Google’s Sidewalk Labs takes control of plan to provide free WiFi to New York


A while back Justin wrote an article about the LinkNYC network that plans on replacing up to 10,000 unused payphone kiosks with WiFi outlets. Each WiFi pillar is called a Link, besides free WiFi it would also serve up free charging. The Link WiFi pillars would be funded entirely through advertising, and thus not cost the good citizens of New York a penny in taxes. It sounds good, right? Read more

Yes the 32GB Nexus 7 will come in a box, here’s proof

As if we haven’t seen enough evidence that the 32 GB Nexus 7 exists, here’s is a little more fuel for the fire. A recent picture surfaced in the wild showing the box label for the very device. There is good reason to believe we will see this device get announced at the October 29 event for $249, which is the current price for the 16 GB. We could also get an announcement of the 3G variant, but let’s not forget the main event, which will be the Nexus 4. Does anyone think Google has anything more up their sleeves?

Source: Android Central

Amazon Holding a Press Conference Event on September 28th Announcement Of a Tablet?

Amazon has recently announced that the company will be holding an invite only press event on Sept 28th (Wed) in New York.  No other details have been revealed beyond that.  However, in light of all of the tablet talk we’ve been hearing about, it’s safe to say we may see the introduction of one that night.  Feel free to check out our previous coverage of rumors of the arrival of the Amazon Tab below.  And as always, feel free to let us know what you think in the comments.  We’re assuming Amazon is going to undercut the competition with this one like we’ve never seen before.  No doubt the device will also come with the Amazon App Store, Amazon MP3 App and the Amazon’s Cloud Player pre-installed.

[via allthingsd]

Hands-On Sprint’s Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch (Video)

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The Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch (boy that’s a mouthful) has finally arrived and is dressed to impress.  Today at Samsung’s GSII launch event in New York Talk Android was able to get a hands-on look at the hardware and software that’s currently driving this device to be one of hottest and sexiest (sorry TechCrunch) devices of the year.  Samsung brought their A-game today when they released the device on three of the four major carriers in the US.  The moment we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived and it’s only a matter of weeks until we can stick this slim thin bad boy in our pockets.  And although the device was already announced before the event here and here, it’s just not the same unless you can hold this power horse in your hand and play with it.  The device is slated for a Sept 16th release date, making Sprint the official first carrier to launch it and will be available for $199 on contract.  Hit the break for the full list of features and to check out some hands-on pics. Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.   Read more

Hands-On AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy S II (Video)

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And the Samsung Galaxy S II news just keeps on rolling in.  Talk Android was present at Samsung’s launch event in New York and we were able to get a quick hands-on look at AT&T’s version of the popular Galaxy S II device.  And as you can imagine, the device is super thin (8.89 mm) with a beautiful and vibrant Super AMOLED Plus display.  However, unlike its brethren over at Sprint and T-Mobile, the device is only sporting a 4.3-inch screen.  This is most likely because its big brother, the Infuse 4G, already has a 4.5-inch touch display.  Nevertheless, the device is still impressive and is sure to be a must have handset or this year.  This is as close as you’re going to get to the original Galaxy S II released overseas.  Hit the break for the full list of specs and some hands-on shots of the device.   Read more

Look But No Touch On T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy S II (Hercules)

As we’ve been touting all day, Samsung finally revealed their US variants of the Samsung Galaxy S II and Talk Android was there to cover it like a warm blanket on cold winter night. Devices were released on three of the four major carriers (T-Mobile, AT&T & Sprint).  However, T-Mobile was the only carrier to slap any hand that came near the device’s plastic casing.  As per their sales team, T-Mobile will most likely be holding their own launch event “some time in the fall” where they’ll unveil official specs, a release date and the official name of the device.  It’s speculated that the device’s software  wasn’t ready yet, but we’ll give T-Mo the benefit of the doubt here.

However, based just on appearances, and what we pretty much already know, the device seems to be on par with the AT&T and Sprint version.  Expect the massive 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, Samsung’s Exynos  1.2 dual-core CPU (C210).  In addition, and there’s no fighting it, expect TouchWiz to run over Android 2.3 Gingerbread.  It’s too bad we couldn’t get our paws on this one, as Im kind of favoring its rounded edges which gives the device an overall big Nexus S feel, only abnormally thinner.  Hit the break to check out a few shots of the impressive handset and to check out the behind the scenes glass look.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.   Read more

Samsung Galaxy S II Launch Event In New York Slide Shows

Today Samsung unveiled their highly popular Galaxy S II device for three of the four major carriers.  Their event in New York kicked off with a bang as AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint opened the curtain on what appears to be the biggest smartphone of the year thus far.  And when we say big, we mean big.  Aside from the AT&T version, which sports a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, all other devices are sporting a whopping 4.5-inch display.  Check out the slides of the main points in the presentation for the US version of the Galaxy S II and note the new features added which the original Galaxy S II device doesn’t have.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.  Stay tuned for quick looks and hands on coming shortly.   Read more

New Ad By Samsung Reveals Sept 9th Launch Date For Sprint US Galaxy S II?

Without a doubt, the news on everyone’s mind has got be when in the world Samsung will release a Galaxy S II variant in the US?  Well, as tidbits and morsels of information continue to surface, it appears we’re closer now than ever.  And first up on the list of carriers to launch the device?  You guessed it, Sprint.  And as Talk Android makes a presence at Samsung’s Galaxy S II event in New York on Aug 29th, we only hope to confirm it.  So, how are we tying this one to Sprint?  Thanks to a fan over at Phandroid, they were able to note that the location in the weather widget happens to be Sprint’s HQ location in Kansas City.  Well done 007.  Furthermore, the date set on the widget clock is Sept 9th, an already rumored release date for Sprint’s version of the GSII, aka the Epic Touch 4G/Within.  Stay tuned as we report our findings at Sammy’s New York event on the 29th.  If you’ve been patiently waiting for Samsung’s flagship device to hit US shelves, the wait is almost over.  Hit the break to check out a photo of the ad itself and feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Google to Put NFC Mobile Payment System to the Test

If you’re a big spender visiting or living in either San Francisco or the Big Apple, Bloomberg has some news that may interest you. According to them, Google will be rolling out trial runs of its NFC (Near Field Communication) technology for mobile payments in these two cities within the next four months or so. What this means for you, the end user, is that you’ll be able to use your mobile phone to make purchases, making your pocket that much lighter. That said, this will probably be available exclusively for the Nexus S (given that it’s the only American phone equipped with NFC technology) and there’s no word of what retailers are going to be involved in this test. Stay tuned to see how this unfolds. I for one am very interested to see if this technology takes off. How about you? Let us know in the comments!

[via engadget]