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2 years ago

SaskTel says Samsung Galaxy S II will arrive next month in Canada

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We made note last week that Samsung Canada was ramping up for a release of the Samsung Galaxy S II having posted it up on their coming soon pages. At the time, it was speculated that Bell would be one of the first carriers to have the device available and the news today fits in with that quite nicely. Regional carrier, SaskTel which offers service in Saskatchewan and has tower sharing agreements with Bell has posted the following to their Twitter account:

We will be launching the Samsung Galaxy S II device in the next month that has the dual core. ^KK

We're hoping it's not another case of miscommunication and that they will indeed have it next month but to play on the safe side of things -- we'll wait for the full press release before we get overly excited. In the meantime, if you're looking to learn more about the Samsung Galaxy S II go ahead and check out our previous hands-on.

Source: @SaskTel Thanks, Brendonsled!

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2 years ago

Motorola Milestone 3 released in China

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Well, I guess we now know why the Milestone 3 got such a thorough review previously. Motorola Mobility and China Telecom have teamed up to launch the device in China. Still no word on the inevitable Droid 3 launch for U.S. But if we had to take a wild guess, we'd say it'll be there for Verizon's back-to-school promotions. (That and the Droid 2 isn't even a year old yet.) You can find the full press release after the break.

Source: Motorola

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2 years ago

Google movie rental rolling out for the wifi Motorola Xoom

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We'd been hearing some reports of Motorola Xoom wifi only tablet owners seeing the Google Videos app in the Android Market, but now we're also hearing that the actual market tab for movie rentals has been enabled after an Android Market update.  We're not sure just why the service wasn't made available for the wifi only model along with the 3.1 update, but we have to assume it was licensing and DRM issues at play once again.

Anyhoo, it seems like that's all sorted out and if you haven't already got the app and the Market update, you should soon.  We can't rush the latter, but we can give an easy download link for the app -- find it after the break.

Thanks everyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

Update issues, Galaxy Tab 10.1 pre-orders going out [From the forums]

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We're settling in for another sexy edition of the Android Central Podcast where we'll be talking all sorts of Android news. If you're not up-to-date, now would be a great time to click back a few pages and catch up on some articles you may have missed. Otherwise, jump on into the Android Central forums until we get this party started!

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2 years ago

LG officially launches Optimus 3D

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We've known it was coming for a while, we've even had some hands-on with one of our own (yes, I owe you guys a great review), and today LG launched the Optimus 3D, the world's first "Tri-Dual" architecture smartphone.  Tri-Dual can be translated into dual core CPU, dual channel RAM, and a dual-channel board configuration.  Take that and translate it into English and it means that data can be transferred internally faster, and more of it at once.  Without spoiling my promised review, I'll tell you it's fast.  It's the future of smartphones, and I can't wait to see it go mainstream and get even better.  Add in other niceties like DLNA, HDMI out, and a 4.3 inch display and there's a lot to like here.

One more thing -- 3D.  By a scant seven days LG beat HTC to the punch to release the first 3D Android phone.  It's stereoscopic (no glasses) and pictures and video can be captured in 3D as well.  Like the EVO 3D, you don't have to use it so all is good.  It's coming to Europe first, and should be available in 60 or so more markets in a few weeks.  We'll see it in the states as the LG Thrill 4G on AT&T.  You can read the full press release after the break.

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2 years ago

Radio Shack throwing an EVO 3D launch party in Los Angeles

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Mark it, Dude. Radio Shack and HTC are throwing a little party next Thursday night in Los Angeles for the launch of the HTC EVO 3D. And of course we're be there. (It ain't a party without us, right?) Android Central, Kato and some sweet smartphone action. Gotta love it.

Update: If you're looking for something more public (the invite above is for a private event), hit up the pop-up store at 8747 Beverly Blvd. in West Hollywood in on Friday.

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2 years ago

Sprint revises EVO 3D video capture specs to 720p

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There's been a bit of question about the video capture specifications for the HTC EVO 3D.  Sprint's spec sheet said that 1080p video capture was supported in 2D. But like some of the other early reviewers, we don't have that option in the camera settings.  We reached out to Sprint, and this is what they had to say:

Our apologies, but there was a typo in the spec sheet for EVO 3D. The correct feature should read: capture video up to 720p and playback up to 1080p on both 2D and 3D.

It's not the end of the world, and good 720p video capture is much better than jittery 1080p video by a country mile.  For most, the 1080p decoding was the important bit, and that part was correct.  Will this affect your decision to purchase the EVO 3D, or is it one spec you can overlook, considering the awesomesauce of all the others? 

More: Ask Phil about the EVO 3D 

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2 years ago

Samsung releases official video for Wifi Galaxy Tab 10.1, Touchwiz included

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Samsung released their official promotional video for the Galaxy 10.1 today with several Touchwiz elements in tow, notably several widgets and icon skins.  But this is what we expected would happen.

Remember, even though the Tab shipping now is stock honeycomb, Samsung plans on shipping future devices with their Touchwiz UI, as well as offering it to existing customers via an optional over the air download at a future date. Since this is a promotional video for the "final" product, featuring Touchwiz made the most sense because it meant they only had to make one film instead of two.  In fact, the description from the video's YouTube page says as much:

The official info clip for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi. The tab used in this video is 3G version and may differ from the Galaxy Tab 10.1 sold in the U.S., and some of the features and services highlighted in the video will be available through software upgrade in the U.S.

We've received no word from Samsung that Touchwiz was being pushed out to tablets yet, and devices purchased in NYC last week are still running the stock honeycomb they were shipped with.

Be sure to keep an eye on our forums as Android Central readers nationwide pick up their pre-orders and start posting feedback.  In the meantime, crank your speakers to 11 and enjoy the video.

Source: Youtube Thanks Stefan!

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2 years ago

Angry Birds updated to v1.6.0, includes 15 new levels

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Angry Birds has just gotten an update, which among other things, brings 15 new levels to your favorite addictive game. If you've had all of the levels beat for months and have been pining for more, you best run to the Market to get this update.

The new theme is "Mine and Dine," which takes your birds and pigs and places them in a series of caves. On the levels you'll find stalactites hanging from the rocks, which you'll be able to strategically target in order to hit the pigs.

Here is the full changelog:

  • Mine and Dine: a new cave themed episode begins with 15 new levels!
  • Find all the collectible jewels
  • Use hanging stalactites to pop those pesky burrowing piggies!
  • Any particular levels stonewalling your progress? We tweaked a couple of them to spare you a few gray hairs!

If you've somehow never played Angry Birds, find the link after the break.

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2 years ago

How to customize the Sense 3.0 lockscreen

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