Analysis: Who gets the newest Android versions first?

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Donut. Eclair. Froyo. Gingerbread. Google Android is filled with all sorts of delectable treats, but not all phones are treated alike. Even when Google officially announces and releases a new version of its mobile operating system, you don’t get to enjoy that new Android OS right away; you have to wait for the carrier and manufacturer to push it to you (unless you like unofficial ROMs). So, who reigns supreme in this regard?

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Samsung Galaxy Tab drops to $299 on contract with Sprint

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Even though it hasn’t been out for all that long, it seems that the price is starting to take some mild dips on the Samsung Galaxy Tab. Maybe this is because we’re in the wake of an Android tablet overload from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Whatever the case, Sprint has lowered the price on the 7-inch tablet to $299.

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At CES with the Samsung 19-inch AMOLED prototype showing 30% transparency

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Have you ever wanted to look at the display on your notebook, for example, while still watching the big game on the TV behind it? Normally, your head (or eyes) have to keep bouncing between the two. If you want to keep your head and eyes right where they are, you might want to know about the new Samsung Transparent AMOLED display for TVs and monitors.

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Wi-Fi only Samsung Galaxy Tab slated for Q1 release

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We’re not entirely sure why Samsung didn’t just do this right off the bat, perhaps they wanted some type of announcement to go out at CES, regardless, the Wi-Fi only Samsung Galaxy Tab has been announced. We don’t have a price, but we can assume it will be roughly $50 less than the $400 Sprint 3G Galaxy Tab. Still stuck on Android 2.2, packing 16GB of memory and that front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera Apple loves to hear about. Availability is expected in Q1 of 2011.

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Samsung’s HMX-Q10 “Lefty” camcorder ships next month

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The kind folks over at Samsung felt your pain, and perhaps some are even left-handed, they have answered with the HMX-Q10. Created with the left-handed population in mind, the Q10 has features that allow it to be operated comfortably using your any side you please.

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Google Nexus S overclocked to 1.3GHz with Bionix NS1 ROM

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Maybe you’re one of the lucky folks who managed to snatch up a shiny new Google Nexus S (by Samsung) smartphone over the holidays. Maybe you’re loving that curvaceous display and the Gingerbread-flavored OS, but you want a little more. You want a speed boost. Well, you can now overclock the Nexus S, but it comes at a price.

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First OTA update gets pushed to Google Nexus S already

Well, that didn’t take very long at all. The hotly anticipated Google Nexus S with its Gingerbread-flavored Android operating system has been out for less than a week and it’s already getting its first update. The Nexus S — sourced from Samsung — will get the first over-the-air (OTA) update bringing the system to GRH78, offering “important bug fixes” and the latest version of Maps.

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