It is no secret that Intel has been late to the ARM-dominated mobile industry, but the chip giant is looking to get in to the fight in a pair of big initiatives. The first is getting Honeycomb to run on various Atom tablets that could see Windows and even MeeGo as possible boot options alongside Android. Intel had enough clout with Google to get the Honeycomb source code, which still has not been released to the AOSP. Expect to see tablets with this setup later this year.
The second is to get Android up and running on smartphones with Intel chips. While we have seen tech demos before, there has not been a commercial release for an Intel-powered smartphone yet. Intel is hoping to change that within the next 12 months. Intel said that testing on the carriers' networks was the biggest holdup at this point. [Intel via Engadet, The Register]
Fascinate owners rejoice! At last, the only one of the U.S. Samsung Galaxy S phones still stuck on Eclair is now getting... Froyo! Verizon Wireless announced this morning that it will begin the update process tomorrow, April 21, available as a manual update (i500.ED01) with step-by-step instructions from the Fascinate's support site.
This update will bring a lot of welcomed Froyo goodies including, Adobe Flash support, the JIT (just-in-time) complier (to boost overall performance and get those Linpack scores out of the dumps), and the ability to move applications to the SD card. Bing Voice Search is also included, however controversial that may be. So enjoy getting your Froyo on tomorrow you patient Fascinate users! A full list of the changes in the update is after the jump. [Phone Scoop]
Here's a Samsung Droid Charge two-for -- marketing materials show up at Verizon stores, and accessories show up at resellers. Above we see some literature from a Verizon retail store that showed up today (April 20). After the break we have a couple snaps of Droid Charge cases that have shown up at a third party reseller location. Now we're not saying that store materials or cases mean a launch date is just around the corner (hello there Thunderbolt!), but seeing them arrive has to means it's getting close. Bring on that SAMOLED! [Android Central forums] Thanks, nick1020 and anonymous!
Seesmic for Android -- a certain Android Central editor's Twitter client of choice -- just updated to version 1.7 and brings along a few interesting additions. First and foremost is home screen shortcuts. You can now add direct links to individual Twitter streams. So, when I want to check to see your replies to @androidcentral, I no longer have to dive through the app to do so. Or you can add a shortcut to directly post to Facebook via Seesmic. Or you can add a shortcut to a list. Nice.
And almost as exciting is the addition of instant translations and automatic spam reporting. Double nice. Hit up the download links after the break to give it a go. [Seesmic]
Toshiba has finally unveiled their 10.1 inch Honeycomb tablet, dubbed the Toshiba Regza AT300 -- at least in Japan. It's the same delicious bit of hardware we got to play with at CES, and have seen plastered all over Newegg.com as the Toshiba "Ant". The tablet packs a Tegra 2 and a full 1 GB of RAM under the hood, has both full-size and mini USB ports, HDMI out, and now we learn it will integrate with Toshiba's other Regza products, like Televisions and Blu-ray players.
The Regza AT300 is scheduled for a June release in Japan, checking in at 60,000 Yen -- or about $720. That's a bit higher than the previous pricing of $449 - $579 we've seen, but we can't base US pricing on the Japanese model. No word on when to expect this in the west, but we certainly hope it isn't too far off. Hit the break to see our hands-on. [Toshiba (Japanese) via Mobile Burn]
Congratulations, Samsung fans. Samsung Mobile has just released another commercial for their soon-to-be-hit phone, the Galaxy S2, and it continues to prove that this is definitely the everyman's phone.
I think we can all recall a time when we've been in an icy tundra, hands shaking too much to text. Now, instead of living out our last moments terrified, lonely, and cold, we can just message our closest buddy to send the dogsled along. If that's not quality, I don't know what is.
So hit up the video, watch it, and enjoy. But when you're done, ask yourself: Can Steve's newfangled iPhone do that?
Good news Atrix fans -- Motorola has released a method to return your Atrix 4G back to the official stock software if you have the need. Folks running 4.1.51 or 4.1.52 can now revert back to "approved" builds should they run into issues, or just want to be ready for the rumored HSUPA update.
While it's still not as hacker-friendly as we would like it to be, not leaving users who adventured outside the safety of stock firmware out in the cold is good news. Android Central forums adviser Terrigno has a forum thread up and running for discussion, problems, and solutions -- be sure to check it out. [Motorola via Android Central forums]
Fear not, people of Earth. Your weeklong national Skype nightmare is over. The essential communications app has plugged that security hole we didn't actually sweat too much over -- the one where some of your data, and your contacts data, was stored insecurely. And to show there are no hard feelings, tucked into this morning's update is "Calling over your 3G connection is available worldwide - now including the US." This opens up 3G calling to everyone, not just Verizon customers like we've seen so far.
Now doesn't that make you feel better? Snag the update in the Android Market, and we've got download links after the break.
Update: And Skype's chimed in, saying on its security blog:
We have had no reported examples of any 3rd party malicious application misusing information from the Skype directory on Android devices and will continue to monitor closely. Please rest assured that we do take your privacy and security very seriously and we sincerely apologise for any concern this issue may have caused.
The LG G2X will be available on T-Mobile store shelves when stores open today. The G2X has been a web exclusive for the past few days, but if you're the type who needs to hold a phone in your hands before you fork over $200 and two years, today is your day. A Tegra 2, front facing camera, 4 inch screen, and stock Android 2.2 make this phone quite attractive to many (including yours truly) so we're all expecting big things from this one. You'll find the G2X forums are a great place to share thoughts, ideas, and even problems with LG's latest offering. I'll see you there!
As of April 20 (that's today) the G-Slate is available from T-Mobile for $529 with a two-year agreement and after a $100 rebate. The G-Slate packs a Tegra 2 CPU, an 8.9 inch screen, 32 GB of internal storage and has the ability to play and record video in 3D. T-Mobile also reminds us that the G-Slate "wins hands down on price and network speed" when compared to the competition when comparably spec'd.
Online ordering should be available soon, and once stores open in the morning the G-Slate should be on the shelves. Will it live up to the hype? That's the real question. Discuss it in the forums. [T-Mobile]
Sony Ericsson posted their first-quarter earnings for 2011 earlier today and despite lower sales figures, their outlook is positive. Total revenue dropped 19% year-over-year to 1,145 million Euros (~$1.64 billion USD) down from 1,405 million Euros. However, the average selling price for devices increased from 134 to 141 Euros (~$202 USD). This increase was due to a move away from feature phones and towards smartphones.
With the releases of the Xperia PLAY, Xperia arc, and Xperia neo towards the end of Q1, the rest of 2011 looks to be promising for Sony Ericsson. Another factor that may play a role in SE's success is providing an unlockable bootloader on their phones, a move that's challenging where the rest of the industry seems to be headed.
Some noteworthy highlights are included with the full press release after the break. [Sony Ericsson]
HTC announced today that it's launching a roadshow tour of the UK and Ireland, starting this Friday and Saturday at the Trafford Centre in Manchester and continuing until the end of May. The show is open to the public, and will feature an interactive HTC Sense wall, along with "current and upcoming" HTC devices to play with. The HTC Flyer is mentioned by name, and we're hoping to see the Sensation there too, as it's HTC's biggest upcoming phone.
The HTC roadshow will stop by other major cities over the following month. Join us after the jump for the complete tour schedule, and the accompanying press release. We'll be stopping by this weekend to take a look at some of HTC's new toys. Let us know in the comments if you plan on doing the same during the next month. [HTC Roadshow]
Following in the proud steps of the Droid 2 R2-D2 and the Droid X before that, it looks like Verizon is kicking off it's latest cross-country, Droid-finding bonanza.
The latest tweet from @DroidLanding -- it's back! -- tipped us off to the mystery-in-progress, but not much else. The message is as uninformative and cryptic as ever, but it's good to know that "field agents await instructions."
So what phone are we looking for? The Droid X2? The Droid Charge? Droid Incredible 2? It's hard to say at this point, but we know the jig is up, the game is on. So grab your pocket protectors and sharpen up your sleuthing skills, because it's about time we found those Droids we were looking for. [@DroidLanding] Thanks, @holmesbrandon!
A lot of folks when picking up an Android device for the first time often have a lot of questions and concerns. Luckily, we're here to help out and address some of those questions and concerns for you all. With plenty of tips and tricks and how-to's the forums are a great spot to get started. Check out some of the threads below to get started:
Spacetime Studios is celebrating the 1-year anniversary of Pocket Legends by giving away premium access to all new and existing users until Monday, May 4, 2011. If you're not familiar with Pocket Legends, it is the world’s largest 3D Mobile MMO available in the Android Market and they have the statistics to prove it:
Upwards of 3 million people have played Pocket Legends
Pocket Legends is currently played in 200 countries
Pocket Legends has been updated more than 200 times
Quite a feat these days with the competition for gaming on Android that is out there. If you're looking to learn more, you can jump on past the break for the full press release as well as the download link. The game is free to install and with the anniversary celebrations happening now, you'll get some bonus free access to try out. [Space Time Studios]