Samsung officially announces the Rugby Smart for AT&T

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The other day we showed you images of the Samsung Rugby Smart, and today Samsung announced that it will release on AT&T on March 4 for $99.99 with a 2-year contract. The Rugby Smart is one of those “tough” phones like the Motorola Defy. It’s dustproof and can be submerged in up to 1m of water for 30 minutes. It can also withstand extreme temperatures. Basically it’s built with mil-std 810f  military spec standards if that means anything to you.

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Samsung takes the Galaxy Note to the streets to show iPhone owners what they can’t do [Video]

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Recently Samsung conducted the Samsung Galaxy Note Street Challenge. They gave Android users a few hours to play with the Galaxy Note, and then they hit the streets in Harold Square to see how it stacked against the competition. You guessed it, the competition was the iPhone. Here’s a video of a woman completely shocked that the Galaxy Note does more than her iPhone will ever do. No more words need to be said, just check it out, and check out our hands on with some of the S Pen apps here.

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New Galaxy Note Ad Focuses On Pen [Video]

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Samsung Mobile USA released a video on YouTube today of the Galaxy Note which focuses on it’s S Pen functionality (don’t call it a stylus). This ad does a better job at showing what the Galaxy Note can do than Samsung’s earlier Superbowl commercial. The ad states that the Galaxy Note is “the best of a smartphone… and the best of a tablet…” and that “it has a pen with a brain.” Riveting stuff.

Check out the video below and see what this 5.3″ beast can do with its magical stylus pen!

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Gingerbread Soak Test for Motorola Cliq 2

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Well this is certainly unexpected. It appears 1000 lucky Cliq 2 owners will be getting official Gingerbread soon by way of a soak test. A classic case of better late than never if there ever was one. If you have a Cliq 2 I would advise you to hurry over to the Motorola Forums and try to be one of the thousand. You certainly deserve an update friend. Hopefully those who miss out on the soak won’t have much longer to wait.

source: Motorola Owner’s Forum
via: TmoNews 

LG Cayman And The DROID Fighter On The Way To Verizon Wireless

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Well look what we have here? The fine folks at Droid Life seem to have stumbled upon information that was accidentally leaked out. As you can see in the screenshot, the information includes two new devices that are on their way: the LG Cayman and the “DROID Fighter”. News and information are scarce for both devices. We haven’t heard much chatter from Verizon very much about its upcoming toys lately, nor have we seen any leaks or information— so this is as big of a surprise to you all as it is to us here. Perhaps the LG Cayman will be a dumbed-down version of the newly released LG Spectrum or even an entry-level phone. And maybe the “DROID Fighter” could be something along the lines of Sammy’s DROID Charge or maybe it’s something completely different, who knows. We’ll just have to wait until further information trickles out in order to have an idea of what the devices may be.

Both devices are expected to arrive within the next few months, so stay tuned with Talk Android for any additional leaks or news we hear about in the meantime.

source: Droid Life

Fujitsu Plans To Highlight Dust And Waterproof Phone With A Splash Of Tegra 3 At MWC

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MWC is on the horizon and Fujitsu doesn’t want you to forget it makes noteworthy devices as well. The Japanese manufacturer looks to present a breakthrough device to the masses by creating what will be a “dust and waterproof” beast. Yes, that’s right– a “dust and waterproof” smartphone. Fujitsu isn’t stopping there either. The phone will have a sexy profile and feature some high-end specs on the menu including a Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 4.6-inch display, 13.1MP camera and Android 4.0.

Looks like Fujitsu is ready to create some more competition in the already crowded Android playground. With a quad-core processor, 13.1MP camera and ICS, I think more than a few people would gladly give this phone more than just a look. Fujitsu will only have a few sample units at MWC, but there is optimism the phone won’t be released too long from now.

source: Unwiredview

Asus offers sneak peak of Padfone

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With only one week to go until the 2012 Mobile World Congress kicks off, the rumours and speculation are hitting fever pitch. Android tablet trailblazers, Asus has decided to add to the frenzy today by giving the world a look at it’s forthcoming Padfone.

“Divided we stand, together we rock” is the catchy tagline chosen to emphasize the three piece combo of phone, tablet and docking station. The latest teaser shows that the Padfone has gone through a complete redesign when compared to the original leaks late last year. The original concept of a phone that docks into the back of a tablet remains however the new info suggests that Asus will also be offering a keyboard dock as per it’s hugely successful Transformer series.

The Padfone is a 4.3″ Android Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone that docks into, and powers, a 10.1″ tablet. The tablet is set to be compatible with the TF201 keyboard dock from the Transformer Prime. The full technical specifications aren’t known at this point however I suspect we won’t have to wait long to find out.

The timing of the announcement is certainly opportune with the web awash with rumours that Android 5.0 Jelly Bean is set be an all encompassing, dual-boot Operating System. Perhaps the innovative Padfone trio is exactly the kind of hardware Google has in mind whilst working on Android’s next big release.

Asus tells us that “1 + 1 + 1 = Endless Possibilities” and with their stellar track record in Android tablets, we’re certainly looking forward to seeing the combo in action.

Check out the teaser video below and be sure to keep tuned in to TalkAndroid for news from MWC 2012 as it breaks.

 

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source : androidcommunity

 

 

Here comes the Special Edition ‘Red Carpet’ DROID RAZR MAXX, You could win one starting tomorrow

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Motorola is going all out with the DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX with various colors and special editions. They just announced their latest creation, the Special Edition “Red Carpet” DROID RAZR MAXX. Apparently they have given them to select Acdemy Awards nominees and presenters.

To top it off, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress nominees received the special edition phone within a glamorous, gold sequined pouch. Nominees for Best Supporting Actor, Best Actor and Best Director were given a high-end shaving kit as well. Each recipient also received the Motorola Elite Sliver Bluetooth headset.

Unfortunately since most of our readers probably aren’t part of the biggest night in Hollywood, everyone will have a chance to win one as Motorola will be giving away 5 of them via Twitter in a contest that starts tomorrow, February 23. The contest will involve retweeting #RedCarpetRAZR, but check out their Twitter page for more info. You can also check out our full review here.

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HTC Shows Off Teaser For New Line Of Devices On Their Facebook Page

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HTC is bringing the thunder this year at Mobile World Congress and it looks like they’re enjoying a little teasing with the masses before the big event.  The company’s Facebook page is touting the image above and we’re not really sure what to make of it.  At first glance I thought it could possibly be their top tier device getting ready to debut with a 5-inch display however, that’s unlikely since we already know there’s at least going to be three devices.  Another possibility could be that they’re actually gearing up to release five devices rather than three, but who knows?  In any event, we’ll see soon enough for ourselves.  In addition to the pic, they’ve supplied the following one liner:

“This Sunday you’ll discover something fast.”

 What’s my guess?  I’m guessing they’ll reveal their highly anticipated quad-core device and tout the fact that it actually has five cores where one will be primarily used when the others aren’t for low power consumption.  But that’s just me speculating at this point, what do I know?  Only time will tell as to whether or not their talking about the HTC One X (Edge) or whether it has something to do with the other devices they’ll be showing off like the One S and One V.  In addition, there’s talk about the Taiwanese manufacturer dropping a tablet on us too.  So, stay tuned to TA as we bring you MWC coverage around the clock.  Feel free to speculate along with me in the comments below as well.

source: Facebook

 

Google’s Flight Search Goes Mobile

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Back in September Google brought Flight Search to the desktop world. There was no mobile version in sight but as with most Google products the desktop version is implemented first and then a ways down the road we see implementation on the mobile front, much like Google Docs. Well today Flight Search is finally seeing its debut on mobile devices everywhere. The mobile flight search is said to have the same features as its desktop counterpart and they include:

  • Find flights quickly with results that load instantly and a list that’s easy to scan.
  • Discover places to go on a map – see ticket prices for various destinations by surfing the map. You can filter by price, airline, or flight duration.
  • Find the best time to go – Click the calendar icon to see what dates will get you low prices.
Basically all you’ll have to do is point your mobile browser to google.com/flights and you’ll be able to search to and from destinations with the list of available flights going those directions. It’s available on both the Android and iOS platforms and should make getting up-to-the-minute flight data a lot easier. Add that to the Google Maps indoor mapping and you have yourself a plethora of mobile tools to help with your flying experience. This should definitely be a welcome feature for those who spend a lot of their lives traveling the globe. Hit the break below to check out the intro video and let us know what you think! » Read the rest