Congratulations, Samsung fans. Samsung Mobile has just released another commercial for their soon-to-be-hit phone, the Galaxy S2, and it continues to prove that this is definitely the everyman's phone.
I think we can all recall a time when we've been in an icy tundra, hands shaking too much to text. Now, instead of living out our last moments terrified, lonely, and cold, we can just message our closest buddy to send the dogsled along. If that's not quality, I don't know what is.
So hit up the video, watch it, and enjoy. But when you're done, ask yourself: Can Steve's newfangled iPhone do that?
Good news Atrix fans -- Motorola has released a method to return your Atrix 4G back to the official stock software if you have the need. Folks running 4.1.51 or 4.1.52 can now revert back to "approved" builds should they run into issues, or just want to be ready for the rumored HSUPA update.
While it's still not as hacker-friendly as we would like it to be, not leaving users who adventured outside the safety of stock firmware out in the cold is good news. Android Central forums adviser Terrigno has a forum thread up and running for discussion, problems, and solutions -- be sure to check it out. [Motorola via Android Central forums]
Fear not, people of Earth. Your weeklong national Skype nightmare is over. The essential communications app has plugged that security hole we didn't actually sweat too much over -- the one where some of your data, and your contacts data, was stored insecurely. And to show there are no hard feelings, tucked into this morning's update is "Calling over your 3G connection is available worldwide - now including the US." This opens up 3G calling to everyone, not just Verizon customers like we've seen so far.
Now doesn't that make you feel better? Snag the update in the Android Market, and we've got download links after the break.
Update: And Skype's chimed in, saying on its security blog:
We have had no reported examples of any 3rd party malicious application misusing information from the Skype directory on Android devices and will continue to monitor closely. Please rest assured that we do take your privacy and security very seriously and we sincerely apologise for any concern this issue may have caused.
The LG G2X will be available on T-Mobile store shelves when stores open today. The G2X has been a web exclusive for the past few days, but if you're the type who needs to hold a phone in your hands before you fork over $200 and two years, today is your day. A Tegra 2, front facing camera, 4 inch screen, and stock Android 2.2 make this phone quite attractive to many (including yours truly) so we're all expecting big things from this one. You'll find the G2X forums are a great place to share thoughts, ideas, and even problems with LG's latest offering. I'll see you there!
As of April 20 (that's today) the G-Slate is available from T-Mobile for $529 with a two-year agreement and after a $100 rebate. The G-Slate packs a Tegra 2 CPU, an 8.9 inch screen, 32 GB of internal storage and has the ability to play and record video in 3D. T-Mobile also reminds us that the G-Slate "wins hands down on price and network speed" when compared to the competition when comparably spec'd.
Online ordering should be available soon, and once stores open in the morning the G-Slate should be on the shelves. Will it live up to the hype? That's the real question. Discuss it in the forums. [T-Mobile]
Sony Ericsson posted their first-quarter earnings for 2011 earlier today and despite lower sales figures, their outlook is positive. Total revenue dropped 19% year-over-year to 1,145 million Euros (~$1.64 billion USD) down from 1,405 million Euros. However, the average selling price for devices increased from 134 to 141 Euros (~$202 USD). This increase was due to a move away from feature phones and towards smartphones.
With the releases of the Xperia PLAY, Xperia arc, and Xperia neo towards the end of Q1, the rest of 2011 looks to be promising for Sony Ericsson. Another factor that may play a role in SE's success is providing an unlockable bootloader on their phones, a move that's challenging where the rest of the industry seems to be headed.
Some noteworthy highlights are included with the full press release after the break. [Sony Ericsson]
HTC announced today that it's launching a roadshow tour of the UK and Ireland, starting this Friday and Saturday at the Trafford Centre in Manchester and continuing until the end of May. The show is open to the public, and will feature an interactive HTC Sense wall, along with "current and upcoming" HTC devices to play with. The HTC Flyer is mentioned by name, and we're hoping to see the Sensation there too, as it's HTC's biggest upcoming phone.
The HTC roadshow will stop by other major cities over the following month. Join us after the jump for the complete tour schedule, and the accompanying press release. We'll be stopping by this weekend to take a look at some of HTC's new toys. Let us know in the comments if you plan on doing the same during the next month. [HTC Roadshow]
Following in the proud steps of the Droid 2 R2-D2 and the Droid X before that, it looks like Verizon is kicking off it's latest cross-country, Droid-finding bonanza.
The latest tweet from @DroidLanding -- it's back! -- tipped us off to the mystery-in-progress, but not much else. The message is as uninformative and cryptic as ever, but it's good to know that "field agents await instructions."
So what phone are we looking for? The Droid X2? The Droid Charge? Droid Incredible 2? It's hard to say at this point, but we know the jig is up, the game is on. So grab your pocket protectors and sharpen up your sleuthing skills, because it's about time we found those Droids we were looking for. [@DroidLanding] Thanks, @holmesbrandon!
A lot of folks when picking up an Android device for the first time often have a lot of questions and concerns. Luckily, we're here to help out and address some of those questions and concerns for you all. With plenty of tips and tricks and how-to's the forums are a great spot to get started. Check out some of the threads below to get started:
Spacetime Studios is celebrating the 1-year anniversary of Pocket Legends by giving away premium access to all new and existing users until Monday, May 4, 2011. If you're not familiar with Pocket Legends, it is the world’s largest 3D Mobile MMO available in the Android Market and they have the statistics to prove it:
Upwards of 3 million people have played Pocket Legends
Pocket Legends is currently played in 200 countries
Pocket Legends has been updated more than 200 times
Quite a feat these days with the competition for gaming on Android that is out there. If you're looking to learn more, you can jump on past the break for the full press release as well as the download link. The game is free to install and with the anniversary celebrations happening now, you'll get some bonus free access to try out. [Space Time Studios]
Excuse me, Australian readers. If you're looking for a distraction from kangaroo boxing and boomerang throwing, you'll be happy to know that as soon as May 2011, Telstra will be launching the Motorola XOOM.
Exact pricing and launch dates are scant, but if it's your cup of tea, the full presser is after the break.
And for those planning on picking up a XOOM, I'm sure I don't have to remind you, but be sure not to let the dingos take it. [Motorola]
The Seidio Innocase Active X is a case for the Nexus S is built like a tank and perfect for protecting your phone while you're out and about. It's two-piece design really wraps your phone up well, and while it adds in a bit of bulkiness, it fits really well and doesn't take away from the unique styling that some of us really love about our Nexus S -- myself included.
The case consists of a flexible rubber polymer skin and a hard skeleton that holds the skin in place and protects each corner of your phone from bumps and falls. Preliminary testing using clumsy hands and parking lots or hardwood floors have been successful :)
It's easy to put on and take back off, and your ports and controls are just as easy to use as they would be without a case, with the USB connector and the headphone jack being cut-out in the rubber skin, and the skin itself designed to operate the power and volume switches via raised spots on the case. It works just fine.
Also available is the matching Seidio Active X holster, which holds your Nexus S face-in right on your belt or clipped to your pocket. It's easy to get the phone in and out of it, and the clip swivels (and locks into place) in six different angles to keep things comfortable.
A lot of Android phones pass through our hands here, but the Nexus S is my personal phone. I carry it daily, and highly recommend this one to anyone looking for a way to protect their Nexus S. You can grab the Seidio Innocase Active X case in the Android Central Store for $27.95, or as a bundle with the matching holster for $46.40. More pictures are after the break.
LauncherPro 0.8.5 is now available on the Android Market, bringing bug fixes, reduced memory usage and widget skinning support to the popular homescreen replacement. Widget skinning first appeared in a beta version of LauncherPro informally released on the app's website last week, in order to help skin creators get content ready for the Market release.
Version 0.8.5 also introduces the option to unlock LauncherPro Plus via the Android Market too, though if you've already paid for a key via PayPal, then don't worry -- it'll still work in the new version of LauncherPro.
Join us after the jump for the Market link and QR code. [LauncherPro]
Angry Birds might have some competition as Adult Swim launched Robot Unicorn Attack on Android today. The game grants wishes for $1 and comes packed with OpenFeint support. In addition, Adult Swim may bring both Amateur Surgeon and Five Minutes to Kill (Yourself) to Android in the coming months alongside the Heavy Metal and Christmas versions of Robot Unicorn Attack. The porting of these and other games will depend on how well received Robot Unicorn Attack is.
Adult Swim is also bringing its free video player app that will allow fans to watch clips and some full episodes of shows like Robot Chicken and The Venture Bros. Expect the Adult Swim app to land sometime this May. By then you should have had plenty of time to consider how open your eyes are.
Here's another Tegra 2-optimized game that's coming down the pike. Pinball HD is, well, it's a pinball game. It's a pinball game with some extremely fluid and intricate graphics. But at the end of the day, it's a pinball game. And that's not a bad thing -- it's pinball's simplicity that's allowed it to span the decades.
Anyohoo. Pinball HD has a trio of tables, and those tables have story lines. Unfortunately in our review edition the story lines either were missing or unplayable in demo mode. But you'll get the idea.
We've gone back and forth on whether we prefer Pinball HD on a tablet or a phone. Obviously you'll get a different experience on a 10-inch device compared to a 4-inch device. But PinBall HD runs flawlessly on either, a testament to the Tegra 2 platform, and it's a game you should check out when it becomes available in the coming weeks.
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