Samsung Android Devices Are Coming, But When?

by Justin Routhier on
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Samsung denied the accuracy of a leaked road map last week which included several handset devices and tablets, though their statement of denial hardly closed the book on the matter. Rumors still continue over which models are real and although no more specs have been circulated since the denial, the Italian website Telefonino has provided us with some estimates of when we can expect to see these allusive devices launch:

  • The GT-I8150 (3.7-inch screen and 1.4-GHz single core chip) is said to launch the first week of October.
  • The GT-B5510 (2.8-inch screen) may see the light of day in mid-October, just a week before its petite little friend, the GT-S5610.
  • The GT-I9220 (720p screen) could arrive in late October.
  • The rumored Ice Cream Sandwich device, the GT-I9250 could feature a 720p high-def display and launch in late November/early December.
  • The GT-I9210 (4.5-inch WVGA display) is expected in the same late November/early December time period as the GT-I9250.

I take this all with a grain of salt for now, given the generous amount of rumors and complete lack of official confirmation, but I want to know what you think! Leave us a comment below.

[via pocketnow]

Xperia Ray Coming to Vodafone UK

by Justin Routhier on
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Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Ray will soon be landing on the Vodafone UK network according to a listing on Vodafone’s website. Pricing info is not yet available; however they say the device will be available in gold, so you can calm your anxiety on that one and they list a few other features too:

  • Powered by Android Gingerbread 2.3
  • Stunning Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine
  • 3.3″ screen with a display
  • 9.44mm thin
  • Full aluminum body
  • 8 mega-pixel camera

[via vodafone]

Super AMOLED HD Details May Contain Samsung Celox Clue

by Justin Routhier on
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Through improvements made to their manufacturing process and materials, Samsung has achieved the ability to produce a 4.5 inch 720p Super AMOLED HD display, with the requirement that it uses the old style RGBG PenTile matrix technology. Considering the Samsung Celox is said to launch with a 4.5 inch 1280×720 Super AMOLED HD screen with a PenTile matrix… well, I’ll let you put two and two together.

The next advancement would be to create a Super AMOLED HD with the production of an RGP stripe version. The Super AMOLED HD advancements could potentially allow the screen to be more visible in bright light and help make text and images appear more crisp by increasing the number of sub-pixels from eight to twelve.

What do you think? Are you expecting to be able to get hands-on with this technology anytime soon?

[via ac]

Sharp’s Android 2.3 “Yahoo Phone” To Be Released In Japan Next Month

by Justin Routhier on
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In a country that ranks Yahoo as its number one website, it seems to make good sense to create a “Yahoo Phone” doesn’t it? After all, designing android devices around customer’s favorite websites seems to be all the rage since we began seeing the HTC Status earlier this summer. Sharp is manufacturing the phone and it will be released next month under the mobile provider Softbank, the country’s third biggest carrier and whose majority shareholder happens to be Yahoo Japan.

Its many features include the Android 2.3 OS, a 4-inch LCD with qHD resolution (960 x 540), an 8MP CMOS camera, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi, a micro SDHC slot, a digital TV tuner, an e-wallet function and even infrared communications. The device will most likely come pre-installed with such Yahoo Japan services as Yahoo Japan Home, Yahoo Japan Auctions and Yahoo Loco. To sweeten the deal a little more, Softbank subscribers will become Yahoo Japan premium members for two years at no cost (a $9 value) and users can earn additional Yahoo Shopping points during that time also.

With plenty of solid corporate backing and a population chock full of Yahoo-using consumers, it seems like a no-brainer to me. What do you think? Leave us a comment below.

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Samsung Releases Magical Teaser Video for Mobile Unpacked Event

by Mitch Wright on
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When considering missing niches in the current smartphone market, it’s obvious that there’s a severe shortage in magically glowing phones. Samsung intends to correct this issue with an announcement at the upcoming Mobile Unpacked event at Berlin, Germany’s IFA. Apple was unavailable for comment, but it’s expected that they’ll follow suit with a magically “luminescent” phone, which is of course completely different.

In all seriousness, this little teaser video from Samsung has me curious as to what they’ve got up their sleeves. Phandroid makes a good point in mentioning the upcoming release of LTE in Germany, which would pave the way for a surprise LTE-infused Galaxy S II phone. Of course, at this point, it’s all rumor and conjecture, so we can only speculate on what mystery device is in the works, but we’ll be keeping our eyes out for any announcements. Video after the break.

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Verizon Losing Android Market Share, AT&T on the Rise

by Ryan Brooks on
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As I say every time that I review market statistics, we’ve seen a million different ways to prove how one provider is more successful than the next. While Chitika’s statistics don’t really provide anything we haven’t already seen, they do tell us that Verizon is slowly on the decline, and AT&T is on a definite rise. Verizon holds four of the five top smartphones (Droid X, HTC Droid Incredible, Samsung Fascinate, Droid), has hands-down the best service in the country, and provides excellent customer service. So, why does AT&T continue rise while Verizon loses market share? Perhaps the popularity of recent devices (like the HTC Inspire) or growing service area is the culprit, but this reviewer finds the numbers strange. If AT&T’s merge with T-Mobile is blessed, they are even set to overtake Sprint for a solid 2nd place. Here’s to hoping that with the increased user base comes more responsibility to the customer on AT&T’s part.

[via chitika]

Over Four Months Late, Verizon Will Finally Release the DROID BIONIC

by Ryan Brooks on
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Recognize this? Over a month ago we were teased by this ad for the DROID Bionic, to find that nothing ever became of it. Well, we now know where it was headed, as September’s Buyer’s Guide features the exact same mockup. We’ve heard that the Bionic could be released as early as the 26th, but we wouldn’t bet on it. With nearly 4 months worth of setbacks, this device has left doubt in this author’s mind. With 4 month’s time to work on it, Verizon had better ship this phone with no problems. And quick.

[via droid-life]

Google Reader for Android Update has New Look, Now Tablet Optimized

by David Laborde on
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Google Reader for Android has received an update that adds a new look & feel as well as optimization for tablets.

With new buttons at the upper right of every story, Google Reader makes it easier to share or star an article in your feed.   Additional changes include moving the  ”Mark Previous as Read”  into the Context menu (press and hold on an item to use this feature) and new transitions when browsing through articles one at a time.

The tablet optimization is a welcomed update for tablet owners who use Google Reader.  We should expect more applications to move in this direction as the number of tablet owners continue to increase.

The update is free for download at the source below or you can hit our apps database for the QR code.

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Spring Samsung Conquer 4G [Unboxing]

by Dustin Karnes on

The Sprint Samsung Conquer 4G: a great little mid-range Android device, running on Sprint’s 4G WiMax network. While this little ditty hasn’t been released yet, that doesn’t mean that we here at TalkAndroid can’t get our hands on it. This little guy sports an HVGA resolution screen, Android 2.3, a 1GHz CPU, and 3.2 MP camera on the back (plus a front-facing camera as well), and is sure to get the job done. Be sure to hit the break below to check out our unboxing of the device, and let us know what you think of it in the comments.

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Shareholder sues Motorla Mobility, Says Google underpaid

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John W. Keating, a Motorola Mobility shareholder, has sued Motorola Mobility, its CEO Sanjay Jha, nine members of its board of directors, and Google for failure to get a fair price on the Google acquisition.

In Keating’s own words:

“The offered consideration does not compensate shareholders for the company’s intrinsic value and stand-alone alternatives going forward, nor does it compensate shareholders for the company’s value as a strategic asset for Google.”

Is the $12.5 billion Google paid for a much needed patent portfolio (roughly 17,000), increased control of the Android Ecosystem, and an entryway into the hardware market an unfair price? The legal protection the patent portfolio brings alone would make it appear that Google did indeed get a good deal.

However, at $12.5 billion, Google paid about $40 per share, or 63% over Motorola Mobility’s August 12th closing price. It would seem odd to think that Motorola Mobility could get a 63% markup and still be unfairly priced, but its an opinion held by Keating and one he is taking the legal steps to pursue.

Keating’s complaint has been filed on behalf of all Motorola Mobility shareholders and he is seeking class action status for the lawsuit (in fact, he’s seeking an order to prevent the deal from completing). Neither Motorola Mobility nor Google has issued a reaction to the suit so far.

The case is Keating v. Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc., 11CH28854, in the Cook County, Illinois, Circuit Court, Chancery Division (Chicago).

via [zdnet]