3 years ago

LG confirms Optimus 3D coming at MWC


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.

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3 years ago

Gingerbread web browser security flaw exposed, and explained (us, worry?)


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.

Yes, this needs to be addressed.  Yes, you're likely going to have issues getting any patch because your carrier and manufacturer will be involved to help slow down the process.  But let's put things in perspective a bit.  The Android browser allows for file downloads and javascript execution -- it wouldn't be much of a browser without those features.  Android also gives us an unsecure place to store files -- the SD card (or equivalent).  If you go to a website, and click a link, some code can be run that looks for files by name and can pull them from your card.  If it doesn't know the name, it doesn't find the files.

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]

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3 years ago

Dirty secrets in Android, Men take forever to make up their minds [from the forums]


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?

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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3 years ago

HTC Evo 4G Case Review: Otterbox Defender


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.

There are more pictures after the break, and the Otterbox Defender series case is available in the Android Central store for $47.95.

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3 years ago

On the road with Android Central


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.

Check it out at AndroidCentral.com/events, and we'll see you on the road!

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3 years ago

HTC Desire HD listed as 'coming soon' on TELUS website


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]

For more, check out our HTC Desire HD Forums

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3 years ago

Quadriplegic sets world record with Swype


YouTube link for mobile viewing

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.

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3 years ago

TweetDeck for Android updated to v1.0.7 -- Includes Deck.ly support and bug fixes


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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3 years ago

HTC Inspire 4G interactive demo found online


If you're in the mood to mess around with an online demo of a device you just simply cannot, as of yet have then you're in luck. The HTC Inspire 4G is coming to AT&T at some point in time but Radio Shack has been busy getting its affairs in order readying for the launch. The interactive demo is now online for folks to mess play around with and learn more about the device. Although I'm sure Radio Shack would have preferred to keep it under wraps a little longer. But hey they're not exactly known for keeping secrets very well as history dictates.

Go ahead play around with the demo. Just remember, drool is bad for your keyboard. If online demos are not your thing, have a look at our very own hands on with the HTC Inspire 4G. [PocketNow via Phandroid]

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3 years ago

Screen shots reportedly show official Gingerbread build on the Droid X


We've got no doubt that Verizon and Motorola are working on bringing Gingerbread to the Droid X. We said as much in our predictions of which phones will get Android 2.3 upgrades. And so it's little surprise that we're starting to see (reportedly) official builds leak out. And for all intents and purposes, it looks like how we'd expect Gingerbread to look on the DX. Real question, of course, is when we might actually see an update drop. Check out the full annoying animated GIF after the break, if you dare. [My Droid World via Android Central Forums]

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