Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 [Video]

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Earlier today we were at the Samsung Galaxy Portfolio Event in New York City, and we got our hands on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9. It is finally going to be available on October 3rd for $469 (16GB)  and $569 (32GB). The Galaxy Tab 8.9 features a 8.9-inch 1280 X 800 Gorilla Glass display, a NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor, and like the Galaxy Tab 10.1, it is only 8.6mm thin.

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Rugged and waterproof 7-inch Asus tablet headed to Japan

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It’s time to add another Android tablet to the ever growing list as Asus reveals its TOUGH-ETBW11AA tablet for those who desire a more abuse friendly device. Heading to the Japanese carrier KDDI, the new Asus tablet will be water proof, dust resistant, and can survive a 76cm drop onto typically unforgiving concrete. With all of these rugged specs comes the extra bulk needed to keep all of its guts protected by its beefy rubberized skin.

The TOUGH-ETBW11A will come equipped with a 7″ 1280 x 800 display, a NVIDIA dual-core 1GHz Tegra 2 chip, Android 3.2 Honeycomb, and WiMAX connectivity. There will be 16 GB of on board storage, a microSD slot, a 5MP rear-facing camera, GPS, WiFi b/g/n, and Bluetooth. Although a 7,400mAh battery is included, battery life has yet to be confirmed.

KDDI is planning to drop the tablet (pun intended) in Q4 (around late November). The tablet has yet to be priced.

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(Game) The Smurfs’ Village Now Available On The Android Market (Video)

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Long live the Smurfs! The popular childrens cartoon is anything but gone and it’s cult-like following keeps them popular as ever. Having graduated from TV stardom these little blue dudes had no other option than to star in their own smartphone game in order to keep their fans happy. Today, Beeline Interactive announced that they will be bringing the popular iOS game, Smurfs’ Village, to the Android Market on September 28th. The game will be free to download and play, but will have in-app content available for purchase. Having Sims-like game-play, players will start from the ground up, building and improving on the Smurf Village. Each Smurf character will bring different personalities and game-play, allowing you to take advantage of specific talents and traits. If you need to build a bridge, hit up Handy Smurf. A cake is needed? Smurfette to the rescue! You get the idea. Facebook integration will also allow players to link game progress to share the experience with friends.

The Smurfs’ Village has maintained a 4 1/2 star average on the iOS platform and is sure to be a hit on many Android devices. Be sure to mark your calendars and head to the Android Market for your free download.

Game features:

  • Creativity is your only limit, build a complete Smurfs, village from scratch
  • Play with your favorite Smurfs including Papa Smurf, Smurfette, and Jokey Smurf
  • Purchase Smurfberries via in-app purchase to speed up the growth of your crops and village!
  • Play mini games like Greedy Smurf’s Baking Game, Papa Smurf’s Potion Mixing Game, and Painter Smurf’s Painting Game and unlock additional bonuses
  • Connect with friends through Facebook and send gifts to your friends’ villages

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Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0 [Video]

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Earlier today we were at the Samsung Galaxy Portfolio Event in New York City, and we had a change to checkout the Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0 and 4.0. They will be available for pre-order on September 27th, and available nationwide on October 16th. Pricing will be $229 for the 4.0 and the $269 for the 5.0.

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Fusion Garage’s Grid 4 phone visits FCC, user’s manual on hand

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It has been a while since we have heard any news on Fusion Garage’s Grid 4 smartphone endeavor. A recent visit to the the FCC rekindles hope for the device’s possible U.S. release. Thought to drop in Q4, such a visit makes one think it may happen even sooner.

Utilizing the same OS as the Grid 10 tablet, the Grid 4 phone might just be a welcomed revamp to the Android system. As a friendly reminder, the device is rocking a 4-inch 800 x 480 LCD, dual-core Qualcomm processor, 16GB of memory and dual cameras. Not only does the FCC filing show images and specs, it includes a users manual that gives us more of an idea on how the new OS will operate. As we are all familiar with the usual Android status bar, Fusion garage has also added a “TaoBar” in which they describe it as a “unique feature that shows details on your current notifications, events and ongoing sensor information, while also offering suggestions that might be of interest. I don’t know about you but that sounds pretty cool to me!

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The HTC Vigor Sits Pretty For The Camera Showing Off Its Hardware Information Screen

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No more guessing on the HTC Vigor’s specs because we’ve got proof right here for you. On top of having some great real world shots of the outside of the device we can also see the hardware information screen that confirms a 1.5GHz dual-core processor. On top of that the Vigor is loaded with Android 2.3.4 with Sense 3.5 on over it, a 2MP cam up front and an 8MP in the back, 4G LTE, all seen through a 4.3-inch 720p HD display. Pretty yummy right? Check out all the shots after the break and feel free to leave a comment or two below.

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Gingerbread for the Thunderbolt is still on the way

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Like any other Thunderbolt owner, Twitter user kriegs has been patiently waiting for the Gingerbread update. Alright, so maybe by this point not all Thunderbolt owners are feeling patient. Perhaps this will cool you down. HTC responded to kriegs inquiry about the Thunderbolt receiving Gingerbread. Specifically they said that the update is “scheduled for later this month. Very soon.” Well today is the 26th , so apparently we’ll see a Gingerbread update within the next four days.

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HTC Amaze (aka HTC Ruby) Hitting T-Mobile Oct. 12th For $259.99 After $50 Rebate

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If T-Mobile’s Galaxy S II announcement today wasn’t enough, the HTC Amaze also gets a launch date. On the same days as the S II, the Amaze will be available for pre-order online on Oct. 10th and in store on the 12th. You’ll be able to pick up this device for $259.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate on a 2 year contract. Besides rocking a qHD Super LCD , HSPA+, the Amaze 4G also has a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 processor, Android 2.3.4, and HTC Sense with T-Mobile TV and HTC Watch. Also, don’t forget this device also has separate camera and camcorder buttons on the side which should be welcomed. The Fall is continuing to look good for the world of Android and it was smart to get these phones out in early Oct. Hit up the break for the full press release on both the S II and Amaze.

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Arrows Z: Fujitsu-Toshiba Mobile Puts Out Waterproof Android Phone In Japan With Wimax, 13MP Camera

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Ah yes, the U.S. is still usually the last to get their hands on hot new devices. Over in Japan, Fujitsu-Toshiba Mobile has cooked up the Arrows Z ISW11F. The waterproof Z will be available on Japan’s second biggest carrier KIDDI au in November. This device will be rocking a Android 2.3.5, a 4.3-inch LCD display with 1,280×720 resolution, and a 13MP CMOS camera on the back. Looks like a pretty sweet device. Hit up the break for the full spec breakdown and more shots of the device in different color flavors.

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Samsung announces Galaxy Player 4.0 and 5.0 for the U.S.

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We are at the Samsung Galaxy Portfolio, and they just announced the Galaxy Player 4.0 and 5.0 will be available for pre-order starting September 27th and nationwide starting October 16th. The Galaxy Players are WiFi only devices that give you all the functionality of Android for those looking for a “personal media player” type of device.

The Galaxy Player 5.0 will have a 5-inch WVGA TFT LCD (800×480) and the Galaxy Player 4.0 will have a 4-inch WVGA TFT LCD (800×480). Both will come with Android 2.3.5 and a 3.2MP rear camera along with a VGA front camera. Pricing will be $229 for the 4.0 and the $269 for the 5.0.

Full Specs:

Network WiFi™ 802.11b/g/n
OS Android™ 2.3.5 (Gingerbread)
Display 5” WVGA TFT LCD (800×480) 5.0 / 4” WVGA Super Clear LCD (800×480)
Camera Rear : 3.2MP Camera AF with LED Flash
Front : VGA Camera
Video Format : MPEG4/H263/H264,Divx/Xvid
Playback & Recording: 720p HD Video
3.5mm Ear Jack, FM Radio and Stereo Speaker


Android Market™
Google™ Mobile Services : Google™ Talk, Google™ Maps, Books, etc.
Task Manager
Voice Recorder
Connectivity Bluetooth® 3.0
Mini USB
Memory 8GB, microSD slot (up to 32GB)
Size 3.07 x 5.56 x 0.46 inches 5.0 / 2.53 x 4.87 x 0.39 inches 4.0
Weight 6.42 ounces 5.0 / 4.27 ounces 4.0
Battery 2,500mAh 5.0 / 1,200mAh 4.0

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