Last night, I sent out a message from our social accounts praising the Epic 4G Touch's boot times. They amazed me as soon as I turned this Galaxy S II Sprint variant for the first time last Friday and haven't ceased to amaze me ever since. I have loaded up all the same apps and then some compared to any of my other phones, and still - the Epic 4G Touch blazes by the competition like no other device I've seen.
We've basically known all there is to know about the US versions of the Galaxy S II for a while now, just short of the release date and price for AT&T and T-Mobile.
You can scratch Ma Bell off that list now, though, as it just announced via Twitter that the long-awaited GSII will be available on October 2nd for $200 with a two-year agreement. I'm sure all AT&T customer have the spec list embedded deep into their memory banks in anticipation of this beauty, but just in case you've forgotten, here they are again:
- 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display
- 1.2GHz dual-core Exynos processor
- 1GB RAM
- 8MP rear shooter capable of 1080p video
- 2MP ffc
- 16GB internal storage
- microSD slot
- HDMI out
- Android 2.3.4
Now that you have all the deets, who's going to be standing outside of that big blue storefront on October 2nd waiting for the doors to open and grab one of these?
Despite the fact that we've already seen the phone previously known as the HTC Holiday running on AT&T's LTE network, the first carrier to get this monster device will in fact be South Korea's SK Telecom. The phone will be released under the moniker Raider 4G, and packs some pretty serious hardware under the hood:
- 4.5-inch qHD display
- 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon
- 1GB RAM
- 8MP rear shooter, 1.3MP front camera
- 16GB internal storage
- Android 2.3.4 with Sense 3.0
There's no word when this phone will be available outside of South Korea, but considering AT&T just started lighting up its LTE network and doesn't yet have a smartphone available that supports it, we expect a US announcement fairly soon.
I am not a big fan of live wallpapers. They provide me with eye candy for a few minutes before I completely lose interest and start playing Cut The Rope. However, sometimes live wallpapers can be informative or so compelling that they deserve a second look. The Neon Microcosm Free LWP is one such live wallpaper that is not particularly useful but is aesthetically pleasing.
This live wallpaper hurtles you around a colony of glowing cells and if you purchase the paid version you can also tap the screen to generate new cells and select their colour.
Finally! After being limited to US users for the past 2 years, it looks like Google Voice may finally be opening up to the rest of the world. The Next Web has been informed by Jens Redmer, Google's European Director of Business Development, that "Google is currently 'dogfooding' its telephony service Google Voice in Europe ahead of a planned launch outside the US".
Google Voice is a telecommunications and VoIP service developed by Google that allows users (until now limited to residents in the US) to make domestic and international calls from their mobile phone, the Android and iPhone app, the web app, and/or by dialling their personal Google Voice number.
While watching the latest episode of Breaking Bad today (which I must say is one of the best shows on TV right now), I witnessed the latest
Verizon Wireless Best Buy commercial advertising Verizon Wireless phones, boasting VZW's incredible network coverage, ultra speeds, and reliability.
It was going so well until I saw a close-up of the phone that lasted a good number of seconds for everyone to witness... no, not the 4G LTE symbol, and not even the 3G symbol.
In addition to replacing your wallet, it looks like your Android device may eventually replace your key ring as well. Yale Locks and Hardware showed off their Real Living line of motorized locks this year at CEDIA Expo, promising that your NFC-enabled phone will soon be able to open your front door digitally.
The new line of locks is also compatible with Zigbee and Z-Wave home automation systems and offers support for Assa Abloy's existing Mobile Keys system which allows users to securely store all their digital keys on their phone.
Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Air are part of a platform that has proven revolutionary for web content and user experiences since its creation. That platform is about to get a major update, coming in "early October," which introduces Stage 3D, an architecture that promises hardware-accelerated rendering at 1000x the speed of Flash Player 10.
Adobe also boasts support for theater-quality HD video, native 64-bit optimizations, and HD video conferencing in the upcoming release.
Amazon's Appstore for Android is well known for handing out paid apps for free, but normally users don't have a choice in which apps are offered up. Amazon is currently running a promotion that changes that, however, offering a $2.00 credit to anyone who follows @amazonappstore and allows Amazon to tweet a special message on their behalf.
Getting the credit is as easy as pressing a button, and sending out one promotional tweet is a small price to pay for $2.00 worth of free apps.
A new month, a new batch of cities all lined up to get the LTE treatment, courtesy of Big Red. This go around, we're hearing that at least 21 new cities will be getting blanketed in VZW's ultra-fast LTE network, a follow up to the 26 that were just activated. The list of cities isn't available in its entirety just yet, but here's what we have so far:
- Birmingham, AL
- Modesto and Stockton, CA
- Fort Myers, FL
- Bloomington, Elkhart, Evansville, South Bend and Terre Haute, IN
- Sioux City, IA
- Hagerstown, MD
- Tupelo, MS
- Albuquerque and Santa Fe, NM
- Buffalo, NY
- Asheville, NC
- Bartlesville, OK
- Jackson and Martin, TN
- Greater Hampton Roads and Richmond, VA
- Green Bay, WI
San Diego and Los Angeles, CA are said to be getting an expanded coverage area, as well.