The Samsung Nexus S -- the newest "Pure Google" Android smartphone with a smattering improvements over the Nexus One -- is now available for purchase from Best Buy Mobile online. Best Buy's thrown in free overnight shipping, so if you don't mind waiting a day, you can save a few bucks. The phone runs $199 on contract, $529 outright.
Best Buy stores -- the only place you can buy the Nexus S -- open early today at 8 a.m. local time. Our man on the street, Dieter Bohn (who really should get off the streets) reported no line at a Best Buy in Miami -- and we're really not expecting anything other than a mild nerd rush for the Nexus S. It's just not high on the regular public's radar. That said, quantities are finite, there's a two-per-customer limit, so it's wise to get yours sooner rather than later.
A reminder that the Nexus S, while unlocked (meaning it can take any SIM card), can only use T-Mobile 3G in the United States. It'll get European 3G just fine, but note that while you can use it on AT&T, you'll not have the faster data speeds. [Unsubsidized Nexus S; T-Mobile-subsidized Nexus S]
And don't forget that we'll be announce the winner of our Nexus S giveaway tonight on the Android Central Podcast, which starts at 9 p.m. EST.
Update: Dieter reports that he wasn't allowed to purchase two phones. If anyone gives you any trouble, show them this story.
LG just announced the first dual-core Tegra 2-powered Android smartphone -- the LG Optimus 2X, previously known as the LG Star. Let's just get into specs, shall we?
1Ghz Dual-core Processor (NVIDIA Tegra 2)
4-inch WVGA screen
Android 2.2 (Froyo), upgradeable to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
8GB memory (up to 32GB via microSD)
1,500 mAh battery
8 megapixel rear camera and 1.3 megapixel front camera
1080p MPEG-4/H.264 playback and recording
It's a new era, folks. The Optimus 2X will be available in January in Korea, with Europe and Asia to follow. And LG will be at CES, so there's a better than average chance we'll see this guy in its full glory. Full presser and more pics are after the break. More in the Optimus 2X Forums!
Yes, folks, it appears that HTC's weather provider has a case of the sniffles, and widgets from Wabash to Worthington are wondering just what the weather is like wherever we are wandering.
(OK, couldn't keep that up any longer.) We wouldn't worry (oops) ourselves too much over this, folks. It's like just server hiccups on the part of the weather provider (anyone remember who it is?), and there's nothing wrong with your phone. You're not alone, and it's really not worth worrying your pretty little head over it.
But if you just have to have weather info at the ready, there are a number of good apps and widgets available in the Android Market that should hold you over until the hamster gets back on the wheel.
It seems every day a new video chat app is popping up, and now another has arrived. This one, put out by ooVoo (they're no spring chicken), lays claim to having the ability to handle six-way video calling. Although I'm skeptical of how well that will work, the download is available now on their website. At the moment, the application is locked down to just HTC Evo 4G and Samsung Epic 4G phones (spot the similarity!), but it also allows for free ooVoo-to-ooVoo calls and touts text chat and contact list integration as well.
For now, the application is free but the desktop versions do charge for anything more than a two-way call, ooVoo uses that as their premium service offerings so the possibility of future charges for the mobile version is indeed there. If you're wanting to give it a go, you can head on over to the ooVoo mobile site to download. [ooVoo via Mashable]
U.S. Cellular is looking to make a few folks happy in time for the Holidays. Their upcoming sale, starting on Dec. 17 running until Dec. 24, has all of their device offerings available for free. In addition to that, a $100 credit will go to new customers purchasing a smartphone or existing customers adding a new smartphone line.
Busy day for Android news so far. Lots of updates, new app releases and with the Nexus S releasing tomorrow we got lots of energy and excitement built up for the days ahead. Join us in the forums as we discuss it all.
Google has announced that its popular (and fun) tool App Inventor is now open to anyone with a Google account. If you're not quite sure what App Inventor is exactly, don't feel too bad -- in typical Google fashion it's been a limited access tool, trickling out to users a few at a time. Think of it as a tool to create fun little apps, for people who have no idea how to create fun little apps. All you need to get started is a PC or Mac, an Android phone, and a Google account. And you'll want to visit and bookmark our App Inventor forum -- it's bound to get jumping now that anyone with a creative streak has access to the tools. There's a short demo after the break, and hit the source link to get started. [Google Research Blog]
Fans of the Trillian IM client should know that it looks like the beta period has ended (you can no longer download the app from Trillian's website), and it's now up in the Android Market. It'll run you $4.99. But is that too high a price to stay in constant contact with your friends be they on Astra, AIM, Yahoo, ICQ, Windows Live, MySpaceIM, Google Talk or Jabber? Depends on the friends, we suppose.
Anyhoo, download links are after the break. Enjoy! Thanks, Jason!
A little secret: I'm a metalhead. I like skulls. (And flames.) And so I like the Hellbent Green Skull Top Case. As far as cases go, it's your basic leather top case. Your phone slides in vertically, and there's a flap with magnetic clasp to keep it in place.
There's a belt clip on the back of the case for (what else?) riding on your belt. It's not detachable, which is too bad. But, frankly, with a killer design like this, you're not going to want to hide it in your pocket anyway. Our biggest niggle with this case is that you can't get to the phone's 3.5mm headphone jack on a lot of devices. So no listening to music while riding at your hip.
So more about the artwork: It's not just painted onto the case. It's not going to wash or rub off. It's embedded into the leather using a process that allows museum-quality prints without sacrificing the performance of the leather. Same toughness. Same look and feel. And it's resistant to perfume, cosmetics and household chemicals. It won't fade. It will not separate from the leather.
Although blogging with Posterous already IS as easy as sending off an e-mail, having more options to make use of is something we'll never complain about. Posterous users can now rejoice as Posterous has just released their mobile blogging application for Android devices. The application falls in line with the whole "feel" of Posterous in the fact that it is dead simple setup and use. It really is just open, tap and post. The only drawback at this time is that you need to have a supported device. Although, I'm sure it will work on some not listed.
Samsung Galaxy Spica
Google Nexus One
You'll find the download available after the break, and many thanks to everyone who sent this into us. [Posterous]
While the Nexus S isn't available quite yet, that didn't stop some enterprising hackers from fashioning a re-work of the ho-hum boring original Nexus live wallpaper into the beauty you see above. It's easy to install (yes, you have to be rooted), but it does overwrite the original -- so back that up if you want to keep it.
We previously got a look at the new Dolphin mini browser in its preview stages, and the application is now fully available in the Android Market as an open beta. The Dolphin teams main goal with this browser was to make it as fast as possible for end users. It's nice and lightweight and while it lacks many features of the Dolphin HD browser that's kind of the point. A slimmed down, super fast version of the Dolphin browser you already love.
Speed through the web
Browse with ease
New fresh UI
Speed Dial Homepage
Infinite tabs browsing
Innovative Menu design
Powerful tool box
If you're looking for a faster browsing experience on your device, you might want to check out Dolphin Mini. Keep in mind of course it is beta, so that said if you run into any issues; be a good sport and report them to the Dolphin team. They can't fix what they are not fully aware of. Download link can be found after the break. [Dolphin Blog]
Let's face it; Google TV owners have thus far had a bit of a rough ride out the gates. Big media hasn't been all too friendly as of late and many would say that Google TV was in desperate need of an update as soon as it was released. Google today, though, has taken care of some of that with a major update to Google TV, which includes some new features, fixes some of what was broke and as Google claims adds more value to your Google TV. In addition to the Google TV changes, Logitech has updated its Revue set-top box as well.
So what does the update fix? Well first off, Netflix has finally received a much-needed overhaul. It is now using the HTML5 version of the app that actually improves the overall experience (i.e: makes it usable) and functionality. Dual View, which has been a pain for some folks, now allows you to move those lovely windows around to wherever you do so wish. And you all remember that YouTube Remote App, right? Well, starting today, Google has made one available for Google TV as well. (download after the break) Finally, the last revision covers movies and how information about them is displayed. A new info window has been introduced which better filters search results from content available on the web providing more details about the movie you search, related movie to it and much more. [GoogleTV Blog and Logitech]
If there's one thing that rubs me the right way, it's game publishers releasing holiday updates. First Rovio gave us the increasingly frustrating Angry Birds Seasons, and today Spacetime Studios delivers the High Winter Festival update for Pocket Legends.
In addition to the ability wield dual weapons, Pocket Legends players can expect to see:
High Winter Festival
New combat area
Special holiday-only loot (permanent)
New story-line. Defend Father Frost from evil Toy Master and save the High Winter Festival.
18 new quests
New loot with new appearances including moonshine hat, frogwang, banjo, blunderbuss, and lizard spear
Four new combat areas dealing with the feuding McCrocs and Scalefields
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