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3 years ago

HTC Thunderbolt 4G gets another sign-up page ahead of CES announcement

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Ah ha! Eagle-eyed commenter rabaker07 deduced that the URL from the HTC Thunderbolt 4G (that's the name we're using today, anyway) advertisement we showed you yesterday was a little off. (Hey, not our fault.) Plug in a quick "us" into the URL, and you get an e-mail signup page that has the caped phone and the "first to 4G, again" slogan. Just a week and a half to go, folks, and we'll get the lowdown. [HTC]

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3 years ago

Logitech says 'all is well' with Revue (which happens to be out of stock)

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Logitech's Ashish Arora, VP and general manager of the big L's Digital Home Group, this afternoon addressed the rumors that Google had asked for Google TV devices to not be shipped while they work on an software update to address a number of feature deficiencies. Says Arora:

Those familiar with our product know that we don’t need to modify the Logitech Revue box to deliver software enhancements. Each of our customers will receive periodic over-the-air updates whenever Google and Logitech release changes to the Google TV platform. Logitech Revue boxes purchased at launch in October, as a holiday gift in December or to follow basketball in the spring, will all be the same and will all benefit from the same software updates.

Logitech and Google continue to have a collaborative, effective working relationship as we listen to consumer feedback and work together on enhancements to the Google TV platform. We at Logitech are enthusiastic about Google TV and our role in bringing this new platform to U.S. consumers.

All true. The Revue set-top box is updated just like any other Android device. (In fact, the update looks exactly like any other Android device.) But we couldn't help but notice that there's really nothing in there (or the two other paragraphs we didn't quote) that addresses whether Google asked (or told) Logitech to not ship Revues while the software situation's sorted out. We agree that to do so might be a tad over the top. While the entire Google TV experience still has a lot of room to grow (read into that what you will), there's still plenty of functionality that can be had out of the box.

So the question remains: Did Google pressure Logitech and others to halt shipping in favor of an update? Possible. And the Revue currently is out of stock. We're not sure how long it's been unavailable. Could be that it's simply sold out, could be otherwise.

Arora closes with "After a brief holiday break, Logitech’s Revue team will be heading to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in early January, where we look forward to demonstrating how Google TV is transforming the TV-watching experience." We'll be there, too, and we'll see if there's anything new going on. [Logitech]

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3 years ago

Samsung Vibrant and Fascinate Froyo available in Canada - for real

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Post sounds familiar right? Well, this time it's for real and we're guessing the files won't get pulled down a second time around. Samsung has decided to give folks in Canada some finalized Froyo love on their Samsung Vibrants and Fascinates. If you've not already upgraded your device now would be a good time to do so. However, we'd be remiss if we didn't mention the fact that we've heard of Samsung customer support representatives still suggesting against the update.

Maybe they never got the memo about it being ok? Has anyone else called Samsung only to be advised not to do the update? Let us know in the comments if you've been advised against updating. With that disclosure out of the way if you're willing to try it out, you can find the files available on the Samsung website. In the meantime, we're gonna give Samsung a call and see what we get advised to do. [Samsung via Engadget]

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3 years ago

Build-your-own Android TV kit coming from Vidtonic at CES

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You DIYers are gonna love this. Vidtonic's promising a "homebrew" hardware/software development kit to help bring apps to the TV screen. Yeah, it's Android-based IPTV. Like Google TV, we assume, but a little more fringe. With the kit you get a TV housing, cables, a 1080p LCD panel, power supply and ARM/DSP motherboard, along with the software tools to get your app up and running.

How usable will this be? And will it be more than a cool hobbyist device? We'll just have to check it out and see for ourselves, won't we? Check out the full presser after the break.

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3 years ago

T-Mobile MyTouch 4G Bluetooth swivel dock review

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The myTouch 4G is T-Mobile's top-of-the-line Android phone, so it was a given that you would want a great media docking and charging station for it.  They delivered. True to its name, the dock swivels so you can use the device horizontally as well as vertically, and the Bluetooth connection when combined with the 3.5mm audio output from the dock itself make for the perfect desktop media center.

Usage is simple -- slide your myTouch 4G into the dock, making sure that the micro USB connector is aligned, plug the dock into a power supply via its own micro USB connector, and go.  The fit is good, and the non-slip surface on the inside of the recessed area makes sure that your myTouch 4G won't slip out.  It's also designed to be used with the standard USB to micro USB cable and connect to your computer, making for easy syncing and charging at the same time, and any audio accessories that use a 3.5 mm jack can be connected for great sound.

The dock itself is well built, with a weighted non-slip base, and comes in a glossy black finish that looks great as long as you keep your fingerprints off of it.  The swivel feature is actually pretty useful, as well.  I went into it figuring it was a gimmick, but being able to have your phone horizontal to watch video or surf the web, and vertical to use for calling and messaging is handy after all.  If you have a myTouch 4G, it's something you should have a look at, and to me is well worth the investment.  Hit the break for some more pictures.

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3 years ago

Samsung expected to show Galaxy Player at CES

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Among the plethora of Android tablets and smartphones we'll see at CES, Samsung's expected to bring out another version of its phoneless Galaxy Player. The most recent version, the YP-GB1, is said to have Android 2.2 (take that, all you Galaxy S phones!), the same 1GHz Hummingbird processor, a 4-inch SLCD touchscreen, 480x800 resolution, 3.2MP rear camera and front VGA camera -- and 8GB, 16GB or 32GB storage. Basically, a Galaxy S sans phone radio.

This isn't that new -- other versions have been floating around since early this fall. But what we will be looking for is U.S. availability. Stay tuned, folks. [via Samsung Hub]

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3 years ago

Gingerbread feature: Download manager

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Another updated feature that comes to us with Gingerbread is the download manager.  Just like a download manager on your computer, or the one built into your computer's web browser, it's designed to help you keep track of things you come across on the web that are worth downloading and saving.  For many of us, downloaded files -- whether they be installable apps, pictures (like our pal Lloyd), or other documents -- can build up, and having one centralized place to view them all, sorted by history or size, is quite the valuable tool.  You can see a short video after the break that shows the download manager in action.

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3 years ago

FCC approves Dell Looking Glass tablet

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Remember that Dell tablet that received its Wi-Fi certification last week? Well it now appears that it has successfully made its way through the FCC, model number M02M, as the Dell Looking Glass. The FCC spent a fair amount of time bonding with this Tegra-based tablet, and now that its passed through the FCC, it's a fair assumption that Dell plans on launching this baby soon. Listed on the device are UMTS 3G bands that are compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile's 3G networks, Bluetooth 2.1 (sorry, folks, no 3.0 here), and the same Wi-Fi specs we listed previously. SD and SIM card slots are also present, and it appears that it may even be able to handle voice calls based on the inactive proximity censor that is also present. I think this is as official as unofficial can get folks, so stay tuned! [FCC via Engaget]

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3 years ago

BenQ R100 tablet launching in 2011

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BenQ plans to release the R100 Android-based tablet in "Early 2011." (No surprise there with four days left in 2010.) The device is sporting a 10.1-inch LCD screen at a resolution of 1024 x 600. It will also have HDMI support, with built in mini-HDMI ports and a 3.5mm headphone jack. No word yet on which version of Android, but let's hope it's at least 2.2. So folks, add this to the list of tablets to look out for in 2011. That list is looking to get mighty long. We hope we'll see this thing at CES, along with all of that Motorola tablet goodness. Full spec sheet after the break! [via PCWorld]

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3 years ago

Are $100 Android handsets the future of mobile?

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About a week ago, Broadcomm announced their latest concoction -- the BCM2157.  With this chip, manufacturers can add a shell, a screen, and some memory and have a pre-built Android phone.  Goodbye steep engineering costs, hello dual-core, low power, turnkey solutions.  The news is pretty exciting for geeky folks like we are (and be sure to check out the source links for the technical details), but what exactly does this mean for everyone else?  If you think like Seth Weintraub at CNNMoney.com, you reach the logical conclusion -- Android is poised to take the entire feature phone / low-end smartphone market away from Nokia with an army of sub-hundred dollar handsets.  Not $100 after contract and rebates, but a hundred bucks out the door, with no strings attached.  This is what Google VP of Engineering and Android head honcho Andy Rubin has referred to as "a perfect storm".

The idea isn't that far-fetched.  You can already pick up a pretty feature-rich handset for $180.00 -- the Virgin Mobile branded Samsung Intercept.  Halve the cost of the internals, practically do away with the cost of designing a working system, and the magical $100 Android phone certainly sounds like it's coming.  And while some of us will turn up our nose at another round of entry level devices, one particular group surely won't -- Android application developers.  When Android device sales creep up on the billion served mark, the Android Market will literally explode as software developers, both large and small, grab their slice of the pie.  I, for one, can't wait. [CNNMoney.com; Broadcomm]

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