Aug 24, 2011 - 10:45 AM - by dgstorm
According to a DroidMatters report, sources within the industry have confirmed the Droid Bionic's full marketing campaign will launch on Friday, August 26th, and the phone will actually release on September 8th. Furthermore, pre-orders will supposedly start on September 1st, and Verizon stores should start receiving marketing and release materials today or tomorrow. Also, according to other sources, it appears that the Droid Bionic video that briefly showed up a couple of days ago and was then pulled, was actually a valid commercial for the device, and that it was likely posted too early.
Source: BionicForums.net via DroidMatters
Aug 24, 2011 - 7:57 AM - by Malvado
Fast forward to today, where Samsung released an ad spot on their YouTube channel announcing the impending arrival of their Galaxy S II here in the states. At the end of the video, they prominently display the U.S. version of the GS2 (complete with 4 capacitive buttons) but upon closer inspection — the date on the device’s clock widget is set to Friday, 09/09. Interesting… after seeing a similar stunt when HTC sent out press photos of the Sensation 4G displaying that device’s rumored launch date in their clock widget, this adds just a little more weight to that September 9th launch date we’ve been hearing.
The location in the weather widget also just so happens to be the location of Sprint’s HQ in Kansas City. Nice one!
Of course, we won't know anything until Samsung gives us the official launch dates and details for the U.S. Galaxy S II variants (hopefully) at their August 29th event. But if you’re as excited as I am about Sprint being the first U.S. carrier to offer the Galaxy S II, you may want to plan ahead and take that vacation day come Friday, September 9th, 2011
Aug 24, 2011 - 7:53 AM - by Malvado
Waiting on that awesome +1 button in your Android market? Need to lock access to your market down to keep people from buying/installing or uninstalling apps? If you haven’t gotten the latest update yet, you can manually install it by downloading the APK file (here) and installing it like you would any third party app. Be sure to have Unknown/Third-Party Sources enabled in Settings > Applications. We’re aware that some of you haven’t even gotten the first update (the one that first introduced the UI changes). No use in waiting, really – these are all the same APK files that users would otherwise get over-the-air. Your phone won’t explode into nothingness if you install it. And you don’t need to be rooted. Get to it!
SOURCE: Download: Phone Android Market 3.1.3 Adds +1 For Apps And Games, PIN Number For Purchases, And More
Aug 24, 2011 - 7:36 AM - by WenWM
The Droid Bionic is coming in just a few weeks, hopefully, and to get you fired up a video has been shared. The above video shows off the upcoming Android powered device in its prime. It takes you through the fairly quick start-up sequence, and shows off the new honeycomb-like user interface.
We have seen countless leaks about this phone so far, and still, Verizon is refusing to give us a date on when it will be released. I personally think early next month is Verizon's last chance to really get some good sales with this device. If they have people wait much longer, it will not be able to standup to the upcoming competition --iPhone 5 & Samsung Galaxy S II.
How long are you willing to wait for this device now?
Aug 23, 2011 - 4:45 PM - by Malvado
With September right around the corner, things are lining up for the launch of Sony’s first entry into the Android tablet space. Originally announced under the codename of the Sony S1, Engadget has got the scoop on the slate that will be released as the Sony Tablet S. We’ve seen the tablet with its inviting curved design plenty over the past few months, and leaks have spelled out nearly every detail of the 9.4-inch (1280×768) tablet.
The Tablet S will ship with Android 3.1 when it launches sometime during the first two weeks of September. An upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich is a planned stop along the device’s future roadmap. The PlayStation Certified tablet is being positioned as a media monster, with a built-in IR blaster for controlling your home electronics as well as extensive DLNA capabilities. Rounding out the Tablet S are dual cameras (5MP rear, 3MP front) and the promise of plenty of accessories. Sony will also bring the S2 to market soon, a dual-screen clamshell tablet headed for AT&T exclusivity. Its final name, as well as pricing on both devices, remains a mystery.
SOURCE: Sony's S1 Android Tablet is the Tablet S, due to arrive in early September -- Engadget
Aug 23, 2011 - 4:43 PM - by Malvado
Yet another Android Market update has begun to arrive on handsets. It’s nothing as drastic as the complete overhaul we saw just a few weeks back, but it does add in some desirable features. For starters, the +1 button that has been featured on the Android Market’s web iteration has made the journey over to the mobile world, allowing you to share all of your favorite apps with your Google+ circles. The second most notable enhancement is the option to PIN lock the Market, preventing easy access to your shopping credentials and insuring you are the only capable of downloading new apps. The new additions are rolling out to handsets now, but for those lacking in patience and with a bit of search engine knowledge and installable APK shouldn’t be too hard to find.
Aug 23, 2011 - 4:39 PM - by Malvado
We havent heard of Verzo before and you probably havent either as their entire website is coming soon. But according to an exclusive over on Engadget, theyve got an Android phone lined up for a September debut and were eager to see what the startup can produce.
Its name sounds like a Hollywood Ninja or the weapon a ninja would wield, but make no mistake, the Verzo Kinza is very much an Android Phone. Judging by the pictures its a bit chunky, something the company isnt trying to hide. The first paragraph of their press release was in one word refreshing:
Were unsure of both hardware and software specs but were eager to get the full scoop on what seems like a promising company. With the Kinzo being offered online in a month or so, details should be imminent. Online sales will be followed by distribution to the United States and Europe, followed by other regions. Whether or not a major retailer or carrier picks up the distribution contract remains to be seen
but well be sure to keep you in the loop.
It seems to be a general rule these days that anytime there is a new mobile device introduced to the market (it does not matter whether it is introduced by a new or well established com- pany), their press releases are presenting it as if the device would bring some great change to the field and forever change the current state of affairs. This is not the case of VERZO.
We are new, we are here, we want to be heard and seen, but we are not going to claim that we are going to change everything what are the owners of smartphones used to. We are definitely not going to scare off Apple and Samsung by our entry to the market, so they would have to call board meetings and hold press conferences. On the contrary - the VERZO brand is letting you know right from the start that we are not the slimmest, fastest or the best. For now.
Here is the rest of the press release:
... [Read More]
VERZO and Community
At the same time we want to let you know that we are going to be different and that we have a clear vision and we know exactly where we are going. The VERZO brand is officially letting you know that it exists and in the next 6 weeks we are going to offer all smartphone-lovers our first model named Kinzo. VERZO Kinzo combines our desire
Aug 23, 2011 - 2:29 PM - by dgstorm
You can now pre-purchase the Lenovo ThinkPad Android Tablet directly on Lenovo's website. It has an estimated ship date of August 29th, and has several models and prices to choose from. There is a 16GB model for $499, as well as a 32GB for $569, and a 64GB for $669. They both come with WiFi and 3G support. Here is a refresher on their other specs:
- 1 GHz Tegra 2 processor
- 1 GB RAM
- Front and rear cameras
- 3-in-1 SD card reader
- Gorilla Glass
- Business-friendly security enhancements
To get more info and to purchase one hit the Lenovo source link below. This seems like a pretty impressive version of the Android Tablet for business users. What do you guys think?
Source: AndroidTablets.net via AndroidCentral and Lenovo
Aug 23, 2011 - 1:17 PM - by dgstorm
We were excited to be bringing you the first glimpse at a Motorola Droid Bionic Video commercial, but for some reason, shortly after it was posted, YouTube pulled the video for violating their TOS agreement. Someone took a screen-grab of the video and that is the picture above. Because it was pulled, there is no telling if it was for real, or some sort of fan-made clip. Interestingly, another screen-grab was taken at about the 30 second mark of the video where a QR code popped up briefly. Here it is below to get the speculation running.
Source: BionicForums.net via AndroidCentral and DroidMatters
[Update:] Here is a link to a thread on BionicForums.net where Preach2k found a video of the video. It is a couple of places down in the thread: http://www.bionicforums.net/forum/dr...ommercial.html
Aug 23, 2011 - 12:49 PM - by dgstorm
Lately, it seems as if Apple has been the only company in the spotlight lately in regards to potential "patent trolling"; however, today Microsoft has jumped back into the fray to remind us that they are in on the action too. On Monday, Microsoft filed suit against Motorola Mobility in front of United States International Trade Commission in order to block the sale of several phones, including the Droid 2, Droid X, Cliq XT, Devour and Backflip smartphones. One of Microsoft’s vice presidents, David Howard, told Bloomberg “Motorola is infringing on our patents and we are confident that the ITC will rule in our favor.” The ITC is investigating and will likely not wrap things up until March 5th of next year.
Here's a quote from the BGR article with Motorola's response to the lawsuit,
This really seems like a "jerk-move" on Microsoft's part. Some people may debate whether Apple is stretching the bounds of ethics with all of their "IP Wars", but it seems pretty obvious here that Microsoft is just trying to pour legal pressure on to Android, rather than actually trying to protect its interests. For one, Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 is basically turning out to be a flop which means they have no real argument as an innovator the way Apple does. Also, if Motorola were really infringing on Microsoft's patents, then why didn't they bring this lawsuit sooner? These phones are from last year!
A Motorola Mobility spokeswoman told Bloomberg that the company is “vigorously defending … against Microsoft’s patent attack business strategy,” and that the company has also “brought legal actions of our own in the U.S. and in Europe to address Microsoft’s large scale of infringement of Motorola Mobility’s patents.”
I know it tends to be easy to bash on Microsoft, and we shouldn't jump to conclusions because of that, but isn't this just lame?
Source: Android.net via BGR
Aug 23, 2011 - 11:52 AM - by dgstorm
If you are a Sprint, US Cellular, Cellular South, or Verizon user in need of an entry level phone with slide-out QWERTY keyboard, then August 25th is a date you may want to pencil on your schedule. Supposedly, LG will be releasing the XX700 (VS700 on VZW) phone as the "LG Enlighten", and it will have their new Gelato Q QWERTY sliding keyboard. Its other specs are a bit humble, but should definitely get the job done for some folks, perhaps your kids or spouse. Here they are:
- 800MHz processor
- 3.2-inch HVGA display
- 3.2-megapixel without flash
- 2GB microSD card
Of course, here are some pics of the phone to go along with the report. Not a bad looking budget phone... What do you guys think?
Aug 23, 2011 - 11:06 AM - by dgstorm
More than likely, the Tweet above is probably designed to be a tease for the big event that Samsung is having next Monday at 6PM in New York City. Word is out that this event will be the official U.S. launch of the Samsung Galaxy S II, but may include some other interesting announcements as well. Thanks to our tipster for the Tweet!
We have some pretty amazing news to go along with that. GalaxyForums.net and DroidForums.net staff will be live on site for the Samsung Press Event! That's right... we will be bringing you direct coverage of the Samsung Mobile Major Product Announcement on Monday, August 29th at 6PM, from New York City. This is also great news for GalaxyForums.net as we are focusing it to become the Premier site for all your Samsung Galaxy product news, including and especially the amazing new Galaxy S II lineup of phones. GalaxyForums.net will play host to our live coverage of the NYC event!
Also, to go along with this announcement, below is a new video ad for the SGS2 coming to America. It's a bit "risque'", but is definitely only PG-13, and pretty funny "to boot"!
Aug 23, 2011 - 8:58 AM - by WenWM
Qualcomm seems to have been playing around with HP's tablet before they even canceled the thing, because somehow they already had Android running on it. The video above is of a customer that has a special version of the tablet that came with Ubuntu stock and a special booting for Android 2.2. Apparently this was all the work of Qualcomm-- the makers of the chipset the TouchPad runs on.
There are still no currently available method for consumers like us to get Android "popping" on the TouchPad, but we'll have to wait and see. This goes to show that it is possible to run Android on the tablet, and maybe if you're lucky, Qualcomm will let slip the directions to make it happen.
Aug 23, 2011 - 8:37 AM - by WenWM
Verizon is rapidly building up their LTE network at speeds no other carrier can match, and soon 15 new markets will have the blazing fast LTE switched on. Verizon is expanding to the following location come September 15th. Reno, Nevada; Moorhead, Minnesota; Fargo, North Dakota; Iowa City, Iowa; Canton, Lima and Mansfield Ohio; three counties in California and five additional markets in Illinois. Verizon has been working hard to bring their new 4G network to all the 185 million promised customers, and they might actually reach their goal by the end of the year.
There you go folks. Any readers getting the 4G in their area?
Aug 22, 2011 - 11:47 PM - by wicked
Pretty much everyone I know has been trying to snag an HP Touchpad since the fire sale, with the price going all the way down to a meesly $99.
Some people were lucky enough to grab one, two or a few and some not so lucky. Still looking to grab one? Then be sure to join our new site at HP Touchpad Forum
Android on the Touchpad? Sounds good to me.
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