We’ve recieved word from the depths of Motorola that the highly anticipated Etna, commonly know as the DROID BIONIC, which was slated to be Motorola’s first 4G LTE smartphone for Verizon, has been canceled due to a variety of reasons.
First off, we got a nice hands-on look at the DROID BIONIC earlier this year at CES, as the phone would be the first for Verizon to come with a NVidia Tegra2 dual-core 1GHz processor, 4.3″ qHD display, and 4G LTE data capabilities.
Then a few weeks later we got word that both the Atrix and DROID BIONIC were having power management bugs, which would cause them to overheat and effect the RF performance. When the Atrix was released, our sources said the power management bugs were resolved on the Atrix, but was still having difficulty on the DROID BIONIC.
Since then, we’ve continued to hear that things were not going well for the DROID BIONIC (Etna), as it continually failed internal testing at Motorola. Not only with the power management, but that there are some major issues with trying to get the NVidia Tegra 2 processor to work right with the baseband chips that control the hand-off between the CDMA, EVDO, and LTE radios.
Because of the variety of issues with the DROID BIONIC (Etna), as well as weak sales of the XOOM, we got word from our trusted tipsters that the “administration” at Motorola has decided to pull the plug on the DROID BIONIC (Etna) all together, and they are not happy about it either, since it was shown at the CES and was expected to come out in Q2.
Because of the cancellation of the DROID BIONIC (Etna), Motorola is placing more effort in releasing the DROID X 2 (Daytona) next, followed by the DROID 3 (Solana), even though they will not support 4G LTE.
It did not make sense for Motorola to keep delaying the release of the Etna due to the issues, and have it come out after the Targa. Because of this, Motorola is ramping-up its plans for the Targa, which will be the 4G device that takes the place of the Etna. Since it is up to Verizon to “name” the device, there is a chance the Targa might still be called “DROID BIONIC” when it is released, or could end up with a different “DROID” label.
The Motorola Targa will most likely be a Q3 summer device, which is placing it a few months behind what the expected release was for the Etna, but from the people that we’ve talked to, the Targa a much better device and will be worth the wait. It will feature a dual-core processor, 4.3″ qHD display, a 13MP camera on the rear, and a 1.3MP camera on the front.
We will keep you updated when we learn more information, and we’ll be waiting to see if Motorola officially announces that the Etna will not be the DROID BIONIC, and what their plans are for the Targa.
We recently reported that Sprint would introduce on April 15th, the eco-friendly Samsung Replenish. The Android flavored device was expected to launch on May 5th. Today, a day earlier than Sprint’s expected announcement, the Korean based manufacturer let the cat out of the bag by introducing the model on its web site.
With a QVGA display 2.8 inches in size, the Replenish is constructed from recycled and recyclable plastics. Not much is known about the phone when it comes to specs, although the handset will have a camera and offer Wi-Fi connectivity as well as Bluetooth 3.0. Samsung’s web site said that the unit will be launched in June.
Any more information on the Samsung Replenish will need to wait for Sprint’s announcement tomorrow as Samsung has removed from its site the page with all of the information about the Replenish.
If you work with AutoCAD (computer-aided design) software, then you’re probably familiar with AutoCAD WS for iOS. And Autodesk, the makers of AutoCAD WS, have announced that an Android version is coming soon.
AutoCAD WS will allow you to view, edit, and share your design projects in real-time from your Android device. And your collaborators and clients can do the same from their Android or iOS device, or any computer with a browser. Viewing the projects from a computer doesn’t require a special app, so you can bring anyone in on the review process.
AutoCAD WS allows you to store your projects online, so they’re never beyond reach, even without your device. But there is still the option to edit them offline. And the controls are familiar and intuitive, so it won’t be a great departure from your normal design experience.
Industry professionals and aspiring designers alike could benefit from the convenience and access of AutoCAD WS. It will be available from the Android Market soon. Visit the link below to register for Autodesk’s AutoCAD WS notifications.
We recently reported that the Motorola DROID X2 is expected to become reality later this year. While the device will not launch with 4G connectivity, it was assumed that such a high-end device would launch with a Tegra 2 dual-core processor under the hood. And while Motorola and Verizon have been mute considering the handset, a video made of the DROID X2 booting up shows the screen with the words “DUAL CORE” splashed across the qHD display.
Even without a connection to Verizon’s LTE network, the Motorola DROID X2 could appeal to those Verizon customers still making do with the original DROID. And you know that many owners of the original DROID X are going to want to taste the dual-core goodness of the sequel.
If 4G connectivity is a deal-breaker, well, there is always the phone code-named the Motorola Targa which resembles the DROID X but is enabled for an LTE connection.
As we just told you, the Samsung Galaxy S II will not ship with the Tegra 2 dual-core processor in the U.K. Instead, the handset will have Samsung’s own Exynos chipset under the hood. And while the accuracy of the Quadrant benchmark test for dual-core processors has not yet been determined, the Exynos chip apparently produced a brain-numbing score of 3,053 on a Quadrant test run by Eldar Murtazin. We say “apparently” because it is possible that instead of using the Galaxy S II running on the Exynos 1.2 GHz processor and Mali-400 MP GPU, it’s possible that Murtazin’s model was powered by a nVidia Tegra 2 with a ULP GeForce GPU.
The score beat out the 2,958 produced on a Quadrant test of the LG Optimus 3D, which we reported on back during the MWC. Ironically, the Samsung Galaxy S II scored only 1950 at the same time, making us wonder if Samsung has tweaked its device since February, or if that high score of 3,053 is legit.
The Samsung Galaxy S II is expected to launch May 1st in the U.K. and there is no word yet if the phone will be offered in the States.
Timely software updates may not be something for LG to brag about. That is why we cross our fingers every time we hear about one coming. Luckily, this time the word comes from a reliable source – LG’s Danish website, which hints in its FAQ section that Android 2.3 Gingerbread should land on the LG Optimus 2X in June or July of this year.
In the U.S., LG’s dual-core superphone may be more popular as the T-Mobile G2x, and as our loyal readers probably know, it is expected to launch next Wednesday. Hopefully, we will eventually see it being treated to an update as well, as long as T-Mobile releases Gingerbread for over-the-air download, of course.
Nevertheless, we are excited that the LG Optimus 2X may finally run Android’s latest version even though older devices like the LG Optimus One might beat it to it. We will be keeping our eyes open for a solid confirmation from LG and will surely let you know if a release date gets announced.
Great news for all Android modders around the world comes from no other than cellphone manufacturer Sony Ericsson itself. Effective yesterday, some Android-powered Sony Ericsson smartphones can now have their boot loader unlocked via a software tool. Even though this does not mean anything to the Average Joe, such an unlock will now enable software developers to easily try out their homebrew ROMs and custom OS tweaks without the need for any elaborate hacking procedures.
Only certain releases of four Sony Ericsson devices are eligible for a boot loader unlock right now, namely the Xperia PLAY, arc, pro, and the neo. However, it is quite possible for upcoming smartphones to join the list of modder-friendly handsets. In a nutshell, the unlocking procedure goes like this: you provide SE with your name, email address, and the smartphone’s IMEI number, after which you will be able to download all the software needed for the boot loader unlock to be performed.
Of course, Sony Ericsson does not forget to warn you that a ton of things can go wrong. Unlocking the boot loader may have unwanted side effects like ending up with a bricked device or voiding its warranty. If you choose to proceed anyway, we urge you to be very careful, and do not forget to share your modding endeavors with us by leaving a comment below.
Online retailer Wirefly is at it again. This time, they have just listed the T-Mobile Sidekick 4G and the T-Mobile G2x for pre-order six days prior to their official release. Priced at $80 for the former and $150 for the latter, the two offers are a bargain, which both new and existing T-Mobile subscribers can take advantage of.
If you have your mind set on the Sidekick 4G or the G2x, Wirefly’s deal seems to be the best one online right now. Since both smartphones are scheduled to launch on April 20, we do not expect them to ship much later after that should you decide to pre-order them online. However, if you have the patience, we would recommend you to hold on until Amazon steps in and lists the handsets as well.
The lads at Clove have officially confirmed that the much-anticipated Samsung Galaxy S II is to be offered with Samsung’s own Exynos processor rather than NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 in the UK.
The handset is to launch on May 1 in Britain, and this Samsung flagship model will offer a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen with 480 x 800 resolution, Gingerbread, 1024MB of RAM and two cameras. It’s also noted that the British version will be a quad-band GSM phone. But because these cold stats can’t quite express the beauty of this handset, go this way for our Samsung Galaxy S II Hands-on.
It’s still uncertain whether it will be powered by Sammy’s own Exynos processor or NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 in the US. Worse still, it’s unknown when this handset will be released on this side of the Atlantic.
source: Clove UK
We love the fact the tablet battle is heating up – it means better tabs for less money by more competitors. The Asus Eee Pad Transformer is a perfect example of this trend, and now a rumor claims that we will see this high-specced device for $399 in the US.
This is in accordance with a previous information we reported – that Best Buy and Newegg briefly listed the Asus tab for the same price, only to remove it from their sites a few hours later. Now, citing an Asus contact, tech-blogger Joanna Stern says the 16GB Wi-Fi version of the Asus Eee Pad Transformer is to be available stateside by the end of April.
This is great news as there is not much difference spec-wise (and these are some really, really good specs) between this tab, the Acer ICONIA TAB A500 and the Motorola XOOM, as they all pack a 10.1-inch screen with 800 x 1280 resolution, 1GHz Tegra 2 processor, 1024MB of RAM, two cameras and the tablet-optimized Android 3.0. There is a difference in the price of these devices though, as the Acer ICONIA TAB A500 costs $500 for the 16GB Wi-Fi version, while the better known Motorola XOOM is priced at $599 for the 32GB Wi-Fi version.
The amount of money it costs aside, the Asus Eee Pad Transformer has one (potential) advantage over its rivals – you can buy a $149 keyboard dock designed for the tab, which not only turns your Asus Eee Pad Transformer into something that closely resembles a laptop, but also extends its battery life to the impressive 16 hours. Sweet.