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3 years ago

What is Facebook about to unveil?

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As we previously reported, Facebook is holding a special mobile event at its headquarters tomorrow where it will announce ...  something.

Will this be the announcement of the previously denied "Facebook Phone"?  Or is Facebook announcing new mobile applications for other operating systems, like Android and iOS.  That former Android lead Erick Tseng moved to Facbeook in May is a great source of speculation, there's really no evidence out there.  They've kept a pretty tight lid on what the announcement will entail, so your guess is as good as ours.  If you have a prediction, share it with us in a comment below.

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3 years ago

T-Mobile pimps itself as 'America's Largest 4G Network'

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T-Mobile's crowing tonight that it now has "America's Largest 4G Network" -- and it's backing that statement with a new television advertisement. It's pitting the myTouch 4G versus the iPhone and playing off the now-defunct Mac-PC ads (minus 5 points for lack of creativity) and sports someone who looks strangely like the old "Dude, you're getting a Dell!" guy (subtract another 5 points) and a woman who, while attractive, is definitely not Mrs. Douglas (there goes another 5 points).

As for the whole "America's Largest 4G Network"? T-Mobile says its HSPA+ network is up and running in 75 cities now. Which is great. But I can only be on one place at a time. And right now, the place I'm in doesn't even have T-Mobile 3G, never mind HSPA+ (which, by the way, is still technically not 4G). Apparently a half-million people in an MSA only gets you so much. But I digress.

Full presser and video are after the break. Whatcha think? 4G? Not 4G? Does it matter? [Image credit]

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3 years ago

Samsung Continuum specs vs. the rest of Verizon's high-end Android lineup

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The Samsung Continuum has appeared in a Verizon specs comparison sheet that pits the soon-to-be-released device against the rest of Verizon's high-end Android lineup. It pretty much confirms what we saw in our hands-on, and that means that we like the specs a lot. The Continuum is very similar to the Fascinate, but has a 3.4-inch screen as well as a second 1.8-inch screen that sports a resolution of 96 x 480 pixels. See the full list of specs after the break.

The device is expected to be announced at Samsung's event next week. Who is as anxious as us to grab one upon release? [via Droid-Life]

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3 years ago

Logitech Revue getting software update to address frame-rate issue

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Fire up the ol' Logitech Revue this afternoon and you might find an update waiting for you. Yes, the Revue can receive online updates -- just like any other Android-based device. Logitech has confirmed to us that the update addresses the frame-rate issue that we told you about last week.

If you're the type who was to have particulars, the update moves the Revue from build number KA11-20101015.201139.user-b39389 to KA1X-20101027.092418.user-be9953. A couple more pics of the update in progress (exciting, eh?) are after the break. [Logitech via Phandroid]

More on the Logitech Revue in our Google TV forums

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3 years ago

Droid 2 update, Droid Pro questions, Android Central Wallpaper [From the forums]

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Why should you be hanging out in the Android Central Forums, you ask? Because it's where all the cool kids are, of course. And cool kids talk about cool stuff. Here's but a smattering of what's going on today:

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3 years ago

Setting a SIM card lock (and why you want to)

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3 years ago

Dell Venue arrives at FCC again, armed with T-Mobile's 1700MHz band

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The Dell Venue has been making its rounds as of late. Last time we saw it, it was rocking the bands capable of running on AT&T, Rogers, Bell and TELUS. While doing so, that left some folks wondering if there was ever going to be an AWS version. Today, through the FCC we now get a look at a new variation labeled as "V03B002" which certainly does have the 1700MHz band needed to function on T-Mobile 3G. We're guessing it's safe to say the Dell Venue might end up sitting next to the Dell Venue Pro at some point. [FCC via Engadget]

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3 years ago

88 high-risk bugs found in Linux kernel (And why we're not really worried)

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PC World reports that Coverity (a company that sells software to find code bugs and anomalies  in commercially released software) has found 359 software "defects," 88 of which are critical in the Linux kernel version that runs on the HTC Incredible.  I say they probably didn't find them all.  The Linux kernel -- like all software -- has bugs, some more harmless that others.  What we all need to think about is what Coverity isn't saying -- these bugs can be found and fixed because the Linux kernel is open-source, and comparable bugs can be found in any software, including the software running on whatever smartphone is in our hands at the moment.  Like everything else, tacking the word "Android" onto something makes it news.

Kernel bugs are bad, but they certainly don't equal any type of real world exploit, and unless you hand your phone over to someone with a development computer and a USB cable, you're probably safe.  [PCWorld via Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

Vodafone UK lists Galaxy Tab price, data plan details

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Vodafone UK has revealed their pricing for the Samsung Galaxy Tab via their website. The 7-inch tablet itself will run you £499, with month-to-month data plans ranging from a £3 day-to-day plan with 500MB of data all the way up to a £25 monthly plan that will net you 5GB of data. The tablet is up for order now and should ship in two to four business days, so get to the buying if you want in on the latest and greatest Android tablet. Click past the link to see all of the plan options. [Vodafone UK]

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3 years ago

Sony Ericsson LiveView -- one step closer to replacing your wristwatch

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As the lucky folks who were able to attend DroidCon 2010 witnessed, Sony Ericsson decided to distribute an early build of the LiveView developer SDK, and even loan out a couple devices to third party plug-in developers.

London-based Android developer Mark Brady was lucky enough to spend some time with a test unit, and even began porting over the UI of his Last Call WidgetIn his blog he outlines exactly what you will find in the SDK, and also airs some grievances towards the early build.  But he's very quick to forgive, as Sony Ericsson had no prior plans of distributing any of these units, or the unfinished SDK.

This was definitely a good move on SE's part, as the only way you're going to drum up interest in a new technology is to get it into the hands of developers, and see what they can come up with.  One or two killer apps could do wonders for the LiveView, and I'm very anxious to see where this goes.  I can already think of a few ways I would use the LiveView, so I'm really pulling for it.

As we mentioned a couple months ago, the LiveView is compatible with Android 2.0 or better, and should be available in the fourth quarter (that's now!)  [Zedray.com]

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