Samsung Galaxy S II available on AT&T now for $199 (or $149 on Amazon Wireless)

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The Samsung Galaxy S II continues to make the rounds on the U.S. carriers and todays stop finds it on AT&T. There are plenty of new phones due for release in the next couple weeks and months, but unless you are a diehard early adopter the Galaxy S II is unlikely to disappoint. The international release was praised by many reviewers as the best Android phone to date and AT&T stuck with that same design in their version of the SGS2.

Here’s a quick spec refresher:

  • 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display
  • 1.2 GHz Samsung Exynos C210 processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 8MP rear camera
  • 2MP front-facing camera
  • NFC
  • Android 2.3.4

With the exception of the screen resolution and possibly the OS version those specs line up favorably with most of the devices launching through the end of the year.

If you are signing up for a new account and want to save some cash you can get the AT&T Galaxy S II through Amazon Wireless for just $149.99 with free 2-day shipping.

Anyone planning to head out to their local AT&T store or click that buy button today?

Come find us at the Big Android BBQ, we’ll be the ones with lots of free stuff

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It’s been a full year of waiting but the Big Android BBQ is finally upon us! If you somehow haven’t heard, the Big Android BBQ is an annual multi-day event that takes place right here in Austin, Texas.

While we aren’t hosting this year, the Android and Me crew will be on hand in full force with a huge sack of goodies, including a new line of extremely limited t-shirts, a pair of Jawbone Jambox speakers, even some NVIDIA Tegra 2 devices!

To ensure the merriment of all Android geeks in attendance, we’ve paired with @NVIDIATegra to give away TWO devices during the BBQ. For starters, we’re giving away a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the charity raffle to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The other top prizes are an unopened Tab from Google I/O and an HP TouchPad running CyanogenMod, and we’re having the Android and Me staff and BBQ organizers sign our Tab’s box, so you’ve got a shot at some really kickass and rare prizes.

During the event we’ll also be wandering around with an exclusive preview build of a brand new (and highly anticipated) game, Shadowgun. Shadowgun is a duck and run 3D sci-fi shooter and is the latest supergame to debut in the TegraZone. We’ve paired with our friends at @MADFINGERGames and @NVIDIATegra to bring you an exclusive chance to play the unreleased game, live at the BBQ. If you find us and can rack up a kill or two, we’ll drop your name in a drawing to win a Motorola Photon 4G. Yeah, you can win a phone for playing an unreleased game. Awesome enough for you?

On top of the devices, we went the extra mile with a fun community project we’d been toying with for some time now: a series of tees inspired by specific folks in the Android community. We’ve designed and printed a half dozen brand new designs, all of which we’ll have on hand at the BBQ, for free. Check out the entire line below:

Super Android Bros

The first tee features myself and my brother Taylor styled in the classical ways of the great Super Mario Bros. Like many of you, we’ve played Nintendo, and more specifically Mario Bros, since we were kids, so I don’t really think I need to explain how awesome this tee makes me feel.

CyanogenMod

We had our good friend Ray Frenden re-imagine the CyanogenMod logo in a badass 3D action pose, printed all in shades of cyan. The main main himself, Steve Kondik, will be at the BBQ and we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to give props to the most popular custom build of all time.

Android and Meat

Ever since we unveiled our new logo, you guys have been asking for tees. So we had Angie take our logo and do it up in true BBQ style, as a big chunk of beef. This is the perfect shirt to say I like phones. But I also like beef.

I’m With Chavez

Chris Chavez is an Android superstar known for his ridiculously awesome YouTube videos and his even more ridiculously awesome hair. He currently contributes to Phandroid but you can also find him in his natural habitat on Twitter, where he accidentally all his free time.

PS: You’ll notice Chris requested a v-neck. He says that’s the only way to roll.

BigKeivan has a posse

If you don’t know @BigKeivan, big shame on you. Keivan lives here in Austin and is one of the hosts of the Austin Android Users Group. He also works for T-Mobile and is a pro chef in training. He also tweets a lot and given the preceding details, you ought be following him.

Inside the Tegra Zone

Deep inside any phone you’ll find a bunch of tiny, hard working Androids, as depicted here. They’ve surrounded the NVIDIA logo for what looks like a party and we thought that was a shirt-worthy event.

How do I score a shirt?

There will be a lot of ways to win a free shirt, so just stay on your toes. We’ll actually be giving the batches of shirts to the individual personalities they represent and they’ll be handing out the shirts as they please. For example, some of the shirts are for us, so we might give some away on Twitter (via @androidandme), there might be an on-site competition, or we might throw them from the stage- just be on your toes.

For those of you unable to attend, we’re saving a small handful of tees to giveaway right here in this post. To enter to win, all you need to do is leave a comment on this post. The catch is that this contest is open to And Me Accounts only, so you’ve gotta be registered on this site. If you are, you’re in! Leave a comment below and we’ll pick 3 winners at random on Monday morning.

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We’ll see you guys at the BBQ!

We’re excited to see everyone again at the second annual Big Android BBQ and wanted to give a huge thanks to those sites hosting the event. The guys at AndroidSWAG, AndroidSpin, AndroidGuys, AndroidCentral, and xda-developers put in a ton of work to make sure the entire Android community could meet up and have a good time.

Once again, I also want to thank @NVIDIATegra for powering another awesome giveaway. If you’re not following them yet, you really should be. They power tablet and phone giveaways weekly (or more often) and are always game to collaborate.

To the folks attending the BBQ: come find us to be the first to get your hands on Shadowgun and maybe score a prize. To the Android fans online joining us only in spirit this weekend, leave a comment below for a chance to win a piece of the SWAG from one of the coolest Android events of the year. Good luck!

Google Chrome is finally coming to an Android device near you

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September of 2008 was a pretty busy month for Google. The company released, not one, but two very important products in that month: Android and Chrome. The former was supposed to unify the mobile world under one platform, while the latter’s job was to push the web forward. Today, Android owns most of the smartphone market while Chrome is about to take second place away from Mozilla Firefox.

Believe it or not, both of these products got to where they are today with almost no interaction between the teams behind them. On the contrary, there were times when it seemed like they were competing with each other for the future of personal computing. But that’s all about to change. According to a post on the Chromium Code website, Google Chrome for Android is right around the corner.

The Chromium revision log indicates that Chrome for Android will include most of the features that its desktop counterpart currently has, something that I’m sure will make some of you very happy. The app will also support the Skia 2D graphics library that Google has been working on. And that’s about everything we know at this point. However, I’m sure we’ll get more details over the coming days and weeks.

As you might remember, Google has something big planned for October 11 and I won’t be surprised if Chrome for Android makes an appearance. The company might even surprise us with things like a Chrome Web Store for Android devices. That will surely turn some heads.

We’d love to hear your opinion about all of this, so let us know in the comments. Do you think the app will be available through the Market or come pre-installed? Are you excited about having the Chrome Web Store on your phone or is it more of a “meh” feature? And most importantly, will you dump your current browser for Chrome?

AT&T Asks Judge To Throw Out Cellular South Lawsuit To Block AT&T-Mobile Merger

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AT&T has filed motions to dismiss both of the complaints filed by Sprint and Cellular South (now C Spire Wireless) to block their merger with T-Mobile. AT&T argues that both carriers are only in it for themselves and not the interests of the general public like they claim. In a surprising turn of events AT&T went on to reveal that Cellular South was actually trying to negotiate privately with AT&T (before their lawsuit) that they would support the merger if,

“AT&T would agree not to engage in facilities-based competition in Mississippi. This inappropriate proposal confirms that what Cellular South fears is competition, not lack of competition."

Snaps. Cellular South said they would prepare and have a statement on the allegations from AT&T later. However, Sprint’s PR guy, John Taylor spoke out on AT&T’s actions saying,

“AT&T promised more than two weeks ago that they would take this step. They only reason that AT&T do today is that a Federal judge issued a court order requiring them to do so. And neither motion has any merit whatsoever. Section 7 of the Clayton Antitrust Act expressly provides for the rights of private parties to file antitrust litigation and that’s exactly what Sprint and C-Spire have done.

Look for formal responses to be filed in Court next Friday. The judge has scheduled oral arguments for October 24. It should be an interesting day in court.

On another note, Sprint was pleased to hear that today the U.S. Department of Justice has added the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to its antitrust lawsuit against AT&T. If this transaction goes forward, AT&T will have 56 percent of the island’s wireless business. By any measure this will give consumers in Puerto Rico less choice and lead to higher prices.

For our part at Sprint we will continue to stick up for competition and will work with Judge Huvelle as she seeks to efficiently try both this case and the Justice Department’s case which both seek to stop the clearly anti-competitive proposed transaction.”

Att’a boy, Sprint. Give ‘em hell. What do you guys think about all of these antics? Are Sprint and Cellular South really only in it for themselves and not “the public” as they claim? Does it even matter? All I know is I don’t want T-Mobile going anywhere. I like the option of 4 national carriers in the US.

[BusinessWeek via Engadget]

Verizon Doesn’t Like The Idea Of “Open Internet” – Appeals FCC Net Neutrality Decision

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Verizon doesn’t like the idea of “open internet.” At least not the idea of it potentially cutting into their profits. Today, Verizon filed an appeal in federal court claiming the rules of “Net Neutrality” are unnecessary and will create confusion for investors.  Verizon released this statement on their website:

Verizon is fully committed to an open Internet. We are deeply concerned by the FCC’s assertion of broad authority to impose potentially sweeping and unneeded regulations on broadband networks and services and on the Internet itself. We believe this assertion of authority is inconsistent with the statute and will create uncertainty for the communications industry, innovators, investors and consumers.

The Net Neutrality ruling just became official last week and if you haven’t been keeping up to date with your tech news, says that carriers can’t block legit law-abiding sites (or apps) that directly compete with their service. For instance, it would be like AT&T blocking you from visiting competing carrier Sprint’s website. Not cool, right? Here’s what the FCC had to say about the new Net Neutrality regulation that goes into effect November 20th.

First, transparency: fixed and mobile broadband providers must disclose the network management practices, performance characteristics, and commercial terms of their broadband services. Second, no blocking: fixed broadband providers may not block lawful content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices; mobile broadband providers may not block lawful websites, or block applications that compete with their voice or video telephony services. Third, no unreasonable discrimination: fixed broadband providers may not unreasonably discriminate in transmitting lawful network traffic.

The internet should be free and open (we like that word around here). Anyone that disagrees well, probably has the title of CEO somewhere in their name.

[Phonescoop via Gizmodo]

Gameloft’s Weekend Sale: NOVA, UNO, Assasin’s Creed and Asphalt 6 only $1

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Gameloft is throwing a “fall weekend sale” for a few of the biggest and baddest in Android gaming. HD titles like, the first-person shooter N.O.V.A., family fun UNO, action-platformer Assassin’s Creed and the action-racing Asphalt 6, are all being offered up for only 99 cents this weekend only.

Even if you hate gaming, there’s no denying it’s a great deal. Just hit up the source link and get to downloading.

[Via Gameloft]

Samsung Galaxy S II Lockscreen Got You Down? Here’s AT&T’s Simple Fix

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We reported a short time ago on a “security issue” facing AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy S II units. Apparently, when you unlock the phone and it goes to the lockscreen, merely letting the phone fall back asleep or “timeout” will allow you to quickly awake the device and bypass the lockscreen altogether. Well, in an effort to help qualm the situation, AT&T has already provided a quick fix. No, this isn’t some long drawn out OTA update that will get pushed to the device once it launches but some simple ingenuity. An AT&T spokesman had this to say,

Samsung and AT&T are aware of the user interface issue on the Galaxy S II with AT&T. Currently, when using a security screen lock on the device, the default setting is for a screen timeout. If a user presses the power button on the device after the timeout period it will always require a password. If a user presses the power button on the phone before the timeout period, the device requests a password – but the password is not actually necessary to unlock it.

Samsung and AT&T are investigating a permanent solution. In the meantime, owners of the Galaxy S II can remedy the situation by re-setting their time-out screen to the "immediately" setting. This is done by going to the Settings->Location and Security->Screen unlock settings->Timeout->Immediately.

Crisis averted. While this is by no means a permanent solution, it should get the job done. You may now go about drooling over the Galaxy S II and counting down the days until it’s October 2nd release date.

Thanks, Steve!

Google Teams Up With Dogfish Head For The Nexus Of Beers – URKontinent

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As Android users, we’ve known for quite sometime what happens when Google teams up with a smartphone manufacturer: pure Nexus bliss. Well, it looks like Google has paired up with another world famous manufacturer of sorts, Dogfish Head brewery. If it’s one thing Dogfish knows, it’s beer. They have been “manufacturing” some of the world’s most interesting beers since 1995. Google’s part in all of this was taking suggestions from all their users around the world on what would make the world’s best tasting beer and supplying that info for Dog Fish to cook up.

So what exactly did Google and Dogfish Head come up with? The Nexus URKontinent. Okay, maybe not the Nexus part. The URKontinent combines a plethora of ingredients that’s “never been used in a beer since brewing started.” According to Dogfish the specs are:

Pilsner, Munich and Chocolate Malts and Belgian Dark Candi syrup. Then we add unique ingredients from around the world. Wattleseed from Australia imparts a chocolate, coffee, and hazelnut taste to the beer. Toasted Amaranth from South America gives it an earthy, grainy flavor and a little additional roast flavor. Green Rooibos from Africa contributes a floral aroma and slight astringency. Myrica Gale from Europe supplements the bitterness from minimal hopping. Hive Plex Honey from California adds a subtle sweetness while maintaining the dry finish.

If you’re in Delaware area, you can grab your very own URKontinent beer that’s been on tap since September 27th and will be available “until it is gone!” As far as grabbing your own bottle, there might be sometime before we start seeing it sold by the case. For a nice little mini-documentary of the entire project check out the video below. Damn, I’m thirsty.

Thanks, JC!

[Dogfish via Gizmodo]

Foursquare Updated In The Android Market – Includes New Lists and Friend Sorting

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It’s already been a few weeks since the Foursquare team updated their app for iOS users and now, Android users are getting the same treatment. The Foursquare app has been updated in the Android Market and includes a bevvy of new enhancements. First off, they’ve moved some things around like points for check-ins providing for an all around cleaner interface.

Oh, and Foursquare for Android finally has their new “lists” feature for keeping track of where you’ve been and where you’re going. You can also sort friends now by “nearby” or “worldwide” which comes in handy if you’ve got a bunch of Android friends from around the world. If you want to give it a try, Foursquare is now available for free in the Android Market.

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