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7Dec/10Off

Does Gingerbread Require a 1GHz Processor? LG Says Yes

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There could be bad news on the Horizon for anyone owning a lower-tier handset or an older high-end phone like the Motorola Droid. When questions by Droid Dog’s Alberto Vildosola about the chances of the LG Optimus line of phones receiving Android 2.3, the LG representative in charge of their Facebook fan page responded that it would not receive Gingerbread due to its requirement for a 1GHz processor.

Now I’m not sure how much we should trust the word of whatever marketing intern is running LG’s social media efforts, the sheer thought that my poor Motorola Droid might be at the end of its Android line has me more than a bit anxious. If this pans out, it could be the worst news to come out of the Gingerbread hub-bub. So let’s all hope it doesn’t pan out.

[via DroidLife]

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7Dec/10Off

Just How Close Was the Nexus S to Being the Nexus Two?

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We have all read the claim that Samsung didn’t want to be “number two,” and whether that is true or not the above image suggests the name was a lot closer to sticking than what Sammy would want us to believe. That’s a look at the official Nexus S YouTube page calling for a Nexus Two domain name. Maybe it was just a placeholder while designs and branding were finalized. Who knows, but in some universe the Nexus Two would have been a reality.

[via Engadget]

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7Dec/10Off

iPad wins Apple big chunk of mobile PC market

Heavy consumer demand propels Apple into the top ranks of mobile PC vendors--if you count its tablet as a PC--both in the U.S. and globally, according to DisplaySearch.

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Just in Time for the Holidays: QRapping Paper

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Now that you’re done saying the headline in your head for the 12th time:

If you plan on winning some Phandroid goodies, and giving them as a gift you should probably make it the geekiest gift of the year.

On every sheet of 20″x30″ QRapping paper there are 50 unique QR codes that, when scanned, let you view an original holiday video. But, running at $20 for two sheets you better wrap gifts intended only for the top-tier-geek of your geek friend circle.

How do we one up this idea? Custom QR codes. Next year, perhaps.

[via OH GIZMO! | QRappingpaper.com]

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7Dec/10Off

Phan Giveaway: Seidio Innocase Rugged Case Combo & Beyond!

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The holidays are drawing near and if you don’t like all of the awesome stuff in this giveaway you’re (1) crazy, (2) not remembering you can re-gift it and keep your Christmas shopping list to a minimum! But trust us, you’re going to like what we’ve got to give:

Seidio Rugged Holster Combo
seidioThis Nexus One Seidio accessory pack saved my phone over the weekend. I dropped my Nexus One several times and while bulky cases are usually considered a negative, this slick-looking ruggedized beast prevented a disaster. The winner will actually get 4 parts: (1) Surface Case or 360 Case with Integrated Screen Guard, (2) Rugged Skin + Skeleton, (3) Rugged Lock Holster, and (4) Ultimate Screen Guard (Excludes 360 Cases). Availability is limited but if you don’t have an applicable phone fret not: they make a great stocking stuffer. We’ve got the HTC Droid Incredible, Motorola Droid, HTC EVO 4G, HTC Nexus One, Motorola Droid X, Samsung Captivate, iPhone 3G/3GS, iPhone 4, Blackberry Curve 3G 9300, Blackberry Tour 9630, or BlackBerry Bold II 9700.

In addition to their famouse Innocase Rugged Cases I would DEFINITELY recommend you check out their extended batteries. You can find all their goods at the Seidio Online Store.

iSteamAndy T-Shirt
isteamWe told you folks about the iSteamAndy T-Shirt last month and I’m not gonna lie – it’s a pretty cool concept. Take Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous sketches and imagine if he were to dissect our beloved Android Robot. Now take that imaginary sketch and slap it on a T-Shirt and you’ve got the Exploded Android T-Shirt seen to the left (and in the video). If you don’t win, you can always purchase this bad boy from iSteamAndy.com for $19. And oh yeah, they have a bunch of other cool Android-related T-Shirts so check out their full collection!

Smartphone Coaster
circle-smartphone-coasterMaybe a complete dock with a charging station and expensive price tag is a little much. Maybe you just want a nice looking and sturdy smartphone stand that you can lean your Android on for perfect viewing at your desk or bedside. If that’s you, then check out the smartphone coaster at NewPCGadgets.com. You can snag one of these for only $4 and they make great stocking stuffers… but the winner of today’s Phan Giveaway will get one for free!

gamegripperGameGripper
If you’ve got an original Droid, Droid 2 or Samsung Moment than your gaming aspirations just got improved. While a hardware keyboard can be considered a godsend for mobile gaming success, the Game Gripper greatly improves your odds and enjoyment by providing an accessorized overlay that more accurately emulates traditional game controllers and keypads. Check out Kevin using his Game Gripper in action on the Droid 2. We’ll only include this if you’ve got one of the 3 mentioned devices… that’s our obligation to the environment since you’d likely just throw it away otherwise.

Phandroid Gear
phandroid-gearAnd as usual, we’ll hook the winner up with Phandroid Gear including a Phandroid drawstring bag, Phandroid stadium cup, Phandroid pens and Phandroid mints. Stay tuned for that Phandroid T-Shirt… I promise we’re still working on details and it WILL exist at some point in the near future. Promise!

Today’s winner is guaranteed a lot of awesome stuff, and it doesn’t take much at all to enter. Glance over this very short list of things you need to do:

  • Provide a valid e-mail address with your comment
  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Live in the United States (sorry, I gotta ship this stuff myself)
  • Submit a comment by 11:59pm EDT on December 7th, 2010
  • Only 1 entry per person, multiple comments will NOT improve your chances

We’ll contact the randomly selected winners on December 8th for their address and contact info.

Let the commenting begin!

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7Dec/10Off

Firefox Mobile Beta Coming to Android Market this Month

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Firefox Mobile has been available in beta form one way or another (including Fennec) for the better part of the past year, but it has yet to reach a release worthy of the Android Market. That should change this month, as Matt Brubeck, a Mozilla Engineer, states that an upcoming beta release of the web browser should be in the Market by the end of this month.

Firefox Mobile has so far been a quality browser replacement, if not a bit a bulky. It also definitely still behaves the way you might expect a beta to. Hopefully a launch in the Android Market means good things in the near future.

[via DroidLife]

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Cobra iRadar Coming to Android in Early 2011

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For the poor man there are apps like Trapster to help you locate speed traps and red light cameras, but for those who are serious about breaking the law and getting by, there is the Cobra iRadar system. Recently launched for iPhone, the software/hardware combo is coming to Android. It will be demoed at CES with an early 2011 launch window at a price of $170.

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The system uses Bluetooth to connect your phone to the actual radar detector, and then all monitoring, adjustments, and alerts are handled through your Android handset. Pretty cool, and definitely a better spent $170 than a couple speeding tickets. Full release below.

Cobra iRadar™ System for Android™ to Launch in Early 2011

Revolutionary Detection System Works with Android-based Smartphones to Alert Drivers to Radar/Laser Guns, Speed/Red Light Cameras, and Other Road Hazards

CHICAGO, IL- November 15, 2010 – Cobra Electronics Corporation (NASDAQ: COBR), the leading manufacturer of radar detection devices, today announced the expansion of its Cobra iRadar product line with the development of Cobra iRadar for Android. The Cobra iRadar for Android will debut at the upcoming International Consumer Electronics Show, January 6 – 9, 2011 in Las Vegas, NV in the Cobra booths #9845 and #4135.

The initial version of the Cobra iRadar system, which is compatible with iPhone® and iPod Touch® models, was launched last month and has been well received both nationally and globally. Recently, Cobra iRadar received three awards at the SEMA Show as well as being named a 2011 CES Innovations Award Honoree earlier this week.
“We are very excited to make the Cobra iRadar system available to Android users, who now represent over one-third of the smartphone market,” said Sally Washlow, senior vice president of marketing and sales for Cobra Electronics. As Ms. Washlow pointed out, between the two operating systems Cobra iRadar will be accessible to a significant majority of U.S. smartphone users.

The iRadar system uses Bluetooth® wireless technology to connect the smartphone to the detector. The smartphone’s display is then used to control the detector’s settings and show alerts. As a result, the Cobra iRadar Detection System enables motorists to view, hear and log alerts for radar/laser guns as well as upcoming speed/red light cameras and other potential hazards.

The free Cobra iRadar App includes Cobra’s exclusive AURATM Camera and Driving Hazard Database, which enables drivers to receive alerts for speed and red light camera locations as well as other driving hazards.
Cobra iRadar for Android will have a manufacturer suggested retail price of $169.95 and be available at retailers nationwide and at www.cobra.com. The Cobra iRadar app, along with the AURA database, will be available for free from the Android Market. This new system will begin shipping the first quarter of 2011.
For more information on the Cobra iRadar Detection System, visit www.CobraiRadar.com.

About Cobra Electronics

Cobra Electronics is a leading global designer and marketer of communication and navigation products, with a track record of delivering innovative and award-winning products. Building upon its leadership position in the GMRS/FRS two-way radio, radar detector and Citizens Band radio industries, Cobra identified new growth opportunities and has aggressively expanded into the marine market and has expanded its European operations. The Consumer Electronics Association, Forbes and Deloitte & Touche have all recognized Cobra for the company’s innovation and industry leadership. To learn more about Cobra Electronics, please visit the Cobra site at www.cobra.com. Follow Cobra on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CobraElectronic or become a fan at www.facebook.com/CobraElectronics.

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7Dec/10Off

Survey Says: Thumbplay’s Streaming Music Service Taking a Bite out of P2P Music Sharing

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thumbplayIn a survey that is sure to please music industry execs and RIAA cronies everywhere, Thumbplay has found that 70 percent of its users have sworn off P2P file sharing as their go-to method of music collecting. This speaks to the volume of traffic streaming music services are directing away from “illegal” file sharing and towards more legitimate means of enjoying your favorite tunes.

The survey was conducted among Thumbplay users with a sample size of 500enough to provide meaningful statistics but still on the small side, if you ask me, but the logic here seems pretty sounds. People that once turned to torrent sites and peer-to-peer services to obtain sought-after tracks can now just as easily dial them up in Thumbplay, Grooveshark, Pandora, Slacker, or any other number of options.

Thumplay’s app has been available for Android since the summer and takes a slightly different approach then some of the others mentioned above, and just like those it is at its best when coupled with a paid subscription. Considering many of the users surveyed most likely were paying this subscription fee, it indicates they were already willing to pay for music in the first place (though 75 percent said this was their first time paying for such a service), therefore calling into question their use of file sharing networks in general. But that’s just playing devil’s advocate.

THUMBPLAY SURVEY FINDS 70% OF CLOUD-BASED MUSIC USERS NO LONGER USE P2P MUSIC SERVICES
– iPhone 4 Tops Holiday Wish Lists; Android and BlackBerry Fans Clamor for Droid X and BlackBerry Torch –

NEW YORK – DECEMBER 7, 2010 – In a survey recently conducted by Thumbplay®, a leader in the cloud-based music space, 70% of respondents[1] reported that they have stopped using Peer-to-Peer (P2P) services since engaging Thumbplay Music®. Thumbplay Music, which works on numerous devices across all major smartphone platforms in the U.S., is one of the most widely-available cloud-based streaming music services in the U.S.

More than 500,000 people have downloaded Thumbplay Music to date; nearly 70% are male and the largest user group for the service is 25 – 34-years-old, followed closely by 35 – 44-year-olds. Thumbplay’s popular, feature-rich app with more than 10 million songs has been publicly available on Android™, Apple® and BlackBerry® smartphone platforms since June 2010. It is also available for PCs/Macs®.

People who relied on other streaming services have also migrated to the service. Nearly 80% said that they had previously used Pandora® and cited their primary reasons for using Thumbplay Music as: the ability to use the service on their iPhone®, Android or BlackBerry smartphones (31%), immediate access to an unlimited catalog (30%) and the ability to play music offline (19%).
Interestingly, cloud-based services also appear to be “waking up” music fans; 18% reported that they had “stopped listening to music on a regular basis” before Thumbplay. Nearly 75% stated that Thumbplay Music was the first streaming music service they had paid for.
Not surprisingly, the iPhone 4™ was the #1 smartphone requested for the holidays (30%). The Droid X™ was most-requested Android device and the BlackBerry® Torch™ topped BlackBerry users’ list.
Thumbplay Music usage ranking by platform (June 1 – October 1, 2010):

1. Apple – 39%
2. BlackBerry – 36%
3. Android – 25%

Thumbplay Music boasts several compelling features, including:
Unlimited, on-demand access to any artist or album; choose from millions of songs.
iTunes® Playlist/Favorite Artist Import within Thumbplay Music’s companion desktop app. With a few clicks, recreate iTunes playlists and have them available on your smartphone and PC/Mac.
Genie for music discovery: Instantly generate customized recommendations from select songs and artists – it’s a great way to quickly build playlists that you know you’re going to love while discovering new music.
Online and offline access: No connection? No problem! Listen to music on the subway or in-flight. Available anytime, anywhere for Android, BlackBerry and iPhone.
Music Sharing: Drag-and-drop songs or albums into Twitter, or, to post on Facebook. “Share” by right-clicking on any of the millions of songs within Thumbplay Music’s desktop app. Both Twitter and Facebook sharing options will be available soon for smartphones.
Effortless Playlist creation to quickly build your personal collection; auto-syncs between smartphone and PC/Mac.
Search: Find music by artist, song, album or genre; includes free previews of all songs
Free, “no strings attached” three-day trial; subscriptions are then available for $9.99/month

Thumbplay, which enjoys sustained profitability, has built an award-winning service centered on delivering millions of pieces of mobile content to 95 percent of U.S. devices among every major carrier. Thumbplay is leveraging its existing network of more than 8,000 distribution partners to promote Thumbplay Music. Click on the following link to watch a video demo of the app running on all platforms: http://bit.ly/b27GTY.

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7Dec/10Off

Comcast Mobile App Supposed to be out Today

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We’ve been on the lookout for a Comcast Mobile app which – according to leaks by Android Central – was supposed to be out today. Considering the app was pushed back twice before, we wouldn’t be surprised if it suffered yet another delay. We’ve been checking all morning, but our fingers are tired. But we thought you should know anyway, and we’re dying for you folks (those who are waiting for this, in particular) to keep a lookout for it and hit us up if you see anything. We just want this app to be out already.

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Google Talk Definitely Getting Video Chat in Honeycomb, Confirmed by Rubin’s Slip-Up

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When we posted our “This Hour in Nexus S and Gingerbread” report earlier this morning, I wondered if Google Talk was really getting voice and video features. It’s something we heard might’ve been in the works for Gingerbread long before Google announced it, and new evidence from the SDK files uncovered the same Video and Voice icons we see when using the desktop version of Google Talk.

But that was all before I actually watched the video of Andy Rubin at All Things D’s Dive Into Mobile fireside chat where Rubin inadvertently let us know that his Google Talk was open. And that it had video chat icons. And that we shouldn’t have seen that. And now we know for sure that Google’s working to include this into Honeycomb. (Seriously, Rubin, you should’ve just hit the home button and not have said anything, bud.)

Voice calling wasn’t confirmed in the same way, but I can’t imagine it’ll be left out either. We’re still wondering why the icons appear in Gingerbread’s SDK if they’re not due until Honeycomb, but it’s likely they just wanted to get the resources in now so they wouldn’t have to worry about them later. Or Google Talk could be getting decoupled from Android and headed to the Android market once these new features arrive. Who really knows? No one but Google, for now.

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