Samsung Exhibit 4G  Samsung Gravity Smart

Another day, anther midnight T-Mobile press release to show us some new Android phones.  This time around we have the Samsung Exhibit 4G, and the Samsung Gravity Smart.  The Exhibit 4G (pictured on the left) comes with a 1GHz CPU, Android 2.3, a 21Mbps 4G radio, all wrapped up in either violet or black.  It also has Samsung’s Media Hub, Doodle Jump, Bejeweled 2, and Scrabble preinstalled to keep you occupied between phone calls and messages.  The Exhibit 4G checks in at $79.99 after a new agreement and a $50 rebate.

The Gravity Smart (on the right) features a four-row slide out QWERTY keyboard, running Android 2.2, T-Mobile’s Group Text service, and a 3MP camera.  The Berry Red and Sapphire Blue models check in at $69.99, the Lunar Gray model is a mere $29.99 — both after the usual agreement and $50 rebate.

Both are expected on the shelves sometime in June, and look to be a very nice choice in the mid-level market.  Hit the break for the full press release.





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Android version numbers

Another month, another batch of numbers showing us the percentage of devices running the various builds of Android. And the numbers haven’t change greatly since our last look a month ago.

The big winners (and "big" is relative here) — Android 2.3.3, not even the latest version of Gingerbread — that’d be Android 2.3.4 on the Nexus S and Nexus One — jumped from 3 percent to 8.1 percent. (Update: Google just explained that one to us: The chart’s really sorted by API level, so don’t worry that Android 2.3.4 isn’t visible.)  Otherwise, things are as you’d expect. The older versions continue to dwindle — Eclair’s down to 21.2 percent, and Froyo’s dropped a little more than a percentage point to 64.6 percent.

As for Honeycomb? Pretty much no change at 0.3 percent for Android 3.0 and Android 3.1. Now, you might be tempted to extrapolate that to the 400,000-some-odd devices being activated a day, and that’d give you about 2,400 Honeycomb devices being activated every day. But that’s bad math. Remember that this chart is aggregate — from the dawn of time until now. So you’re comparing Honeycomb devices against the millions of other devices out there. Food for thought.

Source: Google Developer Blog





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Since the release of the LG Optimus 3D, the world’s first 3D smartphone, it was only a matter of time before competing companies started to offer handsets with this cutting edge technology. HTC are one of the first to respond with the HTC EVO 3D.


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S.O.S. by the American Red Cross  S.O.S. by the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross, Sharecare, and Dr. Oz have teamed up to create the “S.O.S. by the American Red Cross” app, available for free exclusively on Android devices. S.O.S. puts emergency life-saving techniques at your fingertips, with a step-by-step “victim assessment” that will identify the distress and walk you through techniques on how to alleviate 50 of the most common emergency conditions. These protocol walk-throughs feature 3-D animations and detailed instructions on the proper response techniques. Additionally, 30 of these protocols are demonstrated by Dr. Oz himself in clear, easy-to-follow videos. Other tools include audio and visual counters for CPR compressions and 911 dialing with in-call location mapping. Hopefully you’ll never have to use S.O.S., but in the case of an emergency, it’s always best to be prepared. Hit the break to grab the free download from the Android Market.

Source: The American Red Cross





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SE Dropbox

Dropbox and Sony Ericsson have reached a partnership that will pre-install the cloud service on several upcoming Android devices.

Devices labeled as "Dropbox-powered phones" will be sold in Denmark, the UK, Sweden, Australia and Italy. We’re assuming this just means that Dropbox comes pre-installed with the devices and nothing more. And don’t worry, Dropbox will continue to work on non-"Dropbox-powered phones."

Beginning this month, Sony Ericsson will sell phones in Japan through Softbank that will also have Dropbox pre-installed. In addition, Softbank customers will get 1GB more free on top of the free 2GB already given.

Two of the first phones to receive the "Dropbox treatment" are the Xperia Arc and Xperia Play, though the Verizon version will not come with it as of yet.

Dropbox is a great service that is loved by many. However, there is a concern that this is just another example of more bloatware, particularly for those who don’t use Dropbox. What do you think? Does a phone sway you just because it has Dropbox pre-installed?

Source: Dropbox





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T-Mobile has finally announced that the HTC Sensation 4G will be available at T-Mobile stores across the country on June 15th. The price of the HTC Sensation has been set at $199.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and a two year contract (I guess that June 8th launch date didn’t really pan out).  If you [...]





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We still don’t have an official confirmation from T-mobile that the HTC Sensation 4G will be launching on June 8th, but we now know that T-Mobile and HTC are planning on holding an event on that same date and will showcase three new HTC phones. It may sound a bit surprising that T-Mobile has plans [...]





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