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!
Android 2.4 will retain the "Gingerbread" codename and bridge compatibility with "dual-core" apps written for Android 3.0 Honeycomb, according to rumors attributed to a source at Viewsonic. The reports from Pocket-Lint also suggest that version 2.4 will debut in April on Viewsonic's ViewPad 4.
"According to our source, the release date of version 2.4 has been brought forward to ensure that dual-core apps designed for Honeycomb (v3.0) will be able to work with single-core devices running v2.4. Currently, our man on the inside says that’s not possible with version 2.3 (Gingerbread) hence the need to push to the next iteration and version number, but not change the name. It's most likely to be one of the main reasons we’ve yet to see any major manufacturer gunning to get Android 2.3 handsets out there."
There've been plenty of rumors involving Android 2.4 over the past couple of months. It was snapped on the Xperia Arc at CES, though Sony Ericsson later dismissed this as an error. Videos have also appeared of 2.4 apparently running on a German version of the Nexus S, though so far there's been no official confirmation of Android 2.4's existence.
As ever, though, rumors like this should be taken with a pinch of salt, and launch dates -- especially unannounced and unconfirmed ones -- are always subject to change. [Pocket-Lint]
Anyone wanting to try out a Froyo leak on your U.S. Cellular Samsung Mesmerize? If so, then today is your lucky day as EA11 has now appeared online. You'll want to follow the guidelines posted up and remember, it is only for U.S. Cellular devices at this point, and you'll need to make use of ODIN. But it's stock and rooted so have at it, if you're down with that sort of thing. Feel free to discuss it in the forums as well. [XDA] Thanks, Greg!
T-Mobile wants to share a little love this Valentine's Day, and they are trying to win your heart with free phones. On Feb. 11 and 12 (hey, that's this weekend!) all phones on T-Mobile will be free. This includes their high end Android phones like the MyTouch 4G, the T-Mobile G2, and the Samsung Vibrant.
Of course free really means you're tied to a two year agreement, and if you dig a little deeper into the press release you see that "Mail-in rebate card may apply". But if you were planning on sticking with T-Mobile for two years anyway, might as well score a free Android phone out of the deal. The full press release is after the break. [T-Mobile]
Back in January we got a hands-on look at Toshiba's upcoming Honeycomb-based tablet (which, of course, was still running Froyo at the time). Now, we all can take virtual look at it as Toshiba has put up a page for the upcoming tablet. Not too much new information here, and it's still nameless, but there is a nice video and flash overview of the device which you can dive into. No solid information on a release date, but the website does note a release of sometime this Spring. [Toshiba]
Having now wrapped up their XOOM commercial it looks as though Motorola has moved onto other devices in their stable. The Motorola Droid Bionic is seemingly what we are looking at above and it has now crossed the hands of the FCC seeking approval. Although it doesn't state it specifically it does have dual-band Wi-Fi and since that it one of the features of the Droid Bionic shared with Atrix 4G and not much else we're left to conclude on our own. Still no release date for the Motorola Droid Bionic as of yet but we'll be sure to keep you updated. Anyone still interested in grabbing the Droid Bionic upon release? [FCC via Engadget]
Update: It's now looking more like the XOOM as it has no LTE bands and a non-removable battery.
Sprint's own website appears to have tipped what's likely in store for us at tonight's event. Confirming earlier reports, a search for the Kyocera Echo returns results for "The world's first dual-touchscreen smartphone" -- something the Samsung Continuum might raise an eyebrow at. The site describes it as:
The Kyocera Echo smashes the last barrier between you and the ultimate mobile experience. Its unique dual-touchscreen, pivot hinge design gives you all the space you need to run the apps that connect you to the people and information you need every day. Spread your work across all 4.7 inches of combined display or use each smaller display independently to run multiple apps. Closed, the Kyocera Echo is a pocket-friendly smartphone. Open it and expand your world.
So we've got a hinged display with a total of 4.7 inches of real estate, and you can use one screen at a time, or both. We'll find out tonight whether it's truly magical, or just a bunch of smoke and mirrors, so join us for the liveblog! Thanks, Sketch42!
Attention developers, manufacturers and Android nerds the world over: Registration has opened for Google IO 2011, May 10-11 at Moscone West in San Francisco. And if it's anything like last year's developer's conference, you're going to want to get in early.
T-Mobile is running a special online-only sale for the Motorola Cliq 2 (watch our hands-on) this week. Until Feb. 9 at 10 p.m. Pacific Time you can pick one up for free on two-year contract. Remember that the Cliq 2 isn't really a high-end phone, but is just fine for anyone looking for an entry level Android device. Plus, Motorola has had some trouble getting the Cliq line OS updates. If you still want in, head on past the link to order one now. [T-Mobile via Twitter]
We got a sneak peek at the new Angry Birds Valentines Day edition last week and it is now available via an update.
If you have Angry Birds Seasons, go to the Market and download the update. The icon will now be red and pink and the Valentines Day version will appear next to the others in the main menu. If you don't have this version, please find links after the break.
Rovio continues to develop quality versions for their massively popular game and this should continue that track record. Now excuse me, I have to go back to beating the pigs. Thanks Jeff!
Texas Instruments held a webcast today, where they announced the OMAP 5 processor. While it's not expected to be seen until mid 2012, it brings a lot of new tech to the table. The OMAP 5 will be a multi-core system-on-chip consisting of ARM Cortex -A15 CPU cores and a POWERVR SGX544 multi-core GPU. According to TI, this will bring a disruptive mobile experience, akin to the way Henry Ford transformed the auto industry. While I'm not sure I would go that far, some of the new innovations do look very interesting. It's worth noting that smartphone technology is moving so fast that we haven't even seen the OMAP 4 platform, but we expect devices running the platform this year. Current Android devices using Texas Instruments CPUs, like the Droid X, are still running single core OMAP 3 technology.
The OMAP 5 will help usher in stereoscopic 3D, gesture recognition, computational photography, and more. While providing up to three times the processing performance, the new chip promises nearly a 60 percent power reduction over the OMAP 4 platform. TI also says they are very excited to continue their strong support of open source software, and they have been, and will continue to work closely with Google and the Android platform.
Have a look at the short presentation video, and the press release will full tech specs after the break. [Texas instruments]
Sprint has announced some maintenance release updates for the LG Optimus S and Samsung Galaxy Tab. Both updates will be sent out in stages so there is no mad rush to get them download but if you own either device you'll want to check out the change logs to see if anything applies. You'll find those by hitting the source links and if you're not feeling that you can just look past the break, they're listed there as well. [Sprint, 2]
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