Monday, 21 June 2010

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Samsung Galaxy S set with price and date to South Korea

Posted: 21 Jun 2010 11:00 AM PDT

The Galaxy S, has been given a priced and is set to start selling on June 25th. It’s prices at 295,000 won, or is free, determined by the plan you choose. This new South Korean model is similar to the international version, including it’s screen size (4 in.) 1GHz CPU, 5MP camera with 720p video recording.

The Galaxy also comes with wi-fi capability and bluetooth similar to the international version. Their have been a few differences to the Korean model, including SKT’s T-Store help & support,a Kybo e-book and a stronger reality app. We feel this model is basically the same but has its own certain features to it.

[via Samsung Hub]


doubleTwist Will Support Internal Storage Soon

Posted: 21 Jun 2010 08:21 AM PDT

If you have an HTC Incredible or Samsung Galaxy S, you will find that currently doubleTwist doesn't support files that are stored on your internal memory. This will change soon according to doubleTwist. Their app is currently being updated to take advantage of handsets with internal storage.

Expect more developers to start adding support for internal storage into their apps. Initially, this feature was not needed as most android devices only utilized the SD card for storage. The internal memory of most Android devices was not big enough to handle the storage of music or movies. More and more Android handsets will be released in the coming months that will have ample onboard memory as well as SD card slots.

This update can't come fast enough for most Incredible owners. We'll let you know when this update is ready for download.

[via talkandroid]


Droid X Teaser – Video

Posted: 21 Jun 2010 07:58 AM PDT

Here's another great teaser commercial from Verizon. This time around it features the upcoming Droid X. Like the initial Droid Incredible ads, this quick snippet doesn't feature the actually phone but it does help build the anticipation of this handset.

Here's another great teaser commercial from Verizon. This time around it features the upcoming Droid X. Like the initial Droid Incredible ads, this quick snippet doesn't feature the actually phone but it does help build the anticipation of this handset.

Click here to view the embedded video.


Nexus One + LEGO + Adobe AIR = Wireless Slot Car Gas Pedal

Posted: 21 Jun 2010 06:29 AM PDT

Things like this are just totally cool. Grant Skinner has figured out a way to allow his Nexus One to be used as a controller for these little race cars. By tilting the phone, the accelerometer in the phone is used to make the car accelerate at a predetermined speed. If you tilt it just a little, the car will go slow. Likewise, if you tilt it all the way down, the car will go faster.

To summarize: The generic mobile client connects over the LAN to the desktop app. The desktop app sends it a “surface” SWF which contains all of the graphics and logic for the interaction (allowing the host to dictate the experience). The mobile client then sends accelerometer data to the host, which interprets the data, and sends back commands to update the client UI. The host communicates with a Phidgets motor controller, which controls the speed of the cars. And yes, it supports multiple connections (limited to 2 in this case because that’s how many cars I have).

The make-shift harness allows you to really get the gas pedal feel. Its just a few rubber bands screwed down on a piece of wood that allows you to slide your Nexus one in and press it like you would a real gas pedal. The green lights are used to gauge the level of speed the car will travel. Mr. Skinner has a few more of these projects in the making, so there should be a few more innovative experiments posted shortly.

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Galaxy S vs. Desire vs. X10 – Direct sunlight screen test

Posted: 21 Jun 2010 06:07 AM PDT

It's a well known fact that AMOLED screen look terrible at best in direct sunlight. This makes the device almost unusable in direct sunlight. This is the one area where an LCD screen has a slight advantage over AMOLED screen. Samsung has just eliminated that advantage with the release of the Super AMOLED screen that made its debut on the Galaxy S.

Techblog performed this test with a Samsung Galaxy S, Sony X10 and a HTC Desire. The Desire has an AMOLED screen, X10 has an LCD and the Galaxy S is rocking the Super AMOLED. The clear winner in this test is the Galaxy S, the X10 came in second with pretty good performance out of its LCD screen. The Desire struggled as expected in sunlight.

Being able to use the Galaxy S in direct sunlight is just one benefit of this new technology. It uses less power, colors are more vivid, it has better viewing angles and contrast ratios. The second video, the same phones are tested without being in sunlight and you can see that the Galaxy S still takes the lead. The only weakness the Super AMOLED has is its availability on more phones. Samsung may hold this technology for themselves for a few months before selling it to their competitors. Can you blame them? This screen gives their handsets a huge advantage over the competition.

Click here to view the embedded video.

Click here to view the embedded video.

[via engadget]


Android-Robo Bluetooth-controlled ‘bot is useless but endearing [Video]

Posted: 21 Jun 2010 03:12 AM PDT

Unsurprisingly Android’s robot theme leads to plenty of ‘bot related mods and projects, and we’re particularly keen on Hideyuki Takei and Reo Matsumura’s Android-Robo.  Basically a motorized Android model that has flashing eyes, a rotating head and articulated arms – and that can make all manner of R2D2-style bleeps and gurgles – the ‘bot can be remotely controlled over Bluetooth via your Android phone.

As you may have gathered, actual uses for the Android-Robo are few and far between – perhaps he could gain a speaker and read out text messages or announce Caller IDs? – but somehow he’s still cute enough to warrant space on your desk.  There’s a project site here, but so far no instructions on how to make your own.

Click here to view the embedded video.

[via Recombu]


Samsung Galaxy S Pro specs outed: 1GHz, WiMAX & a SIM slot

Posted: 21 Jun 2010 02:13 AM PDT

We know the Samsung Galaxy S Pro is coming to Sprint, and we know what it looks like; up until now, though, all we’ve had is conjecture as to what, exactly, is going on inside the slider-chassis.  According to Android Central’s tipster, however, it’s a 1GHz Samsung/Intrinsity ARM Cortex A8 CPU doing the hard work, with 512MB of RAM and 8.2GB of ROM, EVDO Rev.A and WiMAX.

There’s also a Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display – which is tipped at around the same 4-inches as the Galaxy S, unsurprisingly – WiFi b/g/n and, interestingly, a SIM card slot which suggests a world-phone version may be on the cards.  As for the keyboard, the slide “is very smooth and clicks in place when closed. The keys are raised, made of soft plastic. They’re pretty firm when pressed.”

As for software, there’s plenty of time for Samsung to tweak things but it’s Android 2.1 with TouchWiz 3.0 like we’ve seen in the leaked images.  Still, this is one of the more interesting devices of 2010, and having played with the brilliant Galaxy S – our review of which will be up later this week – we’re certainly keen to know more.


Motorola DROID 2 gets early video preview & benchmarking

Posted: 21 Jun 2010 01:15 AM PDT

Motorola’s DROID 2 smartphone, the successor to the popular DROID, has shown up in the wild again, this time for a hands-on preview.  Android and Me acquired a DROID 2 and promptly ran some benchmarks on its 1GHz Texas Instruments OMAP3630 processor; that, and its doubled memory from the original DROID, helped it score almost twice as much in GPU tests.

Meanwhile CPU testing showed the new DROID 2 to be the best performing Android 2.1 handset to-date, and since Android 2.2 – which will likely be pushed out as an update shortly after the DROID 2 reaches shelves – boosts performance even more, we could be looking at the fastest Google phone so far.  Of course, also waiting in the wings is the DROID X, basically the same internal hardware but a larger display, better camera and HDMI output.  We’re hoping to see Verizon’s new line at their event this coming Wednesday.

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Android Toshiba AC100 MID announced [Video]

Posted: 20 Jun 2010 11:02 PM PDT

Toshiba has announced their first Android-based MID, the Toshiba AC100, a netbook form-factor ultraportable running Android 2.1 on NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 chipset.  The 1080p-capable smartbook has a 10.1-inch 1024 x 600 non-touchscreen display, 8GB of SSD storage and an HDMI output.

Toshiba AC100 hands-on:

In addition to the regular Android apps, Toshiba has loaded their own custom launcher, Opera Mini, Fring and Documents To Go, among others.  Battery life is rated at up to 8hrs runtime – that’s with normal use, not leaving the AC100 whirring away to itself on a shelf somewhere – or a full week of standby.

Connectivity includes WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR as standard, as well as USB 2.0 and an SD card reader, while 3G/WWAN is optional.  No word on pricing at this stage, but the Toshiba will debut in August 2010.  For more on the AC100, check out our first impressions over at SlashGear.

Toshiba AC100 promo:


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