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3 years ago

New Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc video and camera samples

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Sony Ericsson has been rather forthcoming when it comes to the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc since it received its official announcement. They've given up close and personal looks at the camera improvements and have given us plenty of videos to watch as well. Interest in this device is starting to rise, especially after Sony Ericsson stated they are committed to the Android platform, maybe that's why we're seeing lots of camera and video samples. Speaking of which, a new batch has now turned up on YouTube and Flickr. Hit the break to see what we're talking about and shout out to Mikael for sending these into us. Also, be sure to check out our own hands-on. [XBlog]

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3 years ago

Win a 6-month subscription to Line 2!

Line2

If you missed out on our interview with Line2 at CES, you, well, missed out. But we've got more from the makers of the Android VOIP client -- namely five 6-month subscriptions to give away.  The service normally is $9.95 a month after a 30-day trial, and it's currently only certified for the Droid, Droid 2 and Droid Incredible (hello, Verizon!). But with free subscriptions up for grabs, you've really got nothing to lose.

Head into this thread in the Android Central Forums to enter. Good luck!

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3 years ago

Unannounced Verizon HTC phone leaks, is it the Droid Incredible 2/HD?

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HTC Verizon phone

What's that you say? Another leaked HTC phone? This time it's clearly slated for Verizon. And judging by the rear of the thing (which you can see in the picture after the break), it's almost a dead ringer for a follow up to the Droid Incredible (which is also peeking in at right in the picture above.)

Looks like HTC might well be moving to one of those invisible capacitive button deals -- much like how the buttons seem to disappear on the Nexus S, or a few of the Samsung Galaxy S phones. That hasn't be our most favorite feature, but to each his own.

It's possible we might see this guy at Mobile World Congress, but we're not betting on it, given the often Euro/Asia nature of the event. One more pic after the break. [Mobile01 via Engadget]

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3 years ago

HTC phone prototype spied on subway

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HTC Prototype

A note to you clandestine types everywhere: If you pull an unannounced, unreleased phone out of your pocket on the subway, someone's going to take a picture of it. Such is the case with this HTC device (note the telltale serial number on the bottom), which was spied in a Taipei subway. It's clearly buttonless and appears to have a front-facing camera and shares some lines of the Thunderbolt on Verizon, but this is obviously a different device.

Will we see it in a couple week at Mobile World Congress? Only one way to find out. One more pic's after the break. [Engadget]

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3 years ago

PlayStation Suite bringing PlayStation content to Android devices

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Sitting in on the Sony Japan PlayStation Meeting 2011 event we were surprised to see that Sony made mention of their upcoming PlayStation Suite for Android and other devices. Although, we didn't doubt something along those lines was coming at any point now, it's still nice to see Sony give some official word on the subject. Slated for sometime "within the next calendar year" the cross-platform framework will start off by emulating first-generation PSP titles on a number of different devices including Android tablets and smartphones. No doubt that'll move to PSOne titles and more eventually as they also announced the PlayStation Store will arrive on Android. [PlayStation Blog]

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3 years ago

Android 3.0 Honeycomb screen shots

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Android 3.0 Honeycomb

We've walked you through Android 3.0 Honeycomb. We've given you Honeycomb wallpapers. And now it's time for Honeycomb screen shots. Below are a culmination of wandering through the Android 3.0 SDK preview. Things may well change by the final release, but this should give you a very basic look at what's to come.

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3 years ago

Android 3.0 Honeycomb wallpapers

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Honeycomb Wallpaper
Click me for the real thing!

Sure, that Honeycomb Easter egg is pretty awesome. But it's even more awesome as a wallpaper. So we've got it, Lloyd, and all the default wallpapers from the Android 3.0 SDK preview packaged all nice and neat into a single downloadable file, ready for you to put on your Android smartphone, tablet, or, hell, on your computer. Only one place to get 'em -- in the Android Central Forums. Thanks, Matt!

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3 years ago

Honeycomb Easter Egg: Rezzzzzzz ...

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Honeycomb Easter Egg

Remember the Easter egg in Gingerbread? There's also one lurking in Honeycomb. Not quite as scary as its Gingerbread counterpart, but no less cool. Thanks, Matt!

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3 years ago

Galaxy S 2 and Galaxy Tab 2 all but confirmed for Mobile World Congress

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Samsung recently said that "something big" was coming at Mobile World Congress, and rumors began flying around about the next generation of Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab devices. A leaked Samsung PR detail has emerged which specifically mentions the successors to both. So it appears Samsung indeed has plans to unveil the Galaxy S 2 and Galaxy Tab 2 at this years Mobile World Congress in February. Will we see Galaxy S devices shipping with Gingerbread and a 10-inch Galaxy Tab successor running Honeycomb? We can only hope, and you can bet we'll be there to find out. [Samsung Hub]

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3 years ago

What's new in Android 3.0 Honeycomb

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Android 3.0 features

We got our first real taste of Android 3.0 -- "Honeycomb" -- on the Motorola Xoom tablet during CES in early January. It's a pretty big leap from the Android we know and love today, to be sure. But most of what we saw were demonstrations, video of what Honeycomb can and will do.

But today Google released a preview of the Android 3.0 software development kit -- the tools developers need to make applications. Along with the updated SDK, Google's compiled an excellent highlights package. Join us after the break where we'll walk you through the some of the major changes, and what we can expect in the coming year.

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3 years ago

Nook Color firmware v1.1.0 update now available

Nook Color

Barnes and Noble has issued a firmware update for the now insanely popular Nook color. While it may not be Froyo it does have plenty of bug fixes included in the release so you'll want to make sure you get updated as soon as possible. As we've mentioned a good many times now, the Nook color is a pretty awesome Android tablet when all is said and done. Check out the list of changes below:

  • Improved performance of Wi-Fi connectivity, Home and Shop.
  • Ability to pinch and zoom in browser.
  • Enhanced reading experience for magazines and children's books.
  • Access helpful NOOKcolor related information and support tips on the new
    default browser home page.
  • Reduce mistyped passwords with "show password" option during registration
    and Wi-Fi set up.
  • Easily identify NOOK kids Read To Me™ books with a new text banner next to
    the titles in Shop.
  • General bug fixes and performance improvements.

You can hit the Barnes and Noble site now to grab the update. If you have any issues head on into the Nook Color forums for some help. And do note that this breaks root, check out this post in the forums for more info. Thanks stldavis7!

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3 years ago

Atrix 4G, Xoom coming at the end of February, Motorola Mobility CEO says

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Motororola Atrix 4G 

It pays to listen to Motorola Mobility's quarterly earnings calls, because new CEO Sanjay Jha (OK, old CEO, but new CEO of the newly separate MM ... you know what we mean) dropped a little news on a couple of devices you might care about.

The Motorola Atrix 4G is due on AT&T by the end of February, he said. The Xoom could be late February or March (Verizon's said Q1 from the outset, so Jha's hedge is safe either way). The LTE-capable Droid Bionic's slated for the end of the second quarter, as is the hardware upgrade (whatever that ends up being) for the Xoom to get LTE data. Good news, indeed.

Oh, and highlights of the earnings report:

  • Revenue accrual of $3.4 billion, which is 21% higher than Q4 2009
  • Mobile devices comprised of $2.4 billion of that revenue, which is up 33% from 2009
  • 4.9 million smartphones were shipped
  • Operating cash revenue sits at $225 million

Full announcement's after the break. [Motorola]

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3 years ago

Favorite Tab apps; EVO Shift 4G contact management [from the forums]

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Android Forums at Android Central

Halfway through the week and almost to the end of the month. Some big things happening in February with Mobile World Congress and that super secret Sprint event we've all been talking about. Many ideas as to what it may be but nothing "for sure" has popped up yet.  If you have any Android related questions or concerns post em up in the forums. We'll get you all the answers you are looking for or at the very least, point you in the right direction.

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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3 years ago

LG Optimus 2X and Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc go up for pre-order in the UK

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If you fancy either the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc or the LG Optimus 2X and are down with unloading some cash for pre-order, then Play.com has just what you are looking for. Both devices are now listed there. The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc will set you back £459.99 and has an expected release date as April 1, 2011. If the LG Optimus 2X is more you're style then you are looking at £469.99 with an expected date of March 18, 2011. While we're not so sure about the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, the LG Optimus 2X info lines up with the Vodafone UK release for the most part. [Play] Thanks, Dave!

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3 years ago

Amazon UK releases Android app

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 Amazon UK app

Amazon UK has announced the release of its official Android app, available now on the Android market. In addition to all the features found on the full Amazon.co.uk site, such as wish lists, one-click ordering and order tracking, the new app has a barcode reading feature. This allows users to scan codes found on products and look up prices on Amazon, a feature which worked really well on the handful of DVDs and games we tested it with.

The Amazon UK app is now available for free on the Android market for UK users. A QR code can be found after the jump. [Amazon UK]

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