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4 years ago

Samsung Continuum shows up on a Verizon Wireless gift ideas flyer

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Samsung Continuum -- coming soon to a palm attached to one of your arms.

Well, it makes sense.  Today is Nov. 2, which means Christmas is 52 shopping days away, and Verizon Wireless wants to add a little Android green to your holiday season.

Fueled by Samsung's onslaught of Android devices, Verizon Wireless is using the flier above to make our mouths water even more for the Samsung Continuum -- the first Android device to feature dual capacitive AMOLED touchscreens.  No launch date has been revealed yet, but we're suspecting an announcement next Monday.  The rumor mill indicates it will be store shelves when the sun comes up November 11th.

Our own Phil Nickinson was fortunate enough to get his hands on the Continuum on two occasions, so check out those links if you want to see this dual screen bad boy in action.  [Verizon Wireless via Unwiredview]

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4 years ago

8pen keyboard now available on the Android Market

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8pen Android keyboard

Yesterday we let you know about 8pen keyboard. At the time, 8pen advised they were soon to be launching on the Android Market and today, they have done just that. According to their website, they wanted to get 8pen out to as many users and devices as possible but in doing so they had to exclude the voice recognition feature for now.  Any device running Android 1.6 and upward now has the option to make use of 8pen. We're still putting it through its paces but will you be grabbing it or sticking with what you use now? Download links are after the break. [the8pen.com]

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4 years ago

HTC's Evo 4G HDMI dock now available, we're giving away two of them! [contest]

HTC Evo 4G HDMI dock

That's right, folks, the HTC Evo 4G HDMI dock is finally available in Sprint stores. So you can now pipe high-def video from your phone to your TV with all the official accessory goodness HTC has to muster.

It'll set you back $39.99, but we've got you covered. We're going to give away not one, but two of the Evo 4G HDMI docks. Because you're worth it. Just make sure you're registered with the site, then hit the link below to enter. Contest ends tonight, to get in while you can!

Win a free HTC Evo 4G HDMI dock

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4 years ago

OpenFeint brings a slew of new games to Android

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SpeedX3D - OpenFeint

OpenFeint -- the cross-platform gaming service -- has just unleashed a slew of new games on Android. Some are new, some are newer, but they all now have the power of OpenFeint behind them, meaning you can share scores and compete against your friends -- if they're on other platforms. The new wave of games, from a bevy of developers, includes:

  • Flick Kick Football (PikPok)
  • Dot 3(TM) (ustwo)
  • Cows Don’t Fly, Prism 3D, and JellyBalls (HyperBees)
  • Dynamo Kid (OrangePixel)
  • Abduction! (Psym Mobile)
  • Bonecruncher Soccer (Distinctive Developments)
  • Pocket Racing (Measured Software)
  • Egggz (SmartPix Games)
  • Chopper Control (The Game Boss)
  • Happy Island (CrowdStar)

You can find them all now in the Android Market. Full presser after the break.

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4 years ago

Hands on with the LG Optimus One

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LG Optimus One

The Optimus One is one of the latest handset from LG, and we've got one to put through the paces.  Admit it, an entry-level phone running Froyo has you intrigued.  (For what it's worth, LG's dubbing it a "transitional smartphone." ) But we're intrigued, too, and at first take it's impressive.  Here's the specs on this little speedster:

  • 3.2-inch Capacitive screen, @ 320 x 480
  • Qualcomm MSM7227 clocked at 600 MHz
  • 512 ROM, 512 RAM
  • 802.11 b/g, A-GPS, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • 3.1 MP autofocus camera
  • GSM850, GSM900, GSM1800, GSM1900, UMTS900, UMTS2100 radio bands

Combine that with a pretty nicely optimized build of Froyo, and you'll realize that not all entry level phones need to be so entry level.  Hit the break for a quick-and-dirty hands on, and hit the forums with any questions.

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4 years ago

Froyo, Eclair continue their dominance

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Android Versions 11-2

It's been another month, and that means it's time to take another look at the breakdown of Android versions in the wild. (Click here to see October's numbers.) Android 2.1 (Eclair) and 2.2 (Froyo) still dominate, at 40.8 percent and 36.2 percent, respectively. Actually, Eclair devices ticked up a tad from 40.4 percent a month ago. Donut (Android 1.6) devices fell to an even 15 percent, and Android 1.5 (Cupcake) is down to 7.9 percent.

How do our numbers look? Out of all the visits to Android Central in October from an Android phone, 58.67 percent of them were on Android 2.2, 27.51 were from Android 2.1, and then there's everybody else -- plus a smattering of Android 2.3 and Android 3.0.1 pings.

We're all expecting the announcement of Gingerbread any day now, so next month's chart may have an entirely different feel to it. [Android Developer site]

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4 years ago

HTC releases source code for Desire Z, T-Mobile G2, DInc update

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HTC Source Code

We've got a trifecta this morning in the source code stakes, with HTC releasing code for the Desire Z, T-Mobile G2 and a maintenance release for the Droid Incredible. As always, certain proprietary code may not be released, and unless you rip apart and compile ROMs, this doesn't really mean much to you. But for everybody else, get to downloading! [HTC Developer Center]

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4 years ago

Motorola is looking for testers for Android 2.1 on the Backflip

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Motorola Backflip

Last week we saw Motorola rolling out Android 2.1 to some of the selected testers, and now it's the Backflip's turn Motorola has sent out e-mails asking for willing testers to contact them, and they are looking for a team of 1,000 folks to help them with the testing. Hopefully this testing push that we are seeing means that the official update is just around the corner, and there will be Android 2.1 for all Motorola Backflip owners! Text of the e-mail is after the break. Thanks, ChyA!

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4 years ago

Lookout to offer premium version with remote lock, wipe

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Lookout Premium for Android

Lookout, one of the premiere smartphone security suites, has released Lookout Premium -- offering Privacy Advisor, remote lock, and remote wipe on top of their award winning free services.  Current customers need do nothing to keep the service they have now, and the free version of Lookout will remain available for those who choose to use it over the premium package.  The premium service costs $2.99 USD per month, or $29.99 annually, and a 30-day trial is available.

We spoke with John Hering, CEO of Lookout and got the information everyone is wanting to hear, as well as some time with the new premium service.  We have the rundown, the official press release, download links and all you need to make a decision after the break. Thanks Max, Erika, and John from Lookout for taking the time to answer our questions!

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4 years ago

Archos 43 internet tablet now shipping

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Archos 7

If you're a fan of the Archos 43 internet tablet and have already placed your preorder, you'll be pleased to know that shipments have started. We went hands on with a number of upcoming Archos devices back at IFA 2010, and the Archos 43 was one of them. The Android 2.2, 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor packing internet tablet might not be the device for you but many folks have been waiting for them to ship despite the fact it has no Android Market access. Any one out there already get theirs? Thanks, Mike!

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4 years ago

Samsung Mesmerize review [U.S. Cellular]

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US Cellular's Samsung Mesmerize

US Cellular is certainly carving out a name for themselves in the Android world, and the release of the Samsung Mesmerize brings one of the best Android handsets currently on the market to their network.  It's a Galaxy S phone, and like its cousins on the big four networks, it's a powerhouse with an incredible Super AMOLED screen.  Hit the break to see my impressions of the Mesmerize, available at US Cellular for $199.99 on a two-year agreement.

We've already crawled all over the U.S. Galaxy S phones with the Verizon Fascinate, T-Mobile Vibrant, AT&T Captivate and Sprint Epic 4G. What does US Cellular bring to the tablet? Let's find out, after the break.

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4 years ago

VZ Navigator for Droid 2 Global is here, now we just need the phone

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Droid 2 Global VZ Navigator

Think back, and this is pretty much how things went for the original Droid 2, right? Leak after leak after leak, and finally Verizon announced the phone about 48 hours before it was released. So it's with little surprise that VZ Navigator for the Droid 2 Global appears in the Android Market. Leak after leak after leak, folks. Place your bets on when the phone finally appears. [via Droid Life]

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4 years ago

Droid 2 Global confirmed in two colors; comparison sheet revealed

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Droid 2 Global

Just in case there was still any doubt about the Droid 2 Global coming in two different colors, the latest details to leak out of Verizon by way of comparison sheet, totally confirms that information now. The Droid 2 Global will come in dark sapphire and winter white. The color options shouldn't throw anyone off though, in fact you've seen them before on the Droid 2 and Motorola Cliq. The comparison sheet does cover some of the other details, such as some of the exclusive features that only the Droid 2 Global will have in addition to the outlining of the specs.

All in all, a nice comparison sheet for those of you on the fence about which device to choose. I guess the biggest choice here, really, will be down to what color you'll be getting if the Droid 2 Global is already on your "Do Want!" list. [via Droid Life]

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4 years ago

Viewsonic unveils 7-, 10-inch tablets

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viewsonic

Viewsonic, a company that has been producing displays for more than 20 years, has announced that it, too, will be taking part in the Android tablet market.

The Viewpad 7 (see our hands-on), which will run Android 2.2, features 512MB of onboard memory and up to 32GB expansion via a MicroSD card and will be accompanied by the Viewpad 10.

One very interesting fact about the Viewpad 10 is that it will run Android 1.6 (boo), but also feature the option to dual boot it with Windows 7 (yay), and will be powered by a 1.6GHz processor and contain 1GB of on board memory. The 7-inch version is expected to launch by the end of the year for $479, while the 10-inch version is expected in Q1 of 2011 for $629.  [Viewsonic]

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4 years ago

Droid 2 sees $50 price drop, Droid 2 Global to fill the $200 spot?

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 New Droid 2 price

The Droid 2 Global edition (works on Verizon here in the States, but can work on GSM carriers for overseas travels) has popped up from time to time, but it might be coming sooner than we thought. Verizon has just dropped the price of the stock Droid 2 by $50, which could be a move to clear out their inventory in preparation of the Global's arrival or Big Red could be planning on offering both phones simultaneously. Either way, this move is a big hint that we could see the Droid 2 Global sometime soon, so any international travelers interested in the Droid 2 might want to hold off for a bit. [Verizon via Engadget]

Update: The Droid Incredible is also getting a $50 discount. It is listed as simply being on sale, though, so don't get too excited for an Incredible HD just yet. 

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