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3 years ago

Samsung Continuum available Nov. 11, has 3.4-inch Super AMOLED display

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Samsung Continuum

We're fully expecting the Samsung Continuum to be announced at Sammy's New York City event on Nov. 8, but that doesn't mean the phone will be available that day. (And that's how it goes, more often than not.) But it likely won't be long after that before the dual-screen phone will be available for purchase. Phone Arena has a screen shot showing the Continuum available in all Verizon retail channels on Nov. 11 -- the same day that Big Red's Galaxy Tab goes on sale.

You can see the leaked shot after the break, which has a slew of expected specks and answers one big question for us: The Continuum has a 3.4-inch Super AMOLED screen on the main display. In the meantime, be sure to check out our preview of the Samsung Continuum, as well as our video hands-on, and ask us more in the forums.

Oh, and in slightly lower-end news, the Motorola Citrus (see our hands-on) will be available on Nov. 11, too. [Phone Arena]

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3 years ago

PayPal coming to Android Market Nov 2? [rumor]

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PayPal for the Android Market

Rumor alert!  I've received a tip from a very trustworthy source that Google will announce support for PayPal payments in the Android Market on Nov. 2.  It's no secret that PayPal and Google have been working on making it happen, and we honestly expected an announcement last week during PayPal's developer's forum, but it didn't materialize.

We take all rumors with a grain of salt (and you should, too!), but the details surrounding this one sure sound right, and I'm going with it.  There's not much more I can say, but be on the lookout for this news as well as some other announcements from developers and publishers on Nov. 2. Thanks to our anonymous friend!

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3 years ago

Google's mobile election center helps you vote, and tracks the election

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Google mobile election center

All US citizens who are of age should be prepared to go out and cast a ballot come Election Day, and Google just made it a bit easier with their mobile election center site for Android and iOS.  Head to m.google.com/elections on your phone, enter your address and Google will help you find your official polling place, and track your local and the national elections.

Remember, if you don't vote, you don't get to complain about the winners.  [Google Mobile Blog]

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3 years ago

HTC reports record fourth quarter with $3.3 billion in sales

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 HTC

HTC has perhaps been the single largest OEM supporter of Android since Google launched the OS. Remember, the G1, Hero, Nexus 1, Droid Incredible, Desire, and Evo 4G (and many, many more phones) were all made by the Taiwanese company and were largely considered the best Android phones on the market when each launched. The company just released their numbers for Q4 and to say they are impressive is an understatement. The company raked in north of $3.3 billion in sales, units shipped doubled year-over-year to 9 million, and total units shipped doubled from last year to 24.5 million. The places the company in close competition with Samsung as the fourth-largest global smartphone manufacturer behind Nokia, RIM, and Apple. 

HTC has attributed most of this growth to the exploding demand for Android smartphones, and expects this trend to continue. HTC plans to cover their bases by strongly supporting Windows Phone 7 as well. The HD 7, in particular, looks like a great device for WP7 users as it is more or less an Evo sans Android. [Reuters via WPCentral]

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3 years ago

Everything you wanted to know about the T-Mobile Comet

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T-Mobile Comet

If the T-Mobile Comet has piqued your interest, the read on, friend. The phone formerly known as the Huawei Ideos is expected to drop this week -- Nov. 3 to be exact -- and we've been handed every last little details on the phone. It's not being billed has a high-end device, and nor should it be. But it is being billed as the first entry-level Google phone (Google experience, that is), with Android 2.2, Wifi b/g/n and all the bells and whistles that come along with that title.

Want the full lowdown? Join us after the break.

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3 years ago

The week in Android news

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The week in Android news

It's been a week of unsourced rumors regarding the rumored Nexus Two (or Nexus S), the emergence of Gingerbread, we've all gotten some quality time with Google TV, plus a bunch of new apps. Check it out:

News

Hardware news

Tablet news

Software news

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3 years ago

Apple sues Motorola over multitouch on its Android smartphones

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Motorola-Apple lawsuit

Another day, another patent lawsuit. And this time around it's Apple suing Motorola over multitouch on nearly all its Android phones -- basically everything up to and including the Droid X. In addition to the multitouch infringement claims, there's also:

  • Object-Oriented System Locator System
  • Touch Screen Device, Method, and Graphical User Interface for Determining Commands by Applying Neuristics
  • Method and Apparatus for Displaying and Accessing Control and Status Information in a Computer System.
  • Support for Custom User-Interaction Elements in a Graphical, Event-Driven Computer System.

Needless to say, this will take a while. And, no, if Moto loses it doesn't mean your phone will be taken away -- it just means Moto will have to either change how it's doing things -- and/or pay a bucketload of money to Apple. Get the full breakdown on the suit at the source link. [Patently Apple via 9 to 5 Mac]

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3 years ago

Qik looking For T-Mobile G2 beta testers

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Have a shiny new G2 and an interest to help developers optimize their applications for your handset?

Qik, the popular video streaming application for Android, is seeking G2 owners to participate in a Beta to test their application for the device.  If you're interested in helping them bring their cross platform application to your device, shoot off an email to support@qik.com with "T-Mobile G2 Beta Test" as the subject line.  

Happy testing! Via [Facebook]

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3 years ago

Droid 2 Global to come in two colors

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Droid 2 Global at Costco

Remember how the Droid 2 Global had a couple of SKU numbers on that leaked Verizon rebate sheet? Looks like that's because it's going to be available in a couple of colors, according to Costco's inventory system. There's the white version that we've already seen, plus traditional black. As for exactly when it's going to drop? We're still expecting sometime in the fourth quarter. [BGR]

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3 years ago

Facebook is holding a mobile event on Nov 3

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Facebook Mobile

We just received an invite to a "Mobile Event at Facebook HQ" scheduled for Wednesday Nov 3.  No press release, no fanfare, no inkling of what it might be, just the invitation.  When thinking to ourselves, "Why would Facebook invite Android Central to their big Mobile shin-dig?" we can come up with a few answers.  Maybe there's going to be a new and improved Facebook client for Android with deep ties into Gingerbread.  Maybe there really is going to be a Facebook phone.  Or maybe it's our dashing good looks and the great conversation we would bring along.  We'll know more Wednesday.

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3 years ago

Pulse update brings Facebook links, widgets

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 Pulse with Facebook Pulse widgets

Pulse, an elegant newsreader we have covered before, recently released a major new update bringing several new features. Native widgets (small and large versions versions visible above) and Facebook support are the big ones, but a redesigned UI is also a welcome change. The app will run you $.99 on the Android Market; check out the download links past the break.

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3 years ago

New details and pictures emerge about Sony's 'Playstation' phone

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Sony Playstation phone

The much rumored about Sony "Playstation" phone has posed for more pictures and let a few more details out about itself. 

Engadget was able to score some more pictures of what appears to be a test version of the device. Here are some details: The phone is codenamed "Zeus," is running Android 2.2, has an 8GB microSD card slotted and has at least 512MB of internal storage. 

Nothing concrete has been confirmed about what the device will actually release with, but the details we've learned over the past week suggest it could be an awesome gaming phone. We'll keep you updated with anything further that is learned. Head over to the source for more pictures. Thoughts? [Engadget]

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3 years ago

Alltel HTC Wildfire mini review

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Alltel HTC Wildfire

When HTC recently announced that the mid-range Wildfire would be coming to the United States after its run in Europe, we didn't know any of the regional carriers involved. Turns out that Alltel -- what's left of it anyway, was first out the gate with what's been previously codenamed the HTC Bee.

Join us after the break for a mini review of the 3.2-inch HTC Widlfire, available now for $29.99 on two-year contract.

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3 years ago

Cuddle up with your very own angry bird

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After a life of knocking down fortresses and shattering glass, this 8 Inch angry bird is ready to relax comfortably in your home.

Want to show your love for Angry Birds, or perhaps just console one of the avian kamikaze fighters who recently had their eggs stolen by cowardly green pigs?  Well then, my dear Android Central reader, you can.  I can't promise he won't attempt to destroy your house in search of golden eggs, so don't hold us responsible if your house is reduced to rubble.

The holiday season is right around the corner, and this would make a great gift for any Angry Birds fan.  Although the birds won't ship until sometime in December, we have no idea how many preorders they're taking.  So head on over to ToyWiz or shop.angrybirds.com and order yours for $14.99 while supplies last.

Slingshot and precariously built wooden fortress sold separately.

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