Friday, 18 June 2010

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HTC Aria for AT&T Arriving in Some Stores Early

Posted: 18 Jun 2010 10:20 AM PDT

So much for a release date, right? Originally scheduled to go on sale June 20th (and we’re sure AT&T’s still sticking to that date), it looks like a few lucky stores out there in the United States have begun to get their hands on the new Sense UI device. Thanks to a tipster, who managed to grab quite a few shots of the new device, unboxed, we can confirm that at least one device, somewhere, made it to a store and broke cover early.

We can’t say for sure that it’s everywhere. In fact, we put a call into our local AT&T retailer, and they told us they didn’t have any in. We figure that means they don’t have any to sell to us, not that they don’t have any in. But, it’s pretty much the same thing for us customers. That doesn’t mean it’s not in your area, though. So, if you’re interested in the 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen, Sense UI, and Android 2.1 on a device that’s crippled from third-party application downloads, then here’s the device for you. Just get ready to spend $129.99. Check out our hands-on, too, before you make your judgment call.

[via Engadget]

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Droid Incredible Powers Xbox LIVE on a Bridge [Video]

Posted: 18 Jun 2010 09:13 AM PDT

Ever wanted to take your Xbox LIVE experience somewhere other than your living room? How about a bridge? If that’s you, then this video’s going to make your day. Even if you’ve never wanted to play your Xbox 360 from a bridge, fully connected to friends and strangers alike online, this is a pretty awesome set-up. It’s great what you can do if you’ve got the ingenuity — and time.

For their project, the 100% Mobile Xbox LIVE Project, they needed a few things: a Droid Incredible by HTC, a portable shelf holding a TV, Xbox 360, a battery back-up unit, and a huge footbridge that spans the Missouri river. Get all those things together, and you’ve got the ability to tether your Droid Incredible to your Xbox 360, and get in on the goodness that is Xbox LIVE. The video is pretty exhaustive, so if you’re interested to see how they did it, whether you’re going to try it yourself or not, check it out below. It’s definitely a great way to kill some time on your Friday.

Click here to view the embedded video.

[via YouTube; thanks Dave!]

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Motorola XT720 Heading to Germany

Posted: 18 Jun 2010 08:52 AM PDT

The XT720 is already heading to the UK in July, this much we know. And, we’ve heard plenty of rumors that it’s going to show up here locally on T-Mobile USA’s network some time in the future. So, where’s it missing? How about Germany? That’s where you were thinking, right? If you find yourself in Germany and in need of a new Android fix, then it looks like Motorola’s got you covered.

Details, details. The Motorola XT720 is an all-touchscreen device, which rounds out at 3.7-inches, featuring a resolution of 480×854. It has Android 2.1 under the hood, and has WiFi, GPS, and Bluetooth connectivity. It also has an HDMI out port, and it has the ability to record video in HD as well. There’s going to be an 8GB microSD card pre-installed, so you should have plenty of memory to get done what you need to. On the back, you’ll have an 8MP camera with Xenon flash. (Sounds a lot like the Droid X, minus the obvious differences, if you ask us, but that’s not all that surprising.)

Unfortunately, if you are in Germany, we don’t have a price for you. Motorola was pretty shy on that part. As for a release date? We imagine soon, but again, Motorola was pretty coy about the “important” details. We probably shouldn’t keep a countdown clock, though, or a race timer to see who launches it first, T-Mobile or a carrier in Germany. Then again, it might pass the time, so don’t hold yourself back if you’ve got nothing better to do.

Press Release:

Motorola’s slim 8 megapixel powerhouse is the first Android cell phone with xenon flash

June 17, 2010

IDSTEIN – 17 June 2010 – Motorola (NYSE: MOT) is now before the XT720 MILESTONE ™, one of the thinnest 8 megapixel smartphone in the world, the first Android device with xenon flash.

The 10.9 mm thin 2.1-Android mobile phone offers with capacitive touch screen a true high definition (HD) video experience. Many different functions for multimedia and mobile Internet to talk to users who always want the newest technology and the best smartphone.

MILESTONE XT720 is one of the most powerful mobile devices in Motorola’s smartphones. Slim and technically very well thought out is the MILESTONE XT720 a high performance device that is designed for those who are very involved in work and social life, “said Ralf Gerber Hagen, CEO of Motorola and general manager, Mobile Devices GmbH Western Europe.

“With XT720 comes MILESTONE Motorola is taking a further step on the way to reduce barriers for consumers and offer them a mobile terminal device for multimedia applications.”

Advanced digital camera and video capabilities

MILESTONE XT720 new ground for Android Smartpones with an 8 megapixel camera, Xenon flash, 10x digital zoom and a 720p HD camcorder. Users can take a look not only high-quality photos and videos, and send, but also significantly improve these shots. Among the most important functions:

Smart image acquisition with panorama function, face detection, sequence mode for six pictures, red-eye reduction and image stabilization, to improve the image quality.
High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI ™) via the supplied HDMI cable, you can play HD video from MILESTONE XT720 directly on an HDTV.
· Memory Card Support: 8 GB microSD card included, expandable to 32 GB.

Designed for the Mobile Internet

By MILESTONE XT720 ™ can work with high-speed Internet with up to eight open browser windows. The large 3.7 inch WVGA display (480 x 854) displays Web pages in full width as well as videos, games and photos.

The screen utilizes the strengths of Android 2.1, and combines the touch user interface with a capacitive sensor for calm leaves on the screen and up to five customizable startup screens.

A number of Google ™ mobile applications like Google Search ™, Google Maps ™, Google ™ and YouTube ™ are available as well as Motorola’s MOTONAV turn-by-Turn Navigation1.

Advanced mobile office

MILESTONE XT720 is multitasking-capable and supports various e-mail accounts and editing of documents.

Multiple e-mail accounts be synchronized and managed simultaneously, so that the private and the professional can separate inbox.
Contacts of other e-mail services are synchronized with those of Google Mail.
Apps Power

With MILESTONE ™ XT720 provide easy access to thousands of applications in the Android Market ™. Thanks to the fast built processing the applications are presented very smoothly on the new smartphone.

For more information, see Youtube MILESTONE XT720 ™ (http://www.youtube.com/milestoneXT720) or visit www.motorola.com / de.

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Kobo eReader and Store Launches for Android

Posted: 18 Jun 2010 08:36 AM PDT

If you’ve never heard of Kobo, we can’t really fault you. But, to be fair, they’re literally everywhere. Today marks the official announcement that the eReader, which may be better known for its tie-in with Borders bookstores, along with its global eBook store, is heading to the Android mobile Operating System (OS). Yes, this beats Amazon’s Kindle app by a at least several weeks, so it’s probably something you’ll want to give a shot if you’ve been waiting for a good eReader to hit your favorite handset.

If you already have a Kobo account, then you’ll be happy to know that all your purchased books will go ahead and appear right on your device (right after a quick sync, of course). Kobo itself supports ePub, and there’s upwards of 2 million titles in its online bookstore for you to peruse on your device. You’ll also be able to buy books right from your device, thankfully. And, yes, if you’re still staring at that picture, it certainly does look like a device bred from the Nokia pits, but we won’t hold that against Kobo. (That doesn’t mean you can’t, though.) If you’re interested in checking it out, the application should be available in the Market right now, but we’re hearing contradictory statements from folks. So if it isn’t there, just keep checking throughout the day until you find it. If you download it, let us know what you think.

Press Release:

KOBO RELEASES THE FIRST GLOBAL EBOOK READER AND STORE FOR ANDROID

Kobo adds Android to list of supported devices which includes iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, netbooks and dedicated eReaders, including the Kobo eReader

TORONTO – June 18, 2010 – Kobo, a global eReading service, today announced availability on Android-enabled smartphones. Just like other Kobo applications, Kobo for Android is designed to provide the best eReading experience to customers around the world. This announcement furthers Kobo’s goal of delivering any book on any device. The service’s open standards mean that customers can access and read their books from a variety of devices.

“Now the fastest-growing mobile platform, many of the new Android devices are great for eReading and we’re excited to deliver Kobo to the millions of Android users around the world,” said Kobo CEO, Michael Serbinis. “We’ve adapted the features our customers love and expect from Kobo to ensure that we provide the best reading experience for Android-enabled smartphones.”

Kobo is available for free on Android smartphone’s through the Android Market. Kobo supports ePUB file formats including rich text and images, offering a top-quality reading experience. Existing Kobo users can login to their Kobo account and start reading their books right away. Additionally, there are over two million eBooks available for download through the Kobo bookstore, thousands of which are available for free and best sellers start from $9.99.

Kobo has developed a strong global following for their eReading service, which includes free apps for the iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry and Android, as well as a dedicated Kobo eReader. Now Android users can log in to their existing Kobo account and download the eBooks they’ve already purchased at no additional cost. Furthermore, a Kobo user’s library and bookmarks are automatically synchronized across all the applications and the Kobo eReader offering a seamless Kobo experience on any Kobo-enabled device.

For more information or to download Kobo, visit www.kobobooks.com.

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Nexus One Running Froyo Launching in Korea in July

Posted: 18 Jun 2010 08:29 AM PDT

We already told you that the Nexus One launching in Korea was coming. In fact, it was originally reported that it’d be coming to shelves on June 21st. But, apparently that may have been a little premature, because it looks like that’s been pushed back a few days. And by a few days, we mean maybe a month.

Thanks to KT’s (the wireless carrier launching the Nexus One) official Twitter account (@show_tweet), we can basically confirm that the Nexus One won’t be hitting store shelves until mid-July, at least. So, while we were all counting down the days until the launch across the world, so that we could get some kind of precursor to Android 2.2 launching on “local” Nexus Ones, we’ll just have to wait a bit longer before we can start holding our breath again.

[via Android Central]

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Samsung Galaxy Q to Feature Physical QWERTY Keyboard, Heading to US

Posted: 18 Jun 2010 08:23 AM PDT

The argument about having a full, physical QWERTY keyboard or one of the “soft” kind is a time-tested one. And it’s probably not going anywhere any time soon. It’s all about personal preference, but unfortunately there’s just times when you’re favorite hardware manufacturer doesn’t give you what you want, so you’re forced to look at something else. Well, for Samsung, it looks like they’re starting to focus more on the hardware, as the Galaxy S (up until the Galaxy S Pro, that is) has been focused on the software side, rumors suggest a new device is heading to the States, featuring a full physical ‘board.

According to the Korea Times, Samsung is working on what’s being called the Samsung Galaxy Q. According to their source, it’ll be hitting American store shelves by the end of this year. But, obviously the big question is: which carrier? We already know that the Samsung Captivate (something like the Galaxy S) is heading to AT&T, and T-Mobile’s rumored to be getting the S themselves. And when Sprint launches the Galaxy S Pro, that leaves only Verizon Wireless out of the Samsung goody bag. Sure enough, that’s where the Q is rumored to be heading. Interestingly enough? The report suggests that the Galaxy Q is going to be competing with RIM’s BlackBerry devices. So, does that mean we’ll be seeing formfactor’s familiar with the line? Hopefully with that touchscreen, though.

[via unwiredview]

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HTC EVO 4G in White Sold Exclusively by Best Buy

Posted: 18 Jun 2010 08:13 AM PDT

If you’re a fan of the EVO 4G by HTC, but you thought that black color was just too run-of-the-mill, then you can count yourself today justified for your lack of a purchase. Today, thanks to an anonymous tipster sending an image into Engadget, we can see that HTC did in fact make a white version (there had been grumblings, but no confirmations). But, there’s a catch — there always is, right?

You won’t be able to walk into your local Sprint store and get your hands on this one, at least not at first. Starting July 11th, you can head into your local Best Buy, smack down (probably) $199.99 on a new, two-year contract and get your hands on the smokin’ hot white version of Sprint’s first 4G handset. If you want to pre-order it, well, you can do that right now, actually. When will other retailers get their hands on this fine looking specimen? Rumors suggest August 8th for Sprint stores, and other places (like Radio Shack) won’t be getting it until September. Which tells us this definitely isn’t a limited edition of any sorts. Anyone out there thinking this might be the 4.3-inch beast they’ve been waiting for?

[via Engadget]

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Sony Ericsson XPERIA X8 gets video demo

Posted: 18 Jun 2010 08:02 AM PDT

We’ve seen Sony Ericsson’s XPERIA X8 in the wild before, and we’ve seen official press shots, but how about the new 3.2-inch Android smartphone on video?  A new clip has been uploaded by the Sony Ericsson Developer World team, briefly showing off the new hardware.

The XPERIA X8 slots in-between the current XPERIA X10 and the XPERIA X10 mini, using Android 1.6 Donut with Sony Ericsson’s own custom UI and their Timescape and Mediascape apps for managing social and multimedia content.  More hardware details here.

Click here to view the embedded video.

[via Clove]

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Droid 2, Spotted in The Wild

Posted: 18 Jun 2010 05:24 AM PDT

If the upcoming keyboard-less Motorola Droid X isn't your cup of tea, Verizon has you covered with the next incarnation of the Droid. This time around the Droid 2 was spotted at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA). Gizmodo had a spy planted at the event and he was willing to give us all his first impressions of the device.

Apparently, the new version of MotoBlur that is currently on the device may be replaced with "vanilla" Android. This may be good news depending on how you feel about the stock OS. If it does get replaced, the tipster said Moto will opt for a Froyo install and get rid of MotoBlur completely from this handset.

The 1GHZ processor, 8GB of internal memory and an 8GB microSD was confirmed to all is there at launch. Also, the keyboard is said to be leaps better than the original with bigger keys and better key placement. This should be another good one from Motorola and Verizon, stay tuned, more information on this handset will surely be leaked soon.

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