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3 years ago

Samsung unveils Samsung Galaxy Pro

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In Singapore today, Samsung unveiled its most recent addition to the Samsung Galaxy line-up of devices. The Samsung Galaxy Pro is a full QWERTY keyboard shot right in the direction of BlackBerry devices everywhere. Samsung however has kept the specs rather modest for this device:

  • Android 2.2
  • 800MHz CPU
  • 2.8-inch touchscreen display
  • 3MP camera
  • Wi-Fi
  • Samsung Social Hub Premium

The device will hit UK carrier Three in the coming months and while no pricing or specific launch date was given, Three did give us all a video walk-through of the device already. Jump on past the break for a better looks at the Motorola Droid Pro competition. [Samsung Hub]

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3 years ago

Android Central Forums member goes hands-on with the HTC ThunderBolt

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Funny thing about golf tournaments -- they don't really like it when your cell phone goes off, or when you're gabbing away while someone's lining up a putt. So it's not unusual to see designated cell phone areas. And Android Central Forums member ibejack96 found himself in such a designated area this weekend, and the area was sponsored by Verizon, which was also showing off phones.

And it was much to Jack's surprise when a rep pulled out -- you guessed it -- an HTC ThunderBolt. And Jack, being the good Android Central reader that he is, took the thing for a spin, snagging video in the process. And Jack, being the really good Android Central reader that he is, pumped the rep for any release info.

"I asked the lady at the stand if she knew when it was expected to be released, and she told me that she didn't know, but that it was supposed to have already been out (the date was pushed back because of problems, namely the battery, which was dying too early. I think it must be because of the battery life the LTE data required.)"

So there you have it. Jack's joined the club of people who have actually held and used a ThunderBolt. (We're having jackets made.) Check out his hands-on after the break.

More on the HTC ThunderBolt in the Android Central Forums

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3 years ago

Nexus S 4G, EVO 3D, and EVO View tablet all coming from Sprint at CTIA?

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While all of us here thought it was just a little odd Sprint blocked off such a mass amount of time to kick off CTIA, the latest rumors suggest they'll have quite a bit to say about at their two-and-a-half hour event and we certainly hope that is true. So what exactly may they have in store for us all?

Well for starters, a Samsung Nexus S 4G is now being rumored after some Wi-Fi Alliance filings (.pdf) caught some attention. And what of the EVO branded devices Sprint advised there would be more of? The EVO 3D is rumored to be making a showing at CTIA as well which by name alone suggests -- 3D version of the EVO but no mention of any other changes. Finally, something no carrier can do without these days -- a tablet announcement. The EVO View is expected to be a similar in style, CDMA version of the HTC Flyer.

Despite how these rumors turn out, we'll be on hand for all the CTIA happenings. In the meantime, let's all just hope that the tablet announcement from Sprint is that of an Android device and not just some further news about their BlackBerry PlayBook launch. [Engadget via Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

Ubuntu on the Motorola Xoom - For better or worse

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Since the Motorola Xoom can be rooted and unlocked it was only a matter of time before someone tried loading an OS that shouldn't be on there, onto one. As such, the above video shows us that Ubuntu can indeed be loaded up on the Motorola Xoom and while it's certainly not running at optimal speeds the fact it loads at all gives hope to some. If you fancy jamming Ubuntu onto your Motorola Xoom hit up the source link for the full installation instructions. [TRSohmers via Xoom Forums]

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3 years ago

Google Voice will be updated for Motorola Xoom, Honeycomb

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Those who have picked up a Motorola Xoom upon launch have noticed the absence of an extremely popular app from the Android Market: Google Voice. You can sideload it onto your Xoom, but it will crash when launching (see picture above).

The good news is that the app is currently being developed and optimized for Honeycomb; the bad news being that we don't know when we can expect to see it. Here is what Google employee Zeke had to say in the Google Voice forums.

Glad to hear from so many Xoom early adopters! As you've noticed, Google Voice isn't available for Honeycomb yet. We're working on it, and I'll update this thread as more info is available.

For questions or comments about Google Voice for the Xoom or other issues you want to talk about, visit our Motorola Xoom Forum. [Google Voice Forums via Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

Banned (in 2008) from Apple's App Store, iBoobs finds refuge in Android Market

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Here we go, folks. Mystic Game Development made quite the name for itself with its iBoobs app for the iPhone, which got itself banned from Apple's App Store in late 2008. Now it's found refuge more than two years later in the Android Market, and it's sent out a slew of e-mails to announce and celebrate. (And probably to poke the bear a little bit.) From the presser e-mail:

We recently decided to do an experiment and create iBoobs for Android, which is now currently available in the Android app market store. We think the fact that it is available on Android does show that the Android platform offers more flexibility and is more open-minded to app developers.

Dunno how much we'd call this an "experiment" -- tawdry sex apps are nothing new in the Android Market. This is more of a marketing ploy. (Yes, we know full well we're aiding it here.) And now might not be the best time to test Google's patience. But short of an app stealing data or harming your phone, little has been done insofar as soft-core apps go.

There's a little more after the break, if you're into this sort of thing.

Should Google allow 'sexy' apps in the Market?survey software

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3 years ago

Google tells of steps taken in wake of spate of malicious apps

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Developer banned, malicious apps automatically removed from users' infected phones, exploits patched

Google late Saturday night publicly revealed the action it has taken in the wake of a number of malicious applications that were lurking not so quietly in the Android Market. As you'll recall, some 21 apps from a single developer were found to be collecting and sending device IDs (IMEI codes) and Android versions, but the exploit left users open to worse attacks. Here's the short version of what Google's done since being alerted March 1:

  • The apps were removed from the Market, developer accounts banned and law enforcement notified.
  • Google is remotely removing the malicious applications from infected phones. (That's a feature Google has its disposal, and has used in the past.)
  • Google is pushing an update to undo the security exploits that allowed these malicious apps to work in the first place.
  • Google is "adding a number of measures to help prevent additional malicious applications using similar exploits from being distributed through Android Market."

A couple things to note here: If you are running Android 2.2.2 or higher, you don't have these security vulnerabilities. If you were affected, you'll be getting an e-mail from Google (android-market-support@google.com) explaining things, and you'll be getting an Android Market Security Tool 2011 app to patch the exploits.

So the barn door's been closed, folks. Google says it's taking additional steps to keep this sort of thing from happening again. That's not to say it won't happen -- by nature, attacks will continue. But good on Google for explaining exactly what happened, and what's being done in the aftermath. [Google Mobile Blog]

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3 years ago

Is the LG Optimus 2X coming to T-Mobile as the G2X?

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LG's dual-core Optimus 2X may launch on T-Mobile USA as the T-Mobile G2X, according to an internal T-Mobile screen leaked to TmoNews. No release date or pricing information is available as yet, and HSPA+ support is unconfirmed, but highly likely in our opinion.

The reason for the branding change is unclear. One possibility is that the G2X may run an unbranded near-stock UI like the G2, as opposed to the LG UI found on Optimus-branded phones -- we're just speculating here, though.

Check out our hands-on coverage to find out more about the Optimus 2X. [TmoNews]

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