Pulse, a popular news reader by Alphonso Labs, is now available for the low, low cost of free on your Android smartphone. Pulse allows you to select up to 20 feeds and arrange them in an image-based grid. Check out our Quick App Review.
Previously the app was available for 99 cents, but thanks in part to those who purchased the application, the development team had the time and resources needed to bring the app to it's current release. If you're in the market for a news reader (or you just want to give another one a try) check out the video and market links after the break. [Alphonso Labs]
I'm beginning to think it's called the Galaxy Tab because Samsung aims to have one up and running on every wireless provider in the galaxy. And since US Cellular is a carrier that operates in our known galaxy, it's only fitting that they have one too.
US Cellular announced today that its version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab will hit store shelves by the end of this week. Slated for a Nov. 19 launch, US Cellular's Galaxy Tab will cost you $399 after a $100 mail-in rebate on a two-year contract, or a heftier $599 to go contract free.
Galaxy Tab subscribers will then have to choose between two vastly different rate plans. $14.99/mo will net you a measly 200MB of network bandwidth, and $54.99/mo will quench your thirst for data by offering 5GB of network bandwidth, and includes mobile hotspot -- something other carriers love to charge extra for. USCC believes their $14.99/mo 200MB plan is ideal for subscribers whose usage will revolve around a WiFi connection, rather than their network.
Why should you register with us here at Android Central? For the free stuff, of course! We run contests all the time. But to enter, you're going to need to be registered. (How else will we know where to send the stuff?) And if you're a winner, you'll be famous for all eternity. Here's who won the contests from the past week, and if you weren't one of the lucky winners this week be sure to keep an eye on the contest forum for future fun. Congrats to all the winners from this week!
True to the leak, the AT&T version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab will be available Nov. 21 for $649.99. That means you're not locked into a contract. And accordingly, data use is "pay as you go," with 250MB going for $14.99 a month, and 2GB at $25 a month. AT&T's also throwing in a $50 Media Hub movie rental credit (rental only? boooo) for a limited time.
On top of that, you get access to AT&T's national Wifi network, if you choose to go sans data plan. What remains to be seen is if the Tab will be locked into the Android Market like AT&T's smartphones -- but no matter, we've got the Android Sideload Wonder Machine to fix that. Full presser's after the break. [Samsung]
The white Evo 4G, which has previously been a Best Buy exclusive, is now available on Sprint's website and at retail locations and other "national retail partners." The phone will cost the same as its black-backed brother at $199 after a $100 mail-in rebate under a new or upgrade two-year contract. Anyone pumped? [Sprint]
Motorola Droid Pro benchmarks? We got 'em. And when you take a 1GHz processor and strap it to a 3.1-inch touchscreen with a mid-level resolution of 320x480, the results are going to be darned impressive.
That's not to say that benchmarks are everything, of course. Unless all you do is sit around naked in a bean bag chair eating Cheetos* and running Quadrant, well, speed ain't nothing but a number.
But it runs the included Need for Speed: Shift without blinking. And, yes, Angry Birds is just fine, even on the smallish screen. If you want the numbers pr0n, check out the video after the break.
We haven't heard much about the T-Mobile Garminfone since its launch back in June, but word has come that the Android 2.1 update for the phone has been released into the wild. No OTA to be found here, though, as users will have to manually download the update file and transfer it over to the phone. Full instructions and a link to the download location can be found past the link for those interested. Be sure to sound off in the Android Central Forums with your impressions of the update! [T-Mobile Forums] Thanks to Charlie for the tip!
While most people are anxious and can't wait for Gingerbread, some people are just getting Froyo now. HTC's Facebook Fan Page is all a buzz -- folks in the Europe are confirming that the HTC Legend on Vodafone is finally getting Froyo. If you're overseas, and haven't receieved a notification yet -- be patient, you'll get it soon. [Facebook via Pocket-lint] Thanks, Sven S!
Verizon this morning announced the LG Vortex -- a mid-level Android smartphone available online and in stores on Nov. 18. The Android 2.2 device will sell for $79.99 after contract and $100 rebate. It sports a 3.2-inch touchscreen at the low, low resolution of 320x240, a 3.2-megapixel camera with autofocus, will serve as a Wifi hotspot and has Bing Search and Bing Maps in lieu of the usual Google Products. It'll come in two colors -- black or violet. Press release is after the break.
Add another one up on the board, Sprint 4G is now in 62 cities across the U.S. Sprint announced today that the capital of Califonia, Sacramento, can now enjoy the wonders of 4G speeds. So if you live in the Sacramento area and you own a Epic 4G or EVO 4G, be sure to hit that 4G toggle button.
If your city isn't one of the 62 yet, don't feel sad. Sprint has also said that they are planning to bring WiMAX to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Denver and Washington, D.C. by the end of the year. Now where's that Speed Test app, hmm? [Sprint]
The T-Mobile G2 has been overclocked to an astonishing 1.9 GHz. Read it slowly, it's not a typo -- I read it two or three times myself to be sure of what I was seeing. Now to be clear, if you are a normal, well-balanced person who likes your G2 and uses it every day you probably won't want to do this one. On the other hand, if you're like us, and you smile when the magic blue smoke comes out the back of a phone (then cry when you have to tell your wife what you did), hit the source link and give it a try. Anyone still think the G2's CPU is slow?
World, meet Lloyd. Lloyd, meet the world. After a long, long search -- and hundreds of great entries from you fine folks, our new mascot has a name. And in a random act of randomness (and redundancy) not seen since the Great Random Access Act of 1978, we actually had two forum members suggest the name at the exact same time. So to dgalanter and EvoPaul30, we say congratulations, and we've got some freebies on the way.
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