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2 years ago

Verizon won't have a Galaxy S II variant, WSJ says, citing anonymous sources

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The Wall Street Journal -- citing the ever-popular "people familiar with the plans" -- is reporting that Verizon won't be introducing a variant of the Samsung Galaxy S II at next week's event in New York City. That might or might not be an interesting shift from what everybody's suspected -- that just like the original Galaxy S roll-out last year, we'll see variants on all four major U.S. carriers.

Verizon spokewoman Brendra Raney apparently confirmed all this, writes Greg Bensinger, saying only "We have an extensive portfolio that offers customers a great variety of devices, including the Samsung Droid Charge."

Now we've got no idea why the Droid Charge was specifically picked for this quote, but we do know this: Brenda's right. There's no shortage of top-shelf devices in Verizon's lineup. The HTC ThunderBolt. Samsung Droid Charge. LG Revolution. And, eventually, the Motorola Droid Bionic. Not to mention the Motorola Droid 3, and the rumored Samsung Stratosphere and Motorola Droid HD. Given that we don't really know what the Stratosphere is just yet, we'll hold out hope and have faith that while it might not be a direct descendent of the Galaxy S II, it'll have lofty -- stratospheric, even -- specs when it is released.

The point is this: Even if Verizon is a no-show on Monday -- and remember that this is a Samsung event, not a carrier-branded event -- it's not like there aren't any Verizon phones to be had, and we're sure there are more to come this year. Somebody just seems to be managing expectations ahead of next week.

One way or another, we'll be there to find out. Stay tuned.

Source: WSJ

Update: And we've confirmed this with our own anonymous sources. So while it's not quite official, it's certainly anonymous. Or officially anonymous. Or anonymously official.

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2 years ago

Google+ app updated, now allows resharing

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The Google+ app has been updated and the development team has added the ability to reshare posts. It was one of the most requested features according to Lead Product Manager Pudit Soni. In addition, the app is now available in 38 languages, which should appease a lot of the international users who had complained.

Here is the full changelog:

  • Reshare a post
  • App now available in 38 languages
  • Incremental improvements to notification reliability
  • Clearer Instant Upload options in the initial setup dialog
  • Ability to create a new circle from the "Circles" destination
  • Bug fixes:
  • Eliminate Instant Upload duplicates on HTC models
  • Fixed “No name” issue in Huddle
  • Hidden 1:1 Huddles now reappear when new messages are sent
  • Fixed issue with notifications count changing when switching from portrait to landscape
  • Other performance fixes and minor UI tweaks
  • Ability to create a new circle from the "Circles" destination

Quite a big update and it's nice to see the engineers iterating at such a rapid pace. Hit up the links after the break to find the update.

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2 years ago

Android App Review Update: Wave Launcher

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If you're a long-time reader of Android Central, you might remember when Phil reviewed Wave Launcher back in March.  Recently, the developer updated the application to version 1.8 which added a lot of new functionality, enough that we wanted to revisit the application as well as introduce it to potentially new users.

Wave Launcher is an application that works in addition to your existing launcher (be that stock, ADW, LauncherPro, or something else).  You activate it by performing a gesture near the edge of your screen, and a "wave" pops up, which gives you access to a customizable application list. You can put apps, shortcuts, or folders on this list and they all became just a swipe away.  While the launcher is limited to 12 icons, you can put up to 10 apps or shortcuts into each folder, potentially allowing up to 120 total shortcuts.  Last week, the developers pushed out 1.8, which gave users the ability to add widgets to their wave, turning Wave Launcher into a potentially powerful productivity tool, especially when it comes to music.

Using a music widget before this didn't make sense to me because I had to back out of whatever I was doing just to skip/pause a track on Spotify.  Now, I just swipe on the side of my screen, select the Spotify widget, and hit pause.  After I'm done with the widget, there is an "X" icon in the upper window you hit, and you can go back to whatever you were working on without ever leaving that application.  It might only save me a second or two, but I think it's a more natural, logical way to handle music playback. 

1.8 also feels a lot faster running on my Droid Incredible than previous versions did.  The new widget options combined with the faster interface make Wave Launcher a great addition to my phone, and something you should check out if you're into optimizing your homescreen.  After the break you'll find the 1.8 video put out by the developer, a few more screenshots of the app in action, and a market link.  Wave Launcher is currently $1.99 in the Android market. 

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2 years ago

First look at HDMwIn for Gingerbread phones

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YouTube link for mobile viewing

For those of you still rocking an HTC EVO 4G, you should definitely check this one out. It's TeamWin's newest update to their very own HDMwIn for EVO's running Gingerbread, and it comes with a couple of key enhancements that should get any HDMI fan salivating.

I had the opportunity to sit down with the lead programmer of HDMwIn, agrabren, and ask some questions about how it works as well as the new features. Join me after the break to see the Q&A, and don't be afraid to sound off in the comments if there's something I forgot to ask.

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2 years ago

Verizon to sell Intuit GoPayment credit card reader for phones, tablets

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If taking credit card payments on the go is something you need in your life, then Intuit and Verizon are looking to help you fill that void. They've now announced a new partnership that will brong Intuit GoPayment credit card reader to Verizon Wireless’ 2,300 retail stores and business-to-business sales channels.

GoPayment makes it easier and more affordable for small businesses to process credit cards and for anyone who sells products or services to accept credit card payments wirelessly. The card reader simply plugs into the audio jack of a supported smartphone or tablet. Credit and debit cards can be swiped through the card reader or entered into the app manually. The transaction is processed immediately and funds are automatically deposited into a user’s bank account within a few business days. GoPayment supports devices on Android™, BlackBerry® and iOS platforms for most popular 3G and 4G LTE smartphones and tablets.

Verizon Wireless customers can get the GoPayment credit card reader free with activation of a GoPayment account and a mail-in rebate for the $29.97 purchase price, with 2.7 percent discount rate for swiped transactions. If you're looking to get cheaper rates on swiped transactions, you can pick up the $12.95-a-month package and have swiped transactions processed for 1.7 percent. Full PR is beyond the break, if you need some more info.

Source: Verizon

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2 years ago

Qik Video Premium adds a slew of new features for a $5 monthly subscription

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Qik Video is now available in a premium version, which adds a slew of new features to the Skype-owned camcorder/video chat app. For $4.99/month, users will have access to Qik Desktop, which automatically sync your Qik videos to your computer for easy editing and sharing. In addition, premium users will be able to send and receive video mail, upload videos from your gallery to a Qik account, and record video in HD and 3D, depending on your device.

The monthly fee will also buy you unlimited storage space for your uploaded videos and priority support from the Qik troubleshooting team. Qik Video Premium comes with a 30 day free trial for those who want to test the water before they jump in, and can be downloaded from the Android Market after the break.

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2 years ago

Samsung set to announce Galaxy Tab 7.7 tablet at IFA conference in Berlin

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Fun fact about Android apps: An APK is really just a zipped folder. Open it up, and you occasionally find a bunch of goodies inside. Such is the case with Samsung's Unpacked app, which is pimping its upcoming showing at the IFA conference in Berlin.

And, lo and behold, tucked into the app are images for products that are slated to be announced. You can't actually see them on your phone yet -- you're told to check back after Sept. 1. But there they are, plain as day: The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7, Samsung Wave 3 and Samsung Galaxy Note.

It's safe to assume the Galaxy Tab 7.7 will be a 7-inch Honeycomb tablet to go along with the Galaxy Tab 10.1 (read our review) and the Galaxy Tab 8.9 (see our hands-on), which we're still waiting to come to market.

The Wave 3 is likely to be a Bada phone. Let's move on.

And the Galaxy Note ... Well, your guess is as good as ours. Windows Phone 7? Something different, altogether? Find out in a few weeks, we suppose.

Via This is My Next

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2 years ago

Cloud.tv introduces HD Widgets - fully customizable widgets designed specifically for Honeycomb tablets

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We dig Honeycomb apps around these parts, and when they're done well we can't wait to tell you guys about them.  HD Widgets looks like it certainly fits that bill, offering up a set of great widgets for your Honeycomb tablet that take advantage of all that real estate and are pretty customizable as well.  There's a dozen different widget types, offering clocks, weather, settings switches, and a nice tablet header design that fills the wide screen on your tablet with all the information you're looking for. 

On the customization front, you can swipe through clocks, backgrounds, layouts, and other options during initial setup as well as on the fly.  Combined with all the different styles of widget available, you're sure to find a combo you like.  HD Widgets is now available for 99 cents in the Android Market, for devices running 3.0 or higher.  The fellows at cloud.tv say they will be releasing a version for phones in a few weeks, as well as new themes, new options, and "much more."  We've got the download link and a handful of screenshots after the break.

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2 years ago

AC reader snaps up 3G ASUS EeePad Transformer in Taiwan

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We've previously seen ASUS' support pages for its mystical 3G EeePad Transformer, however the device itself has remained elusive up until now. Fortunately AC reader David, who recently spent some time in Taiwan, returned home with a a 32GB version of the 3G Transformer, and sent some photos our way to prove that the device is indeed real and available to buy in some parts of the world.

According to David, the 3G Transformer ships with a different battery, and runs Android 3.2 out of the box. Join us after the jump for more photos showing various bits of system information and the SIM card slot.

Thanks, David!

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2 years ago

A video look at Sony Ericsson's upcoming Gingerbread update

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Earlier today Sony Ericsson announced that all of its 2011 Xperia phones will get upgrades to Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread, as well as a number of other new features. (And the new Xperia Neo V will launch with them all.)

Here's SE's walkthrough of the update.

Source: Sony Ericsson

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