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Android encompasses a number of devices on its platform, including universal remotes. Logitech’s Harmony Link launched this week, demonstrating the future of connected devices for home entertainment. We also got a whiff of Samsung’s latest Galaxy member the S II Epic 4G, and Pantech’s Breakout 4G LTE phone for Verizon. Sprint also has another release this week as the LG Marquee hit stores.
Logitech Harmony Link
It was only a matter of time before Logitech unveiled a universal remote for tablets and smartphones. Due out in October, for $99.99 you get a hockey puck-sized disk that taps into your home Wi-Fi network to translate commands from your Android phone to an infrared signal to your TV or stereo. The Android app is free and turns your handheld into a remote control, supporting multiple devices so everyone in the house can use their device for their needs. Designed initially with the iPad in mind, Android users won’t get the Rovi-powered personalized entertainment guide until later.
Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch
Officially released this week, the Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch delivers all the popular features of the Galaxy lineup. Sprint’s the first US carrier to get this next-gen Galaxy phone, which will be available for AT&T and T-Mobile later this year. With sleek Samsung design, the Epic 4G runs the manufacturer’s Exynos 1.2GHz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM. Spreading 4.52 inches, the screen boasts Super AMOLED Plus technology with 800 x 480 resolution. Running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, Samsung puts its own spin on things with the user interface. With a new Sprint contract the Epic 4G Touch will run you $199.99.
4G LTE Pantech Breakout
Expected to hit stores this week for $99 with a contract, the 4G LTE Pantech Breakout was seen at Verizon stores. It’s the fifth LTE smartphone for the carrier, following the HTC Thunderbolt, LG Revolution and Motorola Droid Bionic to name a few. On the less expensive side of the spectrum, the Pantech Breakout pales in comparison to the Droid Bionic technically, but offers a great set of features at an entry-level price. It’s got a 4.3-inch display of either WVGA or qHD resolution, a 1GHz single-core processor and front- and rear-facing cameras. Running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the phone also has physical Android nav buttons, a throwback compared to the standard capacitive touch buttons on most Android devices out today.
Another new phone from Sprint is the LG Marquee. Sporting LG’s Nova display technology the 4-inch screen is quite bright, offering better visibility in the sunlight than standard LCDs. The LG’s 800 x 400 screen puts out 700 nits of brightness, whereas the iPhone only has 500 nits, and it’s supposedly energy efficient too. Also running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the Marquee features a 1GHz processor, a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front camera, with 2GB of storage on a pre-installed MicroSD card. Available for pre-order this week, expect the Marquee to hit shelves October 2 for $99.99 with a new, two-year contract.