Huawei Device has announced their new IDEOS X5 at this week's CES 2011. The new Android 2.2 phone is a mid-ranged device that rocks a 800MHz Qualcomm processor, 3.8-inch touchscreen, a 11.4mm width, a 5 mega pixel camera with 720p high-def recording, and a FM radio with SRS professional audio effects. The X5 will also connect to Wi-Fi with an 802.11n connection.
No word as to when this guy is gonna hit the US, but it will be available in Singapore, Hong Kong, and New Zeland in the next few weeks. With all of these dual-core processors being shipped with upcoming devices, will the 800MHz Qualcomm processor hold-up? What do you guys think? Video after the break! [Business Wire]
While there may be some devices that won't confirm they're using Corning's Gorilla Glass, many of your favorite Android phones and tablets aren't shy about it. Why? Because it's tough as nails. Actually, it's tough enough to help protect your display from things like nails.
We caught up with the folks from Gorilla Glass live at CES 2011 and they gave us the full-on scratching, cracking, bending, breaking demo. Check it out in the video up top!
Word on the virtual street is that Bell Canada is preparing to launch the LG Optimus Chic on its network next Friday, January 14. The entry-level Froyo-powered phone sports a 3.2 inch HVGA screen, 600MHz processor, 256MB of RAM, 5MP camera and comes with a 2GB microSD card. Certainly nothing to write home about, but more than sufficient for basic smartphone use.
Off-contract, the Optimus Chic can be yours in exchange for 295 of your delicious Canadian dollars, though you can probably expect to get it for much less if you're willing to sign up for a contract with Bell. [AllThingsMobile]
Drivers interested in the Ford Mustang should rejoice at the news that Ford's SYNC App-Link will be coming to the car in the 2012 model. App-Link extends the current abilities of SYNC, such as hands-free calling and music search, by allowing users to control third-party apps on their phone using SYNC's voice recognition. Announced awhile back, the service currently works only with Pandora with Stitcher compatibility coming in early 2011.
Honestly, Pandora was probably the top application on everyone's list so it is great that Ford chose to focus on it first. The car maker also promises that several more apps will be added to the list over the next year along with SYNC being offered in more car models. Check out the full presser past the break. [Ford]
It seems rather out of the ordinary these days if a device isn't rooted before it hits store shelves but that's exactly what happened with the Logitech Revue. Despite many people in the community attempting to gain root access it apparently wasn't willing to go down without a fight -- until now, that is.
Yes, much like every other Android powered device out there the Logitech Revue has finally been rooted. Custom apps can now be installed and full access to all system files has been achieved. Take note though, the process is not for the faint of hear and unless you wanna end up with a expensive paperweight, you'll likely wanna pass on this one. video of it in action is available after the break. Thanks Teggy6! [GTVHacker]
If you've taken matters into your own hands and use custom ROMs on your Android device, you've surely heard of CyanogenMod. Version 7 is the initial Gingerbread build, and it looks like we'll be seeing nightly builds in the near future. No word on exactly which devices we're talking about to start with, but the Nexus One, T-Mobile G2, the Nexus S are good bets. The rest will follow as the developers get things closer to working, so hang tight and you should be seeing the build bot at work shortly for your phone. [@cyanogen]
Spend even just a little time with the Motorola Xoom and Android 3.0 Honeycomb, and you quickly come away thinking that this may be the best chance for an Android tablet to hit the mainstream yet.
The 10.1-inch display (at 1280x800 and a 16:10 aspect ratio) is lovely. It's thin enough, light enough and, gosh darn it, you're gonna love Honeycomb running atop not one but two 1GHz processors.
It'll launch on Verizon sometime in the first quarter (nobody's saying yet), for an undisclosed price. And you won't get LTE at first, that will require a hardware update, with details to follow. Eventually. And the microSD card won't work at first, either. A software update will take care of that. Really, you know as much as we do about that now. So, yeah, there's still a lot left on the table.
What's not left on the table? A slew of hands-on pics. Find 'em after the break.
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