Feb 03, 2011 - 10:08 AM - by dgstorm
There have been a ton of leaks about the Sony Ericsson Android smartphone the Xperia Play, (a.k.a. the PlayStation Phone), that's soon to be officially released at MWC in a couple weeks, but now there is an actual commercial for it. This video is both pretty cool and pretty creepy at the same time, thus, I had to share it with you guys!
Feb 03, 2011 - 9:26 AM - by dgstorm
If you didn't like the iPhone before, here is another reason to be angry that it is coming to Verizon. An eagle-eyed information gatherer from website 'BGR' found a .pdf file on Verizon's own website that indicates one of the ways Verizon plans to 'manage' the heavy flow of data traffic it expects from the soon-to-be-released Verizon iPhone. They intend to slow the download speeds of any users who hit a 5 percent peak on data usage. Conveniently, once this was reported, Verizon removed the file from their website. Here is a quote from the original file,
So, not only do they plan on slowing the download speeds for heavy data users, but the files might turn out 'wonky'? So much for 'unlimited' data plan. Yes, they may be allowing you to access as much data as you want, but they are still putting 'limitations' on the service for certain 'high usage' customers. I suppose this 'data-throttling' has to happen for now, but what do you guys think of this new development?
If you use an extraordinary amount of data and fall within the top 5% of Verizon Wireless data users we may reduce your data throughput speeds periodically for the remainder of your then current and immediately following billing cycle to ensure high quality network performance for other users at locations and times of peak demand.
While we invest much effort to avoid changing text, image, and video files in the compression process and while any change to the file is likely to be indiscernible, the optimization process may minimally impact the appearance of the file as displayed on your device. For a further, more detailed explanation of these techniques, please visit www.verizonwireless.com/vzwoptimization
Source: BGR & iPhoneForums.net
HTC Pyramid to have 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon, heading to T-Mobile in Q2
2 tech blogs confirmed that HTC has lined up a 4G device for T-Mobile, under the codename Pyramid, which is supposed to land on Big Magenta May or June.
The HTC Pyramid Stats So Far:
- Chipset is supposed to be Qualcomm's MSM 8260,
- Third generation Snapdragon.
- 1.2GHz dual-core CPU.
- The usual 4.3" screen size that the company uses for its high-endmodels, here receives the new and hip qHD resolution of 540x960 pixels, like the Motorola ATRIX 4G.
Source Phone Arena:via TmoNews
Yesterday we got a little hint from Verizon with a tweet saying the HTC Thunderbolt would be releasing soon. Today we wake up to find more confirmation that a release is imminent from next week's leaked Best Buy flyer. The advertisement introduces the 4G Thunderbolt by HTC and mentions that pre-orders will be available with a $50 deposit. A release date still hasn't been announced, but I have a feeling it's going to drop anytime. If you know something we don't be sure to let us know!
Feb 03, 2011 - 4:50 AM - by tp7six
If you missed the Android Event that took place yesterday you can catch up on what to expect from Honeycomb as Google was nice enough to put it up for us on YouTube
Feb 02, 2011 - 11:13 PM - by pc747
Some new rumors indicate that Verizon may have finalized part of the pricing for their 4G LTE Unlimited Data Plan, and that it will launch at $29.99 per month. This would be pretty good news if it turns out to be true; however, please take this with a grain of salt as this kind of 'unconfirmed' industry rumor can easily turn out to be false. In fact, another rumor circulating the interwebs suggests that it will be $29.99 for the data service, and an additional $15 dollars for 4G service. Until we get either an official confirmation or multiple confirms from our insider sources, we'll play a game of 'wait and see'. Get out your four-leaf clover, or lucky rabbit's foot.
Feb 02, 2011 - 2:58 PM - by WenWM
What will Google think of next? That’s the question I asked myself when I saw their latest release. They have taken people’s natural wonder of our anatomy, used the concept of Google earth and put them together to create this new software called Google Body. Interestingly, this doesn’t just work for the Human body, you can also explore and learn about the insides of many different creatures, and all from the comfort of your living room with your Droid or Tablet. The video above gives you a quick demo of how it works, and some of the cool features. I could actually see some private school, and maybe some colleges, taking advantage of this and implementing this into their programs.
What do you think of this new innovation by Google? How might you see yourself using it in your life?
Source (Google Body peels back the layers to get under your skin | Android Central)
Feb 02, 2011 - 2:06 PM - by dgstorm
The new SwiftKey Tablet App from TouchType just debuted. They indicated that it was designed "in partnership" with Google and Motorola for the Xoom. It has been created specifically with Honeycomb in mind, and it features a "holographic" skin that is "thumb-optimized." It also uses the company's Fluency Prediction Engine. This feature promises to predict "around a third of words" before you even enter a single character. And, it can also analyze your Gmail, Facebook and Twitter accounts to learn how you write and assist with sentences and phrases based upon your writing patterns. It looks pretty slick! Check out the video above.
Feb 02, 2011 - 12:52 PM - by dgstorm
Last month we covered a ton of information on a multitude of 'coming soon' devices that were shown off at the Consumer Electronics Show. While CES is undoubtedly the Premier world-wide electronics event for 'all' electronics, Mobile World Congress is coming February 14th and it is, in some ways, more important for our forums. This is because it is the Premier event for the mobile industry. We thought we would share with you a compilation of some of the technology that has either been teased, or outright divulged, to be making an appearance at MWC.
Some of the information we have gathered comes from speculation, some of it from industry rumors and some of it comes from the manufacturers themselves actively pre-advertising what they intend to show off. We will stick to what is relevant to DroidForums: products or services that are (or may be) Verizon & Android based. This article is not meant to be exhaustive, so share anything we missed in the forums. There are a few links provided to a few of our stories on these devices in case you missed them.
In Smartphones we will probably have:
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- The Samsung Galaxy Ace = an attractive 'budget-conscious' little iPhone-look-alike device
- The Samsung Galaxy S2 or SL = dual-core & improved screen follow-up to Samsung's best line of phones
- The LG Optimus 3D = LG's new glasses-free '3D enhanced' phone - although it may not even be for Verizon - skeptical anyone?
- *The HTC Thunderbolt = technically not being shown off at MWC, but rumors indicate it may actually be purchasable on the day of the event (we shall see)
- The HTC 'Saga' = A potential follow-up to the HTC Droid Incredible - This one is still very much 'up in the air' really - we shall have to wait and see
- The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play - an Android-based 'Playstation-like' phone - still no word on a carrier
- Motorola Atrix - This one isn't Verizon;
Feb 02, 2011 - 12:08 PM - by dgstorm
Google just dropped an exciting bomb on the entire Android community. They released their new browser-based 'Android Market' for the Web. They coincided the website launch with their announcement during their Google event, then posted an enticing introduction on their blog. Here's a quote,
Awesome news! I can see a ton of ways that this will be useful and it's strange that they never did this sooner. What do you guys think of this? Hit the links below to see the website and the blog.
The website makes it easy to discover great new apps with a bigger, brighter interface. You can also send apps directly to your Android device with just a few clicks—no wires needed. We’ve built in new social features, too. You can share apps with your friends through Twitter. And you can read and post app reviews directly to Android Market from the web or from your device.
And what about all those apps you’ve already purchased and downloaded? Sign in to the website with your Google account and click “My Market Account” to see all the apps you’ve purchased or downloaded. It makes managing all your apps quite easy.
Source: Android Market for the Web and Google BlogPost - Introduction to Android Market for the Web
Feb 02, 2011 - 9:42 AM - by WenWM
The Galaxy S line of phones has been known for quite some time as the best of the best in Super AMOLED display based phones. That may change with this announcement. The new Samsung Galaxy SL version of the phone has a Super LCD display rather than the AMOLED display that originally came with the phone at launch. The phone also switches processors from Samsung’s own Hummingbird processor to a TI OMAP chip that’s clocked at the very same 1GHz speed. So far, it is just showing up in the Asian and Middle East markets.
What do you guys think of the new phone? Are these changes welcomed or do you love your standard Galaxy S device? Anyone still a fan of Samsung out there?
Source (Samsung GT-I9003 Goes Official as Samsung Galaxy SL, Super LCD Isn’t the Only Difference | Android Phone Fans)
Feb 02, 2011 - 9:15 AM - by WenWM
The video above is a teaser to what we should expect from LG next week. The video teaser was posted over at Phandroid featuring one of the device’s LG is planning to bring out at Mobile World Conference in Barcelona. The device that was the main focus of this video is the new Optimus 3D phone that we spoke of briefly just a day or two ago. The 3D features weren’t touted in the video, but this phone has a 3D screen and a 3D capable camera –Both very cool features.
Nevertheless, do you guys notice how different Motorola’s and LG’s teaser videos are? Comment below and tell us what you think of this ad…. Anyone a little more excited for the show next week?
Source (LG Teases Optimus 3D in Mobile World Congress Trailer [Video] | Android Phone Fans)
Firefox for Android has not gotten any traction since initially being released, and for good reason. Those reasons are supposedly fixed now and the latest release promises a better experience if you’re interested. The browser was previously sluggish, a memory hog and just not worth it, but this new version has some pretty strong highlights. The most noticeable is that it’s faster than the stock Android browser, and also has better stability and reduced memory usage.
- Now faster than stock Android browser
- Reduced installation memory usage
- Stability improvements
- Fixed keyboard bugs
- Improved zooming readability
If this sounds like something you’d like to try out… Head over to the Market, and give it a go.
Source (New Firefox 4 beta for Android released | Android Central)
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