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Motorola Mobility Invests into Catch Media

Want to watch movies, listen to music, & download digital content all right from your Android device anywhere you go. Hopefully soon you can with Motorola. Motorola Mobility, through its strategic investment arm Motorola Mobility Ventures, today announced a strategic investment in Catch Media Inc., the award-winning provider of a patented licensed digital rights locker platform called: Play Anywhere®.

Motoblur gets an update

There's a new MotoBlur UI coming to Motorola Android Phones. Some phones, like the Atrix 4G will receive the new UI through an update, while others will have it shipped on device later this year. Many of the upgraded features include enhanced photo-sharing and media syncing and location based social interaction.

ARCHOS Introduces the 70 Internet Tablet, First Android Tablet with 250GB HD

Archos has just announced one of their new tablets, the Archos 70 Internet Tablet. The tablet is going to be media focused with its 250 GB HD and a 7 inch screen. The device features a unique over-molded PVD stainless steel structure which houses some impressive internals. These include:
  • 1 GHz processor
  • Wifi
  • 3D Graphics accelerator
  • HDMI out
  • 7-inch capacitive touch screen
  • Android 2.2
Even with its 250 GB hard drive, it's still the slimmest and lightest on the market coming in at just 14 oz and dimensions of 7.91 x 4.49 x 0.55 inches. You can order yours now at ARCHOS.com for $349.99. Update: Apparently, there was some confusion with a mixed up image and pre-release press release. The ARCHOS 70 Internet Tablet is coming and shall be available here within the next few days. You can check out the Official Press Release below: Denver, Colorado – December 29, 2010 – ARCHOS, an award winning technology innovator and leader in the portable media player, market today announced the availability of the ARCHOS 70 internet tablet, 250GB version in retail stores. The ARCHOS 70 internet tablet, 250GB version offers a unique over-molded PVD stainless steel structured slim and light design. It also features the latest technology high res capacitive touch screen, a powerful 1 GHz processor and high speed WiFi that allows PC like web-surfing. Although the tablet sports 250GB, it is still the slimmest and the lightest (7.91 x 4.49 x 0.55 inch – 14 oz) on the market and is now available for $349.99 MSRP at ARCHOS.com The ARCHOS 70 internet tablet - 250GB is a connected mobile device with a sublime user interface, 3D Graphics accelerator and Wi-Fi connectivity. With Android™ Froyo compatibility as the user interface, this tablet comes with a full pack of connected apps such as a web browser and email application, flash 10.1, HDMI output connectivity, tethering via your mobile phone and home streaming from your PC capability. “We are proud to be the first to release an android tablet that features a 250GB HDD” says Henri Crohas, CEO and Founder. “We strive to be the leader in the Android and Windows based tablet market by creating award-winning innovative options at affordable prices.” Connected Android™ tablet As a Hi-def multimedia tablet, users will experience: • A huge storage capacity to store up to 250 movies • A full multimedia experience, with 720p HD video playback • Built-in web cam for chatting with friends and family • With the HDMI output function, you can view the full Android interface on your TV in High Definition, including all the apps, not only video playback like other tablets on the market • Play 3D games from your TV and use your tablet as the steering-wheel/control • Unique Android Multimedia applications designed by ARCHOS such as: o Movie information and cover retrieval in video file info dialog o 3D animated photo frame with ability to display pictures from Facebook, Flickr and Picassa directly through WiFi o Music cover carrousel allows quick browsing of your music album covers • A lot of applications with Appslib to fit your lifestyle including games, books, music, social media, recipes, news and sports This latest tablet is from a long line of ultra affordable and ultra portable internet, multimedia, wide screen and super-fast tablets released by ARCHOS. In 2010, ARCHOS released a 10.1 ‘’ tablet with capacitive touch screen. As a connected android device it offers a very fast web browsing and HD multimedia experience from a 10.1” high resolution screen. The rest of the line up includes Android based tablets ranging in size from 2.8” to the 10.1“. For more information about the ARCHOS 70 internet tablet and other ARCHOS products visit www.ARCHOS.com

Dell Streak Price Lowered to $399, Available in January

Good news for everyone planning on purchasing the Dell Streak within the next couple months, Dell has cut the price a whole $180. Now at a $399 price tag, the device, shipping with 16GB storage and Android 1.6 (Android 2.2 available OTA upon first boot), is even a more attractive for users looking for a decent Android based tablet.

Motorola Acquires Zecter, Plans on Enhancing MOTOBLUR

Looks like Motorola is ready to give their MOTOBLUR proprietary User Interface some enhancements. It's just been announced that the company has acquired Zecter, which is known for their ZumoDrive and ZumoCast cloud-based media streaming and content-syncing technology. Motorola is hoping that the acquisition, and subsequent usage of the technology, will give MOTOBLUR a significant upgrade in its media credentials.

Advent Vega Dock In Production, Shipping Soon

The 10.1-inch Advent Vega Android 2.2 tablet is proving to be both an impressive and popular device. Its £249 ($395) price tag is making it a very decent option for anyone who loves Android and is looking for a tablet for media consumption. What better accessory for a tablet than a dock? Well, worry no more, as the dock for the Advent Vega is currently being produced.

Skyfire for Android hits over 1 Million downloads

Skyfire, the popular mobile browser has just hit one million downloads on Android devices. Along with the milestone download they have updated the app with a few bug and performance fixes to further improve the user experience.

HTC Sync 3.0 adds auto Media Sync for Wildfire; other phones soon

HTC has updated its desktop synchronization app, HTC Sync, to v3.0, adding in Media Sync functionality.  The new client apparently works with most popular media players (PC only), pulling in music, playlists and pictures automatically. Currently the new version of Sync 3.0 will only work with the HTC Wildfire, but the company promises it "will be updated to fully support other HTC phones very soon."  You can download it here.
HTC Sync 3.0 - New Feature Highlight: Media Sync. HTC is delighted to present our newest version of HTC Sync.  Now packed with new features, this version features a media sync that is compatible with popular media players available on your PC.  You can bring your favorite tunes, playlists, pictures and more to your phone with the click of a button. To enable this function, please install the newest HTC Sync for your phone.  You can download this program from the downloads section of the HTC website.  We recommend that you temporarily disable your virus scanner and firewall programs while installing.  Then using the provided USB Cable, simply plug your phone into your computer.  On your phone you may have to select the option for HTC Sync. Once connected, HTC Sync should start automatically.  If you have disabled this or it does not pop up, simply go to the start menu and start it manually. Once the application has opened, you will see a picture of your device on the left, and on the right of that image, a list of options for you to sync to your phone.  Select Music. Once you have highlighted Music, you can choose to sync a specific folder of music you already have organized, or  you can select to sync playlists from popular media players. Currently HTC Sync has only been released for HTC Wildfire, however HTC Sync will be updated to fully support other HTC phones very soon. Note: This version of HTC Sync is only compatible with Android 2.1 and later.
[via Twitter]

Sony Android-Based Walkman Pictures

We finally can get a good look at the latest Android offering from Sony. This time around, they are introducing a new Walkman, these new pictures are going to be used in an upcoming promotion for the device. In the past we’ve only seen renders and a quick blurry shot. It’s a nice looking compact media player, this should be a good one.
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