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3 years ago

Sharp unveils the Galapagos Tablet

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Sharp has announced that it is joining the Android tablet race with the Galapagos Tablet device. The tablet with ship in two models: 5.5-inch and the 10.8-inch screens. They will sell for 39,800 Yen ($473) and 54,800 Yen ($642) respectively. The 5.5-inch screen will sport a resolution of 1024 × 600 and the 10.8-inch screen will sport 1366 × 800. We're glad to see that they didn't just keep with the lower resolution for the larger display. Other than that, the tablet will come shipped with your standard tablety things: microSD, modified Android OS, and e-books. Unfortunately, the tablet is not shipping with wireless N support, only B and G. Video after the break. [Akihabara News via TechFresh]

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: SMS2PC

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Like I mentioned in the Nov. 19 edition of our Editors' App Picks, I send a lot of text messages.  Maybe not as much as some of you, but, it's not uncommon for me to have used over 3,000 text messages each month.

If you're a heavy texter who spends a substantial portion of your day in front of a computer, you might be surprised how much you'll enjoy SMS2PC.  Respond quicker, and type faster -- without ever having to pick up your phone.

Join me after the break to dive a little deeper into SMS2PC, and get some download links.

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3 years ago

Sharp IS03 gets some Lady Gaga promotion -- can't read its poker face

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Android phones aren't the only chart toppers around here. Pop culture sensation Lady Gaga (Phil's favorite, don't let him kid you) can always be found sitting high on the Billboard Charts. So why not put those two together? Well, the Japanese did just that. Click on after the break to see two Lady G commercials advertising the Sharp IS03. The device will be hitting Japan's KDDI au network, and will boast a beautiful 960 x 640 3.5-inch screen.[PointGPhoneThanks for the tip, machine!

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3 years ago

Show your Android allegiance in Call of Duty: Black Ops

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Android Central Forums user DealingWithFeelingsOfBetrayal has alerted us to step-by-step instructions for recreating Google's Android logo inside popular shooter Call of Duty: Black Ops. Users can create their own icons to be displayed on their "Playercard" and their guns, so this guide will allow you to show how green your blood runs while getting that game-winning killcam. Honestly, this guide is making a strong case for me to replace my current icon, a Legend of Zelda-style Triforce shield. Check it out! [BlackOpsPodcast via Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

Dolphin Browser HD updated to 'fix UI compatibility issue' with Gingerbread

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The popular Dolphin Browser HD got an update recently, and there's an interesting tidbit in the changelog (thanks again, Google, for adding that). The line in question is "Fix UI compatibility with Android 2.3," which is interesting because Gingerbread still hasn't been announced, nor has the SDK been released -- publicly, anyway. Guess we'll just have to wait and see what the new compatibility requirements are. Thanks, Yamatine!

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3 years ago

Sprint rolls out 4G to six more cities

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Sprint has just fired up their 4G WiMax network in six new locales, bringing the total up to 68 cities nationwide. The new cities:

  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Miami, FL
  • Washington D.C.
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Columbus, OH

I'm not sure about the Ohio cities, but I know folks in DC, LA, and Miami have been seeing pockets of 4G service for a while now, and in parts of the DC suburbs it's smokin' fast.  Of course, in other parts it's completely non-existent -- let's hope the official roll-out widens it up a bit.  We have the full press release after the break, as well as a short promo video from Sprint about its LA roll-out. [Sprint]

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3 years ago

Samsung Nexus S gets new Wifi, GPS antennas, shows them to the FCC

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What would you do if you were a smartphone and your maker just gave you new Wifi and GPS antennas? Why, you'd show them to the Federal Communications Commission, of course. And that's just what's been done with the Samsung GT-i9020T, otherwise known as the yet-to-be-announced-but-seen-a-plenty Samsung Nexus S. That mean we're going to see the phone anytime soon? Your uneducated guess is a good as ours. [FCC via Engadget]

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3 years ago

Sprint's LG Optimus S gets the custom ROM treatment [From the forums]

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Sprint's latest Android device, the LG Optimus S, now has its own custom ROM from our very own forum moderators KSmithInNy and Beezy.  You might be familiar with their excellent work on the Evo 4G, and anyone who might have grabbed one of these snappy little phones should get to know them soon.

The ROM is a well optimized Froyo build based on the latest official version from LG, and has that dreaded carrier bloatware stripped out.  Not only did you pick up a solid little device for a great price, now you can run the pure Android experience on it.  Be sure to hit the Optimus S forums for everything you need to get rooted and run custom ROMS on your new Optimus S phone. [Android Central Forums] Thanks KSmithInNY and Beezy!

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3 years ago

HTC Merge case shows up - but just like the phone, it's not yet available

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No, the HTC Merge still hasn't been announced. But a Body Glove case for the HTC slider has been spotted, lending even more credence to the whispers that this Verizon phone has been delayed at least once. When will it drop? Your guess is as good as everybody else's at this point (and likely just as wrong). In the meantime, you'll have to continue to make do with our exclusive hands-on, benchmark tests and video preview. And that's not too shabby. One more pic after the break. [Droid Forums via Android Central Forums]

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