Let's start with the picture you see above, which is of said dummy unit. That's a pretty good sign that things are all but ready to go. Only problem is, things aren't ready to go. Droid-Life purloined a screen shot that flat-out says "launch from 2/14 has been delayed. No ETA at this time." It adds that "HTC-created elements WILL arrive this week. Agents are not to display ..."
In other words, things are pretty much ready to go, but something's holding up the works, and word around the campfire is that the new Skype Mobile has something to do with it. That said, Veizon's never publicly announced a launch date -- and now you see why.
We're here at the "Dell Means Business" press conference and while the main focus is business and the marquee product here is the hint of a Windows 7 tablet, Dell also has a nice little entry in their list above that a "10 inch Android Tablet" is on the way. It'll come inside the largest consumer product lineup that Dell has ever launched - 39 products in all (naturally they're mostly talking about Windows 7 devices).
More as we can get it - stay tuned.
Update: They just talked up the benefits of the Windows 7 products for power business users and showed a prototype of the Windows 7 Tablet (not the Android Tablet) after the break.
In other words - we'll see if Dell tells us more about that single line on the above PowerPoint slide, since today is more focused on traditional PCs and Windows 7 devices.
Are you a Dell Streak owner who is rather bored with the current state of your lil' tablet? Well, it looks as though you may soon be able to toss a little Honeycomb into the mix. Yes, much like the Nook Color the Dell Streak now has a port of Honeycomb in the works for it. It is only fair to note though, the port is not complete as of yet. No downloads are available but the fact it is being worked on by Stephen Hyde, who has created the StreakDroid ROMS gives us hope it will see release at some point. [Modaco via Android Central Forums]
Teleca, which supplies integrated software solutions for consumer electronics, as well as the automotive and mobile industries, has announced it is developing an embedded solution to use Android in future SiriusXM satellite radio devices. The solution will include all vehicle, portable and home products.
“SiriusXM continues to develop innovative products that allow our subscribers to experience the best audio entertainment available,” said Sean Gibbons, vice president of product marketing for SiriusXM’s aftermarket division. “We were impressed with Teleca’s experience with the Android Operating System and strong background in radio interface integration. Teleca is working with us to develop a complete platform strategy for delivering our unique and compelling programming to consumers.”
The solution will be on display next week at Mobile World Conference, which we will be at bringing you all of the exciting news. Full press release after the break.
Since then, most of the carriers in the UK have been announcing that they will carry the new device from Sony Ericsson. Thus far, the Xperia Play has been confirmed by Vodafone, Orange, T-Mobile, Three, and O2.
This is great news for UK residents as they will have an array of choices to choose from if they are considering the Xperia Play. After months of speculation and rumors, it looks like we're finally close to getting the Xperia Play. Stay tuned!
We're guessing Amazon was feeling a little left out of all the HTC Thunderbolt launch date rumors. Seriously, though, we've pretty much got every day in February covered at this point, so no matter when it comes out everyone can say they were right. In any event, if you stroll on over to Amazon and do a search you'll see they now have the device listed for February 14. You can sign up to be notified when it becomes available. One thing is for certain though, the HTC Thunderbolt is coming -- soon. [via BGR]
Although Huawei has yet to really break into the North American market, that hasn't stopped them from trying. Two new devices have now appeared on their Flickr account, and while the details are slim at this point, we do know they are indeed running Android and presumably set to appear at Mobile World Congress. The above is known as they Huawei IDEOS X3 and if you jump on past the break, you'll get a look at the IDEOS S7 Slim tablet. I'm guessing that is all we'll get till MWC for info. [Flickr via Engadget]
What appears to be a rough edit of a teaser video of the upcoming T-Mobile LG G-Slate has hit YouTube, just a week after T-Mobile dropped more details, showing off the basic features of the 8.9-inch Android tablet and giving us one of the better looks at the hardware thus far.
First and foremost, there's the 3D recording capability. We still have no clue how practical this will be, but there it is. You also get a good walkthrough on ports and buttons. Now all we need is some launch and pricing info. Check it out after the break. [Youtube via Engadget]
Myriad's Alien Dalvik is quite possibly the best-named app in the history of crazy apps you'll likely never actually use. Confused yet? If you haven't heard of Myriad, it's the company that brought us the Myriad Dalvik Turbo -- kind of a souped up virtual machine for Android that lets things run faster than when using the stock Dalvik Virtual Machine.
And now we have the Alien Dalvik, which lets Android applications run on other devices. Yeah, you read that right. Alien technology indeed. After the break, Myriad's provided a video demo of it running on a Nokia N900. Definitely check it out. [Myriad]
Here we have the briefest of hands-ons with the new Sprint Kyocera Echo -- the dual-screen phone announced today in New York City. For the most part, what you see is what you get. You've got what appears to be a mild mannered smartphone -- albeit one with a second 3.5-inch screen tucked underneath. stack them on top of each other, and you have a 4.7-inch monster that's a near dead ringer for a Nintendo 3DS.
As far as other specs go, you've got a 1GHz Snapdragon processor pushing Android 2.2. And one thing we'll say at the outset -- with all the APIs Sprint and Kyocera have had to invent for the phone and its two screens, updates might take a little while. We'll just have to see.
Having just announced the all-new Kyocera Echo to the world, Sprint has also uploaded the above video to YouTube to give us a better overall look at the device itself. Thus far views have been rather mixed on the device with the majority of folks comparing it to looking more like a Nintendo DS then anything else. Stay tuned though; we'll get some more time with the device. In the meantime, feel free to share your thoughts about it. [YouTube]
Best Buy has announced that they will have exclusive rights to retail sales and pre-order of the HTC Thunderbolt, launching in mid-February. The press release makes note of the data speeds on Verizon's LTE network, gives an overview of Best Buy's services, and talks about their rich line-up of high end smartphones, but no pricing or a firm release date were given. You can read the presser, after the break. [Businesswire]
After accidentally outing it on their very own website, Sprint has officially announced the Kyocera Echo. It rocks two 3.5-inch screens that can be folded out to form one 4.7" viewing area - or if you like you can "simultask" by running a different app on each screen. Heck, you can put a full QWERTY landscape keyboard on one screen for faster typing.
Other specs: WiFi b/g, hotspot, 5mp camera, 720p camcorder, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 1GB onboard memory, packed with an 8bg microSD card, 1370mAh battery and it comes with a charging cradle and a spare battery.
You'll nee to pay the extra $10 smartphone-fee that Sprint charges despite the fact that WiMAX 4G is nowhere to be seen. You'll also need to pony up an extra $29.99 / month for that mobile hotspot feature.
They say it'll be available for $199 (presumably on a 2-year contract) in the "spring." More details as we have them - check out our liveblog of the event for more. Full press release is after the break.
We're live at Sprint's event in New York City, where Sprint says it has "something up its sleeve." Illusionist David Blaine is schedule to appear, as is Sprint CEO Dan Hesse. What will we get? Find out in our liveblog after the break. The show gets on the road at 6 p.m. EST/3 p.m. PST. Join us!
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