Archive | March 22, 2011

Amazon Android Appstore officialy opened – works on Nook Color, Free Angry Birds Rio today

Amazon just launched its Android Appstore and if you are one of the first to install it, you’ll get a copy of Angry Birds Rio for free (today only). Starting tomorrow, the price will climb to $0.99 (still an excellent deal in my opinion). At launch the store features approximately 3,800 apps available and, to keep the customers interested, Amazon will make one paid app free for a day (that will get you there daily, won’t it?).

At this point, the store is only available in US. To install it on your device, you’ll need to be able to side-load applications onto your Android device.

Navigate here to install the new Amazon Appstore. You can sign in with your e-mail address or submit your phone number to get an instant message with the download link.

I am also happy to report that the new Android Appstore works really well and smooth on my rooted Nook Color, both with the stock firmware and with CyanogenMod 7 installed on it, in both portrait and landscape mode. It did close unexpectedly once but it is new and I don’t imagine it was tested too much on CyanogenMod 7. However, it works well, it is free and it comes with Angry Birds Rio in exclusivity, at least for now. What are you waiting for?

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1 announced, even slimmer than iPad 2

Wow, who would have expected this? During this morning press event, Samsung announced its two successors to the relatively successful Galaxy Pad 7″ Android tablet. The new members to the family have a 8.9 respectively 10.1 inches LCD screens and are even slimmer than Apple’s just announced iPad 2. The new tablets will both run on Android 3.0 Honeycomb, although interestingly enough, with Samsung own TouchWiz UX / TouchWiz 4.0 UI overlay on top. Whether that is a good or bad decision remains to be seen.

Hardware wise, both tablets are build around now familiar dual core 1GHz CPU, same resolution 1280×800 and dual cameras, 3MP in the back , 2MP in the front. MicroSD slot will also be available together with the standard assortment of goodies like Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Digital Compass and Ambient Light Sensor. Both tablets are also very light, with the small one around 1 pound and the large one around 1.3 pounds. Both tablets are 8.6 mm thin compared with Apple iPad 2 at 8.8mm.

The tablets will be available for sale around  June 8th and the larger 10.1 tablet – 16GB version will cost $499, the 32GB $599. The 8.9 version will be $469 for 16GB and $569 for the 32GB model.

Check after the break for the detailed technical specs and Samsung’s full press release. Read More…