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3 years ago

Australian Nexus S left without Super AMOLED display

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Bad news for anyone in Australia considering picking up the Nexus S when it's released on Vodafone over there. It looks like the Aussie version of the device will be missing the Super AMOLED display found on other Nexus S models, instead replacing it with a Super LCD screen.

Vodafone announced earlier this week that it'd be carrying the Nexus S in 24 countries, though right now it's unknown whether any other territories will have to settle for an AMOLED-less Nexus S. The fact that the Super AMOLED model appeared on a Vodafone Germany preview site suggests that the situation may well vary from country to country, in line with rumors floating around towards the end of 2010. [Vodafone]

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3 years ago

Backstage MWC pics reveal invading army of Android

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Some interesting photos of the Android stand at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona have appeared via tweets from BBC Click. The Click team apparently managed to sneak backstage and grab some shots of the stand itself and an invading army of Android mascots, some of which were still in the process of being assembled.

We'll be at MWC 2011 all week, so stay tuned for continual coverage of the bevy of new Android phones and tablets that are sure to emerge. Join us after the jump for more backstage photos. [BBCClick on Twitter]

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S 2 and 10.1-inch Honeycomb tablet info leaked

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Looks like somebody got a little ahead of themselves and posted up some Samsung device info before they were supposed to. An image of the Samsung Galaxy S 2 has now appeared online and to go along with it, some of the specs were apparently revealed as well. The images are now gone and the Korean text remains but for now have a look at the specs for the Samsung Galaxy S 2.

  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • 4.3-inch display
  • 1GHz dual-core processor
  • HSPA+
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi
  • Weight: 116g, 8.49mm thick

Just in case that wasn't enough of a leak, there was also some talk of a new 10.1 inch Honeycomb tablet and some of its specs. 1GHz dual-core processor, 8 megapixel camera with HD video recording. Sounds mighty fine to us. Of course, we'll have to wait see how this all pans out. [via Engadget, Paran, Samsung Hub] Thanks, Chris!

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3 years ago

LG Optimus 2X caught on camera powering Unreal Engine 3

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Infinity Blade and Gears of War developer Epic Games revealed a few weeks ago that its Unreal Engine 3 technology was already up and running on Android, and now we have proof in the form of a video shot by Italian site Tecnophone.it.

During a demonstration of the Optimus 2X by LG, the manufacturer showed its Tegra 2-powered device running the "Epic Citadel" tech demo on the phone and a connected HDTV simultaneously. The demo looks great in TV mirroring mode, which is all the more impressive considering it's running from a handheld device

Epic's middleware has already powered popular iOS games like Infinity Blade and Dungeon Defenders, and the fact that the same tech is running so well on bleeding-edge Android devices can only mean great things for the future of Android gaming.

Join us after the jump to check out the video for yourself. [Tecnophone]

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3 years ago

And Motorola Xoom contest winner is

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Congrats go out to James Buckey of Ohio, the winner of the Motorola Xoom tablet from Android Central and Wyse Technology.  With almost 2,000 entries to go through, the folks at Wyse Technology have picked James' winning post describing how Pocket Cloud helps him do what he needs to do better.

"I currently am the IT director at a K12 district in southeastern ohio. The combination of the Xooms hardware with Honeycomb and Wyse's Pockecloud would have a tremendous impact on the currently daunting task of managing 750+ Windows clients. Even with a notebook, trying to keep mobile is difficult with an average battery life of 2 hours. Potentially with Pocketcloud, I could manage a great percentage of these users while not worrying about finding an outlet. On the merits Pocketcloud alone, I would gain the ability to manage tasks ranging from simple user assistance to extremely mobile virus removal and perhaps interacting with an interactive whiteboard without the use of another unneeded proprietary wireless slate. In short, my dream of effective and simple remote management of my constituents may be one step closer to reality."

Congratulations and best wishes go out to you James, and enjoy your new Motorola Xoom!

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3 years ago

HTC Thunderbolt set at $249 on contract, $749 full retail pricing at Best Buy

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Looks like some of those pre-launch pricing rumors are starting to ring true for the HTC Thunderbolt. The above Best Buy ad shows the device ringing in at $249.99 for a 2-year contract. But if you're looking to get some HTC Thunderbolt love with no contract then you're going to be paying $749.99 at Best Buy. For anyone keeping track, that's only about $50 less then a Motorola XOOM. Suddenly, the XOOM pricing looks a lot better by comparison.  Feel free to express some rage in the Thunderbolt forums. [Droid -Life]

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3 years ago

Android tablets at work in Indian buses

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Want to ride in style?  In India, trips on the bus don't have to be a boring affair now that the government is providing free use of seven inch Android tablets, built right into the back of the headrest.  Simply log in (your account and credentials are remembered for next time) and you have complete use of these generic Android tablets to watch video, use maps, check your bank account -- just about anything you can do with a tablet running Android.  The best part is that it's absolutely free for the passengers. 

Bring this to the US now, please.  Until then, there's another pic and a video after the break.  Thanks Kartik!

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3 years ago

Sonos controller for Android coming soon

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Just in case you happen to be the owner of a Sonos audio system (Mr. Moneybags, you), know that Sonos hasn't forgotten the vast amount of Android users out there. In fact, they've been working hard on their official Sonos controller and even a new system for Android. You can head on over to their product page, fill in your email and they'll let you know when the app becomes available for all. You can hit the break for a video of the app in action or just click on the source link for more details. [Sonos]

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3 years ago

ThunderBolt excitement continues to build

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Now that we know the launch date for the HTC ThunderBolt, you'd think the excitement might die down just a tad. But it's quite the opposite, actually, as here we have more pics from what appears to be the inside of a Verizon store, with signage and a dummy phone.

Can't say we blame you guys. We've actually seen and used the ThunderBolt, and it's a solid LTE Android smartphone. So just a couple weeks to go, folks. In the meantime, feel free to wait in our ThunderBolt forums.

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3 years ago

Sports Illustrated Android apps (phone and tablet) now available

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Sports Illustrated has launched its official Android applications in the Android Market. Available for phones and tablets with Android 2.1 and above, the sports news magazine published by Time Inc. has a trio of pricing plans:

  • Print/Digital (Samsung Galaxy/Android Smartphone/Web): $48 annually or $4.99/month
  • Digital Only: $3.99/month
  • Current print subscribers have free access to the digital package throughout the remainder of their term 

We took a look recently at the tablet version of Sports Illustrated (Market link) on the Motorola Xoom, and it was pretty darn striking. (Check out the video after the break.) It's the same principal on the phone. You download the edition, and get all the content -- and then some -- right there on your phone. Download links are after the break. [Time Inc.]

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