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  • Samsung plans to double its smartphone share by end of year, jump ahead of HTC and Motorola

    Samsung plans to double its smartphone share by end of year, jump ahead of HTC and Motorola

    More than 10% of worldwide smartphone market share: that's where Samsung plans to be, on triple its current handset volume, by the end of 2010 according to Lee Donjoo, senior VP of the company's Mobile Communications division. Mind you, such a jump would be staggering in terms of growth with Samsung owning less than 5% of global smartphone market share currently. A move to 10% would place them at number 4 globally according to IDC's numbers, behind Nokia, RIM, and Apple. The Android-lovin' Galaxy S / AT&T Captivate is good, but is it that good? We'll see. Regardless, the term "smartphone" can be defined many ways, and we suspect that Samsung's new Bada OS being pushed into devices previously classified as featurephones could help pad Samsung's numbers.

    Samsung plans to double its smartphone share by end of year, jump ahead of HTC and Motorola originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 24 Jun 2010 04:40:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • The TARDIS is up for auction

    The TARDIS is up for auction

    Apparently the Doctor has fallen on hard times, because Bonhams (who else would he trust) is auctioning off the TARDIS used by the 9th Doctor, Christopher Eccleston. Unfortunately, the chameleon circuit on this TARDIS is stuck so it still looks like a police box, but it is larger on the inside, of course.

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  • Motorola Droid X stars in its clearest off-the-cuff preview yet (update: comparison shots!)

    Motorola Droid X stars in its clearest off-the-cuff preview yet (update: comparison shots!)

    Let's be honest, we've seen more Droid X / Xtreme / Shadow spy shots than we can keep track of at this point, but for the latest batch, Mr. Blurrycam must've forgot his trademark blur filter and delivered us the cleanest images yet -- for shame, we know. Here's what the current owners of the super-secret phone, Gadget University, are claiming: 4.3-inch screen (it seems to jump between 4.3 and 4.1, depending on whom you ask), 1GHz Snapdragon processor, HDMI out, HD video recording, Android 2.1 with a "new version of Motoblur" (Ninjablur, you say?), and hardware navigation buttons. The Verizon logo is again unmistakably clear, and according to the site's "inside information," the Droid X (as the Model number says) is coming next month, with training beginning at the end of this month.

    [Thanks, Sean]

    Update: And here it is alongside some of its contemporaries. Thanks, Jeremey!

    Motorola Droid X stars in its clearest off-the-cuff preview yet (update: comparison shots!) originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 11 Jun 2010 15:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Strange iPhone charger looks like the iPhone charging icon

    Strange iPhone charger looks like the iPhone charging icon

    The aptly named Icon charger appears to look like the battery icon on the iPhone. When you plug it in, it starts shining like a National guitar and shows the current battery level until the juice is juiced. Charlie at Wired has been looking for this strange beast but was unable to find it in [...]

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  • Time gives the iPad a second go

    Time gives the iPad a second go

    Steve Jobs gave us a little sneak peak at Time's upcoming iPad app during the iPhone 4 keynote. Here's a full video demo. It's the future -- and very ambitious one at that. Time definitely improved on the current iPad app. Too bad it's still $5 an "issue."

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  • O2 offers early iPhone 4 upgrade amnesty in bid to retain customers

    O2 offers early iPhone 4 upgrade amnesty in bid to retain customers

    Would you look at that. Following in the footsteps of AT&T, O2 has today announced it'll allow current customers to pay off the remainder of their contracts at a discounted rate when they re-up with the network for the iPhone 4. Irrespective of how much you're paying now, the UK carrier will charge you a flat rate of £20 ($29) for each leftover month. Considering most iPhone users rock out at £30 and above, that's a solid 30 percent discount (or contract amnesty, however you wanna view it) for the impatient types. Of course, you'll be trading away your usual 14-day cooling off period if you take them up on this deal, so you'd better make doubly sure you want the iPhone 4 on O2 before taking the plunge.

    O2 offers early iPhone 4 upgrade amnesty in bid to retain customers originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 09 Jun 2010 17:43:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • LinkPush: Chrome-to-Phone for the rest of us (those not on Android 2.2)

    LinkPush: Chrome-to-Phone for the rest of us (those not on Android 2.2)

    One of the neat-o features introduced in Android 2.2 (or Froyo) is "Chrome-to-Phone", which gives the ability to take what you're viewing in the Google Chrome browser (on your PC/Mac), and push it straight to your Froyo phone. I've not yet seen this in person, though, because I'm stuck on a pre-Froyo build of Android. Which sucks. But today, that changes: I found someone that -- like me -- was longing for some Chrome-to-Phone action on their Android 2.1 phone. Unlike me, however, they did something about it. And so I introduce to you LinkPush: the Chrome-to-Phone alternative for the rest of us.

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  • How-to: check your iPhone 4 upgrade eligibility

    How-to: check your iPhone 4 upgrade eligibility

    AT&T's made it pretty clear how this upgrade sitch is going to go down for existing customers moving to an iPhone 4 on the 24th of the month, but if you want to double-check and make sure you're good to go (we can't blame you), there's an easy way that was briefly mentioned yesterday: dial *639# on your current phone. You'll be returned a text message from AT&T detailing your situation -- either you'll be told you can get a full upgrade price (meaning $199 / $299 for the 16GB and 32GB, respectively) or you'll be eligible at some particular date in the future. Not all's lost in the latter case -- you can still pay $200 more for the phone as an "early upgrade," which is less than the no-commitment price of $599 / $699. We'll have a more comprehensive breakdown in our full iPhone 4 guide coming later today, so stay tuned!

    How-to: check your iPhone 4 upgrade eligibility originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 08 Jun 2010 14:25:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • AT&T: upgrade to iPhone 4 up to six months early

    AT&T: upgrade to iPhone 4 up to six months early

    So look, we know the dilemma you're in. You nabbed that iPhone 3G or 3GS a little late in the game, and now you've got to wait until December in order to snag the iPhone 4 at a discounted rate. Lucky for you, Apple and AT&T have worked to give folks like you a little leniency, with existing AT&T users able to upgrade to the iPhone 4 "up to six months early." In other words, if your current contract expires at any point in 2010, you're now eligible to grab an iPhone 4 at $199 (16GB) or $299 (32GB) so long as you agree to stay faithful to a carrier you may or may not loathe for another two years. Good thing you've got until the 24th to really think it over.

    AT&T: upgrade to iPhone 4 up to six months early originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 07 Jun 2010 13:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Dan Hesse email: ‘no current plans’ to alter data pricing

    Dan Hesse email: ‘no current plans’ to alter data pricing

    Bypassing a company's power structure altogether and contacting the CEO directly is the vogue thing to do right now -- and in light of the AT&T incident this week, it probably behooves said CEOs (and / or their assistants) to earn some PR brownie points by responding with a positive attitude. Take this response from Sprint boss Dan Hesse, for example, in reply to a request that the company "keep [its] great pricing and customer service, and most importantly -- keep unlimited data." In short, Hesse says "one can never say 'never,' but [the company] has no current plans to change our pricing." That's certainly the "correct" thing to say coming off AT&T's big strategy shift toward killing unlimited and hints from Verizon that it'll do the same, but whether Sprint is able to hold the line when the WiMAX airwaves are flooded with EVO 4Gs and EVO 4G-like devices is another matter altogether. We'll see.

    [Thanks, Matt P.]

    Dan Hesse email: 'no current plans' to alter data pricing originally appeared on Engadget Mobile on Thu, 03 Jun 2010 16:27:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Rumor: HTC Scorpion and all of its 1.5 Ghz, Android 2.2 goodness headed for Verizon?

    Rumor: HTC Scorpion and all of its 1.5 Ghz, Android 2.2 goodness headed for Verizon?

    Waaay back in February, we told you guys a tale of the HTC Scorpion, a mighty beast of a phone. Packing Android 2.2 and a 1.5 Ghz (!) processor, it could very well be the phone that everyone lusts over after their love for the current king, the EVO 4G, tapers. Take it as you will for now, but we just got a heads up from a generally well-informed source that the Scorpion is headed for.... [insert drumroll here]

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  • Google Chrome OS set to launch this fall

    Google Chrome OS set to launch this fall

    The wait it almost over for Google Chrome OS. The operating system based on Google's Chrome browser, hence the name, should be released for free this coming autumn. Google expects big things from the launch, too. Google's VP of product management stated "We expect it to reach millions of users on day." That just might happen -- if there's a hardware partner in place.

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  • Report: Apple Prepping Cheap, Cloud-Based Apple TV For War With Google

    Report: Apple Prepping Cheap, Cloud-Based Apple TV For War With Google

    The idea of putting iPhone apps on the Apple TV has been something some of us have been thinking about since at least 2008, when the original App Store launched. When rumors were swirling about Google TV, it became an even better idea as the living room was likely to be a new battleground for Apple/Google. And with the unveiling of Google TV last week, it became clear that this would be a next major fight -- provided Apple started taking it seriously. Soon, they will be, if Engadget's sources are correct. The gadget blog says that a tip they've since confirmed with "a source very close to Apple" suggests that Apple has been working on the next version of the Apple TV. The goods according to them: it will be a very small box (smaller than the current one) with perhaps only outputs for power and TV-out cables. It will run on Apple's new A4 chip (the one found in the iPad and soon the new iPhone). It will still do 1080p video, but may have as little as 16GB of flash memory. That's because the thing will be based around streaming over the cloud (or from other computers in your home) rather than local storage. Most significantly, it will run the iPhone OS.

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  • Acer’s Android-powered Stream gets official, gets handled, lives up to its name with DLNA support (video)

    Acer’s Android-powered Stream gets official, gets handled, lives up to its name with DLNA support (video)

    If for some reason none of the current Android slates have tickled your fancy, not the Nexus One nor the Droid Incredible nor even the Evo, maybe Acer's Stream is for you. It sports Nexus One-like specs, with a 3.7-inch AMOLED screen, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, and 512MB of RAM. It's five megapixel camera can record 720p video and it can also play back content at the same resolution with support for Xvid, WMV HD, and others. There's an HDMI port on-board in case you want to bring that content to the big(ger) screen, and it'll even act as a DLNA and UPnP streamer on WiFi, with dedicated play/pause, fast-foward, and rewind buttons. This could be the most media-friendly Android smartphone we've yet seen, and that it's already made its way into the hands of a previewer (as shown in the favoloso video after the break) and has passed FCC scrutineering is a very, very good sign that this could be serving up your home media collection soon.

    [Thanks, Valero]

    Continue reading Acer's Android-powered Stream gets official, gets handled, lives up to its name with DLNA support (video)

    Acer's Android-powered Stream gets official, gets handled, lives up to its name with DLNA support (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 27 May 2010 07:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • MeeGo 1.0 for netbooks and N900 now available to download

    MeeGo 1.0 for netbooks and N900 now available to download

    You've seen it teased, and now it's time to shelve whatever you had planned for this evening (or morning, depending on your current coordinates) and slap the first bona fide 1.x MeeGo release onto whatever device you've got handy. As of right now, MeeGo v1.0 for Netbooks and v1.0 for Nokia N900 are available for download, with the former supporting Atom-based machines and the latter supporting... well, we'll let you take a stab there. The API that's being released includes Qt 4.6, and while the current SDK is tailored for netbooks, the next version -- slated to hit devs in June -- will support "touch-based devices, such as handsets and tablets." We're also told that v1.1 will be outed in October, with the development tree already being open. We're certainly digging the layout shown here at a glance, but why not give that source link a visit and find out how it suits you in real life? We heard Snooki totally digs it, too.

    [Thanks, Ernst]

    MeeGo 1.0 for netbooks and N900 now available to download originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 26 May 2010 18:33:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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