Friday, 29 October 2010

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Verizon Urban Challenge: Win a Droid Incredible

Posted: 29 Oct 2010 11:20 AM PDT

Verizon is holding its own race challenge in the city of Seattle in order to promote the HTC Droid Incredible. The race will be this Saturday and Verizon is giving away six Droid Incredibles which will run Android 2.2 OS to the winners. Full details after the break.

There were 50 spots in the challenge, but unfortunately the regristation is over so you’ll just have to watch others compete. Contestants will have to complete various tasks while running through Seattle to win either first, second, or third place prizes. The first-place team will receive $3,000, two Droid Incredibles, and a two $125 Verizon gift cards. The second-place team will receive $1,500, two Droid Incredibles, and a two gift cards as well. Third will receive $500 along with the phones and gift cards. Sounds like a pretty cool contest and kind of like the show Amazing Race shown on ABC. I would have definitely entered if I was in the Seattle area, who doesn’t want a lil bit of a challenge plus the opportunity to win some cash and phones. You can check out the full details on Verizon’s website.

Via [Verizon Urban Challenge]


Wi-Fi only Galaxy Tab found, passes through FCC

Posted: 29 Oct 2010 10:59 AM PDT

After learning that the Galaxy Tab would be hitting T-Mobile and most other carrier’s shelves on November 10th for $400, there is still one question that keeps us thinking; will there be a Wi-Fi only version? Users with a Wi-FI only version will only be able to access the internet when in an area where they can connect to Wi-Fi. A model of the Galaxy Tab called the GT-P1010 was recently leaked, and it appears it will be the Wi-Fi version that some of us have been waiting for.

The Wi-Fi only version shown above recently passed through the FCC. This is great for consumers who don’t want to pay monthly fees on top of their current phone bill. No word on when the Wi-Fi version will be out or how much it will cost compared to the ones that get service. We will keep you updated and let you know when more info comes out on pricing/release date. Stay tuned!

Via [SamsungHub]


Samsung GT-i9010 hits the FCC, Future Nexus 2?

Posted: 29 Oct 2010 10:58 AM PDT

Just as we started to hear rumors that the Google Nexus 2 will be Samsung made, a mysterious new Samsung branded device has hit the FCC. Although we have absolutely no idea what Samsung's plans for this device are, this is the first time we have heard about the GT-i9010, it is a reasonable guess.

We heard that the upcoming Nexus 2 will be very similar to the current lineup of Galaxy S devices. This looks very familiar to a Galaxy S device and it's GT-i9010 tag is very close to the current GT-i9000 tag the Galaxy S carries.

What do you think? Could this possibly be the first sighting of the upcoming Nexus Galaxy S? Or something completely different? Let us know in the comments!

[Via FCC]


Motorola Prepping Droid Pro without Camera for Business users

Posted: 29 Oct 2010 10:44 AM PDT

We now have somewhat solid proof that Motorola is prepping a version of it’s upcoming Droid Pro without a camera. A reason for such a device would be for people working in high-security lines of work and need a device without a camera for obvious reason. Until now, camera-less high-securtity devices have only been based on Windows Mobile or Blackberry, but it looks like Motorola is taking it’s Droid Pro into this territory.

With it’s full QWERTY keyboard this will be a very welcome smartphone into the enterprise market. We first heard about the DROID Pro not too long ago, and it seems to be one of the top options for any business user. And one with out a camera, although not for everyone, is certainly welcome for those who need a device without one.

[Via Engadget]


Samsung Vibrant Overclocked, Hits 1.6 GHz

Posted: 29 Oct 2010 10:24 AM PDT

Overclocking has become really popular over the last few weeks. With a little risk and knowledge you can take your already impressive device and make it even more amazing. Now, adding to the many devices that have been overclocked, the Samsung Vibrant has hit 1.6 GHz.

The method to do so has not yet been released to the public but we can expect a guide very soon. Early benchmarks include a Quadrant score of 3196, and more importantly a Linpack score of 12.3. Proving to be even more wickedly fast, the Samsung Vibrant is just one of the first Galaxy S phones to get overclocked – and with it now being cracked we can expect to see more here shortly.

They are also working on fine-tuning the GPU bringing in some great graphics benchmark scores, so expect this to go mainstream to make your already powerful Vibrants, even more amazing.

[Via CyanogenMod Forums]


Sprint wants you! to vote in their poll which mobile platform they should be focusing on

Posted: 29 Oct 2010 10:03 AM PDT

No, Sprint isn’t trying to recruit you to join the army, but they do want your opinion. Sprint is holding a poll on the community part of their website. They want to know what mobile platform they should focus on the most: Android, Palm webOS, Blackberry, and Windows 7.

Who knows on whether or not Sprint will pay attention to these results or how it will affect what phones they decide to sell, but its an opportunity for Sprint customers to have their voices heard. I’d personally love to see some more high end Android devices like their current HTC EVO 4G which is one of the top smartphones on the market currently. Plus with Sprint’s 4G network, the possibilities are endless. Palm webOS is currently in the lead, but hopefully Android can make a comeback and win this. Before you head over to the site and vote, you have to be a Sprint customer. So if you are go ahead, as for the rest of you, you’ll just have to watch. If only that big red Android mascot was rallying people to its cause in the streets right about now…

Via [Sprint]


HTC Desire Z Unboxed by SlashGear [Video]

Posted: 29 Oct 2010 09:50 AM PDT

During an HTC event not too long ago, the company showed off their upcoming Android-based smartphones. The pair of devices, the Desire HD and the Desire Z, have their set of features that make them differ from one another, such as their physical attributes, but they’ve got one big feature that ties them together: the new Sense UI. So, if you’ve been waiting to see how the Desire Z looks out of the box, check out the full unboxing and hands-on preview of the device that SlashGear put together.

The Desire Z features a 3.7-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen display. Under the hood, you’ll find an 800MHz processor, as well as integrated WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth, and GPS. There’s a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a microSD card slot for expandable memory. One of the major bullet points, though, is the physical landscape QWERTY keyboard that’s revealed by sliding the display upwards. The hinge is certainly an interesting one, but the construction of the device is solid.

For the full run down of the unboxing and preview hands-on, you can check out the full article through the source link below. You can also watch the unboxing video below, which we’ve embedded for your viewing pleasure. Is the Desire Z the next device for you?


[via SlashGear]

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Last Free Phone Friday at BestBuy: Snag a Droid Incredible or a Samsung Vibrant

Posted: 29 Oct 2010 09:32 AM PDT

Today is Friday, and you know what that means; Free Phone Friday at Bestbuy. Unfortunately this will be the final Free Phone Friday that BestBuy will have. Free Phone Friday is a great opportunity for those of you who are available for an upgrade or are planning on getting a new phone to get a high end device for free.

The Droid Incredible by HTC will be available for free to existing or new Verizon customers. The Droid Incredible features a 8.0 MP camera, 8GB of built in memory, 3.7″ high-definition display. The phone runs on Android OS 2.1. The Samsung Vibrant on the other hand is available for free to existing or new T-Mobile customers. The Vibrant has a 5.0 MP camera, built in 16GB of memory, and runs Android OS 2.1 as well. If your interested in purchasing a high end Android device, either of these devices should suit you well, plus they are free. This is only another reason to say “TGIF or Thank God It’s Friday.”

Via [BestBuy]


Samsung Galaxy Tab for T-Mobile Specs Page Outlines Different, Windows 7 Tablet

Posted: 29 Oct 2010 09:10 AM PDT

Mistakes happen. And, usually when a company is dealing with multiple versions of something, they tend to happen more often. For example, if a company happens to have two different tablets shipping in the near future, it’s possible that someone typing up the specifications for one of them might, say, make a few mistakes, and put the wrong specifications down. It looks like someone at T-Mobile has made a mistake, because the Samsung Galaxy Tab’s specifications page certainly outlines a tablet, but it’s not the Galaxy Tab.

The specs page starts without a hitch. But, it’s when you start getting into the bulk of the specs that you notice something is very, very wrong. For example, the specs page has the Tab working not with the Android mobile Operating System, but rather Microsoft’s Windows 7 Starter Edition. That would be fine, if that were the only mistake, but it isn’t. The page goes on to say that the Galaxy Tab will feature a 160GB 2.5-inch, 5400 RPM SATA drive. It will also have a 10.1-inch LED touchscreen display, with a resolution of 1024 x 600.

You’ll also get included software that includes: Microsoft Works, Adobe Acrobat Reader 9.0, and McAfee’s Security Center with a 30-day free trial. Under the hood, you’ll get an Intel ATOM 1.66GHz processor, and 1GB of DDR2 533MHz SDRAM. Does this mean that there’s another tablet on the way to T-Mobile that, up until this point, has yet to be announced? It’s possible, sure, but the more likely candidate is that someone just made a big mistake.

So where’d the information come from? It’s more than likely that someone copy and pasted the information you’ll find with the Dell netbook that T-Mobile offers. It could certainly be a coincidence that the netbook offers the same specifications as this supposed Windows 7 tablet, but we doubt it. For the record, we don’t think that the Galaxy Tab will be launching next to a Windows 7 tablet. And, this will probably be changed very soon, as soon as someone figures it out.

[via T-Mobile; thanks, CH!]

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Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10/X10 mini/X10 mini pro Android 2.1 update begins Oct 31

Posted: 29 Oct 2010 08:33 AM PDT

It’s taken an age, but Sony Ericsson is finally releasing its Android 2.1 update for the XPERIA X10, XPERIA X10 mini and X10 mini pro.  As of Sunday evening, the first updates notifications will begin to roll out in the Nordic countries, with availability spreading throughout November.

While the handsets themselves will alert users to the availability of the new software, it will need to be installed via the PC Companion software.  Full change-list for the three XPERIA phones below.

Xperia X10:

• HD video recording with continuous auto-focus for high quality videos

• Upgrade of the Android platform to Android 2.1

• New back up and restore application, with extended content back up

• 5 homescreens for apps, widgets, shortcuts and folders

• Social phonebook which automatically syncs contact pictures from Facebook and shows when your friends are online

Xperia X10 mini and X10 mini pro:

• Improved Bluetooth functionality with support for sending and receiving pictures, contacts and more

• New backup and restore application with extended content back up

• Automatic synchronization of your contact pictures between Facebook and your phone book

• Improved ways of handling pictures, audio, text and numbers in your messages

• Upgrade of the Android platform to Android platform 2.1


Carphone Warehouse price Samsung Galaxy Tab

Posted: 29 Oct 2010 05:44 AM PDT

UK retailer Carphone Warehouse has announced its pricing for the Samsung Galaxy Tab, which makes its sales debut on Monday, November 1.  The Tab will be priced at £499.99 when bought with a £10 per month rolling contract with Talkmobile, which includes one month free, or £529.99 without a contract.

Those figures are in line with what online retailers like Amazon are offering, but they’re still on the expensive side.  Five Carphone Warehouse stores will be opening at 8am on November 1 for eager buyers:

  • 272 – 274 Oxford St, London
  • Centrepoint, Oxford Street, London
  • Cornmarket, Oxford
  • Commerical Road, Portsmouth
  • Princesshay, Exeter

Monsoon offers Android app for streaming TV from Vulkano set top box

Posted: 29 Oct 2010 04:05 AM PDT

It’s great to be able to stream TV from your home to your Android smartphone so you can watch your favorite shows or the big game wherever you happen to be. Monsoon Multimedia has announced a new app for the Android platform that allows streaming and mobile video recording using the Vulkano Deluxe and Vulkano Deluxe Pro set top boxes.

The app has some cool features that will let the user have impressive amounts of control over where and how they watch programs on the Android smartphone. The app turns the Android device into a mobile video recorder. Live TV can be viewed and controlled using the App and recorded shows can be played on the phone.

The app allows the user to pause, record, and rewind/fast forward the video. Recordings can be scheduled using the app and those recordings can be selected from the electric program guide. The app is free, the Vulkano Deluxe is $259, and the Pro version is $349.


Galaxy Tab GT-P1010 WiFi-only slate caught at FCC

Posted: 29 Oct 2010 03:37 AM PDT

Samsung’s WiFi-only Galaxy Tab has been spotted crossing through the FCC, in the shape of the Galaxy Tab GT-P1010.  The second version of the Froyo slate lacks the integrated 3G modem of the regular GT-P1000, making do with just WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0.

Samsung told us at IFA 2010 last month that a WiFi-only Tab was on the cards, and more recently it appeared in a printed Best Buy flier.  Pricing is yet to be confirmed, however, though there’s talk of a $499.99 sticker.

[via IntoMobile]


netTALK unveils new smartphone app for Android

Posted: 29 Oct 2010 03:34 AM PDT

VoIP applications on smartphones are a great way to save some minutes and money on calling overages. Using your WiFi or data connection, you can make calls to lots of people you want to talk too without eating into the minutes on your plan. NetTALK has unveiled a new app for Android users that supports calls on 3G, WiFi, and EDGE networks across the US.

The app has some other features too like the ability to record calls, import contacts from the smartphone phone book, received support by dialing #611 and more. A bridge service is available for conferencing using the app by dialing #2663. Users can also add and organize their contacts on the app.

The company is also working on some cool features for future updates like the ability to link to the personal netTALK DUO phone number for more mobility. International calling at a low rate is also coming in the future along with being able to receive calls on the smartphone using the netTALK DUO phone number. The app is free for users to grab and the netTALK DUO sells for $69.95.


Acer Liquid Metal gets official

Posted: 29 Oct 2010 03:17 AM PDT

Acer has officially launched the Liquid Metal, their latest Android smartphone.  Powered by an 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7230 processor, the Liquid Metal supports 14.4Mbps HSDPA, WiFi b/g/n and has a 5-megapixel autofocus camera with flash and 720p HD video recording.

There’s also a 3.6-inch display, Dolby Surround sound support, Froyo 2.2 and DLNA/UPnP media streaming.  Acer load their own Breeze UI app and SocialJogger social network aggregator too.  The Acer Liquid Metal will be available in silver and brown priced at £299 ($475) in the UK; the brown will be available first from mid November with the silver arriving in early December.

Press Release:

Acer Liquid Metal: Pure technology combing power and style

London, 29th October 2010 – The Acer Liquid Metal is the latest generation of Acer smartphones, featuring the best solutions currently available on the mobile market. Designed for all those who live a modern, dynamic, and fully integrated lifestyle, this is the perfect tool to meet the growing need to be connected anytime and anywhere. Thanks to extremely quick web surfing and an incomparable use of multimedia contents, these dreams become reality.

When we speak about technological evolution, Acer is always one step ahead thanks to its proven capacity to translate the most sophisticated technological innovations into products that are easy to use. Moulding the most advanced technologies and integrating them into the latest smartphone is the logical consequence.

Style and elegance characterise the soft, sinuous, and curvy design for the perfect grip. Liquid Metal is equipped with a rounded 3.6" display especially studied to grant a truly sensational visualization. The materials selected, like the stainless steel of the battery cover, are solid and resistant and the chrome trims give a sense of high quality for extreme tactile and visual pleasure. As in the entire Acer Liquid series, we find the LED signals on the upper part of the telephone notify the user of missed calls, the need to charge the battery, and new incoming messages clearly.

Liquid Metal steps on the gas, ensuring higher speed in all activities, especially in navigating the web, thanks to the combination of:
- the Qualcomm 7230 800 MHz process for lightning fast navigation
- Android Froyo that responds at a speed 5 times faster than earlier versions
- the new browser that enables you to open Internet pages more quickly, thanks to Flash support and the optimization of the JavaScript engine
- Connectivity that is super fast both at home or while travelling, thanks to the WiFi n[1] and HSDPA 14.4Mbps[2]
- with the multitouch function, resizing web pages, photos, or maps is easier than ever.

Liquid Metal also brings the best multimedia experience and entertainment.
- Record video in HD at 720p (30fps) and watch more high-resolution videos in Xvid format
- Take photos with the 5MP A/F camera enhanced with LED flash, image stabilizer, and facial and smile recognition
- Enjoy the thrilling audio brought by the Dolby Surround technology and customize the sound you hear with the EQ profiles and Dynamic Bass Boost.

Liquid Metal shows its excellence not only in its style and power, but brings delightful user experience by the intuitive interface and software developed by Acer.
- Breeze, the new Acer user interface was developed to manage applications even more easily. Information is visible even when the screen is locked; view the application history and quickly start up your most used appliations; customize your homescreen as you like it and re-arrange the way you access your favourite applications according to your own specific needs
- Acer SocialJogger Application aggregates your Facebook and Twitter feeds, allowing you to surf through the updates with the trackwheel, receive updates directly through the dedicated widget on the homescreen, and comment or share directly from the user-friendly interface.

Liquid Metal is transformed into a true wireless server for all your home devices through DLNA/UPnP technology. All the multimedia content memorized on the smartphone can be shared with your PC, TV or game console. Moreover, it is capable of providing your computer an Internet connection via USB. This is truly useful for travelling by train or when on vacation. The Acer EasyLink PC software is free of charge and even enables a protected Internet connection (https).
Do you want even more? This smartphone of the latest generation can become a WiFi hotspot for all enabled devices, so as to connect them to the Internet via the Liquid Metal 3G connection.

[1] With WiFi n, Liquid Metal is 10 times faster than previous devices

2 With HSDPA, Liquid Metal is 2 times faster than previous devices

The Liquid Metal will be offered in two colours: silver and brown for a SRRP of £299 inc Vat. The brown will be available first from mid November with the silver arriving in early December.


Archos Froyo update for 28/32/43/70/101 tablets gets video preview

Posted: 29 Oct 2010 03:10 AM PDT

Archos has been quietly seeding testers with betas of its upcoming Android 2.2 Froyo ROM for the recently-announced Gen8 tablet range.  ARMDevices has been testing it out, and put together a demo video showing some of the changes along the way.

No word on when the new firmware will be released for the 28/32/43/70/101 range - apparently there’s still a little work to be done on optimizing the build and ironing out the last few bugs – but it’s all looking promising.

Click here to view the embedded video.


ParkVu WithMe app brings iTunes playlists to Android

Posted: 29 Oct 2010 03:07 AM PDT

I would bet that there are many people out there that use Android smartphones and have gobs of music on an iTunes account that they would like to get on their Android device. If you are one of these folks a new app from ParkVu has surfaced called WithMe that will allow you to access your iTunes playlists on Android devices.

The app works over a WiFi connection or a mobile data connection and promises a seamless listening experience to your iTunes tracks. The app downloads playlists from iTunes directly to the smartphone. Once the playlists are downloaded, a data or network connection is no longer needed.

That means you can save battery life and still rock to your own music when you are somewhere that a connection can’t reach you. The user is able to select the playlists specifically that they want to download to the Android device. The app is on the Android Market right now for $14.99 and you can get a free 30-day trial.


Notion Ink gets real on battery estimates

Posted: 29 Oct 2010 01:29 AM PDT

Notion Ink has released a list of ways you’ll be able to drain your Adam tablet’s battery in around six hours, as a counterpoint to earlier talk of over fifteen hours of “normal” use.  1080p HD video playback at full brightness and volume will do it, the company says, together with playing a 3D augmented reality game with camera input and 3G or WiFi for data.

Solid YouTube or other Flash video playback over wireless will also sap power quickly, as will streaming 3D maps over 3G and using the hardware GPS receiver.  Finally, recording HD video using the Adam’s rotating camera and streaming it via WiFi is apparently a sure-fire way to drain the tablet in record time.

To be fair, none of that is especially surprising, but it does raise a couple of interesting use-cases, particularly the HD streaming potential.  We’ve seen apps like Qik do real-time video uploads, but the quality is generally well short of HD.


Samsung Google Nexus Two gets in the wild report?

Posted: 29 Oct 2010 01:08 AM PDT

Rumors of a Google Nexus Two – despite CEO Eric Schmidt’s previous denial that one was in the pipeline – continue to grow, with Gizmodo having heard from a tipster who apparently got to play with the Samsung-made device.  Like the Galaxy S family, it’s apparently made from black, glossy plastic and “feels really similar to the Galaxy S in a lot [of] ways,” though the back has “got this curve to it.”

There’s also a roughly 4-inch display, which the source believes to be Super AMOLED, and a “sort of concave” front panel.  A front-facing video camera is the only confirmed hardware spec, with no word on the CPU or which “really buggy” stock build of Android the Nexus Two was running.  Note, the picture above is a mock-up.


Google Maps Updated to Version 4.6

Posted: 28 Oct 2010 10:49 PM PDT

Google is always consistent with updates for it's default applications. In fact, they have just updated Maps to 4.6 bringing with it an array of new features.

Places pages have been updated to an altered UI matching the desktop version of the service with it's reviews being organized between web, Yelp, and Zagat. Among other features updated we now have new search filters. You can now search by distance and rating (which were previously available) and by neighborhood, establishment location, open now, and related searches.

Also available in 4.6 is Latitude real-time updating. Google Latitude real-time updating is a new experimental social feature that will allow you to view a friends profile page and meet up with them by temporarily seeing faster updates. Your friends must have Maps 4.6 as well and Android 2.2 or above to use this new tracking feature.

[Via Google]


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