Saturday, 23 October 2010

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Samsung Galaxy Tab Hitting T-Mobile November 10th?

Posted: 23 Oct 2010 09:05 AM PDT

We know that the Galaxy Tab will be coming to Verizon on November 11th, along with what seems to be every other rumored device we have heard about hitting the network. But so far Verizon has been the only one with a set launch date. Well that may not be true anymore.

With a T-Mobile dealer sheet that was released we see that the “estimated date” of availability is November 10th. According to TmoNews they have also confirmed this date with their corporate connections.

If this is true, this marks the second carrier that has set a release date with an announcement from AT&T and Sprint likely coming soon. We also haven’t heard word of data pricing, hopefully it will be a less painful option for T-Mobile users than it will be for Verizon.

No pricing for the T-Mobile Tab has been announced but we can safely assume it will be the same $399 with a contract and $649 without.

[Via TmoNews]


Gingerbread Man Unboxed By Google, placed on the lawn of sweets

Posted: 23 Oct 2010 12:48 AM PDT

As if we needed any proof that Google’s upcoming Android version will be named Gingerbread, we finally have official word (sort of) of the imminent OS. Joining the other sweets on their main lawn including eclair, cupcake, and frozen yogurt, Google has even provided us with the unboxing of the oversized treat.

Usually the gigantic treats are placed on the Android building’s lawn on campus a few weeks before the actual release of the software. If this holds true to be the case for Gingerbread, we will sure be seeing a whole lot of news flowing in over the next few weeks!

Click here to view the embedded video.

It’s worth noting how little is officially known about the upcoming OS. With it clearly being close to launch, Google has done a great job keeping it’s plans under wraps.

They have been baking something, and it will be pretty sweet!


Motorola DEFY Used for 7 Instructional Videos

Posted: 22 Oct 2010 02:00 PM PDT

If you’re a fan of Motorola’s MOTOBLUR, and you can’t wait to get your hands on the brand new Motorola DEFY, which is set to launch for T-Mobile USA on November 3rd, then you should take some time out of your busy Friday afternoon, and take a look at these 7 different Android-based videos showcasing the DEFY. Interestingly enough, we would have thought one of the videos would be about the DEFY specifically, but the videos work out more like a “how-to” for Android in general, for Motorola handsets.

You’ll find videos like, “Texting and Typing Options,” as well as classics like, “Setting Up Personal Email” and “Quick Launch.” If you’re new to Android, and the Motorola DEFY is going to be your first phone, then these videos will probably come in handy, as they do a pretty good, if not quick, run down of how you’ll operate Android on a regular basis. You can check out all the videos through the source link, but we’ve included the “Texting and Typing Options” video below.

Click here to view the embedded video.

[via Motorola Video Support]


HTC T-Mobile myTouch 4G Shows Up on Walmart Wireless

Posted: 22 Oct 2010 01:40 PM PDT

The next myTouch-branded device for T-Mobile has a curious thing happening to it. While it’s an official device, heading to T-Mobile USA in the coming weeks, there’s still some questions lingering about the name of the device. When T-Mobile officially announced the device, it was called the myTouch, and only the myTouch. But, it’s seen a few changes since then, which make the name of the device seem up in the air.

Not too long ago, the official ROM for the device leaked onto the Internet. When it did, people revealed that the device was “actually” called the myTouch 4G. But then, not too long after that, accessories for the device started popping up in random retail locations, but the device’s name wasn’t the myTouch or myTouch 4G — it was actually called the myTouch HD.

To add to the confusion, or perhaps put an end to it, Walmart Wireless’ section of their website had the device listed for a short period of time, and sure enough, the device’s name was listed as the myTouch 4G. Does this mean that’s what we should expect the device to launch as? Who knows. Right now, it just seems to be a confused mess.

[via CellPhone Signal]


LG Optimus T for T-Mobile Demo Units Landing in Stores

Posted: 22 Oct 2010 01:12 PM PDT

Officially speaking, LG’s Optimus T Android-based handset was announced on the 7th of October, so just a few weeks ago. Since then, there’s been a few other handsets heading to T-Mobile that have raked up just enough publicity and customer anticipation that the LG handset has kind of slipped to the wayside. But, it’s still a stand-out “middle of the road” Android handset, and it’s still scheduled to launch some time in the early weeks of November.

In due course, demo units of the handset have begun to drop into T-Mobile stores across the country. These aren’t the lifeless models that some may expect. Fully functioning, if you can find a T-Mo store that has one on the floor, you’ll be able to play with one in your hand for a short time. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like WiFi calling is supported on the device quite yet, but there’s still a couple weeks that LG could push it onto the device.

What it does have, though, is the portable hotspot feature. T-Mobile seems content on keeping the feature on their Android handsets, which should please plenty of customers out there. Anyone interested in the Optimus T, rather than, say, the HTC myTouch 4G?

[via Tmo News]

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Australia’s Telstra Prepaid Releases Samsung Galaxy 5 Today for $199

Posted: 22 Oct 2010 12:57 PM PDT

Galaxy 5 is available today to Australians through carrier Telstra Prepaid, costing a very reasonable $199. This will make it the second-cheapest Android device in the entirety of Australia, the first place trophy being taken by the low-end Huawei U8300 for $149. The statistics on these two machines are very similar, but its pretty obvious to me which one you’re going to choose just based on the sensual lines of the Galaxy. No brainer.

This Galaxy 5 will be released with a 600MHz CPU, 2.8″ QVGA Capacitive Display, and Android 2.1. It’ll run HSDPA 7.2Mbps, 850/2100MHz 3G, have a 2GB MicroSD, A-GPS, WiFi b/g w/ DLNA, and Bluetooth 2.1. Additionally, it’s got a tiny 2MP Camera, runs TouchWiz UI, and has the capability of running FM Radio. Run right out there and buy one with your two big bills.

[Via AusDroid]


T-Mobile myTouch HD Benchmarked, Scores 1800 Quadrant

Posted: 22 Oct 2010 11:58 AM PDT

Benchmarking has become a popular way to determine a phones power. Many have been wondering how the upcoming T-Mobile myTouch HD will perform and from it’s benchmark that was released, it looks like it’s going to be a very solid and powerful device.

In the Quadrant test it’s pushing just above 1800, which is pretty fast. It’s Linpack score came in at just over 34 as detailed in the image below. The chip powering the myTouch HD is the 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 processor and these scores are definitely impressive.

Releasing in a just a few weeks, the myTouch HD will be a very powerful option for anyone looking for an Android phone on the T-Mobile Network.

[Via AndroidSPIN]


Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 Video: Updates to Timescape, Social Phonebook, and more

Posted: 22 Oct 2010 11:52 AM PDT

The folks over at Sony Ericsson have been making some tiny (and yet major) improvements to the functionality of some of the cooler bits of the XPERIA X10. Below you’ll see a video (and read some words that I’ve typed up incase you’re not in a place where you can watch) of Sony Ericsson rep Rikard Skogberg showing off these finer points, ready to go on an XPERIA X10 he’s got in hands. Really tiny updates, really helpful things. This is how all updating should go.

Skogberg begins by opening the Timescape application: one with tiles of all of your friends updates in a 3D display which may have a slicker movement now since the last update. Before, you would click any tile and it would show a snippet of an update, from whens you could click into whatever app it came from and see the full text. NOW when you click the tiles, the text automatically starts scrolling in the tile so you don’t have to exit out to a different app to read the full message. You can also post your status updates here now without exiting out to different apps to do so.

Click here to view the embedded video.

Then he mentions the update to Android 2.1 and opens the Social Phone Book. In the phone book, you can see all your contacts and when you click a person’s picture, you get a bar of icons which lead to calling, opening contact info, texting, mailing, and Google Talk. There’s also a green dot beside each picture of a person when they are online on Google Talk. You can see a partial status update from Facebook or Google Talk. NOTE: if the person in your contact book has the same name in all places on the list of apps this connects to, their contact info will be created automatically. If not, you can enter it in manually. The images in your phonebook come automatically from each person’s Facebook profile pic.

Then there’s something that Skogberg displays that a lot of people may have missed, that which is the “Long Press.” This occurs when you press a contact and hold down for a double count rather than just tapping. This opens a menu which includes Edit number before call, Add to Favourites (notice the out-of-US spelling), Join contacts, Edit contact, and Delete contact. Once you decide to call a person, a different Call Screen appears with their profile pic again, but this time with options like going back, Speaker phone, Mute, Dialpad, and end call (just incase the person you’re dialing isn’t in on the demo.)

[Via Sony Ericsson Blog]


PowerAMP Music Player for Android

Posted: 22 Oct 2010 11:14 AM PDT

Behold PowerAMP, a music player for Android devices that looks really spiffy. Our homie Alexandr sends us word of this magical application and we’ve just got to toss word to you. Alexandr has this app loaded on his HTC Hero, so keep that in mind when ingesting the factoids and pics you are about to see. First, look at these couple of screens. He’s playing Apocalyptica, which is one of the greatest bands in the history of the world, so we’re off to a great start.

PowerAMP supports MP3, MP4/M4A (including loseless ALAC), FLAC, OGG, WAV, TTA, WMA and does not use system codecs. It can play from folders, playlists, and a system library, support for tags, quick scan of files, controllable using remote wired or wireless headset, and two skins for the player (this is sure to increase once the app is released in earnest) – both of which cover a really really nice looking interface.

The main screen of PowerAMP shows album art song slider (to choose where you’d like to be in the song), repeat button, playback order, previous / next track, and upon pressing the menu button: add tracks to the playlist, set the song as a ringtone, info on audio file, delete, transfer music file library, equalizer settings and a handy help menu.

Eventually PowerAMP looks to be costing around $5 and will have additional functionality and tiny fixes, and seems as though it will include more than one available language to view it in. Not that you need the language there though, as everything is basically intuitive as heck. You need Android version 2.0 or above to run it, at least for the Beta, and if you’re a really nice person you’ll report any bugs back to the developer so they can fix it. Find the download for this player here: [PowerAMP BETA] .apk – use at your own risk, as always.

[Via Android Owner]


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