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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S II coming to Bell July 21

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With Bell, Virgin Mobile and SaskTel having all already confirmed the Samsung Galaxy S II as coming to Canada we were left wondering when the devices would arrive on their respective carriers. What was once rumored to be a July 14 release date for Bell has now confirmed to of have been moved to July 21.  Reason being Bell wants to ensure adequate supply will be available as they anticipate a high demand when it hits store shelves -- we won't ague that.

Thanks, @angrysmartphone!

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2 years ago

Evernote for Honeycomb now official in the Android Market

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The folks at Evernote have pushed out the Honeycomb version of their popular organization app to the Market, and it looks like it was well worth the wait.  The big changes are rich text and checkboxes within your notes, and an all new preview style widget for your tablet homescreen, but I'm impressed more with what I've seen of the UI.  The dashboard style homescreen gives you a great overview of everything, well organized and with a great visual style.  This continues through the rest of the new UI, leaving you with the impression that the app is truly finished and polished. 

We'll be taking a closer look at this one, in the meantime if you've been waiting (or using the beta), hit the break for the free download link so you can check out this one.

Source: Evernote

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2 years ago

Catch Phil on TWiT's All About Android

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Although he's too humble to mention it (yeah, right), our fearless leader, Phil Nickinson, had the privilege of hanging out with Jason Howell, Eileen Rivera and Ron Richards on TWiT's All About Android podcast last night. Suffice it to say, a good time was had by all. Hit the link below for more on the Google vs. the World patent situation, plus a whole bunch about the best ways to squeeze more life out of your smartphone's battery. Huzzah!

More: All About Android

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2 years ago

Ustream gains Honeycomb support, lets you broadcast and view live video

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Been looking to make use of that front-facing camera on your tablet by sharing your daily adventures with the World? If so, Ustream has now given you a Honeycomb optimized way of completing that mission. Ustream for Honeycomb has been released to the Android Market and is looking pretty spiffy. Users can not only now broadcast from their tablets but also tune into live shows from anywhere a connection is available. In other words, you now have a perfect way to tune into the Android Central podcast on Thursday nights.

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2 years ago

Samsung counts down to their Galaxy S II balloon project

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Last week we saw NASA send a Nexus S into space on the final shuttle flight, but Samsung plans to one up that as they launch a Galaxy S II into the sky, unmanned. That's right, Samsung has created a Balloon Project in which they will launch a Galaxy S II into the atmosphere without any humans, and have it record the whole entire epic journey. The project is set to launch in three days, and for all updates be sure to follow along with Samsung as they prepare for and launch this thing!

Source: Samsung Japan Facebook

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2 years ago

Android 3.2 GPL source code published, update should follow soon [Update: It's pushing out now for Wifi Xooms]

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The rumors that the next version of Honeycomb being right around the corner look to be true, as today Android Open-Source Project engineer Jean-Baptiste Queru has pushed the GPL portions of the 3.2 source code to the AOSP tree.  Don't think this means that Honeycomb has been open-sourced -- this is just the bits used for the 3.2 update that are using the GPL license, which requires the source code to be available when the software is shipped.

For you developers out there, JBQ also gives build instructions (they haven't changed since last time) and warns that the binaries aren't likely to run on actual hardware, again like the 3.1 code.  While I'm sure I'm not alone in wanting the core of Honeycomb to be open-sourced, at least we know that the 3.2 update is on track and we should be seeing it soon.

Update: As pointed out in the comments below, the 3.2 update is rolling out now for Wifi users.  It's build number HTJ85B, has the application zooming feature we first saw yesterday, and the long-awaited SD card support.

Source: Android Building Google group; via +Jean-Baptiste Queru

 

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2 years ago

Nexus S in White now available from Telus

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It has been a while since we spoke of the White Nexus S and we were wondering where, exactly it would turn up next for quite a while. As it turns out, the great white Nexus S has now landed in the Great White North on Telus. Want one? $500 no contract and it is all yours, unless you're down for signing a new three-year in which case -- you can pick it up for only $49.99.

Source: Telus

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2 years ago

LogMeIn Ignition comes pre-installed on Toshiba Thrive, offers a free trial

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The widely popular app LogMeIn Ignition, which allows users to access their computers from their mobile devices, is coming pre-installed on Toshiba Thrive tablets.

The service, which costs $29.99 normally, gives users a 45-day free trial, after which they can purchase for a discounted price of $24.99.

Do you have a Toshiba Thrive? If so, are you excited about the free trial and discount? Discuss it and more in our Toshiba Thrive Forum.

If you don't have a Thrive and are interested in the remote app, please find links to it after the break as well as the press release.

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2 years ago

Nexus S 4G update (obviously) delayed; Samsung Transform EF09 update pulled

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Not exactly the news a lot of you were hoping for. But when July 11 came and went and the unofficially official GRJ90 update (bugfixes, mostly) to the Sprint Nexus S 4G didn't happen, a lot of people were left wondering. Looks like it's definitely missed its scheduled update release, if the above screen shot is any indication.

Then there's the Samsung Transform (see our review), which has had its EF09 update show for a few people over the last week or so. But that update's been pulled, as the "update was failing." And nobody like that to happen.

Thanks, anon!

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2 years ago

These Nexus rumors sound fishy - should you take the bait?

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Seems like you can't turn around these days without bumping into some rumor about a new Nexus phone.  Crazy rumors sometimes turn out to be true, but more often than not they are just idle wishing that got out of hand (or successful troll being successful).  I'm convinced the latest two are the same -- just a bunch of nonsense.  Here's why.

Let's start with the rumored Google+ Nexus.  Supposedly, a super secret Google ninja has a friend who is the caretaker of an unofficial Google+ Facebook fan page.  Of course Google ninjas and unofficial Google+ pages belong on Facebook -- how else will they get a golden egg or the mystery black pig?  But I digress.  Anyway, this fellow has inside information that the next Nexus will be made by HTC, be called the Nexus 3, and have a dedicated Google+ button.  Yeah.  Who needs gimmicks like NFC or Wifi Direct when you can have a Google+ button, right?  Where to start here -- if you simply look at the Facebook profile for Google+, it tells you it's not the official page (right after they claim their address and homepage are Google's), but it's clearly designed to make you think it is.  If that's not enough fail to fill you up, come up with a good reason why Google would want a Google+ button on the next de facto developer phone?  Or why anyone would for that matter.  My verdict -- it's just someone who want's a gazillion likes on Facebook.

Then there's this Samsung Romania Twitter feed supposedly outing the Samsung Nexus 3 with an AMOLED Super HD screen.  If you missed it,  it claimed that "Yes, next Nexus will be Samsung AMOLED Super HD" and and will be running Android 4.0.  It even gave a link for proof .  The link leads to some silly page with a BGR photoshopped pic (who never claimed the pic was real) rehashing all this Nexus Prime nonsense.  I hate to break it to you, but I'm pretty sure 720p Super AMOLED plus ain't happening anytime soon on a 4-inch screen.  Or a 5-inch screen.  Probably not even on an 10-inch screen.  Believe me, I want this as much as anyone does, but I don't believe a bit of it. 

Is somebody working on the next Nexus phone?  Sure they are, it could very well be HTC or Samsung, too.  Will it have better specs than the last Nexus phone?  Of course it will.  Will it have a 720p Super AMOLED plus screen and/or a Google+ button?  I don't think so.  (But we're hearing our own rumblings that the 720p part will hold up.) Hit the links, and let us know what you think.

More: Facebook; @SamsungMobileRo; Phandroid; Go4it.ro; BGR

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