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Gtalk video calling for phones with Android 2.3.4 at Google I/O?

Although Gtalk has been a mainstay on Android for some time now, it's only with 3.0 Honeycomb that the app got video calling support. Now, it looks like Google may be updating the smartphone version of Gtalk to support two-way video calls, taking to the Google I/O stage to unveil it. One Android user - who has supposedly worked with Samsung - claims to have tested a Nexus S handset running Android 2.3.4 and used Gtalk video calling on the device. The current version of Android Gingerbread shipping is v2.3.3. Considering the number of Honeycomb tablets - which come with video-capable Gtalk preinstalled - is growing, it would certainly make sense for Google to introduce the app for handsets too. Google I/O 2011 kicks off May 10 in San Francisco; we'll be there to bring back all the juicy details. [via The Droid Guy]

Tyfone putting NFC in MicroSD Cards

Wow, this sounds like a great idea, Tyfone has developed a system and are now putting NFC chips, controllers, and antenna's into Micro SD and SD cards. This makes it possible for mobile phones and other PDA like devices to easily add NFC capabilities to their device just by simply changing the SD card they are using. Sounds like a great plan, don't have a Nexus S, just get a Tyfone MicroSD Card.

CyanogenMod 7 Stable build finished, Get some Now!

The time has come yet again, don't get to excited because the TD servers are getting hammmmmered. That is the sound of hundreds of thousands of people all downloading CyanogenMod 7 for their Android device of choice. CM is now on over 30 devices so there is plenty of happy people around tonight.

CyanogenMod 7 is at it again with RC4 now available

If you haven't seen all the twitter posts over the last few days then you probably don't know that the CM team has just released the RC4 of the ever so popular CyanogenMod. Hopefully you are all aware of what CyanogenMod is by now. If you don't you should head over to their site posted above and check it out if you love Android.

HTC Desire S Reviewed by Chris Davies

Our man in England, mister Chris Davies, has let loose his review of the HTC Desire S over on SlashGear. What he's found is that this 3.7-inch display having, Android 2.3.3 wielding, 5-megapixel camera toting handset isn't the best of the bunch, but it's certainly not the worst device he's ever held. This phone is the sequel to the original HTC Desire, which was undeniably HTC's answer for the Nexus One - will it hold up to the pressure of the barrage of phones that have been released in only these past few months?

Nexus S NFC payment system due later in 2011 with Citigroup and MasterCard?

Google is reportedly working with bank Citigroup and credit/debit card provider MasterCard to launch an Android based payments system using the NFC technology baked into the Nexus S. According to the WSJ's sources, Google will release an app later in the year which allows Citigroup customers to swipe their phones on VeriFone-made NFC enabled payment terminals. The same app may allow for payment history tracking along with coupons and other personalized offers to be pushed. On the flip side, Google - and its retailer partners - would be able to gather greater information on shopping habits, and thus better tailor its advertising. Google would apparently not take a cut of the transaction fees, instead only getting a foot in the door on better quality analytics. The search giant was previously tipped to be readying NFC payment trials in San Francisco and NYC.

Sprint Nexus S 4G gets official with Integrated Google Voice Experience

As expected after it briefly peeked onto Sprint's site earlier today, Google has officially confirmed that the Nexus S 4G is coming to the carrier complete with WiMAX support. The first Android 2.3 Gingerbread devices with 4G support, the Sprint Nexus S 4G will new unified Google Voice support. Existing subscribers will be able to use their current Sprint number as their Google Voice number, with no porting required. Up to six different phones can ring from one number, with intelligent call routing and call screening, blocking and recording. There'll also be voicemail transcription. As for the hardware, beyond the WiMAX it's business as usual for the Nexus S, so there's a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, WiFi, GPS, 5-megapixel camera and front-facing webcam. The mobile hotspot app is also loaded, to share the 3G/4G connection out with notebooks and other devices. The Sprint Nexus S 4G will drop this spring, priced at $199.99 with a new, two-year agreement. Press Release:
First Pure Google 4G Device with Android 2.3 in the U.S., Nexus S 4G from Google and Samsung, Coming to Sprint this Spring First 4G device powered by Android 2.3 boasts pure Google experience, Google Voice integration, Super AMOLED display and Mobile Hotspot capability is Sprint’s 20th 4G device and fourth 4G phone announced to date Visit www.sprint.com/nexus to register to receive more information OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), March 21, 2011 - Sprint (NYSE: S) extends its 4G device innovation lead once again with the upcoming availability of the 20th 4G device and fourth 4G phone, Nexus S™ 4G1 from Google™. Coming to Sprint this spring, it will also be able to take advantage of the unprecedented controls and services enabled by Google Voice™ integration built into the Sprint Network. Manufactured by Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), a leading global mobile phone provider and the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the United States2, Nexus S 4G comes packed with a pure Google experience using Android™ 2.3, Gingerbread, the fastest version of Android available for smartphones. It is powered by a 1GHz Samsung application processor that produces rich 3D-like graphics, faster upload and download times and supports HD-like multimedia content along with a dedicated Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) to make playing mobile games, browsing the Web and watching videos a fast, fluid and smooth experience. “Nexus S 4G shows the strong commitment Sprint has to Android, and when combined with our 4G network capabilities, it gives customers the option of a pure Google experience,” said Fared Adib, vice president – Product Development, Sprint. “As the first 4G smartphone with Android 2.3, Nexus S 4G delivers on the promise of the advanced data capabilities of 4G to deliver an incredible Web browsing experience, offers quick and easy access to future Android updates and access to the services built into Google Voice.” It is designed with Samsung’s brilliant Super AMOLED™ touchscreen technology providing a premium viewing experience. The 4-inch Contour Display features a curved design for a more comfortable look and feel in the user’s hand or along the side of the face. It also offers a screen that is bright with higher color contrast, meaning colors are incredibly vibrant and text is crisp at any size and produces less glare than on other smartphone displays when outdoors, so videos, pictures and games look their best and the sun won't wash them out. Sprint Nexus S 4G customers will be among the first to receive Android software upgrades and new Google mobile apps. In many cases, the device will get the updates and new apps as soon as they are available. "We're excited to partner with Sprint on Nexus S 4G, which brings innovative hardware by Samsung and innovations on the Android platform, to create a powerful smartphone experience,” said Andy Rubin, vice president of Engineering at Google. Nexus S 4G features a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera and camcorder and front-facing VGA camera. In addition, Nexus S 4G features a gyroscope sensor to provide a smooth, fluid gaming experience when the user tilts the device up or down or pans the phone to the left or right. Additional key features include: 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot capability, supporting up to six Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously Android Market™ for access to more than 150,000 applications, widgets and games available for download to customize the experience Google mobile services such as Google Search™, Gmail™, Google Maps™ with Navigation, syncing with Google Calendar™, Voice Actions and YouTube™ Corporate email (Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync®), personal (POP & IMAP) email and instant messaging Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, which allows the device to read information from everyday objects, like stickers and posters embedded with NFC chips 16GB Internal Memory (ROM)/512MB (RAM) Wi-Fi® – 802.11 b/g/n Bluetooth® 2.1 + EDR Integrated GPS 1500 mAh Lithium-ion battery “Samsung is thrilled to work with Google and Sprint to create the next generation Nexus S. Adding 4G capabilities takes this iconic device to the next level,” said Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Mobile. “Nexus S 4G integrates Samsung’s best-in-class hardware and the exciting features of the Android 2.3 platform with the impressive speed and connectivity of Sprint’s 4G network.” Nexus S 4G from Google will be available exclusively from Sprint this spring for $199.99 with a new two-year service agreement or eligible upgrade (taxes not included) in all Sprint retail channels, including the Web (www.sprint.com) and Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1), as well as select national retailers. Sprint Nexus S customers also will be able to easily use their current Sprint wireless phone number as their Google Voice number without having to port their number, avoiding porting charges and potential service disruptions. Google Voice makes it easy for people to manage and access most of their voice-based communication. It lets users manage up to six different phones through one number with intelligent call routing and advanced features like call screening, blocking and recording. Now Sprint subscribers can use their Sprint number across their office, home and wireless phones, and personalize settings so calls from friends ring their wireless device and home phone, while calls from the boss only ring at the office. Google Voice users can receive transcribed voicemails and read or listen to them online. They can also read, send and search text messages and call logs online at www.google.com/voice. Nexus S 4G requires activation on one of Sprint’s Everything Data plans, plus a required $10 Premium Data add-on charge for smartphones. Sprint’s Everything Data plan with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM includes unlimited Web, texting and calling to and from any mobile in America while on the Sprint Network, starting at just $69.99 per month plus required $10 Premium Data add-on charge – a savings of $39.99 per month versus Verizon’s comparable plan with unlimited talk, text and Web (excluding Verizon’s Southern California plan; pricing excludes surcharges and taxes). Sprint customers get more with unlimited data plans on the Sprint Network. Sprint offers real simplicity, value and savings versus competitors, making it easy for customers to get the most out of their phones without using a calculator to tally up costs or worrying about how much data they’ve used. Sprint Everything Data plans qualify for automatic enrollment in the Sprint PremierSM loyalty program3. Existing Sprint customers can switch to an Everything Data plan without extending their service agreement. New lines of service require a two-year service agreement. As the first national wireless carrier to test, launch and market 4G technology, Sprint made history by launching 4G in Baltimore in September 2008. As the first national wireless carrier to test, launch and market 4G technology, Sprint is America’s Favorite 4G Network4. Sprint currently offers 4G service in 71 markets in 28 states. For more information, visit www.sprint.com/4G. Nexus S 4G from Google and Samsung fact sheet A pure Google experience Manufactured by Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), Nexus S 4G™1 from Google comes packed with a pure Android experience using Android 2.3, Gingerbread, the fastest version of Android available. Nexus S 4G customers will be among the first to receive Android updates and the latest Google mobile services. Nexus S 4G is powered by a 1GHz Samsung application processor that produces rich 3D-like graphics, faster upload and download times and supports HD-like multimedia content, and a dedicated Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) to make playing mobile games, browsing the Web and watching videos a fast, fluid and smooth experience. It is designed with Samsung’s brilliant Super AMOLED™ touchscreen technology providing a premium viewing experience. The 4-inch Contour Display features a curved design for a more comfortable look and feel in the user’s hand or along the side of the face. It also offers a screen that is bright with higher color contrast, meaning colors are incredibly vibrant and text is crisp at any size and produces less glare than on other smartphone displays when outdoors, so videos, pictures and games look their best and the sun won't wash them out. Productivity · 1GHz Samsung application processor that produces rich 3D-like graphics, faster upload and download times and supports HD-like multimedia content along with a dedicated Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) to make playing mobile games, browsing the Web and watching videos a fast, fluid and smooth experience · 4-inch Super AMOLED display with pinch-to-zoom · Android 2.3, Gingerbread · Android Market™ for access to more than 150,000 applications, widgets and games · Google Voice™, an innovative service that offers advanced calling controls, makes it easy to manage up to six devices with one Sprint phone number, with intelligent call routing and advanced call controls like call screening, blocking and recording, and online management of SMS, voicemail and call logs at www.google.com/voice · Google mobile services such as Google Search™, Gmail™, Google Maps™ with Navigation, Google Calendar™, Voice Actions and YouTube™ · Messaging – personal and business email and text messaging, as well as IM through a Google Talk · Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, which allows the device to read information from everyday objects, like stickers and posters embedded with NFC chips · 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot capability supporting up to six Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously · Integrated GPS · 4G data speeds (WiMAX) – peak download speeds of more than 10 Mbps; peak upload speeds of 1 Mbps; average download speeds of 3-6 Mbps · 3G data speeds (EVDO Rev A.) – peak download speeds of up to 3.1 Mbps; peak upload speeds of 1.8 Mbps; average download speeds of 600 kbps-1.4 Mbps · Wi-Fi – 802.11 b/g/n Entertainment · Dual camera: rear-facing 5-megapixel camera with camcorder and flash, and front-facing VGA camera · Stereo speakers · Bluetooth® 2.1 + EDR · Media player with 3.5mm stereo headset jack Specifications · Dimensions: 4.88 inches x 2.48 inches x 0.44 inches (124 mm x 63 mm x 11.2 mm) (LxWxT) · Weight: 4.62 ounces (131 grams) · Display: 4-inch (480 x 800) Super AMOLED touchscreen display · Battery: 1500 mAh Lithium-ion battery · Memory: 16GB Internal Memory (ROM)/512MB (RAM) Sprint and Google to Launch Integrated Google Voice Experience on All Sprint Phones, Including Upcoming Nexus S 4G Sprint is first carrier to allow customers to use their existing mobile number as their Google Voice number without porting OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), March 21, 2011 - Sprint (NYSE: S) and Google announced today a new integrated Google Voice™ experience that will allow Sprint customers to set their existing Sprint wireless phone number as their Google Voice number. Sprint customers will be able to take advantage of all the features and benefits of Google Voice without the hassle and fees associated with porting their number. Sprint is the first and only carrier to offer this capability, which will be available soon on all Sprint CDMA phones. In addition, Nexus S 4G1, announced today by Sprint, Google and Samsung, will allow Sprint customers to enable the integrated Google Voice experience and will come preloaded with the Google Voice Android app. “As part of our partnership with Google, our customers will appreciate having the easiest set-up experience of any wireless carrier for Google Voice across all of our CDMA phones, using their existing Sprint phone number,” said Kevin McGinnis, vice president-Product and Technology Development, Sprint. “It’s now easier than ever to truly live a mobile lifestyle with the ability to manage multiple devices through intelligent call routing and online controls using just one phone number – your existing Sprint number.” "With this integration, we have made Google Voice simple to use with a Sprint phone," said Dave Girouard, president at Google. "Sprint subscribers now have access to all the benefits of Google Voice behind their existing mobile number without the need for porting or, if they already have a Google Voice number, they can display that number from their Sprint phone without the need for a separate application." Manage multiple devices with Google Voice Google Voice makes it easy for people to manage and access most of their voice-based communication. It lets users manage up to six different devices through one phone number with intelligent call routing and advanced features like call screening, blocking and recording using the phone’s dial pad. Sprint subscribers will be able to use their Sprint number across their office, home and wireless phones, and personalize settings so calls from friends ring their wireless device and home phone, while calls from the boss only ring at the office. Google Voice users can receive transcribed voicemails and read or listen to them online. They can also read, send and search text messages and call logs online at www.google.com/voice. Sprint is the only carrier that allows the user to assign their existing mobile phone number as their Google Voice number without having to port their number, avoiding porting charges, potential service disruptions and the hassle of calling their carrier to terminate and port their number to Google Voice and then re-subscribe with another number. Sprint’s integration with Google simplifies and shortens the process of moving a phone number to Google Voice to mere minutes. Integrated Google Voice Experience from Sprint One number for all your devices Work, home, mobile; no need to change numbers after a move or new job Route phone calls and text messages Send work calls to the office, personal to home or mobile Conditional call presentation Hear caller info before answering or send straight to voicemail In-call options Record calls, switch phones during a call, conference calling Manage it all online Manage call history, texts and voicemail; listen to voicemail and read transcribed messages; view threaded text messaging history and continue the conversation online Keep your existing wireless phone number without porting Only with Sprint Customers can sign up to be notified when the integrated Google Voice experience for Sprint phones is available at www.google.com/voice/sprint. With a few simple steps, any Sprint CDMA phone will be able to use Google Voice to simplify the customer’s wireless experience: 1. Customers can simply go to www.google.com/voice/sprint and sign-up for the integrated service from Sprint. 2. Google will then confirm the customer would like to use their existing Sprint number as their Google Voice number. 3. Customers do not need to notify Sprint that they plan to use Google Voice. A notification is automatically sent to Sprint to provision the necessary services on the network required for the Google Voice integrated experience. 4. Within minutes, all of the customer’s phone calls, text messages and voicemail run through Google Voice, and all inbound and outbound calls show up with the customer’s existing Sprint number with all of the benefits of Google Voice. For more information on Sprint’s Google Voice integration, watch the video and visit www.sprint.com/googlevoice.2 Use of Google Voice is available at no additional charge with Sprint plans including Sprint’s Everything Data plans. Sprint’s Everything Data plans with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM include unlimited Web, texting and calling to and from any mobile in America while on the Sprint network, starting at just $69.99 per month plus required $10 Premium Data add-on charge for smartphones – a savings of $39.99 per month versus Verizon’s comparable plan with unlimited talk, text and Web (excluding Verizon’s Southern California plan; pricing excludes surcharges and taxes). Sprint Everything Data plans qualify customers for automatic enrollment in the Sprint PremierSM loyalty program.3 Existing Sprint customers can switch to an Everything Data plan without extending their service agreement. New lines of service require a two-year service agreement.

Nexus S arrives in Spain, France, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Romania

Google's Nexus S has arrived in Spain, France, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Romania. The Android 2.3 Gingerbread smartphone is available on various carriers, depending on country. In Romania, for instance, Vodafone has the exclusive, as the carrier does in Greece and Italy. In Portugal and Spain, retailer The Phone House and Vodafone are offering the Nexus S, while in France it's The Phone House and carrier SFR. As for the handset itself, it's the same 1GHz single-core smartphone made by Samsung, with a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and a 5-megapixel camera on the back. NFC and a front-facing webcam round out the main specs. More details in our Nexus S review.

Sprint Nexus S 4G gets prematurely confirmed with “Pure Google”

Sprint has confirmed the incoming Google Nexus S 4G, the WiMAX-enabled version of the existing vanilla Android 2.3 Gingerbread smartphone. Spotted in a search of the Sprint site by an Engadget tipster - and since taken down - according to the blurb "the newest Sprint 4G smartphone" will allow users to "Experience Pure Google." That, it's suggested, will mean "fully integrated Google Voice" with "the same number for all your calls and get cool features like voicemail transcription, web calling and more." We're also expecting the usual Nexus S curved Super AMOLED display, 5-megapixel rear camera, front webcam and integrated NFC support. If Sprint's web team's premature confirmation is anything to go by, we could well be seeing the Nexus S 4G make its proper debut later in the week at CTIA 2011. Android Community will be there to bring back all the details.

Gameloft releases Asphalt 6 for Android

It looks as if Gameloft has quietly released the much anticipated racing game Asphalt 6 for Android recently. I've not heard anything about it. I didn't see it posted on @GameloftAndroid on twitter or anything. I'm not sure why it was such a quiet launch, but at least it is finally here. I think they are still working on it as not all phones can get it yet. I tried for the Atrix and the site said it was not released for that device yet.
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