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Jan 2 2012

Review: Samsung Galaxy Nexus: Welcome to the Future of Android

Adam Shear

buy cheap cialis=”" width=”466″ height=”414″ />Over the last few years, Android, Google’s first attempt into the smartphone market, has become an incredibly huge success. Many people love it, however, I have had a few complaints about the OS over the last few years. Android, like Windows 98 or Windows XP, does not at all feel elegant. Its interface needed a bit of work in my opinion to catch up my personal favorite smartphone, the iPhone. Even Windows Phone 7 has a better interface in terms of flow and elegance. Google and Samsung are hoping the Galaxy Nexus, featuring the debut of Android 4.0 or Ice Cream Sandwich as its referred to, proves to introduce the future of Android inside a state of the art smartphone. Is it enough to make it the best Android phone on the market? Find out in my review.

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Nov 28 2011

LG Nitro HD: High Definition Taken to New Sizes

Eric Engoron

It’s about time AT&T users got the full HD experience, is it not? Well after a long wait, their HD opportunity has finally arrived in the LG Nitro HD, an amazingly clear HD phone from LG exclusively for AT&T customers.

Aside from being a completely HD phone, with an impressive 4.5 inch HD screen, this phone is also the third phone in AT&T’s line of 4G LTE phones. As the AT&T 4G LTE network continuously expands, so do the possibilities.

An enormous screen size and blazing fast 4G LTE speeds are not all this phone has to offer. The LG Nitro HD also has a 1.5-gigahertz dual-core processor that allows you to take full advantage of the phone’s HD capabilities, an eight-megapixel camera, as well as 20 gigs of storage, for all your favorite apps and games.

Lastly, but certainly not least, the LG Nitro HD boasts an incredibly slim and light design, something that cannot be said for any other smartphone of this caliber.

The LG Nitro HD comes to the market on December 4th for a price of $249.99 with a two-year contract. Pick yours up ASAP.


Nov 22 2011

Black Friday Deals From Verizon

JohnMongiello

Verizon Wireless, the largest mobile phone company in the US, wants to share the wealth with everybody this holiday season, and the deals start sooner than you think. Starting this Thursday, November 24 (Thanksgiving), HTC and Verizon are unveiling an amazing deal featuring a brand new bright red Droid Incredible 2. The phone, with worldwide capabilities, is free exclusively on Verizon’s website for three days only, the previously mentioned 24, 25 and 28, following a new two-year customer agreement plan.The deal for the  Incredible 2 is also coming to stores for, but will only be free on the 25, which is  Black Friday, following a $50 dollar mail-in rebate and new customer contract. Motorola is also offering their new Droid 3 for $149.99 after a $50 rebate and new contract between November 24-28.

Those looking for a high speed 4G-LTE phone have something to look forward to also, as the RevolutionT by LG is receiving a deal similar to the Droid 3 and the Incredible 2. It will be available  for $49.99 with a new two-year customer agreement online only on Nov. 24, 25 and 28. The Revolution by LG will also have this pricing deal, but is only available in Verizon Wireless Communication Stores on Black Friday. Another 4G phone, the Pantech BreakouT will have the same pricing, and will be available between Nov. 24 and Nov. 28.

Those looking for Tablets can take advantage of this as well, because on November 24, 25 and 28, the 4G-LTE Motorola XOOM will be available online at a special holiday pricing of $199.99 with a purchase of a new two year service package and $30 2GB data package. The in-store promotion is only on Black Friday. Also, the 7-inch Samsung Galaxy TabT will be available online for $149.99 after $50 mail-in rebate and new two-year customer agreement between Nov. 24 and Nov. 28. Continue reading


Nov 22 2011

Verizon & Samsung Announce The Samsung Illuision

AustinGriffith

Samsung Mobile and Verizon Wireless services announced their newest Android phone today: the Samsung Illusion.

The Illusion, powered by Android 2.3 “Gingerbread” featuring support for Google Mobile services including Gmail, YouTube, and Google Talk will boast a 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird Application Processor, a 3.0 Megapixel camera, and access to the Android Marketplace. It will have a sleek form factor with a unique curved glass display, all while running on the Nation’s Most Reliable 3G Network.

Inside the Illusion is also a full suite of messaging options; SWYPE technology for faster and easier text messaging, Corporate email support for Microsoft Office Exchange. You’ll also get mobile hotspot capability, a 6-axis accelerometer with compass, and a microSD card slot with 2GB pre-installed.

Samsung has also added some additional features with specifically the environment in mind, these include an Underwriters Laboratories Platinum Rating; Making the rear casing, battery cover, and front casing from a majority of post-consumer material; Packaging made from bleach-free paper made from %60 post-consumer waste. It also includes a high-efficiency charger with a full-charge alarm.

 

You can look for the Samsung Illusion on  www.verizonwireless.com beginning November 23rd and will be made free for new two-year contract customers from Thursday, November 24th to Monday, November 28th as an online promotion, after which it will be 79.99 with a new two-year agreement. Continue reading


Nov 17 2011

T-Mobile Celebrating Launch of Google Music With Exclusive Deals

JohnMongiello

Google Music, the highly anticipated new application from Google, has been available in beta form since it’s launch back in May of this year. The service awards every user with Cloud storage space of up to 20,000 songs, and enables instant streaming from any web source, or through any Android tablet or smartphone device. Streaming is available on any Android device running Wi-FI, 3G or 4G.

The service has now officially gone public, and to celebrate, T-Mobile has partnered with Google to present an amazing offer to their customers. Every subscriber with a smartphone or tablet that is running Android 2.2 or higher will receive free new music releases every week from some of today’s most mainstream artists through the brand new Google Music online store. Right now, there is free content available from Drake, Maroon 5 and Busta Rhymes, and it has been announced that every week through the rest of the year a handful of new music will be added to this list. There is also an option to share your music directly with your circles on Google+,where followers can listen to a full song once directly from your profile.

The new service is live right now, so anybody with T-Mobile should take full advantage of this while it lasts. Unfortunately, for the time being Google Music is only available in the United States, and there has been no official announcement for expansion to other territories.

For people on the fence about getting a smartphone, will this new deal inspire you to get a T-Mobile Android device? For those with a T-Mobile Android, does the service work as well as advertised? Are there any bugs or issues with downloading? Let us know in the comments below.

 

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Nov 16 2011

Reminder: Tune In To Today’s Google Press Conference!

Tarndeep

Hey there! In case you don’t remember, today’s Google’s press conference, entitled, ”These go to eleven.” Apparently, we’ll “Get a look at what’s new from Google and Android, live from Los Angeles.” We think tonight is the night we’ll finally see the Google Music announcement we’re waiting for, and maybe we’ll see a Galaxy Nexus, or some kind of exclusivity for T-Mobile USA, considering T-Mobile was on the Google event invite. Also, T-Mobile has an after party with celebs like Busta’ Rhymes, Drake, and Maroon 5. Check out the live stream above! Let’s see what Google and T-Mobile have in store for us today!


Nov 14 2011

Reminder: Three New Phones To AT&T Nov. 20th

Tarndeep

In case you didn’t remember, the Samsung Captivate Glide, Doubletime and Pantech Pocket are all coming to AT&T November 20th! The Glide is a pretty nice keyboard variation on the Captivate AT&T has, and it’s the one I’d recommend most, so if you’re up for an upgrade on AT&T, check ‘em out! The Glide and Doubletime both run Android, but the Doubletime is sadly on Fryo. No word on pricing is available at this time, but I wouldn’t recommend them if they’re over $100 on contract…


Nov 14 2011

Google’s Down With The Pirates, ARRR

Tarndeep

via Neowin

Google’s pretty open with their marketplace and have some pretty controversial apps available for download. The latest controversy is with MP3 Music Downloader Pro, which allows users to search for and download their favorite songs, which can be illegally obtained music or music that is legal to be shared! Now, Google’s retort is along the lines of, we won’t remove this application because it can be used to download legal content, although almost everyone who uses this application uses it to pirate music. The RIAA doesn’t like Google’s stand on this and still demands Google remove this application from the marketplace, but we’re lucky to have people at Google, who are just like us and are willing to stand up for us, whether we’re pirates or not.

However, it’ll be interesting to see if Google keeps this policy considering they plan on releasing their version of Google music. There will be a press conference this Wednesday, in Los Angeles , and T-Mobile will be hosting an after party filled with singers like Drake, Maroon 5, and more. This should be the launch of Google Music as well as, hopefully, the Galaxy Nexus on T-Mobile USA! We’ll have to sit back, wait and see what Google has in store for this application in the near future, Google Music, AND T-Mobile!

 


Nov 14 2011

Awh Yeah – Ready For Ice Cream Sandwich, Android 4.0 On Your Phones? Source Code = Released!

Tarndeep

Well folks, it’s finally happened. The day we’ve all been waiting for -The source code for Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich is finally being pushed. This is the first time we’ve had some major source code being pushed since Android 2.3, Gingerbread. If you recall, the source for Android 3.0, Honeycomb was never released because according to Google, Honeycomb was a very hacked up version of Android. What Jean-Baptiste Queru said was,

Hi! We just released a bit of code we thought this group might be interested in.
Over at our Android Open-Source Project git servers, the source code
for Android version 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) is now available.
Here’s how to get it:Follow the instructions at
http://source.android.com/source/downloading.htmlCheck out the
‘ics-release’ branch:repo init -u
https://android.googlesource.com/platform/manifest -b android-4.0.1_r1
That’s it! However since this is a large push, please be aware that it
will take some time to complete. If you sync before it’s done, you’ll
get an incomplete copy that you won’t be able to use, so please wait
for us to give the all-clear before you sync.

It’s not exactly 4.o that we’ll see, it’s actually the source code for Android 4.01, which is what the Galaxy Nexus should be shipping with. If you don’t recall, the Galaxy Nexus is the third device in Google’s flagship Android Phone line-up. I think we should see many phones get Ice Cream Sandwich soon, courtesy of CyanogenMod. As someone who uses CyanogenMod, which is an after-market replacement for the firmware of over sixty cell phones and Internet tablets, I’m extremely excited!


Nov 13 2011

Logitech Is Out, But It Looks Like LG’s Coming In – Google TV

Tarndeep

Earlier this week, we found out Logitech’s Google TV/Revue was a pretty big fail and Logitech went ahead to say they’ll no longer be releasing new Google TV devices in the foreseeable future. Does that mean the end of Google TV, since one of the major manufacturer is out? Absolutely not, and that’s the beauty of Android and Google in general; it also happens to be a weak spot, in some cases, with a prime example being Android phone fragmentation, but that’s for another time. Well since Google’s open to almost any manufacturer that takes interest, we should be seeing no shortage of Google TV units, anytime soon, and it looks like LG has gained interest, according to Businessweek. LG is one of the biggest TV producers in the world, and they don’t have any iteration of Smart TVs, like Samsung and Vizio (thanks Engadget). If LG decides to go the Google TV route, it could be mutually beneficial. LG will finally have some kind of Smart TV interface, and Google would obtain quite a few Google TV subscribers by extension, provided LG decided to bundle Google TV/build it in, in their future Smart TV line-up, rather than sell it as a separate accessory.

But if LG did decide to involve Google TV in their new Smart TV designs, how will it differ from the Google TV experience on something like the Logitech Revue? Well, with the recently launched update to Google TV, navigation has become simpler and Google TV has become an all around better experience, but it could still use some polish. If LG decides to showcase some kind of iteration of Google TV, I think they will almost “skin” it, or somehow modify Google TV, with the help of Google, to make it an all around better, sleeker, and more pleasant experience. Also, I believe Google will have some great insight for LG, as well as helping as LG almost every step of the way, considering Google’s aware of the fact that if they can get the second biggest TV manufacturer to bundle Google TV, successfully, it would be a huge victory for Google as well. All Google needs to do now, is launch the equivalent of a Droid type marketing campaign as they did with Verizon for Android, but on the TV level with LG. I’m pretty sure that’s exactly what we’ll see. I think LG and Google will be the next Verizon and Google in the world of Smart TVs. So will we actually see an LG version of Google TV – yes, I’m sure of it.