Hulu Plus adds support for eight additional Android phones along with the HTC Flyer

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Back in June Hulu Plus had support for 6 devices, then in July they added 4 more, followed by Vizio 8-inch tablet last month. After watching Netflix bringing support to most Android devices (Android 2.2+), they are stepping up their game with a new release that adds the following eight phones:

  • HTC Incredible 2
  • HTC Evo 3D
  • HTC Sensation
  • Motorola Droid 3
  • Motorola X2
  • Motorola Bionic
  • LG Revolution
  • LG G2X

In addition to these eight phones is the HTC Flyer which is welcomed, but seriously we need more tablet support.

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Samsung Flexes Its Muscles To Apple Over iPhone 5

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One of the most bloodied battlefields in the on-going patent wars exists between Samsung Electronics and Apple, Inc. Presently there are as many as 23 lawsuits pending between the two companies all over the globe including the US, France, Japan and the much newsworthy Germany, where Samsung recently had to pull their Galaxy Tab 7.7 from the IFA in Berlin in what looked like a two-hit knockout coupled with the German court’s ruling with Apple on the ban of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1. Samsung however is clearly not out for the count; they’re striking back in Korea where they now seek a complete ban on the forthcoming iPhone 5.

This attack on Apple in Korea follows Samsung’s appeal against the German ruling and the filing of a countersuit against Apple in Australia over another similar court decision that led to the ban of Galaxy 10.1 sales. Their words appear to be just as fierce and confident as their actions; a senior Samsung executive, who spoke on a condition of anonymity said, “For as long as Apple does not drop mobile telecommunications functions, it would be impossible for it to sell its i-branded products without using our patents. We will stick to a strong stance against Apple during the lingering legal fights…We are taking different tactics since we are quite confident.’’

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Possible 7″ Motorola tablet

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The picture above purportedly showcases a possible 7″ tablet from Motorola. From the photo, it looks a bit sleeker and thinner than my 10″ Xoom, and those angled corners are certainly reminescent of Moto’s Photon 4G. Perhaps, they are continuing with this design aesthethic to hinder future legal battles. Thankfully, this tablet will be running Honeycomb, as evidenced by the barely visible camera app running on screen. The Motorola logo looks to be on the shorter side this time, suggesting a prominently portrait experience. There are definitely at least two ports on the opposite end and while there’s no way to be sure, they are likely micro-USB and micro-HDMI. If you remember, Motorola’s CEO, Sanjay Jha, talked tablets recently. Maybe this is what he was referring to. Perhaps you are more interested in the phone pictured in the top right; at this point, your guess is as good as mine.

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CyanogenMod’s HP TouchPad Android Video Shows WiFi And Android Market Working

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Team CyanogenMod has been working hard on getting CyanogenMod7 to work on the HP TouchPad and has made some great progress since just booting up CM7 on it a few weeks ago (video). After getting CM7 to be almost a daily driver (video), they’ve now gotten more stuff working. This new updating includes support for WiFi, limited market support, working accelerometer, and has both cores working with audio. While this is only Gingerbread and not Honeycomb, the CM teams says they will be waiting for Google to release the source code for Ice Cream Sandwich before moving forward. CM won’t be releasing this port for the TouchPad to the public until its more stable, but HP has discontinued production anyway. For those of you that have one you should still be able to look forward to this port in the future. Stay tuned and check out the new video after the break.

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Talk Android Weekly Recap, What You May Have Missed

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Have a you had a busy week?  Allow us to summarize this week’s hottest topics for you.  Check out the buzz below on what’s hot with this crazy insane union we all call Android.  Hit the break to get all caught up and let us know what your favorite topic of the week is.

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IDC reports worldwide tablet shipments for Q2 2011, Android market share declines

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International Data Corporation (IDC) just released worldwide data for tablet market share for the 2nd quarter 2011. In their last report overall tablet sales were lower than expected, but for the 2nd quarter, the performance was so strong, it has lead IDC to increase its outlook for the 2nd half of the year to 62.4 million units, up from the previous projection of 53.5 million units.

That is the good news. The bad news is that Android’s market share dropped to 26.8%, down from 34.0%. This is surprising to me as a lot of Android tablets were released in the 2nd quarter. During the 1st quarter of 2011, only the 3G version of the XOOM and the Galaxy Tab was available, and Android was able to grab a 34% market share. I doesn’t make sense. Either last quarter’s figures were wrong or this quarter’s is. RIM’s PlayBook grabbed 4.9%, and Apple rose to 68.3% from 65.7%.

Unfortunately IDC sees Android’s share continuing to drop to 23% and finishing the year at 25.9%.  I am not in the business of analyzing data, but I find it difficult that Android’s tablet share won’t improve dramatically with all the tablets that are currently available, not to mention the upcoming Amazon tablet.

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AT&T will offer LTE in 5 cities starting this Sunday

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Sundays are full of kickoffs around the NFL so why shouldn’t AT&T have a one of their own? It won’t be a pigskin, but we will take LTE. This Sunday, September 18th, will mark the first day that AT&T will offer LTE. According to CFO John Stephens, it will be offered in five cities which include Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. For now, there isn’t an AT&T LTE capable phone, but Verizon Wireless launched their LTE under the same conditions. The HTC Jetstream tablet is the first device that is compatible along with some modems.

AT&T expects LTE to be in 15 markets by the end of the year, and we should see compatible phones by then. One of them could be the HTC Holiday. Are AT&T users excited to finally join the LTE era?

Pre-Orders Have Started At Best Buy For Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9

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Samsung has been gearing up for their Galaxy Tab 8.9 and you can now pre-order both the 16GB ($469.99) and 32GB ($569.99) models over at Best Buy. Packed with Android 3.1, a dual-core 1GHz processor, and an 8.9-inch 1200×800 WXGA display this is sure to be a good choice if the 10-inch version isn’t for you. Best Buy’s estimated arrival date is listing 9/25 through 9/30, so hop over to the page via the source link to make one yours.

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ARCHOS G9 tablets will be available beginning September 20th

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It has been nearly 3 months since the ARCHOS G9 tablets were announced. We already had an idea of pricing, but now ARCHOS has officially announced that we will finally be able to get our hands on one starting September 20th.

The ARHCOS 80 is the first 8-inch Honeycomb 3.2 tablet to market with a dual-core processor priced under $300. It comes with a 1GHz ARM Cortex dual-core processor and 8GB of storage for $299. You will also have the option of stepping up to a 1.5GHz OMAP 4 dual-core CPU along with a 250GB HD for $369.

The ARCHOS 101 has a 10.1-inch screen and will only be offered with the 1.5GHz processor. The 250GB version will run you $469.

Starting September 20th, you will find the ARCHOS 80 G9 (8GB version) available online and select retailers including HH Gregg, Amazon, Newegg, Tiger Direct, Brandsmart and Electronic Express. The 1.5GHz dual core models will become available in October. For the full list of different models along with pricing, see the press release below.

It will be interesting to see how these tablets do. The 250GB storage capacity is very intriguing, but it will add extra weight. For those that want to store a lot of movies, it makes perfect sense.

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Hands On With The ASUS Eee Pad Slider, Coming At End Of Sept. Starting At $475 (video)

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Engadget has gotten some hands-on time with the Asus Eee Pad Slider at a NYC media event with tons of pictures and a video to share. They were assured the device would be hitting shelves in the U.S. before this month’s end and will be shipping with Android 3.2 on board. The 16BG model can be yours for $475 and the 32GB model for $575. Check out all the goods after the break.

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