Now that we've seen the Super Bowl commercial for the Motorola Xoom, it's time to get disappointed by the price tag. Yes, the rumors of the Xoom being in the $800 dollar range are pretty much confirmed by a copy of Best Buy's sales ad showing the price at $799.99. It also tells us that the Xoom will be in the stores on Feb 24, and gives us a breakdown of the data packages being offered by big red, which varies from 1 GB for $20 monthly all the way to 10 GB for $80 monthly.
Still, the Motorola Xoom is one hell of a tablet, and hopefully we'll see a reasonable price on a WiFi only model soon. [Engadget]
No launch date yet, but here's Motorola's full commercial for the Xoom Honeycomb tablet, which aired during the second quarter of the Super Bowl. Says Moto in its release:
Created by Anomaly New York, the ad entitled “Empower the People” is set in an Orwellian, 1984-esque world where technology – and people – are limited by restrictive platforms. Enter Motorola XOOM - the tablet to create a better world - and a new day with optimism, openness, freedom and empowerment.
Motorola XOOM redefines the tablet category by providing more ways to have fun, connect with friends and stay productive on the go. Out of more than 20,000 products announced at CES last month, the Motorola XOOM was named “Best in Show” by CNET and lauded with numerous accolades and awards.
As the first tablet running Google’s new Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system, the XOOM is powerful and fundamentally different than anything else on the market.
Who dares interrupt our Super Bowl commercials with a smartphone announcement? Sony Ericsson, of course, which acknowledged the Xperia Play on Facebook while teasing it at the Feb. 13 event in Barcelona ahead of Mobile World Congress. We'll be there, of course, to get the full scoop. And now, back to the game. [Facebook]
Attention fans of sexy, unreleased hardware -- there's another unofficial hands-on of the Sony Ericsson Neo. This time its from My Android Life, and there's some beautiful images of the phone itself there for your viewing pleasure. Just like the Xperia Play we're seeing this device pop up across the web in some lucky hands, so it has to be close to announcement time from SE. According to My Android Life, it is -- the Neo and Xperia Play will be officially announced at Mobile World Congress. We'll be there, and anything they have to tell us we'll be sure to tell you guys.
In the meantime, hit the source link and see some great pictures of the Sony Ericsson Neo. I certainly hope the insides are as nice as the outsides! [My Android Life]
Like our tipster, at first glance we were sure this was a stretched out LG Optimus S when it showed up in some Sprint training materials with no explanation or even a hint attached. But after a closer look at the buttons, and the area where the screen ends towards the bottom, we're pretty sure it isn't.
Another crazy week has come to an end, and we finally got to see up close and personal an in depth look at Honeycomb. Phil ventured off to Cali to get us some great information, which can be recapped here, and well it looks like it has some amazing stuff in store for the tablet market. Let's take a look at some of what you may have missed over the course of the past week below.
More than a few of us (and us) noticed that when you got the latest update to Angry Birds, the app stated that it needed permissions to your SMS messages. At the time, Rovio told us it likely was a mistake, and that they'd look at it on Monday. However, it turns out it has a purpose and is part of an in-app payment system, called Big Bad Piggy Bank, which can be used to purchase the Mighty Eagle and other content. From Rovio's blog:
Bad Piggy Bank purchases will be paid through operator billing. No credit card is required, you simply select the content you want to purchase in the game, and select the Bad Piggy Bank icon. You confirm your purchase, the payment is made via SMS, and you will be charged in your phone bill.
The Android version of Angry Birds asks for SMS permission because this mobile payment capability has been added in version 1.5.1.
Angry Birds does not use the SMS functionality of the device for any other purpose than Bad Piggy Bank payments.
If the Bad Piggy Bank is not available for your operator, no purchases can be made, and you cannot be charged for anything.
All that said, it's only available in Finland at the moment. And note that this is separate from the in-app billing that Google just announced with Honeycomb.
So the good news is that there's nothing malicious (not that we ever thought there was) in the update. The bad news is it gives the app a permission that so far a very large number of users can't actually use. [Rovio] Thanks, Justin!
Have a Nook Color and wonder how much better Honeycomb would run if it didn't have to be run off of an SD card? You're in luck, because we have the instructions for installing it to your Nook's internal memory (emmc), which might run faster and smoother than an SD card (though running it with an overclock kernel on a Class 10 SD is very fast--and much less dangerous).
This is advanced command line stuff, and this is still a developmental port, so please look everything over and only proceed if you're feeling adventurous, and are comfortable with the instructions and with the risk involved: How to Install Honeycomb to Nook Color's Internal Memory
Finally, market.android.com has gone live, and man is it pretty sweet. If you have been spending hours poking around and looking for something new, you may have found some great apps, but many of you may still be struggling to find something new. If that is you, and you are interested in finding some new applications for your device, be sure to hit the jump with us and see what some of our favorites from this week were.
HTC has had something of a leak problem lately, and once again one of its unreleased and unannounced phones has found its way on to the web. The device you see above seems to be the same one that got spied on a subway in Taiwan late last month. Hopefully HTC will end all this speculation and just announce its upcoming lineup once MWC rolls around in a little more than a week. [Mobile01 via Engadget]
There was quite a bit of news to come out of Mountain View, Calif., this past week, with the Android team giving us a more in-depth walkthrough of Honeycomb, plus the bevy of developers on hand. We got looks at a number of new (or revamped) applications coming soon to an Android tablet near you, and got to meet the talented developers behind them.
To say that there's an excitement building around Honeycomb would be quite the understatement. This is far, far more than just Android on a big screen.
So let's revisit the news of the past week. After the break, you'll find the entire presentation, plus demos of the apps. Enjoy!
Couple of conflicting stories coming out this morning regarding the launch of the HTC ThunderBolt on Verizon. Above, you have a screen shot leaked to DroidAttic, which appears to confirm the Feb. 14 launch date on Best Buy, news we broke a week ago, and presales start tomorrow. But then there's a post at DroidForums.net passed on by the infamous Miami1683 saying that the ThunderBolt has been pushed back a bit, until Feb. 28.
Miami says the delay is because of the popularity of the iPhone launch, but we'd be willing to wager that with all the hemming and hawing over simultaneous voice and data -- an old feature that would be new to Verizon -- they're still working out some kinks. Guess we'll just wait and see. [DroidForums, DroidAttic]
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