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3 years ago

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play review (European version)

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An official "PlayStation phone" had been rumored since before the release of the original Sony PSP way back in 2005, and it’d been the subject of many a leak leading up to its announcement. However, it wasn’t until this February that we got our first official glimpse of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play. With mobile gaming on the rise, and already a major draw for iOS, the PlayStation-certified Xperia Play was seen as an integral part of efforts to promote Android as a viable platform for games developers.

But can the Xperia Play live up to this promise, not to mention all the years of anticipation and hype that preceded it? And more importantly, is it a good smartphone in its own right? Join us after the jump to find out, in our review of the European Xperia Play. And you might also want to check out Andrew’s full review of the Verizon model if you’re considering picking up that version.

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3 years ago

Samsung Admire for MetroPCS spotted

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The mid-range sector for Android devices may not appeal to the hardcore Android fans out there but it does make up a good amount of those 550,000 activations daily and no one should expect these devices to stop being made. If you're on MetroPCS you'll soon be seeing the mid-range Samsung Admire show up there sometime in August or September. So how mid-range will it be exactly?

  • 3.5-inch HVGA screen
  • Android 2.3.3
  • 800MHz CPU
  • TouchWiz UI
  • 3.2MP camera
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS

Not great but certainly not terrible either. When this one hits MetroPCS the suggested pricing should be around $150 after mail-in-rebate but MetroPCS could always discount that even further.

Source: SammyHub

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3 years ago

Vodafone brings Gingerbread to the Desire Z

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Vodafone has announced it is beginning to roll out Android 2.3.3 for the HTC Desire Z. Much like any other OTA update your device will notify you when the update is available, simply accept the update, it will download and then install, and boom you will have Gingerbread. It is recommended that you download via wifi if at all possible due to the size of the file. Already installed the update? How did it go for you, be sure to let us know!

Source: Vodafone: Thanks, Anthony!

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3 years ago

LG announces the Optimus Pro, Optimus Net

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LG today unveiled a pair of mid-range Android smartphone for Europe -- the Optimus Pro and Optimus Net.

The Optimus Pro is a front-QWERTY keyboard messenger, with a 2.8-inch display at 240x320, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, 512MB/256MB ROM/RAM, 150MB of user storage, 800MHz processor, a 3MP camera, Wifi, aGPS, FM radio and a 1500 mAh battery. The Optimus Pro will come in white, titan and black.

The Optimus Net specs and design will vary by market, but the gist is a 3.2-inch touchscreen at 320x480, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, 512MB ROM/RAM with 150MB of user storage, an 800MHz processor, a 3MP camera, 1500 mAh battery and FM radio. Some versions will have NFC, and the North American version will have a QWERTY keyboard. In Brazil, China, Asia and the CIS, the Optimus Net will have dual SIM cards. It'll be available in white and black.

Both phones will hit Europe first in 30 markets. Full presser's after the break.

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3 years ago

EVO 3D tip: Adjust your 3D pictures and help your eyes [from the forums]

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If you're not into the 3D features on your shiny new HTC EVO 3D, and it's because those darn pictures just hurt your eyes or give you a headache, this tip is for you.  Android Central member Jerzyiroc has a great little tutorial in the EVO 3D forums showing you how to make adjustments to the 3D effect for stills using the tools built right in to the EVO 3D gallery.  A lot of folks are saying that the 3D videos they shoot look great, but the pictures aren't aligned very well and cause some strain on the eyes.  Looks like HTC has given us the tools to fix this, and now we can learn how to use them.  Be sure to have a look, and thank him in the forums!

Source: Android Central forums. Thanks, Jerzyiroc!

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3 years ago

No, the Epic 4G isn't yet shipping with Gingerbread, Sprint says

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Hate to burst anyone's bubble (and we don't care what you've heard, we really do hate to do it), but the Sprint Epic 4G isn't yet shipping with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. We asked Sprint, and sure enough it's just a typo. Not the first time we've seen this happen, and it won't be the last, either. That's why we check. folks.

Don't worry. Gingerbread's coming to the Epic 4G. We wouldn't say it if it weren't true. And because we're saying it, it must now happen. Otherwise the sun and the stars would collapse in on themselves, and nobody wants that to happen. Right, Sprint?

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3 years ago

Larry Page on the Android 'patent situation'

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Google was asked about the "patent situation" during Thursday's second-quarter earnings call. The "situation," of course, is that Google recently lost a bid for a major bunch of patents -- and lost to a consortium including many of its main competitors in the mobile space. Meanwhile, developers are having to fight (or pay off) patent trolls, and we're seeing more licensing deals being made between Android OEMs and Google competitors.

Here's what Page had to say:

"Android's really on a tear. I mentioned there are over 550,000 new Android activations. There's over 400 such devices. Thirty-nine OEMs. Two-hundred-and-thirty-one carriers in 123 countries, and over 78 Open Handset Allience partners, and that velocity's only increasing.

"Now, of course, despite the efforts of some of our competitors, there hasn't been any slowdown in any of those things. And, you know, partners and developers are continuing to expand the Android ecosystem.

"And I should say, of course, we're really committed to Android and continue to support that platform and ecosystem, and do it in a cost-effective manner."

See also: Editorial: How long can Google and Android afford to remain silent on patents?

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3 years ago

Hands-on with wireless charging for the HTC ThunderBolt with the Energizer Inductive Charging Pad

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If you've got an HTC ThunderBolt on Verizon, chances are you spend a lot of time charging the thing. I will never again be plugging in my ThunderBolt, however. Picked up Verizon's wireless charging battery cover for it recently and paired it up with an inductive charging pad -- it uses that newfangled Qi charging system -- and couldn't be happier.

Here's how it works: You pop the wireless charging cover onto the ThunderBolt. It looks nearly identical to the stock cover -- same soft-touch coating and HTC logo, though it is just a tad bigger. Not nearly as big as the ThunderBolt's extended battery, but you will notice a very slight bulge.

Then there's the Energizer Inductive Charging Pad. It's just as simple. Plug the AC adapter into the wall, then put the phone on top of it. It's that easy. But probably the best thing about it are the Qi logos, which help you properly position the phones for charging. You really don't have to think about it at all. And as an added bonus, there's a USB port on the back of the pad, so you can plug in a third device without taking up an extra wall plug. Nice.

We're using the ThunderBolt here, but Verizon has wireless charging backs for the Droid 3, Revolution and Droid Charge as well, and there are third-party backs for some other devices, too.

We've got video and a couple more pictures after the break.

More: Verizon; Energizer

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3 years ago

Google+ app updated in Android Market, brings UI changes, new features, and bug fixes

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The Google+ app has just received a pretty major update that brings bug fixes, some UI changes, and new features to Googles new social media venture.  From the changelog in the Android Market:

  • Customize the main stream view to show streams from individual circles
  • Fixed some issues encountered by users with the Swype keyboard
  • Set permissions for who can start a huddle with you (Anyone, Your Circles, Extended Circles)
  • If someone you've never huddled with before invites you to a group huddle, you can now dismiss the invitation
  • New UI allows adding multiple people or entire circles to a huddle
  • Set photo as wallpaper
  • Performance improvements and bug fixes throughout the app

This addresses the biggest gripes I've been hearing about the mobile app -- a way to add entire circles to a huddle, and a way to customize which circles are visible in your main stream.  I'm sure the Google+ team is still hard at work and things will only get better.  If you don't have your Google+ invitation yet, be sure to hit the forums and sing out -- invites seem to be wide open.  Download links for the Market are after the break.

If you don't have an Android phone, you don't have a Google+ app. 

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3 years ago

Motorola XT860 4G gets official on Bell

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Having been rumored for a while, Bell today has finally made the news official. They will indeed be bringing the Motorola XT860 4G to Canada. Most will know the device from its more commonly used name -- the Motorola Droid 3 but since Verizon has a lock on the Droid name, it can't be used. No pricing details have been revealed and the only time frame given is "this summer" however -- previous rumors suggest an August launch date for the device.

Source: CNW

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