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.
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!
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]
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]
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.
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:
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]
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 email@example.com with "T-Mobile G2 Beta Test" as the subject line.
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.
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.
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]
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.
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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