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2 years ago

Samsung lets us know the Galaxy S II is ready for its US arrival, and gives us a look at some accessories

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In case you weren't paying attention, Samsung and partners Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T announced the arrival of the Galaxy S II line to the US this evening in New York.  We're on site grabbing footage and asking as many questions as we can get answers for, but in the meantime let's have a look at Samsung's official announcement -- including accessories! 

Samsung really stepped things up a notch and will be offering some awesome accessories for the US Galaxy S II devices, including:

  • Vehicle dock: The dock charges the phone while docked to ensure uninterrupted GPS usage on long car rides. The dock is windshield or dashboard mountable and includes the sophisticated Vlingo Voice Talk, allowing users to enjoy hands-free control of their Galaxy S II.
  • Battery charging stand with spare battery: This charging solution ensures a backup battery is always on hand, while providing a convenient kick stand for the Galaxy S II.
  •  HDTV Adapter: The HDMI adapter supports HD video up to 1080p from the phone to an HDTV, projector, or monitor. Use on the go to connect the Galaxy S II to a TV, monitor, or projector to view purchased Media Hub content, videos, presentations, games, or internet on a big HD screen, or listen to downloaded music from the phone on a home entertainment system.

They look great, and you can see for yourself after the break where we've got the pics and the full Samsung press release.

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2 years ago

Sprint Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch available September 16th for $199.99

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Sprint has the pleasure of being the first carrier to debut the Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch. The Sprint version features a 4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus, 1.2GHz dual-core processors and will be available for $199.99 with a new 2-year contract beginning Sept. 16 in all Sprint Sales channels, including Sprint stores, Web sales and Telesales.

“Sprint is proud to build on the success of the first Galaxy S product, Samsung Epic 4G, with the first U.S. device in the next generation of Samsung’s award-winning Galaxy S lineup, Epic 4G Touch,” said Fared Adib, vice president–Product Development, Sprint. “Epic 4G Touch is a powerful smartphone that delivers vibrant and exciting content at lightning fast speeds. This device is ultra-thin yet ultra-powerful with a screen that rivals anything else in the industry.”

You can also get ahead of the game by pre-ordering the device today at any participating Sprint store with the purchase of a $50 Sprint gift card. That ensures you to be placed on the device waiting list. You check out the full press release from Sprint past the break.

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2 years ago

T-Mobile announces their own Galaxy S II

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As expected, T-Mobile has also announced their Galaxy S II tonight as well.  We don't yet have all the details and specs, but we do have a statement from T-Mobile:

T-Mobile USA, Inc. is pleased to announce the upcoming availability of the Samsung Galaxy S™ II at T-Mobile this fall. Featuring a brilliant 4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus touch screen – one of the largest screens available on a Galaxy S II device – T-Mobile’s Galaxy S II promises to keep customers entertained and connected while on the go. We look forward to sharing more information in the coming weeks.

Of course we're at the Samsung event in New York, covering it live.  If any details come out, you can find them here!

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2 years ago

AT&T and Samsung unveil the Samsung Galaxy S II

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And just like that, much waiting is for the most part over. The Samsung Galaxy S II is now headed to AT&T. No pricing details for the device have been announced as of yet, but the release date is set for September 18.  You will find some variation between the AT&T version vs. that of the Euro versions seen previously. One example of this is the 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display where as other versions make use 4.5-inch displays. Specs call for AT&T's version to be thinner then all others as well with their version coming in at 8.9mm.

“The nation’s thinnest 4G smartphone is designed in every way to give AT&T customers a superb mobile entertainment experience,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, Devices, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets.  “With a vibrant screen, high-definition possibilities and faster processing speeds, Samsung Galaxy S II is the latest addition to the industry’s leading smartphone portfolio.

You will find the full press release and specs for the device past the break of course. Anyone going to be opting for the AT&T version over Sprint or T-Mobiles?

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2 years ago

Samsung U.S. Galaxy S II liveblog

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The day has finally come, folks. Tonight, we get full details on Samsung's U.S. Galaxy S II lineup. Of course, we've got a pretty good idea of what to expect, but there's nothing like having your feet on the ground and your hands on the hardware.

That is, unless you were hoping for an official Verizon Galaxy S II, of course.

So join us here in this very post starting at 6 p.m. EDT / 3 p.m. PDT for our liveblog, and stick around for some hands-on action.

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2 years ago

First look at the Lenovo ThinkPad Android tablet

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In a world where Android tablet manufacturers have had to scramble on the hardware side to differentiate themselves, there are two trains of thought. One is to go light and sleek, the other is to cram as much functionality into the device as possible while allowing for a little bit of girth.

Lenovo has gone the latter route with its ThinkPad Android tablet, but it's done so, at least from a design standpoint, with the sort of style and usability you'd expect from one of the business world's predominant laptop makers.

We take our first look after the break.

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2 years ago

Android Wallpaper Review: Koi Live Wallpaper

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There's a live wallpaper for everyone, and if you're looking to be soothed by a tranquil, digital koi pond, then this is the one for you.

Koi Live Wallpaper does exactly what the name implies: puts up a koi pond with fish swimming around in it. At first glance it's just decent. The background image doesn't look quite right and the fish look a little too pixelated and on the foreground for it to settle correctly. Fortunately, once you actually select the wallpaper, it's harder to notice those details.

You're able to create ripples on the screen by tapping, although it doesn't do much (anything) to the fish. A double-tap drops some food flakes into the water and all the fish come out to eat some grub. It's a nice little bit of interactivity that at least offers some moments of entertainment.

One of the strongest parts of the wallpaper is its settings menu. The settings menu is only available if you buy the donate version, but it's pretty comprehensive. From the settings menu you can choose your ideal background, modify things like rain speed (if any), plants in the water (if any), and edit your fish.

The fish editing is probably the coolest single option, if only because it showcases how many different koi you can have, and you can edit their sizes, too. The wallpaper defaults you around six fish (and only two or three colors) when you first download, but I quickly changed that.

The Koi Live Wallpaper is free in the Android Market, or, if you've just gotta have access to the settings menu, 99 cents. We've got download links and more screenshots after the break.

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2 years ago

Epson iPrint application now available for Android

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Have an Epson wireless printer and want to be able to print from your Android device using it? You're in luck. The Epson iPrint application has a lot of the features you may be looking for an is now available for download.

Key Features:

  • Print, scan and share directly from an android smartphone or tablet
  • Print photos and web pages
  • Access and print online files from Box.net, Dropbox, and Evernote
  • Use the built-in Web browser to find and print a web page
  • Configure print options including paper size and type, number of copies and page range
  • Scan from an Epson all-in-one and share the file
  • Check your printer’s status and ink levels
  • Get help with a built-in FAQ section

Epson iPrint is compatible with Android OS 2.1 or later and is available for free worldwide on the Android Market. You'll find the download link past the break, as well as the full press release.

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2 years ago

Sprint Epic 4G Touch specs revealed

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We just got word from someone who will be soon having some hands-on training with the Sprint Epic 4G Touch, and they filled us in on the device specs and details.  There's nothing here we weren't expecting, but that hardly makes it any less impressive.  Check 'em:

  • 4.52 inch Super AMOLED Plus display
  • Ultra-thin (9.59mm) design
  • Samsung Exynos 1.2GHz dual-core processor
  • Wimax 4G radio
  • Media Hub
  • 8MP rear camera and 2MP front camera
  • Social Hub
  • HD video recording
  • Samsung Kies Air
  • Wifi calling
  • NOVA 2 HD pre-loaded
  • Swype pre-loaded
  • AES-256 internal/external hardware encryption
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • Sprint ID
  • Polaris Office
  • Hotspot controls up to eight devices
  • Android 2.3
  • Optional USB Host kit for connection keyboards, cameras, printers and thumb drives
  • Optional HDMI adapter
  • Multimedia and Car docks will be available

Bazinga!  That reads like an Android geek's letter to Santa Claus.  Be sure to join us tonight for the live blog -- there's no way you wanna miss any info about this one. 

Thanks, KevinChaos!

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2 years ago

ComScore data confirms that Android, Samsung remain kings of the mobile market

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ComScore has released its latest round of data, which tracks the smartphone market during the months of May, June, and July of 2011. During this time period, 82.2 million Americans owned a smartphone, up 10 percent from the previous three month period. Google’s Android remains the top smartphone platform with a 41.8 percent market share, which represents a growth of 5.4 points from the previous three months. Apple’s iOS comes in second with 27 percent, while RIM and Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 represent 21.7 and 5.7 percent respectively.

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