Another week has flown by and now it's time for the weekend and time to unwind just a bit. Like always, the weekends are a great time to catch up on any of the weeks events you may have missed out on. Be it blog posts, forums posts and even the podcast if you didn't get a chance to tune in live with us. Hit up some of the links below to get started:
Not able to attend this year's Google IO conference? (Gasp, it's in a month!) No worries, as the keynotes will be streamed live (just like last year), and big G's tossing in some of the more major sessions as well. Pretty good deal, 'cept you won't be able to hang out with me and Jerry.
And if you're a developer and are going, el Goog's asking that you plant that cool HTML5 button you see above (hover over it) somewhere on your website. [Google]
If you're going to do any light traveling with your Motorola Xoom, check out the Belkin Grip Sleeve. It's more than just a basic sleeve. Along with the durable neoprene (think wetsuit), it's got a textured surface so you don't lose your grip while holding it. (Thus the name.)
The sleeve sports a dual-zipper closure, is lightweight, and you can wash it off with soap and water. The inside is plenty soft, and it's not going to scratch your Xoom. It's also loose enough to allow you to store a few papers inside, too.
Back at CES we first caught wind of the nameless Verizon device, which we later found out was theSamsung Droid Charge, and it has now made an official appearance in some Verizon promotional material. There's also a multimedia desktop charger, which serves as a media player and a speakerphone, and it has a spare battery charger slot, which is pretty sweet. While this isn't as great as a release date, it is further proof that the device could be coming sooner then later. [Engadget]
With PC makers getting into the Android Tablet game, it is a given that Toshiba would give us their spin on a high-quality Android tablet. While this isn't the first time we've seen it on the web, the coming soon page at Best Buy's site is encouraging. When we first saw it in January at CES 2011, it was running Froyo, but the hardware and the fact that Toshiba let us know they had no plans to customize the OS got us the most excited.
The specs are just what you would expect for a high-end Honeycomb tablet:
Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor
10.1 inch High-definition wide view backlit LED display
2 MP front camera, 5 MP rear
One full size USB port, one mini-USB port (yes, the specs say mini-USB)
We know from our time with it at CES that the display is 1280x800 at 16:10, and Toshiba's "resolution plus" will allow video upscaling on the device.
My future purchase plans just got more difficult. [Best Buy] Thanks, dcabuckeye!
If you passed on the Motorola Xoom in hopes of another Honeycomb based Android tablet coming to the market and have been eying the Acer Iconia, you will be pleased to know Best Buy is now accepting pre-orders. For the price tag of $449.99 you will get a 10.1-inch screen with a 1GHz processor that will be the second device to run Android 3.0, Honeycomb. Best Buy's web site shows that the device is set to be delivered between April 24 and 29, which would lead us to believe the launch is within that time frame. [Best Buy via CNET] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
The Froyo Update for the Virgin Mobile Samsung Intercept is finally coming out on Monday the 11th! VMFreeMsg: Starting 4/11/11, you will be notified of a phone software upgrade available for your Intercept. Click http://msg4u.us/isr for more information.
That link then takes you to a Virgin Mobile detailing the update. In addition to all the Froyo goodness, you'll be getitng:
Exchange Active Sync updates
ability to install applications to external memory card
improved Bluetooth device support
Bluetooth Voice dialing
improved operating system performance
dedicated phone, application and browser icons on every home screen
So look for it any week now. Thanks to @mjsalinger and the Android Central App submission.
Busting up some blocks on a cell phone goes way back, and has always been a fun way to pass some time. If you came from a BlackBerry you are probably very familiar with Brick Breaker, and may have missed it when you made the switch. Well, miss no more, because the folks over at MCurrent have blessed us with Block Busta, an Android game that is fun, yet challenging.
The free version contains five stages, while the paid version contains 25 with three rounds of blocks on each. Both versions available in the Android market, and the paid version will only run you roughly $2.15 and is sure to deliver hours of fun. Hit the break for download links.
You're still going to have to wait until Sunday to get your Wifi-only Samsung Galaxy Tab if you plan on ordering online. But if you're like Android Central reader Giorgio and live close to a Tiger Direct/CompUSA warehouse, you just might be able to pick up one of these 16GB Android 2.2 tablets a wee bit early for the $350 asking price.
Anybody else snag one early? Let us know. And we've got a shot of the rear of the box after the break. Thanks, Giorgio!
That's kind of the big question, isn't it. We're now six months removed from our exclusive hands-on with the Verizon-branded HTC Merge. And in that time, it's appeared all but left for dead, only two re-emerge on a couple of regional carriers -- Alltel and Cellular South.
But the big question remains, will we ever see it on Verizon?
Stories have been floating around this week of new "first press shots" of a Verizon-branded Merge. We'd like to think they're new. But seeing as how Verizon was ramping up the Merge so long ago, that's pretty doubtful.
Now that HTC has tripled their profits for Q1 it appears as though they want to celebrate by having a get together with everyone that helped them reach that goal. OK, maybe not everyone -- but everyone near London who can make out for the free event, which is piggybacking a press event the same day where we'll likely see the Pyramid/Sensation launched. There will be food, drinks just like their last London event and according to their Facebook page, they also will have some great news to share with everyone who attend. If you're looking for the full details, hit the source link. The event does take place on Tuesday, April 12, from 7:30 to11 p.m. but you'll want to make sure to RSVP for this one. [Facebook]
Hacking Android onto devices that Android was not meant to run on is a great pastime for some folks. In fact, it's one we enjoy seeing thoroughly. Managing to pull it off, and have it run well -- that's kind of a different story. In any case, the above video looks to be that of an HTC HD7 Windows Phone getting an Android makeover that appears to of have gone rather well. While we can't comment on its legitimacy -- if it is a fake, it's a really good one. What do you all think, fake or real? [HDBlog] Thanks, Niccolo for sending this in!
The Canadian release of the Samsung Nexus S has pretty much every Canadian carrier lined up. From Rogers to Fido to Wind to Mobilicity, most will have a version of the Nexus S available in store. Pricing details are trickling out for each and every single carrier but let us first just cover Rogers and Fido. As they are the same company, both will be launching the device on or around April 12 with a suggested retail price of $499 and going down from there. 1-year contract will be $449; 2-year contact will be $399 with a 3-year contract rolling in at $349. That 3-year contract pricing however will be seeing a promo price of $99 with a voice and data plan agreement. [MobileSyrup]
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