Each phone has its advantages, it's just a matter of personal preference for which one you choose. The Xperia Play is the first "Playstation-certified" device and will be extremely robust for gaming. Oh, and Minecraft will be available exclusively for the Play for a limited time.
The Droid X2 is an incremental improvement over the original. The dual-core processor inside will make it incredibly snappy and the lack of LTE means good battery life.
The Revolution stands as the only 4G LTE device launched today, and that means you’ll be paying a bit more for the phone as it can be had for $249 with a 2-year contract. It is also the first phone to come preloaded with Netflix, an app that I'm sure many don't mind to come with the device.
The Xperia Play and Droid X2 can both be bought for the standard $199.
Verizon's Android lineup got a lot juicier today. What's everyone picking up?
The Wall Street Journal Android app is heavy on news — as long as you're a member of the club
Fans of the Wall Street Journal -- WSJ is what the kids call it these days -- take note: an Android app is finally here. And with it you can get all of the stories, video, photos, podcasts and stocks info you've come to rely on in more traditional (ie: old) formats like computers and that ancient newspaper thing.
And the WSJ app is a pretty darn good one. It's easy to navigate, with the sections clearly labeled. Stories are easy to read, though we'd prefer to see some spacing between paragraphs. (Yeah, we're picky about our formatting.) And photos are vibrant, with easy-to-read captions.
One catch: If you're not a WSJ subscriber, you might as well go elsewhere. You're basically dead in the water if you're not logged in, and even then there's a mountain of content you still can't access without some higher-level subscription -- and possibly a secret handshake.
So that's that. A nice news app from a great news organization -- just make sure you're a subscriber. The app itself is free; download links are after the break.
Good news for those of you in Europe with Sony Ericsson's Xperia Play and Xperia Arc -- an Android 2.3.3 update has started to roll out. The list of improvements, in handy bullet form, includes:
General software stability
HD Video recording performance (Xperia arc)
All that, plus Sony Ericsson's "Facebook Inside Xperia" feature. (More on that after the break.) Remember that this update is for the non-U.S. version of the Xperia Play (which just launched today on Verizon).
Today mSpot released the latest in their suite of products, mSpot Radio Spotter. mSpot Radio Spotter is a free part of the mSpot music app and broadens your access to not only your own music stored in the cloud, but also streaming radio finely tuned to your listening habits.
What helps to set mSpot apart from the other music solutions out in the Market is that mSpot combines a full cloud storage locker with a personalized radio station or stations that match the style or genre or whatever song you're listening to or the kinds of music you listen to most often.
The mSpot Radio Spotter Discovery Feature is easy to use, as you just click the radio icon when you're listening to a song, and mSpot will populate a list of songs similar in taste to what you're listening to. mSpot has also partnered with more than 80 commercial-free online radio stations and live, local radio stations to stream their content to you from the 'Radio' section of the app.
mSpot Radio will also generate a list of suggested stations for your use based on what you listen to the most from your cloud storage locker, so the more you use the cloud service, the more fine-tuned your suggestions are.
This is a pretty big step forward in uniting cloud storage and streaming radio into a single entity, and it works rather well. Now, we can only wait to see if any other products come up to challenge.
Besides that SAMOLED plus display and LTE radio, the Samsung Droid Charge has another thing going for it that's important to many of you guys -- no bootloader monkey business. All you hackery types know what that means; easy custom ROMs and kernels. Lo and behold, we have both for the Charge in a very advanced stage of testing and ready for the public to download and try. Android Central forums adviser DroidXcon is spearheading the Altered Beast project, and he and his fellow developers have things looking and working quite nicely. Having said that, keep in mind this is still a testing release. If you can't handle ferreting out a few bugs now and then, you may want to take a wait-and-see approach.
The ROM is completely deodexed, most of the bloat is removed, working Clockwork recovery built in, and has a custom VooDoo kernel to really speed things up. Best of all, it has great instructions and support. If you're rocking the Charge and hankerin' for some custom ROM love, now's your chance. Two more pictures after the break, you know where to click.
We all love the fact that the Nexus S 4G came free of carrier bloatware and foolery, but there are a great many of you who prefer Sprint's branded version of Telenav to Google's navigation. And you're in luck -- Telenav and Sprint have released Sprint Navigation for the Nexus S 4G, and dropped it in the Android Market to make it easy to install. Just hit the "Sprint" tab in the Market app on your phone, and you'll see it in the list. We wish there was a place where all carrier apps were done this way, but even Sprint Navigation can't find one.
Wednesday.. is everyone making it through the week ok? We hope so -- we've still got a ton of news to cover for the rest of this week and into the weekend. So if you're not feeling the best maybe you should just relax and take it easy with us tonight in the Android Central forums. Some threads below to get you started:
In a day and age when release dates sometimes merely seem like suggestions, it's nice to see a phone marching steadily toward the public. And Sprint's upcoming Motorola XPRT appears to be on course, with training under way ahead of the June 6 release. The XPRT (pronounced "expert," natch) essentially is Sprint's version of the Motorola Droid Pro on Verizon, with that same 3.1-inch touchscreen, Android 2.2 and a 1GHz processor -- and the same dual GSM/CDMA capability. Nice.
For anyone who has played Samurai II: Vengeance the name Madfinger Games may sound familiar. If it doesn't, we've got a sneaking suspicion you'll be hearing a lot more about them and their newly announced game -- Shadowgun. Having just dropped the details today, we now know that Shawdowgun will be available for Tegra 2 powered Android phones and tablets.
In addition to the Tegra 2 support, Madfinger is also optimizing the game to support NVIDIA’s Project Kal-El, the next-generation Tegra quad-core processor. Needless to say, we're pretty stoked to see how this game turns out and even more stoked for Project Kal-El. Hit the break for the press release, if you're looking for more background info on Mindfinger games and Shadowgun.
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