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3 years ago

Samsung giving away 100 Galaxy Tabs in 'Feel Free' contest

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 Galaxy Tab contest

Samsung is going all-out to promote the Galaxy Tab as it hits the major U.S. carriers, and they have announced a new contest via YouTube that will hand out 100 of the 7-inch tablets at the end of the month. All you need to do to enter is record a video of yourself talking about what freedom means to you and submit it to them via their official YouTube page. The winners will be chosen on Nov. 29. We can't help but wonder what current events inspired the contest. Check it out after the break.

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3 years ago

HTC Desire Z launches on Bell in Canada

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 HTC Desire Z

The HTC Desire Z has come to Canadian users by the way of Bell, which becomes the first carrier to start selling the Android landscape slider. The phone will run you $129 (Canadian) on a new 3-year contract or $499 with no contract. Interestingly, Bell will charge you $449 if you choose to go with a 2-year contract, so if you want a contract shorter than three years, it probably makes sense to just go for the contract-free pricing. Order one of your own past the link. [Bell] Thanks to Matt for the tip! 

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3 years ago

LG Optimus One benchmarks [video]

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LG Optimus One Quadrant score

LG didn't just send us an Optimus One because they think we're awesome.  They want us to show it off, especially its not-so-entry-level specs and speed. (Maybe they think we're awesome as well.)  LG calls the Optimus line "transitional smartphones," meaning that they're perfect for those transitioning from a feature or messaging phone to a modern smartphone.  I think they have surpassed that.  The Optimus One is a solid phone -- in build quality, hardware, and as you'll see after the break, benchmarks.

Of course, your phone may get higher benchmarks.  And if it's top-shelf, it should, as it's probably twice the price, and made for the first-adopter types like us, who need unicorn tears and shiny.  The Optimus One is not the Droid X, or the T-Mobile G2, but as LG points out it's the Volkswagen Beetle of the Android world.

I'm still in the process of playing evaluating the Optimus One, but if what I've experienced so far is typical, I'm ready to recommend it to any first-time smartphone buyer, and hope its US counterparts are comparable.  Benchmarking video after the break.

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3 years ago

LG Pad on its way in Q1, to ship with Honeycomb?

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LG-Pad

Last we heard, LG was halting plans for a tablet until they were able to incorporate a better fit for tablets version of Android OS. A quote from a senior official at LG suggests that the device may be on its way in Q1 2011, Honeycomb and all. 

The tablet, named the LG Pad by the official, will reportedly be shipped with a dual-core Tegra 2 chip and also an 8.9-inch screen. 

We'd be lying if we said we weren't intrigued by the sound of this device, especially that dual-core Tegra 2 chip. The prospect of Honeycomb shipping in Q1 is also interesting, considering the fact that we haven't received an official announcement about Gingerbread, the iteration before Honeycomb. That would be a quick spotlight for Gingerbread to enjoy; not that we'd complain if Honeycomb came earlier than expected. [MK News via Engadget]

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3 years ago

Droid 2 Global appears in Men's Fitness December edition

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Droid 2 Global Men's Fitness

Hey, look at that. There's another mention of the as-yet-unannounced Droid 2 Global, in a print ad that graces the last page of the December edition of Men's Fitness magazine (for those of you wondering, Phil and I both subscribe).  Also note the insane image of World of Warcraft on the screen, possibly teasing us of gaming goodness of Christmas yet to come. 

If you're listening, Santa, I know what I want.  I'm pretty sure it will fit just fine, too.  Thanks, Austin!

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3 years ago

T-Mobile myTouch 4G available today

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T-Mobile myTouch 4G

There's the T-Mobile myTouch 4G, and it's officially available in stores today. But if you pick one up, you're not going to be able to crow that you have the first T-Mobile 4G phone. No, those bragging rights now go to the G2, now that T-Mobile's officially dubbed its HSPA+ data as 4G. But no matter. If it's speed you want, it's speed you'll get. And you'll get it in four colors, for a cool $199 after contract and rebate. [T-Mobile]

Find out more in our myTouch 4G forums

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3 years ago

Google gives developers a spot to list changes in app updates

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App Update

One of our biggest gripes about Android apps has been a lack of consistent changelogs when apps are updated. Some developers did it, but they often did it in different ways. Some did it in the apps, others as links to webpages.

But Google has finally (!) added a proper changelog dialog for developers to use when updating their apps. You can check out the back end after the break -- it's just a box in which to enter text -- and you see the how it looks in a market summary above.

It's a welcome change. Now you devs just be sure to use it! [Android Market] Thanks, Jesta!

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3 years ago

What is Facebook about to unveil?

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 Facebook Mobile Event Tomorrow

As we previously reported, Facebook is holding a special mobile event at its headquarters tomorrow where it will announce ...  something.

Will this be the announcement of the previously denied "Facebook Phone"?  Or is Facebook announcing new mobile applications for other operating systems, like Android and iOS.  That former Android lead Erick Tseng moved to Facbeook in May is a great source of speculation, there's really no evidence out there.  They've kept a pretty tight lid on what the announcement will entail, so your guess is as good as ours.  If you have a prediction, share it with us in a comment below.

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3 years ago

T-Mobile pimps itself as 'America's Largest 4G Network'

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T-Mobile 4G

T-Mobile's crowing tonight that it now has "America's Largest 4G Network" -- and it's backing that statement with a new television advertisement. It's pitting the myTouch 4G versus the iPhone and playing off the now-defunct Mac-PC ads (minus 5 points for lack of creativity) and sports someone who looks strangely like the old "Dude, you're getting a Dell!" guy (subtract another 5 points) and a woman who, while attractive, is definitely not Mrs. Douglas (there goes another 5 points).

As for the whole "America's Largest 4G Network"? T-Mobile says its HSPA+ network is up and running in 75 cities now. Which is great. But I can only be on one place at a time. And right now, the place I'm in doesn't even have T-Mobile 3G, never mind HSPA+ (which, by the way, is still technically not 4G). Apparently a half-million people in an MSA only gets you so much. But I digress.

Full presser and video are after the break. Whatcha think? 4G? Not 4G? Does it matter? [Image credit]

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3 years ago

Samsung Continuum specs vs. the rest of Verizon's high-end Android lineup

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Samsung Continuum

The Samsung Continuum has appeared in a Verizon specs comparison sheet that pits the soon-to-be-released device against the rest of Verizon's high-end Android lineup. It pretty much confirms what we saw in our hands-on, and that means that we like the specs a lot. The Continuum is very similar to the Fascinate, but has a 3.4-inch screen as well as a second 1.8-inch screen that sports a resolution of 96 x 480 pixels. See the full list of specs after the break.

The device is expected to be announced at Samsung's event next week. Who is as anxious as us to grab one upon release? [via Droid-Life]

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3 years ago

Logitech Revue getting software update to address frame-rate issue

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Logitech Revue update

Fire up the ol' Logitech Revue this afternoon and you might find an update waiting for you. Yes, the Revue can receive online updates -- just like any other Android-based device. Logitech has confirmed to us that the update addresses the frame-rate issue that we told you about last week.

If you're the type who was to have particulars, the update moves the Revue from build number KA11-20101015.201139.user-b39389 to KA1X-20101027.092418.user-be9953. A couple more pics of the update in progress (exciting, eh?) are after the break. [Logitech via Phandroid]

More on the Logitech Revue in our Google TV forums

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3 years ago

Droid 2 update, Droid Pro questions, Android Central Wallpaper [From the forums]

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Android Forums at Android Central

Why should you be hanging out in the Android Central Forums, you ask? Because it's where all the cool kids are, of course. And cool kids talk about cool stuff. Here's but a smattering of what's going on today:

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3 years ago

Setting a SIM card lock (and why you want to)

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3 years ago

Dell Venue arrives at FCC again, armed with T-Mobile's 1700MHz band

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The Dell Venue has been making its rounds as of late. Last time we saw it, it was rocking the bands capable of running on AT&T, Rogers, Bell and TELUS. While doing so, that left some folks wondering if there was ever going to be an AWS version. Today, through the FCC we now get a look at a new variation labeled as "V03B002" which certainly does have the 1700MHz band needed to function on T-Mobile 3G. We're guessing it's safe to say the Dell Venue might end up sitting next to the Dell Venue Pro at some point. [FCC via Engadget]

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3 years ago

88 high-risk bugs found in Linux kernel (And why we're not really worried)

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The Linux mascot

PC World reports that Coverity (a company that sells software to find code bugs and anomalies  in commercially released software) has found 359 software "defects," 88 of which are critical in the Linux kernel version that runs on the HTC Incredible.  I say they probably didn't find them all.  The Linux kernel -- like all software -- has bugs, some more harmless that others.  What we all need to think about is what Coverity isn't saying -- these bugs can be found and fixed because the Linux kernel is open-source, and comparable bugs can be found in any software, including the software running on whatever smartphone is in our hands at the moment.  Like everything else, tacking the word "Android" onto something makes it news.

Kernel bugs are bad, but they certainly don't equal any type of real world exploit, and unless you hand your phone over to someone with a development computer and a USB cable, you're probably safe.  [PCWorld via Android Central Forums]

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