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3 years ago

'HTC Sensation' trademark hints at possible HTC tablet UI

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Last week we reported the rumored arrival of three HTC tablets in the first half of 2011, and now a recent EU trademark filing could offer some insight into the software that may run on these mythical devices.

The filing for "HTC Sensation" is dated Jan. 19 and comes with list of associated goods and services as long as your arm, including "smartphones," "portable wireless devices" and "user interface software."

While a trademark filing is far from proof that a new product or piece of software exists, the HTC Sensation name is interesting because of its similarity to HTC Sense, the UI layer found on most HTC-built Android phones. If HTC were developing a custom UI layer for its Android tablets, then HTC Sensation would at least sound like a plausible name.

Right now, rumors like this are all anyone has to offer when it comes to HTC's tablet plans. However, it's possible the manufacturer may reveal more at next month's Mobile World Congress, so stay tuned. [via AndroidOS.in]

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3 years ago

Nook Color overclocked again--this time all the way to 1.1GHz!

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On this latest episode of :That eReader does WHAT??" the Nook Color's 800MHz processor has now been overclocked to a full 1100MHz.  Currently only for the rooted stock Barnes & Noble ROM, the new custom kernel adds some serious zip, and appears to be quite stable.

Our quadrant scores with the kernel max out in the mid-1200's, which are easily the highest we've seen on stock Eclair (overclocked Nookie Froyo yielded 1764).

The new kernel, from developer dalingrin, is easily flashed by downloading this zip file, placing it on your Nook's SD card, and installing in ClockworkMod Recovery.

After checking it out, be sure to stop by our Nook Color forums to give feedback and find out more. [xda-developers]

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3 years ago

Motorola Xoom $699 at Best Buy?

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Dunno about you, but we'd be perfectly happy if Best Buy drops the price of the Motorola Xoom Android 3.0 tablet $100 when it's released on Feb. 17. (Droid Attic's leak also apparently confirms the launch date.)

The $699 unsubsidized price isn't a huge drop from Verizon's $800 minimum advertised price -- news we broke on Friday -- but it's a start. Chances are we'll see prices fluctuate -- they always do -- and we'll be on the lookout for those "Price so low we can't advertise them" deals. Again, you can sell for less than the MAP, you're just not supposed to advertise it. [via Droid Attic]

Update: Droid-Life was sent some sort of "price verification" receipt that shows $799. So $700, $800, either way, you might want to start getting loan papers together.

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3 years ago

LG Optimus 2X now on sale in Korea, coming soon in white

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The LG Optimus 2X was the first smartphone to be announced with a dual-core Tegra 2 processor, and it's also the first to market, going on sale today in Korea. You can have it right now in any color you want, so long as it's black, but a white version is coming in February.

I think we can speak for all of us here (which is why we use the royal "we" in the first place) when we say we're hoping beyond hope that LG brings this guy to the United States. Soon. [ITToday.co.kr via @visitken]

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3 years ago

Virgin Mobile's LG Optimus V priced at $149

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That the LG Optimus One -- one of our favorite entry-level Android smartphones these days -- will be coming to Virgin Mobile as the Optimus V has hardly been a secret. Looks like price may now be nailed down, set at $149.99. That's in line with a post at Howard Forums, so it's looking fairly solid at this point. As for when it'll be on sale? Stay tuned.

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3 years ago

Barnes & Noble Nook Color Review

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The modding community helps a device with an identity crisis

to "find itself"

The Barnes & Noble Nook Color is a very unique device to review, because you're really talking about two different products before and after it's hacked.  The device it's being sold as, and the device that it can be are about as far apart as can be.

When used as it was intended by B&N, the NC's splash screen tells us we're about to "Touch the Future of Reading."  The irony with this is that the color touch-screen reading that they're referring to isn't far off in "the future," it's already very much here in the present (surely you've heard about those tablet thingies, right?).

With the Nook Color, B&N is trying to capture some of those customers who aren't yet in the market for a full tablet, but who are still intrigued by the experience of color touchscreen reading.

. . . and in the process, they accidentally created one of the most enticing tablets on the market.

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3 years ago

Motorola Xoom at Best Buy on Feb. 17?

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When we broke the news of the Motorola Xoom's minimum advertised price, the obvious question remained -- WHEN can we get one? Looks like Feb. 17 will be the date at Best Buy, if this leaked screenshot is to be believed. Whether that matches when Verizon itself will make the Android 3.0 tablet available remains to be seen.

And just to reiterate -- the $799 price that we brought you is the "minimum advertised price" and not what you're likely to have to pay for all that Honeycomb goodness.  Everyone's favorite Panda is anticipating a $500 or so price tag after subsidy, and we're inclined to agree. Though any Wifi-only version is going to have to come down a bit before we break out our wallets. [Engadget]

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3 years ago

Sony Ericsson Vivaz 2 gets previewed ahead of release

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Having just made news with its sales numbers Sony Ericsson looks to be holding true to its promise to do things better in 2011 if the latest device leakage is anything to go by. The Sony Ericsson Vivaz 2 (or whatever it goes to market as) has found its way into the hands of Mobile-review and if you're willing to give Sony Ericsson another shot at impressing you, the review has nothing but nice things to say about it. 

The 1GHz Qualcomm MSM7630 sports Adreno 205 graphics and has 512MB of RAM on board, while a 1500mAh battery powers the 854 x 480 reality display. No idea as to when or where this thing will show up but we're tossing it out there that Mobile World Congress might be a good place to start. If you're looking for the full review, be sure to hit the source link. [Mobile -Review]

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