If you're interested in the Xperia X10 Mini and the X10 Mini Pro, they just received pricing for Europe. At roughly $410 (€300) for an unlocked X10 Mini and $450 (€330) for an unlocked X10 Mini Pro, they're significantly less expensive than their elusive big brother the Xperia X10 and its reported $800 pricetag. Though getting official pricing is a good start for any device looking to launch, the X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro aren't promised to hit Europe until May/June. As for a US release, remember that the Xperia X10 still hasn't released here. Fool me once...
The folks over at AndroidandMe attended the gdgt live in Austin event, where they were able to spend some quality hands on time with the HTC Desire. We have covered the HTC Desire up and down, leaking specs, hands on videos, showcasing the ROM ported to the Nexus One, speculating pricing and release dates, and more, and now we bring to you some more information. While we have seen that the Desire will launch with the Sense UI, many will be pleased to know that they will actually have the option to turn this off. Sense appeals to some users, and others chose to use the more stock Android look, and luckily HTC has made it rather simple to decide for yourself which you will utilize. Check out a video walk through of this simple procedure after the jump. WARNING: Turn down your speakers first. It's a bit loud. [via AndroidandMe]
Yeah, that's pretty impossible to read. Fortunately we're trained in the art of squint-eyed-reading, so we'll translate. The gist of it is that Android 2.1 indeed is coming to the Sprint Moment and Hero, and it should be relatively soon. Important parts in bold.
What you need to know:
With all the anticipation of Nexus One joining the Sprint Android family of great devices, customers with the HTC HeroTM and the Samsung MomentTM with GoogleTM may wonder about the Android 2.1 platform that supports Nexus One.
What you need to do:
We know that technology has enabled greater productivity and spontaneity in our lives,and because of this we have become very dependent on staying connected. Customers don't only expect more from their wireless phones -- they demand it.
Let your customers know we are actively working on having the Android 2.1 platform available to our Hero and Moment customers over the coming weeks.
Look for more information coming in April about Android 2.1 platform for Hero and Moment.
And don't forget:
The HTC HeroTM and the Samsung MomentTM with GoogleTM are superior devices.
Sprint is the only national U.S. carrier to offer HTC Hero, and it picked up top honors as the Best Mobile Handset at the 2010 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
About.com readers have nominated HTC Hero as their favorite smartphone for the 2010 Reader's Choice Awards.
That's it. More when we get it. Thanks, anon, for the tip!
And so, we wait. But all hope is not lost, as Verizon told Phone Scoop yesterday that the update isn't delayed and is rolling out as planned, with the small, initial batch pushed out.
"The Android 2.1 upgrade for the Droid by Motorola was deployed to a small number of Verizon Wireless test users as scheduled. It is expected the broader phased rollout to all Droid by Motorola users will take place, but not just yet. No date scheduled yet."
Social networking has become a rather large thing in many of our lives (maybe even more so than we want to admit). Whether you like to update your Facebook status on the go, comment on a friends new picture, tweet to everyone that you did something very pointless, or share a picture you just took with some friends, you don't always want to wait until you are finally home to do this. Luckily, while on the go there are many options that allow you to transmit your newly taken photo's to whatever social networking site you are interested in.
Let's look at a few ways to do that. Many of you are probably familiar with SugarSync, which allows you to upload your information on the go to your computer, but that's not always convenient if you want to share the image right then and there. Luckily, whether you wish to upload to Facebook, Twitter, Photobucket, Picasa, or your favorite forum (Android Central) while on the go, you are able to do so rather easily. Lets take a look at how you can accomplish this, and a brief overview of some of your options after the jump.
Any Motorola Droid owners out there looking for a direction to which some frustration needs to be channeled? We present comments today from Palm CEO Jon Rubenstein, who had some things to say about Verizon and the Droid during Palm's third-quarter earnings call this afternoon. Mainly, he says that the Pre's a better product and that it could/should have been bigger than the Droid, it's just that bad timing got in the way.
"We had an arrangement with Sprint that when we launched with Sprint that they would invest in marketing and carry the product and for that they would get an exclusive for a period of time. That really determined when we could do our launch at Verizon. I agree with your premise that if we could have launched at Verizon earlier, prior to Droid, that we would have gotten the attention that the Droid got and since I believe that we have a better product, I think we would have even done better."
We agree that being stuck on Sprint (a fine carrier in and of itself, but a limiting factor nonetheless) kept Palm's products from gaining better market share. But the Pre's better than the Droid? Them's fighting words. And, so, let's get it on! [via PreCentral]
Whether it's streaming Internet radio or keeping as much of your music collection as you can on a microSD card, you gotta admit there are some great ways to keep the tunes flowing on your Android phone.
Yeah, we probably could have split these into two categories - streaming and non. But no matter, you guys had some great picks. After the break, we take a look at your favorite options.
The guys at Android and Me caught up with Sling at the GDGT Live event at SXSW in Austin, Texas, recently and managed to pin down what may well prove to be one of the most anticipated apps on the Android platform.
Yes, folks, Sling is coming. When? "This summer," Sling said. We see it running on the Motorola Droid and Google Nexus One, two platforms with large screens, perfect for movies and TV. (And there's the Samsung Galaxy Spica, too -- not as large a screen, but still nice.)
Android 1.6+ If you're into Google Buzz but have wanted to be able to post text and photos from your Android home screen, you're now in luck. Google's made a Buzz widget available in the Android Market that does exactly that. It's English-only for now, but it makes Google's new social networking feature that much easier to use. Get in now in the Android Market. [Google]
Vlingo, a very common and powerful speech-to-text tool for smartphone users, has announced a limited beta for the Android platform. Vlingo allows you to speak your emails, text messages, calls and searches and watch the text appear on the screen right before your eyes. For users one the go, this application makes long winded emails, or on the go text messages a breeze. For your chance to get in on this limited beta, point your mouse here. [via Vlingo Blog]
"The OTA software update for the DROID by Motorola is TBD. A new date will be communicated as soon as possible."
"The 3/18 OTA software update will not happen as planned. A new data will be communicated as soon as possible."
Can't spell it out any worse than that. Sorry, folks. Feel free to vent your conspiracy theory in the comments. [via BGR]
Update: And this was just posted to Motorola's Facebook page. No, it doesn't help.
"Thanks for your continued patience. We aim to answer each and every question; if your post isn't answered immediately, please know that we're looking into your question so that we can provide the most up-to-date information as possible."
In other news, Android and Me says the delay has been attributed to the company that actually handles the over-the-air distribution. That sounds right to us, because Verizon has already pushed out the update to some of its employees, and they're reporting no problems with the ROM. Stay tuned.
As though Google hasn't already covered just about every aspect of digital life from the search engine to the RSS reader to a phone number that you can use across the board, now they want to come to your television? In efforts of trying to bring their relationship with Intel even closer, Google has decided they need to expand in the area of computing to television which is an area they hold very little grounds in currently. Google and Intel have decided to seek the help of Sony in creating a platform that will be used to bring the web to your television through a set-top box.
While there are currently a few places that are bringing web browsing to your set-top box, none are doing it on the scale that Google has planned. In addition to Sony and Intel, Google plans to have Logitech involved in the project for the creation of this multimedia style remote control. While none of these companies currently will comment on this project, Android design related jobs have appeared within these companies, so one would believe there is truth behind all of this. Many believe Google will one day take over the world, and here is just yet another great example of how Google will become an even bigger part of your daily life. [via NYTimes]
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