John Thompson
John's been addicted to technology ever since he tinkered with his first custom built PC when he was 10 years old. He's also the proud owner of seven Amazon Kindles, but only because he destroyed the first six.

26
May
samsung galaxy s

We’ve already heard quite a bit about Samsung’s flagship Android device, the Galaxy S, but a definitive release date was never given to us. Until now.

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CNET are reporting today that the smartphone will be available in Asia from June, which means that it could be arriving in just a week from now. Those wanting to buy it unsubsidized will have to pay a whopping S$1,098, which is quite steep considering that the HTC Desire is on the market for just S$898.

17
May
cyanthumb

Introduction

We’ve covered custom ROMs a few times before on Android Police, telling you how and why you may want to try them out on your own Android device. If you want to install a custom ROM onto your phone, but don’t know which one to go for, you may want to consider Cyanogen, which is compatible with the HTC Dream, Magic, Nexus One and Motorola Droid.

I’ve been testing the CyanogenMod for the past few weeks, and have found it to be extremely stable, whilst adding numerous features that can’t be found on the stock version of Android 2.1.

12
May
nyt logo
Last Updated: July 24th, 2011

The New York Times has recently released an application for Android, and it looks great!

Appearing on the Android Market following releases on both the iPhone and WebOS platforms, the NYT application looks extremely similar to its iPhone counterpart. You can access news from an abundance of sections via a drop down menu, similar to how you’d pull down the notification bar.

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The interface is extremely simple, and easy to navigate.

11
May
Motorola Twist Renamed The Flipout, Looks Just As Strange, Coming In June To AT&T?

Remember the strangely shaped Motorola phone that we saw last month? It’s now known as the Motorola Flipout, according to the Italian site hdblog.it.

The Flipout is supposedly running Android 2.1 with Motorola’s custom MOTOBLUR interface and will be available in a choice of black, green, or pink.

Motorola Twist Renamed The Flipout, Looks Just As Strange, Coming In June To AT&T?

The specs given by HDBlog are the same as the ones that were leaked last month, so nothing’s changed there.

  • CPU: OMAP3410, 700MHZ
  • Networks: WCDMA/HSPA: 850/1900 GSM/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900
  • Display: 2.8” QVGA, 320 x 240
  • Web: HTML, Flash with multi-touch
  • Camera: 3MP
  • Video: Capture/Playback/Streaming, H.263, MPG-4, WMV v9
  • Internal Memory: 512MB of flash, 256MB RAM
  • Memory Card: MicroSDHC up to 32GB
  • WLAN: 802.11 b/g
  • Bluetooth: 2.1 with EDR
  • GPS/aGPS
  • Battery: 940 mAH
  • Special Features: MOTOBLUR 1.5, 3.5mm audio jack, removable/customized rear covers

Motorola Twist Renamed The Flipout, Looks Just As Strange, Coming In June To AT&T?

The Flipout is rumored to be headed to AT&T, although a confirmation is still needed.

11
May
LG Ally Full Specs Leaked, Preorder On May 13th, Launch With Verizon On May 20th

Boy Genius Report has released details about the upcoming LG Ally, which we now heavily associate with Iron Man 2, with a leaked document providing specs and release information ahead of the launch.

Catering for the low-end market, the Ally has a 600MHz processor and 256MB of RAM, and ships with Android 2.1. LG has also added their own touch to the phone with a custom theme.

10
May
nexus one

It seems as though carriers that were lined up for the Nexus One are dropping like flies. First comes the news that Verizon has chosen to go forward with the HTC Incredible as opposed to Google's own branded device, and now Sprint has dropped the Nexus One too.

Michelle Leff Mermelstein, Sprint's Consumer Products spokeswoman, told Gizmodo that the reason behind the decision was the "upcoming availability of the award-winning Evo 4G," as the two devices were not so different (I had to link that!).

07
May
samsung moment htc hero

As we reported yesterday, Sprint has once again pushed back the scheduled Android 2.1 update for the HTC Hero to an unknown future date, destroying expectations of the May 7th release.

Another official confirmation of this was given today in a Sprint statement by another Sprint admin, which notified customers that the delay also affects the Samsung Moment. The official statement on the Sprint forums said

Hello Community Members,

We wanted to let you know that Sprint continues to work closely with Samsung and HTC to deliver the highly anticipated Android 2.1 upgrade for Samsung Moment and HTC Hero.

04
May
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T-Mobile has announced a new addition to their line of smartphones, with the introduction of the myTouch 3G Slide. Although we’ve seen it unofficially before now, the press release confirms some interesting software additions to the device, amongst other details.

Running Android 2.1, the myTouch 3G Slide consists of a 3.4-inch HVGA touchscreen and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard for text input. You’ll find a 5 megapixel camera with a flash, so that you can take pictures on the move, and an 8GB microSD card as standard to house all your media and apps.

03
May
x10 mini

The XPERIA X10 Mini, first seen at the Mobile World Congress back in February, has shown up on our radars once again. CoolSmartphone.com has posted pictures of the Mini making an appearance in Vodafone’s monthly magazine, under the ‘coming soon’ section.

Although the X10 Mini doesn’t offer a slide out QWERTY keyboard like the Mini Pro (thanks, Rana), Sony Ericsson have managed to pack in a 5 megapixel, geo tagging camera with auto focus along with video recording capabilities.

03
May
aigo n700

If you’ve been thinking of diving into the tablet market recently and are looking for an alternative to Apple’s iPad, you may want to direct your attention to Aigo’s new tablet: the N700.

Running on a 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 processor coupled with 512MB of memory and NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 chip, the N700 certainly knows how to make an entrance. You’ll find a 7-inch capacitive display with a resolution of 800 x 480, inbuilt storage of either 4, 16 or 32GB and, of course, Android 2.1 to match.

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