IOIO for Android detailed: Project samples from USB breakout board [Video]

We mentioned SparkFun's brilliant new IOIO for Android earlier this week, a USB I/O breakout board for Android smartphones which turns your handset into a super-Arduino of sorts. Now the brains behind the board, Ytai, has spilled the beans on the project, including some sample code and a handful of ideas that you can use IOIO to create. For instance, there's the Retroid, a smart alarm clock which can be told to make different ringing patterns and show various LEDs depending on incoming calls, messages and other events on the handset. Or the Visual Charger, a huge multi-segment LED power indicator which gives an at-a-glance idea of what percentage the smartphone's battery is at. [youtube 8sAvXCfEj3s] We prefer the Wall Printer, though, which uses seven Sharpie-style market pens hooked up to servos for an old-school printer effect controlled by an Android phone. Definitely worth considering if you're into Android and electronics; you can pre-order the IOIO for Android here, for $49.95. [youtube aYUMYyXBaF0] [via Twitter]

Sony Ericsson offers videos to answer Xperia questions

To a novice user, getting a smartphone like the Sony Xperia Arc can be like diving into the deep end of the pool. Sony Ericsson appreciates that and has released a series of videos to help answer questions of potential new Android customers. The videos explore specific features of each phone and answer questions. But there's also a support aspect which makes these videos quite useful for the novice user.

Sonos Controller for Android delayed

Sonos has confirmed delays in the release of the Android controller app, which will now arrive sometime in April. Originally the company had promised to release it this month. "We know you’re anxiously awaiting the Sonos Controller for Android. Unfortunately, testing the app is taking a bit longer than we anticipated" Andrew Schulert, Vice President of quality at Sonos says. "The latest addition to our free controller line-up won’t arrive until April, but when it does, it is going to rock." More info on the app here. [vms 2108eee6dd897f3bca8a]

T-Mobile prices Sidekick 4G messaging phone [Video]

T-Mobile has confirmed official pricing for the incoming Sidekick 4G, the first handset in the popular messaging line to use Android as its OS. The T-Mobile Sidekick 4G will be priced at $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate on a qualifying plan with unlimited data, assuming you're content with a two-year agreement. Alternatively, T-Mobile will be offering the slider smartphone for $149.99 with a qualifying plan including data (such as the Web – 200MB plan) on a two-year agreement. Handy for those who don't expect to use so much data during the lifetime of the device, but a little more expensive up-front. We'll be checking out the Sidekick 4G at CTIA 2011 this week, to see how well it follows in the footsteps of its popular predecessors. No word on exact release dates at this stage. [youtube RgnMrnEkX0g] [gallery id="28217"]

Sprint Integrated Google Voice hits all carrier’s handsets [Video]

The new Nexus S 4G isn't the only device that will benefit from the Sprint Integrated Google Voice support; the two companies have confirmed that all of Sprint's line-up - Android and otherwise - will be able to use the customer's existing Sprint number as their Google Voice number. That means subscribers will be able - with no porting required - to have up to six phones ring simultaneously on one incoming call, answering on whichever is the most convenient. Sprint Android device owners will be able to use the Google Voice app on their handsets, but everybody will be able to log onto the website and choose where their calls are diverted. Calls from Gmail and text messages sent from will display the Sprint number, or Google Voice users can choose to replace their Sprint number with their Google Voice number when placing calls or sending text messages from their Sprint handset. Google Voice replaces Sprint voicemail, with voicemail transcription online and sent via email and/or text message. The new functionality will be available "soon" in a staggered roll-out; you can sign up to be alerted when it's available here. [youtube Rp8Wvknh_QQ] Press Release:
Sprint and Google to Launch Integrated Google Voice Experience on All Sprint Phones, Including Upcoming Nexus S 4G Sprint is first carrier to allow customers to use their existing mobile number as their Google Voice number without porting OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), March 21, 2011 - Sprint (NYSE: S) and Google announced today a new integrated Google Voice™ experience that will allow Sprint customers to set their existing Sprint wireless phone number as their Google Voice number. Sprint customers will be able to take advantage of all the features and benefits of Google Voice without the hassle and fees associated with porting their number. Sprint is the first and only carrier to offer this capability, which will be available soon on all Sprint CDMA phones. In addition, Nexus S 4G1, announced today by Sprint, Google and Samsung, will allow Sprint customers to enable the integrated Google Voice experience and will come preloaded with the Google Voice Android app. “As part of our partnership with Google, our customers will appreciate having the easiest set-up experience of any wireless carrier for Google Voice across all of our CDMA phones, using their existing Sprint phone number,” said Kevin McGinnis, vice president-Product and Technology Development, Sprint. “It’s now easier than ever to truly live a mobile lifestyle with the ability to manage multiple devices through intelligent call routing and online controls using just one phone number – your existing Sprint number.” "With this integration, we have made Google Voice simple to use with a Sprint phone," said Dave Girouard, president at Google. "Sprint subscribers now have access to all the benefits of Google Voice behind their existing mobile number without the need for porting or, if they already have a Google Voice number, they can display that number from their Sprint phone without the need for a separate application." Manage multiple devices with Google Voice Google Voice makes it easy for people to manage and access most of their voice-based communication. It lets users manage up to six different devices through one phone number with intelligent call routing and advanced features like call screening, blocking and recording using the phone’s dial pad. Sprint subscribers will be able to use their Sprint number across their office, home and wireless phones, and personalize settings so calls from friends ring their wireless device and home phone, while calls from the boss only ring at the office. Google Voice users can receive transcribed voicemails and read or listen to them online. They can also read, send and search text messages and call logs online at Sprint is the only carrier that allows the user to assign their existing mobile phone number as their Google Voice number without having to port their number, avoiding porting charges, potential service disruptions and the hassle of calling their carrier to terminate and port their number to Google Voice and then re-subscribe with another number. Sprint’s integration with Google simplifies and shortens the process of moving a phone number to Google Voice to mere minutes. Integrated Google Voice Experience from Sprint One number for all your devices Work, home, mobile; no need to change numbers after a move or new job Route phone calls and text messages Send work calls to the office, personal to home or mobile Conditional call presentation Hear caller info before answering or send straight to voicemail In-call options Record calls, switch phones during a call, conference calling Manage it all online Manage call history, texts and voicemail; listen to voicemail and read transcribed messages; view threaded text messaging history and continue the conversation online Keep your existing wireless phone number without porting Only with Sprint Customers can sign up to be notified when the integrated Google Voice experience for Sprint phones is available at With a few simple steps, any Sprint CDMA phone will be able to use Google Voice to simplify the customer’s wireless experience: 1. Customers can simply go to and sign-up for the integrated service from Sprint. 2. Google will then confirm the customer would like to use their existing Sprint number as their Google Voice number. 3. Customers do not need to notify Sprint that they plan to use Google Voice. A notification is automatically sent to Sprint to provision the necessary services on the network required for the Google Voice integrated experience. 4. Within minutes, all of the customer’s phone calls, text messages and voicemail run through Google Voice, and all inbound and outbound calls show up with the customer’s existing Sprint number with all of the benefits of Google Voice. For more information on Sprint’s Google Voice integration, watch the video and visit Use of Google Voice is available at no additional charge with Sprint plans including Sprint’s Everything Data plans. Sprint’s Everything Data plans with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM include unlimited Web, texting and calling to and from any mobile in America while on the Sprint network, starting at just $69.99 per month plus required $10 Premium Data add-on charge for smartphones – a savings of $39.99 per month versus Verizon’s comparable plan with unlimited talk, text and Web (excluding Verizon’s Southern California plan; pricing excludes surcharges and taxes). Sprint Everything Data plans qualify customers for automatic enrollment in the Sprint PremierSM loyalty program.3 Existing Sprint customers can switch to an Everything Data plan without extending their service agreement. New lines of service require a two-year service agreement.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 gets brief video tease

A new video teaser for Samsung's Galaxy Tab 8.9 has emerged, giving a brief glimpse of the new slate. Believed to run Android 3.0 Honeycomb, the tablet is only shown momentarily, but that's enough to confirm the rear-facing camera with flash. As for talk that it would be slimmer than the iPad 2, that's tricky to ascertain. The slate certainly looks relatively bulky in the screenshot above, and the headphone jack looks a little different (you can see it in the gallery below) to what we saw on the last teaser. Still, we won't know for sure until CTIA 2011 later in the month, where the slate is expected to make its official debut. Check out a third image in the gallery below (with a little level tweaking), showing the vague glimpse of what could be a custom UI. [youtube FPmHomARu84] [gallery] [via Geekword]

SPB Tablet UI Engine customizes Android slates [Video Demo]

Google is doing its best to dissuade Android OEMs from modifying the Honeycomb UI on tablets, but that doesn't mean it's necessarily the 3.0 way or the highway. We've already seen software fettler SBP's custom UI work for Android handsets; now the company has sent us some videos of its new Tablet UI Engine. As before - and to the frustration of many interested users - SPB doesn't plan to offer end-users either UI, only OEMs. They'll be able to customize the layout and the widgets, adding in their own content and carrier-specific tweaks to differentiate the interface as they see fit. Four different default layouts are demonstrated, including a basic three-pane UI of app shortcuts, widgets and a task manager, a 3D side-scrolling panorama similar to Honeycomb's native interface, and a pinch-zoom navigated "underwater" theme. In a similar vein, a "universe" theme which moves through a 3D stack of apps and widgets might be more suited to a single-point touchscreen. SPB couldn't tell us the names of the OEMs and customers it's working with, but we're told interest has been very strong since the company began showing off the UI concepts late last year. That could mean we'll see more customized Android slates in the very near future. [vms c69b48737cc0c92d0f3a]

Samsung Galaxy S II gets previewed: Great screen, performance untapped

Samsung's Galaxy S II isn't expected to ship for a while yet, but a prototype unit has already turned up for some Russian previewing. Mobile-review has managed to grab the S II and put it through its paces, with the 8-megapixel camera getting particular praise. The Galaxy S II is accused of being a little too wide, but then there's a 4.27-inch WVGA Super AMOLED Plus display to fit in. That's said to be a significant improvement over the Super AMOLED on the Nexus S, helped by the new DNIe+ image processing tech (which is similar to Sony's BRAVIA Engine on the XPERIA Arc). Unfortunately, our questions about the processor - some handsets will use Samsung's own Exynos, some will get NVIDIA's Tegra 2 - go unanswered, though the Galaxy S II is said to be speedy. This is only part one of the preview, so we'll have to wait a little longer to find out exactly what mobile-review think about the smartphone overall. [youtube 20ovCKqT5Ok] [youtube s0x8-IeGzFk]

Samsung Galaxy Pro QWERTY candybar confirmed, coming to Three [Video]

Samsung has outed its latest Galaxy family smartphone, though this time it's half touchscreen and half physical keyboard. The Samsung Galaxy Pro has a 2.8-inch touchscreen above a QWERTY 'board, running Android 2.2 Froyo on an 800MHz processor. Around the back there's a 3-megapixel camera, while inside there's confirmed WiFi (but presumably Bluetooth and GPS as well). Samsung has installed what looks to be a tweaked version of TouchWiz, and the Galaxy Pro will apparently also have the Social Hub Premium pre-loaded. No word on pricing or specific availability, though we already know at least one carrier readying to offer the Galaxy Pro. UK network Three says the smartphone is "coming soon" and offers the following video to tide you over. [youtube 0sJ3eO63v40] [via SlashGear]

Amazon puts HTC Flyer up for pre-order in Germany

The HTC Flyer has been priced by Amazon Germany, with the retailer putting the 7-inch Android tablet up for pre-order at €699 ($944). TabletGuys spotted the listing, despite the tablet only being announced at MWC 2011 yesterday. €699 is actually the same as Apple Germany is asking for the 32GB iPad WiFi + 3G, though we're expecting some carrier subsidization when the slate launches in early Q2. [vms c00c2d31982567235c55] [via SlashGear]
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