Kevlar, as law enforcement and military personnnel have known for quite some time, is a hell of a thing, stopping bullets and saving lives. So what's it doing on the back of a smartphone? In the case of the Motorola Droid RAZR, it's serving as a pretty cool spec, and it looks darn good, too.
No, we're not going to shoot the RAZR. Pretty sure it'll lose that battle. And while it's not completely scratch-proof, it does stand up to a pretty decent amount of pressure.
Check out our complete unscientific video after the break.
The folks behind HD Widgets have expanded their sexy widget collection, and now include support for phones and 7-inch tablets. On the phone side, support is now available for hdpi phones (like the Samsung Nexus S pictured above) and mdpi phones (like the LG Optimus One, also pictured). Everything you love about HD Widgets for your Honeycomb tablet still remains -- tons of customization options, colorful backgrounds, in-depth weather forecasts, and a bevy of widget sizes and configurations -- things have just been scaled for the smaller screen. Having put them through the ringer on an assortment of devices ranging from the mundane to the exotic, the folks at Cloud.TV have done a great job. Everything works as expected, looks great, and lets me know if I need to take an umbrella with me -- even on crazy SDK ports of Ice Cream Sandwich. Josh is hard at work with a worthy review of the new build, in the meantime you can grab it from the Android Market (devices running Android 2.1 and higher) for a measly $1.99 at the link after the break.
Owners of SIM-free Sony Ericsson Xperia X10s have been enjoying Android 2.3 Gingerbread for the past few months, but so far the upgrade has been absent from some branded handsets, including those bought through O2 UK.
In a recent blog posting, O2's Head of Device-Customer Experience, Stuart Hibberd, let the network's customers know what's been holding things up. Specifically, it seems there were a few problems with getting the new camera app to function properly on O2 X10s, making it "virtually unusable". Hibberd says the issues have now been taken care of, though, and the update should be available from Sony Ericsson's website within the next week. Eagle eyed readers may notice that the post incorrectly refers to the upgrade from Froyo to Gingerbread -- in fact, the X10 never received Froyo, and the last official update is based on Android 2.1 Eclair.
Like the unbranded X10 Gingerbread patch, the O2 version is an optional (and irreversible) upgrade, and O2 warns that it may make your phone "work slower than you're used to". For more information on exactly what you'll be getting if you choose to update, check out our original report from back in July.
It looks like Orange UK will soon be offering the HTC Sensation XE for sale on its network, as the device has just appeared on Orange's "coming soon" page. The Sensation XE is refreshed version of the original Sensation, and sports Beats Audio support, along with a faster 1.5 GHz dual-core CPU and a larger battery.
Until now O2 has been the only British network directly selling the Sensation XE, so hopefully an Orange launch should offer consumers a bit more choice in pricing and tarrifs. Orange doesn't currently have an estimated launch date for the device, but you can check the source link for more details, or hit up our Sensation XE device page.
Until now, Sony's PlayStation certification has been limited to the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play and Sony Tablet S, but that may be about to change. According to a recent annoncement by Sony Ericsson Japan, Japanese Xperia Arcs will soon be receiving PlayStation certification through an official software update, as will the Xperia Acro, the Arc's Japan-only sibling.
The update should allow Arc and Acro to owners enjoy the same catalog of PlayStation games that are currently available on the Xperia Play, which includes titles like Crash Bandicoot, WipEout and Syphon Filter. There's no word on when this update will be rolling out to Arcs in Europe and the US, but given Sony's renewed effort to build momentum behind its PS certified platform, we'd expect it to hit sooner rather than later.
It's been a while since we talked about the Samsung Illusion, but a friendly ninja just dropped off a screencap of the Verizon Infocenter page for the entry-level handset in our inbox. Imagine a smaller version of the Nexus S, minus the vanilla Gingerbread build and plus an SD card slot, and you'll have a pretty good picture of what to expect. The 1GHz Hummingbird and 512MB of RAM should make for a pretty damn speedy experience with the smaller resolution, though the tiny 3MP camera and TFT display clearly mark this one with the budget or entry-level tag. With a 3.5-inch display and a curved design, it should be a pleasure to carry and use for talking, but the HVGA (480x320) resolution isn't going to win many points for you gamers out there.
All in all, it looks like one of the best beginner phones we've ever seen, with decent specs that hopefully will mean a low price point. We've no idea about price or release, other than rumors that say "this month". The page in the Infocenter went live today, so Verizon is getting prepped. When we know more, we'll tell you.
Not quite sure exactly what we're looking at here, but according to the latest version of the internal Sprint Playbook, it's the Express, it's running Android 2.3, and it's coming Nov. 18 via direct shipping. In addition to the obvious BlackBerry-esque keyboard, it's got a 2.6-inch touchscreen, a 600 MHz processor, Sprint ID, a 3.2MP camera and 1500 mAh battery. It'll go for just $19.99 after two-year contract and $50 mail-in rebate.
Update: Pocketnow notes it looks to be the Huawei Boulder.
Anxiously awaiting Nov. 14 to arrive so you can get your hands on the brand new HTC Rezound? Well, it seems as though a lucky customer received their order from Verizon Wireless a bit early, and they broke out the video camera to show us what they got. So, check out the video above for a quick unbox and hardware tour, and then be sure to check out our hands-on video again!
Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes at the LG U.S. National Texting Championship? Our pal Stephanie -- aka the LG Girl -- gives you a backstage look at the tech that keeps the thumbs tapping on the LG DoublePlay.
There's two important things to know about the Droid RAZR in this Costco internal memo an anonymous friend sent us -- the first is that yes, Costco will be carrying them, and the second is that Costco members will get an exclusive "Accessory Bonus Pack" with an HD dock, HDMI cable, portable charger, and a second wall charger. The flip side of the coin is that it looks like at least some locations will be waiting a few extra days past the 11/11/11 11:11 launch date before they will have the phones in stock, with Nov. 14 being the target date for inventory to start showing up.
Will Costco's liberal return policy, customer service, and of course that sweet HD dock (check out the review) be enough to keep you waiting a few days to get your RAZR? Shout out in the comments, and of course you can always discuss further in the forums, which are already bumping with excitement over this one.
Lookout Mobile Security, the free antivirus app, is now available internationally in the UK, Canada, and Australia. Its first international partner will be Australia's Telstra, who will offer the app through its channel in the Android Market. Lookout says that it will soon be available in "many countries", citing the increase in mobile malware as the catalyst for its expansion. In addition to protecting your device from malware, Lookout also locates your phone and backs up your contacts. The premium version offers remote wipe, safe browsing, and advanced backup. Full presser is at the source link, and you can grab Lookout from the market after the break.
On Monday we met the HTC Edge, the first quadcore device that is destined for the states, and today we meet the HTC Ville, an Ice Cream Sandwich device packing all the standard specs we can expect to see next year. The HTC Ville (which is the codename) is said to be packing a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon Series 4 processor, which will power ICS on the 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED screen. The device will have a 1650mAh battery with it, and is said to run on HSPA+, and will measure less than 8mm thick. Yet another device for us to drool about for the coming months until it is announced!
In a briefing to certain people "close to the matter" Adobe has revealed plans to halt future development of the mobile Flash Player, says ZDNet. According to the leaked document:
Our future work with Flash on mobile devices will be focused on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the major app stores. We will no longer adapt Flash Player for mobile devices to new browser, OS version or device configurations. Some of our source code licensees may opt to continue working on and releasing their own implementations. We will continue to support the current Android and PlayBook configurations with critical bug fixes and security updates.
Adobe will continue to support the current versions of mobile Flash Player, but their main focus will now be on HTML5 and embedded Flash or Air applications for mobile devices. Flash for the desktop will still be actively developed. The full announcement is expected sometime today.
What does this mean for those of us that already have Flash on our phones? Not much. Security patches and bug fixes will still be developed. The real changes come when you consider new hardware architecture or new builds of Android. These deceives won't be supported. It's an interesting move, and we're curious to see how it plays out.
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