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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9, Galaxy Player 4.0 and 5.0 get official in the U.S.

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Samsung this afternoon officially unwrapped U.S. versions of the Galaxy Tab 8.9 Honeycomb tablet, and the Galaxy Player 4.0 and 5.0.

The Galaxy Tab 8.9 is an aptly named 8.9-inch Android 3.1 Honeycomb tablet with TouchWiz that we first saw way back CTIA in March. It'll be available nationwide Oct. 2 for $569 for the 32 GB version, and $469 for the 16 GB version. Or, you might be able to snag one at a Best Buy before Sunday.

The Galaxy Player 4.0 and 5.0 are 4- and 5-inch Android 2.3.5 devices, respectively -- basically smartphones without the phone. The Galaxy Player 5.0 sports a massive 2500 mAh battery, while the 4.0 has a meager 1200 mAh battery.

Full press release is after the break.


Galaxy Player 4.0, left, and Galaxy Player 5.0

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2 years ago

Android 101: How to restrict certain apps from being downloaded from the Android Market

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2 years ago

RUU questions, Nexus One update [From the Forums]

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If you managed to survice through the weekend, congrats! You're just in time to help us celebrate our 500,000th member! Lot's happening in the forums right now, so if you need help, got something to share or just want to talk Android make sure you check them out!

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

Motorola Electrify hands-on

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The smartphone fairy must've been feeling generous today, because she's tossed me a new phone to check out. No, it's not the Motorola Photon 4G. That's on Sprint. No, this phone is the Motorola Electrify, a US Cellular-branded device that's lock, stock, and barrel the Photon, but with a silver bezel.

All the good things Phil had to say about the Photon still ring true. It's fast, it feels solid and hefty in hand, and the kickstand rocks. It's fairly light and the camera takes some good shots.

The PenTile Matrix screen leaves a bit to be desired, but at least colors aren't as washed out as I'd been led to believe based on macro shots of the display I've seen. Still, it's a good size at 4.3", and with qHD, it's all the better.

The processor is the same Tegra-2 we've come to know and love, and it delivers. I can't wait to hunker down with some of the more demanding games to see how it fares, but if tablet performance is any indication, I'm sure I won't be let down.

We'll have more Photon-y Electrify goodness coming in the coming days, along with a full review, too. To hold you over, there's more pictures (and a hands-on video!) after the break.

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2 years ago

Celebrating our 500,000th member!

The Android Central Forums just hit a half-million members, folks. That's 500,000 Android faithful, who have quickly made our little slice of the web into the biggest and best Android community around. We've said it before and we'll say it again: You're the ones who make Android Central as good as it is. And for that, we thank you, and we're well on our way to the next 500,000 members.

And with a milestone like this, of course we're going to give away something. Or several somethings. Interested? Hit the break for more.

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2 years ago

Find all the latest jobs at Research in Motion with this handy Android app

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Youtube link for mobile viewing and joking

Dunno about you, but if I were looking for a job with Research in Motion -- as in the folks who make the BlackBerry -- I'm not sure if I'd turn to an Android app to do so. But that's exactly what Jobs in Motion does. It's a relatively nice Android app that shows you the latest RIM job openings, lets you share and save them, and even ties into Twitter, Facebook and Linked In.

And probably the most ironic thing? It looks about 100 times better on an Android smartphone than on a BlackBerry. Go figure.

Uh, download links are after the break.

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2 years ago

HTC Amaze 4G coming to T-Mobile on Oct. 12 for $259 after contract, rebate

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Pre-sale starts online Oct. 10; phone is NFC-capable

T-Mobile this afternoon announced the HTC Amaze 4G (aka the HTC Ruby) -- a 4.3-inch powerhouse that will run on TMo's HSPA+ 42Mbps 4G network. In addition to the aforementioned display (which is a Super LCD at qHD resolution), the Amaze 4G has a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 processor pushing Android 2.3.4 and HTC Sense (with T-Mobile TV and HTC Watch thrown in for good measure).  Add in the excellent camera hardware and software we first saw in the MyTouch 4G Slide, and this one is sure to attract a bit of attention.

Not enough power? The Amaze 4G also sports NFC (near field communication) for mobile payments, tags and the like, making it only one of a few handsets with the feature. (T-Mobile's Nexus S is another.)

The HTC Amaze 4G will be available for pre-sale starting Oct. 10, and in stores Oct. 12. It'll cost $259.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and two-year contract. Full press release is after the break.

HTC Amaze 4G forums | HTC Amaze 4G Specs

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2 years ago

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II will be available Oct. 12 for $229 after contract, rebate

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After a bit of a false start last month at Samsung's U.S. Galaxy S II event, T-Mobile has finally and officially announced the release date, plus more details.

First and foremost, it'll be available in stores Oct. 12 for $229.99 -- after $50 rebate and with a two-year contract. You can preorder it online starting Oct. 10.

As for more details, T-Mobile had previously been pretty mum on things -- to the point locking down the phone under glass at Samsung's launch event. But today we learn that it indeed has a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor running Android 2.3.4. The phone has NFC capabilities and can show Netflix, T-Mobile TV and Samsung Media Hub features on that 4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus display. It's also got DLNA and HDMI-out, and runs on T-Mobile's HSPA+ 42Mbps 4G network.

The additional details of the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II piggybacked the announcment of the HTC Amaze 4G. You can find the full press release for both after the break.

More in the T-Mobile Galaxy S II forums

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2 years ago

Samsung Gem EH17 software update now available

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If you're rocking a Samsung Gem and have been feeling rather left out of the update loop, now is your time to shine. Samsung has made available for download the EH17 software update that serves to correct some ghosts in the machine if you will. Changes include:

  • New application: Books added to the application list. The Books application allows you to purchase ebooks through the Google ebooks Website. For more information on Books, click here.
  • Fix: Accessing the Camcorder after taking pictures.
  • Fix: Sending MMS when Wi-Fi is active.
  • Fix: Pause key in voicemail.

You will need to download the Samsung Simple Upgrade Tool, and most importantly -- back up your information first but after that it should be smooth sailing for you. You can grab both the Samsung Simple Upgrade Tool and the software update directly from the source link below. Shine on you crazy diamond!

Source: Samsung

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2 years ago

New images of the HTC Vigor confirm rumored specs

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We've been seeing and hearing plenty about the HTC Vigor these days, even the guided video tours have now leaked out. Before those, the media files, live wallpaper and boot animation were all dumped for everyone to enjoy and now some new images have popped up. Aside from the front and back of the device, there is finally some confirmation for the oft rumored specs and the Vigor is running a 1.5GHz processor, Android 2.3.4, a 8MP rear camera with a 2MP shooter on the front and of course that oh so beautiful 4.3-inch HD display and LTE. More pics can be found past the break for you all.

Source: TeamBAMF

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