Moments ago, Facebook began to send out invites to a “Mobile Event” scheduled for November 3rd at the company’s headquarters. Back in September, TechCrunch and Business Insider both reported that the social networking behemoth was developing their own handset with deep Facebook integration. Will we see the rumored device come to fruition on Wednesday? Perhaps a more feature rich mobile application? We’ll just have to wait and find out.
According to Gizmodo, yes. The blog is reporting that a “friend” of theirs actually got some hands-on time with the Samsung heir to the Nexus throne. The device, which is being referred to as the Nexus Two, was described as “black and shiny” with a 4-inch AMOLED display (we would assume Super AMOLED since it’s Samsung), front-facing camera, and roughly the same proportions as the current Galaxy S offerings in the U.S. (not including the Epic 4G). The “friend” also said the device’s software, which was a stock version of Android, was “very buggy.” We have to admit, the thought of Galaxy S hardware running an unmolested version of Android has piqued our interest. Samsung has a media event scheduled for November 8th where, most blogs agree, the company will announce their Continuum handset. Could this be Samsung’s equivalent of “one more thing?” We hope so.
UPDATE: PCMag’s Sascha Segan just posted an article of his own on the rumored device. The post had this to say on the matter: “The unnamed, unlocked Samsung phone is not coming out at an event on November 8, my sources said.” Although earlier in the post he did admit, “Samsung is working on an unlocked Android device that looks like the one in Gizmodo’s pictures. But it may not be called ‘Nexus Two.'”
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We’ve just gotten some information confirming that Canadian carrier Bell Mobility will be launching the LG Optimus Quantum Windows Phone 7 handset on November 8; the November 8th date had been rumored — due to the U.S. launch — but not confirmed. The Quantum is a full-QWERTY device with a 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen display, Wi-Fi b/g, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS, 5 megapixel camera with flash and 720p video recording, DLNA support, 1500mAh battery, and 16GB of internal storage. The full-retail price is listed as $449.95 without subsidies; look for the device to go for around $100 with a 3-year contract. Anyone up North been waiting for some WP7 love?
In an interview with Dow Jones Newswires, Acer CEO Gianfranco Lanci confirmed that the company has plans to launch a tablet PC line. Acer is currently the second largest PC maker on the planet and Lanci knows that there’s a chance tablets will eat into laptop sales in the coming years. Better safe than sorry, and Acer will play it safe initially by launching a series of tablets ranging in price from $299 to $699. While no specifics were discussed — the Acer CEO didn’t even reveal whether the company’s first run of tablets would run Android or Windows 7 — Lanci did say that Acer’s first tablet offering would launch on November 23rd. Acer’s goal, according to its head executive, is to become the “leader in mobile solutions for PC products from 3-inch to 20-inch.” More →
So sad. It looks like those Galaxy S owners who are still, very patiently we might add, waiting to get Android 2.2 on their handsets will just have to wait a little longer. According to a tweet by Samsung Mobile UK, the company’s Froyo update will “be available in the UK from early November” and to all other operators “by the end of November.” While this is just the UK, it can’t be a good sign for those U.S. Galaxy S handset owners with carrier branded handsets who were expecting Android Deuce-Deuce in the near future. More →
T-Mobile is really utilizing the “social networks” these days. Hours after lighting-up their Twitter feed with the release date and pricing for the Motorola DEFY, T-Mobile has done it again; this time announcing the release date and pricing for the HTC HD7 Windows Phone 7 handset. The HD7, which will be available in stores on November 8, will retail for $199.99 with a 2-year contract. For those that need a quick refresher, the HD7 packs a 4.3-inch screen, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 16GB of internal storage, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 5 megapixel autofocus camera with flash. Any T-Mobile fans going after this sexy slab of glass? More →
It’s been awhile since we’ve heard anything about the Motorola DEFY; a rough and rugged Android handset we first told you about in August that was announced just last month. But that all changes today. T-Mobile has announced, via Twitter, that the 3.7-inch scratch-resistant, touchscreen device — which also boasts a 5 megapixel camera with flash, DLNA support, FM radio, Wi-Fi Calling, and GPS — will be available for $99 with a 2-year contract starting on November 3. Not a bad little device for a c-note — especially if you’re one of those people who are unusually rough on electronics.
Today, Verizon Wireless announced that the 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab would be available, starting November 11, for $600. The device will be sold for its full retail price with no data plan requirement; a $20, 1GB monthly plan can be added post-purchase. No word on whether the $20 data plan is month-to-month (like the iPad) or contract based; we’ve reached out to Verizon for clarification and will update the article when we hear back.
Hit the jump for the full press release. Anyone adding this to their holiday wish-list? What do you think of the price?
UPDATE: Verizon Wireless has just responded to our query. The $20 data plan is a month-to-month offering — just like the iPad — no contract required. More →
If you’re an Xbox fan who’s got the Kinect high-up on their holiday wish-list, listen up. Microsoft has announced seventeen game titles that will be available for their motion-sensing gaming peripheral “before the holidays.” Without further ado, the titles are: Kinect Joy Ride, Adrenalin Misfits, Fighters Uncaged, Sonic Free Riders, Kinect Sports, MotionSports, Your Shape: Fitness Evolved, Dance Central, The Biggest Loser Ultimate Workout, DanceMasters, Kinect Adventures (bundled with Kinect), Kinectimals, Game Party: In Motion, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, EA Sports Active 2, Zumba Fitness, and Deca Sports Freedom. The first twelve games listed will be available on November 4 — launch day — and the remaining five titles will trickle-out through November and early December. Does anything on that list pique your interest? More →
One of our Sprint sources just messaged us to let us know that the Sprint version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab is set to launch right around November 14. How about pricing? Well, we’ve also been told the 7-inch tablet will sell for $399 with a 2-year agreement and $599 full retail. That’s all we have for now, but you can be sure we’ll keep digging!
We have heard that Sprint is currently targeting a November release for Samsung’s Galaxy Tab tablet. Pricing for the CDMA device has not yet been disclosed to us. UPDATE: We’re also hearing it is a 3G/4G device!
Boost Mobile might have the Motorola i1 as a ruggedized Android handset, but we’ve just been informed that T-Mobile will be upping the stakes. A new Motorola Android phone, codenamed Jordan, is set for a November launch on T-Mo. The interesting thing about the Motorola Jordan is not that it is just a ruggedized handset, bur rather that we’ve heard the phone will actually be completely waterproof down to 10 meters (that’s just shy of 33-feet for those of you who are metrically challenged). Even IP67 certified. So, the phone will be swimming with the fishes at launch then?
Thanks, Daddy G.!