Monday, 29 November 2010

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Acer beTouch E140 coming soon, 2.2 equipped and will cost €199

Posted: 29 Nov 2010 10:05 AM PST

As Acer continues to step up its presence in the smartphone market, it’s releasing more and more low and high end devices to compete with the best. Continuing this push, Acer is taking aim at the LG Optimus One, and is releasing its own low-end Android 2.2 device.

The beTouch E140 will feature a 2.8-inch QVGA display, 600MHz processor, WiFi, Bluetooth, 3.2MP camera, and a FM radio and will go on sale for €199 (~$264) unlocked.

A decent phone for the price, plus it’s always nice to see these entry-level Android devices to ship with 2.2, now if only the other phone manufacturers could keep the updates steady.

[Via PhoneArena]


Android on Track to Pass iOS and Symbian in Europe

Posted: 29 Nov 2010 09:52 AM PST

Just as we heard of impressive sales of Android compared to Windows Phone 7, we are now hearing our favorite OS is poised to pass both Apple’s iOS and Nokia Symbian OS in Europe. IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo told Bloomberg that Android will likely pass the two competitors sometime next year.

His reasoning behind the expectation is that the iPhone is in decline. He told Bloomberg:

“The iPhone was last year’s hot device and now people are looking for something different, the new Samsung Galaxy S offers a similar experience at a lower price”

However, in a recent survey of smartphone buyers, 34-percent of users who are not on AT&T would have preferred to buy the iPhone. So it’s currently unknown what will happen to Android growth if the iPhone hits Verizon or other carriers, but with it already in the lead, it’s expected to keep it’s position for a long time.

[Via AppleInsider]


Sharp IS03 get’s some Japanese air time with new Lady GaGa Promotion

Posted: 29 Nov 2010 09:33 AM PST

The Sharp IS03 is known for it’s “Retina-like” display (960 x 640 resolution), but now it can be known for something entirely different, Lady Gaga. Android au has just released a series of ads for the device to be aired on Japanese TVs and with it comes a whole lot of Poker Face.

The three ads, featured below, feature a specially remixed version of Lady Gaga’s popular song Poker Face, to help advertise the IS03.

Doesn’t Lady Gaga just make you want to own of these impressive devices, specs aside?

Click here to view the embedded video.

Click here to view the embedded video.

Click here to view the embedded video.

[Via Engadget]


Android Outselling Windows Phone 7 handsets 15 to 1

Posted: 29 Nov 2010 09:19 AM PST

Microsoft is keeping quiet about sales figures of Windows Phone 7 devices, so we have to look to retailers for some actual numbers. UK retailer MobilesPlease has released data that shows early WP7 phone sales were “unusually disappointing,” going on to state that only 3-percent of the company’s sales were from Microsoft’s new mobile OS.

This amounts to Android outselling Windows Phone 7 devices by a ratio of 15:1 which is highly impressive, although not surprising. Even Symbian outsold the OS, with just one phone they managed to outsell it 3:1.

Now these results are only from one retailer, but MobilesPlease reached out to fellow retailers in the area, and although they were not given specific numbers, the other retailers simply stated that “Windows Phone 7 devices are not selling.”

So Android is growing in popularity, even with it’s new rival from Microsoft. With all of these impressive figures we keep seeing, it will not take long for Android to become the top mobile platform in the world.

[Via Electronista]


Root Google TV and Add Third-Party Apps, Get $1,000

Posted: 29 Nov 2010 08:59 AM PST

Considering the rooting community within Android is pretty strong, the ambition to root, and subsequently add third-party applications to the platform, is probably already pretty strong. But, once someone consciously puts out a bounty for the same thing to happen, we can’t help but imagine that it’s going to become pretty heated. And, for $1,000, anything is possible.

There are a few stipulations to the deal, though. First and foremost, you must successfully root, and add third-party application support before Google unveils third-party application support for the platform. And, as expected, for the platform to be considered rooted, it must be possible for the end-user to install third-party applications. You’ll need to include a YouTube video to show off the root and installation of the applications, and if you succeed, you’ll be given the payment through PayPal.

Head through the source link below for the other rules.

[via MagicAndroidApps; thanks, Mr. Android!]


Sprint 4G Now Available in 6 More Cities

Posted: 29 Nov 2010 06:54 AM PST

Sprint is continuing the rollout of its WiMax 4G network activating it in 6 more cities across the US today. The last activation day brought coverage to New York along with 5 other cities, and now we will see the “ultra-fast” 4G available in 6 more.

The newly activated cities include:

  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Miami, FL
  • Washington D.C.
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Columbus, OH

Press Release:

“Sprint 4G Rolls Out in Los Angeles, Miami, Washington, D.C., Cleveland, Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio

Sprint Expands the Power and Immediacy of 4G to 68 Markets Nationwide

San Francisco Market expected to launch 4G Service on Dec. 28

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), November 29, 2010 – Sprint (NYSE:S) today officially unleashed the power of 4G – enabling fast mobile downloads, wireless video chat and turbo-charged mobile Web browsing up to 10 times faster than 3G service1 – in Los Angeles, Miami, Washington D.C., Cleveland, Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio. Customers in these metropolitan areas can now take full advantage of the Sprint 4G network using a wide range of 4G-capable devices. With the addition of these six markets, Sprint 4G is now available in 68 markets2 across the country, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and New York City. Additionally, the wireless carrier announced that it expects to launch the San Francisco market – home to Silicon Valley and thousands of tech enthusiasts – on Dec. 28.

How will 4G benefit Sprint customers in these areas? With the Overdrive™ 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot by Sierra Wireless, a visitor to Washington, D.C., (including Northern Virginia and parts of Maryland) can connect to the Internet with a laptop or any Wi-Fi enabled device to check the news at speeds that are up to 10 times faster than 3G. A hungry tourist in Miami, Fort Lauderdale or Palm Beach can search for the best food truck in their vicinity using one of the food-truck applications in the Android™ Market on Samsung Epic™ 4G. If sports fans in Cleveland, Cincinnati or Columbus are looking for up-to-date scores, no problem – it's easy and quick to find on HTC EVO™ 4G. And, surfers in Los Angeles can forgo the waves and surf the Internet on-the-go using the first 3G/4G-embedded netbook and notebook from Sprint – the Dell™ Inspiron™ Mini 10 (1012) netbook and Dell™ Inspiron™ 11z notebook.

"We have witnessed a great demand from our customers for 4G speeds, power and capabilities in these cities already and today they officially have it," said Matt Carter, president-Sprint 4G. "We are proud to deliver on our commitment to serve our customers and deliver 4G to more major metropolitan areas in 2010."

Sprint first launched 4G in Baltimore in September 2008 and since then has delivered a comprehensive consumer, business and public sector strategy and a robust portfolio of devices, consisting of phones, USB aircards, notebook/netbook products, mobile hotspots and routers, that are being used by satisfied consumers and businesses.

To get an insider's view about how Sprint is making sure that 4G is ready for its customers, visit the YouTube Web video series "Wiring Up 4G." Videos are available for Los Angeles and New York City.

Sprint is delivering the power of 4G as the majority shareholder of Clearwire, the independent company that is building the WiMAX network. For more information, visit

About Sprint Nextel

Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 48.8 million customers at the end of the third quarter of 2010 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, Common Cents Mobile and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 6 in its 2010 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation's greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn more and visit Sprint at or and”

[Via Sprint]


LG Unveils Korea Only LU3000, faster than Galaxy S

Posted: 29 Nov 2010 06:42 AM PST

LG hasn’t been a big player in the Android market outside of some decent starter phones, however, we do know that this will be changing as we enter 2011 with plans of a few powerful releases from the company. With one of their first truly powerful phones, the LG3000 has just been announced and will be a Korea only device, for now.

The LU3000 boasts a 3.8-inch IPS display that can deliver a WVGA (800 x 480) resolution, 5-megapixel camera with flash that can capture 1080p video, and a HDMI port all running on Android 2.2. The phone is extremely fast, shipping with an OMAP 3630 1GHz Processor it is being advertised as much faster than both the iPhone 4 and the Samsung Galaxy S.

We do not know if LG plans to make this device, or a similar one, available outside of Korea. However, we do know that LG definitely has plans to enter the US market with some truly powerful phones, one such example is the LG Star that will be coming to the US next year.

You can check out the speed demos of the device where it clearly beats both the iPhone 4 and Samsung Galaxy S below:

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[Via Softpedia] )

Sony Ericsson rolling out Android update for Xperia X8 and X10

Posted: 29 Nov 2010 04:40 AM PST

If you are one of the users that picked up the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 or X10 and have been counting the days until there was an update for Android offered, you can stop counting. SE is rolling out the update for Android to the devices right now and the only catch is the update is gradually rolling out.

The update brings the X10 and X8 up to Android 2.1. The updates are landing at different times based on where you live and the update also depends on the SI-number on the back of your device. You can get a complete list of the SI-numbers that have been confirmed for the update already on the official SE blog post.

The updates for the X8 are just like the updates for the X10 mini and mini pro smartphones that have been rolling out. Again, when you will get the update depends on where you live and what the SI-number on your device is. Look here for a list of devices the update is available for already. Let us know when you get the update how you like it.


ScanLife makes shopping easier by scanning bar codes for you

Posted: 29 Nov 2010 03:30 AM PST

I would bet that most of us have been at the store standing on an aisle wondering which product we should buy. With so many products that do the same thing making an informed decision can be hard. You can whip out your mobile phone and run a search for the product you are interested in, but sometimes finding that product can be a challenge. An app like ScanLife can make getting product information as easy as snapping a pic of the barcode.

ScanLife is available for Android users right now and will give your information on a product when a picture of the bar codes is snapped with the phones camera. The app will give you price comparisons to help you find where the products is being sold for a lower price.

The app will also tell you where you can find a product in stock if it is popular. I’m not sure how you would be able to snap a pic of the products barcode if the product isn’t in stock though. The app also allows the user to share a deal with friends on Facebook or via email as well. You can download the app right now.


Fujifilm offers doctors new way to see x-rays and more from Android phones

Posted: 29 Nov 2010 03:02 AM PST

The number of smartphones in use around the country has boomed and one of the groups that have perhaps the most to gain from a smartphone that can access important data remotely is physicians. Fujifilm has announced a new app that is available for Android phones called Synapse Mobility.

The app interfaces with the Fujifilm suite of Synapse products allowing doctors and radiologists to get their hands on important and critical images wherever they may be with a network connection. The app allows the interfacing with an Android smartphone and software from Fujifilm that shows x-rays, cardiovascular scans and a lot more.

The app offers the doctor high resolution 3D images rather than static flash files. The images can be manipulated and zoom is available for closer looks at specific areas. The app is cool and could actually save lives with docs being able to get a look at an injury and start treatment before they actually arrive at the hospital.


Sharp Galapagos tablets due in Japan on December 10

Posted: 29 Nov 2010 02:37 AM PST

Sharp has announced that its Galapagos Android tablets will arrive in Japan on December 10, with the 5.5-inch EB-W51GJ-R/-S priced at 39,800 yen ($475) and the 10.8-inch EB-WX1GJ-B coming in at 54,800 yen ($654). Initially the slates will be paired with an ebook and emagazine download store, but in Spring 2011 Sharp expects to open up video and music downloads to the pair.

Your money gets you a 1024 x 600 display on the smaller units, 1366 x 800 on the larger, complete with an 8GB microSD card in the box and WiFi for browsing. More details in our hands-on.


Android Community Week in Review – Week 48 2010

Posted: 28 Nov 2010 09:36 PM PST

This week has been the week of over eating and great bargains – especially when it comes to Android devices. As we near the release of Android 2.3 Gingerbread, we aren’t seeing too many leaks regarding the update (or Android in general) and with the Thanksgiving holiday in the US, news was generally slow regarding our favorite mobile operating system. However, this does not mean we do not have anything of importance announced this week, below you can find some of the top stories of Week 48 2010.

In Gingerbread news:

We also have a lot of deals available for Android users as we near the holidays, these include:

As we near closer to Android 2.3, we are starting to hear more and more rumors of the upcoming Samsung Nexus S, which is expected to be one of the flagship devices for the operating system. The rumors have sure poured in over the last week, you can check out our coverage of the Nexus S below:

Next week we will see Cyber Monday deals, more Gingerbread news, and hopefully even more deals for holiday shoppers who have still not purchased an Android device.

As always, we will be here fully covering every leak, break, rumor, and launch of any new Android devices, so stay tuned to Android Community!


Nexus S hits the FCC again, this time with new antennas

Posted: 28 Nov 2010 04:05 PM PST

The Nexus S, the highly anticipated Samsung device that will be one of the most powerful devices of its time, has now just reappeared at the FCC. The phone listed is identical to the previously submitted device, except this time it’s coming with new Bluetooth/WiFi and GPS antennas.

Samsung and Google have kept things on the down low regarding the successor to the Nexus One, however, that has not stopped the internet from getting its hands on details of the device.

We have seen it hit the FCC, run Gingerbread, and even be held by Google’s Eric Schmidt, now all we need is an official announcement which is expected to come alongside the release of Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

[Via Engadget]


HTC G2 Free at Best Buy

Posted: 28 Nov 2010 03:19 PM PST

Black Friday has come and gone, and what does that mean? Yes Cyber Monday is almost upon us. Bringing in some great online deals, Cyber Monday is the busiest online shopping day of the year, and what better way to treat ourselves with than a Free HTC G2.

The G2 is currently available for free from Best Buy with an accompanying 2-year contract. This is one of the top phones of the year with its amazing processor, full QWERTY keyboard, and Android 2.2 – and available for free, this is one of the best deals Cyber Monday has to offer for Android fans.

[Via TmoNews]


Android Magazine banned from Apple App Store

Posted: 28 Nov 2010 02:09 PM PST

As you probably know by now, Apple monitors which applications can go into the app store, and a lot of them get shot down before they are given a chance. The most recent app to get shut down wasn’t some crazy, virus app, but merely a magazine app. You are probably wondering why a magazine might get shot down by apple, well it was the content of the magazine. No, it wasn’t a porn magazine or anything else containing mature content, but one about Android!

The CEO of Media Provider, a small magazine publisher located in Denmark, said that because the magazine was about Android, it wasn’t allowed into the app store. Here is his conversation with an apple rep.

“So what’s the problem?” Dixon asked, knowing full well what the problem was.
“You know… your magazine,” replied the Apple rep, who identified himself only as Richard. “It’s just about Android…. we can’t have that in our App Store.”

Even if the app had been approved, I doubt anyone would have found it. Now because of this incident, it will get a lot of free publicity.

Via [MediaWatch]


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