Recent in Month: June 2010

1&1 Announces the SmartPad, Headed to Germany This July

Jun 30th - Popular web-hosting company (and German internet service provider) 1&1’s announcing the 1&1 SmartPad, an Android-equipped tablet with a 7-inch WVGA display, WiFi (up to N), and 3G connectivity through an optional USB dongle. Other confirmed specs include an ARM11 processor clocked at 500MHz, 256MB of RAM and 1GB of ROM. It will ship with Android ...

Official IMDB App for Android is Here

Jun 30th - It’s finally happened. Perhaps I’m a bit too geeked up about this piece of news seeing as I’ve been dying for a mobile version of IMDB since Android took off, but I can finally head to the market and download the app to one of the most valued sites for movie lovers. Internet Movie Database ...

Firmware 1.4 of the Nook Has Been Rooted

Jun 30th - If developers can find a way to root an Android-enabled eBook reader, they can root anything. Barnes & Noble released version 1.4 of their Nook the other day, and with that came the usual curiosity of coders: they looked deep into the soul (or source, I forget which) of the latest firmware and found more ...

Black Pixel Power: How The Samsung Galaxy S Saves Battery Life

Jun 30th - Google has occasionally set the background of their homepage to black as a way to promote the environmental importance of energy efficiency (ex: Earth Hour). While the effort was intended to be symbolic, the idea that a monitor/screen uses less energy to display a black pixel than a white pixel became a big discussion point. ...

Xperia X10 Gets An Update (Not Eclair, Not Froyo)

Jun 30th - It’s been a while since the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 got some update love, but perhaps the discovery of a new OTA this morning will soothe that empty part of your soul. Let’s clear this up right now: it’s not Android 2.1, nor is it Android 2.2. The device’s update to Eclair has a broad ...

Android & iPhone Dominate 2 Years Of Mobile [ADMOB]

Jun 30th - If you’re an Android-loving numbers cruncher than you probably love Admob’s monthly report on the mobile industry, each time taking a slightly different approach on the data. This go-round they take a step back and look at the last two years of mobile transition. While the results are astounding… I think it’s fair to say ...

Archos 5 Internet Tablet Firmware Update Enables OpenGL 3D Hardware Acceleration

Jun 30th - Any ARCHOS 5 users out there still proudly using their device will wake up to a firmware update for the tablet today. The most notable improvement you’ll see is that it now has native support for OpenGL 3D hardware acceleration. Developers that target the platform would love this, and the end-result for users would be ...

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Samsung Galaxy S-like Device Heads to KT and LGT as the SHW-M130(K)

Jun 30th - So much for SK Telecom carrying the Samsung Galaxy S exclusively: a simple name change and a slight physical downsizing will do for some of South Korea’s other prominent carriers. LG Telecom is said to be getting the model number SHW-M130, while KT’s offering will append a K onto the end of that. Physically, there ...

Verizon Issuing $25 Gift Cards to Back-Ordered Incredible Purchasers

Jun 30th - It’s good to see that Verizon isn’t just sitting around and waiting for new HTC Droid Incredible units to come in while several thousand (or hundreds of thousands) customers are without the phone they’ve been wanting for a couple of months. We’ve received reports that $25 gift cards are being offered as an apology for ...

NSFW: iPhone 4 vs. HTC EVO 4G [I Don’t Care]

Jun 30th - What would our precious mobile ecosystem be like without some blindly vibrant fanboism? Supporting your favorite brand as if they’re your hometown team and your favorite device as if it’s your personal favorite superstar- what could make you stop rooting for it/them? Nothing. WARNING: THIS IS NOT SAFE FOR WORK! Let’s be honest: it’s no ...

[Update] Samsung Vibrant To Cost $330 Off Contract [GALAXY S FINE PRINT]

Jun 30th - [Update]: Seems we’ve run into a bit of a mix-up. The off-contract price is $449.99 instead of $329.99, confirmed by T-Mobile. Details of the update can be found here. Didn’t your mother tell you to read the fine print before you sign a contract? Well in this case, you should read the fine print because ...

Android Market Developer Back-End Now Shows Comments

Jun 29th - This might not be a big deal to you users (or even to some of you developers), but it’s still a pretty big deal: developers are now able to see the comments on their apps right from the back-end of the Market site on which they perform their dirty work (in this case, dirty = ...

Sprint Says “Let’s Try This Again” Regarding EVO 4G OTA

Jun 29th - Many a Sprint customer woke up to an unfortunate side effect to Sprint and HTC’s fixes this morning for the HTC EVO 4G: it actually broke some phones instead of fixing them. The update itself wasn’t directly responsible for the bricking of devices, but rather the update was being pushed to users twice (in err) ...

All Galaxy S Smartphones to Get Android 2.2

Jun 29th - Even with Samsung’s track record on some of their other devices, we expected Android 2.2 would be a big part in the future of the Galaxy S. The fact that they’re launching this thing in every nook and every corner imaginable to this Earth should be a big enough hint to assume they wouldn’t leave ...

Here’s What the Samsung Fascinate Looks Like

Jun 29th - It was only yesterday that we saw Verizon and Samsung announce the Samsung Fascinate – Big Red’s version of the Samsung Galaxy S – but we hadn’t gotten an image of that particular device straight away. Samsung’s event kicked off not too long ago, however, and it’s ready to make its red carpet debut: it ...