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3 years ago

Xperia Neo now available for pre-order in Europe for €345

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Amazon Germany continues its habit of being first with pre-order prices for upcoming European phones, with a listing for Sony Ericsson's Xperia Neo. The Neo comes in three colors -- the cheapest model is red and sells for €345.81 (~$480), while the silver and blue versions are slightly more expensive and cost €379 and €376.99 respectively. These prices make the Xperia Neo around €100 cheaper than its similarly-spec'd but better-looking sibling, the Xperia Arc.

Pre-order prices are always subject to change, but with the Neo's release date so close, we expect Amazon's prices to be pretty close to the mark. Sony Ericsson will launch the Xperia Neo in Europe later this month, along with the sleeker, lighter Xperia Arc and the PlayStation-certified Xperia Play. Check out our hands-on coverage from MWC to learn more. [Amazon.de via Google Translate]

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3 years ago

CyanogenMod discontinuing support for T-Mobile G1, HTC Magic

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Popular AOSP-based custom ROM CyanogenMod will discontinue support for the T-Mobile G1 and its keyboardless sibling, the HTC Magic (aka myTouch 3G) after the current version 6.1. This means that there will be no official version of the Gingerbread-based CyanogenMod 7 for these devices. However, this doesn't rule out the possibility of an unofficial CM7 community port for variants the G1, which launched way in October 2008 as the first Android smartphone.

It's likely that the anemic 192MB of RAM present in the G1 and most Magic-based phones, combined with dwindling user numbers, was behind the decision to cut support after CyanogenMod 6.1.

Being stuck on CM 6.1 isn't such a terrible fate, though, especially considering that the G1 never saw any official updates beyond Android 1.6 from manufacturer HTC. CyanogenMod 6.1 is still an excellent ROM, and should serve G1 and myTouch 3G users well in their handsets' twilight years. [CyanogenMod via reddit]

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab WiFi-only version could be coming on April 4 for $399

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It is no secret that Samsung has been working on a WiFi-only Galaxy Tab, but now emerges a flier that indicates it might be coming April 4 for a cool $399. The problem for Samsung is that its 7-inch tablet has been left behind by recent devices like the Xoom in both hardware (Tegra 2 processors) and software (Honeycomb). And given that Samsung has given no indication of putting Honeycomb on the current crop of Galaxy Tabs, it may be that users will be stuck on Froyo unless choosing to install custom ROMs. If it runs on the Nook Color, it has to run on the Galaxy Tab, right?

Sound off on if you are interested in buying it over on the Galaxy Tab boards of the Android Central Forums. [Droid-Life]

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3 years ago

Official Formula 1 app coming to Android

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It's (unfortunately) pretty normal for Android to still play second fiddle when it comes to app development. We see iOS get 'em first, then Android. Not so in the case of Formula 1, which broke the news on its website.

The popular racing league is prepping an Android application with push notifications for the start of the upcoming season. It's being developed in conjunction with Vodafone and will feature "live timing data direct to your phone from every session of the Grand Prix weekend." You'll need to be registered with Formula1.com to take advantage of all the features.

There also will be track and weather info, track status indicator, text commentary, and results for every race of the season, a calendar and standings. Basically, everything an F1 fan could want.

No precise date was given for release, but we'd look for it soon, with the Quantas Australian Grand Prix scheduled for March 25-27 in Melbourne. F1 says iOS and other platforms will follow. [Formula 1 via @racelike]

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3 years ago

Hulu Plus coming to some Froyo phones 'soon'

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After its announcement back at CES, we have heard next to nothing about Hulu Plus coming to Android. Well, Hulu has now gone and thrown up an image of a Nexus S along with a "coming soon" for "Android OS 2.2 phones" on their list of Hulu Plus compatible devices. As the Nexus S is an Android 2.3 "Gingerbread" phone, we can presume that Froyo is the minimum OS requirement. Tablets are not specifically mentioned so it may well be that only phones will be supported at launch. Either way, hopefully this means that the app really is "coming soon" and we will have our questions answered (as well as satisfying our need to watch Fringe on the go) shortly. [Hulu] Thanks to everyone that sent this in!

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3 years ago

Leaked docs show WiFi-only Xoom at $599, coming March 27

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It looks like the Motorola Xoom is joining the HTC Thunderbolt in the "leaked docs from big box stores" department, as Droid Life got some goods from a Staples insider showing the long awaited WiFi-only model coming March 27, at a price point of $599.98.  That works out to the same price point as the 32 GB WiFi model of the iPad 2, and should quiet the folks crying for a carrier free, WiFi-only model (like yours truly). 

While we've learned that leaked sales ads and internal inventory screens don't guarantee anything, they are a good indicator that we're close.  This should certainly help boost sales, and more importantly, developers who were waiting for the WiFi-only model can get to cracking.  The inventory screen is after the break.  [Droid-Life via Android Central forums] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for March 12, 2011

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Searching for Android applications that will enhance your daily life can be a bit of a difficult task, because sometimes if you don't know it exists, you won't know to search for it. Part of our goal here is to bring our favorite readers some of our favorite applications each week, so let's take a look at some of our favorites from this past week.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10-inch gets a thorough hands-on in France

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When we first got a look at the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10-inch at Mobile World Congress, it was your usual trade show free-for all. But the upcoming Honeycomb device (when's this thing gonna drop, anyway?) has shed its Samsung shackles and apparently paraded around the streets of Paris for the AndroidHD blog, which churned out 11 minutes of quality video in return. Nothing too new here, but you get another good look at the hardware, a good look at the software and some sample pics taken from the 8MP rear camera. [AndroidHD]

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