MWC 2011

Swype’s new Global Shortcuts bypass Google’s search box [Video]

Google may be all about search, but it looks like Swype is hoping to usurp their search box as the easiest way to find things on Android devices. The company showed Android Community an upcoming version of the app which adds text-based global shortcut support: type your search term into any text box, double tap it and then use Swype commands to trigger new Twitter and Facebook messages, Google Maps searches, and more. So, if you're texting someone to invite them for a drink and you want to find the nearest coffee shop, you could Swype in "coffee shop" into the body of your SMS, highlight it, and then gesture from the Swype key up to G then M. Swype will automatically load Google Maps and search for that term. When the new version ships, Swype will preload a selection of shortcuts, but also allow users to define their own. Meanwhile, the app also gets multi-tap text entry support, useful for those who ever have been frustrated by trying to Swype in non-dictionary words. The app switched seamlessly between the two modes with no settings changed. More in the video below. [vms b30aa72ca258a3483cc7]

Another Dual Screen Android phone pops up … sort of

Murmurs were abound this week as Kyocera announced a dual-touchscreen phone that looked like a Nintendo DSi that makes phone calls. Now there may be another as Fujitsu looked poised to jump into the dual-touchscreen pool. Only, instead of a landscape style screen, they're doing for a portait vibe ... with "options." And it's very interesting.

NVIDIA Reveals Project “Kal-El” Quad Core Super Chip – A Future of Astronomical Speed

Let me preface this by noting that we've got a roadmap of NVIDIA's future plans for speed and chipsets. Each one of these potential markers along the line from 2010 all the way down to 2014 is code-named after a superhero. Take care to remember that these are code-names and are NOT final names for the chips, nor are they in any way affiliated with Marvel or DC comics. That said, let it be known that NVIDIA revealed to our good friend Ben Bajarin some tasty tips such as the speeds NVIDIA hopes to deliver with future versions of their chipsets, starting at TEGRA 2 and working its way up to STARK. The first brand new chipset, Kal-El, is said to be delivering performance at 5X what it TEGRA 2 does today.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Hands-on [Video]

Looking at the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, it's easy to notice more than just the larger screen. This follow-up to the original Galaxy Tab concept is more powerful thanks to the NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor working in concert with Android 3.0 to do all the heavy lifting. And although it is designed to go head to head with the iPad, it's actually lighter than it's Cupertino cousin.

Samsung Galaxy S II Hands-on [Video]

The gang at SlashGear got a hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy S II recently. As you recall, Samsung set record sales revenues in 2010, driven by Android devices like the original Galaxy S. So, with part II, it's safe to say that Samsung isn't resting on their laurels with this attractive sequel. Here's what stands out ...

Twelve new Android phones coming to AT&T

The old axiom that the universe hates a vaccum looks to be true with AT&T. Looking to fill a gaping hole left by their now defunct exclusive iPhone deal, AT&T is looking to HTC to provide up to twelve smartphones. And not only that, but these phones will have a serious Facebook presence on them, thereby referring to them as "Facebook Phones."

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.

Solar Powered Phone takes a giant leap for Android kind

The Umeox Apollo Solar Powered phone is slick looking, I'll give it that. Running on Android, it takes about 2.5 hours of sunlight to recharge from a day's use, trickling the phone with current throughout the day. But if it's dead, it'll take nearly 17 hours of continuous sunlight to bring it back to life. There are plans for two models: one for the US (MTK6573) with support for 850/1900Mhz bands, and one (MTK6516) that works in Europe and much of Asia.

Android 2.x (Ice Cream) to be Honeycomb for smartphones

During his keynote address, Google's outgoing CEO Eric Schmidt clarified speculation that's been buzzing around MWC about the next Android OS for mobile. Schmidt said that for this unnamed future OS (which he says starts with an "I" and is a dessert [Ice Cream or Ice Cream Sandwich, obviously],) Google is going to apply some of the lessons and features learned in writing Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) for tablets. The future will still contain two separate versions of OS, that being a tablet track and a smartphone track, but they'll be much more compatible upon the release of whichever version is next for mobile.

HTC bypassing Android 2.3 … sort of

The net is all abuzz over HTC's quiet mentioning that both the HTC Salsa and ChaCha phones will be bypassing Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) in favor of it's successor, vs. 2.4. But is the change a lack of confidence in Gingerbread or is it just moving on to a version that fixes bugs that have popped up? Or is it just a typo? Nonetheless, confusion is brewing.
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