mwc 2010

BBC iPlayer coming to Android and iOS

As reported early today on SlashGear, it appears that America's appetite for the "Beeb" is not waning anytime soon as BBC has announced their iPlayer app will be coming soon to not only the iPad, but Android tablets tablets as well.  Last year, BBC launched their BBC News app to great success, and now, the Royal network plans to premiere their iPlayer as the next in a steady line of apps for British Television.

Acer beTouch E110 & E400 hands-on [Video]

Acer's new flagship Android smartphone may be the Snapdragon-powered Liquid e, but the company has two other new devices hoping for some time in the limelight too.  The Acer beTouch E110 and beTouch E400 offer Android 1.5 and Android 2.1 respectively, and we stopped by the company's booth at MWC 2010 this week to grab a quick play. It has to be said, neither device is especially inspiring.  Acer have modified the beTouch E110's UI with an alternative app draw and some new iconography, but when you consider that other devices in their range are several OS-versions further down the line it's something of a compromise.  Still, the phone feels compact and reasonably sturdy, and reminded us of a chubbier HTC Tattoo. The Acer beTouch E400, meanwhile, has a design we actually prefer to the bulky Liquid e, though there's a broad expanse of somewhat wasted space underneath the touchscreen with only a distinctive illuminated Home button to brighten things up.  Still, it proved responsive and the touchscreen worked well, and it's a relatively thin device. Solid, safe choices then, but neither Acer prompted the same sort of excitement as, say, the HTC Legend.  If the company prices them right then they could stand a chance, of course; those sort of details will have to wait until the official launch, expected to be March 2010 for the E110 and April 2010 for the E400. [youtube][/youtube] [gallery]

MWC 2010: Ericsson has the eStore

This is a very interesting move by Ericsson. They just announced a partnership with Opera to bring the eStore, this is a new way to buy apps other than the traditional Android Market or that other phones AppStore. This store will aim to take the way we buy apps to a different plateau.

Hands-on with HTC’s Legend Android phone

We grabbed a chance to sit down with HTC's new Legend right after the press conference today, and the milled-aluminum Android 2.1 smartphone doesn't disappoint. In terms of size it's noticeably thinner than the Hero, and the MacBook-smooth casing feels fantastic in the hand. The only plastic to be found is around the 5-megapixel camera and the battery compartment cover, and the latter does double-duty as the antenna. Like we found on the Nexus One, Android looks fantastic on an AMOLED panel, even when it's a smaller 3.2-inch HVGA display. The capacitive touchscreen is responsive and slick, and HTC's Sense widgets have also received a speed boost. The lag many users complained about experiencing on the Hero wasn't evident on the demo Legend handset (which was connected via 3G rather than WiFi) and the pinch-zoom "helicopter view" snapped in and out without delay. Similarly the Android 2.1 menus were responsive, to the point where we wondered if HTC had underplayed the 600MHz MSM7227 processor. We'll have to wait until our demo handset drops to see if that's the case with a well-used device, but so far we're impressed by the optimizations. Until then, check out the hands-on gallery and video demo below! HTC Legend hands-on video demo: [youtube][/youtube] [gallery]

Android 2.1 HTC Hero update coming by March 2010

HTC have confirmed to us that the much-anticipated Android 2.1 update for the HTC Hero is expected to arrive in Europe and Asia sometime in late February or March 2010.  The update will bring with it much of the new HTC Sense functionality added to the HTC Legend and HTC Desire as well. The actual feature set will vary depending on carrier and sales region.  One of the noticeable features of the new Sense is Friend Stream, which pulls out Facebook, Twitter and Flickr updates from all contacts into a single list; unfortunately it will also be one of the features availability of which will vary. Unfortunately HTC also told us that the Magic won't be getting an Android 2.1 update. Update: HTC told us that some variants of HTC Magic will be getting 2.1 update. Rogers HTC Magic users should rejoice to know that 2.1 is coming their way.

HTC Desire puts Sense UI into the Nexus One

The smartphone we knew unofficially as the Bravo has been made official, and the HTC Desire is enough to put any Nexus One envy out of your mind.  The Desire has the same 3.7-inch AMOLED multitouch display as the Nexus One, but throws in HTC's coveted Sense user interface complete with Exposé-style "helicopter view" for homescreen thumbnails. There's also European UMTS/HSPA 900/2100, an optical joystick, 5-megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash, WiFi, Bluetooth and a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU.  In fact the only real feature that the Desire lacks and the Nexus One has, is active noise cancellation; that's apparently a cost-saving measure, to keep the Desire relatively affordable.  Unfortunately HTC have told us in a pre-brief that there are currently no plans to make a US-version, so Nexus One owners will have to wait for the inevitable hacked ROM. More details over at SlashGear, and we’ll have hands-on video and photos with the new smartphones after the press conference ends.

XPERIA X10 mini and X10 mini pro are Sony Ericsson’s newest Androids

Sony Ericsson's XPERIA X10 isn't even in stores yet, and the company have already given it a couple of siblings.  The XPERIA X10 mini - which we saw recently under its Robyn codename - and the X10 mini pro, which has a slide-out QWERY keyboard, both run Android 1.6 with Sony Ericsson's Mediascape and Timescape apps. Unlike the X10's expansive 3.7-inch display and 8.1-megapixel camera, the X10 mini and X10 mini pro have smaller, 2.55-inch QVGA panels and 5-megapixel cameras.  Still, you do get an LED flash, autofocus and geotagging, along with Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync support along with A-GPS, Bluetooth, WiFi and a 3.5mm headphone socket. No pricing details for the Q2 2010 launch, but the XPERIA X10 mini will arrive in pearl white, black, pink, lime, red and silver, and the XPERIA X10 mini pro in just black or red.  Both 900/2100 HSPA and 850/1900/2100 HSPA variants will be available, for North America and global use. [youtube][/youtube] [youtube][/youtube] [youtube][/youtube] [gallery]

Inbrics M1 Android-powered MID announcing at MWC10

It’s really no big secret that Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2010 is going to be ruled by Androids. Inbrics will introduce its M1, a “smartphone-like device” powered by Android. There’s no mentioning of the version of Android but what we do know: M1 feature a 3.7-inch AMOLED touch screen, 3MP shooter and a front-facing VGA camera, 16GB internal memory, physical QWERTY keyboard, and a microSD card slot. Make sure to keep an eye on Android Community’s MWC10 coverage during the week of Feb 14 thru Feb 18 for hands-on Android goodies!