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4 years ago

Sony Xperia U now available in Canada

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Sony announced today that they're offering the Sony Xperia U in Canada on Fido for $30 on a two-year contract, or free on a three-year contract. As you might expect, this little guy is fairly entry level, but that doesn't mean he's lacking in style. Besides, it's hard finding a decent phone at an affordable price without signing on for a three-year agreement in Canada; good on Fido providing a solid two-year option. Here's a quick run-down of the specs.

  • 1 GHz dual-core processor for super fast performance.
  • 5MP camera with unique fast capture, HD recording and Sony technology to capture 2D and 3D panoramic images.
  • Front-facing VGA camera.
  • 3.5” 854 x 480 Reality Display powered by Mobile BRAVIA Engine (measured diagonally).
  • Crisp and loud listening with xLOUD and 3D surround sound audio technology.
  • Available in black with a pink exchangeable cap for the base of the smartphone in the box.
  • Launches on Android platform 2.3 (Gingerbread).

Yeah, it's sad to see it waiting on ICS, but then again, isn't everybody? I'd be interested in seeing if the Xperia U finds its way to other Canadian carrier -, at the very least Rogers, considering Fido's a subsidiary. You can pick up the Xperia U at Fido over here, but be sure to check out our review before taking the leap. 

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4 years ago

Verizon's Motorola Xoom finally gets Ice Cream Sandwich

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OK, ladies and germs. It's finally happening. The Verizon Motorola Xoom is finally getting its update to Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. The list of changes for software build IMM76L is pretty impressive, and you'll want to hit the changelog link below for the full skinny.  But more important is that your Xoom finally is caught up on the upgrade path. Huzzah!

And don't forget to swing by the Xoom forums should you have questions. 

More: IMM76L changelog (pdf); image via sikpupi

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4 years ago

AT&T's HTC One X back in stock online

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Just a quick heads up that the AT&T version of the HTC One X is back in stock on the carrier's website. It had gone missing for a couple weeks as part of that pesky International Trade Commission review, but everything's copasetic now. You can snag the white or gray version for $199 on contract, or $549 outright. Before dropping any cash, though, be sure to check out our comprehensive AT&T HTC One X review and swing by our One X forums!

More: AT&T

 

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4 years ago

AT&T's eco-friendly Samsung Exhilarate available June 10 for $50

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AT&T this morning announced that the Samsung Exhilarate, a 4-inch Android device that is the carrier's first eco-friendly device, made from 80 percent recycled material, will be available next week. (You might remember this guy from its announcement way back at CES in January.) It's also packaged with an energy-efficient charger. Spec-wise, it's got a Super AMOED display and dual-core Qualcomm Scorpion processor at 1.2 GHz. It sports a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 1.3MP shooter up front. The Exhilarate also is an LTE-capable device, so it's got that going for it, which is nice. 

No, it's not the Galaxy S III. But it does have an actual release date of June 10 and will run just $50 on contract. AT&T's got some preview video after the break.

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4 years ago

T-Mobile's HTC One S getting its maintenance update starting this week

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OK, all you loyal T-Mobile HTC One S onwers. (That'd be those of you in the U.S., by the way.) That maintenance release that was delayed a week should be pushing out now. Improvements in software version 1.84.531.2.710RD include fixes to the splash screen, the voicemail notification not showing up when on Wifi calling, improvements to Wifi calling itself, fixes to the camera and signal fluctuations.

Do note that TMo has said there's no manual download option for the update, and you'll have to wait for it to push over the air. It's not clear whether that means the server from which the download originates will be obfuscated, and thus no manual download will be possible (that's hardly unheard of these days), or whether it's referring to an RUU or something. Keep an eye out for the update and logcat at the ready, and we'll see what's what.

T-Mobile says the update will be pushing through July 7.

Source: T-Mobile, more: HTC One S forums; thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

NVIDIA partners with Nyko to launch game controllers for Android tablets

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Peripheral makers Nyko have announced a partnership with NVIDIA and have unveiled a line of game controllers for use with Android tablets. The controllers, the Playpad and the Playpad Pro, are optimized for use with Tegra devices and should work flawlessly with the Tegra 3 chipset. Devices are also required to be running Android 3.0 and above with Bluetooth capabilities.

The controllers will be useable right from the outset, no rooting, hacking or tweaking is required. Through a free application too known as Playground, support for legacy apps that aren't optimized for Tegra devices will be possible as well providing they meet the necessary criteria.

The Playpad will be the smaller of the two devices, and will come with dual analog sliders, a carry case and a collapsible tablet stand. The Playpad Pro by contrast is a full sized gaming controller, with dual analog sticks, a D-pad, shoulder buttons and face buttons. 

Source: Nyko via Pocket Gamer

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4 years ago

PlayStation Suite rebranded PlayStation Mobile, HTC named as first third-party hardware partner

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Sony has taken the stage at this years E3 and like Microsoft they came with some mobile news to share with everyone. Back when Sony Mobile was known as Sony Ericsson they launched the PlayStation Suite SDK to the masses however, it was only available for "PlayStation Certified" devices which naturally were all Sony devices. That has all changed now though as Sony has just announced PlayStation Suite will be rebranded to PlayStation Mobile and to help get things off right, they've gone ahead and named HTC as the very first third-party hardware partner. That begs the question. Will we finally get the PlayStation phone of our dreams now?

Source: Sony

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S3 review

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The most-anticipated Android phone of the year is finally upon us. Find out whether Samsung's new flagship lives up to the hype in our definitive Samsung Galaxy S III (S3) review.

Last year’s Samsung Galaxy S II came out of nowhere to dominate a generation of Android phones, selling over 20 million units in the process. It was instrumental in securing Samsung the 2011 smartphone crown, and cementing its place as a rival not only to other Android OEMs, but to the almighty Apple. At the time, in our own review, we proclaimed it “a supremely impressive device,” and that remains true to this day -- the Galaxy S II has become a vintage Android handset.

So how do you follow up such a technological marvel? There’s been no shortage of Samsung phones since the S II’s launch in the spring of 2011, but it wasn’t until twelve months later that the wall of secrecy surrounding its true successor began to crumble. And in early May, at a glitzy (and frankly surreal) event at London’s Earl’s Court arena, Samsung finally unveiled the Galaxy S III (S3).

The initial reaction was a unsurprising mix of excitement and jubilation, tempered by the revelation that after all the hype, the Galaxy S3 was just another high-end smartphone with its own imperfections and compromises. Well, now the phone’s out in Europe, and enough time has passed for the initial novelty to wear off, so let’s get right down to business. Just how does the Galaxy S3 shape up in the fiercely competitive smartphone market of 2012? And can it hope to match the stratospheric success of its progenitor?

We’ve got all these answers, and so much more, in our definitive review of the Samsung Galaxy S3.

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4 years ago

Corning promises flexible displays with its new Willow Glass technology

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Corning today introduced its newest display technology, a thin and flexible surface its calling "Willow Glass." The glass maker says that its latest design will support thinner backplates and color filters for OLED and LED technologies, but most importantly it will be flexible, enabling curved displays for smartphones, tablets, and notebooks. Corning, the makers of the popular and durable Gorilla Glass, is using a fusion process to shrink the thickness of its glass down to that of a sheet of paper, which also translates to high performance under high temperatures. What does all the gibberish mean? Well, for Android, it means more options for phone displays, and more curved screens à la what we've seen most recently on the Galaxy Nexus. While phones that mold to the shape of your hand are probably still a way's away, Corning is making sure that its glass is ready for evolving technologies. The full presser can be found after the break.

Source: Corning

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4 years ago

AT&T Galaxy S III, Camera quality on the EVO 4G LTE [From the Forums]

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Well, it's certainly been an exciting Moday especially for those looking to pick up a Samsung Galaxy S III in the U.S. Of course, plenty of other Android news happened as well today. A couple of Google acquisitions, some funky announcements from Computex and even some possibly unexpected E3 news. Missed out? Get yourself caught up and then discuss it all in the Android Central Forums:

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4 years ago

AT&T's Galaxy S IIIs stick with 16GB of storage, but you can get it in red, too

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And then there was AT&T. While the likes of Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint and even US Cellular dropped deets of their Samsung Galaxy S III launches this morning, AT&T's kept  us waiting with bated breath most of the day. But we've finally got half an announcement. The phone goes up for presale on June 6 (that's this Wednesday) for $199. What has us more than a little miffed is that AT&T's opted to only go with a 16-gigabyte version, whereas every other carrier that announced today will have 32-gigabyte options. Is that the end of the world? No. It's still got a microSD card slot and a 16GB card is available at an extra $39, so you can have 32GB of total storage when you proudly unbox this guy. But when your Verizon and TMo and Sprint and USCC friends are showing off that extra 16GB of storage, don't come crying to us.

Oh, but AT&T does have one other trick up its sleeve. In addition to the white and pebble blue options, AT&T will have its own red model as well later this summer. So there's that. Otherwise, we're looking at the same hardware as the other carriers.

And stay tuned for an actual availability date.

Source: AT&T

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4 years ago

Google all set to acquire social startup Meebo

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Google it seems is on a little bit of an acquisition streak at the moment. First up was the Magnolia Broadband patents and now the news has broke on the fact they've started the acquisition of the social startup, Meebo. As noted on the Meebo blog:

We are happy to announce that Meebo has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Google!

For more than seven years we've been helping publishers find deeper relationships with their users and to make their sites more social and engaging. Together with Google, we're super jazzed to roll up our sleeves and get cracking on even bigger and better ways to help users and website owners alike.

We've had a blast building Meebo so far and we're really excited to start the next leg of our journey.

The acquisition had been rumored for quite some time now, with All Things D having shed light on the subject before any official announcement. Google has confirmed the Meebo team will be working with Google+ but how much Google paid for Meebo is still a mystery at the moment. It'll be interesting to see what comes from this one over time, let's just hope it doesn't involve some weird toolbars.

Source: Meebo, via: The Verge

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4 years ago

CyanogenMod Team introduce a slightly newer boot animation for CM9

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With the CyanogenMod new mascot long since been chosen it was time to go ahead and put a fresh new look on the CyanogenMod 9 boot animation. As such, Cid has now taken his place and looking rather spiffy. You can check out the video below and by all means, hit the source link and let the team know what you think.

Source: CyanogenMod

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4 years ago

Magnolia Broadband selling off RF patents to Google

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Looks as though Google is quietly picking up some RF patents for themselves according to a new press release put out by Mooreland Partners. In it, Mooreland Partners notes they'll be heading up the financial advisory position as Magnolia Broadband plans the sale of its patent portfolio to Google. Looking around, Magnolia Broadband holds a large amount of patents and with their focus being RF technologies and better networking, its easy to see why Google would want to own their work.

Source: Mooreland Partners, More Info: Magnolia Broadband

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4 years ago

Watch the Microsoft Xbox SmartGlass presentation from E3!

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If you weren't watching the Microsoft Xbox keynote from E3 live online, or following the WPCentral liveblog -- which you really should have been doing might we add -- then fear not. Thanks to the WPCentral guys, the bit that might interest Android fans is here for you to view at your leisure. 

We're only really interested specifically in the Xbox SmartGlass announcement, which Microsoft today said will work with Android devices turning them into a second display for your Xbox. There's a chunk that might not end up being useful for us, but the wireless video streaming and second display stuff, well that looks mightily appetizing. 

We're looking forward to hearing more about this service and just exactly how it's going to pan out on Android, but in the meantime, enjoy.

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