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5 years ago

Samsung teases new 'Unpacked' event at Berlin's IFA conference

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That little box can only mean one thing -- it's time for another Samsung Mobile Unpacked event. Let's refresh: In March 2010 we go the Samsung Galaxy S at the first unpacked event. Mobile World Congress this past February was huge, bringing us the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Tab 10.1. And at CTIA this past March, we got a redesigned Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Galaxy Tab 8.9. (Where is that thing, anyway!)

And now Samsung's got something cooking for the IFA show in Berlin in a few weeks. What's in store for this one? Judging from Samsung's promo video (see it after the break), it's looking like something handheld, but bigger than a phone. A revamped 7-inch Galaxy Tab, perhaps? Remember that it debuted last fall at IFA, so it's probably due.

Source: SmartDroid.de (translated)

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5 years ago

Android Wallpaper Review: Celtic Garden HD

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Some of you might remember DualBoot Games from our Spring Zen HD wallpaper review, and I was so impressed with what they'd done with that wallpaper, I decided to look into another. Today I've stumbled upon Celtic Garden HD, but to mix things up, I tried it on a tablet.

Celtic Garden HD gives us just that, a celtic garden. Surrounding it are various flora, and you can also choose to add fireflies or a butterfly, too. Similar to the other live wallpaper I reviewed, there is a "randomize" option, which will pick a random option from each category you can customize every time your screen loads.

You can really define your wallpaper down to a T, choosing everything from the basin type, flora type, garden life and leaf type, and even the pot type. You can also enable touch effects, so "special effects" happen when you touch the screen. In my experience, that was having the fireflies swarm around where I'd just touched.

In terms of performance, there wasn't the slightest bit of lag on the Toshiba Thrive I was running it on, so I'd assume everyone using a Tegra-2 device can expect similar results.

Per DualBoot's pricing scheme, there is also a free version available in the Market, but it restricts access to the well-thought out and comprehensive settings menu.

More pictures and download links are after the break.

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5 years ago

UK Xoom owners to get Android 3.2 update next month?

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That's right folks, the Android 3.1 update has barely had chance to settle in before it now appears that the next update to Android 3.2 may be right around the corner. 

There is no specific date available as yet, but The Inquirer claims to have received a call from Motorola confirming that Android 3.2 will go live in the UK in September. With the update UK Xoom owners will finally be on par with their American counterparts. While updates are always cause for celebration, Motorola is still falling behind other manufacturers like ASUS, whose 3.2 update has been around for a few weeks already in the UK.

Source: The Inquirer

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5 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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5 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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5 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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5 years ago

Asus launches Eee Pad Slider page, still no release date

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The Asus Transformer is one of the coolest Honeycomb tablets on the market. It's as yet unreleased sibling, the Slider, seems to be getting ever closer to release, as Asus have launched its official page for the tablet.

The spec list isn't showing up any surprises, and curiously is shipping with "Android 3.1 Honeycomb OS (3.2 upgradable)." The 3.2 update for the Transformer is already live, so hopefully this means that the Slider is complete and ready to start shipping soon. Battery life is said to be 8 hours, and you get most of the ports available on the Transformer, but no full SD card slot.

Included software goodies will be familiar to any Transformer owners, with Polaris Office 3.0, Zinio Magazines and Asus' own cloud and media applications. 

All we need now is the release date, won't you help us out Asus? 

Source: Asus

 

 

 

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5 years ago

Firefox for Android reaches version 6, brings performance enhancements and a visual refresh

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The fellows at Mozilla have updated Firefox for Android to Version 6, and it comes with a huge changelog full of fixes, improvements, and features.  Things like a visual update for phones running Gingerbread, better right-to-left language support, and adjustment of page element locations and sizes when using on a tablet.  We won't list each individual change here, but they're available at the source link.  There's also over 160 add-ons now available, ranging from Ad-blocking to themeing with personas.  With the same rendering engine as the desktop version, Firefox mobile can handle pages with complicated scripts better than the stock Android browser, or other browsers based on stock.  Not that anyone would want to, but it's close to the point where we could use our system and write blog posts with it.

Firefox mobile is shaping up nicely, and if you haven't had a look lately, you really should.  Download link is after the break, for devices running Android 2.0 and higher.

Source: Mozilla

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5 years ago

Galaxy Tab 10.1 isn't banned from The Netherlands, for now

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In the latest chapter in the Apple v. Samsung saga, Apple's attempts to push through their case through in The Netherlands has failed, for now. The claims here are a little broader than those submitted in Germany, going beyond just the design of the Tab and into the software it runs. 

The courts in The Hague have politely informed Apple that no decision will be reached on the case until Sept. 15. This is after Samsung's Aug. 25 appeal the original injunction granted in Germany. 

The Dutch case has potentially more serious consequences for Samsung should the courts rule in Apples favour. Florian Mueller of the FOSS Patent's blog, speculates that Rotterdam in The Netherlands could be key to Samsung's European import logistics. 

Sources: T3, FOSS Patents

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5 years ago

Did Apple tamper with evidence in the German Apple v. Samsung case?

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We're not about to come out and say Apple deliberately altered key visual evidence in the recent proceedings in Germany, which resulted in European imports screeching to an abrupt halt.  We will just let the pictures speak for themselves.  Dutch website Webwereld has compared the some of the images from the court documents (read them here, in German) to reality and found some disturbing differences.  In Apple's images, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 has been shown with a different aspect ratio (1:36 as opposed to the actual 1:46 -- the iPad is 1:30), causing it to more closely resemble the dimensions of the iPad.  This accounts for a full eight percent difference in the "short" side of the Tab, and you can see the result above.  If that weren't enough, the Samsung logo has been removed from Apple's image, and of course it's shown with the app drawer open instead of the normal home screen view. 

Make what you will of this, but I'll imagine it had an impression on the German courts. 

Source: Webwereld (Dutch); via OSNewsThanks, Richard!

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5 years ago

Fusion Garage announces new Grid 10 tablet - Runs on Android kernel, includes crazy custom UI

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We've been hearing plenty about the Grid 10 from TabCo as of late but as suspected -- it was nothing more then a fake company created by the folks at Fusion Garage. Yes, the folks who made the JooJoo. As it turns out, they're making use of the Android kernel on their newly announced Grid 10 tablet. But don't call it Android -- sure, it can run Android apps from anywhere but don't call it that.

The folks at Fusion Garage aren't even sure Android is popular, and they believe that Android tablets are all the same. So they've gone ahead and created Grid OS as they call and not only will it power their tablet but it will also power a new phone they've developed.

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5 years ago

Asus Eee Pad Transformer 3G model support page is online, still no release date

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Asus has brought the support page for the 3G model of the Eee Pad Transformer online, but we still don't have the part we want to know -- when is it coming.  We last heard that the 3G model would launch in the UK sometime in August, and we're expecting it soon, since August is already half over.  While there shouldn't be any hardware changes, we're also curious if the 3G model will launch with Android 3.2 on board, but that's anyone's guess at this point.  We know a lot of people have been waiting for this, and Asus knows this as well, so hopefully we see it out the door shortly.  We'll keep our eyes and ears open and let you know more when there's more to tell.

Source: Asus. Thanks, Waad!

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5 years ago

Beer Pong HD adds online multiplayer mode, Lloyd hangs out for table of the month

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The fellas at Codeglue have pushed out an update to Beer Pong HD, adding online multiplayer mode, new OpenFeint achievements, and are have our very own Lloyd on their featured table of the month!  Players all over the world can now play against each other on their Android phones, in high resolution with accurate physics.  It might not be quite as fun as real Beer Pong, but it's as close as you'll be able to get and still pass a breathalyzer.  Of course, having Lloyd oversee the festivities is icing on the cake.  I always knew he liked to party.  We've got a quick video showing off the gameplay as well as the download link (free for Android 2.1 and up), check 'em out.

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5 years ago

Android now has Sprint's tablet section all to itself

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Well, now, that's embarrassing. It seems Sprint's decided not to sell the BlackBerry PlayBook (that's the one that doesn't actually have an e-mail client on it) after all. According to the Wall Street Journal, Sprint's backed off of its plan to sell the 7-inch $499 tablet, and that leaves Android as the only tablet you can buy in a Sprint retail store. Nice.

And you've got your pick of form factors, too. There's the original 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab or new 7-inch HTC EVO View 4G, both of which have access to Sprint's data network, or the 10-inch Motorola Xoom or Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, which are Wifi-only.

We're almost a little disappointed -- it would have been interesting to see how the tablets competed on a carrier level. Instead, Android will just have to make do with being the only game in Sprint town.

Source; WSJ; via CrackBerry

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5 years ago

AT&T announces partnership with Juniper Networks on new mobile security initiative

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AT&T has announced that they are working on a new solution for mobile security issues, partnering with Juniper Networks and offering a new security application.  Available later this year, the app will address some key concerns in both the enterprise as well as for consumers.  A bullet point look at the applications goals:

Businesses and Organizations

  • Maintain compliance with government regulations
  • Enforce security policies
  • Manage personal or enterprise-owned devices
  • Enable anti-virus, anti-malware, and application monitoring and control

Consumers

  • Protect mobile devices with anti-virus, anti-malware, and application monitoring and control

With the global growth of smartphone adoption, targeting the mobile space has become popular among unsavory types, and it makes sense to see carriers trying to slow the growth of malware and other security concerns.  AT&T Chief Security Officer Ed Amoroso details AT&T’s approach in a short video, which we've embedded after the break, along with the full press release.

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