Samsung Galaxy S II is already outpacing original Galaxy S

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Nobody can disagree with the fact that the Samsung Galaxy S was one of the most successful Android phones in terms of sales. When the Galaxy S II was announced, we knew it was also going to be successful, but could they improve on those unbelievable numbers? So far, the answer is yes as it took them 55 days to sell their first 3 million units. The original Galaxy S took an extra month to accomplish the same total. Now all they need is to get Apple off their backs.

Press release after the break.

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Focus on Community: Customize Sense Launcher without Root

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It has long been the understanding that if you wanted to customize or mod your launcher on the Evo you would need to either root your phone to mod the Sense launcher or choose another launcher from the Market (ADW, LauncherPro, etc). What if you like Sense, you just want to change it a bit to fit you? 4×5 setup. Transparent app drawer. Nothing big, just small corrections. You know you need to root. Even worse, you’re stuck with the 4.24 OTA update for the Evo where an exploitable root hasn’t been found yet. Uh oh. Game over, right? Not exactly. Radical thinker and modder extraordinaire tommytomatoe has found a way to edit your Sense Rosie without needing root. “You can’t do that!!!” you might be thinking. Pfft. He just did that. » Read the rest

Google movie rentals may be coming to phones soon [Video]

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Google showed off their movie rental service back in May at I/O, but only launched it for the XOOM. It was originally supposed to be for Honeycomb 3.1 devices, but non of the other Honeycomb 3.1 devices have access to it.

We do have an interesting development as some people saw the application in the Android Market briefly last night and were able to download it. Looks like they may be making this a widespread application soon. Of course, it will only be available for non rooted devices. No word on availability, but we will let you know as soon as we hear more. Check out the video of it running on a Nexus S after the break.

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Quick Look at Today’s Free Amazon App: aTilt 3D Labyrinth [Hands on Video]

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aTilt 3D Labyrinth is featured today on Amazon as the free app of the day.

Here’s a labyrinth maze game with an emphasis on realistic physics, 3D graphics, and a top-notch gaming experience. Tilt your way through more than 250 levels, navigating walls and dodging holes.

It is very simple to play and the physics are outstanding. Check out our quick hands on video:

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App features:

  • Navigate past walls, rotating walls, and holes by tilting the game screen
  • Adjust tilt sensitivity, calibration, and board movement to fit your playing style
  • Watch the game’s 3D perspective shift realistically as you tilt the device
  • Create and share your own new maps with aTilt’s online level editor
  • Share scores with other players through the OpenFeint social gaming platform

It is regularly priced at $2.99, but free today so head over to Amazon and download it.

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Updated: Skyfire Web Browser 4.0, Honeycomb bug fixes and more

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Skyfire is hands down my favorite mobile Android browser, and today has been updated. With features like, Facebook Quickview, Like button, Flash video w/alerts, Fireplace Feed Reader, Popular pages, and Twitter integration all on Skyfire’s customizable and unique Skybar, this browser stand out from all the rest.

If you own a Honeycomb tablet, you will especially be interested in these recent changes, as many of them apply to Android 3.0, the tablet designed mobile operating system. Check out the graphic below as it lists the latest Skyfire improvements.

Did the Droid Bionic just pass through the FCC?

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The Droid Bionic has been a long drawn out saga. It was supposed to be out at the beginning of the 2nd quarter, then it was cancelled, and it was eventually replaced by a completely different device. We are expecting it to launch this summer and it looks like it is getting closer.

A Motorola device with LTE and CDMA just passed though the FCC yesterday. Although we cannot confirm for sure that it is indeed the Droid Bionic, we know of no other Motorola LTE phone. The big question is when will it be released?  The Droid 3 passed through the FCC June 15th and the launch is July 14th. The Droid X2 was a little longer. We should see this dual-core LTE beast released somewhere between July 28th and August 18th.

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Motorola Droid 3 launching July 14th, direct fill starts July 7th

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We reported last week that it was possible that the Droid 3 would launch on July 14th because of a leaked image of the Best Buy inventory screen.

Well it looks like this is going to hold. It will first become available via direct fill starting next Thursday, July 7th, and the full retail launch will be July 14th. There is still not been an official announcement from Verizon or Motorola, but expect that soon. Pricing will be made available then. I will be shocked if it isn’t $199 with a 2-year contract.

Droid 3 specs include a QWERTY 5-row keyboard, dual-core processor, 1080P recording, front and back cameras, and 16GB internal storage.

[via droid-life]

Path for Android hits Public Beta

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Path has seen somewhat moderate success as an iOS only app. The app is for you phone picture enthusiasts out there. It’s a service that allows you to upload only picture taken from phone (no, you can’t cheat and upload any pictures you put on your phone) and share them with your friends. Unlike similar products, for some reason Path limits you to only 50 friends. Regardless, Path is a decently popular app for iOS and the Path team has said they are interested in developing it for Android (and keeping it up to par with its iOS counterpart). Here’s what the app (so far) allows. » Read the rest

Flight Track travel app gets an update for Honeycomb tablets

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If you ever need to keep track of your flights and get real-time flight information such as delays, cancellations or find another flight, this application will do it for you. This is certainly a must have for the frequent flyer. There’s even the Pro version which will include live itinerary updated, importing your flight information from TripIt.

Well the developer Mobiata has made some changes to the Flight Track app on the Honeycomb tablets for all you globetrotter’s. You can hit the link to download the latest updated version from the Android Market. Get it now for improved Honeycomb usability!

[via androidcentral]