2 years ago

Sprint Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch coming in white Jan. 8


If you've got a hankering for a Sprint Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch in white, get thee to thy nearest Sprint retail channel (in stores, online, and telesales) starting  Jan. 8, as that's when the pale version of the world's most obtusely named phone will be available. It'll cost you $199 on contract, and other than the paint job it's the same as the original SGSIIE4GT we reviewed in 2011.

Full presser's after the break.

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2 years ago

10-inch Acer Iconia A200 hits Jan. 15 for $329


Ice Cream Sandwich update available in mid-February

Acer's looking to make a dent in the Android tablet market, having started with the 10-inch Iconia A500 and then with the 7-inch A100. And now it's back in the larger category with the A200 -- and doing so with a price that all but promises sales. The Acer Iconia Tab A200 is a 10.1-inch Android 3.2 tablet (it'll get Ice Cream Sandwich in mid-February) with a 1280x800 resolution, full-size USB port and a Tegra 2 processor. Nothing we haven't seen before. But the $329 price tag is what really has our attention here. Of course, that's the price for the version with only 8GB of storage. The 16GB Iconia A200 will run a whopping ... $349. Somebody here is doing things right, folks. 

We'll expect to get our hands on this puppy next week at CES, and it'll be available starting Jan. 15. Stay tuned.

Source: Acer

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2 years ago

Motorola looking for someone to join Chad Ochocinco at the Super Bowl, giving away a Droid RAZR and Droid XYBOARD 10.1 to boot


If you're looking to get in on some Super Bowl action, pick up some new devices and have one hell of a time doing it then Motorola wants to hear from you. Reason being, they need someone to hang out with Chad Ochocinco and help with reporting for OCNN from the Super Bowl and to help get the job done -- they'll hook you up with a Droid RAZR and Droid XYBOARD 10.1. Check out the video above, and if you're up to the challenge then hit the source link below to submit your entry.

Source: Facebook

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2 years ago

Qualcomm's GameCommand hits Android Market Jan. 10



Qualcomm this morning announced that its Game Command will launch the Snapdragon GameCommand app in the Android Market on Jan. 10, the opening day of CES. 

GameCommand is a portal for more than 100 featured games for Android smartphones and tablets, including Fight Game Heroes, Bunny Maze 3D, The Reem and Desert Winds.

We've got the full presser after the break.

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2 years ago

FYI: NFL Mobile finally working on the Verizon Galaxy Nexus


Good news, everyone! The NFL Mobile app is finally working correctly on the Verizon Galaxy Nexus. The app actually got its update fix last night, but the login was still borked for a lot of people. (Or at least us, and we count double.) Anyhoo, all is well, you should be able to log in, and just in time for the playoffs. Huzzah.

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2 years ago

Samsung Replenish receiving the Gingerbread update starting today


The Samsung Replenish, Sprint's first environmentally friendly smartphone, has begun getting its Gingerbread update. This has to be welcome news for Replenish users who haven't heard about updates for their phone in quite some time.

The update will come as an OTA and will be rolling out gradually to devices, so if yours hasn't received it yet, be patient, it's coming.

Sprint has detailed what improvements this update and Android 2.3 will bring to the Replenish:

  • Increased OS speed and efficiency
  • One-touch word selection and copy/paste
  • Improved power management
  • Downloads management
  • SMS messaging fix

Source: Sprint

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2 years ago

Google Listen updated, seems Google hasn't forgotten it after all


Google has updated Google Listen, the once- (or still) popular Podcatcher application, proving that they haven't abandoned the application like a certain Android blogger and editor thinks.  It's not the biggest update in the world -- the changelog only mentions that references to the now-defunct Google Labs have been removed, but it shows that Google isn't quite done with Listen.  Now if they could update the UI, and fix some of the playback bugs we'd all be much happier.  If you haven't moved on to another Podcatcher and are still using Listen, hit the Market for your update.  If you want to give it a try, there's a handy link after the break.

Thanks, @GeekforGoogle!

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2 years ago

Google Earth updated, fixes issues with Tegra 2 devices


Google has updated the Google Earth app, fixing a pesky-as-hell bug that caused the app to crash during startup on Tegra 2 devices.  NVIDIA uses special instructions for the Tegra chip, and while they work amazingly well when used properly (check out some Tegra games if you haven't yet), sometimes different specialized hardware makes it difficult for the generic "works everywhere" app to use the full set of features.

That's probably what happened with the last update for Google Earth -- it certainly pushes the limit of what a mobile GPU can handle, and needed a bit of tweaking to run it all on the Tegra chips.  Call it fragmentation, call it legacy, but it's a fact of life that you have trade-offs between different hardware platforms.  Google seems to have it all sorted, and now we can have our imaginary getaways to exotic virtual locations on our Tegra based tablets and phones.  Hit the download link after the break or check the Market for your update.

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2 years ago

WiFi Tether on VZW Galaxy Nexus, On screen buttons [From the Forums]


We've reached mid-week here at Android Central and things are still popping. Some more CES info managed to leak out as expected but there is still plenty more new to come we suspect. If you missed out on anything from today, be sure to jump back and have a look. Make sure you check out some the highlighted threads within the Android Central forums as well:

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2 years ago

Android Resolutions: Resolve to spend more in the Android Market


There's a fallacy about Android users: We're cheapskates. We refuse to purchase applications. Or, at least, we don't purchase apps as frequently as users of other platforms. On one hand, so what? There are countless bad-ass Android apps that don't cost a dime. What's wrong with that?

On the other hand, none of us would be here if it weren't for developers and content creators. And we should all want to support them. And so ...

Resolve to spend more in the Android Market

Actually, let's start with apps, but we need to remember to think beyond them.

When it comes to Android applications, there are myriad options. Consider the following:

  • You've got your free apps.
  • Your free apps with ads.
  • Your "lite" apps.
  • Your paid apps without advertising.
  • The odd paid app with advertising.
  • And our favorite, the "donate" version, which might have the same functionality as the free version.

It's that last bullet point that probably deserves more attention. If presented with two apps that do the same thing, only one is free and the other costs, say, 99 cents as a "donation," ask yourself which you'd be more likely to download. Now ask yourself why? If it's an app you use and like, why not give back to the developer?

That said, we'll be the first (well, we'll hardly be the first) to mention that the Android Market's making things a little more difficult by allowing only a 15-minute refund window if you purchase an app and discover it sucks. That makes pulling the trigger a little more difficult. But not all app purchases need that sort of trial period. Point is, if you're presented with a choice, spare a buck when you can.

And then there are the newer fares in the Android Market -- movies and music. Don't forget about them. The movies section still leaves a lot to be desired. Or maybe it doesn't. That can be a bit subjective. Same goes for purchasing music from Google. Some days it's great. Other days I go running back to another music store. But the only way either one is going to get better is for us to keep using it, to keep purchasing.

It's a bit of a Catch-22, I know. If there's nothing good in the Market, you won't spend money there. And if nobody's spending money, you'll not seen newer, better content added. So think about that when you're deciding whether to go with a free or donation version of an app. Or if you're going to torrent a movie or album (you naughty thing, you) instead of spending a couple bucks. In the end, shelling out makes for a better ecosystem.

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