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3 years ago

Plex Media Center app now available in the Android Market

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Previously only available to iOS devices, the popular media server application Plex is now coming to Android as noted in a press release from Plex today.  As it is now, a lot of Plex remote control apps already exist in the Android Market but having a dedicated app built by the originators is almost always going to be better in most cases. However, this isn't one of those cases. While the Plex app will allow you to stream items from your Mac or PC to your device over WiFi, or 3G it does not allow for you to remotely control those said files. Plex is building it into the next release but it's not there as of yet.

One other component missing from this release is the optimization for Tablets but that will come in due time. One awesome thing about Plex is their plug-in support as well. As the Android app gains popularity, we'll begin to see plug-ins created for a number of services. For example as it is now, the Mac and PC versions can tap into Netflix, Hulu and even direct web content to offer it all to you on your mobile device. Keep in mind though, Plex does cost $4.99 in the Android Market, which might be a turn off for some. You can hit the break for the download or head on over to the source link for more details. [Plex]

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3 years ago

Gallo, Sterling, Opus One and Silver Oak Android tablets on Dell's leaked roadmap [Exclusive]

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Dell's tablet roadmap has been leaked by a very reliable tipster along with Dell Android Smartphones and Dell Windows Phones, and it appears that there are four new Android tablets in the works.  According to the roadmap, we should expect the Dell Gallo, a Honeycomb tablet, sometime around April of this year. That will be followed by the Dell Sterling, running Honeycomb in Q4.  We also have the Dell Opus One and Dell Silver Oak (best name ever!) for sometime in Q1 of 2012.  The roadmap makes mention that these 2012 tablets will be running Honeycomb as well, but we wouldn't be surprised if that ends up changing. True hardcore tablet lovers will note that the Gallo is set to receive a "Handwriting" update in Q4, while the Streak 7 may get an update in Q3.

Heck, it's out our bag, but Dell also has Windows 7 tablets planned under the codenames Rosemount and Peju.

We'll be very interested to see what Dell brings to the table with these four Android tablets, and as soon as we know more you can read it here.

Be sure to check out the Dell 2011 Android Smartphones and the Dell 2011 Windows Phone roadmap!

Thanks Anonymous!

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3 years ago

Dell Hancock and Millenium Android smartphones in leaked 2011 roadmap

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Our sister site WPCentral got hold of Dell's leaked roadmap for smartphones, and the Android news looks awesome. 

According to the leaked slides, in September we should be seeing the Dell Hancock, a dual-core and dual-camera beast running (wait for it) Ice Cream on a 4 inch qHD 960x640 display with an 8mp rear camera and 1.3mp front camera. That rear camera shoots 1080p video, by the by.

Not to be outdone, the Dell Millenium follows in Q4 with a 4.3 inch screen, qHD 960x540 resolution,  and DLNA support on top of dual-core Ice Cream goodness. Another 8mp shooter (with 1080p video) appears on the back of this with a VGA front camera.

We're sure that we will see more phones like these as time goes by, but it's a bit of a rush to see it this early in the game.  There's also a couple of WP7 handsets in the leaked roadmap which look really interesting, so be sure to hit WPCentral for more news about them.

Be sure to check out the Dell 2011 Tablets and the Dell 2011 Windows Phone leak!

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3 years ago

Next version of Android is Ice Cream (no sandwich) per Dell roadmap leak

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We've heard plenty of rumors about Ice Cream Sandwich being the next version of Android to hit phones. Even at this years Mobile World Congress Eric Schmidt himself was dropping "I" version hints when speaking of taking the best of Honeycomb and Gingerbread for the next Android operating system. Now, a new Dell road map has leaked out courtesy of the fine folks over at WPCentral that not only adds confirmation to the name not being Ice Cream Sandwich but rather Ice Cream. In addition to the name now being confirmed, we get a look at some devices as well. Hancock and Millennium are the internal code names for the phones heading to market while, Opus One, Silver Oak and Gallo are all seemingly Honeycomb tablets or as we've seen from Dell already by way of the Streak and Streak 7 -- MID's. [WPCentral]

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3 years ago

HongTouTou trojan identified, found in Chinese language websites [security]

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The folks over at Lookout have released information about another Android trojan application -- named HongTouTou.  As we saw with the Geinimi trojan, this one has only been spotted in re-packaged (yes, we mean cracked) apps on a few Chinese language websites.  Specifically mentioned was the popular game RoboDefense, which has been cracked and pirated all over the web.  The Market version, both free and paid, of RoboDefense is unaffected -- only apk files that have been tampered with are affected.

What this one does is send data containing your device ID to a remote host, which returns a string of search engine URL data.  Then it emulates background keyword searches, generating clicks on specific results.  It's clearly designed to use your phone to increase click-through counts and generate a bit of income for the people who wrote it.  The HongTouTou trojan also has the ability to download an .apk that monitors your SMS messages and inserts keywords into the conversation.  Researchers at Lookout say they have not seen the trojan attempt to install the apk, but they have been able to disassemble it.

Lookout also says that users of their Android security suite (free or premium) have received an OTA update that protects them from HongTouTou. 

Here's the breakdown -- just like on your computer, if you go looking to pirate apps you just might end up with more than you bargained for.  That's your call, but if and when this happens, you can only blame yourself.  As of today, there has not been a case of true malware found in an app downloaded from the Android Market, and we haven't heard of any from other reputable third party marketplaces.  If you want to be safe, download and install a security app, and stay away from pirated applications. [Lookout Blog]

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3 years ago

Sidekick 4G sign up page posted by T-Mobile

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T-Mobile has posted a sign up page for those of you who would like more info on the recently announced Sidekick 4G. T-Mobile's USA CEO Phillipp Humm confirmed that the Sidekick was alive and real at a press breakfast last month. The phone is is said to be running Android 2.2.1.  Anyone signing up? Let us know in the comments. [T-Mobile via TmoNews]

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3 years ago

Optimus S sees Gingerbread via CyanogenMod port

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Gingerbread has been ported over to the LG Optimus S.  Using the CyanogenMod 7 codebase, users have been able to get a pretty darn functional version of Gingerbread up and running, long before any manufacturer or carrier ever will.

Not to say it's bug free (are any phones ever bug free?), but the existing bugs are dropping like flies according to the changelog.  It's a testament to both the dedication of the folks working on this, as well as the unrestrictive hardware of LG's Optimus One line of phones.  Android Central forums member zefie, who is spearheading this project, has a forum thread all set up with news, details, and download links -- go check it out! [Android Central forums]

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3 years ago

Motorola Xoom priced at $799; WiFi only version around $600

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Put the price speculation to rest; this is just about as official as official gets. Sanjay Jha, chief executive of Motorola Mobility confirmed to Reuters that the Motorola Xoom would be priced at $799 directly from Verizon, and that a WiFi only version would be priced "around $600". This is in line with other unconfirmed reports that Xoom will be available for that controversial $800 price tag. A $200 drop in price for a WiFi only model is not uncommon for tablets thus far, so we can't say $600 surprises us, either.

So, we will continue to ask, is $799 for WiFi + 3G and $600 for WiFi only asking too much? Sound off in the Motorola Xoom forums. [Reuters

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3 years ago

Sony reportedly working on 9.4-inch 'S1' Honeycomb tablet

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Sony is building a 9.4-inch Android 3.0 tablet with a custom UI based around its Qriocity service, according to reports from Engadget. Citing two independent sources within Sony, Engadget says the tablet is currently known by its internal codename of 'S1', and is being developed by engineers from the VAIO, PlayStation, Sony Ericsson and Sony Reader groups.

The tablet's brand new UI is said to be built upon Android 3.0 Honeycomb and focused around Sony's Qriocity on-demand entertainment service. The S1 is also reported to feature Bravia media remote capability and PlayStation support.

The most interesting thing about the S1, though, is the design sketch pictured above. According to Engadget's sources, its bulged side is designed to make it comfortable to use in a variety of ways. When laid down flat, the bulge props the tablet up; when held in the hand, it gives the user something more comfortable to grip onto. The bulge is also said to house most of the tablet's components, including its battery and Tegra 2 processor. Other reported features include a USB port for connecting flash drives and the like, as well as an IR transmitter to control non-Bravia TV's.

Sony is apparently aiming to ship the S1 this September for around $599, and we're definitely looking forward to finding out more about this intriguing little box of tricks. Sony will need to come up with something special to compete with the slew of Honeycomb tablets that'll be launching over the next few months, and we'll be watching with interest to see whether they can pull it off with the S1. [Engadget]

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3 years ago

HTC Incredible S will be exclusive to Best Buy and Carphone Warehouse

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The Carphone Warehouse has announced that it's obtained exclusive rights to sell the new HTC Incredible S in the UK, while its North American partner Best Buy will ship the device in the US. The phone is set to launch in both countries sometime next month.

In Europe, the Incredible S will replace the Desire HD as HTC's flagship phone. In the US, it'll ship alongside the very similar Thunderbolt 4G and Inspire 4G. According to HTC, the Incredible S will run Android 2.2 out of the box, but will receive an update to version 2.4 shortly after launch.

Last year Best Buy and Carphone agreed a similar deal with Google for the Nexus S, which gave them exclusive rights to sell the device after its launch last December.

Yesterday we got the chance to play with the Incredible S at MWC in Barcelona. Check out our hands-on feature to find out what we thought. [Carphone Warehouse]

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