As Sept. 30 creeps up on us, it comes as no surprise that Motorola Droid 2 R2-D2 edition launch kits are showing up in some Verizon stores. Word has it that these are non-functional dummy units, so don't expect to get to play with any of the geeky Star Wars customizations even if you are able to get your hands on one early.
But, wait, there's more. Select stories nationwide will open at midnight on Sept. 30 -- and parties are planned throughout the day. Here's what the manager of one Verizon store has told us:
His store's gotten three outdoor tents for its event. The event actually will start around 9:30 p.m.
This store will get about 200 of the special-edition phones. There will be a two-phone-per-person limit.
Look for contests at the stores. You could win a free phone.
Pricing isn't known yet.
You'll get the R2-D2 edition multimedia dock with the phone.
Where will special events be taking place? Cities we know of include:
Sugar House Salt Lake City; Lone Tree, Colo.; Corte Madera, Calif.; Mountain View, Calif.; Portland, Ore.; Seattle downtown; San Dieo Sports Arena; Santa Monica, Calif.; Tempe (Ariz.) Marketplace; Boca Park Las Vegas [Verizon Insider via Droid Life]
That's just a partial list, though. Miami Herald blogger Bridget Carey reported Florida stores will include Colonial Orlando, Hialeah, Orange Park and St. Petersburg. And that matches what we've heard. (Update: Add Lewisville, Texas (outside Dallas) to the list, per BGR.)
I'd be lying if I didn't admit that I'm a bit jealous that I won't be getting one of these, so anyone who gets an early peek at the in store promotional materials and dummy units, holler at me. And may the force be with you. [BGR, Engadget]
As we have seen recently, the Samsung Galaxy Tablet has been quite a popular piece of technology as it prepares for its launch across all four major U.S. carriers. While many were left wondering why there was only a 7-inch version available and not a choice of sizes, it seems as though our question was quickly answered. A General Manager from Ireland has confirmed that they are in the works of a 10-inch version to match their current tablet and are hoping for a release in the first half of 2011. Part of this delay could be that Samsung is waiting for the release of either Gingerbread or Honeycomb, which should be displayed better on a tablet form factor, since we know Android 2.2 was not made for that. [Silicon Republic via Engadget]
Google just dropped word to developers that paid apps are on their way to 14 more markets. It didn't specify which nations will be getting them, but we do know that paid apps have been in testing in India.
Getting paid app markets to the rest of the world has been a pretty big hurdle for Android, and it's good to see the market's finally opening up. Expect word on which nations will be added in the coming weeks. Full text of the e-mail is after the break.
Wind Mobile, a rather new Canadian based wireless carrier, has released the Motorola XT720, a high-end Android device. This phone has a 3.7-inch display with a resolution of 480x854, 512MB of on board memory, an 8MP camera and will launch running Android 2.1. We have seen that other carriers plan to launch this device with Android 2.2 so hopefully this device will see an update shortly after launch as well. So if you are on Wind, or looking to switch, and want yourself a feature loaded Android device, this could be the perfect choice for you. Check it out for yourself today and save $20, bringing the price down to $430. Thanks James! [Wind Mobile]
Two days, seven device updates pushed or announced. If that doesn't overload your systems and make you giddier than a schoolgirl, what will?!? From GPS fine-tuning to pulling the training wheels off a figurative muscle car of a phone and letting it's FPS rate run free, we can agree without a doubt that its been a day chock-full of updates. Join us after the jump to check the round up!
Managing sound profiles on an Android device has been a struggle for me since first picking up a device. Having been used to being able to set different profiles for different occasions and having the ability to keep them saved on the device was something I was very used to, and going from that to a ring / vibrate set up was a big change. The hunt for a profile manager has been a tough one, many different applications have been tried, some which were complex to set up, some which didn't meet the needs. A new application, Ringleader, brings everything that is needed, and more to the table.
This application is extremely easy to set up and manage. Users will set up their system sounds right from within the application, and they can all be managed from one universal screen. Not only can you manage from one single screen, but you can set up various profiles for different areas such as a school profile, work profile, night time profile and more. The Pro version of Ringleader will offer a widget for easy switching as well as a Tasker plug-in to automate the switches. If you are looking for a simple yet effective way to manage your sound profiles on your Android device, this is a must have. For download information be sure to hit the jump.
It seems as though the Motorola Flipout could be a little more alive then we thought last last week. While we still haven't even had an official announcement from AT&T about this device, it appears to have surfaced on eBay. Interesting thing about this auction is that the price, $388.88 is probably less then we will see the device for at full retail from AT&T, if it is released ever, so if you are interested in this device you don't want to miss this deal! [eBay via Engadget]
We know some of you have been waiting on pre-ordering the T-Mobile G2 until you've seen a benchmark test. We also know, that some of you really don't like that fact the G2 sports a "mere" 800 MHz Qualcomm processor and not a 1 GHz processor. We promise, it's fast.
The G2, the successor of the original gangster, the G1, has gotten full benchmark treatment via Quadrant Standard. Click on after the break to see the full test in video form.
If you own an HTC Hero and you're tired of your GPS and dialer acting up, it's time to update your phone -- now. Software version 2.31.651.7 is hitting the phones as we speak, well, as we type. We got wind of this update coming through a few days ago. Oh, and remember -- this is not Froyo! Sprint already confirmed via Twitter, that the Hero will not be getting Froyo. Make sure your hitting that system update button in your settings if your still waiting on the software fix. Also, be sure to head on over to the Android Central Forums talk all about it. People are already receiving the update. One more pic after the break. Thanks, Zachary.
It's Friday, and it's time for Friday Forum Freebies. Up for grabs this week are 10 IcyCell custom Evo 4G battery covers, courtesy of our pals at Custom Evos. We've got a range of colors to give you -- 4 clear, 2 blue, 2 yellow and 2 red.
Here's all you have to do. Head into the Evo 4G forums and post in this contest thread. If you're not registered, well, get on it! We'll pick the 10 lucky winners at 5 p.m. EDT today. Good luck!
Many many hours are spent everyday inside of the Android Market, sometimes people strike big with a great application that will help them daily, other times they come up empty. For those who have been coming up empty, or just want to get a peak at what some others are using, we bring you another weekly edition of some of the applications we are using on our devices. So, let's take a look at what applications we got for you this week after the jump.
LG introduced two new devices to its Optimus lineup last week, the Optimus One and the Optimus Chic. They are both international devices that left those of us living in the United States feeling a little left out. However, a phone simply called the Optimus seems to be headed to T-Mobile.
The picture resembles the Optimus One very closely. The specs aren't that far off either, but are adjusted just enough to make them separate.
Here are the rumored specs:
3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen
3.2 MP camera
1500 mAh battery
Android 2.2 (Froyo)
Ability to make calls using Wi-Fi
Huh what? We were just complaining about how T-Mobile hasn't brought UMA support to Android, and with the Optimus it looks like they have answered our cries. Maybe We've seen specs like this fall apart before.
But overall, an intriging device, especially if it is priced low upon release. [Tmonews]
Don't have time to wait 45 seconds for your Droid Incredible to boot up? Then you'll love this -- a video of the IncDoes ROM booting up on the Incredible. Careful you don't blink, you just might miss it. Here we all thought the Desire HD had exclusivity in the quick booting department. Show 'em what you're made of, Dinc! Thanks for the video, Bret!
Ready to preorder your T-Mobile G2? You now can, online at T-Mobile's G2 page. T-Mobile says the device will launch on October 6th as suspected, and will cost you $249.99 after before rebate and on contract, and $499.99 outright. That's a little higher than anyone expected, and is sure to be a source of contention across the tubes.
Another major source of the same contention, is that many folks aren't able to preorder the G2 through their T-Mobile account, while others are reporting no problems and getting delivery dates as early as the end of next week. Unfortunately, I fall in the former, so I'll have to dust off the phone icon and actually make a phone call in the AM. In their defense, T-Mobile did take the time to inform everyone that there were problems, and that they're working on it. Remember to save at least one for me in the morning.
Update: The T-Mobile order page is online and running, That $249.99 quoted above is before a $50.00 rebate, with the off-contract price unchanged at $499.99. Just about what everyone expected. [T-Mobile]
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