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3 years ago

LG and YouTube team up to bring a full 3D experience to mobile devices

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While we're still a little on the fence about all this 3D on mobile devices business that hasn't stopped LG or YouTube from working out some arrangements to bring us the best 3D can offer. The latest press release from LG and YouTube outlines what they have been working on for the LG Optimus 3D:

3D technology has traditionally been reserved for the major Hollywood movie studios,” said Francsico Varela, Head of YouTube Platform Partnerships“With the new LG Optimus 3D anyone anywhere in the world can shoot 3D videos, upload them to YouTube and share them with their friends. We’re excited to see the creative videos our community captures and shares with this new technology.

Whether or not you're interested in 3D on your mobile device, it is coming. LG and YouTube are looking to be the leaders in that area. For more info, you can hit the press release after the break. If you just want to know when the LG Optimus 3D will be release, we can tell you that you'll see it globally starting in Europe early in the second quarter of 2011.

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3 years ago

The mythical HTC Merge appears (or is still?) in Verizon's inventory system

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It's the eve of Mobile World Congress, and what do we have here? Why, yes, it's another HTC Merge story. The phone that JUST WONT'T DIE apparently is in Verizon's inventory system, according to this image we were tipped to. The question is whether it's new, or if it's been there all along as a placeholder. Either way, another interesting entry in the journal of the phone that never was meant to be.

Oh, and, yes, there's the HTC Thunderbolt, with a listed MSRP of $615. How's about that? And if you're still interested about the Merge, be sure to check out our exclusive hands-on preview, video review, benchmarks and more. It's what we do, ya know. Thanks, darkerDROID24!

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3 years ago

Mobile World Congress Podcast Special! Sony Ericsson and Samsung shenanigans

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Audio-only stream below

We're live in Barcelona, Spain. Mobile World Congress doesn't even start until Monday, and we're already seeing new phones. Enjoy!

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3 years ago

HTC Merge screen protectors appear at Verizon store

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If you thought the HTC Merge (see our hands-on) on Verizon was dead, you might want to think again.  An astute reader sent us in some pictures of HTC Merge screen protectors that just arrived at his Verizon store.  I don't think Verizon is in the practice of ordering accessories for phones that won't be coming to market, and our tipster doesn't hail from the twilight zone, so be on the lookout for news about the HTC Merge soon.  There's one more picture after the break.  Thanks anon, and Vive la Merge!

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3 years ago

LG counting down to something big

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Not willing to be outdone by all the Samsung and Sony Ericsson news of late, LG has their own presentation to give in Barcelona.  They have put up a countdown post on their Facebook page, telling folks to be ready for Feb 14 at 10:00 AM Barcelona time (GMT).  We'll be there, and you can bet we will get you clued in on what's going on just as soon as they tell us.

We can never be sure of everything we're going to see from a company as big as LG, but we're pretty sure the Optimus 3D is going to play a big part.  How do we know this?  Hit the break and see the Optimus 3D teaser video LG attached to their Facebook post.  [LG Mobile's Facebook page]

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy S II

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Behold, the Samsung Galaxy S II. The original Galaxy S ushered in a new era of power and screen technology in a form factor that was so light you had to heft it to believe it, and the sequel continues that trend.

The Galaxy S II steps things up with a 4.3-inch screen at 480x800 with the new Super AMOLED Plus technology, a dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, either 16GB or 32GB of storage (plus microSD up to 32GB), Wifi b/g/n, USB 2.0, a 1650mAh battery, aGPS, an 8MP rear camera and 2MP front camera (and 1080p recording), and the new Touchwiz 4.0 atop Android 2.3.

And it's all done in an impossibly light form factor. The Galaxy S II, while slightly larger than its predecessor at 125.3mm tall and 66.1mm wide, is thinner -- yes, thinner -- at 8.49mm. The iPhone 4, by comparison, is 9.3mm thick. And the Galaxy S II weighs just 116 grams.

Touchwiz has been bumped to Version 4.0. It's still full of bright colors -- which look even better on the Super AMOLED Plus screen -- and it highlights four major hubs -- Readers, Game, Music, Social.

The camera app has been reworked for the better, and the widgets now look and feel a little more processional.

We're going to be spending a good amount of time with this beast this week at Mobile World Congress. Check out our initial hands-on after the break.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S II to come with AT&T, Canadian HSPA+

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For those of you too impatient to wait for an official release of the Samsung Galaxy S II in Canada or the United States, get excited. Why? Well, the stock international Galaxy S 2 will come compatible with both  the Canadian (Rogers, Bell, and Telus) and U.S. (only AT&T, sorry T-Mobile users!) 3G bands right out of the box. In addition, it can use HSPA+ for up to 21 Mbps if your carrier has it deployed. Plus, you won't have to worry about any meddling from the carriers. [Samsung]

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3 years ago

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play and Xperia Arc coming to Rogers

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If you live in Canada and are in anyway excited for either the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play or Xperia Arc then Rogers has some news you'll appreciate. Now that the official announcement of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is out there, Rogers has confirmed they will be carrying the device as soon as this spring. No pricing details have been announced but if either of these devices are to your liking then Rogers has you covered. If you haven't yet seen it, check out our fresh hands-on with the Xperia Play. [Rogers RedBoard]

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3 years ago

Xperia Neo Hands On [MWC]

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The Xperia Neo looks to slot itself into the bottom of the new Xperia lineup. Sure, it sports the same 854x480 screen and 1GHz processor as it's big brother, the Xperia Pro, but the materials and overall feel of the Neo make us pine for the Arc. But if that Arc is just too thin for you, we'll tell you that the 8.1 megapixel shooter on the back has us impressed, as does the deep red color option (yes, we're that easy to please).

It should launch in March worldwide in two versions - one with 900/2100 HSPA and another with 800/1900/2100 HSPA. Grab some photos after the break and assuming our hotspot holds out here, a video a little later.

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3 years ago

Xperia Play Hands-on [MWC] Update: Video

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Here we are with an Xperia Play in our grubby hands at Mobile World Congress. The phone is a thick as you are seeing in these photos, but a little something to grab onto doesn't hurt when you're gaming, right? Glossy plastic on the back and plastic chrome on the edges makes this Sony Ericsson device a smudge-factory, but other than the odd-creak the phone feels fairly solid. Actually, on the units we played with here we find that the best-feeling buttons on every device are the main-gaming buttons, which is as it should be.

We played a few of the launch titles - all Android games that have been rejiggered to include support for the Play. To a game they were all fast and performed well. We haven't gotten a good look at the custom Play interface and buying experience yet, but given that they're not launching the full Playstation store until later this year, it's not a huge surprise that those pieces aren't fully baked yet. Mostly we're just impressed to see all these Android games running so well here - and while it makes us think that a March purchase might be in our future, to be honest we may wait to see whether or not Sony can get their Playstation store out in short order.

More photos after the break and we've got a quick video as well now too - feel the crowded, noisy love for Android gaming!

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