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3 years ago

Virgin Mobile Samsung Intercept spotted at Target

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Only just a few days ago Virgin Mobile announced via Facebook that it  soon would offer the Samsung Intercept as its first Android device. Virgin didn't drop any dates, but apparently it's showing up in Target stores, priced at $249.99. Target is pretty good with its pre-paid sales -- keep an eye on those Sunday ads, people. Be sure to head on over the the forums to see what people think about the phone. [Submitted via the Android Central App]

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3 years ago

Developers are betting on Android in the long run

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A survey released this week suggests that mobile developers are picking Android to succeed over other Operating Systems, most notably iOS, in the long-run. The survey was conducted by Appcelerator and IDC asked more than 2,300 developers about the short and long term outlooks for various platforms. 

Apple's iOS won for offering the best short-term revenue opportunities, with 76 percent of developers supporting that platform. In the long-run, however, 59 percent stated that they thought Android had the best long-term outlook, compared to 35 percent who said iOS. 

This support from developers is not solely focused on the phone platform, but future mobile devices as well. When asked the question "which OS is positioned to power a large number of connected devices in the future," a glaring 72 percent voted for Android compared to 25 percent for iOS.

This is exciting new for the Android world; it's always a good thing to hear developers betting on your platform for long-term success. It is looking more likely that the OS race will be fought between Google and Apple. Microsoft has high hopes with Windows Phone 7, but we have yet to see a product yet and there hasn't been much talk of tablets; until then, they are playing major catchup. RIM has always been strong, but the numbers are showing that BlackBerry OS is likely to remain stagnant at best with the onslaught of Android devices hitting the market and the upcoming Microsoft products. [Computer World]

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3 years ago

Dell's 7-inch Looking Glass tablet to launch within weeks

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After being announced way back in April, and teased by CEO Michael Dell just recently, the Dell Looking Glass tablet is set to launch in the "next few weeks", according to The Wall Street Journal. They spoke to Dell's own Greater China President, Amit Midha, who confirmed that the tablet was coming along with several other tablet devices, including a 10-inch model. He also said that Dell was planning on using both Android and Windows for its tablets and is looking into Chrome OS as well. As for the Looking Glass, the specs (as released in April) are:

  • Nvidia's Tegra 2 processor
  • Android 2.1
  • 800x480 resolution 7-inch screen
  • Optional TV tuner
  • 4GB each of ROM and RAM
  • microSD card slot (up to 32GB card)
  • 1.3 MP front-facing camera

So, add the Looking Glass onto the pile of Android tablets we are expecting this fall. Toss in the recently announced PlayBook by RIM and leaked word of the PalmPad (set for early 2011), and the tablet apocalypse is fully upon us. [Wall Street Journal

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3 years ago

Big things ahead for Launcher Pro

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Launcher Pro and Launcher Pro Plus are easily some of the most popular alternative launchers for Android. The developer has been iterating at a fast pace and has integrated some awesome features into the product. A big announcement from him today hints at big changes in the future.

The developer, if you aren't familiar, is Federico Carnales, who is very accessible and has been working extremely hard at Launcher Pro. 

To sum it up, here is what he said:

  • Launcher Pro is based on the stock Android 2.0 launcher
  • The stock launcher was not developed to support some of the iterations that Launcher Pro has introduced, such as the ability to have seven home-screens
  • Due to this, he has decided to throw out the current version and develop Launcher Pro from scratch

This will allow him to have more control over the app and have an easier time implementing some of the features he has his mind on. According to the announcement, this change will result in:

  • Improved speed
  • Reduced memory usage
  • Increased flexibility (adapting to other devices, like tablets)
  • Cleaner code to allow more features
  • The bug fixes that haven't been addressed yet

Those of us who have purchased Launcher Pro Plus will not have to pay for the app again. The new version will simply replace it. No date has been set, but don't expect anything too soon, it's a huge job. Nevertheless, Launcher Pro users should be excited at this announcement, as it will only result in a more functional app. [LauncherPro]

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3 years ago

Kyocera Zio dummy units appear at Radio Shack

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Our super secret spies have uncovered some Kyocera Zio dummy units at Radio Shack. The 3.5-inch LCD touchscreen, with a Qualcomm MSM7627 processor, was first seen sporting Android 1.6 (Donut). Sanyo/Kyocera has stated that when the device hits retail, it will come shipped with Android 2.1 (Eclair). No word on if Froyo will be supported on the phone. Click on after the break to see another shot of the unit and full video of our hands-on.

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3 years ago

SwiftKey updated -- bug fixes and more language dictation support

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SwiftKey, the software keyboard that can read minds, has been updated to version 1.0.8 in the Android Market.  Not a big change log, but what is there is nice to see.  Makes us all feel like we aren't being forgotten after we've spent our money.  The two big changes, at least in my opinion, are the new languages supported for dictation (English, Spanish, French, German and Italian) and contractions now include apostrophes in the auto correct area.  Now I can't blame my typos on the keyboard any longer!  The short version of the change log:

  • Fixed issue with contractions/apostrophization auto-correction issue
  • Fixed prediction/voice dictation bug in fields with drop-down suggestion text fields.

The Market entry has also been adjusted so the price is in U.S. dollars instead of British Sterling, as some banks have issue accepting charges in foreign currency through Google Checkout.  One last thing to mention -- the sale price of 99 cents goes away on Sept. 30, and the price goes up to $3.99, so don't say we didn't warn you.  Now go update, and put it through the paces.  If you haven't tried SwiftKey yet, download links are after the break. [SwiftKey]

Find more in the Swiftkey Developer Forums

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3 years ago

Beejive for Android now available

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Beejive IM is finally out of beta, and is now available on the Android Market.  Beejive is a very popular, cross platform multiple service IM client that's safe (128-bit encryption on all over-the-air data), easy to use, and uses Google's new push services (see our Chrome to Phone demo about them) to stay easy on the battery.  It also integrates seamlessly with all of the popular chat clients, with group chat support for AIM, Yahoo, MSN, Gtalk, and Jabber.  Possibly the best feature -- file transfers between users is supported, something many of us have been waiting for.

It's good that Beejive is so feature rich, because it's going to cost you $10.  That's not really surprising, as Beejive is an expensive app on other platforms as well.  What I found most dissapointing, is that while Beejive offers license transfer between BlackBerry devices, I see no method to transfer my license from BlackBerry to my Android device, nor any method to transfer license between Android phones.  And it appears that each installation is tied to the device it was purchased from, using a unique device identifier, so Beejive will have to facilitate the transfer.  Hopefully all this is an oversight or in the works -- I've reached out to Beejive for some more clarification.

But if you've been longing for Beejive, or just need a good (and it's very good, I've been participating in the beta as well) cross platform, multi-client chat application go for it -- you won't be disappointed in anything other than the price and/or licensing scheme.  Download link and some more screen shots are after the break.

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3 years ago

White HTC Desire and Silver HTC Wildfire now available for pre-order in the UK

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The HTC Desire and HTC Wildfire are now available for pre-order in white and silver, respectively. Everyone wants their device to have a unique look or feel to it and HTC is trying to give customers that choice with these new options. Both phones can be had for free with a contract. If you don't want to pay the monthly fee that comes with the free versions, there are numerous options that will surely fit your needs. If you have been holding out for a different colored Desire or Wildfire, the wait is over. Follow the links to see pricing and contract info for the specific devices. [White Desire | White Wildfire via phonearena]

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3 years ago

Best Buy Mobile's 'Free Phone Fridays' with Samsung Fascinate, HTC Aria

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Best Buy has announced a new promotion that will occur every Friday in October that will have a phone on each major U.S. carrier (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile) on sale for the low, low price of free. Taking advantage of "Free Phone Fridays"requires a "new, upgrade, or add-a-line activation with two-year agreement." The promise is for at least one "high-end, in-demand" smartphone per week, but things will kick off this Friday with a dual helping of the Samsung Fascinate on Verizon and the HTC Aria on AT&T.  Hit the read link for more details, as well as the phones for Sprint and T-Mobile. [Best Buy Mobile]

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Apollo available in Canada on Telus

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Samsung's Galaxy Apollo, a mid-range Android offering, is now available to Canadians on Telus. 

Here are the specs: 

  • Android 2.1 (Eclair)
  • 3.2-inch screen
  • Swype
  • 3 MP camera
  • Internal memory: 150MB
  • External memory: up to 16GB

As far as pricing, Telus presents a few options for customers:

  • No contract ($249.99)
  • 1-year contract ($199.99)
  • 2-year contract ($149.99)
  • 3-year contract ($49.99)

The Galaxy Apollo presents users with a good, mid-range device if they don't want to pay the fees for the Galaxy S. [Tulus via unwiredview]

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