Thursday, 25 November 2010

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Advent Vega hack adds Android Market, Gmail, Street View & more

Posted: 25 Nov 2010 06:20 AM PST

A custom ROM for the Advent Vega Tegra 2 tablet has been released, adding in Android Market support along with Car Home, Calendar, Contacts, Genie (News and Weather), Gmail, Maps with Street View, Market, Talk, Voice Search and YouTube. The handiwork of MoDaCo’s Paul O’Brien, there’s also an optional “performance pack” which promises to speed up the tablet.

PC World has said that they expect more Vega stock by the end of this week, though the tablet is still currently unavailable.


Samsung Stealth V SCH-i510 outed by DLNA

Posted: 25 Nov 2010 05:40 AM PST

A new Android handset has been outed by the DLNA, the Samsung Stealth V SCH-i510, complete with Android 2.2 Froyo. Hardware details on the Stealth V are scant, but the approval listing [pdf link] does confirm that it has a 4.3-inch WVGA AMOLED display and an 8-megapixel camera.

There’s also WiFi b/g/n and a microSD card slot. Verizon’s Galaxy S handset, the Fascinate, is the SCH-i500, so it’s not too great a leap to presume that this is the successor to that device.

[via GSMArena]


Android-Themed Bar Opens in Japan

Posted: 25 Nov 2010 03:38 AM PST

We have seen many examples of just how dedicated some Android fans can be. However, a fully themed bar complete with treats that resemble software releases is definitely a first, and of course – it’s in Japan.

Bar Android is a newly opened bar located in Shibuya that offers Android-related food as a part of its menu options. Complete with a projector and power supplies, you will never have to worry about battery consumption or entertainment as you mingle with fellow Android fans.

Drinks and snacks are all 500 yen which amounts to about $6-$12 and you will find gingerbread cookies, hopefully even frozen yogurt, eclairs, and doughnuts on the menu.

Strangely, the bar is only open Mondays 7-11:30 p.m. but what else could we expect from a Japanese bar.

[Via cnet]


Notion Ink starts mystery countdown ending December 9th, its meaning is unknown

Posted: 25 Nov 2010 03:21 AM PST

The Notion Ink Adam tablet has been a hit ever since we first saw it at CES last year, some even say it’s the only Android tablet in which they show any interest in purchasing. Here we are almost a year later, and sure we’ve had information coming from the company on a regular basis, but we still haven’t heard any word of a release date or even had the chance to test one out and see the progress for ourselves.

However, this may be about to change. You can see on their newly updated site a counter in the upper right corner that is in binary code. Reading 1110 today (14) 1111 on Wednesday (15) and 10001 on Monday (17) we definitely have ourselves a countdown, and it just may be leading to something big.

The new site is full of easter eggs for “sneaky fellows” to find. On top of the binary countdown, users looking through the source code of the website have found out we will be seeing a revealing of a mystery hidden sensor here soon. Looking through the source code, you can find the following:

"For any sneaky fellows looking through the code, heres a tidbit for you, theres a very awesome hidden sensor we're gonna be revealing soon."

Also of note, starting Wednesday we saw a new code appear right below the binary countdown. The code reads “-D5720A80″ and links over to Notion Ink’s tech specs page, but so far its meaning is unknown. This could be referring to this new “hidden sensor” but all we can do is wait for more hints, or possibly wait until December 9th to find out if these two codes are linked.

We can only hope that this countdown leads to something big like an official announcement of availability, or a pre-order date, but we will have to wait to find out. As always, we will be keeping you updated on this much hyped Android tablet as new word comes in.

[Via SlashGear]


Sharp IS03 sees 450,000 Japanese pre-orders

Posted: 25 Nov 2010 01:43 AM PST

Sharp’s IS03 has reportedly set new pre-order records for Android devices in Japan, with over 250,000 bought online ahead of the smartphone’s launch on KDDI. Meanwhile, in-store pre-orders are believed to be in the region of 200,000.

The online pre-orders alone make the IS03 five times more popular than the Samsung Galaxy S or Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 in Japan. The figures come courtesy of market research analyst Kei Shimada.

The IS03 is notable for its Retina Display-matching 960 x 640 resolution display and a 9.6-megapixel camera.

[via Twitter]


Google Nexus S running Android 2.3 Gingerbread caught in wild

Posted: 25 Nov 2010 12:57 AM PST

New photos of Google’s Nexus S and Android 2.3 Gingerbread have leaked, this time over at xda-developers. The shots are pretty blurry and heavily cropped, but there’s also a list of tentative specifications including 720p HD video capture and a 4-inch screen that they suggest might be Super AMOLED 2.

Recent speculation has tipped a December 6 reveal for Gingerbread, though it’s unclear when the Samsung-made Nexus S might arrive.

  • ArmV7 CPU – Could be Dual Core
  • Open GL ES Supported
  • 512 or 328MB Ram (Not 100% known)
  • 1GB or 2GB Internal Memory (Not 100% known)
  • 800×480 Screen Resolution
  • 4″ Screen Size
  • SuperAmoled2 – Possibly
  • 720P HD Video
nexus_s_leak_1 nexus_s_leak_2 nexus_s_leak_3

[via SlashGear]


Open your garage with your Android device

Posted: 24 Nov 2010 04:54 PM PST

It seems like these days everyone is looking to use their smartphones for their everday tasks. One of these tasks might be opening the garage when leaving. It can be somewhat of a pain to have to carry extra weight around in the form of a garage opener. Ok, it’s not that much of a pain, but how awesome would it be to open your garage via your Android device? Well, that is now a possibility with OpenSezMe by SortinoSoft.

JsChiSurf, a senior member of XDA, had the great idea of this application and wrote it all himself. He was generous enough to share the application with the world. He did some extra testing as a precaution so your garage doesn’t open up while one is at work. These extra steps seem to have proven their worth. Check out all the details at the source below, and watch the application in action in the video below.

Click here to view the embedded video.

Via [XDA]


Verizon Releases DROID Essential Packs for the Holidays

Posted: 24 Nov 2010 02:43 PM PST

With the holidays approaching, mobile accessory purchases are one of the top gifts of the season. However, it’s always difficult to find the right accessories and getting them separately can be costly and a hassle. Verizon now has us covered with its new “DROID Essentials” packs that will give you everything you need for your device all in one package.

There are 3 currently available packs available:

  • DROID 2 and DROID 2 Global Pack
    • This $79.97 pack includes a stereo headset, multimedia station, navigation/music vehicle mount, vehicle power adapter and a wall charger. ($120 value)
  • DROID X Pack
    • This $99.97 pack includes a HDMI cable, multimedia station, navigation/music vehicle mount, vehicle power adapter and a wall charger. ($145 value)
  • DROID Music Pack
    • This $99.97 pack includes a Bluetooth stereo headset and Bluetooth speaker. ($200 value)

While nothing groundbreaking, these packs do provide great gift options for any DROID user, all while bringing in some good savings.

[Via DroidLife]


Samsung Epic 4G Game Gripper Available Now

Posted: 24 Nov 2010 02:32 PM PST

The Game Gripper has been a much loved addition to the devices it’s available on. Providing a physical gaming keypad to mobile phones, it provides an easier, more enjoyable way for users to play games on their mobile device. Because devices come in all shapes, sizes, and layouts Game Gripper has to be made specifically for each device.

Production has just started on the Samsung Epic 4G version of the accessory and it’s being made available right now, with shipments already shipping.

Click here to view the embedded video.

You can currently get the Game Gripper for the following devices:

  • Epic 4G
  • DROID 2
  • LG Ally
  • Moment
  • N900
  • Backflip
  • Devour

The Game Gripper for the Samsung Epic 4G is only $14.99 and comes in an array of colored button options, you can pick one up – along with the other versions from


Sony Ericsson details why US X10 Devices have not seen an update

Posted: 24 Nov 2010 02:18 PM PST

We have seen Sony Ericsson’s line of X10 devices get updated to 2.1 in some countries, but many have been wondering why the US counterparts have yet to see an update. Well we now know why, Sony Ericsson took to their Facebook page to explain why we have seen a delay in update of X10 devices in the US.

The letter to users reads:


Many of you are aware that we are currently in the midst of rolling out a software update for the Xperia™ line of handsets. We’d like to take a moment to address your questions about how and why an update is made available.

One factor in determining a software update is when a country first received the handset. The Xperia™ X10 has been available in some countries since March 2010 and they are also the first to receive the update. The U.S. received the X10 in August 2010 and will receive the update after the initial countries.

The second and more impactful factor of the timeline addresses the technical requirements that must be met in order for an update to take place — no matter which country you live in. Unfortunately, we have no control of that timeline factor. Those requirements are provided to us and we work hard to meet and test them as quickly as we can. In the U.S., the testing process is especially rigorous, and can take months to complete, which is why we cannot announce the timing for availability of the X10 update in the U.S. It’s not that we don’t want to; it’s that the timing is undefined until such testing is completed.

We hear and understand your frustration. We too want you to enjoy the most out of your Sony Ericsson products. We promise to keep you updated on where we are in the process moving forward as more information is ready to be made public. Please stay tuned to this Facebook tab!

Thank you,

Sony Ericsson USA

They have a point with the US getting the line of devices a whole 6 months after other countries, but still we are getting closer and closer to Android 2.3 and when it hits, X10 users are going to be even that much further behind. I hope you’re a fan of waiting…

[Via Facebook]


Content Ratings coming to Applications in the Android Market

Posted: 24 Nov 2010 02:04 PM PST

Google has announced today that we will start seeing content ratings for apps listed in the Android Market in a few weeks time. In a move to provide users with additional information to help in choosing which applications would be the best for them, Google is going to provide ratings for applications on four levels.

The rating levels include:

  • All
  • Pre-teen
  • Teem
  • Mature

Starting next week all applications that get submitted for update or initial entrance into the Android Market will need to have a rating included by the developer. In addition, developers will have the next few weeks to give a rating to all of their current applications on the Android market, if they fail to do so they will be labeled “Mature” until the proper rating is submitted.

[Via Google]


PlayStation Phone arriving December 9th?

Posted: 24 Nov 2010 01:56 PM PST

The PlayStation phone has sure been a device of excitement and wonder. Being a phone that will be heavily focused on games (PSP Go with a phone) it’s expected to be an impressive device both hardware and software wise. Details of its release have been scarce, but it just may be coming December 9th.

According to a tipster to we may be seeing the device or at least an announcement come December 9th. The invitation for the event not only gives us a date and time, it also mentions Sony Ericsson France’s head, Pierre Perron.

So fake or real? We will find out here in the coming weeks, but a December 9th would set the release to be before the holidays and CES in January, so it’s definitely plausible.

[Via MobileCrunch]


Creative ZiiO Android Tablet hits the FCC

Posted: 24 Nov 2010 11:35 AM PST

Creative announced their plans for a pair of Android based tablets a few months back, but since then we haven’t heard much of the device’s details. The European devices are set to launch with 7-inch and 10-inch models, and the 7-inch model has just hit the FCC.

The 7-inch tablet will sport a 800×480 resolution screen, WiFi, Bluetooth, MicroSD slot, VGA camera, mic, speaker and will ship with 8GB or 16GB onboard storage.

The 7-inch tablet’s ship date is currently unknown but it will retail for €249.99, while the 10-inch will ship for €299.99.

[Via The Digital Reader]


Unrevoked fix for DROID Incredible readying for release

Posted: 24 Nov 2010 11:24 AM PST

Droid Incredible users were disappointed when the bug fix update that also brought in the VCAST app store broke root on their devices. The unrevoked team has been hard at work, and are now nearing the release of a fix for their root for people stuck with the OTA update.

Just two weeks after we saw the root break they have appeared to find what they were looking for, and are currently getting the fix ready for release. With the Thanksgiving holiday coming tomorrow we can most likely expect the release sometime later this week, or into the weekend.

[Via Twitter]


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