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4 years ago

More evidence that PayPal payments are coming to the Android Market

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Android Market - Paypal

It's been kind of an poorly kept secret that the Android Market is about to accept PayPal for purchasing apps -- and the official announcement is likely this week at PayPal's dev conference in San Francisco. But with a little Firebug trickery, the Android Market Developer's Console can out the news today, and that's what you see above. Google will automatically move the payments to your Google Checkout account, which is darn helpful. Thanks, Al!

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4 years ago

Lumigon announces the Lumigon T1; Bang & Olufsen tech inside

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Lumigon, a Scandinavian cell phone manufacturer, is bringing out the Lumigon T1. This smartphone sports a 3.5-inch WVGA touchscreen, HDMI out, 5MP camera with flash, and 1GHZ processor. As for the UI, the aluminum phone will be running Froyo with Lumigon's P-GUI software on board. 

Now you may be looking at this little device and saying, "Okay? Another slab smartphone powered by Android. What else is new these days?" Valid thought, but this baby rocks -- literally -- Bang & Olufsen audio technology. Bang & Olufsen is an audio company that produces and manufactures high quality audio speakers and receivers. If you can understand Danish, make the jump to see the Lumigon T1 in action. If you can't understand Danish, make the jump anyway. [Mobil.nu via Phone Arena, Unwired View]

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4 years ago

T-Mobile LG Optimus T available Nov. 3 for $29.99 after contract, rebate

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T-Mobile LG Optimus T

T-Mobile announced this afternoon that the LG Optimus T (see our hands-on here) will be available Nov. 3 for a mere $29.99. That'll be after two-year contract and a $50 rebate, of course, but you can't really beat that price, even for a low-end Android smartphone. We still don't know all of the under-the-hood details, but a 3.2-megapixel camera is there, plus a 2GB microSd card. [T-Mobile Facebook]

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4 years ago

Samsung giving away Galaxy Tabs via Twitter

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Samsung Galaxy Tab

The Galaxy Tab is on the verge of being released everywhere in the U.S., and Samsung wants to give away seven of them before the madness begins. 

Here are the rules:

  • The contest runs from today (Oct. 25) through Nov. 8
  • Between now and then, head to the Samsung Mobile U.S. Twitter account: @samsungmobileUS
  • Follow the account and Tweet responses to questions that are asked, as well as the hashtag #WINGALAXYTAB
  • If you're picked, you will win a Galaxy Tab on the carrier of your choice

Good luck, and let us know if you're one of the lucky winners! 

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4 years ago

Logitech Revue gets torn apart for your viewing pleasure

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 Logitech Revue teardown

The Logitech Revue just came out, but it couldn't fend off the prying hands of the iFixit gang for long. After a disassembly that they rated 8 out of 10 (with 10 being easiest to open and repair), iFixit discovered a couple hardware specs that Logitech had not announced yet. Namely, the Google TV device is running off a 1.2GHz Intel Atom processor, 1GB of RAM, and has 5GB of NAND flash memory. These specs compare pretty favorably to the new Apple TV, leaving us to wonder why Logitech couldn't get that $299 price down to make it an impulse-buy for consumers. Any early adopters looking to tinker with their Revue should check out the step-by-step guide past the link, along with a detailed list of the hardware Logitech is using (hint: it shares a component with the Kin Two!). [iFixit

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4 years ago

T-Mobile Comet poses with the LG Optimus T

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The T-Mobile Comet has finally broken cover -- and it's ready for its close up. This entry-level Android device was once known as the Huawei Ideos. The Comet is dated for Nov. 3, and is promising to ship with Froyo. But don't dismiss this phone right away. If your somebody who's not one for OEMs putting their own UI flavor in their phones -- rejoice, for this phone will ship with plain ol' stock vanilla Android. Click the source link to see the Comet sized up next to the LG Optimus T. [TmoNews]

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4 years ago

Samsung unveiling new Android device in New York City on Nov. 8

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Samsung Event

The title just about says it all, folks. Samsung will be unveiling a new Android device (let's assume phone) in New York City on Nov. 8. And if any of the rumors we've heard swirling around are true, this could be a darn good one. Nothing definite yet, but the words dual-core, Google experience and otherwise mind-blowing have been used. (Or, yes, it could be the Verizon Samsung Continuum.) Of course, we'll be there. Stay tuned, folks.

Update: Yeah, so we're all in agreement that we're probably going to see the Samsung Continuum at the event. And, oh -- look at that. We've already got video of it, as well as a hands-on preview.

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4 years ago

Logitech acknowledges frame rate issue with Revue video playback [Google TV]

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Logitech Revue Google TV

As far as the Internet goes, Google TV is pretty darn sweet. But when it comes to actually watching television, those of us who got our Logitech Revue over the weekend have found video quality to be wanting. Ask just about anyone who tried watching football over the weekend, and we'll all likely answer the same: Frame rate wasn't what it should have been.

The way it works is this: The cable (or satellite) source is pumped into the Revue, and then output to the television. I've got your basic high-def cable setup on a 50-inch plasma, and anything with fast motion was bad enough to be unwatchable -- the complete opposite of when the signal's going straight from the cable box to the TV via HDMI.

We've been discussing the issue in our Google TV forums, and there's a fat thread in Logitech's forums, too. And they're aware of the problem. This morning, Peter Evans, director of Logitech Revue customer care, sent in the following:

Thank you for your feedback about Logitech Revue causing the TV picture to skip frames and for sharing information about your home entertainment setup. With your help we have been able to confirm that in some cases Logitech Revue is dropping video frames, resulting in a staggered image.

With Logitech Revue, it is our priority to provide a high quality TV experience, and we recognize that this issue is affecting your enjoyment. Logitech and the Google TV team are working hard to find the root cause of this issue and to develop a solution, which we will share with you as soon as it is available. We will keep you updated on our progress through this forum thread.

We do apologize for your TV experience being less than perfect.

Let's hope they get this fixed as soon as possible. Because Google TV without the TV is, well, just the Internet. [Logitech, Android Central Forums]

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4 years ago

Sprint Galaxy Tab officially Nov. 14; $399 on contract, data starts at $29

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Sprint Galaxy Tab

We broke the news last night, and now it's official: The Sprint Samsung Galaxy Tab will be available Nov. 14 for $399 with a two-year contract. Data plans start at $29.99 a month for 2GB, or $59.99 a month for 5GB and unlimited messaging.

Along with the 7-inch LCD touchscreen, Wifi b/g/n, GPS, Android 2.2 and all the apps the Android Market can muster, you have the option to use Sprint Navigation for $2.99 a day, or $9.99 a month.

You can preorder the Sprint Galaxy Tab today at any participating Sprint Store with the purchase of a $50 gift card (which you can later use to help pay for the Galaxy Tab). [Sprint]

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4 years ago

HTC releases Desire HD source code

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HTC Desire HD

For you tinkering types, HTC just released the source code for the Desire HD. As always, some proprietary code will remain under wraps. That's not going to mean much if you don't like taking apart ROMs and seeing what's inside. But it's early in the week yet, and there's always time to take up a new hobby. [HTC Developer Center]

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4 years ago

Acer's Liquid Metal hits the FCC with Froyo and AT&T 3G

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 Acer Liquid Metal

Acer announced the Liquid Metal in the UK last month, but was mum on any availability for the United States. That seems to have (unofficially) changed as the FCC has posted documents that show the phone with AT&T 3G bands on board. The Liquid Metal is still scheduled for an October release in the UK, so it should be hitting stores sometime this week for our English friends across the pond. As for us Americans, Acer would surely love to have it out for the shopping season, so we shouldn't have to wait too much longer. As a quick recap, the phone will be sporting a 800MHz CPU along with a 800x480 3.6-inch touchscreen, WiFi b/g/n, GPS, and Bluetooth. [FCC via Engadget]

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4 years ago

Adobe announces AIR 2.5, Adobe InMarket to aid in distribution

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Adobe InMarket

Adobe has ramped up its presence in the application space with AIR 2.5, and to help get the content out to the masses it introduced Adobe InMarket.  AIR 2.5 is available on devices ranging from phones, to tablets and televisions -- including Android 2.2 devices, of course.  In addition, AIR 2.5 enables hardware acceleration across all major chip makers, including Broadcom, Intel, NVIDIA, ST Micro, Trident, Texas Instruments, Qualcomm and others.  Samsung is scheduled to take the lead and be the first to ship AIR preinstalled in their SmartTV line, and Acer, HTC, Motorola, RIM, and Samsung will be releasing smartphones or tablets that ship with AIR enabled.  Adobe AIR 2.5 for Android is available from the Market as a free download, we'll have a link after the break.

Adobe InMarket is Adobe's foray into the publishing and distribution space. InMarket will assist developers distribute and sell their applications on many different application stores across, on various device types from Acer, Intel, and others.  Android is not specifically mentioned, but I'm certain InMarket will help Android developers publish to alternative Android application stores.  There's a catch, though -- Adobe will pull 30 percent off the top for the service, according to their developer connection page, but that's standard for app stores these days.  The full press release, and AIR 2.5 download link are after the break.

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tabs coming to Best Buy, Wi-Fi-only $499

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Samsung Galaxy Tab from Best Buy

Best Buy is going to be selling Samsung's Galaxy Tab, both with carrier plans as well as a Wifi-only version. Dates have been leaking out recently regarding the Tab's release on all major carriers, most recently being Sprint on Nov. 14

It appears Best Buy will carry 3G versions of the Tab on Verizon and Sprint. Contracts will be offered as well as month-to-month plans. 

However, the leak also suggests there will be a Wifi-only version available from Best Buy that will cost $499. Customers will also have the choice between a silver or black version. The Wi-Fi only version has been the wish of many interested in the device; how does that price point seem to those considering buying one? [Pocketables]

Update: While we're expecting a Wifi-only Tab at some point, we're being told this flier is just a bad typo.

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4 years ago

Sprint Galaxy Tab coming Nov. 14; Motorola i886 hits in January

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Sprint Samsung Galaxy Tab

Let's not beat around the bush here: The Sprint Samsung Galaxy Tab (seen above as the Samsung P1 Tablet) is coming Nov. 14, according to the inventory spreadsheet that just hit our inbox. That's seven inches of Android tablet goodness, a 1GHz processor, and all the bells and whistles we saw during our hands-on with the Galaxy Tab back in August.

What we still don't know: Pricing, and whether Sprint will rig up any sort of cool Wimax tethering-case deal like it's done for the iPad.

The white Evo 4G -- previously sold at Best Buy -- also looks like it'll be available in stores, too, which is nice.

But, wait, there's more. Looks like the Motorola i886 will be dropping in January, right around CES. It's already been outed by the FCC (via Unwired View), and reportedly is a some sort of non-touchscreen iDEN-type device.

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