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Print on the go with your HTML5 enabled phone and Google Cloud Print

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Print-on-the-go-with-your-HTML5-enabled-phone-and-Google-Cloud-PrintAny phone that supports HTML5 can now use Google Cloud Print and a printer to print out documents and Gmail while on the go. Phones HTML5 enabled should be able to use the application, which hooks up to your Windows PC printer (support for Mac and Linux are coming soon). Once installed, simply navigate to your mobile browser and use the dropdown box on the right to select “print”. Gmail users will be happy to know that “.pdf” and “.doc” attachments can also be printed using this application.

On the source link is a button to install a version of the Google Chrome browser that includes an early release of the application which “may have some rough edges”. Google Cloud Print has been in beta for about a year before today’s rollout

source: Google

Print on the go with your HTML5 enabled phone and Google Cloud Print

The Google Cloud Print app will allow you to print documents and Gmail letters and attachments from your HTML5 enabled  handset

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T-Mobile’s Samsung Vibrant is given the instant price of free online

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If you’ve taken a look at T-Mobile’s web site of late, you’re probably aware about the fantastic deal going on with the Samsung Vibrant right now.

Six months since it first busted out of the gates bringing forth Galaxy S love all around, we find it at the impressive and attractive price of free with your signature with a 2-year agreement. Now this isn’t a deal that’s being offered through carrier stores nationwide, so you’ll need to place your order online to get its price down to that no cost required level. Sure you’ve got a similar offering with the Google Nexus S, but we’d imagine that the free price tag associated with the Samsung Vibrant will easily bring customers to its grasp.

Even more, it’s easily recommended over some of the other entry-level smartphones or vast offerings of feature phone available right now on the carrier’s lineup.

source: T-Mobile

T-Mobile's Samsung Vibrant is given the instant price of free online

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Laptop dock for the Motorola ATRIX 4G is expected to cost $150?

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Laptop-dock-for-the-Motorola-ATRIX-4G-is-expected-to-cost-150There’s no denying that the Motorola ATRIX 4G is one of the most highly anticipated Android powered smartphones in recent memory, with its high-end specs and all, but the added functionality of its dock is surely a stand out contender.

We’re sure that there are going to be many people interested in its laptop dock, but we’re hearing the faint whispers that it’ll be sporting a $150 price tag when it’s released. The revelation reportedly comes from a Best Buy employee who was told the $150 pricing of the laptop dock from an AT&T representative.

Come to think about it, it doesn’t stray far from being believable since comparable netbooks run around somewhere in the $250 category – which of course offers the full computing experience. When you look at the ATRIX’s laptop dock, it’ll boast an 11.6” display, speakers, keyboard, and battery – which will mean nothing, unless you have the actual device connected to it.

Still, we’d imagine that pricing will indeed come into factor on whether or not buyers of the Motorola ATRIX 4G will pick up the laptop dock as well on launch day.

via Android and Me

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Google Nexus S is Italy bound next month & priced at 549 euros

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Google-Nexus-S-is-Italy-bound-next-month---priced-at-549-eurosStill considered to be a relatively difficult catch outside of the US, the Google Nexus S will soon make its presence known in Italy starting next month.

As other parts of the world are still waiting patiently for their turn on when the Google branded device will hit their shores, Italian consumers far and wide will soon have the opportunity of experiencing the first smartphone to boast Android 2.3 Gingerbread. However, they’re not necessarily getting an identical replica of the US version of the handset since it’ll be employing a 4” Super Clear LCD display instead of the usual Super AMOLED one.

Aside from that one item, everything else is the same with Italy’s version – like its 1GHz Hummingbird processor, 5-megapixel auto-focus camera with flash, front-facing VGA camera, aGPS, NFC chip, Bluetooth 2.1, gyroscope, 16GB of internal storage, and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi.

Expecting to pick this one up? Well, be sure to carry on 549 euros ($748) with you at the time of purchase to snag yourself one of the latest Android powered smartphones out there.

via Samsung Hub

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Latest set of images show that the Samsung SCH-R910 & Forte are indeed the same

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Latest-set-of-images-show-that-the-Samsung-SCH-R910---Forte-are-indeed-the-sameWhen the first images of the Samsung Forte began to surface, it look eerily too similar to the leaked shots of the Samsung SCH-R910 from before, but some still believed it to be two different devices since the images of the Forte show it packing a landscape style keyboard.

Well, we know for sure now that the two devices are indeed the same after the latest batch of images of the LTE enabled handset surfaced today. Taking a quick gander at the photos put up on Flickr, you can obviously tell that the keyboard packing Samsung Forte boasts the SCH-R910 model number. It’s blatantly verified in one of the images where it shows the MetroPCS bound handset running Android 2.2.1– although, it looks like it’ll boast Samsung’s TouchWiz UI as well.

Other than that known item, there is very little to gather regarding its specs – like whether or not it’ll be totting a 1GHz processor and 5-megapixel camera. Still, it’s anyone’s guess if it’ll be graced with the Galaxy S branding at this point or simply stick it out on its own.

source: Flickr via Engadget

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Nexus S still has reboot issue; nasty bug cuts off phone calls randomly

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Nexus-S-still-has-reboot-issue-nasty-bug-cuts-off-phone-calls-randomlyDespite working hard on developing a fix to exterminate this rather nasty bug, Google has so far been unable to send users of the Nexus S an upgrade to stop the phone from rebooting in the middle of phone calls. This problem still lingers even though the phone has been on the market for almost a month and a half.

The handset is available exclusively from T-Mobile and is loaded with stock Android 2.3 out of the box. Google employees have tried to come up with an upgrade and are on their second attempt. A recent update to Android 2.3.2 did not include a solution to the problem. Of course, Google will not let this problem last forever, and eventually an upgrade will be sent. But for now, Nexus S users have to keep their fingers crossed when on an important call to try to keep away the evil spirits that are causing the phone to reboot in the middle of a call.

source: AndroidandMe

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No Blur on Motorola XOOM confirmed

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No-Blur-on-Motorola-XOOM-confirmedA Motorola spokesman has confirmed to IntoMobile that the upcoming Motorola XOOM will be launched without MotoBlur. While many prospective buyers of the tablet were a little concerned about reports that the manufacturer was going to include the Blur UI as an update for the tablet in the future, the spokesman for the Schaumburg based company rejected that notion.

The Motorola spokesman said that with the XOOM being the first Android 3.0 device, the company worked very closely with Google to develop the tablet, which is a Google Experience device. With this in mind, Motorola decided not to include MotoBlur on the XOOM. If this all sounds familiar, it is. These were the same exact reasons Motorola gave for not “blurring” the original DROID smart phone which was the first to market with Android 2.0.

The good news is that now XOOM users will be able to experience Honeycomb just the way nature Google intended. And it won’t be too long until the tablet is in the hands of those patiently waiting for its release; as we reported, Best Buy is planning to launch the Motorola XOOM on February 17th for a non-contract price of $699.99.

source: IntoMobile

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LG Optimus One arriving on Virgin Mobile as Optimus V

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lg-optimus-v-coming-to-virgin-mobile-1-1LG-Optimus-One-arriving-on-Virgin-Mobile-as-Optimus-VThe LG Optimus One is one of the most popular affordable Android handsets out there – with a modification for almost each of the major carriers, you can even choose your network freely. And now Virgin Mobile joins the rest with its own version of the Optimus One – the LG Optimus V.

The Optimus V will be subsidized and available for $149.99 starting February 1st at RadioShack. While the date is not yet officially confirmed, we have no reason to believe the phone would be delayed much longer. Specwise, the upcoming Optimus V is expected to be the same as Sprint’s Optimus S. The Optimus V will most likely feature the same 3.2-inch screen with a resolution of 320 x 480, a 600 MHz processor and a 3.2 megapixel camera.

Virgin Mobile’s plans all include unlimited text, email, data and web and range from $25 a month for 300 minutes to $60 for unlimited anytime minutes.

source: Howard Forums via Android Central

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 high-resolution Super AMOLED screen rumor debunked by people in the know

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Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-2-high-resolution-Super-AMOLED-screen-rumor-debunked-by-people-in-the-knowWe wrote about rumored Galaxy Tab 2 specs over the weekend, due to a leaked video listing some crazy hardware for Sammy’s 2nd gen Android tablet. While the video looks made up in someone’s garage with free software, the specs are so drool-worthy, that we felt compelled to dive in, and try to weed out what’s possible, and what isn’t.

First off, the list says the Galaxy Tab 2 is running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which will be followed by the tablet Android 3.0 Honeycomb. Entirely plausible, considering that Google has given priority to the Motorola XOOM tablet for all things Android 3.0, and the other tablet makers at CES said Honeycomb will be coming later onto their devices. The homescreen on the alleged Galaxy Tab 2 pictures looks too much like the one of the Froyo-running Galaxy Tab, moreover as a design it looks pretty much the same. The browser icon in Gingerbread is green, whereas here is white – Samsung might have skinned it like it did with the original, though, so that’s no argument against the Gingerbread part.

Next in line – Galaxy Tab 2 is running the NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core chipset. While strange that Sammy hasn’t placed its own dual-core Orion silicon inside, this coincides with the rumor that the tablet Orion is not quite ready yet, that’s why Samsung went out and bought up to $350 million worth of Tegra 2 chipsets. It’s probably just been cheaper, then waiting it out, and trying to adjust Orion for Honeycomb from scratch.

The rest of the listed specs are a 7″ Super AMOLED Plus screen, 1GB RAM, 64GB internal memory, 3G, USB port, and the full suite of sensors, including barometer, which Gingerbread now supports natively. A Full HD video camera with dual LED flash is also nothing sensational – the dual-core chipset supports 1080p video encoding and playback. We are not so sure about the part where the rear camera is listed as 8MP, and the front one as 5MP. While certainly doable, we don’t see the point, especially in a tablet, other than for Samsung to say – “look, ours is better than the Motorola XOOM”. Oh, well, that might be it after all. We can’t argue with the colors listing as well – black, white&silver and black&silver sound fine.

And here we come face to face with some pretty wild claims. A 7″ Super AMOLED display sounds believable at first look – Sammy announced it’s created one, and even showed it at expos here and there. The fact that it is listed as Super AMOLED Plus might also be true, since we can’t imagine that the biggest Super AMOLED screen Sammy has made to date will be with the previous technology.

The source, however, claims the outlandish resolution of 1200×2048 pixels, which, even though Super AMOLED + has 50% more subpixels per pixel, is still too much out there. Besides, it contradicts with what Samsung itself showed at the FPD 2010 show as the Tab successor. It had different design (see the picture after the source link), and a 7″ Super AMOLED display, but the resolution was listed as of the regular 600×1024 pixels WSVGA variety. Moreover, we dug out an interview with Barry Young, Managing Director of the OLED Association, who outright said that these 7″ and more Super AMOLED displays are not coming until late in the second half of this year in sufficient quantities, so that’s that:

Well, this ultra high resolution claim-fake undercuts for us the possibility for it being 3D as well, which the source lists too. While rumors have been flying around about the LG G-Slate being 3D, the last one mentions only the camera as able to catch stereoscopic images, rather than the display being 3D. Not that Samsung is a slacker in 3D technology for its TVs, but three dimensional images on its new slate, and without glasses seems rather far-fetched for us. Well, could it be that the Galaxy Tab 2 will have an LCD screen of high resolution then? Something with Samsung’s new Super PLS LCD technology? That’s more like it, but even this one reaches a maximum resolution of 800×1280 pixels.

And so, this leaked list and shots seem more of a wishful thinking to us in the ultra-high-resolution-Super-AMOLED-3D-screen part, but we’d take all of the remaining specs, and make ourselves a rather 2011-worthy successor of the Samsung Galaxy Tab. The MWC expo is coming in three weeks, so our people there will be all over Samsung’s booth to demo the Tab successor for you.

source: OLED-info, Samsung (translated) & Twitter

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 high-resolution Super AMOLED screen rumor debunked by people in the know

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Google’s ex-CEO Eric Schmidt cashing out some: $325 million in stocks, and a $100 million equity award

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Googles-ex-CEO-Eric-Schmidt-cashing-out-some-325-million-in-stocks-and-a-100-million-equity-awardStepping down as CEO to take the Executive Chairman position is not like leaving to play golf with a multimillion golden parachute after you’ve wrecked your company (nudge, wink, ex-Citibank and Countrywide CEOs), but still Google wanted to make the transition as smooth as possible for Eric Schmidt.

Besides his filing to sell 534 000 shares of common stock, amounting to around $325 million, Google is awarding Eric Schmidt with additional $100 million of equity, to be vested over a four-year period. Google’s ex-CEO, who will now be in charge of business and government partnerships, will be left with “only” 8.7 million shares, currently worth about $5.3 billion. Not bad for a ten year’s work, but then, again, that’s Google we are talking about.

source: Reuters

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