Amazon 10-inch tablet may not launch until 2012

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We have heard all along that Amazon is working on two tablets. We are expecting at least one of them to come out this fall, and to be priced as a loss leader to blow Apple out of the water. This will most likely be a seven inch model.

We know they are working on a 10.1-inch version as well, but it looks like it might not hit the scene until the 1st quarter 2012 according to Foxconn, the manufacturer of the device. We have heard the codename is Hollywood, and it could include NVIDIA’s Kal-El quad-core chip. If this is the case, it would be a big set back since ASUS is ready to go with the Kal-El chip in the follow up to the very successful Transformer this fall.

I still think that if Amazon comes out with a $249 tablet this fall as expected, sales will be through the roof. Ultimately the hardcores will be yearning for the “Hollywood,” but volume is where it’s at for Amazon. They have a lot to gain from their app store, music, video, and book distributions. With the 7-inch version priced right, it will produce the volume necessary to drive their digital business.

[via electronista]

Kyocera Milano(Oblique) to arrive at Sprint on September 9th

by David Laborde on
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Almost three weeks to the day after clearing the FCC as the Kyocera Oblique, the phone looks like it will hit Sprint as the Kyocera Milano on September 9th.

The mid-ranged device comes with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), a 3-inch touchscreen, 2GB MicroSD card (supports up to 32GB), an 800Mhz processor, 1340 mAh battery, 3G, and 512MB RAM. 

The Milano is definitely not a powerhouse but it’s not priced like one either – the phone can be had for as little as $50 with a two-year agreement.

Anyone interested in snagging one of these?  Let us know in the comments!

[via androidpolice]

Download the DROID Bionic ARena Scavenger Hunt app for your original DROID

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If you have an original DROID, you won’t find the DROID Bionic ARena scavenger hunt app in the market. Unfortunately it doesn’t run to well on the DROID which is mostly likely the reason it isn’t available.

Fortunately, we have the .apk file for you to sideload, but you will have to deal with some force closes. If you are patient enough it will eventually work. There are a lot of original DROID users that are ready for an upgrade and, I believe they should be able to compete even if they will be at a disadvantage


To install make sure you have “unknown sources” checked (Settings/Applications/Unknown sources). Download the file from above to your phone, tap on it when it finishes, and install.

[via droid-life]

DROID Bionic user guide is available for download

by Robert Nazarian on
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I think we have told you just about everything about the DROID Bionic. It has been a long 8 1/2 month wait for this beast. It is time to finally find out if this phone will live up to the hype.

Until next Thursday we have one more thing for you to checkout, and that is the user guide. I can’t remember the last time I actually opened the user guide that comes with my phones, but who knows, you might get something out of it. Make sure to lets us know if there is anything of interest in it.

download link

[via droid-life]

Samsung announces the Galaxy Note [Video]

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Is it a big phone or a small tablet?  The line between the two just got a little blurry with Samsung’s launch of the Galaxy Note (for the record, Samsung is calling it a smartphone).

 The most prominent feature of the Galaxy Note is its 5.3-inch WXGA(1280×800) Super AMOLED display that offers a 180 degree viewing angle. In addition to this sweet display, the Note also brings with it the following:

  • 1.4GHz Dual Core Processor
  • Android 2.3(Gingerbread)
  • Camera: Main(Rear) : 8 MP with LED Flash
  • Camera: Front : 2 MP
  • 3.5mm Ear Jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS
  • Samsung TouchWiz/ Samsung L!ve Panel UX
  • Smart Note Apps
  • S Pen / Pen UX
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • USB 2.0
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, WiFi Direct
  • Accelerometer, Light, Digital compass, Proximity, Barometer
  • 16/32GB Internal Memory + microSD (up to 32GB)
  • Size 145.85 × 82.95 × 9.65 mm
  • Battery: Standard battery, Li-on 2,500 mAh

 I don’t know if it’s a phone or a tablet but I want one either way!

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What do you think - big  phone or small tablet?  Does it matter to you either way?  Let us know in the comments!

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Samsung officially announces the Galaxy Tab 7.7

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We knew the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 was coming and now they made it official at the IFA Conference in Berlin. It is going to have a 7.7-inch (1280 x 768) Super AMOLED Plus display, a 1.4GHz dual-core processor, and Android 3.2. Since Samsung loves thin, it is no surprise that it is going to be only 7.89 millimeters thick. It will also be the first tablet to support Samsung’s Game Hub.

Full specs are:

  • 7.7-inch (1280 x 768) Super AMOLED Plus display
  • 1.4 GHz dual-core processor
  • Android 3.2 (Honeycomb)
  • Full 1080p HD playback
  • 5,100 mAh battery
  • Supports microSD up to 32GB
  • Supports LTE and HSPA+
  • Samsung Game Hub
  • Voice call support

Full press release after the break:

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HTC Holiday prototype shows up on eBay for $800

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First it shows up on Craigslist, and now the HTC Holiday lands on eBay. I have always dreamed of walking around with a prototype in hand, but I am not sure I would pay $800 for one, which is the starting bid if you want this bad boy.

From the seller:

Your bidding on an HTC Holiday Prototype. Screen is way too big for me. The digitizer is cracked, but screen works just fine. Your buying as is with no refunds. It only comes with the battery. It charges via standard micro usb.

Specs: 4.5-inch qHD touchpanel, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB of onboard memory, a 8 megapixel camera with flash in the rear, a 1.3 megapixel camera in the front, and Bluetooth 3.0. The Holiday runs on Android 2.3.4 with HTC Sense 3.0.

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Samsung Galaxy S II Logs show NFC support for AT&T

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An extended analysis of AT&T’s variant of the Galaxy S II reveals it is rife with NFC.  In addition to containing kernel drivers and a pre-installed APK, the system files indicate the device is running in a mode named NDEF (NFC Data Exchange Format).  It hasn’t been determined if the handset will be capable of making payments, but the presence of NFC in the Galaxy S II is definitely a good sign.

T-Mobile has released minimal details on its version of the Galaxy S II but FCC filings confirm it will contain NFC as well.

Sprint’s Epic 4G (Galaxy S II) contains no mention of NFC.  Does the fact that Sprint was not part of a group that recently invested $100 million in mobile payment technology play a part in this? 

While analysis of the Epic 4G did not reveal any information regarding NFC, it did uncover that it’s using the same WiMAX module (cmc732) as the Samsung Nexus S 4G.  If you recall, the Nexus S 4G was plagued with performance issues when originally released (though many of those concerns were eventually resolved in a later update).  Let’s hope the Epic 4G will come with improved firmware to ensure customers won’t have to go down that path again.

Will NFC support influence your decision one way or another?  Let us know in the comments!

[via engadget]

Is Your HTC Sensation and EVO 3D Watching Your Every Move?

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Privacy concerns and security holes are nothing new and are to be expected with anything software driven (as long as they are patched up quickly). To name a few from the past, we had reported a security hole in the Sense UI that had to do with the Bookmarks widget. How about another one for the Droid X right here. Today, it looks like our fingers are going to be pointed at HTC who seems to have added something behind the scenes within the latest Gingerbread OTA. The current targets are the Sensation and the EVO 3D thanks to information from Phandroid and TrevE on XDA. Hit the break for the full story.

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Toshiba Excite smiles for the camera

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We reported yesterday that Toshiba’s replacement for the Thrive will be the much thinner Excite. We have a couple of photos of it for you, and they confirm that it will come with a microSD, microUSB, and a mini HDMI port. We are expecting it to have dual-core 1.5GHz TI OMAP 4460.

We should hear more during the IFA in Berlin so stay tuned. One more pic after the break.

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