Get the Original Samsung Galaxy Tab from K-Mart for $99

With the likes of the Toshiba Thrive, the Motorola Xoom, and the new Galaxy 10.1 being out and about, it’s easy to forget Samsung’s original Galaxy Tab tablet, despite its somewhat recent update to Gingerbread. Still, for those looking to get a pretty good tablet on the cheap, you can’t do much better than K-Mart’s deal: the aforementioned Galaxy Tab for a mere $99. Even better, there’s no mail-in rebate. Naturally this offer comes with the usual caveats of a two year contract and monthly service, but these are pretty minor and that cellular service can be quite handy, even without the 4geez. Anyone planning cashing in on this deal? Let us know in the comments!


Get the Original Samsung Galaxy Tab from K-Mart for $99


HTC Puccini To Be Unveiled September 1st?

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Apparently, HTC has been busy sending out invitations for a big September 1st event but is remaining tight lipped on exactly what will be unveiled. According to those that have received an invite (we’re still waiting on ours) no device was mentioned. Seeing how HTC has yet to release a Honeycomb tablet this is leading many to assume this event could be centered around the launch of HTC’s first 10-inch tablet, the HTC Puccini, that’s been leaked all around the net lately. The device was originally rumored for a mid August launch but again, those were only rumors. Has anyone been holding out or excited to get their hands on this particular Honeycomb tablet?

[Via HTC Source]


T-Mobile LG G-Slate Android 3.1 Update Rolling out Today

We haven’t heard much from LG and their G-Slate since it was launched back in April but the 8.9″ 3D capable device is still chugging along. In case users and owners were wondering about future upgrades I’m happy to report that the LG G-Slate should start seeing the OTA update to Android 3.1 Honeycomb today, or early tomorrow. Basically I’d just start hitting “check for updates” right now if I owned one.

For such an awesome device it hasn’t been seen in the news as of late. The G-Slate is a 8.9″ NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core tablet with dual cameras on the rear for 3D. I guess the complaint is the 3D requires glasses for viewing on the device unless the recently seen LG Optimus 3D. We were able to get plenty hands-on time with the G-slate so check out our full review.

Back to the update, clearly stated above in yellow the G-Slate should start seeing this any time now but we’ve yet to hear any reports of users actually receiving the update. According to the LG Forums it will be today or sometime tomorrow so I guess we will have to wait and see. Now my first question would be when will it get the Android 3.2 update that brings zoom and a few other helpful features? As many tablets already have been updated to that like a few weeks ago. The G-Slate is a little behind the times but hopefully gets caught up soon.

Device Specifications and Information
Device Info
    Device Name : G-Slate
    Manufactuer : LG
    Carrier : T-Mobile
    Announced Date : January 05, 2011
    Release Date : April 20, 2011
    Also Known As : LG Optimus Pad, Optimus Pad, LG G-Slate, T-Mobile G-Slate
Display
  • Screen Size : 8.9 Inch
  • Resolution : 1280x768
  • Screen Type : IPS LCD
Dimension & Weight
  • Height : 9.56 Inch
  • Width : 5.88 Inch
  • Depth : 0.49 Inch
  • Weight : 620 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Ion
  • Battery Capacity : 6400 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : 237 hours
Software
    Android OS:
  • 3.0.x
    Audio Playback:
  • AAC
  • AAC+
  • AMR
  • MP3
    Video Playback:
  • h.263
  • h.264 / AVC
  • MPEG-4 (MP4)
Hardware
    CPU : Tegra 2
    CPU Clock Speed : 1000 Mhz
    Core : 2
    Ram : 1000 MB
    Internal Storage : 32 GB
    Front Facing Camera :
    Camera Resolution :5 MP
    Camera Features:
  • 1080p Video Recording
  • 720p Video Recording
    Sensors:
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Proximity
    QWERTY :
Cellular Network
    Network Technology:
  • GSM
    GSM Band:
  • 850
  • 900
  • 1800
  • 1900
Device Connectivity
    Wi-Fi:
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
    Bluetooth:
  • Bluetooth 2.0
    Location Features:
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Cellular location
  • Wi-Fi location
    FM Radio :

[via Android Police]

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Android 3.1 Update Expected to Commence ‘Today or Tomorrow’ for LG G-Slate

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Though it was one of the first Honeycomb tablets to hit the streets, the LG G-Slate (otherwise known as the LG Optimus Pad) has fallen to the wayside in light of other heavy hitters and competitively priced options. It doesn’t mean the 8.9-inch slate has been forgotten, however. In a posting to LG’s forums a moderator has announced that the update to Android 3.1 will begin rolling out either today (8/8) or tomorrow (8/9). As of right now, the new version of Android hasn’t been pushed, but it is expected to fix many of the bugs pestering G-Slate owners in addition to providing enhancements standard with the new (but not newest) OS version.

[via AndroidPolice]


LG Flip II Dual-screen Android Phone Spotted Again

Recently a few more pictures have leaked out for the LG Flip II or so we are calling it. This is a dual-screen slider headed to T-Mobile by LG that not only has dual screens but also a hardware keyboard. It’s a different take on design that is for sure, but I could see developers cooking up some cool and unique features for that extra screen real estate.

While many are mentioning this device for the first time we got wind of it (and better pictures) back in June and you can see those here. While we still don’t have many details about the phone the picture above and below reveals plenty about the device. The QWERTY keyboard looks nice at decently spaced given the lack of room with that screen down below.

Looking at that last image it may be running on Android 2.3 Gingerbread but we don’t know for sure, and have a 3.5″ display with what looks like a 1 or 1.5″ display for the other. I sort of like the idea of having my most used applications neatly on the screen below, or maybe some other crazy cool uses once developers get cracking with the extra screen space. The LG Flip II is still a mystery so until we hear more you’ll have to just enjoy the photos.

[via PocketNow]

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Motorola Lightening Hour Contest Could Net You a Photon 4G

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Motorola has a new promotion starting today and running through the end of August. Each day via their Facebook and Twitter accounts a “Lightening Hour” will be announced along with instructions for a task to be completed within that time frame. The contest began today at 5PM, so you still have a few minutes to complete today’s task. Simply go watch a video on Moto’s Facebook page and fill in your info, and you could be one of 32 winners to score a the Photon 4G. If you miss today’s chance just check back tomorrow for another chance.

[via DroidLife]


HTC Ruby To Be Hitting T-Mobile soon?

Rumor and speculation are nothing new in the wireless industry, especially when it comes to phone launches. T-Mobile is no exception to this model, and the latest scoop revolves around Ms. HTC Ruby and Mr. Blurry Cam. The photo above is the latest of the candid shots involving the Ruby, and the carrier label in the upper right hand corner of the device leaves little doubt as to which wireless home it’ll be bunking down in. Curiously, the device doesn’t carry the Genius button intrinsic to most recent HTC T-Mobile phones, so perhaps it’ll be aimed at a more business-centric clientele. Of course, we’ll know more as either information is leaked or the device is officially announced. Care to do a bit of guessing as to the specs of this newbie? Feel free in the comments below!


HTC Ruby To Be Hitting T-Mobile soon?


Motorola Giving Away a Bunch of Photon 4G Handsets in August

Motorola's PR people just pinged our inbox to tell us about a new contest that the handset maker is holding over the next few weeks.  Called the Lightning Hour, it's a daily chance for you to win a brand new Photon 4G direct from Motorola.  The contest runs every day from today (August 8) through the end of the month (August 31) and gives players one hour to enter.

Should you not win the new Sprint hotness, you might also end up with one of the other prizes which include bluetooth speakers and headsets as well as Livenation Concert Cash.  Official prizes in Lightning Hour contest:

  • A Motorola Photon 4G Smartphone (96 available to be awarded). Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) $549.99 each.
  • $100 in LiveNation® Concert Cash® (480 to be awarded). ARV $100.00 each.
  • A Motorola Roadster Bluetooth Speaker (48 available to be awarded). ARV $99.99 each.
  • A Motorola H17txt Bluetooth Headset (72 available to be awarded). ARV $99.99 each.
  • A Motorola Oasis Bluetooth Headset (72 available to be awarded). ARV 79.99 each.

So, be on the lookout for the Lightning Hour announcements on Motorola's Twitter (@motorola) and Facebook (facebook.com/motorola) accounts and get ready!

Motorola Giving Away a Bunch of Photon 4G Handsets in August originally appeared on AndroidGuys.

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Pinball HD for Tegra Security Update Released

It’s certainly not the biggest update in the world, and if you’re not a sticker for security on your pinball games, you’ll likely have just a fine time waiting on downloading it until you’ve got a minute, but it’s that time again NOW for those of you wishing to stay up to date on your Pinball HD app for NVIDIA Tegra 2 devices. Android was granted this magnificent application a few months ago, iOS, those lucky ducks, having more than just the one pinball game in their Gameprom collection. Now it’s time to update to a new version which will solve a security validation issue experienced by some players across the board.

All you’ve got to do to update is head to your local [Android Marketplace] and tap the update button OR, if you’ve been unaware of said app until now, download the heck out of it! This is the greatest pinball game in the mobile app world, you’ve just GOT to get into it! You get three amazing pinball games to play including Wild West, The Deep, and Jungle Style. Each of them have enhancements that bring them above their iOS counterparts, ringing in much closer to the PC versions of the games – high class!

Check out the video above from our pre-release look at the game as it stood before it was even out on the market for real. Here you’ll see how the game looked before it was even up to 100% awesomeness! Check out our full review of said app and ask yourself: why didn’t I download this game a long time ago? [Go for it!]

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