Sony Ericsson posted their first-quarter earnings for 2011 earlier today and despite lower sales figures, their outlook is positive. Total revenue dropped 19% year-over-year to 1,145 million Euros (~$1.64 billion USD) down from 1,405 million Euros. However, the average selling price for devices increased from 134 to 141 Euros (~$202 USD). This increase was due to a move away from feature phones and towards smartphones.
With the releases of the Xperia PLAY, Xperia arc, and Xperia neo towards the end of Q1, the rest of 2011 looks to be promising for Sony Ericsson. Another factor that may play a role in SE's success is providing an unlockable bootloader on their phones, a move that's challenging where the rest of the industry seems to be headed.
Some noteworthy highlights are included with the full press release after the break. [Sony Ericsson]
HTC announced today that it's launching a roadshow tour of the UK and Ireland, starting this Friday and Saturday at the Trafford Centre in Manchester and continuing until the end of May. The show is open to the public, and will feature an interactive HTC Sense wall, along with "current and upcoming" HTC devices to play with. The HTC Flyer is mentioned by name, and we're hoping to see the Sensation there too, as it's HTC's biggest upcoming phone.
The HTC roadshow will stop by other major cities over the following month. Join us after the jump for the complete tour schedule, and the accompanying press release. We'll be stopping by this weekend to take a look at some of HTC's new toys. Let us know in the comments if you plan on doing the same during the next month. [HTC Roadshow]
Following in the proud steps of the Droid 2 R2-D2 and the Droid X before that, it looks like Verizon is kicking off it's latest cross-country, Droid-finding bonanza.
The latest tweet from @DroidLanding -- it's back! -- tipped us off to the mystery-in-progress, but not much else. The message is as uninformative and cryptic as ever, but it's good to know that "field agents await instructions."
So what phone are we looking for? The Droid X2? The Droid Charge? Droid Incredible 2? It's hard to say at this point, but we know the jig is up, the game is on. So grab your pocket protectors and sharpen up your sleuthing skills, because it's about time we found those Droids we were looking for. [@DroidLanding] Thanks, @holmesbrandon!
A lot of folks when picking up an Android device for the first time often have a lot of questions and concerns. Luckily, we're here to help out and address some of those questions and concerns for you all. With plenty of tips and tricks and how-to's the forums are a great spot to get started. Check out some of the threads below to get started:
Spacetime Studios is celebrating the 1-year anniversary of Pocket Legends by giving away premium access to all new and existing users until Monday, May 4, 2011. If you're not familiar with Pocket Legends, it is the world’s largest 3D Mobile MMO available in the Android Market and they have the statistics to prove it:
Upwards of 3 million people have played Pocket Legends
Pocket Legends is currently played in 200 countries
Pocket Legends has been updated more than 200 times
Quite a feat these days with the competition for gaming on Android that is out there. If you're looking to learn more, you can jump on past the break for the full press release as well as the download link. The game is free to install and with the anniversary celebrations happening now, you'll get some bonus free access to try out. [Space Time Studios]
Excuse me, Australian readers. If you're looking for a distraction from kangaroo boxing and boomerang throwing, you'll be happy to know that as soon as May 2011, Telstra will be launching the Motorola XOOM.
Exact pricing and launch dates are scant, but if it's your cup of tea, the full presser is after the break.
And for those planning on picking up a XOOM, I'm sure I don't have to remind you, but be sure not to let the dingos take it. [Motorola]
The Seidio Innocase Active X is a case for the Nexus S is built like a tank and perfect for protecting your phone while you're out and about. It's two-piece design really wraps your phone up well, and while it adds in a bit of bulkiness, it fits really well and doesn't take away from the unique styling that some of us really love about our Nexus S -- myself included.
The case consists of a flexible rubber polymer skin and a hard skeleton that holds the skin in place and protects each corner of your phone from bumps and falls. Preliminary testing using clumsy hands and parking lots or hardwood floors have been successful :)
It's easy to put on and take back off, and your ports and controls are just as easy to use as they would be without a case, with the USB connector and the headphone jack being cut-out in the rubber skin, and the skin itself designed to operate the power and volume switches via raised spots on the case. It works just fine.
Also available is the matching Seidio Active X holster, which holds your Nexus S face-in right on your belt or clipped to your pocket. It's easy to get the phone in and out of it, and the clip swivels (and locks into place) in six different angles to keep things comfortable.
A lot of Android phones pass through our hands here, but the Nexus S is my personal phone. I carry it daily, and highly recommend this one to anyone looking for a way to protect their Nexus S. You can grab the Seidio Innocase Active X case in the Android Central Store for $27.95, or as a bundle with the matching holster for $46.40. More pictures are after the break.
LauncherPro 0.8.5 is now available on the Android Market, bringing bug fixes, reduced memory usage and widget skinning support to the popular homescreen replacement. Widget skinning first appeared in a beta version of LauncherPro informally released on the app's website last week, in order to help skin creators get content ready for the Market release.
Version 0.8.5 also introduces the option to unlock LauncherPro Plus via the Android Market too, though if you've already paid for a key via PayPal, then don't worry -- it'll still work in the new version of LauncherPro.
Join us after the jump for the Market link and QR code. [LauncherPro]
Angry Birds might have some competition as Adult Swim launched Robot Unicorn Attack on Android today. The game grants wishes for $1 and comes packed with OpenFeint support. In addition, Adult Swim may bring both Amateur Surgeon and Five Minutes to Kill (Yourself) to Android in the coming months alongside the Heavy Metal and Christmas versions of Robot Unicorn Attack. The porting of these and other games will depend on how well received Robot Unicorn Attack is.
Adult Swim is also bringing its free video player app that will allow fans to watch clips and some full episodes of shows like Robot Chicken and The Venture Bros. Expect the Adult Swim app to land sometime this May. By then you should have had plenty of time to consider how open your eyes are.
Here's another Tegra 2-optimized game that's coming down the pike. Pinball HD is, well, it's a pinball game. It's a pinball game with some extremely fluid and intricate graphics. But at the end of the day, it's a pinball game. And that's not a bad thing -- it's pinball's simplicity that's allowed it to span the decades.
Anyohoo. Pinball HD has a trio of tables, and those tables have story lines. Unfortunately in our review edition the story lines either were missing or unplayable in demo mode. But you'll get the idea.
We've gone back and forth on whether we prefer Pinball HD on a tablet or a phone. Obviously you'll get a different experience on a 10-inch device compared to a 4-inch device. But PinBall HD runs flawlessly on either, a testament to the Tegra 2 platform, and it's a game you should check out when it becomes available in the coming weeks.
Around here, we love contests and with Samsung having recently announced three brand new Bluetooth Headsets they've let us know they love contests as well. As such, they were kind enough to send us two Modus HM6450 Bluetooth Headsets to give away to our readers. Want know more about it and what you have to do to possibly win one?
Modus 6450 Product Features
Samsung FreeSync Android App-compatible & Android application support
Voice Command & Voice Prompt
Voice command and EQ setting implementation through a separate Voice Command Button on the headset
Mono & Stereo convertible
SoundAlive stereo audio enhancements
Dual-mic noise/Echo cancellation
Simple, LED display shows battery/call status
Advanced Multipoint and Multiconnection Technology
Up to 6 hours of talk time/180 hours of standby time
Bluetooth version 2.1+EDR
That's it for the specs -- all you have to do to possibly win one is drop a comment on the post and we'll pick two lucky winners. Easy enough right? Big thanks to the fine folks at Samsung. If you're looking to learn a little more, jump past the break for the full press release.
Been here before, haven't we? Despite unsourced, unfounded and generally un-everything rumors, people keep insisting that the Motorola Droid Bionic has been killed off. Not so, a Motorola spokeswoman told Dow Jones Newswires' Roger Cheng.
It's been more than three months since the Droid Bionic was announced at CES (see our hands-on) and since then has been tucked neatly out of sight. But the unnamed Motorola official tells Cheng "Based on compelling feedback since the show, we are incorporating several enhancements to make this an even better consumer experience." A second-quarter launch is still possible (we've heard as much), but a push to the third-quarter apparently is possible, too. That either means stuff ain't ready, ain't good enough, or they're still figuring out what the heck to do.
Hey, you. Evernote fan. (We'll wait while most of you out there raise your hands.) Know this: Your favorite note-taking and syncing app just got a big update. Actually, it's a HUGE update. That's what Evernote tells us, anyway.
"Today’s Evernote for Android update is, in a word, HUGE. This is the first time that we have crammed this many great features into a single release of any Evernote product. We’ve added sharing, organizational features, improved text editing, security options, new views, a revamped widget, and tons more."
See? We weren't making that up. For those of you who prefer bullet points, here they are:
Browse and edit shared notebooks
Sharing to Facebook and other apps
Search and create notes within notebooks
Create and edit notebooks
Better support for notebook stacks
Maps and other location-based features
Better user interface
And so on and so forth. There's video of the update and download links after the break.
NVIDIA's Tegra 2 chipset -- you know it on devices such as the Motorola Xoom, LG Optimus 2X and a wealth of other new top-end sets -- has quickly solidified its place as the go-to chipset for gaming on Android. And NVIDIA's been showcasing Tegra 2-optimized applications in its own TegraZone app.
One app that's been teased the past couple months is Riptide GP. It's a graphically beautiful racing game. You're on a souped-up Jet Ski on a slick man-made track. You compete against other riders and can perform tricks to earn pin-your-ears-back speed boosts. The graphics are pretty stunning considering you're on a mobile device. The game flies on a 4-inch screen, but it's on the larger ones (we used the Motorola Xoom) where it really shines.
The only problem is that gameplay is so fast you don't have much of a chance to appreciate the subtle shading in the water, or the landscape, or the giant Android robot banners. Have someone else play and peek over their shoulder. You'll see what we're talking about.
But enough talk. Check out our demo of Riptide GP after the break.
The ability to control things right from your Android device is always a great feeling, and today Sonos has given that ability to users of its high-end multi-room music system who also rock an Android device. Sonos officially announced that you can now transform your Android device into a wireless controller for your Sonos system, giving you the ability to play the same song throughout the house, or different songs in different rooms.
“We’re pleased to deliver a great new way for music lovers to tap into all the music on earth,” said John MacFarlane, founder and CEO, Sonos, Inc. “Now Android owners can pull out their phones and bring music home with Sonos.”
If you are a Sonos enthusiast, and own an Android device be sure to head to the market and download this free application now. Download links available after the break. [Sonos]