It’s finally here, fellow Minecrafters — the Pocket Edition optimized for Android devices that are not the Xperia Play, precisely all Android 2.1+ handsets. There is a demo available for those wondering if it’s worth the $6.99 to purchase it from the Android Market versus the much better and full-featured PC and Mac versions. Check it out at the source link. Via: Android Market
That was unexpected. The upcoming Galaxy Nexus launch planned next week will not be at CTIA fall after all. The event is currently being rescheduled, which is pretty much a bummer, if I do say so myself. What entices journalists and tech-savvy consumers so much about the Galaxy Nexus is that it will usher in the next iteration of Android, that being version 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich along with a tablet version of the OS which will unify both the tablet and smartphone experiences, along with top-notch specs like a 1280×720 screen with the latest camera specs and dual-core processors. Here’s Samsung’s statement on the matter:
“Samsung and Google decide to postpone the new product announcement at CTIA Fall. We agree that it is just not the right time to announce a new product. New date and venue will be shortly announced.”
This is quite a big one. The HTC Sensation XL (obviously extra large) is an HTC Sensation 4G that has Beats Audio built-in and comes with a pair of headphones, along with a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 16GB of internal storage, a 4.7-inch Super LCD display, HSPA+, an 8-megapixel camera with 1080pHD video recording, and then some. It only comes in white, as seen above, and will launch in Asia and in Europe, but no American launch is planned at the moment — at least we don’t know one is. PR after the break.
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What if you design and build a successful 10.1 Android Honeycomb tablet? Then design an 8.9-inch version of it. If so, then design a 7.7-inch version of that. In which case, you should also opt for a 7-inch version. That is the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus: a 7-inch 1024600 screen, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, up to 21MBps HSPA+ connectivity, WiFi/Bluetooth/GPS, 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, is 9.96mm thin and weighs 345g, has the latest Touchwiz skin on Android Honeycomb 3.2, a 3 megapixel back-facing and 2MP front-facing cameras, and will come out in the end of October in Austria, followed by other countries, including the US. Check out the source link for pics, the press release, and the full spec sheet.
Via: Samsung Mobile Press
Whoa. The Amazon Kidnle Fire tablet is using Android, but in the most minimal way possible. You’d never guess it’s Android, and Amazon would probably never remind you. It has no microphone, no camera, no 3G, and certainly no high price tag — it’s $199 and has Wi-Fi. The screen is 7-inches and has a Gorilla Glass 1024×600 IPS resolution at 161DPI, the processor is a 1GHz TI OMAP dual-core setup, the Amazon App Store is included with over 10,00 apps, and there only is 8GB of onboard storage. Also, new owners of the Kindle Fire ill have a 30-day trial of Amazon Prime free, which will works for streaming multimedia like movies and TV shows, a fast web browser based off of Amazon Silk, which is cloud browsing that is incredibly quick, and the whole thing weighs only 14.6 ounces. The expected launch date is mid-November and is on pre-order today. Also interesting to note is that is comes pre-configured just like the original Kindle and requies no syncing, just OTA updates.
Both new media players have WiFi enabled, Android 2.3.5 with Touchwiz (and the usual core Google apps), the Samsung Media Hub, FM radio, GPS, front-facing camera for video chat, rear-facing camera for video, and will both be available on October 16th, the 5.0 available for $269 and the 4.0 for $229.99. And that wraps it up. Hands-on coming soon!
The Galaxy Tab 8.9 will be the obvious smaller sibling to the Galaxy Tab 10.1. It weighs less than a pound, is 8.6 millimeters thin (the world’s thinnest tablet), an 8.9-inch touchscreen with Gorilla Glass and a 1280×800, a dual-core 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor, Android 3.1 Honeycomb with the Touchw
iz UX pre-loaded (including all of the Samsung Hubs), a back-facing 3 megapixel camera with 720pHD video recording, a front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera, and finally 802.11n/b/g WiFi. The usual mobile security features, enterprise, and home office user apps and settings are all included, including Find My Mobile, which per-usual, tracks and details the location of the Galaxy Tab 8.9.
It will be available on October 2 (your’s truly birthday) at $469.99 for the 16GB model. Hands-on impressions coming soon.
Update: We’ve got hands-on! The Galaxy Tab 8.9 is just about everything I loved about the original 10.1, in both WiFi and 4G LTE flavors, but this time the WiFi 8.9 is lighter and just as capable as the latter, because the specs are just the same, sans the screen size of course. All in all, expect a review in the next couple of days, but in the meantime, check out the gallery below.
Galaxy Tab 8.9 Unboxing And Hands-On
The HTC Amaze 4G is a hyperphone (to be honest, I made that up)! Going up to 42MBps download speeds, both smartphones average 8 MBps to 20MBps data speeds in tests made by T-Mobile. The Amaze 4G contains an 8 megapixel camera much like the myTouch 4G Slide, has a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 4.3-inch qHD screen, and the high price tag of $259.99. In Samsung’s en of 42MBps territory, the Galaxy S II for T-Mobile has the same 1.5GHz processor, 1080pHD video recording on its 8 megapixel camera, and a 4.5-inch screen with a lower resolution than the Amaze 4G’s (800×480 versus 960×540). The Amaze 4G is available October 10th and the Galaxy S II on October 12th for $229.99. Press release after the break.
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Curious? We have a right to be so. The Motorola Xoom 2 may be staring out at you through your computer screen right now. Word has it that it contains an HDMI port, SIM card lot, 10.1-inch screen, micro-USB port, and an HD rear-facing camera. But unfortunately through the leaks made at Droid-Life, there isn’t a single statement of internal specifications (read: processors, RAM, etc.). Oh, well. Till sometimes later I suppose.
Via: Giz, Droid-Life
Guess what October 2 is? The launch date of the new Galaxy S II for AT&T? Yup! It also is my birthday. Now, if I may ask: will you guys, the readers, gift me an AT&T Galaxy S II on my birthday? Just kidding, but on a more serious note, are you actually going to buy the 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, Android 2.3.4 with 16GB storage, 4G HSPA+ data, 2MP front-facing camera for video chats, all on a svelte smartphone with an 8 megapixel camera and 1080p HD video recording? Well, for $199.99 on contract, it sounds like a great buy.