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Our Samsung Vibrant for T-Mobile videos

by: Michael OrylJuly 15, 2010

Yesterday I shot two videos of the new Samsung Galaxy S based Vibrant for T-Mobile USA. I had just picked it up the night before at a T-Mobile event in NYC, and spent some time going through some of this impressive phone’s many features. Part one is below, part two is available after the jump.

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Our Samsung Intercept for Sprint videos

by: Michael OrylJuly 13, 2010

Yesterday I received the new Samsung m910 Intercept for Sprint.  Here are two videos I shot of the device, going through some of its features (second video after the jump). The Intercept features a 3.2-inch WQVGA display, a 3.2MP autofocus camera, and a decent 800MHz processor.

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General Mobile StoreOid app store preview

by: Michael OrylJuly 12, 2010

General Mobile StoreOid

For those of you looking for a non-Google source of applications for your Android powered smartphone, General Mobile recently started showing off its StoreOid app store. While it is to come pre-installed on General Mobile’s own Android powered devices, the store will function on just about any Android 1.6 or later smartphone once it is released to the general public.

I tested it out on a few Android 2.1 devices, such as the LG Ally and DROID Incredible, and it worked fine. To give you an idea what it looks like, however, I thought it fitting to shoot photos of it running on General Mobile’s own DSTL1 device [...]

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Google releases App Inventor for Android – no coding knowledge needed

by: Michael OrylJuly 12, 2010

Today Google released App Inventor, an application for Mac and PC users that allows non-programmers to build working Android applications by linking together pre-defined programming modules.  The modules provide access to the phone’s sensors, its text to speech system,and even online content.

The software uses the Open Blocks Java library that is distributed by MIT’s Scheller Teacher Education Program.

Access to the App Inventor will be given in the coming weeks, but you’ll need to sign up for it ahead of time with a Google email address at the App Inventor website.

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China Unicom working on UniPlus version of Android for its Uphone line

by: Michael OrylJuly 12, 2010

China Unicom's uPhone

Not to be outdone by its larger rival China Mobile and its Android-based OPhone smartphone OS, number 2 Chinese carrier China Unicom has shown that it is working on its own flavor of Android that is to be called UniPlus, with the products that feature the OS to be called Uphone.

According to a story posted by QQ.com, the OS is set to be available in the third quarter of this year and products should show up running the OS in the fourth quarter of 2010.

China Unicom is also planning to open an Android app store for its Uphone devices that will be called UniStore.  More photos after the jump.

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Samsung Intercept for Sprint now available.

by: Michael OrylJuly 11, 2010

If you’ve been waiting to get your hands on Sprint’s new Samsung m910 Intercept, today is the day to act. The Android 2.1 powered QWERTY smartphone is on sale today for $99.99 with a 2 year Sprint Everything Data plan, which start at $69.99 per month.

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Updated: Sprint launches Samsung Intercept QWERTY Android smartphone

by: Michael OrylJuly 7, 2010

Samsung Intercept for Sprint

Sprint has just officially taken the wraps off of the Samsung Intercept.  The Intercept runs Android 2.1 and features a 3.2-inch touchscreen display, a 3.2 megapixel camera, and a slide-out 4-row QWERTY keyboard.

We’ve not received too many specs on the phone so far, but can tell you that it supports the typical Sprint services like Sprint TV and NFL/NASCAR apps, and it only runs at EV-DO Rev. 0 data speeds for some reason.  Visual Voicemail is also available, and the phone can accept cards as large as 32GB in its microSD memory card slot.

The phone, which will be available in gray or pink, will go on [...]

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Motorola CHARM for T-Mobile USA official

by: Michael OrylJuly 7, 2010

Motorola CHARM for T-Mobile USA

Motorola this morning officially unveiled the CHARM, another MOTOBLUR device for T-Mobile USA. This time, however, the phone is running Android 2.1 and sports a new form factor.

While Moto and T-Mobile have not announced pricing, and have only said that it is expected to be available “this summer,” we expect the phone to come in at a low price point for an Android smartphone due to its component selection. It features only a 2.8-inch capacitive touchscreen display with a QVGA (320 x 240 pixel) resolution. That’s quite a step down from the 5 megapixel camera on the CLIQ, with its larger 320 x 480 [...]

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Samsung Fascinate, Vibrant, Captivate, and Epic 4G hands-on videos

by: Michael OrylJune 30, 2010

If you want to check out the latest Samsung Galaxy S based Android 2.1 smartphones, there’s no better way than via video. In the player below you will find videos on the 4 new U.S. market devices (AT&T’s Captivate, Sprint’s Epic 4G, T-Mobile’s Vibrant, and Verizon’s Fascinate).  They are all similar, but have different software tweaks, and the Epic 4G, of course, also has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and WiMAX support.

Use the tabs on the left and right edge of the player to switch from video to video.

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Our Motorola DROID X for Verizon review

by: Michael OrylJune 30, 2010

Motorola DROID X for Verizon

I’ve posted my review of the Motorola DROID X for Verizon on MobileBurn.com, and I didn’t spend only a few hours with it like so many other guys that wrote reviews.  Ahem.  In any case, I like the device quite a bit, but wouldn’t tend to use one personally since I like smaller phones with keyboards. But I have to tell you, I liked it far more than the HTC EVO 4G for Sprint.

My summary:

The Motorola DROID X for Verizon Wireless is the latest member of Verizon’s DROID lineup of Android powered smartphones. In this particular case, the DROID X runs the Android 2.1 OS and features a massive [...]

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