Hoping to be the first kid on your block with the Asus Eee Pad Transformer? Sorry, but this guy beat you to it. Eight minutes of the slick little Android Honeycomb tablet that snaps into a full-size keyboard. We get a great look at what's in the box, and of the tablet itself. Looks like it's got a great textured back, the overly large bezel, and we see the proprietary charger (boo). And finally, it's booted up, and sure enough, there's Android 3.0.
Still no word on when those of us here in the states might be able to get our hands on one, but we're starting to get more than slightly excited for it.
This week we decided to switch it up a little bit, and bring you a special edition of our favorite weekly applications. Not only are these some of our favorite applications, but all of this week's pick require root access on your device. Be sure to join us after the break to take a look at some of these applications!
What appears to be the Sprint Samsung Nexus S 4G (see our hands-on) has shown up on the FCC page, bringing things that much closer to a release. It's a Samsung device, with CDMA and WiMax radios, and going by the device outline we're pretty sure that the SPH-D720 will turn out to be Sprint's version of the latest Googlephone. This news should make a lot of people on the "Now Network" awful darn happy, and the rest of us a little bit envious of a sweet vanilla Nexus that can get 4G speeds.
Even with the new and soon to be released Android phones, the Droid Incredible is still a favorite. When you add custom ROMs into the mix, the Dinc really shines. It's been cracked wide open, all the popular and fun hacks have been ported over, and the hardware can still do some Incredible (ha!) things.
This time around PvilleComp is back with a review of the very different and unique MIUI ROM for the Dinc. I've toyed with this one on other devices, and I'm glad to see someone step up and give us a full review of it. Mike does an excellent job, and you can see that for yourself after the break. Thanks, Mike!
Three, Orange and T-Mobile are offering the phone for free on contracts of £35 per month. If you're into shiny, exclusive stuff then you'll be interested to learn that T-Mobile will be exclusively selling the silver version of the device (that's the one in the pic above). If you order a Desire S through any other carrier you'll get the standard black version.
Vodafone and O2 offer a free Desire S on slightly cheaper contracts of £30 and £27 per month respectively. Meanwhile The Carphone Warehouse can hook you up with a free Desire S on-contract with a number of providers for as little as £25 per month.
If you're thinking of picking up a Desire S, make sure you check out our hands-on feature, and keep watching over the next few days for our full review!
It looks like the delays that Sony Ericsson warned would result from the recent natural disasters in Japan have finally arrived. UK retailer Clove reports on its company blog that the European release date for the Xperia Neo has slipped to July as a result of supply chain disruption brought about by the disasters in Japan. Clove also reports that Xperia Play and Xperia Arc stocks are expected to be running low over the next few weeks.
Today's news follows delays to last week's Xperia Play and Arc launch on some UK networks, which were attricuted to "freight issues", though carriers say they're expecting additional stock of both phones throughout April. [Clove Blog]
What's better than a $50 LG Optimus S on Sprint? How about a $20 LG Optimus S on Sprint. Hard to argue with that for what is an above average mid-level Android smartphone. Our only thing is that you're tied into a two-year contract for something that's not cutting edge hardware. Anyone out there biting? Submitted via the Android Central app
Another week has flown by and now it's time for the weekend and time to unwind just a bit. Like always, the weekends are a great time to catch up on any of the weeks events you may have missed out on. Be it blog posts, forums posts and even the podcast if you didn't get a chance to tune in live with us. Hit up some of the links below to get started:
Not able to attend this year's Google IO conference? (Gasp, it's in a month!) No worries, as the keynotes will be streamed live (just like last year), and big G's tossing in some of the more major sessions as well. Pretty good deal, 'cept you won't be able to hang out with me and Jerry.
And if you're a developer and are going, el Goog's asking that you plant that cool HTML5 button you see above (hover over it) somewhere on your website. [Google]
If you're going to do any light traveling with your Motorola Xoom, check out the Belkin Grip Sleeve. It's more than just a basic sleeve. Along with the durable neoprene (think wetsuit), it's got a textured surface so you don't lose your grip while holding it. (Thus the name.)
The sleeve sports a dual-zipper closure, is lightweight, and you can wash it off with soap and water. The inside is plenty soft, and it's not going to scratch your Xoom. It's also loose enough to allow you to store a few papers inside, too.
Back at CES we first caught wind of the nameless Verizon device, which we later found out was theSamsung Droid Charge, and it has now made an official appearance in some Verizon promotional material. There's also a multimedia desktop charger, which serves as a media player and a speakerphone, and it has a spare battery charger slot, which is pretty sweet. While this isn't as great as a release date, it is further proof that the device could be coming sooner then later. [Engadget]
With PC makers getting into the Android Tablet game, it is a given that Toshiba would give us their spin on a high-quality Android tablet. While this isn't the first time we've seen it on the web, the coming soon page at Best Buy's site is encouraging. When we first saw it in January at CES 2011, it was running Froyo, but the hardware and the fact that Toshiba let us know they had no plans to customize the OS got us the most excited.
The specs are just what you would expect for a high-end Honeycomb tablet:
Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor
10.1 inch High-definition wide view backlit LED display
2 MP front camera, 5 MP rear
One full size USB port, one mini-USB port (yes, the specs say mini-USB)
We know from our time with it at CES that the display is 1280x800 at 16:10, and Toshiba's "resolution plus" will allow video upscaling on the device.
My future purchase plans just got more difficult. [Best Buy] Thanks, dcabuckeye!
If you passed on the Motorola Xoom in hopes of another Honeycomb based Android tablet coming to the market and have been eying the Acer Iconia, you will be pleased to know Best Buy is now accepting pre-orders. For the price tag of $449.99 you will get a 10.1-inch screen with a 1GHz processor that will be the second device to run Android 3.0, Honeycomb. Best Buy's web site shows that the device is set to be delivered between April 24 and 29, which would lead us to believe the launch is within that time frame. [Best Buy via CNET] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
The Froyo Update for the Virgin Mobile Samsung Intercept is finally coming out on Monday the 11th! VMFreeMsg: Starting 4/11/11, you will be notified of a phone software upgrade available for your Intercept. Click http://msg4u.us/isr for more information.
That link then takes you to a Virgin Mobile detailing the update. In addition to all the Froyo goodness, you'll be getitng:
Exchange Active Sync updates
ability to install applications to external memory card
improved Bluetooth device support
Bluetooth Voice dialing
improved operating system performance
dedicated phone, application and browser icons on every home screen
So look for it any week now. Thanks to @mjsalinger and the Android Central App submission.
Busting up some blocks on a cell phone goes way back, and has always been a fun way to pass some time. If you came from a BlackBerry you are probably very familiar with Brick Breaker, and may have missed it when you made the switch. Well, miss no more, because the folks over at MCurrent have blessed us with Block Busta, an Android game that is fun, yet challenging.
The free version contains five stages, while the paid version contains 25 with three rounds of blocks on each. Both versions available in the Android market, and the paid version will only run you roughly $2.15 and is sure to deliver hours of fun. Hit the break for download links.
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