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Sony S1 and S2 Android 3.0 tablets get official: due Fall 2011 [Video]

Sony has announced two Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablets, currently codenamed S1 and S2, which it promises are optimized for "rich media entertainment" and "mobile communication and entertainment" respectively. Each set to launch globally in fall 2011, the S1 has a single 9.4-inch touchscreen, while the S2 has two 5.5-inch touchscreens and a clamshell form-factor. There's also WiFi and 3G/4G support, depending on region and networks available, while the S1 will also have an infrared transmitter allowing it to be used as a huge universal remote. DLNA support on both models allows users to stream their content to compatible TVs. The S2 will be able to either spread apps and content across both displays, or show a virtual keyboard or other controls on the bottom panel. There'll also be Qriocity streaming media and PlayStation Suite gaming to be had, though right now Sony isn't talking about any more specifications and even the designs you see in these images is subject to change. [gallery] [via SlashGear] Press Release:
Sony Announces Optimally Designed “Sony Tablet” with Android 3.0 that Complements Network Services for an Immersive Entertainment Experience ~Also strengthening VAIO in expanding PC markets~ Sony Corporation (“Sony”), announces “Sony Tablet” that delivers the perfect combination of hardware, content and network with seamless usability for a high-quality, engaging entertainment experience. Based on decades of engineering heritage, Sony is developing two tablets with unprecedented design, including S1 (codename) which is optimized for rich media entertainment and S2 (codename) which is ideal for mobile communication and entertainment. “Sony Tablet” will become available in the global market starting in fall 2011. “Sony Tablet” is equipped with the latest Android 3.0 which is designed for devices with larger screen sizes, particularly tablets. Both tablets are WiFi and WAN (3G/4G) compatible and users can not only browse the internet or check e-mail but they can also smoothly access digital content including videos, games and books through Sony’s premium network services and more, on-the-go at any time. S1 has a 9.4-inch display for enjoying the web and rich content on a large screen. Its off-center of gravity design realizes stability and ease of grip as well as a sense of stability and lightness, offering comfortable use for hours. S2 has two 5.5-inch displays that can be folded for easy portability. In contrast to existing tablets, its unprecedented dual screen presentation and usability allows its displays to be combined and used as a large screen or for different functions such as playing video on one screen while showing control buttons on the other. “‘Sony Tablet’ delivers an entertainment experience where users can enjoy cloud-based services on-the-go at any time. We’re aiming to create a new lifestyle by integrating consumer hardware, including ‘Sony Tablet’ with content and network,” said Kunimasa Suzuki, Corporate Executive, SVP, and Deputy President of Consumer Products & Services Group. “Android 3.0 is a new version of the Android platform with a new holographic user interface that is designed from the ground up for devices with larger screen sizes, particularly tablets. I'm excited about “Sony Tablet” as it will further spur the development of applications and network offerings which users are looking for.” said Andy Rubin, Senior Vice President, Mobile, Google Inc. Also, in the mobile computing category, the market for PCs which realize high productivity is expected to steadily grow, particularly in emerging markets. Therefore, Sony will also remain committed to strengthening its VAIO brand and introduce increasingly compelling products which offer new value propositions to the market. “Sony Tablet” features. ■Designed for portability and intuitive gripping With its off-center of gravity form factor, the 9.4-inch S1 offers stability and a sense of lightness, offering comfortable use for hours. The dual screen S2 comes with two 5.5-inch displays which can be used together as one large screen to browse websites and more. They can also be used for different functions as users can watch a video on one screen and input commands on the other, or check email on one screen and use the other as a soft keyboard. ■Seamless Usability and Performance Through Sony’s knowhow for combining hardware and software, “Sony Tablet” realizes optimal usability and performance. Because of Sony’s rapid response technologies, users can perform smooth, quick touch-screen operations and enjoy fast and efficient website loading. The keyboard arrangement is also optimized for the large screen, making email and SNS communication a breeze. ■Rich entertainment experiences through various network services Through Qriocity1 music and video services, users can enjoy rich video and music content. Also, through PlayStation®Suite, users can immerse themselves in high quality first generation PlayStation® titles. Additionally, users can easily download ebook content from Reader™Store2 and use both tablets as digital reading devices. The integration with various services allows users to take their entertainment experiences on-the-go. Furthermore, “Sony Tablet” is equipped with functionality that organizes content for easy access. ■Remote access functionality with AV devices Through “Sony Tablet”, users can control home entertainment devices as well as enjoy content in new ways. S1 uses infrared technology and works as universal remote controls for a variety of AV devices starting with . Users can perform functions like turning on their TVs, changing the channel and adjusting the volume. Also, through DLNA functionality on “Sony Tablet”, users can “throw” personal content to large screen televisions or music to wireless speakers. In 2010, Sony launched a network platform called “Qriocity” which connects many of Sony’s network-enabled devices, and has been expanding its services into global markets. Also, Sony Computer Entertainment has been providing various contents and services for PlayStation users through PlayStation®Network, which now has over 75 million registered accounts (as of March 20, 2011) worldwide. Simultaneously, Sony will continue to announce various devices which leverage these services. Starting in early 2011, Sony Computer Entertainment announced the next-generation portable entertainment system (codename: NGP) while Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications brought “Xperia™PLAY” to the market. Sony is introducing “Sony Tablet” to deliver an entertainment experience which integrates hardware with network services that deliver rich content. With the establishment of Consumer Products and Services Group in April 2011, Sony will focus on accelerating the development of innovative next generation products and aim to deliver a new lifestyle by strengthening the integration of hardware and network services. 1 In markets where service is available 2 In markets where service is available “Sony Tablet”, “Qriocity” and “Reader” are trademarks of Sony Corporation VAIO and are registered trademarks of Sony Corporation PlayStation is a trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Xperia is a trademark of Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB. Android is a trademark of Google Inc.

Screen Goo for your Smartphone claims improved display

This is just plain odd. A company is selling a special chapstick like device for smartphone screens. Dubbed NuScreen HD, it promises to minimize fingerprints and smudges, while making your display more rich and intense. The idea is simple, you rub it on your screen and then polish it with the included microfiber cloth. But is it really the cleaner it claims to be?

INQ Cloud Touch Facebook phone priced and dated

INQ and Carphone Warehouse have announced pricing and availability for the INQ Cloud Touch, the company's Facebook phone. Up for pre-order today, and expected to ship from April 6, the Cloud Touch has a Facebook app that pulls in Chat, Friends, Messages, Wall and Notifications to the Android smartphone's homescreen. There's also Facebook Places integration, again with easy access from a homescreen widget. OS is Android 2.2 Froyo running on a 3.5-inch 480 x 320 touchscreen, while there's a 5-megapixel camera, GPS, 3G, an FM radio and WiFi. Pricing is free on a £20 or above contract, £199.95 on a pre-pay deal or £299.95 SIM-free. The INQ Cloud Q - with a full QWERTY keyboard - will follow on in June, also with Facebook integration, and of course HTC is preparing to launch the Salsa and ChaCha in Q2 2011. Press Release:
PHONE FOR THE SOCIAL MEDIA GENERATION ARRIVES IN THE UK The INQ Cloud Touch launches exclusively at The Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy March 18, 2011 – The Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy are pleased to announce the arrival of an exclusive new Android device, the INQ Cloud Touch. Specially designed for social media fans, it has Facebook at its heart and provides quick access to the latest news and whereabouts of friends. It is now available to pre-order from www.carphonewarehouse.com, and will be available from 6 April from just £20 a month on contract, £199.95 on PAYG or £299.95 SIM free. The INQ Cloud Touch is a sleek touch screen device which runs on the latest Android operating system providing super-fast access to all the latest functions and apps. It features a new Facebook app that streams a live feed to the homescreen while easy to use one-touch links to Chat, Friends, Messages, Wall and Notifications allow users a direct click-through to friends’ updates, pictures, videos and webpages. The phone is also the first to use the Facebook social graph API, which enables users to follow updates from the friends they interact with most. Consumers can also check in to their favorite shops, restaurants and clubs with Facebook Places, which is also active on the central home screen. If that wasn’t enough, Facebook Events fully integrates with the Google Calendar on both devices. The INQ Cloud Touch is the first mobile phone to hit the market that has been designed specifically for Facebook users. More devices are expected in the coming months, including the INQ Cloud Q in June, which will also be exclusive to The Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy.

Danger Service to be discontinued for T-Mobile’s Sidekick

An executive has leaked that T-Mobile's Danger service for the Sidekick will be discontinued for Sidekick devices effective May 31, 2011. The Service, created by Microsoft, is what the Sidekick relies on exclusively for it's data services. The move may be peremptory as word was recently leaked of a 4G Sidekick coming to T-Mobile soon. The new Sidekick will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread, have a full QWERTY keyboard and support HSPA+.

Hanvon HPad A112 tablet/ereader revealed

A new Android-based ereader has been promised for CeBIT 2011 next month, the Hanvon HPad A112. Expected to launch in the second half of the year, priced at around €399 ($545), the A112 has a 7-inch 800 x 600 touchscreen and runs Android 2.2 Froyo. It appears to be a new version of the HPad A116 shown at CES 2011 last month. Inside there's a 720MHz ARM11 processor paired with 2GB of internal storage and a microSD slot. Although it's being billed as an ereader, it's most definitely a tablet cross-over: there's WiFi and Bluetooth, options for GPS and 3G, and a rear-facing 3-megapixel camera (along with a front-facing camera for video calls) USB and HDMI round out the main specs, with the 3,300mAh battery tipped for around eight hours of reading (though we're guessing significantly less browsing and media playback. The whole thing is 10.8mm thick with a magnesium alloy frame and a brushed stainless steel shell, and Hanvon has even thrown in their own custom handwriting recognition. [via The Digital Reader]

Android-based Cowon D3 PMP/MID shipping today

It was only a few days ago that Cowon's D3 PMP went up for pre-order, and now it's already shipping. Earlier than expected, the 3.7-inch AMOLED media player is on sale in both the UK and the US, with its JetEffect 3.0 tuning courtesy of Cowon's own CEO, Namkyu "Golden Ears" Park. Advanced MP3 Players are listing all three versions: 8GB for £219, 16GB for £239 or 32GB for £279; US shoppers can pick up the 32GB version through Amazon for $369.99 [via SlashGear]

Notion Ink Adam touchscreen damage means Valentine’s delay for some tableteers

Tough luck for a small portion of Notion Ink Adam preorder customers this weekend, with the news that they'll have to wait until around Valentine's day before they get their Android tablet. The company has confirmed that the accidental touchscreen damage experienced by some units during transit, coupled with the Chinese New Year holidays, means a slightly longer than expected delay before replacement parts can be arranged. Notion Ink says just 5.31-percent of pre-order customers have been affected - everybody else got a far nicer "shipment confirmation" email instead - but as you might expect that's led to some disappointed would-be tableteers. One has forwarded on the email he received, which you can read below. [Thanks SAGinwalla!]
Dear xxx Greetings from Notion Ink! We understand that you have been eagerly waiting for the arrival of your Adam. However, we regret to inform you that a fraction of our touch-screens got damaged during transportation due to which your shipment has been effected. The Chinese New Year holidays that are in the first week of February further add to the delay. However, our touchscreen partner, Sintek, have agreed to work through the holidays and deliver the screens as soon as possible. We are afraid that until we receive these touchscreens, your device would not be ready for shipment. The estimated date of your shipment would be 14th February 2011 (Buffer included). In case you need any further assistance, please contact the Notion Ink Support Team at [email protected] We thank you for your continued patience and co-operation in this matter. Warm Regards Notion Ink Support Team

Honeycomb update for Notion Ink Adam a work-in-progress

Notion Ink has announced it is working on Android 3.0 Honeycomb for the Adam tablet, though an exact release date for the software update is still unknown. The news confirms, however, that the Tegra 2 slate will bypass Gingerbread altogether and look instead to Honeycomb, Google's tablet-centric version of Android. Doing so would be is understandable, given Notion Ink's work on the Eden UI and multitasking system, intended to turn the smartphone-suited OS into something workable for a 10-inch display. Notion Ink says it is working with NVIDIA at the moment for the necessary Tegra 2 polish. The company has also announced that some Adam touchscreens were damaged in transit, and which will affect deliveries of certain pre-orders; Notion Ink's touchscreen suppliers are working over the Chinese New Year to replace them. No word on other display issues some owners have reported, however.

T-Mobile Sidekick 4G rumors resurface with HSPA+ twist [Update: Confirmed!]

Talk of a T-Mobile Sidekick running Android pretty much faded midway through 2010, but the rumors have resurfaced with a 4G twist. According to TmoNews' source, who claims to have been briefed this week on the upcoming handset, T-Mobile is preparing the Sidekick 4G with a full QWERTY keyboard and touchscreen. OS is believed to be Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and the Sidekick 4G name - which may only be a development title - certainly suggests it will have HSPA+ support for the US carrier. No word on potential launch dates, however. Update: PCMag reports that T-Mobile USA CEO Philipp Humm confirmed the upcoming Sidekick 4G at a briefing earlier today:
"We will launch as new the Samsung Galaxy S 4G ... and coming soon, will also be a Sidekick 4G. Everybody knows the Sidekick, and we're going to relaunch the Sidekick and bring it as a 4G device, Android based, into the market"
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