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4 years ago

Japan-only Sony Ericsson Xperia Acro sighted

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 Xperia Acro

The first clear images of the Japan-exclusive Sony Ericsson Xperia Acro have emerged via Japanese blog Datacider. Based on the new pics, as well as earlier leaked information, it seems the Acro is a slightly bulkier version of the Xperia Arc with new functionality for the Japanese market, including NFC, a TV tuner and infra-red sensor. It also looks like the Acro will sport the same 4.2-inch display and 8 megapixel Exmor R camera as the Arc.

No release date has been revealed yet, but with some of the 2011 Xperia phones being delayed or in short supply due to the recent natural disasters in Japan, it could be a while before the Acro hits Japanese shelves. [Datacider via Xperia Blog]

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4 years ago

HTC Flyer tablet gets priced in the UK

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HTC Flyer at Carphone Warehouse

UK retailer The Carphone Warehouse is now listing the Flyer, HTC's unique 7-inch tablet, for pre-order for £599.99 (~$960). This fits with earlier pre-order prices for the device -- way back in February Amazon Germany listed the Flyer with a price of €669, which at current exchange rates is almost exactly £600.

While the Flyer is a neat little device (we got to play with it at MWC and CTIA), we definitely think that such a high price point will deter a lot of customers. At £599.99 it's £20 more expensive than the UK 3G Xoom, which offers a larger screen, superior internals and Honeycomb out of the box.

We'll see how this price goes down with consumers when Carphone begins shipping Flyers in "early May". [Carphone Warehouse]

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4 years ago

Adobe announces Photoshop Touch SDK, connects Android tablets with CS5

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Adobe Eazel
Adobe Eazel

Adobe is diving headfirst into the tablet market, as it just announced the Photoshop Touch software development kit. The SDK works in conjunction with Photoshop CS5 and a new scripting engine and lets devices on Android, BlackBerry and iOS tablets to interact with Photoshop on the desktop.

Adobe went ahead and has developed a trio of apps for iOS -- Adobe Color Lava, Adobe Eazel and Adobe Nav. They let you create custom color swatches, paint and use Photoshop tools directly from the tablet. The SDK will allow apps to be developed on Android and other platforms.

We took a quick tour of the suite and the premise is simple enough. Your tablet connects to the PC via a secure connection, and away you go. Adobe Eazel works, well, like an easel. You can create content on the tablet and have it seamlessly imported into Photoshop. Actually, it's smoother than that. You create on the tablet and it's just there in Photoshop on your desktop or laptop. Pretty slick.

In addition, Adobe's Creative Suite has been bumped to Version 5.5. Developers can access the free SDK at www.adobe.com/devnet/photoshop. Current users of Photoshop CS5 can update starting May 3, and the iOS versions of Lava, Eazel and Nav should be available in early May. And Adobe also is launching new subscription-based pricing for Photoshop, for as little as $35 a month. More on subscription pricing is at adobe.com/cssubscription.

More pics of the new Adobe products in action are after the break. [Adobe]

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4 years ago

CyanogenMod 7 released as a finalized build

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CM7

CyanogenMod 7 has reached the final version, after having gone through the alpha/beta/release candidate phases, and uploads are in process.  CyanogenMod 7 has support for more than 30 devices, including:

If you're daring and want to download the package and install it yourself, you'll need a link.  I just so happen to have one of those right here.  You also might need some GApps.  The more patient (or lazy) types can just wait for Rom Manager to populate, which shouldn't be far off now that the final version is rolling out.  No word about the status of any RC4 bugs, like GPS on the Evo or the "wonk" on the Nexus One, but rest assured the team won't rest until CM7 is the best it can be.  [CyanogenMod]

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4 years ago

The Week in Android News

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4 years ago

Editorial: Sometimes, root isn’t the answer

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STOP! Hammertime

I do what I do here at Android Central for a few different reasons, but the biggest is because I am an Android geek. I am totally into Android, and love talking about it – sometimes too much. I love you guys. All of us here do. So if what I’m going to say here sounds like I’m talking about you, don’t be offended. We’re still friends :)  Hit the break to read the rest.

The thing is, maybe rooting isn't for you. It's nothing personal.

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4 years ago

Verizon Droid Incredible 2 is a world phone with dual cameras

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Verizon Droid Incredible 2 specs

One of the worst-kept secrets of this spring is that the Droid Incredible 2 is coming to Verizon. Maybe you've seen the leaked pictures, or a leaked roadmap -- but it's definitely coming. And now it's starting to show up in Verizon's internal system, as evidenced by the picture you see above.

Ignoring the obviously skewed dimensions in the pic, we're getting a clearer idea of what we can expect from the Droid Incredible 2 specs. Let's break it down:

  • World phone -- that means GSM and CDMA radios, for use in the United States on Verizon as well as abroad.
  • New 1.3MP front-facing camera to go along with the 8MP rear camera.
  • Pre-installed 16GB microsSD card.
  • DLNA media sharing.
  • New Sync & Connect feature. Not sure if that's an HTC or Verizon customization, but it "will provivde multiple e-mail and address books in one place." The service will be up and running on April 12, and "will be on the Incredible 2 once it launches." So don't look for the DInc 2 before then.
  • 3G mobile hotspot will be an extra $20 for 20GB. That's either some really good pricing, or a typo.

We're still waiting on Verizon to officially announce this guy, so things could change. And if you're wondering what Verizon's going to be demoing in stores, check out the pic after the break. And in the meantime, check out the current crop of expected specs, and be sure to swing by our Droid Incredible 2 forums.

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4 years ago

Asus Eee Pad Transformer unboxed

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Hoping to be the first kid on your block with the Asus Eee Pad Transformer? Sorry, but this guy beat you to it. Eight minutes of the slick little Android Honeycomb tablet that snaps into a full-size keyboard. We get a great look at what's in the box, and of the tablet itself. Looks like it's got a great textured back, the overly large bezel, and we see the proprietary charger (boo). And finally, it's booted up, and sure enough, there's Android 3.0.

Still no word on when those of us here in the states might be able to get our hands on one, but we're starting to get more than slightly excited for it.

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4 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for April 9, 2011

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Apps

This week we decided to switch it up a little bit, and bring you a special edition of our favorite weekly applications. Not only are these some of our favorite applications, but all of this week's pick require root access on your device. Be sure to join us after the break to take a look at some of these applications!

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4 years ago

Samsung Nexus S 4G hits the FCC

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Nexus S 4G FCC label location

What appears to be the Sprint Samsung Nexus S 4G (see our hands-on) has shown up on the FCC page, bringing things that much closer to a release.  It's a Samsung device, with CDMA and WiMax radios, and going by the device outline we're pretty sure that the SPH-D720 will turn out to be Sprint's version of the latest Googlephone.  This news should make a lot of people on the "Now Network" awful darn happy, and the rest of us a little bit envious of a sweet vanilla Nexus that can get 4G speeds. 

Hit the source link to read all the technical stuff, and jump in the forums to share some of that excitement you're feeling.  [FCC via Android Central forums] Thanks, Richard1864!

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4 years ago

Android Central ROM review: MIUI for the Droid Incredible

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MIUI ROM review

Even with the new and soon to be released Android phones, the Droid Incredible is still a favorite.  When you add custom ROMs into the mix, the Dinc really shines.  It's been cracked wide open, all the popular and fun hacks have been ported over, and the hardware can still do some Incredible (ha!) things. 

This time around PvilleComp is back with a review of the very different and unique MIUI ROM for the Dinc.  I've toyed with this one on other devices, and I'm glad to see someone step up and give us a full review of it.  Mike does an excellent job, and you can see that for yourself after the break.  Thanks, Mike!

Want to write a ROM review for Android Central?  We'd love to hear from you!  Look here for details.

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4 years ago

HTC Desire S now available on all major UK networks

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HTC Desire S 

HTC's new Gingerbread-powered Desire S is now available on all five major British networks.

Three, Orange and T-Mobile are offering the phone for free on contracts of £35 per month. If you're into shiny, exclusive stuff then you'll be interested to learn that T-Mobile will be exclusively selling the silver version of the device (that's the one in the pic above). If you order a Desire S through any other carrier you'll get the standard black version.

Vodafone and O2 offer a free Desire S on slightly cheaper contracts of £30 and £27 per month respectively. Meanwhile The Carphone Warehouse can hook you up with a free Desire S on-contract with a number of providers for as little as £25 per month.

If you're thinking of picking up a Desire S, make sure you check out our hands-on feature, and keep watching over the next few days for our full review!

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4 years ago

Japan disaster disrupts Xperia Arc/Play supplies, delays Neo

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Xperia Neo 

It looks like the delays that Sony Ericsson warned would result from the recent natural disasters in Japan have finally arrived. UK retailer Clove reports on its company blog that the European release date for the Xperia Neo has slipped to July as a result of supply chain disruption brought about by the disasters in Japan. Clove also reports that Xperia Play and Xperia Arc stocks are expected to be running low over the next few weeks.

Today's news follows delays to last week's Xperia Play and Arc launch on some UK networks, which were attricuted to "freight issues", though carriers say they're expecting additional stock of both phones throughout April. [Clove Blog]

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4 years ago

Sprint LG Optimus S about to hit $20

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Sprint Optimus S pricing

What's better than a $50 LG Optimus S on Sprint? How about a $20 LG Optimus S on Sprint. Hard to argue with that for what is an above average mid-level Android smartphone. Our only thing is that you're tied into a two-year contract for something that's not cutting edge hardware. Anyone out there biting? Submitted via the Android Central app

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