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3 years ago

What's SamsungOmar so excited about?

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Samsung's Omar Khan

As long as we're spending our Friday night reading tea leaves and interpreting tweets, let's look at one more. The above comes from Samsung's Omar Khan, chief strategy officer and senior vice president of products and services with Samsung. He's the guy we saw on stage at the Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab events. And he's "using an amazing new device to be revealed to all soon."

Is this the mythical Nexus 2/Nexus S (now believed to be delayed)? Don't think so. More likely it's the Samsung Continuum, expected to be officially unveiled Monday in New York City. (We'll be there!) Of course, it's possible he's not talking about an Android phone. But are there any "amazing new devices" out there that aren't rocking our beloved operating system? [Twitter]

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3 years ago

Android Central App Version 2.0 brings a host of improvements

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Android Central App

Fresh out of the oven comes the official Android Central App, version 2.0. It's been a little while since the initial release, and we've definitely been listening to all of your feedback.

Here's what you have to look forward to in the latest version:

  • Updated graphics to match the website.
  • That pesky ad (hey, we have to pay the bills) has been anchored to the bottom of the screen, it's not nearly as sensitive now, and the appropriate parties have been flogged.
  • There's an all-new alert framework for those of you on Android 2.2 that should make alerts much more alerty.
  • Podcasts are fixed again, so you can listen to them in-app.

As always, if you have any problems or suggestions, leave them for our developer (Notice Software) in our developer's forums.

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3 years ago

Verizon internal screens confirm Droid 2 Global launch on Nov. 11

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Droid 2 Global coming soon

Everyone's pretty certain that the Droid 2 Global will be launching on Nov. 11, but we love confirmation.  These shots from Verizon internal systems are music to our ears ... err, eyes.  Above you see both colors with a big "coming soon" label attached, and after the break we have shots of both colors with that Nov 11 date in tow.  1.2 GHz? Check.  Two colors? Check.  Do want? Check.  Hit the break to see the other shots.  Thanks, you-know-who!

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3 years ago

Might the Droid Incredible HD be a Verizon Android LTE device?

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Verizon Droid Incredible HD LTE

Let's stir the LTE pot a little, shall, we? Well-known Verizon tweeter @black_man_x dropped a bit of a cryptic hint this afternoon that the rumored Droid Incredible HD -- that's the one that's been rumored to be coming Nov. 23 and looks a hell of a lot like the European Desire HD -- is "almost HD ... and LiTE as a feather." He later responded that it's the same device that BGR posted a pic of, and that the hardware has "been refined a bit."

Now remember that we've heard tales of the Verizon CFO carrying around an LTE device. It may be from LG, or maybe it's this one.

And let's stir the pot even more: Another tweet could point to an even higher screen resolution than the 480x800 we have now: "N u haven't seen red zone till u see it in HD," likely referring to the NFL Red Zone app.

So what do we know? It's no great surprise that Verizon's working on LTE phones, with its 4G service launching in the coming weeks. And now it sounds a lot like HTC may be at that party early. Thanks, Jared!

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3 years ago

Fabled Nexus Two/Nexus S reportedly is delayed (until when is another matter)

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Nexus Two/Nexus S

It's admittedly tough to officially delay an unofficial device. But TechCrunch is reporting that's exactly whats happened to the fabled Nexus Two/Nexus S, the rumored Samsung device that may or may not be along the lines of a Galaxy S running a stock version of Android 2.3.

Head TechCruncher Michael Arrington doesn't have any sort of launch date, delayed or otherwise, but his unnamed sources apparently tell him that a showstopping bug was found fairly late in the game.

And that poses a couple of questions: It makes sense that this sort of device might be announced alongside Gingerbread. And we know Gingerbread is coming -- just look at the statue on Google's campus. So will Gingerbread launch by its lonesome? Or will it be held in waiting for new hardware? News at 11, folks. [via TechCrunch]

More on the Nexus Two/Nexus S in the Android Central Forums

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3 years ago

Reminder: Win a Galaxy Tab from Waze (and help beat TiPB and CrackBerry!)

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Here's a reminder, folks, that you've got five more days in our ongoing contest, and we're neck and neck with our sites sites at the moment. We're partnering with Waze to give away Galaxy Tab (or an iPad if you're feeling cross-platform). Here's how it works:

  1. Download and install Waze from the Android Market (you can use the QR code here.)
  2. Drive around with Waze and collect "Road Goodies" - which basically just means drive over the Android logos as you move about your city. As you can see above, they are *everywhere*.
  3. It's a competition between iPhone users, Android users, and BlackBerry users - which is to say you're up against the kids from TiPb and CrackBerry.com. Whichever site whose users collect the most Road Goodies will win and be able to give a tablet away to one of their users - selected randomly from amongst the top 25 collectors. Remember - you only get credit for driving over the Android icons.
  4. That's it! Use Waze, collect Road Goodies, and stick it to those iPhone and BlackBerry users while automatically getting a chance to win an iPad or Tab

What's Waze, then? It's a free social mapping tool: you can get directions, find out where the traffic is, ping other users, and generally find your way around while helping other Waze users get better location and traffic information. Check out the full details on the Waze Blog.

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3 years ago

Free Android phone from RadioShack this weekend!

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If you are on the hunt for a new Android device then maybe this weekend you'll want to check out the RadioShack Facebook page. Why? Well, this Saturday, November 6, RadioShack is giving its Facebook fans a free Android phone from AT&T, Sprint or T-Mobile,  just for liking the brand on Facebook. The offer is good from November 6-9. Keep in mind, you'll need to print out a coupon and it's only for selected devices.

Devices available:

You'll also still be bound to those pesky two-year contracts as well but getting a device for free lessens the blow there. In addition to the free devices, RadioShack is also offering $10 off a $40 or more purchase and 20 percent off all accessories. [Facebook, Twitter] Thanks Sarah!

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3 years ago

Lookator gives a whole new angle to viewing available Wi-Fi networks

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lookator

While out and about, many of us search for available wireless networks to connect to, and Lookator gives you a whole new way to search. Viewing items on a map can be a bit confusing, especially if you are in an area that is loaded with buildings, but with the new view it is easy to tell.

After loading the free application, it will launch your phone's camera. Any available networks will be overlayed on the screen. The application will show you not only where the location is, but additionally the strength of the signal at that location so you are able to determine which you wish to select.

If you search for available networks while on the go, and want to be able to better determine where exactly the signal is coming from, this free application is a must-have for you. Video of it in action and download links are after the break. [via JK on the Run/Gigaom]

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3 years ago

Rogers Dell Streak pricing revealed via leaked Q4 roadmap

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It really hasn't been much of a secret that the Dell Streak is headed to Rogers. That said, one thing that really never was confirmed was the actual on contract -- off-contract pricing of the device upon its arrival. Now that the Rogers Q4 roadmap has leaked out we know that the Dell Streak will be $149.99 on a 3-year contract and $549.99 with no contract. Any Rogers customers planning on picking one up? [via BGR]

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3 years ago

Samsung Continuum making its way to Verizon stores

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continuum

For those, like myself, who have been waiting for the Samsung Continuum since we went hands-on with it, your wait may be coming to an end. Yesterday's update of information left us wondering, and today it appears as though some shots of the device have surfaced in Verizon stores. Ready for an upgrade, and not sure if this is the device for you? Be sure to check out the spec sheet to see how it compares to other Android devices on Verizon, and let's hope for a quick release! [via Android-Life]

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3 years ago

Movies by Flixster updated to include Facebook single sign-on

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At the recent Facebook mobile event, the single sign-on feature was announced with great pride. One of the launch partners mentioned in that announcement was Flixster but until now, no new update had been pushed for the app. Today though, you can now grab v3.0 from the Android Market, which includes the update to add single sign on using Facebook. Download link is after the break, or update in the Market.

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3 years ago

AT&T Motorola Flipside, Bravo dummy units showing up at Costco

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Motorola Diablo, Gallardo

Looks like Motorola's latest are getting ready to launch on AT&T. The Costco dummy units you see above are of the Motorola Flipside (bottom) and Motorola Bravo, a couple of mid-level phones announced at at CTIA. We're assuming AT&T will continue its MO of locking these guys down to the Android Market, but remember, that's what the Android Sideload Wonder Machine is for. Thanks, Mac!

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3 years ago

HTC Legend prepping for dessert -- gets ready for Froyo

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HTC legend gets updated to Froyo.

Us Android users will never turn down a free dessert.  We've had cupcakes, donuts, eclairs, and now, as most of us are waiting for some warm Gingerbread, HTC Legend users can add a nice helping of Froyo to their menu.

HTC announced via its Facebook page that users with an unbranded HTC Legend can expect the update in the coming weeks.  However, due to the prolonged software approval process each carrier must administer, folks with a carrier branded phone will have to wait just a bit longer (per usual).

Nothing leaves us geeks more restless than the announcement of an imminent software update.  Evidenced by user Arnoldthepotter's thread in our forums almost two months ago, where he began the countdown to the HTC Legend Froyo update.  Well, Arnoldthepotter, if you're reading, your countdown just got a lot shorter.  [HTC Facebook]

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3 years ago

Android Accessory Review: HTC A/V Cable for Droid Incredible [video]

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 HTC AV Cable for Droid Incredible

The HTC AV Cable for Droid Incredible is a quick and easy way to display content from your phone onto a TV. The cable plugs into the DInc's microUSB slot on one end and has composite video plugs on the other (sorry, no HD here). The cable offers true mirroring, so anything displayed on your phone shows up on the TV. The plug itself is pretty small, and I had no issues with using it even though I have a case on my phone, but your mileage may vary. Join me past the break as I take a closer look, and be sure to check out the video demonstration and extra pictures!

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3 years ago

Android Central Podcast Episode 37

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Audio-only stream below

Release info for the Droid Pro, is T-Mobile 4G really 4G, and how where you are affects your cell signal. What are you waiting for? Listen in!

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