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4 years ago

Skype Mobile update does not allow use of Wifi after all [updated]

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Skype Mobile for AndroidSkype Mobile for Android

We had a bad feeling that when the Skype Mobile app for Android was updated late last night and seemingly allowed calls over Wifi, things were a little too good to be true. And sure enough, they were. At left here is the original description for Version 1.5.0.4, which tells of "Simultaneous Wifi & 3G." That would have been a big deal because the app so far had only worked over Verizon 3G, forcing you to use its data connection, which of course you're paying for. And that, of course, is ridiculous, though you can see Verizon's intent -- it keeps you from buying an unactivated phone and using it as a Wifi VOIP phone when instead you could be burning through your monthly data allotment.

But lo and behold, we have a couple of unactivated Verizon phones here, and sure enough, they freak out when you try to use the updated Skype client. And just a few hours after the initial update, the app description has changed to read "Wifi runs while app is on 3G." So it's just as we feared -- your Wifi connection remains, but you can't actually use it. Shenanigans, indeed.

Update: Skype has published details on the update. In addition to being able to maintain a Wifi connection, you get incoming caller ID, copy-paste in IMs, emoticons, country names and flags when calling internationally, and the ability to set your location as your mood message.

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab Hands On! [Video]

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 

Samsung Galaxy Tab

We accepted an invite from Samsung to fly out out to IFA to get an early look at the international version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab, their new tablet announced today. You know what that means: Hands-On time!

The Tab is one of many 7 inch tablets about to hit the Market (Samsung is expecting a Q4 release) and it's quite well-done. You'll be forgiven for thinking the Galaxy Tab is just a biggie-sized Galaxy S smartphone running Android 2.2 because, well, that's essentially what it is. To our mind, though, that's not such a bad thing. After the break, find our hands-on video of the device along with some first-look impressions.

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4 years ago

Samsung reveals the 'official' Galaxy Tab commercial

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Tab commercial

As we have seen with all of the Galaxy S series phones, Samsung has released its own commercial for the new Galaxy Tab.  The 30-second spot showcases the way the Tab can fit into your busy lifestyle, and should be a big hit with it's upbeat feel and cheery atmosphere.  You can check it out after the jump, and keep an eye out for it on your television -- I have a feeling there's going to be one heck of a push behind this one. [Samsung Mobile]

And Samsung also has an official Galaxy Tab page, which you can find here.

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab photo gallery

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab specs versus the Apple iPad

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Samsung Galaxy Tab with the iPad and Samsung Galaxy S

Samsung Galaxy Tab

 

 

There's no escaping it -- you have to compare the Samsung Galaxy Tab to Apple's iPad. One has sold millions in mere months. The other is hoping to break Android into the tablet market big-time. After the break, we match them up, spec for spec.

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4 years ago

Samsung announces the Galaxy Tab 7-inch Android tablet

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7-inch Android tablet coming this year

Samsung Galaxy Tab Android tablet

Samsung Galaxy Tab

Samsung Mobile today at the IFA conference in Berlin announced the long-awaited (and heavily leaked) Samsung Galaxy Tab -- a 7-inch tablet running Android 2.2 That's right, it's launching with Froyo, folks, a leg up on the vast majority of Android devices, never mind the other tablets available.

The Galaxy Tab has full smartphone connectivity -- 3G, Wifi, Bluetooth, Adobe Flash Player 10.1 -- all in a form factor that you can hold in one hand, powered by a 1GHz processor. Want cameras? The Galaxy Tab has a 3-megapixel rear camera with autofocus and LED flash, and as 1.3MP camera on the front for video chats.

Is the Galaxy Tab the Android tablet we've all been waiting for? Will it dethrone the iPad? Or even threaten its position? We're just getting started with our coverage, folks. Our own Dieter Bohn is in Berlin and is giving the Galaxy Tab the what-for. Samsung's official press release is after the break.

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4 years ago

Skype Mobile for Android now works over 3G *and* Wifi (but still Verizon-only)

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Skype Mobile for Android

Great news for those of you rocking Skype Mobile on Android -- the app has been updated, and you can now make calls over Wifi, in addition to 3G. That means faster speeds, of course, and no more being forced to use Verizon's data, which is slower, costs you money, and was a pretty specious move to begin with. The bad news is that the Skype app is still exclusive to Verizon (wasn't that supposed to change at some point?). But as long as we're ending the night on a positive note, let's hope that soon changes, too. Thanks, @JasonAGrier

Update: We hear you, we hear you. Things aren't quite as they seem. We've done a little testing, and it turns out the update description was a little ahead of itself. Details here.

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4 years ago

T-Mobile's G2 shows off again -- with Android 2.2, 800MHz processor

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The T-Mobile G2

T-Mobile's Scoop pages have a new entry, the T-Mobile G2 in all it's glory, along with some confirmation about a few of rumors flying about.  Besides the HSPA+ radio, and the mysterious Quick Keys, we also see an 800 MHz Scorpion processor, Android 2.2 (Froyo) on board, and Adobe Flash 10.1

Even if we didn't learn anything that we haven't discussed to death in the comments and the forums, a new picture of plain old Vanilla Froyo running on this one is always appreciated. Keeps throwing the bones T-Mobile.  [T-Mobile SCOOP] Thanks FORDOC!

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4 years ago

T-Mobile's G2 pricing revealed, priced like you'd think a smartphone should be

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G2 pricing

Nothing surprising here -- leaked T-Mobile internal documents show the pricing of the G2 at $199.99 on contract/after rebate, and $499.99 if bought outright.  This would be the same as the Vibrant, Droid Incredible, HTC Evo 4G, and just about every other top tier smartphone -- with the exception being the Epic 4G. (We're going to go out on a limb here and opine that there will be earbuds, a charger and maybe some documentation in the box, too -- you heard it here first!). So save your pennies and check in the ashtray for change, and hopefully we will see this one soon.  [TmoNews]

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4 years ago

Twitter still down? It's not just you

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Twitter fail whale

Yeah, Twitter's been borked for many of you for a good bit of the day -- or longer. We've heard you, especially those of you using HTC's Peep or Friendstream clients (found in HTC Sense). We just kept holding out hope that it would be one of those hour-long outages. Then it became a three-hour-long outage. Then we went and got dinner. A couple glasses of wine. A little dessert. Still no Twitter. So here's what's up, in slightly more than 140 characters:

According to Twitter's status page, some mobile clients are unable to log in they include:

  • HTC Peep
  • Moto BLUR
  • Nokia Twitter apps
  • Samsung devices (except for phones running Android OS)
  • Huawei phones

For its part, HTC has said "We know that Peep/Friend Stream are not working for some, and we apologize. Please bear with us while our developers are investigating."

As to when things will be fixed? Couldn't tell you. In the meantime, feel free to suggest your favorite (working) Twitter client in the comments. We know how you love to do that. [Twitter]

Update: Twitter says everything's better now.

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4 years ago

Securing your applications the right way -- the Google how-to

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Application security

Application security, piracy and prevention all are hot topics recently, with good reason.  Without a robust application marketplace, that hundreds of thousands of new activations each month number isn't going to be maintainable, and a robust market isn't possible without the backing of developers.  We've seen that Android has a built-in solution to prevent piracy, and we've also seen just how easy it is to get around it if you're determined, and if the scheme is left in its basic form.  Google hinted that they had some more information to share about the whole subject, and true to their word they have done so.  After the break, let's have a look at a Googler's methods to provide safe, secure, and user friendly way to protect applications.  [Android Developers Blog]

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab gets FCC'd; dual-band WiFi and GSM frequencies?

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This Samsung Galaxy Tab is everywhere. It was on a train in Australia, it has infiltrated Verizon's database, and already has a line of accessories to dress up the seven-incher. The only thing we're missing: an official word from Samsung that it's actually launching. Well it can't be too long now, right? Word on the tubes says the FCC has gotten their hands Samsung's new Galaxy device. And it looks like they named it "SHW-M180S" (terrible name in our opinion).

The FFC's documents -- which are available online to the public -- are saying this puppy will support dual-band 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi channels, able to connect to up to 150Mbps.  If your a more on the go type of person, Samsung's got your Android back; the Galaxy Tab will also rock a GSM 1900 radio frequency.

Not to be outdone, Engadget also did some snooping around the WiFi Alliance Database and found that there were two versions of this speedy little tablet in the works. One of them even sports quad-band GSM and HSDPA support.

You got all of that, right? [FCC via Engadget]

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4 years ago

LG Optimus Z home and widgets running on other devices

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Optimus Z launcher

A week or so ago we looked at the LG Optimus Z, a phone that unfortunately we'll never see here in the states. While we had it, we yanked the system files out of it for a closer look.  And an enterprising xda'er named aalopez10 took the time to go through the system dump and has the home and several of the widgets working, and you can too -- without needing root.

There are still some kinks to work out, but if you have an hdpi device and want a new look, hit the source link and have at it! [xda-developers via Andronica -- files from Android Central Forums]

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4 years ago

Sprint Epic 4G review: The Samsung Galaxy S grows a keyboard

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We review the Sprint Epic 4G to find out if it's worthy of its name

Sprint Epic 4G

If you put the word "Epic" in the name of your phone, it darn well better be epic. And with the Sprint Epic 4G Android smartphone, that's mostly the case.

The Epic 4G is the latest Samsung's Galaxy S line to be released in the United States, alongside the AT&T Captivate and T-Mobile Vibrant. But the Epic stands out from its cousins in a number of ways. First, there's the addition of a 4G radio, meaning you can take advantage of Sprint's Wimax network for faster data speeds. Then there's the horizontal sliding keyboard, and a camera flash, a front-facing camera, and other bells and whistles. OK, that's a lot of differences.

But the real question is this: Is the Epic 4G epic enough (you're going to have to excuse a few puns here) to unseat the HTC Evo 4G is the phone to beat? We'll find out, after the break.

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4 years ago

New Verizon Fascinate commercial hits the tubes

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We've already seen Samsung put out commercials for the AT&T Captivate, the T-Mobile Vibrant, and the recently launched Sprint Epic 4G. The only phone left in this Galaxy S saga of commercials to be shown is the Verizon Fascinate

Well it looks like you're in luck, Samsung just updated its YouTube channel and uploaded the latest commercial in this saga. Grab some popcorn, recline that chair, and dim those lights... full video after the jump. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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