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3 years ago

Samsung has no plans to release products here that it hasn't yet announced it plans to release here

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Stories are floating around this morning lamenting Samsung having "no plans" to release the Galaxy Tab 7.7 and Galaxy Note in the United States. Apparently we need to refresh how this works.

At European shows like IFA and Mobile World Congress, you get product announcements from the likes of Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Acer, ASUS, etc. You get some hands-on time, then we return to the U.S. and hope that one day you'll see the devices here. When the original Galaxy Tab 7 was announced at IFA in August 2010, it was done so without any specific U.S. availability (just "in coming months." Same goes for the Galaxy S II and original Galaxy Tab 10.1 at MWC 2011.

That's par for the course for these European events. Products are announced. Any U.S. availability announcements generally come later, more often than not from the U.S. carriers, which will actually sell the devices. (In the case of the original 7-inch Galaxy Tab, word came just a couple weeks later, but don't use that as a benchmark.) The U.S.-based shows are usually a little different -- you'll generally get vague timetables for American release, which are very much subject to change. (Hello, Droid Bionic.)

This is PR 101. It ain't official until it's official. So when Samsung says it has "no plans" for these latest releases, it doesn't mean you'll never see the Galaxy Note or Galaxy Tab 7.7 here in the states. It just means it currently has no plans. Or, more accurately, it hasn't announced any plans. That's all.

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3 years ago

Droid Bionic already rooted

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Good news for those of you worried about being able to root the Motorola Droid Bionic -- it's already been done. The cats at My Droid World have adapted to the Droid 3 root method to the DB, and as you can see from the image above (the # symbol is the telltale), it's a go. We'll still need some proper on-device work, but it's certainly on the way. Bottom line: Root access has been achieved.

Source: My Droid World; via Android Central Forums

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3 years ago

Samsung says it's not looking to acquire webOS

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Sitting up nights worried that Samsung might hop on the webOS bandwagon and ditch Android? There's about as much chance of that happening as there is of people properly capitalizing webOS. Samsung Electronics Co. CEO Choi Gee Sung apparently said as much this week at IFA, telling reporters "It’s not right that acquiring an operating system is becoming a fashion." The Korean manufacturer had been named as a possible licensee of webOS since late June -- long before HP officially started the knife downward.

Works for us. Samsung already makes some fine Android and Windows Phone devices, and it's got its own Bada operating system, too (which graphically looks more and more like Android every day. We really do hate to see webOS continue its downward spiral, but we're also not inclined to argue against natural selection.

Source: Bloomberg; via PreCentral

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S II LTE passes through the FCC

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Nothing sexier than a nice wireframe at week's end, we suppose. And that brings us to the Samsung SGH-i727, which has made its way through the U.S. FCC. The 850/1900 MHz bands lend credence to this possibly being an AT&T device at some point, but the i727 also is the same designation as Rogers' Samsung Galaxy S II LTE device. It's also got two bands of LTE -- 700MHz and 1700MHz, the latter being the AWS frequency that T-Mobile currently uses and that AT&T was planning on using once it merges. (The recently-announced and very overpriced HTC Jetstream Honeycomb tablet also rocks 700/AWS for LTE, for what that's worth.)

Anyhoo, don't look for this one just yet -- we're not expecting LTE smartphones on AT&T for several months, at least. But it's never too early to start wishing.

Source: FCC; via Engadget

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3 years ago

Rogers now taking reservations for 4G LTE devices, including the Galaxy S II

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Rogers for the past little while has been taking pre-orders for new devices through online accounts services and now with the announcement of their 4G LTE expansion coming this month, they've started taking online reservations for LTE devices as well.

As of now, you'll find the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE listed along with Rogers LTE Rocketstick (Sierra Wireless AirCard 754S). Reservation will set you back $40 per device but that's cheaper then pre-ordering from Best Buy which typically costs you a $50 deposit.

Rogers 4G LTE is already live in Ottawa but come September 28 they will be lighting up the largest city in Canada - Toronto. Pricing for the LTE equipped devices hasn't been announced as of yet but, if you're wishing to be among the first with an LTE Samsung Galaxy S II you can now get your reservation in.

Source: Rogers

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3 years ago

LG Thrill 4G available at at least one Costco for as low as $29.99

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The AT&T LG Thrill 4G officially doesn't go on sale until Sept. 4, but at least one Costco's already got it on sale for a sweet little price. A mere $29.99 gets you the first 3D smartphone (see our review of its unbranded cousin, the Optimus 3D), with all the 3D goodness it can muster. That should also give us a pretty good idea of what AT&T's going to price it at (the carrier's still not saying) when it drops Sunday.

We're told it's already available in Kansas and Missouri. Anybody else seeing 'em?

Thanks, R!

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3 years ago

Reminder: Win an HTC Thunderbolt today from Waze and Android Central

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A friendly reminder that today's prize in the big Waze contest is an HTC Thunderbolt -- packed with LTE goodness.  With the included car dock and charger, it's not only the "ultimate traffic survival kit" but it's a cool way to use Waze while you're out doing other stuff that isn't nearly as fun.  Entering to win it is easy as can be:

  • Download Waze (m.waze.com) or via the Android Marketplace (we've got an easy link after the break)
  • Make sure you’re a registered user with an email on file (Waze needs your contact info to tell you you’ve won – check ‘Settings’ to ensure that you’re registered.)
  • Munch (drive over) as many robot road goodies as you can

See the Waze blog for all the details, and get that app downloaded and start playing!

Even though I can't win a prize (curses!) I had to load up Waze and see what all the fuss was about.  I needed something to make a trip into downtown DC a bit more fun, and decided munching some Androids would be the way to do it.  Set-up and registering was simple, and soon I was on the look out for some munchies. I soon spied one just off interstate 66, and just knew I had to have it.

Then, I noticed things started to slow down (as they are apt to do anytime you're close to Washington, DC and driving -- it's evil on the roads around here).  Slower, and slower, then we finally stopped.  The wife said, "what's this icon with the cars on your Waze app?"  After some discussion that went along the lines of me saying I didn't know, and her telling me that any Android blogger worth his salt should know these things, I figured out that tapping it would probably be the way to go here.  Sure enough, a big warning about the traffic jam I was sitting in, and had I been paying attention instead of singing Creedence Clearwater Revival songs (off-key and loudly), I may have been able to jump off the highway and missed. 

Yeah, I could have known this 19 minutes before I took the screenshot, sitting in 600 degree heat (OK, maybe only 90) on I-66 with my wife reminding me that technology has advanced far enough to keep people like me from doing stupid things if we only pay attention. 

I do know that I'll be putting the car dock up on the dash, and seriously checking out Waze on my next trip to traffic hell Washington, even if I can't win any cool Android devices.  I never did get my Android munchie, blasted traffic, but I'll get the next one.  You can, too -- hit the jump,download Waze, and be sure to holler at me if you win a Thunderbolt today.

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3 years ago

HTC EVO 3D review (European version)

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HTC isn’t always first to market with new smartphone technologies, but we’ve found that its products are usually worth the wait. The Sensation, for example, wasn’t the first dual-core smartphone on the block when it launched back in May, but when it arrived it proved itself to be a speedy and stylish device with some of the best software we’ve seen on any Android phone.

Now, without much fanfare or hype, HTC has quietly released the Sensation’s big brother -- the EVO 3D, in Europe. If the name sounds familiar, then it should. We reviewed  the Sprint version of this stereoscopic beast back in June, and over the past couple of months, users across the US have been rushing to pick up the device.

Being a Euro phone, there’s no 4G Wimax support, however fundamentally it’s still an EVO 3D -- a big, chunky, heavy, powerful 4.3-inch smartphone running Gingerbread and HTC Sense 3.0, with some neat 3D trickery up its sleeve. However all this shiny new technology doesn’t come cheap -- at the time of writing the SIM-free price is an eye-watering £500 (~$825), with on-contract prices from the Carphone Warehouse starting at £36 per month.

So can the HTC EVO 3D justify its high price point, and how does it compare to more affordable competition from the LG Optimus 3D and HTC’s own Sensation? Read on to find out.

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3 years ago

Final reminder: Take a great pic with Lloyd, win a Verizon-branded HTC Merge

  
David and Lloyd at Devil's Tower

Here's a final reminder, folks, that we're winding down our Verizon HTC Merge contest. You've got two days left to print out everybody's favorite Android mascot, snap a pic with him (and we want to see you in the shot as well), and send it in.

You can get full details in the link below. We've had some incredible entries so far, and there's still time to get yours in. Let's see 'em!

Win a free Verizon-branded HTC Merge!

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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!

More in the Droid 2 forums
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'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

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!
Discuss in the Droid Bionic forums

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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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