The information for the Motorola Droid Bionic is flowing more heavily as well we move closer and and closer to seeing it finally arrive. The folks over at TechnoBuffalo appear to of have gotten their hands on all the spec information and as such have posted it up for all to see:
4.3-inch qHD display
Webtop Apps/Wireless Printing - Just like the Motorola Photon and the Droid 3 MotoPrint is on board. As well, Bedside mode, HDMI-out with mirroring and availability of a laptop dock just like the Motorola Atrix has
Zumocast - Is pre-loaded for streaming of content from the Droid Bionic
Camera - 8MP with LED flash, Front facing cam for video chat
Three Microphones - For enhanced call quality and noise control
Mobile Hotspot - Allowing up to 8 devices to be connected simultaneously
The info, looks as though it came from a user-guide or marketing material since it outlines each and every spec while telling you how exactly to work such things. You can find some more pics past the break.
Google Reader for Android just got a nice little update -- mainly that it's now optimized for tablets, too. You now have the basic two-pane system. Folders on the left, stories on the right. And it's all synced with your Google Reader account, just as it should be. Also noted in the app's changelog is that the "Mark Previous as Read" button is now a long-press function. Just FYI.
While Google Reader might not be the prettiest news reader for Honeycomb, but it's definitely one of the more useful ones. Download links are after the break.
We always like a little speculation and rumor when it comes to next-gen devices, so the news that ASUS' next-gen version of the ASUS EeePad Transformer will be the first tablet to make use of NVIDIA's Kal-El SoC appeals to us. The news comes from "multiple confirmed sources" and we'll just leave it at that. With CES happening in January, could ASUS be looking to give us some quad-core goodness ahead of time? We'll have to wait and see but it sure would be nice.
There's really no other way to put it -- Verizon's LTE rollout is putting other companies' 4G offerings to shame. Some 15 more cities are set to get Verizon's 4G data on Aug. 18, and 10 will see their coverage expanded. Here's the breakdown:
Here's one you see every now an then -- like when you're running a program that will root your phone without you doing any command line work. In a nutshell, USB debugging is a method of opening up your phone to work with the Android SDK. You can have the SDK installed on your computer all you want -- plugging in your phone won't do anything with it until you've turned on USB debugging.
Say what you want about Bing on Android -- and we've said plenty -- but it's always been a pretty visually stunning app, and darned useful, too. It was never the app itself we had a problem with -- it was a certain carrier (that might or might not start with a V) stripping out Google services on some top-shelf phones and replacing them with Bing.
But we digress. The standalone Bing app just got itself an update and is more beautiful than ever. The menus have been redone, bringing a bit of the Windows Phone 7 "Metro" user interface. All of the services remain -- they just look better.
For those who have been waiting for the opportunity to take panoramic pictures on your phone, the wait is over. Pano for Android is made by the same folks who developed the hit iOS app, and like the iOS app, it works really well.
Using Pano is simple: take your picture, line up the edge along the left of the picture, and continue snapping away until you're done taking your panoramic shot. When you're done, you click the check button and your images are merged. Simple. Painless. It's awesome.
Settings are pretty nonexistent in Pano. If you press menu, your only option is to enable or disable geotagging. On the main interface, you can only merge your pictures, take another, or rotate the orientation. And really, you shouldn't need to do much more than that.
A little niggle of mine (and maybe it's just me), is that the shutter button on my EVO 3D doesn't take a picture if I've got Pano open. Maybe it was designed for all of the button-less Android phones in mind, but now that I've got one, I want to use it, and I can't. Otherwise, Pano rocks.
Pano doesn't come free but it does come pretty cheap, weighing in at a mere $1.99 for unlimited panoramic pictures, cell phone-style. If you've been itching for this functionality and have been burned otherwise, it's definitely something I would consider buying.
A few more pictures and download links are after the break.
Been wondering where the Gingerbread update for the original Droid Incredible is, since it's been "coming soon" for a few days now? We'd originally heard that the update was supposed to push to 10,000 people on Aug. 16, with another 50,000 today, and everybody else on Friday.
Looks like that's been delayed. A post in Verizon's DInc support forums breaks the bad news:
Everyone, I apologize for the inconvenience, but the update has been delayed. Our product team is going through more testing. Once we know for sure when the update is coming, we will post more info.
Rumors of a white Droid Incredible 2 have been floating around for a while now. And it looks like Best Buy -- no stranger to exclusive color schemes -- will be peddling the pale paint job. Our tipster is seeing an "in-stock" date of Aug. 21, but that might or might not mean it'll be available for purchase this Sunday.
The good news is the price still looks about right -- $149 after contract. One more pic is after the break.
Not a whole lot going on here you couldn't have guessed, but Radio Shack -- along with Sprint, of course -- is prepping for Sunday's launch of the Samsung Conquer 4G. That's Sprint's new mid-range 4G offering, with a 3.5-inch display and 1GHz process. It'll be available for $69 on contract.
This one tickling anyone's fancy? Or tickling anything else?
You are the toughest of Android users. You punch bears in the face, drink motor oil, and grind rocks to dust with a simple clench of your hand. You're the fiercest of the lot, but you need to make sure your phone is equally protected. For you, there is but one option: the Seidio CONVERT Combo for HTC EVO 3D.
An all-around, full-phone protection solution, we're looking at three separate parts that, when combined, form the Voltron of the cell phone case universe. On the farthest inner layer, there's a Seidio Innocase II Surface, keeping your phone wrapped up nice and snug. On top of that is a tight-fitting, dust-proof, rubberized skin, ensuring your phone can survive any tumbles and drops (probably from your bear-punching escapades). On top of that is a six-prong hard plastic skeleton, wrapping it's insect-like hooks around the whole thing, like the terrifyingly safe hug from an armored beetle.
You're also looking at total lens coverage, with a folding rubber flap that exposes the lenses for when you just need to have proof to show your friends. As a matter of fact, the only part of the phone not completely dust covered and wrapped up is the 2D/3D switch next to the shutter button. Aside from that, nothing is breaking into this fort.
There's also an included hip holster, because this whole operation adds a fair bit of bulk to the phone's otherwise svelte slimness. But you knew that, and for what you're doing, you're willing to sacrifice a little bit of pocket space to know your newest investment comes home as safe and sound each night as you do.
We've briefly mentioned this one before, but I thought it was so awesome, it deserved a full-blown review. It's the Captain America Live Wallpaper, and while it looks good on a phone, it looks even better on a tablet.
It's as straightforward as they come, with no settings menu to speak of. You either use it as your wallpaper or you don't. In stock Captain America fashion, the shield repels bullets that you can activate by touching the screen.
Once you've picked it as your wallpaper, you can change the angle of the shield by swiping around your screens. When you're on your home screen, it's perfectly centered. Swipe left and right and the angle changes appropriately. Simple, but awesome.
Performance is fine, with the Tegra-2 never missing a beat, so there's no screen lag whatsoever. To top it off, if you tap on the Captain America icon that'll be added to your home screen, a menu pops up that allows you to set the wallpaper and buy the Sentinel of Liberty game, and it has some rockin', heroic music.
It's a free install, so if you enjoy the comic books, the movie, or just feel like being really patriotic, get to the Market and start downloadin'.
More pictures and download links are after the break.
Remember the Acer phone with the massive 4.8-inch screen? There's a good possibility not, but we first went hands on with the device at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and things have been a little quiet since it appeared at the FCC in April.
Now though, according to the official Facebook page of Acer Germany, the device is slated to launch some time in September for €499 ($710). The device page is live on Acer's official site, but with no information on price and availability.
Back at MWC the specs were pretty tasty, but as time has passed it by and the smartphone world is populated by dual core super phones, will the Smart still be able to cut it?
No word as yet on availability in other countries, but if you like to get your mobile movie viewing on, this could still be worth a look.
Check out our initial hands on video after the break.
What's all this then? Look, we're finally getting used to the idea that we might actually see the Motorola Droid Bionic released sometime in 2011, and now this little slice of sexy has showed up. Engadget was slipped a few pics of the as-yet unannounced device, with a couple of them showing it lounging next to the upcoming Verizon DB.
Let's start with what you can actually see in the pictures. There's no carrier branding on this thing, and note the different style of menu button. That could mean it's a prototype, or it could mean it's not intended for Verizon, never mind the Droid name. But we've seen EVO make the leap from Sprint in the U.S. to the GSM networks in Europeand in Canada, so there's that to consider.
The power button appears to have been moved to the right-hand bezel, a la every Samsung phone of the past year or so. It's sitting above the volume rocker. There's a front-facing camera, natch, and an "HD" camera with flash that will record video in 1080p. Been there, done that. HDMI and microUSB ports round things out. On that front.
More intriguing are the pictures of what appear to be a humungous removable battery. No doubt it's larger because it's also thinner, and the entire device is shown as being thinner than the Droid Bionic. And there's also the side-loaded (as in on the outside of the phone, on the left-hand bezel) SIM and microSD card slots. External SD card slots are few and far between, never mind SIM card slots.
Anyhoo. Place your bets as to where this puppy will end up. But if it's a sign of Motorola design to come, the next crop could be very interesting.
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