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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Prevail hands-on and initial review

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I just got back from the Samsung and Boost Mobile event here in New York City. Unsurprisingly enough, the two mobile companies announced the already leaked Samsung Galaxy Prevail.

Now let's be very clear now. This Android powered device is an entry-level smartphone. Even though it carries the Samsung Galaxy branding, this little guy does not carry the same power its Galaxy S cousins do. Also, just in case you missed the official announcement, this phone is exclusive to Boost Mobile and their pre-paid service. Now since that's all out of the way, let's move onto the deivice itself.

When I was first handed the Galaxy Prevail, I immediately noticed the weight of the phone. It's definitely a lot lighter than the Nexus One -- but still had a great solid feel. The front of the phone has that same glossy finish that all Galaxy line devices carry. The buttons below were typical Samsung design -- the same buttons you've come to know and love. Each one provided haptic feedback. On the back of the phone, the battery cover sports a soft-touch finish that rests in your hand quite comfortably.

Hitting the power switch on the top right of the device turns on the 3.2-inch screen. The display carries a 320x480 screen resolution. Browsing through the app drawer and swiping through the screens zipped along, but when loading web pages, you could definitely tell you were on a lower resolution device. Also loading pages over Wi-Fi and 3G took a bit longer than I expected. With only a 800Mhz processor and 384 MB RAM, this little guy is bound to take a bit longer loading full web pages.

While the Samsung Galaxy Prevail didn't overly impress me, it is still nice to see an affordable Android device ship at $179.99. And with a $50 unlimited plan each month, we can't argue with that.

Well, that about wraps it up for this little guy, be sure to check back again. I'll be uploading a full hands-on video for your viewing pleasure. But for now, make the jump to see more hands-on photos after the break.

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3 years ago

Amazon Appstore updated, still sells apps

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The Amazon Appstore got itself a little update tonight -- it's now at version 1.08 -- and we'd start to get excited about it if we had any idea what was changed. But, hey, an updated app is always better than an un-updated app, unless it breaks something. And, oh, look at that. Icons are missing. That's likely not because of the update, but we'll point fingers anyway.

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3 years ago

FlightBoard optimized for Android tablets

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When we last saw Mobiata, we were getting a demonstration of the FlightBoard application for Android phones. In a nutshell, it's an app that looks like the departure and arrival screens you'll see in an airport.

And FlightBoard's now optimized for tablets. You get about 15 flight listings for a given airport when you're looking at it in landscape (horizontal mode). Tap a flight and you have options to share it over e-mail, chat, Twitter, etc., or you can open it up in the FlightTrack companion app and get even more details. And with FlightBoard, you also get:

Get real-time status for any flight in the world with automatic updates every 5 minutes.

  • Access over 4000 airports and 1400 airlines worldwide.
  • View FlightBoard on home screen with Live Wallpaper.
  • Seamlessly switch between Departures and Arrivals view.
  • Easily share flight info with friends and family via Twitter, Facebook, SMS and E-mail.
  • Instantly narrow results via an exceptional search interface.
  • Save flights in FlightTrack and FlightTrack Pro for real-time tracking.

FlightBoard's a tad pricey at $3.99, and you're really going to need to be a travel nerd for this, but we'd love to see it, say, sitting on an Android tablet in an airport lounge somewhere. Download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

Samsung and Boost Mobile officially announce the Samsung Galaxy Prevail

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Samsung and Boost Mobile have officially announced the Samsung Galaxy Prevail, Boost Mobile's first Android device.  The Prevail is set to offer a great Android experience at Boost Mobile's $50 Monthly Unlimited plan, which holds an appeal that's hard to match.

The Prevail is a CDMA device, which hopefully is the first step to getting rid of IDEN across the board at Sprint and her partners.  The specs won't exactly knock anyone's socks off, but they do look to make a great mid-level device -- especially at the $179 price point and the cheap unlimited plans.  Some of the Prevail's features:

  • Android 2.2
  • 3.2-inch touchscreen
  • 2MP camera with video
  • GPS enabled
  • Bluetooth® capable
  • Wireless Web enabled
  • Speakerphone with voice-activated dialing
  • Telenav navigation, free and unlimited
  • Supports microSD™ cards up to 32GB (2GB card included)
  • Voice mail, caller ID, call waiting and three-way calling

The prevail is scheduled to be released sometime in May, with no exact dates given.  The full press release and a couple more pictures are after the break.

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3 years ago

Baseball season, Honeycomb music player [from the forums]

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Tis' the season for baseball and with that, everyone likes to sport their favorite teams colors and such. Good thing our forums have plenty of baseball loving folks in them. If you've not checked it out yet, our forums are starting to fill up on some awesome baseball wallpapers. Hop on in and grab your favorites or just join in on the action.

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

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3 years ago

We're on-site at the Samsung Galaxy Prevail event

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We're on the floor live at Boost Mobile's Samsung Galaxy Prevail event in New York.  This CDMA phone will be the first Android device on Boost Mobile, and looks like a very nice pre-paid offering for $179.00.

We're keeping tabs on everything, and we'll be sure to let you know if Samsung or Boost tells us something we don't already know, and hopefully we'll get some hands-on time to share later. 

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3 years ago

Samsung Nexus S getting some air time in France with new commerical

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While I can't say we've seen any Nexus S commercials in either the U.S. or Canada, France has been making no bones about running them. The above video is said to be running pretty heavily across French TV networks there. With Google having only recently made the Nexus S available in France, Spain, Greece, Italy, Portugal, and Romania it's be interesting to see if their marketing campaigns in those areas are helping sell devices. [Pointgphone] Thanks, Scheps for sending this in!

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3 years ago

Seidio Innocase Active X for the Mesmerize and Fascinate case review

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We love getting guest writers for reviews -- it gives you guys the perspective of the user, whether they be a casual one, hardcore smartphone geek, or someone in-between.  This time around Android Central forums adviser Runs with scissors gives his take on the Seidio Innocase Active X case on his Mesmerize.  I won't spoil it for you, it's all after the break along with a few more pictures.  Big thanks go out to ya, Runs with scissors!

If you're interested in purchasing the Seidio Innocase Active X for the Samsung Mesmerize, or the Samsung Fascinate, you can find it in Black, Blue, Burgundy or Amethyst for $24.95 in the Android Central store. 

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3 years ago

Xperia bootloader unlocking will be available in 'upcoming weeks'

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A while ago we reported that Sony Ericsson would be offering a bootloader unlocking solution for their 2011 Xperia line, and today Xperia Blog has some information about how this will play out.  According to SE developer Karl-Johan Dahlström, Sony Ericsson plans to have a bootloader site "up and running in the upcoming weeks."

The website will allow you to enter the IMEI number from your Xperia device, and you'll be given a key to unlock that devices bootloader via Fastboot.  SE has promised more details, but as it stands this is great news.  I'm loving the way Sony Ericsson has tackled this issue, and given hardware access to the people who paid for their devices.  We know that SE realizes the mistakes of the past, and this is a great way to make the future more user friendly. [Xperia Blog] Thanks, Rick!

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3 years ago

Developer Test Market and new Music app leaked

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As we first told you last night, a developer test Market has surfaced, along with a new version of the Music application from Google.  Here's your (and mine) chance to get some hands-on time with both, as they have been leaked out in the Android Central forums.  Your're warned to have a full backup before trying these, and mentions a few different methods to install them.  On stock Android 2.3.3, they both installed and overwrote the normal system apps, but your mileage may vary.

We also have a bit of new anonymous information about exactly what we're seeing:

"As for the test bed it is actually the android developers market related testing site for new versions of the market, security fixes, and the new in-app billing.
Gallery 3D & Desk Clock are not available on gingerbread devices, Camera v12 is a redesigned camera that only has a different icon and background color inside the app. And the Android Music Store can only be accessed if you have an android music account."

As I said last night, it's pretty cool to get a peek behind the scenes of Google's closed-source stuff, even if most of it isn't that useful.  You can find a link to both the Market and Music app at the source, with no guarantees how long either will work -- so hurry, hackers :)

We also have a couple more pictures of the Music player after the break.   [Android Central forums] Thanks, Anonymous!

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