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4 years ago

Xperia Neo announced by Sony Ericsson

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Xperia Neo

Sony has announced the Xperia Neo, a 3.7-inch device that is similar to the just announced Pro, but is without the QWERTY-slideout keyboard. 

The Xperia Neo will ship with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), boast a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and will come in a variety of colors. 

No official release dates yet, but will be available from 'selected' markets at the end of Q1. It's good to see Sony introducing devices that will ship out of the box with the latest version of the OS; they said before that they had learned their lesson and their products are showing it. Stay tuned for more info. Full press release after the break.

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4 years ago

Gaming on the Xperia Play

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Xperia Play gaming

Since the Xperia Play is the unofficial Playstation phone, games are going to be a big part of it's attraction.  Sony Ericsson let us all know that the Play will launch with 50 titles when it hits the shelves this March, and later this year they will debut the Playstation store for Android.

The Xperia Play runs Gingerbread and has the new 1GHz Snapdragon/Adreno 205 on board, and according to Sony Ericsson, your games will be running at 60fps.  Multiplayer gaming is supported, and with all we've seen so far, this one was worth waiting for.

Some of the content partners at launch will be:

  • Digital Chocolate
  • Digital Legends
  • Electronic Arts
  • Fishlabs
  • Gamehouse
  • Gameloft
  • Glu Mobile
  • Handy Games
  • Namco Bandai
  • Polarbit
  • Pop Cap
  • Trendy Entertainment
  • Unity Technologies

Combined with their own in-house content from Sony Entertainment, it's looking like they're serious about having fun.  Hit the break to see what Jonas Berg, SE's official gaming ambassador has to say. 

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4 years ago

Sony Ericsson announces Xperia Pro

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Xperia Pro

Today, Sony announced the Xperia Pro, one of the latest additions to their Xperia line of smartphones. 

The Xperia Pro boasts a 3.7-inch touchscreen with a full QWERTY-slideout keyboard, 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and will ship with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). While there is no release date set, Sony announced near the end of Q2 it will be made available. 

Stay for more details on the Xperia Pro and the other devices announced by Sony as we'll be there getting as much info as we can. See full press after the break.

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4 years ago

Sony Ericsson officially announces the Xperia Play [update: Verizon!]

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Xperia Play

We've been seeing leaks for quite a while, but Sony Ericsson has finally made the Xperia Play official today in Barcelona.  It's the first ever Playstation certified device, and the folks from Sony Ericsson are mighty proud of this one, as they should be.  It looks like great device, and SE has went all in with their Android product line. 

The Play has the new Snapdragon, and SE says you'll experience 60 fps playback for your games, and of course there's the integrated controller in lieu if a keyboard.  If you're into portable gaming, and want a phone that can do it all, you might have just found it.  We'll gather up all the details and fill in the blanks shortly, in the meantime the official product video is after the break.

Update: SE just announced that the Play will be shipping in March, and Verizon will be getting it.  Can you hear it now?  We have the official press release after the break.

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4 years ago

Samsung officially announces Galaxy Tab 10.1

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Samsung has officially announced a follow-up to its first tablet, named the Galaxy Tab 10.1. The Galaxy Tab 10.1, named so due to it's size of 10.1-inches, is significantly larger than the previous Tab at 7-inches. 

The tablet will be powered by Nvidia's dual-core Tegra 2 processor and will ship with Android 3.0 (Honeycomb). It will have both rear and front-facing cameras at 8 MP and 2 MP, respectively.

No specific date announcement yet, although it was said to be coming this spring and will hit Vodafone first. Here is a quote from Patrick Chomet, who is Group Director of Terminals at Vodafone:

"Vodafone customers in over 20 markets around the world will be the first to get the GALAXY Tab 10.1 when it goes on sale this spring. Samsung have produced a stylish, market-leading implementation of the new Android 3.0 platform which will be the first Honeycomb device to arrive in many of those markets. Vodafone's competitive data tariffs and reliable, high-speed networks make using the GALAXY Tab 10.1 a great experience."

Please find the full press release after the break. Look for more details plus pictures and videos to come later. 

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4 years ago

Motorola Droid X2 pics and specs leak out

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We've been hearing plenty of rumors surrounding the Motorola Droid X2 for a while now but finally we got some pics and specs to ponder over. While the device as far as looks go looks the same as the original you'll notice some differences when it comes to the quality of the internals used. So what can you expect, spec wise? Check it out:

  • NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core 1GHz processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • QHD LCD Display - 540 x 960 Resolution
  • 3G Only - No LTE/4G
  • 8MP Rear Facing Camera (No Front Cam)
  • Android 2.2 - Android 2.3 likely before launch
  • New Moto Blur
  • FM Radio
  • No Hardware Camera button

With an expected launch date of Q2, this is sure to make some people happy. Although, take note the details do in fact mention the bootloader is locked down. We're guessing it will go to market that way as well unless Motorola suddenly has a change of heart. Hit the break for some more pics. [via TheMobiZone]

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4 years ago

Samsung Unpacked liveblog! [MWC11]

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We're at Palau St. Jordi in Barcelona for tonight's Samsung Unpacked event. We're fully expecting to see a 10-inch tablet and probably the Galaxy S2. Will Sammy have something else up its sleeves? Only one way to find out -- Liveblog's after the break!

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4 years ago

Live from Sony Ericsson MWC 2011 Keynote

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We're live at Sony Ericsson right now and while we're expecting plenty of talk about that Playstation phone, there's plenty more that could happen. Join us after the break while we liveblog it up - that is, if you're not already watching Samsung. Heck, watch both our liveblogs at the same time. What's the harm?

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4 years ago

More HTC Thunderbolt promo materials appear; phone still not available

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Remember the other day when we showed you all those cases lined up, ready to be sold for the HTC Thunderbolt along with a list of promo materials Verizon was set to be receiving? Well today, we got a preview of some those materials for you. Yet, we still can't buy the phone anywhere. I guess this is what happens when you delay a device. All your stuff gets sent out and then subsequently leaked online. Yes, Verizon. It will not stop until this phone gets released. More pics after the break for you all. Thanks, Anon!

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4 years ago

Motorola Xoom $1199 at Best Buy? Probably not (at least we hope not)

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Motorola Xoom at Best Buy

On the list of things I don't worry about, pre-launch pricing at Best Buy is one of them. Anyone who's anyone knows full well that they're usually set sky high as a placeholder and then change once the device is released. We'll certainly hedge, however, in light of the other pricing leaks we've seen on the Motorola Xoom and say that anything's possible. But we're not freaking out just yet. [Best Buy via Android Central Forums]

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4 years ago

We're live all week from Barcelona, Spain, and Mobile World Congress 2011!

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Android Central at Mobile World Congress

Here's a healthy reminder that we're in Barcelona, Spain, this week for Mobile World Congress, one of the largest conventions for the cellular industry. We've got events with Samsung, Sony Ericsson, LG, HTC and others lined up, so look for a bevy of live stuff this week. Barcelona is is six hours ahead of the U.S. east coast, and nine hours ahead of the west coast. Rough schedule is as follows:

  • Sunday, Feb. 13, noon EST: Samsung Unpacked; Sony Ericsson
  • Monday., Feb. 14, 4 a.m. EST: LG press event (other non-Android events include Microsoft keynote with Steve Ballmer; Twitter keynote)
  • Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2:30 a.m. EST: HTC press event; 10:30 a.m. EST: Eric Schmidt keynote

And that's just the major stuff on the schedule. It barely scratches the surface. So check in often. And for a behind-the-scenes look at MWC, be sure to follow @philnickinson, @backlon and @malatesta77 on Twitter.

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4 years ago

AT&T pre-ordering for the Motorola Atrix 4G now available

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If you've not been put off by the price of the Motorola Atrix 4G and are still looking to get your hands on one (and its many accessories) then we have some great news for you all. As we were previously advised, pre-ordering  for the Motorola Atrix 4G has now begun. You can hit up the AT&T website for the full details and to place your order. If you're still on the fence about it, check out our hands-on before you decide. [AT&T] Thanks, James!

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4 years ago

AT&T off contract price for the HTC Inspire 4G only $399.99

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If you've been holding out for the monstrous HTC Inspire 4G on AT&T then you can now head on over to their website and place your order. Although, Costco and various other places have been selling the device for a few days now this is the first time you've been able to order it up direct from AT&T. That said; if 2-year $99.99 contract price is not really to your liking you may want to look at the no-contract pricing for the Inspire 4G. AT&T currently has it listed for only $399.99 and that's one hell of a deal if you ask us. Hop on into the forums and share the joy with others. [AT&T]

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4 years ago

LG unveils their premium line-up of devices at Mobile World Congress

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For the most part we knew what was coming from LG at this years Mobile World Congress but to have it all nicely laid out for us is always a good thing to see. LG is quite proud of their new device line-up and they've made sure to let us know they have no plans of slowing down with their advancements. As noted in the press release:

I'm confident that this year, LG will emerge as a leader in the next generation of smartphone and tablet devices,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “What you see here today is just the beginning -- we will continue to innovate with products that address consumer needs and deliver benefits that live up to our `Life`s Good` commitment.

Confirming two new flagship devices being the LG Optimus 3D and the LG Optimus Pad, LG is looking to market themselves aggressively this year and we are totally looking forward to testing out their goods. Hit the full press release after the break.

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4 years ago

AT&T to offer Open Feint Game Channel for Android

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Open Feint and AT&T

AT&T and Open Feint announced at CES that they would be partnering, and offered up a SDK for interested developers.  Now they have announced the details of what they were cooking up, and present the Open Feint Game Channel for Android.  Open Feint games are already popular among Android users, and the cross-platform game network has over 15,000 application developers using the service.  With the Open Feint Game Channel, AT&T hopes to bring an enhanced experience to their customers and offers tools to help draw new developers to the service.  Apple's Game Center is a lofty target, but AT&T makes it clear they have it in their sights.  It's nice to see AT&T showing a commitment to Android -- too bad it took losing iPhone exclusivity to make it happen.  Read the full press release after the break.

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