Posts Tagged Android

Samsung launches Galaxy Note

Samsung seems to be going super strong with its Galaxy line of smartphones and tablets. Since the very first Android mobile phone that they had christened as the Samsung Galaxy, every subsequent Galaxy line of devices have been a leap of innovation and marketing panacea over the previousone.Without a doubt, it was Apple that revolutionized the tablet computer segment. However, Apple’s insistence of force feeding the 10″ form factor to the consumers helped Samsung (and a few other OEMs) take advantage. Of the situation and introduce new markets of their own.

After the 7-inch Galaxy Tab, Samsung also launched the second iteration of the Android (Honeycomb) tablet in both the 10.1-inch and 8.9-inch displays. Finally yesterday, Samsung also announced a Galaxy Tab 7.7″ and another 5.3-inch tablet (or a phone?) called the Galaxy Note.

Well, before Samsung, Dell had also launched a 5-inch phone called Streak. Unfortunately, Dell did not manage to garner much enthusiasm for that form factor and had decided to discontinue the same.

Samsung says they’ve done something different with the Note. The Galaxy Note is a new category of product, developed through Samsung’s deep consumer understanding and insight,” Samsung said. “It combines core on-the-go benefits of various mobile devices while maintaining smartphone portability to create a whole new user experience.”

One novelty with the Galaxy Note: it comes with a stylus called the S Pen.

The artistic freedom of a paper notebook is coupled with the benefits of Samsung’s smartphone technology and services, allowing users to create, edit and share with more style than ever before,” said JK Shin, president of Samsung’s mobile communications business, in a statement.

The phone comes with an app called S Memo that can store handwritten notes and drawings. It also accommodates pictures, voice recordings, and typed text.

The Galaxy Note also acts more like a tablet than a phone. In addition to multitouch pinch-to-zoom finger-based input, the aforementioned stylus, dubbed the ‘S Pen’ tucks into the bottom panel of the phone, and can be used in a variety of apps. In the Messaging App, for example, you can write on the screen, and the Galaxy Note will convert your scrawls to email or SMS messages with the aid of predictive text. In the browser, you use the pen to annotate, then capture Web pages with your notes. Input with the pen was very responsive, and as long as I wrote neatly, text conversion worked well. Besides integration with the native apps, Samsung plans to release an SDK for the S Pen so developers can write third-party apps that use it for input.

Hardware specs of the Samsung Galaxy Note include a dual-core 1.4GHz processor, a Super AMOLED screen, an 8-megapixel main camera that can record 1080p video, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, 802.11 b/g/n support for Wi-Fi, and HSPA+ 21Mbps 850/900/1900/2100 mobile network support.

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Finding great deals is easier with Google Shopper 2.0

Google announced a new set of features in Google Shopper for Android to make it even easier to research products and find great value deals when you’re on-the-go. First, they’ve moved features around a bit to help you perform common tasks more quickly. For example, the ‘Starred’ and ‘History’ buttons are now at the top of the page. They’ve also added new tabs to the bottom of the screen for fast navigation to Google Shopper’s newest features.


Al Jazeera launches Android and BlackBerry apps, now you can watch governments fall on your phone!

Al Jazeera’s coverage of the explosive situation in the Middle East, most notably their live cameras covering Egypt descending into complete and utter chaos, have earned them an award from the Columbia Journalism School and have also made many people start taking the news channel seriously. Before everyone just thought of Al Jazeera as a channel that spewed out one sided stories to make the Arab world look better than it actually was. Now that they’re officially a big deal, they need to make their content available to people on the go. “Making Al Jazeera available across multiple platforms has been a central component of our distribution strategy,” said Moeed Ahmad, Al Jazeera’s New Media Manager. “Now as well as being able to watch the livestream of the channel, people will be able to consume the rest of Al Jazeera’s online content from their mobile phone.”

Joining the applications already out for Nokia’s Symbian platform and Apple’s iOS, as of today there is now an Android and BlackBerry application out that along with live streaming will give you easy access to top stories and anything else you’re interested in, broken down by category. If you’re going to bother to install this, then also make sure you grab the CNN app, BBC app, France 24 app, and also check to see if your country’s local news organizations have a dedicated app as well. Might as well keep all of them installed so you can hear the stories you’re interested in told from multiple angels, giving you the ability to come to your own conclusion instead of just swallowing what one channel has to say.

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Sony Ericsson Announces New Xperia Mini and Mini Pro Models; Running Android 2.3, Integrating Facebook

Sony Ericsson has just confirmed the successor for the Xperia X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro models. We’re talking about the Xperia Mini (pictured below) and Xperia Mini Pro models, names that SE chose instead of adding a “2″ to the X10 Mini units, so they dropped the X10 out of the combination.

Both models run Android 2.3 Gingerbread, just like the other handsets from the Xperia series launched this year (Play, Arc, Neo, Pro). Xperia Mini and Mini Pro have quite a bunch of features in common, with the list of specs being the following:

  • Display: 3 inch HVGA, Reality Display, Mobile BRAVIA Engine
  • Connectivity: HSPA, WiFi, DLNA, A-GPS
  • Camera: 5MP, autofocus, 720p video recording
  • Memory: 2GB memory card preinstalled
  • CPU: 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon

These phones also come with a technology called “Facebook inside Xperia”, a feature that brings social networking features to all areas of the phone, including picture gallery, music player and calendar. The difference between the Xperia Mini and Mini Pro (pictured below) is that the latter comes with a sliding QWERTY keyboard and it’s heavier, at 136 grams.

Q3 is the release time, but no info about the price yet.

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Motorola XPRT and Motorola Titanium Announced Officially; Encryption and iDen Power!

We’ve got a rugged phone protected against hackers from Moto and Sprint today and another Motorola handset, this time protected against Mother Nature. The first is Motorola XPRT, Sprint’s first Android phone with enterprise security, while the second is Motorola Titanium, a rugged piece of work.

XPRT (left in the pic above) uses 256 bit AES data encryption and security schemes that are controlled via enterprise means. Password recovery is also available, as well as remote wipe and locks of all sorts. There’s a 3.1 inch HVGA screen on board, a full QWERTY keyboard and a 1GHz processor in the mix, too. Android 2.2 is the OS of choice and the price is $129, with the product being made avialable by Sprint on June 5.

Motorola Titanium packs a full QWERTY keyboard and it’s an iDen device with a 3.1 inch touchscreen and Android 2.1 as the OS. Military specs for dust, shock and solar radiation are met and you must know that this model is the successor of the Motorola i1, that debuted last year. No pricing or availability yet.

The Titanium also comes with a 5MP camera, WiFi b/g, Stereo Bluetooth, a microSD card slot and a 1820 mAh battery.

SOURCE: mobilecrunch

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Google Talk with video and voice chat for Android phones Now Avaialble

Sometimes, the expressions on a person’s face can mean much more than what they say. To help you stay in touch with your friends and family, Google is launching Google Talk with video and voice chat for Android phones. You can now video or voice chat with your friends, family and colleagues right from your Android phone, whether they’re on their compatible Android tablet or phone, or using Gmail with Google Talk on their computer. You can make calls over a 3G or 4G data network (if your carrier supports it) or over Wi-Fi.


Android: Skyfire launches 4.0 version mobile browser with 8 new features

Today Skyfire, maker of the award-winning and popular mobile browser, announces the release of Skyfire 4.0 for Android, its highly anticipated next-generation Android browser. Skyfire 4.0 for Android allows users to personalize their SkyBarTM toolbar, while adding eight new SkyBar features. While the basic browser and toolbar will remain free to Android users, Skyfire is also introducing a premium in-app purchase to enable its Video feature, which draws on Skyfire’s cloud-based servers to optimize videos from across the web.  As a thank you to over 3 million early beta users of the app, all existing users will be “grandfathered” in for free access for the lifetime of their device.

Skyfire’s SkyBar toolbar is now scrollable and customizable, allowing for a larger and more personalized number of features to be positioned on the toolbar. Beyond the ‘Video’, ‘Facebook’, ‘Fireplace’, ‘Popular’, ‘Ideas’ & ‘Like’ buttons, Skyfire has added full Twitter, Groupon and Google Reader integration, a ‘Share’ button, Sports, News and Finance feeds, and a ‘Settings’ button.

Skyfire for Android is one of the most popular applications in the Android Market and has seen over 3 million downloads since launching in April 2010. The mobile browser was upgraded to critical acclaim in November 2010 with integrated social media and Facebook capabilities, and the app currently has a user rating of 4.5 stars out of a possible five stars, based on tens of thousands of reviews in the Android Market. This latest update will continue to build on Skyfire’s strong track record of innovation.

With v4.0, Skyfire for Android will begin offering its video optimization as an optional $2.99 premium feature, unlocked via an in-app purchase after a three day free trial.  The feature pays for itself for most users around the world by allowing users to watch more video with less data usage (where users have capped or metered data plans), as well as increasing battery life.

As part of a special, limited time offer, Skyfire is offering the video optimization feature free to all Verizon customers downloading Skyfire 4.0 for Android.  Skyfire will be available in the VCastTM Apps section of the Android Market for Verizon users during this promotion.

Skyfire 4.0 for Android, including the video optimization feature, will remain free for all of the over 3 million beta testers around the globe who have used the app to date, in gratitude for their support in helping Skyfire grow and improve.

“With Skyfire 4.0 for Android, we’re enabling users to customize their browser toolbar to fit their interests, from sports, to social networks, to finance, news, and local deals,” said Jeff Glueck, CEO of Skyfire. “While the basic browser will remain free, with the launch of Google’s Android In-App purchase platform, the time has come to make our video cloud acceleration service a premium feature that reflects the investment we make to support each user in our cloud.  We deliver state-of-the art web video tuned to your current mobile connection bandwidth, saving 75% on average data loads. For users who enjoy web video, or who are on metered data, the service can pay for itself in the first month of use.”

New Features in Skyfire 4.0 for Android include:

Customizable SkyBar – Skyfire’s toolbar is now configurable and expandable, enabling users to create their own flavor of Skyfire experience.  With the new scrollable SkyBar, users now have access to fourteen Skyfire features and have the ability to enable, disable and position each button as they see fit.

New SkyBar Features –Skyfire has added eight new features:

o   Twitter – Login to the ‘Twitter’ Button to have one-touch access to Twitter streams.  Tweet, search, and check in with the Twittersphere without leaving the Skyfire browser.  (And yes, watch videos shared on Twitter with just one click.)
o   Groupon – With the ‘Groupon’ Button, the SkyBar is now delivering nearby deals so you can do a quick check on the deal of the day at all times.
o   Share – Easily share websites, articles, pictures & videos with the touch of the ‘Share’ button, a feature previously accessible through the Skyfire menu.
o   Google Reader – Use the ‘Google Reader’ Button to keep up with feeds from your favorite sites.  Google Reader keeps you in the know by constantly checking your favorite news sites and blogs for new content.
o   Sports, News & Finance – Three new buttons, ‘Sports’, ‘News’ & ‘Finance’, have been added to the SkyBar to bring one-touch access to the latest events.
o   Settings – The ‘Settings’ button could easily be labeled the ‘Customize’ button.  Use this to enable, disable or position SkyBar features to your personal preferences.

·       General Tips – We’ve added a host of new in-browser tips, tricks & tutorials to help users get them most out of browsing with Skyfire.


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New Android App allows mobile control of the intelligent home

With the new BeoLink application for Android, Bang & Olufsen is able to provide customers who have bought into the concept of the ‘intelligent home’ a highly personalized and tailor-made control via their mobile. The BeoLink application for Android is offered free of charge via Android Market and is designed to seamlessly expand and extend the magical experience delivered via Bang & Olufsen’s Master Link Gateway.


Fast Five the Movie: Official Android / iPhone / iPad Game

The explosive franchise built on speed is back with fast five and this model comes fully loaded! Play as brian o’conner on the wrong side of the law and assemble an elite team of top racers. Get behind the wheel of your dream car to battle opponents in the ultimate high-stakes racing game that follows the movie storyline. Available on april 28, 2011 for the iphone, ipad and android

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Samsung Galaxy S II Now Official

Granted, the Samsung Galaxy S II has seen a lot of unofficial press time during the past couple of months.  This time, though, the handset is official.

Clad in a wide, boxy shape reminiscent of the iPhone 4, the new phone is thinner than its predecessor at 8.9mm, all while packing in more powerful hardware.  Contrary to earlier reports, it won’t have a NVIDIA Tegra 2 core; instead, it’s got Samsung’s own dual-core 1GHz Exynos chip, which is paired with a whopping 1GB of RAM.

Details of the Galaxy S II include a 4.27-inch Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen (800 x 480 resolution), an 8.0 megapixel camera module (with 1080p HD recording), a 2.0 megapixel front-facing webcam, integrated NFC support , a three-axis gyroscopic sensor, aGPS, HSPA+ support, WiFi and Bluetooth 3.0.  It runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with the latest Touchwiz 4.0  layered on top.

Aside from the usual suite of Google Mobile apps, the phone gets first dibs on Samsung Hubs, the manufacturer’s new homebrewed set of apps and services.  These include Social Hub Premium (for messaging and social networking), Readers Hub (an ebook reader with an integrated market offering millions of books and periodicals), Game Hub (for games) and Music Hub (a music manager with ties to 7digital).  It also comes with Live Panel,  a content and app aggregator that offers magazine-style access to users.

The Samsung Galaxy S II sounds like it has everything you can ask for from a premium phone.  No word yet on availability or pricing, but it’s currently on display at the Mobile World Congress 2011.

[via BGR]

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