Monday, 22 November 2010

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DROID Pro Commercial from 2004?

Posted: 22 Nov 2010 11:07 AM PST

Wait, what? That doesn’t make any sense. But why else would this commercial be using a parodied version of the song “Don’t Cha” by the Pussycat Dolls? This BRAND NEW commercial posted by ShareMoto on YouTube just this past Friday (in the year 2010) touts the new DROID PRO by Motorola as a work phone you can take home, too. Sassy and sexy! They say it features Corporate Email, it’s Built for Google Apps, and has a 1GHz processor, Global Connectivity (In Over 200 Countries), Personal Hotspot, Adobe Flash Player, and access to Android Market.

Actually what they say is “A Work Phone WORTH Taking Home” which makes the other work phones on the market seem like they might just be “work hot” if you know what I mean (I mean if you’ve seen that Family Guy episode where they’re writing a movie or something like that and fire Meg because her hotness doesn’t hold up outside the office.) Take a peek at this commercial and tell me if this phone is hot, not, or just work hot, or home hot too.

Click here to view the embedded video.

[Via ShareMoto YouTube Stream]

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First Android Phone on MetroPCS: LG Optimus M

Posted: 22 Nov 2010 10:36 AM PST

Today the people at MetroPCS announced their very first Android handset (so young, so in love!) as the LG Optimus M. This M model is similar to phones offered by Spring (who has the S) and T-Mobile (who has the T). This LG Optimus M will cost you $230 with an unbelievable(?!) $50 no-contract monthly plan offered by MetroPCS. This version M has a 3.2 megapixel camera, runs Android 2.2, and has a 3.2-inch touchscreen for all your tapping and swiping and whatnot. Available November 24th, just in time for… you know… purchasing it for yourself.

Really truly, they’re offering this perfectly wonderful seeming phone on a $50 per month no annual contract plan. Isn’t that too good to be true? Perhaps we’ll all be able to have our Froyo and eat it too? Take a look at the full press release below:

MetroPCS Launches Its First No Contract Android Smartphone with the LG Optimus M™
More than 100,000 apps at your fingertips with nationwide unlimited talk, text and web for just $50 per month

DALLAS – (November 22, 2010) – Just in time for holiday shopping, MetroPCS Communications Inc. (NYSE: PCS) and LG Mobile Phones announced today the launch of LG Optimus M™, the first Android smartphone from MetroPCS. Available in MetroPCS stores and online starting November 24, LG Optimus M; is a sleek Android device with a vibrant 3.2 inch touchscreen that allows consumers to do more with quick access to today's expanding number of applications.

With the LG Optimus M, MetroPCS introduces consumers to the growing Android Market™ by helping them stay connected and entertained while on-the-go. With multi-app screens and the Android 2.2 operating system ("Froyo"), LG Optimus M provides instant access to more than 100,000 of the latest applications to fit anyone's lifestyle. For just $50 per month no annual contract plan, consumers also can take advantage of Metro USA℠ nationwide unlimited talk, text and web services.

"This holiday season, we're giving customers what they've wished for — an affordable Android smartphone with a full spectrum of applications and unlimited services to do more like never before," said Roger Linquist, chairman, president and CEO of MetroPCS. "LG Optimus M opens a path to the growing Android market and takes us one step closer to providing a full-service, postpaid experience while maintaining the affordability, flexibility and predictability of our Wireless for All℠ services."

"LG and MetroPCS have come together to offer consumers the first no annual contract Android smartphone at an exceptional value," said Tim O'Brien, vice president of consumer and trade marketing for LG Mobile Phones. "LG Optimus M is an easy-to-use handset with the capabilities of the latest Android technology and features to enhance the consumers' experience."
LG Optimus M will be available from MetroPCS for $229 with a $50 monthly service plan. Key features include:

* Games, ringtones and wallpapers, easily accessible through the @metro App Store™
* 100,000+ applications in the Android Market™ to do, enjoy and share nearly 60 percent of Android Market apps are free
* The latest Android 2.2 operating system to access Google mobile
* Text, e-mail, IM, blogs and streaming video to express yourself whenever, wherever
* A first-class device with superior, high-end champagne finish
* Brilliant 3.2" tempered touchscreen with virtual QWERTY keyboard, Swype embedded
* 3.2 MP camera for sharing pics on social media networks
* Easy Wi-Fi® connectivity – for incredibly simple and swift connections to Wi-Fi networks
* Multi-app screens to organize your content and access your stuff quickly and easily

To learn more about Metro USA nationwide service and Wireless For All plans and devices, please visit www.metropcs.com.

About MetroPCS Communications, Inc.
Dallas-based MetroPCS Communications, Inc. (NYSE: PCS) is a provider of unlimited wireless communications service for a flat-rate with no annual contract. MetroPCS is the fifth largest facilities-based wireless carrier in the United States based on number of subscribers served. With Metro USASM, MetroPCS customers can use their services in areas throughout the United States covering a population of over 280 million people. As of September 30, 2010, MetroPCS had approximately 7.9 million subscribers. For more information please visit www.metropcs.com.

MetroPCS related brands, product names, company names, trademarks, service marks, images, symbols, copyrighted material, and other intellectual property are the exclusive properties of MetroPCS Wireless, Inc. and its subsidiaries, parent companies, and affiliates. Copyright ©2010 MetroPCS Wireless, Inc.

About LG Electronics, Inc.
LG Electronics, Inc. (KSE: 066570.KS) is a global leader and technology innovator in consumer electronics, mobile communications and home appliances, employing more than 84,000 people working in 115 operations including 84 subsidiaries around the world. With 2009 global sales of USD43.4 billion, LG is comprised of five business units – Home Entertainment, Mobile Communications, Home Appliance, Air Conditioning and Business Solutions. LG is the world's leading producer of flat panel TVs, audio and video products, mobile handsets, air conditioners and washing machines. LG has signed a long-term agreement to become both a Global Partner and a Technology Partner of Formula One™. As part of this top-level association, LG acquires exclusive designations and marketing rights as the official consumer electronics, mobile phone and data processor of this global sporting event. For more information, please visit www.lgusa.com.

About LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company
The LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company is a leading global mobile communications and information company. With its cutting-edge technology and innovative design capabilities, LG creates handsets that provide an optimized mobile experience to customers around the world. LG is pursuing convergence technology and mobile computing products, while continuing its leadership role in mobile communication with stylish designs and smart technology. For more information, please visit www.lgmobilephones.com.

[Via PhoneScoop]

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Droid 2 Global Officially Confirmed by Verizon through Facebook

Posted: 22 Nov 2010 10:21 AM PST

Holy sheepstuff! Verizon just officially confirmed the epic Droid 2 Global on their Facebook page (although, if you’re the sort of person who already knew you could order them online for a couple weeks now you’ll be less impressed!) But here’s some specs anyway: the Droid 2 Global will run you $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate (debit card) with a 2-year contract (new 2-year activation and data pack required.) It’s got a 3.7″ touchscreen, it’s 60.5 x 116.3 x 13.7 mm, weighs 169g, and has a QWERTY slider. Droid 2 Global comes with a 1400 mAh Battery, battery door, wall / USB charger, 8GB onboard memory and 8GB pre-installed MicroSD card.

Also inside you’re going to find support for the following audio formats: EVRC / AMR / MIDI / AAC / AAC+ / eAAC+ / MP3 / WMA / QCELP / EVRC / EVRC-B (4GV) / AMR-NB. Mono speaker, video support for H263, MPEG4, WMV, and H264, and image support for JPEG, GIF, AGIF, BMP, and WBMP. The camera for both still image and video capture is 5 megapixels and the display resolution on the screen is 854 x 480. As far as power goes, theres Digital Dual Mode (3G RevA, 1x), exclusivity, chipset of 6085 Coprocessor : OMAP 3600 Series (1.2GHz), with 8GB FLASH memory and 512 MB RAM. Android 2.2 and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR. Check out the magical interactive presentation of this masterpiece over at DroidDoes.

[Via Verizon Wireless on Facebook]

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Samsung Continuum’s Source Code Released by Samsung

Posted: 22 Nov 2010 09:54 AM PST

Are you interested in creating some custom ROMs for the Samsung Continuum, which recently launched on Verizon? It may have been pretty tricky to get the job done up until now, but thankfully Samsung doesn’t waste any time in releasing their source codes for devices. This time around, Samsung has just released the code for the Continuum.

You can head on through the source link below to get your hands on the .zip file, which will get you started on creating new and shiny things, on the software front, for the device. But, if you’re not part of the development community, this little bit of news probably won’t do much for you. Once you head through the source link, you’ll want to do a quick search for SCH-i400. Once you do that, you’ll find the .zip file waiting for you, and then you can start having some fun.

[via Samsung]

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Samsung Nexus S Poses for Photo Again, Shows Off Curves

Posted: 22 Nov 2010 08:22 AM PST

By now, the Nexus S is a device that plenty of people out there are eagerly anticipating getting their hands on. So how about another leaked image to stare at for awhile? This one, which was picked up in the same public photo sharing service that the Nexus S originally leaked from, is a three-quarter view, and it does a good job of showing us the gentle, and obvious, curves of the device.

We’ve seen devices in the past that feature curved designs, especially in the early days of Android, and from manufacturer HTC. But, with the Nexus S, it is still up in the air whether or not the device’s display is actually curved, too. This angle doesn’t really answer that, but we can definitely see that above and below the display is certainly curved. This image in question was capture by a Google employee as well over the weekend, so it looks like the device is still finding plenty of testing time on Google campus.

[via Engadget]

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600K Galaxy Tabs sold so far

Posted: 22 Nov 2010 06:06 AM PST

The Galaxy Tab from Samsung is off to a good start as far as sales go. According to Samsung, so far it has moved 600,000 of the Android-powered tablet. The company has already stated that it plans to sell about a million of the devices this year.

The Galaxy Tab went on sale in the middle or October and the sales numbers are global according to Samsung. Samsung has sold about 30,000 of the machines in Korea already since the launch on November 14 .

I would think how well the Galaxy Tab continues to perform will depend on a lot on the competition that is set to hit the market in the next few months. Right now, the Galaxy Tab is one of the few alternatives to the iPad.

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DISH Network remote access app lands for Android

Posted: 22 Nov 2010 05:57 AM PST

If you are an Android packing DISH Network subscriber, you will want to go grab this new app called TV Anywhere. The new app allows the user to watch live TV and recorded DVR programs on your Android smartphone.

The only catch is that you need a Sling equipped DVR to take adv advantage of the new service. The app works on any Android device, but prefers those with larger 4.3-inch screens. If you are a DISH customer that doesn't have the Sling accessory, you will need to buy it.

The Sling accessory for the DISH DVR is $99. The palceshifting device works with the ViP 722 and 722k DVRs. The app for Android users is free and allows the smartphone to be used as a remote control. Shows can be streamed over WiFi or 3G connections.

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Maylong M-150 Android tablet gets reviewed

Posted: 22 Nov 2010 05:23 AM PST

Remember that cheap $99 Maylong M-150 Android tablet that is at Walgreens we mentioned a while back? If you thought the idea of a sub $100 tablet was intriguing and were thinking about plunking down your hard earned cash on one Ars Technica says don’t.

The geeks at Ars have reviewed the tablet and found the thing is so painful to use that you just won’t use it. The battery life is also described as lasting barely more than a “drunken frat boy in bed” which presumable is not long.

Ars says the battery was good for an hour of use and is only good for three at most powered down in your bag. If you want an eReader, you can get decent ones with Android for about the same price. You get what you pay for in the tablet world. In a nutshell, the M-150 is a big bag of fail.

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Pandigital’s 9-inch Novel ereader tablet goes on sale

Posted: 22 Nov 2010 02:22 AM PST

Pandigital’s new, black Novel ereader tablet has gone up for sale at QVC, though it’s more expensive than originally expected. The company first said the Novel – which has a 9-inch color LCD touchscreen – would be $199.99, but the retailer is listing it for $213.80.

That gets you WiFi b/g, 2GB of onboard storage and a 4GB microSD card, as well as a leatherette case. No sign of which Android OS version the tablet is running, however, nor what CPU is inside.

[via The Digital Reader]

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Verizon Airs 4G LTE Commercial, Claims It’s the Most Advanced 4G Available

Posted: 21 Nov 2010 10:34 PM PST

The 4G war is officially upon us. It’s time for carriers to claim they’re the best in any way they can. We saw Sprint declare they are the only “True” 4G, and now Verizon is airing a commercial claiming they’ll have the “most advanced 4G network in the world.”

Coming in December, we know the Verizon LTE network is going to be very fast and will be pretty expansive once it’s finished rolling out. However, we have yet to officially hear of any devices that may be coming to the carrier that will utilize such speeds. We were told to expect quite a few devices at this years CES in January so it may be as late as next year that we actually have 4G phones on the carrier.

As with all things Verizon we are left in the dark with expected dates, but with an ad campaign already in place, we can’t expect to wait too much longer for actual devices.

Click here to view the embedded video.

[Via Verizon Wireless]

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Android Maskot hits the Giorgio Armani catwalk

Posted: 21 Nov 2010 09:23 PM PST

We first caught of glimpse of the Giorgio Armani Samsung Galaxy S device just a few days ago. Accompanying this ultra sleek phone is a new advertisement that has hit the web with our favorite mascot making an appearance on the Giorgio Armani catwalk.

Bringing in a very impressive looking device backed by some impressive hardware and slapping on the Giorgio Armani name to the top sure seems make this one ultra-lush device!

Click here to view the embedded video.

The Giorgio Armani Galaxy S will be available starting in December at Giorgio Armani boutiques and major mobile phone stores in Italy, then will roll out to the rest of the world throughout 2011.

[Via DailyMobile]

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab available at AT&T today for $649.99

Posted: 21 Nov 2010 01:35 PM PST

If you have been itching for the Samsung Galaxy Tab and are an AT&T customer, then your opportunity has come. The Galaxy Tab is available for purchase for $649.99 outright with no contract commitment.

Data for your Galaxy Tab will cost you $14.99 a month for 250MB or $25 for 2GB. That is pretty expensive, but you will be getting a decent amount of hardware to come with it: 7-inches of Android Froyo with a 1GHz processor and a front facing camera along with the one on the back. Keep in mind that you can also purchase the iPad with 3G for $20 less. So its going to come down to your opinion on which is better: Android or Apple? Let us know in the comments section below which one of these tablets you will be purchasing this holiday and also check out our Verizon and T-Mobile Galaxy Tab reviews.

Via [AT&T]

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Sony Ericsson CEO mentions February Reveal, could this be the PlayStation Android Phone?

Posted: 21 Nov 2010 01:11 PM PST

Further hints have been revealed by Sony Ericsson’s CEO Bert Nordberg that the PlayStation phone is getting close to a reveal. Although they are keeping things on the down low they are definitely hinting at a phone that is supposed to change the way we see mobile gaming in the future.

“There’s a lot of smoke, and I tell you there must be a fire somewhere,” is what Nordberg told the Wall Street Journal, going as far to mention that Sony Ericsson will see a product revealed at the Mobile World Congress in February. Although this “product” could simply be one of their tablets that they have been confirmed to be working on, many are leaning to an Android slider phone.

Throughout the interview he dropped subtle hints that they will try to focus on gaming and that although they haven’t released a PlayStation phone in the past, “the future might be brighter.” What all this means in unclear, but with all of the recent leaks we definitely know they have at least been developing a PlayStation phone, whether we will see one soon is another story.

[Via Engadget]

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