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3 years ago

Samsung Continuum Hands-On!

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Sure, you may have already seen our Samsung Continuum Preview from over a month ago, checked out the video hands-on from back in the day, looked at our super Samsung Continuum page, and even scanned the Continuum specs. What else we can tell you: the Continuum consists of one single, giant piece of glass covering a Super AMOLED screen in three sections: the 3.4-inch main display, the four standard Android buttons, and the 1.8-inch, 96-pixel high "Ticker" at bottom.

Build-wise, we're looking at a slightly narrower and slightly better feeling Galaxy S device -- in a lot of ways the plastics and overall feel harkens to the T-Mobile Vibrant -- It's crazy light but still feels pretty solid. These are demo units, natch, but things seem snappy enough with that 1GHz processor.

The Ticker itself is a little gimmicky but also very cool -- you can turn on just the Ticker merely by gripping the bottom of the device. Up pops the default screen with time and weather, but you swipe once to get all your missed alerts, which you can tap on to go straight to the application. The other Ticker function is to provide you with alerts that don't get in your way. Sure, Android does that by default, but with the Ticker it's a littler easier to see more information and actually decide if you want to act on it. We're also fond of the RSS feed feature, but then we're RSS junkies. VZ Navigator (which admittedly costs extra per month) also shows you the next turn in the ticker area.

We can't say we're happy to see this thing "Bing'd" but, hey, it's such a pleasure to hold the Continuum that it's easy to look past that to what is a fairly compelling device. Samsung and Verizon will have the little guy released November 11th for $199 with a $100 mail-in rebate.

After the break: video and photos aplenty.

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3 years ago

Live from Samsung's Continuum event

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Liveblog starts at 6 p.m. EDT / 3 p.m. PDT

 

You've seen our Samsung Continuum initial preview and video hands-on, and now it's time for the official stuff. We're in New York City for Sammy's official event, scheduled to begin around 6 p.m. or so. Join us for all the live coverage after the break.

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3 years ago

How to prepare your Nexus One for Gingerbread

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We're positive Gingerbread is on the horizon.  We're pretty confident it's close if you're rocking a Nexus One.  If you're like us, and have your Nexus One hacked nine ways to Sunday, you'll need to get ready if you don't feel like waiting for someone to rip it apart and whip up a version for the rooted and ROM'd crowd.

We're here to help.

Thanks to the awesomesauce that is the XDA-Developers wiki, we have worked up a set of easy instructions that will have your Nexus One back to stock and ready for the OTA or manual method once it's available.  Head into the forums and have a look.  We've tested the method on both the T-Mobile and AT&T versions, and we're ready to go.  If you hit any snags, sing out, and we'll help you get ready for the latest tasty version of Android. [XDA-Developers wiki, AndroidCentral forums]

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3 years ago

Samsung finally (and officially) announces the dual-screen Continuum; Coming to Verizon on Nov. 11

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Samsung has officially announced the Continuum -- Android's first dual-screen phone that's coming to Verizon this month. We brought you the first hands-on and video preview of the Continuum, and now it's finally headed headed to the public on Nov. 11. Specs remain as previously reported:

  • Android 2.1.
  • A main 3.4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen (at 480x800 pixels)
  • A secondary 1.8-inch touchscreen at 96 pixels high. That's the "Ticker," and it's used to display a variety of info -- weather, news, scores, calling info, music controls -- you name it.
  • 1GHz Hummingbird processor
  • 512MB ROM/384MB RAM
  • Wifi
  • Bing

Pricing hasn't been mentioned, but we've previously reported $199 after contract and rebate. (Update: That's now confirmed) We're going to get some more quality time with the Continuum tonight at Samsung's official event in New York City. Stay tuned for live coverage starting around 6 p.m. EDT. [via Twitter] More discussion in our Samsung Continuum Forums

Update: Find full specs here.

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3 years ago

Droid X dock review: Motorola Multimedia Desktop Charger

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The Motorola Droid X is a a looker to be sure. And to properly show it off on your desk or bedside table, you're going to want to check out the Motorola Multimedia Desktop Charger. But it's more than just a way to keep your Droid X charged. 

The Motorola Multimedia Desktop Charger also will serve up high-definition video from your Droid X to your television, via a port in the rear of the charger. You'll have to provide your own HDMI cable, though. But it does come with a lengthy microUSB charger, so you'll have no problem keeping your phone juiced.

The dock itself is a matte black plastic.There's a large, metal bar that extends about halfway up the rear of the phone, to keep it from falling out and damaging the microUSB and HDMI ports. It also has a magnet that senses the Droid X nearby and launches the multimedia desktop mode (more on that in a second). The bottom of the dock is made of a nonstick rubber, so it won't go sliding around your desk.

The Droid X sits sideways and automatically switch into a special multimedia desktop mode when inserted. You get a big clock with the date, weather info, plus easy access to alarm settings, a dimmer button, and music and photo icons.

The Motorola Multimedia Desktop Charger for Droid X is available now in the Android Central Store for $39.95. We've got more pictures of it in action after the break.

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3 years ago

HTC Paradise spotted - again - in FCC database sporting support for AT&T 3G

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The last time we got a look at the HTC Paradise it was due to it being posted on Craigslist alongside the HTC Fiesta. And this isn't the first time we've seen this phone at the FCC -- it showed up there way back in April. This time though, it's got a name, is turned on and definitely has HTC Sense on board. That's not a sure sign that the device will ever be released though, as it still remains unannounced by HTC or AT&T, and Phonescoop suggests it's been canceled in favor of other devices. [FCC via Phonescoop]

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3 years ago

Motorola Flipside now available from AT&T

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If you've been patiently waiting to get your hands on the Motorola Flipside, then today is a great day for you. AT&T has made the device available via their website for only $99.99 on a new 2-year contract. We've gone hands on, we've seen the specs but with all that is still in the pipeline to be released, we'd have to say the Flipside is one of those niche devices. You've either been really interested in this device from the get go and want one or you've never cared about it to begin with. Either way, at $99.99 AT&T will move some units for those who just want a nice and functional Android device [AT&T]

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3 years ago

HTC Merge accessories show in Verizon's system

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Where are are HTC Merge accessories, there must be a phone, right? The above shot comes from Verizon's system, so we're probably that much closer (for what that's worth) to finally seeing the Android slider on Big Red, right? In the meantime, check out our hands-on with the Merge.

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3 years ago

Droid 2 Global -- ready to travel planet Earth on November 29th

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Sadly, all you timezone-jumping Android users out there will have to wait just a bit longer for your Droid 2 Global.  Contrary to what we previously heard, the Droid 2 Global now has been given a launch date of November 29th.  Device launches frequently fall victim to the dreaded one- or two-week delay, and our deepest condolences go out to any of you that are waiting for Motorola's premiere quad band GSM Android phone.

To make the sting a bit less painful, you can go into any Verizon Wireless store tomorrow and preorder yours, though you can't get it in stores until November 29.

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3 years ago

Tweetdeck for Android has been updated to 1.0.2 in the Market!

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If Tweetdeck is your weapon of choice for Twitter, you'll want to be sure to grab the latest version from the Android Market. Version 1.0.2 has been made available and addresses a few issues within the application. One of the larger ones being the adding of Facebook accounts which some users had troubles with. While we're at it, we might as well make mention that @deckondroid has also confirmed that Twitpic support is coming very soon for those of you who prefer that over YFrog.

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