Jun 30, 2011 - 12:30 PM - by dgstorm
A new variant of the Samsung Galaxy S II could be coming soon. It is called the Samsung Galaxy Z, is meant to be an "affordable little brother" to the Galaxy S II, and is aimed squarely at the mid-range or lower pricing crowd. It even has pretty decent specs from what we know:
- 4.2 inch display Super Clear LCD
- 1GHz dual-core processor (probably NVIDIA Tegra 2 as weíve heard before)
- Android 2.3
There is no word yet on a carrier, pricing or availability, but we will let you know when we find out more. Here are some pics of the device that make it actually look fairly appealing. I've always been a big fan of the brushed metal look. What do you guys think?
Source: Android.net via PhanDroid
Jun 30, 2011 - 12:11 PM - by dgstorm
Droid 2 owners that have been wanting an official CM7 port will have reason to rejoice tonight. All we have right now is a Tweet from cvps, but it indicates they will soon be officially merging the work of @JBird_Vegas into the mainline CM tree. Here's a quote from the Droid-Life article,
We should be seeing the Nightlies starting tonight. This is exciting stuff for Droid 2 owners.
Itís already showing up on GitHub under CM, so youíll want to make sure you have ROM Manager premium for easy access to all of the nightly work that will be done. Pretty big day for D2 owners who have been feeling a little left out after seeing the DROIDX get both official Gingerbread and CM7 long ago.
Jun 30, 2011 - 11:58 AM - by dgstorm
We've seen this before with other Tablets, but it looks like Amazon's new Android Tablets that are coming later this year may face supply shortages because Apple has bought up most of the supply already. It may be frustrating, but it is hardly a surprise, as it's simply supply and demand for the different parts dealers. Amazon had plans to build 4 Million Android related tablets, but that figure is in doubt thanks to Apple's products eating up much of the supply chain. From the way it looks, Amazon will count themselves lucky if they get enough parts for 1.5 to 2 Million tablets. For those wanting to grab one of these dual-core and quad-core Amazon Android Tablets later this fall, you may need to take advantage of a pre-order as soon as you see one. We will keep an eye out and report as soon as we know anything.
Source: AndroidTablet.net via PhoneArena
Jun 30, 2011 - 11:20 AM - by dgstorm
A select few Android phones can now do smooth and seamless two-way video calling using a new 2.0 update to the Android Skype app. The only phones that are currently compatible shipped originally with Gingerbread 2.3 installed on them. Here is a list of the phones that work:
- Google Nexus S
- HTC's Desire S
- Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo
- Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro
The new update requires Gingerbread or above to function, and support for other devices is currently in the works. Skype v220.127.116.11 also contains a UI overhaul and support for SMS messaging. You can check out a video above of the app in action, and below is the full press release.
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Skype brings Video Calling to Android Phones
LUXEMBOURG--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Skype today announced an updated version of its Skype for Android app Ė Skype for Android 2.0, bringing Skype Video Calling to the currently fastest growing mobile OS1.
"We are committed to bring Skype Video Calling to as many platforms as possible and are delighted to deliver on this with our new updated Skype for Android app"
With the new version, users will be able to make and receive free2 1-to-1 video calls over Skype between their Android phone and other Skype contacts on the iPhone, Mac, Windows PCs and even TVs3. Skype for Android with video works over Wi-Fi or 3G data connections and can be downloaded for free from the Android Market or Skype.com/m using any phone browser.
"We are committed to bring Skype Video Calling to as many platforms as possible and are delighted to deliver on this with our new updated Skype for Android app," said Neil Stevens, Skype's vice president and general manager for product and marketing. "With approximately 30 million concurrent users logging into Skype at any given time4 and making up to half a million simultaneous video calls5, Skype for Android with video makes it even easier for users to share moments with their contacts wherever they are."
In addition to video calls, users can also make calls to landlines and mobiles around the world, as well as send SMS's to friends and family anywhere in the world at great Skype rates. All this comes with a complete redesign of the Skype for Android user interface. There's a new main menu on the Skype app for Android where users can navigate easily through their contacts, access their Skype profile to change personal details or see the balance of their Skype Credit. Finally a new mood message box at the top of the Skype app menu makes
Jun 29, 2011 - 11:04 PM - by WenWM
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is the latest premium Android Honeycomb tablet, on top of that, it also gets to call itself the latest tablet to run Ubuntu. This tablet is not quite ready to boot Ubuntu as a native OS yet, and dual booting isnít here yet sadly. What it can do, is run Ubuntu as a virtual software solution. This isnít for those of you who are trying to program the next Windows 7 on your tablet. Itís not complete, but it is something to play with, and show off to your Apple loving friends.
This hack isnít much different than the rest. You can install it very quickly by following the how to guide in the source link, and in less than 10 minutes youíll have Ubuntu running on your Tab 10.1. The Tablet must be rooted for any of this to go down.
If youíre interested in giving this a try, follow the link. For more discussions on the Galaxy Tab be sure to visit Galaxy Tab Forum
Jun 29, 2011 - 3:20 PM - by dgstorm
Lenovo doesn't seem too interested in keeping their new Android tablet under wraps until its official launch. The tablet was recently spotted in use, presumably by one of their executives. He also had a leather-bound folio case for it that had a built-in keyboard with optical tracking sensor. More than likely, that will be an add-on accessory, but looks pretty spiffy regardless. Further Rumors indicate that the tablet will be sporting a Tegra 2 chip and a 10.1-inch display, and will be released within 3-4 weeks. This tablet looks more and more impressive all the time, and Lenovo typically makes excellent products. What do you guys think? Is this possibly another contender to make deciding on a tablet that much harder?
Source: AndroidTablets.net via Engadget and ZTOP
Jun 29, 2011 - 2:54 PM - by dgstorm
It pays to be an attorney for Samsung or Apple right now. The legal drama that has raged for some time between the two tech titans recently had two new developments. The first is that earlier in the month Apple filed an additional patent infringement suit within Samsung's home-ground of Korea, citing many of the same complaints as the newly amended U.S. case.
The second development is more recent. Samsung has filed a complaint with the International Trade Commission to investigate Apple regarding patent infringement with the iPod, iPad, and iPhone. They seek an import ban on these products, claiming that they violate several of Samsung's patents.
There has been new "rumint" (rumor-intelligence) floating around pointing to the very real possibility that the two tech giants' former business relationship has been permanently damaged by this war. These "rumblings" suggest that both companies intend to dump each other, and will fight this out to the bitter end. Hmmm... sounds like something you would see in a soap opera.
Jun 29, 2011 - 1:31 PM - by dgstorm
So far, one of the best Android Tablets on the market has been the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Although there are several others that compete head-to-head with it, like the Asus Eee Pad Transformer, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 still garners enthusiastic praise for its attractive and light design as well as its performance and feature list. However, there has been a slightly disturbing trend as of late regarding the quality of the build, as several owners across multiple websites have begun reporting some of the same series of potential defects. Although this article isn't meant to cast a disparaging eye toward the gorgeous and competitive Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, we feel it is necessary as journalists to share this information with you in case it becomes a larger issue. Further, we also felt it would be beneficial to get a discussion going regarding these issues to see if a pattern is emerging, or if it is simply the regular levels of product defects that normally plague any new electronic device.
What we have seen posted in some of our own forums, as well as others including XDA Developers is a series of problems that keep cropping up. In fact, after doing some digging, several websites, including PhanDroid and SlashGear, have even posted news stories related to one of the problems that seems to be the most prolific of all the issues; the actual glass of the screen as it fits in its casing has come unglued and is "popping up". There are some reports that pushing it back down only fixes it temporarily, and it really points to a potential build quality defect. However, there are some other issues that seem to be increasing in volume as well, and here they are listed below:
- Dust under screen
- Moisture under screen
- Off center screen
- Ringing sound when touching the screen
- White noise sounds
- Heating issues
- WiFi issues
As you can see, there are several screen issues that could easily go hand-in-hand with the one mentioned previously. We want to hear from you guys, especially if you are owners and experiencing any of these problems. This could be a normal glitch in the product cycle of a complex electronic device, but it behooves us to discuss this to see if there is some larger issue involved. If it turns out there is a quality control issue, then at least we can be informed consumers, and Samsung can begin to improve their product with the knowledge we accumulate for them. Please sound off in the forums.
Feel free to join our discussions on this topic at our various sister-sites @:
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Jun 29, 2011 - 12:24 PM - by dgstorm
Even though they are over a month late, you can now pre-order the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 4G LTE version from Verizon. It will still take 4-6 weeks to ship, even if you pre-order today, which I suppose is better late than never. The announced prices are $529.99 for the 16GB Model and $629.99 for the 32GB Model on a two year contract. That's a bit steep and actually puts it a bit more expensive than the Xoom; however, it does come pre-shipped with 4G capability. What do you guys think? Anyone in the forums planning on pre-ordering one of these?
Source: GalaxyTabForums.net via Droid-Life and Verizon Wireless
Jun 29, 2011 - 12:07 PM - by dgstorm
It seems that the number of Android Apps being downloaded is exponentially growing alongside the incredible growth of 500,000 Android activations per month. A statement from Googleís mobile advertising sales director for Europe, Ian Carrington, indicates that the number of Android Apps downloaded total so far is now up to 4.5 Billion. To put some perspective on that figure, after the first two years of Android being in the marketplace, the number of app downloads had grown to 1 Billion, and within the last sixty days Android had that many downloads! Here's the quote from Mr. Carrington,
Talk about some accelerated growth! Android fans sure do love our apps, don't we?
"A year ago [Android App downloads] was one billion, and that first billion took two years to happen. The last billion took 60 days."
For more general Android related news across a broad spectrum of carriers and products, please check out our sister-site @Android.net!
Source: Android.net via PhanDroid and Guardian
Jun 29, 2011 - 11:33 AM - by dgstorm
According to a report over at Droid-Life, the Gingerbread update for the Motorola Droid 2, Droid 2 Global, Droid X2 and Droid Pro has been put on hold. Supposedly, according to their sources, Verizon nixed the update and sent it back to Motorola for "more baking" because it had too many bugs. In fact, Verizon has rejected all Gingerbread builds from Motorola until a growing list of problems is addressed first. Further intel indicates that Motorola is scrambling to reassemble teams to get on this right away. Unfortunately it could still be weeks or months before all the issues get worked out. We will keep you apprised when we know more.
On the bright side, it's nice to know that Verizon cares about its customers, and has good quality control teams, even if Moto has gotten lax.
Jun 29, 2011 - 11:09 AM - by dgstorm
An official version of Gingerbread for the Droid Charge was recently leaked. This version even has support for Netflix. The only thing it seems to lack is support for HDMI output. Here's a quote from AndroidPolice with excellent instructions and download links:
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DROID Charge Gingerbread Leak Flashing Instructions [WINDOWS ONLY]
- Download the ROM and Flashing Utility from this page.
- Extract the large ROM file (itís the 300+MB .7z file) using 7-Zip. Do not place it on your SD card.
- Next, youíll need to install Odin.
Installing Odin (a custom Samsung software flashing utility):
- To install Odin, extract the SamsungFlashingUtility.7z file using 7-Zip
- Install all four utilities, this includes:
- VIA USB Drivers 2.3.5.WithMux
- SamsungPST SCH-I510 For Verizon (extract again to get the MSI)
- SamsungPSTLite FW Setup (extract again and run setup.exe)
To actually run Odin, run "Samsung PST [Lite]," which should appear as a newly installed program.
- Put your phone into download mode, to do this:
- Power down your phone.
- Remove the battery.
- Plug your phone via USB into your computer.
- Hold the Volume Down button
- While holding Volume Down, reinsert the battery and wait for the phone to display a boot screen saying "Downloading" or something similar.
- If no boot screen displays, while still holding Volume Down, press and release the Power button.
- In Odin, un-check ĎF-Reset Timeí and ĎAuto-Rebootí (on the left).
- Also in Odin, click the PDA button and select the .tar.md5 file that you downloaded and extracted.
- Make sure that your phone is recognized by Odin (a yellow COM# will be shown in the box).
- Press Start, and allow the flashing process to finish. If it fails, retry using the same procedure outlined above. If it passes, unplug the USB cable, remove the battery and reinsert it, and power on your phone.
Jun 28, 2011 - 10:28 PM - by WenWM
PC Mag recently did a little research to find who truly has the fastest data connection in the nation, and it seems Verizon gets bragging rights for this one. The publication ran countless speed test in 21 cities saying “But you shouldn’t believe the hype: All “4G” is not the same. In a 21-city test across the United States, we found that Verizon’s new 4G LTE network is much faster than other mobile Web options, with speeds that often exceed home Internet connections.”
The speed Verizon’s LTE network produced manhandled the other entire network by comparison. The closest competitor Verizon had was T-Mobile with their “4G” network, but the speed T-mobile produced in their max test results were well below half that of Verizon’s LTE network. Verizon knows speed, and this result is certainly proof that they aren’t just lying to themselves when they say they’re the most advanced network.
Jun 28, 2011 - 2:54 PM - by Malvado
Luxury watch makers seem to have a thing for making particularly gaudy Android handsets. Take Ulysse Nardin, makers of the Chairman handset. They priced it at $50,000. The Tag Heuer Link on the other hand, seems like a bargain comparatively. For €4,700 (about $6,700), you get an Android 2.2 smartphone with a 3.5-inch display, 5MP camera, and 256MB of internal storage. Also included is an 8GB microSD card and 1400mAh battery. What you’re really paying for is the clunky case made of a selection of materials including steel, 18K rose gold, titanium, leather, alligator skin, and rubber. Did we mention alligator skin? And diamond accents? Dress it up however you want, but this thing still doesn’t stack up internally to handsets priced at one tenth of the Link’s value. At least it looks kind of cool in the below promo video…
Jun 28, 2011 - 1:27 PM - by dgstorm
The future of wireless Internet speeds is coming, and its performance is astonishing! Earlier in the year we shared a story with you guys about LTE Advanced technology being demonstrated in Seoul, Korean, to the tune of 600 Mbps. The new tech was recently displayed by Ericsson, in Kista, Sweden, and they were able to hit peaks of 900 Mbps! This technology, which is roughly 10 times the performance of current LTE tech, uses carrier aggregation and extended multiple-input, multiple-output (MIMO) functionality to achieve these amazing results. In a nutshell, it basically combines together sections of the spectrum to create a fatter data pipe.
Advanced LTE is expected to begin commercial operations in 2013, although it might be a couple of years before we see it available in our neighborhoods.
Source: Android.net via SlashGear and Ericsson.com
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