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4 years ago

T-Mobile drops LG G-slate details -- Honeycomb, 8.9-inch screen, 3D graphics

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T-Mobile LG G-Slate

At long last, after the tease at CES, T-Mobile has finally given details on its Android tablet -- the LG G-Slate. And we're simultaneously scratching our heads and dying to get our hands on this thing. Let's dive into the bullet points.

  • 8.9-inch "3D-capable multitouch display" -- with the aid of 3D glasses
  • Android 3.0 Honeycomb
  • Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor
  • Rear-facing stereoscopic video recorder, records at 1080p
  • 5MP camera with LED flash
  • 720p playback on the tablet, 1080p via HDMI output
  • 32GB of internal memory
  • Internal gyroscope, accelerometer
  • T-Mobile HSPA+ data, plus Wifi

That definitely sounds like quite the beast. We're going to withhold judgment on the whole 3D screen and video recording thing (and we might well get a look at both during Google's Honeycomb event). We just have to hope that it's better than what we saw from the Sharp Galapogos at CES -- and even then we might still need some convincing.

No word yet on official pricing and availability, though March 23 has been rumored. Check out the full presser after the break. [T-Mobile G-Slate product page]

Discuss everything G-Slate in the T-Mobile G-Slate forums

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4 years ago

Samsung bringing a portrait QWERTY to Sprint?

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Revenge of the Blackjack

It looks like Sprint and Samsung have been working together to bring a portrait QWERTY Android phone, and have at least got to the prototype stage.  Not much information about this one is known, but Pocketnow got their hands on a few photos that shows a Droid Pro-esque phone, and it's clearly (as clear as blurrycam can ever be) running Android.  

Could this be part of Sprint's Magical event next week, or something we'll see at Mobile World Congress?  Or is this just a one-off for now?  And maybe most importantly, will it be called the BlackJack S?  We'll keep you posted as we know more.  [PocketNow]

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4 years ago

Android Market having a hiccup

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Android Market

It's not just you -- the Android Market seems to be stalled.  We're getting reports of users unable to download, and it's pretty widespread.  We have no idea if this has something to do with changes surrounding tomorrow's Honeycomb event in San Jose, but we'll know the answer to that one soon enough, join us while we live blog it from the floor.

For now though, it doesn't look like you're going to have much luck until somebody gets a new hampster to run the wheel. [Android Central forums] Thanks Christopher!

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4 years ago

New Firefox 4 beta for Android released

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Firefox for Android

Mozilla just released a new beta for Firefox for Android, aimed at improving the browsers speed and performance. The list of changes are as follows:

  • Now faster than stock Android browser
  • Nearly three times faster on Kraken JavaScript benchmark tests
  • Twice as fast on SunSpider JavaScript benchmark tests
  • Reduced installation memory usage
  • Stability improvements
  • Fixed keyboard bugs
  • Improved zooming readability 

It's definitely a work in progress, but we're getting closer and closer to the final product. Hit the break for a video of some of the beta's highlighted features. [Mozilla Firefox Blog]

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4 years ago

Verizon sending text messages in regards to DL09 emergency calling bug

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Remember that bug in the DL09 maintenance update which broke emergency calling for some of you? Just a week separated from Samsung officially acknowledging the issue, Verizon is now sending text messages out to Fascinate owners addressing the issue. 

Free VZW Msg(s) - Use of your emergency call button on your Fascinate phone with software SCH-i500.DL09 may not work while the phone is locked. A software fix will be pushed to your device soon. Until available, disable pattern lock to ensure emergency calls can be placed. To check your software version press Applications>Settings>About phone and view Build number. Only version SCHi-500.DL09 is impacted by this issue. Versions SCH-i500.DI01 and SCH-i500.DH12 are functioning properly. To disable pattern lock press Applications>Settings>Location & Security and remove check from Require Pattern.

So it appears Verizon has another maintenance update ready to go to fix the issue. We applaud Verizon and Samsung for addressing it so quickly, so keep your eyes open. Or, you could always just check out that shiny new Froyo leak. [Android Central Forums]

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4 years ago

HTC Inspire 4G gets official, Sync is currently experiencing problems error [from the forums]

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Android Forums at Android Central

Everybody fired up for tomorrows event? We certainly are. Should be interesting to see what Google off tomorrow. Looking around there is lots of rumors popping up as to what it may be but nothing totally locked down. Guess we'll just have to wait for the live blog tomorrow to find out. In the meantime, feel free to hop on in the forums and strike up some conversation.

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4 years ago

Groundhog's Day - Punxsutawney Phil's favorite Android app

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Groundhog Day is just about here, and while it may not be the best way to predict how the remainder of winter may go it is indeed, a tradition that many take part in every year. The folks at Iconosys have whipped up a little app for the occasion that basically just serves as a reminder to reach out to your friends and family more often.

"We need all the reasons we can to reach out to our friends and loved ones, and let them know we are thinking of them. This is a cute way to do so, and for no compelling reason at all, other than the fact that we want to let these people know we are thinking of them.  And not to mention that Groundhog Day with Bill Murray was one of my favorite movies of all time, too,” commented Wayne Irving, Iconosys CEO.

You can send "shadow" messages, track groundhog day predictions and more with the app. Just basically a fun app to download and play around with. Have some fun with it. You can download Groundhog's day from GetJar, for free. [Press Release]

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4 years ago

Rogers Samsung Galaxy Tab now available in white!

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While it's not really much of a bargaining tool, Rogers has announced the launch of their "exclusive" Samsung Galaxy Tab in white. We won't knock the huffing too much because the white tab really is rather sexy looking, but come on; us Canadians see enough white during the winter months. (That, and it looks just like Sprint's Tab.) Surely Rogers could have suggested something of a warmer color to introduce. Even Rogers red would have been acceptable in my opinion.  

Keep mind, it is only the back of the device that is really white. The front face still looks like any other Samsung Galaxy Tab. No matter what color you decide upon, you can grab the Tab from Rogers for as low as $499.99 with a new 3-year contract. [Twitter]

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4 years ago

Xperia X10 gets pinch-to-zoom update

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 Xperia X10

Sony Ericsson has announced the roll-out of a new firmware update for the Xperia X8 and X10 series. The new update adds the long-awaited pinch-to-zoom feature for the X10, originally promised back in November 2010. It also brings support for Arabic, Farsi, Thai and Hebrew, as well as a variety of bug fixes and changes to the Timescape UI on all X8 and X10 devices.

Sony Ericsson says that the new update can be applied over-the-air, or using its PC companion software. Users hoping for further Android OS updates for their X10 and X8 phones will be disappointed, however, as last month the manufacturer confirmed that these devices won't be getting Android 2.2 Froyo.  [Sony Ericsson Product Blog]

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4 years ago

Coming Wednesday: Live from Google (Liveblog starts at 10 a.m. PST/1 p.m. EST)

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We'll be live in Mountain View, Calif., for Google's Android 3.0 Honeycomb event. Join us!

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4 years ago

Google Maps updated, check-in with Latitude added

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Google Maps 5.1  Google maps checkin

Google has updated Google Maps for Android to version 5.1 today, bringing big changes to Latitude.  Where Latitude once was just a pin on a map, now there are check-ins, to connect a place to the location. 

Users who opt-in for the new Latitude can set it up to notify them when they are at a location so they can manually check-in, or set up locations to automagically check them in when they arrive.  In either case, Latitude checks you out when you leave.  There are also settings to decide how and where to share your location.  These new features make Latitude much more competitive with other location aware social media, and seem worth checking out if that's your thing.  Grab the official update for Maps through the Android Market.  There's a video after the break that does a great walk through, check it out. [Official Google Blog]

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4 years ago

Galaxy Tab sales are 'quite smooth' not 'quite small'

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Samsung Galaxy Tab

It has been widely reported over the past couple days that Samsung Galaxy Tab sales have been "quite small," quoting Samsung exec Lee Young-hee during an earnings call. However, Young-hee didn't say "quite small," but rather "quite smooth." Bit of a difference there.

Here is what is being quoted:

“Well, your question was on sell-in and sell-out. As you heard, our sell-in was quite aggressive and this first quarterly result was quite, you know, fourth-quarter unit [figure] was around two million. Then, in terms of sell-out, we also believe it was quite small. We believe, as the introduction of new device, it was required to have consumers invest in the device. So therefore, even though sell-out wasn’t as fast as we expected, we still believe sell-out was quite OK.”

This is a case of one misinterpretation that spread like wildfire. We have included the audio snippet that has been quoted as well as a link to the entire call so you make you're own judgement. [Earnings call via Samsung Tomorrow]

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4 years ago

Google Art Project offers hi-res virtual gallery tours

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 Google Art Project

Google has teamed up with some of the world's leading art museums to launch Art Project, a new web portal allowing visitors to take virtual, street view-style tours of their galleries and view super-high resolution images of some of the world's finest artworks.

Over the past 18 months, Google has worked with 17 leading museums including The Freer Gallery of Art Smithsonian, The National Gallery, London and Tate Britain, capturing over 1000 high resolution images of famous works of art. These include one massive 7-gigapixel image from each participating gallery, offering a staggering level of detail.

Google has also published three videos to introduce Art Project and show how it's been brought to life, which you can find after the jump. [Google Art Project]

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4 years ago

Chad Johnson, aka Ochocinco, gets a Motorola Xoom

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 Ochocinco's Xoom

In one of the more bizarre stories of the new year, Chad Johnson (aka Ochocinco) has somehow gotten his hands on a Motorola Xoom. "How?" and "Why?" are questions that may never be answered, but we can assume it has something to do with him being, well, Chad Johnson. But he has been seen promoting Motorola devices before, so it's fairly safe to say he's on the payroll. Still, this would seem to give credence to the rumored Feb. 17 launch date and would would fit nicely with an announcement before the entire U.S. with the upcoming Super Bowl ad.

Until then, the rest of us will just have to sit and wait patiently -- and be jealous. Very, very jealous. [Twitter]

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4 years ago

AT&T Inspire 4G available Feb 13th for $99 on contract

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If you're been waiting to get your HTC Sense skin on an AT&T phone that's got more oomph than the Aria, AT&T has announced that they're making the Inspire 4G available on February 13th for $99 on a 2-year contract.

It'll run Android 2.2 under that shiny Sense UI, offer mobile hotspot, a 8-megapixel camera, that huge 4.3 inch screen we've come to know and love on HTC devices, feature an aluminum unibody design, and finally get those EVO 4G owners to respect and admire you. We know that last bit is what you're really worried about - so who's planning on picking one of these bad boys up on the 13th? AT&T's Press Release is after the break.

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