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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab photo gallery

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab specs versus the Apple iPad

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Samsung Galaxy Tab

 

 

There's no escaping it -- you have to compare the Samsung Galaxy Tab to Apple's iPad. One has sold millions in mere months. The other is hoping to break Android into the tablet market big-time. After the break, we match them up, spec for spec.

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3 years ago

Samsung announces the Galaxy Tab 7-inch Android tablet

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7-inch Android tablet coming this year

Samsung Galaxy Tab

Samsung Mobile today at the IFA conference in Berlin announced the long-awaited (and heavily leaked) Samsung Galaxy Tab -- a 7-inch tablet running Android 2.2 That's right, it's launching with Froyo, folks, a leg up on the vast majority of Android devices, never mind the other tablets available.

The Galaxy Tab has full smartphone connectivity -- 3G, Wifi, Bluetooth, Adobe Flash Player 10.1 -- all in a form factor that you can hold in one hand, powered by a 1GHz processor. Want cameras? The Galaxy Tab has a 3-megapixel rear camera with autofocus and LED flash, and as 1.3MP camera on the front for video chats.

Is the Galaxy Tab the Android tablet we've all been waiting for? Will it dethrone the iPad? Or even threaten its position? We're just getting started with our coverage, folks. Our own Dieter Bohn is in Berlin and is giving the Galaxy Tab the what-for. Samsung's official press release is after the break.

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3 years ago

Skype Mobile for Android now works over 3G *and* Wifi (but still Verizon-only)

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Great news for those of you rocking Skype Mobile on Android -- the app has been updated, and you can now make calls over Wifi, in addition to 3G. That means faster speeds, of course, and no more being forced to use Verizon's data, which is slower, costs you money, and was a pretty specious move to begin with. The bad news is that the Skype app is still exclusive to Verizon (wasn't that supposed to change at some point?). But as long as we're ending the night on a positive note, let's hope that soon changes, too. Thanks, @JasonAGrier

Update: We hear you, we hear you. Things aren't quite as they seem. We've done a little testing, and it turns out the update description was a little ahead of itself. Details here.

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3 years ago

T-Mobile's G2 shows off again -- with Android 2.2, 800MHz processor

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T-Mobile's Scoop pages have a new entry, the T-Mobile G2 in all it's glory, along with some confirmation about a few of rumors flying about.  Besides the HSPA+ radio, and the mysterious Quick Keys, we also see an 800 MHz Scorpion processor, Android 2.2 (Froyo) on board, and Adobe Flash 10.1

Even if we didn't learn anything that we haven't discussed to death in the comments and the forums, a new picture of plain old Vanilla Froyo running on this one is always appreciated. Keeps throwing the bones T-Mobile.  [T-Mobile SCOOP] Thanks FORDOC!

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3 years ago

T-Mobile's G2 pricing revealed, priced like you'd think a smartphone should be

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Nothing surprising here -- leaked T-Mobile internal documents show the pricing of the G2 at $199.99 on contract/after rebate, and $499.99 if bought outright.  This would be the same as the Vibrant, Droid Incredible, HTC Evo 4G, and just about every other top tier smartphone -- with the exception being the Epic 4G. (We're going to go out on a limb here and opine that there will be earbuds, a charger and maybe some documentation in the box, too -- you heard it here first!). So save your pennies and check in the ashtray for change, and hopefully we will see this one soon.  [TmoNews]

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3 years ago

Twitter still down? It's not just you

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Yeah, Twitter's been borked for many of you for a good bit of the day -- or longer. We've heard you, especially those of you using HTC's Peep or Friendstream clients (found in HTC Sense). We just kept holding out hope that it would be one of those hour-long outages. Then it became a three-hour-long outage. Then we went and got dinner. A couple glasses of wine. A little dessert. Still no Twitter. So here's what's up, in slightly more than 140 characters:

According to Twitter's status page, some mobile clients are unable to log in they include:

  • HTC Peep
  • Moto BLUR
  • Nokia Twitter apps
  • Samsung devices (except for phones running Android OS)
  • Huawei phones

For its part, HTC has said "We know that Peep/Friend Stream are not working for some, and we apologize. Please bear with us while our developers are investigating."

As to when things will be fixed? Couldn't tell you. In the meantime, feel free to suggest your favorite (working) Twitter client in the comments. We know how you love to do that. [Twitter]

Update: Twitter says everything's better now.

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3 years ago

Securing your applications the right way -- the Google how-to

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Application security, piracy and prevention all are hot topics recently, with good reason.  Without a robust application marketplace, that hundreds of thousands of new activations each month number isn't going to be maintainable, and a robust market isn't possible without the backing of developers.  We've seen that Android has a built-in solution to prevent piracy, and we've also seen just how easy it is to get around it if you're determined, and if the scheme is left in its basic form.  Google hinted that they had some more information to share about the whole subject, and true to their word they have done so.  After the break, let's have a look at a Googler's methods to provide safe, secure, and user friendly way to protect applications.  [Android Developers Blog]

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab gets FCC'd; dual-band WiFi and GSM frequencies?

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This Samsung Galaxy Tab is everywhere. It was on a train in Australia, it has infiltrated Verizon's database, and already has a line of accessories to dress up the seven-incher. The only thing we're missing: an official word from Samsung that it's actually launching. Well it can't be too long now, right? Word on the tubes says the FCC has gotten their hands Samsung's new Galaxy device. And it looks like they named it "SHW-M180S" (terrible name in our opinion).

The FFC's documents -- which are available online to the public -- are saying this puppy will support dual-band 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi channels, able to connect to up to 150Mbps.  If your a more on the go type of person, Samsung's got your Android back; the Galaxy Tab will also rock a GSM 1900 radio frequency.

Not to be outdone, Engadget also did some snooping around the WiFi Alliance Database and found that there were two versions of this speedy little tablet in the works. One of them even sports quad-band GSM and HSDPA support.

You got all of that, right? [FCC via Engadget]

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3 years ago

LG Optimus Z home and widgets running on other devices

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A week or so ago we looked at the LG Optimus Z, a phone that unfortunately we'll never see here in the states. While we had it, we yanked the system files out of it for a closer look.  And an enterprising xda'er named aalopez10 took the time to go through the system dump and has the home and several of the widgets working, and you can too -- without needing root.

There are still some kinks to work out, but if you have an hdpi device and want a new look, hit the source link and have at it! [xda-developers via Andronica -- files from Android Central Forums]

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