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From: sylvester805/9/2011 3:57:13 AM
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Samsung Galaxy S2 On Fire, Hits 3 Million Pre-Orders.
Monday, 09 May 2011 11:46 Vinay Gorasia
gizmocrunch.com 

The Samsung Galaxy S2 gave us a glimpse of things to come when it launched in its home country to 120,000 pre-orders, shattering the iPhone 4 launch sales in South Korea. Well it now seems that the Korean company is still on fire, racking up 3 million pre-orders already despite not being available globally just yet.

Samsung Galaxy S2 on fire

Samsung reportedly garnered 3 million pre-ordrs worldwide by April-end and these numbers are expected to keep climbing at an accelerated rate as the dual-core Android reaches the proposed 120 countries it is expected to go on sale in.

Over in the US, the Samsung Galaxy S2 is expected to be made available across all 4 major US carriers in different variants, with the Verizon version already hinted in a leaked roadmap (May-June release) and an AT&T version recently passing through the FCC.

About the Samsung Galaxy S2 (specs)
The Samsung Galaxy S II features a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, dual-core processors, 1GB RAM, 16GB or 32GB storage options (plus microSD upto 32GB), Wifi b/g/n, USB 2.0, 1650mAh battery, aGPS, 8-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front camera, 1080p HD video recording and Android 2.3 Gingerbread with Touchwiz 4.0 UI. It will be joining two other Samsung Galaxy S phone on T-Mobile, the Vibrant and Galaxy S 4G.

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From: sylvester805/9/2011 3:58:41 AM
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ASUS Eee Pad Tablet Demand Outstripping Supply
Written By Eddie Jones on Saturday, May 7th, 2011
indiepropub.com 


ASUS has become the unlikely brand to produce the first Google Android based tablet PC which has make something of a huge impact since its release. According to new reports, ASUS are currently experiencing problems akin to those of Apple, wherein demand for the Transformer tablet is currently outweighing the manufacturer’s ability to supply completed units. At present, there is something of a behind-the-scenes battle going on between tablet PS manufacturers, by way of competing for the business of component production companies who supply essential elements such as screen and memory modules to name but a few.

Restrictions across the supply chain have resulted in the biggest players in the business such as Apple delaying product shipments with regard to their already world-renowned iPad 2 tablet PC. Likewise, an industry publication has today come forward to report that ASUS have confirmed that their Transformer Android tablet is facing similar problems.

Company representatives have revealed the intention to ship well over 100,000 units of the tablet PC during May, followed by up to 200,000 for the month of June. Should demand continue at the current rate, the company already has plans in place to continue stepping up production throughout the rest of 2011 and beyond.

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From: sylvester805/9/2011 4:24:20 AM
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RUMOR: Nexus T Tablet to be unveiled at Google I/O with a new prismatic battery that lasts 3 times longer than lithium ion batteries
04 May 2011 by Chris Burns
androidcommunity.com 

Let’s talk about this situation and see if we can’t piece together a few factoids. First, waaay back at the beginning of this year, a mystery tablet started showing up – one made by Toshiba, having a 10.1-inch screen, and sporting what would become Android 3.0 Honeycomb (testers floating around had Froyo, of course.) Have a look at our big reveal post and continue on – does that look like a tablet that Google would officially endorse as the next step in their flagship series? That very much appears to be what may be happening now!

Our good pals at Metalev have a few clues gathered up that point directly at this device being the next in the Nexus series – Nexus T they’re calling it, and with its NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, prismatic lithium-ion battery, and 1280 x 800 resolution 16:10 aspect ratio adaptive display, its definitely not out of the question.

What’s a prismatic battery? It’s a big fat battery that has 3 times the life of a standard lithium ion batter in essentially the same package. Besides sounding fantastic, why is this relevant now? Because @googlenexus has a challenge going on with their Twitter followers and the answer to the puzzle on the 2nd of May was PRISMATIC. – this puzzle put together by metalev’s Luke Hutchinson

@googlenexus’ challenge ends right before Google I/O – perhaps some free tablets are in the works for the masses of developers attending?


This tablet has been up for preview at Best Buy for some time now, but without a name and without much branding to go with it. Have a look at the video here and see if you think it’s possible that this is the next in line for Google’s infamous pack of powerful bigtime blasters:

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To: sylvester80 who wrote (4190)5/9/2011 1:47:30 PM
From: Cogito
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That's a great looking phone, but it seems strangely familiar. Wherever did those designers get their inspiration.

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From: FUBHO5/10/2011 12:37:45 PM
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12:07PM Currently, we've got 310 devices in 112 countries; at this point last year, Google was activating 100,000 devices a day, up to 300,000 by December of last year. Now, the outfit's seeing 400,000 device activations "every single day."

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That is a a run rate of 146 million devices a year if they did not increase further.

engadget.com 


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From: 2MAR$5/10/2011 12:51:06 PM
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Some highlights so far

Google activated over 100M Android devices worldwide & now activating over 400,000 Android devices per day says 4.5B total apps have been downloaded on Android devices

Google said the upgrade will make scrolling through different tasks easier. The update will also enable people to move through Widgets horizontally and resize them. People will be able to import photos from their tablets, and Android devices will support mice and keyboards.

Google introduces music beta service
The service will store users' music on the Cloud and allow people to listen to all their music on any device. The service eliminates the need for using wires to transfer music among devices, the company said. It will automatically generate suggested playlists based on one or more songs.

Google says music service launching in beta today, to be rolled out in stages
The service will be free while it's in beta. It will allow users to store up to 20,000 songs.

People will be able to rent popular movies through Android Market and stream them to their computers or mobile devices. The movies will start at $1.99. People will have 30 days to start watching each movie, and 24 hours once they start watching it.

Google said the new version of Android will bring the capabilities of the Honeycomb application for tablets to all Android devices. Ice Cream Sandwich will offer more advanced apps and richer widgets, the company said. The operating system's video chat will automatically zoom in on the person talking.

: Google bringing Honeycomb, Android Market to Google TV

Google (GOOG) has developed a new service that will enable Android devices to "talk wirelessly" with home appliances, according to the company. The system is called Android at Home. Devices that can be controlled n this way include lights and alarm clocks, Google said. Lights for Android at Home will be sold at the end of this year, the company said. The company made the statements at its Google I/O conference.

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From: 2MAR$5/10/2011 12:54:55 PM
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Intuit eyes NFC for mobile payment system at Google conf
by Lance Whitney
A concept of Intuit's NFC-enabled GoPayment system.

news.cnet.com 

(Credit: Intuit)
Intuit wants to give its customers a glimpse of the future of mobile payments through an adaptation of its GoPayment service that eliminates the need for credit cards.

Tapping into the growing field of NFC (near-field communication) technology, Intuit's reimagined GoPayment service would let consumers wirelessly pay for items on the go through just a touch of an NFC-enabled cell phone.

With the necessary NFC hardware and credit card information stored on a mobile phone, consumers could leave their money and credit cards at home and use their phones to buy items and services at stores, restaurants, and other retail outlets. Retailers themselves would be able to send certain information back to the consumer's phone, including receipts, coupons, and loyalty programs.


Related links
• Who will profit from NFC, mobile payments?
• FAQ: How mobile payments will work
• What needs to happen before the iPhone gets NFC
• Samsung, Visa to give NFC payments a boost


Intuit is showing off its potential new service at Google's I/O conference in San Francisco today and tomorrow. The new credit card-less GoPayments is being demonstrated as a concept, which means it's not ready for prime time yet but is something Intuit hopes to launch in the near future as more of the industry hops onto the NFC bandwagon.

The company is developing its new NFC GoPayment system using the Nexus S smartphone, which is currently the only mobile phone that supports NFC. Intuit is also eying the technology for Android-based tablets. Beyond the Android arena though, NFC-equipped phones from Nokia and Research In Motion are also due to hit the market later this year, opening up the field ever further.

At this week's demo, Intuit is planning to show how small-business owners will be able to use the GoPayment NFC software to complete a sale, scan an item for inventory, and send receipts and other information back to the consumer. Accepting a mobile payment would require the merchant and customer to tap their phones together, thereby wirelessly transferring the payment from the consumer's bank or credit card account. Scanning an item for inventory would require retailers to tap their phones against a product's smart tag, thus downloading the information into the mobile payment software.

"With GoPayment we are exploring every avenue for innovation that best meets our customers' needs, and this includes technologies such as NFC that are still in the early stages of adoption," Chris Hylen, vice president and general manager of Intuit's Payment Solutions division, said in a statement. "Innovation is happening rapidly in the mobile payment space and we want to be ready to help the millions of small businesses and consumers we serve benefit from the latest technology."

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From: sylvester805/10/2011 2:40:15 PM
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Google I/O day 1: Android 3.1, Ice Cream Sandwich, movies and more
May 10, 2011 - 2:01 P.M.
blogs.computerworld.com 

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From: sylvester805/10/2011 2:50:02 PM
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Currently Android activating 400,000/day that is 146million per year.... and accelerating.... oh my!!!!!!!

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From: sylvester805/10/2011 2:50:04 PM
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Google wants Android to be the device hub
by Stephen Shankland PrintE-mail.9 comments Share
news.cnet.com 

At Google I/O today, Google announces a home automation initiative for Android.

(Credit: James Martin/CNET )
SAN FRANCISCO--Google announced a collection of efforts to put its Android devices at the center of a host of electronically connected devices--everything from home lighting and irrigation systems to game controllers and keyboards.

It also revealed at the Google I/O show here a small Android device called Project Tungsten that can connect to speakers and home stereo systems to stream music from Google's new cloud-based music system.

Using near-field communications (NFC), Google demonstrated using Tungsten to play music. Touching a CD to a Tungsten device activates the music on a person's cloud-based music library in about a second, and touching it again starts playing the music. Getting CD manufacturers to put NFC abilities into CD cases wouldn't be easy, but the interface was a lot slicker than navigating endless submenus to get to the music you want.

One big deal coming in an Android 3.1 update to its Honeycomb tablet OS is the ability to make an Android device a USB host. That means people can plug USB devices into it.

For tablets, that means they can more easily replicate PC abilities such as fast typing on a keyboard, or game console experiences with a game-specific controller. It also means photos and videos can be directly uploaded from cameras.

One gigantic demo being shown at Google I/O: a giant tilting labyrinth-style game big enough to hold a person and a marble the size of a bowling ball.

Google also announced a home automation initiative for Android. With it, people can control lights, irrigation systems, and whatever else is electronically reachable. Google is working on a new protocol to attach such devices and manage communication. And while it works with USB to start, Google plans a Bluetooth interface later.

Google demonstrated the home automation technology with an exercise bike. The faster a person pedaled, the better he fared in a basic Android game.

Honeycomb runs on tablets only today, but Google plans to release a related version called Ice Cream Sandwich for phones, too, in the fourth quarter.

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