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5 years ago

Hands-on with the LG Optimus 2X


LG Optimus 2X

The magic smartphone fairy just dropped off quite the present -- the LG Optimus 2X -- aka the world's first dual-core Android smartphone.

First impressions -- and we're talking very, very initial here -- are quite good. The phone itself is a big black slab. At 4.48 inches tall and just 0.43 inches thick, it's a bit lanky. But it's a really nice feel. Long and lean, with just enough heft.

The 4-inch touchscreen (at 480x800 pixels) is quite gorgeous. The front of the phone is completely smooth, with no buttons, ridges or anything else to mess with the flow. The capacitive buttons are in the menu-home-back-search configuration and are stenciled onto the phone, so there's no hunting for them. The LG logo's front and center, next to the front-facing camera.

The battery cover takes up the entire rear of the device, with LG's logo, the "with Google" moniker and an 8-megapixel camera with flash. Open the battery cover and you have the 1500mAh battery, SIM card slot and mircoSD card slot. You can swap out SD card without removing the battery, but not the SIM card.

The bottom bezel houses the microUSB port and dual speakers. Up top is the power button, HDMI-out port (with a nice little cover) and the 3.5mm headphone jack.

But really, it's what's under the hood that's really piqued our interest. Dual core processor. Say it again. Say it with us. Dual. Core. Processor. Oh, and 1080p playback and recording. Dual. Core. Processor.

We'll have plenty more on the Optimus 2X in the coming days, including a full review. For now, check out the pics after the break. (Update: Now with video!)

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5 years ago

Droid X Case review: Otterbox Commuter


Droid X Otterbox Commuter Case

The Motorola Droid X is synonymous with awesome smartphone, and Otterbox is synonymous with awesome smartphone protection. And with the Otterbox Commuter Series case for the Droid X ... you see where this is going. It's one solid case for your Droid X.

The Commuter Series case actually comes in two parts. There's a rubber skin that wraps around your phone, and then a plastic shell you slide on top. You might be tempted to only use the rubber skin, but it's a little too loose to use alone.

Every part of the phone save for the touchscreen is protected by the case. The buttons are all covered by the rubber skin yet remain completely accessible. The 3.5mm headphone jack and HDMI and microUSB ports have little rubber flaps that fit inside for protection. It can take a little finagling to get everything in place just so.

The plastic shell covers the back, top and sides of the Droid X. You'll likely need to work on the HDMI-microUSB cover a little bit to get it to fit right. And once it's in place, you have one solid case. It's important to note that the Droid X's secondary microphones are completely uncovered, so their performance isn't attenuated. Same goes for the camera.

The Commuter Series case adds a little bit of thickness to the Droid X. But the phone is so thin to begin with (despite being tall and wide thanks to its 4.3-inch screen), it really doesn't bother us much. It's also just thick enough to keep the screen from touching when left face-down.

We've got more pics after the break. The Otterbox Commuter Series case for the Motorola Droid X is available in the Android Central Store for $24.95.

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5 years ago

Sidekick 4G shows off for a lucky someone's camera



If you have been on T-Mobile for any period of time, odds are you have probably heard of, or even owned a Sidekick device. Just a week ago we saw T-Mobile confirm the new Android-based Sidekick 4G, and then now we have images surfacing of the device in the wild. Some of the images certainly show that it could potentially have a front facing camera, and it is said that the device is going to be running Android 2.2.1. If you are on T-Mobile, and are looking for an Android device with a unique form factor, this device is definitely one you should be interested in. Hit the source for some more images of the device. [via TmoNews]

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5 years ago

White Nexus S seen again, now rumored to hit Vodafone at some point


Nexus S in white

Welp, there's proof that a white-backed Samsung Nexus S is more than just a pretty render. The Next Web was sent this pic that reportedly is of a phone headed to Vodafone in the UK, and possibly the rest of Europe. Gotta say, we're digging the color and texture. Now if only it could fix that nasty reboot bug. [TNW]

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5 years ago

Android Quick App: Aeon Racer



If gaming on your Android device is something that you enjoy to do, and old-fashioned games catch your attention, Aeon Racer is a game you will not want to miss out on. This game has a retro feel like Asteroid but is fast-paced and is sure to keep you on your toes. While trying to fly your spaceship through the levels, which progressively contain more and more barriers, the intensity increases since your ship continues to go faster and faster.

The game offers three different galaxies, each of which contains five levels which continually get harder and harder as they go on. The game is controlled by simply tilting your device to maintain control of your space ship as you cruise through the levels. If you get through the levels and are looking for more, there is an infinite mode, which allows you to play until you are done.Aeon Racer is $2.18 in the Android Market. Hit the break for download links.

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5 years ago

New Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc video and camera samples



Sony Ericsson has been rather forthcoming when it comes to the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc since it received its official announcement. They've given up close and personal looks at the camera improvements and have given us plenty of videos to watch as well. Interest in this device is starting to rise, especially after Sony Ericsson stated they are committed to the Android platform, maybe that's why we're seeing lots of camera and video samples. Speaking of which, a new batch has now turned up on YouTube and Flickr. Hit the break to see what we're talking about and shout out to Mikael for sending these into us. Also, be sure to check out our own hands-on. [XBlog]

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5 years ago

Win a 6-month subscription to Line 2!


If you missed out on our interview with Line2 at CES, you, well, missed out. But we've got more from the makers of the Android VOIP client -- namely five 6-month subscriptions to give away.  The service normally is $9.95 a month after a 30-day trial, and it's currently only certified for the Droid, Droid 2 and Droid Incredible (hello, Verizon!). But with free subscriptions up for grabs, you've really got nothing to lose.

Head into this thread in the Android Central Forums to enter. Good luck!

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5 years ago

Unannounced Verizon HTC phone leaks, is it the Droid Incredible 2/HD?


HTC Verizon phone

What's that you say? Another leaked HTC phone? This time it's clearly slated for Verizon. And judging by the rear of the thing (which you can see in the picture after the break), it's almost a dead ringer for a follow up to the Droid Incredible (which is also peeking in at right in the picture above.)

Looks like HTC might well be moving to one of those invisible capacitive button deals -- much like how the buttons seem to disappear on the Nexus S, or a few of the Samsung Galaxy S phones. That hasn't be our most favorite feature, but to each his own.

It's possible we might see this guy at Mobile World Congress, but we're not betting on it, given the often Euro/Asia nature of the event. One more pic after the break. [Mobile01 via Engadget]

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5 years ago

HTC phone prototype spied on subway


HTC Prototype

A note to you clandestine types everywhere: If you pull an unannounced, unreleased phone out of your pocket on the subway, someone's going to take a picture of it. Such is the case with this HTC device (note the telltale serial number on the bottom), which was spied in a Taipei subway. It's clearly buttonless and appears to have a front-facing camera and shares some lines of the Thunderbolt on Verizon, but this is obviously a different device.

Will we see it in a couple week at Mobile World Congress? Only one way to find out. One more pic's after the break. [Engadget]

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5 years ago

PlayStation Suite bringing PlayStation content to Android devices



Sitting in on the Sony Japan PlayStation Meeting 2011 event we were surprised to see that Sony made mention of their upcoming PlayStation Suite for Android and other devices. Although, we didn't doubt something along those lines was coming at any point now, it's still nice to see Sony give some official word on the subject. Slated for sometime "within the next calendar year" the cross-platform framework will start off by emulating first-generation PSP titles on a number of different devices including Android tablets and smartphones. No doubt that'll move to PSOne titles and more eventually as they also announced the PlayStation Store will arrive on Android. [PlayStation Blog]

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5 years ago

Android 3.0 Honeycomb screen shots


Android 3.0 Honeycomb

We've walked you through Android 3.0 Honeycomb. We've given you Honeycomb wallpapers. And now it's time for Honeycomb screen shots. Below are a culmination of wandering through the Android 3.0 SDK preview. Things may well change by the final release, but this should give you a very basic look at what's to come.

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5 years ago

Android 3.0 Honeycomb wallpapers


Honeycomb Wallpaper
Click me for the real thing!

Sure, that Honeycomb Easter egg is pretty awesome. But it's even more awesome as a wallpaper. So we've got it, Lloyd, and all the default wallpapers from the Android 3.0 SDK preview packaged all nice and neat into a single downloadable file, ready for you to put on your Android smartphone, tablet, or, hell, on your computer. Only one place to get 'em -- in the Android Central Forums. Thanks, Matt!

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5 years ago

Honeycomb Easter Egg: Rezzzzzzz ...


Honeycomb Easter Egg

Remember the Easter egg in Gingerbread? There's also one lurking in Honeycomb. Not quite as scary as its Gingerbread counterpart, but no less cool. Thanks, Matt!

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5 years ago

Galaxy S 2 and Galaxy Tab 2 all but confirmed for Mobile World Congress



Samsung recently said that "something big" was coming at Mobile World Congress, and rumors began flying around about the next generation of Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab devices. A leaked Samsung PR detail has emerged which specifically mentions the successors to both. So it appears Samsung indeed has plans to unveil the Galaxy S 2 and Galaxy Tab 2 at this years Mobile World Congress in February. Will we see Galaxy S devices shipping with Gingerbread and a 10-inch Galaxy Tab successor running Honeycomb? We can only hope, and you can bet we'll be there to find out. [Samsung Hub]

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5 years ago

What's new in Android 3.0 Honeycomb


Android 3.0 features

We got our first real taste of Android 3.0 -- "Honeycomb" -- on the Motorola Xoom tablet during CES in early January. It's a pretty big leap from the Android we know and love today, to be sure. But most of what we saw were demonstrations, video of what Honeycomb can and will do.

But today Google released a preview of the Android 3.0 software development kit -- the tools developers need to make applications. Along with the updated SDK, Google's compiled an excellent highlights package. Join us after the break where we'll walk you through the some of the major changes, and what we can expect in the coming year.

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