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!
Monthly Archive: December 2013
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]
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).
Cloud Player for Android devices. The other services are Amazon Cloud Drive and Amazon Cloud Player for the Web. The services work together to allow the storage of music on the cloud and the ability to play it from computers and mobile devices.
Olympic Paint has a new app for Android devices called ColorClix that will make this sort of matching problem go away.
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.
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]
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.