There have been quite a few people waiting for the Motorola Triumph to launch on Virgin Mobile since it was announced back in June. And it's finally available for purchase across major retailers for $299. The Motorola Triumph will be the first smartphone available on the new Virgin Mobile Beyond Talk plans that start at $35 for 300 anytime minutes and unlimited data and end at $55 for unlimited anytime minutes and unlimited data.
“As smartphone ownership continues to accelerate, we are thrilled to offer Virgin Mobile customers this exciting, compelling new handset from a device leader like Motorola,” said Mark Lederman, Business Line director, Virgin Mobile USA. “Motorola TRIUMPH is a leader in its class and provides users the freedom to enjoy unlimited data on Virgin Mobile, without overages or a contract.”
For whatever reason, Facebook still has not released a Honeycomb-optimized version of its Android app. And we're kind of to the point where we don't care anymore, as third-party apps are doing the job nicely. Here we have Friendcaster, which currently is in beta for Honeycomb tablets.
Friendcaster has your basic Honeycomb design, which splits things up into columns or panes. On the far left you've got all the basic Facebook features -- News Feed, Profile, Friends, Photos, Check-ins, Messages, Groups, Events and Pages. Tap one, and they expand in the next column over. So you'll see your news feed. Or pictures, or messages, etc. Top on an individual update or photo, and they open in the next column over. Nice, simple design.
You've also got all the usual functions -- you can update your status, filter your stream, take a picture, upload a picture, refresh, see your notifications, or get app settings.
Our only real complaint in this beta is that there's a fat banner app that keeps popping up. We'll be more than happy to pay to get rid of it.
We've got download links after the break if you want to give it a go.
Calling all Muggles -- JK Rowling's Harry Potter series will finally be hitting e-readers this fall, and it'll be available on Android. There's a bit of a catch, as you'll actually be buying the books from the new Pottermore site in October. When you purchase, you'll have the option to save the book to your Google Books library. And from there, you can read on any Android smartphone or tablet (or any non-Android or iOS device that has a browser).
Google also announced that Google Checkout is the preferred third-party checkout for Pottermore. So if you've got an Android phone and have ever purchased an app from the Android Market, you're already set. More details are set to unfold leading up to the launch this fall.
Game developer PopCap has announced that it's reached an agreement with Sony Ericsson to pre-load its "Games by PopCap" portal on the upcoming Xperia Pro and Xperia Mini Pro. The deal will see these phones shipping with trial versions of Peggle and Plants vs. Zombies, along with the full version Chuzzle. It'll also be the first chance for Android owners in Europe to get their hands on PopCap's games, as right now these only been available on the Amazon AppStore, which currently turns Europeans away at the door.
The Xperia Pro and Mini Pro are due to land sometime in the third quarter, although there's no firm release date for either device just yet. Join us after the jump for the full presser.
On a lot of the content I push out, whether it be a screenshot or a video, if my lockscreen makes itself known, there's usually a comment or two asking what lockscreen I'm using or what I set up and how, so folks can reproduce the same thing on their phone. I've decided to write a handy little guide for anyone hoping to do the same, and finally put the questions to rest.
It's rather simple, and you're only going to need a few things:
IdeaPad K1 is the first Honeycomb tablet with Netflix
Lenovo this morning officially unwrapped a pair of Android Tablets -- the IdeaPad K1 and ThinkPad. Both tablets spot a 10.1-inch touchscreens *at 1280x800), NVIDIA's Tegra 2 processor and Android 3.1. The IdeaPad K1 -- which we spotted a day early at Office Depot in New York -- weighs 1.63 pounds and is the first Honeycomb tablet with Netflix support along with HDMI out.
The ThinkPad expands on the IdeaPad, adding an optional stylus, full-size USB port, full-size SD card and mini HDMI, plus a wealth of software options key to enterprise.
The 32GB IdeaPad K1 is available today for $499 in the U.S., and worldwide sometime in the third quarter.
The 16GB ThinkPad is $479 without the stylus, $509 with the stylus, and a 32GB version is available for $589 with the stylus. It'll be available starting Aug. 2.
One fortunate side-effect of all the craziness going on at the expensive end of the smartphone spectrum is that more-affordable devices are starting to become faster and better. Last year’s HTC Wildfire underwhelmed us a little, with its sub-par QVGA screen and relatively meager 384MB of RAM. But earlier this year HTC refreshed many of its mid-range products, and it’s arguably the Wildfire that’s received the biggest boost. The new HTC Wildfire S has a sharper, brighter screen, a faster CPU and more RAM than the original. And like the rest of HTC’s “S” series, it ships with Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
The Wildfire S remains a budget handset, though, selling for £180 on Pay As You Go from Vodafone UK, as well as being offered for free on contract. Read on to find out what kind of smartphone experience HTC has managed to cram into its tiniest Android handset to date.
Delta Air Lines' Android app just got a little update that brings a couple of cool features. If you're logged in, you can now view and change your seat assignments (provided there are any seats left), as well as view the standby/upgrade lists. It's not going to help you get to first class any quicker (you peasant), but it's another nice addition to a very nice mobile travel app.
You took the plunge. You're sporting Sprint's and HTC's latest and greatest, and now you need to protect your newfangled investment. Let me introduce you to the Mobi Products Hard Shell Case for HTC EVO 3D. It's thin and smooth, but without sacrificing protection.
The case comes in a two-piece, snap-on design, with front and back pieces. It's simple to click together the pieces and install, but once it's on your phone, it cuddles up nice and tight, not likely to come off in the event of a drop.
There are all the standard cutouts for the various ports on your EVO 3D, as well as a fitting hole for the phone's dual cameras. Despite the overall thinness of the case, there's just enough thickness added to keep your camera lenses from sticking out from the rest of the phone. You also get a few millimeters of thickness on the front of the case, ensuring your phone's touchscreen never makes contact with anything if it's set face down.
It also features that soft-touch plastic that's become all the rage these days, so it feels good in hand as well as slides in and out of pockets (and probably purses) easily.
We're going to wait for the U.S. carriers to announce things before we get too terribly excited, but Samsung Mobile president JK Shin recently told Korean reporters that "We expect to release the Galaxy S II in the U.S. market sometime in August."
Again, we're going to take that with a wee grain of salt until we get word from the U.S. carriers. Not that the man wouldn't know -- you just know how our carriers are.
VoIP client Viber has exited beta and is now available for download without an invitation. If you aren't familiar, here's the skinny: Viber allows for free calling and texting among its nearly 20 million registered users over 3G and WiFi connections, across both Android and iOS platforms. Hit the break to grab Viber for free from its new home in the Android Market.
Lookout has announced the creation of the "Mobile Threat Network" -- designed to automate the process of detection and analysis of applications that pose a threat to the end user's security. Using a mobile security API, protection can be extended not only to the end user, but to the application market as well. Verizon Wireless has gotten on board, and their VCast app store will use the mobile security API to connect with the Mobile Threat Network, the first such company to become involved. We've seen how hard it can be to keep determined people from pushing malware laden applications to market, so we're glad to see any effort to fight against it.
The way it works, applications are scanned and analyzed, with suspicious apps identified. After determining that an application is malicious, Lookout will protect your phone, and the new Mobile Threat Network keeps it from showing up at any market that participates -- like the VCast app store. A fast and efficient way to scan applications and mark potential problem apps for a further investigation sounds like a great solution to a real problem.
It's a sad fact of life that an open market model will have malware. We hate it as much as you do, but it's important that we recognize that it exists. The vast majority of the applications available for the Android platform are perfectly safe to use, written by hard working developers, but one bad Apple can ruin the bunch. Maybe you have the time and know-how to keep yourself safe from malware, but if you want the convenience and security of an automated system from the professionals, it's great that one exists. For more details, read the press release after the break and hit the source link to read more.
So, the good: Netflix has quietly added support for a slew of Android phones, bringing the total to 24. That's two dozen devices on which to stream movies to your heart's content -- including the upcoming Motorola Droid Bionic.
And, now, the bad: Except for the Lenovo K1 IdeaPad -- which kinda sorta isn't really on sale yet -- tablets are still nowhere to be found. No Motorola Xoom. No Galaxy Tab 10.1. Heck, no Galaxy Tab 7, either. No ASUS Transformer. No Toshiba Thrive. Odd, to say the least.
But, we'll take what we can get, we suppose. We've got download links for Netflix, plus the full list of supported devices, after the break.
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