4 years ago

Toshiba Honeycomb tablet website goes live



Back in January we got a hands-on look at Toshiba's upcoming Honeycomb-based tablet (which, of course, was still running Froyo at the time).  Now, we all can take virtual look at it as Toshiba has put up a page for the upcoming tablet. Not too much new information here, and it's still nameless, but there is a nice video and flash overview of the device which you can dive into. No solid information on a release date, but the website does note a release of sometime this Spring. [Toshiba]

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4 years ago

Motorola Droid Bionic now in the hands of the FCC? (Update: Looks like the Xoom)


Having now wrapped up their XOOM commercial it looks as though Motorola has moved onto other devices in their stable. The Motorola Droid Bionic is seemingly what we are looking at above and it has now crossed the hands of the FCC seeking approval. Although it doesn't state it specifically it does have dual-band Wi-Fi and since that it one of the features of the Droid Bionic shared with Atrix 4G and not much else we're left to conclude on our own. Still no release date for the Motorola Droid Bionic as of yet but we'll be sure to keep you updated. Anyone still interested in grabbing the Droid Bionic upon release? [FCC via Engadget]

Update: It's now looking more like the XOOM as it has no LTE bands and a non-removable battery.

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4 years ago

Sprint's own website outs Kyocera Echo; we'll likely see it tonight


Sprint Echo

Sprint's own website appears to have tipped what's likely in store for us at tonight's event. Confirming earlier reports, a search for the Kyocera Echo returns results for "The world's first dual-touchscreen smartphone" -- something the Samsung Continuum might raise an eyebrow at. The site describes it as:

The Kyocera Echo smashes the last barrier between you and the ultimate mobile experience. Its unique dual-touchscreen, pivot hinge design gives you all the space you need to run the apps that connect you to the people and information you need every day. Spread your work across all 4.7 inches of combined display or use each smaller display independently to run multiple apps. Closed, the Kyocera Echo is a pocket-friendly smartphone. Open it and expand your world.

So we've got a hinged display with a total of 4.7 inches of real estate, and you can use one screen at a time, or both. We'll find out tonight whether it's truly magical, or just a bunch of smoke and mirrors, so join us for the liveblog! Thanks, Sketch42!

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4 years ago

Update: Google IO sells out in 59 minutes!


Google IO 2011

Attention developers, manufacturers and Android nerds the world over: Registration has opened for Google IO 2011, May 10-11 at Moscone West in San Francisco. And if it's anything like last year's developer's conference, you're going to want to get in early.

Last year we saw the unveiling of Android 2.2 Froyo, Google TV and a host of improvements to Google Chrome. This year? The sky's the limit, though we're expecting a good bit on Honeycomb and Google TV.

General registration is $450 through April 16, $550 thereafter, and $150 if you're in academia. Register now at Google.com/io.

Update: Yeah, the page is down for the count. Don't blame us. Or do. Up to you.

Update 2: Yeah, it's official. Google IO 2011 is now sold out.

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4 years ago

Motorola Cliq 2 free with two year contract from T-Mobile until Feb. 9


 Cliq 2

T-Mobile is running a special online-only sale for the Motorola Cliq 2 (watch our hands-on) this week. Until Feb. 9 at 10 p.m. Pacific Time you can pick one up for free on two-year contract. Remember that the Cliq 2 isn't really a high-end phone, but is just fine for anyone looking for an entry level Android device. Plus, Motorola has had some trouble getting the Cliq line OS updates. If you still want in, head on past the link to order one now. [T-Mobile via Twitter]

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4 years ago

Angry Birds Valentine's Day edition available now via an update


Angry Birds Valentines Day Edition

We got a sneak peek at the new Angry Birds Valentines Day edition last week and it is now available via an update. 

If you have Angry Birds Seasons, go to the Market and download the update. The icon will now be red and pink and the Valentines Day version will appear next to the others in the main menu. If you don't have this version, please find links after the break.

Rovio continues to develop quality versions for their massively popular game and this should continue that track record. Now excuse me, I have to go back to beating the pigs. Thanks Jeff!

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4 years ago

Texas Instruments announces the OMAP 5 CPU platform



Texas Instruments held a webcast today, where they announced the OMAP 5 processor.  While it's not expected to be seen until mid 2012, it brings a lot of new tech to the table.  The OMAP 5 will be a multi-core system-on-chip consisting of ARM Cortex -A15 CPU cores and a POWERVR SGX544 multi-core GPU.  According to TI, this will bring a disruptive mobile experience, akin to the way Henry Ford transformed the auto industry.  While I'm not sure I would go that far, some of the new innovations do look very interesting.  It's worth noting that smartphone technology is moving so fast that we haven't even seen the OMAP 4 platform, but we expect devices running the platform this year.  Current Android devices using Texas Instruments CPUs, like the Droid X, are still running single core OMAP 3 technology.

The OMAP 5 will help usher in stereoscopic 3D, gesture recognition, computational photography, and more.  While providing up to three times the processing performance, the new chip promises nearly a 60 percent power reduction over the OMAP 4 platform.  TI also says they are very excited to continue their strong support of open source software, and they have been, and will continue to work closely with Google and the Android platform. 

Have a look at the short presentation video, and the press release will full tech specs after the break. [Texas instruments]

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4 years ago

Sprint rolls out maintenance release updates for the LG Optimus S and Samsung Galaxy Tab



Sprint has announced some maintenance release updates for the LG Optimus S and Samsung Galaxy Tab. Both updates will be sent out in stages so there is no mad rush to get them download but if you own either device you'll want to check out the change logs to see if anything applies. You'll find those by hitting the source links and if you're not feeling that you can just look past the break, they're listed there as well. [Sprint, 2]

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4 years ago

HTC bets on Saffron Digital, makes huge investment



HTC has announced that it has made a large investment in Saffron Digital, a London-based digital media delivery company.

Saffron had a great year in 2010 with loads of integration in products by HTC, LG, Sony Ericsson, Nokia, T-Mobile and Paramount, mostly in Europe.

The investment from HTC will allow Saffron to expand to other markets, most notably, Asia.

“HTC’s investment increases our global expansion capabilities and provides us with an opportunity to expand into new markets like Asia and new sectors like games and music delivery,” says Shashi Fernando, CEO of Saffron Digital. “We have grown Saffron Digital into one of the best and most exciting digital service providers in the world and this enables us to take digital content delivery to a new level for our customers around the world.”

Despite the strategic move from HTC, Saffron will continue partnerships with other vendors. Peter Chou talking about the investment: 

"Saffron Digital has developed an incredible expertise in mobile multimedia delivery. This ability to deliver optimised content in the future will be a key asset as content becomes more and more complex and localised,“ said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. “We are excited to be working with Saffron to increase our global service delivery capabilities and expertise.”

It will be interesting to see how Saffron expands and in which ways HTC uses the digital media delivery company. [Business Wire]

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4 years ago

Possible HTC Desire 2 photo leaks


  HTC Desire 2 (allegedly)

The HTC Desire 2 rumors certainly seem to be gathering pace. Last week we reported that the phone had appeared in Vodafone Germany's inventory system, and now we have a leaked photo which purports to show the device itself.

Leaker "Rastaman-FB" claims the Desire 2 runs HTC Sense on top of Android 2.3.1 and features a superAMOLED display, front-facing camera and capacitive buttons.

The image has since been pulled from the original post, but as you can see above it bears a striking resemblance to the leaked photo of the "HTC Saga" which we reported last week, not to mention the unnamed HTC prototype snapped on a Taipei subway a week before.

According to the leaker, the phone displays the codename "Passion 2" on its softwate information page. "Passion" was the codename for the Nexus One, which was also built by HTC, and was the phone that the original HTC Desire was based upon.

With the pace Desire 2 leaks starting to quicken, it's seeming more and more likely that we could be due an official announcement at next week's Mobile World Congress. [AndroidForums]

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4 years ago

Samsung Continuum sees first custom ROM


Samsung Continuum

The Samsung Continuum has finally entered the custom ROM scene, courtesy of Fascinate developer and Android Central adviser Adrynalyne.  It's a basic ROM, based on the DL17 release, with none of the bloat and none of the Bing.  In short, it's a de-odexed stock ROM with busybox added, and ready for others to fill in and create a masterpiece.  And Adrynalyne doesn't even have a Continuum, but was able to create this with help from bubby323 and Logan302.  Community effort FTW.

If you rock a Continuum (and I totally would if I had Verizon service here on the frontier) you need to have a look.  Hopefully this is the start of a rich development community for one of the most unique phones of 2010.  [Android Central forums] Thanks for the hard work fellas!

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4 years ago

Best Buy 'Buy Back' program free for a limited time


 Best Buy Buyback Program Promotion

Best buy used their Super Bowl ad to pimp their new "Buy Back" program.  Buyback allows you to trade in your "ancient" 12-month-old tech for the latest and greatest, helping to reduce the sticker shock for those of us who like getting a new phone more often than the Carrier "encouraged" two-year upgrade cycle.

How much you get towards your new device depends on how long you've had it.

  • For the first six months you can get 50% of the retail cost
  • 6-12 months will give you 40% back
  • 12-18 months 30%
  • And if you can't wait another day, you can still get 20% between months 18 and 24.

For example, the Evo currently retails for $599.99.  If you buy it and opt for the buy back program, you can trade it in after 13 months and get $179.99 towards the retail cost of your next device.

Sure, you might be able to get more money if you sold it yourself on Craigslist, but this is a great option for those who don't want to go that route but still want to get something for our older device.

The service is typically an optional buy-in program, but for a limited time you can get it free with any qualifying electronics purchase.  If you're on the fence about upgrading because you don't want to "waste" your discount if something cool is just around the corner, the Buy Back program might be just what you were looking for.

 For more information, check out the official Best Buy Buyback page.

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4 years ago

Reminder: We're at Sprint tonight; Kyocera hardware rumored to appear


Sprint event in New York City

Just a reminder, folks, that we'll be at Sprint's event tonight in New York City. It's one of those rare occasions where we really don't have much of an idea of what's going to be announced -- heck, it might not even be Android. That said, BusinessWeek (via PhoneScoop) believes we'll at least see some sort of Kyocera Android phone -- we're hoping (really, really hoping) that's not all Sprint has up its sleeve, along with appearances by illusionist David Blaine and CEO Dan Hesse, of course..

But join us tonight as we find out, live.

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4 years ago

Angry Birds secret code revealed, decoded


Angry Birds code

The Angry Birds secret code from the Rio trailer ad during the Super Bowl has been found, tested, and decoded.  And none of it was done by me.  Credit goes out to @AndroidThrasher for the screencap, and scarbzscope on YouTube for the details.  Spoiler alert -- the code itself, and a video of the code broken and used is after the break.  Thanks fellas!

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