Panasonic Announces Two New “Rugged Strength” BizPad Android Tablets

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Panasonic has made an official announcement for their two new BizPad Android tablets that targets business consumers with a need for a “rugged strength” device while on the go. Protections the tab offers include water, dust and shock resistance to ensure your business doesn’t come to a screeching halt while you’re away from the office. Plus, expanding the device’s power is made easier with an interchangeable battery pack for those extended business activities. Additional features include:

  • IC card reader/writer IC (in accordance with NFC)
  • Enhanced security features
  • Runs Android Honeycomb 3.2
  • Optional 3G

Panasonic’s 7-inch JT-580VT Series will be available this December and their 10.1-inch JT-581VT Series should be released in January; the cost of each has yet to be firmed up.

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Gameloft Will Offer A Free Android HD Game Everyday This Weekend

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Gameloft is running a great promotion that offers a Free Android HD game during a mysteriously as yet unpublished two-hour period each day this weekend. Gamers are urged to visit thier UK Facebook voting app to have a voice on which games will be offered for free. After the winning games are chosen, sometime between 12PM-6PM on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the games will be officially announced via Gameloft’s Facebook/Twitter pages and discounted to the delightful price of zero.

Please note: This offer is for UK residents only and may result in prolonged ignoring of family and friends all weekend. Hit the break for all the links you’ll need to stay updated.

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Samsung To Dodge European Sales Ban With Device Upgrades

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If you’ve been following any of the on-going twenty or more patent lawsuits between Samsung and Apple, you may be well aware of the Dutch ruling back in August that found the Galaxy S, S II and Ace model smartphones to be in breach of an Apple patent relating to a method of scrolling through pictures. Luckily for Samsung, this ruling also exonerated the company of infringement on nine other patents filed as part of the same suit by Apple in an effort to stop the sale of their competitor’s devices across Europe.

Based on those findings, the Dutch court imposed a sales injuction on the incriminated models with a grace period for Samsung to address the lone infringement by this Friday, October 14th. Now, just days before the end of that period, a Samsung spokesman has relayed a message confirming that upgrades have been made that will enable them to avoid the ban of sales in many European countries:

“We’ve fixed the technological problem and upgraded products to address the issue. They will be shortly available for sale,” ~ James Chung (Samsung spokesman)

There’s no word yet on launch dates for the devices, but at least a launch date does exist somewhere on the horizon. This is in direct contrast to their Galaxy Tab 10.1 which presently awaits a similarly contemptuous sales ban request by Apple in Australia, an important ruling that should come down later today.

[via reuters]

Photos Taken From DROID RAZR Discovered On Google Picasa

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Just a few short days after those Galaxy Nexus pictures surfaced on Google Picasa, photos taken from a DROID RAZR have been discovered on the site as well. If you’re a fan of candid floral snapshots and kitchen countertops, I’m sure you’ll enjoy both of these apparent 6MP (widescreen) images posted by two different Moto employees within the last week.

[via droidlife]

PhoneGuard launches app suite aimed at stopping texting while driving

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Yesterday, PhoneGuard launched a new application suite in the Android Market that provides “Personal Security” and “Text Responsibly” platforms for mobile phones. The PhoneGuard app suite provides free and paid apps that are designed to not only keep teens safe while driving, but can be used by businesses alike. By disabling all keyboard functions when traveling over 10mph, PhoneGuard will make sure drivers focus on the road instead of their cellphone.

With their new slogan, “It’s your life. Drive it”, the Company’s product strategy will evolve around three separate and distinct product offerings targeted at teens, parents, and enterprise customers. “The team is excited to bring the PhoneGuard application suite to market and provide personal security and responsible texting options to multiple audiences,” said Keith St. Clair, PhoneGuard Chairman of the Board and CEO. “The features are robust and appealing to families, teens and businesses, all of whom are focused on staying safe on the road.”

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Samsung announces Enterprise Alliance Program

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On the heels of yesterday’s announcement of SAFE, Samsung announced the Samsung Enterprise Alliance Program which is an enterprise mobility ecosystem for Samsung and its enterprise solution partners. The program will allow enterprise solution partners to implement their solutions on Samsung mobile devices more efficiently.

There are four tiers of membership and depending on what tier, enterprise partners are provided with technical support for solution development on Samsung mobile devices, joint marketing and sales support through Samsung’s enterprise mobility website, and enterprise mobility focused events to ultimately develop business opportunities together.

“The Samsung Enterprise Alliance Program is a true testament to Samsung’s growing and influential enterprise presence and our dedication to facilitating a cooperative environment for our business-to-business partners,” said Ken Daniels, Sr. Director of Strategic Alliances at Samsung Telecommunications America. “Our new program aims to not only redefine the relationships between Samsung and its enterprise partners, but in doing so, to ultimately enhance the experience of employees and consumers who utilize our enterprise-ready devices.”

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Final version of Google TV SDK went live

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Back in August, Google released a preview build for the Google TV SDK, and we are happy to announce the final version went live yesterday.

The differences between the two builds are minor, but the Action Bar is now horizontal like Honeycomb tablets. They also added additional on-screen quick access keys for picture-in-picture, fast forward, and channel buttons.

Now that we have the final version we should see some really nice development. I am excited to see what Google TV becomes with the Honeycomb update.

[via googletv]

ViewSonic ViewPad 10e might be headed to the UK and Netherlands

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ViewSonic has been going tablet crazy with the ViewPad 7x, ViewPad 7e, and ViewPad 10pro. Now it looks like they are gearing up to release the ViewPad 10e which will sport a 9.7-inch (1024 x 768) IPS display, a 1.3MP camera, and is only 9mm thick. Incidentally the screen size is the same as the TouchPad and iPad 2.

We don’t have anything else to go on, but it will run Gingerbread and it won’t be a dual-OS setup like the 10pro. We are not sure when it will be available, but it will be fairly priced at €250 ($340).

[via engadget and portablegear]

Duke Nukem 3D coming to Android thanks to Tapjoy and MachineWorks Northwest

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Do you remember playing Duke Nukem twenty years ago? That wise-cracking, cigar-chomping, woman-loving tough guy is coming to Android soon. Tapjoy, Inc. has partnered with MachineWorks Northwest to bring Duke Nukem 3D to Android.

The partnership is part of the Tapjoy Android Fund which is designed to bring top-quality mobile games and applications to the Android platform.

Duke Nukem 3D is the third installment of the series and is set in Los Angeles, “sometime in the early 21st century.” Your job is to use increasingly sophisticated weapons to defeat aliens and mutated humans from taking over the world. Duke Nukem 3D might be the third installment of the series, but it’s the first time a Duke Nukem game has made its way to the Android market.

You can expect to see Duke Nukem soon (possibly next week), and it will be compatible with both smartphones and tablets running Android 2.1 or better.

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LG P930 LTE Mystery Phone Clears FCC with AT&T Destination

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LG had phone clear the FCC today with bands that indicate an AT&T final destination. Not much else is known about the phone, other than the fact that it was mentioned in LG’s user agent profile database with a high-definition screen with full 1280 x 720 resolution. Nothing to sneeze at for sure, assuming the other device specs line up with the high-end screen. Regarding the bands that were mentioned, we’re looking at the 850 and 1900 bands of the GSM variety, WCDMA bands II and V, LTE bands 4 and 17. The 1900 band would also make use of T-Mobile’s network, given a successful Given the tests run on the device, we also know that the P930 is definitely not a tablet, unless LG has other ideas of usable phone size. Other than that, time will tell what kind of device this ends up being. We’ll keep you in the loop, so stay tuned to TalkAndroid.

[via wirelessgoodness, original source: fcc]