Last night Samsung Mobile held a concert in Toronto, during which they had a VIP event, and the folks at MobileSyup were able to snap a picture of an unannounced Android device. The device looks to be the Canadian version of the Samsung Galaxy S II, which is apparently launching as the Samsung Hercules on TELUS. As you can see, unlike the UK version (see our review), this device does not have an optical track pad, instead the standard four buttons we are used to on Android devices. This guy's also reported to be a larger 4.5 inches. Noyce.
While there is no release date, or pricing information, the fact that the device is in the hands of some folks is always good news. Will this be the next device that locks you into a contract, or got something else in mind?
I know everyone got really excited when AlphaRev and UnrEVOked unveiled their latest project, Revolutionary, myself included. Now that we've had a few days to settle into and, simmer down, and enjoy our new, freer phones, I realized there was a startling lack of Lloyd splash screens out there for flashing and consumption.
Needless to say, that isn't an issue anymore. If your phone is S-OFF'd and just aching for a better splash than what HTC gave you, head on over to the Android Central forums. There's instructions, along with two different flashable zip files that'll make your phone feel more at home.
Here's another nice title from the folks who brought us The Going to Bed Book. The Tale of Peter Rabbit is a story most of us should know, if not still love. And it's available on Android in beautiful fashion.
It's not cheap -- running $5.19 U.S. -- but you get the entire story, with animated pictures on every page. It's a "pop-up" book, meaning there are little "tabs" you can pull to also make the character do things. Plus you can tap on each word of the story to have it repeated, helping teach a child to read. The optional background music also is wonderfully done.
We're not completely sold on the pricing, but the app is really well done. We've got download links after the break.
Just a quick reminder that today's the last day to enter to win our (mostly new) Motorola Droid. Have an old busted phone you'd love to replace with this shiny new one? All you have to do is leave us a picture of that old phone. Get full details here.
AutoCAD WS has just celebrated its 2-million-registered-users milestone, with a cool million of those being for the Android platform. Launching for iOS back in September 2010, the huge influx of Android users that accounts for over half the install base comes in only three months time -- proving that there is a need for mobile CAD applications, and that people who develop and design intricate "stuff" also use and prefer Android. Users aren't just looking and uninstalling either, as there have been 3.5 million drawings uploaded to AutoCAD WS since its inception.
It may not be a fun 3D game, or an easy way to tell your friends what movie you're seeing, but AutoCAD WS does work well, and the folks behind it tease us about new features and the next release "in the coming weeks." Keep up the great work, and congrats!
If you want to have a look and see what all the fuss is about, hit the break for a download link. (Android 2.1 and higher)
Word on the street -- that'd be the Twitter street -- and in our World Famous Galaxy Tab Forums is that the over-the-air TouchWiz update is now available for the Galaxy Tab 10.1, just as Samsung promised.
Still wondering what you'll be getting if you choose to apply this update? We've got you covered.
If you are on Verizon and have had a hard time deciding which device to get, it seems like things are not getting any easier as yet another device has leaked out along with some specs. The LG Enlighten, a mid ranged QWERTY slider has appeared, and apparently it is set to release on August 25. The device will be running Android 2.3, Gingerbread, and will be powered by a 800MHz processor, not the fastest we have seen, and all of this will be displayed on a 3.2" HVGA display. While it may not compete spec for spec with some of the other upcoming Verizon device, is the LG Enlighten something that you could consider owning? Full spec sheet after the break.
We're gearing up for the Android Central podcast -- be there or be square. While you're waiting, make sure you hit up the blog posts from today that you may have missed out on or jump on into the Android Central forums and fire up some discussion.
A couple blurry Motorola Droid Bionic pictures have leaked out, and while they don't really tell us anything new, they do give an almost first-hand look at the device and it's new design. Compared to the Droid Charge, it's a bit bigger, a bit squarer, and a bit more humped.
As the September release rolls closer, we expect to see more pictures leaked out. It's been a long crazy ride, but it's almost over folks. Hit the jump to see the backside.
You're floating on Cloud 9 at your new Xoom Tab 10.1 Thrive tablet purchase, but after a bit of messing around, you realize you need a file manager. How else can you make sure your Now That's What I Call Music(Vol. 1-9) collection makes it into the right place? Enter Tab Explorer.
Tab Explorer is pretty bare bones, but that's not to say it's bad. You don't need bells and whistles up the wazoo on your file manager, and for what it advertises, Tab Explorer delivers. You get a four-pane setup, and the deeper you go into a folder, for example, the more panels appear.
It's rather intuitive, pretty much like using ASTRO File Manager or Root Explorer on your phone, except you're afforded the luxury of seeing the location you just came from instead of a new folder taking up your entire screen.
There's also sorting options in the top-right corner of the screen, allowing you to sort by size, type, or name. You get a notification on-screen whenever you've chosen one, and if you want to use that same option, but reverse the order, pressing it again (or double-tapping it the first time) will get that result.
Tab Explorer also does picture and app sorting for you as well, and you can access either of those menus at the top of the screen. App sorting didn't do much for me, but it might be because I still don't have too many apps on my tablet. The picture viewing is cool because it lets you delete pictures straight off your device and also lets you rotate them without going into the gallery or a photo editor.
Tab Explorer comes in at $1.99, and while it's not as cheap (or free!) as some of it's competition, it's definitely a strong contender in the tablet file manager space. The developers also have a lite version on the Market that gives you full functionality for seven days, just so you can sample the delights before you invest.
As always, more pictures and download links are after the break.
Social gaming is on the rise and knowing that, AT&T and NGMOCO have just announced a new agreement to bring social gaming to all AT&T Android users through the Mobage platform. The agreement of course will bring Mobage enabled games to AT&T customers and allow for plenty of growth
“Games are consistently among the most popular entertainment apps for smartphones,” said Ted Woodbery, vice president, Wireless Data, Voice and Ancillary Services, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. “We are pleased to be the first U.S. wireless carrier to work with ngmoco and look forward to giving our Android customers access to the rich Mobage gaming catalog later this year.”
Mobage will serve as a hub for AT&T Android users to discover and play games, and connect to users across the globe. Mobage is still running under beta terms within North America but this new agreement will further help expand their position in social gaming. You can find the full press release after the break.
Microsoft's lawyer responds ... on Twitter ... saying Google could have teamed up with it in the patent auction, and basically that Google needs to quit whining. (See our editorial: "Keep it in the courtroom, folks")
And now Drummond has updated the previous Google Blog post with the following:
It's not surprising that Microsoft would want to divert attention by pushing a false "gotcha!" while failing to address the substance of the issues we raised. If you think about it, it's obvious why we turned down Microsoft’s offer. Microsoft's objective has been to keep from Google and Android device-makers any patents that might be used to defend against their attacks. A joint acquisition of the Novell patents that gave all parties a license would have eliminated any protection these patents could offer to Android against attacks from Microsoft and its bidding partners. Making sure that we would be unable to assert these patents to defend Android — and having us pay for the privilege — must have seemed like an ingenious strategy to them. We didn't fall for it.
Ultimately, the U.S. Department of Justice intervened, forcing Microsoft to sell the patents it bought and demanding that the winning group (Microsoft, Oracle, Apple, EMC) give a license to the open-source community, changes the DoJ said were “necessary to protect competition and innovation in the open source software community.” This only reaffirms our point: Our competitors are waging a patent war on Android and working together to keep us from getting patents that would help balance the scales.
Oh, snap. Hardball. Shots fired and returned. Pick your catchphrase. This isn't going away any time soon, folks.
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