DROIDAX to release a Samsung Galaxy SII Power Pack to increase battery life by as much as 300 hours in standby

Looking at getting a Samsung Galaxy SII in the near future? Fine and dandy, but what about those who need more battery life? Fortunately, DROIDAX will have you covered. The company will be releasing  a compact power pack for $49.95, that will give you:

  • as much as seven hours extra talk time
  • as much as six hours extra Internet time
  • as much as 10 hours extra movie time
  • up to 40 hours extra music time; and
  • 300 extra hours on standby.

On top of that, the power pack will let you charge the phone and pack without removing the phone from the pack itself, as well as use LED light bars to show you mow much pwer your pack currently has.

The power pack is slated for release on 9/14/11.

Be sure to hit the break for the full presser, and let us know what you think of this upcoming product in the comments below.

Samsung has “no plans” to release Galaxy Tab 7.7 / Galaxy Note in U.S.? Think again

Ah, international PR – you never fail to amuse us. There have been rumors going through the mill that we stateside folk will never see the Galaxy Tab 7.7 or the Galaxy note. The products were officially released on the European side, but not here in the U.S. of A… so does that mean we’re doomed to never enjoy the yummy goodness?  Really, folks, let’s go over this.

When something is announced in a European venue, i.e. – IFA, MWC, etc., the big players from Europe are there. Sony Ericsson, ASUS… you get the idea. That’s not to say these companies aren’t big players here in the US, but they’re far bigger across the lake. You’ll usually hear things from these companies along the lines of “no set date”, or something similar for the US releases. In American venues, however, we hear “in the coming months” or “by the ‘whatever-th’ quarter of 20-something”. Does this mean we won’t see these European goodies here? Absolutely not.

So hold the faith, my friends, and I can almost promise you we’ll see what we want.

[via gottabemobile]

Win a free Verizon Samsung Droid Charge from TalkAndroid and Samsung

What? A free phone!? That’s right, folks. We’ve partnered up with Samsung to give one of our lucky readers a free Verizon Droid charge! The rules are pretty simple:
  1. Follow TalkAndroid on Twitter
  2. Reply to this forum thread telling us why you want / deserve this phone
And that’s it! We’ll be picking a winner Fri, Sept. 9th 2011 at 11:59PM CST and notifying them via PM here in the forums, as well as on Twitter and Facebook. Dont forget to check out our review / unboxing of the Verizon Samsung Droid Charge, and good luck!

TalkAndroid will be covering the Samsung Galaxy S II event tonight in NYC starting 6 PM EST

Craving all that new Samsung Galaxy S II goodness in the states? Fortunately for you, the reader, our very own Joseph Sirianni will be covering the event, and will be bringing you more photos and videos than you can shake a phone at. Be sure to hit the website tonight (8/30/11) starting at 6PM EST to see what’s abuzz in the Samsung world, as well as get some sneak peeks at the GSII! Let us know what you’d like to see covered at tonight’s event below, and keep your eyes glued to TalkAndroid.com!

Steve Jobs retires as Apple CEO, replaced by Tim Cook

Well, well, well… isn’t this just the latest in “wow” news from the mobile world. Steve Jobs, Apple CEO, Founder, and overall grand master of Apple, Inc. has just resigned as CEO. In his place will be Tim Cook, Apple’s previous Chief Operating Officer. The Apple Board of Directors made this announcement mere minutes ago.

According to Art Levinson, Chairman of Genentech,

“Steve’s extraordinary vision and leadership saved Apple and guided it to its position as the world’s most innovative and valuable technology company. Steve has made countless contributions to Apple’s success, and he has attracted and inspired Apple’s immensely creative employees and world class executive team. In his new role as Chairman of the Board, Steve will continue to serve Apple with his unique insights, creativity and inspiration.”

So what does this mean for the mobile space? With such a huge player as Apple changing so dramatically, it’s hard to tell. Will Apple continue on its warpath to patent out the universe? Will mobile continue to be as big a part of Apple’s game plan? Time will give all these answers. All we know is that we’re reeling from the news. We knew the day was coming, we just weren’t sure when. Hopefully, this could be another major break for Google to part the waters and continue in the growth pattern they’ve been seeing for so long.

Here’s to you, Steve Jobs. We wish you well, but hope this proves to be a major stepping stone for Android. What do you think this means for the mobile space? Let us know in the comments below.

[via yahoo]

Review: Verizon Samsung Droid Charge [video]

The Droid Charge, one of the most popular phones on Verizon’s network, has found its way into TalkAndroid’s house, so what are we to do with it? Review it, of course! We were able to get our grubby little paws on Verizon’s pride and joy, and we must say, we’re impressed. The 4.3″ Super AMOLED Plus display is gorgeous, with deep darks and vibrant brights. The interface is snappy, and, while the benchmark tests don’t come back as astounding, you would never know it. Touchwiz is present, but heavily saturated with the Droid feel we’ve come to know and love – mainly from Samsung.

All in all, Samsung did a great job with this device. The physical aspects of the phone are great as well, with a slick back and a form factor that makes it steady, although some may complain it’s too big. However, this writer found it to be well-built and worth his time.

Be sure to hit the break to see the unboxing and review videos, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments.

Quick note – keep your eyes peeled over the coming hours, as we may have some big news involving a Droid Charge… the suspense!

Verizon Samsung Droid Charge [Video Review]

The Droid Charge, one of the most popular phones on Verizon’s network, has found its way into TalkAndroid’s house, so what are we to do with it? Review it, of course! We were able to get our grubby little paws on Verizon’s pride and joy, and we must say, we’re impressed. The 4.3″ Super AMOLED Plus display is gorgeous, with deep darks and vibrant brights. The interface is snappy, and, while the benchmark tests don’t come back as astounding, you would never know it. Touchwiz is present, but heavily saturated with the Droid feel we’ve come to know and love – mainly from Samsung.

All in all, Samsung did a great job with this device. The physical aspects of the phone are great as well, with a slick back and a form factor that makes it steady, although some may complain it’s too big. However, this writer found it to be well-built and worth his time.

Be sure to hit the break to see the unboxing and review videos, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments.

Quick note – keep your eyes peeled over the coming hours, as we may have some big news involving a Droid Charge… the suspense!

Review: Sprint Samsung Conquer 4G [video]

We had a chance to get our hands on a new Samsung Conquer 4G on Sprint, and we would like to share it with you. The phone is considered an entry level device, although we here at TalkAndroid are giving it the thumbs up to be called mid-range. With a 1GHz CPU and the overall snappiness of the device, this phone deserves a little more “oomph” than “entry level”. The overall feel of the phone is good, and the fact that it comes with stock Vanilla Android as the UI excites the heck out of this writer.

If you’re wanting the full rundown of the device, hit the break for both the unboxing and review videos, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments.

Spring Samsung Conquer 4G [Review]

We had a chance to get our hands on a new Samsung Conquer 4G on Sprint, and we would like to share it with you. The phone is considered an entry level device, although we here at TalkAndroid are giving it the thumbs up to be called mid-range. With a 1GHz CPU and the overall snappiness of the device, this phone deserves a little more “oomph” than “entry level”. The overall feel of the phone is good, and the fact that it comes with stock Vanilla Android as the UI excites the heck out of this writer.

If you’re wanting the full rundown of the device, hit the break for both the unboxing and review videos, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments.

Amazon Wireless, TalkAndroid and others team up to give you $15,000 in prizes in a video contest

Do you hate shopping around for a new phone? Would rather do something more fun with your time, like eating mud? Sure, we love phone shopping, but hey… we’re geeks. So, we’ve teamed up with Amazon, as well as our friends at Android Police, Android and Me, and Phone Dog to let you tell us how Amazon Wireless helps you shop for your mobile device… and, hey – you can win some cash, too – as much as $5,000, with a grand total of $15,000 in prizes.

We’re going to be part of the judging panel for a slew of videos that are sure to be coming in, where you will tell the world why shopping with Amazon Wireless can make your next phone buying experience easier. The cash, you ask? Yea… that’s a pretty sweet deal. Hit the break for a full rundown of how to enter and prizes. You can also hit Amazon’s blog page.

Spring Samsung Conquer 4G [Unboxing]

The Sprint Samsung Conquer 4G: a great little mid-range Android device, running on Sprint’s 4G WiMax network. While this little ditty hasn’t been released yet, that doesn’t mean that we here at TalkAndroid can’t get our hands on it. This little guy sports an HVGA resolution screen, Android 2.3, a 1GHz CPU, and 3.2 MP camera on the back (plus a front-facing camera as well), and is sure to get the job done. Be sure to hit the break below to check out our unboxing of the device, and let us know what you think of it in the comments.

Did Google purposefully skip out on Nortel patents due to Motorola buyout in the works?

It’s huge news: Google and Motorola, joining forces to take over the mobile world. Okay, okay, it was also for the patents; there’s no denying the fact that any mobile company needs to have a good patent shield, thanks to our lovely, broken patent system. Back a number of weeks ago, we saw a huge bidding war over Nortel, mainly for their patent portfolio.Google threw their hat in the ring briefly, only to be almost immediately outbid by Apple. No shock there; what was surprising, however, was the fact that Google seemed to be going after these patents with minimal vigor. Why? I think our answer came today.

Google was, most likely, already in talks with Motorola on the merger we saw come to fruition today. Why on earth would Google want to spend precious time and effort going after a company that every mobile player in the industry was after, when they could quietly knock on Motorola’s back door and come in for tea? Everyone else was across the street, prying for the attention of the Nortel case; nobody even saw Google slip away.

With the patent wars heating up, this was, ultimately a smart move for Google. Not only does this gain them the patent portfolio of the company that gave Android one of the boosts it needed with their wildly popular Droid line, but it gives them exclusive access to a manufacturer, which has been the big thing missing from Google’s repertoire. There’s one thing this writer knows for sure: he’s excited to see what comes of the merger. Motorola’s days of locked bootloaders and anti-development (as of late) will more than likely be coming to an end, and there’s some really cool stuff on the horizon. We’ll just have to wait for sunrise to see what it is.

Unboxing: Sprint Samsung Conquer 4G [video]

The Sprint Samsung Conquer 4G: a great little mid-range Android device, running on Sprint’s 4G WiMax network. While this little ditty hasn’t been released yet, that doesn’t mean that we here at TalkAndroid can’t get our hands on it. This little guy sports an HVGA resolution screen, Android 2.3, a 1GHz CPU, and 3.2 MP camera on the back (plus a front-facing camera as well), and is sure to get the job done. Be sure to hit the break below to check out our unboxing of the device, and let us know what you think of it in the comments.

Unboxing: Verizon Samsung Droid Charge [video]

The Droid Charge is, by far, one of the most popular devices in Samsung’s lineup. Running on Verizon’s blazing fast 4G LTE network and complete with Android 2.2, a 4.3″ display, 1GHz CPU, and 8MP camera, there’s no reason it shouldn’t be. If you’ve been dying to take a look at this device without having to go all the way down the street (who wants to do that?) to your local Verizon store, then hit the break to check out our unboxing of this little nugget of gold. Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Unboxing: T-Mobile Samsung Exhibit 4G [video]

People have been talking for awhile about the new Samsung Exhibit 4G on T-Mobile. It’s a pretty popular phone, with its 1GHz Hummingbird CPU and Android 2.3 installed. That’s not to mention the front-facing camera and HSPA+ capabilities to pull max bandwidth from the carrier. Well, we got our hands on one, and today we’re unboxing this little beauty for all to see. Be sure to check out the video after the break, and let us know your thoughts on this device in the comments.