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Apple announces presumed iPhone 5 launch event for September 12th; we’ll be there live!

Apple announces presumed iPhone 5 launch event for September 12th

Apple has just invited members of the press to attend a San Francisco-based product launch event on September 12th, where the next generation iPhone is expected to be officially unveiled. As rumored, it seems as if the company’s prior iPod-focused fall events may be split off into two. It’s been reported that an October event may follow this one, with a miniaturized 7-inch iPad on the docket for that. This event, however, seems a lock for the iPhone 5 — or “new iPhone,” or whatever it ends up being coined — and while CEO Tim Cook confessed at D10 that it would be doubling down on secrecy, leakers seem to have doubled down on tipping the world off on what’s to come. The keynote kicks off at 10AM PT in SF, and you can bet we’ll be there covering every second of it live. Didn’t have any “lunch” plans for 9/12? Looks like you do now.

September 12, 2012 10:00 AM PDT

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Apple announces presumed iPhone 5 launch event for September 12th; we’ll be there live! originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 04 Sep 2012 12:04:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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AT&T Galaxy S III hits stores Friday

AT&T Galaxy S III

A little bit of good news for those of you who are still trying to get the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S III from an actual … what do you call it … oh, right — store. The carrier today says it expects full stock on July 6 — that's this Friday. Preorders have been shipping over the past several days, so that's been taken care of. But being able to walk in, hold the GSIII in your hand and then plop down some cash has been problematic, at best. This week that ends.

Pricing remains $199 for the 16GB version, which is all AT&T's got. But you can still slap up to a 64GB microSD card in there, so all's not lost.

But before you hoof it over to an AT&T store — hell, before you eat lunch — be sure to read our complete AT&T Galaxy S III review.

Source: AT&T

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Samsung Galaxy S III in the wild – but under disguise

We’ve heard multiple reports and rumors about the supposed specs of the Samsung Galaxy S III for months on end now. With multiple “leaks” and images also hitting the web we’ve still never seen anything too convincing. It’s been said to have already reached some carriers for testing in Korea, but that is about all we know. What we do know though, is Samsung has done a great job keeping things a mystery with the Galaxy S III.

Earlier this week we were just talking about this here at AC. How nothing concrete had been leaked regarding actual specs, hardware, or any pictures yet. Obviously some of what we’ve seen (linked to below) could end up being the real deal but they’ve all looked pretty fake so far. Samsung has done a great job hiding everything regarding the Galaxy S III and some new reports from Redmond Pie mentions how and why. It looks like Samsung is taking another approach that Apple has, and is disguising their flagship device to mislead the average eye or leakster.

We’ve heard 4.65″ screens to 4.8″, dual-core 2.0 GHz processors and 1.5 GHz quad-cores and more, but nothing is actually known. According to what we are now hearing. The device is actually being tested by multiple carriers around the world, but has an excellent disguise. Coming with a huge and hideous case around it, being described as a “lunch box” like disguise.

Apparently the device has been in carriers possession for testing for around 8 weeks now. A full two months. If that is the case then we should be seeing or hearing more very soon — as long as things are going well of course. If rumors are to be believed this aluminum housed phone should rock an amazing 4.8″ Super AMOLED HD screen, be super thin, powered by a blazing fast quad-core processor, and have an awesome 8 or 12 megapixel camera around back. All sealed up with 4G LTE and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

I for one am extremely excited to see what Samsung has in store for us, and pretty sure I’m not alone either. With competition between Apple and now HTC starting to really heat up, this entire disguise idea makes total sense. Thoughts?


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Are You A “Mobile Worker” If You Are Or If You Aren’t Sure Check Out This Infographic

The Mobile Worker has grown ten fold in the last five years. According to this infographic published by our friends at Meshin, a mobile worker is:

“Any worker who uses a mobile device (including laptops, smartphones an tablets) and accesses networks to do their job at home, in the field, or while traveling for work”

At this day and age I wouldn’t be surprised if about 90% of us are in that category. According to the data set 87%  of tablet owners use them for work. 73% use their own tablets for work. This is quite an accomplishment being that good quality tablets have only been on the market for the last few years.

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The infographic also highlights the progress we’ve made in terms of cellular phones since 1984.

There area 700 million to a billion mobile works globally now. Are you guilty of any of these things:

working through lunch?
tucking kids into bed and returning to work (in a mobile sense)
going back to work remotely after dinner?
Do you work before you even go to work?

This infographic from Meshin really sums it all up and is extremely accurate, at least for most of the people that I know. Meshin is working on great productivity apps (and you know how I love productivity). The Meshin Beta app is an email, message, instant message aggregator that displays all of your messages in a news reader format.

Meshin Recall is a genius compliment to evernote which brings your calendar through your evernote so that you can make notes and recall them later by date. In a meeting with Meshin at South By Southwest we were told about some even more intuitive things that will be coming from this company that prefers to release apps to Android first.

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Inertia: Escape Velocity – a 3D platform game that jumps miles past the competition

Inertia: Escape Velocity

This morning I had the pleasure of testing out one of the hottest games on the Android Market. Inertia: Escape Velocity, from Red Fly Studio, Inc, is a 3D side-to-side platform game that lets you defy gravity. In the game, you are Hermes, a high-tech scavenger who can turn his personal gravity on and off at will. Your mission is to channel your Inertia to leap, hover, bounce, float, and zoom your way through over 35 levels of gameplay. You’ll meet a barrage of deadly obstacles and intriguing challenges on your journey, so make sure to pack a lunch.

Graphics for mobile gaming have become increasingly more beautiful, and Inertia is no exception. The game boasts beautiful 3D graphics, smooth gameplay, and a comprehensive story line that will keep you coming back for more. There’s also support for OpenFeint, so you’ll be able to unlock achievements and be able to compete against other players from around the world.

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Inertia: Escape Velocity
Inertia: Escape Velocity

There are two different versions of Inertia: Escape Velocity. One is optimized for being played on phones, and there’s an HD version for tablets. There are also trial and full versions of both games, so you can test it to make sure you like it before committing.

Below is a link to the paid HD version of the game. If you’d like to try the phone or trial versions, make sure to hit the developer link below to visit their page on the Android Market. Happy jumping!

Application: Inertia: Escape Velocity HD
Developer: RED FLY STUDIO, INC
Cost: $3.99

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[Render] Super-Sharp HTC Zeta Will Poke Your Eyes Out With Its Corners, Burn Your Hands With Its Blazing 2.5Ghz Quad-Core Processor

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So, looky at what we have here: yet another render for a supposedly upcoming HTC device. This one is a far cry from the current crop of HTC phones on the market — heck, it’s even a whole different beast from the Edge and Ville. This one looks mean.

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Not only does this monster look like it will beat up all the other phones and take their lunch money, but it’s rumored to have the power to back it up. Under that sharp unibody hood, the Zeta is said to be packing a face-melting…

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[Render] Super-Sharp HTC Zeta Will Poke Your Eyes Out With Its Corners, Burn Your Hands With Its Blazing 2.5Ghz Quad-Core Processor was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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WireFly’s ‘Take Fifty’ Weekly Promo – DROID X2 for $39.99!

Here we are again, on another wonderful hump day. Knowing in our hearts that when lunch ends it is all down hill from there. WireFly’s ‘take fifty’ 24 hour promotion is in full swing again today. Todays device is the Motorola DROID X2 on Verizon wireless. You should know the drill by now, but in case you don’t I’ll explain. Watch the silly YouTube video that WireFly has prepared for you, look for the coupon code and click it. Take that code toWireFly and place your oder for the DROID X2 on a new 2 year contract and you are set. The DX2 is already on sale for $89.99, but if you follow the instructions you can get your hands on it for only $39.99. Pretty simple promo and pretty amazing price for a great Android device.  Check out the video below to find that code.

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Falling Fred is one hell of a gory fun time

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This is simultaneously the best and worst app we’ve ever seen, pretty much combining two of our three biggest fears. (The third involves forgetting pants.)

Fred’s falling. Don’t let him get sliced. Or diced. Or smashed. Or lasered. Or any of the 30 things that can separate his head (or other parts) from his body. And look at for the wall, too.

Download links are after the break. Hope you’ve had lunch already.

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Verizon’s ‘DataGate’ plans leaked in excruciating detail

With each and every passing day, the rumors surrounding Verizon’s new “usage plans” are getting tougher to ignore. It’s only been two days since we initially heard Big Red was ready to ride its unlimited data plans into the sunset in favor of switching to a newer, more usage-friendly model, and the leaks continue to flood in. This go-round, very official-looking docs that offer up a whole slew of details are in the open air. Many of the details echo what we’ve heard before: the data plans are the same price, starting at $30 for 2GB and working up to increments of 5GB for $50 and 10GB for $80; mobile hotspot access is an additional $20 and you’ll get hooked up with an extra pair of gigs; finally, going over these allotments will cost you $10 per GB.

As rumored yesterday, all customers grandfathered into the unlimited monthly data will be allowed to keep it, even when upgrading to new phones. Business discounts, currently applied to the limitless plans, would now only apply to primary lines that are willing to fork out $50 or more; however, the wording did not indicate whether or not those grandfathered in would still receive those same benefits. More leaked docs can be found after the break, so grab some lunch and find your favorite chair — you’ll need ‘em.

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Verizon’s ‘DataGate’ plans leaked in excruciating detail originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 22 Jun 2011 14:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Motorola’s 4.3-inch Photon 4G brings Tegra 2, kickstand magic to Sprint (video hands-on)

You know something big is about to go down when you can get the CEOs from two major tech companies to sit down together for lunch. As suspected, today’s Sprint / Motorola event, presided over by Dan Hesse and Sanjay Jha, marked the debut of the rumored Photon 4G. The handset packs a 4.3-inch qHD display, 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of built-in memory, and pre-installed Gingerbread — plus, for better or worse, the latest version of Blur. The skinny new smartphone’s got front and rear facing cameras (the latter of which is eight megapixels), a dedicated camera button, and micro-USB and HDMI ports, which will hook into a soon to be announced docking device.

The handset is the first from a US carrier to offer up global 4G connectivity, and it’s also got 3G support, should you need it (that’s CDMA / WiMAX in the US and GSM internationally). Enterprise functionality, traditionally a bit of an oversight with Android handsets, is present too, thanks to business-minded tools built into Blur and increased security, courtesy of the manufacturer’s acquisition of 3LM (“Three Laws Mobility” to its friends). Sprint’s influence shines through as well, with the inclusion of a built-in active kickstand on its rear, a first for a Motorola device. Flip it open, and the display will automatically switch to landscape mode for optimal viewing.

We managed to get a little hands-on time with the device prior to the announcement, and by and large, the touchscreen and software seemed quite responsive. The handset itself is both skinny and narrow and feels good in the hand, though the smooth back doesn’t offer much in the way of traction for those prone to dropping their phones. The buttons on the device were a bit stiff and sunken, though we’ll have to hold off on passing judgment on that front, since this is a pre-production unit — hopefully we’ll get out hands on something more final in the near future. The Photon 4G is set to hit Sprint this summer — an exact date and price point have yet to be announced.

Dana Wollman contributed to this report.

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Motorola’s 4.3-inch Photon 4G brings Tegra 2, kickstand magic to Sprint (video hands-on) originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 09 Jun 2011 12:41:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sprint and Motorola cooking up something over lunch on June 9

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We like Sprint. We like Motorola. And, most important, we like lunch. So when Sprint and Moto announce an invite-only luncheon in New York City, you bet your bottom dollar we’ll be there with bells on — and forks in hand.

What’s that? They’ll be showing off some new devices? Hey, that’s great, too!

More: Android Central’s upcoming events


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Ava Telepresence Bot Gets Android Apps Thanks To Google And iRobot

Looks like Google is going to be assisting iRobot in getting some highly important functionality running on the Ava Telepresence tablet displayed at CES a couple of months ago.  That’s right, we’re talking about Android apps.  Both companies are hard at work developing specific programs with the ability to run smoothly on the Android enabled tab.  The applications are geared towards being able to communicate with the robot itself, giving it simple directions and commands.  Who knows what these things will be able to do some day.  Maybe, perhaps, we can get them to clean our rooms, serve us drinks and make us lunch while spouting off my calendar events for the day?  I don’t know, but I’m sure in time we’ll figure something out for them to do.  Hit the break to check out the video from Google I/O and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.   Read More…

Ava Telepresence Bot Gets Android Apps Thanks To Google And iRobot


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Android Eats Apple

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Google didn’t waste any time to poke playful fun at their biggest mobile competitor – Apple.

Android is eating Blackberry, Nokia, Windows Phone, and Feature Phone lunch more than anything else… but I won’t complain about taking a bit out of Apple. Bring on GOOGLE IO!


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HTC Makes A Lot Of Money

Despite all that battery life issues that the HTC company has brought on its devices, people still enjoy getting stylish and reliable smart-phones and, soon, a tablet, as far as company’s profits has risen a bit (in our heads a bit means a lot). So, during the first-quarter company’s profit had reached T$14.83 billion (~$511 million) and that is almost on 2 billion higher than the predicted T$12.99 billion point. Q1 2011 revenues apparently topped T$104.2 billion (~$3.6 billion), with consolidated sales for March hitting T$37 billion (~$1.3 billion). I do not know how much it is in devices but I can say with a firm that this is a lot of phones no matter from what angle you are looking at it. I do hope that with the upcoming HTC Flyer we will be able to see a few percents added in the profit report. And please, HTC, do something about the battery life because it is very annoying when after lunch there is only 5% of the morning charge left.

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Amazon Cloud Player goes live, streams music on your computer and Android

Oh snap! Look who just ate Apple’s and Google’s lunch here? Amazon has just pushed out its very own music streaming service, dubbed Amazon Cloud Player.

Developing…

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in]

Amazon Cloud Player goes live, streams music on your computer and Android originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 29 Mar 2011 00:06:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Bizzy Challenges The Droid Guy to Check Out South By South West

We had lunch today with the folks from Bizzy. Bizzy is a new location based app, but better than that they are looking to change the paradigm from the traditional check in apps. Sure everyone “changes the paradigm” we must have seen 1390493 game changers since we got into Austin for South By South West.  [...]

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Which are your favorite Android widgets?

Part of the joy in owning an Android handset is customizing it. After I first got my Nexus I spent hours getting it the way I wanted it, and then hours on top of that tweaking and playing with settings. That all got a lot more fun after I installed Launcher Pro and rooted my handset. The extra options from LP and Cyanogenmod gave the phone a new life. I now have it the way I want it, but that could change at any time.

Part of the fun in customizing my home screens was determining which widgets to use. I limited myself to three home screens, knowing, from previous smartphone experience, that while adding more might look nice, it’s mostly unnecessary. This forced me to work in my essential icons along with the most useful widgets. As I soon found, adding widgets is addictive and useful at the same time. I’m currently employing five of them, though I’m going to run into a few problems in a month or so.

The screen cap on the right is my main home screen. It contains two widgets, though they will change soon enough. The one on top, which controls my music, will always stay. I play music on my device every day, and having the widget is a nice little feature. The ability to pause is worth the widget taking up three times the space of the music app icon.

Below that is Evernote, an app that lends itself to widgets. I will likely use this app less frequently starting in April, because the widget will no longer appear on my home screen. Instead, the MLB At Bat widget will take its place. That’s a shame not only because it means I’ll write myself fewer notes, but it also means charging more frequently. The At-Bat widget munches battery for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Sliding over, I have the Pulse RSS reader widget on one home screen. It shows the last three stories from one site, with a short description below. This is one that might get the axe. It’s incredibly awesome, don’t get me wrong. But if it updated in real time my battery would be gone before I even got a chance to charge the phone. In theory, great, but in practice this one falls a little short.

Sliding in the opposite direction, you’ll find my most useful home page. This one has the manage connections widget, which controls WiFi, GPS, syncing, mobile data, and brightness. I could not live without this widget. I use it less now, because Cyanogenmod has a WiFi toggle in the notifications menu. But the manage connections widget is still essential for the other functions. Below that I have my calendar, which is a LauncherPro premium widget. That widget alone was worth the paid price of LauncherPro. It’s by far better than the Android calendar widget.

This leads to the obvious question of which widgets you consider essential. Leave ‘em in the comments.

This post originated at AndGeeks.com – home to all things Android! Also a great source of info about Android Phones.

Which are your favorite Android widgets?

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