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3 years ago

Xperia Play bugs 'fixed', phone 'nearly ready for release', says O2 UK

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The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play missed its planned Apr. 1 launch date on O2 UK because of software issues found during testing, but now it seems these bugs have been successfully squished and the phone is almost ready to launch on O2's network. Posting on the carrier's official blog, Stuart Hibbard, O2's head of testing, said the arrival of fixed firmware from Sony Ericsson is an "important milestone" and that the Xperia Play is now "nearly ready for release".

No specific release date has been announced, but O2's product page for the Xperia Play has a link where prospective customers can sign up for updates on the phone's availability. [O2 Blog, Xperia Play on O2]

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3 years ago

HTC Sensation coming to O2, T-Mobile, Orange and Three in the UK

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The HTC Sensation may be launching first on Vodafone UK next month, but that's not stopping other British carriers from getting in on the action once the month-long exclusivity deal is up. Today the four other major networks have confirmed that they'll be carrying the Sensation, though not all have committed to any particular release window.

T-Mobile and Orange will be next in line to get HTC's new flagship device, with both networks planning a June release. Three expects to launch the phone "this summer", while O2 has confirmed it'll be carrying the Sensation, but offers no further information. [@TMobileOfficial, @conrofromorange, @O2, Three Media Center]

HTC Sensation specs | HTC Sensation Images | HTC Sensation Forums

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3 years ago

Sony Ericsson bootloader unlock site is live, old phones need not apply

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Good news, everyone! Remember how Sony Ericsson promised it would have a website set up to help unlock its bootloaders "in the upcoming weeks"? Well, we're there. With a few caveats, of course.

First off, only four phones are currently supported, and chances are you don't have any of them. Supported are the Xperia Play, Xperia Arc, Xperia Pro and Xperia Neo. Yeah. We don't have those yet, either. The site also notes that your phone needs to be SIM unlocked if you want to unlock the bootloader. Again, not something you see very often here in the states.

And then there's the process of actually unlocking the bootloader. Don't have the Android SDK? Well, get to downloadin', son. (Actually. if you don't already have the SDK, chances are you have no business unlocking a bootloader in the first place.) Then you'll need to do a little bit of fastboot trickery (aka copying and pasting a few commands). Again, nothing you shouldn't be able to do if you know what a bootloader is, and why you'd want to unlock it.

So for n00bs, this is not. But kudos to Sony Ericsson for making good on its promise. Hit the source link if you want to get to unlocking. And let's just hope we see more phones supported in the future. [Sony Ericsson via xperiablog.net] Thanks, Rick!

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3 years ago

HTC releases Sensation launch event videos

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HTC has released video footage of yesterday's HTC Sensation launch event in London. Hosted by Florian Seiche, President of HTC Europe and Philip Blair, VP of Products and Services, the presentation offers a reflection on HTC's current European line-up, as well as a showcase of the Sensation's main features.

The video is available in two flavors -- a 13-minute "highlights" reel which we've embedded above, and a full 23-minute version which you can find after the jump. [HTC on YouTube]

HTC Sensation specs | HTC Sensation Images | HTC Sensation Forums

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3 years ago

Sprint Nexus S 4G up for pre-order from Best Buy

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Best Buy has gone ahead and put up its pre-order page for the WiMax-enabled Sprint Nexus S 4G. The phone will run you $199.99 on new or upgrade two-year contract. We still only have the ever-vague "coming soon" as a launch date, but shipping dates are showing as early as April 14. They aren't yet offering off-contract pricing but hopefully that option will be available once the phone launches. Also worth noting is that you can pick up the original Nexus S on T-Mobile for $99.99 with new or upgrade 2-year contract. [Best Buy] Thanks to DeadlyBatman for the tip!

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3 years ago

Droid Incredible 2 marketing materials land, hopefully pointing toward an imminent launch

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Can you taste the Droid Incredible 2 just yet? Cause it's getting ever so close. Nick1020 in the Android Central Forums slipped in a few pics of marketing materials that are being unwrapped today. Still no word on when the phone will actually be released -- or even announced -- but it's definitely getting closer.

Oh, and note that we've got even more confirmation now on the DInc 2 being a world phone, eh? [Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Regina homescreen and launcher replacement

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We're starting to see homescreen and launcher replacements settle into a groove. Nice UIs, smooth transitions, and the Regina launcher fits nicely in that space. It's the same basic principle: You have five home screens on which to flip around and place apps, widgets, shortcuts, folders, etc.

The main homescreen features a slick flip clock (hello, HTC!) and weather widget. The bad news is that the weather widget might not include your town (yes, really) and to add it manually you need to know some sort of region code. Which I don't know. And I'm not going to bother looking up. And it gets a little worse -- to use the weather feature at all, you have to install the Regina Weather and Regina Weather Server apps in addition to the launcher. And then I still have to look up my region code? No, thanks.

But the launcher and homescreens (they're called workspaces here) are pretty nice. And you have secret workspaces that you can password protect and access from the corners of the home screens. That's not all that intuitive, as you'll see me scratch my head in the video after the break.

Transitions are smooth, if a tad slow for our taste, and look sophisticated enough. The launcher only scrolls horizontally -- we'd love to have the option to go vertical. Removing items from the home screen (or uninstalling them altogether) is helped along with some handy graphical reminders.

Check out our video of the Regina launcher and find downlinks after the break.

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3 years ago

Sprint rolling out carrier billing -- charge your Android apps to your Sprint account

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First T-Mobile, then AT&T, and now Sprint's rolling out the ability to charge Android Market purchases to your Sprint bill. Simple as that. Our pal Steve sent us the screen shot you see above, and "Bill my Sprint account" is listed plain as day.

And Steve's not alone. We've got the memo that's been making the rounds after the break, and it look like carrier billing should be up for everyone in the next couple of days. So if you've been longing to charge your Android apps to your Sprint account, join us in a hearty "Huzzah!" Thanks, Steve and Mek!

Update: And Google just made it official.

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3 years ago

Sony Ericsson announces Android Market channel

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Sony Ericsson has announced the launch of its very own Android Market channel in a post on its official product blog. The manufacturer is among the first to launch its own Market channel, which will offer exclusive first-party apps for Sony Ericsson phone owners, as well as a selection of "recommended" third-party offerings. Sony Ericsson expects the updated Market app, with the new channel, to begin rolling out to its handsets from today.

What this also means is that the "My Apps" link in the Market app on Sony Ericsson phones will soon be replaced with a link to the manufacturer's channel, though "My Apps" will still be available by pressing the menu button. Predictably, though, the comments area under this latest post is now full of irate Xperia owners complaining about the loss of the "My Apps" link.

However, Sony Ericsson isn't alone in adding its own channel to the Market in this way. The Market app on our HTC Desire S review unit has a similar "HTC Recommends" section where the "My Apps" link would usually be, so it looks like this is something we could see more manufacturers doing in the months ahead. [Sony Ericsson Product Blog]

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3 years ago

T-Mobile announces new $79.99 Unlimited* Plan

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This morning T-Mobile announced a new $79.99 all inclusive plan that covers unlimited calling, texting and data. As data speeds get faster, we've seen some of the wireless carriers attempting to abandon unlimited plans, so this is a good thing, right? There is one big caveat to this new "unlimited" plan, however: consumers exceeding 2GB of data will see their data rates slowed down until their new billing cycle starts. That's where that big asterisk in the headline comes in. According to T-Mobile's internal stats, customers on average only use 1GB of data per month. These stats are factoring in all users, but what about the power users that stream video/audio or download large amounts of files that is easier to do over their HSPA+ network?

It's a good thing that they won't be absurd overage fees, but how slow will speeds get if you exceed 2GB? It's going to have to be trial and error for the time being. It looks like we'll be seeing more of Dan Hesse criticizing these kind of plans for appearing unlimited when in fact they're not. Full press release after the break. 

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