02
Oct
galaxy s ii

AT&T's Galaxy S II variant (appropriately called the Galaxy S II) is now finally available for $199.99 directly from AT&T.

Update: $100 off ($99.99) at AT&T using this deal, though for me, taxes are still $46.75

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In case you need a refresher on the specs:

  • 4.3" Super AMOLED Plus display
  • 1.2 GHz dual-core processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 8 megapixel camera with 1080 video capture
  • 2 megapixel front-facing camera
  • Android 2.3.4

If that's not a good enough deal for you, Amazon Wireless has the same device for just $149.99 for both new accounts and upgrades, with the added benefit of free shipping.

08
Sep
hidden lock

Android's default lockscreen choices (PIN input and the familiar 3x3 pattern), while secure, are not the easiest or simplest to get through, even if you know the code. For those of you looking for a nice, clean alternative, Hidden Lock may suit your needs perfectly.

Upon launch, the app allows you to place your lock anywhere on the screen, and even change the size to be more secure. Once the lock is placed, you can test how it works.

08
Sep
kyocera milano

Just in time for its September 9 release, Sprint has officially announced the mid-range Kyocera Milano. The specs can't match up to some of Sprint's heavy hitters like the EVO 3D and Epic 4G Touch, but it's certainly a step up from some cheap feature phones:

  • 3" display
  • 3.2 megapixel camera
  • 800 MHz processor
  • 512 MB RAM
  • Android 2.3
  • Sprint ID
  • 1490 mAH battery

It also includes an "Eco Mode," which appears to be custom software by Kyocera designed to help manage battery life - probably not much different from many apps in the Market that already do the same.

07
Sep
pocket league story

Kairosoft has already had you managing a race car team, a Japanese inn, and a game development studio, but their latest game, Pocket League Story, will have you training your own soccer team.

Much like the other Story games, Pocket League Story allows for total control of your team, from picking and training players, to building gyms and stadiums, and even selling merchandise. If you're already a fan of the genre, you'll probably want to pick this up in the Android Market for the usual cost of $5.18.

31
Aug
htc sensation

It turns out we might not have to wait too long to see HTC implement the Beats by Dr. Dre audio technology into future phones. The Sensation will soon be getting an upgrade to the Sensation Special Edition 2 that brings a Beats in-ear headset, along with the following additional improvements:

  • Faster processor: 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon, up from 1.2 GHz
  • Bigger battery: 1,730 mAH, up from 1,520 mAH
  • More storage: 4GB, up from 1GB

These improvements will come at a cost - £520 (or around $847) off-contract, to be exact.

09
Aug
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It looks like Facebook is putting its purchase of group messaging app Beluga to good use, as it just announced Messenger, a mobile app for Android and iOS that acts as a sort of extension to Chat. In addition to the aforementioned group chat ability, Messenger's goal is also to simplify all your conversations, whether it be through Chat, Messages, email, or text. Photo and location sharing options are also available.

07
Aug
Hercules

Still holding out for the mythical (pun intended) Samsung Hercules, leaked via a T-Mobile roadmap a couple months back? While we don't have any pricing or release info just yet (though that September 26 release date certainly seems possible), TmoNews has gotten a hold of a few pictures of the device that confirmed it as the 4.5" Galaxy S2 T-Mobile variant.

These pictures don't confirm everything that is rumored about the phone, but they do have some good information in them:

  • The Hercules will officially be marketed as a Galaxy S2 phone
  • Runs Android 2.3
  • TeleNav GPS Navigator and Netflix pre-installed
  • 4.5" display
  • TouchWiz 4.0
  • 8 megapixel camera
  • Four capacitive buttons (unlike the international version of the GS2)

Yeah, September can't come soon enough.

03
Aug
leaked roadmap
Last Updated: August 27th, 2011

Get ready, Verizon customers. IGN just leaked Verizon's alleged 2011 roadmap, and, unsurprisingly, it features Android quite heavily. While there aren't too many details on any of the devices outside of what we already know, it will give you a good general idea of what to expect from Verizon this year:

  • Samsung Stratosphere: Previously rumored as Verizon's version of the Samsung Galaxy S2, the Stratosphere is listed as a "4G Smartphone w/Android 2.3." While it isn't exactly confirmation, there is a chance that this rumor was spot-on.
21
Jul
swiftkey x

Just a week after shedding its beta status, the ever-popular keyboard SwiftKey X is being featured in the Amazon Appstore as the free app of the day, down from its usual $3.99 price. If you've never used the beta, SwiftKey X has a few great features that distinguish it from many other alternative keyboards:

  • Improved word prediction using TouchType's Fluency Prediction Engine
  • Personalization Facebook, Gmail, Twitter, and SMS
  • "Precise" and "Rapid" typing styles
  • Supports multiple languages simultaneously

This is actually the second time one of TouchType's apps have been featured on the Appstore, the first being the original SwiftKey a few months back, so there's hope for tablet owners that SwiftKey Tablet X may be featured soon as well.

14
Jul
hulu

Hulu's initial rollout of the Plus app for Android probably didn't wow too many subscribers - after all, it was only available for six devices (the Nexus One, Nexus S, HTC Inspire 4G, Motorola Droid II, Motorola Droid X, and Motorola Atrix). Now, four new devices are joining the fray, bringing the total number of supported devices to ten:

  • HTC EVO 4G
  • HTC Thunderbolt
  • T-Mobile G2
  • T-Mobile myTouch 4G

While that still leaves plenty of Android users out in the cold, this is still a step in the right direction, especially with the addition of the ever-popular EVO 4G.

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