He's back, folks. Snoop DoGGGG. Charmin' the ladies, or whatever it is you kids do these days. If you missed the first installment, Snoop D-O-(Double)-Double-G is playing three parts alongside ... wait for it ... Warren G (remember him?) as part of MetroPCS' "G-Connection" promotion for the Samsung Galaxy Indulge. If they ever get the LG G-Slate, things might really get out of hand.
Check out the first installment of the G-Connection after the break.
A new Google Maps update has hit the Android Market, bringing the app to Version 5.2. The latest update from the Google Maps team mostly focuses on the social aspect.
For those of you that use Google's Hotpot, you will now be able to tweet your reviews using the integrated rating widget. The reviews will be appear in searches, Google.com/hotpot, and on Place pages.
In addition to the new tweetable Hotpot reviews, Google Latitude users will now be able to "ping" their friends. The new ping feature will appear in the notification bar. So, now instead of texting, emailing, or calling them, you can just ping them to meetup.
Google has also reminded us that you can also check-in using Google Latitude. The check-in feature was added last month to version 5.1. Not the biggest update in the world, but still, the Google Maps team is always innovating and updating the app.
Here's the changlog:
Post your reviews of places to Twitter
Check in at places with Google Latitude to earn status and share with friends
Ping Latitude friends to ask them to check in. Friends will get a check-in request notification from you.
Search for a place to check in from Latitude if it's not in the suggested list of places.
The Samsung Fascinate is one sexy phone with a smooth yet slippery plastic surface. One wrong move and the next thing you know you're helplessly watching as it transitions from sexy to scratched. Enter the Seidio Innocase II Surface: a high-quality case designed to add moderate protection while retaining the Fascinate's sleek appearance.
Assembly is quick and easy. There are two interlocking pieces that slide snuggly into place. Each 1 mm piece is constructed from durable soft-touch plastic and lined with felt for additional protection during assembly and removal. The soft-touch plastic gives you the grip you're looking for and feels oh so good in the hands.
There are cutouts for the the volume and power buttons, mic, speaker, USB port, 3.5mm jack, lanyard, and camera. The bottom raises the camera lens and speaker away from flat surfaces. The raised speaker provides the additional benefit of improved audio quality. If you're like me and carry a spare battery, you'll be happy to know that a push and slide of the bottom piece allows for quick and easy removal. Overall I was pleased with the quality and appearance of this minimalistic case. If you're looking for a nice mix of style and protection; you can't go wrong with the Seidio Innocase II Surface for the Fascinate.
The Seidio Innocase II Surface for the Samsung Fascinate comes in five colors -- black, blue, burgundy, amethyst and pearl white -- and is available in the the Android Central Store for $27.95. We've got more pics after the break.
As for what we'll see? More likely than not, something with the name "EVO" attached. Might be a true sequel, but remember that Sprint's told us the original EVO 4G and EVO Shift 4G are just the first in what will be a growing EVO brand.
Anyhoo, we'll be at CTIA in a couple of weeks to bring it all to you.
It's kinda been the white whale of smartphone nerds -- RIM's BlackBerry Messenger running on something other than a BlackBerry. We've seen a number of third-party clients come and go with occasional success. But as a poll at CrackBerry.com indicated late last year, you all (and us, too) want BBM on your phone, be it BlackBerry, Android or iPhone.
And according to an anonymously sourced post at BGR, it might finally happen. The anonymous sources claim BBM will be headed to Android and iOS by the end of the year. And while it'll be functional (and free), it'll also be stripped down from the full BB version, meaning you'll get basic messaging functionality but not location or picture sharing, and the like.
If you've got a Motorola Flipout or Motorola Charm and are staying up nights waiting for a Froyo update, time to pour yourself a glass of milk, fluff the pillows and head to bed. It ain't gonna happen. Motorola just updated its increasingly less popular update timeline chart and broke the bad news -- the Charm and Flipout "will remain on Android 2.1." It's not that big a surprise, we suppose, but still is a disappointment.
It looks like Verizon wants to start the month of March with a bang as they are offering steep discounts on every Droid phone in their inventory. It would seem that Big Red has slashed a cool $100 from the two-year contract price of the phones across the board. Here is a quick rundown on the deals to be had:
The latest HTC Merge news is that it has now passed FCC approval. And while rumors may have suggested it was possibly being revamped for LTE, we're not exactly shocked to find out it still remains without. (In fact, judging from the tape/Photoshop job where the carrier logo would be, we're betting this is exactly the same model as what we saw, and it's been sitting on a shelf somewhere.)
In addition to passing FCC approval, if you hit up the FCC link you'll also be able to get a look at the (Still Verizon-branded) user-guide, if that's your thing. Still no release date as of yet but no doubt, it's coming soon. [FCC via Phonescoop]
What's this? A giant chart comparing the spanking new iPad 2 against the Android Honeycomb tablets, the HP TouchPad and the BlackBerry Playbook? Sold! Do note that a few of the Android specs are still up in the air, but you'll get the gist of it. Android Honeycomb tablets are far superior over anything else known in this universe. Right? RIGHT?
Just a heads up that Google Body is back in the Android Market, and it's now available for download on Honeycomb tablets. Again, you'll need a tablet running Android 3.0, not a phone running anything other than Android 3.0. But with it you'll be able to explore the human body from a muscular, skeletal, vascular and nervous point of view, and it's pretty darn cool. Download links and our hands-on video are after the break. Thanks, Richie!
Looks like the price that briefly leaked yesterday for the British Wi-Fi Xoom was just a little too good to be true -- precisely £50 too good to be true, in fact. PC World updated its Wi-Fi Xoom pre-order page today with a price of £499.99, compared to the £449.99 that was listed for a couple of hours yesterday. The retailer says it'll begin shipping Wi-Fi Xooms to Brits during the first week of April, and that these lucky folks will be the first in Europe to own the device.
If you're holding out for the UK 3G version, the Carphone Warehouse says these will be arriving in April, and has a page where you can register your interest, through prices are still nowhere to be found. [PC World, Carphone Warehouse]
If you’re looking for a great case for your Tab that protects it, feels good in the hand and also allows for easier typing, consider the Leather Easle Case from Samsung.
I have been thoroughly impressed after using this case for a while. My first impressions of the case were good. It reminded me in look and size of the Nook cases that are all over Barnes and Noble stores. This was instantly a positive in my mind because many of those cases have been known for their robust look and feel.
The Tab fits snugly into the right side of the case with slits for the buttons that of course don’t block any portion of them.
One of the aspects that I really like about the Tab is the size. The 7-inch device fits snug in my jacket pocket, so I don’t want a case that increases the size too much that it wouldn’t fit. Good news Tab owners, the case, while adding a little size, doesn’t drastically change it. It still fits in my pocket without any trouble.
The case is designed to allow consumers to use their Tab horizontally without having to hold it up. This is especially important while typing or consuming media. It’s simple to do; just bring the Tab towards the left jacket of the case and you will have a sturdy stand.
One small yet quality feature in my opinion is the elastic band that is included. Located on the back, it’s nice to be able to stretch it across the front to keep the case in place.
Overall, the case is fantastic and I would highly recommend it. The leather is good quality and feels good in the hand. The look resembles a journal or a notebook, which I really like about it.
Yet another upcoming phone has had its software internals laid bare over on XDA. A recent forum thread on the site links to a pre-release ROM for the HTC Wildfire S, as well as a system dump extracted from that ROM. These leaked files give developers access to a potent combination of Android 2.3.2 Gingerbread and HTC Sense 2.1, and some are already working on ways of porting this back to earlier HTC phones. In particular this might help out owners of the original HTC Wildfire, which has been left off the list of older HTC devices due to receive an official Gingerbread update.
The HTC Wildfire S is due to appear in Europe and Asia during the second quarter of the year. Check out our hands-on coverage to learn more. [XDA]
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