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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note hands-on [updated with video]

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Is it a phone? Is it a tablet? As smartphones move to sizes of 4.5 inches and beyond, it's a question we've found ourselves asking more and more. The Samsung Galaxy Note is a new "flagship" product which straddles the line between both categories of device. Technically it's a phone, and you can make calls on it, but the large 5.3-inch 1280x800 display means it's not a million miles away from the Honeycomb-powered Galaxy Tab 7.7 in terms of specs. And the Galaxy Note has another trick up its sleeve, in the form of Samsung's new "S Pen", a pressure-sensitive stylus similar to what we've seen from HTC in the past. Samsung's keen to tout the Galaxy Note as a high-end product for business professionals and creatives alike, and we got to see its note-taking and drawing capabilities at today's Galaxy Note World Tour event.

Join us after the jump for a full video run-through of the new features of the Samsung Galaxy Note, along with our complete write-up.

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2 years ago

Android Central Podcast Ep. 76

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Audio-only stream below

We get our grubby hands on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, try to figure out what's bugging Phil so bad about in-app purchasing (while playing the extremely awesome Wind-up Knight), and catch up on a wealth of other news. Plus, more of your questions. Join us!

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2 years ago

European Galaxy Nexus availability

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Samsung on Thursday gave more details on availability for the Galaxy Nexus in Europe. It'll be available Nov. 17. Here are details country-by-country:

  • United Kingdom: O2, Three, SIM-free
  • Ireland: Three
  • France: SFR, SIM-free
  • Germany: Vodafone, O2, SIM-free
  • Italy: TIM, Vodafone, Three, Wind, SIM-free
  • Spain: Vodafone, SIM-free
  • Portugal: Vodafone, SIM-free
  • The Netherlands: SIM-free
  • Belgium: SIM-free
  • Sweden: Telia, Three
  • Austria: A1, Three
  • Slovenia: Mobitel, SiMobil
  • Poland: SIM-free
  • Hungary: Telenor
  • Czech Republic: Vodafone, SIM-free
  • Slovakia: SIM-free
  • Greece: Vodafone
  • Romania: Vodafone, Cosmote
  • Bulgaria: M-Tel
  • Croatia: VIP
  • Serbia: Vodafone

More in the Galaxy Nexus forums

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2 years ago

Watch the London Samsung Galaxy Note/Galaxy Nexus event here

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You've seen our hands-ons in London with the Samsung Galaxy Note and Galaxy Nexus. Now watch the event for yourself. Ease on past the break to see it.

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2 years ago

Samsung bringing S-Pen SDK to developers in December

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During Thursday's presentation at the Samsung Galaxy Note World Tour event in London, the S-Pen stylus was extensively shown off including a local artist creating the image seen here. Further enhancing their commitment to the device, and that it isn't a mere gimmick they also announced that an SDK for it will be available from December. 

Samsung are obviously keen to push the technology, and to engage the third-party developers in taking advantage of the device. They also unveiled the first batch of third-party applications designed specifically for the Note -- Omnisketch, Comic Book and Sooner Workplace.

The first two are the creative, arty type of app that we're bound to see plenty of appearing for the Note. Sooner Workplace however is the first application to take advantage of the obvious enterprise use case for the Note, including collaboration on documents among it's features. 

If you haven't already, check out our hands on with the Galaxy Note during last nights European launch event.

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2 years ago

A 'new and improved' Logitech Revue with Android 3.1 spied at national retailer (Update: It's only a sticker)

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Update: Nirvana328 lets us know that Logitech's cleared this one up in its forums, saying:

These boxes are just the regular boxes you have now and DO NOT have the 3.1 android update on them.

These boxes are not suppose to be released onto store floors until the update is officially released for everyone.

If a store is selling these boxes (it is just an added sticker on the box. Nothing else is different) they have released these boxes prematurely.

Original: We've seen leaks of Honeycomb for the Logitech Revue, and heard rumors of an inevitable OTA update that will bring the Android Market, but this one takes the cake.  An unnamed big-box retailer has received a shipment of Revues with word on the package that they are updated, according to Engadget.  We don't have much else here, the tipster wasn't able to verify that the units inside actually were running Android 3.1, but that's a pretty bold statement to make if it's just waiting for the OTA like the rest of us.  Anybody out there prowling around their local electronics retailer?  Might be a nice way to spend $99 and snatch up some new and improved Googley goodness.

Source: Engadget

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2 years ago

Introducing Mobile Nations, our new community network brand!

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Greetings Android Nation!

This past summer we soft-launched "Mobile Nations", initially using the name for our cross-site podcast that brings together the heads of state from AndroidCentral, CrackBerry, TiPb, PreCentral and WPCentral for discussion on all things mobile.

Today I have the pleasure of more formally introducing Mobile Nations as our new network brand, creating an umbrella under which all of our individual communities stand united. Take note of the new Mobile Nations top bar and footer on this site!

Though our history in operating the leading mobile-platform dedicated websites reaches back over a decade to the launch of VisorCentral in 1999, it feels like we are in start-up mode again, making aggressive plans and tackling our to-do lists with gusto. Forum regulars will have already noticed a number of recently introduced feature enhancements and podcast fans are now able to watch replays of their favorite shows in video. Over the weeks and months ahead you'll see us pull the trigger on a number of other Mobile Nations initiatives currently in the works, all aimed at making your experiences on all of our communities even more engaging and fun.

Thanks for being part of the journey,

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note commercial availability announced, hits European markets first

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Back when Samsung unveiled their 5.3-inch, dual-core Galaxy Note with a SuperAMOLED HD display they never mentioned when, exactly anyone would be able to pick one up. Now though, Samsung has finally announced the commercial availability of the Galaxy Note, which will go on sale in European markets starting with Germany on October 29.

Launching with Android 2.3 and a 1.4 GHz dual core processor you'll also get a massive 2500 mAh battery to power that 1280x800 SuperAMOLED HD display, HSPA+ data as well as the 8MP rear camera and 2MP front-facing shooter.

And we can't forget the S Pen, which is included with the Galaxy Note. The Galaxy Note supports screenshot-taking and annotation across all areas of the UI using the S Pen and its technology, which Samsung will be offering an SDK for eventually.

Source: Samsung

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2 years ago

Raider in Canada, Pwned by the RAZR! [From the Forums]

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With all the talk of exclusivity and such, let me just say.. this post is exclusive to Android Central. With that out the way -- plenty of Android news happned already today so make sure you get caught up either here on the blogs or in the exclusive Android Central forums. Also, stay tuned for the Greatest Android Podcast in the world.

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

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2 years ago

Intel CEO Paul Otellini to give keynote at CES; will we see a new generation of Android hardware?

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It's 50-50 on this one, we suppose, but Intel CEO Paul Otellini will be giving a keynote address on the first afternoon of CES on January 10 in Las Vegas. And it's entirely possible that we'll see some new Android hardware come out of it. You'll recall that Google's Andy Rubin joined Otellini at Intel's developer conference last month to announce that "Combining Android with Intel's low power smartphone roadmap opens up more opportunity for innovation and choice." And that goes from the kernel on up.

Needless to say, this won't be a CES to miss, and we'll be there to bring you the whole thing.

Source: Press release

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