While there may be some devices that won't confirm they're using Corning's Gorilla Glass, many of your favorite Android phones and tablets aren't shy about it. Why? Because it's tough as nails. Actually, it's tough enough to help protect your display from things like nails.
We caught up with the folks from Gorilla Glass live at CES 2011 and they gave us the full-on scratching, cracking, bending, breaking demo. Check it out in the video up top!
Word on the virtual street is that Bell Canada is preparing to launch the LG Optimus Chic on its network next Friday, January 14. The entry-level Froyo-powered phone sports a 3.2 inch HVGA screen, 600MHz processor, 256MB of RAM, 5MP camera and comes with a 2GB microSD card. Certainly nothing to write home about, but more than sufficient for basic smartphone use.
Off-contract, the Optimus Chic can be yours in exchange for 295 of your delicious Canadian dollars, though you can probably expect to get it for much less if you're willing to sign up for a contract with Bell. [AllThingsMobile]
Drivers interested in the Ford Mustang should rejoice at the news that Ford's SYNC App-Link will be coming to the car in the 2012 model. App-Link extends the current abilities of SYNC, such as hands-free calling and music search, by allowing users to control third-party apps on their phone using SYNC's voice recognition. Announced awhile back, the service currently works only with Pandora with Stitcher compatibility coming in early 2011.
Honestly, Pandora was probably the top application on everyone's list so it is great that Ford chose to focus on it first. The car maker also promises that several more apps will be added to the list over the next year along with SYNC being offered in more car models. Check out the full presser past the break. [Ford]
It seems rather out of the ordinary these days if a device isn't rooted before it hits store shelves but that's exactly what happened with the Logitech Revue. Despite many people in the community attempting to gain root access it apparently wasn't willing to go down without a fight -- until now, that is.
Yes, much like every other Android powered device out there the Logitech Revue has finally been rooted. Custom apps can now be installed and full access to all system files has been achieved. Take note though, the process is not for the faint of hear and unless you wanna end up with a expensive paperweight, you'll likely wanna pass on this one. video of it in action is available after the break. Thanks Teggy6! [GTVHacker]
If you've taken matters into your own hands and use custom ROMs on your Android device, you've surely heard of CyanogenMod. Version 7 is the initial Gingerbread build, and it looks like we'll be seeing nightly builds in the near future. No word on exactly which devices we're talking about to start with, but the Nexus One, T-Mobile G2, the Nexus S are good bets. The rest will follow as the developers get things closer to working, so hang tight and you should be seeing the build bot at work shortly for your phone. [@cyanogen]
Spend even just a little time with the Motorola Xoom and Android 3.0 Honeycomb, and you quickly come away thinking that this may be the best chance for an Android tablet to hit the mainstream yet.
The 10.1-inch display (at 1280x800 and a 16:10 aspect ratio) is lovely. It's thin enough, light enough and, gosh darn it, you're gonna love Honeycomb running atop not one but two 1GHz processors.
It'll launch on Verizon sometime in the first quarter (nobody's saying yet), for an undisclosed price. And you won't get LTE at first, that will require a hardware update, with details to follow. Eventually. And the microSD card won't work at first, either. A software update will take care of that. Really, you know as much as we do about that now. So, yeah, there's still a lot left on the table.
What's not left on the table? A slew of hands-on pics. Find 'em after the break.
Google barely got done launching Android 2.3 Gingerbread and already 2.4 is being caught on camera. Dutch tech site Tweakers got to play with an Xperia Arc and were surprised to find 2.4 listed as the software version. After some poking around on the device, they concluded that the update was likely a small update for Gingerbread in the vein of Android 2.0 and 2.1, both of which were named Eclair. The biggest feature seems to be an uncompleted Google Talk app that would allow video calling -- a feature Google is including in the tablet-centric Honeycomb. It seems they got a hand on a very early version of the OS so we likely won't hear much about 2.4 for some time. [Tweakers via Engadget]
It seems a little strange to announce the Motorola Xoom (see our hands-on) twice, but Motorola Mobility's official press release comes with the promotional video attached, and we figure more than a few would want to see it. Again.
A cool new extended commercial for the LG Optimus 2X displays the power that the first dual core phone can bring. It shows off the speed, multitasking, HDMI mirroring, 1080p recording and more. Check it out after the break! [YouTube]
In addition to the overall Honeycomb preview also shown by Motorola and others, T-Mobile has also published full preview videos of the G-Slate's Browser, Books app, GTalk video calling, Gmail tablet app and much more. Take a full tour of Android 3.0 Honeycomb for yourself after the jump...
Today Motorola and AT&T announced the Motorola Atrix, arguably the most advance Android device to hit AT&T. For you tech folks, here’s the breakdown:
Android 2.2 (presumably upgradeable to Gingerbread Android 2.3) with MotoBlur (nope – they haven’t abandoned this branding).
NVIDIA Tegra dual core processor offering a total of 2GHz of processing.
4" QHD display with 24-bit color graphics.
1 GB RAM with 16 GB of onboard storage.
A micro SDHC slot that supports up to 32 GB for a total of 48 GB of useable storage space (HD video anyone?)
Fingerprint recognition reader ensures secure authenticated access past the lock screen.
Dual microphone noise recognition for clear crisp conference calls and video capture.
Front-facing VGA video camera for web conferencing and chat.
1930 mAh battery to power this monster device.
The most fascinating feature of this device is the HD Dock. The dock has an HDMI port that plugs into a monitor or TV for quick access to music, pictures, and videos. Motorola offers a unique and easy to use interface to access and display media content.
Another cool accessory is the Atrix laptop dock. The Atrix is running a full version of Firefox and Flash and is capable of displaying this content via the laptop dock, all powered by the phone. Road warriors will appreciate the ability to access the web, edit documents, and make calls without ever touching the phone.
Pricing and availability was not announced.
The Atrix will also be available on Bell Canada and Orange UK.
There was a familiar rumor floating around the Android world that Google has minimum hardware requirements for Honeycomb (3.0). The same rumor went around when we first heard about Gingerbread, but were quickly squandered by Googlers with inside knowledge of the situation. That is exactly why we were skeptical this time around when we heard that there were strict requirements for manufacturers; it turns out we were right to be suspicious.
Dan Morrill, who works for the Android team, tweeted confirmation that there are no minimum hardware requirements. So there you have it folks, no requirements from Google, just false rumors starting from misinformation. [Twitter]
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