4 years ago

Samsung Illusion for Verizon appears on Flickr


Although the Samsung Illusion name has been tossed around before on some road maps there was never an official announcement made for the device. Now, thanks to a little slip up from Samsung on Flickr, we're getting a good look at a 3G-only device, but not much else. Specs seem to still be missing for the information but those will come eventually. What we do know though, is that the device is eco-friendly (which we've also seen in the Samsung Replenish):

Samsung mobile phones have been awarded a "green" certificate by one of the most reliable establishment in the US. Samsung announced on September 15 that its two mobile phone models including Ever Green phone (SGH-A667) and Illusion phone (SCH-I110) won a certificate of SPC (Sustainable Product Certification) by the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) in the US, an independent product safety certification organization, expanding its "green" phone line-up into three which also include Replenish (SPH-M580).

Yeah, we know -- not much to go on, but it's interesting that's for sure. What do you all think? A low powered budget device running an 800MHz processor or does it have something a little more beefier under the hood?

Source: Flickr; via: Electronista

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S II Sprint Epic 4G Touch now available online from Sprint


Despite having the longest name in smartphone history, the Samsung Galaxy S II Sprint Epic 4G Touch is the first of the Galaxy S II devices to reach the United States -- you can hit up Sprint online and order one right now.  It's going to set you back $199.99 and a two year agreement (or $499.99 if you buy it outright), but for that money you're getting 1.2GHz of dual-core, and 4.52 inches of Super AMOLED Plus loving.  Toss in Sprint's Wimax 4G, and an all new version of TouchWiz, and there's a lot there to get excited over. 

Settle in, dust off your credit card, and hit up Sprint -- then drop in the forums to spread the good word.  Things are gonna get busy in there I think!

Source: Sprint

Epic 4G Touch forums

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4 years ago

Android Central at the LG Marquee unveiling at New York City's Fashion Week


LG brought New York City's Fashion Week to a close tonight with a panel discussion on the intersection between technology and fashion, followed by a swanky soiree high above Manhattan's Meatpacking District to unveil its next major device, the Marquee. While we got a peek at the Marquee last night at Pepcom, tonight offered yet another opportunity to get our hands all over it. If you're holding out for the next device on Sprint and are a little intimidated by the Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch's huge 4.5-inch display, the 4-inch NOVA screen on the Marquee might be your perfect fit. It's not as fast or beefed up as some of its competitors, but the Marquee is respectable device in a stunning package, and easily the best looking LG smartphone to date. 

Hit the break for some photos and a video with the Marquee, which I managed to snag before diving head first into LG's signature cocktail, aptly named "The LG." The Marquee hits Sprint shelves on October 2 for $99 on a two year contract. (Yes, I realize I flubbed that info in the video but be nice, I was nervous. There were runway models in the crowd.)

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4 years ago

Motorola Droid Bionic gets a taste of Cyanogen Mod 7, but it's not quite ready


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Just in case you were wondering if CyanogenMod 7 would come to the Motorola Droid Bionic, the above video should clear that up. That is of course, CyanogenMod 7 getting a full boot on a Motorola Droid Bionic (read our full review) and while it's far from ready for the masses, it sure is a pretty sight. No telling how long we'll have to wait for a release (and no asking!) but we're certainly hoping sooner rather than later.

Source: CVPCS

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4 years ago

Reminder: Enter to win a T-Mobile G2X from Nvidia and Android Central [contest]


The T-Mobile G2X is one of the original dual-core monsters.  The specs are great -- a Tegra 2 power plant, 4-inch IPS display, HDMI out, and easy to hack the daylights out of.  Now that Gingerbread has shown up for it, it's a beast.  Yes, I'm a bit biased -- I use one myself for my Tegra Zone gaming addiction (ZOMG Fruit Ninja THD).  And you can enter to win one in Nvidia and Android Central's Tegra Madness giveaway!

Winning one is easy, just hit the forums and drop a note in the contest thread, and you're entered.  Each contest runs for 24 hours (midnight to midnight, Eastern Time), and we'll pick the winner at random, then announce them all in one big blog post next Sunday (Sep. 18).  Good luck to all, and be sure to enter all week!

Win a T-Mobile G2X

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4 years ago

Twitter apps, Sensation XE carriers [From the Forums]


Although there isn't an Android Central podcast tonight, we still had plenty of news to run through today so make sure you jump on back and have a look. If you're looking to fill the void of no podcast, then the Android Central forums is where you'll want to be -- in there, you can discuss everything Android. Start up some new threads today, or help in the already exiting ones.

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

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4 years ago

Android selected to power Boeing's 787 Dreamliner entertainment system



Boeing has chosen Android to power the in-flight entertainment system of its 787 Dreamliner aircraft. For other aircraft, airlines are able to choose their own entertainment contracts, but the 787 will feature a package deal to save costs.

The inflight entertainment system will feature music, videos and apps that will run on screens ranging from 7- 17 inches. This is a big win for Android as it will see further expansion on all airlines that will use the 787 Dreamliner. If you know much about the 787, it has continuously been delayed. However, there is much anticipation for it and once it starts flying, it will likely be an incredibly popular aircraft due to its fuel efficiency. No word yet on when exactly we'll see Android inside, but it's an exciting prospect for the future.

 Source: Australian Business Traveller 

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4 years ago

Not even Android can save the BlackBerry PlayBook, has shipped just 200,000 units


We're going to let our pals at CrackBerry do the legwork on this one, but it's a number that needs to be noted here: RIM just announced in its Q2 earnings call that it's shipped just 200,000 BlackBerry PlayBook tablets -- and that's shipped, not sold -- in three months. We care, of course, because RIM's hacked a sort of Android emulator (they call it an "Android Player") onto the thing. But at this point, we're not even sure the might and muscle of Android can salvage things.

More: CrackBerry

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4 years ago

We'll be at the Big Android BBQ -- will you?


In case you've been living under a rock, the Big Android BBQ is happening in Austin, Texas, in just a couple weeks. Oct. 1-2, to be exact. We'll be there. You should, too. And tickets are nearly sold-out. So if you're on the fence, time's running short. Don't overthink it. You're not going to want to miss this one.

More at the Big Android BBQ site

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4 years ago

Sprint stores selling the Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch a little early?


That blurry little slice of heaven you see here is the Samsung Galaxy S Epic 4G Touch, Esq. (See what we did there?) And it apparently is in the hands of Android Central Forums member Atomicvoice, who managed to get one out of his local Sprint store today after they called and told him to come pick it up.

Nobody's saying which store this was. But if you can't possibly wait another 15 hours or so, it might be worth a phone call or two.

Source: Epic 4G Touch Forums

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4 years ago

Motorola Droid Bionic's Webtop code lists the Moto Edison -- so what is it?


A lot of cool things can be found when you tear apart code and start digging around.  This is the case when the Webtop code for the Motorola Droid Bionic got busted open, and some device code-names were discovered.  Besides a few we already know -- the Olympus, Sunfire, and Targa are the Atrix, Photon, and Bionic, respectively -- we see "common," which we assume is a generic term used to cover all devices with Webtop enabled. And now we see "edison."  A quick search of the Internet and the various sites in China that usually have information about this sort of thing turns up a blank, so we're pretty sure this is the first mention of a Motorola Edison to be found.

As for what the Edison may be, there are a couple logical choices -- the Atrix should be seeing a refresh (the MB865), and of course we can't forget what was leaked out as the Droid HD -- a Photon-esque shaped device that's thin and has some sort of SIM card slot on the side.  And then again, it could just be a name that was tossed around and then scrapped; we've seen that a time or two as well.  There's always something new and better on the horizon, but we can't help but get interested when we see it in black and white.

Thanks, Braden!

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4 years ago

Heads up: No podcast tonight


Heads up, folks. No podcast tonight. Just though you should know. I mean, I guess you could all hang out in the chatroom and pretend there's a podcast, but we won't be there. What? You need an explanation? Fine.

See ya'll next week. In the meantime, feel free to catch up on previous shows, or check out one of our other Mobile Nations podcasts.

Update: Happy to report I won my first Sorry! game against Daughter No. 1. And now, Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

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4 years ago

Bolt browser enters second beta round -- we've got your download codes!


The venerable Bolt browser has reached its second beta. And just as before, they want your help in testing. A few noticeable changes this time around are adaptive video streaming, UI fixes for a smoother experience, and a social tab that currently points to Facebook.

Want to get in on the beta? We've got you covered.

  1. Just head to the Bolt beta signup.
  2. Enter your name, e-mail address and use the code andcentral. (Note it's not androidcentral. Just andcentral.)
  3. Check your e-mail, which will contain the apk link.

There you go. Happy beta testing!

More at boltbrowser.com/android

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4 years ago

Rumors suggest HTC's Runnymede and Bliss may launch as 'Bass' and 'Rhyme'


We may be about to see two new Android devices from HTC, if there's anything to the latest batch of online rumors. First off, the HTC Runnymede -- reportedly a 4.7-inch device with Beats Audio support and a 1.5 GHz CPU -- is to ship as the HTC Bass, according to a listing on the website of British retailer Handtec.

There's no way of verifying this, but it suddenly makes a bit more sense when considered alongside today's second rumor. German HTC fan-site HTCInside is reporting that the heavily-leaked HTC Bliss will be sold under the name 'HTC Rhyme'. Leaked press shots obtained by the site seem to confirm that it'll ship with the minimalistic version of HTC Sense that we first saw in an earlier leak a few weeks ago.

A closer look at these leaked images might suggest that we'll see more of both devices sooner rather than later. The clock widget in the 'Rhyme' shot shows the date Sept. 20, while the 'Bass' shows Oct. 4. Maybe we're reading a bit too much into that, though.

Still very much rumor territory for now, folks. We'll keep you apprised if anything more substantial crops up.

Source: Handtec, HTCInside; via: TIMN

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4 years ago

Google launches new developer site, kicks it off with the Google+ API


Google has launched a new developer portal where it can share news about events and updates, as well as offer examples and use cases for developers of all their products -- including Android.  To get things started, Google just released the Google+ API and has shared a couple methods to retrieve public data from Google+.  Initially, the API will only collect public data, which should alleviate any privacy concerns and give the folks in Mountain View some time to get a secure method worked out for data that isn't shared with the world.

You might be asking what all this API mumbo jumbo means for you and I.  Think of it as  code that developers can use in their programs, across various platforms like Windows, Mac OS, Android, even ChromeOS.  They can plug this code into their programs and collect data and display it however they like.  This means the third-party applications, like Twitter clients, will be able to hook into Google+ like they currently can with Twitter or Facebook.  As we've seen so far with Google+ itself, this will take some time to get a viable solution worked out; one that addresses users privacy, yet makes things easy for web and mobile developers to use.  We're looking forward to see how this all develops, and of course to see what enterprising developers can come up with.  For more information, visit the links below.

Google Developers; Google+ API. Via +Reto Meier

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