Motorola Mobility has announced its European retail arrangements for the upcoming Xoom tablet.
According to Moto's press release, the Xoom will arrive on European shores in the second quarter of 2011. In the UK, the Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy will stock the 3G/WiFi version, while the WiFi-only Xoom will be available at PC World and Currys. Elsewhere, Motorola says that T-Mobile parent company Deutsche Telekom will introduce the Xoom in "selected markets".
No prices were mentioned, but the Xoom was recently given a price of $799 for 3G/WiFi and $600 for WiFi-only in the US. Inflated European prices are pretty much par for the course when it comes to consumer electronics though, so we'd expect the Xoom to retail for more than exchange rates would suggest. [Motorola Media Center]
You gotta love a nice live wallpaper on Android, and developer Kittehface Software has quite a handful. From holiday themes to patriotism to fish, there are myriad options available. We caught up with Kittehface at Android's booth at Mobile World Congress to take a look. Enjoy.
Following the initial handful of phones we reported had received CyanogenMod 7 release candidate 1 yesterday, a bunch more devices have now been graced with official RC1 builds of the Gingerbread-based custom ROM.
At the time of writing, CyanogenMod 7 release candidate 1 is available for the HTC EVO 4G, MyTouch 4G, Nexus One, Nexus S, HTC Aria, HTC Desire (GSM/CDMA), HTC Slide, HTC Desire Z, T-Mobile G2, HTC Desire HD, HTC Legend and HTC Droid Incredible.
Even if your phone isn't listed above, you should check out the CyanogenMod experimental builds page, as builds for other phones are being added all the time. [CyanogenMod Experimental Builds]
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Android 2.2 coming to the Virgin Mobile USA Samsung Intercept next month
We have to file this as a rumor, but we just got word from a tipster (who also provided us the image you see) that the Motorola Atrix 4G's release date is confirmed for Feb 22. We previously reported that it would be available on March 6 or earlier, and we're glad to see it turned out to be earlier this time :)
Nothing price related was reported as changed, so expect to fork over $199 after rebates and contracts. If you're still on the fence, check out our hands-on with what may just be Android's new king of the hill. Thanks anon!
Update - Confirmed, AT&T will have pre-ordered devices shipped on Feb 21 while everyone else can grab one on Feb 22. See a copy of the emails AT&T has been sending out after the break.
Google has updated the official Google Reader app to version 0.9.2, adding two new homescreen widgets, a "mark previous as read" button and Russian translations.
The new button on the reading list allows you to mark anything above the current screen as read, saving precious time, energy and finger strain. The "news ticker" widget allows you to bring a selection of items to your home screen in a similar way to the stock News and Weather app, while the "unread items" widget creates a shortcut to a particular feed, label or person with the number of unread items shown next to it.
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]
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.
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.
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]