3 years ago

Xperia Play 'Donor' ad shows how Android got its thumbs



If you've watched the creepy Xperia Play "Android thumbs ad" and wondered about the backstory of the thumbs in question, then you'll be relieved to hear that Sony Ericsson has provided you with the answers you crave in a brand new commercial.

The ad, entitled "The Donor", tells the chilling story of a man brutally robbed of his opposable digits by Sony Ericsson just so you can play Tekken on your phone. Check it out for yourself after the jump. The Xperia Play is due out in Europe later this month -- check out our hands (and thumbs)-on video coverage to find out more.

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3 years ago

HTC 10-inch Android Honeycomb tablet tipped in 'major U.S. retailer' lineup


Our pals over at PreCentral have found themselves in possession of what apparently is a release schedule from "a major U.S. retailer," and it's got a number of Android tablets listed, including a few new ones. Let's break it down:

  • March 17: Motorola 10-inch tablet, $649, first 10-inch tablet with Android Honeycomb. Obviously, the Motorola Xoom.
  • End of March: Dell 7-inch, $449, March launch with Android 2.2 Froyo. OK, it's the Dell Streak 7.
  • End of March: Samsung 7-inch, $499, March launch with Android 2.2 Froyo. Sounds like the Galaxy Tab to us.
  • April: Acer 7-inch, $399, first 7-inch tablet with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Acer 7-inch tablet. Check.
  • And a whole bunch of tablets in June, including a 10-inch device from HTC (that's new, price to be determined), that new 10-incher from Dell ($499), a 10-incher from Acer ($449, been announced already), and the 10-inch tablet from Toshiba that we saw at CES (priced here at $499).

The big question -- after we again say "A 10-inch tablet from HTC!" -- is which "major retailer" we're talking about. If this all pans out, CTIA could indeed be busy here in a couple weeks. [PreCentral]

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3 years ago

Angry Birds Rio will launch exclusively on Amazon's Android app store


Ad-free versions of original Angry Birds, Angry Birds Seasons
will be available on Amazon, too

Angry Birds publisher Rovio this morning announced that the upcoming Angry Birds Rio will launch on Android exclusively in the upcoming Amazon App Store. That's a huge coup for Amazon, which has had many rolling their eyes at the prospect of another app store, even one with the weight of a company like Amazon behind it.

The announcement also signals a switch from Get Jar, which initially had the exclusive on the original version of Angry Birds but couldn't cope with the launch traffic.

More good news: Android will be getting ad-free versions of the original versions of Angry Birds and Angry Birds Seasons, which also will be exclusively in the Amazon App Store.

No specific dates were mentioned, but recall that Angry Birds Rio originally was said to be coming in March 2011. So if everything's still on schedule, we could see it -- and the Amazon App Store -- light up in the next couple of weeks. [Rovio]

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3 years ago

Sprint will give you up to $125 to leave your carrier



The U.S.'s number three carrier, Sprint, is making it a bit easier to stomach those huge early termination fees (ETFs) that carriers will typically charge you for getting out of your contract early. Smartphone buyers signing up for a new two year contract will get $125 in "service credit" while non-smartphone buyers will get $50. The deal expires on April 14 so jump on it soon if you are interested in getting your WiMax on. [Sprint via Engadget]

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3 years ago

Xperia Neo now available for pre-order in Europe for €345


Amazon Germany continues its habit of being first with pre-order prices for upcoming European phones, with a listing for Sony Ericsson's Xperia Neo. The Neo comes in three colors -- the cheapest model is red and sells for €345.81 (~$480), while the silver and blue versions are slightly more expensive and cost €379 and €376.99 respectively. These prices make the Xperia Neo around €100 cheaper than its similarly-spec'd but better-looking sibling, the Xperia Arc.

Pre-order prices are always subject to change, but with the Neo's release date so close, we expect Amazon's prices to be pretty close to the mark. Sony Ericsson will launch the Xperia Neo in Europe later this month, along with the sleeker, lighter Xperia Arc and the PlayStation-certified Xperia Play. Check out our hands-on coverage from MWC to learn more. [Amazon.de via Google Translate]

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3 years ago

CyanogenMod discontinuing support for T-Mobile G1, HTC Magic



Popular AOSP-based custom ROM CyanogenMod will discontinue support for the T-Mobile G1 and its keyboardless sibling, the HTC Magic (aka myTouch 3G) after the current version 6.1. This means that there will be no official version of the Gingerbread-based CyanogenMod 7 for these devices. However, this doesn't rule out the possibility of an unofficial CM7 community port for variants the G1, which launched way in October 2008 as the first Android smartphone.

It's likely that the anemic 192MB of RAM present in the G1 and most Magic-based phones, combined with dwindling user numbers, was behind the decision to cut support after CyanogenMod 6.1.

Being stuck on CM 6.1 isn't such a terrible fate, though, especially considering that the G1 never saw any official updates beyond Android 1.6 from manufacturer HTC. CyanogenMod 6.1 is still an excellent ROM, and should serve G1 and myTouch 3G users well in their handsets' twilight years. [CyanogenMod via reddit]

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab WiFi-only version could be coming on April 4 for $399



It is no secret that Samsung has been working on a WiFi-only Galaxy Tab, but now emerges a flier that indicates it might be coming April 4 for a cool $399. The problem for Samsung is that its 7-inch tablet has been left behind by recent devices like the Xoom in both hardware (Tegra 2 processors) and software (Honeycomb). And given that Samsung has given no indication of putting Honeycomb on the current crop of Galaxy Tabs, it may be that users will be stuck on Froyo unless choosing to install custom ROMs. If it runs on the Nook Color, it has to run on the Galaxy Tab, right?

Sound off on if you are interested in buying it over on the Galaxy Tab boards of the Android Central Forums. [Droid-Life]

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3 years ago

Official Formula 1 app coming to Android


It's (unfortunately) pretty normal for Android to still play second fiddle when it comes to app development. We see iOS get 'em first, then Android. Not so in the case of Formula 1, which broke the news on its website.

The popular racing league is prepping an Android application with push notifications for the start of the upcoming season. It's being developed in conjunction with Vodafone and will feature "live timing data direct to your phone from every session of the Grand Prix weekend." You'll need to be registered with Formula1.com to take advantage of all the features.

There also will be track and weather info, track status indicator, text commentary, and results for every race of the season, a calendar and standings. Basically, everything an F1 fan could want.

No precise date was given for release, but we'd look for it soon, with the Quantas Australian Grand Prix scheduled for March 25-27 in Melbourne. F1 says iOS and other platforms will follow. [Formula 1 via @racelike]

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