WiFi

AirDroid turns your phone into a LAN-enabled web operating system

There are a lot of ways to control and access your PC or Mac from your Android device, but the ability to go in the other direction has been sadly underrepresented... until now. Android Police made a great find in AirDroid, an app that hosts a local HTTP server on your phone that any web browser. It's sort of like Motorola's WebTop interface, without using new hardware. And the things you can do with it, not to mention the interface with which you do them, are amazing.

AT&T introduces Call International VoIP app

Android users have been able to use Skype and other popular clients to make Voice-Over IP calls for a while now, but AT&T customers now have a more official option. AT&T Call International allows for native VOIP calls to international numbers. Prices for international calls start at 4 cents a minute, and AT&T users can download the app from the Android Market now. Blackberry and iPhone versions are also available.

Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0 Review [Video]

Any casual tech observer knows that Android power more than just phones, like tablets, netbooks, and on occasion actual androids. But Samsung's Galaxy Player 5.0 seems like a gadget in search of a problem to solve. Ostensibly a competitor to the iPod Touch, albeit one that's built at a plus-sized scale, this Wifi-only media player may be music to the ears of those who want a huge screen and no phone contract (or, indeed, a phone at all) to worry about.

Motorola Xoom Android 3.2.1 update rolling out

We just received news that the Motorola Xoom is getting an over the air update pushed out to Wi-Fi models as we speak. This is Android 3.2.1 Honeycomb. Being completely random and out of the blue with no sort of news, update, or change-log for now but users can expect the update to hit their own Xoom here very shortly.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 WiFi gets official US listing/price

Samsung US has officially priced the Galaxy Tab 8.9 WiFi tablet, with the 8.9-inch Honeycomb slate being available from $469 and said to be "coming soon." Both 16GB and 32GB versions of the tablet are listed, priced at $469 and $569 respectively. Specifications are just as we've seen before, which means Android 3.1 Honeycomb running on NVIDIA's dual-core Tegra 2 processor with Samsung's own TouchWiz modifications. There's a 2-megapixel camera on the front and a 3-megapixel camera on the back, but unlike the 3G versions only WiFi to get you online. That all matches up with Best Buy's listings from last week, with the retailer suggesting that the Galaxy Tab 8.9 would arrive sometime later this month. An LTE version is also expected for some regions, tipped to launch later in 2011, though exact availability is unconfirmed. [device id=1676] [Thanks Paul!]

HTC Vigor Gets Wi-Fi Certification

We haven't seen much regarding the HTC Vigor (ADR6425) lately but now it has jumped back on our sites with a recent Wi-Fi certification filing and Bluetooth filing. While this isn't anything major, it's one more step closer to us actually seeing and owning this awesome device. For those that might not remember much about the HTC Vigor, it will be the replacement for the HTC Thunderbolt over on Verizon Wireless. That alone should get you excited.

Skytex Primer Pocket 4-inch Wi-Fi Android Device Now Available

So you're in the mood for something relatively tiny and extremely low in cost considering it's attached to no data plan? How about an Android device by the name of Skytex Primer Pocket? It's certainly not the most magnificent device you've ever beheld, it having a 4.3-inch 480 x 272 pixel resolution multi-touch resistive touch panel LCD display, a 600 MHz MIPS Xburst processor with a 400MHz DSP for video playback, and Android 2.2 Froyo onboard. On the other hand, think of how awesome this little number would have seemed a year or two ago!

Pandigital Planet, Nova and Star budget tablet trio revealed

Pandigital has outed a trio of new Android tablets, as well as the promise of a high-end model by the end of the quarter. The Pandigital Planet, Nova and Star will all hit shelves this month, each toting a 7-inch touchscreen - 800 x 480 on the Star; 800 x 600 on the Planet and Nova), WiFi, Barnes & Noble's eBookstore app preloaded, and both WiFi and HDMI connectivity. Unfortunately, as the $159 starting price might suggest, we're not looking at Honeycomb here. Instead, the Planet and Star each run Android 2.2 Froyo, while the Nova steps up to 2.3 Gingerbread. Pandigital tells us that future firmware updates are in the pipeline, but it's unclear whether that will ever include a step up to Google's tablet-centric Android branch. Both the Planet and Star have 2GB of integrated memory, while the Nova doubles that to 4GB; there's a microSD card slot and USB On-The-Go support, though with a mini USB port you'll need an adapter if you want to plug in a regular thumb-drive or peripherals. Pandigital has struck a deal with GetJar to include the software download store on all three models - there's no official Android Market access, at least until the hacks arrive - and there are apps for email, browser, the camera (rear on all models; front-facing on the Star) for stills and video and the OfficeSuite Viewer for opening documents. The Pandigital Planet (R70A200) is on sale today for $189, while the Pandigital Nova (R70F400/ R70F452) will arrive this week for $189. The Pandigital Star (R70B200) will follow on in mid-August for $159. Meanwhile, Pandigital is promising a "flagship" tablet for September, though details won't be released until next month. [gallery]

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Wi-Fi Version Available Nationwide Tomorrow

Get your wallets and or plastic ready because tomorrow the thinnest and lightest Android tablet is being released nationwide. The extremely thin and extremely lightweight Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Wi-Fi version is going to be for sale across multiple sites and retailers everywhere. It will be available at places like Best Buy in-store and online, Fry's Electronics, Amazon, Newegg.com and more. You should all know plenty about this tablet already, it is running on Android 3.1 the latest version of Honeycomb and it is super thin and impressive to say the least.
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