In one of the more bizarre stories of the new year, Chad Johnson (aka Ochocinco) has somehow gotten his hands on a Motorola Xoom. "How?" and "Why?" are questions that may never be answered, but we can assume it has something to do with him being, well, Chad Johnson. But he has been seen promoting Motorola devices before, so it's fairly safe to say he's on the payroll. Still, this would seem to give credence to the rumored Feb. 17 launch date and would would fit nicely with an announcement before the entire U.S. with the upcoming Super Bowl ad.
Until then, the rest of us will just have to sit and wait patiently -- and be jealous. Very, very jealous. [Twitter]
If you're been waiting to get your HTC Sense skin on an AT&T phone that's got more oomph than the Aria, AT&T has announced that they're making the Inspire 4G available on February 13th for $99 on a 2-year contract.
It'll run Android 2.2 under that shiny Sense UI, offer mobile hotspot, a 8-megapixel camera, that huge 4.3 inch screen we've come to know and love on HTC devices, feature an aluminum unibody design, and finally get those EVO 4G owners to respect and admire you. We know that last bit is what you're really worried about - so who's planning on picking one of these bad boys up on the 13th? AT&T's Press Release is after the break.
Remember how a few Fascinate devs teased that they had an official Froyo ROM, and, no, you couldn't have it? Well, now you can. The DL30 update has been packaged into a handy flashing zip file. But be warned: The devs aren't supporting this one at all -- so you're on your own. But all you have to do is get your download on, take a swig of your favorite beverage, cross your fingers and see how it goes.
If you're one of the brave ones, let us know how it works, m'kay? [XDA Developers] Thanks, mib12890! Update: the forum link below now includes full update instructions and a list of features found in the update.
The Archos 5 has seen its price slashed from $500 down to $240 for today only over at Amazon. The tablet is packing a 500GB internal hard drive behind a 5-inch screen at 800x480 and a 800MHz processor. The 32GB flash storage version has also been discounted to $290 from $380. The major downside with either is that you are only going to be getting Android 1.6 Donut with this tablet and it lacks the Google apps (Android Market, Gmail, Google Maps & Navigation) right out of the box -- but there are ways to hack them onto the device.
The latest variant of the LG Optimus One is here -- the LG Optimus V, available today for $149 on Virgin Mobile. You can snag the 3.2-inch Android 2.2 device at Radio Shack, and with it you also get the Swype keyboard. Plans start at $25 a month, and the phone comes in an eco-friendly package. Full presser's after the break. [Radio Shack]
Well, cross that one off the list. Just hours after the LG Optimus 3D picture leaked out, LG confirmed that we'll indeed see it in a couple weeks at Mobile World Congress. Here's the presser, in its entirety:
SEOUL, Feb. 1, 2011 – At this year’s Mobile World Congress, LG will unveil the LG Optimus 3D, the world’s first 3D smartphone offering consumers a full 3D experience right in the palm of their hands.
The LG Optimus 3D addresses the lack of 3D content issue -- one of the biggest problems facing the 3D market -- with a complete platform for a one-of-a-kind experience on a mobile device. LG’s most advanced smartphone to date will feature a dual-lens camera for 3D recording, a glasses-free LCD panel for 3D viewing and diverse connectivity options such as HDMI and DLNA for 3D content sharing anytime, anywhere.
Further details and a live demo of the LG Optimus 3D will be offered at Booth #8B178 at MWC in Barcelona from February 14 to 17.
We're not entirely sure that a lack of content is really what's holding 3D mobile phones back (though it's certainly part of the chicken/egg equation). Guess we'll have to see for ourselves. We'll be there, of course. Stay tuned for the hands-ons and such.
Back before Thanksgiving, we reported about an Android security flaw in the stock web browser that allowed an attacker to get contents of your SD card if he or she knew the full path to the files. That flaw was fixed in Gingerbread, and all was well with the world blogosphere. But, lo and behold, someone has found a way to work around the new patch, and the Gingerbread browser is just as vulnerable (with a different method) as before the patch.
And we're still not worried.
That's the most important part to remember. Regardless of the FUD that is being spouted (Android is the world's most popular phone operating system, and any mention of it gets you massive pageviews) rogue websites likely aren't dipping into the database of your banking app and stealing your financial information. That shouldn't even be stored on your SD card, as it should all be secure data.
They can, however, steal the pictures on your SD card -- the ones you took with your phone, left with the default name, and in the default location, but again -- only if the full path and file name is known. Google will patch this, and someone will find a way around that patch as well. Regardless of what some folks would like you to believe, no software is 100 percent secure. And chances are, you'll lose your phone before you stumble across a website designed to steal your pictures, so anything on your card is fair game then.
There are three easy ways to avoid the problem -- switch browsers to something that's not open source, stop using the SD storage, or pay attention to what you keep on the card. Your SD card was designed to be unsecure, and easy to access, so it is. [NC State University]
Sadly, the weekend is over. But that means we are now closer to the Android 3.0 Honeycomb event Google snuck in on us. February is turning out to be a busy month and we're not even there yet. We've got a ton of predictions and rumors happening in the forums surrounding those events so join us in there to talk about them and more won't you?
You have a big, two-year investment in your HTC Evo 4G, and it makes perfect sense to protect it while you carry it day-to-day. While some can get by with less protection, say from a silicon case or skin, others need serious armor for their phone. Enter the Otterbox Defender series case for the HTC Evo 4G.
The Defender series case comes in three sections -- a tough polycarbonate shell (including a protective clear membrane for the screen), a thick silicon outer skin, and a face-in holster. With everything assembled, the Evo 4G is ready for a duty belt, on an ALICE pack I.E.B., or a tool-belt. It's also perfect for people who work in less stressful situations, but are a bit tough on their equipment.
Even the screen is protected, and the touchscreen works better than expected under the clear shell. The outer silicon layer wraps around all edges, and has well sealed rubber flaps over all ports and controls. The only part of your Evo that isn't completely covered is the earpiece and the microphone, which has it's own deep tapered opening. The trade-off of course is added thickness. The Defender does add a good bit of bulk to an already large phone, but nothing unnecessary, and it's very tasteful in design. If you need this level of protection for your expensive Evo 4G, you will understand and appreciate the way it is done here. And of course, the Defender series case offers its own kickstand since it covers the original.
We're about to have one hell of a February (and March, and probably April and May), and we're bringing you along for the ride. The events started with CES in Las Vegas and ... well, they don't ever really stop. So we've worked up a handy page so you know where we'll be, when we'll be there, and what our favorite drinks are should you happen to run into us.
It wasn't too long ago that the pricing and dates for the HTC Desire HD on TELUS were leaked. While February 10th was never an officially confirmed date, TELUS' own website lists the device now as 'coming soon', which should be exciting news for Canadian customers awaiting the new member of the HTC's Desire family.
To refresh your knowledge, the Desire HD has a 4.3-inch screen, 1GHz processor, Android 2.2 (Froyo), and an 8MP camera.
For those wanting to get their hands on the Desire HD in Canada, you'll soon be able to buy one on TELUS. [TELUS]
We know the Swype keyboard is pretty awesome. But try this on for size: Hank Torres, who is paralyzed from the shoulders down, set a world record with Swype and a head tracking device at the Assistive Technology Industry Association Conference in Orlando. The sentence he cranked out in 83.09 seconds?
“The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human.”
Pretty damned impressive, that's for sure. Be sure to watch the video above, and the full presser's after the break.
Are you a TweetDeck user who finds yourself talking just a little too much for that limited 140 character count on Twitter? It's OK; don't take my harsh words above to heart. TweetDeck knows you're not the only out there doing it and as such, have introduced their latest addition to TweetDeck. v1.0.7 is now available in the Android Market and includes support for the new Deck.ly service that allows you to talk right through that character limit. A few other changes were included with the latest release as well, mostly bug fixes but hey that's always a good thing. If you're a TweetDeck user be sure to grab the latest. Download can be found after the break. [TweetDeck]
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