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3 years ago

Catch Andy Rubin's tease during the Google IO keynote?

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Dunno how we all missed this during Google IO -- but we did. There in the demonstration of how you can resize widgets is either a fun little Easter egg, or a very excited Andy Rubin, who on May 6 apparently sent an e-mail with the following subject line:

K release — I've got the BEST name ever ...

Now all we have to do is figure out just what ol' Andy came up with. Any ideas?

Thanks, Brodie!

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3 years ago

OfficeMax appears poised to sell the Galaxy Tab 10.1, too

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Looks like the list of retailers preparing to sell the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (read our full review) is shaping up quite nicely. First we had Best Buy, and now it looks like OfficeMax is getting into the game as well, thanks to this comparison sheet snagged by our sister site, PreCentral. We're all still operating under the June 8 date that Samsung announced back at CTIA in March, so we may well finally see public release of one of our favorite Honeycomb tablets in less than two weeks.

Source: PreCentral

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3 years ago

ASUS unveils the Padfone -- a tablet/phone hybrid

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While the U.S. is in holiday mode today, the rest of the world isn't taking the day off. And for manufacturer ASUS, today's a big one, with the announcement of the Padfone at the Computex conferencfe. One part Android phone, another part Android tablet, the Padfone docks inside the tablet itself. One phone, one tablet, one set of data -- no syncing. An interesting concept, indeed, from the manufacturer of the excellent EeePad Transformer tablet/keyboard combo. (Read our full review.)

Details are still a little light, being as this is far from a finished product, but you're looking at a 4.3-inch smartphone that powers the 10-inch tablet -- the larger won't work without the smaller. Should be an interesting little marriage. Check out the official videos after the break.

Source: ASUS; More: Engadget

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3 years ago

HTC Desire S and Wildfire S going down under, exclusive to Telstra

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Exciting times for Android lovers down under. The HTC Desire S is going on sale on May 31 and the HTC Wildfire S is going on sale July 19, exclusively on Telstra. Says Ben Hodgson, Country Manager for HTC Australia and New Zealand:

Australians are displaying an incredible appetite for adopting smartphones. HTC is committed to offering strong alternatives to Australian consumers looking for a smartphone to suit their individual lifestyles. The HTC Desire S hits the sweet spot for people who want a premium Android smartphone experience. The HTC Wildfire S is affordable and compact without compromising the quality consumers have come to expect from HTC.

Full PR is after the break.

Source: HTC

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3 years ago

Keeper of leaked HTC ROMs disappears into the ether

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Can't say we didn't see this coming. Word around the campfire was that the infamous 911HTC (née 911Sniper) blog that scored leaked HTC ROM after leaked HTC ROM had itself become the target, and tonight it's gone dead. The site itself redirects to Google.com, and its pages to Google 404s, though the ROMs still live on on their external hosting pages.

A shame, since we do love leaks around here. But at the same time, not surprising -- HTC takes its intellectual property seriously (as well it should). And the flip side of that is that leaked test ROMs can be fraught with danger, as evidenced by the recent bricking of HTC ThunderBolt's running one of these unofficial radios.

Oh, well. The game goes on, folks.

Via @LordG33k

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3 years ago

Sprint EVO 3D aiming for the fourth week of June?

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We just ran across the latest edition of the Sprint Playbook, and not surprisingly, the highly anticipated HTC EVO 3D makes an appearance. But along with all the specs and talking points -- which we've definitely seen before -- is the header, which points to the fourth week of June as a targeted release date.

We will, however, couch that by saying nothing's official yet, and we all know how release dates are subject to change. (And this seems to go against Radio Shack's "rough launch date" of June 4-ish, which we weren't all that confident in anyway.)

Anyhoo, it's coming, and we might now have a more solid target window, folks.

More: EVO 3D forums; Thanks, anon!

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3 years ago

Best Buy preps for Galaxy Tab 10.1's arrival

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Read our Galaxy Tab 10.1 review

We're a little more than a week away from the June 8 launch date of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (and the 8.9-inch version as well), and that means it's just about time for retailers to get their acts together. First out of the gate is Best Buy, which has just listed the Android 3.1 (guess it's going to launch with the update) tablet on its website as "coming soon" -- which, as we all know, it is.

Best Buy doesn't list pricing, but we figure it should be in line with the $499/$599 16- and 32-gigabyte versions mentioned back at CTIA in March. Just a few more days, folks.

Source: Best Buy; More: Galaxy Tab forumsThanks, Adam!

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3 years ago

OpenFeint on Android continues to grow, 16 new games announced

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OpenFeint gaming on Android has hit some more milestones this month. What started off as a rather small showing in the Android Market, OpenFeint is now adding is now adding over 3 million new Android users a month and have increased their gaming catalog 46 percent in just two months, making the grand total of available games 460 and growing. With that many users, keeping games fresh and new is always something OpenFeint is working on. With that noted, 16 new games have been added to the Android Market as listed below:

  • Abyss Attack, Deep Byte Studios
  • Angry Viking, Zaxis Games
  • Big Time Gangsta, Glu
  • Contract Killer, Glu
  • Dead Runner, Distinctive Games
  • Dogfight, Joaquin Grech
  • Froggy Jump, Invictus
  • Happy Vikings, HandyGames
  • Lyric Legend 1, TuneWiki
  • Nano Panda, Unit9
  • Riptide GP, Vector Unit
  • Robot Unicorn Attack, [Adult Swim]
  • ShakyTower, HyperBees
  • Stardunk, Godzilab
  • Wisp, Triolith
  • Woof the Dog, Fishing Cactus

Needless to say, Android game developers are making use of the OpenFeint development tools and doing so on a large scale. That makes for great gaming on the Android platform as a whole and, we're suckers for great games so kudos to OpenFeint. Head on past the break for the full press release announcement if you're looking for further details.

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3 years ago

HTC Sensation hands-on video and initial review

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Since its announcement in April, the HTC Sensation has become one of the most anticipated phones of 2011 so far. Combining a sleek unibody design with a dual-core CPU and the shiny new HTC Sense 3.0, the Sensation emerged as a seriously desirable piece of hardware. But it isn't the only dual-core Android contender, and competition is tough among high-end smartphones, so the Sensation's success is not a foregone conclusion.

We've spent the past couple of days getting acquainted with HTC's next big thing, and you can check out our initial thoughts and hands-on video after the jump.

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