We've already had our way with the LG Optimus Black in our hands-on review of the device but LG hasn't slowed down in the marketing of it in the slightest. A new video has now popped up on the LG YouTube page that pegs the LG Optimus Black up against some cleverly named competition in the "smartphone championship race" -- have a look, LG certainly won the cool factor with this one.
So you desperately want a Galaxy Tab 10.1, but maybe white's not your thing. How about a nice metallic gray? Samsung can do that, too. And for our money, this one's where it's at. It's got a nice texture to it. And while it's a little colder in the hand, it feels a little less like a toy, and a little more professional. More distinguished, if you will.
For all intents and purposes, what you see here is exactly what was handed out to developers at Google IO (see our full review of the special edition Galaxy Tab 10.1). Same Tegra 2 system on a chip, same hardware (thin and light!), and same Honeycomb. OK, not the same Honeycomb. This guy's running Android 3.1, and it'll have it at launch time.
One thing it won't have, however, is Samsung's Touchwiz user experience, but that'll be coming in an over-the-air update later. (No, we don't know when.)
And because so many of you have asked, we'll put this in a sentence all its own: There's no microSD card. But you do have a couple of versions you can purchase. The 16GB Galaxy Tab 10.1 will run you $499, and the 32GB version costs $599.
So there you have it, folks. For those of you not able to come to the event in New York, we bring the event to you.
Whoa! This is something so cool, you knew it had to come eventually -- an Android powered watch that connects to your smartphone (Android, iPhone 4, future BlackBerry devices) via bluetooth. We've seen similar products, but they were more mundane things, and simply a data pipe back to your phone. The i'mWatch runs its own custom version of Android, and comes bundled with a set of apps that you can run right on the 1.54" TFT display. Not only can you make and receive calls and texts, but you have access to Email, weather info, stock prices and market data, Foursquare, Facebook, Twitter -- the list goes on.
All this is running on a Freescale ARM9 IMX233 CPU, with 64 MB of RAM and 4 GB of storage. In other words, it should do everything listed really, really well. Combine that with a 600mAh battery for 2 hours talk time or 48 hours standby time, and you have one of the coolest accessories you're likely to run across. It's not cheap -- it checks in at €249 (about $360 US), and that price is only good until June 30, but the good things in life never are. Check out the source link for more details and ordering info.
If you're not making your way out to NYC tonight for our first, official Android Central meetup tonight then we've got plenty of Android goodness posted up on the blogs and in the forums to keep you all occupied. Check out some of the forums threads from today:
Since we first had some time with the Toshiba Thrive (then only known as an unnamed Toshiba tablet) at CES last January, we've been waiting to hear when it would show up for anyone to actually purchase one. According to Engadget, that will be this July, with pre-orders starting at Best Buy on June 13. The pricing is also done right -- $429 for the 8GB model, $479 for the 16GB, and the 32GB checks in at $579.
The Thrive is also looking good in the features department -- with full size HDMI and USB ports and a full size SD card slot built into the unit itself, connectivity won't be an issue, and that matters because it ships with Honeycomb 3.1 and all the USB gadgetry support you could ever ask for. Toss in Toshiba's Resolution + software and a removable battery, and you have the makings of a real winner at a great price. Hit the break to see the hands-on video from CES.
Bank of America has updated its Android mobile banking app to version 3.1.120 with a completely revamped appearance and user interface. Anyone who thought the previous versions were a little heavy on the “blah” should be pleasantly surprised to find a more user-friendly experience with a clean, polished finish that's sure to please even the pickiest mobile bankers. All of the main functions remain, including support for multiple accounts, a bank and ATM locator, account transfers, and mobile bill pay, though these functions are now found in tabs on top of your account's home screen. The update also makes the app available for the first time to Bank of America customers in Washington and Idaho, who are now invited out of the mobile banking dark ages. Hit the break to grab the free update from the Android Market.
I also know many people who like the look of their phones and are hesitant to put a case on it because they want to see the HTC emblem or the Google logo on the back. The crystal case is transparent so you’ll never run into this issue; it’ll protect the phone yet allow you to see it in its entirety.
It has slots for the cameras, ports, speaker and screen so you won’t have to worry about missing any features while your phone is in the case.
It is a simple snap-on case that has been very durable in the time I’ve been able to test it. It hasn't come apart or even come close to breaking off from the device.
HTC has been working hard as of late, one thing they have been putting some focus on is the many Android developers that are out there in an effort to get more involved with HTC products. Back when the HTC Flyer and Evo View 4G were announced, it was noted that they would be allowing developers to tap into HTC's pen-based Scribe technology. Jump ahead to today and HTC has announced HTCdev and along with it the pending release of what is now dubbed OpenSense SDK. As described by HTC:
The HTC OpenSense SDK will allow developers to harness software and hardware innovations on HTC phones to develop more deeply integrated mobile apps and experiences. Altogether, you'll have access to documentation, sample code, APIs and more importantly, the support and inspiration of the HTCdev community.
Interesting stuff -- but we are wondering just how open the OpenSense SDK will be. As we know it now, developers can do some pretty crazy stuff with Sense in un-official capacities -- what can they do with the support of HTC? For that, we'll have to wait and see but if you're a developer and looking to learn more; make sure you hit the source link below for some more details.
The time has come, boys and girls. We're in New York City (when are we not, these days?) tonight for the first official Android Central reader meet-up. (Official as in nobody's going to have to file a restraining order when it's over. We hope.)
We'll be meeting with a few of our favorite fellow Android blogers -- and most important, 500 or so of our closest friends. You! And for those of you who were able to score tickets, a few giveaways are in order. Samsung's going to be on hand to show off the upcoming Galaxy Tab 10.1 (among other wares, most likely), and will be giving away five of the Honeycomb devices. They'll also be giving away five smartphones. And we've brought along a few T-shirts and other swag to put on the pile.
For everybody coming tonight, see you at 7. (Full details are here.) For everybody else, we'll be covering the event as only Android Central can.
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