Wednesday, 17 November 2010

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Cooliris Liveshare Application for Android Deployed Today, Special Events Around the Globe This Week

Posted: 17 Nov 2010 10:57 AM PST

Today it’s been announced that Android users will be able to enjoy Cooliris Liveshare 1.1, an app that allows users to post photos taken with their mobile phones live, in a real-time streaming environment, sharing them with friends via the Cooliris 3D Wall on Facebook, email, or their own personal website. A new version of the base Liveshare application will be available for Android, iOS, on the web at, the people at Cooliris focused on events in the San Francisco Bay Area and events around the globe, accessable through Liveshare event-specific streams for sharing!

Just download Liveshare and select from hundreds of local events happening THIS WEEK, at the event snap pictures and deploy them into the event stream with your Android or iOS phone, then share the event photostream with Liveshare 3D Wall via Facebook, email, or your own website via embed code. Neato! You’ll be in special luck if you live in the SF Bay Area, as there’s several Liveshare events coming your way, over the past few months 50 local SF venues and events having participated. Bands like KISS and Ozzy Osbourne have participated in integrating the Liveshare experience into their concerts as well. Take a look at all of this over at or by downloading the app in your Apple App Store or Android Market today. Check out the full press release below:

Cooliris Liveshare Application Offers Android Users
New Dynamic Way to Share Their Experiences

San Francisco Bay Area partygoers, sports fans, and music lovers
can now share photos via real-time streams

PALO ALTO, CA – November 17, 2010

News Facts
Cooliris today announced Liveshare 1.1, a new mobile application that allows people to post photos taken with their mobile phones to a live, real-time stream and share them with friends with the Cooliris 3D Wall via Facebook, email, or their website. Liveshare by Cooliris creates a new opportunity for fans, groups, and businesses to build a living stream of photos unique to events they are attending, as well as the places they are visiting.

Available today for Android and on the web at, the new version of Liveshare by Cooliris for iOS will also be available soon. Liveshare is currently focused on events in the San Francisco Bay Area, however events around the globe can be found with special Liveshare event-specific streams for sharing.

"Liveshare by Cooliris is our next big leap in innovation for rich content discovery and sharing," said Soujanya Bhumkar, CEO and Co-founder, Cooliris. "Sharing everyone's photos from an event together all in one place is really hard today. Liveshare provides an entirely new and simple way for people to share their experiences together, at the speed of life."

Three Simple Steps To Sharing, Once Liveshare is Downloaded
1. Choose from hundreds of local events happening this week in Liveshare
2. At the events, snap pictures into the event stream with your Android phone or iPhone
3. Share the photostream in a Liveshare 3D Wall via Facebook, email, or via your website by leveraging the Cooliris' embed technology

San Francisco Bay Area Liveshare Events, First Big Push
Liveshare lets you visually experience the best of what San Francisco has to offer. You can scan the event listings on Monday and discover what's happening that week, and then share your experiences from sporting events, nightclubs, concerts – all your favorite activities. Over the past few months over 50 local San Francisco venues and events have featured Liveshare, including 111 Minna, Terra and the Social Media Prom.

In an innovative use of Liveshare, Stanford is taking the best images and projecting them directly onto the JumboTron during games. Also, bands like KISS and Ozzy Osborne are using Liveshare as an integral part of their concert experience, and other major acts will soon be launching with Liveshare as part of their fan experiences. In addition, people can share anytime on "Photos of the Day", 'I LOVE SAN FRANCISCO' and "Stanford 24/7" live streams.

About Cooliris
Cooliris develops consumer applications that make the creation, sharing and discovery of content more immersive, intuitive, and personal. From transforming the online media browsing experience with the popular Cooliris 3D Wall, and the Wikipedia experience into a beautiful magazine-style layout with Discover for iPad, or sharing experiences "at the speed of life" with Liveshare for mobile, Cooliris leverages the full power of the latest hardware developments and software concepts.

Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, Cooliris is backed by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, DAG Ventures, The Westly Group, and T-Venture.


Multitouch coming to Xperia X10, Pinch to zoom included

Posted: 17 Nov 2010 10:49 AM PST

We heard about Sony Ericsson’s stance on multitouch on the Xperia X10 before it was released. However, it seems they have gone back on their word and decided to enable it on the X10.

After some work from the engineering team, they were actually able to change the driver and firmware for the touch digitizer to make some multitouch gestures work. The multitouch within the device however will be very limited. In fact, we will only see pinch to zoom in the browser and Google Maps at first.

You can check out the video below of how it’s currently working on the XPERIA X10.

Click here to view the embedded video.


Honeycomb equipped Motorola MOTOPAD expected February/March 2011

Posted: 17 Nov 2010 10:35 AM PST

Tablets and Honeycomb have been the talk of the net for quite some time now. While many details haven’t been uncovered, we are nearing the time where we see quite a few more leaks hitting the internet. We heard earlier this week that Google pans to use Motorola’s 7-inch MOTOPAD to launch the new OS next year, but now we may actually have a timeframe of release.

DigiTimes is claiming to have heard that a February or March launch may be the case when it comes to the MOTOPAD. This means that we would see honeycomb in just a few short months which would be perfect as we enter the tablet age.

They are also claiming that NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 chipset will be the power source for the tablet. We are fully expecting a lot of new tablets coming out of CES this year and as it gets more competitive expect really powerful products based on the new, hopefully awesome, Honeycomb.

[Via SlashGear]


Giorgio Armani Samsung Galaxy S Announced from Seoul

Posted: 17 Nov 2010 10:22 AM PST

A press release from Samsung announces officially a collaboration with Geiogio Armani and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. announcing officially the Giorgio Armani Samsung Galaxy S, a rather fabulous looking phone if I do say so myself. It’s what they call an “exclusive edition” smartphone that has a SUPER AMOLED display, looking good they say even in direct sunlight, including such features as integrated messaging, SWYPE typing, and Android Market access. It’s sophisticated, distinct, has an Armani-patterened back metal cover, is only 9.9 mm and has the GIORGIO ARMANI name brand right up front for the world to see.

Inside you’ll find a social hub with the already mentioned integrated messaging with your phonebook, calendar, history, and SNS all in a single page layout. You’ll have access to all the apps you’d have on any regular Android device, plus a selection of exclusive content including ringtones, fonts, and on/off animation at your disposal.

Product specifications for this phone are thus:
Network: HSDPA 900/1900/2100 EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900.
Display: 4.0″ WVGA (480×800) 16M SUPER AMOLED Mobile Digital Natural Image engine (mDNIe)
Camera: 5.0 Megapixel AF camera with Action Shot, Add Me, Cartoon Shot, Smile Shot
Video: HD Video PLayer and Recorder (1280 x 720) at 30 frames per second, Codec: DivX XviD MPEG4 H.263Sorenson, H.264, VC-1 – format: 3gp(mp4) WMV (Asf) AVI (divX) MKV FLV
Audio: Music player with SoundAlive 3.5mm ear jack
Features: Android 2.2 Froyo, Android Browser with flash 10.1, 1GHz processor, Giorgio Armani GUI
Connectivity: Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, Wifi 802.11 b/g/n
Memory: 16GB + microSD (up to 32 GB)
Size: 64.2 x 122.5 x 9.9mm

Senior Vice President of Samsung Mobile Marketing YH Lee notes "The long-standing partnership between Samsung and Giorgio Armani has produced a finely crafted handset that reflects the user's refined tastes. It has been magnificent to see Samsung's design and technological expertise matched with one of the most prestigious and stylish brands in the world." This phone will be available starting in December (2010) at Giorgio Armani boutiques and major mobile phone stores in Italy, then rolled out to the rest of the world throughout 2011. See the full press release below:

Sleek design, powerful technology and luxury in one smart phone

SEOUL, Korea – November 16, 2010 – The partnership between Giorgio Armani and SamsungElectronics Co. Ltd. continues to grow. Combining style and cutting-edge technology, this alliance has come up with an exclusive edition smartphone, the Giorgio Armani Samsung GALAXY S.

The Giorgio Armani-designed body of the smart phone comes equipped with a brilliant SUPER AMOLED display that looks great even in direct sunlight and an array of intelligent features, such as integrated messaging, SWYPE for efficient texting on-the-go, Android market™ and more.

Exquisite Design – The essence of Armani
The Giorgio Armani Samsung GALAXY S exterior embodies quintessential Armani sophistication. Adding a touch of distinction, the sleek body comes adorned with an exclusive Armani-patterned back metal cover. And at 9.9 mm, the new Armani Samsung GALAXY S is slim and stylish, the perfect accessory to throw in your pocket.

Intelligent Features – A smarter life
The Giorgio Armani Samsung GALAXY S provides you with intelligent features to ensure you're always connected. A Social Hub with integrated messaging incorporates your phonebook,calendar, history and SNS all into one seamless, one-page layout.

Personalized Customization – Individual touch

The Giorgio Armani Samsung GALAXY S comes complete with Android Market™ and Samsung Apps, so you can choose from countless downloadable applications including utility apps, games, health and lifestyle apps, and e-books. The Giorgio Armani- designed interface provides a selection of exclusive content, including ringtones, fonts and on/off animation for greater personalization and style.

"The long-standing partnership between Samsung and Giorgio Armani has produced a finely crafted handset that reflects the user's refined tastes. It has been magnificent to see Samsung's design and technological expertise matched with one of the most prestigious and stylish brands in the world," said YH Lee, Senior Vice President of the Samsung Mobile Marketing.

Starting December, the Giorgio Armani Samsung GALAXY S will be available in Giorgio Armani boutiques and in major mobile phone stores in Italy and will be gradually rolled out globally in 2011.


HTC and Samsung believe Android will dominate future smartphone market

Posted: 17 Nov 2010 10:16 AM PST

Executives for HTC and Samsung stated that they expect both Android and Windows Phone 7 will have the greatest influence in the world smartphone market.

They believe Android will be the top of the market because it’s integration not only with 3rd party apps but it’s openness to custom interfaces as well.

However it seems that Samsung might make an interesting move into the Windows Phone 7 market. Sitthichoke Nopchinabutr, Samsung’s mobile marketing lead, gave us some insight into their plans regarding their future devices. Shockingly, they plan to focus more on Windows Phone 7 devices.

They will still manufacture Android phones, but for about every 50 Windows devices there would be about 24 Android models. We have no idea what this means for the future of our favorite operating system on Samsung devices, but we know that we should still expect many high profile device launches from the company.

[Via Electronista]


Verizon Galaxy Tab Hitting COSTCO for $589.99

Posted: 17 Nov 2010 09:59 AM PST

The Verizon Galaxy Tab will now be available in another physical store. Costco has plans to start selling the device on November 19th for $589.99.

Now although this isn’t a huge discount, only about 10 bucks, it does mark further availability of the Tab. To purchase the Galaxy Tab at Costco you will need to pay for at least one month of data at the time of purchase.

[Via Phandroid]


Edit your Google Docs in your mobile browser

Posted: 17 Nov 2010 09:50 AM PST

Google has finally flipped the switch allowing users to edit their Google Docs (word files) from their mobile browser. It should be active now for users running Android 2.0 Froyo but if not, it may take a few days to fully be implemented.

To edit your documents, just navigate to from your browser and choose the document you want to edit. Hit edit and you will enter the mobile editor.

Click here to view the embedded video.

[Via Google]


LG Apex Announced by US Cellular, to be Released on November 19

Posted: 17 Nov 2010 08:26 AM PST

US Cellular tells us today that they plan on releasing the LG Apex on November 19 for $79.99 after $80 mail-in rebate tied to a two-year contract. The LG apex is a lovely 3.2″ touchscreen machine with vibration feedback, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, and it runs on Android 2.1. Also in the announcement is a note about the LG Optimus U which will be debuting in December, that being the last of US Cellular’s Android devices for the year.

Two year plans include Primary Plus Plan at $69.99/mo with 5GB data, unlimited text, picture and video messaging, GPS Navigation and 450 voice minutes w/unlimited incoming calls, nights and weekends and mobile-to-mobile. Also there’s a Premium Plus Family Plan for $179.99 that includes two lines with unlimited minutes + messaging, 5GB data per line, Phone Replacement and GPS Navigation.

The LG Apex features a durable tempered glass touchscreen, luminous sensors that adjust brightness depending on the light surrounding the phone, live wallpaper, five home screens, and of course, a lovely slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Then there’s a 3Megapixel autofocus flash camera and camcorder that features panorama mode (6 pictures combined into one), Wifi, MP3 player capable of playing while doing other tasks on the phone, and a video player that plays WMV, MP4, 3GP and 3G2 formats. Read the whole press release below:


CHICAGO (Nov. 17, 2010) – Riding a wave of industry recognition for wireless innovations like "no contract after the first" with faster phone upgrades and Overage Cap, U.S. Cellular continues to bolster its expanding smartphone portfolio with the LG Apex, the carrier's latest high-performance, Android-powered device. The phone will be available in U.S. Cellular stores and at starting Nov. 19 for $79.99 after an $80 mail-in rebate. The LG Apex, with its vibrant 3.2" touchscreen and sleek, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, joins a string of cutting-edge products recently launched by the carrier, including the HTC Desire, Samsung Acclaim, Samsung Mesmerize (a Galaxy S smartphone) and the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab, slated to arrive in stores this month. The LG Optimus U will debut in December rounding out U.S. Cellular's Android-powered offerings for 2010.

"Phones powered by Android are perfect for customers looking for high-performance devices that help them stay productive, entertained and connected on the go," said Edward Perez, vice president of marketing and sales operations for U.S. Cellular. "The LG Apex is backed by the tremendous value of The Belief Project and our high-speed nationwide network, making it a great gift this holiday season."

U.S. Cellular's growing catalog of Android-powered, BlackBerry and Windows Mobile phones is a key part of its strategy to deliver cool devices while elevating the customer experience through industry-leading initiatives. Launched in October, The Belief Project is an array of innovative initiatives like "no contract after the first" with upgrades to the newest phones at promotional prices every 18 months. Customers automatically get valuable rewards just for being a customer that can be used for even faster phone upgrades in as little as 10 months depending on their Belief Plan. Rewards can also be used to get additional lines, phones, accessories, and ringtones.

U.S. Cellular's new bundled National Single Line and Family Belief Plans offer affordable voice, text and data packages. Customers who text, e-mail and download more than they talk may prefer the new Primary Plus Plan for $69.99 per month that comes with 5GB of data, unlimited text, picture and video messaging, free GPS Navigation and 450 voice minutes with unlimited incoming calls, nights and weekends and mobile-to-mobile. Customers also can opt for the Premium Plus Family Plan for $179.99, which includes two lines with unlimited minutes and messaging, 5GB of data per line, Phone Replacement and GPS Navigation.

For more information about the LG Apex and The Belief Project, visit 

About the LG Apex

The LG Apex is a cool productivity tool that runs on Android 2.1 and features a 3.2-inch durable tempered glass touchscreen that responds to a feather touch with vibration feedback. The screen also boasts luminous sensors that adjust brightness depending on light conditions and shows off the dynamic, animated live wallpaper. Five customizable home screens allow customers to create shortcuts to their favorite apps and widgets.  Its stylish and functional design offers a QWERTY keyboard that slides out to make typing and texting easy. 

Backed by U.S. Cellular's high-speed nationwide network, customers can browse and download thousands of applications in Android Market that allow users to customize their phone to fit their lifestyle. Customers can also access popular Google applications, including Google Maps™ with its turn-by-turn directions and Google Voice Search™ that helps them locate anything without a single key tap. The LG Apex's 3 megapixel autofocus, flash-ready camera/camcorder comes with a panorama mode that lets customers take up to six side-by-side shots to build a sweeping view.

The Wi-Fi enabled phone also comes with an MP3 player, and customers can easily organize their music library, repeat and shuffle their favorite songs. They can even multi-task, playing music in the background while simultaneously e-mailing, texting or downloading videos. A video player is included for WMV, MP4, 3GP and 3G2 formats.

The LG Apex will retail for $79.99 after an $80 mail-in rebate and will be available Nov. 19 at U.S. Cellular locations and at

About The Belief Project
Launched Oct. 1, The Belief Project recognizes customer loyalty with national bundled rate plans that offer customers the freedom to enjoy industry-leading benefits without signing continuous contracts – like new phones at promotional prices every 18 months that can be accelerated with points.
With "no contract after the first," new customers fulfill an initial two-year commitment and never have to sign another contract again. Existing customers who switch to the new Belief Plans can simply finish the remainder of their term without extending their current contract. 

Customers automatically get valuable rewards just for being a customer that can be used for faster phone upgrades in as little as 10 months depending on their Belief Plan. Rewards can also be used to get additional lines, phones, accessories, and ringtones.

The Belief Project also includes the industry's only Phone Replacement program. If a customer's phone accidentally breaks or stops working, U.S. Cellular replaces it with the same or similar model at no additional cost. Customers also can save up to 5 percent on their monthly plans for setting up autopay and paperless billing.

These innovative initiatives were developed to address consumers' common frustrations with wireless, elevate the customer experience and create a human relationship, not a contractual one. For more information about The Belief Project, visit

About U.S. Cellular 
U.S. Cellular is committed to fixing wireless one project at a time. The Chicago-based carrier, named one of Forbes Magazine's 2010 "Most Trustworthy Companies," recently unveiled The Belief Project, a series of industry-first, innovative solutions designed to elevate the customer experience. The Belief Project complements U.S. Cellular's growing catalog of cutting-edge phones, all backed by its high-speed nationwide network. To learn more about U.S. Cellular, visit one of its retail stores or You can also check out U.S. Cellular on Facebook.


PocketBook IQ EBookReader Hands-On and Video Review

Posted: 17 Nov 2010 07:56 AM PST

Looks like Nathan from TheEBookReader has his claws dug in deep on a sweet little number by the name of PocketBook IQ, an Android based tablet/ereader that runs Android 2.0 and will be able to upgrade eventually to 2.2. First, and maybe most important, he lets us know that this particular ereader allows you to install 3rd party apps out of the box, which rocks. On the other hand, this PocketBook IQ does not have direct access to Android Market, which means you’ll have to take another couple of steps to get Google-approved applications.

This PocketBook IQ appears to have a responsive and accurate resistive touchscreen, a solid metal casing (making it heavy enough to need two hands to hold), and works as an ereader for those who aren’t hardcore enough to want the most excellent E Ink (which this does not have). Nathan installs Opera mini and it seems to work just super, notes that although Android 2.0 doesn’t support flash, an upgrade to 2.2 will fix that, and that this tab rocks the house for a mere $140. Take a peek at the video:

Click here to view the embedded video.

[Via TheEBookReader]


White Dell Streak pictured as Best Buy exclusivity begins

Posted: 17 Nov 2010 05:52 AM PST

Best Buy’s exclusive white Dell Streak has been caught in the wild, with Jenn of StreakSmart rushing down to the store to pick up the new color variant. Ostensibly the same hardware as the black Streak already available in the US, the new model puts the hybrid MID/smartphone’s 1GHz Snapdragon CPU and 5-inch WVGA display into a “smooth silvery-white” chassis with “a touch of shimmer to it.”

While you can reserve one online for in-store pickup – priced at $299.99 – it’s not yes possible to order online for home delivery. Interestingly, it’s only the back and side panels that have been changed; the front controls are still black.


Hamilton CapTel offers Android browser for hearing impaired

Posted: 17 Nov 2010 04:36 AM PST

Everything from watching TV to talking to friends can be difficult for the hearing impaired. In the home, there are a number of ways that those who are deaf of just can't hear well can communicate on their home phone and watch TV. On the road, using a mobile phone can be a big challenge for the hearing impaired.

A company called Hamilton CapTel has announced a new browser for Android users that are hearing impaired. The new browser for Android means it is now available on the iPhone, Blackberry and Android devices covering most of the major smartphones on the market.

The browser allows users to get real-time conversation captioning so they can read what is being said in addition to hearing the worlds. Android devices that specifically support the new browser include the HTC Aria, Motorola Backflip, Samsung Epic, and the Droid line. The app is available right now.


NEC LifeTouch cloud communicator gets hands-on treatment

Posted: 17 Nov 2010 04:04 AM PST

You might recall that we talked a bit about the NEC LifeTouch cloud communicator back a week or so ago. The thing is an interesting little Android tablet that uses a 7-inch screen, Android 2.1, and an ARM Cortex A8 CPU. The machine also has 384MB of RAM and 1GB of RAM with WiFi and Bluetooth as well.

Other than the specs of the device, we really didn't have an idea of how the thing would work until now. The gang over at Netbooknews got its hands on the LifeTouch tablet and has offered up some info on the thing. It has a 600Mhz CPU in its initial version, but apparently, better hardware will be coming.

The CPU is said to be getting an upgrade in later versions to a 1GHz unit. The later versions are also supposed to get upgrades to Android 2.2 and 3.0 rather than Android 2.1 it is shipping with. You can check out the video below to see the full hands-on.

Click here to view the embedded video.


MOG Android app exits beta

Posted: 17 Nov 2010 03:44 AM PST

If you are a big fan of music on your Android device, a new app for your smartphone called MOG has left beta status for the Android platform. The app is designed for easy to use music listening experience for music fans and it has some new features now that it has left beta.

The MOG app has a now playing screen in the upper right corner to give details on the track being listened too. The app also has a seek within a song feature to let you find the specific spot you want. Other features include the basic shuffle and repeat feature and you can add or remove tracks from the favorites menu.

The skin of the app has been redesigned and the app has a new home page. The app has also been improved for better stability and it has lots more new features. The company behind the MOG app says that more updates are coming soon as well with playlist creation and more. If you have the beta version you can hit update and get the new version now and the new version is on the Android Market now.


Nexus S concave touchscreen originally intended for Sprint?

Posted: 17 Nov 2010 02:28 AM PST

The Samsung-made Google Nexus S will feature a new, curved touchscreen the technology behind which the company has been apparently shopping around for twelve months, according to a trusted Engadget tipster. The source claims that the laterally concave display is a result of Samsung’s research tipping that such a shape improves “perceived usability over a perfectly flat display.”

Apparently, Samsung has been showing the technology since around CES 2010 in January this year, but while Sprint was keen to bring the displays to market in time for the holidays, the manufacturer wasn’t able to produce sufficient product volume in time.


BYD’s Alice tablet packs Tegra 2, Froyo & 8hr battery

Posted: 17 Nov 2010 02:19 AM PST

Another day, another Android tablet, though unfortunately this is a Tegra 2 slate that, for the moment at least, you won’t actually be able to buy. ODM BYD is showing its new Alice design, an 8.9-inch WSVGA slate running Froyo on NVIDIA’s second-gen Tegra 250 chipset. As well as WiFi, Bluetooth and all the usual sensors, Alice has a useful kick-stand on the back.

There’s also up to 1GB of RAM, a microSD card slot and a mini HDMI port, together with microUSB, a headphones socket and a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video calls. Now all the ODM needs to do is find a manufacturer wanting to slap its brand on it.

[via SlashGear]


Sharp planning glasses-free 3D phones for US, India & China in 2011

Posted: 17 Nov 2010 12:55 AM PST

Sharp has put its 3.8-inch parallax-barrier glasses-free 3D display – as previewed at IFA 2010 – into a trio of Android smartphones, and as well as the Japanese launch kicking off next month, the company also intends to bring the technology to the US, India and China in 2011. In December, the Sharp GALAPAGOS 003SH and GALAPAGOS 005SH will each arrive on Japanese carrier Softbank, as well as the Sharp LYNX SH-03C on NTT DoCoMo.

Each will support multitouch and 3D visuals; it’s unclear whether Sharp will launch the same devices in the overseas markets, or put the parallax-barrier display into different phones.

[via 3D-Display-Info]


Sony Ericsson ANZU/XPERIA X12 previewed

Posted: 17 Nov 2010 12:34 AM PST

A prototype Sony Ericsson ANZU – aka the XPERIA X12 – has dropped into the hands of Mobile-Review, and they’ve given it a thorough (some might say pessimistic) preview. The XPERIA X12 has a 4.3-inch 854 x 480 capacitive touchscreen, and is powered by the 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7230 chipset seen on the T-Mobile G2/HTC Desire Z. In this case it’s running Android 2.1, but the version the XPERIA X12 will launch with is unconfirmed.

Some things are definitely improved on over the X10: the display has native hardware multitouch support, and the chassis is slimmer (though not necessarily more quality-feeling in the hand). However, there’s still only 720p HD video capture (with an HDMI output), though that can’t be tested on this particular prototype since the 12-megapixel camera doesn’t work properly.

[via Twitter]


Samsung Galaxy Tab: Five Carriers, Three Cases – Which Feels Best?

Posted: 16 Nov 2010 10:13 PM PST

As you may already well know, ALL major mobile carriers have have a Samsung Galaxy Tab for you to choose from already. Each of the following: Sprint, Verizon, and T-Mobile, have their own UNIQUE Tab for you to choose from. You’d expect their prices to be comparable, certainly the data plans and internet delivery to vary a bit, but how about the actual cases? If you’ve gotten your hands on more than one of these tablets at different carriers, you know that you’re in for a very different experience with each one. Two black, one white. Two flat, one textured. Choose your destiny!

Let’s talk about the price points here :

First, T-Mobile’s Smooth Black:
$399.99 (after instant and online discount) on a 2yr contract with
*$39.99/mo 5GB data OR
*$24.99/mo 200MB data
$599.99 no contract with
*$39.99/mo 5GB data OR
*$24.99/mo 200MB data (same as 2 year contract prices)

Next, Sprint’s Bright White:
$399.99 (after $50 instant savings) on a 2yr contract with new activation and
*$59.99/mo 5GB data OR
*$29.99/mo 2GB data

Finally, Verizon’s Dot Patterend Black:
$599.99 on a 2yr contract with or without contract and
*$50.00/mo 5GB data
*$35.00/mo 3GB data
*$20.00/mo 1GB data

Then remember also there’s also the AT&T version coming out on November 21 for $649.99 with pay-as-you-go, as well as a version coming from US Cellular coming out November 19 for $399 after rebate and a two years and “never have to sign another one” contract.

Then a word or two about the feel of each device with backs already confirmed:

First, T-Mobile’s Smooth Black, reviewed by Vincent Nguyen of SlashGear on November 14th, 2010, he reveals there to be basically no difference between it and Sprint’s smooth white back. How does the smooth white fare? Ask Chris Davies of SlashGear in his Smooth White Sprint review, on October 31st, 2010:

The back panel is smooth white plastic (some US versions will be black) while the front is black; both are reasonably slippery, which makes slotting the Tab into a pocket or bag straightforward, but does mean you need to keep a tight grip to avoid dropping it.

Then check out, Verizon’s Textured Black Back, words by Vincent Nguyen of SlashGear on November 15th, 2010:

The better changes, however, are in the Tab's physical design. The hardware is still ostensibly the same – a 7.48 x 4.74 x 0.47 inch slate weighing 13.58 ounces – but Verizon has given their Tab a more textured back-panel which left us more confident gripping the tablet. The regular Galaxy Tab's gloss finish is surprisingly slippery.

Which one will it be? While you decide, listen to this very inspirational song from the world’s hottest band KISS. I think you’ll find it very helpful. Also there’s a gallery of images below from our three reviews, take a look at those too to help your eyeballs.

Click here to view the embedded video.

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Dropbox for Android Updated

Posted: 16 Nov 2010 09:18 PM PST

DropBox has always been popular among mobile users. Allowing users to store documents, photos and pretty much anything else in the cloud it’s a great choice for mobile storage. The latest beta version has hit the web via Dropbox’s forums and is available now for all.

Included in this update are the following tweaks and fixes:

  • Better error logging
  • If system clock is wrong, lets user know the reason for not being able to log in.
  • Bug and stability fixes.
  • Edited files were re-uploading every time their directory was browsed.
    • (though may still show up a single time for each file, when you first use the app)


  • Visual & Manifest changes to support low-end small-screen phones such as the Motorola
  • Charm, as well as tablets.

  • Added more logging, and a button to e-mail a log to Dropbox, for debugging
  • Check to make sure that uploads aren’t larger than 300MB (server-side API limit)
  • Proper handling & escaping of all special characters in file names
  • Offline viewing of downloaded files should work again.
  • Various stability improvements.

You can check out the Dropbox forums for further information and you can download the application here.

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LG Boasts LG Optimus One sales, hits 1 million

Posted: 16 Nov 2010 07:40 PM PST

We all know about the LG Optimus One series of devices from the popular device manufacturer. It’s an entry level Android device that can be found free almost anywhere, and if not- very cheap. Well it seems that the Optimus One is now the quickest selling LG device.

Hitting just over a million units sold in just 40 days, and is available on Sprint and T-Mobile now and Verizon (November 18th) and U.S. Cellular here soon. Usually Android starter phones do not get much coverage mainly due to the slow processors and the outdated version of Android. But the Optimus Series is different, they’re the best entry level smartphone on the market and ship with Android 2.2.

It’s nice to see an Android 2.2 device hit 1 million sold in just 40 days, that’s an impressive feat. Check out the full press release below:

Press Release:

Popular Android 2.2 Smartphone Sets Company Sales Record in Just Over One Month

SEOUL, Nov. 16, 2010
– LG Electronics (LG) today announced that worldwide sales of its Optimus One smartphone have hit one million units just 40 days after the phone's initial launch. Now available in most of Europe, Asia-Pacific countries and the USA* , the Optimus One is the fastest selling mobile handset in the company's history.

Powered by the Android 2.2 "Froyo" OS and optimized for Google Mobile Services, the LG Optimus One has been a big hit with first-time smartphone buyers looking for high performance and useful applications in a handset priced very competitively to feature phones.

"The versatile, powerful LG Optimus One was designed to provide an easy transition into the world of smartphones and as these numbers demonstrate, there is obviously a strong demand for this type of device," said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. "Optimus One seems to be what many customers were waiting for, proving that smartphones aren't just for early adopters anymore."

One of the first smartphones to launch with Google's latest operating system, the Optimus One allows for up to three times faster internet browsing, web-page loading, and multi-tasking. The Optimus One also incorporates a unique LG-designed user-interface (UI) along with a camera that features face tracking and smile shot, a 3.2" wide HVGA screen and a long-lasting 1500mAh capacity battery.

With a nod to style-conscious users, LG's new smartphone comes in a wide range of color schemes including black, wine, titan, blue, silver and purple. Exact color availability will vary from market to market.

With the global roll-out still under way, the Optimus One will soon be available via 120 carriers and partners. LG expects Optimus One to be its first 10 million-seller smartphone.

* In the United States also known as Optimus S (Sprint) and Optimus T (T-mobile) with Vortex™ (Verizon) to be launched on November 18.

[Via LG]


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