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3 years ago

Droid 2 Gingerbread update is pushing out now

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Those of you who woke up with a Motorola Droid 2 by your side should start pressing the update button now, because your Android 2.3 Gingerbread update is available. It's actually Android 2.3.3 and not the more recent Android 2.3.4, but we'll take what we can get at this point.

In addition to the OS update, here's what you can expect:

  • New Download Manager App
  • Under Manage Applications, a new “Running” tab displays a list of active applications, as well as the storage and memory being used by each.
  • Multi-Touch Key-Chording
  • Improved Word Selection and Copy Functionality:
  • New User Interface and Color Scheme:
  • New widgets, icons and screens with refreshed colors.
  • Three swappable icons and the App Launcher icon are fixed to the dock at the bottom of all home screen panels for easy and instant access.
  • New App Menu allows creation of custom app groups
  • Added Device and SD Card encryption.
  • VPN enhancements integrate IPSec VPN clients into device security settings

Initial reports are that things certainly seem smoother, which isn't always the case with updates these days. Seeing something different? Sound off!

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Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note official videos

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

You've seen the Samsung Galaxy Note announcements, now watch the official demo videos, where you get a good sense at how the stylus thing's going to work, as well as a few of the features of "a new type of smartphone."

One more video's after the break.

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3 years ago

Samsung unveils Galaxy Note - a new 5.3-inch, dual-core phone with a SuperAMOLED HD display

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Samsung's head of global sales and marketing, DJ Lee, has just announced a brand new "premium" smartphone at the electronics giant's IFA 2011 press conference. It's designed to fit between a traditional 3 to 4-inch phone and a tablet, and its name is the Samsung Galaxy Note.

The Galaxy Note features Android 2.3 on a thin, 5.3-inch chassis with a Super AMOLED HD display, which runs at 1280x800. Powering the device is a 1.4 GHz dual core processor, which is backed up by a massive 2500 mAh battery. Other stand-out features include stylus input for note-taking via the bundled Samsung "S Pen" pressure-sensitive pen, as well as HSPA+ data, an 8MP rear camera and 2MP front-facing shooter.

As the name suggests, Samsung is aiming to make the Galaxy Note the idea portable digital notepad. And despite its massive display size, it's just 9.65mm thick, weighin in at 178 grams.

Demonstrating the Galaxy Note at the press conference, Samsung Europe boss Andrew Coughlin said that it's intended to be a new primary device for users that need more visual realestate than can be found on a typical smartphone. Instead of switching between multiple devices, Coughlin said Galaxy Note users would be able to perform many tasks commonly associated with tablets right on their smartphone.

Samsung's S Pen, which is included with the Galaxy Note, is a pressure-sensitive stylis much like the "magic pen" included with the HTC Flyer. And like the Flyer, the Galaxy Note supports screenshot-taking and annotation across all areas of the UI. To help in the development of new apps for the platform, Sammy will be releasing the S Pen SDK in the near future, and even showcased a couple of example applications, including a collaborative whiteboard app that could be used in meetings.

We definitely can't wait to get our hands on this one, folks. More images coming your way, along with the official presser, after the jump.

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3 years ago

Samsung announces Galaxy Tab 7.7 with Android 3.2 and a Super AMOLED Plus display

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Samsung today has announced the newest addition to their Galaxy Tab line with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 at the IFA Conference in Berlin.

The Galaxy Tab 7.7 features a Super AMOLED Plus display, runs Android 3.2 and sports a 1.4 GHz dual-core processor. It is also incredibly thin, measuring 7.89 millimeters accompanied by its weight at just only 335 grams.

The Galaxy Tab 7.7 is also the first tablet to support Samsung's Game Hub.

Here are more details:

  • 7.7-inch Super AMOLED Plus display
  • 1.4 GHz dual-core processor
  • Android 3.2 (Honeycomb)
  • Full 1080p HD playback
  • 5,100 mAh battery
  • Supports microSD up to 32GB
  • Supports LTE and HSPA+
  • Samsung Game Hub
  • Voice call support

A very slick device that we can't wait to get our hands on. No price or release date yet, but as soon as we know, you will too, so stay tuned. Check out the full press release after the break.

For more, see our Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Forum. Also, be sure to join us after the jump for the press release and more images!

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3 years ago

Samsung's 'Unpacked' IFA press conference now streaming

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Samsung's now broadcasting its IFA press conference live from its US Facebook page. We're expecting announcements relating to a possible new 7-inch tablet amongst other stuff, so watch along at the source link below. We'll have posts covering whatever Sammy unveils over the next hour or so, so stay tuned to AC too!

Source: Samsung USA Facebook

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3 years ago

Upcoming Toshiba tablet shows off its slim figure prior to official unveiling

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Though Toshiba isn't scheduled to formally introduce its latest Honeycomb tablet until tomorrow afternoon, our friends over at NotebookItalia were able to score two photos of the yet-to-be-named device during today's IFA events in Berlin. From what we can tell, the tablet's physique is as thin as rumored, and it does indeed include slots for HDMI out, microUSB, and a microSD card. The latest chatter suggests a 1.5 GHz Tegra 2 processor, but until Toshiba officially takes the wraps off, everything remains speculative. Hit the break for one more picture.

Source: NotebookItalia; Thanks Marco!

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3 years ago

4G upgrades, Pre-orders for the Bionic [From the Forums]

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Gingerbread, Bionic, Jetstream and more -- thus far, we've had a fun filled week here at Android Central and if you're in the mood for talking about it all, we've got just the spot to hang out in and discuss it all. The Android Central forums are open 24 hours a day 7 days a week so stop on in and say hello.

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

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3 years ago

Motorola Droid Bionic hitting the shelves at Costco Sept. 8

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While you probably won't find an awesome 3D robotic head sculpture in the box, it looks like you'll be able to grab a Droid Bionic from Costco on Sept. 8 -- the same day you'll find it at Verizon corporate stores.  In a little over a week, the dual-core LTE device that everyone's been wanting since January will finally be in our hands.  Like everyone, we're curious how the OMAP4 will handle battery life with a power-hungry LTE modem, and ready to put the Bionic to the test.

No details about the pricing, but with Costco's warranty and guarantee we know many folks prefer to buy their Android goodness there while shopping for pallets of canned corn and 50 roll packs of paper towels.  And do try the Hawaiian Ham samples -- they're to die for.

Thanks, Anon!
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3 years ago

Sprint Playbook shows us a new device, policy changes, new rewards program, gives AT&T HTC Holiday a September release

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The latest Sprint Playbook is out, and while the majority of the news is a re-hash of the Sprint Epic 4G Touch news we saw last night in New York, there ares some other interesting tidbits nestled between the pages.  A new device, HTC Holiday rumors, policy changes, and a new customer rewards program are all afoot, hit the jump and check them out.

Thanks, Anon!

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3 years ago

Sony Tablet S launches Sept. 16 in UK, starting at £399

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We learned earlier today that Sony's wedge-shaped wonder, the Tablet S, would be arriving on European shores sometime in September. But now Dixons Stores Group, the retail group which encompasses Dixons, PC World and Currys in the UK, has revealed the British street date and retail price for Sony's new Honeycomb slab.

The Wifi-only Tablet S will begin shipping from September 16, priced at £399 with 16GB of storage and £499 for the 32GB version. If it's Wifi and 3G you're after, you'll have to wait a little longer and pay a little more -- the 16GB Wifi and 3G Tablet S will ship on October 21, priced £499. All three are models available to pre-order now across the three DSG stores, and if you decide to, you'll have the chance to win a 32-inch Sony Bravia TV.

Hit the source link for more, or join us after the jump for DSG's full press release.

Source: PC World Retail

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