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.
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.
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.
What color is your present phone, and what would color do you want your next phone to be? Let us know in the comments!
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?
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.
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
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
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
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
Finding apps for your Android tablet isn’t as easy as it is for your phone. You want apps that take advantage of Honeycomb’s screen size and functionality; apps designed for tablets. Google started to help your search by adding the “Staff Picks For Tablets” section in your on-board market, as well as “Featured for Tablets” to the web-based market. For me, that wasn’t enough because I only got a small glimpse of the Honeycomb apps that are out there. I started searching the web and forums for a better way. Then, finally, I came across tablified.com, which was created by XDA member ayman07. I’ve only known about the site for a few hours, but it’s helped me find and download 10 new apps today; apps I’ve never even seen in the “Featured for Tablets” section, although they should have been.
The fledgling Tablified.com is making a great effort to fulfill a need in the Honeycomb community, all the while performing a service to tablet app developers. If you’re a tablet owner, I highly encourage you to drop by the site. If you get the chance, leave a thank-you on the XDA post.
Tell em TalkAndroid sent ya. ;)