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2 years ago

Hands-on with the Pantech Breakout

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Verizon Wireless recently introduced to us the Pantech Breakout, an entry-level device of the 4G LTE market, and the price tag was set to intrigue. Well, it appears as though it did just that, and landed right in my hands, and many of you are probably wondering how the specs and performance compare to the price. So, without any further delay let's hit the break and take a quick look at the device, check out some more pictures, and a video walkthrough.

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2 years ago

Smartphone buyers chose Android twice as often as iOS in past 3 months

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As expected, the Android train keeps steamrolling along.  Nielsen's numbers for smartphone platform purchases in the past 90 days show users picking Android 56 percent of the time, which is twice as often as iOS, which is the closest competitor.  Apple's iOS numbers didn't drop below their overall market share, but everyone elses numbers sure did.  It's a clear trend -- people in love with their Apple products will keep buying them, while everyone else is slowly but surely shifting towards Android and away from everyone else.

Fans on both sides will twist these numbers into ammunition for the inevitable flame wars, but one thing is certain -- people like having choices.  If Apple finally gets the iPhone on the last two major carriers on the planet who don't have it yet, their number will probably grow.  And the new iPhone rumored to be coming in October may have an effect here as well.  In the end, everyone will get the phone they wanted to get anyway -- and that's really all that matters.  (Good thing 56 percent of them will be making the right choice!)

Source: Nielsen

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2 years ago

Another app we could do without: 'Is my son gay?'

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Here's how to flag an app as 'inappropriate' in the Android Market

We suppose it should be flattering that there's currently a  fairly massive Twitter campaign calling for Google -- and Android Central -- to remove the obviously offensive (and ridiculous) "Is my son gay?" app from the Android Market.

If only it were up to us.

Actually, we don't even like calling attention to this app -- or any of the other scores of offensive apps that are in the Android Market. That's one of the pitfalls of having a relatively open app ecosystem -- you have to take the bad with the good.

But that doesn't mean you have to like it, and petitions and Twitter campaigns are two great ways to let Google know you don't want apps like this in the Android Market. You can also flag an app as being inappropriate, and we recommend you do so. Here's how:

On your phone, go to the app in the Android Market. (Here's a link for you.) Scroll down, then tap "Flag as inappropriate." Then chose a reason.

Want to do more? AllOut.org has started a petition, seeking 10,000 signatures calling for the app to be removed. Here's a link to the petition.

And if you'd like to e-mail the developer of the "Is my son gay?" app, you can reach it at android-support@emmene-moi.com -- that's the e-mail address listed in the app's public market listing.

We're all for an open market. But we could all do without the hate.

Edit: Tweaked the headline to better reflect what we were trying to say - Phil

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2 years ago

ThunderBolt Gingerbread changelog is up! Update includes customizable dock?

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Here she be, folks. Verizon's posted the changelog for the ThunderBolt Gingerbread update. It'll be build 2.11.605.3, and includes:

  • New download manager app
  • New app and power management details
  • New desktop UI, including widgets, icons and screens
  • New customizable dock icons

Plus all the other fixes and updates in Gingerbread, and more you can see in the screen above.

Source: Verizon (pdf)
More in the HTC ThunderBolt forums

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2 years ago

Droid X OTA update rolling out 'soon' (or now), will resolve keyboard stability

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Droid X owners are going to want to check their device for an OTA update, as Verizon says that software version 4.5.605.MB810 will be rolling out "soon." The 113 MB update is said to resolve keyboard stability and usability to "optimize performance during text entry." The OTA appears to be already arriving for some, but as always, if you haven't received it yet, sit back and relax, there's no need to panic. Shout out below when they keyboard fix finally hits, and check out the source link for detailed installation instructions.

Source: Verizon Wireless; Thanks imstillalive
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2 years ago

There's nothing at all creepy about this cat-stroking live wallpaper

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Maybe we're just not cat people. On the other hand, it looks to be a really well-done live wallpaper. It's 99 cents in the Android Market. Stroke and purr your way to links after the break.

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2 years ago

T-Mobile Nexus S gets an update to Android 2.3.6

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Hot on the heels of the Nexus One getting an update, the Nexus S is now in the throes of a 17.5-megabyte download that brings Android 2.3.6 (build GRK39C) along with "bug fixes and security patches." Should just take a couple minutes to update, and then you'll be able to go back to lording it over your friends that you have the latest update, and they're still twiddling their thumbs.

Looks like this indeed fixes some of the tethering issues we'd been seeing, which is nice. And if you crack open the zip file you'll see patches to just about everything -- with the biggest changes to the NFC function

If you're not in a waiting mood, we've got manual install instructions after the break.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the Galaxy Players 4.0 and 5.0

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In addition to the Galaxy Tab 8.9, Samsung also introduced its new line of Galaxy Players tonight, an attractive option for those who want the functionality of an Android-powered Galaxy device without the monthly data charges. And a fine option it is: the Galaxy Player is up-to-snuff with some of the best Android devices on the market. It comes in two flavors: the 4.0 has a 4-inch screen Super WVGA Super Clear LCD at 800 x 480 resolution, while the 5.0 has a 5-inch, WVGA TFT LCD display at 800 x 480 resolution.

The Galaxy Players are powered by Gingerbread 2.3.5, which means they support everything you've come to love from your Android smartphone, minus of course the phone calls. Each has 8GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot which can handle up to 32GB. And while Samsung hasn't officially announced what's under the hood, whispers at the Samsung Portfolio event suggested a 1 GHz single-core processor with 512 MB of RAM. We'll confirm that closer to the Oct. 16 release date, when the 4.0 will hit for $229 and the 5.0 for $269. Photos commence after the break.

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the Galaxy Tab 8.9 (updated with video)

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Samsung took the wraps off of its Galaxy Tab 8.9 tonight in New York City, the latest product in its ever-growing Galaxy line. Shoneel Kolhatkar, Samsung's Director of Product Planning, said that the 8.9 "hits the sweet spot ... between screen real estate and compact size," and we tend to agree. First thing you'll notice is that on paper, a little more than an inch doesn't seem like a whole lot of difference between the newest Galaxy tablet and it's big brother, the Galaxy Tab 10.1. However in your hand, the two products are radically different. The 8.9 will be the perfect product for those who find the 10.1 to be just a bit too large. 

Other than its smaller footprint, there isn't much more to say about the Galaxy Tab 8.9, as it shares the same hardware and software as the already reviewed Galaxy Tab 10.1. Same Tegra 2 processor, same 1 GB RAM, same Honeycomb 3.1, and the same version of TouchWiz. If you've even peeked at anything that's been said about the 10.1, you'll know what to expect in the 8.9.

The Galaxy Tab 8.9 will be available nationwide on October 2: the 16 GB model will set you back $469, while the 32 GB model will cost $569. Some hands on photos, which include a comparison with the Galaxy Tab 10.1, are after the break.

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9, Galaxy Player 4.0 and 5.0 get official in the U.S.

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Samsung this afternoon officially unwrapped U.S. versions of the Galaxy Tab 8.9 Honeycomb tablet, and the Galaxy Player 4.0 and 5.0.

The Galaxy Tab 8.9 is an aptly named 8.9-inch Android 3.1 Honeycomb tablet with TouchWiz that we first saw way back CTIA in March. It'll be available nationwide Oct. 2 for $569 for the 32 GB version, and $469 for the 16 GB version. Or, you might be able to snag one at a Best Buy before Sunday.

The Galaxy Player 4.0 and 5.0 are 4- and 5-inch Android 2.3.5 devices, respectively -- basically smartphones without the phone. The Galaxy Player 5.0 sports a massive 2500 mAh battery, while the 4.0 has a meager 1200 mAh battery.

Full press release is after the break.


Galaxy Player 4.0, left, and Galaxy Player 5.0

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