Well, cross that one off the list. Just hours after the LG Optimus 3D picture leaked out, LG confirmed that we'll indeed see it in a couple weeks at Mobile World Congress. Here's the presser, in its entirety:
SEOUL, Feb. 1, 2011 – At this year’s Mobile World Congress, LG will unveil the LG Optimus 3D, the world’s first 3D smartphone offering consumers a full 3D experience right in the palm of their hands.
The LG Optimus 3D addresses the lack of 3D content issue -- one of the biggest problems facing the 3D market -- with a complete platform for a one-of-a-kind experience on a mobile device. LG’s most advanced smartphone to date will feature a dual-lens camera for 3D recording, a glasses-free LCD panel for 3D viewing and diverse connectivity options such as HDMI and DLNA for 3D content sharing anytime, anywhere.
Further details and a live demo of the LG Optimus 3D will be offered at Booth #8B178 at MWC in Barcelona from February 14 to 17.
We're not entirely sure that a lack of content is really what's holding 3D mobile phones back (though it's certainly part of the chicken/egg equation). Guess we'll have to see for ourselves. We'll be there, of course. Stay tuned for the hands-ons and such.
Back before Thanksgiving, we reported about an Android security flaw in the stock web browser that allowed an attacker to get contents of your SD card if he or she knew the full path to the files. That flaw was fixed in Gingerbread, and all was well with the world blogosphere. But, lo and behold, someone has found a way to work around the new patch, and the Gingerbread browser is just as vulnerable (with a different method) as before the patch.
And we're still not worried.
That's the most important part to remember. Regardless of the FUD that is being spouted (Android is the world's most popular phone operating system, and any mention of it gets you massive pageviews) rogue websites likely aren't dipping into the database of your banking app and stealing your financial information. That shouldn't even be stored on your SD card, as it should all be secure data.
They can, however, steal the pictures on your SD card -- the ones you took with your phone, left with the default name, and in the default location, but again -- only if the full path and file name is known. Google will patch this, and someone will find a way around that patch as well. Regardless of what some folks would like you to believe, no software is 100 percent secure. And chances are, you'll lose your phone before you stumble across a website designed to steal your pictures, so anything on your card is fair game then.
There are three easy ways to avoid the problem -- switch browsers to something that's not open source, stop using the SD storage, or pay attention to what you keep on the card. Your SD card was designed to be unsecure, and easy to access, so it is. [NC State University]
Sadly, the weekend is over. But that means we are now closer to the Android 3.0 Honeycomb event Google snuck in on us. February is turning out to be a busy month and we're not even there yet. We've got a ton of predictions and rumors happening in the forums surrounding those events so join us in there to talk about them and more won't you?
You have a big, two-year investment in your HTC Evo 4G, and it makes perfect sense to protect it while you carry it day-to-day. While some can get by with less protection, say from a silicon case or skin, others need serious armor for their phone. Enter the Otterbox Defender series case for the HTC Evo 4G.
The Defender series case comes in three sections -- a tough polycarbonate shell (including a protective clear membrane for the screen), a thick silicon outer skin, and a face-in holster. With everything assembled, the Evo 4G is ready for a duty belt, on an ALICE pack I.E.B., or a tool-belt. It's also perfect for people who work in less stressful situations, but are a bit tough on their equipment.
Even the screen is protected, and the touchscreen works better than expected under the clear shell. The outer silicon layer wraps around all edges, and has well sealed rubber flaps over all ports and controls. The only part of your Evo that isn't completely covered is the earpiece and the microphone, which has it's own deep tapered opening. The trade-off of course is added thickness. The Defender does add a good bit of bulk to an already large phone, but nothing unnecessary, and it's very tasteful in design. If you need this level of protection for your expensive Evo 4G, you will understand and appreciate the way it is done here. And of course, the Defender series case offers its own kickstand since it covers the original.
We're about to have one hell of a February (and March, and probably April and May), and we're bringing you along for the ride. The events started with CES in Las Vegas and ... well, they don't ever really stop. So we've worked up a handy page so you know where we'll be, when we'll be there, and what our favorite drinks are should you happen to run into us.
It wasn't too long ago that the pricing and dates for the HTC Desire HD on TELUS were leaked. While February 10th was never an officially confirmed date, TELUS' own website lists the device now as 'coming soon', which should be exciting news for Canadian customers awaiting the new member of the HTC's Desire family.
To refresh your knowledge, the Desire HD has a 4.3-inch screen, 1GHz processor, Android 2.2 (Froyo), and an 8MP camera.
For those wanting to get their hands on the Desire HD in Canada, you'll soon be able to buy one on TELUS. [TELUS]
We know the Swype keyboard is pretty awesome. But try this on for size: Hank Torres, who is paralyzed from the shoulders down, set a world record with Swype and a head tracking device at the Assistive Technology Industry Association Conference in Orlando. The sentence he cranked out in 83.09 seconds?
“The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human.”
Pretty damned impressive, that's for sure. Be sure to watch the video above, and the full presser's after the break.
Are you a TweetDeck user who finds yourself talking just a little too much for that limited 140 character count on Twitter? It's OK; don't take my harsh words above to heart. TweetDeck knows you're not the only out there doing it and as such, have introduced their latest addition to TweetDeck. v1.0.7 is now available in the Android Market and includes support for the new Deck.ly service that allows you to talk right through that character limit. A few other changes were included with the latest release as well, mostly bug fixes but hey that's always a good thing. If you're a TweetDeck user be sure to grab the latest. Download can be found after the break. [TweetDeck]
If you're in the mood to mess around with an online demo of a device you just simply cannot, as of yet have then you're in luck. The HTC Inspire 4G is coming to AT&T at some point in time but Radio Shack has been busy getting its affairs in order readying for the launch. The interactive demo is now online for folks to mess play around with and learn more about the device. Although I'm sure Radio Shack would have preferred to keep it under wraps a little longer. But hey they're not exactly known for keeping secrets very well as history dictates.
We've got no doubt that Verizon and Motorola are working on bringing Gingerbread to the Droid X. We said as much in our predictions of which phones will get Android 2.3 upgrades. And so it's little surprise that we're starting to see (reportedly) official builds leak out. And for all intents and purposes, it looks like how we'd expect Gingerbread to look on the DX. Real question, of course, is when we might actually see an update drop. Check out the full annoying animated GIF after the break, if you dare. [My Droid World via Android Central Forums]
The Super Bowl is right around the corner and we're all anxious to see what products are advertised during the game since they reach so many viewers.
We have our first teaser by Motorola for the highly anticipated Xoom tablet. The ad takes place in space with a quick reference to Apple's 1984 ad before showing off the Xoom's qualities.
After the reference to 1984, the ad shows off 1080p playback, 3G and 4G models, dual cameras and Android 3.0 (Honeycomb). Towards the end, Motorola appears to take a shot at Apple by saying "It's Time to Live a Free Life" after going through phrases such as "One Authority" and "One Design." It's a sweet commercial that makes us more anxious to see what's plugged during the Super Bowl.
Update: This is a teaser for the ad during the Superbowl, not the actual commercial. For the actual commercial, tune in to the game on Sunday.
The LG G-Slate was announced at CES 2011, but since then, LG and T-Mobile have been super tight-lipped about the tablet. One would think LG would want to start showing the device off, especially with all these Motorola Xoom rumors floating around. But instead, YouTube user MysteryGuitarM has uploaded a brief shot of what looks like the G-Slate. The back of the tablet carries two cameras and Google branding. Don't believe us? Watch the video after the break and jump to the 3:35 min mark to skip all the yapping. [YouTube via Engadget]
The Samsung Nexus S will be coming to Vodafone Germany. Sourcing a Vodafone preview site, German blog Mobiflip also confirms that the German Nexus S will retain the same Super AMOLED display found in North American and British versions of the phone. This was previously rumored by other German blogs, and contradicts earlier suggestions that Nexus S models launched in other territories may ship with Super Clear LCD displays instead.
Unfortunately no information on release dates for the Nexus S on Vodafone or any other German carrier is available. However, the Vodafone Germany preview site shows that a silver version of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc will also be headed to the network at some point in the future. [Vodafone Germany preview site, Mobiflip]
Another analyst group is reporting new record numbers for Android today. Canalys has released showing Android in the fourth quarter of 2010 shipped 33.3 million devices worldwide. That's a HUGE difference from Q4 2009, in which Android shipped a mere 4.7 million units. The real crux of it all is that Symbian is starting to trail behind in numbers. Once the leader in smartphones around the globe, Symbian shipped 31 million units in Q4 2010. Granted, 31 million is still a very large number for Nokia, but when Google is showing this much growth from last year -- 615.1% to be exact. [Canalys via Engadget]
If you're on Nextel and have a hankering for some a physical QWERTY keyboard, it looks like relief might one day be in sight. The Motorola i1q (a follow-up to the also-rugged Motorola i1 on Nextel) appears to be a fairly rugged device, with full physical buttons -- including menu, home, back and call/end. It's said to be rocking Android 2.1 on a slow processor -- no great surprise -- but "manufacturing is quite robust."
No word about when we may see this guy drop, but we could see a lot of you in the field rocking this guy. There's one more pic after the break. [via Grupoandroid] Thanks, Andres!
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