Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

07
Sep
Samsung Fascinate_LowRes

Verizon sent out a press release this morning announcing that the Samsung Fascinate we've been hearing so much about lately will, in fact, be dropping on September 9 (as rumored). Even better, it'll be up for sale online tomorrow (September 8\) - meaning you won't be able to get your grubby paws on it until the 9th at the earliest anyway.

As rumored, pricing will be $300 with a $100 mail-in-rebate (MIR), for a final cost of $200.

07
Sep
conan_orion

Remember the Cortex-A9 we talked about just a few days ago - the one that can clock in at well over 2 GHz on a 28nm process? Turns out Samsung has had its eyes on that bad boy for a while - they've now announced a mobile CPU based on the architecture (one caveat, though - the chip is manufactured on a 45nm process).

The lack of a major die shrink may keep things running at a more reasonable clip (1 GHz), but the improved architecture still allows for huge improvements over today's tech.

06
Sep
d2_2

Good news on the Droid 2 modding front: the first custom ROM for said phone has been released. As this is the first ROM out for the device - and it's fairly soon after release - there's not a ton of customization. Still, any improvement is better than none at all, right?

The ROM (Epic Unleashed 1.0) is the work of Matt4542, and requires root and koush's recovery. It retains a feel pretty close to stock:

Things in the rom:
Removed bloatware(Stupid Verizon!)
Added scripts
Many build.prop mods

Still has Motoblur, just took my system folder and edited it like ****.

06
Sep
tablet_spreadsheet

This is pretty cool - looks like redditors have come together to build and track a speadsheet on upcoming tablets. So far most of the data on the sheet seems to be firmly based on established knowledge, but it's only just begun forming - it's likely that over time, more speculative data may be added. Still, a very neat idea and it's cool to see people working together on something productive.

06
Sep
D2

Looks like the Motorola did a pretty solid job of improving on the Droid: BGR's heard word that the Droid 2 has a great return rate; in fact, it's "the lowest smartphone return rate on Verizon Wireless." Better still, it has a very low dropped call rate. Way to go, Moto - stick it to the man in your ads and products alike.

[Source: BGR]

06
Sep
fascinate1

We'd already heard it was hitting warehouses, and now it looks like it's moving down the line: PhoneArena has scored a tip and some photos of the Samsung Fascinate sitting pretty in the Verizon storeroom. Their tipster reports that they're off-limit to customers until this Thursday - which would jive with earlier reports that it would be launched on September 9. Good sign for those looking to pick up a Fascinate - the BOGA (Buy One Get Any) deal now looks even more reliable, doesn't it?

06
Sep
motorola_milestone-no-flash

 We've pinged our contact at Adobe for clarification, but this could be some fantastic irony: Adobe has raised the minimum requirements for Flash. Specifically, the minimum CPU requirement for mobile devices with WVGA resolutions has been bumped up to a Cortex A8 running at 800 MHz. With its 550 MHz CPU, the Droid/Milestone no longer meets the minimum.

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We're not sure yet if this is retroactive - in other words, will the Droid receive an update that removes Flash support?

05
Sep
tab

Well this is getting downright interesting - after some pricing confusion, rumor has it that the Samsung Galaxy Tab will sell for somewhere between $200 and $400 on contract. That's a hell of a lot better than some of the numbers that were floating around after its official unveiling on September 2 - we'd heard upwards of $900.

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Even better: looks like the earlier rumor about Sprint getting the Tab may hold some water after all - now, word on the street is that it'll be rocking WiMax (4G).

05
Sep
yay
Last Updated: September 6th, 2010

Just a few days after the launch of the phone, Samsung has honored its commitment and released the source code for the Epic 4G. This news may not be exciting to the layperson, but then again, the average AP reader probably doesn't fit that profile.

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Try to contain your excitement.

What does this mean to you? That devs can begin to tweak the software based off the stock build, and it can make developing a custom ROM a bit easier.

05
Sep
htcslider_1

Thanks to the FCC, we now have pictures and details on a new dual-band Android device for Verizon. It looks pretty similarly-proportioned to Samsung's Epic 4G, and that may not necessarily be a bad thing. The details we have at the moment:

  • 4" Screen
  • Both CDMA and GSM radios on-board (EV-DO Rev. A, also)
  • 802.11 b/g/n
  • Slide-out four row QWERTY keyboard
  • Dark silver body, keyboard backing is bright red with black keys

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The device (the "PD42100" - catchy) is also rumored to have a 1.2 GHz CPU.

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