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5 years ago

Sports Illustrated Android apps (phone and tablet) now available


Sports Illustrated Android app

Sports Illustrated has launched its official Android applications in the Android Market. Available for phones and tablets with Android 2.1 and above, the sports news magazine published by Time Inc. has a trio of pricing plans:

  • Print/Digital (Samsung Galaxy/Android Smartphone/Web): $48 annually or $4.99/month
  • Digital Only: $3.99/month
  • Current print subscribers have free access to the digital package throughout the remainder of their term 

We took a look recently at the tablet version of Sports Illustrated (Market link) on the Motorola Xoom, and it was pretty darn striking. (Check out the video after the break.) It's the same principal on the phone. You download the edition, and get all the content -- and then some -- right there on your phone. Download links are after the break. [Time Inc.]

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5 years ago

Android Central Podcast Episode 50


Audio-only stream below

Phil survived the Sprint Kyocera Echo event and gets ready for Mobile World Congress. Plus, the guys are joined by special guest Ashley Esqueda. Listen in!

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5 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S2 i9100 specs and price listed in the UK


 Samsung Galaxy S2?

Galaxy S2 rumors are nothing new, but now British online retailer MobileFun.co.uk is listing a device labeled "Samsung Galaxy S2 i9100" along with a price, specifications and release date. MobileFun says the Galaxy S2 will be released Mar. 4 for £549.95 (~$880), and offers an intriguing spec list for the device -

  • Powerful dual-core 1.2GHz Samsung Orion processor
  • Ultra sharp 4.3" Super AMOLED Plus screen
  • Next-generation Bluetooth 3.0
  • NFC technology for contactless payments and more
  • 1GB RAM lets you multitask with ease
  • Comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • 8MP camera with LED flash and 1080p video recording with 1.3MP front-facing camera for video calls

Of course it's impossible to verify the specs or the price at this stage. However, the fact that they're appearing on a retailer's site alongside what seems to be an official promotional description of the phone gives this information a little more weight.

The Galaxy S2 is one of the many devices expected to be unveiled at next week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. [MobileFun]

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5 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S 4G to be sold for $149.99 at Radio Shack


We've seen pricing for the Samsung Galaxy S 4G come from a few retailers now, and while Walmart will be selling it for $148.88, Radio Shack has also priced theirs accordingly. Come launch time you can hit up a Radio Shack in your area and pick up a fresh Samsung Galaxy S 4G for only $149.99 with a new two-year contract. We still don't know what T-Mobiles pricing for it will be so best to not lay out any plans as of yet but good to know where to go in case T-Mobile overprices theirs. [T-MoNews]

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5 years ago

LG Optimus Pad gets Transformers love in new commercial


Optimus Pad

The LG Optimus Pad will be the international version of the G-Slate and will be shown off at Mobile World Conference, which kicks off in a couple days. 

In the meantime, a commercial has popped up which features the Optimus Pad as a Transformer. The commercial begins like a movie trailer and shows the Optimus Pad becoming a Transformer, highlighting the dual-core processor and 3D capabilities. It then fights off bad guys and has some references to a certain electronic company named after a fruit. Check it out for yourselves after the break. [YouTube]

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5 years ago

Android pops up in Big Bang Theory again


Android on Big Bang

Android devices as well as the mascot have made it a habit lately of popping up in television shows and movies, which displays the reach that the OS is gaining. 

Our beloved mascot has been seen in "The Big Bang Theory" before, but we received such a good shot of him posing on Sheldon's desk that we couldn't let it go unnoticed. 

"The Big Bang Theory" in particular has done a great job keeping relevant with technology and this is exception. A while back, Steve Wozniak made a guest appearance on the show which nearly sent Sheldon into hysteria. It's a great show and we hope to continue to see Android represented by Sheldon, the ultimate geek. Thanks, Eric!

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5 years ago

Motorola Droid gets vanilla Gingerbread custom ROM


OG Droid

Still hanging on to your OG Droid?  Here's some news you're going to love -- Peter Alfonso, of Bugless Beast fame, has released a mostly AOSP build of Gingerbread (Android 2.3.2) for your classic Android phone.  He pulled the code from the master branch of the 2.3.2 tree, added in a few of his (and the community's) favorite modifications, and the original Droid launcher, media, and boot animation.  Make no mistake -- this is 100 percent Droid Does Gingerbread.

Like we saw earlier with the Eris, there's no need to sit back and hear about Gingerbread instead of experiencing it.  Motorola and Verizon may have decided the Droid has reached the end of its life and update cycle, but the Android development community is second to none,and once again delivers.  Now get out that USB cable and head over to Pete's website and get started.  [PeterAlfonso.com]

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5 years ago

Samsung announces the Exynos line of CPUs


Exynos line of CPU from Samsung

Samsung has sent out a press release about something we all love -- fast CPUs for mobile products.  They will be changing the name of their product line to "Exynos" -- from the Greek smart (exypnos) and green (prasinos).  This fits in well with their new strategy of producing powerful, yet energy efficient processors for mobile devices. 

An interesting fact from the press release is that the chip we've all been calling the Orion will be the first chip with the new name, the Exynos 4210.  It's a dual-core beast clocked at 1 GHz, scheduled to begin production next month.  This puts a bit of a damper on hopes to see it in devices like the Galaxy S 2 soon, but if they can provide the performance they have hinted at yet keep power requirements low to conserve battery, it will be worth waiting for.  Read the full press release after the break. [Businesswire]

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5 years ago

Silver GSM Xoom shows up in Dubai



Fresh of the heels of a potential WiFi only Xoom showing it's face in the FCC, the Motorola Xoom has shown it's face once again, this time in a different flavor. Tbreak has a hands-on video with a Xoom tricked out in silver, and sporting a GSM radio on the inside. There is also confirmation that the UAE will be receiving the Xoom in WiFi-only and 3G GSM + WiFi models, which is just more proof that a WiFi-only version does exist.

Aside from that, it's the same Xoom we've all come to know and love. This one will be hitting Dubai, and there's no word on how this will be comparable in terms of pricing, but our guess is there won't be much change from it's rumored $800 price tag here in the U.S. We can only hope this sort of variety is something we'll eventually see here at home, and the sooner the better. Hit the jump for the video hands-on. [tbreak via Engadget]

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5 years ago

AT&T clarifies 4G policy, current unlimited plans remain unlimited



We were just contacted by a representative from AT&T who saw our post about the leaked 4G policy memo, and wanted to clarify a very important point about their new 4G plans.  I quote:

Customers who currently have an unlimited plan can upgrade to a 4G device and keep their unlimited plans.

They did not dispute the validity of the leaked memo, but they were kind enough to tell us a part of the story that the original leak missed.  So put away those pitchforks.  Thanks for the clarification AT&T!

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5 years ago

Nexus S freezing launcher; EB01 Froyo leak for the Fascinate [from the forums]


Android Forums at Android Central

Between Phil hopping from coast-to-coast and all the news happening we've been rather busy around here the past few days. No sign of that coming to an end anytime soon either. Be sure to check our events page to stay up to-date or as I like to refer to it, our "Stalk Phil as he travels" page. Also, be sure to hit up the forums for all the discussion surrounding any of the events or news.

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5 years ago

AT&T's 4G policies revealed


AT&T 4G rate plans

Update: AT&T has clarified this leak for us, saying you can upgrade to a 4G phone and keep your current unlimited plan. You can find an updated post here.

Anyone planning of getting a new Inspire 4G, take note.  This internal document from AT&T might weigh heavily in your decision.  While AT&T has decided they won't be charging more for their 4G service, they will require anyone using a 4G device to get a new plan.

According to the memo, the data tiers for 4G are the same as the 3G plans, namely $15 for each 200 MB or 2 GB for $25.00 (with $10 per GB overage).  This means unlimited data in no longer an option, because you will have to change plans.  We have no idea how this will affect customers with unlimited data grandfathered in who buy a phone off-contract and just drop their SIM card in, but I would imagine AT&T can tell with a little bit of auditing.  Will this affect your buying decision?  Sound off in the forums!  [via the Android Central app]

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5 years ago

HTC ThunderBolt launch date

5 years ago

Twitter for Android turns 2.0 with slew of improvements


Twitter 2.0 for Android

Android's "official" Twitter client -- the aptly named "Twitter for Android" -- just hit Version 2.0 and brings with it a host of performance and user interface improvements. Changes include:

  • Easier navigation and layout
  • Scan contacts to find friends who are on Twitter
  • Universal search
  • Autocomplete usernames when composing tweets
  • Easier photo uploading
  • Faster tweet actions

We're going to give this a couple days' use before passing judgment, but so far it certainly looks better than the previous version. Download links are after the break. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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5 years ago

VNC Viewer for Android launched in the Android Market


Sometimes when you are on the go you just simply need to access some stuff from your home computer. While many options for this scenario exist one of the most trusted names in the remote access department has finally now made their Android app available. VNC Viewer is now listed in the Android Market. From their press release:

"Following the success of VNC Viewer for iPhone and iPad, and staying true to our cross-platform roots, we have launched VNC Viewer for the Android platform," said Dr Andy Harter, CEO at RealVNC. "Android users will now be able to access VNC remote control capabilities on their mobile or tablet device, in a way that is fast, simple and cost effective."

If you find yourself having a need for this type of app it's certainly one to have a look at. The UI for VNC Viewer has a unique design to it which allows for trackpad-style interactions making it easy to tap and execute whatever action you may need to on your remote computer. Download link can be found after the break for you all. Keep in mind though it is for devices Android 1.6 and up. [RealWire]

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