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4 years ago

Samsung Media Hub bringing movies, next-day television to Samsung devices

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 Samsung Media Hub

Samsung tonight in New York unveiled its Media Hub service, which will bring movies and television to its high-end devices, as well as PCs.

Content partnerships include MTV, MBC, Paramount and the WB, for starters, and television shows will be available next-day. Samsung is stressing seamless integration, and shows will be available for viewing as they're downloading to the device.

We're still waiting to hear pricing, so stay tuned.

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4 years ago

Wifi-only version of the Galaxy Tab coming

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Galaxy Tab

Samsung's Dale Sohn dropped the news we'd been hoping to hear ever since the Galaxy Tab Android tablet was announced a couple of weeks ago at IFA in Berlin -- a Wifi-only version is in the works. Don't know when, or for how much, but it's coming, folks. For more, check out our liveblog.

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4 years ago

Samsung Announces the Galaxy Tab on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon

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Samsung Galaxy Tab

Samsung this evening in New York City announced its Media Hub service -- movies and TV on Galaxy devices. Also, Samsung announced that the Galaxy Tab Android 7-inch tablet will be available on all major U.S. carriers. That's right, Sprint, AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile. Here's the official word:

Samsung Mobile today announced the upcoming availability of the Galaxy Tab™ in the U.S with AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless. The first mobile tablet from Samsung shares many of the powerful characteristics of the Galaxy S smart phone lineup that launched this summer. The Galaxy Tab is designed with several enhancements to create a unique mobile experience that other products can’t deliver.

The Galaxy Tab features a brilliant 7-inch enhanced TFT display screen, 1GHz Hummingbird Application processor supporting 3D graphics and smooth Web browsing and front and rear-facing cameras for video chat while on-the-go. The Galaxy Tab is powered by Android 2.2™, including full support for Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1. Just like the Galaxy S smart phones, the Galaxy Tab includes Samsung’s Social Hub application and the new Media Hub content service, offering a robust collection of premium movies and TV episodes from some of the biggest entertainment companies.

Samsung's Dale Sohn also announced that the Tabs should be available by the holiday season, and that a Wifi-only version is in the works.

We're live at the event, so join the liveblog and stay tuned for more info and some hands-ons. Full presser from Samsung after the break.

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4 years ago

Samsung Media Hub event livebog

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 Samsung Event

We're at Time Warner Center in New York City at Samsung's event, where we'll get our first look at Media Hub and -- hopefully -- some more quality time with the Galaxy Tab. 

The event kicks off at 7 p.m. EDT / 4 p.m. PDT, and we've got a liveblog rocking after the break. Join us!

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4 years ago

Linking individual contacts with Sense and TouchWiz

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Linking contacts in SenseSyncing contacts with services like Facebook and Google Contacts is a built in feature of Android, and most users set it up when they get a new phone (Watch Phil set up a Droid Incredible here, 3:55 is where the Facebook stuff starts). HTC's Sense UI and Samsung's TouchWiz improve this functionality by letting users edit links for each individual contact after setting up your phone. So, for instance, say you have a contact on your phone simply named "Bob" but you are friends with "Bob" on Facebook, where his full name "Robert Smith" is listed. Normally, these accounts won't be linked by Android during the initial setup. Using Sense or TouchWiz, however, makes linking the two is easy as pie. 

  1. Open up your contacts app and goto the person you want to link.
  2. In Sense, the link button is in the top right (pictured right). In TouchWiz, it is an option found by scrolling down under the "Info" tab (see the picture after the break).
  3. Clicking on either button will take you to a linked contacts editing screen, where you can search for another contact to link to the one you already have selected. This can be from Facebook, Google Contacts, or a phone contact.
  4. Click on the person or account you want linked, and the software will do its thing. You can link multiple accounts together if you so desire.
  5. Linking a Facebook contact will bring in some cool pieces of info, including birthday (if the person has it on their account) and their profile picture. Nifty!

This is one of the few areas where manufacturer UI customizations really improve Android, and is a feature we would like to see implemented by Google in the future. Click past the break to see a screen shot of TouchWiz doing its thing. Thanks to Bryan for the TouchWiz screenshot from his Vibrant!

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4 years ago

Motorola snatches up Aloqa GmbH in hopes of strengthening Blur

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Location-based software developer, Aloqa was purchased by Motorola earlier today with the intent of adding location integration services into Motorola’s Blur interface. Implementation of Aloqa’s software into Blur turns the phone into a semi-personal assistant through offering information about near by events from local stores that are having a sale to concerts and movies that Aloqa fetches. At this moment it is unknown when Aloqa’s services will be rolled in with Blur but we’ll be sure to let you know when it happens. [Motorola]

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: Hiplogic *Spark launcher replacement

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Hiplogic *Spark

Longtime software developer Hiplogic this week released a beta of its *Spark Android launcher (that'll be the last time we put the asterisk in Spark, by the way). Emphasis on the beta party, is it's still a bit laggy and buggy, but it's an interesting addition to Android.

The gist is that you get a vertical sliding UI, with weather info at the top, some shortcuts, news, post to Facebook and Twitter, plus Facebook and Twitter updates. Standard stuff really, but it's done in an interesting and attractive way.

Again, we need to reiterate that this is an unfinished beta, and you should treat it as such. But it's worth keeping an eye on, and you can find out more at SparkMyPhone.com. Video hands-on and download info are after the break.

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4 years ago

Logitech's Google TV box is coming Sept. 29 with $299 price tag

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 Logitech Revue

We have known about the Logitech Revue (check out our unplugged hands-on) and its Google TV-touting ways for some time now, but Google had only given us the vague "this fall" as a release date. Well, Engadget has it on good authority that the box will be hitting retail later this month, Sept. 29 to be exact, for the hefty sum of $300. Dish Network might be offering subscribers a much better deal: one box per house for $179. Engadget has a bunch of pictures from their tipster up, so make sure you hit up the link. [Engadget

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4 years ago

Epic 4G getting an update today to enable Samsung Media Hub

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 Epic 4G update

The Epic 4G is getting an over-the-air update today that will enable Samsung Media Hub (which will be officially announced tonight), plus a few bugfixes. Here's the list:

  • Optimized, HotSpot in 3G idle mode to help conserve battery power
  • Optimized, Applied Qualcomm patch for performance enhancement
  • Added, Media Hub
  • Modified, WiMAX exit delay
  • Modified, UI "Noisey" One to "Noisy One"
  • Fixed, 32GB mSD card is not recongized when formatted in device
  • Fixed, When playing video, the playback is paused if a headset is connected/disconnected
  • Fixed, Sorry popup when DRM file is selected in the Gallery
  • Fixed, Hotspot registration/deregistration

Some people already are seeing the update (version DI07, for those playing at home), so hang tight if you haven't gotten it yet.  [Samsung, Sprint, Android Central Forums]

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4 years ago

HTC Desire London event roundup

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HTC's Desire Z and Desire HD

HTC announced the Desire HD, Desire Z, and HTCSense.com at their live event in London this week, and while we didn't make it attend, many other sites did. Several did live blogs chock full of pictures, and there are even quick videos of the Desire HD and Desire Z in action. So, we have rounded up the best of the best for you in one convenient place. Check out the links after the break. 

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4 years ago

Review: Incipio dermaSHOT case for the Nexus One

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Incipio dermaSHOT case for the Nexus One

I got a new Incipio dermaSHOT case for my Nexus One, not just to review, but I needed one. The wife and I have this cat.  Now I have no idea how to, or even who does the measuring of a cats sanity, but this particular cat would fail.  I used to have a neat little neoprene pouch that came with my Nexus One.  Any of you guys with a cat know right where this is going -- Bowie the cat (one green eye and one blue eye gets you named David Bowie if I'm around) decided to shred my Nexus OEM pouch.  Since my desk and general work area is cluttered and full of things that can and will scratch up a phone, the search was on for a new case for a Nexus One.  I ended up picking the Incipio dermaSHOT silicone case and am pretty pleased.  Jump past the break and have a look at some pics and see why I chose it.

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4 years ago

Samsung releases Fascinate source code

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 Verizon Fascinate

Merely a week after launch, Samsung has released the source code for the Verizon Fascinate. That's par for the course for Android, and any proprietary code will have been stripped out. But if you're of the tinkering sort, get your download on and let's get some custom ROMs a'cookin.' [Samsung Open Source Release Center (search for sch-i500) via Android Central Forums]

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4 years ago

Verizon begins push for business users with 'Good for Enterprise - Android'

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Google has been including features for business users for some time now, from Exchange support in Eclair to Google Calendar sync with Exchange, but Verizon is looking to take it even farther. Enter Good, which is a old-school company that offers "mobile security and control" for enterprise customers. The pair have teamed up to bring "Good for Enterprise - Android" to pretty much every Android phone on Verizon (the only phone not mentioned seems to be the Motorola Devour). The suite has two main components: 

  • Good Mobile Control: Security and device management features like remote wipe and data encryption
  • Good Mobile Messaging: e-mail, calendar, and contacts syncing 

This is a further sign that businesses are increasingly looking to move away from platforms like BlackBerry as Android becomes more present in the marketplace. We saw the same thing happen a couple years ago when the iPhone became a success, and now it is Android's turn at bat. Interested business users should check out Verizon's business page; everyone else can read the full press release after the break. 

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: MiniSquadron

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MiniSquadron

Like action shooters?  Secretly jealous that Android doesn't seem to have the "best" ones?  Then you'll love MiniSquadron, another iOS favorite that's made it's way to Android.  To make things even better, it's another game that uses open feint for multiplayer connectivity.  But wait for it -- it's also on sale for just 99 cents until Sept. 19, when it goes back to $2.99.  We've got a video and download links after the break, check it out.

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4 years ago

Skyhook sues Google over alleged strong-arming of Motorola

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Google Maps pinBack in April it was announced that Motorola was switching to Boston-based Skyhook for location services on its Android phones. That never happened, apparently, and now Skyhook has filed suit against Google, saying it strong-armed Motorola into breaking contracts. A separate lawsuit alleges patent infringement.

The suit basically says that Google -- and VP of engineering Andy Rubin specifically -- told smartphone manufacturers they couldn't ship Android phones unless they used Google's location service, and that Motorola was told to halt orders even after Skyhook had been tested and approved by Google. Skyhook also said the same thing happened with another unnamed company.

So what does this mean for us, the end users? In the short-term, not too much, so long as there's not some crazy ruling that halts all current shipments until this is sorted out. (And that's pretty far-fetched.) Like all lawsuits of this nature, this one's going to take time to hash out. We may yet see Skyhook used on Android phones; we may see the lawsuit disappear. We'll just have to wait and see.

That said, it wouldn't disappoint us to see Google tightening the reins a bit on what can be changed at the lower levels of Android. (We're looking at you, Verizon.) We just hope they do it in a way that doesn't break existing contracts -- or hurt end users. [NYT]

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