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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note European carriers and release dates

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Samsung recently gave more details on the availability of the Galaxy Note across Europe. The device launched over the weekend in Germany, and will roll out across the UK and mainland Europe between now and Nov. 25 on a variety of carriers.

Here's your country-by-country breakdown:

  • Germany (out now) - Vodafone, DT, O2
  • Netherlands (Nov. 1) - KPN, Vodafone
  • Belgium (Nov. 1) - KPN, Vodafone
  • United Kingdom (Nov. 2) - Carphone Warehouse, Phones4U, O2
  • France (Nov. 2) - SFR, TPH
  • Poland (Nov. 4) - Plus, Mediamarkt
  • Hungary (Nov. 4) - Panon
  • Austria, Switzerland, Slovenia (Nov. 5) - Swisscom, MOT, Three, Mobitel, SIM-free
  • Spain (Nov. 7) - Telefonica, Vodafone, Orange
  • Italy (Nov. 10) - Vodafone, Three, TIM
  • Portugal (Nov. 10) - Fnac, Worten, TPH, TMN
  • Greece (Nov. 11) - Cosmote, Vodafone, Wind, SIM-free
  • Romania, Bulgaria (Nov. 14) - Vodafone, M-Tel, Globul, Vivacom, SIM-free
  • Lithuania (Nov. 14) - Omnitel, LMT, EMT
  • Finland, Denmark, Sweden (Nov. 22) - Telia, Telenor, TPH, Elkjop, DNA
  • Croatia, Serbia (Nov. 23) - Telenor, VIP, TOP
  • Czec Republic (Nov. 25) - XSK, VDF, XEZ, ORS

Check out our hands-on feature for more Galaxy Note-based goodness.

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2 years ago

European Xoom wifi receiving an update to Android 3.2

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Albeit a little behind the times, the European versions of the Motorola Xoom Wifi are now beginning to receive a software update that includes an update to version 3.2 of Honeycomb. 

Users in Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK should be seeing the update notifications start to appear on their devices. 

Besides just updating to 3.2, Motorola have thrown in their own MOTOPRINT wifi printing application, the full version of Quickoffice and a couple of enterprise tools. 

Full release notes after the break.

Source: Motorola Europe
More: Motorola Xoom forums

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2 years ago

Barnes & Noble readying themselves for new Nook Color?

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The Nook Color is somewhat of an Android phenomenon, and according to the folks over at The Digital Reader the sequel is potentially just around the corner. 

Sources close to them from Barnes & Noble have previously leaked information regarding a successor to the popular e-Reader. Now though they go one better and claim that there will be a "major announcement from the company" on November 7.

One of the sources goes on to detail changes that are to be made in-store, with a "Nook boutique" to be created complete with LED TV's, and touch screen POS systems. 

There are no spec's mentioned, or for that matter, no Android mention but with the development that Barnes & Noble have put into the platform there's no reason to believe they wouldn't return again with an Android offering. We'll just have to wait it out on this one, but with the Kindle Fire due it isn't such a crazy thought that Barnes & Noble would try and beat them to market with a new Nook. 

Source: The Digital Reader

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2 years ago

Samsung Italy apparently confirms what we already guessed -- new Tabs, Galaxy S II, and Galaxy note to get Ice Cream Sandwich

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According to the Italian blog Android.HD, Samsung has confirmed that they will be providing the Ice Cream Sandwich update to their latest top-tier devices. Phones and tablets set to get a bit of the latest tasty treat are:

This is a pretty obvious list, and we came up with something very similar ourselves.  Samsung is playing it safe by not announcing an ICS update for devices like the Galaxy W, or the original Galaxy S line, which we never really expected to see the Android 4.0 update anyway.  While there's no official timeline, expect the updates to start rolling out early next year -- then again in 2013 for the US carrier versions.  Yeah, I went there.

Source: Android.HD

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2 years ago

Dolphin Browser responds to allegations of data mining

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Several days ago we (and likely many others) were contacted about a potentially serious security issue with Dolphin Browser.  Apparently, quite a bit of information about your browsing session, including URL data for secure websites and search strings, was being forwarded to a remote server -- http://en.mywebzines.com.  We tore things apart and verified it, sure enough, it was happening and we were concerned.  Today the folks at Dolphin Browser have responded:

With roughly 300 Webzines supported at the moment, it was necessary for the client to check the current user URL against a database housing these 300 Webzine columns...None of these URLs have ever been stored by Dolphin, instead being used to cross-index if a Webzine for the current site exists. If it does, the current site is immediately converted to Webzine format; if not, it remains the standard mobile site. Again, none of this process is stored on the backend of our servers and we are deeply sorry that this was not made clear to our users from the beginning.

While the security nerd inside of us still cringes a bit at this, it's a perfectly reasonable explanation.  It's also the best way to handle the situation -- Webzine is pretty cool, and we don't want to have to maintain that database of 300 supported sites on our devices.  This should have been presented to the user before using the Webzine feature, but Dolphin Browser isn't evil.  We're glad they took the time to explain the whole mess, and now we can go back to using it.  Read the concerns, and Dolphin's entire response at the source links.

More: XDA-DevelopersDolphin Browser blog

Thanks, CB!

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note commercial availability announced, hits European markets first

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Back when Samsung unveiled their 5.3-inch, dual-core Galaxy Note with a SuperAMOLED HD display they never mentioned when, exactly anyone would be able to pick one up. Now though, Samsung has finally announced the commercial availability of the Galaxy Note, which will go on sale in European markets starting with Germany on October 29.

Launching with Android 2.3 and a 1.4 GHz dual core processor you'll also get a massive 2500 mAh battery to power that 1280x800 SuperAMOLED HD display, HSPA+ data as well as the 8MP rear camera and 2MP front-facing shooter.

And we can't forget the S Pen, which is included with the Galaxy Note. The Galaxy Note supports screenshot-taking and annotation across all areas of the UI using the S Pen and its technology, which Samsung will be offering an SDK for eventually.

Source: Samsung

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2 years ago

More clues hinting towards a Google Music store uncovered

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Grab your phone, make sure you're not signed into your Google account in the browser, and head to music.google.com.  You'll see the above, with a big fat (non-working) link to the Android Market's music page (https://market.android.com/music).  It doesn't take much imagination to see how this relates to the rumors that Google is planning to open its own music store, and have it tied into your current Google Music Beta account.  

It's widely believed that Google Music was supposed to launch with such a service, but content deals couldn't be made and those plans were scrapped -- leaving a free storage locker for 20,000 of your own songs you can stream anywhere.  The addition of an Amazon-esque music store, tied directly to your existing Google checkout account, sounds like a winner to us.  Keep it DRM free, allow me to easily download purchased content to my phone or computer, and you have a customer for life, Google.

Source: News on Droid (German); via TechCrunch

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2 years ago

Asus Transformer Prime shows itself, we all gaze at it's beauty

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We're getting closer and closer to the official announcement of the Asus Transformer Prime, but if you really, really can't wait then take a look at these leaked shots of the quad-core super tablet.

Bearing passing resemblance to a Macbook Pro, the images have been pulled from the Chinese site that originally leaked them. They go on to show various angles of the Prime, but the lockscreen is the only part of the software on show and it doesn't give any glimpses of any Ice Cream Sandwich goodness I'm afraid. 

Coming from the success of the original Transformer, a lot of you are sure to want one of these. Check out some more images after the jump to whet your appetite just a little more. 

Source: Notebook Italia

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2 years ago

Shadowgun now available in the Android Market for Tegra 2 devices

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Here's what you've been waiting for if your an Android fan and love to play action shooters -- Shadowgun (see our early review) is now available in the Android Market for Tegra 2 devices.  It's got killer graphics (console quality, I kid you not), a great storyline, and will give you hours and hours of gameplay.  It's by far one of the best mobile games on any platform.  I've been playing the press copy for a bit on both the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the LG G2X, and have been itching to get the full version myself. 

You'll find download links after the break, as well as the video trailer (it's a must watch).  Shadowgun is $4.99, and runs on Tegra 2 devices with Android 2.2 or higher.

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2 years ago

Amazon building 'millions more' Kindle Fires than planned, thanks to pre-orders

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Amazon released its third-quarter earnings today. And while the Kindle Fire isn't yet available, CEO Jeff Bezos is pimping pre-orders like they're they lifeblood of the company. And if the rhetoric is even half true, it might well be. Bezos said they're already increasing manufacturing capacity "and building millions more than we'd already planned."

Not bad for a device that nobody in the public (as well as 99 percent of journalists) has even touched yet.

Money-wise, Amazon says net sales were up 44 percent year over year, to $10.88 billion in the three months ending Sept. 30, though net income was down 73 percent to $63 million.

Conference call's coming up. Stay tuned.

Source: Amazon
More in the Kindle Fire forums

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