The FCC holds a World of wonders for gadget lovers. The most recent point-of-interest is in a Motorola filing that was discovered today. While it could be speculated that it is the previously leaked Motorola Droid X 2 the fact is there really isn't anything telling in the information above to make us believe it's that device in particular-- or even Android device at all, for that matter.
What we do know however is that Droid X 2 leaked out already and given that the device above has CDMA bands it is somewhat possible this may be what we are seeing at the FCC. But again, nothing about the filing indicates it's that particular device. We'll just have to sit on this one and see if more info turns up in the meantime. [FCC via Electronista]
Apple's recently-announced iPad 2 will provide some strong competition to the current crop of Honeycomb tablets, and it looks like manufacturers are already taking note of the threat posed by Apple's latest tablet.
Speaking to a Korean news agency, Samsung executive Lee Don-joo acknowledged that the iPad 2's low price point and thinner chassis were the biggest obstacles facing the company as it prepares to launch its 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab. In future products Lee says Samsung "will have to improve the parts that are inadequate," likely referring to the 10.1-inch Tab's additional heft compared to the new iPad.
Most interestingly though, Lee adds that Sammy may be reconsidering the launch price for its new tablet, saying "the 10-inch (tablet) was to be priced higher than the 7-inch (tablet) but we will have to think that over." The 7-inch Galaxy Tab currently retails at around $500, the same as the cheapest iPad 2. A 10.1-inch Honeycomb-powered Galaxy Tab at this price point would be a tantalizing prospect, if Samsung is willing to be as competitive with its pricing as Lee's comments would suggest. [Yonhap News Agency]
While many of you may not have heard of the Geeksphone One when it was announced in 2009, it was the first European brand to launch an Android Smartphone to the mass market and has quite a following among its users. Since that time Geeksphone has not released any other device but the Geeksphone Zero is now on the horizon and pre-orders are suggested to be taking place within the next 2-weeks. When it comes to specs they are a little underwhelming when compared to newer devices but still, capable:
Again, not the most impressive specs but considering the device will cost you only €189 unlocked and only €168 if you were a previous Geeksphone One owner it's not all that bad of a deal. Especially if you're only looking for an entry level device -- a market that is growing. [Android-France]
If you liked that previous visual look at how Android activations -- at more than 300,000 a day now -- you're going to love this one. Greek blogger Stefanos Kofopoulos worked up this stunning video that ponders future growth of Android, and compares Android use to global population. It's a cool little "what if" moment. Check it out. [pestaola.gr] Thanks, Stefanos!
It's been a little while since we've seen any webOS aping on Android. And now we have Wave Launcher, which brings the webOS wave launcher (thus the name) feature to Android. It's pretty slick. Touch the bottom of the screen (which would be the gesture area on a webOS phone), wait for the vibration and drag up, and the ribbon appears. You can attach any five apps of your choosing.
If you're using a third-party launcher, you could turn off the launcher dock and just use Wave Launcher. Or use them both. And it works while apps are open, too. Pretty handy, actually, and it's available in the Android Market for a mere 99 cents. We've got video of it and action, as well as download links, after the break. Thanks, Ray!
Good news for those of you in Canada. The Motorola Atrix (aka the Atrix 4G here in the States on AT&T) is headed to Bell on March 17. That's a 4-inch qHD display, and dual-core Tegra 2 processor, if you haven't heard by now. Plus you'll get the option for the Laptop and Multimedia docks, same us the rest of us. No Gingerbread yet (it's launching with Android 2.2), and you're missing the faux-4G title, but we're OK with that.
A three-year contract will knock the price dodwn to $169.95 with a minimum $50 plan. Or you can buy it outright for $599.95. Be sure to check out our hands-on from CES if you haven't already. Full presser's after the break. [Bell]
So, if you were looking for cost effective "off the shelve" components to create a balloon that would follow the spaceship Discovery to the edge of space on its last mission what are some of the parts would you use? According to the folks from Quest for Stars you would use a couple of Droid X's loaded up with some Seidio 2600mAh extended batteries for GPS tracking and photo taking purposes.
Widgets are one of my favorite parts of the Android OS, whether a widget that enhances your productivity, or just displays useful information for you at a quick glance, they are very practical. WidgetLocker Lockscreen is a great application for users who want to add some additional functionality to your lockscreen, so you don't have to unlock the device just to view the information. Yesterday TeslaCoil Software released an update which brought many new great features, some of which include:
Over the past few months now, Google has been slowly rolling out new features to their Google Mobile search engine. The latest, called "Open now" allows users to search for places in their local area that are well -- open now based on their listed hours.
Be it a pizza shop, shopping center or whatever the case may be. No one likes to get ready and head out to a place only to find out they closed 15 minute before you got there. So using the open now feature while search will only show you places that are open in your local area that you may visit.
If you're looking for more information, Google will break it down further for you by distance, star ratings and you can also read reviews and see images of places especially if that place is a restaurant or hotel. Currently it's only enabled for the U.S. like most things we expect Google will roll it out to other areas over time. [Google Mobile Blog]