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3 years ago

Acer Iconia Smart finally set to appear in September?

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Remember the Acer phone with the massive 4.8-inch screen? There's a good possibility not, but we first went hands on with the device at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and things have been a little quiet since it appeared at the FCC in April.

Now though, according to the official Facebook page of Acer Germany, the device is slated to launch some time in September for €499 ($710). The device page is live on Acer's official site, but with no information on price and availability. 

Back at MWC the specs were pretty tasty, but as time has passed it by and the smartphone world is populated by dual core super phones, will the Smart still be able to cut it? 

No word as yet on availability in other countries, but if you like to get your mobile movie viewing on, this could still be worth a look. 

Check out our initial hands on video after the break.

Source: Acer Germany 

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3 years ago

Motorola Droid HD makes the Droid Bionic look downright thick

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What's all this then? Look, we're finally getting used to the idea that we might actually see the Motorola Droid Bionic released sometime in 2011, and now this little slice of sexy has showed up. Engadget was slipped a few pics of the as-yet unannounced device, with a couple of them showing it lounging next to the upcoming Verizon DB.

Let's start with what you can actually see in the pictures. There's no carrier branding on this thing, and note the different style of menu button. That could mean it's a prototype, or it could mean it's not intended for Verizon, never mind the Droid name. But we've seen EVO make the leap from Sprint in the U.S. to the GSM networks in Europe and in Canada, so there's that to consider.

The power button appears to have been moved to the right-hand bezel, a la every Samsung phone of the past year or so. It's sitting above the volume rocker. There's a front-facing camera, natch, and an "HD" camera with flash that will record video in 1080p. Been there, done that. HDMI and microUSB ports round things out. On that front.

More intriguing are the pictures of what appear to be a humungous removable battery. No doubt it's larger because it's also thinner, and the entire device is shown as being thinner than the Droid Bionic. And there's also the side-loaded (as in on the outside of the phone, on the left-hand bezel) SIM and microSD card slots. External SD card slots are few and far between, never mind SIM card slots.

Anyhoo. Place your bets as to where this puppy will end up. But if it's a sign of Motorola design to come, the next crop could be very interesting.

Source: Engadget

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3 years ago

Don't forget to vote in the Readers Choice awards for best Android phone

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Friendly reminder time folks -- the polls are still open so don't forget to vote for the best Android phone in your region or on your carrier!  If you do, you're not allowed to come back later and complain -- them's the rules.  We rounded up a list of currently available or announced phones for each category, and all you need to do is vote for your favorite:

Get in the forums and let your voice be heard! Voting will end at the end of the month.

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3 years ago

'Official' Gingerbread build leaks for the HTC ThunderBolt

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Anybody up for a little Gingerbread on your HTC ThunderBolt? The Android 2.3 update that we're all oh so patiently waiting on hasn't yet been pushed, but a new leak -- and this is about the 16th ThunderBolt ROM leak, for those of you playing at home -- has emerged.

Build 2.07.605.0 is said to be an "official" build -- as in not a janky test build -- but it's not yet the "final" one that will be pushed. And you know how that goes -- ain't nothin' officially final until it's officially final.

Anyhoo, ol' Chingy's got the virgin RUU worked up alongside a few rooted builds. So if you're the brave type, give it a shot.

Source: ThunderBolt Gingerbread leak; via Rootzwiki

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3 years ago

Motorola Atrix Gingerbread update now available in Korea

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The Korean version of the Motorola Atrix has a tasty western treat available, the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update is now live and available for installation.  The update looks just about the same as we saw here recently in the states, including the newer version of Blur that allows customization of the launcher bar and app folders.  The under-the-hood changes should be the same, too -- look for a nice performance boost if you're installing this one.  The update is available at Motorola customer care centers, and via Motorola's website.  If you're signed up with Blur, you can also get the download OTA style.  For the full details and instructions, visit the source links.

Source: Motorola.  More: Motorola (Korean)

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3 years ago

Help with firmware updates, Tab as a laptop replacement? [From the Forums]

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Although today was far less exciting then yesterday, some good stuff still happened. We can't have crazy corporate buyout news everyday anyway. If ya missed out on any of the news today, make sure you take a step back and have a look. Make sure you hit up the Android Central forums as well.

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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3 years ago

U.S. Cellular adds Samsung Gem, HTC Merge to its prepaid lineup

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The HTC Merge and the Samsung Gem are now available on U.S. Cellular's month-to-month plans, joining the LG Apex and Optimus U in the carrier's prepaid lineup. The Merge, which will cost $299.99, is global-ready with a 3.8 inch touch screen, a slide out QWERTY keyboard, and Android 2.2. The Gem has a 3.2 inch WQVGA display, an 800 MHz processor, and is also Froyo flavored, with a price tag of $139.99. U.S. Cellular prepaid plans start at $40 for 450 minutes and 200 MB of data, and continue up to $70 for unlimited calling and 2 GB worth of data, and all activation fees on plans over $50/month are currently being waived. Hit the break for the full presser.

Source: U.S. Cellular

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3 years ago

Asus launches Eee Pad Slider page, still no release date

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The Asus Transformer is one of the coolest Honeycomb tablets on the market. It's as yet unreleased sibling, the Slider, seems to be getting ever closer to release, as Asus have launched its official page for the tablet.

The spec list isn't showing up any surprises, and curiously is shipping with "Android 3.1 Honeycomb OS (3.2 upgradable)." The 3.2 update for the Transformer is already live, so hopefully this means that the Slider is complete and ready to start shipping soon. Battery life is said to be 8 hours, and you get most of the ports available on the Transformer, but no full SD card slot.

Included software goodies will be familiar to any Transformer owners, with Polaris Office 3.0, Zinio Magazines and Asus' own cloud and media applications. 

All we need now is the release date, won't you help us out Asus? 

Source: Asus

 

 

 

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3 years ago

Google Maps updated with bubble buttons, Transit Navigation improvements

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Google has updated the Google Maps app for Android to version 5.9.0, bringing continued improvements to Transit Navigation, along with a new Labs feature. Here's a rundown of what you'll find in the latest version --

  • Voice and ring tone notifications for Transit Navigation (Beta)
  • Tablet support for Transit Navigation (Beta)
  • 'Bubble Buttons' Lab to add call and navigate buttons to results on the map (see above)

The Transit Navigation changes should be welcomed by anyone that's ever missed their stop on the train or bus, and we always like a new Labs feature to play with. Head to the Android Market to grab the latest update, or use the QR code after the jump.

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3 years ago

MIT launches new Mobile Learning Center, extending App Inventor its first activity

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With initial funding from Google, MIT has opened their Center for Mobile Learning, dedicated "to transforming education and learning through innovation in mobile computing."  The function of the new center will be to focus on new mobile technology and applications that allow people to study and learn from anywhere.  Scheduled research projects include things like location aware learning apps, mobile data collection, augmented reality, and other educational uses of mobile technologies.  It looks like an excellent use of funding, and MIT has always been a cornerstone of open-source development and innovation. 

What's really cool is that one of the center's first activities will be how they can extend and integrate App Inventor for Android to MIT's research in educational technology.  Google may have ended App Inventor, but they are in the process of open-sourcing the entire project and things like this are the reason why.  Dr. Hal Abelson, one of the three co-directors of the new center, is one of the gentlemen credited with prompting the development of App Inventor while he was on sabbatical and working at Google in 2008.  It's great to see that his ideas and innovation will continue, and that the project hasn't died.

Source: MIT

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