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3 years ago

T-Mobile G-Slate Videos Show Honeycomb Hotness

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Honeycomb!

Here are a ludicrous number of videos from T-Mobile showcasing the Honeycomb-powered G-Slate, or to give it its full, snappier title, the T-Mobile G-Slate with Google by LG.

In addition to the overall Honeycomb preview also shown by Motorola and others, T-Mobile has also published full preview videos of the G-Slate's Browser, Books app, GTalk video calling, Gmail tablet app and much more. Take a full tour of Android 3.0 Honeycomb for yourself after the jump...

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the Motorola Atrix 4G

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Motorola Atrix 4G on AT&T

Today Motorola and AT&T announced the Motorola Atrix, arguably the most advance Android device to hit AT&T. For you tech folks, here’s the breakdown:

  • Android 2.2 (presumably upgradeable to Gingerbread  Android 2.3) with MotoBlur (nope – they haven’t abandoned this branding).
  • NVIDIA Tegra dual core processor offering a total of 2GHz of processing.
  • 4" QHD display with 24-bit color graphics.
  • 1 GB RAM with 16 GB of onboard storage.
  • A micro SDHC slot that supports up to 32 GB for a total of 48 GB of useable storage space (HD video anyone?)
  • Fingerprint recognition reader ensures secure authenticated access past the lock screen.
  • Dual microphone noise recognition for clear crisp conference calls and video capture.
  • Front-facing VGA video camera for web conferencing and chat.
  • 1930 mAh battery to power this monster device.
  • 5MP camera.

The most fascinating feature of this device is the HD Dock. The dock has an HDMI port that plugs into a monitor or TV for quick access to music, pictures, and videos. Motorola offers a unique and easy to use interface to access and display media content.

Another cool accessory is the Atrix laptop dock. The Atrix is running a full version of Firefox and Flash and is capable of displaying this content via the laptop dock, all powered by the phone. Road warriors will appreciate the ability to access the web, edit documents, and make calls without ever touching the phone.

Pricing and availability was not announced.

The Atrix will also be available on Bell Canada and Orange UK.

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3 years ago

Morrill: No minimum processor requirements for Honeycomb

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Honeycomb requirements

There was a familiar rumor floating around the Android world that Google has minimum hardware requirements for Honeycomb (3.0). The same rumor went around when we first heard about Gingerbread, but were quickly squandered by Googlers with inside knowledge of the situation. That is exactly why we were skeptical this time around when we heard that there were strict requirements for manufacturers; it turns out we were right to be suspicious.

Dan Morrill, who works for the Android team, tweeted confirmation that there are no minimum hardware requirements. So there you have it folks, no requirements from Google, just false rumors starting from misinformation. [Twitter]

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3 years ago

Hands on with the Motorola Droid Bionic

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Motorola Droid Bionic

The Motorola Droid Bionic is not your basic black slab, all appearances to the contrary. It's a Droid, dammit, and when it's ready for mass consumption -- the demo units here at CSE were unfinished -- it's gonna be a speedster that might even make you Droid Incredible fans think about switching.

It's got a dual core 1GHz processor atop Android 2.2, a 4.3-inch QHD screen, a full 1GB  512 MB of RAM -- oh, and how about LTE data? Not too shabby, eh.

The units we saw were a tag buggy, but they'll connect to your TV just fine. No release date or pricing was announced. Check the pics after the break.

Update: A bit of conflicting information out there got us curious -- the specs above are verified, per the official Motorola Mobility press release.

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the Motorola Cliq 2

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Motorola Cliq 2

If you loved the the Motorola Cliq, you'll love the Cliq 2. The latest entry-level Android smartphone on T-Mobile is one of those quality entry-level phones that we're so keen on these days.

It's got a proper horizontal slider keyboard. The keys are a little scrunched together, but that's on purpose. It has a bit of that honeycomb (as in bees, not Android OS) feel to it, but it's not as pronounced as we'd seen in leaked photos.

The OS (Android 2.2) is plenty snappy atop a 1GHz processor. You'll be able to snag this guy Jan. 19. Price hasn't been set yet. Couple more pics after the break.

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3 years ago

Motorola Xoom will require hardware upgrade for 4G, software patch for microSD use

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Moto Xoom

During our hands-on time with the Motorola Xoom, we learned a little more about the 3G to 4G conversion process, as well as a bit of news about the microSD card slot.  Starting sometime in the second quarter of 2011, users will be able to bring their Motorola Xoom into Verizon and have the hardware upgrade from 3G to LTE performed.  This makes a lot of sense, as LTE will require different hardware and nobody wants to wait a few more months for the Xoom to release while it all gets hashed out.

We also found out that as shipped, the Xoom will not have access to external storage via microSD cards.  This will require a software upgrade from Motorola to get it all up and running.  It sounds a little odd, but again -- the alternative is to hold back release until things are sorted.  I'm sure Motorola and Verizon will tell us more once things at CES wind down.

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3 years ago

Sony Ericsson's XPERIA Arc gets official announcement

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We've looked at the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc before but Sony has just given it an official announcement at their CES 2011 event. The predictions of it running Android 2.3 have now been confirmed and its 4.2 inch, 854 x 480 multitouch display is packing a mobile version of the BRAVIA Engine. That BRAVIA engine is used for high quality image capture which reduces noise and controls image sharpness of the 8MP HD video capable camera. One other key feature show off was its ability to play video through the HDMI port which I'm sure Sony is hoping you will couple with a Sony television. The sad part though, no music unlimited with this device. Does the 1Ghz Qualcomm processor make up for it?

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3 years ago

T-Mobile and LG give early preview of the 4G G-Slate

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G-Slate

T-Mobile and LG have provided an early glimpse at their 4G tablet offering, called the G-Slate. You may notice that the video is the same from the leak earlier and from the Motorola presser. It will probably be used a lot until we see an official Honeycomb announcement.

What we know about the G-Slate is that it will indeed run Android 3.0 (Honeycomb), will be on T-Mobile's 4G network and it is being done in conjunction with Google. Other than that, not too many details have been released.

Enjoy the video after the break. The announcements just keep coming, the tough part is going to be deciding which products to buy. [Twitter]

Update: T-Mobile has made it official, and the full press release is after the break.

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3 years ago

Motorola Droid Bionic Unveiled, Coming to Verizon Q2 2011

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Motorola Droid Bionic

Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha has just unveiled the Motorola Droid Bionic at the company's CES 2011 press event. The new smartphone will run on Verizon's 4G LTE network and sports a dual core 1GHz processor, a 4.3 inch quarter-HD display and front and rear-facing cameras. It also appears to be running an updated version of Motorola's Motoblur interface.

Other notable features include the ability to record and display HD video content via its included HDMI port. The Droid Bionic will launch on Verizon during the second quarter of 2011. Stay tuned to Android Central for more on this and other just-announced devices.

Update: hit the break for the full press release. [Motorola Mobility]

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3 years ago

Motorola Atrix coming to Bell

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Motorola Atrix

The Motorola Atrix was announced today at CES and made a splash as it sports a dual core processor. Good news for those up in the Great White North as Bell plans to introduce it in Canada in the coming months.

For those who didn't see the announcement today, the Atrix boasts an NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core processor, Android 2.2, 1 GB RAM, 1930 mAh, 5 MP camera with LED flash and 720p video recording and a laptop docking station with a full size keyboard.

No news on official dates or pricing, but expect to see the device in the next few months. [Mobile Syrup]

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3 years ago

Introducing the Motorola Xoom

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Motorola Xoom

As expected, Motorola has unveiled the Motorola Xoom, their Honeycomb toting, 10.1 inch 1280x800 sized screen beauty.  The Xoom runs atop a dual core Tegra 2 chip, uses current 3G technology -- upgradable to 4G as things progress, has an HD camera and offers full 1080p video playback.  This is the one everyone's been waiting for folks, and we're headed over for some hands-on with it.  Stay tuned.

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3 years ago

Motorola blows minds with desktop, 'webtop' docks for Atrix 4G

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 Motorola desktop dock

Motorola just announced a pair of accessories for the upcoming AT&T Atrix 4G that are designed to make the phone the only device you will need when on the go. First up is a desktop dock like what we have seen with the Droid 1 and the Droid X. What is unique this time is that the dock has HDMI out and a number of USB ports designed to be used for a keyboard and mouse. Moto has put a ton of work into creating and entirely new UI for the phone when docked that allows you to do everything you can on your phone and more.

They somehow got the full desktop version of Firefox, Flash and all, running on the phone with all the tabs and new windows you could want. They also showed off playing games like Angry Birds on an external monitor using the mouse and keyboard. In addition, expect to be able to make calls, access contacts, play music and videos, and do everything else you can on your phone while docked.

Lastly, they showed off what they are calling a 'webtop' for the phone. It is a netbook-sized device with nothing by a keyboard, trackpad,  large screen, battery, and dock for the Atrix 4G. You slide your phone in and get all the functionality you did in the desktop setup. Motorola promised 9-10 hours of battery life for the device.

The company did not announce release dates or prices, but promised more info would come soon and that prices would be "competitive." Check out a picture of the webtop dock after the break. Much more to come as soon as we get our hands on these bad boys after the press conference is over. [Android Central live blog

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3 years ago

Motorola Mobility and T-Mobile announce Motorola CLIQ 2

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No surprise here. Motorola and T-Mobile have just announced the previously leaked Motorola Cliq 2. The specs are as expected, in line with that of the original Motorola Cliq series of devices. From the press release:

We are excited to build upon the success of the original CLIQ, bringing the powerful combination of Android and social connectivity to our customers,” said Paul Cole, vice president, product management, T-Mobile USA. “With the addition of new business-ready features, the Motorola CLIQ 2 offers peace of mind with the ability to balance home and work life.

No mention of upgrades coming eventually for the Motorola Cliq 2 but it does indeed ship with Android 2.2. If you're in the market for a cost effective device, this could be the one you are looking for. Full press release is after the break.

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3 years ago

Live from the Sony Ericsson CES 2011 Event

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Sony

We are live at the Sony Ericsson CES 2011 Event, which goes live at 5 Pacific. Think we'll see some Xperia Arc action? We do, and we'll blog it live after the break!

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3 years ago

Motorola unveils the Xoom Tablet, also outs new Droid Bionic

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Last month when we saw Andy Rubin at Dive into Mobile, he was cradling what's likely the pinnacle of Android tablet technology -- a ten-inch Motorola tablet called the Xoom.  It runs Honeycomb, and has GPS and the new Android Google Maps 5 client, and we didn't know much else. Now that CES is here, we're sitting in on the Motorola press event learning more. That said, Motorola has just announced the name of the device even before the press conference has completed via their website along with some accessories to go with it. Which, we'll surely be stocking some of in the Android Central store. In doing so they also outed an yet to be announced new handset, the Droid Bionic. Stay tuned; we'll be updating this post shortly and bringing you more Droid Bionic info. [Engadget]

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