Logitech Revue

Update: Nirvana328 lets us know that Logitech's cleared this one up in its forums, saying:

These boxes are just the regular boxes you have now and DO NOT have the 3.1 android update on them.

These boxes are not suppose to be released onto store floors until the update is officially released for everyone.

If a store is selling these boxes (it is just an added sticker on the box. Nothing else is different) they have released these boxes prematurely.

Original: We've seen leaks of Honeycomb for the Logitech Revue, and heard rumors of an inevitable OTA update that will bring the Android Market, but this one takes the cake.  An unnamed big-box retailer has received a shipment of Revues with word on the package that they are updated, according to Engadget.  We don't have much else here, the tipster wasn't able to verify that the units inside actually were running Android 3.1, but that's a pretty bold statement to make if it's just waiting for the OTA like the rest of us.  Anybody out there prowling around their local electronics retailer?  Might be a nice way to spend $99 and snatch up some new and improved Googley goodness.

Source: Engadget





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Samsung Galaxy Note

Is it a phone? Is it a tablet? As smartphones move to sizes of 4.5 inches and beyond, it's a question we've found ourselves asking more and more. The Samsung Galaxy Note is a new "flagship" product which straddles the line between both categories of device. Technically it's a phone, and you can make calls on it, but the large 5.3-inch 1280×800 display means it's not a million mile away from the Honeycomb-powered Galaxy Tab 7.7 in terms of specs. And the Galaxy Note has another trick up its sleeve, in the form of Samsung's new "S Pen", a pressure-sensitive stylus similar to what we've seen from HTC in the past. Samsung's keen to tout the Galaxy Note as a high-end product for business professionals and creatives alike, and we got to see its note-taking and drawing capabilities at today's Galaxy Note World Tour event.

Join us after the jump for a full video run-through of the new features of the Samsung Galaxy Note. We'll be following up with video soon, so keep watching.

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Android Central

It seems like just yesterday the Motorola Droid 3 was released, and now we already are seeing the Motorola Droid 4? Yikes — released just  three months ago, the Motorola Droid 3 brought a larger screen and better keyboard but was lacking LTE out. Looks like that will change with the Droid 4. In addition to the picture the folks at Droid-Life were able to get some specs on the device, and they are as follows:

  • 4-inch screen (assuming Super AMOLED Advanced)
  • Full 5-row illuminated keyboard
  • RAZR styling
  • 4G LTE
  • Non-removable battery
  • Android 2.3.5
  • 1080p video recording (assuming 8MP)
  • Front camera
  • HDMI out
  • MotoACTV syncing

Non-removable battery, eh? Basically, think Droid RAZR with a keyboard. No word on release date, but it wouldn't surprise us in the least to see Verizon slip this one into its lineup sooner rather than later, especially since it apparently is lurking around a store or two.

Source: Droid-Life





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HTC Raider

The HTC Raider can now say goodbye to the rumored tag, and hello to the official device list as Rogers has announced that the device will begin shipping today online, and be available in stores tomorrow. This 4.5-inch qHD super LCD device will run Android 2.3.4 accompanied by an 8MP camera, 1080P video recording and all the other usual Sense goodies. If you have been waiting for an HTC device that can run on Rogers LTE, the HTC Raider may be the right device for you at the price point of only $149 if you sign a three-year deal. 

Source: Rogers





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The on-again off-again Gingerbread update for the HTC Thunderbolt is… on-again.  Verizon has re-started pushing out the Android update to the Thunderbolt after fixing the issue which handset owners started complaining about when the original update started to trickle out a few weeks back.  Verizon will be pushing out the Android 2.3 update to phones [...]





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Verizon Galaxy Nexus Exclusive

So right about now everybody's freaking out over what so many feared — and what many of us have been saying for quite a while. There's a distinct possibility that Verizon will have some sort of exclusivity on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

First off, it ain't entirely true. There are caveats involved here, folks. But you knew that, because you're smart and you listen to the Greatest Android Pocast in the World and have heard us say this numerous times now and don't freak out when the rest of the world does. Let's break down what a Verizon-exclusive Galaxy Nexus means, in handy list form.

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Google Music

Grab your phone, make sure you're not signed into your Google account in the browser, and head to music.google.com.  You'll see the above, with a big fat (non-working) link to the Android Market's music page (https://market.android.com/music).  It doesn't take much imagination to see how this relates to the rumors that Google is planning to open its own music store, and have it tied into your current Google Music Beta account.  

It's widely believed that Google Music was supposed to launch with such a service, but content deals couldn't be made and those plans were scrapped — leaving a free storage locker for 20,000 of your own songs you can stream anywhere.  The addition of an Amazon-esque music store, tied directly to your existing Google checkout account, sounds like a winner to us.  Keep it DRM free, allow me to easily download purchased content to my phone or computer, and you have a customer for life, Google.

Source: News on Droid (German); via TechCrunch





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The Samsung Galaxy Nexus includes a digital still camera capable of taking photographs in 5 mega pixel resolution. Despite this standard being lower than the 8 mega pixel offered on many new phones it still gives a high quality of image that looks superb when viewed on the phones own screen. It is pleasing to see that the video capture is of the highest quality thanks to its 1080P capabilities which make it one of the best models available in this area.


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ThunderBolt Gingerbread update

And this is what it looks like. Yes, Verizon just gave us the heads up that the 146-megabyte Gingerbread update for the HTC ThunderBolt is indeed pushing out right now. Hit up this post for the changelog.

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Barnyard Dance!

If you have young kids, chances are you've got a Sandra Boynton book or two. A third Boynton book — "Barnyard Dance!" — is now available for Android smartphones and tablets. It's going for $2.99 in the Android Market and sits along side "Moo, Baa, La La La!" and "The Going to Bed Book." We've got demo video and download links after the break.

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