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3 years ago

Video gives an early look at ASUS' EeePad Slider

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ASUS has already seen widespread success with its EeePad Transformer, but up until now we haven't seen much of the device that launched alongside it -- the EeePad Slider. Today, Romanian blog ImiDoresc.ro has published a short video presentation featuring a prototype of the Honeycomb tablet, showing off its trademark slide-out keyboard and software, based on Android 3.1.

Join us after the jump to check out the video. The EeePad Slider is due to launch in Europe this Fall, having recently been delayed past its original August release window. Be sure to let us know in the comments whether you'd prefer a device like the Slider over the traditional slab of glass.

Source: ImiDoresc.ro. Thanks, lau!

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3 years ago

Nyan Cat Android live wallpaper

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No need to thank us. Just doing our jobs here. Download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

June Nielsen numbers show Android atop OS heap

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Android is the top operating system in the United States, according to June data just released by Nielsen. Android hold a 39 percent share of the U.S. smartphone market, with iOS coming in second with 28 percent and Blackberry in third with 20 percent. Bringing up the rear is WP7 with nine percent, and Symbian and WebOS with 2 percent each.

Though Android is the OS to beat, Apple still holds the title of top smartphone manufacturer, claiming all 28 percent of iOS's market share. Among the devices running Android, HTC holds a slim lead with 14 percent market share, followed by Motorola at 10 percent, Samsung at 8 percent, and all other manufacturers accounting for the remaining 6 percent. Hit the source link for the Nielsen's full press release.

Source: Nielsen

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3 years ago

Have an old busted phone? Win our new Motorola Droid 3!

Let's face it, there are a lot of you out there with the original Motorola Droid, and it's probably starting to look a little haggard. Tell you what: We're going to give one lucky person our (mostly) brand new Motorola Droid 3. And being the benevolent bloggers that we be, let's sweeten the deal. Here's what we'll do:

  • One lucky person will will our Motorola Droid 3. (You'll be on your own for Verizon's service, though.) And we'll throw in $50 worth of accessories from the Android Central Store, too, and an Android Central T-shirt, too.
  • One other lucky person's gonna get a $50 store certificate, plus a free Android Central T-shirt.
  • And three more of you will win Android Central T-shirts.

What do you have to do to win? Take a picture of your old and busted phone. Doesn't have to be a Motorola Droid. Could be any smartphone. Or, hell, a feature phone. So long as it's old and busted. (But don't go dragging your RAZR through the streets, ya dig?) Then head into the forums via the link below, and post your pic. We'll choose the winners at 5 p.m. EST Aug. 5, and announce 'em here on the blog.

It's a U.S. phone, of course, but we can ship T-shirts to a number of countries, so those of you outside the U.S. won't be left out. Now take your pics, and post 'em in the forums! Good luck!

Post your pic here to win a Motorola Droid 3!

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3 years ago

Sprint Premiere customers can now order Motorola Photon 4G

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What makes a Sprint Premiere customer a "premiere customer?" How's about the ability to order the Motorola Photon 4G a couple days before most peeps? Last week we saw a lucky member get his device a bit early, and we went hands on with it back at the Sprint event, but now the wait is over. Premiere customers can now place orders for the device, and it will be publicly available on July 31 for $199 on contract.

Source: Sprint

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3 years ago

Logitech dropping the price of the Revue to $99

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After a disappointing financial year, Logitech will be dropping the price of its Google TV box, the Revue, from $249 to $99.

Sales declined 4 percent year over year while they reported an operating loss of $45 million compared to an operating income of $12 million just a year ago.

Due to this and the desire to get broader adoption of the Google TV platform, Logitech will drop the price drastically. This puts the device right in line with the Roku box and Apple TV.

If you've been holding out from buying Google TV due to price, you may want to hop on this deal from Logitech. Especially because we're expecting Honeycomb to hit the platform sometime this summer (see our first look from I/O), which should bring an abundance of apps to your TV. See the press release from Logitech after the break.

Source: Logitech

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3 years ago

White Samsung Galaxy S II pictured

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British online retailer MobileFun has what seems to be the first official photo of the white Samsung Galaxy S II that was revealed yesterday. The white version, which so far has only shown up for pre-order at stores in the UK, will set you back between £410 and £500 depending on where you go.

Euros can pick up a white Galaxy S II from August 15. As yet there's no word on whether the US models will be available in white in addition to the standard black. Our fingers remain firmly crossed.

Source: MobileFun; via: Eurodroid

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: The Economist

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The Economist is one of the most popular and respected magazines when it comes to international relations and global politics. That’s why it’s a shame it took so long to get an official app for the Android platform. Nevertheless, it's here for non-Honeycomb devices at least, and it’s pretty good.

First thing’s first: you need to have a subscription to The Economist to use this app. You will be able to download it without one, but it will be pretty useless.

When you first open the app, you'll see the latest issue's front cover. You can also swipe left for back issues if you would like. In order to read the issue, you’ll have to download it to your device, which can be done automatically or manually. In the settings, you can choose whether the auto-download feature will do so on 3G or WiFi-only. When you click the issue manually, it will start downloading instantly, so data conscious users be wary. You can always cancel it if you accidentally start it over 3G and don't want to do so.Once the download is complete, click on the issue to view the Contents page, which gives you quick access to any section you want.

The actual text and content pages are constructed well with a good default font size (that can be adjusted) and a Night and Day setting to appease different preferences. Day is on by default which means the pages will have a white back with black text. Turning the Night setting on turns the page black and the font white to make it easier on your eyes.

Navigating the issue is straightforward. When you’re on a specific page, rather than having to go back to the table of contents, you can swipe left or right to get to the previous or next article.

In the settings, there is also an option to lock the orientation mode if you have a distinct preference.

There is a widget that comes with the app that displays the latest issue as well as prior issues. You can quickly swipe around to find the one that you prefer and once clicked on, it will open the app.

As many readers of The Economist know, with a subscription, you also get access to the full audio edition of the issue. The app provides the complete audio so if you prefer to listen during a commute you have that option. You can download the entire magazine or choose different sections and even create a playlist. The audio download, unlike the text, is only available if you’re on a WiFi connection.

All in all, The Economist is a good app from the popular magazine. It provides a very usable and pleasant experience to read it on the go. For any fan that has a phone or non-Honeycomb tablet I would highly recommend it. Hopefully the Honeycomb version we saw back in February is released sooner rather than later.

Please find more pictures after the break as well as links to the app.

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3 years ago

4G LTE Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 available at Verizon today

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If you have been waiting for a 4G LTE tablet ever since the Motorola Xoom was announced back at CES, but were quite sad to see that the 4G upgrade was pushed back, you will be happy to know you can get a 4G LTE Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 today from Verizon. Since it was announced the Tab 10.1 has been quite hyped, we reviewed it not only once, but twice, so be sure to check those out prior to leaving your house to go grab your 4G tab today. Be sure to sound off in the forums and let us know your initial thoughts, and what types of things you will be using that 4G for while on the go!

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3 years ago

Sprint announces Q2 earnings, LTE data deal with LightSquared

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The rumors were true, folks. Sprint's going LTE with LightSquared in a 15-year deal. It sounds a little backward, but the gist is this: LightSquared's going to pay Sprint around $9 billion in cash over 11 years, and in exchange Sprint gets up to 50 percent of LightSquared's "L-Band" LTE spectrum through credits.

LightSquared comes out ahead, too, lowering its operating costs and network capital by more than $13 billion over the next eight years by making use of Sprint's infrastructure. LightSquared also will provide 3G roaming for Sprint.

So when can you see an LTE smartphone on Sprint? That's still going to be a while, with LightSquared's first 4G markets (which weren't disclosed) not going online until 2012. So, for now, it's still WiMax. LightSquared's expects to complete its nationwide 4G rollout in 2014.

Also, Sprint this morning announced its Q2 2011 earnings, noting revenues of $8.3 billion, and a net loss of $847 million

Press releases: Sprint 1, 2; LightSquared

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