Sony Ericsson posted their first-quarter earnings for 2011 earlier today and despite lower sales figures, their outlook is positive. Total revenue dropped 19% year-over-year to 1,145 million Euros (~$1.64 billion USD) down from 1,405 million Euros. However, the average selling price for devices increased from 134 to 141 Euros (~$202 USD). This increase was due to a move away from feature phones and towards smartphones.
With the releases of the Xperia PLAY, Xperia arc, and Xperia neo towards the end of Q1, the rest of 2011 looks to be promising for Sony Ericsson. Another factor that may play a role in SE's success is providing an unlockable bootloader on their phones, a move that's challenging where the rest of the industry seems to be headed.
Some noteworthy highlights are included with the full press release after the break. [Sony Ericsson]
HTC announced today that it's launching a roadshow tour of the UK and Ireland, starting this Friday and Saturday at the Trafford Centre in Manchester and continuing until the end of May. The show is open to the public, and will feature an interactive HTC Sense wall, along with "current and upcoming" HTC devices to play with. The HTC Flyer is mentioned by name, and we're hoping to see the Sensation there too, as it's HTC's biggest upcoming phone.
The HTC roadshow will stop by other major cities over the following month. Join us after the jump for the complete tour schedule, and the accompanying press release. We'll be stopping by this weekend to take a look at some of HTC's new toys. Let us know in the comments if you plan on doing the same during the next month. [HTC Roadshow]
Following in the proud steps of the Droid 2 R2-D2 and the Droid X before that, it looks like Verizon is kicking off it's latest cross-country, Droid-finding bonanza.
The latest tweet from @DroidLanding -- it's back! -- tipped us off to the mystery-in-progress, but not much else. The message is as uninformative and cryptic as ever, but it's good to know that "field agents await instructions."
So what phone are we looking for? The Droid X2? The Droid Charge? Droid Incredible 2? It's hard to say at this point, but we know the jig is up, the game is on. So grab your pocket protectors and sharpen up your sleuthing skills, because it's about time we found those Droids we were looking for. [@DroidLanding] Thanks, @holmesbrandon!
A lot of folks when picking up an Android device for the first time often have a lot of questions and concerns. Luckily, we're here to help out and address some of those questions and concerns for you all. With plenty of tips and tricks and how-to's the forums are a great spot to get started. Check out some of the threads below to get started:
Spacetime Studios is celebrating the 1-year anniversary of Pocket Legends by giving away premium access to all new and existing users until Monday, May 4, 2011. If you're not familiar with Pocket Legends, it is the world’s largest 3D Mobile MMO available in the Android Market and they have the statistics to prove it:
Upwards of 3 million people have played Pocket Legends
Pocket Legends is currently played in 200 countries
Pocket Legends has been updated more than 200 times
Quite a feat these days with the competition for gaming on Android that is out there. If you're looking to learn more, you can jump on past the break for the full press release as well as the download link. The game is free to install and with the anniversary celebrations happening now, you'll get some bonus free access to try out. [Space Time Studios]
Excuse me, Australian readers. If you're looking for a distraction from kangaroo boxing and boomerang throwing, you'll be happy to know that as soon as May 2011, Telstra will be launching the Motorola XOOM.
Exact pricing and launch dates are scant, but if it's your cup of tea, the full presser is after the break.
And for those planning on picking up a XOOM, I'm sure I don't have to remind you, but be sure not to let the dingos take it. [Motorola]
The Seidio Innocase Active X is a case for the Nexus S is built like a tank and perfect for protecting your phone while you're out and about. It's two-piece design really wraps your phone up well, and while it adds in a bit of bulkiness, it fits really well and doesn't take away from the unique styling that some of us really love about our Nexus S -- myself included.
The case consists of a flexible rubber polymer skin and a hard skeleton that holds the skin in place and protects each corner of your phone from bumps and falls. Preliminary testing using clumsy hands and parking lots or hardwood floors have been successful :)
It's easy to put on and take back off, and your ports and controls are just as easy to use as they would be without a case, with the USB connector and the headphone jack being cut-out in the rubber skin, and the skin itself designed to operate the power and volume switches via raised spots on the case. It works just fine.
Also available is the matching Seidio Active X holster, which holds your Nexus S face-in right on your belt or clipped to your pocket. It's easy to get the phone in and out of it, and the clip swivels (and locks into place) in six different angles to keep things comfortable.
A lot of Android phones pass through our hands here, but the Nexus S is my personal phone. I carry it daily, and highly recommend this one to anyone looking for a way to protect their Nexus S. You can grab the Seidio Innocase Active X case in the Android Central Store for $27.95, or as a bundle with the matching holster for $46.40. More pictures are after the break.
LauncherPro 0.8.5 is now available on the Android Market, bringing bug fixes, reduced memory usage and widget skinning support to the popular homescreen replacement. Widget skinning first appeared in a beta version of LauncherPro informally released on the app's website last week, in order to help skin creators get content ready for the Market release.
Version 0.8.5 also introduces the option to unlock LauncherPro Plus via the Android Market too, though if you've already paid for a key via PayPal, then don't worry -- it'll still work in the new version of LauncherPro.
Join us after the jump for the Market link and QR code. [LauncherPro]
Angry Birds might have some competition as Adult Swim launched Robot Unicorn Attack on Android today. The game grants wishes for $1 and comes packed with OpenFeint support. In addition, Adult Swim may bring both Amateur Surgeon and Five Minutes to Kill (Yourself) to Android in the coming months alongside the Heavy Metal and Christmas versions of Robot Unicorn Attack. The porting of these and other games will depend on how well received Robot Unicorn Attack is.
Adult Swim is also bringing its free video player app that will allow fans to watch clips and some full episodes of shows like Robot Chicken and The Venture Bros. Expect the Adult Swim app to land sometime this May. By then you should have had plenty of time to consider how open your eyes are.
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