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Panasonic teams with Norwegian Airlines to bring first in-flight Android entertainment system

Long flights are tedious, to understate it, and in-flight entertainment options have traditionally been lacking. While fliers can take a device with them, the device is separate from the flying experience, something that has fueled the newly announced partnership between Panasonic Aviation and Norwegian Airlines to launch the first-ever in-flight Android entertainment system.

Motorola to launch hero Moto X contextually-aware smartphone this summer

At today's D11 conference, Motorola's Dennis Woodside talked about the company's ambitious plans to reinvent itself via the launch of a handful of smartphones, starting with a "hero" device called the Moto X. Such a device will be contextually-aware of its surroundings via low-powered sensors, enabling it to respond in ways that Woodside says isn't available on current smartphone offerings.

Swype now available from the Google Play Store

It has been a long time coming, but Nuance has finally released Swype on Google Play, doing so with a special low price and a free trial option. This is in addition to the app being updated with a couple new keyboards and a few new features and improvements. For a limited time, users can grab Swype for $0.99, with the price later on increasing to a yet-unspecified rate.

Samsung GALAXY S 4: 5-inch 1080p HD display, 8-core CPU, 13MP dual-shot Camera

It's finally here! The Samsung GALAXY S 4 has arrived to smash the rumors and is poised to take on the competition, from whoever it may be. Live in New York City at Music City Hall Samsung has just unveiled their "Life Companion" to the world - and it's a stunner. Samsung's wrapped top-tier hardware into a familiar chassis, and gave it a boost across the board. From a stellar 8-core processor, a larger full 1080p HD display, and what surely will be an impressive 13 megapixel camera. Coming to a carrier near you in Q2.

HTC Desire U 4-inch smartphone announced in Taiwan for $275

HTC has announced the Desire U Android smartphone in Taiwan, and while the specs aren't the best out there, the price is certainly right at $275 USD. With a 4-inch display, Beats Audio, and micro-drilled rear cover art, the device certainly seems promising. Check out its specs and images after the jump to decide for yourself. Inside, users will find a decent 1GHz processor, although its product page doesn't specify more than that. There's a low 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage space, as well as a microSD expansion slot in case the internal storage isn't enough for your needs. Likewise, there is a microUSB 2.0 connectivity port. Connectivity includes Bluetooth 4.0 (aptX enabled), as well as your standard 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi. There's a 5-megapixel camera around back with an LED flash and autofocus. Maximum image resolution is the same as the display - WVGA (800 x 480). The battery is only 1,650mAh, meaning users will probably be charging it more often than they like. The Desire U runs Android with HTC Sense, although the version wasn't specified. There's GSM/GPRS/EDGE 900/1800/1900 MHz and HSPA/WCDMA 900/2100 MHz. While none of the specs are mind-blowing, this appears to be a solid mid-range handset for those wanting a combination of powerful enough hardware and a budget-friendly price. [gallery] [via HTC]
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