BBC News to survey mobile broadband speeds around Britain

Anyone that has a mobile phone knows that the speeds and coverage that the carrier promises in their marketing and the reality of the network are rarely the same. Consumers on the UK will soon have a better idea of what carrier has the best coverage and data speeds across the country and what those speeds actually are. BBC is working on a major survey that will look into phone coverage in the UK.

Asus Eee Pad Transformer packing 3G gets priced

We already know that the Eee Pad Transformer with 3G onboard is incoming. What we don’t know is what the tablet will cost. That question has been answered, at least for Italian geeks that are interested in the tablet. Asus has added the tablet officially to its Italian website with full hardware details to peruse. We still don’t have a firm launch date at this point for the US or Europe, but August is what we expect.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7″ 3G on sale for $259 at Woot

No Woot-off going on today but the ever so popular woot.com does have a little android treat for sale today. For those that don't know Woot they have one sale a day, and that is it (excluding woot-offs). So if you want to get in on the action you better act fast. If you're looking for a great way to get into an android tablet at a low price this would probably be your best bet. They have the 16GB Wifi AND 3G Samsung Galaxy Tab from Sprint for $259.

Motorola Xoom 3.1 update hitting 3G and Wifi models both already

So you have all been following along with Google I/O right? If not check out all things I/O here. There were so many announcements about Android Ice Cream Sandwich, and Android 3.1 Honeycomb updates and more. For those that might have missed it Android 3.0 Honeycomb is being officially upgraded to 3.1 and the roll-out started OTA yesterday. From the Google event word was spread that it was for 3G only, and Wifi Xooms would have to wait a few weeks.

DROID Incredible 2 Hands-On

The DROID Incredible 2 finally came into my hands today, and after reading Vincent Nguyen's hands on over at SlashGear, I was anxious to put it through its paces. This DROID has a 4-inch Super LCD WVGA display, and runs Android 2.2 Froyo. It looks great, and is super thin, feeling good in the hand. The case is matte plastic, giving the phone kind of an industrial look, and feels solid. This is a 3G handset, so no 4G LTE here, and also a single core 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon. It runs smoothly, and responds quickly, so unless you want to run dual-core intensive apps, the 1GHz will do fine. It also has great battery life. I used it heavily all day, including watching some video, and still had battery to spare by the end of the day. The device also features a 3G Mobile Hotspot with which you can connect up to 5 Wi-Fi enabled devices. There is an 8mp rear camera with dual LED flash, and a 1.3mp front facing camera for chat, and also 720p HD video capture. Though the Incredible 2 runs Froyo, with the original Incredible being tipped to get Gingerbread, this one likely will also. And with Android 2.3.4 now due out, that seems more likely than ever. And with this device going for $99 on Amazon (with a two year Verizon contract, of course), it looks like a great deal. The Incredible isn't meant to be a flagship handset, but it is a very solid mid-range device. I'm certainly enjoying trying it out. Video taken with the Incredible 2 camera: [youtube j4dq9i_yREo] Look for the full Android Community review coming very, very soon. Meanwhile, check out the unboxing and hands on video from Vincent Nguyen. [vms 8c718b84cae0a0799dcf]

Skype Android update enabled 3G VoIP in US

Skype has updated its Android app, with the biggest change being that VoIP calls are now supported over 3G in the US. Previous versions of the app had limited 3G voice calls via Skype to WiFi connections, though only in the US; now, it seems Skype has wrangled access from the carriers for all. Skype for Android v1.0.0.983 also tweaks some security issues identified recently, but it's the 3G functionality that makes the biggest difference. Previously only the Verizon-specific version of the app had allowed data use of VoIP. You can download Skype for Android from the Android Market; at time of writing the updated version isn't showing in the online Market. It's a free app.

T-Mobile G2x by LG to have dual band T-Mo & AT&T Radios

Earlier in the week I'm sure you all heard that AT&T will be buying T-Mobile US. This was huge news that shook the mobile phone and Android community. T-Mobile has been a huge supporter and partner with Google through the entire ride. Today we bring you some very good news if it holds to be true. According to TmoNews the newly announced G2x by LG will have both T-Mobile 3G/4G as well as also having AT&T 3G/4G. A quad-band 4G, future proof for the T-Mobile merger maybe?

INQ Cloud Touch Facebook phone priced and dated

INQ and Carphone Warehouse have announced pricing and availability for the INQ Cloud Touch, the company's Facebook phone. Up for pre-order today, and expected to ship from April 6, the Cloud Touch has a Facebook app that pulls in Chat, Friends, Messages, Wall and Notifications to the Android smartphone's homescreen. There's also Facebook Places integration, again with easy access from a homescreen widget. OS is Android 2.2 Froyo running on a 3.5-inch 480 x 320 touchscreen, while there's a 5-megapixel camera, GPS, 3G, an FM radio and WiFi. Pricing is free on a £20 or above contract, £199.95 on a pre-pay deal or £299.95 SIM-free. The INQ Cloud Q - with a full QWERTY keyboard - will follow on in June, also with Facebook integration, and of course HTC is preparing to launch the Salsa and ChaCha in Q2 2011. Press Release:
PHONE FOR THE SOCIAL MEDIA GENERATION ARRIVES IN THE UK The INQ Cloud Touch launches exclusively at The Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy March 18, 2011 – The Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy are pleased to announce the arrival of an exclusive new Android device, the INQ Cloud Touch. Specially designed for social media fans, it has Facebook at its heart and provides quick access to the latest news and whereabouts of friends. It is now available to pre-order from www.carphonewarehouse.com, and will be available from 6 April from just £20 a month on contract, £199.95 on PAYG or £299.95 SIM free. The INQ Cloud Touch is a sleek touch screen device which runs on the latest Android operating system providing super-fast access to all the latest functions and apps. It features a new Facebook app that streams a live feed to the homescreen while easy to use one-touch links to Chat, Friends, Messages, Wall and Notifications allow users a direct click-through to friends’ updates, pictures, videos and webpages. The phone is also the first to use the Facebook social graph API, which enables users to follow updates from the friends they interact with most. Consumers can also check in to their favorite shops, restaurants and clubs with Facebook Places, which is also active on the central home screen. If that wasn’t enough, Facebook Events fully integrates with the Google Calendar on both devices. The INQ Cloud Touch is the first mobile phone to hit the market that has been designed specifically for Facebook users. More devices are expected in the coming months, including the INQ Cloud Q in June, which will also be exclusive to The Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy.
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