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3 years ago

Sony 'S2' clamshell tablet reportedly in development

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 Sony "S2"

As well as the 9.4-inch "S1" tablet that Sony is rumored to be working on, the electronics giant is also developing a 5.5-inch clamshell device dubbed the "S2", according to reports from Engadget.

The dual-screen S2 would deliver the same Qriocity-focused experience as the S1, powered by a Tegra 2 chipset and a customized version of Android 3.0 Honeycomb. The blog's sources describe a similar dual-screen setup to that of the Kyocera Echo, with the Gmail app apparently showing a list of messages on one screen and the body of the selected message on the other. While this all sounds pretty innovative, Engadget's sources are sceptical about how successful the device will be, with one of them reportedly calling it a "dog".

Apparently Sony's plan is to launch the S2 before the end of the year for around $699, a considerable bump from $599 price point supposedly being considered for the S1. [Engadget]

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3 years ago

Running a Honeycomb SDK port is fun, but not all that useful just yet

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Honeycomb port on the Nexus One

Anytime a new Android SDK comes out, you'll quickly see an onslaught of ports popping up on various phones. These aren't even unofficial builds, but ports from the Android system images build into the SDK.

But that doesn't mean they're not fun to play with.

We've gotten to use a number of Honeycomb tablets on a number of occasions. And scaling things down to smartphone size is, well, tough. Obviously it's not what was intended. But it's also fairly functional, though we're not anywhere near having a Honeycomb smartphone as our daily driver just yet.

Anyhoo, check it out after the break. And dive into the Android Central Forums if you're looking to try a port on your phone.

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3 years ago

Xperia Play UK on-contract prices revealed

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Several on-contract prices for the upcoming Sony Ericsson Xperia Play have been posted by British phone retailer Mobiles.co.uk. The site is currently listing Xperia Play contracts on Orange and Vodafone, with prices ranging from free to £350 (~$560) depending on the type and length of contract. As a general rule of thumb, it looks like  any contract of £30 or more per month will be enough to get you the phone for free.

Mobiles.co.uk also lists the same Mar. 28 release date that appeared on Amazon last week, so it's looking increasingly likely that this could be the magic date. We got the chance to play with the Xperia Play last week at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Hit up our hands-on preview to find out what we thought. [Mobiles.co.uk]

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3 years ago

Graphicly releases digital comics application for Android

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With Android device screens getting larger and brighter, reading on them becomes easier and easier. While plenty of eReader applications exist those are mainly focused on books and books alone. Graphicly is a new to the market application that allows for collecting and reading comic books from more than 150 publishers. They can also lay claim to being the first to offer Marvel comics on the Android platform as well as many up and coming indie publishers. If you're looking to take your comic book collection into the digital age you can hit the break for the download and full press release.

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3 years ago

Vertex Cereba is a Froyo-powered aquarium controller

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Vertex Cereba

I'm still waiting for my Android powered toaster, but in the meantime I'll have to make do with the Vertex Cereba -- an aquarium controller that runs Froyo on its 3.5-inch touchscreen.  I'm sure some (OK, maybe all) of you are asking "what in the heck is an aquarium controller?"  It's a computer that takes readings (usually through probes inserted into the filter area) for things like dissolved oxygen or pH, then sends signals to equipment that can change those values until they are within parameters.  It's totally aqua-geeky, and I've always wanted a good one.

The Cereba is basically a miniature Android tablet, with an 800 MHz Freescale CPU, 512 MB of RAM, and an aluminum body.  It also has full openGL ES 2.0 hardware acceleration, 'cause you know fish like to play Need For Speed.  Even if it didn't help keep a fish tank healthy and looking clean, it's probably a really cool toy to have around the office.  The full press release from Vertex Aquaristik is after the break.  [Reef Builders]

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3 years ago

Motorola Xoom pricing's official: $599 with a two-year contract, $799 without

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Motorola Xoom

The speculation over the price of the Motorola Xoom Android Honeycomb tablet is ... over. The 10.1-inch tablet will cost $599.99 with a two year contract, or $799.99 off contract. Data plans start at $20 a month for 1GB -- which should last you about 25 minutes once this thing is upgraded to LTE in the second quarter. The Wifi-only version we're all waiting for is still a no show.

Regardless, you can pick up a Xoom on Thursday at Verizon stores, online or anywhere else you can pick one up. Full presser's after the break.

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3 years ago

Motorola Atrix 4G available for purchase on AT&T today

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 Motorola Atrix

The Motorola Atrix 4G is now available for purchase directly from AT&T for $199 on new or upgrade two-year contact. If you still haven't made up your mind on Ma Bell's dual-core beast, head on over to the Android Central Forums. There are discussions running right now concerning the screen, "4G" reception, and more. Once you make up your mind, AT&T's ordering page is awaiting your credit card info

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3 years ago

HTC releases new source code for Aria, Desire Z, Desire HD and myTouch 4G

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HTC Source code

If you're the kind of person who wakes up and eats source code for breakfast, you're about to get a mouthful today. HTC has released code for the myTouch 4G, Desire HD, Aria and Desire Z. As is the case with this sort of thing, some proprietary code won't be included, and this is all Greek for a good 80 percent of us or so. But for you coders, get your download on and see what you can do. [HTC Developer Center]

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3 years ago

Root EB13 Froyo on the Sprint Epic 4G [How To]

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root eb13 on the Sprint Epic 4G

So you weren't patient enough to wait for a rooted version of EB13 Froyo for your Sprint Epic 4G and flashed the official version from Sprint.  I can't blame you; I would have done the same darn thing, and so did Android Central Epic 4G forums moderator ragnarokx.  Luckily, he took the time to verify the root method and write it up for everyone to use. 

So if you just couldn't wait, and are already tired of looking at the Nascar app, or want to fire up Titanium Backup to restore some apps, head into the forums and follow the instructions.  Be sure to tip you hat and tell ragnarokx thanks for getting this one sorted so quickly.  [Android Central forums]

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3 years ago

Three UK confirms HTC Desire Gingerbread update

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 HTC Desire

A post on the official Twitter account of British carrier Three indicates that the original HTC Desire will receive an official update to Gingerbread, confirming rumors from MWC earlier this week. Responding to a tweet asking whether Three would carry Gingerbread for the Desire, the carrier said - 

"Yes we will but we don't have timescales yet :-)"

Reports appeared on CNET UK's Crave blog earlier this week suggesting a Gingerbread update for the Desire would appear within a month or two of the Desire S's launch, however this is the first semi-official confirmation that an update is indeed in the works.

Today's revelations will come as welcome news to owners of the original Desire, which launched last April with Android 2.1 and was one of the first phones to see an official Froyo update. [ianmcmillan on Twitter, ThreeUK on Twitter, CNET Crave UK]

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3 years ago

Atrix 4G, XOOM, Thunderbolt - Let's go! [from the forums]

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Android Forums at Android Central

Today, those of you who pre-ordered a Motorola Atrix 4G may see it arrive. For the rest of you, you should be able to head on in to your local store and pick one up tomorrow. Next on the list is the Motorola XOOM that went up for pre-order in stores. Come February 24th, who's getting one? Join us in the forums for more talk, just make sure you don't ask the release date for the HTC Thunderbolt. You might cause some mass chaos.

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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3 years ago

How to manually update your Epic 4G to Android 2.2.1 Froyo

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Samsung Epic 4G Froyo

If you don't want to wait for the Sprint Epic 4G's Android 2.2.1 Froyo update to push out over the air, you can now manually update your phone. Here are the steps to manually update your Epic 4G to Froyo:

  1. Download the update from Samsung. Hint: Just download the Mac version, even if you have a PC. The file you download will be the update.zip.
  2. Move the update.zip file to your SD card (instructions).
  3. Turn off your phone.
  4. Hold the Volume Down and Camera buttons, then press the power button.
  5. The update should automatically launch itself. Sit back and relax.
  6. Reboot the phone.

Couldn't be much easier than that, and it beats the hell out of waiting any longer. No ODIN, no wiping, just pure Froyo goodness. (If you PC folks want, you can download and install the desktop version of the updater, which works just fine, too.) If you still need more help, check out this thread in the Android Central Forums. Thanks, jamex!

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3 years ago

Adobe: Motorola Xoom will get Flash 10.2 over the air 'within a few weeks'

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Motorola Xoom

While we certainly agree that the Motorola Xoom launching without Adobe Flash is a bit of a gaffe (especially on top the Honeycomb tablet not launching with 4G capability or a working microSD card), kudos to Adobe for clearing things up a tad. The Xoom will get an over-the-air (OTA) update that will bring Flash 10.2 to the 10.1-inch tablet. From Matt Rozen on the Adobe Flash blog:

Adobe will offer Flash Player 10.2 preinstalled on some tablets and as an OTA download on others within a few weeks of Android 3 (Honeycomb) devices becoming available, the first of which is expected to be the Motorola Xoom.

Good to see that it should be updated in short order. But let's hope this isn't the first in a trend of what otherwise should be an exciting time for Android tablet fans. [Adobe]

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3 years ago

How to enable high speed uploads (HSUPA) on your Inspire 4G [root]

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HTC Inspire 4G

We're all a little bummed that AT&T has blocked the Inspire 4G from having full HSPA capabilities by keeping the radio non-HSUPA capable.  To be honest, we expected this based on their track record with HSPA Android devices, and tricks that work with the iPhone, like limiting bandwidth for YouTube uploads, won't last very long once dedicated Android hackers get into the mix.  They have the right to regulate bandwidth in the best interests of all customers, and just because you or I don't happen to agree with what they're doing doesn't change that.  We'll leave that for the government to sort out.

Now for the fun part.  It's easy to re-enable your high speed uploads on the Inspire -- turn it into a Desire HD.  They are the same phone, just branded a bit differently, so it's not a difficult feat. The hardest part (read -- what you're going to be the least familiar with) is rooting the darn thing.  The method is straightforward, but involves tools and processes that are pretty intimidating to the layman.  We're trying to find just the right person to help out and offer advice in our Inspire 4G forums, and if that's you, please don't be shy.  In the meantime, attn1 at XDA has a complete Inspire 4G hack kit available for those who feel up to the task.

Once rooted, it's as simple as installing one of the Desire HD custom ROMs and flashing a compatible kernel over it.  Both are widely available, and Android Revolution HD from mike1986 over at XDA-Developers, with the Telus Desire HD kernel is a great way to start.  Of course, we have a whole forum to talk shop about hacking the Inspire 4G, and you should jump in the discussion if you have questions, or answers!

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3 years ago

Sprint Samsung Epic 4G Froyo update is finally (finally!) rolling out tonight

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Sprint Epic 4G

The Sprint Samsung Epic 4G is finally gettin Froyo, folks. That's right. Android 2.2. On the Epic 4G.

We'll let that sink in for a minute.

So here's the deal: You're getting an update from Android 2.1 (Eclair) to Androird 2.2.1 (Froyo). Along with that, you'll be able to install applications to the phone's microSD card, you get better Bluetooth support and voice dialing, Adobe Flash Player 10.1, GPS improvements, new security features and data tethering over 3G and 4G.

The update -- EB13 for those of you who care about version numbers -- will start pushing out to phones in batches at 9 p.m. (Pacific time, apparently Eastern time we presume) tonight. If you don't get it at first, don't worry, it'll be rolling out in waves over the next four days. (And we'll have manual installation instructions soon enough.) Everyone should have the update by Feb. 25, Sprint says.

So that's it, congrats, thanks for waiting and being (cough) patient. Enjoy your update. [Sprint]

More on the Samsung Epic 4G Froyo update in the Android Central Forums

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