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Monthly Archive: May 2013
has confirmed that the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play will be delayed, after having "found some bugs in the software that, if they’re not fixed, means customers won’t have a great experience." According to Stuart Hibberd, head of O2's testing team, by the time Sony Ericsson has tweaked the firmware, the gaming smartphone will have missed its previously announced April 1 launch date. What's unclear is whether the same bugs will impact other carriers offering the XPERIA Play. O2 doesn't specify what, exactly, the issues are, but it does claim they're general flaws in the XPERIA Play's firmware rather than something to do with a particular build for the O2 network. For more on the XPERIA Play, check out our hands-on from CTIA 2011 last week. [Thanks Toby!]
NFC technology baked into the Nexus S. According to the WSJ's sources, Google will release an app later in the year which allows Citigroup customers to swipe their phones on VeriFone-made NFC enabled payment terminals. The same app may allow for payment history tracking along with coupons and other personalized offers to be pushed. On the flip side, Google - and its retailer partners - would be able to gather greater information on shopping habits, and thus better tailor its advertising. Google would apparently not take a cut of the transaction fees, instead only getting a foot in the door on better quality analytics. The search giant was previously tipped to be readying NFC payment trials in San Francisco and NYC.
Google Nexus Tablet by LG was an interesting - if concerning for current Android tablet owners - snippet about Google's licensing agreements for Android OS updates. According to Mobile-Review, using Android 3.0 Honeycomb requires a separate license to using 2.x, with one of the clauses being that a device running 2.x cannot be subsequently updated to 3.0. If true, that could have significant impact on tablets like the original 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab, which launched running Android 2.x and have not yet been confirmed to be getting an official Honeycomb update. It could also impact the HTC Flyer, which is expected to launch running Gingerbread and then, HTC has previously insisted, be updated to Honeycomb later in the year. According to Eldar Murtazin, though, Google's licensing limitations will prevent that upgrade, and so the Flyer will in fact launch running Honeycomb in most - but not all - of its versions. Let's hope the situation gets clarified sooner rather than later, since we can imagine Flyer early-adopters not responding well to the idea that they'd never see a 3.x update to their device. We're asking HTC for an official comment, and will update when we hear back. Update: HTC's PR team tells us that, while HTC has no official statement on this, it has no impact on the company's plans for Flyer.
Mobile-Review, is expected to launch in mid-summer or early fall. LG, of course, already has its own Honeycomb tablet, the LG Optimus Pad/T-Mobile G-Slate. However, according to the rumors, Google is looking to prepare a core Android reference design tablet, which would be first to get OS updates in the same manner as the Nexus line of smartphones, and only LG - out of the known, key Android tablet manufacturers - was willing to agree to the search giant's terms. Apparently the project is already underway, though there's no word on carrier support or whether Google will look to sell the Nexus Tablet direct. Similarly, specifications are currently unknown. [via Xataka]
we reported that the HTC Flyer would be exclusive to Best Buy? Well that exclusivity isn't as exclusive as we were led to believe. Kinda. First there was Sprint selling a WiMax version of the Flyer known as the HTC Evo View 4G. And now, according to a few leaked T-Mobile Ads, the Flyer looks to be in the Get More network's product line and could be coming in the summer.
Droid 2 got a 2.3 Gingerbread leak, and before I could finish the story I got word about some other even more exciting news. The Motorola Droid X is getting a very similar, if not the same leak. I'm assuming this will be bigger as more people have the Droid X. It is a sweet phone. Anyways lets skip the fun and get right to it.
Motorola Droid 2 has just leaked by our friends TeamBlackHat. Yes I said an official build, as in leaked from an internal source from Verizon. So don't be to worried, go ahead and check below for all the information.