Samsung Lands Trademark for “Galaxy Sleek” Name

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Could Samsung be getting ready to drop a new game-changing mobile device on us in the near future, possibly broadening their Galaxy line of masterpieces again? We hear in the US haven’t even gotten the chance yet to get our hands on the Galaxy Nexus and now reports are saying Sammy has nabbed a new Galaxy brand trademark, the “Galaxy Sleek.” The trademark name covers all devices from telephones, smartphones, mobile phones, and tablet computers, leaving one to wonder what could be next?

Absolutely no details are known at the moment other than Samsung has officially trademarked the name, “Galaxy Sleek.” If we go off other Galaxy devices we can only assume, whether tablet or phone, that this new device will most definitely be Android powered and sleek in appearance. However, just because Sammy got the rights to a new name that doesn’t guarantee that we will see a new addition to the Galaxy line for sure. Keep checking back because you can bet you will be the first to know once we hear more. Any guesses on what it could be?

[via Phandroid]

 

Sprint Epic 4G Touch Expected to Receive Cure for Los of Signal Bug and More

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Some of you Sprint Epic 4G Touch users have been experiencing an annoying bug causing you to loose signal when traveling in between coverage areas. Good news because apparently the issue has not gone unnoticed as Sprint and Samsung claim to have a fix in the works. The problem seems to arise when users are in spotty 3G and 4G coverage areas and has adopted the name “LoS” (Loss of Signal) Bug, and can usually be temporarily fixed by rebooting. As you can imagine, this is not an acceptable fix from a consumers standpoint and thankfully not one that Sprint and Samsung will live with. » Read the rest

Contest: Win one of five 3-month subscriptions to Slacker Premium Radio

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There are so many ways to listen to music with your computer or phone, but when you don’t want to have a database or cloud storage, Slacker Radio can’t be beat. Even the free version gives you so many options, but where Slacker really excels is with the premium subscription which makes any artist or song, from the library of over 8 million songs, on demand. That’s right, you can not only customize your stations the way you want, but you can listen to whatever you want whenever you want. That includes music, sports, news, and comedy.

At $9.99 per month it’s a steal, but how about 3 months free? The folks over at Slacker were kind enough to give us five 3-month subscriptions for our readers. It’s quite simple, just head over to our forum contest thread (link below) and tell us why you think Slacker is the best music app. Get your entry in by Thursday, December 1 at 11:59pm EST. We will pick five random winners and let you know on Friday, December 2. Good luck!!!

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New Verizon Map List Out: DROID Bionic $199 On-Contract

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With today’s fancy new phones on the market, i.e. the Razr and soon-to-be (here’s hoping) Galaxy Nexus, it’s only a matter of time before the “Phone to rule all phones” becomes seasoned and drops in price. Well it appears that this is the case and Verizon is dropping the price to the DROID Bionic to $199 on-contract or $100 dollars less than two months ago.

Other noteworthy items include the original Xoom on sale for the holiday price of $199.99. It may stay that way so that Verizon can unload original Xoom before the new Motorola tablet arrives. The Nexus appears to be going for the $299.99 price most new Verizon flagship phones go for.

[via Droid Life]

Game Of The Year World Of Goo Officially Available For Android

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Android gamers have another reason to celebrate. The highly popular Wii game World of Goo is now available for Android devices. How popular is the game? It’s popular enough to garner numerous “Game of the Year” awards. What took so long for the game to be ported to Android is anyone’s guess. But hey, better late than never right?

In case you’re not familiar– the game is built on the premise of using “Goo” to create things. You have to use the “Goo” to create bridges, cannonballs and other tomfoolery in order to complete objectives. Believe me– there are lots of objectives, so the gameplay doesn’t get stale. Hit the break for some screenshots of the game as well as the Market links and QR codes for both the full and demo versions. » Read the rest

White AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket Coming Soon

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Although it hasn’t been confirmed yet by AT&T, a white version of the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket should be landing soon at an AT&T retailer near you.

The recent addition to Samsung’s product page outs the white variant as a clearly marked AT&T device. The white GSII Skyrocket will presumably have the same specs as the black version; a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, LTE connectivity and much, much more that can be found in our initial hands on review.

If this looks like something you might be interested in, than I would hold out from buying another device as I imagine we will see an official announcement from AT&T rather soon. Besides, it’s only a wintery wonderland for a short while and what better time to announce a snowy white phone?

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Google Catalog App Now Available for Android Tablets

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Just in time for Christmas shopping, Google announces the newest addition to its slew of useful apps, Google Catalogs. Now available for Android tablets, I repeat tablets (not smartphones), Google Catalogs bring the stores to your lap by providing beautiful and interactive catalogs from some of the biggest stores you love.

Google has managed to combine over 400 different catalogs from some of the more popular stores and combined them into one searchable app. You can browse through each individual catalog, or if you have a particular item in mind, you can execute a search across every available retailer. The pages are often interactive, allowing you to hover over an item form more details or sometimes clicking the item will show available options. Once you find an item you are interested in, you can even make an online purchase without ever leaving the app, not to mention your house. Some people compare it to the experience of the Google Shopper app but this new app is more laid out like a real paper catalogue. » Read the rest

Korean Galaxy Note Gets LTE, Heading to the US?

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If you thought the Samsung Galaxy Note was something special, well, than the addition of LTE compatibility should make it even that much more intriguing. In case you hadn’t heard, Samsung just announced the LTE version of the Galaxy Note and is expected to land in South Korea sometime soon, with the possibility of a US appearance not completely out of the question.

With its 5.3-inch Super AMOLED screen, the Note has been a well received device in Europe and as it often happens with international devices, us stateside folks seem to be a bit jealous that we don’t have access to Sammy’s stylus toting beast. Word has been a flyin’, claiming that the US will eventually get their own rendition of the Galaxy Note but nothing we have seen yet leads us to believe a US appearance would happen anytime soon, until today. » Read the rest

Nexus S and Galaxy S Receive Early Build Of CyanogenMod 9

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We didn’t think it would take too long before the creators of CyanogenMod got………creative.  Since the Android 4.0 source code release, the team has been hard at work and now we’re seeing the blood sweat and tears begin to manifest into fruition. Early alpha builds of CyanogenMod9 for the Samsung Galaxy S and the Nexus S are surfacing and certainly showing some promise.  The build is doing well so far per Koushik Dutta, CM9′s initial developer.  He also states that as the build is performing well, it’s stable enough to become a “daily driver-type ROM”.  Video playback and MMS are experiencing some issues but otherwise it’s still a good build for Nexus S.

In regards to the Galaxy S, a beta version of CM9 made its way to the folks over at XDA and you can download it now to try.  The ROM is being touted as “functional” with the exception of some minor but important issues.  For instance, the Galaxy S version has been known to completely wipe users’ SD cards.  So keep in mind you’re attempting this at your own risk.  If you’re still interested in giving it a go, you can head on over to XDA via the source thread and try your luck.  Good luck and don’t forget to report back on how well the builds are working on your respective devices.

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Rumor: Verizon Customer Service Confirms Both Pre-Order and Launch Dates for Galaxy Nexus, Remain Skeptical

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What would Cyber Monday be without rumored technology releases? However, I must say that I am sick of these release date rumors for the Galaxy Nexus. My sentiment is that my Razr will see Ice Cream Sandwich before the Nexus sees its launch; at least at the rate we’re going right now. However, the folks over at Droid Life have found an article from ComputerWorld suggesting that the Galaxy Nexus will be seeing the rumored December 8th launch it’s supposed to have and confirms the December release time frame. Pre-orders should start tomorrow if this information is correct. To quote the article from ComputerWorld on the rant of someone who was fed up with the wait, Mike “micdawg” Peak:

Last week I sent an email to Verizon letting them know how disgusted I was with the way they have handled the launch of the galaxy nexus. After multiple emails back and forth…I got a text message saying “this is[name redacted] from Verizon wireless I will be calling in a couple minutes from a 678 area code number”.

When she called me I explained to her my issues. … She then said “Well Mr. Peak, I can assure you, it won’t be long.  Preorders are set to start Tuesday (November 29th). And the phone will be released Dec. 8th.” She also then said she was going to get ahold of my local store to make sure they called me as soon as they got one in, and held one for me to ensure I got one in the first Wave.  Which I thought sounded like ********. But low and behold, Saturday night around 6pm I got a call from the Verizon store 1 town over (she apparently didn’t Google the closest..) and they have my name down and are saving me a nexus, and will hold it for 2 days past release for me.”

I would remain skeptical at this point as this isn’t straight from the Verizon PR department itself. Some believe that the wait for a release is in part due to the volume rocker bug that folks in the UK are having. Like it was said before, Samsung is working on a fix. One thing is for certain; with the amount of time Verizon is taking to release this, most of the issues they are having with the phone should be corrected.

With that being said, I wouldn’t hold my breath until Verizon comes out and says one way or another. What about you guys? Tired of hearing the Galaxy Nexus release date rumors yet?

[via ComputerWorld by Droid Life]