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Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch Review

Welcome to the United States, Galaxy S II, I see you've got the longest name in the history of smartphones here in your initial iteration! Don't worry, though, it's nothing to be afraid of - you're still the thinnest 4G device on any and every carrier you'll be on here in the states, and with this first launch on the WiMAX carrying carrier, you're round and lovely as well. The Epic 4G Touch has what many might call the most unique look to it of all the Galaxy S II devices out thus far, having a 4.5-inch display, the roundest edges in a Galaxy S II thus far, and almost spherical back corners with a textured battery cover. Four buttons at the bottom and it's lost its international single-center-button charm, will it add up to the legends we've heard of this device as it's been out for the past few months in Europe in Asia?

The Android wristwatch that isn’t

There's a wristwatch company out there that's got a name you might well be rather familiar with, the ring of which might lead you to believe that you'll be making some telephone calls on it soon. It's the Android USA watch company, and though they do not offer the ability to transfer files via Bluetooth, connection to the Android App Store, or apps of any kind, they do present a rather unique bit of detail in the end: ceramic. These watches, made by a company in business since all the way back in 1991, creates a touch, lightweight, and scratch-resistant device that's just lovely to look at when you simply want the time on your wrist.

Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch kernel source up now

Hackers and modders of codes galore rejoice, the kernel code for Samsung's WiMAX Galaxy S II is already out there, and it's official! Samsung has released the source kernel for the Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch and yes, it is shorter than the title suggests. Users can download and modify this source code how they wish, making changes here and there to blast their device off into outer space or to burn it up by tweaking it utterly horribly. Whatever your poison, your time is now.

AT&T Impulse 4G by Huawei Hands-on and Unboxing [Video]

It's time for Huawei to come in to the USA and crush all the competition! Sort of! In fact the device you're about to get a look at certainly isn't aiming to take out top-tier or bottom-tier devices any time soon, instead aiming for the relatively inexpensive mid-tier section of carrier devices, starting right where features phones leave off and smartphones begin. It is here that the $30 (with 2-year contract) Impulse 4G shines.

Verizon Promotes Star Wars Blu-ray with the Force [Video]

It seems that Verizon's connections with George Lucas and the whole Star Wars franchise will be continuing on into the future, as the Blu-ray release of the films have begun to be promoted by the mobile carrier this week alongside the DROID BIONIC. All you've got to do is send a text to a number and bam! You get a free little teaser video of C3PO. Lucky you though, you don't have to run up your data this month, you can see said video in the post below, for your pleasure.

Google Readying Pulse Competitor feed reader app

One of the most obvious and easily made excellent functions of a tablet computer is its ability to act as a news reader. What groups like News360 and Feedly and Pulse have discovered is that it's quite the lucrative and easily accessible market indeed. And you know what happens when there's a market that's available for access, right? Google comes in and smashes everyone else with their Thor hammer! Or I suppose that's what they'll be hoping to do with what's likely to be called "Google Propeller."

HTC Rhyme and Bass likely for September 20th Reveal

It was all the way back in time when we first saw a trademark list for HTC listing the HTC Rhyme that we knew the Beats were coming. It was back when a leaked specs list was found that we assumed the HTC Runnymede and the HTC Bliss would be released side by side. It was just yesterday when the device known as the HTC Runnymede was said to be launching as the HTC Bass. All of this of course points toward the September 20th launch event that we'll be covering live. All of this adding up?

HP TouchPad with Cyanogenmod Benchmarked [Early Build]

If you've got a TouchPad and you're here reading Android Community, chances are you know what CyanongenMod 7 is and what it means for TouchPad users. Last we spoke, CyanogenMod was THIS CLOSE to being complete - of course even THIS CLOSE is relative, so we're still not quite there yet. That said, some intrepid folks out there in alpha-build-land have taken it upon themselves to benchmark the still incomplete software / hardware combo. Would you like to know more? Click!

Logitech Wireless Gamepad F710 Review with Riptide GP on Toshiba THRIVE [Video]

If there's one thing that's advancing at radically enticing speed in the Android world, it's gaming. Think about the games you were playing on Android a year ago, then watch this video. You'll find that not only is the game Riptide GP, a game we've looked at several times before still an awesome game, we've got it updated to the newest version available and, what do you know, it's got the ability to work with 3rd party controllers. We got a nice package from NVIDIA containing the Logitech Wireless Gamepad F710 for some USB-connected action and we were on our way! Not before getting those controls calibrated to our precise wave-riding calibrations right first though, you know we love our calibrations.

Barnes & Noble NOOK Developer hooks up with Appcelerator

When you think of the NOOK or the NOOK Color, you think of reading. When we first looked at the NOOK Color, we found that not only were you able to read ebooks, you were able to work with text in many different ways, look at brilliantly colorful and digitally active magazines, and even interactive childrens books were part of the equation. Now we know this tablet to be much more versatile than that even, holding apps for games of all types as well. Today Barnes & Noble has announced a partnership with the well known development platform Appcelerator to further their dive into the much wider world of Android apps!