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Verizon Launching $80 LG Vortex November 18

We always knew Verizon and AT&T would be getting their hands on devices much like T-Mobile's Optimus T and Sprint's Optimus S; we just didn't know when they would start selling them. Well, you can now cross the former of the two off your list, for Big Red just announced that the LG Vortex will be coming to its stores come November 18th, along with:

  • Android 2.2 with full access to the Android Market
  • Bing Search and Bing Maps (ugh - why is this listed as a feature anyways?)
  • WiFi connectivity (no word on 802.11n compatibility just yet)
  • 3G Mobile Hotspot capability, no doubt with a nice fat fee attached
  • Swype
  • Skype pre-installed
  • VZ Navigator as well as an array of pre-installed LG apps (hurray for bloatware!)
  • 5 or 7 (who knows what that means) customizable home screens
  • microSD card slot with support for cards of capacities of up to 32 GB
  • a 3.2 MP autofocus camera
  • two colors - black and violet
  • a $79.99 price tag

Nothing too groundbreaking here, especially considering T-Mobile will sell you a nearly identical phone for just $29, but the folks over at XDA-developers may be able to hook the Vortex up with a few custom ROMs if nothing else.

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Last Week's Best New Android Apps And Games (11/08/10 - 11/14/10)

Welcome to the weekly roundup of the best new Android applications and games that went live in the Market in the previous week or so.

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Best New Android Apps

Sheep Run Beta

RUN!RUN!RUN!
The sheep family is in danger now.
They need to run fast and use their wisdom to get across various obstacles, finally go back home.

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Audiogalaxy Vs Subsonic - Fight! What's Your Favorite Android Music Streaming App? [Reviews, Poll]

In our last week's poll, we asked you your thoughts on the best overall Android music player, and over 1500 of you responded, clearly putting PowerAMP ahead of the competition, followed by Winamp. PowerAMP released the full version shortly after and still occupies the #1 spot for playing local music in my book.

However, rightfully so, some of you noted that there are some players out there specializing on remote media streaming, and by that I don't mean Shoutcast streams - I mean streaming your own music collections.

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T-Mobile Nexus S Pre-Order Ad Briefly Appears On Best Buy Mobile, Quickly Shot Down

Fear not, stock Android fans - despite a slight delay due to some hardware issues, T-Mobile's Nexus S is still on track, as Best Buy Mobile's website has just confirmed.

nexus-s-best-buy-rm-eng

The banner you're seeing above is no longer up on Best Buy Mobile's website, and the pre-order link never worked, but there's no denying that this is pretty solid evidence that the Nexus S is indeed real and out there somewhere in the wild.

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Samsung Introduces The Continuum Galaxy S Series Phone In An Official Video

The Samsung Continuum, announced earlier this week, is going up for pre-order tomorrow. This Galaxy S series phone is the first Android device with a secondary ticker screen providing access to updates, a-la Android top notification bar. Some consider it a gimmick, some think it could be really useful, but you can decide for yourself after watching this official intro video, complete with overly cheerful (with the exception of the guy who lost money in the stock market) folks that apparently have 0 time to look at their actual phones and rely on the tiny 1.8" display instead.

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Motorola CLIQ 2.1 Éclair Update Now Officially Available, Complete With The Longest Installation Instructions EVER

Motorola CLIQ owners have been waiting for this day for a very-very-very long time, but, believe it or not, it's finally here. Following the leaked version from 3 weeks ago, the official Éclair for you phones (but not CLIQ XT just yet) is now available from Motorola - not as an OTA, but as a downloadable .zip.

Why Motorola put together the longest update instructions I've ever seen, with more warnings than a prescription drug, is beyond me - it seems to me like the same effect could have been achieved via the existing OTA (over-the-air) update mechanism Android already supports.

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Verizon And Samsung Officially Announce Samsung Continuum: Pre-Order November 11 for $200

Right on cue, Verizon and Samsung have announced the Samsung Continuum, the newest member of the Galaxy S line of devices. Surprisingly, it looks like all the rumors had everything dead on (a rarity in the Android community). The details:

  • $200 on contract ($300 - $100 mail-in rebate)
  • Preorder begins November 11, goes on sale November 18
  • 3.4" SAMOLED screen up top
  • 1.8" SAMOLED "ticker" screen on the bottom
  • "Grip Sensor" along the bottom that lights up the ticker

Samsung Contiuum

Other than that, the specs are nearly identical to the Fascinate:

  • 1 GHz Hummingbird
  • Android 2.1
  • 5MP Camera with LED
  • WiFi (b/g/n)
  • 8 GB microSD in the box
  • Bing Maps
  • Bing Search

The ticker doesn't have all the capabilities of a normal screen, but from the look and sound of it, it has nearly everything an average user would need - and we're sure that whatever isn't there from the start will soon come from the dev community.

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For Audiophiles: Sub-$100 Mobile Headset (Earbuds + Mic) Review Round-Up + Meelectronics Earbuds Giveaway (5x Pairs, $200 Value)

This article was written by a guest writer, Mikhail Lifshits, better known as ljokerl over at head-fi.org. Mikhail is an audiophile to the bone - a single look at his forum user page will leave you wondering if there is a pair of earbuds Mikhail hasn't owned or tried yet.

Today’s smartphones are quickly absorbing the functions of other portable devices - PDAs, portable GPS units, and standalone MIDs are a thing of the past - and conventional MP3 players may be next on the cutting block.

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Last Week's Best New Android Apps And Games (10/25/10 - 10/31/10)

Welcome to the weekly roundup of the best new Android applications and games that went live in the Market in the previous week or so.

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Best New Android Apps

Angry Aviary Lite

PLEASE READ: This app requires ★ROOT★ access to function & Angry Birds *already* installed on your device, this is not the game itself!

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Sprint Fires Up 4G in New York City, NY; Hartford, New Haven, CT; New Brunswick, Trenton, NJ; Tampa, FL

Can't say we didn't see this one coming - exactly on schedule, Sprint today officially launched its 4G WiMax service in The Big Apple. In addition to NYC, 5 other cities that went live today include Hartford and New Haven in Connecticut, New Brunswick and Trenton in New Jersey, and Tampa in good old Florida.

Epic 4G and EVO 4G users, fire up your devices and give these new networks a good test so that you can feel better about paying that $10 "premium data" fee for all those months before 4G.

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