Since then, most of the carriers in the UK have been announcing that they will carry the new device from Sony Ericsson. Thus far, the Xperia Play has been confirmed by Vodafone, Orange, T-Mobile, Three, and O2.
This is great news for UK residents as they will have an array of choices to choose from if they are considering the Xperia Play. After months of speculation and rumors, it looks like we're finally close to getting the Xperia Play. Stay tuned!
We're guessing Amazon was feeling a little left out of all the HTC Thunderbolt launch date rumors. Seriously, though, we've pretty much got every day in February covered at this point, so no matter when it comes out everyone can say they were right. In any event, if you stroll on over to Amazon and do a search you'll see they now have the device listed for February 14. You can sign up to be notified when it becomes available. One thing is for certain though, the HTC Thunderbolt is coming -- soon. [via BGR]
Although Huawei has yet to really break into the North American market, that hasn't stopped them from trying. Two new devices have now appeared on their Flickr account, and while the details are slim at this point, we do know they are indeed running Android and presumably set to appear at Mobile World Congress. The above is known as they Huawei IDEOS X3 and if you jump on past the break, you'll get a look at the IDEOS S7 Slim tablet. I'm guessing that is all we'll get till MWC for info. [Flickr via Engadget]
What appears to be a rough edit of a teaser video of the upcoming T-Mobile LG G-Slate has hit YouTube, just a week after T-Mobile dropped more details, showing off the basic features of the 8.9-inch Android tablet and giving us one of the better looks at the hardware thus far.
First and foremost, there's the 3D recording capability. We still have no clue how practical this will be, but there it is. You also get a good walkthrough on ports and buttons. Now all we need is some launch and pricing info. Check it out after the break. [Youtube via Engadget]
Myriad's Alien Dalvik is quite possibly the best-named app in the history of crazy apps you'll likely never actually use. Confused yet? If you haven't heard of Myriad, it's the company that brought us the Myriad Dalvik Turbo -- kind of a souped up virtual machine for Android that lets things run faster than when using the stock Dalvik Virtual Machine.
And now we have the Alien Dalvik, which lets Android applications run on other devices. Yeah, you read that right. Alien technology indeed. After the break, Myriad's provided a video demo of it running on a Nokia N900. Definitely check it out. [Myriad]
Here we have the briefest of hands-ons with the new Sprint Kyocera Echo -- the dual-screen phone announced today in New York City. For the most part, what you see is what you get. You've got what appears to be a mild mannered smartphone -- albeit one with a second 3.5-inch screen tucked underneath. stack them on top of each other, and you have a 4.7-inch monster that's a near dead ringer for a Nintendo 3DS.
As far as other specs go, you've got a 1GHz Snapdragon processor pushing Android 2.2. And one thing we'll say at the outset -- with all the APIs Sprint and Kyocera have had to invent for the phone and its two screens, updates might take a little while. We'll just have to see.
Having just announced the all-new Kyocera Echo to the world, Sprint has also uploaded the above video to YouTube to give us a better overall look at the device itself. Thus far views have been rather mixed on the device with the majority of folks comparing it to looking more like a Nintendo DS then anything else. Stay tuned though; we'll get some more time with the device. In the meantime, feel free to share your thoughts about it. [YouTube]
Best Buy has announced that they will have exclusive rights to retail sales and pre-order of the HTC Thunderbolt, launching in mid-February. The press release makes note of the data speeds on Verizon's LTE network, gives an overview of Best Buy's services, and talks about their rich line-up of high end smartphones, but no pricing or a firm release date were given. You can read the presser, after the break. [Businesswire]
After accidentally outing it on their very own website, Sprint has officially announced the Kyocera Echo. It rocks two 3.5-inch screens that can be folded out to form one 4.7" viewing area - or if you like you can "simultask" by running a different app on each screen. Heck, you can put a full QWERTY landscape keyboard on one screen for faster typing.
Other specs: WiFi b/g, hotspot, 5mp camera, 720p camcorder, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 1GB onboard memory, packed with an 8bg microSD card, 1370mAh battery and it comes with a charging cradle and a spare battery.
You'll nee to pay the extra $10 smartphone-fee that Sprint charges despite the fact that WiMAX 4G is nowhere to be seen. You'll also need to pony up an extra $29.99 / month for that mobile hotspot feature.
They say it'll be available for $199 (presumably on a 2-year contract) in the "spring." More details as we have them - check out our liveblog of the event for more. Full press release is after the break.
We're live at Sprint's event in New York City, where Sprint says it has "something up its sleeve." Illusionist David Blaine is schedule to appear, as is Sprint CEO Dan Hesse. What will we get? Find out in our liveblog after the break. The show gets on the road at 6 p.m. EST/3 p.m. PST. Join us!
Android 2.4 will retain the "Gingerbread" codename and bridge compatibility with "dual-core" apps written for Android 3.0 Honeycomb, according to rumors attributed to a source at Viewsonic. The reports from Pocket-Lint also suggest that version 2.4 will debut in April on Viewsonic's ViewPad 4.
"According to our source, the release date of version 2.4 has been brought forward to ensure that dual-core apps designed for Honeycomb (v3.0) will be able to work with single-core devices running v2.4. Currently, our man on the inside says that’s not possible with version 2.3 (Gingerbread) hence the need to push to the next iteration and version number, but not change the name. It's most likely to be one of the main reasons we’ve yet to see any major manufacturer gunning to get Android 2.3 handsets out there."
There've been plenty of rumors involving Android 2.4 over the past couple of months. It was snapped on the Xperia Arc at CES, though Sony Ericsson later dismissed this as an error. Videos have also appeared of 2.4 apparently running on a German version of the Nexus S, though so far there's been no official confirmation of Android 2.4's existence.
As ever, though, rumors like this should be taken with a pinch of salt, and launch dates -- especially unannounced and unconfirmed ones -- are always subject to change. [Pocket-Lint]
Anyone wanting to try out a Froyo leak on your U.S. Cellular Samsung Mesmerize? If so, then today is your lucky day as EA11 has now appeared online. You'll want to follow the guidelines posted up and remember, it is only for U.S. Cellular devices at this point, and you'll need to make use of ODIN. But it's stock and rooted so have at it, if you're down with that sort of thing. Feel free to discuss it in the forums as well. [XDA] Thanks, Greg!
T-Mobile wants to share a little love this Valentine's Day, and they are trying to win your heart with free phones. On Feb. 11 and 12 (hey, that's this weekend!) all phones on T-Mobile will be free. This includes their high end Android phones like the MyTouch 4G, the T-Mobile G2, and the Samsung Vibrant.
Of course free really means you're tied to a two year agreement, and if you dig a little deeper into the press release you see that "Mail-in rebate card may apply". But if you were planning on sticking with T-Mobile for two years anyway, might as well score a free Android phone out of the deal. The full press release is after the break. [T-Mobile]
Back in January we got a hands-on look at Toshiba's upcoming Honeycomb-based tablet (which, of course, was still running Froyo at the time). Now, we all can take virtual look at it as Toshiba has put up a page for the upcoming tablet. Not too much new information here, and it's still nameless, but there is a nice video and flash overview of the device which you can dive into. No solid information on a release date, but the website does note a release of sometime this Spring. [Toshiba]
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