Motorola XOOM Hands-on and Unboxing [ala Android Community]

As you know, we've already got one gigantic guide that covers essentially every little tidbit of information you'll want to know at this moment in Android history on both the Motorola XOOM tablet and Android 3.0 Honeycomb. But NOW what you want to see is this actual tablet coming out of the box with every little tiny detail of the process documented so you know if the box alone will be enough to make you want to buy this device. I'll tell you right now that the box is good, but the real treasure is, believe it or not, the tablet itself. Have an intense look at the XOOM with your pals at Android Community.

HTC Thunderbolt’s main delay rumored to be due to poor battery life

Word has gotten out that what's causing one delay after another on the launch of the HTC Thunderbolt is poor battery life and HTCs frustrations with finding a way to fix it. Benchmarks at HTC are rumored to indicate that the best they've been able to do is three to four hours of battery life running the LTE/4G connectivity. Being that LTE is the hallmark of the Thunderbolt's performance, that simply will not do, so the Thunderbolt is delayed. AGAIN.

Sony-Ericsson Xperia Ultimate concept emerges

There's a new concept phone called the Sony-Ericsson Xperia Ultima, and judging by the size, it'll be a typical Android upgrade to a tried and true Sony design. Along with what looks like a 4.3" Reality Display multi-touch screen powered by Sony's proprietary Mobile BRAVIA® Engine, specs presumably include a 1GHz processor inside, with 16GB of onboard internal memory. Additionally, the Ultima will sport a 12.1 megapixel camera capable of HD capture thanks to Sony's Exmor R sensor. The Ultima will likely run Android 2.4 (Gingerbread) with Sony's well-developed Timescape social interface.

Sony WalkMan Phones return

Last summer, we talked about Sony's plans to bring the Sony Walkman brand back to phones to create a media class smartphone. Back then, we were talking about a small 2.6" TFT display with a paltry 5.1 MP camera and 600 Mhz processor. There was also talk of a tablet which has of yet to appear. It may be better late than never, but we've now got word that Sony-Ericsson is gearing up marketing in preparation for a 2011 WalkMan mobile launch. And here's the poster to prove it ....

Samsung Galaxy S update to Gingerbread leaked

The German site SmartDroid has leaked a ROM of Android 2.3.2 (Gingerbread) for the Samsung Galaxy S. The ROM, available on the file sharing site MEGAUPLOAD, and features TouchWiz, version 4. There's also speculation that the slower RFS file system has been replaced with EXT4.

Popcap Smartphone Study shows interesting results for Android game play

The 2011 PopCap gaming survey is out and it yields some interesting results pertaining to mobile gaming demographics. The 94 page survey report states that while overall mobile game use is slightly waning, the amount of time gamers are playing on their smartphones is increasing. Additionally, nearly as many female gamers as males play mobile games on their smartphones. But the real shocking result is that the average age of mobile gamers isn't as young as one would expect.

Motorola Webtop App Appearing on All High-End [Motorola] Devices Soon

Whilst having a friendly chat with investors, Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha let everyone know that from here on out, all high-end Motorola Android devices will have the Webtop application pre-loaded. Of course when we say here on out we mean June 2011 and forward. If you're unfamiliar with the term "Webtop," this is the app used by the brand new ATRIX 4G to connect with its laptop dock in order to make it work much like an ultraportable notebook or internet machine would.

Will My Phone Get Android 2.3 Gingerbread? [Plus an Early Dose of Neue Forum Goodness]

So I suppose you've come to this post wishing for the truth, the hard truth, on your phone and its future as far as a lovely holiday cookie goes. I'll tell you what - you'll basically get the truth below, but unless we could call ourselves the developers working on optimizing Android versions for each piece of hardware, we've got no perfect truth for you. That said, this is pretty good. This list was originally compiled by an awesome fellow by the name of Ben Duder over on XDA Developers. What we're using it for here is to do three things, the first of which is to give you the good news.

T-Mobile Hates on iPhone Team in Study

Citing a third party speed comparison in two major metropolitan areas, T-Mobile has published results that predictably puts them on top with their 4G network, while skewering AT&T and Verizon's iPhones as being as slow as a rabbit beating the turtle. In addition to claiming a speed advantage over the iPhone thanks to it's Samsung Galaxy S 4G, T-Mobile also points out that their 4G data plans start at just $10 a month, while AT&T and Verizon start at $15 and $30 respectively. Now, to be fair, the Galaxy S does run on T-Mobile's 4G network, while both AT&T and Verizon have the iPhone 4 on a 3G network. But while T-mobile wants to compare the iPhone to the Galaxy S as a tortoise to a hare, is it really more comparing apples to oranges?

Xoom overclocked at XDA

A true constant in the gadget universe is that if a new Android device comes out, you can bet someone over at XDA forums is going to throw caution to the wind and push the edge of the envelop to see what it can do. And the Motorola Xoom is no exception. XDA forum member Coolbho3000 has reported he he overclocked the Xoom up to a max of 1.5 GHz. According to the post at XDA Forums, CoolBho3000 was able to safely get past the Xoom's max setting of 1Ghz using SetCPU, a utility he wrote to help users boost the power output of their devices.
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