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3 years ago

Motorola's Honeycomb tablet caught sporting Verizon logo in blurrycam shots

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By now we've all seen the video and pics from when Andy Rubin hopped onstage showing off the Motorola, Honeycomb equipped tablet and we've gotten a glimpse of the device in a previous blurrycam photoshoot but this time around, it's been caught rocking a Verizon logo and all signs lead to the fact the previous specs noted for the device were indeed accurate. Those specs once again, in case you missed them:

  • 7-inch and 10-inch versions
  • 32GB storage
  • NVIDIA Tegra 2 T20 dual-core processor
  • Gyroscope
  • 1280x800 resolution
  • 5MP camera on the back, 2MP on the front.
  • microSD
  • HDMI out
  • Versions for UMTS, CDMA and LTE

Also noted from the pics is the fact it looks to be making use of micro-USB slot and a 3.5mm headphone socket. And seemingly, some contacts for a charging dock of sorts. Who's excited for this now? More pics can be found after the break. [Engadget]

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3 years ago

Galaxy Tab Luxury Edition announced at Millionaire Fair

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Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy Tab Luxury Edition at the annual Millionaire Fair in Amsterdam. This fancy version will come with a leather case and Bluetooth headset. It will be sold for  €749 between Dec. 15 and Jan. 31, 2011. 

So what do you get the Android fan who has everything? (And money to burn?) This looks like a good bet. [Samsung Hub]

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3 years ago

More than 2 million LG Optimus Ones sold

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LG quietly announced that the Optimus One line (see our review) has breached the two million sales mark, with sales in North America leading the way.  In mid-November, LG announced that the Optimus line had sold over one million units in its first 40 days, and just 20 days later they have sold over two million worldwide.  The breakdown:

  • North America: 1.3 million units sold
  • South Korea: 450,000 units sold
  • Europe: 200,000 units sold
  • Asia 50,000 units sold

It's a great handset for the price, it ships with Froyo and will be getting Gingerbread, and has quite the development community growing.  What's not to like? [LG (Korean) via Mobile Crunch]

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3 years ago

HTC Evo Shift 4G gets pictured

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Well, what do we have here? After hearing bits and pieces about the Sprint-bound HTC EVO Shift 4G from various sources -- including seeing the ROM, a case and the phone in Sprint's inventory system -- we finally have a picture of the device formerly known as the "HTC Knight" with its keyboard open. By all indications the device is pretty much a Sprint 4G version of the G2/Desire Z/Merge. The picture seems to confirm the rumor that the phone will not have video-calling, as a front-facing camera seems to be absent. (And know that this guy's wearing a hard-shell case in the picture -- it's not actually that thick.) 

Still, this should be a great phone for Sprint users whenever the carrier decides to launch it. Hop on over to the Android Central Forums to discuss the phone to your hearts content! [SprintUsers] Thanks to r0fl for the tip!

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the new Android Market application

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The new look to the Android Market will be rolling out over the next couple of weeks. But if you just can't wait, you can download and install it now. We've done so and have taken it for a test ride.

Graphically, things are much improved, trading the tabs for one long page. Comments, related items, screen shots and all the usual fodder is there on that one page.

The home screen and categories have carousels at the top -- you can flip through them to see promoted applications. It's quick and rather nice.

Installing an app is the same process, but much more aesthetically pleasing. When you press the install button, it then shows you the system and security components that the app can access. That's not new, but it's much more friendly, and we're hoping that casual users will actually pay attention to them now. You then press "OK" to actually install the app. Again, not new, but nicely refined.

Purchasing an app is exactly the same process as before. You make the deal, get a receipt e-mailed to you, and the app is installed. Refunding is seamless -- just open the app in the Market and press "refund." Careful of the 15-minute time limit, though.

We've got a brief video walkthrough after the break. Check it out. [Download the apk at XDA DevelopersThanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for Dec. 10, 2010

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Getting bored with those applications on your device? Looking for something new, but don't have hours to devote searching the market? Fear not, we bring you our weekly dose of our favorite selections that we use daily, and hopefully you can find some of the same value in the that we do!

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3 years ago

Tegra 2 packing LG Star gives other phones an 'inferiority complex'

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The LG Star is a device we have seen pop up a few times in recent weeks, but Engadget has gotten their hands on a prototype unit and put up a preview. Here are a couple highlights:

  • The style of the phone reminded them of the Droid Incredible
  • The 4-inch 800x480 panel is "gorgeous" 
  • Running Froyo but expected to launch with Ginerbread
  • Tegra 2 processor. And speaking of CPU power...
  • Benchmarks are fast. As in crazy fast. As in a Quadrant score about 2x that of the Nexus 1 and 67 fps on Neocore. And this not on final hardware/software. Wow
  • Youtube HQ and Flash playback went off "without a hitch"

So yes, I want one. LG will be at CES, which we will be covering extensively, so expect a lot more on this device come January. And if this is a hint of things to come from Nvidia's Tegra 2 chips, we are about to see a huge increase in the computing power of mobile devices. Click past the link for more pictures and a pair of videos. [Engadget

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3 years ago

Android Market update shrinks app refund window to 15 minutes

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Google tonight announced that the Android Market is getting a significant upgrade over the next couple of weeks. All devices on Android 1.6 and  up -- and that's about 94 percent of all Android devices -- will get the update.

First and foremost, you'll see a carousel of promoted apps on the home and category screens. Widgets and Live wallpapers will get their own categories. The aforementioned app content ratings will go live on devices, and you'll get all of an app's information on a single page, instead of on several tabs.

Also: There will be better filtering for devices -- if your phone can't handle the app, it won't see it, basically.

Now here's the biggy: Currently, you have 24 hours to uninstall a paid app and get your money back. But Google says most apps are refunded within 15 minutes, and so that's what the new window will be. Repeat: You have 15 minutes to try an app and uninstall it for a refund, instead of 24 hours.

So fair warning, folks. You can still purchase an app on a trial basis, it's just that you've got a quarter-hour to check out the goods. Look for the Market update soon. And in the meantime, reader Adam somehow got it on his Droid X as it updated to Android 2.2.1. More pics of the new Market are after the break. [Android Developers Blog]

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