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2 years ago

Hands-on with the Samsung DoubleTime

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It's been a while since we have seen a Froyo-powered device launch, but that doesn't mean that we should immediately write it off by any means. Samsung has brought the DoubleTime to the table with a new form factor, and for its intended purpose it does quite well. With the flip up QWERTY keyboard it is rather easy to tell that this device is aimed towards those who will be using it for heavy messaging, likely the teen crowd. Sure, most devices are launching with Gingerbread, and now we are starting to see Ice Cream Sandwich devices rolling out, but the Samsung DoubleTime performs quite well with Froyo.

The 3.2-inch 320x480 on the front is a bit small for my large fingers, but once the device is flipped open the inside screen was rather easy to navigate with the directional pad. The keys are spaced out well, even though the whole phone is rather tiny, it is quite comfortable to type on. The physical verse capacitive buttons on the front is going to come down to personal preference, for me I like the you can click and feel the click, verse tap and hope you hit the right place. If you are looking for a spec'd out gamers device, this is not for you, but if you are looking for something for your teenage child, or an entry level Android device that will allow you to easily send messages on the go you will definitely want to check this out. Hit the break for a quick hands on video and a few more pictures.

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2 years ago

Android Central Podcast Ep. 79: Galaxy Nexus, Kindle Fire and Google Music

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Audio-only stream below

Phil, Cory, Alex and Mickey take on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus -- which might or might not be available where you live -- the new Amazon Kindle Fire, and Google's new Google Music store. Plus, more of your questions. Listen in!

(P.S.: No video recording this week. Hope you caught us live!)

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2 years ago

AT&T pulls post asking whether you're interested in the Samsung Galaxy Nexus

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And, once again, it looks like social media might have stuck its head where it doesn't belong. You might have noticed yesterday when AT&T on its Google+ page ignited a bit of a fire about the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. While the GSM version is now available in the UK (and it's an unlocked, pentaband device, so it'll work just fine on AT&T if you were to import one here), we're still waiting on an official release date from Verizon. (Yes, we know full well about the latest Nov. 21 rumor, and we've heard that one ourselves numerous times. Still, not a done deal. Yet.)

Anyhoo. AT&T asked the following:

We expected requests for this for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus which we do not have any new information to share. but do hear your requests to add it to our portfolio.

Out of curiosity how many of you are interested in the Galaxy Nexus? Please +1 this comment so we can see the demand here on Google+ so we can share interest here with our product teams. Thank you.

That post -- and its parent thread -- have since been deleted. Here's what we think happened: The Galaxy Nexus is Verizon's baby in the United States, at least at launch. For better or for worse, that's how it is. And we've got a feeling that someone at AT&T was politely reminded that this is the case, and the post was taken down.

We're still holding out hope that we'll see a proper GSM release of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus here in the United States. (And maybe one for Sprint as well.) But we're also resigned to the fact that we're not likely to see one for a month or two, at minimum. Importing's always an option -- albeit an expensive one.

Hat tip to +Jeremy Sikora

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2 years ago

Express from Sprint brings Android 2.3 and QWERTY keyboard for just $19.99

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Sprint's taken the wraps off the awkwardly named Express from Sprint. And just as we first showed you a few weeks ago, you're looking at a physical QWERTY keyiboard with center jog wheel, a 2.6-inch touchscreen, and Android 2.3. It's got a 3.2MP camera 'round the back, a 1500 mAh battery and can serve as a 3G Wifi hotspot for up to five devices. And, yes, it looks like a BlackBerry.

This guy's only available online, and it's going to cost you just a mere $19.99 on contract. We've got full specs after the break.

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2 years ago

Mobile Nations 11: Cheap tablets and cloud music

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Phil, Adam, Derek, Jay, and Rene talk Amazon Kindle Fire pros and cons, Porsche's BlackBerry and phones as fashion, webOS indecisions, and Google Music vs. iTunes Match vs. Amazon Cloud vs. Zune Pass and more! This is Mobile Nations!

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the Samsung Captivate Glide

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Last year we saw the Samsung Captivate, a great device which was quite popular, and this year we have the Samsung Captivate Glide. Unlike the original Captivate, the Captivate Glide has a slide out keyboard -- as if you couldn't tell by the name of the device. QWERTY sliders are usually written off by many as they would rather have a thinner device with a large display and just type on that, but Samsung has done a great job with this device keeping it relatively thin and rather light while including the physical keyboard.

The Captivate Glider has a 4-inch display and is powered by a dual-core 1GHz Tegra 2 processor, and has a great feel in the hand. The camera has also been upgraded on the device, now including an 8MP shooter with a flash on the back, as well as your standard VGA camera on the front. As you would imagine the device does run Android 2.3.4 with TouchWiz over it, but the device is extremely responsive, and the interface is very user friendly. If you are looking for a mid to high range device with a physical QWERTY, the Samsung Captivate Slider is definitely something you will want to give a go. For a quick hands on and some more images be sure to hit the break!

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2 years ago

Motorola Xoom 2 and Xoom 2 Media Edition announced for France

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Back when they were announced, UK and Ireland were pegged for a mid-November release of the Motorola Xoom 2 and Xoom 2 Media Editon and now Motorola is expanding its release to France:

“Tablets are quickly becoming a must-have tool for staying connected, getting work done and having fun at home and on the road,” said Nadia Cappelaere, general manager, Mobile Devices, Motorola Mobility France SAS. “We are very excited about these two new additions to our tablet portfolio that build on the success of the original Motorola XOOM to now deliver more powerful tablet experiences to the European market.”

Both versions feature a 1.2 GHz dual-core CPU, alongside 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage and will be shipping with Android 3.2 loaded. The Motorola Xoom 2, Wi-Fi variant, has a retail price of 459€ while the Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition, Wi-Fi variant has a retail suggested price of 399€ -- you can find the full details past the break.

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the LG Optimus Slider

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Ah, yes - another prepaid device to hit the market for Virgin Mobile, but come on now who doesn't like selection? The latest device to hit Virgin Mobile is the LG Optimus Slider, the revamped and enhanced LG Optimus S that is currently available from them. Featuring a slightly different form factor -- and by slightly we mean it contains a sliding QWERTY keyboard, the device is sure to please the messaging crowd.

With a 3.2-inch display, this sliding QWERTY runs Android 2.3.4 in a vanilla form, giving quite a pleasurable overall experience. The device certainly doesn't have the fastest of processors, but it is more than enough to ensure that a smooth experience while flipping through your home pages, and scrolling in your app drawer. On the back there is a 3.2MP shooter, nothing overly impressive and sadly lacking a flash, but for those looking for something basic just to capture memories while on the go it will certainly do the job. Priced at only $199 with a monthly bill of only $35 for unlimited data as well as 300 minutes, it is a pretty good deal. Hit the break for some more pictures as well as a quick video walk through.

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2 years ago

Swiftkey X hits v2.2, adds more languages, improves prediction engine

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Popular third-party Android keyboard Swiftkey X just got an update to Version 2.2, bringing with it new languages, new layouts and an update to its prediction engine -- the heart of the Swiftkey keyboard. Here's the skinny:

  1. Full language localisation for French, German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese
  2. Typing support for 35 languages including Arabic and Hebrew
  3. New multi-touch framework for faster typing
  4. Faster, more efficient Fluency engine reduces memory usage and improves prediction/correction
  5. DVORAK and COLEMAK layouts
  6. UX enhancements, including better settings menu, alternative character selection and sharing features

You can update your smartphone or tablet version in the Android Market now.

More: Swiftkey

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2 years ago

Google Music now available for Google TV

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Google TV is finally starting to grow up, now that the Honeycomb update is rolling out. And following yesterday's Google Music announcement, you can now stream all of your music to the updated Google Music app for Google TV. Presumably your TV's hooked up to at least a decent stereo. If not, well, Christmas is right aroudn the corner.

Head into the Android Market on Google TV to download the app.

Source: Google TV blog

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