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3 years ago

Best Buy guide shows off Samsung Gem

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We've already seen the Samsung Gem with Verizon branding, and it has now shown up in the Best Buy buyer's guide. 

The Gem is going to be another offering from Samsung on Verizon, but aimed at the low-end spectrum. Most likely the crowd that is transitioning from feature phones to smart-phones but doesn't want to spring for expensive devices just yet. 

Here are the specs for the Gem:

  • Android 2.1 (Eclair)
  • TouchWiz 3.0
  • Swype
  • 3.2 MP camera
  • 16 GB Micro-SD expansion

The Gem is being overshadowed by Samsung and Verizon's big release of the Fascinate on Sept. 9. They are aimed at different crowds though, and it just means that Android will continue to grow, which is a good thing. [Engadget]

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3 years ago

Copy files to your storage card in Windows

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For as easy as Android can make your life, the simple task of getting photos, video and music from your computer to your phone isn't quite as straightforward as it should be. We're going to put an end to that right now. After the break: How to get your storage card to show up on your computer. No rooting. No extra programs. Just a few simple steps

[Ed. note: We previously published this tip on Feb. 5, 2010.]

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the Galaxy Tab keyboard and dock

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Samsung Galaxy Tab

Looking for the Samsung Galaxy Tab keyboard? We got our hands on it, as well as the desktop dock. The keyboard isn't quite full size, but it's close. The key action isn't anything to write home about, but it's hardly the worst, either.

The keyboard isn't quite as thick as you'll see in the pictures here; it was taped to some sort of pad on the table. You're not going to be writing "War and Peace" with this thing, but it will do.

We also got a closer look at the desktop dock for the Galaxy Tab. Pictures of both are after the break.

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3 years ago

Toshiba announces Folio 100 tablet -- 10.1 inches of Android 2.2

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Toshiba officially announced its Folio 100 tablet today -- a 10.1-inch device running Android 2.2 (Froyo).

It's a very intriguing device and the specs sounds great:

  • 10.1-inch capacitive touchscreen
  • 1024 x 600
  • Android 2.2 (Froyo)
  • NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor
  • 16 GB internal storage (32 GB available SD expansion)
  • Adobe Flash 10.1
  • 1.3 MP front-facing camera
  • Mini-HDMI 
  • USB 2.0
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • WLAN (802.11)
  • Mobile broadband (available Q1 2011)

For those who have been unhappy that the Galaxy Tab appears to be 3G-only, the Folio 100 will be Wi-Fi first, with 3G coming in 2011. 

Some pre-installed software on the device: Opera Mobile, Toshiba Media Player, Fring, Evernote and Docs to Go.

Price is about $540 for the Wifi-only version. For a more detailed outline of the device, check the source for the full press release. Toshiba's first Android tablet looks great on paper, coming with USB and HDMI connectors and a Wifi-only version. [Toshiba - pdf warning]

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3 years ago

Google responds to Steve Jobs' comments on activation numbers

Apple held an event yesterday that introduced new iPods and the new Apple TV. [See complete coverage at TiPb.] CEO Steve Jobs was, of course, on stage and didn't hesitate to take some shots at Google and Android. 

Eric Schmidt stated last month that 200,000 Android devices were being activated everyday. That's a staggering number and shows how fast the mobile OS has grown in the past year. Jobs wasn't so certain that the numbers were accurate.

Quote from Jobs yesterday:

"We think some of our friends are counting upgrades in their numbers"

Obviously directed at Android, Google responded quickly, confirming the stat and clarifying what numbers they tally:

"The Android activation numbers do not include upgrades and are, in fact, only a portion of the Android devices in the market since we only include devices that have Google services."

Jobs took a couple other shots at Google at the event; perhaps he should get his facts straight before he attacks the competition. It's good to hear a clarification from Google, though, as no one was really sure what exactly counted as far as activations. [Fortune]

Turned off the comments because you guys just can't help yourselves, can you ...

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3 years ago

Vodafone to carry the Samsung Galaxy Tab in October

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Samsung Galaxy Tab

The Samsung Galaxy Tab (check out our hands-on video!), which was officially announced today, will be coming to Vodafone. It will go on sale in October in the majority of Vodafone's European markets with the hopes that more partner networks will carry the device by year's end. 

A quote from DJ Lee, Senior Vice President and Head of Sales and Marketing Team of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics:

“I am very excited to introduce Samsung GALAXY Tab with Vodafone. Thanks to Vodafone’s strong promotion and co-marketing with us, Samsung GALAXY Tab can be an outstanding smart media device to lead a new media revolution. With GALAXY Tab, users enjoy full web browsing with flash 10.1 support, reading eBooks, newspapers, or magazines, and watching HD videos on the large enough 7-inch display while on the move. Furthermore, it is still compact enough to carry everywhere.”

No word yet on pricing, but add Vodafone to the official Galaxy Tab partner list. [Vodafone via Coolsmartphone]

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3 years ago

Galaxy Tab Apps and Games [Video]

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Samsung Galaxy Tab

We snagged some more time with the Galaxy Tab and figured y'all might want to see how the tablet handles some serious games: like Need For Speed Shift and N.O.V.A. The answer: with aplomb. We also take a brief tour through the some of apps that Samsung has customized for the tablet - though sadly the excellent email client wasn't set up with accounts.

Speaking of apps, our number one question during the Q&A session was this: What's Samsung doing to help developers make sure their apps are both compatible and optimized for the Galaxy Tab hardware. The answer: firstly that the vast majority of apps in the Android Market are already compatible, but that there are some apps in the top 200 sellers that aren't working quite yet. Samsung worked with Google to identify the apps and get in contact with the developers and - we hope - provide support to those gentle coders so their apps are ready to rock 1024x600.

The Reader's Hub, by the way, is simply a front end for Kobo eBooks, Zinio Magazines, and PressDisplay Newspapers. Thankfully, all three of those apps are pretty decent - but during the Q&A Samsung didn't rule out the possibility that other carriers might want to emphasize or preinstall other ebook readers.

Video, complete with authentic show floor noise, after the break

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3 years ago

Vlingo adds Foursquare support, takes 'shout outs' to the next level

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Ever wish there was just an easier way to check in to the location you are at via Foursquare then to have to open the application and search for it via your devices keyboard? Well, the folks over at Vlingo (see our full review) are always looking to push the envelope on user experience and constantly look for ways to make things easier, and they have done it again. With the recent update to the Vlingo application, users can now use speech to check in to locations, shout out to friends, as well as find out the location of their friends all through some very simple voice commands.

Previously the application supported use of Twitter and Facebook, so the addition of Foursquare is one that will be welcomed by many. Now that checking in is just that much easier, let all your friends know your currently location or shout out to them, just because you can without having to use the devices keyboard. Check after the jump for the full presser and video of the update in action.

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3 years ago

Samsung Tablets: Gingerbread, Honeycomb, a 'full portfolio' in 2011

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Samsung Galaxy Tab

We just returned from the Q&A session after the Samsung Galaxy Tab unveiling, and most of the event was fairly straightforward: a lot depends on the carriers, the European launch is set for "Early October," with more coming before the end of the year, a "major U.S. carrier" is picking up the Galaxy Tab (yeah: we're assuming Verizon, too), and the Tab beats out the iPad in certain areas like portability and the ability to make voice calls.

What was interesting was what happened when future plans popped up. Samsung Mobile's President, JK Shin, got a little feisty and let drop that the Galaxy Tab would definitely be getting the Android 3.0 Gingerbread update. He also went further and said that Samsung would be releasing devices based on the Tablet-friendly "Honeycomb" version of Android next year and that Samsung would have a "full tablet portfolio" in 2011.

Given that Samsung said it was perhaps even more bullish than some analyst numbers that suggested the tablet market in 2011 would top 30 million devices, it looks like they intend on selling a bootload.

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3 years ago

Skype Mobile update does not allow use of Wifi after all [updated]

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We had a bad feeling that when the Skype Mobile app for Android was updated late last night and seemingly allowed calls over Wifi, things were a little too good to be true. And sure enough, they were. At left here is the original description for Version 1.5.0.4, which tells of "Simultaneous Wifi & 3G." That would have been a big deal because the app so far had only worked over Verizon 3G, forcing you to use its data connection, which of course you're paying for. And that, of course, is ridiculous, though you can see Verizon's intent -- it keeps you from buying an unactivated phone and using it as a Wifi VOIP phone when instead you could be burning through your monthly data allotment.

But lo and behold, we have a couple of unactivated Verizon phones here, and sure enough, they freak out when you try to use the updated Skype client. And just a few hours after the initial update, the app description has changed to read "Wifi runs while app is on 3G." So it's just as we feared -- your Wifi connection remains, but you can't actually use it. Shenanigans, indeed.

Update: Skype has published details on the update. In addition to being able to maintain a Wifi connection, you get incoming caller ID, copy-paste in IMs, emoticons, country names and flags when calling internationally, and the ability to set your location as your mood message.

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