With summer coming to an end, and the cool weather nearing often times trying to keep that summer figure can be a bit difficult. There are many great Android applications that are available to help guide you down the right path work out wise, and record all your information to keep a good visual idea of where you stand. It can be a bit more difficult to do the same for your food consumption but MyFitnessPal has done a great job of making entering your meals a breeze to show you exactly where you stand verse where you need to be every day.
Samsung tonight in New York unveiled its Media Hub service, which will bring movies and television to its high-end devices, as well as PCs.
Content partnerships include MTV, MBC, Paramount and the WB, for starters, and television shows will be available next-day. Samsung is stressing seamless integration, and shows will be available for viewing as they're downloading to the device.
We're still waiting to hear pricing, so stay tuned.
Samsung's Dale Sohn dropped the news we'd been hoping to hear ever since the Galaxy Tab Android tablet was announced a couple of weeks ago at IFA in Berlin -- a Wifi-only version is in the works. Don't know when, or for how much, but it's coming, folks. For more, check out our liveblog.
Samsung this evening in New York City announced its Media Hub service -- movies and TV on Galaxy devices. Also, Samsung announced that the Galaxy Tab Android 7-inch tablet will be available on all major U.S. carriers. That's right, Sprint, AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile. Here's the official word:
Samsung Mobile today announced the upcoming availability of the Galaxy Tab™ in the U.S with AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless. The first mobile tablet from Samsung shares many of the powerful characteristics of the Galaxy S smart phone lineup that launched this summer. The Galaxy Tab is designed with several enhancements to create a unique mobile experience that other products can’t deliver.
The Galaxy Tab features a brilliant 7-inch enhanced TFT display screen, 1GHz Hummingbird Application processor supporting 3D graphics and smooth Web browsing and front and rear-facing cameras for video chat while on-the-go. The Galaxy Tab is powered by Android 2.2™, including full support for Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1. Just like the Galaxy S smart phones, the Galaxy Tab includes Samsung’s Social Hub application and the new Media Hub content service, offering a robust collection of premium movies and TV episodes from some of the biggest entertainment companies.
Samsung's Dale Sohn also announced that the Tabs should be available by the holiday season, and that a Wifi-only version is in the works.
We're live at the event, so join the liveblog and stay tuned for more info and some hands-ons. Full presser from Samsung after the break.
Syncing contacts with services like Facebook and Google Contacts is a built in feature of Android, and most users set it up when they get a new phone (Watch Phil set up a Droid Incredible here, 3:55 is where the Facebook stuff starts). HTC's Sense UI and Samsung's TouchWiz improve this functionality by letting users edit links for each individual contact after setting up your phone. So, for instance, say you have a contact on your phone simply named "Bob" but you are friends with "Bob" on Facebook, where his full name "Robert Smith" is listed. Normally, these accounts won't be linked by Android during the initial setup. Using Sense or TouchWiz, however, makes linking the two is easy as pie.
Open up your contacts app and goto the person you want to link.
In Sense, the link button is in the top right (pictured right). In TouchWiz, it is an option found by scrolling down under the "Info" tab (see the picture after the break).
Clicking on either button will take you to a linked contacts editing screen, where you can search for another contact to link to the one you already have selected. This can be from Facebook, Google Contacts, or a phone contact.
Click on the person or account you want linked, and the software will do its thing. You can link multiple accounts together if you so desire.
Linking a Facebook contact will bring in some cool pieces of info, including birthday (if the person has it on their account) and their profile picture. Nifty!
This is one of the few areas where manufacturer UI customizations really improve Android, and is a feature we would like to see implemented by Google in the future. Click past the break to see a screen shot of TouchWiz doing its thing. Thanks to Bryan for the TouchWiz screenshot from his Vibrant!
Location-based software developer, Aloqa was purchased by Motorola earlier today with the intent of adding location integration services into Motorola’s Blur interface. Implementation of Aloqa’s software into Blur turns the phone into a semi-personal assistant through offering information about near by events from local stores that are having a sale to concerts and movies that Aloqa fetches. At this moment it is unknown when Aloqa’s services will be rolled in with Blur but we’ll be sure to let you know when it happens. [Motorola]
Longtime software developer Hiplogic this week released a beta of its *Spark Android launcher (that'll be the last time we put the asterisk in Spark, by the way). Emphasis on the beta party, is it's still a bit laggy and buggy, but it's an interesting addition to Android.
The gist is that you get a vertical sliding UI, with weather info at the top, some shortcuts, news, post to Facebook and Twitter, plus Facebook and Twitter updates. Standard stuff really, but it's done in an interesting and attractive way.
Again, we need to reiterate that this is an unfinished beta, and you should treat it as such. But it's worth keeping an eye on, and you can find out more at SparkMyPhone.com. Video hands-on and download info are after the break.