Saturday, 12 June 2010

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$88 5-inch Android Tablet? – Video

Posted: 12 Jun 2010 10:54 AM PDT

Yes, it's that time of day. Only time will tell if this does make it onto the market. This is a 5-inch Android tablet by Acorp. The representative did say it would be available next month.  It does look pretty good though and it should be affordable.

There is also a 7-inch tablet that will follow shortly after the 5-incher. It has Android 1.5 and will be upgraded to 2.2, there is also an HDMI output that supports 720p video and it is powered by a Rockchip 600MHz ARM9. And it also has a micrsSD slot, 3.5mm jack and Wi-Fi. The touch screen is resistive and there is a stylus included to help you navigate through the resistive screen. Its looks almost identical to the Dell Streak, it even has the same red color scheme on the back. If you buy in bulk, you can purchase these for $88, bulk meaning 1000. The representative also said that there will be one with a faster processor releasing later this year, we'll see if any of this happens.

[via androidspin]


720p Video Sample, Samsung Galaxy S

Posted: 12 Jun 2010 10:18 AM PDT

Not to be outdone by other smart phones that will be introduced into the market, the Galaxy S is capable of 720p video recording as well. This sample looks awesome, you can't even tell this video is from a cell phone. This is just another awesome feature of the Galaxy s being displayed.

This video was taken in HD 720p (1280 × 720 pixels) 30 fps. If the camera had video stabilization features this would be a perfect video. But by cell phone standards, it's one of the best I've seen. Is this video taken by the 5MP camera good enough for you? Some people may shy away from this phone due to the lack of camera flash but I think if you let that deter you from buying this phone, you would be doing yourself a great disservice.

Click here to view the embedded video.

[via frandroid]


AndSpot an Independent App Store

Posted: 12 Jun 2010 10:05 AM PDT

Another market alternative has entered the Android arena. It is called AndSpot, its goal is to provide an alternative to the Android Market all while improving on some of the things the android market is lacking. If you don't like or find that the Android Market is hard to navigate, this could be the solution you was looking for.

“Google's Android Market is slow and not as user friendly as it can be, you don't leave the Market thinking ‘this is great.’ Instead you are thinking, this is slow, clunky, and if you are a developer, ‘my app is not getting much exposure.’”

For awhile now users have been complaining about the market being slow. There have even been a few developers that feel their app has been overshadowed by others in the market. Google did try to remedy the latter with the new featured app section but the problem seems to persist.

The market that is included with android 2.2 does address a lot of these issues. Unfortunately, 2.2 aren't officially out yet and when it does release there will be a few phones left in the dust. Market an alternative is a good option, being able to go elsewhere to buy apps is a major advantage Android has. If you're not happy with App Stores on other handsets you just have to grin a bear it. There is currently an open beta available for this market alternative, if you're interested in it visit AndSpot and sign up. It's open to users and developers alike.

[via wired]


Samsung Galaxy S torn down and reassembled

Posted: 12 Jun 2010 09:46 AM PDT

Should've known one of these was coming, the Samsung Galaxy S has been torn down to reveal all the goodies that are packed inside. There is also a video on how to reassemble it. These are great for those of you that like to see the internals of the phone. It may also aid in repair if you wish to tackle it yourself.

Keep in mind, if you're not a professional or at least good with small tools, I wouldn't recommend attempting this. In the second video we get to see it put back together and are treated with the amazing boot screen on the Galaxy S. this is going to be one awesome piece of work, if you're not already excited enough about its release, click here to view the mini site Samsung has started to promote it. In the mean time, enjoy the tear down.

Click here to view the embedded video.

Click here to view the embedded video.

[via frandroid]


Garminfone First Commercial – Video

Posted: 12 Jun 2010 09:35 AM PDT

Due to the recent launch of more powerful Android devices, the Garminfone may have fallen off the radar before it was even launched. T-Mobile is looking to big this device back into the forefront with this new commercial. If you're a fan of Garmin GPS systems, this phone is capable of replacing it while you giving you the added bonus of being a phone.

The first AndroidTM-powered smartphone and Garmin® GPS navigation device in one.

* Voice-guided and on-screen directions with automatic rerouting
* Real-time traffic, weather, ETA, and gas prices
* Personal and work e-mail, IM, and text messaging
* Thousands of applications from the Android Market

The Garminfone is available now for $199 on contract with a $50 rebate. It comes with Android 1.6, a new UI and the car dock that is displayed in this video. If you need to have a phone with great navigation features this device can fill that void. Head over to T-Mobile and pick one up.

Click here to view the embedded video.

[via tmonews]


Appresso, Android Coffee Maker

Posted: 12 Jun 2010 09:24 AM PDT

I'm not sure if this is cool or just plain weird. There is now an Android coffee maker with a built-in docking station. It looks pretty cool but I'm not sure if I would have something like this in my kitchen.

When you wake up in the morning you can head to kitchen, plop your phone down on the dock and it can charge your phone while playing music. They include cups of coffee has a qr code on them, once scanned a preselected tune will be played for you while you enjoy your morning pick me up.

This weird or cool appliance is called the Appresso, and it is a product from Yanko Design. There is currently no price or availability set. When it does hit the market, you can make your own custom playlist and connect it to a qr code and it will play for you when you are ready for your coffee.

[via slashgear]


Droid X hanging out with the Evo 4G, iPhone, Droid Eris

Posted: 12 Jun 2010 09:12 AM PDT

The leaks of the Droid X just keep on surfacing. This time around it takes out time from its busy day to hang out with the iPhone, EVO and its little brother, the Droid Eris. I guess we're at the point now where we are going to see a few leaks a day featuring the Droid X and I'm ok with that (to a certain point).

If this leak accomplishes nothing else, we at least get to see how the Droid X looks against a few familiar devices. You can get a good feel about the size of this device now. Out of all three phones, this is by far the biggest. It even makes the monstrous EVO look small in comparison. Do you think it's too big? I don't see size being a factor for many potential customers that already have their eye on this device.

[via bgr]


Fancy Widget for Android

Posted: 12 Jun 2010 09:03 AM PDT

No your eyes are not deceiving you, this isn't the return of the original HTC Sense knockoff Beautiful Widgets. The screenshot is of a new entry in the Android Widget market, Fancy Widget. It bears a striking resemblance to the original Beautiful Widget.

If you would like a taste of Sense UI on your Froyo or regular Android device, head over to the market and download Fancy Widget now. It is a free download and if HTC catches wind of this they might shut it down like they did to Beautiful Widgets.

Once you download and install this, it will automatically pickup your location and your local weather information. Tapping on the clock or weather allows you to force update the information. This is a good option to replace the stock clock app.

[via AndroidCentral]


HTC Legend Available for Virgin Mobile Canada

Posted: 12 Jun 2010 08:56 AM PDT

Seemingly out of nowhere the HTC Legend has made its way over to North America. No it's not available here in the U.S. but it is available to our northern neighbors in Canada. If you like stylish handsets and reside in Canada, this phone may be perfect for you.

For a small fee of $79.99 and 3 years out your life this gorgeous device can be yours. If your like me and don't like to be tied down, you can purchase it for $349.99 outright and contract free. This is Virgin Mobile's first Android handset. It's the follow up to the original Hero, it features Sense 2.1, 600MHZ processor and an innovative chassis made form one piece of aluminum with rubber accents. If you pick up this handset you will not be disappointed in its design or performance.

[via mobilesyrup]


Samsung Galaxy Apollo is “Coming Soon”

Posted: 12 Jun 2010 08:45 AM PDT

Here's another solid Android offering from Samsung, the M100s. this handset is available for South Korean Android fans. But it could make a global world tour similar to the Galaxy S. it recently popped up on Samsung’s British site as the Galaxy Apollo.

This handset features a feature a 3.7-inch WVGA AMOLED display, 5MP camera, 802.11n Wi-Fi and Android 2.1. There's also a T-DMB mobile TV tuner but this feature may be omitted if it does make its way out of South Korea. There also appears to be a front facing camera, all of these specs are subject to change. It is listed as "coming soon" after all.

[via engadget]


Droid X Launching in July, Droid 2 Following in August According to Sources

Posted: 11 Jun 2010 02:48 PM PDT

The good news just keeps on coming today (if you call blur-less photos of an upcoming Android handset good news, that is). This time around, it looks like the folks over at Boy Genius Report have been talking to one of their sneaky ninja, embedded deep somewhere in a Verizon stronghold, and have learned when the Droid X (formerly known as the Droid Shadow, or Droid Xtreme), and the Droid 2 will actually launch.

It should come as no surprise that one of these devices is launching in July. What’s odd, though, is that the Droid X seems to be the lucky one out of the gate, bringing with it that 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen, “Ninja Blur,” and the 1GHz processor (reportedly). Also, it will launch with Android 2.1, which we’ve already surmised from the innumerable leaks.

As for the Droid 2? That’s apparently not coming until August. (This contradicts with that WSJ story we ran several days ago, which said two Motorola devices would be launching in July.) And, even more interesting, is that it’s apparently launching with Android 2.2. The Droid 2 supposedly doesn’t have the customized UI that the X is getting, so that makes us think that the Droid 2 will be a “vanilla” Android device, when it hits. Which would make sense for the whole Android 2.2 thing, but it also makes the Droid X just one step “less than” the Droid 2, and it’s only going to launch a month before. What do you think? Will the Droid X’s stand-out hardware, compared to the Droid 2’s suggested 3.7-inch screen, 750MHz processor, and “updated” keyboard make people ignore that it probably won’t be updated to Android 2.2 any time soon after its launch? (Of course, that’s pure speculation, simply based on past events; Motorola could be planning to update the OS as soon as the Droid 2 hits.)

[via Boy Genius Report]


HTC EVO 4G Screen Undergoes Scratch Test, Manages to Survive

Posted: 11 Jun 2010 02:31 PM PDT

When you’ve got a phone that, for all intents and purposes, is pretty much a giant screen, there’s something in the back of your head that’s got to constantly worry about scratching it. You wouldn’t want anything to happen to that beautiful piece of gadgetry, now would you? Well, lucky for the rest of us, who might forget a penny or two in the same pocket we put our device in, it looks like the EVO 4G from Sprint can take quite a beating. Or, scratching, to be more accurate.

A member of Android Central’s forum, Roman G, had an EVO that he was already sending back to Sprint due to some other physical problem, and so he figured that he would go ahead and put his unit through its paces. After all, scratch tests are pretty common place for touchscreens, so why wouldn’t the phone with the biggest touchscreen in the United States (alongside the HD2, of course), be tested? We’ll leave it up to the video to not ruin the surprise, but we’ll say this: we’re shocked at how much this screen can take. Gander the video below.

Click here to view the embedded video.

[via Android Central]


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