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Motorola Cliq 2 for T-Mobile Images Leak

With HTC's Android-based hands finding their way onto the Internet before any official announcements, it's time for Motorola's turn. This time around, it's the formerly known Begonia device. Better known now, though, as the Motorola Cliq 2. As anyone should expect, this device is making its way to T-Mobile in the United States some time in 2011, and it's bringing along for the ride a full physical keyboard, and full MOTOBLUR integration.

Sony Ericsson LiveView firmware update due Jan 2011

Sony Ericsson's LiveView failed to set our enthusiasm alight when we reviewed it over at SlashGear, with the Bluetooth-connected mini display falling short of our expectations in terms of functionality and proving temperamental in its wireless stability. The company now says that a firmware update is on course for release in January 2011 which should address some of these problems. Among the priority fixes are more stable Bluetooth connections - particularly when using the LiveView with non-Sony Ericsson devices. The company is also keen to point out that, despite some reports, the LiveView firmware is indeed upgradable, which does leave us a little more enthusiastic about the sub-display's potential.
"As I’ve read some reviews of LiveView™ I’ve noticed that some users are reporting issues with e.g. the connection between the device and the phone. Especially when using phones from our competitors. This is very unfortunate and has been escalated to our developers. They have been working hard on identifying the issues and have solutions coming. In some reviews I have also read comments about the LiveView™ device not being upgradable. I just want to confirm that that is not the case. There will be a software update coming for the device itself. The work is ongoing and the plan is to make this updated software available as an update through SE Update Service in January. Some minor things are also possible to solve within the LiveView™ Application in the phone and updates of that app will be issued on Android Market as for any app." Sony Ericsson
[via Clove]

Fossil offers up connected watch concept that will hook to your Android phone

Back when I used to wear a watch, my favorite brand was Fossil. The watches tended to look cool and they were affordable whereas watches for some of the other major brands were often hundreds of dollars. Fossil has a new concept watch that can connect to your Android device via Bluetooth and show you all sorts of data so you can leave the phone in your pocket.

HTC PB92300 hits FCC with dual cameras [Update: new HTC Aria?]

A new HTC smartphone has been spotted passing through the FCC, though right now very little is known about the handset. The HTC PB92300 is, we're guessing, an Android device, since it has both front and rear cameras; that's not something Windows Phone 7 is set up to deal with right now. Otherwise, the only other confirmed hardware is Bluetooth, WiFi and GSM/EDGE support for the 850 and 1900 bands. HTC has applied for confidentiality until May 15 2011, so we might not see this particular handset - whatever it turns out to be - until Q2 next year. Update: We couldn't get that bright yellow color out of our heads, and so dug around for some shots of the HTC Aria (PB92110) with its battery out. Mojeng provided, and it looks as though this new FCC sticker has the same distinctive cut-outs as the Aria's (shown below). We already know HTC is bringing out a European-spec version, the HTC Gratia, but it's unclear if this is the new phone's label or otherwise. [via Wireless Goodness]

LiveView Android display hits UK November 19 for £50

Sony Ericsson's LiveView companion display for Android smartphones has got itself a release date, courtesy of UK retailer Play.  According to the site, the LiveView will be released on November 19 priced at £49.99 ($80). The LiveView is a 1.3-inch color OLED display that hooks up via Bluetooth to your Android smartphone, and thanks to a companion app that runs on the handset can send message and call updates, alarms and other information to the battery-powered screen.  More information here. [youtube KN2qoA0FfHQ] [via SlashGear]

Sound ID unveils EarPrint App for Android

When it comes to Bluetooth headsets there are no shortage of them on the market for users to choose from. If you are the sort of users that likes to have full control over the Bluetooth experience on your Android device, Sound ID may move to the top of your list of choices with a new app it has unveiled.

Android Oscilloscope Blends Music and Entertainment

This amazing device is an Android Bluetooth Oscillioscope. It's base module driven by a dsPIC (Digital Signal Controller) for signal processing. After the signal is processed, an LMX9838 Bluetooth module broadcasts the data to the phone so a waveform is displayed. According to reports, when you port Python code used over a set of Java and XML files you can get the device to run on Android.

iControlPad Will Work With Android Devices Via BlueTooth

It has now been confirmed that the physical button, mobile gaming keypad - the iControlPad - will support Android devices equipped with Bluetooth. It used to be expected that the device will ship with a dock connector to connect to iPhones and iPod Touches, but ever since Apple’s showdown with Hypermac, they have decided to go with Bluetooth to avoid licensing issues.

Acer Stream August 9th launch confirmed

We'd already spotted the Acer Stream product page over at Expansys, with the new Android smartphone showing up there with an "early August" release estimate, but now the whole thing has been made official.  According to the press release, the Stream will arrive on August 9th 2010, priced at £399 including VAT ($615), though the product page is currently showing August 7th as the due date. Your money gets you a 3.7-inch WVGA AMOLED touchscreen, HSDPA, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, Bluetooth 3.0 and WiFi b/g/n, all in a chassis that's 11.2mm thick.  OS is Android 2.1 with some Acer tweaks, and there's an HDMI output for sideloaded content or 720p HD video you've shot with the 5-megapixel camera.  Anybody tempted? Press Release: Acer Stream: THE PERFECT ENTERTAINMENT SMARTPHONE London, 26th July 2010: Acer Stream is a high-end multimedia smartphone, optimized for watching movies, listening to music and enjoying web browsing - perfect for most demanding users who want the best in entertainment. Elegant and minimalist in design, Acer Stream is made from highly resistant materials and offers truly outstanding technical features, all in just 11.2 mm, ensuring users a unique, unrepeatable experience, due to the following: Superb display quality: the touch screen with AMOLED technology boasts 1.67 million exceptionally bright colors, through a generous 3.7” WVGA display. Furthermore, its incredible contrast (superior 2000:1) makes for clear images and perfect legibility in any environment and light condition. Moreover, this type of display consumes less energy to help increase battery life. Ultrafast connectivity 3G+ for streaming: HSDPA 7.2 Mbps in download, Bluetooth and WiFi n, enabling faster transmission of multimedia contents than ever! Power and performance: the Qualcomm Snapdragon 1GHz processor, with its 512 MB RAM, makes Acer Stream one of the fastest and most reactive phones on the market. The operating system behind Stream is Android version 2.1, better known as Éclair. Unique and high-quality multimedia features, enabling the recording of HD videos up to 720p. Listening to your favorite music or the radio with RDS has never been so pleasant; enjoy the Dolby Mobile quality, with powerful bass and crystal-clear clarity for an unparalleled purity of sound. UPnP technology enables sharing contents with other devices. Furthermore, a 5MP photocamera and integrated GPS system allow photos and videos to be geotagged. Last but not least, you can connect the Acer Stream to your home TV with HDMI port and watch a movie on a larger screen. Extensive memory! 2GB of internal Flash memory are ideal for downloading a lot of applications and 3D games, while an 8GB memory card as free bundle and a micro-SD card slot support up to 32GB enable users to avail of their favorite multimedia contents at all times. A completely brand new user interface focalized on what is essential to users and able to guarantee a simple and quick access to all the applications. The new Acer user interface will wrap the user up giving pure pleasure in using the phone and enjoying the discovery of all the stunning things he can do with his Acer Stream! Main benefits: _Read information straight from the lock screen’s widget; _Quickly start favorite applications in one touch; _Easily switch applications with the History panel; _Customize the phone according to specific needs; _Enjoy smooth animations and fine graphics. Coupled with a three types of predictive keyboards, a smart dialer and a redesigned contacts list, the Acer user interface makes the use of smartphone an efficient and delightful experience. Social and entertaining: All the most popular applications are pre-installed: Acer Spinlets free streaming service to browse and listen to songs from major music labels and instantly post what you find to your favorite Social Networking sites, nemo Player to enjoy multimedia content to the fullest, Acer urFooz to create your virtual “look-a-like”, add your profile and bookmarks and post it to your social networks, Facebook™ and Twidroid perfectly integrated in the phone address. Acer Stream, a concentration of fun and entertainment! Open your eyes and start enjoying yourself with the best entertainment smartphone on the market. The Acer Stream will be available as of the 9th August exclusively from online retailer eXpansys for an RRP of £399 Inc Vat.