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3 years ago

European HTC EVO 3D now available

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The European version of the HTC EVO 3D has suddenly appeared at a number of UK retailers, following recent delays which resulted in the phone being unceremoniously dumped by Vodafone UK a few weeks ago. With no network-subsidized option available just yet, the only way to get hold of HTC's stereoscopic monster right now is by forking out for the SIM-free version, which retails at a slightly eye-watering £500 (~$815). However, that gets you a potent mix of bleeding-edge smartphone technologies, including a 3D qHD (960x540) display, a 3D recording setup, a dual-core 1.2GHz CPU and 1GB of RAM, not to mention HTC's latest Sense 3.0.

If you're tempted, be sure to check out our review of the US version, which launched on Sprint a couple of months ago. Stay tuned to AC for full write-up of the European model in the next week or so.

Source: GumMobile, Unlocked Mobiles, Handtec

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3 years ago

Sprint gives Nexus S 4G owners first dibs at latest version of Swype

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Sprint and Swype have teamed up to launch the latest version of the popular keyboard on the Nexus S 4G, available starting today. The update brings a bevy of new features to Swype, including a new custom skin, improved handling of proper nouns, updated tap correction, personal dictionary management, and shortcut gestures. The beta version of the latest release will be available for all users in the coming weeks, while Nexus S 4G owners can grab it now at the source link.

Source: Swype

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3 years ago

Google Catalogs makes shopping from your tablet easier

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iPad version available now; Honeycomb users have to wait


Youtube link for mobile viewing

We'll ignore, for the moment, the fact that this Google app hits iOS before Android, and instead focus on how much easier the Google Catalogs app appears to make shopping. The tablet app aggregates some of your favorite catalogs in a single app. Tags in each catalog bring up photos and video of an item. You can search across catalogs, and favorite items for later, and save items across catalogs.

A sampling of the catalogs included in the app are: Anthropologie, Bare Escentuals, Bergdorf Goodman, Crate and Barrel, L.L. Bean, Lands’ End, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Pottery Barn, Saks Fifth Avenue, Sephora, Sundance, Tea Collection, Urban Outfitters and Williams-Sonoma.

We're a long way from dog-eared pages, eh?

Source: Google

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3 years ago

Android version of FIFA 12 to be Xperia Play timed exclusive

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Hot on the heels of today's Minecraft announcement, Sony Ericsson and EA Mobile have revealed that the Android version of FIFA 12, the latest instalment in the popular soccer football game series, will be available exclusively on the Xperia Play for a limited time.

Xperia Play owners will be able to get their hands on FIFA 12 when it's released during the holiday season, while other devices will have to wait until Feb. 21, 2012. SE and EA promise a game experience optimized to take advantage of the Xperia Play's hardware, with frame rates up to a silky 60fps.

Join us after the jump for the presser, and if you're rocking an Xperia Play, let us know in the comments if you plan on snapping this one up.

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3 years ago

Galaxy Tab 10.1 isn't banned from The Netherlands, for now

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In the latest chapter in the Apple v. Samsung saga, Apple's attempts to push through their case through in The Netherlands has failed, for now. The claims here are a little broader than those submitted in Germany, going beyond just the design of the Tab and into the software it runs. 

The courts in The Hague have politely informed Apple that no decision will be reached on the case until Sept. 15. This is after Samsung's Aug. 25 appeal the original injunction granted in Germany. 

The Dutch case has potentially more serious consequences for Samsung should the courts rule in Apples favour. Florian Mueller of the FOSS Patent's blog, speculates that Rotterdam in The Netherlands could be key to Samsung's European import logistics. 

Sources: T3, FOSS Patents

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3 years ago

Minecraft Pocket Edition now available in the Android Market for the Xperia Play

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Its been a long time coming but it's finally here for Sony Ericsson Xperia Play owners at least. Yes, Minecraft Pocket Edition has gone live in the Android Market and is now available for download. As noted on the Mojang blog:

The first version (Alpha 0.1) will focus on the creative aspects of Minecraft. We have tried to put in the features that make sense for playing on a mobile device while still keeping the core of the Minecraft experience. You will be able to select blocks on the touchscreen or just scroll through them with the circle and square buttons on the Xperia Play device. The first version also supports multi-player on a local wireless network allowing you to create a world and invite friends to build together.  Some of the features in this release include:

  • Randomized worlds
  • Build anything you can imagine
  • Build with 36 different kinds of blocks
  • Invite and play with friends to your world (local wireless network)
  • Save multi-player worlds on your own phone

Awesome! For now, Minecraft is a Sony Ericsson Xperia Play exclusive with it rolling out to other Android devices at a later time. Ready to get your mobile Minecrafting on? It'll set you back $6.99 -- you can jump past the break for the download and some slick videos of it in action.

Source: Mojang; Thanks, everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Samsung Hercules and HTC Ruby possible release dates revealed in T-Mobile back-to-school flyer

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Two really interesting new phones are soon to be released on T-Mobile, the Samsung Hercules and the HTC Ruby.  We now know at least a tentative date for their arrival, October 26.  Both of which are "4G capable and share many similar top of the line features and also [are] the fastest smartphones in the market" according to T-mobile.  I'm not sure we can argue too much when we have a look at the rumored specs of them: a 4.3 inch qHD display, 1GB RAM and a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU for the Ruby, and 4.5 inch Super AMOLED Plus, 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, and 16GB of internal memory for the Hercules.  Either looks like a real winner, and should make any Android fan pretty happy. 

Of course, these dates are likely as not to change, but at least we know the ballpark. 

Source: TMoNews

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3 years ago

AT&T LG Thrill 4G delayed again, Sept. 4 new date from leaked docs

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The LG Thrill 4G, AT&T's next (hopefully) Android smartphone has once again been delayed, this time the date is pushed back until September 4.  As mentioned in the document you see above, the Thrill was to ship to third party stores (in this case, Radio Shack) on August 21, but that's not going to be happening. 

We have no idea why the phone keeps being delayed, but it's something we're used to by now.  There's also the small matter that AT&T never announced a release date, only "this Summer".  It will be released when it's ready.  Hopefully the extra time means a better product out the door.

Thanks, Anon!

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3 years ago

Motorola Mobility, Is 4G really worth it? [From the Forums]

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Some huge news today between Google and Motorola and some not-so-huge news with the announcement of the JooJoo2, rather -- the Grid 10. It was a Monday, if you couldn't tell. Missed out on all the fun? Head on back and check out the blog posts, or jump on into the Android Central forums for more.

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3 years ago

Google-Motorola purchase podcast special!

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Audio-only stream below

Phil, Jerry and Alex are joined by TiPb.com's Rene Ritchie to break down Google's $12.5 billion buyout of Motorola Mobility. Listen in!

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