Monday, 1 November 2010

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Motorola Droid 2 for Verizon Drops to $149

Posted: 01 Nov 2010 11:54 AM PDT

If you were interested in picking up the Motorola Droid 2, with its full physical QWERTY keyboard and Android 2.2-goodness, but weren’t sure if the price was worth it at launch, then it looks like your patience has finally paid off. While the Droid X is still listed at the $199.99 price point (after a two-year agreement, and $100 mail-in rebate), the Droid 2 has taken that inevitable price cut.

As of right now, you’ll be able to get your hands on the Droid 2, with its revamped MOTOBLUR User Interface, 1GHz processor under the hood, and Flash Player for the “full Internet” mobile browsing, for just $149.99. You won’t be able to get an instant $100 rebate on the device, though, so you’ll have to pay the $249.99 at the start, and send in for your $100 mail-in rebate card after you get your phone.

And, if you feel like a bit more speculation about the Droid 2 Global is necessary, then here you go: the price cut for the device is right in line with a launch of the Droid 2 Global. Will it happen tomorrow? Probably not. But, the device is obviously coming, and it’s obviously coming soon. Do you drop the $149.99 for the Droid 2 now, or wait it out until the company announces the Droid 2 Global? Your call.

[via Verizon]


VZ Navigator For the Droid 2 Global Available now in the Android Market

Posted: 01 Nov 2010 10:25 AM PDT

As if we needed any further confirmation that the Droid 2 Global is coming soon, we now have word that it’s getting it’s own VZ Navigator application. Available now, we see that the VZ Navigator for Droid2 Global is definitely in the market.

Everyone believes that the Droid 2 Global will be launching on Verizon’s network on November 11th. But with no official confirmation we can only speculate. However, with the Droid 2 hitting discontinued status and the leaked SKUs hitting the web, we are almost certain that we will be seeing it in the first half of this month!

[Via DroidLife]


Droid 2 Global Coming in 2 Color Options

Posted: 01 Nov 2010 09:46 AM PDT

Last week we saw Verizon’s official rebate form for upcoming devices hit the web, and with it we saw two SKU’s for the Droid 2 Global. First many thought that it could simply be two new color options, but speculation also rose that it may be the Droid 2 Global that is going to see the business camera-less version.

Now, according to a screenshot that was leaked onto the internet, we see that the Droid 2 Global will be coming in “BL” and “WH” (Blue/Black, White). With the Droid 2 now discontinued, the Global will be the new option for users who are looking for a Droid on the Verizon network with capabilities similar to the original Droid.

Both devices will be sold for $199.99, but no release date is known, yet.

[Via BGR]


Sprint’s 4G Activated in New York and 5 other cities

Posted: 01 Nov 2010 09:39 AM PDT

Sprint has always come to mind when mentioning 4G, with it’s “ultra fast” speeds it has been the choice for users who were looking for an option for quite some time. Now with Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile all entering the market Sprint has upped it’s game and turned on it’s 4G network in 6 of is cities.

Now available in New York City, Hartford, New Haven, New Brunswick, Trenton and Tampa, it marks the first 4G network to be released in many of it’s areas. It is in fact the first 4G network to hit the Big Apple, and their plans are to aggressively expand beyond it’s current 61 markets.

Sprint 4G is now available in 61 markets: California – Merced, Modesto, Stockton, Visalia; Connecticut – Hartford, New Haven; Delaware – Wilmington; Florida – Daytona Beach, Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa; Georgia – Atlanta, Milledgeville; Hawaii – Honolulu, Maui; Idaho – Boise; Illinois – Chicago; Maryland – Baltimore; Massachusetts – Boston; Michigan – Grand Rapids; Minnesota – Minneapolis-St.Paul: Missouri – Kansas City, St. Louis; New Jersey – New Brunswick, Trenton; New York – New York, Rochester, Syracuse; Nevada – Las Vegas; North Carolina – Charlotte, Greensboro (includes High Point and Winston-Salem), Raleigh (includes Cary, Chapel Hill and Durham); Oregon – Eugene, Portland, Salem; Pennsylvania – Harrisburg, Lancaster, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Reading, York; Rhode Island – Providence; Tennessee – Nashville; Texas – Abilene, Amarillo, Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Killeen/Temple, Lubbock, Midland/Odessa, San Antonio, Waco, Wichita Falls; Utah – Salt Lake City; Virginia – Richmond; and Washington – Bellingham, Seattle, Tri-Cities, Yakima.

Now users of the HTC EVO 4G, Epic 4G, or their Overdrive Mobile Hotspot will no longer have to turn off their 4G while in these cities!

[Via Sprint]


Samsung deny Nexus Two involvement

Posted: 01 Nov 2010 06:42 AM PDT

Samsung has denied being involved in producing the Google Nexus Two, telling Danawa that the rumors are “simply not true.”  In-the-wild reports of a Nexus Two prototype surfaced last week, suggesting that Google and Samsung had collaborated on a device closely resembling a Galaxy S family handset.

That handset, according to the tipster’s description, was wedge-shaped and used a Super AMOLED panel, together with a new version of Android that was in a “buggy” condition.

[via MobileBurn]


Android biggest OS in US claim analysts

Posted: 01 Nov 2010 06:07 AM PDT

Android has taken the top-spot for most popular smartphone OS, according to analysts Canalys, though the fact that it is a collaborative result from multiple manufacturers means that Apple’s iPhone is still the most popular US smartphone.  According to Canalys’ figures, Android device growth increased by 1,309-percent year-on-year, from 1.4 million in Q3 2009 to more than 20.0 million units in Q3 2010.

The iPhone, meanwhile, holds 26.2-percent of the market share, pushing RIM into second place with 24.2-percent.  ”'Android has been well received by the market and in some geographies it is becoming a sought-after consumer brand” claims analyst Pete Cunningham, “It has rapidly become the platform to watch, and its growing volumes will help to entice developers, ensuring consumers have access to an increasingly rich and vibrant mobile content and application ecosystem.”

[via SlashGear]


Android 2.2 to get remote security control

Posted: 01 Nov 2010 06:04 AM PDT

Business that hand out Android devices to workers will get better control over those devices in Android 2.2. Google is going to be enabling remote security control for all Android 2.2 devices. This remote control will allow policies to be set remotely for all devices.

There will be a number of security functions in the 2.2 version of the OS. Those features will include the ability to remotely wipe data on lost or stolen devices, lock idle devices after a period of inactivity, and to require a password on each phone.

The minimum length of each password will be able to be set by policy and the passwords can be required to have numbers and letters. The update will be a significant one for business and enterprises looking to enforce some security for mobile devices.


Google pulls Secret SMS Replicator App from Android Marketplace

Posted: 01 Nov 2010 05:58 AM PDT

Google isn't nearly as persnickety when it comes to the types of apps that it will allow to be added to the Android market as Apple it with apps in the App Store. Still, Google will on occasion flex the ban hammer and knock apps off the Android Market.

It has used that ban hammer recently to kill access to an app called Secret SMS Replicator after first approving the app and allowing it to hit the Android Marketplace. The app was pulled 18 hours after it was added to the market and is now only available in a less nefariously useful version that is a back up tool.

The version that was pulled would allow the person who installed the app on another person’s Android phone to get every SMS message that the installed device received. The company behind the app figured it would be used to catch cheating significant others.


ViewSonic ViewPad 7 and ViewPad 10 get official US release

Posted: 01 Nov 2010 05:44 AM PDT

ViewSonic has announced US availability and pricing for the ViewPad 7 and ViewPad 10 Android tablets, a week after the 7- and 10-inch slates made their UK debut.  The ViewPad 7 runs Android 2.2 Froyo, while the ViewPad 10 gets Android 1.6 and Windows 7.

More on the ViewPad 7 here and the ViewPad 10 here.  The ViewPad 7 will be available in late Q4 2010 priced at $479, while the dual-booting ViewPad 10 will drop in Q1 2011 at $629.

ViewPad 7 demo:

ViewPad 10 demo:

Press Release:


Thousands of open-sourced apps available for 7" Android 2.2 3.5G capable ViewPad 7 and 10.1" dual-boot Win 7 and Android 1.6 ViewPad 10

WALNUT, Calif. – November 1, 2010 – ViewSonic Corp., a leading global provider of computing, consumer electronics and communications solutions, today announced its ViewPad line of Android-based devices, featuring the ViewPad 7 and ViewPad 10.

"Leveraging our 20-year display heritage, these new ViewPad solutions provide users with anytime anywhere connectivity," said Jeff Volpe, vice president and general manager for ViewSonic Americas. "With access to the universe of Android apps, our new ViewPads are perfectly suited for enjoying digital entertainment and social media. Office productivity is also a snap with robust web browsing functionality."

ViewPad 7 – The Android 2.2 ViewPad 7 combines a powerful processor with 3.5G capable data technology in a lightweight, pocket-sized 7" form factor. With an 800×480 WVGA LCD screen, this device is one of the only 7" tablet solutions with Android Google Mobile Services (GMS). As a result, consumers can connect to a selection of more than 100,000 apps and games along with Gmail, YouTube and more for a superior and convenient entertainment solution that fits today's mobile lifestyle.

With its wireless 802.11 b/g and Bluetooth® connectivity the ViewPad 7 supports instant messaging, VoIP, and all the web browsing and USB connectivity functions of a capacitive multi-touch device. The ViewPad 7 features 2 built-in cameras: a 3-megapixel, auto focus camera in the rear and a 0.3 megapixel camera in the front. In addition to the integrated 512MB of memory, the ViewPad 7 offers up to an additional 32GB of storage capacity via the micro SD card slot, along with battery life of up to 10 hours. The result is the ultimate device for connected fun and multitasking – in a compact size easier to carry than a netbook and with better media performance than a smartphone.

The ViewPad 7 will be available in late Q4 2010 for an ESP of $479. Third-party accessories and ViewCare™ extended warranties will also be available at launch.

ViewPad 10 – Innovative and productive, this 10.1" dual-boot Wi-Fi device gives users a choice between Windows® 7 Home Premium and Google Android 1.6 within the same device. With a high performance, high speed Intel® Atom™ 1.66GHz processor, integrated 1GB of memory, 16GB SSD hard drive and expandable micro SD slot, the ViewPad 10 is ideally designed to view Flash-based content and Office programs with Windows, and for an optimized mobile entertainment experience with Android. Additionally, the 1024×600 LED backlit panel includes a G-sensor and capacitive multi-touch for intuitive navigation across multiple applications. Teamed with a 1.3-megapixel webcam with built-in microphone, the ViewPad 10 is great for videoconferencing as well.

The ViewPad 10 with dual-boot OS will be available in Q1 2011 for an ESP of $629. Third-party accessories and ViewCare™ extended warranties will be available at launch.

For further information on ViewSonic products, please visit or follow ViewSonic on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.


Vodafone and Orange confirm Samsung Galaxy Tab pricing

Posted: 01 Nov 2010 05:27 AM PDT

Vodafone and Orange have confirmed their pricing for Samsung’s Galaxy Tab.  Vodafone are only offering one month contracts, from £3 per month (though you have to pay £2 per day for 500MB of data) with the Tab itself priced at £499 regardless.

Meanwhile Orange are offering monthly and yearly agreements, with the Tab priced from £499 and the option to save £5 per month if you’re an existing mobile or broadband customer.  More on the Galaxy Tab in our full review over at SlashGear.

[via SlashGear]


Android users get myChevrolet and OnStar MyLink apps

Posted: 01 Nov 2010 04:07 AM PDT

Chevrolet has announced that users of Android smartphone can now get free apps that will link them to their vehicles. The app has some cool features that many drivers will be able to take advantage of. The main features of the app fall into three categories including location-based services, vehicle-specific information, and OnStar connectivity.

The location-based service might be the most useful to the forgetful drivers. The service lets the driver save the location of their car to a GPS map and to set a timer to keep them informed of how much time they have left on a parking meter. They can even take a photo of their parking location. The app can also be used to summon roadside assistance for flat tires.

The vehicle specific information includes things like common data from the owner’s manual for saving radio presets and information on service indicators and warning lights. The OnStar MyLink integration is also cool allowing owners to send remote start commands, lock or unlock doors, and start the engine. The app can also track the fuel in the vehicle along with driving range, oil life, and tire pressures.


Galaxy Tab on sale in UK along with Samsung’s accessories

Posted: 01 Nov 2010 02:31 AM PDT

It’s November 1 2010, and that means the Samsung Galaxy Tab has gone up for sale in the UK.  Priced at £529.99 SIM-free and unlocked from The Carphone Warehouse, or alternatively at £499.99 with a £10 month-by-month 1GB data plan with no long-term agreement, the Tab can also be had with various carrier deals.

These bring the slate down to as little as £100, as long as you don’t have any objections to a two-year contract.  If you’re still on the fence about the Galaxy Tab, you probably ought to take a look at SlashGear’s massive review.


And the Winner is…

Posted: 31 Oct 2010 06:44 PM PDT

Our Halloween T-Mobile Optimus T giveaway was a huge success with a great response from our readers! We had many really creative entries and it was very hard to narrow it down to just one winner, trust me – many of you deserved to win. But after some narrowing down, we chose forum member slayergreg’s awesome MaskedMoto.

Motorola W490 as MaskedMoto!

Thanks again to all of your who participated in this contest, and we will be sure to have more coming up! So stay tuned!

Again, congratulations to slayergreg and Happy Halloween!


Samsung Continuum, Motorola Citrus, And Samsung Zeal hitting Verizon November 11

Posted: 31 Oct 2010 05:39 PM PDT

Just this week Verizon's update sheet, which revealed upcoming releases, let us know that the Continuum and Citrus were definitely coming to the carrier soon. Well now, according to a tip to Phone Arena, the Samsung Continuum, Zeal, and Motorola CITRUS will be hitting the network by month's end.

The CITRUS which is manufactured from 25% post-consumer plastic will be a simple Android 2.1-based device with a 3" screen, 3MP camera, WiFi, EVDO, Bluetooth, and 2GB microSD storage. Advertised as a starter Android phone this will definitely be a feasible option for people new to the platform, or who do not need all of the extensive features a smartphone has to offer.

Of most interest is the Samsung Continuum i400, which is the latest Galaxy S device, sporting a 1GHz Hummingbird processor as well as Android 2.2. Featuring a 3.4" 480×800 WVGA Super AMOLED display with an additional 1.8" display lining the bottom for alerts and basic navigation. Also sporting a 5MP camera with LED Flash and autofocus, WiFi, Bluetooth, and 2GB of internal memory with 8BG micro SDHC card pre-installed this is definitely a well-rounded powerful option for anyone looking for a great Android device.

You can check out the Verizon product pages in the gallery below.

samsung-continuum-verizon-wireless-1 samsung-zeal-verizon-wireless-1 motorola-citrus-verizon-wireless-1

[Via PhoneArena]


T-Mobile ’4G’ Coming Soon, Fastest in the US

Posted: 31 Oct 2010 04:46 PM PDT

It looks as if T-Mobile is gearing up to launch their ’4G’ network in many cities across the US. After much debate as whether they should refer to it as “4G” “4G Speed” or anything else, it looks like they have gone with simply calling it their 4G network. According to TmoNews, T-Mobile is ready to begin advertising the network as “America’s Largest 4G Network” and has it’s promotion material all ready.

Being the fastest network available in the US, T-Mobile’s HSPA+ will definitely be advertised as such, and advertised a whole lot. The network itself offers up download speeds of 21 Mbps which is double that of Sprint’s “ultra fast” 4G network. It gets even better, these speeds will in fact double within the next year to 42 Mbps as it’s network gets upgraded.

The T-Mobile 4G network is still expanding, currently reaching 100 million people, they expect to reach a total of 200 million by years end. To check if you are in a T-Mobile HSPA+ city, check out their 4G page and coverage map here.
[Via TmoNews, AndroidAndMe]


SlashGear’s Massive Review of Samsung Galaxy Tab

Posted: 31 Oct 2010 03:01 PM PDT

Oh the anticipation that came with this one, oh the excitement. It’s the poster child of Google’s OS done right on a bigger display, as Chris Davies says, and a definite contender for most excellent tablet, right up there with the iPad. With essentially the same dimensions (except thickness) as Amazon’s Kindle, it’s tiny, solid, creak-free, and a completely sealed unit (no battery access.) The back panel is white (and sometimes black in the US), black on front, and slippery. Easy to hold in several positions, all hardware controls on the right-hand side except power/standby and volume on the top.

More control on the inside than you’d get on an Android phone, (that means a LOT,) has TWO cameras, runs a 1GHz Hummingbird, and connects through Samsung’s PDMI-based dock connector rather than USB. Android 2.2 for an already-familiar experience, and a set of lovely apps that raise this device up above the level of smartphone to the higher level that is the tablet. Definitely appealing to those put off by the “closed” nature of the iPad, and the two cameras are no small bonus themselves.

The most telling part of the entire review, here, is that Chris Davies notes he grabs the TAB instead of the iPad to review updates like emails almost all the time when the TAB and the iPad sit side by side. There’s just something about it that makes it seem like the one that handles the day better. Check out the entire review over at SlashGear: Samsung Galaxy Tab Review. It’s VERY detailed and extensive.

[Via SlashGear]


T-Mobile Galaxy Tab Available for Pre-Order on Amazon

Posted: 31 Oct 2010 11:12 AM PDT

It's getting closer and closer to the US release of the much hyped 7-inch Galaxy Tab. Many have been looking for a way to guarantee they will be one of the first in the US to get their hands on it, and now you can. Pre-orders for the Galaxy Tab are available now at

The available Tab is $699.99 which, of course, is the unsubsidized price. The Tab will be T-Mobile's first venture into the tablet market and is hitting the carrier with an official release date of November 10th. Amazon states that it's going to be released November 9th giving them one day to get the Galaxy Tab to your door (with free shipping!)


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