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3 years ago

Samsung's dual-core Orion CPU loose in the wild

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Samsung first announced their dual core, 1GHz, ARM cortex A9 A9 cpu, named appropriately enough Orion back in early September.  Thing seem to be progressing quite nicely, as Engadget just had some time with them at the ARM Technology Conference, running both Linux and Android 2.2.  The development boards were a bit buggy, but one of Engadget's pictures shows a pretty nice render as part of the benchmark suite Samsung was using to show off the CPU paired with the Mali 400 GPU.  Serious nerd pr0n right there, I tell you what.

Now maybe, just maybe this thing will be ready and debut in the Nexus S.  Someone besides me thinks so, too.  If not, we'll probably have to hold out for that Samsung uberphone that's supposedly going to conquer the planet next year.  Devs need to start on a Starcraft II port ASAP.  [Engadget, Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

OTA for Evo 4G -- possibly to address camera issues

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You might soon see (or already have seen) a notification of an update for your Evo 4G, bringing it to version 3.30.651.3.  Supposedly (Sprint hasn't released any official change log), this will address the bug people are seeing with Qik or Tango, and reports from our forums seem to back that up.

According to Sprint, only users with the newest Evo 4G's that come with 3.30.651.2 should need this update, and users of the older versions (3.29.651.5) won't even be seeing the notification that it is available.  That doesn't seem to always be the case though.  We're seeing and hearing reports from several people rocking the older version software and being prompted for the update.  For now, if your not running the 3.30.651.2 software version, I suggest postponing the update just to be safe.  When we get the full story from Sprint, you'll be the first to know.  [Android Central forums] Thanks everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Tether for Android out of beta and now on sale

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After a good amount of time being tested under a "beta" tag, Tether for Android has finally been released. While we all know that the tethering option does come included on some devices, Tether has been built in such a way that it works with all Android devices.

That's right, no Froyo is needed to be able to use Tether and no extra data plan is required from your carrier. You can use your already existing data plan with Tether and not have to worry about having another "add on" placed on your account.

As part of the launch celebrations, you can now get Tether for only $24.99 up until November 19th. After that time, it will go back to it's regular pricing of $29.99. If you want to learn more be sure to check out their website. [Tether]

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3 years ago

Samsung flagship device coming in early 2011?

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Well this day has been full of Samsung rumors and it's about to get a lot juicier. How about a flagship device that will launch early next year?

Here are the rumored specs:

  • 4.3 or 4.5-inch Super-AMOLED (described as Super-AMOLED 2)
  • 8 MP with Auto-focus and LED flash
  • 1.2 GHz processor
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • 1080p video capture and playback
  • Described as a 'universal e-book reader'
  • 14.4Mbps HSDPA / 5.76Mbps HSUPA

So who is intrigued by this device? Sounds like we are in for a good few months for high-end Android devices. [Engadget]

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3 years ago

HTC Merge pops up in Best Buy's internal system

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The HTC Merge (check out our hands-on) has popped up in Best Buy's system, hopefully a sign that we will see a release soon. Even though a recent rumor has suggested the device is being delayed in order to implement LTE, Verizon could be trying to push a launch soon. As you can see from the picture, the system highlights a variety of HTC devices attached to Verizon; the Merge sits comfortably next to the Incredible. 

Hopefully we'll find out if we'll be seeing the Merge before Christmas we that we can get our hands on all of that goodness. Submitted via the Android Central App

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3 years ago

HTC Mecha (Incredible HD) on Verizon -- with LTE, the new Sense and Android 2.2

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This isn't the first picture of the HTC Mecha (aka the Incredible HD and "Evo-like device coming to Verizon") that's out there, but this is the first time we've seen one powered up -- and it's a good thing it is. Because we now see Android 2.2, the new HTC Sense and -- if you squint just right at the top -- that 4G symbol points to LTE data on Verizon. (And that notification light should make a few of you happy.)

We're told it's currently in testing and that it's consistently getting 9Mbps downstream and 5Mbps upstream -- not too shabby, though real-world results likely will vary.

As for when we might see such a device? It's still pretty unlikely before the first of the year. We've got a full shot of the phone after the break. Thanks, Ed!

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3 years ago

Rumored devices, Sprint Galaxy Tab preorders, more Gingerbread [from the forums]

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Busy day full of excitement. Rumored devices unveiled, Sprint Galaxy Tab pre orders for premiere customers available and more Gingerbread talk.  It's all happening in the forums, check it out!

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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3 years ago

Sprint Premier customers invited to preorder Galaxy Tab

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If you belong to the not so elite Sprint Premiere club, you probably got an e-mail at some point today inviting you to purchase the Samsung Galaxy Tab. Sprint will gladly ship one to you for only $399.99 on a two-year contract. Well, it's actually $449.99 and then you have to deal with mail-in instant rebate but we're guessing that won't be a deal-breaker for you. Toss in a data plan, starting at $29.99 for 2GB and you're ready to rock and roll! If you're still on the fence, be sure to check out our hands on with the Sprint version. [Sprint]

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3 years ago

Bing: It's not just for Verizon anymore

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For those of you looking longingly at your friends on Verizon as they Bing their way through the day, take note. If you find yourself constantly asking "How can I get that wonderful Bing Decision Engine on my phone?", pay heed: Bing (read our full review) is now available on every phone, every carrier, for every decision.

That's right, for the low, low price of free in the Android Market, you can forgo Google, forsake the search engine that brought you this fair Android operating system, and Bing your way through life. It's OK. We won't tell. [Bing]

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3 years ago

Swype for Android beta updated

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For those of you rocking the Swype beta -- ie it did NOT come presinstalled on your phone -- it just got a pretty sizable update. Here's the full changelog:

  • Resolved an accuracy issue that was introduced in the last Beta update. New software features supporting additional languages were included in the beta before the test plan for those features was complete (it is a beta after all). Subsequent testing identified the accuracy issue and corrections made. These new tests have been incorporated into our regression testing to prevent future accuracy issues.
  • Added Double-Tap-to-Edit and Cursor Restore
  • Added microphone button (QWERTY only. Requires Google Voice Search be pre-integrated in your phone’s ROM)
  • Added French & EXPERIMENTAL Chinese Pinyin languages
  • Modified new word priority defaults. The word-choice-window will now be ordered more intelligently when encountering custom dictionary words
  • Fixed a bug where an extra space would be added when replacing a word by Swyping after opening the word choice window
  • Improved the "Hidden-Word" dialog handling so it doesn't show up as often (more improvements to this next time)
  • Improved prediction when handling various path collisions
  • Lots of minor bug fixes

The tl;dr version:  Better, faster, with voice-to-text, finally. Now only if Swype would put this in the market. For those of you already in the beta, head to beta.swype.com/android/get to update your installer. For everybody else, well ... [Swype] Thanks, Sean!

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