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2 years ago

Hands-on with the Sony Xperia S

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Sony has been hitting the Android game pretty hard this week, first the Sony Xperia Ion and now the Sony Xperia S, another incredible device. How can you really go wrong with a 1.5GHz dual-core device with a 720p 4.3-inch display? Oh, you want more? How about a 12MP camera, a rather stylish design, and a 720p front facing camera?

In the hand, the Sony Xperia S is quite delightful, neither too thick nor too thin. The device feels really light, the build quality appears to be strong, and it features a bit of a unique design. The bottom notification area is translucent, giving it a unique appearance. Inside the clear area you will see the standard three Android buttons, but you don't physically press the icons themselves -- there are small capacitive buttons above the clear area.

The software is just as smooth as you would imagine, and the 12MP camera is quite incredible. I'm not a huge cell phone camera fan, but this may have very well changed my mind. There was a bit of shutter lag and even with the flash enabled, it takes a heck of a picture. In any case, hit the break for some more images, and check out our updated post for some hands-on video footage.

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2 years ago

Lenovo K800 announced as worlds first Intel smartphone

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The Intel Keynote is well underway at CES, and they dropped details on the first smartphone to run on their architecture, the Lenovo K800. With what looks to be a heavily skinned version of Android, reminscent of Lenovo's Mondrian UI, it brings a new chip and architecture to Android.

Packing a 4.5-inch 720p display, the K800 has Intel wireless display technology (WiDi) inside. It's due to arrive in China first, on the China Unicom network. No details as of yet on availability outside of China, but we're pretty sure we'll see Intel-powered Android phones in the rest of the world soon enough.

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2 years ago

Bobsled by T-Mobile now offers free, unlimited messaging worldwide

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T-Mobile's Bobsled Calling service introduced earlier has been rather popular for them and now they've expanded upon that offer to take unlimited messaging worldwide with the introduction of the Bobsled cloud-based messaging application. Now you can send and receive individual and group messages with friends and family from any Android-powered smartphone or tablet:

  • Group Messaging. You can create groups from your contact list regardless of carrier or device. Group members can reply to the entire group at once.
  • Cloud Synchronization. You can access your Bobsled messages and contacts on any tablet or computer. All your messages stay in sync and in the cloud.
  • Rich and All-in-One Messaging Service. It combines the best of traditional (SMS) and Internet Protocol (IP) messaging into one rich, multimedia messaging app to connect with friends and groups.
  • Open to Everyone. It works for all of your friends and family on many devices, regardless of carrier, around the world.
  • Free. Bobsled-to-Bobsled messaging is always free, and no messaging plan is required to text a number if you have a data connection.

In addition to the Bobsled messaging announcement, T-Mobile also announced their enhanced Bobsled Calling service, enabling users to make free phone calls over their data connection from their mobile and Wi-Fi-enabled devices including Android-powered smartphones. The Bobsled Calling mobile application now allows users to easily make outgoing calls to numbers in the U.S., Canada or Puerto Rico for free from anywhere in the world.

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2 years ago

T-Mobile introduces the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G

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Not to be left out of all the fun at CES, T-Mobile has announced the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G -- a HSPA+ 42 device (that's T-Mobile's 42 M/sec HSPA network lingo for fast) from Samsung.  The Blaze 4G features a dual-core Snapdragon S3 at 1.5GHz and a Super AMOLED screen, and offers a "variety of pre-loaded entertainment."  We're there with T-Mobile, and we'll bring you more soon.  The full press release is after the break.

More: T-Mobile

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2 years ago

Intel CES Keynote Liveblog

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We're live at CES in Las Vegas for tonight's Intel keynote. On the Android side of things we'll be looking for more Medfield goodness, as well as more details of the chip giant's wider mobile strategy. We're covering things live from the event, so join us after the break for full coverage, starting at 4.30pm PST (7.30pm EST).

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the Motorola Defy Mini

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CES isn't only a venue for the biggest and baddest technology, but also for affordable and accessible products as well, as we learned today at Motorola's booth. Introducing the Motorola Defy Mini, a shrunken version of big M's popular Defy smartphone. It's not going to blow anybody away specs-wise: inside we've got a 600 MHz single-core processor, 512 MB RAM, a 3MP rear camera, and a VGA front-facer, all underneath a 3.2-inch Gorilla Glass-coated VGA display. Those modest specs are all powered by a 1650 mAh battery, which will pack plenty of juice for days and days worth of standby time.

The Defy Mini certainly won't be running Ice Cream Sandwich anytime soon, but for those looking for a pocketable, entry level Gingerbread smartphone, Motorola has your solution. This one will only be available in China, Latin America, and Europe beginning next month, though keep an eye out for something similar to hit the States sometime down the line. Hit the break for some hands-on shots and video.

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2 years ago

Intel show off their reference device, highly optimized version of Android

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We've already seen the Intel Medfield reference device with our hands on earlier today, but during the Intel Keynote they took it out on stage to show it off to the world. 

The device itself is pretty fully loaded. NFC, HDMI, and an 8-megapixel camera that can take 10 high resolution pictures a second. The design also supports upto a 16-megapixel camera. While running Gingerbread, it's clear that this is a highly optimized version of Gingerbread, that performs amazingly well on the device. 

The 1080p video playback was shown alongside an HTC device in a time lapse video, which illustrated how the Intel device outlasted the HTC one by hour in terms of battery life. The claim is that 1080p video playback is offered without sacrificing battery life. 

In browsing and Javascript, the device was shown against a competitor product and the results were impressive. The Intel Medfield offered a significantly better experience than the competitor phone and because of the optimizations, existing Android Market applications will work without needing a re-compile. 

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2 years ago

Intel and Motorola enter into 'multi-year agreement', Intel-powered Moto devices coming in 2012

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We're live at Intel's CES keynote, where Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha has just announced that Moto's entered into a "multi-year agreement" with Intel to bring x86-powered mobile devices to market. Jha adds that Motorola will have devices in carrier validation this summer, with product launches shortly thereafter.

That, of course, means we can expect more Intel-powered Motorola/Android smartphones and tablets towards the back end of 2012, as the chip inceases its mobile presence. Join us after the jump for the full press release from Motorola.

More: Intel CES Keynote Liveblog

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2 years ago

Google Maps updated, transit beta and battery optimizations aplenty

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The latest update for Google Maps is now showing up in the Android Market and according to the updated change log it's mostly optimizations of already existing features and battery optimizations -- not that we're complaining.  As noted:

  • Improved battery performance for Latitude and Location History users, and fresher locations for friends in Latitude
  • Transit Navigation (Beta) can use vehicle speed to estimate location if GPS signal is lost
  • Increase route options for public transit directions from 3 to 4.
  • Report feedback to Google from the settings menu

You'll find the download link past the break and be sure to let us know if you happen to notice any other changes, since Google has a tendency to sneak in some unnoted changes here and there.

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2 years ago

Kindle for Android updated to v3.3.2, fixes startup freezing issues on ICS

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If you're making use of Kindle for Android on an ICS equipped device then you may have noticed it has some slight issues with freezing when you launch it. If you never noticed it -- awesome but if you have, there is now an updated version available the addresses the issue. It's labeled as v3.3.2 and you'll find it readily available in the Android Market right now. Download link is past the break.

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