HTC smartphone caught in wild ahead of MWC 2011 debut

A new HTC Android smartphone has leaked, ahead of the handset's expected debut at MWC 2011 next month. Engadget's tipster claims to have spotted the unnamed device in use on the Taipei metro system, with the phone matching up to previously leaked renders. Exact specifications of the device are unknown, but it does appear to have a front-facing camera and touch-sensitive buttons running underneath the display. We'll know more when Android Community goes to MWC 2011 next month.

Sony PlayStation Suite brings gaming to Android

Sony has outed its new NGP next-generation portable, but the company is also paving the way for the XPERIA Play "PlayStation Phone" with the debut of PlayStation Suite. Promising a range of PlayStation titles to Android 2.3-based devices, the PS Suite will initially offer PSOne classic games, but also a game development environment for coders to create their own titles. Those titles can then be licensed under the new PlayStation Certified program, and then distributed to the new PlayStation Store. Sony describes that as available directly on an Android device itself, which suggests it will be a new app store sitting alongside the Android Market. No official word on when it will launch exactly - Sony only says sometime in 2011 - but given we're expecting the XPERIA Play to debut at MWC 2011 next month, we're assuming sooner rather than later. Press Release:
Sony Computer Entertainment to Unveil 'PlayStation®Suite,' Delivering the World of PlayStation® to Android™ Based Portable Devices Simultaneously Launching "PlayStation®Certified" License Program to Provide PlayStation® Content and Development Support for Android™ Based Portable Devices TOKYO, Jan. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) today unveiled "PlayStation®Suite" (PS Suite), delivering the PlayStation® experience to Android™ based portable devices*(1). Through this entirely new initiative, users will be able to enjoy PlayStation content on an open operating system for the first time in PlayStation history. In the dramatically evolving and diversifying mobile market, the number of users who enjoy games casually on a variety of devices including mobile phones, smart-phones and tablet PCs, has been increasing significantly. By offering "PlayStation quality" content to this rapidly growing market, SCE will not only deliver the PlayStation experience to a wider base of users around the globe, but will also be able to offer game developers and publishers the potential to further expand their business opportunities to these devices. In providing the PlayStation experience on Android based portable devices, SCE will commence a "PlayStation®Certified" license program for hardware manufacturers. Through this program, SCE will offer necessary support, including development support as well as logo licensing, to ensure the delivery of PlayStation quality experience across various devices. On the software front, SCE plans to provide PS Suite content within this calendar year, starting with original PlayStation games*(2) (PS one® classics) that will allow users to enjoy "PlayStation quality" gameplay on their Android based portable devices. SCE also plans to open PlayStation®Store where users will be able to download content in an easy to use environment, directly via the Android based portable devices. Moreover, SCE will provide a new game development environment in an effort to ensure new and compelling content is delivered on PS Suite, which will also offer opportunities for a wider base of developers and publishers to further expand their business on various portable devices. Newly developed content for PS Suite can also be enjoyed on the next generation portable entertainment system (codename: NGP), which SCE announced today. Users who have never experienced PlayStation content can get a taste of the PlayStation experience through PS Suite and from there, they can enjoy the ultimate portable entertainment experience that is only possible on NGP. SCE will vigorously enhance the entertainment world, delivering the PlayStation experience to a wider base of users. *(1) Android™ 2.3 or beyond is required. *(2) PS one game console software title. We will announce the titles when ready.

Official Android 3.0 Honeycomb Logo Revealed

So with all of the Honeycomb news announced at CES, and now pouring in with the SDK, one thing was completely looked over. What exactly will be representing Android 3.0 Honeycomb? Well according to some files within the SDK code, we find out that it's not an actual honeycomb, it's an Android Bee - Tron style.

Android Community Daily Wrap Up: January 26 2011

First you've gotta take the time to check out our unboxing of the Motorola Roadster. It's such a weird little thing, you're bound to fall in love. Next find your way to maximum profits with two posts about the Android Marketplace. Get your hands on the brand spanking new Android 3.0 Honeycomb SDK for developers. Take a guess at which tablet device is coming up for ClockworkMod modification. Hypothesize with Epic Games on the future of Android and get your hands in the air because Kongregate is back in the store. All this and MORE on Android Community Daily Wrap Up!

Motorola Roadster Unboxing and Hands-On

We've been sent a rather weird object that you may never have heard of before. It's called the Motorola Roadster and it's made to assist you in using your Android phone in your vehicle without paying so much attention to it that you crash. It has the potential to be very, very helpful, or on the other hand very, very difficult to understand. Let's take a look at what it looks like, first of all. Then we'll try to turn it on.

Simultaneous Voice and Data Confirmed for HTC ThunderBolt

Just as we knew from Verizon's training procedures, the HTC ThunderBolt will be able to support both voice and data at the same time. In a leaked document from Verizon, we are given confirmation that the ThunderBolt will be one of the devices that features simultaneous data and voice.

HSN Introduces Sprint ID Pack for the Shopping Savvy

Sprint recently unveiled two new ID packs - from ESPN and MTV - at CES this year. To add to the family, the newest ID pack, released today, is from HSN. This ID pack is only available for currently supported phones such as the LG Optimus S, Sanyo Zio and Samsung Transform.

Android 3.0 SDK Released, Honeycomb Details Revealed

Google has gone and released a non-final preview of the official Android 3.0 SDK. This will allow developers to not only test their applications with the upcoming tablet OS, but it allow them to visually integrate their app with the operating system inheriting the new "Holographic" theme.

How Does a 95% Profit Cut for your Android App Sound, Mister Developer?

So you've developed an app for Android and you don't know what step is next. Perhaps you've registered for the Android Marketplace but you can't quite bring yourself to hit the button that'd release your app into the wild through this Google-sanctioned marketplace. What are your options? Well you can choose a different app distribution point for one, or you could sell the app yourself if you like. Which option is best? How about the one that gives you a 95% profit cut of whatever your app brings in for sales? Sounds pretty good to us.

ClockworkMod Tips Tablet Availability

So it appears that ClockworkMod, one of the greats as far as chopping up and reconstructing your Android goes, is tipping new and exciting additional devices it'll work with. The Huawei Ascend recovery is now on ROM Manager, Epic 4G should be there too. The most exciting thing they've tipped is "a tablet," which they say will be coming this week as well.