This week, Apple is looking up at Android's popularity, the iPad gets its first real competitor in the form of the Samsung Galaxy Tab, and iPhone slider cases are causing scratches on iPhone 4. Also, Sprint releases an iPhone 4 case that brings 4G service to iOS, Hitachi is working on a touch screen for use with gloves, and the MacBook Air is top-rated by Consumer Reports.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab Android tablet will make its way to AT&T November 21, priced at $649.
If you've been following the Tab's prolonged multicarrier roll-out this month, you're probably wondering why AT&T has priced the Tab at a $50 premium over its competitors Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon.
One answer is that AT&T is using the same flexible, pay-as-you-go data plans pioneered on the iPad, priced at $14.99 (250MB/month) and $25 (2GB/month). If you plan on mostly leaning on the Tab's Wi-Fi capabilities, having the option of … Read more
Last week, Engadget posted photos of another Samsung Android handset, and quite a promising one at that. Listed without a codename, the device should be a flagship phone due in February of next year.
Although images appear to be mock ups hastily thrown together for the sake of presentation, it's the rumored hardware that I'll focus on. The slides show the smartphone as having either a 4.3-inch or 4.5-inch "sAMOLED2" touch display. I don't know about you, but I love the idea of Samsung releasing a phone with a screen size that rivals … Read more
Soon after I posted the news of Sprint's new Samsung M360 last week, I received a few e-mails from CNET readers wondering why such a simple phone was worthy of our attention. As reader sdf0013 put it in the comments section of the blog, the M360 news was "out of place for the usually tech-savvy CNET crowd."
Though I answered sdf0013's comment at the time, other readers offered similar comments after we reviewed the M360 on Wednesday. So I wanted to take this opportunity to address their concerns and defend the M360's merits.
CNET's … Read more
Right now we're all following the rumors that Google might have another Nexus phone on its way, one perhaps made by Samsung that was leaked via Best Buy's Web site. But it's not the only mystery Samsung device floating around today.
At the FPD International 2010/Green Device 2010 trade show in Chiba, Japan, this week there's a mystery 10.1-inch, super-slim (1.8 mm!?) Samsung "ereader" being shown off. It's sporting a new flexible type of AMOLED display, but the prototype e-reader, instead of showing a book, is showing a very Galaxy … Read more
We know you've already poured over our review of the Samsung Galaxy Tab on Sprint. But if T-Mobile is your carrier of choice, you're probably wondering what differences you can expect from its version of the Tab.
In terms of hardware pricing, the two are neck and neck, priced at $399 with a two-year contract, and $599 off-contract. It's the little things, such as home screen layout, preinstalled apps, memory configuration, SIM card slot, and the color of the backing, that really stand out at first glance.
To see what you can expect from T-Mobile's Tab, … Read more
Android on your iPhone, 3D Video Chat and the Top 5 ways to fix Android, All that and more on this week's edition of Android Atlas Weekly for Thursday, November 11th, 2010. Join Justin Eckhouse along side guest host, CNET Associate Editor, Antuan Goodwin!Subscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360) EPISODE 24
Android gets a multi-browser advantage http://news.cnet.com/8301-30685_3-20022277-264.html
Android bugs let attackers install malware without warning http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/11/10/android_malware_attacks/
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A handful of month-old pictures surfaced online today showing what appears to be the Samsung follow-up to the Nexus One. After news of Best Buy's accidental mention of a Nexus S today, we're starting to see things unfold rather quickly. At this stage, it's not a matter of whether or not the phone exists, but rather a question of when it will appear.
FCC documents are shedding light on the model number for what turn out to be the Nexus S. As pointed out by Android Community, the GT-i9020 looks identical to the images provided to Engadget, … Read more
Hot on the heels of T-Mobile's release, Verizon is now offering Samsung's Galaxy Tab to customers.
Verizon's offering is somewhat different from that of T-Mobile's. Verizon is selling the tablet device for $599.99, regardless of whether the customer opts for a two-year contract or a month-to-month arrangement. T-Mobile, on the other hand, is selling the Galaxy Tab for $599.99 with no contract or for $399.99 with a two-year commitment.
Verizon is offering more data plans than T-Mobile. The carrier said customers can choose a 1GB option for $20 per month, 3GB of data … Read more
Android captured the second-highest global market share of all smartphone operating systems in the third quarter, according to data released today by Gartner.
Driven by its year-long surge, Google's mobile OS took home a 25.5 percent share of the global market, jumping from just 3.5 percent a year ago. Though still on top, Nokia's Symbian continued to lose ground with a 36.6 chunk of the market, down from 44.6 percent in the year-ago quarter.
Android phones have taken off in part because they can hit different consumer segments, says Gartner. Samsung has done well … Read more