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3 years ago

Sony Ericsson: We made mistakes in 2010, but we've learned from them

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Sony Ericsson has admitted making mistakes in the mobile realm in 2010 and has insisted that they have learned from them. Steve Walker, who is the acting Global Head of Marketing for Sony Ericsson, gave a telling one-on-one interview last week at CES

Walker admitted to not anticipating the interest that Android OS attracted and how important sleek hardware would be. He said that at Sony Ericsson, they always were aware of interest in hardware, but considered it less significant than software; according to Walker, that has changed to make them almost equal now. 

Despite the mistakes with the Xperia line of phones, Walker insists that it has made them stronger: 

“As we do every year, we’ve taken those learnings and applied them to the new products in the new portfolio. We do think we’ve taken a big step forward for 2011.”

Sony certainly made headlines at CES by introducing a very suave device, the Xperia Arc, which was the only phone announced in Las Vegas shipping with Gingerbread (Jerry loves to point this out).

Last year, complaints mounted about outdated software and slow updates from the phone manufacturer. This may be a sign that they have righted the ship and will now become one of the premier Android players. 

Does this sway you in any way towards purchasing the Xperia Arc? [Pocket-Lint]

For more on Sony Ericsson's latest device, check out our Xperia Arc forum

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3 years ago

EVO camera troubles, Thunderbolt Sense and Droid X GMail sync not working [from the forums]

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We've made it halfway through this week and even though we thought news and announcements might have slowed a little bit after CES that doesn't seem to be the case. More news, more announcements to keep us busy, hopefully right up until Mobile World Congress where we hope to have some excitement happen as well. Hit the forums folks and join us as we discuss some of the most recent happenings in the Android world.

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3 years ago

Samsung Forte is an LTE device headed to MetroPCS

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Samsung appears close to launching another 4G LTE phone, this time on the MetroPCS network. The phone, dubbed the Forte, is a horizontal-QWERTY slider that will come with Android 2.2 (Froyo). The Forte is also expected to have a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, 5MP camera and a microSD slot. 

MetroPCS customers can rejoice in the fact that more LTE devices are coming their way. The more options the better and the Forte looks to be a solid choice. [Samsung Hub

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3 years ago

WSJ confirms our scoop that Verizon's changing its upgrade policy

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Guess that makes it official, folks. The Wall Street Journal has confirmed the news we broke more than a week ago -- that Verizon's ending the NE2 program and that customers on two-year contracts will have to go through 20 months of their 24-month contract before upgrading. Couple more days, and they can confirm the one we broke about Verizon switching to a 14-day return policy. In the meantime, we ask that you all direct your displeasure in the comments below. Namaste. [WSJ]

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3 years ago

U.S. Cellular offering buy-one-get-one sale in time for Valentine's Day

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U.S. Cellular has just hit us up with a press release that also serves as a reminder for all you guys out there. Valentine's Day is coming so from now, up until Feb. 17, US Cellular is offering a buy one - get one sale on all Android powered devices and that even includes the Samsung Galaxy Tab. So if your significant other has been harassing lovingly asking for a new device, you may want to hit up US Cellular at some point. Full press release is after the break for you all. [US Cellular]

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3 years ago

Google Translate turns a year old, gets new 'Conversation Mode'

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One of the coolest little projects Google's been working on over the past year has been its translation features. And the Google Translate app just turned 1 and got a pretty major update with a bunch of UI improvements -- and one very cool experimental feature.

Conversation Mode is "optimized to allow you to communicate fluidly with a nearby person in another language." Basically you and whomever you're speaking to talk into the phone, and it translates both sides of the conversation in near-real time. It's only for Spanish and English right now, and is still in its infancy. But this is very, very cool, and is likely to save our butts in a month in Spain. Check out the dearly demo from the IFA conference after the break. [Google]

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3 years ago

SPB Migration Tool looks to ease the pain of switching mobile platforms

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Getting a new device is an awesome and fun experience for people. That said, something that's not fun when switching from different platforms is the hassle of transferring your data from your old device to your new one. Contacts and numbers are easy if you're using a GSM device but what about your text messages, call logs or browser bookmarks? SPB has released a new tool, which looks to help ease that pain for you. The SPB Migration Tool is now available for Symbian S60 3rd edition and up as well as Windows Mobile 5 and later Professional edition users looking to migrate to a Android 2.1 and higher devices.

SPB Migration Tool offers two ways to transfer your data from your old device to your new one. The first being a simple MicroSD swap exchange where your contacts, text messages, call logs and more are all saved and then become transferable. In the case where a MicroSD cannot be used, online transfer is done safely and securely through an online portal. The SPB Migration Tool is available now for $9.95 in the Android Market. Press release is available after the break and more details can be found on the SPB website. [SPB]

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3 years ago

T-Mobile UK backs down on data allowance cut

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Yesterday we reported on T-Mobile UK's reduction of its customers mobile data limits to just 500MB per month, resulting in a chain of angry comments and retweets. Now it appears that the network has backed down slightly, relaxing the rules for its current subscribers.

Lysa Hardy, VP of T-Mobile UK, explains that the carrier has "reviewed" its policy and decided that existing customers will be exempt from the new 500MB limit for the life of their contracts. New sign-ups, however, will still be subject to the new limit.

“On Monday 10 January 2011 we announced that, in line with the rest of the industry, T-Mobile would be reducing its Fair Use Policy for data usage to 500MB a month for all mobile phone customers. Following a further review of our policy, these changes will now be introduced from 1 February, to new and upgrading customers only - not existing customers.

There will be no change to the data packages for existing customers for the duration of their contract and we apologise for any confusion caused. The revision to the Fair Use Policy is designed to ensure an improved quality of service for all mobile internet users."

This is great news for Android users on T-Mobile UK, who will have their fair-use limit set at 3GB until the end of their contracts. When renewal time rolls around, they'll have the option of switching carriers if they want to use more than 500MB per month. [T-Mobile UK]

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3 years ago

Sprint drops on-contract price of Galaxy Tab to $299

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Sprint has just dropped the price of the Galaxy Tab to $299 -- but only if you sign up for a 2-year contract. Plans will run you $30 per month for 2GB of data or $60 for 5GB. It is the cheapest way to get your hands on a Tab right now, but keep in mind that the WiFi-only version is coming this quarter. Check it out past the link. [Sprint]

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3 years ago

Motorola Atrix 4G full ad video now posted online

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Motorola had previously given a sneak peak at their upcoming ad campaign for the Motorola Atrix 4G at CES but now, they've gone ahead and posted the full commercial to their YouTube account. While it's still just an ad, it's a pretty darn cool one. Although, it might come off as a little confusing to those who may not "get" the commercial but maybe that's what Motorola is hoping for. Play on peoples curiosity and make them want to learn more. You can check out our full hands on video or hit the break for the new ad. [ShareMoto]

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