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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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2 years ago

Updated Android Market with Google Music now rolling out in earnest

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Google said it could be days, but it looks like a good many of you -- and a number of our own devices -- are starting to see the Android Market update with Google Music. Odd that the version number of the Market app didn't change, but we're not going to worry about that.

Note that you'll also have a "My music" button available from the menu in the music section that will take you to the Music App -- and the Music App now features a handy button to take you back to the Market. Nicely done, Google.

If you're still not seeing Google Music in your Android Market, try clearing the app's cache and data (go to settings>applications and tap on the Android Market app), reboot and see if that doesn't fix things.

Thanks to everybody for all the heads ups!

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2 years ago

Motorola Mobility stockholders approve merger with Google

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Not that we ever really expected otherwise, but the shareholders of Motorola Mobility today approved the company's merger with Google. Motorola says 99 percent of the votes were in favor of the merger, and the votes represented about 74 percent of the company's outstanding shares as of Oct. 11.

“We are pleased and gratified by the strong support we have received from our stockholders, with more than 99 percent of the voting shares voting in support of the transaction," CEO Sanjay Jha said in a released statement. "We look forward to working with Google to realize the significant value this combination will bring to our stockholders and all the new opportunities it will provide our dedicated employees, customers, and partners.”

Google has said it intends to continue to run Motorola as a separate company. The deal, worth some $12.5 billion, is expected to close late this year or in early 2012.

Source: Motorola

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the ZTE Warp

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With pre-paid cell phones becoming increasingly more popular, it should come as no suprise to see manufacturers developing devices to run on prepaid carriers. ZTE recently launched the ZTE Warp, a 4.3-inch Android 2.3.5 powered handset that runs on the Boost Mobile network.  Powered by a 1GHz processor, the overall feel of the software is quite smooth, and very little lag can be noticed. Many of us prefer vanilla Android, and that is exactly what they have given us.

Of course the device contains the usual bloatware that we are used to seeing so frequently now-a-days, but aside from that the device is great. The 5MP shooter has an LED flash accompanying it, and the overall picture quality is pretty impressive. So, whether in the market to replace an old phone, or looking to add a second line without contract, this device is one you will definitely want to check out. Priced at only $199 (sorry for the $249 mention in the video!) and $55 a month for unlimited everything, this sure is a tempting purchase. Be sure to hit the break for a few more pictures, and a quick video tour!

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2 years ago

Screenshots on the Rezound, Music and Market [From the Forums]

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With the week almost done and everyone now jealous of those who were able to get their hands on a Galaxy Nexus in the UK, it's time to rock out another Android Central podcast for you all. In case you missed all or some of the events of this week, make sure you jump on back a few pages and have a look, plus -- don't forget to check out the Android Central forums as well.

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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