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3 years ago

Live from the Sony Ericsson CES 2011 Event

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Sony

We are live at the Sony Ericsson CES 2011 Event, which goes live at 5 Pacific. Think we'll see some Xperia Arc action? We do, and we'll blog it live after the break!

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3 years ago

Motorola unveils the Xoom Tablet, also outs new Droid Bionic

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Last month when we saw Andy Rubin at Dive into Mobile, he was cradling what's likely the pinnacle of Android tablet technology -- a ten-inch Motorola tablet called the Xoom.  It runs Honeycomb, and has GPS and the new Android Google Maps 5 client, and we didn't know much else. Now that CES is here, we're sitting in on the Motorola press event learning more. That said, Motorola has just announced the name of the device even before the press conference has completed via their website along with some accessories to go with it. Which, we'll surely be stocking some of in the Android Central store. In doing so they also outed an yet to be announced new handset, the Droid Bionic. Stay tuned; we'll be updating this post shortly and bringing you more Droid Bionic info. [Engadget]

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3 years ago

Panasonic unveils Android powered Viera Tablet

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Panasonic has just unveiled their tablet to the CES crowd, while details at this point are still rather slim it's said to be powered by Android and will be hitting global markets sometime in the near future. After reading the press release, I'd be lying if I said it didn't sound like anything more then a fancy TV remote but I'm sure there is more to it than that.

The VIERA Tablet is a tablet-type terminal with a small touch screen LCD display. The new tablet is designed to provide creative functions and easy operability in conjunction with VIERA digital televisions to deliver new value that cannot be offered through Internet televisions alone. The tablet will create a whole new viewing style. Its intuitive navigation interface makes it easy for the user to use cloud services. The tablet can also work as a sub-screen for displaying images and information related to the images shown on the connected television.

We're still waiting for details to come forward but if you're interested in learning a little bit more about what, exactly it does the press release can be found after the break. [Engadget]

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3 years ago

Live from the Motorola CES 2011 Press Event

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We're live at Motorola's CES 2011 presentation. Expecting to see more of that Honeycomb tablet-y goodness? Us too. In fact we're pretty much hoping this will be the highlight of the day.

Let's go on an see if we're right. Catch the full liveblog after the break!

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3 years ago

Google: Froyo now on half of all Android devices

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Current Android OS share breakdown

In an announcement easily lost in all the CES news, Google has announced that Android 2.2 Froyo has found its way to more than half of all active Android devices. That number was at just over 40 percent a month ago and has likely been driven up by updates pushed out by manufacturers and sales of newer devices with Froyo on board. Overall, Android 2.x is on a whopping 87 percent of devices with the newly-launched Gingerbread taking a tiny .4 percent share. Considering only the Nexus S has the latest version, we expect to see that number explode over the next couple months. [Android Developers

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3 years ago

Google to deploy fixes for SMS bugs

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bug fixers

Google has responded to the SMS bug on their Google Code page, stating that there were actually two different issues at work, both have been identified, and they will be deploying a fix shortly.  All you folks who are experiencing one of these bugs will be able to start pestering your carriers soon for the fix.  No exact time frame was given to expect any fixes, but at least now everyone can stop trolling Google.  [Google Code]

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3 years ago

Samsung expands Media Hub with content from CBS

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Samsung Galaxy Tab

In a press release today, Samsung has announced that CBS will join the ranks and provide content for Samsung Mobile's Media Hub service.  Along side other popular providers like MTV, Paramount, Warner Bros, and NBC, Media Hub streams premium content at reasonable prices to enjoy on that SAMOLED display on your Galaxy S smartphone, or the crisp seven inch screen of your Galaxy Tablet.  Maybe Google should follow suit whenever they revamp GoogleTV.  Press release is after the break. [Samsung]

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3 years ago

WiFi only Galaxy Tab in Q1 2011 says Samsung

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Galaxy Tab

We all know and love the Samsung Galaxy Tab, but many of us have been holding out for a WiFi only version.  The wait is over, as Samsung announced that they plan to make a WiFi only version available in the US during first quarter of 2011.  They give no clue on pricing, or availability, but I expect we'll see the 3G free version at major big box retailers some time in the near future, and with the prices of the 3G version dropping, let's hope Samsung can hit a sweet spot for the price point. 

We're seeing a lot of new tablets at CES already, and I can't help but think this would have been a better move on Samsung's part a few months ago.  We'll just have to wait and see how the other tablets match up in features, and more importantly -- if they get Google's blessing.  Read the full press release after the jump. [Samsung]

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3 years ago

Android 3.0 "Honeycomb" video preview posted by Google

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Whoa! Here we go, this is what we were wanting to see. The Android Developers YouTube account just went live with an Android 3.0 preview video -- and then quickly took that sucker down. That's alright though, you'll find the embedded video after the break to drool over. Sadly, it looks like the rumors of it being tablet only were accurate. [Engadget]

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3 years ago

Britannica Encyclopedia hits Android Market, gets shown off at CES

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Paragon Software Group and Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc. have teamed up to bring Britannica Concise Encyclopedia 2011 to Android. If you've picked up a encyclopedia in the past 300 years, you've probably used one of Britannica's HUGE books. The company is no stranger to knowledge.

Now, instead of lugging around that monster of a volume, you can access all the same great information on the go. The app is a free download, but requires $19.99 activation charge. Sure, 20 bones may seem like a lot of money for an app, but if you consider the wealth of information given to you all within a little-bitty app, it's rather cheap.

The app is also being shown off at this week's CES, in Las Vegas. For a full list of features and the full press release, make the jump over the break. 

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3 years ago

Vlingo Voice Control Comes to Android

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Fresh from CES comes the news that voice software company Vlingo has extended its partnership with Bluetooth peripheral manufacturer BlueAnt to provide a voice control application for Android smartphones. The BlueAnt application, powered by Vlingo, as it's snappily titled, will allow users to control their phones using only their voices and a Bluetooth headset.

Features include:

  • Voice Search,
  • Social Networking Updates,
  • Voice to Text "Note2Self,"
  • Voice Dialing,
  • Open Key Native and Third-Party Applications,
  • Compose SMS and emails with your voice, and
  • Integrated Text-To-Speech reading of incoming SMS and email messages.

The app is due to arrive in the first quarter of 2011 for Android, Blackberry and iOS devices. [Press release]

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3 years ago

Tegra 2 brings console-quality gaming to mobile, Verizon to demo with LTE

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 Dungeon Defenders on LG 2X

Nvidia got on the stage today at CES to talk about a number of things, but number one on their list was the Tegra 2 processor. They demoed the LG Optimus 2X and showcased how powerful the Tegra 2 would be for gaming. One of the coolest features was watching the online multiplayer dungeon-crawler Dungeon Defenders being played by players on a desktop PC, a PlayStation 3, and the 2X. Not only were they running the same game, they were actually playing together on the same multiplayer server in real time. 

Verizon got on stage shortly thereafter and talked about how the low latency of their LTE network would be perfect for gamers. They also promised live multiplayer sessions of Dungeon Defenders played between the Nvidia and Verizon booths over LTE when the show floor opens up. They did not specify what exact device or devices the game would be running on, so it could be anything from a LTE tablet or phone to a laptop with a LTE broadband card. Even so, gamers should be comping at the bit to get their hands on a Tegra 2 phone or tablet once they are released. Check out more pictures and the full press release after the break. [Android Central liveblog]

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3 years ago

NVIDIA and LG demo the Optimus 2X -- the first Tegra "superphone"

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LG Optimus 2X

At NVIDIA's CES press conference today, LG and NVIDIA gave us all the first look at the LG Optimus 2X, which they call the "world's first Tegra 2 superphone".  It's the first phone to use NVIDIA's Tegra 2 chipset, and it's impressive to say the least.  The plan, according to LG's Yongseok Jang, was to create beauty on the outside, and a monster on the inside, and it looks like they succeeded.  The specs:

  • 1Ghz Dual-core Processor (NVIDIA Tegra 2)
  • 4-inch WVGA screen
  • Android 2.2 (Froyo), upgradeable to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • 8GB memory (up to 32GB via microSD)
  • 1,500 mAh battery
  • 8 megapixel rear camera and 1.3 megapixel front camera
  • HDMI mirroring
  • 1080p MPEG-4/H.264 playback and recording

No word on carrier, or pricing, but we're on the lookout.  Hit the break to read the official press release, and see the Optimus 2X pass the latest in smartphone benchmarks -- Angry Birds on the big screen.

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3 years ago

Live at Nvidia's press event

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Nvidia at CES

We're here at the Venetian in Las Vegas for Nvidia's presser. Expect a lot of hard-core processor nerd-talk, some Tegra 2 and maybe even some Honeycomb. Join us after the break!

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3 years ago

HTC Inspire 4G brings more 4.3-inch power to ATT

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ATT has had quite the morning, announcing that they'll have 12 new Android phones this year, including at least three high-end devices. One of those three is the HTC Inspire 4G, which is the first HTC 4G phone that has been officially announced.

The HTC Inspire 4G will have a 4.3-inch touchscreen, next-generation HTC Sense, 8 MP camera with 720p recording, 1 GHz Snapdragon processor with 4 GB on board memory as well as 8 GB on an SD card.

ATT, which has thus far sported relatively quiet and uninspiring Android lineups, has suddenly bounced back big time with the Inspire 4G, Atrix 4G and Infuse 4G. [ATT]

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