Fring is first to bring video calling to Android

With the upcoming release of the HTC EVO 4G, Samsung Galaxy S and Dell Streak, the need for video calling software will increase drastically. Yes, most of these devices will come with preloaded software that can handle this but this is Android and there always room for choice. Fring will be the first to offer video calling software to Android and it is capable of a lot more than just that.

Dell Streak Will Be Available For O2 UK on June 4th

Its official, the Dell Streak, formerly known as the Mini 5, will make its debut this June 4th on O2 in the UK. It will release sometime this summer here in the US, AT&T has long been rumored to be the carrier of this and many other Dell Android devices to come. O2 has a Dell Streak information page live now on their site.

Acer Stream gets official: AMOLED, 1GHz and HDMI [Video]

Acer have officially unveiled the Acer Stream, the company's latest Android smartphone.  Running Android 2.1 Eclair on a 1Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, the Stream has a 3.7-inch WVGA AMOLED touchscreen, HSDPA, Bluetooth and WiFi b/g/n.  There's also 512MB of RAM, 2GB of onboard storage (plus a microSD card slot) and a customized Acer UI. A 5-megapixel camera can be used for 720p HD video recording, and there's an HDMI port for hooking up your HDTV.  Elsewhere Acer has stuffed in GPS, UPnP and DLNA compliance.  The whole thing measures 11.2mm thick. No word on how much the Acer Stream will cost, nor when exactly it might launch, but it was spotted earlier this week clearing the FCC.  That certainly suggests a US launch. Update: Batista70Phone have a video demo of the Acer Stream: [vimeo]http://vimeo.com/12066497[/vimeo] Press Release: Acer Stream the Perfect Entertainment Machine Powerful. Spectacular. Cutting-edge technologies. State-of-the-art connectivity. Ultra-fast. Highly sensitive. These are just some of the words that best describe Acer Stream, the latest technological jewel of the Taiwanese company. Defining it a smartphone would be reductive. In fact, Acer Stream is the utmost expression of technology, design, performance and entertainment. Acer Stream is a high-end multimedia smartphone, optimized for watching movies, listening to music and enjoying web browsing like at home. Perfect for most demanding users who look for the best in entertainment. Elegant and minimalist in design, Acer Stream is made from highly resistant materials and offers truly outstanding user interface and technical features, all in just 11.2 mm, ensuring users a unique and unrepeatable experience. The completely brand new user interface has been totally redesigned in order to focus on what is essential to users and guarantee a simple and quick access to what matters to them. - Enjoy smooth animations and fine graphics: surf between photos and video thanks to the stunningly fluid 3D interface and unlock the phone by a ‘peeling’ gesture, assure a cool but very functional detail! - Read information straight from the lock screen widget: accessing ambient information on the idle screen gives the user what he needs before he even asks for it. - Quickly start your favorite applications with one tap: the status bar appears as an innovative divider between logical spaces. It shows all the essential information, providing shortcuts to most frequently used settings and its position allows a very easy access to the settings or notifications. - Easily switch applications with the History panel: the top part of the Home screen has been dedicated to applications history, with the benefit of reducing complexity and providing significant cues for navigation. - Reorder applications across several pages at their convenience: Apps can be moved around from one page to another or easily uninstalled by simply dragging them to the bin. - Customize the phone according to specific needs:a simple customization page accessible from the Home screen will be a pleasant surprise, enabling customers to tailor their smartphone through wallpaper and sound personalization. Coupled with three types of predictive keyboards, a smart dialer and a redesigned contacts list, the Acer user interface makes using the smartphone an efficient and delightful experience. Social and entertaining: All the most popular applications are pre-installed: Nemo player to enjoy multimedia content to the fullest, Acer UrFooz to create your virtual “look-a-like”, add your profile and bookmarks and post it to your social networks, Facebook™ and Twidroid perfectly integrated into the address book. And for music addicts Acer Stream features Spinlets™, a completely free streaming service that lets you browse and listen to major music labels and record companies for great music and instantly post what you find to your favorite Social Networking sites. Main features: Superb display quality: the touch screen with Amoled technology boasts 1.67 million exceptionally bright colors, through a generous 3.7” WVGA display. Furthermore, its incredible contrast (superior 2000:1) makes for clear images and perfect legibility in any environment and light condition. Moreover, this type of display consumes less energy to help increase battery life. Ultrafast connectivity 3G+ for streaming: HSDPA 7.2 Mbps in download, Bluetooth and WiFi n, enabling faster transmission of multimedia content than ever! Power and performance: the Qualcomm Snapdragon 1GHz processor, with its 512 MB RAM, makes the Acer Stream one of the fastest and most reactive phones on the market. The operating system behind Stream is Android version 2.1, better known as Éclair. Unique and high-quality multimedia features, enabling the recording of HD videos up to 720p. Listening to your favorite music or the radio with RDS has never been so pleasant; enjoy the Dolby Mobile quality, with powerful bass and crystal-clear clarity for an unparalleled purity of sound. UPnP technology enables content sharing with other devices. Furthermore, a 5MP photocamera and integrated GPS system allow photos and videos to be geotagged. Last but not least, you can connect the Acer Stream to your home TV with HDMI port and watch a movie on a larger screen. 2GB of internal Flash memory is ideal for downloading tons of applications and 3D games, while an 8GB memory card as free bundle and a micro-SD card slot support up to 32GB enables users to enjoy their favorite multimedia content at all times.

i Wireless Starts Selling the Nexus One in Retail Stores

One of the first things Google mentioned, after they announced that their online phone store wouldn't be staying open (or selling phones for that matter), was that the Nexus One, their first Android superphone (that birthed a whole bunch more), would start being sold in retail stores around the world. We've got word where it's showing up here in the States, and it's somewhere that, honestly, we didn't expect.

HTC Magic Gets a Little Taste of Froyo [Video]

So, officially, the Dream and Magic (or G1 and myTouch, if you're local) aren't getting Android 2.2. But, thanks to the fact that there's a huge group out there that focus on creating all the goodness for HTC devices, official doesn't mean anything. As you can see here in this video, an HTC Magic does indeed have Froyo on it, and there's some things working. Though, there's a lot more that's not working (but everything can be fixed in time, right?).

Motorola Shadow leaks again: HDMI, 8MP & OMAP3630 CPU

After yesterday's mildly-dubious Motorola Shadow leak, the handset has shown up in the wild again, this time courtesy of HowardForums.  We described the Shadow as Motorola's version of the HTC EVO 4G, only without the WiMAX, and that continues to look roughly true; like the EVO 4G the Motorola handset has both microUSB and mini HDMI connections, but it has a 4.1-inch display and a 720MHz OMAP3630 processor.

Nexus One in Retail Stores?

That didn’t take long at all, the Nexus One is starting to show up at retail stores. The lack of hands on experience and seeing the device in person is a big part of the slow sales of the first “super phone”. Google stated that this device will show up in brick and mortar stores but none of thought it would happen this soon.

HDMI Dock for Sprint HTC EVO 4G

Here’s another goodies from Best Buy, there will be an HDMI dock available for the HTC EVO 4G. This dock is expected to be released by the time the EVO hits the streets. This dock will support HDMI 1.4 and should be backwards compatible. But beware, early reviews of the HDMI performance of the EVO has not been favorable. There have been some reviews in which the 108P output was only recognized as 480P.

Marvell’s 10-inch Android tablet

Engadget was lucky enough to spend a little quality time with this ultra sleek Android tablet from Marvell. It has a brushed metal case and a front facing camera. Marvell had this beautiful netbook on display at the Netbook Summit.
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