British networks O2, Orange, Three and Vodafone are now listing the sleek white version of Samsung's Galaxy S II on their "coming soon" pages, with a September release planned across all four networks. This fits with Samsung's plans for of the SIM-free white Galaxy S II, which is due to begin shipping from Sep. 1. T-Mobile UK is the only major network not yet listing the white version, but given its connections to Orange, we'd expect TMo to carry it alongside the currently-stocked black version.
So what's the verdict, would-be Galaxy S II owners? Buy the black model now, or wait a month, save a few more pennies and opt for the white version?
Before you get too excited, that's not Android 4.0 or anything crazy like that, it's software version 4.0.A.2.368 got Sony Ericsson's 2011 Xperia phones that's now being pushed out to European Xperia Arcs. This follows a slightly premature announcement on Sony Ericsson's support site last week. To grab the update, plug your Arc in and fire up the PC Companion software, or head to Settings -> About phone -> Software update on the phone itself.
Highlights in this new firmware version include --
xLoud – boosts your music when played through the speaker
Stereo recording – shoot video with high-quality stereo sound
Digital home – enjoy entertainment content stored in your phone on DLNA certified media devices
New themes and Landscape mode for your home screen
If you've got this new software on your Arc, be sure to hit the comments and let us know how the update went.
A new Samsung phone has passed through the FCC today, and based on the radios approved it looks to be headed to AT&T -- possibly as the Galaxy S II Attain, or whatever name they have picked out for this one. Like most FCC documents, all the juicy details are under a confidentiality agreement, but we know for sure this one runs on the 850 and 1900 frequencies, is GSM/GRPS/EGDE/WCDMA/HSPA compatible, and packs a 1500 mAh battery. Then there's the label location diagram, and this one sure looks like the Galaxy S II we all know and love.
Why all the confusion? Well we have seen more than one new Samsung destined for AT&T in the near future -- in a qwerty and non-qwerty version. Safe money says this will be one of them. Or maybe it won't. We do know it's the i927, and someone is now allowed to sell it in the United States. The rest is anyone's guess.
Seriously, folks. You don't hype a "major news announcement" for that stuff. You send a press release.
That said, All ThingsD is reporting that the big news is a $300 million collaboration with Beats Audio. As in Beats by Dre, and the same Beats Audio you'll find in a smattering of HP products -- including the HP TouchPad. The collaboration will be exclusive to HTC smartphones.
Now, that's nothing to turn your nose up at -- there's definitely a market for a proper Android MP3 player. (So long as it's priced right.) But with all the patent nonsense floating around and the world still waiting for its first Honeycomb tablet from HTC, the timing for a "major news announcement" sure came at an interesting juncture.
Fresh from this week's Sprint PlayBook, we get word that the Motorola Titanium (read our mini-review) -- which has only been out a few weeks now -- is set to get an update starting next Monday. Here's what's coming in the update:
Bugfix so you can dial a number from the a meeting entry in the Exchange Calendar
And that's it. Pretty minor, unless you desperately need to call someone from a meeting in the Exchange Calendar. But kudos to Sprint for pushing it out in a timely fashion.
Anyhoo, the update's pushing out once more. Here's the official word from Sprint:
Sprint will restart the Gingerbread update to Kyocera Echo users beginning today (August 10). In an effort to provide the best possible customer experience, Kyocera and Sprint have addressed a previous issue with the update raised last week. The Gingerbread update will provide Kyocera Echo users with performance enhancements including faster response, improved power management, enhancements for gaming, and more.
And, no, it still doesn't add NFC or make waffles.
Source: Sprint; Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
The Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant for Bell and Virgin Mobile Canada has received the official Gingerbread update, but the bad news is that you'll need to use Kies to install it. Just like the Froyo release for the T-Mobile US version, this means digging out your cable and sorting out drivers and generally a big mess that the average user won't be bothered to do. But I'll go on the assumption that all you guys are not quite the average user, so if you're rocking a Bell or Virgin Vibrant, fire up the PC, step back to the 1990s, and flash your update.
Samsung has announced the Galaxy Xcover, yet another Galaxy phone, and this one comes IP67 certified to take some real abuse. This one is clearly aimed at folks who are less than gentle with their electronics, but still want or need an Android smartphone. Like we first saw with the Motorola Defy, the IP67 certification means the Xcover is dust and dirt resistant, and can be submerged in water a meter deep for up to a half hour.
No specs have been announced for the insides, but Samsung tells us that it will be packing a scratch-resistant display, a 3.2MP camera with LED flash, 7.2Mbps HSDPA radios, and Gingerbread skinned with Touchwiz. Set to be released in October, no word on whether or not we'll see this on stateside.
We’ve seen seen some interesting hardware from LG over the past six months. From the Optimus 2X -- the first dual-core Tegra 2 smartphone -- to the ultra-slim Optimus Black with its impressive NOVA display, the Korean manufacturer has proven it’s ready to play in the big leagues. LG recently added the crown jewel to its 2011 line-up with the release of the Optimus 3D in Europe and Asia. It’s a well-designed, hefty slab of a phone that combines a powerful dual-core CPU with some spectacular 3D trickery, thanks to its parallax barrier display and dual camera setup.
Make no mistake, this is a high-end device, and it comes with an expectedly high-end price tag (around £430 at the time of writing). When you’re dropping this much cash on a phone, you’re quite rightly going to expect not only whiz-bang features like glasses-free 3D, but also a solid smartphone experience to back it up. Read on to find out whether the LG Optimus 3D can deliver on both...
Our pals at CrackBerry are marveling in their first new device in, well, forever, and your old pal Bla1ze is putting them through a bit of a browser battle. Above, you see the iPhone 4, the new BlackBerry Bold 9900, and, of course, the Samsung Nexus S.
Let's be honest here: We're actually pretty happy that, after all these years, BlackBerry finally has a usable web browser. And it looks pretty quaint on that tiny little screen. But watch the video (after the break). It's pretty clear who the winner is, no?
Nvidia and Samsung have announced the Samsung Galaxy R, now available in Sweden but coming soon to more of Europe and Asia. It's a bit of a departure from what we're used to here in the states when we hear the words Samsung Galaxy, as the R packs Tegra 2 innards, a Super Clear LCD, and Gingerbread out of the gate. We don't yet have the full specs, but here's what has been announced:
Tegra 2 CPU
4.19-inch WVGA Super Clear LCD touchscreen @ 800x480
Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) operating system
720p HD video capture and 1080p Full HD playback (Divx, WMV, MP4, H.264 B/P only)
Built-in memory of 8GB and support for 32GB Micro SD
Size: 125.7 x 66.7 x 9.55 mm
Weight: 131 grams
Along with that Tegra 2 chip comes access to NVIDIA's experience in gaming, evident with any of the games from the Tegra Zone app. And while many folks love Samsung's AMOLED screens, there are a lot of people who prefer a nicely done LCD. Of course we have to wait until we get to play with a Galaxy R, but from the video above it looks like another winner. I can totally see hours of Galaxy on Fire 2 HD in quite a few futures. Check the video above, and the press release is after the break.
Anybody catch the Mets game Tuesday night? Were any of you at the Mets game Tuesday night? Well, Android Central reader Christopher (aka Jet300 in the forums)was one of the announced 24,619 at Citi Field in Queens (the Mets won 5-4, for those keeping score at home) and lets us know that the Motorola Droid Bionic was all over the darn place.
The ad you see above was on a wall behind some Plexiglass, advertising the stadium's own Verizon hangout (it's on Field Level, if you want to swing by). And, sure enough, there's everybody's favorite over-hyped phone, with Mr. Met, to boot.
If flinging birds at pigs is starting to get a little repetitive, London web developer Tamlyn has lain the basic premise for your very own army of Android powered robot tanks. Using an existing RC powered tank, everything but the drive assembly and power supply was removed and replaced with an Android phone and an inexpensive IOIO (pronounced yo-yo) board to control the circuitry remotely -- yes, you drive this tank via the Internet.
Using any web browser, you can send steering commands to an Android phone running Tamlyn's home-brew application. The signals are then sent out via the phone's USB port, interpreted by the IOIO board circuitry, and power is applied to drive the tank in the direction you told it to go. He has the response time cut down to 30 milliseconds on Wifi, but feels that he may see issues with network latency when he tests on a 3G connection.
What I find most interesting, is Tamlyn's statement about how easy he found it to write Android apps. This just so happens to be his first Android application, and he has this to say:
This is my first Android project but thankfully the Android SDK and documentation are outstanding. With the help of a few tutorials I went from Hello World to a simple app that accepted HTTP connections in just a few hours.
That's a far cry from some of the horror stories we hear about Android being to hard to program for, and while this application is just a simple webserver, that fact that an Android programming novice found it so easy to make says a lot.
While I don't think anyone would be able to storm the gates of evil Castle Cupertino with these tanks, it sure looks like a fun way to play with the dog. Check the video after the break, and read the rest at the source link.
If you're in the market for a nice entry-level Android device, you can now go pick up the Samsung Galaxy Gio at either Virgin Mobile Canada or Bell. Priced at just $149 outright at Virgin or $249 outright at Bell (or $0 and $29.95 respectively on 3 year contracts), the Gio features an 800 MHz processor, a 3.2 inch touchscreen, 3mp camera, and runs on OS 2.3. You can also use the Gio as a wifi hotspot for up to eight devices! Sounds like a deal to me.
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