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2 years ago

Hands-on with Cricket's Samsung Vitality with Muve Music

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We've spent some quality time the past few days with the Samsung Vitality from Cricket Communications, and we've come away pleasantly surprised. With the Vitality, you've got a mid-level Android smartphone that's light, thin and surprisingly quick. It's running Android 2.3.4 with the stock user interface, with an 800MHz processor pushing a 3.5-inch display at 320x480 resolution. There's a 3.2MP camera on the back. A dual-core, high-megapixel, high-end phone this is not.

But the raw specs aren't the shining features of the Vitality. Can you believe, unlimited everything for just $65?

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2 years ago

Cricket announces the Samsung Vitality with Muve Music

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See our hands-on with the Samsung Vitality

Cricket Communications this morning announced the Samsung Vitality -- the first Android smartphone with deep integration of the Muve Music service. Muve itself has been around for a while -- it already has 200,000 users -- but this is the first time it's been built into an Android smartphone.

The Vitality itself is a capable mid-range Android smartphone. Specs include:

  • Android 2.3.4
  • 3.5-inch display at HVGA (320x480)
  • 800MHz processor
  • 3.2MP rear camera
  • 4GB microSD card (3GB for music storage, 1GB for user downloads)
  • 3G/Wifi data
  • Stereo Bluetooth
  • 1600mAh battery
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Dimensions: 4.6x2.4x.06 inches
  • Weight: 4.16 ounces
  • Muve Music

The Samsung Vitality will be available later this month on Cricket for $200 on contract (update: That's outright; Cricket doesn't do contracts). Unlimited data, voice and Muve Music will cost $65. (Yes, you read that right.) Full press release is after the break.

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2 years ago

Motorola Droid Bionic now available from Verizon

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Read our Droid Bionic Review

And just like that -- the waiting for the Motorola Droid Bionic is now over for the most part. If you've been holding out to get your hands on one you can now head on over to the Verizon Wireless website and place your order. The buy in cost will set you back $300 with a new two-year contract ($590 without) but for that money you get a 1Ghz TI OMAP4 processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and a 8MP camera with 1080p HD video recording. Plus, it's 4G LTE equipped and comes loaded with the latest version of Motoblur -- if you're into that stuff. Grabbing one? If so -- let us know in the comments or in the Droid Bionic forums.

Source: Verizon

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2 years ago

The Android Central 100,000-follower Twitter contest

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Congrats to @mikedaub for winning!

By the time many of you read this, we'll likely have we eclipsed 100,000 followers on Twitter. While it's really not about the numbers -- we'll take quality over quantity any day of the week -- it's certainly a milestone worth noting. And worth celebrating. And you know how we celebrate around here. We give you the gifts.

That's it. Oh, and about that prize. Maybe watch the video above. Then read this.

Contest ends at 9 p.m. EDT Thursday. We'll announce a winner Thursday night, live on the Android Central Podcast. Good luck, happy tweeting, and thanks for making us the biggest and best Android community around!

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2 years ago

Costco will have the Droid Bionic for $279.99, bonus accessories included

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With the Motorola Droid Bionic hitting Verizon stores for $300, it's only natural for people to be looking for a retailer offering it for less. That is where Costco comes in this time around. They will be letting the Motorola Droid Bionic go for $20 less then Verizon bringing the buy in cost to $280. They'll also be including some bonus accessories to go along with the package but right now -- what, exactly that entails hasn't been confirmed. Anyone going to be hitting up Costco instead of Verizon?

Thanks, Anon!

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2 years ago

Bionic is coming, Internal reset method [From the Forums]

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Eric Schmidt not big on Ice Cream Sandwich name, HTC is suing App again and the Droid Bionic is officially official - goes without saying it has been an interesting day on the blogs. If you're looking for more news, android discussion or even some help with your Android device make sure you check in to the Android Central forums:

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

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2 years ago

Eric Schmidt not big on Ice Cream Sandwich name, says it's coming Oct./Nov.

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Youtube link for mobile viewing (fwd to 30:25)

The best part about Eric Schmidt's brief -- and we do mean brief ... almost in passing -- mention of Ice Cream Sandwich at the Salesforce Dreamforce 2011 keynote isn't that he says it'll be out sometime in October/November.  That's a time frame that should surprise no one, and really doesn't divulge anything, no matter how many times you parse it. Instead, it's the disdain Papa Schmidt has for the ICS nickname that's the real juicy nugget, albeit a minor real juicy nugget. Check it out in the video above. The transcript doesn't do it justice. You can hear him rolling his eyes.

We pretty much feel the same way, though. Froyo was gold for a headline writer. Gingerbread, eh, we can live with it. Ice Cream Sandwich is somebody getting back at us. Yeah, we're taking it personally.

Anyhoo, here's what Schmidt had to say:

"We have a new operating system, internally known as 'Ice Cream Sandwich' for some reason, which is being released in October-November, which everybody is very excited about."

So it's coming sometime in October or November. Maybe late October. Or maybe early October. Or maybe early November. Or maybe late November. Possibly in the middle of one month, or in the middle of the other. Parse it all you want. Dude said "October-November." And with that, we're going to have a cheeseburger.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in

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2 years ago

HTC sues Apple again, this time with patents acquired from Google

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Last month HTC sued Apple for patent infringement, which was one lawsuit among many in the tech world these days. HTC has now filed another lawsuit, but this time it's directly related to patents that the Taiwanese manufacturer acquired from Google recently.

HTC received nine patents from Google last year, many of which are now being used in the courts.

Three of the patents originally belonged to Openwave and are being used in a complaint with the International Trade Commission. Four were Motorola's before and are now being used by HTC in a suit in the federal court in Delaware. All of these are being directed at one company: Apple. This is most likely due to Apple being the first to shoot.

This is just another chapter in the ongoing patent war. Get comfy, because it's going to be a lengthy dispute. Stay tuned.

Source: Bloomberg

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2 years ago

Android Wallpaper Review: Digital Hive Live Wallpaper

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I'm a huge fan of Honeycomb. I think Google developed something really cool with the TRON-like aesthetic, plus all of the bee-related imagery appeals to me. By default, I use the included hive wallpaper that's built into Honeycomb. Since I stumbled upon the Digital Hive Live Wallpaper, though, I'm not sure if I can ever go back.

Digital Hive Live Wallpaper looks just like the standard hive wallpaper, except now the hexagons hover in the air and sort of pulse up and down. If you touch one of the hexagons, it will respond to your touch and move accordingly. It's totally pointless, but a cool touch nonetheless.

On the wallpaper settings menu, you've got a number of settings to mess with and perfect your digital hive experience. The first setting is line quality, with two settings. If you're on a tablet or a high-end phone, you'll probably want to opt for the high quality. Otherwise, there's the standard quality.

Next are all of the color options. You're able to save three colors of your choosing, and then you can pick one of them to be the color source (the actual color of the shapes on the wallpaper). Choosing a color is easy as can be. All you do is pick the color spectrum you want to be in, then drag the little circle to your preferred shade.

There's also a "battery level" option for the color. If you pick this, your wallpaper will change colors depending on if your battery is full, at 50% (or less), or about to die. If you leave it alone, they'll be green, yellow, and red, respectively, but you can mess with those, too.

There's also options for motion (pulsing and whatnot), enabling touch response, and amplifying motion (which looks great on a tablet's full screen).

Performance-wise, I'd say there might be just the slightest bit of hang when moving from screen to screen, but that might just be my own paranoia about having a live wallpaper slow down my screen swiping. Overall, speed is mostly there, so I'm not sure if it's a combination of the floating shapes and the orientation moving along with each screen, but be aware.

Digital Hive Live Wallpaper goes for 99 cents in the Android Market. If you're as big a fan of the Honeycomb design as I am, it's something I'd definitely check out.

Download links and more pictures are after the break.

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2 years ago

Legal filing lends credence to claims of Google showing preferential treatment

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Carriers, manufacturers who play nice get 'non-contractual time to market advantage'

Can't say this surprises us much. Think back to mid-May, when This is my Next's Nilay Patel did a bang-up job explaining that whole Google-Skyhook brouhaha and the alleged strong-arming of carriers and manufacturers to conform to Google's way of thinking (developing, really) when it comes to Android.

Fast forward to now. FOSS Patents' Florian Mueller has been dissecting documents just filed in the Oracle v. Google case (which involves the Java code used in Android), and tucked in there is the bit of a bombshell you see highlighted above. Let's take a look.

"Do not develop in the open. Instead, make source code available after innovation is complete."

Sounds horrible, doesn't it? But that's actually the way Google's been doing things all along. It all goes back to your definition of Android being "open." Or, as our iPhone-loving pal Rene likes to call it, "Openy." Yes, Android is "Open source" in that the code is eventually made public. (At least it was until we got to Android 3.x, which is still locked up tight.) But Android's never really been developed in public view. For that, look to my favorite example, Mozilla. You get nightly builds. Changes to the source code are immediately made public. Same goes for the CyanogenMod project. While it's based off the released Android Open Source project code, from that point out it's a community endeavor.

No, it's the second bullet point that's more damning.

"Give early access to the software to partners who build and distribute devices to our specification (ie, Motorola and Verizon). They get a non-contractual time to market advantage and in return they align to our standard."

That's really not a surprise either, but it's more evidence that in the land of Android hardware development, it's not exactly a level playing field. (We're also wondering just where Verizon putting Bing on a number of phones fits into aligning to Google's standard.)

This, of course, is all the more important since Google purchased Motorola. While Andy Rubin said that Motorola will remain independent and that it won't become the de facto manufacturer for the Nexus line, documents like this aren't exactly giving us warm, fuzzy feelings.

Source: FOSS Patents

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