The Samsung Galaxy S2 rumor has been floating around the internet for several months now. It's been discussed by Android enthusiasts at various blogs, and in our own forums as well, and generally written off as an Android phone-geeks dream. Have a look at it's supposed specs:
4.3-inch SAMOLED2 display at 1280x720 and 340 dpi
2 GHz CPU
1 GB RAM, 4 GB ROM, 32 GB storage with microSD slot for cards up to 32 GB
8 MP camera with full HD video recording
Bluetooth 3.0, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, A-GPS
Accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity and all the other Android standards
Running Android 3.0
Its supposed release date is Q1 2011. Why are we revisiting this now? We've seen HTC's new hardware in the Desire HD and Desire Z/Vision, and Motorola has shown us the Droid Pro and Droid 2 Global, but Samsung has been quiet about their future plans for a high end phone. I'm sure they have something in the works, and Samsung likes to go big in the hardware department. I'm pretty certain that this isn't really the next Samsung Android phone, but I have to wonder how close they can get. I'd buy it, and I'm sure more than a handful of you guys would, too. [itrans (Russian) via UnwiredView]
Adobe is hosting its Adobe Max conference today through Wednesday in Los Angeles. It brings together designers, developers and business leaders to discuss the current state of technology and emerging trends.
Adobe has also developed an app to help those attending be a little more organized. The app features:
Detailed session information
A personalized Max schedule
Maps for all the venues
Updates news about Max sessions and social events
Max information, such as ATM locations, wireless shuttle service and more)
If you're on your way to Adobe Max or are already there, consider downloading the Max Companion app; it will make your life a lot easier. [Adobe via Twitter]
The T-Mobile Galaxy Tab will be available Nov. 10th, according to a leaked slide deck. Just days after Verizon announced that its version will be available on Nov. 11, T-Mobile's plans were leaked. We learned of pricing a few weeks ago, which will be $399 with a contract, $649 without. No word yet on data plan pricing, but that is sure to be announced soon.
That makes two carriers out of the four; if Sprint and AT&T follow suit around the same time, we should be in for an exciting few days in the second week of November. [TmoNews]
Look who dropped in for a visit at Google HQ -- it's the Gingerbread man, poised to join the rest of the tasty treats on the lawn at Google. There's no word on any announcement or code dropping, but it can't be too much longer now that this big fella is on site. Google's own unboxing video after the break. [via AndroidDev, TechCrunch]
We still don't have a firm sale date for the LG Optimus T (see our hands on here), but it's showing up in some T-Mobile locations, and even getting benchmarked. It's clearly no speed demon, but our tipster says "Overall real-world system performance isn't too bad, though it obviously lacks horsepower." We also are told the soft-touch coating feels pretty nice in the hand, and it's not full of nasty surprises in the app drawer. It's clear that this one has entry level written all over it, but it does have some perks we can't overlook -- it ship with Froyo on board (nice work there LG), and my wife reminds me that it comes in purple. Thanks to you-know-who!
We're knee deep into playing with our new Logitech Revue and Google TV -- and so are a few of you as well. Did you pick up a Revue? How about Sony Internet TV? Will they transform the way we watch television and use the Internet? Jury's still way, way out on that one, folks.
But in the meantime, if you're looking for me, I'll be in our Google TV forums trading initial thoughts with you guys. Join in!
It seems like only yesterday we mentioned that some lucky testers would be getting the Motorola Cliq Android 2.1 update early. Of course today being the big day meant that we had to dig around to try to get things set up for the people who didn't make the cut for the testing group, and we came across a really cool find -- the official instructions and download link that went out to the testers is public on the web, and anyone is able to download the files and update their Cliq to Eclair!
I am an extremely forgetful person. Several times throughout the day I need to leave small reminders or notes for myself. Whether it’s something I need to grab at the store when I get out of work, a band I want to check out, or a movie I’ve been meaning to watch, I always seem to have great difficulty remembering these things on my own. Thanks to this handy little app, I no longer come home from work with a bunch of sticky notes in my pocket.
MyReminders by Brian Swartzfager is a perfect example of simple and useful. There are many apps out there that allow you to jot down a quick note, or set a quick reminder, but with MyReminders, it’s all about the implementation. It gives you quick and easy access to all your notes right from its widget. From the home screen you can scroll through all your reminders, or add a new one to the top or bottom of the list. And this, for me, is what really makes MyReminders stand out. Read more about MyReminders, and check out some more screen shots after the jump.
Team DeFuse has overclocked the Droid X and Droid 2 to CPU speeds upwards of 2 GHz. Yes, 2 Ghz. We don't have a lot of details, aside from a couple pictures and a short video that doesn't really show us anything, so these guys know how to tease and hold our attention as well as overclock their hardware. Word is that a stable version is in the works and they plan on releasing it to the rest of the world soon. In the meantime, I'd love to see a couple benchmarks to see how it affects CPU performance. Throw us a bone, fellas! The mentioned teaser video is after the break. [Droid-Life]
Update:According to the developer of SetCPU, we've all been duped: "Okay, the 2GHz video is a deliberate and obvious hoax, not even confusion." It's a shame, I was really wanting this for the X and the D2, and I know a lot of you guys did as well. Note to hackers -- don't get upset when asked for proof before we write up your work in the future.
Update 2: We love nerdfights! (especially when we aren't doing any of the fighting). Up top is a new video we just received, along with some choice words for the SetCPU developer. I'm not really sure what the video is trying to show, so I'll be blunt -- I want to believe, but I want benchmarks. George W said it best -- "Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, we don't get fooled again."
Just days after the myTouch 4G ROM leaked to a sleepless community of hackers and developers, the device from which the ROM was torn from is in the spotlight showing off its true colors.
Images emerged that prove T-Mobile plans on enlivening its handset lineup by adding a splash of color to its yet-to-be-released myTouch 4G phones. In addition to the obligatory offering of white and black, T-Mobile subscribers will be able to get their myTouch 4G in a cool shade of purple, or a nice warm dark red.
Oh, but wait -- let's confuse things a little. TmoNews got some accessory instructions that show the name as myTouch HD. Hmmmmm.
Nobody knows for sure when the myTouch/4G/HD will land on T-Mobile, but lots of speculation suggests myTouch/4G/HD owners will be surfing in style around mid-November. [CellPhone Signal, TmoNews]
Another day, another Android device pushed to its limits by Android enthusiasts. This time it's the T-Mobile myTouch HD under the microscope, and the results are satisfying. Take these results with a grain of salt, as the community is divided on how much these test scores actually matter. Regardless of which camp you're in though, these tests do help gauge a phone's horsepower, and I feel they're a decent indicator of a handset's processing capabilities. How well those processing capabilities translate to a smooth UI and fluid user experience, well, that's a whole different ballpark.
Scoring a Quadrant score slightly higher than 1,800, the myTouch HD bests devices such as the Evo 4G and Nexus One. However its Linpack scores fall just below those of my Evo. But like I said, take these numbers with a grain of salt.
These aren't the highest scores we've ever seen, but they're certainly not bad, and should be a reliable indication of the myTouch HD's performance. These test results may not tell you exactly what you can expect from the myTouch HD, but what they should tell you is that its scores are right on par with some of the most popular Android devices out there, and that's definitely a good thing. Couple more pics after the break. [via Android Spin] Thanks, Alex!
Why would we want to root Google TV? Because it exists, of course. And one step in that process is being able to get into recovery mode. Yes, just like on your Android phone, there are recovery partitions on Google TV devices. And as you'll see after the break, getting to it on the Sony Internet TV Blu-ray player is pretty simple. [via Phandroid]
The HTC Desire HD is now available for in the UK on the network 3. If you buy it subsidized, you will pay £40/month on The One Plan. If you choose the pay as you go route, the Desire HD will cost £449.99 outright that includes a £10 top-up.
This is great news for UK consumers who have been waiting for the "global EVO," as it has been dubbed. [Three media centre]
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