VLC player for Android coming soon

The open-source video player known as VLC hit the iPhone back a few months ago. Android fans have wanted the app on their OS as well and that is set to happen soon. The VLC player will let Android users play all sorts of video formats on their devices.

Pics of new smartphone thought to be the Sony Ericsson Hallon leak

We have a bit of a strange occurrence here. According to the rumor that goes along with these leaked photos the pic here is leaked shot of an unannounced Sony Ericsson smartphone and the camera phone used to take the photos of the unannounced device is itself another unannounced model from SE. Weird.

Dell Streak 7 (aka M02M/Looking Glass) hits FCC with T-Mo/AT&T 3G

Dell's M02M Looking Glass tablet has been caught crossing the FCC, complete with UMTS/WCDMA support for both AT&T and T-Mobile USA. The filing for the M02M - which is believed to have a 7-inch display and run NVIDIA's Tegra 2 chipset - also lists WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR. There's also a SIM card slot and an SD card slot, both accessed via a door on the side of the Looking Glass; it's unclear at this stage whether the tablet will be able to make voice calls, like the Dell Streak or not. It also seems that the back panel is non-removable, suggesting a non-user-replaceable battery. We're expecting to see the Looking Glass launch at CES 2011 next month as the Dell Streak 7. [via Engadget]

MOTOBLUR 3.0 for DROID 2 gets unofficial release

MOTOBLUR 3.0 has now sprouted an unofficial release for the Motorola DROID 2, after showing up on the DROID 2 Global and DROID Pro. The handiwork of MyDroidWorld, the Motorola Build Blur (3.0.0) System 2.2 has been deodexed, busyboxed, and given root privileges. Motorola is yet to announce when - or if - the DROID 2 will get an official MOTOBLUR update, so for now this is probably the best way to enjoy the new UI. [gallery] [via IntoMobile]

Dell Streak worst product of 2010 claims Walt Mossberg

Bearded uncle of tech, the WSJ's Walt Mossberg, has pushed out his list of the best and worst reviewed products for 2010, and an Android device tops the charts for the most mediocre. According to Mossberg, the Dell Streak is "a tweener" that isn't big enough to be a successful tablet but is too large to be a smartphone. Android did show up in Mossberg's top gadget list, however, with the Samsung Galaxy S tied for third place with the iPhone 4.

Samsung Froyo-based Galaxy Player PMP due at CES 2011

Samsung is planning on bringing a PMP-only version of its Galaxy S smartphone to CES 2011, with the 4-inch media-player having roughly the same specifications as the phone aside from no cellular connectivity. According to Samsung Hub, the Samsung Galaxy Player YP-GB1 runs Android 2.2 Froyo on a Super LCD display, and has WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0. There's also T-DMB, SoundAlive audio-enhancing DSP and a 3.2-megapixel rear camera, along with a front-facing camera for video calls. It also gets Android Market access, despite not having 3G, along with Samsung's own appstore, and there's a microSD card slot and GPS. We're guessing there'll be more details, such as pricing, early next year. [via Gizmodo]

Nexus S Limited Edition masses an Android army

We've already seen what the careful application of some spray-rubber can do to the Nexus S' battery cover, but a supposedly "limited edition" version of the Googlephone is even more appealing. Up for order at Negri Electronics, the difference is in the replacement back panel, which is covered in tiny Android logos. The regular Nexus S panel has a far more dull, generic pattern to it, so we much prefer this limited edition back-plate. It's not entirely clear whether it's the handiwork of Samsung, Google, or a third-party, but what we do know is that it doesn't come cheap; Negri is asking $843.50. [via Twitter]

What to Get for my Android Phone or Tablet: 2010 Holiday Gifts Edition

SO it's nearing the end of 2010 and you've either just got an Android phone for a gift OR you've decided to spend that sweet holiday cash on that sweet Google smartphone you've had your eye on - what do you do next? I mean, you've got it, and you're looking around on it and you see some pre-installed apps and you've maybe seen what they can do, you've gone to the Android Market and you've glanced around and maybe downloaded a top free app or two... but now what? Let us show you the way with this seasons must-do list.