Samsung Nexus Prime Revealed – Something BIG is coming. [Video]

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Awwww Yeah! What you see above is the first glimpse of the Nexus Prime, screen-capped from a video just posted on YouTube by Samsung Mobile. Quick on the heels of yesterday’s iPhone event, Samsung and Google are drawing attention back to their court. What are you waiting for? Watch their CTIA sneak peak right now!

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Ok, did that whet your appetite? Let’s take a moment to really analyze that picture up there. It appears the snapshot is showing the phone facing up, from the left side. That being said you can see what looks like a camera slightly protruding out of the backside, the standard three pins for some kind of a dock and what appears to be a power button on the lower end side but it could be a dedicated camera button. There’s definitely some sort of small round symbol down there as well. Earlier today we weren’t sure if the Prime would have a curved screen. Looks like this picture settles that debate. Their shouting of the word BIG obviously means the Prime is going to be 4.3″ or larger.

Wow I am so pumped right now! Anyone else excited? Let us know in the comments.

[via androidcentral]

Comparison: Apple iPhone 4S vs the six month old Samsung Galaxy S II

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Today Apple announced the iPhone 4S instead of a highly rumored iPhone 5. Apple has tauted itself as an innovator, but it’s clear they are now playing catch up. When comparing the brand new iPhone 4S, which is the greatest iPhone ever, to the 6 month old Samsung Galaxy S II, it doesn’t appear there’s any competition. When you look at things like thickness, weight, and screen size the iPhone 4S loses hands down, but there’s plenty more.

Even if you could argue that the iPhone 4S is equal to the Galaxy S II, it would still be a disappointment. Now with the already announced Galaxy S II LTE and Galaxy S II LTE HD, along with next week’s Nexus Prime announcement, I am not sure where Apple goes from here. Luckily for Apple there’s a lot of misinformed consumers, so sales won’t suffer too much.

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Android Platform Version Numbers Are Up And Still Not Impressive, Gingerbread Is On 39% Of Devices

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The Android Developers site has posted the latest data on devices running a given version of the Android OS, so let’s take a look at the last four months shall we? Ending on July 5th of this year Gingerbread was sitting at about 19%. In August, Gingerbread stepped up to about 24% and in September jumped up a bit more to 31%. Today Gingerbread is sitting at roughly 39% and though that’s almost a 10% increase from last month this needs to be higher. With Gingerbread out for almost a year now the carriers still are just not getting updates out as they should be, though it continues to get better. With Ice Cream Sandwich and the Nexus Prime right around the corner, that will be your best bet to make sure you’ll be on the most current version of Android from the start. It’s still a bit scary to think that the phone you buy may not see any Android OS updates for quite some time after a new OS is released. Hit up the break to see how all the versions stack up and don’t forget to hit us up in the comments. Do the masses really even care what Android OS version they are on or know which version they have?

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TELUS Samsung Galaxy S II X (Hercules) available October 19th?

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Telus has put the official “coming soon” label on the Galaxy S II X, aka Hercules. The tentative date is going to be October 19th. No word on price yet, but that’s not very long to wait. As a reminder GSII X has a 4.5-inch (800 x 480) screen, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, 1850mAh battery, Android 2.3.5, and could possibly reach peak download speeds of up to 42Mbps. We posted a hands-on with the device back in September. be sure to check it out here.

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Travel Through Time In “The Silent Age”, A 2D Minimalistic Game Coming To Android

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The Silent Age is a new game being developed by House on Fire where you will be time traveling to sole puzzles. Your character in the game is named Joe and he has a time travel device that allows him to time travel between the present and forty years in the past. Joe will time travel in the same location meaning the surroundings will have changed when he travels. Most of the puzzle solving involves using items in one point in time to the other. The gameplay is being described as a minimalistic 2D point and click game where your adventure takes you back and froth between the year 1972 and 2012. The developer said the game should be out in yearly 2012 and will cost you $0.99. This sounds and looks really interesting so hit up the break to catch some screenshots and a teaser video. Unfortunately, there is no gameplay in the video, but it will at least give you a good idea what the vibe of the game will be like. Let us know what you think.

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Android powered Kindle Fire on track to top the iPad in first-month sales

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Amazon’s Kindle Fire is attracting a ton of attention. Still six weeks from launch, the $199 Fire has racked up 250,000 pre-orders over the past few days. Basically they’re receiving about 2,000 pre-orders per hour. If that trend continues the Fire will incinerate the iPad’s record for first-month sales. The iPad sold a million units in it’s first month, whereas the Kindle is now projected to sell 1.5 million. While that is still a ways away from the iPad 2′s 2.5 million, the Fire is undoubtedly re-kindling the competition. If they succeed in pushing that many Kindle’s on their first run, who’s to say a Fire 2 won’t come along and reduce the iPad 2′s record to ashes. Some estimates even peg Amazon to push 15 million Fires by 2013. In any case, it’s shaping up to be the most successful Android Tablet to date.

So readers, did any of you contribute to the Kindle Fire’s wild success story, or are you just waiting to see it crash and burn?

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World of Goo headed to Android as GooDroid

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2D Boy, makers of the famous indie hit, World of Goo, have announced that the title is coming to Android phones and tablets in the very near future. Apparently they have been working on this for a while now, and have since reached the final stages.

We’re just working out the final kinks in the machinery. More info on GooDroid soon.

If you missed World of Goo on Steam and WiiWare, it’s a physics-based puzzle / construction game.  You use your goo balls to create structures that allow other goo balls to reach an exit point. Check out the video past the break to see what I mean. 2D Boy has assured us that the title will debut in the Android Market. No word yet on pricing, but some speculate that the developers will opt for a free ad-supported option since the game already has garnered plenty of popularity else-where. Either way we’ll keep you posted!

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ASUS Unfazed By Kindle Fire; No Delay For Transformer 2

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In contrast to many manufacturers such as RIM and HTC, who have answered the successful introduction of Amazon’s Kindle Fire by reducing the price of their tablet PCs to remain competitive, ASUS appears to remain unfazed. CEO Jerry Shen says there will be no price change for their current Eee Pad Transformer, nor will there be any delay in the Transformer 2 (which will pack that sweet NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor).  Shen also adds that the upcoming PC tab will sell for $499, a hundred bucks more than its predecessor.

ASUS’ confidence is quite understandable if you consider its 2011 shipment forecast, which projects the sale of 1.5-2 million tablet PCs and of which one million units have already been moved in just the first three quarters of the year. The Transformer 2 would undoubtly put them on track to meet or exceed their projections.

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More Connectivity Problems Reported On Sprint’s Samsung Epic 4G Touch

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Epic 4G Touch owners on the Sprint network are reporting connectivity problems such as an abundance of dropped calls and slow-crawling data speeds. This comes just weeks after reports of unexpected force-closes with its calendar app and the inability to keep 4G hotspot connections while taking phone calls. The exact cause for these newest problems is unknown, though whether it be hardware, software or some “ware” in between, both Samsung and Sprint confirm they are working on a solution and may be able to provide a fix in as little as a couple weeks.

Have you experienced any of these or other connectivity problems with your Epic 4G Touch? Leave us a comment below.

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HTC Sensation XE With Beats Audio Now Available At Clove (UK)

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The HTC Sensation XE, the first phone with integrated Beats Audio, is now available at Clove in the UK. Purchasing this unlocked version outright will cost you £492.00 ($758) with taxes included. If you need a refresher on this hot looking device, it’s packing a 1.5GHz dual-core, 4.3-inch qHD Super LCD, a larger 1730mAh battery compared to the original Sensation, Gingerbread, and of course Beats Audio technology with urBeats in-ear headphones. Grab it while it’s hot right down there in the source link from Clove. Has anyone been waiting to get your hands on one?

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