Press Release – Samsung Wifi-Only Galaxy Tab

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This afternoon at TalkAndroid we received a finalized press release from Brett at the MWW Group For Samsung Mobile. This release discloses information about the pricing and availability of the WiFi-only version of the 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab. Earlier this week we reported that Sprint would be dropping the price of the the 3G version to $199, starting April 3rd. Now it looks like we have a Wifi version, free of contract for $349.99.

With-in the following press release you’ll find a link that will point you to a list of retail and online stores that will carry the Galaxy Tab. Hit the break for it all…….


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Google “Test Market” Accidentally Released, Reviewed, Quickly Pulled

Who doesn’t love a good mistake… as long as you’re not reaping any ill repercussions? The folks over at Tech from 10 found themselves asking that question when their Samsung Galaxy S phone magically got an unexpected update to an unreleased “test market”. They tried to remove it, but to no avail. But, you know what they say: if at first you don’t succeed, just review the dang thing.

The main differences they saw were not only in the UI, but in the apps that were listed as “test” or “beta” – as well as a new content ratings section. What kind of new and exciting apps did they find? Things like:


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Android 2.2 Froyo now available for HTC myTouch 3G Slide

For those of you that have a T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide, Android 2.2 Froyo is now available. You will need a PC (or BootCamp on a Mac) to install it since this is not an over-the-air update.

This update brings WiFi hotspot capability, WiFi calling, USB tethering, and minor bug fixes. Please make sure you have at least 25mb of user data available on your device. Hit the source link for further instructions and to download HTC Sync 3.0.

[via HTC]

Picasa Tool Pro, Uploader for Picasa Web

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Picasa Tool Pro is an application I came across in the Android Market. I just recently needed this app. I never was a huge Picasa user, I love the Google product, just didn’t need it much. I would occasionally add photos here and there via my laptop, but that was it. Well, not to delve to deep into my personal life, my wife and I had a baby girl a week ago this past Sunday, so I’m sure you can understand as an excited father I’d want to share with family and friends this beautiful event.

So I installed Picasa Tool Pro. This application brings much to the table as an uploader for Picasa. Initially I noticed that when you first start to upload photos, it automatically creates a folder called ‘Dropbox’ (another one of my favorite apps). I wanted a dedicated folder for the ton of photos I would be uploading. So, easy enough I was able to go to ‘My Picasa Web Albums’ and hit the menu button > ‘create album’, name the album and even choose whether I wanted it private or public.
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Google Maps Navigation vs. A Dedicated GPS Device (and Why I Think Google Maps Nav is Better)

A few weeks ago, I was driving my girlfriend and a friend of mine to Hollywood to meet some friends for dinner. While I knew the way there, I loaded up Google Maps Navigation on my HTC EVO 4G and put it in my little car mount so I would get an idea as to how long it would take to get there. As I was driving, my friend in the back seat commented, “Wow, I like how good your GPS looks, and how it pans and turns as you drive. I have a great dedicated unit and it doesn’t even do that.” My girlfriend, who also has a dedicated GPS unit, said how cool that was. This got me to thinking about the differences between the Google Maps Navigation app on my phone and dedicated GPS units, and how I ultimately decided that I think Google’s app is better.

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Bing Maps SDK comes to Android [video]

Over at a company called InKnowledge, developers have come up with a native SDK for Bing Maps by Microsoft… for Android. The SDK is said to bring a plethora of map control options to the table, so if Google Maps (for whatever reason) isn’t your thing, then maybe you should check this out.

No javascript programming knowledge is required, as the SDK itself is in pure Java form. Interested in checking it out for yourself? You can download the SDK here, and be sure to hit the break for a video demo. Let us know if you like it in the comments!


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Mass lawsuit targets Google, RIM, Apple, HTC and 28 others

We’ve seen sweeping patents before, but this may be the first one of this magnitude. According to the patent being defended:

A software platform in an Internet Protocol (IP) phone having the ability to be used with different communication infrastructures such as broadband, wireless communication and Plain Old Telephone System (POTS) service. Further, the software platform in the IP phone has the ability to be used with different applications operating on the IP phone. Further, the IP phone has the ability to perform additional functionality than traditional Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) phones, such as searches and advertising, given its ability to converge voice and data within a single terminal.


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Updated: Slacker Radio, Streaming Music

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There are a few decent streaming music apps out there. All of which offer their own unique way of delivering its media. I’m pretty fickle when it comes to how I stream my music. I can go from Pandora to Last.fm to Slacker Radio. And sometimes I’ll use Radiotime for my local flavor.
Just as a quick note to all the fans of Slacker Radio, it’s been updated! See below for the list of recent changes.

What’s in this version:

1. This build includes numerous fixes including:
2. Caching stations over 4G/LTE 3. Station selections after automatic refresh
4. App launching on some 1.5 OS phones.
5. EVO USERS: If you experience errors, please contact Sprint Technical Support at 1-888-211-4727 and ask the Rep to apply the work around listed as: ‘HTC EVO 4G (A9292) – UPDATED 2-1-2011: Streaming multimedia applications receiving errors on software version 3.70.651.1′ in Sprint’s device portal

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FuzeBox Brings Multi-Party Video Conferencing to Android

Video chat is all the rage these days, and FuzeBox is upping the ante.  Fuze Meeting software brings multi-party HD video conferencing to the Android world.  Froyo-powered smartphones and tablets running Honeycomb will be able to download the video confrencing software and use it via 3G or wifi, with full access to 720P HD videos.  The interface has been streamlined from the earlier version of their video chat software to allow for a cleaner view, while still allowing the mutli-user view.  This software will be made available to enterprise customers, so interested parties should contact them at sales@fuzebox.com.

[Thanks for the tip, Bob!]


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