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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S II announced for Bell, Virgin Mobile and SaskTel in Canada

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Probably not the news folks in the U.S. have been waiting for, but for Canadians it should come as no surprise after the many leaks, rumors and confirmations that the Samsung Galaxy S II has now gone official across Bell, Virgin Mobile and SaskTel. 

Bell and Virgin Mobile are remaining quite when it comes to launch dates and pricing while SaskTel revaled they'll be putting it up for $79.99 on a new three-year contract. If that's not enough for you, Bell has their splash page set up now and are giving away 10 Samsung Galaxy S II devices.

Need more info?  You can check out hands-on review or hit up the source links below for each carriers press release announcements. Now, we'll just sit around and wait for some U.S. carrier announcements.

Sources: Bell, Virgin Mobile, SaskTel; via: Phandroid

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3 years ago

Skype brings UI update for all, video calling for a few

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Fire up Skype today, and you'll be greeted with a nicely redesigned user interface, as well as the ability to use SMS from Skype. But that's not the big feature the internet calling giant is really pimping. Video calling is finally officially here -- but only for a select few phones. Yeah, there's that leaked build that's been out for months. But if you've got any of the following phones (and this is going to hurt for most of us here in the U.S.), you can now officially make video calls. The support phones are:

  • HTC Desire S
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro
  • Google Nexus S

Not exactly a comprehensive list, but things have to start somewhere, we suppose. Quick video and download links are after the break.

More: Skype

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3 years ago

HTC Desire Gingerbread update 'in testing'

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As promised, HTC has offered Desire owners some news on the status of the phone's Android 2.3 Gingerbread update, saying they've begun testing on it this week. In a post on its official Facebook page, the manufacturer said --

Hi all- We're excited to share that we are testing our build of Gingerbread for HTC Desire and will start doing quality assurance for it this week. When we have an update on availability we'll post another announcement. Thanks for your support!

There's still no word on which apps have been cut to allow HTC to cram Gingerbread and Sense onto the Desire's 512MB of internal storage, nor any official comment on reports that Aussie carrier Telstra plans to ditch Sense entirely to get Gingerbread on its Desire handsets. For its part, Telstra is now echoing today's statement from HTC, saying the software is "in testing", and listing an August release window.

Source: HTC on Facebook, Telstra

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3 years ago

EVO 3D hits the FCC with 1700MHz 3G -- doesn't mean it's hitting T-Mobile, though

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What you see before you here is the FCC label for the HTC EVO 3D. The EVO 3D that ZOMG has a T-Mobile 3G radio inside!

Gets you going, doesn't it? There are a couple of possibilities here: One is that, sure enough, it's coming to T-Mobile in the United States. But the other, more likely scenario is that it'll hit something like Wind Mobile or Mobilicity in Canada, which, in addition to being a GSM carrier, also rolls with the 1700MHz.

It's nice to get excited about these things, folks. But let's not put the cart before the horse.

Source: FCC; via Android Central Forums

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3 years ago

Samsung quietly announces the Conquer 4G

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Ready for a mid range 4G phone on the Sprint network?  If so, it looks like the Samsung Conquer 4G will be right up your alley.  Samsung posted some details about this one on their website today, and it looks to be a solid entry level Android smartphone:

  • 3.5-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen
  • 1 GHz CPU
  • 3.2MP rear camera, 1.3MP front facing camera
  • Android 2.3 (without TouchWiz and with Sprint ID)
  • Tri-Band CDMA (including the 800MHz frequencies)

While this one won't be in the same league as phones like the EVO 3D, mostly stock Android and a 4G radio make it something to have a look at.  Nobody has mentioned anything about prices or dates just yet, but we imagine Sprint will have something to say soon.

Source: Samsung via Phonescoop

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3 years ago

The HP TouchPad review [the competition]

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In just a day or so the HP TouchPad will be available in stores, giving hungry webOS fans something to feast on.  Today, our pal Derek Kessler at PreCentral.net has unleashed his monster TouchPad Review. The specs are right on target with the rest of the tablet market, including Android, and while it may be a little portly at 1.63 pounds, according to the the folks lucky enough to be holding one, it seems solidly built.

I spent a few minutes reading Derek's in-depth two part review at PreCentral, and while not a webOS fan myself, it looks pretty compelling.  It has a few shortcomings, but it also does some things I'd love to see on the Android side -- like the communication with a webOS phone. To wit:

The TouchPad’s not a perfect tablet by any stretch of the imagination. It has its faults, but by and large those are correctable missteps, bugs, or omissions on the software front. While no number of software updates can make the TouchPad thinner, lighter, or sprout a rear-facing camera, the hardware is solid and up to the task of whatever you can throw at it. We didn’t even try to break the TouchPad with a Too Many Cards error – we don’t have the patience to figure out how many apps it takes to reach that 1GB RAM ceiling.

In the end, it looks like everybody but Windows Phone (hi, guys!) is on the right track to provide a great tablet experience to users.  Let's hope they get on board soon.  Get yourself a cold beverage, and check out Derek's review. 

Source: PreCentral part one, part two

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3 years ago

500,000 activations daily, GPS icons [From the Forums]

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Half way through the week and we've reached that point again where everyone is excited for the upcoming weekend. We've had plenty of Android news happening all day so be sure to catch on up on things when you get a moment or sign up for our daily newsletter to stay in the loop. If you're looking to be more interactive then the Android Central forums are always open for new discussions:

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

HTC Salsa and ChaCha now available on O2 UK

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British network O2 is now offering HTC's new Facebook phones, the ChaCha and Salsa, on-contract and on Pay & Go. The ChaCha can be yours for £209.99 with a PAYG SIM, or for free on contract a number of 18 and 24-month contracts. Free contracts start at £21.50 for 24 months, or £26.50 for 18 months. If you go for a cheaper contract, you'll pay £60 up-front for your ChaCha.

The Salsa will set you back a little more. On Pay & Go, it'll cost you £299.99, and on-contract subsidized prices are a bit higher too. On a 24-month contract, £27 per month will be enough to get you a free Salsa, while the cheapest 18-month contract with a free phone costs £37 per month. Cheaper contracts are available, and you'll pay up to £105 for the phone if you choose one of these.

Hit the source links to view the complete list of O2 tariffs for each phone.

Source: HTC Salsa on O2, HTC ChaCha on O2

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3 years ago

Ubuntu on the Galaxy Tab 10.1

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We've seen Ubuntu running on many an Android device, but it's especially interesting when it's on a tablet.  Well, add the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to the list of Android's that are booting up some Linux, as you can see in the video above.  It's not the speediest way to use Ubuntu, because it's not a native install (think of it as a virtual machine), but it's really cool and fun to goof around with -- especially in a room full of iPad users.

The best news is that it's not hard to do at all.  We've been booting Ubuntu on Android devices for a while, so the methods are pretty well figured out, and you can find an easy to follow guide (including all the needed downloads) at the source link if you feel like giving it a spin.  You'll want to dig out a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard, and you'll have to be rooted, but this is a great project with a useful result -- a full desktop OS on a 10.1 inch screen.  Give it a shot!

Source: GalaxyTabHacks via Android Central forums

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3 years ago

Another unannounced Motorola device spotted?

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Although you can't really tell from the blurry image above -- there is a phone in there and quite frankly we have no idea what, exactly, it is. It's been suggested that it could be an unannounced Motorola device, but it's also been suggested that it could quite possibly be the refreshed Motorola Droid Bionic running a newer version of Motoblur.

And then there are some of us who believe it's a Motorola Droid 3 that was either snapped with a really bad camera or was intentionally blurred out with Photoshop just to make people wonder. If that is in fact the case, then I guess it worked -- because we're wondering.

Source: Popherald

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