LG's Optimus 3D is on its way, though neither will admit to a release date. Vodafone's announcement was straightforward, with the carrier telling Electricpig that "it will come to Vodafone. As soon as it’s launched, we will bring it to the UK." Three was slightly more surreptitious, instead using Twitter to link to the promotional "Something big is coming" video which LG released earlier in the week. The Optimus 3D is expected to launch at MWC 2011 later this month complete with a 3D-capable display and a dual-camera array. [youtube AYb3EclvaMg]
Skifta has been bubbling away in Qualcomm's labs since 2009, and the company's Android app is the first to be DLNA certified under the Digital Living Network Alliance's new software certification program. Skifta promises to funnel content easily from a phone, NAS or cloud-store, via your Android 2.2+ smartphone, to any DLNA playback source. That could be a PS3, an HDTV, stereo, PC or other device; there's a list of examples here. While we've seen DLNA-compliant Android smartphones before, Skifta promises to boost usability with a slicker remote control display, as well as giving the functionality to every Android device. More details in the video below. [youtube ezP6Ee9HoRo] Press Release:
Skifta Becomes First Software Application to Receive DLNA Certification Application-based Service Turns Smartphones and Tablets into Global Remote Controls for Streaming Media and Furthers DLNA Vision for Connected Digital Home SAN DIEGO — February 2, 2011 — Skifta™ for Android, a product of Qualcomm Services Labs Inc., has become the first application to be certified by the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) under its new Software Certification program. Skifta is an application-based media shifting service that allows consumers to access and play their digital media from virtually any source, whether it’s accessed on the phone, from the cloud, or remotely from home. Consumers can then stream this media to DLNA Certified® consumer electronics such as TVs, IP-connected stereos, Windows 7 PCs, PlayStation3 game consoles and many other consumer electronics product via their Android smartphones and tablets. As a DLNA-Certified® software application, Skifta now gives Android users the added assurance that digital music, photos and videos from the phone and around the connected home can be streamed easily to DLNA Certified® products at home or on the go. Through DLNA Certification, Skifta helps meet digital media consumers’ demand for a reliable, interoperable platform for accessing and streaming media within the connected home, or accessing it remotely via smartphone. “We are proud that the Skifta Android application has become the first DLNA Certified software application,” said Bruce Jackson, vice president of technology at Qualcomm Services Labs. “The Skifta application demonstrates our commitment to DLNA and to making the smartphone central to the connected home and lifestyle. The Skifta application creates the potential for tens of millions of smartphones and tablets to run DLNA Certified® software and stream multimedia content reliably to devices around the home.” Analysts estimate that that there will be nearly two billion DLNA Certified® devices in homes worldwide by 2014, and some expect that DLNA software certification will propel adoption and usage of DLNA devices on consumers’ home networks. The Skifta application takes advantage of the rapid adoption of DLNA-enabled devices, the growing desire for on-demand streaming media, and the rapid proliferation of smartphones to deliver an easy-to-use service for taking your digital media with you, without actually having to take it with you. “DLNA Certified® software such as Skifta will help bring content such as photos, videos and music, stored on DLNA Certified® devices, to an even larger selection of consumer electronics, mobile and PC products,” said Nidhish Parikh, chairman and president of DLNA. “Qualcomm has been an active DLNA member for some time and as the first Certified software application, Skifta complements the DLNA standards and vision.” Availability The Skifta application beta is currently available as a free download in the Android Marketplace for smartphones running Android version 2.2 and higher.
challenged reports that Galaxy Tab sales have been "quite small", despite being the source of those very rumors. According to the company, a misheard executive during the recent financial results call led to reports of Galaxy Tab sales being "quite small" rather than, as Samsung claims was intended, "quite smooth." The company has snipped out the relevant part of the call and you can hear it in the video below. Meanwhile, Samsung is yet to comment on a report today that claimed Galaxy Tab returns rates reached as high as 16-percent in the US post-holidays. [youtube xN_w0mcDayI] [via SlashGear]
Samsung Galaxy S2 to whet your appetite ahead of MWC 2011. The video suggests that there are 10m secrets in the world, and that Samsung's new smartphone is the ideal way to share them. Unfortunately, as Engadget spotted, Samsung has also let slip a secret of its own, thanks to a lapse in quality control in the video effects. One scene fails to flash out the device's reflection (as you can see above); question is, has Samsung actually used a real Galaxy S2, or are the models all just handling generic devices? [youtube 5FNKe6pPBnc] [via Geekword]
showing up in Korea last month, courtesy of K-Pop star Seungri, the G-Slate has now cropped up again in a MysteryGuitarMan video. The two cameras get another brief showing, this time separated with a "with Google" metal band similar to what's on the back of the Optimus 2X, along with an LED flash and a smudge of ports across the bottom. Beyond that we're left enjoying the music and puzzling the strategy. [youtube XrOGWnyaYkE] [via Engadget]
Notion Ink's Eden UI has been ported to the Viewsonic GTablet, after the start-up released fix files containing the slate's ROM for those who had bricked their Adam. xda-developers wasted no time in bringing the three-pane interface over to the GTablet, and while it's not 100-percent stable, it's still arguably better than the UI Viewsonic opted for. Interestingly the Notion Ink team seems aware of the hacking efforts, and - at least going by the latest blog post - don't appear too upset. "XDA community, we love you!" CEO Rohan Shravan claims. [youtube uKWeVY_pOEs] [Thanks to everybody who sent this in!; image and video via roebeet]
Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 already getting a product page on the company's Indonesian site. The handset is one of four new entry- to mid-range devices to bear the Galaxy name and run Android, alongside the Fit S5670, Gio S5660 and Mini S5570. The Ace is probably the most interesting, with Android 2.2 Froyo, dualband HSDPA, a 5-megapixel camera, WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, an 800MHz processor and a 3.5-inch HVGA touchscreen display. It's available in Russia immediately, with Europe, India and China next; UK carrier Three has confirmed that it will be offering the Ace soon. As for the Fit S5670, it has a 3.31-inch QVGA display, 5-megapixel camera and a 600MHz processor; the Gio S5660 shrinks that down to a 3.2-inch HVGA display. Finally, the Mini S5570 has a 3.14-inch QVGA display and 600MHz processor. [youtube sJu-NAPeBnQ] [gallery] [Thanks Fransiscus!]
Line2 has released a version of its mobile comms app for Android, bringing the same SMS and VoIP functionality iOS users have been enjoying to Android-based phones and tablets. The app allows calls to be routed over WiFi, 3G/4G data, or cellular voice using the same number. Line2 is free for 30 days and then priced at $9.95 per month for unlimited US/Canada calls and texts; calls to international numbers start at $0.02 per minute. It's a free download in the Android Market. Press Release:
Award Winning Line2 Mobile Communication App Now on Android Line2 with Unlimited Calling and SMS Texting Now Available on Android OS San Francisco, CA — The groundbreaking Line2 app – the first and only tri-mode VoIP/Cell calling app in the world - is now available for Android phones and tablets. Toktumi, Inc., the company that developed Line2, announced today that its SMS-enabled VoIP app can now be downloaded in the Android marketplace. Line2 becomes the first VoIP app for Android to feature carrier-grade SMS texting combined with feature-rich calling functionality, allowing customers to use one number for both types of communication. Customers use Line2 to add a second line to their smartphone or turn an iPod or tablet device into a fully-featured telephone. The app allows customers to make phone calls and send texts where they don’t have cell reception, reduce their cell bills, add a second line for business use, or get another number so they can keep their personal cell number private. Many customers take advantage of Line2’s free port-in offer, which lets them move an existing number to Line2 free of charge. Line2 for Android includes all of the functionality and features that are currently available to Apple iOS users plus few Android-only features, such as the ability to speak their text messages and have them transcribed so they can text without typing. No other app offers the features and functionality of Line2. Line2’s tri-mode VoIP/cellular calling capabilities allow Android users to place and receive calls over Wi-Fi, 3G/4G data, or cellular voice networks using the same number, ensuring that calls will always get through. If Wi-Fi isn’t available, Line2 can use the phone’s 3G or 4G data network to place or receive the call. This allows callers to avoid cellular minute charges while still having complete mobility. If a reliable data connection is not available, for example while in a moving vehicle, Line2 can still place and receive calls using the phone’s cellular voice line, although with the Line2 number. The application detects the best available network based on customer preferences and places and receives calls over that network automatically. This allows customers to use one app and number for all types of calling, an industry-first. “We are so excited to bring Line2 to Android devices.” said Peter Sisson, Founder and CEO of Toktumi. “We designed Line2 for Android from a clean slate, rather than just porting over the user experience from our Apple version. We kept all the features, but we adopted UI conventions familiar to Android customers, and took advantage of some cool Android capabilities.” Line2 for Android offers full backgrounding support. This means customers can receive calls on their Line2 number even when they are running other apps, browsing the web, or listening to music. Line2 customers can be sure to never miss a call, even if they don’t have cell reception. The app’s Wi-Fi capabilities allow international travelers to place and receive calls while overseas without incurring voice or data roaming charges. When using Line2 over Wi-Fi, calls to any number back home will be free as will calls to other Line2 users, wherever they are worldwide. Calls to international numbers start at $0.02 per minute, whether calling from home or abroad. Line2’s Wi-Fi call quality is better than traditional cellular quality, and Wi-Fi calls between two Line2 customers use 16-kHz HD audio for crystal clear sound quality that is stunning to experience. Line2 is a free download that comes with 30 days of free service. After that, service costs just $9.95/month for unlimited US/Canada calling and texting. Also available for Android is Toktumi Unlimited which comes with all of the features of Line2 plus business PBX features like auto-attendant ("Press 1 for..."), call screening, caller-specific call forwarding, after-hours settings, and Mac/PC-based calling for just $14.95/month.
talking more about the camera tech in the new XPERIA Arc, its 8.1-megapixel shooter capable of HD video recording. What makes the Arc special isn't the number of megapixels, though, but the back-illuminated sensor, using Sony's Exmor R tech, and its f/2.4 aperture value, which add up to improved low-light performance. We'll have to wait and see how exactly the XPERIA Arc performs in the real-world to know for sure, but the smartphone could well end up one of the best Android devices for photography. Incidentally, the HD video of the Arc below was actually shot by another Arc, so it's a useful way to see the video quality as well. [youtube 7RdNfff_-0g]
numerous occasions in photosets, the Sony Ericsson PlayStation Phone has now turned up in a video showing gameplay in action. The footage, caught by Edge Magazine, shows the XPERIA Play branded handset playing ripped PS1 ROMs through an app called ROM Buddy. Whether or not the final product - which is tipped to be officially launched at MWC 2011 next month - will have that same functionality remains to be seen, but it's certainly proof that the PlayStation Phone's hardware is capable of running the full console (albeit aged) titles Resident Evil 2 and Rage Racer. [youtube qSfpArW7Ic4] [via Engadget]