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3 years ago

Sprint Premier customers invited to preorder Galaxy Tab

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If you belong to the not so elite Sprint Premiere club, you probably got an e-mail at some point today inviting you to purchase the Samsung Galaxy Tab. Sprint will gladly ship one to you for only $399.99 on a two-year contract. Well, it's actually $449.99 and then you have to deal with mail-in instant rebate but we're guessing that won't be a deal-breaker for you. Toss in a data plan, starting at $29.99 for 2GB and you're ready to rock and roll! If you're still on the fence, be sure to check out our hands on with the Sprint version. [Sprint]

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3 years ago

Bing: It's not just for Verizon anymore

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For those of you looking longingly at your friends on Verizon as they Bing their way through the day, take note. If you find yourself constantly asking "How can I get that wonderful Bing Decision Engine on my phone?", pay heed: Bing (read our full review) is now available on every phone, every carrier, for every decision.

That's right, for the low, low price of free in the Android Market, you can forgo Google, forsake the search engine that brought you this fair Android operating system, and Bing your way through life. It's OK. We won't tell. [Bing]

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3 years ago

Swype for Android beta updated

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For those of you rocking the Swype beta -- ie it did NOT come presinstalled on your phone -- it just got a pretty sizable update. Here's the full changelog:

  • Resolved an accuracy issue that was introduced in the last Beta update. New software features supporting additional languages were included in the beta before the test plan for those features was complete (it is a beta after all). Subsequent testing identified the accuracy issue and corrections made. These new tests have been incorporated into our regression testing to prevent future accuracy issues.
  • Added Double-Tap-to-Edit and Cursor Restore
  • Added microphone button (QWERTY only. Requires Google Voice Search be pre-integrated in your phone’s ROM)
  • Added French & EXPERIMENTAL Chinese Pinyin languages
  • Modified new word priority defaults. The word-choice-window will now be ordered more intelligently when encountering custom dictionary words
  • Fixed a bug where an extra space would be added when replacing a word by Swyping after opening the word choice window
  • Improved the "Hidden-Word" dialog handling so it doesn't show up as often (more improvements to this next time)
  • Improved prediction when handling various path collisions
  • Lots of minor bug fixes

The tl;dr version:  Better, faster, with voice-to-text, finally. Now only if Swype would put this in the market. For those of you already in the beta, head to beta.swype.com/android/get to update your installer. For everybody else, well ... [Swype] Thanks, Sean!

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3 years ago

Droid 2 Global gets root and bootstrapping

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Some lucky folks out there have managed to already receive their shipments for the Droid 2 Global and with that, some have even taken the time to put it to the test to see if it can be rooted and bootstrapped. Which, appears to be possible using the regular Droid 2 methods. But of course, we do have to advise that you exercise caution if you choose to give it a run through. With that disclaimer out of the way, anyone get their Droid 2 Global? If so, let us know in the forums. We'd love to see some sexy pics and unboxings. [DroidLife]

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3 years ago

Best Buy to feature Nexus S materials as soon as Nov. 14 [rumor]

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When it rains, it often pours -- Nexus S (or Nexus Elite, or Nexus 2; pick your poison at this point) rumors are no different.  The fellows at Android Police have got their hands on an internal screen from Best Buy, showing that promotional materials, and possibly some sort of dummy unit, are scheduled to be set up by Nov. 14.  We checked with our Best Buy source, and while they can't confirm, they say it certainly looks to be in order.  Maybe those "mistakes" at the Best Buy website weren't off the mark after all?

Who else will be trucking out to Best Buy come Sunday? [Android Police]

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3 years ago

Samsung Elite /Nexus S / Nexus 2 pics from the wild

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Call it the Samsung Elite, the Nexus 2, or the Nexus S -- finally some photos have cropped up.  Engadget has a handful of shots of what they are calling the Nexus S, complete with packaging labeled "i9020."  There's a SIM card slot, if you had any doubt of a GSM device. If you don't want to get your hopes up based on a Best Buy snafu, these should certainly give you some hope.  Hit the source link to see the complete set. [Engadget]

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3 years ago

Sprint Epic 4G Froyo leak made available to all

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Last weekend when the Froyo leak for the Epic 4G rolled out, there was a bit of consternation about the folks that had the leak not wanting to share it with the public-at-large.  Somebody, somewhere decided that this needed changing, and the leak is now available for download and flashing.  You'll need to be rooted of course, and bug reports vary wildly, from no issues to plenty of force closes and reboots. 

If you're that kind of guy (or gal), grab the file at the source and give it a go! [XDA-Developers] Thanks Casey!

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3 years ago

Rhapsody for Android 2.0 available now

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A lot of folks have signed up for the Rhapsody beta test, and now version 2.0 is available for all in the Android Market. Rhapsody has been trying to work out any kinks within the app itself and thus far has done a pretty good job. A few new features are included with this build:

  • Download and offline playback of your playlists!
  • Download playlists and manage your downloads through the My Playlists menu.
  • New toolbar with download and other options on the playlist screen.
  • Offline mode displaying unique UI and available menu items.
  • Settings: Clear Pending Downloads from the My Playlists menu; Force Offline Mode or Remove All Downloads from the Settings screen.
  • A completely refreshed user interface.
  • Artist Radio available right from the Artist screen, and a new "Search Artist Stations" option.
  • High-resolution album art (when available for specific releases).

Despite all the new additions and bug fixes added to the latest release, a few known issues do still exist so keep that in mind when deciding to use it. You can read the full change log and known issues via the Rhapsody website. If you want to give it try, the download link can certainly be found after the break. [Rhapsody]

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3 years ago

This the Samsung Elite/Nexus S/Nexus 2?

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Before we all go too crazy over this Best Buy Mobile in-store "gift-shopper's smorgasbord" image, which shows a Samsung-esque phone that looks like it could match the oft-rumored by never-confirmed (and possibly misnamed) Nexus S or Nexus 2, remember this: Best Buy has also showed the HTC Aria towering over the Evo 4G, and with 4G data, no less.

It's also interesting that the home button is all the way to the right. Has that been done on any other phone? And maybe the green-colored icons at the bottom and top are Gingerbread. Or maybe it's another bad Photoshop job. We know. We're Debbie Downers like that. [Best Buy Mobile via Engadget]

More in the official "Where the hell is Gingerbread" form

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3 years ago

Gingerbread coming today? It's still pinging

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The big ol' unsourced, unconfirmed, who-knows-if-it's-true rumor of the past week or so has been that Android  2.3 -- Gingerbread -- will be announced/released/something today. It's just about lunchtime, and no sign of anything sweet yet -- though as you can see from the Google analytics above, it looks like it's still pinging around out there.

Will we see it today? Dunno. Will we see it tomorrow? Dunno. Are our fingers crossed? Absofrigginlutely.

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