The long-awaited Xperia Play from Sony Ericsson -- often referred to as the "PlayStation Phone" -- is finally hitting store shelves and some mailboxes, too. This phone has been rumored by the gaming community for the past few years, but really started getting some buzz Fall of 2010. From rumors, to leaks, devices in the wild, and weird Super Bowl commercials, this guy has been on a wild trip. But after all the hype and buzz around this gaming-phone, does it all finally come together and make the ultimate portable gaming-phone? You'll have to find out in our full review, but for now, hit the jump to read some initial hands-on impressions.
Although it took a little longer then what I'm sure most of us would have preferred, Motorola has now issued a fix for anyone who has been experiencing banking applications not working on their Motorola Atrix. The issue arose shortly after the 4.1.83 update was released and while it didn't affect all banking applications, it did affect quite a few.
In order to get things up and running again, you can now grab the Atrix Certificate Updater from the Android Market. Keep in mind though, the updater only works of you're on software version 4.1.83 but that shouldn't be a problem considering anyone having the issue would have had to of installed that update. Jump on past the break for the download link.
We're all pleased as punch that HTC has decided to shake things up a bit and stop locking the bootloader on its Android devices. Cheers to the manufacturer for listening to the vocal minority, and for realizing the value that this will bring to its brand. We'll get the full details, as well as answers to questions like when this policy goes into effect, as soon as we can. In the meantime, there's a lot of questions about exactly what all this bootloader noise means.
We're going to try to answer those questions, in as non-geeky a way as possible. Hit the break, and have a read.
This week we’re getting a better look at the mysterious Samsung SPH-D600, that entry-level WiMax device said to be destined for Sprint's 4G network. We first saw the prototype a few weeks back but now we’re getting a look at it in all of its blurrycam glory. Again, it looks like this will be a Gingerbread-powered device, with 1GHz processor under the hood, a 480 x 320 resolution screen, and 3.2 MP rear facing camera with a front-facer as well. One thing we're still a little unclear on is whether or not this device will have the slide-out keyboard recent rumors have been suggesting. Regardless, "entry-level" is starting to look pretty darn attractive, wouldn't you say? Still no word on when the D600 will be hitting Sprint, or what name it’ll carry, but you can be sure we’ll pass along all of the information as soon as it becomes available. Hit the break for the rest of the D600's impromptu photoshoot.
EA makes some outstanding games, and getting them on sale is a great way to have some fun with your Android phone. I'll be grabbing Worms in a few hours, what games are you guys looking forward to trying? Sound off!
The update will be pushed late tonight. If you go to bed, it should be waiting for you in the morning. West Coast members and night owls may be up to see it.
It’s a good idea to keep your phone charged if possible and plugged in overnight. You don’t have to keep it on, but you can.
If you are rooted, you must flash back to the standard Droid X software to receive the update. (Even then we can’t guarantee the update will work.)
Again, that's for the folks who got in on Motorola's initial testing. We're willing to bet someone will leak out the update file for manual installation. But it sounds the vast majority of us will have to wait until early next week -- likely after the Memorial Day Holiday.
Whoa, nelly. We interrupt this regularly scheduled Android Central Podcast to bring you the breaking news that HTC no longer will be locking bootloaders. And in other news, we rant a bit on streaming DRM and talk about the new Google Wallet. Listen in!
Just the other day it was confirmed Mojang studios would be bringing its mobile version of Minecraft exclusively to the Xperia Play. Now, they've gone ahead an unleashed just a small taste of what is to be fully unveiled at this years E3 Expo taking place June 7-9, at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Go ahead; click play on the video to see it in action. Just don't blame us if you happen to drool all over the place and short circuit some electronics. Drop a note in the comments when you get cleaned up, and let us know what you think. Now if you'll excuse me -- I have to see how much an Xperia Play is going to cost me.
TouchType this morning announced Swiftkey X, the latest iteration of its on-screen keyboard which is now in public beta status. Long known for its word-prediction capability, Swiftkey's got a new look, and new features.
First and foremost is the setup process. Swiftkey's new guide will walk you through downloading a language pack, installing and enabling the keyboard, and then the option of tying into your Facebook, Gmail or Twitter accounts.
Swiftkey has also seen improvements to its "fluency" engine, specifically with the addition of "Personal Input Modeling," which adjusts the touch-sensitive regions of the keyboard depending on how accurately you type.
Pretty cool, eh?
Now the important part: Swiftkey X is available on any smartphone running Android 2.x or above. It's a free upgrade for current paid users, and it's downloadable in the Android Market. We've got video with the Swiftkey folks as well as the full press release after the break.
Well, that didn't take long at all. Having only announced Google Wallet yesterday, Google is already facing some distaste for the service from the competition, namely -- PayPal. Summed up in what turned out to be a 28 page PDF statement.
PayPal is claiming protection of trade secrets as the reason for the lawsuit, and that Google allegedly lured PayPal executives Osama Bedier and former general manager and vice president of PayPal Merchant Services Stephanie Tilenius away from PayPal.
If what PayPal alleges turns out to be true, then we're guessing this will be a long drawn out case that could have some serious implications for those involved.
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