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Continuum has now been rolled out by Samsung Featuring a ticker display

For those who like to be continually updated with latest gadget news, headlines or what your friend is up to, then here’s an offering from Verizon Wireless. The Samsung Continuum,Featuring a dedicated Ticker Display.

It is the latest member of the Samsung Galaxy S series of smartphones that will going to give you a tick in a good way, that is because, the new Samsung Continuum is the world’s first phone to sport a dedicated ticker display.

Galaxy S handset optimizes user’s experience with up-to-date news. Samsung Continuum I400 is an Android 2.1-powered handset with 1GHz processor, a Super AMOLED touch screen at the top and a smaller 1.8″ 96×480 ‘ticker’ Super AMOLED display at the bottom for showing alerts and messages without having to use as much battery.

According to Samsung, the ticker was actually inspired by New York City’s, Times Square and its famous stock dicker displays. But it’s not just stocks that the ticker display shows off – but also missed notifications for calls, messages, RSS feeds, weather forecasts, time, etc.

The Ticker Display can able to display and tells you what will you do next, i.e. when your running the preloaded navigation software, the ticker display will be used to show you the next set of directions. The ticker display can also display a set of music player controls when you’re listening to music while running other apps.

This new Samsung Continuum smartphone is going to be available tomorrow through Verizon Wireless Communication Store and online websites for $199.99 after a $100 rebate with a new two customer agreement and data package.

Key features and specifications:

  • 3.4-inch Super AMOLED Main Touch Screen Display – Main display provides user-customizable homescreens and widgets in a brilliant screen display
  • 1.8-inch Interactive Super AMOLED Ticker Display – Dedicated ticker display enables zero-click access to news, social networking, sports and entertainment feeds; users can select what content they want on the ticker by selecting from menu on display
  • Grip Sensor – By touching the bottom sides of the device, the ticker display lights up to give users real-time weather, social networking services (SNS), message, IM and e-mail notification updates
  • Super AMOLED Screen Technology – Brilliant screen makes watching movies, viewing videos and playing games come to life like never before, even in bright light and outdoor environments
  • Android 2.1 platform – With support for Google Mobile Services, including Gmail, YouTube, Google Talk and Android Market
  • Preloaded with Bing Maps and Bing Search
  • Full HTML Web browsing capabilities
  • 3G Mobile HotSpot capabilities – Allows customers to transform their phone into a wireless modem for up to five compatible Wi-Fi-enabled devices
  • Advanced touchscreen gestures capabilities, including multi-touch pinch to zoom, double tap to zoom and horizontal swiping, which provides easier and quicker access to many applications, including location-based services, Web browsing and digital photos or videos
  • Multiple file formats supported, including DivX and Xvid support
  • Samsung 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird Application Processor – Produces amazing graphics, faster upload and download times, and HD-like multimedia content
  • Six-axis sensor that works with the smartphone’s accelerometer to provide a smooth, fluid gaming experience when the user is tilting the device up or down or panning the phone to the left or right
  • Virtual QWERTY Keyboard Featuring Swype Technology – Input text faster and in a more intuitive way with one continuous finger motion across the screen keyboard
  • Full suite of messaging options – Text, picture, video and voice messaging; corporate and personal e-mail accounts supported
  • 5.0-megapixel camera/camcorder – Auto-focus and LED flash with HD video recording and playback capabilities to capture photos and videos for playback on your HD television; playback (720p) on the screen display
  • Wi-Fi Connectivity (802.11 b/g/n)
  • Stereo Bluetooth® Technology – Support for headset, hands-free, stereo, phonebook access, and object push for vCard and vCalendar
  • Corporate Email – Supports Android Éclair Exchange ActiveSync e-mail to synchronize corporate e-mail, contacts and calendars from office e-mail accounts
  • Music player features lock screen, ticker display and quick side panel controls and 3.5-millimeter headphone jack
  • 8 GB microSD™ card preinstalled expandable up to 32 GB

Lifestyle features:

  • V CAST Music with Rhapsody®, V CAST Video on Demand, V CAST Song ID, Visual Voice Mail, V CAST Tones, VZ Navigator®, Mobile IM, City ID, Bing Search and Maps, and Blockbuster Application
  • Dedicated ticker displays up-to-the minute news, weather and SNS updates, as well as music player controls and incoming e-mail, IM, and text messages without interrupting the activity on the main display
  • Samsung’s Social Hub – Built around messaging, contacts and calendar sync, which allows users to send and receive information, whether it is e-mail, social network updates or SMS messages

o    Integrated Calendar information from portal calendars, on Exchange, Google Calendar™ and SNS, including Facebook®

o    Integrated Contacts syncs with Exchange, Google, Twitter and Facebook – Facebook contacts display in four categories, including Info, History (previous calls and messages), Activities (status updates and notifications on social networking sites), and Media (Facebook profile photos and photo gallery)

  • AllShare™ – Enables inter-device connectivity through Digital Living Network Alliance® (DLNA®), so users can send multimedia content wirelessly to other DLNA Certified®-enabled devices such as TVs and laptops
  • Daily Briefing – Instant access to weather, news, stocks and schedules
  • Write and Go – Quickly jot down an idea and later decide on a format, such as SMS/ MMS, e-mail, calendar or memo, to send or post to popular SNS sites such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace
  • Smart Alarm – Natural alarm sound and display automatically illuminates
  • Weather Clock – Displays current time and weather of the selected city (ability to add and select other cities)

 

 

 

ChipChick

iPhone vs. Android vs. BlackBerry how smartphone users see each other (Comic)

C-Section Comics recently published a humorous look at iPhone, Android, and Blackberry users, featuring how each segment of the smartphone user market perceives each other.

This is how smartphone users see each other:

Apparently, the typical iPhone user sees herself as hip, Blackberry users see her as a baby, and Android users consider her as part of Steve Jobs’ death squad. The typical Android user thinks he’s a genius. But iPhone users see him as a nerd, while Blackberry users as a loser in a dead-end job. Typical Blackberry users consider themselves as big-deal businessmen, but are seen as old fogeys by iPhone users, and dinosaurs by Android users.

From my personal observation, not necessarily so, but I do know that a lot of people do subscribe to them. Like Particularly the Blackberry user. We’ve been seeing many smartphone users moving away from the Blackberry platform because they are finally figuring out that no matter what email platform they use for corporate messaging, it just doesn’t make sense anymore to pay for their outrageously priced infrastructure when so many phones support ActiveSync.

Funny thing but somehow true….lol.

cnet

Dell will kick out RIM BlackBerry’s in Bid to Promote Own Service

In a direct shot at BlackBerry maker RIM, Dell Inc. plans to move its 25,000 employees over to its own line of smartphones and then aggressively market a service to help other companies do the same. Dell Venue Pros running Windows Phone 7 in exchange for their BlackBerrys, but they’re also offering a new service to their clients for help switching from BlackBerry.

Eventually, the company also will offer phones powered by Google Inc.’s Android software.

Brian Gladden, Dell’s chief financial officer, said in an interview “Clearly in this decision we are competing with RIM, because we’re kicking them out,”

Dell will begin marketing a service to its business clients within two weeks aimed at helping them make a similar switch.

The switch begins next week and will save the company about 25% in mobile communication costs, primarily by eliminating the need for BlackBerry servers

The company is also talking with T-Mobile USA about purchasing voice minutes and monthly data in bulk, rather than individual employee plans. Minutes and data that go unused by the company would carryover

“We actually had a conversation last night around creating a site on eBay where we can actually sell these BlackBerry devices” that employees return.

Mr. Gladden said he hasn’t told RIM of his plans, adding, “it’s not clear to them the scope of what we’re doing.”

Employees that currently carry company-issued BlackBerrys can choose to receive Venue Pros with voice and data plans. Other employees will get Dell phones, but only with voice plans. They’ll be able to check email via Wi-Fi. Mr. Gladden said his company is working closely with Microsoft and that both parties recognize the opportunity for the software in the business market.

 

 

Gizmodo

Binatone has unveiled its Android-based iDECT iHome Phone for Landlines

Probably when you read or hear about android, usually and most of you will be thinking about mobile devices. Well here’s a new news for you guys. Binatone has unveiled its Android-based iDECT iHome Phone for landlines.

iDECT iHome Phone is meant for landlines, although it will come with features that are normally associated with Android-powered handsets. The phone is a DECT digital cordless phone that includes features more typically seen on an Android smartphone, and not in a regular home phone. In addition to running a stock version of Android, the device also includes Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g), a 2.8-inch 320×240 color touchscreen and a microSD card slot. Apps include are an email client, internet radio, browser, YouTube video player and MP3 player.

More typical home phone functions are a Contacts Manager and a 14 minute digital answering machine. Other functions include call waiting caller ID, alarm, clock and calendar as well as battery life that extends to 80 hours of stand-by time or up to 8 hours of talk time per charge.

Its out in Europe for $142 after conversion, we don’t think this is going to make a splash in more technologically advanced countries as the adoption of landlines have been declining slowly but surely worldwide.

 

 

 

 

Ubergizmo

Samsung Google Nexus Two is similar to Samsung Galaxy S?

A device believed to be real. It’s made by Samsung, not HTC. Someone’s claiming hands-on experience with the upcoming Google-brand Android smartphone, and from their report it’s all disappointingly similar to the Galaxy S.

 

Rumors of  a Samsung Google Nexus Two is continue to grow, With Gizmodo having heard from a tipster who apparently got to play with the Samsung-made device. Like the Galaxy S family, it’s apparently made from black, glossy plastic and feels really similar to the Galaxy S in a lot ways, though the back has got this curve to it.

There’s also a roughly 4-inch display, which the source believes to be Super AMOLED, and a “sort of concave” front panel.  Externally, the main difference from all of the current Galaxy S variants in the US is that it’s got a front-facing video camera. It is the only confirmed hardware spec, with no word on the CPU or which “really buggy” stock build of Android the Nexus Two was running.  Note, the picture above is a mock-up.

 

Acer launched new complete Android Phone Line-Up

This will be the first time Acer will be carrying mobile handsets in the Philippines with 3 Android models, Aside from the Ferrari Liquid E Android smartphone, which was launched last week . Acer also launched 3 other Android phones with the Acer Liquid E as its top handset priced at Php23,900.

These 3, including the special edition Ferrari smartphone, are the ones officially available in the Philippines.

These are the:

 

Acer beTouch E400

At just 12mm thin, the slim and pure Acer beTouch E400 with its unique design is a real eye catcher. With 3 changeable battery covers in soft-touch black, ceramic white and pearl red, the E400 is more than a phone – it’s a style statement.

With support for up to 32GB microSD cards, the E400 is the perfect mobile jukebox for all your media files (music, pictures and videos).

The Acer beTouch E400 is ready to open your world to the endless possibilities of real mobile internet. With 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity, you can browse the web, update your social networks and have fun online whenever you feel like it.

Its Features:

Qualcomm 7227 600MHz processor
3.2″ resistive touchscreen display @ 320 x 480 pixels
256MB RAM, 512MB ROM
up to 32GB via microSD
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
3G/HSDPA 3.6 Mbps
WiFi 802.11 b/g
Bluetooth 2.0 w/ a2DP
3.15MP fixed-focus camera
FM Radio tuner
GPS w/ aGPS
Android 2.1 Eclair
Li-Ion 1090mAh battery
Suggested retail price: Php15,500

 

Acer beTouch E130

The beTouch E130 stands out for its thin format and sophisticated design. An example of style and functionality: compact, linear, and professional. Even its dimensions are convenient – at just 11.5mm and 109 gr, it is perfect for practically any pocket. Conceived for those who want to enter the fantastic world of touchscreens but without giving up on the convenience of a traditional keyboard. In fact, under the 2.6” screen, the beTouch E130 hides a full QWERTY keyboard. The keys have been sized and positioned to allow maximum comfort, guaranteeing precision in typing: texting, or writing emails will be even easier and faster. Browsing will be fast and fluid: the beTouch E130 is the perfect device to manage professional and personal email accounts at the same time with readable attachments. It’s compatible with all popular email services as well as Microsoft Exchange servers (through Roadsync). And to be always updated it offers the possibility to synchronize your contacts to the web (through Google Contact Sync).Packed with Facebook, Twidroid and Google applications it will assure users to easily post and share their messages, pictures or music to the web.

Its Features:

ST Ericsson PNX6715 416MHz processor
2.6″ touchscreen display @ 320×240 pixels
QWERTY keyboard
Optical trackpad
256MB RAM, 512MB ROM
up to 32GB via microSD
3G/HSDPA 3.6 Mbps
WiFi 802.11 b/g
Bluetooth 2.0 w/ a2DP
3.15MP fixed-focus camera
FM Radio tuner
GPS w/ aGPS
Android 1.6 Donut
Li-Ion 1500mAh battery
Suggested retail price: Php12,500

 

Acer Liquid E

The Acer Liquid E was designed from the outset to keep you in touch and in control of your mobile communication unlike any other phone out there. To do just that, we’ve equipped it with the highly intuitive Android Éclair Operating System for a whole new level of interactivity and mobile freedom.

When it comes to sharing, Point it, shoot it, geotag it, send it or post it wherever you want. The Acer Liquid E is perfect for staying in touch with your friends on your favorite social networks like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. The Acer Liquid E is available in Black, Red, and White- 3.5” high-definition (WVGA) capacitive screen · Unique, lightweight design (just 135g) · 5MP camera with autofocus and geo-tagging.

Its Features:

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8250 768MHz
3.5″ capacitive touchscreen @ 480×800 pixels
256MB RAM, 512MB ROM
up to 32GB on microSD (2GB included)
HSDPA 7.2Mbps, HSUPA 2Mbps
WiFi 802.11 b/g
5MP AF camera
GPS w/ aGPS support
Bluetooth 2.0 w/ A2DP
Lithium Polymer battery 1350mAh
Android OS v2.1 with Acer UI 3.0
Suggested retail price: Php23,900

 

 

 

Yugatech

 

Sony Erickson’s PlayStation Phone

 

It’s Real!..Sony PlayStation phone is based on new version of Android: Gingerbread. PlayStation Phone had been rumored a number of times in the past, but no one knew how Sony is going to design the new one. Atleast now engadget confirms that this is the new PS phone.

To drive the games, Sony will ship PS Phone with  1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 processor, 512mb RAM, 1GB ROM, with a screen size of 3.8″. It would run games from the android marketplace along with a custom Sony Marketplace which will allow you to purchase and download games designed for the new platform. The handset also has a long touchpad in the center which appears to do multi-touch. As far as the button schemes are concerned, everything should remain identical to original PSP. And yea, no Memory Stick slot, only microSD cards. The Sony Ericsson PlayStation phone will introduce the Sony Marketplace where users can buy games made for the new OS.

The final product would definitely  have better finish, look. It’s unlikely to arrive before the holidays; we’d bet on a Q1 or Q2 2011 release.

Lets hope that device actually performs better than iPhone 4 gen devices, after all its a dedicated Gaming phone.

Will game players be able to get their thumbs all over this unit during the holidays? With the software said to be buggy, November almost upon us, and the joint venture usually running late to the carriers-a 2011 launch date would seem more likely.

 

Engadget

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