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4 years ago

SPE at Mobile World Congress

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You read that right, folks. If our live coverage of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini and mini pro didn't tip you off, we're on the ground in Barcelona, Spain, at Mobile World Congress. And to officially kick things off, we're bringing you a special podcast with myself, Dieter Bohn from PreCentral.net and CrackBerry's Kevin Michaluk.

It was a long haul over here, and it's going to be a long couple of days, but we're expecting more Android news to come. For the latest MWC news, check back at this link. And be sure to follow AndroidCentral on Twitter (as well as myself, Dieter and Kevin, individually). And now, the podcast.

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4 years ago

Hands-on with the Xperia X10 mini pro

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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini pro

OK, everybody. Here it is. The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini pro, the tiniest darn Android phone you've ever seen, let alone one with a horizontal keyboard. For being as small as it is, the keyboard was surprising usable. More so than the Motorola Droid's (though that's certainly not saying much), but not nearly as good as the HTC Touch Pro 2. It is what it is.

Check out our hands-on video after the break, and stay tuned for more from Mobile World Congress.

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4 years ago

Samsung Halo and its Pico Projector Get Outed

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The enterprising sleuths at Engadget were perusing the specs on that strange Bada phone and managed to track down the Samsung Halo. If you were hoping for an Android device to land at Mobile World Congress that's unabashedly techy, wait no more:

  • 3.7" Super-AMOLED Display
  • 8 megapixel camera
  • 3.5mm headset
  • Android 2.1
  • WiFi B/G/N, GPS, Bluetooth
  • 16gb of internal storage, expandable via microSD
  • Quad-Band Edge, Triband 900 / 1900 / 2100 3G
  • and, oh yeah, a built-in pico projector!

The projector bits come by way of DLP, which bodes well, as odes the back that it can record 720p video and play DivX and Xvid. It'll come to Europe and Asia - but not until Q3. 

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4 years ago

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini pro: Little-kid size, big-kid typing

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Sony Ericsson Xperia 10 mini pro

The second smallest big surprise at Sony Ericsson's press conference tonight at the Opium Mar bar on the eve of Mobile World Congress has the same size as the Xperia X10 mini -- and it brings along a four-row keyboard to boot. Adding just 2 mm thickness, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini pro (yeah, now Android's getting into the "Pro" line) features the exact same specs as its little bother, only it adds a horizontal sliding keyboard into the mix.

Full specs and more pictures after the break, and hands-on video is on the way.

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4 years ago

Sony Announces Xperia X10 Mini

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We're just back from Sony Ericsson's press conference where they announced that they're filling out their lineup with five phones to be released before the first half of 2010 runs out. The Xperia X10 you've already heard of. Sony Ericsson said they wanted to give that experience, but in a smaller form factor. We can't say that big SE achieved the exact same user experience, but they definitely nailed the smaller form factor.

The Xperia X10 Mini is a tiny little wonder of an Android device, coming in a 83 x 50 x 16 mm and 88 grams. That tiny size does mean a tiny screen  - a 2.55 incher with 320x240 resolution. It's powered by a 600MHz Qualcomm 7227 processor and take microSD for expansion, 3.5 headsets for music, and a cellular tower for data connectivity - no WiFi here. You're going to get Quad-Band Edge and two versions of 3G (North American and Global) - though whether SE can actually land carrier deals for the phone is an open question. Talk time should land at about 3.5 hours, give or take.

SE has significantly altered the build of Android 1.6 on the device - it's nigh-unrecognizable and takes a bit of getting used to. However, they've helpfully added 'hot corners' to speed navigation up a bit. Hands-on impressions coming soon!

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4 years ago

Motorola spells out Droid update plans

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Motorola Droid updates

OK, folks. Motorola's been quiet for a few days as all of us Droid owners have quietly (or not) wondered if and when the Android 2.1 update would finally roll out. While the official word for those of us in the U.S. it's still "expected to roll out soon," the fact that there's an official page to follow is a big step in the right direction.

So kudos to Moto for putting this together and keeping us apprised. While it's not as good as actually having the update in hand, transparency means a lot. Hang in there, folks. It's coming. [Motorola] Thanks, beastcmg!

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4 years ago

Review: T-Mobile myTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition

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myTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition

One of the biggest Android marketing pushes we've seen this side of the Motorola Droid has been from T-Mobile and the myTouch 3G line. And it's a testament to the popularity of the device that we now have a Fender Limited Edition (see our video hands-on), modeled after the famed guitars. And this has truly been a limited edition, as it's already sold out.

After the break, we go in-depth with the myTouch 3G and, specifically, the Fender edition.

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4 years ago

More pictures of the HTC Legend emerge

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Some hands-on pictures have surfaced of the HTC Legend. We still don't know exactly when and where this newest beauty from HTC will appear, but thanks to a very lucky person and the guys from Mobileosnews, we have some new shots to share. Hopefully there will be more news to come because one thing is for sure it does look great.  [mobileosnews]

More pictures after the break.

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4 years ago

Compaq Airlife brings Android, Snapdragon together on 10-inch screen

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Compaq Airlife 100

Anybody in the mood for 10.1 inches of Android? 'Cause that's what HP just announced in the Compaq AirLife 100.

And it's not lacking for specs. It sports the aforementioned 10.1-inch screen, Qualcomm QSD8250 Snapdragon processor, a 92 percent full-size keyboard, a 16-gigabyte solid-state drive, SD card reader, WiFi and 3G wireless, GPS, a VGA web cam and up to 12 hours of battery life.

Full presser and another shot of the beast after the break.

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4 years ago

And the Winner of the Smartphone Round Robin Content is...

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The Smartphone Round Robin Contest is officially over! So who's the winner of a brand new Android device of their liking? Wait for it...

droid00 !

Congratulations droid00, because of this post right here, you'll be receiving an Android device of your liking. If you haven't heard from us yet, you will soon because you have to collect your prize!

We thank everyone for participating in the 3rd annual Smartphone Round Robin, we loved all your comments, your help, your questions, your perspectives, heck, we just love you all. Hopefully, the Smartphone Round Robin convinced some people to switch to Android and if so, we welcome you with open arms. We're going to keep doing the Smartphone Round Robin in the future and it's going to get bigger and better, with even more prizes for you guys to win.

And though the Smartphone Round Robin Contest is over, we're not quite done with our own review of Android. Stay tuned to hear about what Android Central thinks about the Android platform! It'll be fun, we promise.

Thanks again to everyone who participated in the Smartphone Round Robin!

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4 years ago

Best Buy releases official app

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This week Best Buy has released its official Android Application.  It's a rather simple design, prefect for those that prefer to shop in their spare time, or really at any time! You can purchase items directly from your phone, read product reviews and search hundreds of products as you would be able to from your computer. There are offers and more offers from this app, though perhaps the best offer is that it's free.

Scan the QR code below, or click it from your Android browser to download. [Best Buy Apps] Thanks, RamboDroid!

Big thanks to RamboDroid.

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4 years ago

Verizon employees told Droid 2.1 update is 'expected to roll out soon'

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Motorola Droid update

OK, folks. Here's where we stand. We still haven't heard anything official from Motorola regarding the Android 2.1 update for the Droid, and considering the PR whoopsie that's been experienced the  past few days, we're probably not likely to. (That said, now would be a perfect time for Motorola to just come out and let us know what happened, and that they're working on it.)

Anyhoo, as you can see above, a memo released this morning to Verizon employees says that the update is "expected to roll out soon." Basically what we've been told was that Motorola expected the updated to clear Verizon's testing process. If you're new around here, know that Verizon is infamous for its testing of hardware and software. We've seen entire phones never see the light of day because of it.

So what does "Expected to roll out soon" mean? It could be that the update has passed testing and is really going to roll out soon. Or it could just be the usual PR speak that has us running in circles. But we'll take what we can get. And it's heartening to know that they're still working on it, so we can ignore a lot of the "No update for the Droid!" FUD that's floating around out there. Thanks, tipster!

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4 years ago

Smartphones and trampolines don't mix

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Broken Droid Eris

Hey, we love to see our readers' first forum posts. We just wish this busted Droid Eris didn't have to be this guy's first. [Android Central forums]

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4 years ago

Xperia X10's Camera Facial Recognition Shown Off

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And now we get reminded why we had so much faith in the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10. The Xperia X10's Camera has facial recognition software that enables the camera to identify faces within pictures. For example, if you take a picture of your friend Phil in one picture, you can easily find more pictures that include Phil--it automatically groups pictures of Phil in one gallery. For a "phone camera" that's a pretty nifty feature, but then again with the X10's camera being 8-megapixels it shouldn't be really qualified as just a "phone camera".

We'd love to test out this facial recognition but sadly, the Xperia X10 still has not been released. Sadface. In any case, hit the jump to see the video of the X10's facial recogniton in action! 

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4 years ago

Dell Mini 5 Gets Pictured

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The good guys over at Engadget have gotten their hands on the Dell Mini 5 and snapped a boatload of pictures for our viewing pleasure. We've known about the Dell Mini 5 for quite some time now and have been rather intrigued about its usability. It's a rather large device, as can be seen in the photos, but the build quality looks pretty darn amazing and we can feel ourselves drooling already. Feel free to head over to Engadget to get the full gallery going. Psst, there's video too.

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