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3 years ago

Google I/O tickets listed at alarming prices in eBay auctions

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We've got nothing against capitalism and making a quick buck here and there, but there's something just ... wrong about tickets to the Google I/O developer's conference being auctioned off for more than $1,300.

Sure, the event sold out in just 59 minutes, and there's going to be more browser, search and Android news than can be contained in 48 hours -- plus the parties, food and strong possibility of free stuff. But considering the general-admission price of a ticket was $$450/550 and are now going for more than double that -- and student/teacher tickets are going for a good $400 or so over face value -- well, it just leaves a bad taste in our mouths for what is an exceptional event that not enough people get to attend.

The good news is that Google will stream the keynote addresses live both days, and session videos will go up later, so it's not like you completely miss out if you're not there. In the meantime, however, let's hope that Google or eBay or (gasp) the sellers do the right thing here. [eBay via Android Police]

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3 years ago

Sony 'S2' clamshell tablet reportedly in development

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As well as the 9.4-inch "S1" tablet that Sony is rumored to be working on, the electronics giant is also developing a 5.5-inch clamshell device dubbed the "S2", according to reports from Engadget.

The dual-screen S2 would deliver the same Qriocity-focused experience as the S1, powered by a Tegra 2 chipset and a customized version of Android 3.0 Honeycomb. The blog's sources describe a similar dual-screen setup to that of the Kyocera Echo, with the Gmail app apparently showing a list of messages on one screen and the body of the selected message on the other. While this all sounds pretty innovative, Engadget's sources are sceptical about how successful the device will be, with one of them reportedly calling it a "dog".

Apparently Sony's plan is to launch the S2 before the end of the year for around $699, a considerable bump from $599 price point supposedly being considered for the S1. [Engadget]

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3 years ago

Running a Honeycomb SDK port is fun, but not all that useful just yet

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Anytime a new Android SDK comes out, you'll quickly see an onslaught of ports popping up on various phones. These aren't even unofficial builds, but ports from the Android system images build into the SDK.

But that doesn't mean they're not fun to play with.

We've gotten to use a number of Honeycomb tablets on a number of occasions. And scaling things down to smartphone size is, well, tough. Obviously it's not what was intended. But it's also fairly functional, though we're not anywhere near having a Honeycomb smartphone as our daily driver just yet.

Anyhoo, check it out after the break. And dive into the Android Central Forums if you're looking to try a port on your phone.

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3 years ago

Xperia Play UK on-contract prices revealed

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Several on-contract prices for the upcoming Sony Ericsson Xperia Play have been posted by British phone retailer Mobiles.co.uk. The site is currently listing Xperia Play contracts on Orange and Vodafone, with prices ranging from free to £350 (~$560) depending on the type and length of contract. As a general rule of thumb, it looks like  any contract of £30 or more per month will be enough to get you the phone for free.

Mobiles.co.uk also lists the same Mar. 28 release date that appeared on Amazon last week, so it's looking increasingly likely that this could be the magic date. We got the chance to play with the Xperia Play last week at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Hit up our hands-on preview to find out what we thought. [Mobiles.co.uk]

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3 years ago

Graphicly releases digital comics application for Android

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With Android device screens getting larger and brighter, reading on them becomes easier and easier. While plenty of eReader applications exist those are mainly focused on books and books alone. Graphicly is a new to the market application that allows for collecting and reading comic books from more than 150 publishers. They can also lay claim to being the first to offer Marvel comics on the Android platform as well as many up and coming indie publishers. If you're looking to take your comic book collection into the digital age you can hit the break for the download and full press release.

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3 years ago

Vertex Cereba is a Froyo-powered aquarium controller

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I'm still waiting for my Android powered toaster, but in the meantime I'll have to make do with the Vertex Cereba -- an aquarium controller that runs Froyo on its 3.5-inch touchscreen.  I'm sure some (OK, maybe all) of you are asking "what in the heck is an aquarium controller?"  It's a computer that takes readings (usually through probes inserted into the filter area) for things like dissolved oxygen or pH, then sends signals to equipment that can change those values until they are within parameters.  It's totally aqua-geeky, and I've always wanted a good one.

The Cereba is basically a miniature Android tablet, with an 800 MHz Freescale CPU, 512 MB of RAM, and an aluminum body.  It also has full openGL ES 2.0 hardware acceleration, 'cause you know fish like to play Need For Speed.  Even if it didn't help keep a fish tank healthy and looking clean, it's probably a really cool toy to have around the office.  The full press release from Vertex Aquaristik is after the break.  [Reef Builders]

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3 years ago

Motorola Xoom pricing's official: $599 with a two-year contract, $799 without

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The speculation over the price of the Motorola Xoom Android Honeycomb tablet is ... over. The 10.1-inch tablet will cost $599.99 with a two year contract, or $799.99 off contract. Data plans start at $20 a month for 1GB -- which should last you about 25 minutes once this thing is upgraded to LTE in the second quarter. The Wifi-only version we're all waiting for is still a no show.

Regardless, you can pick up a Xoom on Thursday at Verizon stores, online or anywhere else you can pick one up. Full presser's after the break.

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3 years ago

Motorola Atrix 4G available for purchase on AT&T today

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The Motorola Atrix 4G is now available for purchase directly from AT&T for $199 on new or upgrade two-year contact. If you still haven't made up your mind on Ma Bell's dual-core beast, head on over to the Android Central Forums. There are discussions running right now concerning the screen, "4G" reception, and more. Once you make up your mind, AT&T's ordering page is awaiting your credit card info

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3 years ago

HTC releases new source code for Aria, Desire Z, Desire HD and myTouch 4G

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If you're the kind of person who wakes up and eats source code for breakfast, you're about to get a mouthful today. HTC has released code for the myTouch 4G, Desire HD, Aria and Desire Z. As is the case with this sort of thing, some proprietary code won't be included, and this is all Greek for a good 80 percent of us or so. But for you coders, get your download on and see what you can do. [HTC Developer Center]

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3 years ago

Root EB13 Froyo on the Sprint Epic 4G [How To]

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So you weren't patient enough to wait for a rooted version of EB13 Froyo for your Sprint Epic 4G and flashed the official version from Sprint.  I can't blame you; I would have done the same darn thing, and so did Android Central Epic 4G forums moderator ragnarokx.  Luckily, he took the time to verify the root method and write it up for everyone to use. 

So if you just couldn't wait, and are already tired of looking at the Nascar app, or want to fire up Titanium Backup to restore some apps, head into the forums and follow the instructions.  Be sure to tip you hat and tell ragnarokx thanks for getting this one sorted so quickly.  [Android Central forums]

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