Radio Shack Joins T-Mobile in The All Phones Free Promotion

If you haven’t heard yet, all phones will be free at T-Mobile this Saturday for their Father’s Day sale. Most T-Mobile locations are expected to open up at 8a.m. in anticipation for the rush. Radio Shack is now joining in on the fun as well, offering every T-Mobile phone in their stores free. But, Radio Shack has sweetened the pot a bit with their offering.

HTC Wildfire unboxed & hands-on

It's turning into the day for new Android phones showing up here at Android Community - after the Samsung Galaxy S landed on our mat earlier, a new HTC Wildfire has just appeared too.  HTC's new entry-level handset made its debut a month or so ago, and now we've one of the first review units in to see how well it holds up. Aesthetically, the Wildfire cherrypicks from the rest of HTC's range: ostensibly it's a mini-Desire, with the same optical trackpad, but the touch-sensitive buttons under the screen and the color scheme are from the Nexus One.  Meanwhile the striped back panel looks like the back of the HTC HD2, though the middle section doesn't remove separately.  There's also Android 2.1 with HTC Sense, again from the Desire. HTC Wildfire unboxing & hands-on: [vms 8e41c89689f54970bb35] Of course, once you turn it on the more humble specifications of the Wildfire rear their head.  The display is a 3.2-inch QVGA LCD panel, rather than the WVGA AMOLED of the Desire (or indeed the HVGA of the Legend), though unlike the Tattoo it basically replaces it has a capacitive touchscreen panel rather than resistive.  That touchscreen is nicely responsive, and while the Wildfire only has a 528MHz processor it seems to nip through the menus without lag.  We'll be checking to see how well it copes loaded down with apps, of course. The 5-megapixel camera (with autofocus and LED flash) is a welcome carry-over from the Desire, and of course there's the usual WiFi b/g, Bluetooth, 3G/UMTS and GPS.  Build quality is reassuringly high, and at 4.2 x 2.4 x 0.48 inches it's a relatively compact device as well.  We'll be putting the Wildfire through its paces ahead of its full review, so until then enjoy the unboxing & demo video and the gallery below! [gallery]

Samsung Tab P1000 details leak: fixed battery, Bluetooth for voice calls

Samsung's Galaxy Tab P1000 - spotted on video yesterday - has apparently been detailed in a further leak, with a new source claiming that it's around as thin as an iPhone, does indeed have full voice call functionality, but lacks an integrated earpiece.  Engadget were contacted by an anonymous tipster who claimed to have hands-on experience with the Tab P1000; they reckon it's "sturdy and well-built" and will require Bluetooth headsets for voice calls. Meanwhile it's also said to have GPS, Android 2.2 - with no modifications in the prototype the source used - and a a 3.2 megapixel camera, along with a front-facing camera for video calls.  There's obviously Bluetooth and WiFi, together with 3G, and the ability to tether via WiFi or USB; the battery, meanwhile, is non-user accessible. [youtube ZklPmnDfwNk]

Samsung Galaxy S unboxing & first-impressions

There's a Samsung Galaxy S in the house, and we have to say we're excited.  Samsung's first Android smartphone to use their Super AMOLED technology is quite the pocket powerhouse, with an indecently bright, crisp WVGA capacitive touchscreen and the company's 1GHz Hummingbird processor keeping things swift.  Check out our exclusive unboxing video, walkthrough and some first impressions!

T-Mobile Launches Device Tune-up Beta

T-Mobile has just released Device Tune-up for open beta testing. This is a new feature in the My Accounts app from T-Mobile. It’s essentially a task killer that aims to improve on your phones performance and it should help your battery last longer by killing apps that run in the background.

Introducing Google TV – Video

Google has just released a video that explains what exactly we can do with Google TV. As expected, it has great search features integrated that allows you to browse your own content as well as content on the web. Some televisions will come with Google TV preinstalled or you can purchase a set top box to convert your current television to Google TV.

Swype Beta Now Open to All (Limited Time)

For the next few days Swype will be opening up its beta app for anyone with an Android phone that registers. Swype offers a new way to enter text by swiping your finger from letter to letter to input text. This keyboard has been responsible for some amazing text entry speeds.

HTC Desire confirmed for US in August

HTC has announced that the HTC Desire will indeed see a US launch, having up until now been available only in Europe and Asia.  According to the company's official Twitter account, the Desire "is coming to the US via select regional operators in August." The exact details - such as which regional carriers and what sort of price tag the Android 2.1 smartphone will carry - are yet to be confirmed, with HTC saying it will announce them closer to the handset's launch.  Similar to the Google Nexus One, which HTC manufacture for the search giant, the Desire runs a 1GHz Snapdragon processor but has HTC's Sense UI.  More details in our review over at SlashGear.

Google to Focus on UI for Gingerbread

No, that title isn't a code for something else. Though, it could be. (We'll let your imagination race.) According to some sources speaking with TechCrunch, it looks like Google's going to go ahead and (basically) pull a Microsoft: with the next release of Android, they want to make it so that handset manufacturers, like HTC and Motorola, have no reason to put their own User Interface customizations on the device.