Samsung rolls out Media Hub Beta for users of AT&T Galaxy S II, Receive $25 voucher towards content

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The Samsung Media Hub allows you to watch thousands of movies and TV shows on your Samsung Galaxy S series smartphone or Galaxy Tab. Samsung just rolled out the Beta version of Media Hub for AT&T Galaxy S II users. It lets you watch select movies and TV shows not only on your Galaxy S II, but also on any 2011 Smart TV via the Media Hub Beta application.

Upon signing up you will receive a $25 voucher that can be used within the Media Hub Beta app. At the conclusion of the program, you will receive a short survey so you can provide feedback. Hit the source link to sign up.

Samsung plans on adding a series of new services to the Media Hub program, so this is just the tip of the iceberg.

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Quick Hands-On Review Of The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 (Video)

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As many of you know, Samsung recently held an event in New York unveiling their US edition of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 where we were able to get a quick hands-on before they allowed us to bring one of these bad boys home to play with.  If you haven’t already, check out our unboxing of the device here.  The super thin tablet is a happy medium for those desiring more than a 7-inch tab but not quite wanting a 10.1-inch device.  The tablet weighs in at just 447 grams and is super thin at 8.6mm beating out the iPad 2.  With an 8.9-inch WXGA (1280 x 800) display sporting gorilla glass and a Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core CPU under the hood, this device is sure to capture the hearts of many.  Its battery life is unprecedented thanks to its whopping 6100 mAH battery.  The device launches with Android Honeycomb 3.1 with an updated version of the Samsung TouchWiz UX overlay and compliments the OS with a nice delicate balance.  Not too intrusive and not too transparent.  The Galaxy Tab 8.9 has all of the bells and whistles one could expect just like its big brother the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and will run you $469 for a 16 gig model and $569 for the 32 gig.  Unfortunately, there is no support for sd cards as there is no sd card slot available on the device, so choose your model accordingly. In addition, this is a WiFi only device so a hot-spot is required at all times.  Furthermore, there is still only just a 3 meg camera accompanied by a single LED flash.   » Read the rest

Honeycomb 3.2 rolling out for Dell Streak 7

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It has been exactly a month since we reported that Dell was going to push out the Honeycomb 3.2 update to the Dell Streak 7 tablet. Today, it was reported that some UK Streak 7 owners have already successfully received the software update. As with all major Android updates, Honeycomb for the Streak 7 will surely roll out in stages to keep any unsuspected glitches to a minimum. As long as users are reporting a trouble free HC experience, all devices should see the upgrade soon. Keep your eyes open for an over-the-air update notification and be sure to let us know when you get it. Happy Honeycombing!

[via EuroDroid]

(Deal) Amazon Wireless offering AT&T Galaxy S II for $149.99

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Yes, that’s right! Amazon Wireless is selling the AT&T version of the most popular Android device for only $149.99. If you’re reading this I am almost positive you know about the specs on this bad boy, in case you need a refresher, check out the quick video walkthrough. To qualify for the deal you must be eligible for an upgrade or sign a new 2 year contract. Currently, the device is backordered and the ship time is 1-2 weeks.

Now is your chance to get a smokin’ deal on one of the greatest Android devices available, as long as you don’t mind a little wait. For details or to place an order punch the link below.

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HTC Holiday (aka Raider 4G) Hitting Canada This Year

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The HTC Holiday, also going by the name Raider 4G, should defiantly be coming to Canada before the end of 2011. The Raider could be hitting both Bell Mobility and Rogers and it’s unknown if either will have this device as an exclusive. Reports say the Raider could hit Canada as early as November, so be on the lookout for any news right here. Anyone looking to grab this 4G powerhouse rocking a 1.5GHz dual-core and a 4.5-inch screen?

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Court will hear from Verizon and T-Mobile in Samsung patent case, tells Apple to be quiet

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On Wednesday, September 28th, T-Mobile joined forces with Verizon and filed an amicus brief in the Apple vs. Samsung case over the design of the Galaxy line of tablets and phones. The original suit was filed in April and covers seven utility patents, three design patents, several iOS app icons, and a number of design aspects of the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and product packaging. Wether or not the court would hear arguments from the two major carriers was a concern and ultimately a decision made only by the judge.

Last Friday, despite rebuttals from Apple, judge Lucy H. Koh decided that the court will in fact review the briefs submitted by Verizon and T-Mobile. Koh even denied Apple’s request to be heard in court regarding the newly approved amicus. The briefs are in Sammy’s favor and will luckily be considered during the proposed preliminary injunction in which Apple could ultimately seek to ban the import of select Samsung devices.

In the meantime, Apple and Samsung will battle in court and Koh’s decision on the injunction will follow on October 13th. It’s hard to say if Verizon and T-Mobile’s input will help to avoid the proposed injunction, but it’s nice to know that someone has Samsung’s back.

How would you feel if your precious Sammy devices were banned from entering the U.S.?  Feel free to let us know in the comments below.

[via androidpolice]

Quick Look At Today’s Free Amazon App: Thumb Keyboard

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Up today free from the Amazon Appstore is a keyboard replacement called Thumb Keyboard. I can’t say enough awesome things about this keyboard, but I’ll at least give you a few hot features I love. First of all, this is the first keyboard replacement I’ve used that hasn’t lagged. There is usually a bit a of lag when typing fast and hitting the space bar, but I haven’t experienced any with this on my Droid X so far. What really sealed the deal for this keyboard was it’s ability to set different layouts for portrait and landscape modes. I absolutely love the split keyboard in landscape with slightly wider keys where I feel much less cramped. There are also a ton of themes to download and more than enough options for customization. Grab it while it’s free as this may be the best keyboard replacement out there. Unfortunately, I’m not able to test this on a tablet, but I would guess it functions just as fantastic there as it does on my smartphone.

This keyboard will normally cost you $2.53, so grab it while it’s free from the Amazon Appstore. If not using the Appstore, you can grab the download here by entering your email address or phone number in the upper right hand corner for a download link.  Be sure to have the “unknown sources” box checked off under Settings —>Applications on your Android device. Check out the video after the break and let us know what you think.

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ViewSonic’s Viewpad 7x Hits The FCC, On Track For October Release

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The Viewpad 7x Android Honeycomb tablet that was announced by ViewSonic at the Berlin IFA conference back in early September has now made its way through the FCC, scoring wins with both its WiFi and Bluetooth capabilities. Word is that you’ll see the device sold for $379 when it is made available later this month. Let’s give the specs a look:

  • Runs Android 3.2
  • Dual-core 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor
  • 7-inch 1024×600 resolution
  • Front 2MP camera/ 5MP rear cam
  • 8GB of internal storage

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HTC Sense Security Scare – Should you be worried?

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So maybe you’ve heard that HTC has a bit of a security issue on its hands. Should you be worried? Let us take a moment to explain the situation and asses its severity to you.

Here’s the situation. When you initially set up a Sense enabled phone you’re presented with multiple preference choices. Specifically, your preference on HTC’s right to collect data from your device is the root of the problem, in this case. When you allow HTC to collect data, you give them the right to record things like what apps you use, where and how you use them, your account names, location, and call logs. It’s no secret that apps exist in the market that collect data such as this, but that’s just the problem. It’s no secret because those apps are required to express what permissions they require. In a somewhat similar fashion you voluntarily allow HTC those permissions when you check the box but they aren’t required to be explicitly expressed because Sense is essentially the operating system, rather than just an app. Alright, so despite how all that sounds, that isn’t the problem. The problem is that HTC has failed to sandbox their collected data meaning that currently the data is potentially accessible to other apps without them having to expressly declare permissions for collecting and using it.

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The HTC Hero Gets Some Sense 3.5 Love [Courtesy of XDA]

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One of my favorite things about the developer community, primarily the folks over at XDA, is the fact that thanks to their blood sweat and tears, devices rocking 2+ year old specs can easily be revitalized by porting current and up to date ROM’s to them.  The latest and greatest to receive the makeover is the HTC Hero.  Thanks to the new and upcoming budget friendly HTC Pico and some similar device specs, developer Flashinglights was able to port the Sense 3.5 interface over to the Hero with ease.  Similar specs such as a QVGA display and an ARMv6 CPU made the port possible to perform.  Thanks to the help of several other developers in the Hero section, a rebuilding of the ROM from scratch was successful and now available for the masses to enjoy.  So, if you still have your old HTC Hero,  now is the time to give it a makeover.

Keep in mind that the build is still in its initial phase so keep an eye for evident bugs and report them back to the dev team so as to improve the ROM for daily use.  And here’s certianly to the hopes that more of the older devices (cough cough G1) can start to receive some new ROM’n love, and I’m not talking about soup here.  If you’re ready to give this a go then head on over to the complete original thread here and initial thread here.  And don’t forget, you’re attempts at this are solely your own and TA is not responsible if you brick your Hero.  That being said, enjoy.

Team Heroc is composed of dastin1015 and flashinglights. We will be working alongside TeamSuicide whose members are tazzpatriot, condemndsoul, and macrodroid to give you guys the best sense 3.5 experience.

Explorer Sense is based of the leaked RUU of the HTC Pico, thanks to our chinese friend idogx whos build for the chinese version of the hero cdma helped a lot getting this thing off the ground.

[via XDA]