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[Giveaway] 6 Excellent Trident Cases Are Up For Grabs - Samsung Vibrant (2), HTC Droid Incredible (2), Motorola Droid X (2)

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Remember Trident Case, the company that produced the excellent Cyclops case for the EVO 4G? Well, it turns out that very manufacturer has a whole lot more cases in its inventory, including the following beauties:

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From left to right: the Cyclops case for the Samsung Vibrant, the Kraken case for the HTC Droid Incredible, and the Kraken case for the Motorola Droid X

As good as they are, however, there will be those of you reluctant to hand over $34.95 for a case to protect your phone, which is understandable in these tough economic times.

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Opera For Tablets Previewed, Looks As Slick As Ever

Opera already has one of the most popular alternate browsers for Android phones, and now it seems they're moving into the tablet territory with Opera for Tablets, a new version of their browser with a revamped UI that takes advantage of tablets' larger screen size. You won't find much information besides that in the video below, but CES is just days away, so you can look forward to seeing the app in action then.

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30 Best New Android Apps And Games From Last Week (12/28/10 - 01/03/11)

Welcome to the weekly roundup of the best new Android applications and games that went live in the Market or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. Happy New Year, everyone! 2011 will be the year of Android apps and games - you can take this to the bank.

Please wait for this page to load in full in order to see the AppBrain widgets, which include ratings and pricing info.
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Toshiba Announces Tegra 2-Powered Honeycomb Tablet, Lets Its Name Remain A Mystery

Aren't excited enough for CES yet? Toshiba might have just what's necessary to get your saliva going - namely, a Tegra 2-powered Honeycomb tablet.

The specs are really the most impressive part of this story, so let's get right to them:

  • 10.1-inch capacitive 1280x800 display
  • "Adaptive Display" technology, aka an ambient light sensor
  • Accelerometer
  • 5MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing
  • USB, miniUSB, and HDMI ports
  • SD card slot
  • 1.7 pounds in weight; 0.6 inches in thickness

Unfortunately, its name is still a mystery - hopefully, this will be resolved at CES.

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Vizio Jumps Into The Android Game With VIA Phone And Tablet

CES hasn't even started yet, but we're already getting word of a newly announced Android tablet - as well as a handset - from television manufacturer Vizio. The specs are nothing to scoff at, either, as the VIA Phone can certainly hold its own against any phone on the market today:

  • 4.0" high-resolution display
  • Front-facing camera
  • 5 megapixel rear camera capable of HD video
  • 1 GHz processor
  • HDMI output
  • microSD card slot
  • Wi-Fi N

The VIA Tablet, on the other hand, while definitely not underpowered, might be disappointing to those who are awaiting a dual core tablet:

  • 8.0" high-resolution display
  • Front-facing camera
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • 1 GHz processor
  • Three speakers for video conferencing

The devices are also running a custom UI called VIA Plus, which Matthew McRae, Chief Technology Officer at Vizio assures us will be found on any future smartphones, tablets, and TVs from the company.

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eLocity Announces Seven 10-Inch Tegra 2 Tablets, Indicates That Honeycomb Will Be Android 3.0 Rather Than 2.4

Here's a little something to tide you over while you're waiting for CES: eLocity today made no fewer than seven Tegra 2-powered Honeycomb tablets official.

While the company hasn't publicized many details about the devices yet (they say in-depth specifications will be available at CES), here's what we do know:

  • All of them are members of the A10 line
  • They will feature "high-resolution" multitouch displays
  • They will be powered by dual-core Tegra 2 processors
  • They will include microSD card slots as well as USB ports and an HDMI port capable of 1080p output
  • They will ship with a front-facing camera

While this is all very exciting, there's another item of interest here: the press release consistently refers to Honeycomb as "Android 3.0," despite the previous information we had indicating that Honeycomb would be version 2.4.

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Nielsen Releases Smartphone Market Share Figures, Android Domination Imminent?

smartphone-os-nov2010America's most trusted name in bar graphs, Nielsen, released an updated look at smartphone market share distribution today. The results aren't terribly surprising: Android is growing, and quickly at that. Blackberry's free-fall into the abyss has slowed to a steady death march. But what about Apple's fare?

Since the release of the iPhone 4 in June, Apple's total share of the smartphone market has increased by a paltry 0.7%, while Android has gained 10.8% more of the smartphone pie to reach 25.8% of the total - a mere 2.8% behind Apple, as you can see below.

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Android + PacMan + Google Maps = PacMap

Yesterday, we received an email tip about a new app called PacMap, which blends virtual/augmented reality, Google Maps, and... PacMan. Unsure of what to make or think of this potentially dangerous, but extremely original and interesting concept, I decided to test the waters last night by submitting the app to reddit. This morning, it was #1 in /r/android, which shows that thinking outside the box is always welcomed. Oh, and did I mention that PacMap is open source?

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Samsung USA's Official Update On The Galaxy S Froyo Situation: "We Are Still Running Tests"

If you've been waiting for Android 2.2 "Froyo" to officially hit your Samsung Galaxy S device, be it Fascinate, Vibrant, Epic 4G, or Captivate, prepare to be disappointed, as Samsung is still stuck doing complicated testing required for the upgrade to go live. Countless over-promises and delays have upset many Galaxy S owners over the last months, but after releasing and pulling back Froyo upgrades in Canada, Samsung wants to really do things the right way this time.

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Sprint's HTC EVO Shift 4G Specs Leak Online

If you're counting down the days until the January 9th release of Sprint's next 4G handset, then you'll probably be interested in the leaked specs, even if you won't find anything too surprising. Thanks to LetsTalk.com, which powers Walmart's online cellphone store, we now know the following:

  • 3.7" display
  • Android 2.2 with Sense
  • Slide-out keyboard
  • 4G WiMax connectivity
  • 8GB microSD card pre-installed (upgradeable to 32GB)
  • 8 megapixel camera with dual LED flash
  • Front-facing camera
  • Dimensions: 4.63" x 2.3" x .47"
  • Weight with battery: 4.6 oz

Details on the processor are noticeably lacking.

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