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Samsung Releases First Android 4.0 Phone in November

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Called the next possible iPhone killer?  Probably.  Will it actually kill off the iPhone?  No.  Samsung does plan on releasing The Galaxy Nexus, running on the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich platform in November of this year.  It features a 4.65-inch high definition Super AMOLED display screen and a 1.2 gigahertz dual core processor that upgrades speed.  The exact carriers that will have the phone aren’t clear as of now, but expect more news to continue to trickle in.

Androidify Yourself!

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Not too long ago you heard me sharing the great news of Android being the highest selling cell phone operating system.  Well, Andorid continues to impress, this time with an adorable application for your phone  Called Androidify, it allows you to take their Android logo and customize it to look just like you.  Below is an alteration of yours truly.  Check it out on your Android phone!

Sonos and Android Come Together

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Sonos recently announced an app for the Android operating system and it’s said to be even better than Sonos’ own controller. Why? Because on Android you can use your phone’s hardware buttons (volume rocker, search, etc) to control your Sonos system and even use your phone to voice search.  The application is expected to come out in March.

Check out our full line of Sonos products.

Androids Rule!

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Whether you are talking about R2-D2 from Star Wars, Bishop from Aliens, or Abt’s Customer Service Representative, Gary Q’s favorite character, Data from Star Trek, androids are all the rage in cinema and TV.  That certainly hasn’t changed in the world of cell phones;  Android cell phone operating systems to be precise.

Android” is now the world’s most popular cellular phone OS (operating system) shipping out 33 million to customers since its creation just three years ago.  Beating Nokia’s Symbian and Apple’s iOS, Android has taken the market by storm and has reinvigorated the cell phone device competition.

Congrats to Android on your accomplishment.  Or as R2-D2 would say, “beep, boop, whistle, blip, bop, beep”

Check out our line of cell phones to find the right one for you.

Keep Your Car Safe & Warm This Winter

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

It’s 7 am. The month of December.  22 degrees outside. You have to be at work in an hour, but you just woke up.  You need to shower, change, eat breakfast, make a lunch and give yourself about 10-15 minutes to warm up your car properly.  Sure, you could throw on the coat, gloves, scarf and run out to your car, turn it on and run back inside. But as technology progresses, it’s supposed to make life easier; which is why Viper has made protecting your car easy and even went the extra mile.

Viper, manufacturer of automatic car starters, has developed a new car starter that is able to link to your iPhone, Android phone or BlackBerry.  The starter requires you to install the Viper SmartStart and pay a yearly service fee of $29.99.  Downloading the free application for your smartphone allows you to unlock doors, open the trunk, turn the heat or air conditioner on and even notify you when your alarm goes off, all via your cellular phone.

Viper SmartStart works over the 3G cellular network or Wi-Fi, allowing you to  have an unlimited range in the U.S.  As long as your car is in within the appropriate distance of a GSM/GPRS cellular signal and your smartphone has a 3G or Wi-Fi signal, SmartStart will work. Anywhere. Anytime.

Check out Viper’s site for additional products and services.  And remember, if you live in the Chicagoland area, Abt’s Mobile Installation techs can professionally install this for you .  Call us at 847-967-8830 for details.

-Nick E

The Samsung Vibrant Demo This Weekend

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

T-Mobile & Samsung Vibrant at Abt

Today, T-Mobile and Samsung unveiled the new Samsung Vibrant, their latest Android cell phone, in our mobile showroom.  This weekend only, you can come to Abt and have T-Mobile and Samsung specialists answer your questions about the latest Android phone either at their tent camped outside the front of our store or in the T-Mobile RV (which is packed with their entire cell phone line and some accessories).

T-Mobile & Samsung Vibrant at Abt

To celebrate the arrival, there are giveaway prizes available both days, and today they had Mustard’s Last Stand hot dogs on hand to feed hungry visitors.  Another promotion available this weekend only is that you can trade in any working iPhone for a Samsung Vibrant and receive $100.  If you’re interested in demoing the new phone, stop by tomorrow or you can try it anytime at our store.

-Jennifer A.

CES 2010 Kicks Off Tonight With Ballmer's Keynote Address

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Tomorrow is the official start of the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Many people will arrive today to get a headstart on viewing all the greatest new consumer electronics. Some of the newest technology has already been leaked. Here are a few of the new products that you should check out.

iHome is revealing the iP2. It’s an iPod docking station perfect for a kitchen. With a 50-watt amp you will be able to listen to your favorite tunes—even with your stand mixer running at full speed. The iP2 comes equipped with a timer, FM radio tuner, and so much more. Its stream-lined look will coordinate with any kitchen décor.

ASUS will be re-releasing the Eee Keyboard PC. First revealed in 2009, the keyboard PC had a few too many bugs for public launch. Now, it seems, the keyboard PC is ready for release. The Eee keyboard is rumored to be ready to hit the market sometime within the next month.

Tablet PCs have long been meant for specific users, usually in a technology field where the design and function of a slate computer is necessary. Today at the CES opening key-note speech at 6:30pm PT, Steve Ballmer will introduce an HP-built “slate-type computer.” What will this computer do? Stay tuned to the Abt blog for updates!

Would you like to watch digital TV anywhere? Samsung has the answer for you. Samsung’s (Android-driven) “Moment” has been altered slightly to allow for a digital TV tuner. Currently, it is still in the concept phase, but within a few months, trial phones will be in use in Baltimore and Washington D.C.

Check the Abt Blog for the latest news from CES 2010.

-Kelly B.

The Nexus One – Google's New Flagship Android Device

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Yesterday, Google announced the long awaited Nexus One. This phone could be the first to give the iPhone a run for its money.

Nexus One operates on an updated version of the Android operating system. It has a 3.7-inch touch-screen, a 5-megapixel camera for video and photos, GPS, stereo Bluetooth connection for headphones, LED flash, Wi-Fi, and a noise cancelling mic for clearer conversations. The wow-factor? The Nexus One has speech dictation, eliminating the need to type. Users can speak and compose e-mail without touching the keyboard.

The Nexus One will retail at $179 with a two-year contract with T-Mobile or $529 with no contract. In the Spring of 2010, Verizon and Vodafone (a European wireless carrier) service will be also be available.

-Kelly B.