Best Buy Holding President’s Day Sale, Offering Deals On Plenty Of Devices

President’s Day is around the corner, and that means deals! This coming President’s Day, Best Buy is holding a few offers on some Android devices, including a buy one get one offer on the Droid RAZR. If you buy a black Droid RAZR ($149 on a 2-year contract), you’ll receive a second for just $49.99. On top of that, any smartphone from AT&T or Verizon can be activated free of charge (with a qualifying contract).

If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, or you’re in the market for a tablet device, Best Buy is also giving out $50 gift cards with the purchase of a 16GB Galaxy Tab 8.9 or 10.1. Best Buy is also offering $100 off any broadband mobile device when packaged with a laptop, netbook, tablet, e-reader or gaming console. If you’re a Sprint user, fret not, as Best Buy is throwing you a free HTC Evo Design 4G on a 2-year contract.

Are any of our TalkAndroid readers going to take advantage of these offers? Let us know!

source: android guys

SwiftKey X Announces 5 Million Downloads, On Sale This Weekend Only

If you were to ask me what my favorite 3rd party keyboard is, I wouldn’t hesitate when answering. It’s Swiftkey X, hands down. In case you haven’t hear about SwiftKey, it’s a keyboard replacement that has a powerful prediction engine based on your typing history. The app has the ability to monitor what you type on email, Twitter, Facebook and even your very own blog, creating personalized prediction that will save you tons of keystrokes. Available for both tablets and smartphones, SwiftKey X is the new and improved version of the OG SwiftKey.

TouchType Ltd., the creators of SwiftKey, are currently celebrating over 5 million downloads and wanted to offer discounted rates for those who have yet to download one of their applications. Along with the weekend-only sale, they have updated the apps to feature additional language support and more, there is now support for over 35 languages. What’s more, SwiftKey announced that the apps prediction engine has saved users over 35 billion keystrokes, thats’s over 400 years of typing!

If you have yet to use one of SwiftKey’s apps, I highly recommend you take advantage of this 25% off sale. It only lasts through this weekend so you better jump on it! Hit the source link below to choose from the selection of SwiftKey keyboards, and be sure to let us know what you think.

source: Android Market

 

Motorola Droid X software update incoming


 

Owners of the Motorola Droid X might want to start hitting the ‘check now’ button in the system updates menu as Verizon has just released the change-log for the impending 4.5.621 update.

The OTA update is set to bring a number of bug fixes and systems enhancements to improve on the device’s previous gingerbread update. Highlights include browser improvements, music player stability, improved OTA push as well as the promise of less memory issues and force closes.

It may not be as exciting as an update to ICS however there are certainly some major improvements worth getting your hands on. The update weighs in at 15MB and should only take 5-15 minutes to download.

Check out the change-log as well as a handy guide on how to install in the link below.

 

source : verizon

Spanish transport strike to hit Mobile World Congress

Here at TalkAndroid, it would be an understatement to say we’re excited about the forthcoming World Mobile Congress in Barcelona. We’re also extremely jealous of you lucky people who will be over in Spain enjoying the event as it unfolds. We do however have one word advice before you hit the road for Barcelona, you might want to pack a map with your sun-cream.

The main public transportation operator in Barcelona, the TMB is set to strike from 27th February to 1st March. The strike is set to effect all major bus and metro routes in Barcelona and with an expected 60,000 attendees, the strike will surely have a significant impact on travel for the week.

World Mobile Congress organizers GSMA are confident that the show will go on without too many problems. There is a comprehensive contingency plan in place that can be quickly implemented should the planned strikes go ahead.

For those who don’t already use it, perhaps now is a good time to familiarize yourself with the wonderful Google Maps Navigation. You just might need it!

Check out the statement from GSMA.

 

The metro and bus workers from TMB, the main public transport operator in the metropolitan area of Barcelona, have announced plans to strike during Mobile World Congress which will be held 27th February through 1st March 2012.

The GSMA has senior executives in Barcelona and they have been meeting regularly with government officials from the City of Barcelona, Catalonia Regional Government, Spanish Ministry of Industry, the Fira and the various police authorities since the strike was first announced. The GSMA has advised the government authorities that they should do everything to avert the strike and we have been assured that negotiations are ongoing in order to try and resolve the issues.

In the event the parties do not reach agreement, comprehensive contingency plans are in place to ensure that all participants of the Mobile World Congress have unfettered access to and from the Fira during all days of the event. We will announce the details of those contingency plans as necessary should the strike take place. The GSMA remains confident that the issues will be resolved and that there will be little, if any, impact to the Mobile World Congress.

Further, the Barcelona government has offered the GSMA its strong assurances that Mobile World Congress attendees will not be affected and all participants will be able to arrive and depart the event safely and without disruption.

Poor performing SD cards to blame for smartphone lag?

Is there anything more frustrating than purchasing the latest and greatest smartphone, booting up and loading all your favourite applications only to find that performance is sluggish. You took the time to ensure that your new pride and joy has the latest dual core processor, more RAM than you could ever need and a state of the art GPU yet still certain processes show notable lag. Well according to recent research from the Georgia Institute of Technology and NEC Corp, it may well be your flash memory that’s to blame.

The research tested 16GB cards from eight of the leading flash card manufacturers using several leading Android handsets. The tests covered the use of popular applications such as WebBench Browser, Facebook, Android Email, Google Maps, App Install, Pulse News Reader and RLBench SQLite. Results showed that performance over WiFi declined on average between 100% to 300% with one test showing a shocking 2000% decrease in performance.

Hyojun Kim, a Ph.D. student in the College of Computing at Georgia Tech, stated “A good chunk of time for users is spent waiting for websites to load … [and for] applications to load, why would anyone want to see a 20-second wait time on their phone, particularly if the network is not the problem,”  Kim and his team working hard to find a solution to the problem, one path they’re exploring is the use of phase-change random access memory (PRAM) to store performance critical data. On the subject of PRAM, Kim stated “We find that changes to the storage subsystem can significantly improve user experience; our pilot solutions demonstrate possible benefits and serve as references for deployable solutions in the future”

So there we have it, perhaps there is some logic to the omission of SD card expansion slots in recent, flagship smartphones. For those of you who just can’t live without that expandable memory slot, check out the test results below.

 

source : computerworld

 

Archos Announces Arnova 8b G2 – A Buttonless 8″ Value Tablet

Archos is known for their low-cost tablet options, and their Arnova line is one of the most affordable. Remember when they were giving away an Arnova 10 G2 tablet when subscribing to a digital Philadelphia newspaper? Well Archos just announced a new 8″ slate called the Arnova 8b G2. This is essentially a small update to the Arnova 8 G2. The listed specs are as follows:


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Google’s Slide-to-Unlock Patent Filing from 2010 Published

In the back-and-forth patent battles between Apple and Android manufacturers, Apple was recently the latest victor when the German courts ruled in favor of the fruity-monikered empire, with Motorola being the casualty, and slide-to-unlock caught in the middle. This time, Google may be firing the next shot by getting a patent published that was filed in 2010. This patent clearly states it’s a slide-to-unlock concept. An excerpt from the abstract reads:


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Samsung’s New Stylish SD Cards More Than Just Looks

You know it’s happened to you. You’re at a party, and the cute girl across the room is pointing at you and laughing. Yup. She saw your ugly SD card. How embarrasing. If only someone would make a hip, stylish SD card you could be proud of.

Well, your wait is over, my friends. Samsung has just announced a new line of fancy brushed-metal SD and microSD cards. Yes! And you know what else? They’re actually more than just beauty. This new series contains seven models ranging from 2GB to 32GB in capacity, and with up to 24MB/sec read speeds. They are part of Samsung’s  High Speed Series and Plus Extreme Speed Series.

They are also waterproof, shockproof, and magnet proof. Wait, what? Yes, these are virtually indestructible, and when they are carrying some of your most important information around, that’s a good, safe feeling (sorry, non-SD card carrying Galaxy Nexus owners). Get all the sexy details in the press release, after the break.

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Foxconn to Manufacture Kindle Fire 2 – Release Expected May or June

Looks like Foxconn will be an OEM behind the upcoming Kindle Fire 2. With this decision, Amazon also takes on selection and certification of the components that will be used. Hopefully this proves beneficial to consumers. It will undoubtedly lower the cost per unit for Amazon. The original Kindle, maufactured by Quanta,  was based on the existing design for the Blackberry Playbook. As we know, this ultimately led to Amazon losing money on each unit, but it appears to have been worth it in the long run. With full control over what will make up the Kindle Fire 2, Amazon should be able to keep it cheap without damaging their profit margins. So far all signs point to a formal unveil soon with a possible launch for the device beginning in May.

source: TheChinaTimes
via: UnwiredView 

Samsung Continuum Getting Android 2.2.2 Froyo Update

Samsung Continuum owners are getting some update love today in the form of two updates. The first update upgrades Android to Froyo itself (software version EB01) and the second update includes some improvements, one of which is the ability to run Flash Player 10.1. The phone arrived late 2010, and if you own one of these interesting phones I’m sure you thought all hope for an update was lost. But finally you can be excited! Even if it is only Froyo. And 2012. Official update notes after the break.


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