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2 years ago

Super AMOLED HD reportedly is on the way, using new materials and improved maunfacturing process

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The folks over at OLED-info got a bit of inside information about Super AMOLED HD screens, and the news is good.  Using a new and improved manufacturing process and materials, Samsung has supposedly managed to get high resolution Super AMOLED screens at a much smaller size than was previously possible, and we may be seeing them this fall.  There's even a bit of speculation that they are even more cost efficient with this new process, and a Super AMOLED panel is now 20 percent cheaper than the equivalent S-LCD panel.  Awesome.

Remember, this is all third hand info, but here's the skinny -- we should expect smartphones with Super AMOLED HD (720p) screens in the five to six inch range this fall, and the first will likely be the GT-i9220 with a 5.3-inch display.  Yes, that model looks familiar, because we have seen it leaked from a Lithuanian retailer (listed with a 4.3-inch display), but Samsung was quick to remind us that it was "not accurate."  We should also be seeing a 7-inch tablet with a Super AMOLED HD screen by then end of 2011 (happy dance). 

Like a lot of other people out there in Android phone land, I'm hooked on some Super Amoled.  I just don't want my next dream phone to use anything else.  I'm also not feeling the love for a 5 inch or larger phone, so seeing more and more resolution squeezed into a smaller package is like music to my ears.  I've made peace with the fact that I'll probably have to move up to a 4.3- or 4.5-inch display on my next purchase, and fooling around with a Samsung Infuse has helped me justify it with some sort of voodoo mind trick.  If this info turns out to be correct, we're so close.

Source: OLED-info

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2 years ago

Sony Ericsson to preview a slew of new titles for the Xperia PLAY at this week's Gamescom

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Sony Ericsson will be showing off a slew of new games optimized for the Xperia PLAY this week at the annual Gamescom trade show in Cologne, Germany. The new titles will join the list of over 150 titles currently optimized for the device, which continues to grow thanks to the expanding partnerships between Sony and game developers. Hit the break for a full list of upcoming games to be previewed at this week's events, which begin today and run through Aug. 21.

Source: Sony Ericsson

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2 years ago

Droid 3 backordered, slew of devices on Verizon end-of-life list, internal memo says

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We just got slipped a little internal memo, purportedly from Big Red, catching up on some Verizon supply and end-of-life news. Here's the breakdown:

  • Motorola Droid 3: Seeing some backorders. (Not sure if that means non many were ordered by Verizon in the first place, or if it's that popular. We'll hope for the latter.)
  • Samsung Continuum: Good luck finding one. If a store has it, it's likely one of the last few, as "supply is depleted."
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 7: In short supply, but not dead yet.
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (gray): Supply "expected to be constrained for the next several weeks." Not surprising -- the gray one is hawt.

And devices that are done for, or shall be shortly: Motorola Citus (late August/early September); and the Motorola Droid 2 (August).

Check out the full pic after the break if you wanna see all the dirty details.

Thanks, anon!

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2 years ago

Droid Bionic features, specs and more leak out ... again

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The information for the Motorola Droid Bionic is flowing more heavily as well we move closer and and closer to seeing it finally arrive. The folks over at TechnoBuffalo appear to of have gotten their hands on all the spec information and as such have posted it up for all to see:

  • 4.3-inch qHD display
  • Webtop Apps/Wireless Printing - Just like the Motorola Photon and the Droid 3 MotoPrint is on board. As well, Bedside mode, HDMI-out with mirroring and availability of a laptop dock just like the Motorola Atrix has
  • Zumocast - Is pre-loaded for streaming of content from the Droid Bionic
  • Camera - 8MP with LED flash, Front facing cam for video chat
  • Three Microphones - For enhanced call quality and noise control
  • Mobile Hotspot - Allowing up to 8 devices to be connected simultaneously

The info, looks as though it came from a user-guide or marketing material since it outlines each and every spec while telling you how exactly to work such things. You can find some more pics past the break.

Source: TechnoBuffalo

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2 years ago

Google Reader updated for tablets

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Google Reader for Android just got a nice little update -- mainly that it's now optimized for tablets, too. You now have the basic two-pane system. Folders on the left, stories on the right. And it's all synced with your Google Reader account, just as it should be. Also noted in the app's changelog is that the "Mark Previous as Read" button is now a long-press function. Just FYI.

While Google Reader might not be the prettiest news reader for Honeycomb, but it's definitely one of the more useful ones. Download links are after the break.

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2 years ago

Next-Gen ASUS Eee Pad Transformer to be the first Kal-El Device?

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The original ASUS EeePad Transformer

We always like a little speculation and rumor when it comes to next-gen devices, so the news that ASUS' next-gen version of the ASUS EeePad Transformer will be the first tablet to make use of NVIDIA's Kal-El SoC appeals to us. The news comes from "multiple confirmed sources" and we'll just leave it at that. With CES happening in January, could ASUS be looking to give us some quad-core goodness ahead of time? We'll have to wait and see but it sure would be nice.

Source: Engadget

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2 years ago

Verizon flipping the 4G LTE switch tomorrow in 15 more cities, expanding in 10

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There's really no other way to put it -- Verizon's LTE rollout is putting other companies' 4G offerings to shame. Some 15 more cities are set to get Verizon's 4G data on Aug. 18, and 10 will see their coverage expanded. Here's the breakdown:

New LTE service:

  • Tucson, Ariz.
  • Fayetteville/Springdale/Rogers, Ark.
  • Bakersfield and Salinas/Monterey/Seaside, Calif.
  • Fort Collins, Colo.; Frederick, Md.
  • Worcester, Mass.
  • Omaha, Neb./Council Bluffs, Iowa
  • Albany, Ithaca and Syracuse, N.Y.
  • Altoona and Johnstown, Pa.
  • Memphis, Tenn.
  • Provo, Utah.  

And expanded service is coming to:

  • Washington, D.C.
  • Tampa, Fla.
  • Atlanta, Ga.
  • Baltimore, Md.
  • Boston, Mass.
  • Lansing, Mich.
  • New York, N.Y.
  • Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio
  • Salt Lake City-Ogden, Utah.

Of course, you'll need an LTE-capable device if you want to get those sweet data speeds. Current LTE smartphones are the Samsung Droid Charge, HTC ThunderBolt and LG Revolution. The upcoming Motorola Droid Bionic will also be able to use LTE data. On the tablet side, Verizon's got the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

For a full list of cities with LTE, ease on past the break.

Source: Verizon press release

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2 years ago

Android 201: How to turn on USB debugging

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Here's one you see every now an then -- like when you're running a program that will root your phone without you doing any command line work. In a nutshell, USB debugging is a method of opening up your phone to work with the Android SDK. You can have the SDK installed on your computer all you want -- plugging in your phone won't do anything with it until you've turned on USB debugging.

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2 years ago

Bing's Android app redesigned, brings a bit of the Metro with it

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Say what you want about Bing on Android -- and we've said plenty -- but it's always been a pretty visually stunning app, and darned useful, too. It was never the app itself we had a problem with -- it was a certain carrier (that might or might not start with a V) stripping out Google services on some top-shelf phones and replacing them with Bing.

But we digress. The standalone Bing app just got itself an update and is more beautiful than ever. The menus have been redone, bringing a bit of the Windows Phone 7 "Metro" user interface. All of the services remain -- they just look better.

Check out our quick walkthrough after the break.

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2 years ago

Android App Review: Pano

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For those who have been waiting for the opportunity to take panoramic pictures on your phone, the wait is over. Pano for Android is made by the same folks who developed the hit iOS app, and like the iOS app, it works really well.

Using Pano is simple: take your picture, line up the edge along the left of the picture, and continue snapping away until you're done taking your panoramic shot. When you're done, you click the check button and your images are merged. Simple. Painless. It's awesome.

Settings are pretty nonexistent in Pano. If you press menu, your only option is to enable or disable geotagging. On the main interface, you can only merge your pictures, take another, or rotate the orientation. And really, you shouldn't need to do much more than that.

A little niggle of mine (and maybe it's just me), is that the shutter button on my EVO 3D doesn't take a picture if I've got Pano open. Maybe it was designed for all of the button-less Android phones in mind, but now that I've got one, I want to use it, and I can't. Otherwise, Pano rocks.

Pano doesn't come free but it does come pretty cheap, weighing in at a mere $1.99 for unlimited panoramic pictures, cell phone-style. If you've been itching for this functionality and have been burned otherwise, it's definitely something I would consider buying.

A few more pictures and download links are after the break.

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