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2 years ago

Google wants to hear your ideas about Android's core apps

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If you're a Google+ user (and if not, hit the forums and get you an invite!) and have ideas how Google can improve Android's core apps like the calendar, contacts, email, etc., Attila Bodis, Android applications engineering manager, wants to hear from you.  He's set up a threaded post at Google+ asking for feedback and ideas, and even Andy Rubin has chimed in to participate.  Like Atilla says, he won't be able to reply personally to every message, but they're reading them, and some great ones should come out of this.  Be sure to head over and share your thoughts at the source link below!

Source: +Atilla Bodis

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2 years ago

Adobe announces 'AIR App Challenge' and Flash Player support for Sony Tablets

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With the new Sony S1 and S2 tablets set to hit the market soon, Sony has now teamed up with Adobe for a couple of things. The first, being the announcement that all Sony tablets will indeed support Adobe Flash when they arrive at retailers. The second, being a new contest for Adobe AIR developers.

The ‘Adobe AIR App Challenge Sponsored by Sony’ contest offers developers a chance to win $200,000 in total cash prizes and the promotion of the application on ”Sony Tablet” devices. Adobe and Sony are challenging developers and content publishers to build breakthrough mobile apps optimized for the S1 and S2 tablets. The contest will give selected developers pre-release access to “Sony Tablet” prototypes and the latest version of Adobe tools. Contest categories include Entertainment, Lifestyle and Community, Games, Business and Productivity, and Innovation. A panel of Adobe, Sony and third party judges will evaluate application submissions based on quality and performance, innovation and creativity, as well as overall user experience. The contest is open to submissions from the U.S., Japan, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the U.K.

The contest opens up to everyone today, if you're interested in learning more you'll find the full press release below or you can click on the source link to be taken to the AIR app challenge website directly.

Source: Adobe

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2 years ago

Sony's S2 tablet headed to AT&T, will sport HSPA+

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Sony's S2 tablet, which posed for some close up shots the other day, is headed to AT&T. The carrier announced this morning that upon launch, the dual-screen device will work on their 4G HSPA+ network.

The S2 sports two 5.5-inch touchscreens, which can be used separately or as one large canvass. (Sound familiar?) Pricing will be announced at launch, which is unknown as well.

AT&T is vamping up its 4G offering and more tablets is the next logical step. Look for the S2 tablet "later this year." See the full press release after the break.

Source: AT&T

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2 years ago

Motorola Xoom drops to $499 in Canada

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While Woot is currently offering the Motorola Xoom for $399 as a refurb, that will only last for a while. Future Shop locations across Canada have now started offering something a little more solid. Right now, you can pick up a Motorola Xoom WiFi for only $499 -- that's exactly $100 off what it was previously for Canadians. Any takers?

Source: Future Shop

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2 years ago

Verizon puts LTE into the Cisco Cius tablet for businesses

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Hey, all you IT types. You might recognize the Android-powered Cisco Cius tablet above -- we first told you about it more than a year ago. Today, Verizon has announced that it's putting its LTE muscle behind it, giving its enterprise and government customers the option of moving secure video conferencing and messaging from the boardroom to the road.

The Cius tablet, as you'll recall, sports 7-inch high-resolution color screen, an Intel Atom 1.6-GHz processor, 32GB of flash memory to store marketplace apps, a detachable/replaceable 8-hour battery, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0 and 3G/4G data, Cisco collaboration applications, an HD soundstation, HD audio, 720p HD video with Cisco TelePresence for video conferencing and integrated security.

Again, this isn't a tablet for the masses. But for road warriors and corporate types, it could be pretty juicy. Presser's after the break.

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2 years ago

Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro coming 'late September' in UK

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Sony Ericsson is now listing the new keyboard-toting Xperia Pro on its official UK store, with availability slated for "late September". This sees the phone slipping further into late Q3, following earlier delays which saw it miss its Q2 release window.

The phone will launch at SIM-free price point of £349.99 (~$560), which is comparable to what you'll pay for an Xperia Neo right now. It'll also come with a number of premium features that've already impressed us on current SE devices, including an 8.1MP Exmor R camera, Mobile Bravia Engine and HDMI connectivity.

With the HTC Desire Z looking increasingly long in the tooth, there's a shortage of decent mid to high-end Android QWERTY sliders in Europe right now. We'll be watching to see if Sony Ericsson can take advantage of this gap in the market this September.

Source: Sony Ericsson Store; via: Engadget

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2 years ago

Australia's Telstra network gets the HTC Sensation

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The HTC Sensation -- one of our favorite Android smartphones of the year so far -- is headed to Australia by way of the Telstra network. Same 4.3-inch qHD screen, Android 2.3, Sense 3.0 and that dual-core processor.

It also sports the TelstraOne app, which brings news, sports and weather feeds direct to the home screen.

Telstra Business customers can purchase the HTC Sensation on $59 Business Mobile Maximiser Plan with an additional handset payment of$13 per month (min cost is $1,728 over 24 months). This plan includes $550 worth of eligible calls, unlimited standard national text and 1.5GB of data to use in Australia each month.

It is also available to purchase for RRP $792 outright.

Source: HTC

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2 years ago

Verizon offers sign-up page for more Droid Bionic info

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Chances are when there's news regarding the Motorola Droid Bionic on Verizon, you'll hear it here first. But we'll play along. Verizon's offering up an e-mail sign-up form to "receive details and launch dates so you can be one of the first to get the Droid Bionic." Which is nice, but it doesn't really give any more insight into when the darn thing will finally be available.

Sign up: Verizon Droid Bionic

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2 years ago

T-Mobile doubles 4G speed in 56 markets

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T-Mobile increased the theoretical speed of its 4G network in 56 markets throughout the United States to a blistering 42 Mbps, which TMo calls, appropriately enough, HSPA+ 42. That brings its 4G coverage to more than 170 million people in 152 markets.

The markets getting the increase are:

Laredo, Texas Lynchburg, Va. Manchester, N.H. Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn. New Haven, Conn. Ogden, Utah Providence, R.I. Provo, Utah Raleigh-Cary, N.C. Redding, Calif. Reno-Sparks, Nev. Richmond, Va. Roanoke, Va. Rockford, Ill. Salem, Ore. Scranton-Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Spartanburg, S.C. State College, Pa. Tallahassee, Fla. Terre Haute, Ind. Tucson, Ariz. Washington, D.C. Wichita Falls, Texas Winchester, Va. Winston-Salem, N.C. Worcester, Mass. York, Pa.

Quite the list, eh? Remember that the 42 Mbps are theoretical speeds, so you'll likely not hit that ceiling unless you're in a T-Mobile lab somewhere. But we'll take a ceiling like that any day of the week. You'll also need a 42 Mbps-capable phone, which TMo says it'll bring later this year.

Full press release is after the break.

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2 years ago

A Motorola Xoom for $399? Woot, indeed!

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Not much to say here, folks. The venerable Motorola Xoom (32GB Wifi-only version) is just $399 today on Woot. It might not be the thinnest or lightest Honeycomb tablet, but for today, it's just about the cheapest.

Source: Woot; thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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