CES 2011

T-Mobile G-Slate by LG gets brief tease & plenty of Honeycomb videos

T-Mobile has briefly teased its G-Slate by LG at the company's CES 2011 keynote, as well as publishing a bevy of Android Honeycomb videos showing the slate in action. Announced yesterday, the G-Slate runs Android 3.0 Honeycomb and will use T-Mobile USA's HSPA+ 4G network. Full specifications are still unknown, but at least we've got some Honeycomb demos to entertain us, which you can see below. Don't forget to check out our other Honeycomb video demo, with a guided tour by Google. Overview [youtube 7fiZt6Hws0s] Books [youtube 66u7lzve1e8] Browser [youtube YU1Y62IP-b4] First-Look [youtube NHZWAE1kKzY] Overview [youtube C5LNJ9rjTlY] Gmail [youtube -i_IkO_L0zc] YouTube [youtube aLR71ONOIRc] Maps [youtube qk3wGXmtQBU]

Acer liquidmini hits UK from April 11 2011

Acer has announced the liquidmini, its latest Android smartphone. Running Android 2.2 on a 3.2-inch HVGA touchscreen, the liquidmini has a 5-megapixel camera capable of 480p video recording, WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and an FM radio. Power is from a 600MHz Qualcomm 7227 processor paired with 512MB of ROM and RAM. Storage is courtesy of a bundled 2GB microSD card, though the liquidmini will accept up to 32GB. It has dualband (900/2100) 3G and quadband GSM/EDGE. It'll go on sale in the UK on April 11, price tba [gallery] Press Release:
Acer liquidmini mini size, maxi posibilities CES Las Vegas, January 6th 2011 - For those loving subtle curves, chrome details and soft touch casing, Acer liquidmini packs maximum smartphone possibilities into minimum size. Small, compact and extremely stylish, liquidmini is available in a wide range of colors – jet silver, royal blue, piano black, lime green and light pink - to let users choose the one that fits their personality best. The subtle curves of liquidmini meet the beautiful chrome edges, wrapped in a soft touch casing shaped to fit your hand perfectly. You will be amazed to discover so many features into this charming Android smartphone. The liquidmini sports a high quality multi-touch display that allows you to truly experience rich content on your smartphone. Flick through your photo gallery, pinch and zoom in on that smile or swipe around web pages, the liquidmini is simply a pleasure to use. Touch it, swipe it, love it. The Acer liquidmini boasts Android Froyo operating system to work in harmony with its sleek hardware. The clever and classy Acer UI sits on top of it all to give you speed and productivity to get things done quickly and in style. Allowing smart access to wireless options, music player and sound profiles, Acer has eliminated need to dive into a number of menus letting you to use your smartphone in the simplest way. Your liquidmini comes with the full-featured Google suite of applications including Gmail, Google Maps, Google Navigation and Google Talk. Search on the market for more innovative apps from Google and other developers: there are over 100.000 apps and games in the Android Market! Listen to your whole music library thanks to the expandable memory card slot; tune into your favorite radio station and even enjoy quality videos effortlessly on your liquidmini. Fancy something extraordinary? You have YouTube in the palm of your hand displayed beautifully on the 3.2” screen: search, discover, smile J! Snap a memory with 5 megapixels of clarity and treasure it for years to come. One-click sharing allows you to upload your pictures and movies to Facebook, YouTube and Flickr with ease. Catch up with what’s going on in your world with just one glance at Acer’s SocialJogger app, seamlessly integrating your Facebook and Twitter accounts into one handy feed ready to read, like and comment. SocialJogger allows to create groups & filters, so feeds from the friends & family who are most important to you stand out. Keep up to date with your work life on your liquidmini thanks to DocumentsToGo® and RoadSync®. View and edit popular office files (Word, Excel, Powerpoint and PDF) and send them through your work email with support for Microsoft Exchange. Everything you need to connect is all ready on the liquidmini out of the box. And with the high-speed data connection and fast browser, you can surf the web and find what you need in no time. The liquidmini is DLNA certified, which means you can enjoy content from your computer on your phone. You can even play the part of DJ / cinema-buff by streaming music and video to a DLNA television and browse & play back the multi-media content stored on your liquidmini to your TV or PC, through the integrated Acer clear.fi media sharing system. No wires, no hassle, just play. Mini in size, maxi in possibilities liquidmini can do everything in a tinier and cool design and will be available in the UK from April 11, pricing TBA.

Dell Venue gets official: 1GHz & curved Gorilla Glass

The Dell Streak 7 isn't the only new mobile device from the company; the Dell Venue has also been made official in the US. Spotted in Korea last month, the Venue runs Android 2.2 on a 4.1-inch AMOLED display covered in curved Gorilla Glass, and has an 8-megapixel camera. There's also ActiveSync, Swype and QuickOffice, together with Dell's own Stage software, all running on an unnamed 1GHz processor. Pricing and availability will apparently be announced in the coming weeks. [gallery] Press Release:
Venue: Your Personal Express Lane to, Well, Everything The Venue with Android 2.2 is the perfect one-touch, unlocked GSM smartphone providing instant access to everything you love. With its pre-loaded Stage software and 8-megapixel camera, on-the-go students, mobile professionals and active social networkers can quickly capture and share life’s moments with just about anyone. Elegantly designed, the Venue offers a vibrant, high-contrast 4.1-inch AM-OLED display with curved Corning Gorilla Glass that’s perfect for watching videos to performing business applications. The Venue’s elliptical, slender form factor feels great in your hand and also slips easily into your pocket. Pre-loaded applications and the Dell Stage user interface make Venue perfect for entertainment. Download the latest tunes and books, or stream radio stations from all over the world with RadioTime. Stage displays your music, your photos, and more, while the 1 GHz processor makes it fly. As with the Dell Streak 7, Venue offers access to thousands of Android Market widgets, games and applications. In addition to a full array of entertainment features the Venue also comes fully equipped with today’s necessary business features including support for ActiveSync and QuickOffice. The combination of high speed access and Swype for fast text input makes viewing e-mail, editing documents, and surfing the web fast and easy. The Streak 7 and the Venue smartphone are the latest in a series of distinctive Dell mobility solutions, including the Streak 5 ultimate pocket tablet, the Inspiron duo convertible tablet and the Venue Pro smartphone with its unique sliding vertical QWERTY keypad.

T-Mobile Dell Streak 7 official: HSPA+ and Tegra 2 [Video]

Dell has officially announced the Dell Streak 7, its 7-inch Android 2.2 tablet, set to hit T-Mobile in the coming weeks. The Streak 7 runs NVIDIA's 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor with WiFi and HSPA+ 4G support, along with Bluetooth 2.1 and a front facing 1.3-megapixel webcam. The front is covered in toughened Gorilla Glass. Internal storage is 16GB and there's an SD card slot suitable for up to 32GB cards. The Dell Streak 7 measures 7.87” x 4.72” x 0.49”. No word on pricing at this stage. [youtube 6Lh7SUfNg3M] [gallery] Press Release:
T-Mobile Doubles the Speed of America’s Largest 4G Network and Introduces Its First 4G Tablet: the Dell Streak 7 LAS VEGAS, Nev. and BELLEVUE, Wash. — Jan. 6, 2011 — Today at the 2011 International CES, T-Mobile USA CEO and President Philipp Humm highlighted the company’s network leadership, supported by Nielsen data confirming that T-Mobile delivered the fastest wireless data performance in the top 100 U.S. markets during the second half of 2010.1 In addition, Humm announced the nationwide availability of T-Mobile’s 4G network, now reaching approximately 200 million people in 100 major metropolitan areas. “In 2010, we delivered on our ambitious goal to become America’s largest 4G network, and this year our customers will be able to experience speeds equivalent to home broadband while on the go,” said Humm. “We’ll continue to focus on fueling the adoption of mobile data, by offering innovative and affordable smartphones and tablets, as well as aggressive data plan pricing and rich and compelling data services.” T-Mobile also unveiled plans to double the speed of its 4G network this year, which will be capable of delivering peak download speeds of up to 42 Mbps. Moreover, the company announced that in 2011 it will launch at least 25 new 4G devices, starting with its first 4G tablet — the Dell™ Streak 7, expected to be available at T-Mobile stores across the country in the coming weeks. The company vowed to aggressively expand and evolve its 4G smartphone portfolio, launching additional devices capable of delivering peak download speeds of up to 21 Mbps in the first half of 2011, and smartphones capable of delivering peak download speeds of up to 42 Mbps in the second half of the year. The cutting-edge download speed was demonstrated today by company representatives using a T-Mobile laptop stick developed by ZTE, capable of delivering peak download speeds of up to 42 Mbps and slated to launch in the first half of 2011. By doubling the speed of its 4G network, T-Mobile will offer its customers an unprecedented wireless experience, fueled by improved performance in the use of rich media applications, including creating and sharing mobile content, streaming video, and participating in multi-player gaming and videoconferencing. The company expects 140 million Americans in 25 metro areas to have access to these increased 4G speeds by mid-2011. T-Mobile’s enhanced speed capabilities will also benefit its customers using existing 3G devices for data services, as the backward-compatible network enables 3G devices to achieve their maximum speed performance. “We are pleased to support T-Mobile as it continues to deploy and develop its 4G network, which today is delivering next-generation speeds and performance to hundreds of millions of customers,” said Angel Ruiz, president and CEO, Ericsson North America. “We are confident that HSPA+ will continue to offer a viable and cost-effective alternative to LTE and WiMAX, providing a comparable 4G experience to customers for the foreseeable future. And, with a strong and growing ecosystem of network equipment and handsets, we anticipate that HSPA+ can develop into one of the most advanced technology platforms in the industry.” “Consumers are increasingly embracing the benefits of smartphones, with 80 percent of U.S. mobile customers wanting a smartphone, and as many as 100 million of them not yet having one,” said Cole Brodman, chief marketing officer, T-Mobile USA. “Our compelling offering of affordable broadband devices and consumer-friendly data plan pricing will enable customers to step up to mobile data and 4G, and our customers will not pay a toll to ride on our 4G superhighway.” About the Dell™ Streak 7 T-Mobile’s first 4G tablet, the Dell Streak 7, is capable of peak speeds up to 21 Mbps to provide a super-fast 4G mobile broadband experience for watching movies and entertainment through preloaded content and thousands of widgets, games and applications available on Android Market™. Running the Android 2.2 operating system, the Dell Streak 7 features a brilliant 7-inch WVGA touch screen with Gorilla® Glass, dual core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor and full Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1 support. About T-Mobile USA, Inc. Based in Bellevue, Wash., T-Mobile USA, Inc. is the U.S. wireless operation of Deutsche Telekom AG. By the end of the third quarter of 2010, approximately 130 million mobile customers were served by the mobile communication segments of the Deutsche Telekom group — 33.8 million by T-Mobile USA — all via a common technology platform based on GSM and UMTS, the world’s most widely-used digital wireless standards. Today, T-Mobile operates America's largest 4G network, and is delivering a compelling 4G experience across a broad lineup of leading devices in more places than competing 4G services. T-Mobile USA’s innovative wireless products and services help empower people to connect to those who matter most. Multiple independent research studies continue to rank T-Mobile USA among the highest in numerous regions throughout the U.S. in wireless customer care and call quality. For more information, please visit http://www.T-Mobile.com. T-Mobile is a federally registered trademark of Deutsche Telekom AG. For further information on Deutsche Telekom, please visit www.telekom.de/investor-relations. For more information about T-Mobile’s 4G products, please visit http://www.t-mobile.com. 1 Source: The Nielsen Company estimation based on an independent benchmark. Nielsen’s benchmark tests included the following networks: AT&T-HSPA, Verizon-EVDO-RevA, Sprint-EVDO-RevA, and T-Mobile-HSPA+. The tests were conducted between May 28, 2010, and Nov. 30, 2010. Results do not reflect all commercially available services in the market, including AT&T’s HSPA+, Clearwire’s WIMAX and Verizon’s LTE networks. Copyright (2010) The Nielsen Company. Home broadband speeds vary widely, and speed boosts for 3G devices vary based on device capability. T-Mobile’s HSPA+ 4G network not available everywhere. For more information about T-Mobile’s 4G services, mobile broadband products, device features, or the offers and services mentioned, see http://www.t-mobile.com/coverage.
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Today at 2011 International CES, Dell and T-Mobile USA, Inc. unveiled Dell’s new 7-inch Android™ tablet, the Streak™ 7, both companies’ first 4G* capable tablet specifically designed for the super-fast mobile broadband speeds of T-Mobile’s 4G network. The sleek compact form of the Streak 7 combined with T-Mobile’s super-fast 4G mobile broadband network make it the ultimate entertainment hub for families and consumers craving a rich multimedia and web experience both at home and on-the-go. Portable, passable and easily shared, the Streak 7’s brilliant seven-inch WVGA touch screen with Gorilla® Glass is ideal for Web browsing, streaming video, watching TV and movies, reading books and magazines or playing games virtually anytime, anywhere. The Streak 7 features Google’s™ Android 2.2 operating system, a dual core 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor and full support for Adobe® Flash® Player. Preloaded with a variety of compelling content and applications from T-Mobile, the Android-powered tablet also has access to more than 100,000 applications, games and widgets from Android Market™. In addition to a rich entertainment experience, the Streak 7 easily captures and shares life moments with the rear-facing 5 megapixel camera for high-definition stills and video recording. The front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera with the preloaded Qik™ Video Chat application provide video-calling over T-Mobile’s network as well as Wi-Fi to enable spontaneous connections with family and friends. “Dell is continuing to create the very best in entertainment, mobile and gaming experiences,” said Steve Felice, president of Dell’s Consumer, Small and Medium Business unit. “With Streak 7 on the blazingly fast T-Mobile network, families, students and mobile professionals will gather, share, and find new ways to interact and keep in touch.” “We’re proud to bring consumers our first 4G tablet, a milestone for T-Mobile, Dell and the industry,” said Cole Brodman, CMO, T-Mobile USA. “As tablets change the way we consume content, T-Mobile’s combination of 4G speeds, breadth of our 4G network, our affordable data plans and compelling new products like the Streak 7 place us in a position to offer the best experience and value for our customers.” The new Streak 7 will feature Dell’s innovative Stage user interface, which provides a seamless and unified experience for accessing all your favorite content. Later this year, Dell will add syncing to Stage so people can keep their photos, contacts, calendars and other personal content synchronized across their Dell Stage-equipped devices, from tablets to PCs, connected through their home network. T-MOBILE ENTERTAINMENT AND CONTENT: The Dell Streak 7 also comes preloaded with unique content and applications to entertain the whole family, including: T-Mobile TV: live and on-demand TV including live news, sports and full-length entertainment, plus on-demand full episodes of your favorite shows. BrainPOP: animated educational content embraced by students and trusted by teachers and parents around the globe. BrainPOP brings learning to your fingertips. Zinio: the largest online newsstand, enabling customers to shop for, search inside, read, share and save digital content in new ways with more than 75,000 digital magazines from 26 countries. Qik Video Chat: connect with friends and family through T-Mobile’s network and Wi-Fi, unlike some other video-calling solutions that only work through Wi-Fi. With the Streak 7’s front-facing camera paired with Video Chat through Qik, customers can hold video conversations with those who have a Streak 7, or other compatible mobile device, and even broadcast their view through the rear-facing camera. Additional entertainment applications including Blockbuster, Kindle for Android, Let’s Golf demo, Slacker Radio and Zoodles. AVAILABILITY INFORMATION: The new Dell Streak 7 Tablet is expected to be available in the U.S. in the coming weeks at T-Mobile retail stores, www.t-mobile.com, and direct from Dell. FEATURES & SPECIFICATIONS: Brilliant seven-inch WVGA (TFT) touch screen display with Gorilla Glass Android 2.2 (Froyo) with Android Market Qik video chat with built-in front-facing 1.3-megapixel webcam Stage User Interface – easy access to the stuff you care about Built-in support for T-Mobile’s 4G mobile broadband network and Wi-Fi Dual core 1Ghz NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor SMS/MMS, SWYPE® virtual keyboard and stereo Bluetooth 2.1 capable Support for Adobe® Flash® Player Support for Microsoft® Exchange e-mail, contacts and calendar 16 GB of internal memory and SD Card slot with support for expandable memory up to 32 GB Dimensions: 7.87” x 4.72” x 0.49” Streak 7 adds to Dell’s rapidly expanding mobility portfolio and represents the first 4G tablet for T-Mobile’s robust mobile broadband product lineup.

Google demos Android Honeycomb on Motorola Xoom at CES 2011 keynote [Video]

Google has given a surprise demonstration of Android Honeycomb on Motorola's Xoom LTE tablet at the CES 2011 opening keynote. As rumored, there are no physical controls around the Xoom's bezel; instead, everything is handled by on-screen buttons in Honeycomb. That should avoid user confusion when moving from device to device, something we've seen happen on several occasions when Android smartphone manufacturers shuffle around the controls order. There's a new widgets gallery, with more detailed previews before you place them, and an impressively-fluid YouTube app for streaming video. More details over at SlashGear, and in the video below. Android 3.0 Honeycomb demo: [youtube vgmN8uKUgIg] [gallery]

Velocity Micro debuts three new Android-powered Cruz tablets

Velocity Micro has had some of its cool Android-powered Cruz tablets up for pre-order for a while now. The company is showing off its Cruz line at CES 2011 this week with the addition of three new Cruz tablets to the lineup. The first of the new offerings is the L510 with a 10.1-inch 1366 x 768 capacitive touchscreen and a thin design. The machine has NVIDIA Tegra 250 chipset, dual-core CPU at 1GHz, front and rear cameras, 3G options, Bluetooth, GPS, HDMI output and runs Android 2.2/2.3 for the OS.

Honeycomb Hardware Requirements False

Well it turns out that Honeycomb may not require a dual-core processor after all. Dan Morrill, a developer on the Android team, says that Android 3.0 Honeycomb does not have any hardware requirements and that the rumors were completely false.
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