Look But No Touch On T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy S II (Hercules)

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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

Samsung Galaxy S II Launch Event In New York Slide Shows

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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

Mozilla Upping the Ante on the Tablet Version of Firefox Mobile

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Mozilla’s Firefox Mobile browser has been one of the more popular browsers on the Android Market since its release. Considering its popularity in the desktop arena, this isn’t such a huge surprise, though it also just happens to be a useful and attractive browser. According to Ian Barlow of the Mozilla Mobile Team however, Firefox Mobile is about to get even better for tablet users. Barlow wrote on his blog that the team is preparing to release a major overhaul of the tablet-based browser, featuring upgrades in both function and aesthetics. These upgrades include themes, modifications to Mozilla’s unique “awesome bar”, and a beautiful remodeling of the browser’s tab system. All in all, its looking to be a very positive change in the app itself, and hopefully a good step for mainstream developers to add something to Android’s lacking tablet-centric app selection. Some pictures of Firefox Mobile in the flesh after the break! » Read the rest

Gingerbread 2.3.4 for your Samsung Mesmerize – Download Now

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Remember yesterday when we told you the Samsung Mesmerize was due for a Gingerbread update. We hoped it wouldn’t take too long. Well as it turns out the Gingerbread update is available today!

The 2.3 update includes

  • Improved Power Management
  • User Interface Refinements
  • More Control Over Applications
  • Improved Text Interface
  • One-Touch Word Selection and Copy/Paste

You can download the update right now from US Cellular and apply it to your phone using their Software Upgrade Tool.

Hit the source for full instructions.

Happy updating!

[via USCellular]

Motorola Pro+ for Asia and Europe coming in October

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The Droid Pro may have never made it to the UK, but its successor, the Droid Pro+ certainly will. Note, the Pro+ is not related to the  recently announced Motorola Fire. Whereas the Fire has a 2.1″ screen, the Pro+ features a 3.1″ Gorilla Glass screen. In addition to that tough screen you’ll also get Gingerbread 2.3, a 5MP camera, a 1GHz processor, a 1600mAh battery and of course added security for business.

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Full press release after the break

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Rogers is bringing LTE to Toronto and confirms Samsung Galaxy S II LTE

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Today Roger’s annouced that their LTE network will go live  for Toronto on September 28th.  Toronto will be the second of four cities to receive LTE following Ottawa, with Montreal and Vancouver being added by the year’s end. Currently, Roger’s only LTE device is the Sierra Wireless Rocket Stick (AirCard 313U), but that’s about to change. Rogers revealed that five LTE devices will be available by the end of the year, which include the recently announced Samsung Galaxy S II LTE, Sierra Wireless AirCard754S, a yet to be named LTE enabled tablet, and an LTE HTC phone.

No word yet on monthly plan pricing for these smartphones, but huge news regardless!

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Looking for tablet apps? Look no further.

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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. ;)

Nexus S voice search bug fix coming this week

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Does your Nexus S voice search get stuck on? Does it just spontaneously activate? If so, you are not alone. This is a known bug, affecting the 850/1900/2100 MHz Nexus S, offered in Canada and on AT&T in the States. Reports of the issue have been appearing since May, but no fix has come.

Yesterday, a Google employee addressed the issue in the Google support forums, stating:

We plan to release an over-the-air update this week which includes a fix for this bug. I’ll post again once the OTA starts.

In the case of the Nexus, I guess bug fixes came second to getting the latest and greatest features.

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Motorola Defy+ coming to O2 Germany in September

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We reported on the new Motorola Defy+ earlier this month. The Defy+ looks to be pretty similar to the original Defy in construction but with some enhancements inside; namely a 1GHz processor and Gingerbread 2.3. The news here is that the Defy+ looks to be coming to O2 Germany in early September. If the above image from MobiFlip.de is to be believed, The Defy+ will look very similar to the original Defy. If you’re unfamiliar with Motorola’s Defy line of phones, they have the unique quality of being dust-proof and water resistant. We’ll let you know if we hear anymore.

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Samsung Vitality with Muve Music coming to Cricket

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If you remember the Samsung Admire, then the Vitality will no doubt look familiar. It’s a clone, rebranded for use on Cricket’s network. Like the Admire, the Vitality has an 800MHz CPU, 3.5” HGVA touchscreen, a 3.2MP camera and last but certainly not least, stock Gingerbread. Unlike its cousin however, the Vitality will also get Muve Music. The pricing and release date of the phone have yet to be announced but the requisite plan looks to be $65 per month. In case your unfamiliar with Muve, the service grants you access to unlimited song downloads, ringtones, and ringback tones.

[via Engadget]