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2 years ago

Samsung Mobile announces the Samsung Illusion with Verizon Wireless

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We've spotted the Samsung Illusion a few times in the past but Verizon has now fully unveiled the device for all. Pulling in to the entry level market, the specs for the Samsung Illusion aren't mind blowing but not bad either especially as a starter device.

  • Android 2.3
  • 3.5-inch HVGA TFT display
  • 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor
  • TouchWiz
  • 3MP rear camera
  • 512MB RAM
  • 2GB ROM
  • MicroSD card slot up to 32GB
  • Mobile Hotspot capability – share 3G connection with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices
  • SWYPE Technology – input text faster and in a more intuitive way with one continuous finger motion across the screen keyboard

The Samsung Illusion will be available from Verizon on Nov. 23, and will be available in Verizon Wireless Stores in January 2012 for $79.99 on contract, or free from Nov. 24-28.

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2 years ago

Ice Cream Sandwich previewed on the ASUS Transformer Prime

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

One thing Google didn't show us when Ice Cream Sandwich was announced in October was Android 4.0 running on a tablet. NVDIA's taken care of that for us and is doing so on the ASUS Transformer Prime, one of the more compelling Android tablets we've seen thus far.

While you're certainly not going to get all the nuance of a quad-core Tegra 3 tablet's graphics watching it on video like this, it's worth pointing out that NVIDIA recorded this video just two days after Google released the Ice Cream Sandwich source code. (And Riptide looks as good as ever.) Point is, we very much want some Tegra 3 action (and will get it in the next few weeks with the Transformer Prime), and we very much want some ICS on our exisitng tablets.

More: Transformer Prime Preview | Transformer Prime Forums

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2 years ago

Indirect Verizon retailers free to order the ... Galaxy Nexus

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Read our Galaxy Nexus Review!

Pardon us a minute while we read way too much into something. The screen you see here is what indirect Verizon retailers -- as in not a corporate-branded store -- now see to order their own Samsung Galaxy Nexus stock. And note that it says Samsung Galaxy Nexus, not Samsung Nexus Prime, which reappeared on a Best Buy flyer first posted in our Galaxy Nexus forums last night.

Point is, it's still coming to Verizon ... eventually ... and we're still expecting it to be the Galaxy Nexus. Probably.

Thanks, anon!

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2 years ago

ASUS Transformer Prime up for preorder on Amazon

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The ASUS Transformer Prime is coming. When, we don't exactly know -- sometime in early December -- but ASUS has listed it for preorder on Amazon, and is saving you $7.79 in the process. The Transformer Prime, as you'll recall, is the follow-up to the popular Eee Pad Transformer, which in addition to being an above average Android Tablet sports an excellent keyboard dock that basically turns everything into an Android laptop. The Transformer Prime sexes things up even more with a metallic finish, better camera and battery life, and slimming things down even more.

You can preorder the 32GB version of the Transformer Prime for $492.20, or the 64GB version for $584.22.

Source: Amazon
More: Transformer Prime Preview | Transformer Prime Forums

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2 years ago

HTC releases kernel source for Rezound, Explorer, and latest Shift 4G update; throws in full Desire 2.3 update for good measure

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HTC has released kernel sources for the Rezound, Explorer, and the EVO Shift 4G update for developers to have a play with.  In addition, they have let loose the full Desire Gingerbread update for developers and users alike.  The kernel source won't be as useful to the average user as it will be for folks who hack away at building their own kernels and custom ROMs, but in the end it's us users who get the most benefit -- we all know custom builds rock.

HTC didn't stop at kernel source though.  They have also released the full HTC Desire 2.3 update, making it available for download and flashing.  If you remember, the Gingerbread build for the Desire had to get pretty stripped down in order to fit everything into the 512MB of ROM space.  Originally HTC had stated that they wouldn't be updating the Desire, but that didn't go over very well with users. 

If you're looking for any of these goodies, hit the source link where you'll find a handy list of downloads. 

Source: HTCDev

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2 years ago

Verizon going with 'Nexus Prime' after all? This Best Buy flyer sure thinks so

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Read our Galaxy Nexus Review!

Look, we know the wait for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus here in the United States is making people act a little crazy. We get that, and we're not really blaming anybody. But this sort of thing isn't helping matters any. What you see here, according to new forums member mynewride, is a Best Buy Mobile flyer that is due to come out Dec. 1. And in it we have the Samsung Nexus Prime on Verizon. Or the Samsung Nexus Prime 4G LTE, if you turn the page. Or the Samsung Nexus Prime, member of the Samsung Galaxy S II family.

What. The. Hell.

OK. So, Best Buy doesn't exactly have a spotless record when it comes to Photoshop blunders. (See Exhibit 1, Exhibit 2 and Exhibit 3.) But the "Nexus Prime"-- the unofficial code name for the Galaxy Nexus that we all worked with for months -- has been seen in Best Buy's internal systems before, which might or might not mean anything here.

We're nowhere near sold on this one yet. But it's just one more chapter in the strange saga that's been the Verizon launch of the Galaxy Nexus.

We've got more pics after the break, and hit the source link for all the discussion from mynewride's original post.

Source: Galaxy Nexus forums

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Nexus gets 'opened'

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Read our Galaxy Nexus Review!

It’s not “rooting,” it’s openness

-- Nick Kralevich, Android security engineer

There's a bit of brouhaha on the Internet today about the Samsung Galaxy Nexus being "rooted."  While I applaud the gentlemen who take the time to build binaries needed to flash the superuser/switchuser files to the GNexus, I think it's more important to re-visit something from the past.  Namely, you don't need to exploit a Nexus device to root it.  The tools to unlock the potential of a Nexus phone are included, so pushing new software that allows more access to the system isn't really a surprise.  Hopefully, someone can go further with this access and do something that does surprise us. 

Mr. O'Brien, I tip my hat to you for taking the time to build your superboot image.  Most users wouldn't take the time needed to learn how do it, and you've provided the easy path for them.  Now there's no excuse for anyone with a GNexus to not jump in feet first and see what Android can do when given the proper tools, and openness.

More: MoDaCo

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2 years ago

CES coming up, USB Mass Storage [From the Forums]

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Kicking off another week, and we've got plenty lined up for you all. Make sure you stick with us as we take you through all the latest and greatest Android news. Plus, don't forget to pop on into the Android Central forums and check out the latest hot topics in there as well:

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

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2 years ago

Welcome to the cloud, iOS users

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A quick jaunt across the Internet today and I see that Apple is pushing out working on yet another iOS 5 update to address battery life issues.  On behalf of Android users and fans everywhere, I'd like to take a moment and welcome all of you to the cloud.  It's nice up here -- things sync without wires, your phone knows where you are in case you want to share your location, and updates are a breeze when they're pushed Over The Air.  But like all good things, there's a price, and in this case it's measured in milliampere-hours.

Our boss and friend Phil has some sage advice -- plug your phone in.  Follow his wise words.  I'll also add that buying a spare battery is a good idea ... oh, never mind.

More iOS 5 news

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2 years ago

Using SwiftKey on the Amazon Kindle Fire

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If you've got your hands on a Kindle Fire and are having loads of fun playing around with it but would love to have the SwiftKey keyboard to replace the stock Fire issue, you're in luck.  Any computer software or operating system is hackable, but because the Fire runs Android we already know how most everything works -- including the settings database.  Add a few Android hackers, who want SwiftKey on their Fire, and you have a solution.  The method itself isn't for the faint of heart, and you'll need to be rooted (you can un-root afterwards if you like) and have adb working.  I'll point everyone to the source link for the full instructions, but to help answer a few questions I'll try to explain what's going on. 

Amazon has removed the GUI from the settings menu that allows you to select an input method and set a default keyboard.  Android is still smart enough to know where to look for these settings, so we just have to find a way to set them, which can be done on your computer after pulling out the settings database, moving it to the USB storage, and editing it.  After adding the entry to the database for SwiftKey (or any other third party keyboard), you push it back in place, edit the permissions, and reboot.  It sounds pretty scary, and we won't blame you if you pass on this for now, but the instructions are very clear and will work if you follow them to the letter.  If you do give this one a run, be sure to shout out in the forums so others can benefit from your guinea pig-ness.  In the meantime, we're looking at alternative methods to edit the database while in place, and we'll update if and when we figure anything out.

Source: XDA-Developers

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