Live from Samsung’s AT&T Infuse 4G event in NYC

By on May 5, 2011 at 4:53 PM.

Live from Samsung’s AT&T Infuse 4G event in NYC

We’re here in New York City where Samsung just took the wraps off of the AT&T Infuse 4G, a device we first saw back during the Consumer Electronics Show in January. The Infuse 4G sports a 1.2GHz processor, a large 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, and an 8-megapixel camera. As its 4G name implies, it also supports AT&T’s 4G HSPA+ network. AT&T confirmed that it plans to add more than 20 4G devices to its lineup this year. Samsung’s Omar Khan explained that Super AMOLED Plus means there’s 50% more sub-pixels available on the screen, and that the screen should be much easier to view outdoors compared to similar displays. The Infuse 4G launches on May 15th for $199.99 with a new two-year contract — be sure to check out our hands-on ahead of our full review, which is coming soon.

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Barnes & Noble NOOK Color updated with Android 2.2, NOOK Apps

By on April 25, 2011 at 5:32 PM.

Barnes & Noble NOOK Color updated with Android 2.2, NOOK Apps

On Monday, Barnes & Noble announced that it will be updating the NOOK Color eReader with Android 2.2 (Froyo) and a number of other enhancements. The software patch — which will deliver Adobe Flash Player support – adds a NOOK Friends beta social network for sharing books, 15 new NOOK Kids Read and Play books, NOOK Email, NOOK Books Enhanced with embedded video and audio, and NOOK Newsstand for quick access to magazines and newspapers. A new NOOK Apps store will provide access to more than 125 applications, many of which are free or are priced below the $2.99 price point. The update, officially known as NOOK Color v1.2, is available now for free. NOOK Color owners can visit http://www.nookcolor.com/update to apply it now, or you can wait for an over-the-air update to roll out over the coming weeks. Hit the jump for the full press release. More →

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T-Mobile G2x now available online for $199.99

By on April 15, 2011 at 7:33 AM.

T-Mobile G2x now available online for $199.99

As of 12:00 a.m. Friday morning, T-Mobile’s latest flagship Android smartphone is ripe for the picking. Built by LG and powered by the mobile processor du jour — the familiar 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 — the T-Mobile G2x features a 4-inch touchscreen display, an 8-megapixel camera, Android 2.2 (Froyo) and compatibility with T-Mobile’s 4G HSPA+ network. We’ve gone hands-on with the device, twice, and we were plenty impressed with the speed T-Mobile’s new powerhouse affords. The T-Mobile G2x is available immediately online for $199.99 with a new two-year agreement, and it will land on store shelves next Wednesday. More →

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Samsung Galaxy Tab Wi-Fi edition landing April 10th for $349.99 [updated]

By on April 6, 2011 at 2:51 PM.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Wi-Fi edition landing April 10th for $349.99 [updated]

Samsung confirmed Wednesday that the Wi-Fi-only version of the 7-inch Galaxy Tab will be available through retail stores and online beginning on April 10th for $349.99. The Galaxy Tab’s other features remain unchanged: it runs Android 2.2 (Froyo), has a 3-megapixel rear camera, a secondary 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video chat, and comes with 16GB of internal storage. The 7-inch display has a 1024 x 600 pixel resolution, and the device comes with Adobe Flash Player 10.1 support out of the box. “We are excited to have the WiFi version of the Galaxy Tab join our growing portfolio of Galaxy-branded devices,” said Dale Sohn, President of Samsung Mobile. “The 7-inch Galaxy Tab is the first truly mobile tablet on the market, allowing users to comfortably hold the device in one hand while typing or navigating the Web with the other.” Samsung says the device will initially be available from CompUSA, TigerDirect, and Circuit City first, although more retailers will likely be announced in the near future. Hit the jump for the full release.

UPDATE: Samsung reached out on Thursday to note that its press release mistakenly stated that the Wi-Fi Galaxy Tab contains 32GB of internal storage. The correct spec is 16GB, and this post has been updated to reflect the device’s proper storage capacity. More →

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T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide gets Android 2.2 Froyo update

By on April 5, 2011 at 6:31 AM.

T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide gets Android 2.2 Froyo update

T-Mobile and HTC have finally released the anticipated Android 2.2 (Froyo) update for the T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide. The update adds support for placing free calls over Wi-Fi networks in addition to a new low-storage notification, resolved Bluetooth compatibility issues, text messaging and picture messaging bug fixes, and improved overall reliability. The software will also add support for both USB tethering and mobile hotspot, which will allow users to share their 3G connections with other devices via Wi-Fi. You’ll need 25MB of storage space on your phone to get started, and unfortunately it’s only available to Windows users for now. Hit the jump for a download link and instructions on how to update. More →

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Hands on with T-Mobile’s Sidekick 4G, again [video]

By on March 23, 2011 at 4:41 PM.

Hands on with T-Mobile’s Sidekick 4G, again [video]

We swung by Samsung’s booth at CTIA Wireless on Wednesday to get some more hands-on time with the Sidekick 4G, soon to launch on T-Mobile. Somewhere in the back of our minds we still had the stigma that the Sidekick was a dead messaging phone of yesteryear, but that’s not really the case. The Sidekick 4G rocks Android 2.2 (Froyo) with a custom user interface that has more neon than a 1980′s themed frat-party, and, believe it or not, that’s actually what makes the phone pretty compelling. The screen is bright, and the colors remind us that the Sidekick 4G is all about being a party in your pocket. The keyboard was easy to type on and Sidekick fans will definitely feel right at home. The device’s pop-out hinge felt sturdy and has a nice snap to it, and we really like the overall build quality. Seriously, if you’ve been missing your Sidekick like the deserts miss the rain, this handset is going to be right up your alley. For a more in-depth read, check out our hands-on from Tuesday. Otherwise, hit the jump for a video tour of the Sidekick 4G in action.

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Second hands on with Sprint’s HTC EVO View 4G tablet [video]

By on March 23, 2011 at 1:08 PM.

Second hands on with Sprint’s HTC EVO View 4G tablet [video]

We already brought you a photo-centric hands-on of Sprint’s brand-spankin-new HTC EVO View 4G tablet, but we thought we would get a little closer to the sexy slab with a hands-on video. The 7-inch tablet reminds us a bit of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab, however the View 4G does run Google’s Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) mobile operating system. HTC also added its solid Sense user interface to the View that makes the whole experience a bit more enjoyable — the 1.5GHz processor purring under the hood helps too. Throw in an innovative stylus, the HTC Scribe, and you have a pretty compelling package. Hit the jump for a video walk-through of the hardware and UI.

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T-Mobile LG G2x Android smartphone hands-on

By on March 22, 2011 at 11:30 AM.

T-Mobile LG G2x Android smartphone hands-on

We just met up with T-Mobile during CTIA Wireless 2011 to check out the brand-spanking new T-Mobile G2x by LG, an Android 2.2 (Froyo) smartphone that packs a punch. Seriously, this puppy insanely quick thanks to its dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor. In our hands, applications literally felt like they were opening and closing instantly. T-Mobile’s 4G network helps matters too, of course, and the BGR.com homepage loaded up in just a few seconds. Hit the jump for some more hands-on impressions of the G2x and don’t forget to check out our full gallery of photos.

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T-Mobile Sidekick 4G hands-on!

By on March 22, 2011 at 8:10 AM.

T-Mobile Sidekick 4G hands-on!

As tech writers we get to play with a ton of phones, but nothing really takes us back to our high school days like playing with a Sidekick — and we just had a chance to sit down with the first one powered by Android. Built by Samsung, the Sidekick 4G features Android 2.2 (Froyo) and, despite our initial fears that it would be a lackluster device compared to the high-end beauties recently announced, we were pretty pleased with what the Sidekick 4G offers. It includes a horizontal-slider form factor, a throwback QWERTY keyboard with rounded keys, and more power under the hood than any Sidekick before it.  Hit the jump for our hands-on with the Sidekick 4G, and some initial impressions.

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Android 2.2 Froyo powers 61.3% of all Android devices

By on March 17, 2011 at 11:22 AM.

Android 2.2 Froyo powers 61.3% of all Android devices

According to new data released by Android Developers, Android 2.2 (Froyo) currently powers 61.3% of all Android devices that accessed the Android Market during the first two weeks of March. That figure is up just under 10% from January, when the group reported that Froyo powered 51.8% of all devices. Sadly, the stale, older operating systems like Android 1.5 (3%), Android 1.6 (4.8%), and Android 2.1 (29%), are still far more prevalent than the most current version being offered by Google; Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) was installed on just 1% of all devices. Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) was the the most rare, and represented just 0.2% of all tablets (and phones if you’ve loaded a custom ROM) accessing the Android Market. With Google expected to announce a new version of its mobile operating system during the Google IO conference in May, we’re starting to wonder if Gingerbread is ever going to take off. More →

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