Tuesday, 15 June 2010

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Sony Android-Based Walkman Pictures

Posted: 15 Jun 2010 11:57 AM PDT

We finally can get a good look at the latest Android offering from Sony. This time around, they are introducing a new Walkman, these new pictures are going to be used in an upcoming promotion for the device. In the past we've only seen renders and a quick blurry shot. It's a nice looking compact media player, this should be a good one.

The new Walkman looks almost exactly like the X10 Mini. It runs the same UI that has been tailored to fit a media only device. It will feature Android 1.6 but that's not really a deal breaker for this type of handset. We'll have to wait to see if Sony does bring Android 2.1 or higher to the Walkman, I would think that's not too much work to port the update from the Mini to this. If this device has the same media capabilities as the X10, this will surely revitalize the Walkman brand.


[via unwiredview]

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Nintendo DS like Android-based tablet PC

Posted: 15 Jun 2010 11:00 AM PDT

What you're looking at here is the Lifetouch by NEC. It bears a striking resemblance to the Nintendo DS. This will be a 7-inch Android 2.1 tablet that should make its way into the Japanese market this October.

Key Features:

* ARM Cortex A8 CPU
* Mobile DDR 256MB
* Wi-Fi IEEE802.11b/11g
* Bluetooth Ver.2.1 + EDR
* 3MP camera
* GPS
* accelerometer
* internal mono mic
* internal stereo speakers
* SD/SDHC slot, two USB 2.0 ports
* 8 hours of battery life

Along with the name Lifetouch, this tablet will also go by the name, "Cloud Communicator". It will be geared towards Japanese business people. There is no mention on what type of screen it has but NEC has said that it could be navigated using a finger or a stylus. This leads me to believe that it is a resistive screen, there's still a chance that it is capacitive since there are stylus's for capacitive screens as well. The price and exact release date is unknown at the moment.

[via crunchgear]

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SAMSUNG LAUNCHES GALAXY APOLLO ANDROID-POWERED SMARTPHONE WITH ORANGE: SPEC SHEET INCLUDED

Posted: 15 Jun 2010 10:47 AM PDT

According to a press release by Orange UK, the Galaxy Apollo will launch soon and will be exclusive to their network.  If you were hoping to get your hands on it and you're not in an area that is supported by Orange UK, you may be out of luck for awhile. There is currently no unlocked version that I could find. This device is a mid-range Android handset and it can be you're either on a Pay as You Go Plan or on contract.

Some of the best features are the 3.5mm jack, FM Radio, DiVx and Xvid support. It only has a 3.2 inch screen and runs Android 2.1. This is a step down from the Galaxy s but it's still a great offering from Samsung. If you're in the market for a budget Android device, this will fit bill. There's currently no price or release date set.

Press Release:

SAMSUNG LAUNCHES GALAXY APOLLO ANDROID-POWERED SMARTPHONE WITH ORANGE

Samsung Galaxy Apollo targets youth audience with intuitive social networking and multimedia features

LONDON, UK – 15th June 2010 – Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., a leading mobile phone provider today announced the launch of the Galaxy Apollo (model: i5801) exclusively with Orange. Orange customers will get to choose three exclusive coloured cases from a range of eight which are redeemable after purchase. Available on both Pay as You Go and Pay Monthly contracts, an Orange Wednesdays app will be pre-installed on the device.

The Galaxy Apollo supports the highly connected lifestyles of today's younger mobile users who value a full range of social networking capabilities at their fingertips. The Galaxy Apollo features Samsung's Social Hub, an integrated phonebook that links contacts from across social networks, allowing users to connect with friends across platforms and communicate seamlessly across networks. Users' contact lists from sites including Facebook*, MySpace* and Twitter* are accessible on one platform; ensuring that users can remain fully connected at all times. Social Hub also allows fans of social networking to view photos on their mobiles and seamlessly upload, manage and share photos from Twitter*, Facebook*, YouTube and Picasa* or create a digital photo album while on the go.

The latest in Samsung's portfolio of Android-powered devices, the Galaxy Apollo i5801 delivers rich media experiences that will impress even the most avid mobile users. Featuring a unique, sleek design exclusive to Orange for three months, the Galaxy Apollo i5801 is an affordable yet powerful social media device, providing an integrated mobile experience. DivX support transforms the device into a personal entertainment system for video, while support for multiple audio formats will delight music lovers. The long-lasting Li-Ion 1500mAh battery means that the viewing experience is maximised. The Samsung Galaxy Apollo comes equipped with the TouchWiz 3.0 and user interface, which makes searching and browsing easy and intuitive.

Simon Stanford, Head of Mobile at Samsung Electronics UK & Ireland said; "The Samsung Galaxy Apollo extends our portfolio of Android-powered devices and underlines Samsung's commitment to offering a Smartphone for every lifestyle. Consumers are really responding to the Android platform which offers an extensive range of innovative apps to download, as well as the ability to multi-task with apps running in parallel. The Samsung Galaxy Apollo offers a compelling mix of social networking and rich media experiences which will appeal to consumers who want a Smartphone device at an affordable price. We are sure that Orange customers will enjoy being the first to own and experience the Galaxy Apollo".

More information about Samsung can be found at www.samsung.com/uk

[via eurodroid]

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myTouch 3G Slide, Rooted!!!!

Posted: 15 Jun 2010 10:15 AM PDT

That may have taken longer than most have wanted but the myTouch 3G Slide has been rooted. Eugene373, a modder that has done some great work with the Cliq and Behold 2, has just rooted the Slide. You can find the instructions after the break.

How-TO Root the Slide

First things First… Power Off the Slide

Download This Package > Slide Root.zip

Step 1.
Place the Contents of the File’s into the SDK Directory

Step 2.
Open Command Prompt and CD to the SDK/Tools Directory.

Step 3.
Type Loop in Command Prompt

Step 4.
Power on the Slide By Holding Down ( Volume Down + Power Button )

Step 5.
Select Recovery From the Menu Chose once Loaded

Step 6.
Once Recovery Loads, You should Have an Offline Device ( ctrl+c ) to See.
If Not, Power Off and Try again..

Step 7.
Un-plug USB & Plug back in for it to Detect ADB Correctly!!! Important..

Step 8.
Select Update.zip ( This will fail, but we already know that! ).

Step 9.
adb push ota.zip /sdcard/update.zip

Step 10.
Very important!! Have this Command Ready in Command Prompt before hitting Update again!!
adb push update.zip /sdcard

step 11.
Hit Update, Once you see a Little Bar appear push Enter on prompt you push the above File ( adb push update.zip /sdcard )

Step 12.
You should Now be Looking at ClockworkMod Recovery!!

Step 13.
Go to Partitions menu and Mount system

step 14.
Hit back & select update.zip in the New Recovery ( This now Finishes Root ).

Step 15.
Reboot

Step 16.
adb install Superuser.apk

That’s it, you now Have Root… I’ll clean this up a bit, But it’s the same Root method as the HTC Incredible… I Just added Su & fix the Script, Plus figuring out how-to get it to write to system to Paul O’Brien:
Koushik K. Dutta: already made Recovery Update..

Special Thanks to:

Paul O’Brien:
Koushik K. Dutta:
&
The Guys using the Incredible OTA Spoofing Method.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=702973

The first thing that comes to mind for most Slide owners is, how far can we over clock it? The Slide is exceptionally fast to be only rated at 600MHZ, it's possible that the CPU has been under clocked for battery performance like we have seen in the past. Or, maybe it can post some Droid like clocking up to a stable 1GHZ. Over clocked kernels and ROM's and everything else you would expect out of the Developer community is sure to follow, stay tuned.

[thanks William]

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Droid X for Verizon Wireless Launching July 19th

Posted: 15 Jun 2010 09:20 AM PDT

Well, mark your calendars, folks. According to Droid-Life, who spoke directly with Verizon Wireless employees on the matter, it looks like the upcoming flagship device from Motorola, the Droid X (Droid Xtreme, Droid Shadow) has a launch date: July 19th.

Yes, you heard that right. Just over a month from now, the new device, featuring that 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen, the 1Ghz processor, and NinjaBLUR UI is going to be released to the world. According to DL’s sources, Verizon Wireless employees are being told to order shirts (just like the Droid Incredible launch), and be prepared to open doors early on July 19th, all in preparation for the launch of the Droid X.

Verizon Wireless is expected to go on the official record with the announcement of the device next week, so stay tuned. It will be good to finally see some official shots of the device, that’s for sure. Now, the big question: who of you out there is planning on getting one for yourself?

[via Droid-Life]

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HTC Hero OTA update paves way for Android 2.1 release

Posted: 15 Jun 2010 09:06 AM PDT

Could the HTC Hero Android 2.1 update be finally nearing release?  A new update for the smartphone has been announced on the HTC support page, described as a “Firmware over-the-air (FOTA) client update & YouTube player Update”; we’ve previously seen the Android 2.1 firmware for the Hero distributed in a two-stage process, with the handsets first prepared for the new version with an initial, smaller update, before the larger upgrade is distributed.

That seems to be happening for Hero handsets in Europe; HTC have previously said are on track for a June 2010 release for the new firmware, having already released it in Thailand.  Anybody out there with a Hero that’s been offered this update OTA yet?

[via Twitter]

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RockPlayerBase player, AVI, MKV, DIVX and RMVB for Android

Posted: 15 Jun 2010 08:50 AM PDT

Since Android was introduced, there have been many complaints about its lack of .avi and .divx playback. Since then there has been a few phones with .divx capabilities but there still was no player for the rest of us. The RockPlayerBase allows any Android 2.1 handset to playback XviD, DivX, Mkv and even RMVB files. .

movie:

* MKV
* H264 High profile, 720 x 304 @ 24fps @ 405Kbps
* AAC 44.1KHz
* perfect quality
* 14 to 20 FPS

tv show:

* AVI
* DivX 5, 704 × 1.097 @ 384 Kbps @ 24 FPS
* MP3 @ 128Kbps 48KHz
* perfect quality
* 22-24 FPS

anime:

* MKV
* H264 High profile, 848 x 480 @ 24fps @ 302Kbps
* AAC 48KHz
* lots of artifacts
* no subs (ASS, Advanced Sub Station)
* 8 to 15 FPS

handbrake:

* MP4
* H264 Baseline profile, 800 × 3.120 @ 448 Kbps @ 30 FPS
* AAC, 44.1KHz @ 151 Kbps
* perfect quality
* 13 to 16 FPS

720p Artbeats HD Demo:

* MP4
* Main profile H.264, 1280 × 720 @ 30 FPS @ 5.994 Kbps
* AAC @ 66Kbps 44.1KHz
* perfect quality
* 3 to 6 FPS

Artbeats HD 1080p Demo:

* MP4
* H264 Main profile, 1920 x 1080 @ 10Mbps @ 30FPS
* AAC, 44.1KHz @ 192Kbps
* perfect quality
* 1 to 3 FPS

Like most new apps, performance may vary from phone to phone. For best results, run this on a phone with a fast CPU. It's been tested on a Nexus One and there was no skipping or jerkiness during playback. Click here to get the player. How does it perform for you and what device are you using?

[via soyandroide]

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Samsung Galaxy Beam: world’s first Android projector phone

Posted: 15 Jun 2010 08:00 AM PDT

Projector phones were supposed to be "the next big thing" in the evolution of cell phones. So far, that hasn't been the case, there was a non-Android based projector phone released here in the
US recently. Needless to say it didn't do so well as far as sales goes. I personally haven't seen one in the wild since it was released. Can Samsung break this technology into the mainstream with the Galaxy Beam?

This phone has a 3.7-inch Super AMOLED display, HD video recording, A-GPS, FM Radio and Bluetooth 3.0. It runs Android 2.1 and also has a 1,800mAH battery, 7.2Mbps HSPA data on 900/1900/2100MHz and quad-band GSM/EDGE. There's no mention of a microSD slot but there is a confusing “4Gb + 2Gb + 1Gb + 16Gb MoviNAND” listed under memory.

This handset will launch first in Singapore this July. Like the Galaxy S, it could make its way around the world. It is expected to launch here sometime in the future, most likely on AT&T since it already has their 3G bands.

[via engadget]

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Altek Leo 14MP Android phone due Q4 for $499 [Video]

Posted: 15 Jun 2010 07:38 AM PDT

Altek’s Leo smartphone looked like the perfect example of render-based link-bait back when the company mentioned it last month, but as promised the 14-megapixel Android smartphone made its debut at CommunicAsia 2010.  CNET Asia were on hand to fondle its 3x optical zoom and bring back the disappointing news that Altek are only planning an Asia launch for the moment.

According to Altek, the Leo will debut with Android 2.1 – a Froyo update is in the works, but there’s no timescale for its release – and should come with the usual bevy of Android apps.  It has a 1/2.3-inch CCD and a Xenon flash, together with dedicated zoom controls; Altek started out a standalone digital camera manufacturer, so they do have some experience making reasonable optics.

Of course, we’ll have to see the sort of photos the Leo produces before we grant final judgement – as we’ve seen on other camera-phones, you can have all the megapixels in the world but that doesn’t necessarily add up to decent images.  Expect it to drop in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan come Q4 2010, priced at around $499.

Click here to view the embedded video.

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T-Mobile’s Galaxy S Passes through the FCC

Posted: 15 Jun 2010 07:38 AM PDT

Although we've heard that the Galaxy S was headed to every major carrier in the US, it seems T-Mobile might be the first out the gate with their version. It has just passed through the FCC and it could (highly unlikely) make it way to Magenta in time for the free phone promotion this Saturday.

The Galaxy S T959 passed through the FCC with 1700MHz AWS connectivity. We all know that this is a T-Mobile specific 3G spectrum. The Galaxy S may be Samsung's best Android offering, it features a 1 GHZ processor, Wi-Fi, GPS, 5MP autofocus camera with HD video recording. It runs Android 2.1 with TouchWiz 3.0 and has a 4" Super AMOLED screen. If this does make its way into T-Mobile's inventory, Saturday will be a huge day for them.

[via unwiredview]

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Acer beTouch E120 and E130 Android phones debut

Posted: 15 Jun 2010 04:33 AM PDT

Acer has outed its latest two Android smartphones, the beTouch E120 and beTouch E130, though disappointingly they both run Android 1.6 Donut.  The Acer beTouch E120 has a 2.8-inch QVGA touchscreen while the Acer beTouch E130 has a 2.6-inch QVGA touchscreen and a QWERTY keybaord; both have a 3.2-megapixel camera, dualband 3G, WiFi and Bluetooth.

There’s also a microSD card slot, GPS, an FM radio, accelerometer and digital compass, together with the usual suite of Google apps.  We’re not expecting dramatic performance, however, thanks to the 416MHz processor.

The beTouch E120 will drop in mid-July 2010, while the beTouch E130 will follow in August 2010.  No word on pricing at this stage.

Press Release:

Two new ways to say Android: Acer beTouch E120 and beTouch E130

London, 15th June 2010 – Trendy, youthful, and attractive, the Acer beTouch line now has two new models that feature the freedom and excitement guaranteed by the Android operating system.

Acer beTouch E120 and beTouch E130 are intended for those who want to get their hands on the best technologies, but without having to compromise their individuality. Whether you are a traditionalist or always on the cutting edge, the beTouch line can satisfy your smartphone cravings!

The renewed Acer beTouch line integrates all the main Google Applications:
• Enjoy real access to the Internet through the Android browser for an easy zoom control, bookmarking, and multiple pages opening;
• Discover all types of useful applications: check the latest videos from your friends on YouTube, find your way around and where your friends are thanks to Google Maps coupled with Latitude, comfortably check your emails with the Android email application
• Android Market with 20,000 applications for limitless personalisation.

In addition to easy messaging, pictures, music & radio, the beTouch E120 and the beTouchE130 offer a full set of features: Including 3G+, high speed browing and download (HSDPA), WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS pre-installed. And to make them the perfect companions, they also feature a 3.2 megapixel digital camera, for quick and easy shooting of unexpected moments, and a Radio FM to never miss a bit of your favorite shows even when you're on the move. The 1500 mAh battery will allow you to keep up with long hours of web surfing, calls with friends and listning to music.

For music and social network addicts, there just had to be Acer Spinlets for music streaming and UrFooz for SN aggregation.
Acer beTouch E120
Beautiful to look at, easy to use

The beTouch E120 is a device that combines a 2.8" touchscreen with 5-way navi key for incomparable usability. Ideal for beginners just getting into the world of intelligent phones and looking for a "smartphone experience" at an affordable price.

Its compact for meet the needs of those who want a good-looking product to make a positive impression, but that at the same time is easy to use. Navigating the menus will be easy and fun thanks to the intuitive user interface, while the widgets enable you the utmost personalisation.

Thanks to integrated Facebook and Twidroid applications, you will have your community in your pocket and at your fingertips, because beTouch E120 never leaves you alone. And with the slot for the MicroSD card (up to 32GB), the space you need to archive multimedia content like music, photos, and videos is multiplied, so you never have to give up anything!
It will be available in black or white from mid July 2010.

Acer beTouch E130
The perfect combination of tradition and innovation

The beTouch E130 stands out for its thin format and sophisticated design. An example of style and functionality: compact, linear, and professional. Even its dimensions are convenient – at just 11.5mm and 109 gr, it is perfect for practically any pocket.

Conceived for those who want to enter the fantastic world of touchscreens but without giving up on the convenience of a traditional keyboard. In fact, under the 2.6" screen, the beTouch E130 hides a full QWERTY keyboard. The keys have been sized and positioned to allow maximum comfort, guaranteeing precision in typing: texting, or writing emails will be even easier and faster.

Browsing will be fast and fluid: the beTouch E130 is the perfect device to manage professional and personal email accounts at the same time with readable attachments. It's compatible with all popular email services as well as Microsoft Exchange servers (through Roadsync). And to be always updated it offers the possibility to synchronize your contacts to the web (through Google Contact Sync).

Packed with Facebook, Twidroid and Google applications it will assure users to easily post and share their messages, pictures or music to the web.
It will be available in black or white from August 2010.

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Sony Ericsson XPERIA X8 revealed

Posted: 15 Jun 2010 03:19 AM PDT

Sony Ericsson’s diminutive “Shakira” Android smartphone has apparently been christened the XPERIA X8, with the phone slotting in-between the XPERIA X10 and the X10 mini in terms of size.  According to the Unofficial SE Blog’s newly unearthed images, the XPERIA X8 will lack the LED flash of its siblings, and have the same UI as the X10 mini complete with corner-situated shortcut controls.

However full specifications are currently unknown.  There’s obviously 3G and Sony Ericsson’s “Timescape” UI, but otherwise we’re left guessing.  Still, if the X10 mini looks simply too small for you – and with a 2.55-inch display we don’t blame you – then the X8 may fill the niche.

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[EXCLUSIVE] More Pictures of the Galaxy S Pro

Posted: 14 Jun 2010 01:24 PM PDT

Well, it's safe to say that the cat is out of the bag. And it brought a few other kitties with it. Not only will the Galaxy S Pro release on Sprint soon, the Galaxy S be joining it. The tipster didn't mention if the Galaxy S was a 4G phone as well but I suspect that it is. Oh and here are a few more pictures of the Pro after the break.

Let's start off with a slight correction, in my initial post I said the Galaxy S Pro has a 4 row keyboard. Guess I was too excited to count because it has a 5 row keyboard and it looks great. This handset will ship with Android 2.1 and TouchWiz 3.0. It has a 5 MP camera with LED flash, yes I said it, it has an LED flash which is absent from the Galaxy S.

If you were skeptical about the inclusion of the LED flash and the 4G capabilities, I'm sure the picture above has successfully put those doubts to rest. Although, the tipster didn't have an official spec sheet, he did say that this shares all the specs as the Galaxy S but has a keyboard. He's been testing it and it's just as fast as the Galaxy S. I would think that it's safe to say that this has the same 1GHZ processor and 512 RAM and ROM as the S. The "hummingbird" GPU should be included as well. Stay tuned for some confirmed specs whenever they come in. Sprint might as well announce these now, the secret is out.

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[EXCLUSIVE] First Picture of the Galaxy S Pro

Posted: 14 Jun 2010 12:47 PM PDT

Usually we would call something like this a rumor but we now have cold hard evidence of its existence. I checked my mailbox and to my delight I was treated with the first real pictures of the Galaxy S Pro. As you can see from the picture, it's the Galaxy S with a full QWERTY keyboard. There's also a front facing camera and a few other surprises.

It has a 4 row keyboard, and the front has an extra soft key that is not found on the Galaxy S. Also, this will most likely be the second 4G handset to be offered from Sprint. This handset could make its rounds to every carrier like the Galaxy S but as it stands this is a Sprint exclusive 4G handset. Thank you very much, anonymous tipster. Hopefully, there will be more information and pictures soon.

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