For those waiting for a Samsung Galaxy S phone to arrive on Verizon Wireless, your wait is finally coming to an end tomorrow. Verizon Wireless has officially announced that the Samsung Fascinate which is actually a variant of the Samsung Galaxy S Android phone series will be exclusively available for Verizon customers starting September 8. To be available for $199.99 after the usual $100 mail-in rebate, the Samsung Fascinate can be ordered online tomorrow while on the following day, Verizon Wireless Communication brick-and-mortar stores will start selling the said Android phone.
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Arnold Zafra is a freelance tech blogger from Manila, Philippines. He writes for various blogs covering the mobile phone industry - including iOS devices, BlackBerry and Android smartphones. A self-confessed gadget freak, Arnold owns a Samsung Galaxy S3 and a Samsung Galaxy Note.
Here we go again with yet another nice Android game. This time around it’s the free game called Bink. It’s a simple short-term memory game involving blocks of different colors. But mind you, the gameplay maybe simple but then after finishing the first level fast, the succeedings levels were no that simple anymore. Or maybe, the effect of the colored blocks have started to affect my vision.
Are you a heavy Foursquare user? I mean, can’t you live without checking-in to Foursquare everytime you arrive at a certain place? How does checking-in to Foursquare by simply saying, well “check-in to name of place” sounds? Well, surprisingly, you can now do this using Vlingo Voice Android app.
It was quite a surprise really. Vlingo and Foursquare teaming up to make the otherwise “boring” task of FourSquare check-in a little bit exciting and easier.
Basically, the Android app brings in all the goodness of the Microsoft Bing homepage. It features the Bing image of the day including clickable hotspots waiting for you to explore and the related trivia waiting for you to discover. The Bing Mobile Android app lets you browse through featured images from the past 7 days.
Well, what do you know? After playing the nice Android game called Sinister Planet, I stumbled another fun game that goes by the name Drop Block. Since there’s the word “block” in the game’s name you might think that this is just your usual puzzle block game. Well, actually it is not just your ordinary puzzle block game. Drop Block adds a new twist and made the game addictive.
I’m currently training for a 5K Marathon next week so I was glad to have found this Android app called Proton which is currently available as a lite and paid ($1.99) versions from the Android Market. Proton is a speedometer app that uses your Android phone’s GPS to connect to satellites circling worldwide and provide you with speeds in various measurements, including mph to knots.
Gameloft which is one of the mobile gaming industry’s top developers is experimenting on how to distribute its Android games. Just recently, Gameloft started offering direct purchase/download of its game from the company website. So this means that those apps are unsigned copies and you will have to allow your Android phones to accept apps from unknown sources. But this is just fine, I’m pretty sure we’ve all done this before on your respective Android phones.
Google has just released the new version of its Google Earth 1.1 Android app. In case you have not used this app yet on your iPhone, it brings the same features as the Google Earth desktop app to your Android phone. Whereas before, the app only lets you view land mass and topography, now with the new version, Google Earth also lets you explore the vast ocean and what’s underneath.
That was certainly fast for TweetDeck to release a new build of its wonderful Android app. It’s barely a week since the first TweetDeck beta build was released and despite the many accolades that the app received, including our own nice review, the app’s developers would not just rest on their laurels. And so, a new beta build was released just now. You can grab the TweetDeck Android Beta .apk from here.
What comes next after Android 2.2, more popularly known as Android Froyo? The last time we checked it will be the tablet friendly Android 3 or codename – Gingerbread. But then what comes after Gingerbread? Believe it or not, as early as now that Android version already has a nickname and it will be called Honeycomb.
Time has really change especially when it comes to organizing whatever collections we have. What used to be a daunting task of creating a database to catalog our collections of so many things is now easier done with the help of our Android phones and the many apps that help us easily do this task of collection management. One such app is aptly called Shelves.
Another day, another new social networking app for Android has just been made available. If FourSquare lets you check-in to places you”ve visited, the new GetGlue Android offers the same experience but this time for checking-in to your favorite shows, music, movies, and books. This Android app also lets you check out what your friends are enjoying in real-time. To make your GetGlue check-in experience even more enticing, every check-ins earn you points and stickers from GetGlue and its major sponsors.
Using your Android phone, PingChat lets you send unlimited texts, photos, and voice notes to your friends which they can receive either on their iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or BlackBerry phones. Likewise, it also lets you receive messages instantly from your friends. And to make sure that you won’t miss an important IM, the app will send push notifications to your Android phone.
Finally, after several hours of waiting, TweetDeck fans were given access to the much awaited TweetDeck app for Android. The app which is currently in beta is not yet available from the Android Market. You’ll have to follow some procedures to get it working on your Android phone. Instructions are posted at the end of this review. I’ve got it running on my Nexus One right now and has set up my Facebook, Twitter, Google Buzz and Foursquare account. One thing I could say, like what I’ve posted awhile ago in all of those accounts is that – TweetDeck for Android rocks!
Here’s something even better than Google Voice Actions announced by Google yesterday – Chrome to Phone. It’s so interesting since it interplays between two Google products – Google Chrome browser and Android OS on smartphones. To put it simply, this Android app lets you receive links you from your computer using the Chrome to Phone extension.