Bluetooth

Samsung S5830 Android 2.2 (Froyo) Candybar Phone Leaks

Hey that looks kind of like... wait for it... an iPhone? Yeah sorta kinda. This is the soon-to-be-released Samsung S5830 soon to be named something much snazzier, these images leaked by a blog by the name of SamFirmWare. They've got a source whose brought not only these lovely images, but some specs for the phone as well. Hopefully the next time we see this crunchy treat is in our hands at Mobile World Congress (which of course takes place in Barcelona next month.)

Hack Brings Bluetooth to NOOKcolor

The NOOKcolor is sure a focus of the hacking community, and the most recent hack is unlocking the eReader's Bluetooth capabilities. The NOOKcolor's Bluetooth chip is deactivated out of the box, but now thanks to XDA member Occip the chip can now be activated allowing the eReader to connect to other devices.

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.