After delays resulting from the recent earthquakes and tsunami in Japan, Sony Ericsson's Xperia Neo is finally starting to see widespread availability, as the handset launches in the UK today. We've been playing around with the Neo for just under a week now -- in terms of internal hardware and software it's pretty much identical to its bigger brother, the 4.2-inch Xperia Arc. There's a larger battery, as well as a front-facing camera, but besides that it's the same phone packed into a smaller (if slightly bulkier) 3.7-inch chassis. However, the Neo is a little more affordable than the Arc, with prices on launch day ranging from £342 at Clove to £390 at Amazon UK.
We'll have a full review of the Xperia Neo written up in the next week or so. In the meantime, let us know in the comments if you're thinking of picking one of these up.
OK, Europe. It's time to stop glaring at us and our every-so-sexy HTC EVO 3D, as you're about to get one of your very own. (Check out our initial review if you haven't already.) Same 4.3-inch screen. Same dual 5MP cameras. Same Sense 3.0. Same dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, and so on and so forth. Really, the only difference here is the inclusion of GSM radios -- for you tech heads, it's 850/900/1800/1900MHz for EDGE, 900/2100MHz for 3G), and a few cosmetic changes.
Also interesting is that it's also importing the EVO name -- not the first time we've seen this happen now, but so much for it being a Sprint thing, eh?
Pricing wasn't announced, but it'll be available in July. Full presser's after the break.
CyanogenMod 7.1 RC1 is now available for download from the mirror network. The changelog looks pretty impressive, addressing most of the user issues and adding features and options -- which everyone loves (we've got it posted after the break). The highlights are Android 2.3.4, Bluetooth mouse support, and improvements to the notification swipe to clear and Profile application.
It looks like a late night for all of us flash-a-holics. Grab it through ROM Manager, or from the source link below. Don't forget your Gapps!
Want a badass theme for a badass phone? Then you'll want to have a look at the Gears of War theme for the Samsung Epic 4G. It's based on the EC05 Froyo build, and turns your Epic into something the Delta Squad would approve. It's all done up -- icons, notifications, dialer, and you even have your choice to drop in a nifty GoW boot animation.
And as with any modification, the most important part is the support. Android Central adviser Paul627g will have that covered, because that's how he rolls -- helping users and spreading the Epic 4G love from coast to coast. If you've rooted and Rom'd your Epic 4G, you'll want to take a look at this one.
Wow. Even if you've used a dual-core smartphone before, it's difficult not to be blown away by the sheer speed of the Samsung Galaxy S II. Whatever we threw at it during our couple of weeks of testing, it just kept on going, stubbornly refusing to show even the slightest sign of slowdown. The combination of Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread and Samsung's dual-core Exynos processor makes the Galaxy S II one of the fastest Android phones we've tested. And the thin and light chassis means you don't have to sacrifice portability to get this level of performance. Couple that with a large SuperAMOLED+ display, and you've got yourself a seriously advanced smartphone.
We tested the Vodafone UK-branded version of the Galaxy S II, which the network is offering for free on contracts of £30 or more per month. Join us after the break to find out what impressed us so much about Samsung's latest and greatest, and also where there's some room for improvement in this flagship product.
Hi everyone, I'm Ashley Esqueda; you might know me from Twitter (@androidashley) or my show Techfoolery. In a stroke of awesome luck, Phil and the guys here at Android Central asked me to cover the Radio Shack launch party for the HTC EVO 3D in Hollywood, Calif. I'm a huge EVO fan, so I packed up my video equipment, put on a hip outfit, and headed to the green carpet!
It was a star-studded event, with celebs like "Chuck" actor Zachary Levi and socialite Paris Hilton making appearances, so it made for a fun night of merriment and technology. Black Beauty (the sweet ride featured in the Green Hornet) made an appearance to promote the 3D version of the movie and its availability on the EVO 3D, and club favorite LMFAO performed for attendees.
Overall, it was a pretty sweet event. Check it out!
If you're using a Samsung Vibrant, LG Optimus T, Motorola Defy, Motorola Cliq XT, or a T-Mobile Comet, you can finally grab the version 6.2 update of Telenav from the Android Market. We had a look at the new Telenav when it first rolled out a while back, and some of the new features are really nice. One of the best features is the multiroute suggestions, which can give you up to three ways to get from point A to point B. Other improvements include a new quick search bar and improved voice recognition.
While officially the Telenav update is only supposed to be available for the above listed devices, I'm seeing it in the Market for my Nexus One and Nexus S as well -- so if you're using a T-Mobile phone that's not on the list, give it a look anyway. It's a great app that many users (myself included) swear by, and a nice perk from your carrier. The download link is after the break.
We spend a lot of our time on the web around these parts, and when using phone sized devices it makes sense to use the mobile versions of sites that have been optimized. Google just improved things for folks who use their Google Sites service, allowing owners to set things up so that the site is automatically adjusted for mobile viewers using iOS 3 and above or Android 2.2 and above.
If you have a site of your own, all you'll need to do is open the General settings, and under More actions > Manage site, click on Automatically adjust site for mobile phones. After you're done, preview the page right from your computer in the mobile site view using More actions > Preview as viewer (Mobile). Users only need to sit back and enjoy. According to Google, The most noticeable automatic adjustments are:
Aligning the header layout and top bar
Fitting the width of the site to match the device’s width
Smart handling of sidebars, horizontal navigation, and dropdown links
In addition, site owners have a bit more control over links that appear in their page footer to save some vertical space, and your Sites dashboard has been revamped with a much improved mobile view. Nice work Google!
Follow that? HTC's just put out another update (following the initial one that fixed a calendar bug but borked the lockscreen, and a second to fix the HTC Watch app) for the Sprint EVO 3D. This one fixes the Sense 3.0 lockscreen, which lost its phone dialer shortcut (and couldn't get it back) following that initial calendar bugfix. It's a quick and easy update -- just download and restart and you're good to go.
Pardon the pun, but bravo for Motorola and AT&T -- they have released an app on the Android Market that will enable sideloading on your Motorola Bravo. Sideloading, something many of us think is one of the strengths of the Android platform, allows you to install application on your Android device that do not come from the official Android Market. It's something that AT&T has blocked from their Android phones for quite a while, only considering the option once the Amazon Appstore gained popularity. There have always been ways around it, as it only really disabled sideloading directly from the device, but it was one of those small things that put a damper on the whole Android experience on AT&T. We certainly had a few words to say about it.
Just as important is the method used here. Rooted users know, enabling the "Unknown Sources" option is a pretty trivial thing to do, you just change an entry in a system database. Motorola simply released an app that has the permissions to do this automatically -- no root, no fuss. It doesn't get much more user-friendly than that, and my hat's off to you Motorola.
Enough of my gushing -- the download link is after the break, grab it, install it, and go shop around for some apps.
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