Just in case the Samsung Galaxy Tab was not the tablet you've been waiting for, you may wish to check out Staples on black Friday. Stapes will be making the Viewsonic G Tablet available online and in some store locations although, the ad suggests ordering online for the fastest delivery.
Assuming that G Tablet logo in the ad is accurate, what you'll end up with is a NVIDIA Tegra 2, Android 2.2 powered tablet with 512MB of RAM, a 1024 x 600 resolution capacitive screen, USB / HDMI, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, 16GB of storage and finally a 1.3 megapixel camera. All of which you can call yours for the low, low price of only $399.98. Thanks Yozic! [BlackFriday]
These days, folks scoff at the thought of running anything less then a 1GHz processor on their devices. However uncalled for that scoffing may be, those that do will be glad to know the next generation of processors are already in the pipeline and are promising blazing speeds. Qualcomm, provider of chipsets to many of our beloved Android device manufacturers claim that its upcoming Snapdragon chipset, the MSM8960, will outperform their first set of snapdragon chips by nearly five times.
Clocking in at 1.2GHz, Qualcomm states their upcoming chipset will use 75 percent less power, thanks to a 28-nanometer processor that's new to mobile devices and will have support for LTE (Long Term Evolution) onboard, making your device 4G-compatible even if you're not on a carrier which offers 4G services. To us, that sounds like Qualcomm wants to push manufacturers and carriers to 4G. Fine by us, that's for sure. Come 2011 when the chips are expected to arrive, we'll be more then ready to make use of them. Heck, we've been ready for a while now. We're just stuck waiting for someone to put this tech to work. [PCWorld]
When we brought your the first pictures of a Cox HTC Hero back in May, we were expecting it to only be a test device -- it's not a young phone, after all. But Cox has just launched its wireless service in a trio of markets -- in Orange County, Calif., Omaha, Neb., and Hampton Roads, Va. -- and the Hero the HTC Desire are among the new carrier's ranks.
The Desire's going for $69.99 after two-year contract and $100 rebate, and the Hero's just $49.99 after contract and rebate. Voice plans will start at $39.99, and, and unlimited data runs $30 a month. [Cox via Bloomberg]
Verizon has featured the NFL Mobile app for some time, which allows users to view live streams of NFL games from the NFL Network. The service will run you $10 per month (on top of data), which is probably a barrier to entry for many. As such, Verizon will be allowing smartphone users to try the app for this weekend. Starting Monday, Nov. 22, you will have to pony up that $10 to continue getting the games. Verizon customers should be able to find the app under the "Verizon" tab of the Market, or you can enter your number on the promo site and you will get install instructions. Click past the link to see full details and features. [Verizon]
The Froyo update for the Acer Liquid E is now available for customers of both Rogers and Fido. It's not an OTA update, so you'll have to download it and install manually. That's OK, because Acer has included a great set of instructions in the zip file you download, making the whole thing pretty foolproof. Having said it's pretty foolproof, now is a good time to mention that there's at least one report of a fouled upgrade. But this is official, from Acer, and endorsed by the carriers so hopefully that's just a fluke.
Head to Acer Canada and visit the download center to grab your copy and give Froyo a whirl. Thanks for the tip, John!
If you are a US Cellular customer, and have been holding out on grabbing an Android device, the time to buy is about to hit. US Cellular has decided that instead of trying to cram all the fun into just one day that they are going to have a week long sale on many of their Android devices.
U.S. Cellular is offering door-busting deals on its entire lineup of Android-powered phones, including the Samsung Mesmerize (a Galaxy S phone) for just $99 and the HTC Desire for $49 after an $80 mail-in rebate with a two-year contract. The LG Apex and Samsung Acclaim will be free after an $80 mail-in rebate with a two-year contract. With U.S. Cellular's “no contract after the first” from The Belief Project, customers who opt for a contract never have to sign another one.
Note: Current U.S. Cellular customers who switched to one of U.S. Cellular's new Belief Plans and are eligible for a phone upgrade can get those sale prices without signing a new contract. New customers who sign up for a Belief Plan will get those sale prices and never sign another contract with "no contract after the first." It's one of the benefits of The Belief Project from U.S. Cellular.
The Google Nexus One just got itself a little update. It's still Android 2.2.1 -- no Gingerbread yet, folks -- and the 1.3MB download looks to be a bunch of patches and bugfixes. We've poked around it for a few minutes, and here's what we see:
The Froyo framework has been patched, as has the applications debugger. When we look at the system applications, each has a small patch, but Vending (the Android Market, which is now at Version 2.12), the Google services framework, and the GoogleEmail application (not Gmail) has a larger patch in place. There's also a small patch to the stock recovery.
So, no Gingerbread yet, but this this likely is an update to get us ready for it. For the direct download link and more discussion, check out this thread. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
Need another sign that the HTC Merge is nearing release? How about a 360-degree look to go along with our previous hands-on and video preview. It popped up on Verizon's website today and was quickly pulled, but that's just not how we do things around here. Check it out, after the break. [Via bigdav1178 in the Android Central Forums]