The tiny successor to the even tinier Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro (there we said it) – the Xperia SK17i Mango – has leaked for the nth time today. This time the Gingerbread-laden handset appears in better quality photos, and is sized next to all of its keyboarded Android brethren in the Sony Ericsson stable, including the Xperia pro.
The phone extends the miniature 2.55″ display of the Xperia Mini Pro to 3″, with 320×480 pixels of resolution, and is most likely powered by the same 1GHz Snapdragon chipset that is in most SE Android phones this year.
It’s got a 5MP camera, which does HD video, but the sensor is most likely the one from the Xperia Play, rather than an Exmor R one, which comes in at least an 8MP package; the Xperia Play takes pretty good photos, though, so no biggie.
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After what must seem like forever, owners of the Samsung Fascinate will finally get an OTA update tomorrow for Android 2.2. Starting Thursday, Fascinate owners can head over to Settings>About Phone >System Updates and they will be a click away from receiving Froyo OTA.
As we reported, the Android 2.2 upgrade was expected to reach Fascinate owners back on February 22nd, and even then it was considered long overdue. But if everything goes as planned tomorrow, all of that will be long forgotten by happy Samsung Fascinate owners.
The latest commercial for the Samsung Galaxy S II shows off a feature called “Voice Talk” that will allow users to send a text without using their hands. The ad highlights how handy this feature could be if you are caught in the Antartica or in Green Bay during the NFL playoffs, and you need to pass along the word to your buddy Nanuk that you are stranded.
Before the Samsung Galaxy S II, you would have to struggle with numb, useless fingers. But the handset allows you to open the text application, dictate the message, and send it all by using your voice.
As we have reported, the device is set to launch in the U.K. on May 1st. While at the current time there is no word on a U.S. release for the Samsung Galaxy S II, it is expected that the Korean based manufacturer will not leave the States out in the uh…cold.
Remember that pesky security hole that was found in the Skype application for Android devices? Well, that vulnerability is a thing of the past now after an official update to Skype for Android took care of it, hopefully once and for all. However, there seems to be a significant bonus that comes along with the security fix.
Call it a way of saying “We’re sorry!” if you will, but the update enables all Skype users to make calls from their Android-powered smartphones over 3G networks. Until now, the feature was only a privilege that some Verizon subscribers could brag about, and needless to say, this discrimination was criticized by Skype users nationwide. With 3G calls now enabled for everybody, the service ought to make up for any loss in popularity that the security flaw may have caused.
If you are not a part of the big Skype family, feel free to give it a try. Calls between Skype users are free of charge, and paid services like international calls or text messaging come at pretty affordable rates.
source: Skype (Android Market)
The Gingerbread update for the Motorola DROID X has been live for about a week now, but the improvements that it brings seem to be anything but solely superficial. According to the feedback that we just got from a fellow tipster, the phone now shows a significant boost in performance in comparison to the time when it was running an older Android version.
The numbers simply speak for themselves. As you can see in the screenshot below, the DROID X scored up to 1918 points on Quadrant and further benchmarks reportedly kept delivering results above the 1800 mark. Such milestones would have been pretty much unreachable prior to the Gingerbread update, when the handset was getting a bit over 1000.
Anybody who thinks their DROID X can beat this? Comments and tips from you, dear readers, are more than welcome!
We already know that the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc is to debut in Canada in only a week’s time, but news about the smartphone’s U.S. launch has been pretty scarce. Luckily, a hint regarding its arrival emerged from the official Sony Ericsson Product Blog and suggests we may have to wait patiently until later this summer.
Here is what Rikard Skogberg, one of the official SE bloggers, shared with his readers when asked about details around the arc’s landing in the U.S.:
I just got something from my US colleagues and the current plan is to have an “a”-variant available at retailers this summer. This version will be optimized for use in the US (GSM/UMTS). I’ll keep you posted as I get more details.
So there you go, a clue from a reliable source that the Xperia arc is already on its way. Unfortunately, “this summer” does not sound as good as a concrete release date would have, but it will have to do until we receive an official announcement from Sony Ericsson itself. If the smartphone does indeed come to the U.S. sporting a GSM radio, AT&T and/or T-Mobile will most probably be the carriers that will offer it. Stay tuned as we will be keeping an eye out for updates. In the meantime, how about checking out this extraordinary Xperia arc commercial?
The T-Mobile Sidekick 4G is now available for the subscribers of the fourth-largest US carrier for $99.99 with a two-year contract.
The new Sidekick is sure to be a decent option for these lads and ladies who love nothing better than to write their blogs and messages on a large, well-spaced physical QWERTY. The Sidekick 4G’s specs are nothing to frown about either, as it offers a 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor, two cameras – a 3MP rear one and a VGA front-facer, Android Froyo, 3.5-inch screen with WVGA resolution and access to T-Mo’s 4G network.
These are the specs, but if you want to know the real-world performance of this new incarnation of the Sidekick, go this way for our T-Mobile Sidekick 4G Review.
A few days ago we exclusively informed you there is a great likelihood that the handset which we met as the Motorola DROID BIONIC at CES 2011 won’t be the phone that’s going to see commercial release with the DROID BIONIC brand.
As you may remember, our tipsters claimed that the model that was showed-off during CES 2011 (codenamed “Etna”) will never see the light of day. However, that’s not to say that Verizon won’t launch a phone named “DROID BIONIC”, as it is alleged that Big Red is firmly determined to use this brand, only that it will be a different device altogether – please, shift your attention to the Motorola “Targa“.
Confirmation now comes from Motorola (quoted by WSJ) stating the launch of the Motorola DROID BIONIC will happen in the summer. A spokeswoman gives the following reason for this postponement:
“Based on compelling feedback since [Consumer Electronics Show in January], we are incorporating several enhancements to make this an even better consumer experience.”
Just what we told you, isn’t it?
You feel like rerunning an old episode of the Sopranos for some wisdom coming out of Paulie Gualtieri? You will be able to do just that on the go, with a fancy official app.
HBO has finally decided to bring its world-famous TV content to the smartphone and tablet universe. Dubbed HBO GO, the app will appear both on iOS and Android, and will allow you access to the premium channel’s content, such as all episodes of each and every soap that has appeared on HBO, plus a garnish of original movies.
HBO GO is supposed to go live on May 2nd (at least that’s the timeframe in the teaser video below), and will be available for free for current HBO subscribers. Mum’s the word on non-subscribers, or Bill Maher, for that matter.
What a day for equality in the Android Market. As we reported early on Tuesday, the CNN app that turned Android users green with envy over its long time appearance in the App Store, became available in the Android Market. And on Tuesday, the official White House app, a App Store exclusive since January 2010, also joined the Android Market as a free download.
The app offers videos and pictures of presidential happenings, news of events, announcements and press briefings. Some of this will be available as they occur in real time. With the app, which has already been downloaded 400,000 times, you get a notification when the President is about to speak.
Although the White House app is available for the Android and iOS platform, any mobile browser using a different OS can use the optimized mobile White House web page at http://m.whitehouse.gov.