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Nexus S concave touchscreen originally intended for Sprint?

The Samsung-made Google Nexus S will feature a new, curved touchscreen the technology behind which the company has been apparently shopping around for twelve months, according to a trusted Engadget tipster. The source claims that the laterally concave display is a result of Samsung's research tipping that such a shape improves "perceived usability over a perfectly flat display." Apparently, Samsung has been showing the technology since around CES 2010 in January this year, but while Sprint was keen to bring the displays to market in time for the holidays, the manufacturer wasn't able to produce sufficient product volume in time.

LG Vortex Announced by Verizon, Available November 18

It's what they call "An Accessible Smartphone with Simple Solutions." Verizon, that is, announcing today the LG Vortex. It's a phone for first-time smartphone users looking to join and explore the Android world. It connects with 3G, it's sleek, and it comes in black or violet. It'll cost you $79.99 after a $100 rebate and a 2-year agreement. The cash, interestingly, will return to you in the form of a debit card, useable anywhere debit cards are useable. Plans on this phone begin at $39.99 monthly for talk, $15 monthly for 150MB data.

Entourage’s dual-display Pocket eDGe makes official debut

Entourage has officially announced the Pocket eDGe, a dual-screen clamshell device that runs Android on a 7-inch color touchscreen and a Wacom-enabled 6-inch E Ink epaper display. Intended for ereader, research, education and browsing functionality, the eDGe is priced at $399.99. More details here. [youtube 5HDbLsY1tw0] Press Release:
WORLD’S SMALLEST DUALBOOK, POCKET EDGE, ENABLES MOBILE LIFESTYLES WITH MULTIMEDIA TABLET, NETBOOK AND E-READER FUNCTIONALITIES McLean, VA – Consumers who crave portability, but don’t want to be weighed down by numerous consumer electronics can now easily read, write and surf the Web on-the-go with enTourage Systems’ Pocket eDGe – a device that gets users through the day with its comprehensive professional and entertainment applications, combining the functionality of a touch screen tablet, e-reader and notepad. The Pocket eDGe is a compact, multi-purpose, WiFi-enabled device, weighing just 24 ounces as the smallest dualbook available on the market. It is comprised of hinged LCD and E-Ink screens that interact for better communication and engagement with multi-media materials. Available content includes a vast array of e-books, periodicals and music available through enTourage Systems’ Web store. The 7” LCD screen is ideal for Web browsing or viewing videos. The LCD side allows users to send emails to quickly stay in touch and manipulate Microsoft Office documents. Users can take advantage of useful applications that are already incorporated into the software, such as the built-in calendar app which makes it easy for users to keep track of appointments. The Pocket eDGe also operates on the Google Android operating system, providing access to numerous helpful Android applications available at enTourage Systems’ application store and other third-party developer sites. The other side of the product contains a 6” E-Ink screen for accessing any e-books and documents in EPUB. It is also compatible with PDF documents. The E-Ink screen is Wacom Penabled, allowing for easy annotation or note-taking with an included stylus, when the Journal function is activated. With this technology, users can mark up documents, such as notes, recipes or contracts, and then send them as PDFs to friends and colleagues. The two screens uniquely interact. Users have the ability, for example, to search terms and key words from e-books in Google, a dictionary or via Wikipedia on the LCD side. The Pocket eDGe has built-in speakers, a microphone and a camera – letting users record lectures and meetings, or capture images, listen to music and watch videos. The mobile professional or student can also project presentations through a USB-Video adapter. “Consumers are becoming increasingly mobile and demand technologies and information access regardless of their location,” said Asghar Mostafa, CEO of enTourage Systems, Inc. “The Pocket eDGe is compact and lightweight, but full of all of the features and tools an on-the-go user would need for work, school or recreation anytime, anywhere.” To-date, enTourage Systems has secured more than 250,000 trade books and hundreds of New York Times best sellers, in addition to the more than one million free public domain books digitized by Google, that are all available at its e-book store. enTourage Systems provides access to over 1,300 newspapers from 82 countries and 39 languages, and also has enhanced its e-store with more than 8 million music tracks and albums from major and independent labels – creating a one-stop solution for digital content. The Pocket eDGe inspires a green lifestyle, allowing users to store all notes, documents and books digitally to decrease paper waste. The Pocket eDGe can be oriented to view the LCD vertically or horizontally, or it can be held like a book, propped open like a laptop, or opened the full 360-degrees to view only one screen. The Pocket eDGe will be available in November 2010 at major online retailers for $399. For more information, please visit www.entourageedge.com, the enTourage eDGe Facebook page or @enTourageeDGe Twitter feed.

Verizon’s new Motorola Citrus budget phone due November 11

Verizon has announced that the Motorola Citrus will go on sale from November 11, the company's latest Android smartphone and another Motorola languishing on Android 2.1. Still, the Citrus promises to hit the budget mark: it's just $49.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate and assuming a new, two-year agreement. Your money gets you a 3-inch touchscreen, rear-mounted trackpad, Swype on-screen keyboard and EVDO Rev.A, along with the MOTOBLUR interface and a 528MHz Qualcomm MSM7225 processor. [gallery id="14765"] Press Release:
Motorola Citrus Available Tomorrow On The Verizon Wireless Network Full-Touch, Customizable, Android-Powered Smartphone Now Available for Verizon Wireless Customers BASKING RIDGE, NJ, and LIBERTYVILLE, IL — Verizon Wireless, the company with the nation’s largest and most reliable wireless 3G network, and Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) today announced that Motorola CITRUS™ will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com tomorrow for $49.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. Powered by Android™ 2.1, Motorola CITRUS delivers an affordable, entry-level, customizable smartphone experience in a compact design that is easy on both the eyes and the earth. The full HTML Web browser comes preloaded with Bing Search and Bing Maps and delivers a PC-like Web browsing experience, while the easy-to-use on-screen QWERTY keyboard or Swype® keyboard allow for quick messaging. Get fast access to Web apps and services such as Facebook®; Google services such as Gmail™, Google Talk™ and YouTube™; and customize your phone with free and paid apps available from Android Market™. Plus, the CITRUS phone housing is made from 25 percent post-consumer recycled plastic, is CarbonFree® Certified through an alliance with Carbonfund.org, and is PVC and BFR free. The packaging is made from 80 percent post-consumer recycled paper, and the user manual is made using 100 percent recycled paper and soy-based ink. Additional features and specifications on the Motorola CITRUS are available at http://news.vzw.com/news/2010/10/pr2010-10-05a.html. Verizon Wireless customers who purchase Motorola CITRUS will receive the mail-in rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted. Motorola CITRUS customers will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide plan (beginning at $39.99 monthly access) and a Data Package (beginning at $15 monthly access for 150 MB). Customers can track their data usage by downloading the My Verizon app available in Android Market or by logging on to their My Verizon account online at www.verizonwireless.com/myverizon. For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

NEC’s LifeTouch tablet loves the cloud

NEC has unveiled an Android tablet in Japan, the NEC LifeTouch, a 7-inch WVGA slate running Android 2.1 on an ARM Cortex A8 CPU. The LifeTouch packs 384MB of RAM and 1GB of ROM, along with WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and a 3-megapixel camera. There's also USB Host and USB Device ports, an SDHC card slot, stereo speakers, GPS, various sensors (light, accelerometer, digital compass) and a microphone. NEC is targeting the LifeTouch at corporate users, who will rely on cloud storage as well as using the slate for some crafty ebook reading, multimedia playback and online shopping. Battery life is tipped at up to 8hrs, and the LifeTouch will begin shipping at the end of November 2010, price unknown. [gallery]

Twin-touchscreen Mintpass tablet will dualboot Android and Win 7 in 2011

Korean firm Mintpass is planning a dual-touchscreen tablet for release in the first half of 2011, which would dual-boot between Android and Windows 7. The tablet, so far unnamed, will use a homegrown touchscreen technology that Mintpass is calling "Space Touch", and allow for book-orientation and notebook-orientation use (with one of the screens displaying a virtual keyboard). So far there's no word on what version of Android the Mintpass tablet might use, what processor(s) it will adopt, or any of the other specifications.

Android-based iDect iHome Phone… for your Landline?

Well if this isn't a strange device for the mobile world, I don't know what is. Behold this Android-based home phone, the iDect iHome Phone. It has a modern Contacts Manager, old school 14 minute answering machine (yet it's digital,) caller ID, alarm, clock, callendar, and a battery that can reach 80 hours of stand-by or 8 hours of talk per charge. Will it take off into outer space for just around 100 Euros? Take a look a the rest of the details and decide for yourself.

View Quest 5″ and 8″ Android tablets due by Christmas [Update: Video]

A pair of new UK Android tablet options have been spotted making their first in-the-wild appearance, with photographer Nick Dillon capturing the 5- and 7-inch 8-inch View Quest slates on camera this week.  Full details on each model are unknown, but View Quest apparently expect to have them on the market come December 2010 "in time for Christmas." Update: Mobile Snacking shot some video of the two tablets, which you can see below, as well as getting some specs.  Apparently they each run Android 1.5 - a purposeful choice, View Quest claims, describing it as the "most stable" version - with resistive touchscreens and full aluminum chassis.  No phone capabilities, but you do get speakers and a headphone jack.  Pricing will be £149 for the 5-inch with 2GB of memory, and £199 or £249 for the 8-inch with 8GB or 16GB of memory respectively.  [Thanks Leila!] [youtube cEvrEhZA0nw] [gallery]

KDDI Samsung SMT-i9100 tablet outed ahead of Feb 2011 release

Japanese carrier KDDI isn't just outing new Android phones today; there's also a new Samsung tablet, the SMT-i9100, with some obvious family resemblance to the Galaxy Tab but a few differences as well.  Built around a 7-inch 1024 x 600 capacitive touchscreen and running Android 2.2 Froyo, the Samsung SMT-i9100 packs WiFi b/g/n but seemingly lacks the integrated 3G of the European Tab. It also has a lower-resolution camera, just 2-megapixels rather than the 3-megapixels we've seen so far.  Storage is down as well, to 4GB (RAM is still 512MB however), and the only announced accessory is a desk cradle. The Samsung SMT-i9100 won't arrive on KDDI in Japan until late February 2011; no mention of pricing at this stage.

Advent Vega tablet hands-on [Video]

The Advent Vega grabbed some interest recently, with the promise of a 10-inch capacitive tablet running Android 2.2 Froyo on an NVIDIA Tegra 2 chipset, all for £249.99. The Vega isn't set to drop into Currys and PC World stores for a few weeks yet, but we grabbed an advance preview with one of the first prototypes to arrive. No branding as yet, and even the buttons aren't labelled, but the Vega is fully functional. Advent - or the OEM behind the Vega - have left the Froyo install relatively unmodified; there's little in the way of a custom interface here. What you do get is a persistent menu bar running along the top, with a dedicated Home shortcut - there's no hardware home button, only Back on the top right hand shoulder of the slate - and some status icons. You can drag that down, as on an Android smartphone, to see status messages and alerts. There are five homescreen panes, which can be filled with widgets as normal (though there aren't any extra than the regular Android phone selection), and a row of shortcuts along the bottom. On the right-hand side of the display are three shortcuts, for the browser, app menu and wireless settings. Unfortunately we couldn't get the Vega to connect to WiFi, so couldn't test the browser, but from what we saw it's the regular Android WebKit-based browser and as a result you might find sites defaulting to their mobile versions. There's multitouch pinch-zooming support, and the Tegra 2 chipset keeps things moving along slickly. [vms 540f67c1e9575e213be0] We did spot a few bugs, particularly with screen rotation. Although the Vega is seemingly intended to be used in landscape orientation (with portrait an option, automatically rotating via the inbuilt accelerometer) on a few occasions it would flip to portrait and refuse to flick back. It's worth noting that this is still a prototype, so hopefully that will be addressed by the time it hits shelves. Update: We've spoken to to team responsible for the Vega about the screen-rotation issues, and it seems one of the unlabelled switches was in rotation-lock position.  The homescreen is always shown in landscape orientation, but when we tried any of the apps they were locked to portrait.  Advent are now working on a new build of the OS which will add a rotation-lock indicator into the toolbar, so that sort of confusion won't occur for buyers of the slate, but of course by the time it reaches stores it'll also have printed legends for all of the physical controls too. Ports include mini HDMI, a microSD card slot and a USB, together with headphones and power jacks.  On the back there are stereo speakers.  A docking port along the bottom will apparently be accompanied by a docking station, we're told, though it's unclear what exact functionality that will include; we're guessing full-sized HDMI out at least, but probably not a QWERTY keyboard. It'll be sold separately. Generally it's a decent performer, though the apps are all the smartphone versions and lack the customisation for a larger screen that, say, Samsung has worked on. We had a chance to compare the Vega to a Samsung Galaxy Tab, and there's a significant difference in screen size; the Galaxy Tab is 7-inches to the Vega's 10-inches, but side-by-side the contrast is more noticeable. They're roughly the same thickness, but the broad bezel of the Vega gives it some heft. At the top there's a webcam which can be used to take stills or record video, while the Android 2.2 OS means streaming Flash video is supported too. No webcam on the back, however, unlike the Samsung. This particular Vega - which will retail for £249.99 - doesn't have integrated 3G mobile broadband, only WiFi and Bluetooth, but Advent are apparently looking to introduce a 3G version at a later date. No timescale for its release, however, nor pricing at this stage. We're cautiously impressed at this stage. The Vega's spec sheet may omit 3G and a rear-facing camera, and the OS might not be especially fitted to the large display, but it's a solid slate and the price is impressive; we've seen cheap, ARM11 based tablets on sale for the same sort of money, after all. We'll be able to put it through its paces more when the review units arrive, however, and see how much of a challenge to the iPad, Toshiba Folio 100 and Galaxy Tab it really is. [gallery]
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