Google just showed us the new updated Android Market client that brings a UI overhaul, as well as Google Books and Movies for folks in the states. Not long after, we gave you a way to download the new Market for yourselves, and you guys got to work checking it out. It has a lot of different features, including one that a lot of us have been wanting -- the ability to switch to any Google account on your phone for Market use. You can even choose a Google Apps account. This could be a pretty handy feature, but also opens up the possibility of abuse via shared account credentials. We'll have to see how it all unfolds.
PayPal has shown their new peer-to-peer NFC payment system at MobileBeat 2011 today, using two Android powered Samsung Nexus S phones. The premise is simple -- open the app on both phones, enter the payment amount on one, and bump them together. After the buzz, enter account details, and the payment is processed. Afterwards, the normal email receipts are generated and sent out, just like we did it in the old days.
There's no firm date when to expect this, but PayPal says "late this summer". Another compelling reason for manufacturers to put NFC capabilities in their new models, or just a security concern? Either way, we'll find out soon enough. Hit the break to see a demo video.
Just a quick reminder here that we're giving away (with some sweet help from TeleNav and Sprint) a HTC EVO 3Ds to two lucky readers. (Don't worry, each winner will get their own, so they don't have to share.) And check out the video above for a look at what TeleNav brings to navigation on the EVO 3D.
Sony Ericsson is now listing the new keyboard-toting Xperia Pro on its official UK store, with availability slated for "late September". This sees the phone slipping further into late Q3, following earlier delays which saw it miss its Q2 release window.
The phone will launch at SIM-free price point of £349.99 (~$560), which is comparable to what you'll pay for an Xperia Neo right now. It'll also come with a number of premium features that've already impressed us on current SE devices, including an 8.1MP Exmor R camera, Mobile Bravia Engine and HDMI connectivity.
With the HTC Desire Z looking increasingly long in the tooth, there's a shortage of decent mid to high-end Android QWERTY sliders in Europe right now. We'll be watching to see if Sony Ericsson can take advantage of this gap in the market this September.
The HTC Sensation -- one of our favorite Android smartphones of the year so far -- is headed to Australia by way of the Telstra network. Same 4.3-inch qHD screen, Android 2.3, Sense 3.0 and that dual-core processor.
It also sports the TelstraOne app, which brings news, sports and weather feeds direct to the home screen.
Telstra Business customers can purchase the HTC Sensation on $59 Business Mobile Maximiser Plan with an additional handset payment of$13 per month (min cost is $1,728 over 24 months). This plan includes $550 worth of eligible calls, unlimited standard national text and 1.5GB of data to use in Australia each month.
It is also available to purchase for RRP $792 outright.
Radio Shack is getting a slew of Android phones next week, and thanks to an anonymous friend we know which ones. First up is the HTC Status (check out our hands-on), which should be for sale "early next week" for $20 on contract and $400 outright. Perfect price point for that one! Another $20 phone coming early next week is the Pantech Crossover (read our review), which goes for $350 if bought off-contract. You'll be able to snatch the T-Mobile Gravity Smart this week, for $20 on a new two-year plan, or $50 for an upgrade. And finally, next week you can spend your $300 on a Motorola Triumph of your very own, and get a great phone on a pre-paid plan. Looks like that July 19 date for this one was close.
Looks like things will be busy at the Shack. Hit the break for a couple more pics.
You might have heard that Google was rolling out a new Android Market, complete with book and movie rentals. You also might have heard it would coming in the next few weeks. Well thanks to an anonymous source (possibly with a time machine) you can grab it today.
Hit the download link, and install it from your SD card like any other app. Fair warning -- we don't know if there will be any complications from doing this, but we haven't seen any so far. Use your best judgement. Discuss it in the forums!
Here, ladies and gentlemen, is our first look at the U.S. version of the HTC ChaCha, known here in the states as the HTC Status on AT&T. Same as it ever was in Europe (only with proper 3G), a four-row QWERTY keyboard, and that dedicated Facebook button.
First impressions? Forgive us, but we're getting a bit nostalgic here. If you're looking to bang out e-mails on an Android phone, this one's going to deserve a look. The keys are to die for. You'll have to get used to the smaller screen, natch, but if gaming's not your thing, you're going to be flying on the Status.
The Facebook button's pretty intuitive, too, blinking when there's content to share. But we'd prefer it to be closer to screen. That's where our eyes are looking most of the time, and it's a bit of a stretch down to the bottom of the device.
But for now, feast your eyes on more pics after the break.
Google has announced a huge Android Market update, bringing a slew of changes, including books and movie rentals to users in the US. The update (for Android 2.2 and higher) will bring the ability to purchase books via your Android Market account, as well as rent movies through the Videos app (hey, we've seen that somewhere before) starting at $1.99. Google says they plan to expand this outside the US in the future.
Also coming are changes like new top picks, a new visual style, and web features like Editor's Choice and Staff Picks. The Market will start rolling out in the next few weeks, and as soon as you receive the update you'll be able to access the videos app to rent movies and buy books through the market with no changes on your end. Hit the break for a video overview.
Our folks on the ground in New York at AT&T's event this evening have just got their hands on the AT&T version of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play (check out our review). We've got no release date or pricing information, but we do know that PlayStation games are fun as hell to play on it. More as we find out.
We spent some quality time this afternoon with LG in New York City for our first official look at the retail version of the Thrill 4G. And things appear to mostly be as we left them in March. You've got a 4.3-inch display, dual-core TI OMAP 4430 processor running at 1GHz, Android 2.2 (LG tells us it'll get Gingerbread later this year), and a couple of 5MP cameras.
And those cameras, of course, are the starts of the show, working in concert to create 3D pictures and video. And you can view all of that 3D content -- without goofy 3D glasses -- right there on the Thrill 4G.
Unfortunately, watching 3D content as seen from our video camera doesn't really show off the technology. But you do get a good idea of just how powerful this phone is -- pay attention to the graphics.
With Bell, Virgin Mobile and SaskTel having all already confirmed the Samsung Galaxy S II as coming to Canada we were left wondering when the devices would arrive on their respective carriers. What was once rumored to be a July 14 release date for Bell has now confirmed to of have been moved to July 21. Reason being Bell wants to ensure adequate supply will be available as they anticipate a high demand when it hits store shelves -- we won't ague that.
It has been a while since we spoke of the White Nexus S and we were wondering where, exactly it would turn up next for quite a while. As it turns out, the great white Nexus S has now landed in the Great White North on Telus. Want one? $500 no contract and it is all yours, unless you're down for signing a new three-year in which case -- you can pick it up for only $49.99.
Not exactly the news a lot of you were hoping for. But when July 11 came and went and the unofficially official GRJ90 update (bugfixes, mostly) to the Sprint Nexus S 4G didn't happen, a lot of people were left wondering. Looks like it's definitely missed its scheduled update release, if the above screen shot is any indication.
Then there's the Samsung Transform (see our review), which has had its EF09 update show for a few people over the last week or so. But that update's been pulled, as the "update was failing." And nobody like that to happen.
Seems like you can't turn around these days without bumping into some rumor about a new Nexus phone. Crazy rumors sometimes turn out to be true, but more often than not they are just idle wishing that got out of hand (or successful troll being successful). I'm convinced the latest two are the same -- just a bunch of nonsense. Here's why.
Let's start with the rumored Google+ Nexus. Supposedly, a super secret Google ninja has a friend who is the caretaker of an unofficial Google+ Facebook fan page. Of course Google ninjas and unofficial Google+ pages belong on Facebook -- how else will they get a golden egg or the mystery black pig? But I digress. Anyway, this fellow has inside information that the next Nexus will be made by HTC, be called the Nexus 3, and have a dedicated Google+ button. Yeah. Who needs gimmicks like NFC or Wifi Direct when you can have a Google+ button, right? Where to start here -- if you simply look at the Facebook profile for Google+, it tells you it's not the official page (right after they claim their address and homepage are Google's), but it's clearly designed to make you think it is. If that's not enough fail to fill you up, come up with a good reason why Google would want a Google+ button on the next de facto developer phone? Or why anyone would for that matter. My verdict -- it's just someone who want's a gazillion likes on Facebook.
Then there's this Samsung Romania Twitter feed supposedly outing the Samsung Nexus 3 with an AMOLED Super HD screen. If you missed it, it claimed that "Yes, next Nexus will be Samsung AMOLED Super HD" and and will be running Android 4.0. It even gave a link for proof . The link leads to some silly page with a BGR photoshopped pic (who never claimed the pic was real) rehashing all this Nexus Prime nonsense. I hate to break it to you, but I'm pretty sure 720p Super AMOLED plus ain't happening anytime soon on a 4-inch screen. Or a 5-inch screen. Probably not even on an 10-inch screen. Believe me, I want this as much as anyone does, but I don't believe a bit of it.
Is somebody working on the next Nexus phone? Sure they are, it could very well be HTC or Samsung, too. Will it have better specs than the last Nexus phone? Of course it will. Will it have a 720p Super AMOLED plus screen and/or a Google+ button? I don't think so. (But we're hearing our own rumblings that the 720p part will hold up.) Hit the links, and let us know what you think.
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