If you happen to be a European PlayStation owner with an Android device, then today is your lucky day. Sony has released the official PlayStation app for Android, a very pretty app which for the moment falls a little short on functionality. Find out more about features, along with a QR code after the jump.
So there's a Verizon iPhone eh? Well isn't that special? We've been following all of the Verizon iPhone coverage at our sister site, TiPb.com, where they're just shy of asploding over the prospect of actually using an iPhone to make calls. Everything's changed. Again.
Only it hasn't, really. Same ol' iPhone, hardware-wise (yeah, the GSM radio's been swapped for CDMA). That's it. You get wireless hotspot, though. And that's nice, though Android and Palm have had that for a while now.
None of that newfangled (and pretty awesome) LTE data that we're getting on Android. None of that dual-core processor goodness that we're getting on Android. Customizable home screens? Nope. Anything-goes market? Nope. (OK, that's a plus and a minus.)
Point is, Android's not going anywhere anytime soon, Verizon iPhone or no Verizon iPhone. If anything, Verizon's going to do its damndest to make sure its already strong network remains so with the arrival of the iPhone -- and that's good news for the rest of us.
In the meantime, if you're curious about this Verizon iPhone thing, be sure to check out TiPb for the latest. And then head back here so we can get some real work done.
T-Mobile UK is the latest British network to impose stricter limits on how their customers can use mobile data. From February 1, customers will be subject to a "fair use" limit of 500MB, beyond which access to stuff like video streaming and 'file downloading' will be restricted. Currently T-Mobile offers a generous fair use limit of 3GB per month for Android smartphones on their network.
Find out more about how this will be changing after the jump. [T-Mobile UK]
Fresh off of CES 2011, the anticipation for the Motorola Xoom probably couldn't be any higher, and many of us here think it was one of the best showings at CES. Motorola apparently shares that excitement. According to DigiTimes, Motorola is expecting to launch between 700,000 and 800,000 Xooms in the first quarter of 2011. That's a hefty amount for the first three months of the year, especially considering the Xoom isn't immediately available. If Motorola hits that target and sales stay at a constant, we could be looking at over 3 million Xoom shipped by years end.
Now, shipped units and sold units are different figures, so we will have to keep an eye on both going into the future, but Motorola obviously expects to be selling a lot of these, and we can't really blame them. Be sure to sound off in our Xoom Forums and share you thoughts with us! [via DigiTimes]
Microsoft gave its mobile offerings a huge overhaul with Windows Phone 7, putting them on par with phones running iOS or Android in the eyes of many. All bias aside, I think they have a winner in the works; it's very nice for a Version 1 product. We all know (whether we agree or not) smartphone platforms are only successful if developers get on board. Developers only want to get on board if they fell the platform will be successful -- it's a catch-22. Norwegian developer and consultant Frode "Nilzor" Nilsen decided to take a hands on approach and see the differences in application development between WP7 and Android, to help decide which platform he wanted to focus on. Hit the break to find out more. [Nilzor's Techblog via WP Central]
MiniSquadron, one of our favorite games of 2010, is back in 2011 with a 99-cent special edition. New planes (and helicopters), new levels, and hours and hours of my workday spent "testing" the updated app. The game's on sale through Jan. 17. Download links are after the break.
A post by Sony Ericsson's Rikard Skogberg on the company's Product Blog contains some interesting news about the upcoming Xperia Arc. Firstly, Skogberg pours cold water on reports that some of the Arc devices shown at CES were running "Android 2.4," saying that it was the result of a "misconfiguration," and "nothing to get too excited about." (As we all know it takes about 30 seconds to change the Android version number on a rooted phone, we're inclined to believe him.)
He also addresses concerns about future updates for the Arc, as this is one area where Sony Ericsson has lagged behind other manufacturers.
"It’s too early to officially give detailed comments around specific later Android versions for XperiaTM arc during its lifecycle but the changes we have made to our way of working with Android puts us in a good position to make sure that Xperia arc will get later versions in a timely manner."
It's good to see Sony Ericsson finally addressing something that's been a serious thorn in their side with their previous generation of Android phones, though this will be of little comfort to Froyo-less Xperia X10 owners.
You can find more Xperia Arc details from this latest posting, including specs and a video tour of the phone's home screen after the jump. [Sony Ericsson Product Blog]
It's the stock, non-rooted version that a Verizon employee would use if he or she needed to reflash your phone, including all the Bing and bloatware you can eat.
Be warned that while you don't need to be rooted to run this update, you will need to use some advanced tools and methods. That's the kind of help you can find in the Android Central Fascinate forums, so don't be afraid to dive in there and find the help you might need.
Fire up your computer, grab your USB cable, and get cracking!
In response to the recent launch of the HTC EVO Shift 4G at $149.99, Sprint has reduced the cost of the similar Samsung-made Epic 4G to $199.99 on a two-year contract, down $50 from the previous price. Both phones feature 4G connectivity and a slide-out keyboard, though the Epic boasts a larger 4-inch SuperAMOLED screen, compared with the EVO Shift's 3.6-inch LCD.
Ordering your Epic 4G through Amazon will save you another $100, making the phone yours for just $99.99. If you're in the market for a 4G phone with a slide-out keyboard on Sprint, then both the Epic and the EVO Shift should serve you well. You can find out more about the Epic 4G and the EVO Shift 4G in our Android devices section. [Sprint on Twitter]
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