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Battery Lives Of 8 Flagship Android Phones Tested And Compared - LCD Wins, AMOLED Loses, Droid X Takes Home The Crown

Here’s something to get your teeth into. Over at LaptopMag, a whole host of Androids have been put through their paces in a grueling battery life endurance test. The goal was to keep the phones’ screens on while doing a moderate amount of processing, namely cyclically browsing a collection of web pages. Despite the supposed power savings afforded by AMOLED screens, the phones employing that screen technology fell quite a ways behind in comparison to the traditional LCD phones.

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Samsung Posts An Official 9 Minute Galaxy Tab Hands-On Walkthrough Video

If you have 10 minutes to spare today, take a look at this new official Samsung video of the Galaxy Tab. It's professionally shot but this time instead of the marketing presentation that we saw before, we have an actual hands-on 9m20s walkthrough of:

  • the build
  • the UI
  • emailing (that 2-pane view looks nice!)
  • typing
  • using a calendar
  • editing documents
  • using the keyboard dock
  • calling (for non-US users)
  • video conferencing
  • reading books
  • listening to music
  • watching videos
  • utilizing Flash
  • HD streaming
  • using Android applications
  • GPS capabilities

Grab a coffee (if it's morning) or a beer (if it's night time or if that's just how you roll) and take a look:

Besides that, we have another video from SamsungMobileUSA, which is essentially a report from the Samsung Galaxy Tab press conference in New York that we attended last week:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbE26Cmcz_8

Now feel free to go back to your regular scheduled programming and start saving up for that Tab.

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Apple, Motorola, And HTC Land Top Spots In JD Power Smartphone Satisfaction

A bit off topic as there's nothing directly Android-related here, but interesting nonetheless: JD Power & Associates has released their findings for the Q2 2010 Wireless Smartphone Satisfaction Study, and Apple, Motorola, and HTC have grabbed the top spots (respectively), all landing above the industry average of 764 points (out of 1000).

Coming in below average? RIM (Blackberry), Samsung, Palm, and in last place, Nokia (note:  not all companies are shown, just the big dogs).

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10" Samsung Galaxy Tab Coming In First Half Of 2011

SiliconRepublic ran a piece explaining which carriers in Ireland will be selling the Galaxy Tab. At the bottom of the article (the very last sentence), they nonchalantly mention that Samsung country manager Gary Twohig says they'll be releasing a 10" Tablet sometime in the first half of 2011. The only other details included in the article: it will run Android, and rock the V8 JavaScript engine.

Engadget speculates that Samsung may be waiting for Gingerbread or Honeycomb, which certainly sounds like a fair assessment to me.

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Samsung Intercept Coming To Virgin Mobile USA

Virgin Mobile announced via an image upload on their Facebook page that they're landing the Samsung Intercept as their first Android phone. No word yet on pricing or release date, but we can't imagine it would be too terribly much (should be in the range of their LG Rumor Touch).

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What we do know are the specs of the Intercept:

  • 3.2” 240 x 400 px LCD display
  • 4 row slide-out QWERTY keypad
  • Android 2.1
  • Samsung S3C6410 ARM 11 CPU @ 800 MHz
  • 512 MB ROM, 256 MB RAM
  • 3.2 MP Camera (with video)
  • 802.11g, Bluetooth (2.1), headphone jack
  • 2 GB microSD card in the box, support for up to 32 GB
  • EV-DO rev.
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Verizon Releases Manual, Minor Update For Samsung Fascinate

While not nearly as big a deal as the Froyo rollout for the Droid X, Verizon is also releasing an update for the Samsung Fascinate today. Doesn't look like users will receive a notification for the update quite yet, so to get it you'll need to check for it manually.

The changes:

Instant notification of Visual Voice Mail messages on your messaging bar.

Improved syncing between your phone and email accounts.

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T-Mobile UK Confirms Samsung Galaxy S Froyo Update Will Roll Out Before The End Of September, Will Be Windows Only

T-Mobile UK is on a roll - HTC Desire Froyo update has been rolling out for a few days now, and today a mod at the same official T-Mo forum confirmed that a whole truckload of frozen goodness is coming to the Galaxy S owners as well:

Hi there,

We are pleased to announce that there will be a software update for the Samsung Galaxy S at the end of the month.

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[Update: Also Includes A GPS Fix] The Samsung Captivate Is Receiving An Update (But It Isn't The One You Want)

AT&T has just started incrementally rolling out an over-the-air update to Samsung Captivate users. The update is 12Mb in size and is composed entirely of bug fixes. I would think that they would focus all their energy on getting Froyo out to the Galaxy S phones but, apparently, whatever this update fixes is more important.

Here is a snippet from the AT&T website that explains a little bit further:

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Update: this OTA also includes a GPS fix, according to a Samsung email we just got:

An update to improve the Samsung Captivate's GPS performance is now available.

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Sprint 4G Now Being Tested In San Francisco - Rollout Imminent?

If you remember, a few months ago, I found a nice, strong 4G signal around Mountain View/Santa Clara, right in the heart of the Silicon Valley. Sprint promised 4G in the Bay Area by the end of the year, so it was only logical to see them starting some testing. Today, it looks like Sprint kicked the testing up a notch and lit up San Francisco, according to reports by both IntoMobile and Engadget.

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CyanogenMod Looks To Continue Its Reign, Expand To Acer Liquid, HTC Wildfire, Samsung Vibrant, and HTC G2

Good news for what's likely to be a whole crapton of users: CyanogenMod, Android's most popular ROM, will be coming to a handful of new devices with CM6.1. Namely:

There will also be support for a few new devices- Acer Liquid, HTC Wildfire and Samsung Vibrant. My eye is also on the new HTC phones that are about to get released like the G2.

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It looks like their doors are still open to new devs and currently unsupported devices, as well - to quote Cyanogen once more:

A lot of people ask me about adding support for their phone, but we can only support phones that we actually own.

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