27
Aug
amazon_epic

Looks like Amazon isn't going to wait a few weeks to drop the price on the Epic 4G: they're already offering it for $200, $50 less than the other big-name stores. The device won't ship until launch (August 31), but they're offering free two-day shipping - albeit, with a minor disclaimer:

The new Samsung Epic from Sprint is now available for pre-order and should begin shipping on August 31, 2010.

27
Aug

A little over a week ago, we discovered the Droid Pro, Droid 2 World Edition, and a Motorola tablet (codenamed "Stingray") sitting around in Verizon's internal systems. Since then, there has been endless speculation about whether the Droid 2 World Edition and the Droid Pro are one device. Although there was never enough evidence to support that claim, there was plenty of evidence mounted against it (for example, why would there be two model numbers in Verizon's internal system that had the description of "Droid or D2"?)

Today, an Engadget tipster has debunked that rumor with another screenshot (above) that clearly identifies the A956 as the Droid World Edition (WE) and the A957 as the R2-D2 edition of the Droid 2.

27
Aug
viewsonic_tablet1

A few weeks back, Viewsonic announced they'd be bringing a few Android tablets, to IFA (Android tablets at a trade show? Shocking, I know). Specifically, they'll be showing off two tablets - one is 7" and rocks Android, and the other is 10" and dual boots Android and Windows. They'll both be released under the ViewPad name, and they're slated (get it?) to feature:

  • 3G
  • Wi-Fi (I'd guess 802.11n)
  • GPS
  • microSD Card slot
  • Bluetooth
  • USB port

viewsonic_tablet2

According to Viewsonic, the 10" tablet will be based on a new Intel chipset.

26
Aug
verizon-samsung-fascinate-smartphone

Well, now we know it's coming soon: this evening Best Buy announced that the Samsung Fascinate for Verizon will be available to Zone Members for pre-order on August 27th (tomorrow, or today, depending on what your clock says). For those of you not in "the zone," you'll have to wait until the 29th to reserve your Fascinate. Pricing has yet to be announced. Full Press release below:

Best Buy Mobile Lanuches Presale of Verizon Wireless Samsung Fascinate

Best Buy Reward Zone members can reserve the Samsung Fascinate on August 27.

26
Aug
piracychart

We received an email from David Keyes at KeyesLabs today, with a detailed analysis of piracy in various countries. For those that don't know, David is the author of the battery saving app Screebl, and the open source licensing library AAL. A true pioneer in Android app copy protection.

According to David's data, the often used excuse of "Paid apps are not available in my country" is at least partly bogus.

26
Aug
revue3

Logitech has released its first commercials for the Revue, the first Google TV box to hit the market. The commercials are so weird on so many levels - it looks like Logitech is going to be using a giant TV with legs as the mascot. Not creepy enough? The TV either displays a giant human eye or a giant human mouth. Like I said, freaking weird.

2010-08-26 15h15_30

I'm not going to lie, I'd probably freak the hell out too.

26
Aug

Sure, FroYo for the Droid Incredible was out and about this morning, and FroYo for the original Droid rolled out a while ago, and now we've got even more update news, this time for owners of the original Droid.

If you recall, (don't worry, I don't either) the first FroYo update for the original Droid brought many things, but downloading Adobe Flash player from the Market was not among them.

26
Aug
dinc_ruu_about_software_screen

[Update @ 1:10 PM EST by Aaron] Looks like the update is rolling out starting tomorrow. Nice!

incredible-froyo-update

Despite the fact that FroYo for the Droid Incredible's big brother - Sprint's  EVO 4G - was officially released a few weeks ago, the Incredible itself has yet to receive the update.

dinc_ruu_about_software_screen widget_list_4

We still don't have an official release date (although there are countless rumors floating around), but we may now be one step closer: a new FroYo ROM for the Incredible has been released.

26
Aug
joehewitt1

Joe Hewitt, the man behind Facebook Mobile for both the iPhone and Android, hates Android. And the iPhone. And judging by his twitter feed, he also hates people, kittens, unicorns, and the Salvation Army. Just kidding - but as Chris says, he's definitely a "negative nancy." (Yea, we're going for the high-brow stuff today).

joehewitt1

Ouch. This is the same guy who left Facebook's iPhone dev team because of Apple's tyranny. I'm not a programmer, but I can't imagine any system is perfect to code for, and frankly I haven't heard any other devs complain about coding for Android.

26
Aug
fascinate 2

We still have no official word on when Verizon will be launching the Samsung Fascinate, and with the not-so-reliable track record of rumors and speculation in the Android community, we're not looking to hazard a guess.

Still, it's nice to know things are moving along: a Phandroid tipster says that Verizon warehouses are starting to receive shipments of the device. On the downside, while the Fascinate is in the Verizon system, it hasn't made its way into their equipment guide.

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