Quick Look at Today’s Free Amazon App: Elecont Weather

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As there is no shortage of weather applications in the Android Market today, there are few who offer the service in style, accompanying rich and stylish graphics with its application and widgets.  The app offers you weather in the form of hourly and daily updates ranging all the way up to a 10 day forecast as it pulls its data from trusted sources like Intellicast and Foreca.  With 130,000 locations around the world available at your fingertips, you’ll be in the know how for weather conditions no matter where you are and where you go.  In addition, the app supports a plethora of widget sizes for your home screen’s real estate  convenience as well as alerts and warnings for your local area.    The app touts to offer one of the most accurate forecasts around as it works in conjunction with your device’s GPS to pin point your precise location.  Furthermore, the app offers some extra added features like a world clock, barometer which trends daily air pressure, sunrise and sunset times for most major cities, moon phases as well as set and rise times, multiple location monitoring support and the ability to notify you of temp, moon phase and other conditions directly in your Android device’s notification bar.  And lastly, here’s one thing you don’t see often in a weather application:

As a final touch, the Elocont Weather app even includes earthquake information. No, it can’t predict earthquakes (yet), but it does list all the recent seismic activity in a given area (that you can adjust). Call up a detailed list of recent quakes–including size on the Richter scale, location, and exact time–and, with one touch, see them plotted on a map.

Ready for the download?  If you don’t currently have the Amazon App Store side  loaded onto your device you can grab it by going here and entering either your phone number or email address in the upper right hand corner where you’ll be able to obtain a download link.  Be sure to check off “unknown sources” in your system’s settings.  The application would normally run you $3.00 so take advantage of today’s free offer while it lasts. Hit the break to check out some more screen shots and to hit up the quick whopping almost 9 min video of the app in action.   » Read the rest

Droid Bionic Arena Scavenger Hunt Field Test

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The Droid Bionic Arena scavenger hunt game for Android is live today and I made sure to try it out first thing this morning. After some concerned looks explaining to someone what I was about to go and do, I updated the app to the newest version and put on my shoes to head outside. After starting the first game, I noticed the app was really wonky when trying to point my phone in the prize’s direction. Performing a quick calibration on the compass fixed this issue (go to settings -> Location & security -> Calibrate Compass). Once this was fixed, I setup my e-mail, Facebook, and Twitter account in the app and started looking. Hit the break for how this all went down.

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Google and Motorola marriage is more than patents

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As soon as word spread that Google acquired Motorola Mobility, it didn’t take long for people to assume that it was all about Motorola’s patents. Everyone knows that Google and its Android partners are in the middle of a patent war with the likes of Microsoft and Apple. The fact that Motorola owns roughly 17,000 patents made it an easy conclusion. Google Chairman Eric Schmidt said the purchase was aimed at acquiring products, and not just patents.

“We did it for more than just patents,” Schmidt said in a conversation with Salesforce.com Inc. Chief Executive Officer Marc Benioff. “The Motorola team has some amazing products.”

I am sure Motorola’s value was more than patents for the single reason that if Motorola’s patents were so strong, they would not be in current legal battles with Apple and Microsoft. I really think Google is looking at Apple’s model of owning the design and manufacturing. The fact that Motorola owned 17,000 patents was frosting on the cake, not to mention they were probably the only Android manufacturer that could  be acquired. Lets face it, Samsung, HTC, LG, or Sony Ericsson could not be acquired.

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White Samsung Galaxy S II shipping in the UK tomorrow

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The white Samsung Galaxy S II will begin shipping in the UK tomorrow as scheduled.

The average price seems to be around £492.95, with both Clove.co.uk and Mobilefun.co.uk offering it for that much including VAT. Other than the color, it’s the same phone as the non-white Galaxy S II.

While white seems to be a popular color for smartphones, do recent releases in raspberry pink, purple, green, and even gold plated solid brass have the same following?

What color is your present phone, and what would color do you want your next phone to be? Let us know in the comments!

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Pink Wildfire S available for pre-order at Phones4U

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If you thought the white Samsung Galaxy S II wasn’t quite chic enough, the latest offering from HTC might be right up your alley.

Phones4U is now accepting pre-orders for a very pink HTC Wildfire S. This limited edition phone comes with Android 2.3, 720p HD video capture, and a 5MP camera with LED flash.

You can get the pink Wildfire S on monthly contracts starting at £15 per month. The £15 tariff is via an Orange SIM, which will arrive with 100 minutes of calling time and a 250MB data allowance.

Did I mention the phone was pink?

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Samsung Already Sporting Accessories For US Galaxy S II Devices

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Low and behold, what’s a few new Samsung Galaxy S II devices across various carriers without some cool accessories to go with it?  At tonight’s Samsung GSII launch event in New York, several of the display tables showed off a modern and sleek looking multimedia charging dock perfectly complimenting the Galaxy S II.  In nice shiny black, the device also doubles as a speaker (note pic below).  We’ve seen a dock presently accompany the Galaxy S II launched overseas however, this one has been given a bit of a polished look and we’ve got to admit, it looks pretty sweet.  Check out the pics for yourself and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.  If you’ll also notice, there is another device to the left of the charging dock.  We’re not quite sure what it is just yet, but stay tuned because we’ll find out.  It appears to be some sort of a charging stand where a second battery can be docked under a cover on the backside of the contraption.

Hands-On Sprint’s Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch (Video)

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The Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch (boy that’s a mouthful) has finally arrived and is dressed to impress.  Today at Samsung’s GSII launch event in New York Talk Android was able to get a hands-on look at the hardware and software that’s currently driving this device to be one of hottest and sexiest (sorry TechCrunch) devices of the year.  Samsung brought their A-game today when they released the device on three of the four major carriers in the US.  The moment we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived and it’s only a matter of weeks until we can stick this slim thin bad boy in our pockets.  And although the device was already announced before the event here and here, it’s just not the same unless you can hold this power horse in your hand and play with it.  The device is slated for a Sept 16th release date, making Sprint the official first carrier to launch it and will be available for $199 on contract.  Hit the break for the full list of features and to check out some hands-on pics. Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.   » Read the rest

Hands-On AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy S II (Video)

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And the Samsung Galaxy S II news just keeps on rolling in.  Talk Android was present at Samsung’s launch event in New York and we were able to get a quick hands-on look at AT&T’s version of the popular Galaxy S II device.  And as you can imagine, the device is super thin (8.89 mm) with a beautiful and vibrant Super AMOLED Plus display.  However, unlike its brethren over at Sprint and T-Mobile, the device is only sporting a 4.3-inch screen.  This is most likely because its big brother, the Infuse 4G, already has a 4.5-inch touch display.  Nevertheless, the device is still impressive and is sure to be a must have handset or this year.  This is as close as you’re going to get to the original Galaxy S II released overseas.  Hit the break for the full list of specs and some hands-on shots of the device.   » Read the rest

Look But No Touch On T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy S II (Hercules)

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As we’ve been touting all day, Samsung finally revealed their US variants of the Samsung Galaxy S II and Talk Android was there to cover it like a warm blanket on cold winter night. Devices were released on three of the four major carriers (T-Mobile, AT&T & Sprint).  However, T-Mobile was the only carrier to slap any hand that came near the device’s plastic casing.  As per their sales team, T-Mobile will most likely be holding their own launch event “some time in the fall” where they’ll unveil official specs, a release date and the official name of the device.  It’s speculated that the device’s software  wasn’t ready yet, but we’ll give T-Mo the benefit of the doubt here.

However, based just on appearances, and what we pretty much already know, the device seems to be on par with the AT&T and Sprint version.  Expect the massive 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, Samsung’s Exynos  1.2 dual-core CPU (C210).  In addition, and there’s no fighting it, expect TouchWiz to run over Android 2.3 Gingerbread.  It’s too bad we couldn’t get our paws on this one, as Im kind of favoring its rounded edges which gives the device an overall big Nexus S feel, only abnormally thinner.  Hit the break to check out a few shots of the impressive handset and to check out the behind the scenes glass look.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.   » Read the rest

Samsung Galaxy S II Launch Event In New York Slide Shows

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Today Samsung unveiled their highly popular Galaxy S II device for three of the four major carriers.  Their event in New York kicked off with a bang as AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint opened the curtain on what appears to be the biggest smartphone of the year thus far.  And when we say big, we mean big.  Aside from the AT&T version, which sports a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, all other devices are sporting a whopping 4.5-inch display.  Check out the slides of the main points in the presentation for the US version of the Galaxy S II and note the new features added which the original Galaxy S II device doesn’t have.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.  Stay tuned for quick looks and hands on coming shortly.   » Read the rest