At their press event in Barcelona this morning, LG officially showed off their Optimus Pad, and let us all know they are ready for the "tablet war" that 2011 will be. While they already made an official announcement via press release on Feb 12, this was the first time they gave us a look, and discussed their global strategy for tablet computing. It seems like they understand that the market for a true tablet computer is going to skyrocket, and they say they are ready for it with the Optimus Pad. With a 1 GHz Tegra2 dual-core processor the specs are very nice on paper, and you can bet we're going to have a look at real world performance just as soon as we can.
We're not quite sold on the 3D aspect of their newest devices, but we want to be fair and try it ourselves. The concept sounds good, let's hope the execution can live up. The full press release from today's event is after the break.
We're live from LG's press event at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. The Optimus 3D is in definite effect, and maybe we'll see a tablet or two. The presser's scheduled to start at 11 a.m. local time (that's GMT +1), so join us after the break!
Motorola has announced that their business-oriented phone the Droid Pro is coming to Europe as the Motorola Pro.
The European version will be identical to the American version, just sans the 'Droid' label. It will still sports Android 2.2 (Froyo), a 1GHz processor and a full QWERTY keyboard that is best described as 'BlackBerry-style'. It is a popular device for enterprise because of enhaced security measures such as remote wiping of the device and SD card, SD card encryption and complex password support.
Around here we love Lloyd as well as Andy but we often have late night thoughts of what we, ourselves would look like as Android mascots. OK, maybe just some of us think that way but we're certain we're not alone in that thinking. Luckily, Google was onto that idea as well (or been reading our email again) and have decided to release Androidify to the Android Market. With Androidify you can create your own, modeled after you Android robot. Very cool. Jump on past the break for the promo video and download from the Android Market. [Androidify via @OOBE,Engagdet]
By showcasing the power of LTE, we hope consumers will better understand how fast mobile technology can be and help drive the industry closer toward this exciting reali-ty,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “Having been involved with Verizon in the joint development of the VL600 LTE modem in 2010, LG is well positioned to continue to lead the development of LTE technology."
We'll hopefully be able to stop by and give it a test for you all and report back. In the meantime, jump on past the break for the full press release announcement from LG.
Adobe today has put out a press release noting the highlights of Adobe Flash Player and Adobe AIR for mobile environments. According to the press release, both applications have been doing extremely well on the mobile platform. We've taken some of the mobile highlights out for you all below:
More than 6 million downloads of Flash Player 10.1 via Android Market with 150,000 user ratings. (4.5 out of 5 stars)
More than 20 million of all smartphones shipped had Flash Player 10.1 installed. (on 35+ certified devices)
More than 50 tablets will ship or be able to download Flash Player
New Content Viewer for Android brings digital pubs to Android tablets and devices via AIR
National Geographic, Martha Stewart Living, Conde Nast and Dennis Publishing use Suite to bring titles to Android
Stage Video brings hardware acceleration to Flash and significantly reduces processor, memory usage. Will be arriving on Android 3.0 “Honeycomb” tablets
If you're interested in the full stats from Adobe you can head on past the break for the full press release. All in all though, Adobe is basically saying that we're going to be seeing a lot more of them in the near future. [Businesswire]
While we're still a little on the fence about all this 3D on mobile devices business that hasn't stopped LG or YouTube from working out some arrangements to bring us the best 3D can offer. The latest press release from LG and YouTube outlines what they have been working on for the LG Optimus 3D:
3D technology has traditionally been reserved for the major Hollywood movie studios,” said Francsico Varela, Head of YouTube Platform Partnerships“With the new LG Optimus 3D anyone anywhere in the world can shoot 3D videos, upload them to YouTube and share them with their friends. We’re excited to see the creative videos our community captures and shares with this new technology.
Whether or not you're interested in 3D on your mobile device, it is coming. LG and YouTube are looking to be the leaders in that area. For more info, you can hit the press release after the break. If you just want to know when the LG Optimus 3D will be release, we can tell you that you'll see it globally starting in Europe early in the second quarter of 2011.
It's the eve of Mobile World Congress, and what do we have here? Why, yes, it's anotherHTC Merge story. The phone that JUST WONT'T DIE apparently is in Verizon's inventory system, according to this image we were tipped to. The question is whether it's new, or if it's been there all along as a placeholder. Either way, another interesting entry in the journal of the phone that never was meant to be.
If you thought the HTC Merge (see our hands-on) on Verizon was dead, you might want to think again. An astute reader sent us in some pictures of HTC Merge screen protectors that just arrived at his Verizon store. I don't think Verizon is in the practice of ordering accessories for phones that won't be coming to market, and our tipster doesn't hail from the twilight zone, so be on the lookout for news about the HTC Merge soon. There's one more picture after the break. Thanks anon, and Vive la Merge!
Not willing to be outdone by all the Samsung and Sony Ericsson news of late, LG has their own presentation to give in Barcelona. They have put up a countdown post on their Facebook page, telling folks to be ready for Feb 14 at 10:00 AM Barcelona time (GMT). We'll be there, and you can bet we will get you clued in on what's going on just as soon as they tell us.
We can never be sure of everything we're going to see from a company as big as LG, but we're pretty sure the Optimus 3D is going to play a big part. How do we know this? Hit the break and see the Optimus 3D teaser video LG attached to their Facebook post. [LG Mobile's Facebook page]
Behold, the Samsung Galaxy S II. The original Galaxy S ushered in a new era of power and screen technology in a form factor that was so light you had to heft it to believe it, and the sequel continues that trend.
The Galaxy S II steps things up with a 4.3-inch screen at 480x800 with the new Super AMOLED Plus technology, a dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, either 16GB or 32GB of storage (plus microSD up to 32GB), Wifi b/g/n, USB 2.0, a 1650mAh battery, aGPS, an 8MP rear camera and 2MP front camera (and 1080p recording), and the new Touchwiz 4.0 atop Android 2.3.
And it's all done in an impossibly light form factor. The Galaxy S II, while slightly larger than its predecessor at 125.3mm tall and 66.1mm wide, is thinner -- yes, thinner -- at 8.49mm. The iPhone 4, by comparison, is 9.3mm thick. And the Galaxy S II weighs just 116 grams.
Touchwiz has been bumped to Version 4.0. It's still full of bright colors -- which look even better on the Super AMOLED Plus screen -- and it highlights four major hubs -- Readers, Game, Music, Social.
The camera app has been reworked for the better, and the widgets now look and feel a little more processional.
We're going to be spending a good amount of time with this beast this week at Mobile World Congress. Check out our initial hands-on after the break.
For those of you too impatient to wait for an official release of the Samsung Galaxy S II in Canada or the United States, get excited. Why? Well, the stock international Galaxy S 2 will come compatible with both the Canadian (Rogers, Bell, and Telus) and U.S. (only AT&T, sorry T-Mobile users!) 3G bands right out of the box. In addition, it can use HSPA+ for up to 21 Mbps if your carrier has it deployed. Plus, you won't have to worry about any meddling from the carriers. [Samsung]
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