the 8.9-inch form factor do to push the line even further? And most important, what can consumers get from the more compact size that they simply cannot with the 10.1? 


The screen is tremendous, the performance is outstanding, and the 8.9-inch footprint is the standard all tablets should live up to.


I wish Samsung could have squeezed a microSD slot in there. Also, the $469 base pricing is a bit high.



This is the Galaxy Tab we have all been waiting for. If you can stomach the price, and don't mind limited storage space, you cannot find a more refined, powerful, and beautiful Android tablet on the market today.

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3 years ago

Pantech Breakout Review

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Verizon has been busy ramping up their 4G LTE network over the past months, we have watched the expansion, and seen a few devices release to take advantage of it. To this point you had to shell out a pretty penny in order to purchase a device that made use of this network for yourself, but Verizon has changed that with the Pantech Breakout. This device, which appears to be aimed at mid range users, someone looking for a device with good specs, a large screen, and access to the 4G LTE network, without breaking the bank.

So, does the old saying "you get what you pay for" hold true for this device, or has Pantech been able to bring a device to the table at a price much lower than the rest, and allow it to adequately compete with the others? Hit the break and let's take an in depth look at the device, the software, and a bunch of other goodies.


For the price you get a nice 4-inch display, and the amazing speeds of Verizon's 4G LTE network.


The 376MB of memory can be used quickly, and if you are not paying attention and moving apps to the SD card you will can run out of storage space easily.



Pantech has brought a nice entry level LTE device to Verizon's network, and while it isn't for everyone it does appeal to those who want the LTE power, but not to have the price tag of the high end devices.

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3 years ago

BlackBerry makes it easy to port Android apps to its foundering platform

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Are you a developer who wants to resign, repackage and submit your Android apps to a dying BlackBerry platform for use on devices that are barely selling? RIM's made it easy for you with the BlackBerry Tools SDK and ADT plug-in, and the BlackBerry Packager for Android.

OK, it's not quite that bad. If you're serious about submitting your apps for use on the BB PlayBook, the tool will check them for compatibility, sign, package and prep for submission. And it's nice to see RIM make it easy on devs.

Now only if it made life a little less tough on its customers.

Source: CrackBerry

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3 years ago

Android Kids App: Wheels on the Bus

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And just like that, Daddy's toys are cool again. Duck Duck Moose has brought its popular (and excellent) "Wheels on the Bus" kids app to Android. The music's simple, the song is clear, and it's got all the same interactive features as the iOS version, sure to keep young kids occupied. (At least it has mine.)

Wheels on the Bus is $1.99. Check out our fingers-on and find download links after the break.

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3 years ago

Latest Galaxy Nexus leak looks to be the best yet

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We're just about 12 short hours away from the official Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Ice Cream Sandwich announcement in Hong Kong, so it's fitting that we're seeing the best (and most likely legit) leak yet. The goods apparently are from Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo, which says it'll be available Nov. 20. And specs? About the most detailed (if still unofficial) list we've seen yet, including much of what we already "know." Dual-core TI OMAP 4460 processor, 4.7-inch display at 720x1280, Ice Cream Sandwich, 32GB ROM, 1GB RAM, NFC, 1750 mAh battery. Want more?  Peep 'em after the break.

Source: Blog of Mobile (translated) via android.hdblog (translated)
More: Galaxy Nexus forums

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3 years ago

Le sigh: Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0 features page uses iPhone version of Google Maps

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Seriously, Samsung, you're really not doing yourselves any favors here. We ignored the story about the lawyer not able to tell the difference between a Galaxy Tab 10.1 and iPad 2 from 10 feet away. We weren't there, but we've been in enough dimly lit courtrooms in our day, and eyesight can be a bitch.

But there's no excuse for someone's graphics department -- no doubt by some external company, but still -- to use the iPhone version of Google Maps on the Galaxy Player 5.0 features page. That's like ... using an iPhone version of Google Maps on the Galaxy Player 5.0 features page.

Let's hope when we wake up Tuesday (or Wednesday in Asia) and we see the next Nexus device and Ice Cream Sandwich announced, this has been fixed.

And does that Snickers Bar look suspect to anyone?

Source: Samsung; via @raruler and Daring Fireball

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3 years ago

Motorola Droid Bionic kernel source released

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Samsung's not the only OEM releasing source code today, as Motorola has released the kernel and other GPL source code for the Motorola Droid Bionic.  Developers can use this, and will use this, but more important is that it shows that Motorola is serious about its commitment to open-source software.  We ride them because of their bootloader policies, but in reality all they are required to do is provide source code for the software they distribute that calls for it in the license.  They do a good job with this, and we're glad to see it.  Anyhoo, if you're curious, or actively developing for the Bionic, hit the source link and grab the files.

Source: Motorola's Sourceforge page; More: Droid Bionic hacking forums

Thanks, Conner!

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3 years ago

HTC Thunderbolt Gingerbread update anticipated to be coming (back) 'soon'

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The HTC Thunderbolt has had a rough patch when it comes to Gingerbread.  Combine lots of rumors, even more leaks, and a pretty poor OTA that ended up getting yanked back and you'll have a mix that's bound to have Android power users up in arms.  We're not going to judge anyone here, heck we can't judge  -- releasing software isn't easy.  Verizon and HTC want you to be happy, because they want you to be a return customer.  To quote a great philosopher, "Shit Happens".

Hopefully, the happenings have finished, and according to the official @HTC Twitter account, the powers that be "anticipate the update being available soon."  By most accounts, the previous build of Gingerbread was about 90 percent, and the few bugs remaining have hopefully been squashed.  We've got Phil's battle-scarred Thunderbolt primed and ready, and as soon as we catch wind of any updates you'll be the first to know.

Source: @HTC; More: HTC Thunderbolt forums

Thanks, Ryan!

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3 years ago

T-Mobile Galaxy S II kernel source released by Samsung

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Samsung has released the kernel (and other GPL software) sources for the SGH-T989, otherwise known as the T-Mobile Galaxy S II.  As usual, this one's not for the layman or even the average Android hacker to fool with, but to developers it's like gold.  Having the kernel source will allow the Galaxy S II to get rooted, and then all sorts of goodness can happen -- and we can hardly wait.  Nice to see Samsung keeping on track and being quick with their code releases.  Hopefully, other OEM's can take a page from their book.  If you're the type who needs a bit of T989 kernel source, hit the link and grab it.

Source: Samsung

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3 years ago

Data toggles, Missing SMS messages [From the Forums]

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We're geared up for an exciting week here at Android Central and we know you all are pretty stoked as well. That said; stick with us here on the blogs and in the forums for all the latest news coming your way.

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

You know what they say about the size of a guy's phone ...

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Really, in this world of 4.6-inch phones, we can't believe we're just now getting tipped to this app.

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3 years ago

New Google Wallet merchants added - Tap to pay and save money

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Google has been going strong with Google Wallet as of late in an effort to make NFC more widely used. Their latest announcement is a testament to their commitment of working with merchants in an effort to make things easy, drive sales and save consumers money. They've added more supported merchants to the list, as noted on the Google Mobile Blog:

Today, our partners American Eagle Outfitters, The Container Store, Foot Locker, Guess, Jamba Juice, Macy’s, OfficeMax and Toys“R”Us are rolling out an even better Google Wallet experience. For the first time ever in the U.S., at these select stores, you can not only pay but also redeem coupons and/or earn rewards points—all with a single tap of your phone. This is what we call the Google Wallet SingleTap experience.

So not only will you be able to use Google Wallet at those places, you'll also be able to save some money while doing so. The "Featured Offers" tab within Google Wallet has offers that are exclusive and won't be found elsewhere. Some new ones added today include, 15% off at American Eagle Outfitters, 10% off at The Container Store, 15% off at Macy’s and an all-fruit smoothie for $2 at Jamba Juice and Google is actively working with retailers to have customer rewards / loyalty cards integrated with their services as well.

While Google admits that Google Wallet is still new and they are actively exploring new uses for it, the adoption rate has thus far been great with even more retailers such as Chevron, D’Agostino, Faber News Now, Gristedes Supermarkets and Pinkberry working with Google to accept Google Wallet.

Source: Google Mobile Blog

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3 years ago

BlackBerry DevCon begins tomorrow, calls Android developers to have their apps ported for the BlackBerry PlayBook

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Tomorrow marks -- among other things -- the start of BlackBerry DevCon, the BlackBerry Developers Convention of the year, and this year they will be doing something a bit different. We all know that the BlackBerry PlayBook will have an Android player, and while we are unsure of when it will release to the public, we are seeing that RIM wants to be prepared with plenty of ported applications. So, if you are an Android developer and happen to be in the San Fransisco area this week, be sure to check out the link below to see what you need to do to have your application ported for PlayBook compatability.

Source: CrackBerry

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3 years ago

Obvious test is obvious: Glass iPhone shatters worse than plastic Galaxy S II

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In an unscientific test performed by unscientific people in a less-than-sterile scientific environment, a glass-bodied phone is surprisingly found to shatter more than a plastic one. Shocking.

Via: @squaretrade
More: The Earth is round

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3 years ago

Droid RAZR teaser site not that much of a tease

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Yep, there it is. The Motorola Droid RAZR. Cause when you tease something, chances are it's not lurking too far behind. And such was the case with that Droid RAZR teaser site, as many an Android snooper is now discovering. Thin. Presumably light. With that carbon-fiber/Kevlar-esque back. We'll get a better look at Tuesday's event.

More: Reveal.Motorola.com

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