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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Player 50 hands-on

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Samsung S50

Take the Samsung Galaxy S, low-end it a tad, and take out the radios. What you're left with is the Samsung Galaxy Player 50, a 3.2-inch multitouch multimedia player running Android 2.1. The screen itself is LCD and not Super AMOLED like the Galaxy S phones, but this guy has a 2MP camera and 802.11n Wifi. It comes in either 8GB or 16GB versions, plus up to 32GB extra with a microSD card.

As is the case at an event like IFA, we're unlikely to see the particular version in the United States -- the center home button design is a bit of a giveaway, as the Samsung usually keeps the square buttons at home in Korea. But it would be an interesting alternative to the iPod. More pictures and press release after the break.

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4 years ago

Froyo on the Droid Incredible [video]

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 Flash running on a Froyo Droid Incredible

Wow, what a wait it has been. The Droid Incredible faithful (of which I am a member) have waited what seems like forever for Google's latest version of Android to hit their phones. But finally, Froyo is upon us and it is glorious. If nothing else, you can finally sing along with Strong Bad as Trogdor ravages the countryside thanks to Flash 10.1. For those of you who have yet to receive the OTA notification, you can find links and manual download instructions here. Watch the full video walkthrough along with a Quadrant score comparison past the break. 

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4 years ago

Motorola unleashes new iPhone zinger in print ad

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 New Droid 2 Ad

Remember how a certain fruit company used "There's an app for that" as a marketing slogan for the longest time? Well, Motorola has used a similar slogan in its latest ad in the Wall Street Journal to remind people that the Droid 2 can run full Adobe Flash 10.1. Personally, I would have gone with a certain gloved wrestler to show off Flash (with consumate v's), but to each their own. [@benforta via CrunchGear]

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4 years ago

Android Central Podcast Episode 28

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Audio-only stream below

Phil gives birth, Jerry's struck by lightning and Mickey takes over as Great Leader of the Android Central Podcast. Plus, the Samsung Galaxy Tab, Droid Incredible gets Froyo, tons of app news and your e-mails and voicemails.

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4 years ago

Toshiba Folio 100 Hands-On

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 Toshiba Folio 100

We took a gander at Toshiba's Folio 100 today and here's the main takeaway: sucker be huge. It has a 10.1" screen and a fairly reasonable bezel around it - though the resolution on that screen is still only 1024x600, same as the 7" Galaxy Tab. The whole thing is hard plastic with a small texture to the back and felt fine despite being what we suspect is still pre-production hardware. It weighs in at 1.7 pounds and is carry-able, sure, but it's such a large, wide screen that this is pretty much a sit-down device only. The battery died on us pretty quickly - at 1020mAh it's probably difficult to get through an entire day of IFA fondling. Toshiba claims 7 hours of battery life. 

The HDMI-out and USB-host (yay!) ports are hidden underneath a port cover. There's 16gigs on board and it's expandable via a standard, large SD card slot. Combine that full-sized SD card slot, the USB Host port, and the HDMI-out and we're thinking this is a business-focused device that has aspirations of being a professional photographer's bestest friend ever.

We were looking at at build of Android 2.2 that didn't look quite optimized for the big screen and definitely isn't final build ("TOSHIBA_FOLIO_AND_A 2.2 3.0004 for IFA test-keys" is a pretty good hint there), but we did find it to be responsive and quick - for the most part. There was the occasional lag and jaggy transition, due to that early build moreso than the Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, which should be the definition of fast. We would definitely like to see the final build on this - we bet that the included Opera Mobile browser will simply fly.

$540 in "late October" for the WiFi only version is what they quoted us in the booth, with the 3G version coming next year. Catch more photos after the break!

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4 years ago

Angry Birds for Android is here!!! [video]

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Angry Birds for Android

No time to talk. Too busy playing. Go get the beta now in the Android Market. (QR code after the break.) And if you want to help out the developer, give the beta a spin, then fill out this survey.

Update: Hands-on video after the break!

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4 years ago

Verizon Fascinate: $199 on contract, plus buy-one-get-one!

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Verizon Fascinate pricing

We just got some pricing info on the Verizon Samsung Fascinate, and it's about as you'd expect, with a bit of a twist. The fourth U.S. version of the Samsung Galaxy S will go for $199.99 on contract with Big Red. Plus, it'll be offered as buy-one-get-one/buy-one-get-any, which makes it fun for the whole family. And note that this is even more confirmation of the Sept. 9 launch date that we broke last week.

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4 years ago

Sprint: Epic 4G one of its best first-day sellers

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Sprint Epic 4G

Sprint this morning trumpeted the Epic 4G, saying "it became one of Sprint's best-selling devices for first-day sales." Redundancy notwithstanding, no numbers were given, and that's sort of the same vague cheerleading we saw after the launch of the Evo 4G (even with revised remarks). But there's no denying the Epic 4G is a major player -- we thought as much in our complete review -- and we expect to see this one around for a while. [Sprint]

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4 years ago

Verizon offering new prepaid data package for 3G smartphones

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Now there is truly no reason as to why anyone can't enjoy a shiny new Android phone from Verizon. Big Red announced for the first time, consumers can subscribe to a prepaid monthly data plan for their smartphone devices and not have to worry about a contract. This includes a $30 prepaid unlimited data plan -- which is a very familiar $30 we've seen on a contract plans for some time now. Additionally, Verizon customers will also have the option of opting into a cheaper $10 monthly data package which will allow up to 25 MB per month; if you go over that 25 MB, you'll be looking at a $.20/MB overage fees. We're wondering if this has any relation to that rumor that was floating around back in July, stating that Verizon may have been planning to switch to a more AT&T styled data plans. Make the jump to see all the phones that are eligible for the new data packages. [Verizon]

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4 years ago

Skyfire updated, in the Market now

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Skyfire Android browser updated to 2.3.2; available in the Market now

Skyfire, an alternate browser available for multiple platforms, has updated its Android browser to 2.3.2 today with some fixes and a couple of new features. What's fixed? Well there was a pesky bug that caused the browser to force close for some users, and they say that's gone now. They have also enhanced their video search feature, as well as updating the UI to look better on higher resolution devices. Skyfire is the browser that brought Flash videos to Android before true Flash was an option. So if you're a Skyfire user, hit the market and grab the update![Skyfire]

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4 years ago

Samsung Fascinate appears in Verizon system, accessories in tow

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Verizon internal system shot

What's that you say?  How about a picture of Verizon's internal system showing the Samsung Fascinate ready and waiting to make it's way to your hot little hands.  We still are pretty sure the release date will be September 9, and we know it's already making its way into a few hands, so it makes sense that Big Red is getting things ready. 

Oh yeah, there's also a shot (after the break) of some accessories, including a 2200 mAh battery.  That should keep you going for the best part of the day.  Seven days my friends ... seven days.  Thanks to you-know-who!

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4 years ago

Nexus One gets a new software leak, Froyo version FRG33

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Nexus One with Android 2.2 build FRG33

The Nexus One will never die.  Today we see an new software leak, in the form of a complete packaged ROM (courtesy of Football @ xda) with the FRG33 tag on board.  I haven't had a chance to load it up just yet, but the few that have say it seems a bit faster, has the new radio that was in the Korean Nexus One launch, but doesn't have the new Google apps on board.

If you're feeling adventurous, hit the source link and give it a whirl.  Be sure to let us know how it turns out in the forums! [xda-developers] Thanks, Daniel, for the tip!

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4 years ago

Motorola clears up Droid X battery tab confusion with design change

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Motorola Droid X with new battery tab

Remember this one? When the Motorola Droid X launched in July, it did so with a little confusion surrounding how to remove the battery. We had report after report of people ripping off the tab -- which was light brown and mere said "pull" -- without knowing what it was for, which is to remove the battery.

But there's been a modification, and the tab is now red and says "Battery Release," with a little "do not cut" logo. Hopefully that will clear things up. For everybody else, we've got our instructional video after the break. Thanks, G!

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4 years ago

Best Buy guide shows off Samsung Gem

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Samsung Gem

We've already seen the Samsung Gem with Verizon branding, and it has now shown up in the Best Buy buyer's guide. 

The Gem is going to be another offering from Samsung on Verizon, but aimed at the low-end spectrum. Most likely the crowd that is transitioning from feature phones to smart-phones but doesn't want to spring for expensive devices just yet. 

Here are the specs for the Gem:

  • Android 2.1 (Eclair)
  • TouchWiz 3.0
  • Swype
  • 3.2 MP camera
  • 16 GB Micro-SD expansion

The Gem is being overshadowed by Samsung and Verizon's big release of the Fascinate on Sept. 9. They are aimed at different crowds though, and it just means that Android will continue to grow, which is a good thing. [Engadget]

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4 years ago

Copy files to your storage card in Windows

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Android storage count mounting

For as easy as Android can make your life, the simple task of getting photos, video and music from your computer to your phone isn't quite as straightforward as it should be. We're going to put an end to that right now. After the break: How to get your storage card to show up on your computer. No rooting. No extra programs. Just a few simple steps

[Ed. note: We previously published this tip on Feb. 5, 2010.]

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