LG Optimus Big Revealed – 4.3″ NOVA Display in Tow

For those of you paying rather close attention, you'll remember back a few months ago when we showed you the LG Optimus Black, an Android handset that employed a brand new NOVA display. That phone had a 4-inch screen, was said to be carrying Android 2.2 Froyo, and will be coming in at 6mm at its thinnest point. What we've got here is a big brother to that, codename Optimus Big, a 4.3" monster that'll be coming out on an LG U+ carrier in Korea starting in April 2011. Will it be coming to the states? We hope so!

Lenovo second-gen LePad tablet due by October tips CEO

Lenovo's second-generation LePad tablet will arrive in September or October 2011, according to company CEO Yang Yuanqing. While the exec failed to detail any of the new tablet's hardware specifications - we're guessing it will continue to use Android as the OS - he did say that it would be slimmer than the current model. Interestingly, Yuanqing also revealed that the new model had been developed in parallel with the existing LePad, with a different team taking responsibility for its design. It's not the first talk we've heard of a tablet OEM looking to shift around control of a tablet project in an attempt to better take on the iPad 2, though Lenovo hasn't said anything about changing the second LePad's focus, only that the decision helped ready the new model in just nine months. The CEO also suggested that Lenovo's two advantages in China were brand recognition and pricing, which suggests the second-gen model will also undercut the iPad 2. [via Engadget]

Samsung Galaxy Tab WiFi-only P1010 ships March 31 tips Amazon

Amazon UK is taking pre-orders for the WiFi-only Samsung Galaxy Tab P1010, with the 7-inch slate expected to begin shipping on March 31. Priced at £299 ($477), the P1010 is £100 less than the unlocked, SIM-free 3G version that has been on sale for several months now. Last we heard, the US launch of the WiFi-only Galaxy Tab would take place on April 4, though currently the slate is nowhere to be found on Amazon US. However, the dates certainly align, suggesting Samsung's cheaper version is finally ready to make its debut. Although Samsung reached the market quickly with the original Galaxy Tab, it faced significant criticism over pricing. US carriers had demanded that the voice-call capabilities be disabled, and sold the slate with a data contract (generally lasting two-years).

Google Lands Java Creator James Gosling

Word has surfaced that Google has made another hire, and he is a prominent hire indeed. The new Google worker is one James Gosling, the dude that invented Java. Interestingly Google and Oracle, who now owns Java, are in a legal battle over the alleged use of Java code in the Android stack.

Olympic Paint offers ColorClix app for Android

When it comes to painting, it always seems that my wife wants a color that we can't match at the store. We end up standing there with her trying to match a color from a napkin or something. Olympic Paint has a new app for Android devices called ColorClix that will make this sort of matching problem go away.

Sony Ericsson unlocking bootloader for some 2011 Android phones

Sony Ericsson has announced that it will be taking a more flexible approach to unlocking the bootloader on its Android smartphones, though the functionality won't be available until later in the year. According to Karl-Johan Dahlström, Senior Program Architect at Sony Ericsson, certain models of the company's 2011 range - including the XPERIA Play, Arc, Pro and Neo - will offer an open-bootloader option for flashing third-party firmware. Only SIM-unlocked versions of the handsets will be eligible for the official bootloader unlock, which Sony Ericsson says is because its carrier and other partners are cautious about files and apps being pulled from the secure storage of the devices they offer. Certain markets and configurations of handset will also be ineligible. Basically, Dahlström says, if you can connect your phone to the Fastboot tool in the Android SDK, you'll be able to unlock it. The original X10 will not be eligible. The company also cautions about the potential impact on owners' warranties, with the possibility of a "handling fee" should Sony Ericsson repair your device after it has been flashed with unofficial firmware. Still, this is good news for the Android community, which has grown used to being able to use its ROM of choice on its preferred device. More news about the functionality in the spring.

European launch for HTC EVO 3D confirmed says HTC France

HTC France has confirmed that the HTC EVO 3D will get a launch outside of the US, with the GSM version of the glasses-free 3D smartphone apparently keeping the same name for its European debut. According to the tweet, no launch date for the dual-core handset has been confirmed. Still, we're legitimately excited about the EVO 3D, and not particularly because of the autostereoscopic 3D capabilities. Instead it's the 1.2GHz dual-core processor and qHD resolution display that have us keen, both making their debut on HTC devices. Of course, that's not to say that the ability to shoot 3D photos with the EVO 3D's dual 5-megapixel camera array isn't interesting, it's just that we still need a little convincing about 3D photography. More on the HTC EVO 3D in our hands-on report here. HTC EVO 3D hands-on: [vms 34dada217712d76f3d51] [via Smartdroid.de]

Sprint officially opposed AT&T/T-Mobile Merger

Sprint has made it official that it plans to challenge the FCC over the sale of T-Mobile USA to AT&T for a reported $39 Billion. According to the press release, Sprint's position is that the sale will reduce competition, limit innovation, and end up hurting consumers. Those are all the usual complaints that come from from a rival company when one of their competitors gets swallowed up by another. But if that's the case, why isn't making exclusive deals and locking down cellphones anti competitive as well?

LG Optimus V Hands-On and Unboxing [SUPER CUTE!]

Take a peek at this, an Android phone that's basically free, runs Android 2.2.1, and wont take up more than a tiny wallet's worth of space in your pocket. This is the LG Optimus V, the other-toned relative of the LG Optimus U which we've already taken a look at a few months ago. This phone is surprisingly similar, it's hardware essentially exactly the same save for the coloring (this one's black where that one's blue,) with a spiffy new box made to be sold off the shelves in stores all day long.
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