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. ;)
Looking for a notepad app on crack? Yeah, we’ve got you right here. If you’re a note taking junkie like me, you might want to give this one a go. Note taking apps are a dime a dozen on the Android Market, but rarely do we see any that come with this many features on board. Classic Notes Lite for Android comes jam packed with a plethora of goodies from the developer, Fluffy Delusions. There are so many features for the app, we had a hard time listing them all here. However, we’re certainly going to do our best. After all, that’s what page breaks are for, aren’t they? With that classic notebook feel and look, the application allows you to take text notes, video notes, voice notes and more. There’s social network integration as well for those looking to share their notes on Facebook and Twitter. Want to make notes private? Well, you can. So jot down those bank codes without fear. In addition, you can paint notes, lock’em, export them, add them to your calendars, create shortcuts for your homes screen, set reminders and even Geotag a note.
Folks, the list is extensive and the options are endless. The UI might be a little plain Jane for some, but I believe this is what the developer was shooting for. A simple yet rich in features kind of application. Hit the break to check out the full length offerings supplied by the developer and check out some of the screen shots as well. And saddle up, because it’s a long list. Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below. And feel free to hit up the developer with any positive feedback and/or suggestions on how to improve the application.
Upon seeing today’s Amazon Free App of the day, I was instantly taken back to time where taxes, mortgages and working a hard 40 hours per week meant playing til the sun went down. Frogger, an instant classic since the day it was written has made its way to the Android platform in style. The Atari classic can be snatched up as today’s featured free Amazon app. This is not a mock up of the original application, it’s the real deal manufactured by Konami. The game and play is virtually identical to the original. And just as the original, you’ll have to dodge speeding cars and trucks, hop on logs and turtle backs, all to reach the riverbank without becoming road splat. There are slide controls available for fluid movement in addition to being able to just tap, no need for joysticks in this day and age. Carry the female frogs to safety and earn bonus points as you eat flies on your way there. And unlike the original, the developers added a “Phantom Phroggie” mode.
An interesting twist in this version is Phantom Mode, which guides you during the game by showing the route you took in your best game. In regular mode, you can post your high scores online and see who the top guns are with OpenFeint. Happy hopping!
So, what are you waiting for? Did we mention it’s free? If you’re not currently rocking Amazon’s App Store, you can grab the download here by entering your email address or phone number in the upper right hand corner for a download link. Be sure to have the “unknown sources” box checked off under Settings—>Applications on your Android device. Hit the break for a few screen shots for reminiscing. » Read the rest
Earlier today we reported XDA forum member dirbliss had successfully rooted the Motorola DROID 3. Now, thanks to Framework43, krazykrivda, and psouza4 over at rootzwiki, we have an uber simple one-click root method for stock Gingerbread. I have tested this out on my Droid X running 4.5.602 and everything went flawlessly. As per P3Droid, this method should work on the Droid 3, Droid X, Droid X2, Cliq and Cliq 2. Here’s how it goes down, but proceed at your own risk:
- Motorola drivers need to be installed – 32bit here and 64bit here
- Download and unzip ‘Droid 3 easy root script v7′ to your PC from here
- Turn on USB debugging on your phone by going to Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging(check box)
- Plug phone into your computer and select “Charge Only” mode from your phone’s notification drop down (pull down your notification bar and tap USB connection to change).
- Navigate to ‘Droid 3 easy root’ folder you unzipped to your PC and run ‘Click to root your Droid 3.bat’
- Now just follow the instructions in the command window and unlock the phone after each reboot
No more SBFing back to Froyo on the Droid X! Thanks to everyone that set this up. Make sure to check the source link below for any updates.
WARNING for Droid X: Previously rooted DX owners who took an OTA update and then lost root should proceed with caution. This seems to only work flawlessly on SBF’d DX’s or fully factory stock ones(read: never been rooted). The problem is with getting Superuser installed because it is already on your phone from when you were rooted previously.
It’s been a bit over two years since the Palm Pre was released on Sprint’s network to tremendous fanfare and an excited public looking for a revolution in mobile and a viable competitor to the iPhone. I scooped mine up on release day, as excited as anyone else. As many are already familiar with the disappointing history that followed, I won’t go into too many specifics, except to say this: Palm dropped the ball. The webOS operating system was brilliant and elegant, a breath of fresh air to what was available at the time, and a pregnant canvas for great possibilities. Those possibilities just never came, and much needed updates and features were left out (Flash, anyone?). Rather than make this a negative piece however, I would like to simply take the webOS system itself and dissect the innovations that were held therein and the contributions they made to the mobile industry, Android included. For my thoughts, check in after the break. » Read the rest
The Droid Charge, one of the most popular phones on Verizon’s network, has found its way into TalkAndroid’s house, so what are we to do with it? Review it, of course! We were able to get our grubby little paws on Verizon’s pride and joy, and we must say, we’re impressed. The 4.3″ Super AMOLED Plus display is gorgeous, with deep darks and vibrant brights. The interface is snappy, and, while the benchmark tests don’t come back as astounding, you would never know it. Touchwiz is present, but heavily saturated with the Droid feel we’ve come to know and love – mainly from Samsung.
All in all, Samsung did a great job with this device. The physical aspects of the phone are great as well, with a slick back and a form factor that makes it steady, although some may complain it’s too big. However, this writer found it to be well-built and worth his time.
Be sure to hit the break to see the unboxing and review videos, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments.
Quick note – keep your eyes peeled over the coming hours, as we may have some big news involving a Droid Charge… the suspense!