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5 years ago

Sony Honeycomb tablet in U.S. 'by end of summer', says Nikkei


 Sony + Honeycomb Bee

Sony will release an Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet by the end of summer, according to Bloomberg, which cites Japanese newspaper Nikkei. Nikkei's report is apparently based on information from Sony CEO Howard Stringer, and says Sony will launch its tablet to the U.S. market first.

These reports add considerable weight to earlier rumors that Sony is working on a 9.4-inch Honeycomb tablet based around its PlayStation Suite and Qriocity service. The tablet, codenamed "S1", was said to be powered by a Tegra 2 processor, and due for a September release at a price point around $600.

Early concept drawings of the S1 showed an interesting design with a bulge at one end to make it easier to hold and prop up. If Sony can combine this design with a compelling software package then they could be onto a winner. We'll keep you posted in the months ahead as more info emerges. [Bloomberg]

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5 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Ace used to shoot slow-motion hipster stunt


Oh, hipsters. You give them a couple free Samsung Galaxy Aces and what do you know, they run out and take a video of themselves doing some crazy public stunt using said phones. While the video itself is pretty standard fare -- hip soundtrack, 20-somethings, annoyed older bystanders -- the video quality is quite good and shows that the mid-range Ace is a perfectly capable device. [YouTube] Thanks, Vincenzo

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5 years ago

T-Mobile G2X retail packaging revealed


 T-Mobile G2X packaging

The first photo of the retail box for the T-Mobile G2X, T-Mo's unskinned version of the LG Optimus 2X, has emerged. The image obtained by TmoNews shows a box similar to that of its keyboard-toting cousin, the G2 -- there's the standard picture of the phone on a patterned white background. This isn't really much to write home about, but the fact that retail packaging has started to leak suggests that a release probably isn't far off at this point. T-Mobile hasn't confirmed a release date yet, but rumors suggest the device may launch as soon as April 20.

Be sure to check out our hands-on coverage of the T-Mobile G2X from CTIA to find out what's inside the box. [TmoNews]

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5 years ago

FullHDMI updated for use with non-rooted devices


Back in February we got our first look at FullHDMI, an application for your HTC EVO 4G that mirrors your phones display on a television set. Upon initial release the application was only supported on rooted devices, which did not allow for use by everyone, but the developer has updated the application as previously promised. The application, which is now found in the Android market, will work on any out of the box EVO, as well as rooted users who are on a Sense or AOSP  ROM. Be sure to head to the market and pick a copy up for yourself for only $2.99, and be sure to hop in the forums for more information.

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5 years ago

The Week in Android News



Another week comes to an end, and for those of us who didn't keep our eyes glued to the site, it's quite possible that you missed something. With lots of news ranging from Gingerbread leaks to the Samsung Droid Charge to winning a tablet of your choice. Be sure to check below for what you may have missed, and be sure you are following us on Twitter for all the latest news!

General News

Hardware News

Tablet News

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5 years ago

Asus Eee Pad Transformer website now live


Asus Eee Pad Transformer

Asus has made their web page for the Eee Pad Transformer (that's the one that docks in a keyboard) live, with specs and details.  They list no dates when it becomes available, or prices, but they do tell us a few things we hadn't heard before.  The Eee Pad Transformer will come complete with Polaris Office 3.0 to allow viewing and editing of .doc, .xls, and .ppt files, have Asus' own launcher on top of Honeycomb, and include unlimited cloud storage via the Asus MyCloud application free for one year.

They also mention an OTA update scheduled for "mid-April", which makes us think that we should be seeing it soon -- maybe even sooner than the May 7 date we saw from Amazon earlier.  If the rumors of sub $400 pricing for the 16 GB model hold true, it's a viable alternative to the Motorola Xoom for the Honeycomb tablet experience.  We'll have more as it develops.  [Asus via NotebookItalia (Italian)] Thanks, Marco, for the tip!

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5 years ago

Apparent AT&T-friendly Nexus S appears on Samsung support site


Samsung Nexus S ATT

The rumors of a version of the Nexus S that's friendly to the 850 and 1900MHz bands that AT&T uses -- and that will be released in the United States and not require importing -- have circulated for a while. We found it tipped in code in late February. Looks like we might be closer to an actual release, as the GT-9020A is on Samsung's support site, with some AT&T markings on the page to boot.

Still no word on any release date or pricing, but we'd image it'd be along the lines of the T-Mobile version of the Nexus S, at $529 off-contract at Best Buy. [Samsung via Pocketnow]

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5 years ago

Bell HTC Incredible S pricing confirmed


Bell HTC Incredible S pricing confirmed

By now, the only ones hiding the fact that the HTC Incredible S is coming to Canada are  some of the carriers that are going to be offering it. We've seen leak after leak happen since shortly after the device was announced and now The Source has confirmed one of the final pieces left in the puzzle -- the price. The off contract price was noted to be $499 from a previous Bell internal document and from the image above taken from The Source flyer looks like the 3-year contract pricing will be $99.95 while the 1-year is $474.95; 2-year is $449.95. Right now though, if you head on over to The Source website you'll still see the $499 3-year contract pricing listed there. [The Source via MobileSyrup]

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5 years ago

It's (far past) time for AT&T to allow non-Market apps on its phones


AT&T non-market lockdown

I'm on the bandwagon. I'm on the boat. I'm drinking the Kool-Aid. I've gotten with the program. I've seen the light at the end of the tunnel. ('Bout time, eh?)

It's far past time for AT&T to allow non-market applications on its Android smartphones.

A little context, for those of you not on AT&T: If you go to Settings>Applications on any Android phone (save for those on AT&T), you'll see a setting for "Unknown sources" that will let "allow installation of non-Market applications." It's a safety feature, really, meaning that you can't install an app if it's not from the Android Market. And presumably, if an app is installed from the Android Market, it's warm and cuddly and safe. But we know that's not the case 100 percent of the time, and on rare occasions a "bad app" slips in. (These are, however, very rare cases given the scope of the Market.)

But then there's AT&T, which in its infinite wisdom decided that its users shouldn't be allowed to install non-market applications. This, after it took many moons to actually get an Android smartphone in the first place (and even then we got the Backflip).

It's time for AT&T to flip the switch. We're big boys and girls. We can take responsibility for our downloads.

But at this point it's bigger than that. The Amazon Appstore has quickly gained traction -- much faster than we expected, thanks to some high-profile exclusive releases and a free-app-a-day program. (And then there's that newfangled Music Cloud thingy.) But if you're using an AT&T phone that can't install non-Market apps, you're SOL.

We should mention the Sideload Wonder Machine, created by our own Jerry Hildenbrand. It lets you install non-Market apps on AT&T phones via ADB and the command line via a sexy Windows/Mac/Linux user interface. You technically can install the free apps (or at least the non-DRM apps) from the Amazon Appstore through this method (or traditional sideloading via ADB) if you pull the from the Amazon Appstore cache on your phone and ... and ... and ...

Yeah. It's ridiculous. And it's doubly ridiculous that we brought up this issue to Amazon just before the Appstore was announced, and nobody had an answer for it, and it's still an issue today, though reportedly AT&T and Amazon will figure it out.

They shouldn't have had to. AT&T overstepped, and it's time to make it right. Allow non-Market apps on your phones, AT&T. Your users will thank you for it. And we will, too.

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5 years ago

Boost Mobile Samsung Galaxy Prevail leak shows $179 price tag


Samsung Galaxy Prevail

If you've been hanging around our rumored devices forum (and if you haven't, you really should be), the name Samsung Galaxy Prevail should be familiar. And now with a leaked slide deck, we've got more info to work with before Tuesday's event with Samsung and Boost Mobile in New York City. (We'll be there live, by the way.)

So it looks like what we'll have is a 3.2-inch Android 2.2 phone running on Sprint's CDMA network, with 2MP camera, which is kind of a shame given that it's 2011. The usual sundries are there as well (Bluetooth, GPS, etc.), and it looks like we get a look at the pricing -- suggested at $179 before taxes and what not.

So we'll get real first look Tuesday night, we reckon. [Engadget]

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5 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for April 2, 2011



Many people have a love/ hate relationship with the Android market, and often times it is understandable. While having tons of apps to chose from, sometimes there are too many of a certain type, and it is hard to know what is good, and what you should pass on downloading. Let's hit the break, and take a look at some of our personal favorites for this week.

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5 years ago

Samsung Nexus S with AT&T-compatible radio shows up in online catalog


And did we mention it's a white Nexus S?

AT&T Nexus S

There's been no official word from Samsung or Google, but the Nexus S with GSM 850/1900 radio bands has shown up for sale at Negri Electronics' online store.  It's carrying a model number of i9020T, and is available in black or white for $598.50.  What we don't know is if this is the Nexus S with an AT&T specific radio, or an unlocked import of the Nexus S from abroad.  I'm sure as people order these and get them in-hand, we'll know a bit more.

In either case, it's a Nexus S that will work with AT&T's 3G, and more than a few of you guys have been waiting for one of these.  [Negri Electronics via Android Central forums] Thanks, Abraham, for the tip!

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5 years ago

Froyo still leads Android versions


Android Versions as of April 2, 2011

The latest Android versions numbers are in, and it remains relatively unchanged from last month. Android 2.2 continues to dominate at 63.9 percent, up from 61.3 percent from the previous two weeks or so. Gingerbread builds of Android 2.3 and 2.3.3 are up a tad to 0.8 percent and 1.7 percent, respectively. Android 3.0 Honeycomb remains unchanged at 0.2 percent, which doesn't say much for sales of the Motorola Xoom, which so far is the only device officially running that build. We'll look to see if that changes now that the Wifi-only version of the Xoom is available.

Android 2.1 dropped a couple percentage points to 27.2 percent. Android 1.6 and 1.5 are at 3.5 percent and 2.7 percent.

So Froyo rules, there aren't too many Nexus One and Nexus S devices out there in the in overall scheme of things (they're the only ones officially running Gingerbread so far), and the Xoom and Honeycomb are just getting started. More data's at the source link if you're into that sort of thing. [Android Developer Blog]

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5 years ago

Android 2.2 Froyo update available for the T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide



If you are a T-Mobile MyTouch 3G Slide user and have had your fingers crossed for an official Froyo (Android 2.2) update for your device, your patience has paid off. While it has been a while since we first heard of the delay, and there are other versions that are higher (namely Gingerbread) it is still quite an update for you. This update brings users:

  • Wi-Fi calling
  • Wi-Fi hotspot
  • USB Tethering (Internet Sharing)
  • Low storage (User Data) notification mechanism
  • Resolves issues with text and picture messaging
  • Resolves some Bluetooth compatibility issues
  • Improves compatibility with new Bluetooth devices
  • Improves stability and reliability of the device

In addition to these large improvements, there were also a bunch of smaller bug fixes as well. So, if you are still rocking with the MyTouch 3G Slide, be sure to head to the HTC site to view download and installation instructions. [myTouch 3G Slide Froyo update] Thanks, Jack and Irlisse!

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