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2 years ago

Tech Assassin takes his flamethrower and challenges the LG G-Slate (Hint: Fire wins)

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Ever wonder how your beloved tablet would hold up against a flamethrower? Yeah, me either, but it sure it pretty darn neat to watch what would happen if you did accidentally put your tablet in front of one. Check the video above to see how the LG G-Slate holds up against the flamethrower as Tech Assassin brings us quite a show.

Source: YouTube

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2 years ago

Motorola Spyder crawls out of the dark corner carrying a qHD Super AMOLED display and more [updated]

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Just when you finally think you may have decided which device is right for you, we throw another one into the mix. The guys over at This is my Next have been sent some images of an unannounced Motorola device that is apparently named the Motorola Spyder. What makes this device any different than any of the others you are probably wondering, so let's take a look at the specs.

The Motorola Spyder is said to have a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display, this would be the first time we have ever seen this, and will be powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor. In addition it will rock an 8MP camera on the back, a "HD" front facing camera, and 1GB of RAM. Which carrier this device is destined to launch for is still unknown, could this be the first big AT&T 4G LTE device, or yet another in the Verizon selection?

Update - They have received another tip from a trusted source who has had hands-on time with the device and the About screen of the device reveals it to be the Droid RAZR. With the "Droid" branding that pretty much leaves us knowing that it will be heading Verizon's way, but the question now is when?

Source: This is my Next

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2 years ago

Nexus One updated to Android 2.3.6 (GRK39F)

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Not to be forgotten, the venerable Nexus One got itself a little update overnight. Now at Android 2.3.6, Build GRK39F, the update ... does something -- the update screen just says "important bug fixes and security patches." We'll take their word for it.

Of course, there can't be all that many Nexus Ones still in use (though we fall in love with it all over again every time we turn it on), and there's a good chance that if you are rocking one, it's not stock. But if vanilla's your thing, look for the update to push down shortly. And should it not, we've got manual install instructions after the break.

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2 years ago

Could this be the Motorola Xoom 2?

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A couple of days ago we saw what appeared to be a Motorola 7-inch tablet in the wild and that may very well be the case but some more new images have now popped up of the purported Motorola Xoom 2 aka MZ617.

According to the information, this device will be the same weight as the original Motorola Xoom (Really Motorola?) and looks to have a 10.1-inch screen. Other notable features include HDMI out, a microUSB port, SIM slot, front and rear cameras with the rear camera getting an HD stamp beside it.

Oddly missing however is any noticeable SD Card slot along with any specific carrier branding. Styling wise, we're seeing the same angled corners as in the previously leaked Motorola tablet and of course just like those found on the Motorola Photon. What do you all think? Is this MZ617 the same as what was previously leaked only in a different color or does Motorola have two new tablets in the works here? Backside image can be found past the break.

Source: Droid-Life

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2 years ago

Kernels, Prime better then the Bionic? [From the Forums]

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We've blasted through plenty of news this week, and even managed to do up another fantastic podcast for you all. If you missed out on any of this weeks news, make sure you take a look back on the blogs. Looking for more Android talk? Hit up the Android Central forums:

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2 years ago

AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II vs. Sprint Epic 4G Touch

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Behold, the Samsung Galaxy S II. And the Samsung Galaxy S II. We've got AT&T's version in our fat little fingers and have given it the what-for, alongside Sprint's Epic 4G Touch for good measure.

By now you've read our Epic 4G Touch review. (If not, go ahead. We'll wait. ... OK. Ready?) Much of what you read there stands for AT&T's version. They both have the same 1.2GHz processor and 1GB (more or less) of RAM, and so they pretty much feel the same in our initial use.

But the ATTSGSII has a smaller display -- a mere 4.3 inches in diagonal -- plus a few other tweaks. Some of them are physical -- there's a different tetxure to the battery cover, the battery itself is a lower-capacity, the power button's been moved. AT&T's initial setup of the home screens isn't nearly as good as Sprint's, which is a shame, because Samsung's got some nice widgets in Touchwiz.

But what's really confounding us is the inclusion of near-field communication -- that's the NFC you hear everyone raving about -- with no clear apps or settings to take advantage of it. On the only other U.S. phone with NFC -- the Samsung Nexus S -- there's at least some options in the wireless/network settings. There's none of that here. But the ATTSGSII's battery clearly states that it has NFC. We'll have to track that down in due time, and note that NFC was never mentioned in any of the press releases.

For now, hit the break for our initial walkthough with the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II, and a comparison to the Sprint Epic 4G Touch and Samsung Infuse 4G.

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2 years ago

Samsung says it'll be more aggressive against Apple, starts by seeking an injunction in the Netherlands

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Another day, another tit for tat in the ongoing patent wars between Samsung and Apple. In a recent interview with the Associated Press, Lee Younghee, Samsung's head of global marketing for mobile communications, said that the South Korean electronics manufacturer will being taking a "more aggressive" approach against Apple's claims of intellectual property infringment, noting that Samsung has, and will not continue to be, "passive" and "respectful." And waste time it will not: on Monday, Samsung will seek to file a prelimary injunction against sales of the iPhone and iPad in the Netherlands, citing infringement on four of its 3G patents. Apple still has the upper hand, with sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 still banned in Germany, with similar cases around the world pending. For now, Samsung is focused on continuing its momentum and overcoming Apple as the largest smartphone manufactuer in the world, Lee said. "We are aware of the importance of branding so we'll be reinforcing this Galaxy branding."

Source: AP, via ABC News; Macworld

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2 years ago

HTC Vigor media files, live wallpaper and boot animation leak out

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The wallpapers, ringtones, boot animation and the new Beats live wallpaper from the HTC Vigor have popped up, and are available for download.  No source is given, but we're assuming they are from the Vigor RUU that's been mentioned (but not released) by a few HTC Sensation developers.  It appears that most of the media is the typical HTC Sense fare, but there are two new Vigor specific wallpapers and the boot animation, and a, let's call it busy, live wallpaper based on the Beats static wallpaper.  The folks at Android Police have them packaged up and ready to roll, hit the source link for the downloads.

Source: Android Police

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2 years ago

Gingerbread leak for the Samsung Infuse 4G now available

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The Samsung Infuse 4G might finally see some Gingerbread soon, as build I997UCKI4 has leaked out for the 4.5 inch love child of a Captivate and a Galaxy Tab.  I know plenty of you have been waiting (and waiting) for the slightly late Gingerbread update, and seeing a 2.3.5 build leaked out is a good sign that something official is close.

If you like to live on the edge, you don't have to wait for AT&T to give you some Gingerbread goodies, you can hit the source link and grab the leaked file -- of course all the usual warnings apply.  We've got a couple folks in the Infuse hacking forums to help steer you right should you have any questions or hit any snags, drop in and say hey.

Source: SamFirmwareThanks, Jason!

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2 years ago

Gmail is down. GMAIL IS DOWN! Update: Gmail is up. UP WE SAY!

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Everybody go outside or something.

Update: Looks like it's back. That was a rough five minutes there, though. Hope everybody's OK.

Image source: Anonymonk on Flickr

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