Radio Shack announces $149.99 price for Motorola Atrix 4G sans rebate

If you are looking to pick up a Motorola Atrix 4G when it comes out, you might want to get over to the Shack,  Radio Shack that is.  They just announced their pricing on this beast of a phone at a sweet $149.99.  That’s $50 bones less then what AT&T will be offering it at, and you don’t have to play the rebate waiting game!  They also will have the Motorola lapdock for $329.99 if you pick up the bundle deal.  Still a bit too rich for my blood, as the phone is the brain afterall anyways.

First they push up the release date to February 22nd, and now we find lower prices.  Hopefully this price war continues for all  high-end Android phones.  If you have your eye on the Motorola Atrix 4G, things are looking up!  Time to Google Map all the nearest Radio Shacks near my house.

[via intomobile]

LG’s silly Optimus 3D advertising video is a little over the top

Ok, if the glasses-free 3D on LG’s Optimus 3D really looks like it does in this commercial, I’m getting 5 of them, but something tells me this is a bit of a stretch – pun intended.  I especially like the way they portray take that some things are just too complicated to figure out from watching it in 2D – like learning certain yoga poses.

Because you know, if you can’t figure it out on your flat 42″ 2D screen, it’s obviously easier to figure out on a 3D 4.3″ smartphone screen.  If anything, it was pretty comical, and maybe one day we will have a phone capable of this type of technology, but until then I’m quite content with checking out the girls doing yoga poses at my gym in Real-D.

[via Engadget]

Android tablets built into Indian buses

Lookout dub rolling Escalades and high class airliner planes cause it looks like buses are going to be the new mode of transportation to have integrated screens in their headrests.  And not just any screen, but an Android tablet screen!  That’s right, buses in India are now sporting 7″ touch screens that run their own customized Android interface that allows users to login and do the normal things you would do on an Android tablet, such as view maps, watch video, listen to music, or log into your bank account (although I highly discourage the latter).  What’s nice is that it’s a free service, and I’ll give you 1 guess how it’s all possible…  by serving your advertising!

Still, this is a nice addition to your morning commute should you use the bus, and as long as people don’t hack them out of the headrests or hack the system itself, I can see this as a great use of Android in the future for public transportation.  Hit the jump to see some additional video footage of it in action.

Broadcom announces BCM21850, a dual-core ARM Cortex A9 clocked at 1.1GHz

If you  have ever built a computer or happen to work in IT, Broadcom should be a name familiar to you.  They are well known of their WiFi  and bluetooth chips, but they also have a few new chips coming to the mobile market game.  The most anticipated one is their BCM21850.  Aside from being another dual-core processor, it is also built on the 40nm process, which makes it smaller and more power efficient then the competitor chips out there built on the 45nm process.  Here are the rest of the specs on this chip:

LG G-Slate video shows off hardware and 3D

If you are itching for more details on the upcoming LG G-Slate on T-Mobile, there’s a short video out there showing off the externals of the Android tablet, as well as its 3D capabilities.  While we are impressed with the specs, and snazzy external styling (love that kickstand!), we aren’t sure the 3D video recording capability will be the must have feature of this device.  It’s a bit gimmicky at best, but at least you can still disable it and shoot regular pictures and video.  Check out the video after the break and tell us what you think.

Samsung Fascinate gets Froyo the XDA developers way

It’s Unofficial – the Samsung Fascinate is finally running Froyo, albeit from the bright minds over at XDA-Developers.  User “punk.kaos” managed to compile together the latest leaked Froyo ROM (DL30) for the Fascinate and has it available for download.  It’s pre-rooted, and has all the normal Verizon/Samsung bloatware included so you can get the full experience of removing it as soon as the system loads!

Keep in mind that installing your own ROM can brick your phone if done improperly, so tinker at your own risk – especially since this dev is offering absolutely no support (or even requests for that matter) – so mod with caution!  Head on over to the xda-developers forum to grab it and let us know how it works out for you in the comments!

[via xda-developers forum]

Google App Market to bring in-app pay system, carrier billing, improved user discovery, and more

The battle between mobile OS app stores has been an on-going saga since their inception.  While Android has managed to bring in the developers, providing a nice open-source platform to work with, the amount of quality apps and purchased apps, haven’t brought in as much profit as Google expected.

In a recent Q&A with Google’s Android Platform Manager Eric Chu at the Inside Social Apps conference in San Francisco, there were quite a few changes announced to help clean up and improve the Android Market.  Hit the jump to see the run-down of what they will be working on in 2011:

Samsung Galaxy Tab getting another price cut on Jan 26th

That’s right folks, T-Mobile is dropping the Samsung Galaxy Tab price yet again!  This time, by another 50 buckaroos.  That brings down the cost of the popular Android tablet to $250 after a $50 mail-in rebate.  Of course this will require a 2-year contract, but now we are getting down to that impulse buy range.

Now here’s the question – can you hold off the splurge and wait for the new tablets to hit the market, or has T-Mobile finally hit the sweet spot?  If anything, we hope this trend continues with other Android tablets, as we will soon be flooded with touch-screen galore in the upcoming months and beyond.

[via TmoNews]

Barnes & Noble phasing out the Nook 3G

If you had your eyes set on the Nook 3G, then you better get that credit card out cause it looks like Barnes & Noble is stopping production on the ebook reader – according to Engadget.  This isn’t surprising, as most e-readers allow you to download your reading material while you are on wifi, and read the content offline at a later time.

This surely makes the wifi version of the Nook the more appealing, and a cheaper option to buyers.  Especially since you can pick up a hotspot damn near everywhere these days.  Oh yea, let’s not forget about the Nook Color, for my Android hacking brethren and overclocking cousins.

[via Engadget]

White Samsung Nexus S gets outted in Germany

German blog site BestBoyz looks to have a  few snapshots of the Samsung Nexus S in a pristine white shell.  Ok, it might not be full on white, but I’m sure you’d still fool those Apple fan boys when you hold up that curved glass screen as you chit chat with your bff Stacey.  The source also states that these will be shipping with Super AMOLED screens, and not the Super Clear LCD displays rumored before.

While it might not be the completely albino Android you were looking for, it’s still nice to have options.  With all these removable battery covers I’m surprised we don’t see more colors from 3rd-party manufacturers.

thanks to our tipster!

[via BestBoyz]

Hands on with the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc

The upcoming Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc is one sexy Android phone, so there’s no shame in wanting to watch 11 glorious minutes of hands-on with this slim, curvy device.  HDblog has thrown up a detailed video showing off the hardware and software side of things, along with features and settings that Sony has slapped atop Android.

Android 2.3 will ship with the device and Sony has decided to scale down TimeScape and MediaScape, speeding up the phone’s UI.  Other notable features are the Bravia enhanced 4.2-inch display, HDMI out, and the rear 8-megapixel camera that packs Sony’s fast Exmor sensor which is great for low light pictures.  Now let’s hope Sony keeps to their word of timely updates. Hit the jump to see the video and let us know if the Xperia Arc is your next dream phone.

Motorola Xoom expected to be released on Feb 17th at Best Buy for $700

Like other tablets before it, the Motorola Xoom is looking to make it’s sale debut over at Best Buy on the 17th of February, according to Engadget.  Details show that the pricing appears to be starting out at a steep $700 buckaroos with 32GB onboard.  This puts it in the price range of the original 32GB 3G  iPad which costs $730.

Samsung Mobile launches teaser site for Mobile World Congress

Samsung is trying to stir up more buzz with a new teaser site at www.samsungunpacked.com that simply states, “EVOLUTION is FATE” along with the time, date, and location.  First off, that sounds like advertising for the HTC Evo, not a Samsung device, but obviously this is for their new product announcements set for Mobile World Congress 2011 in Barcelona next month.

There’s a few speculations on what we’ll see when Samsung shows off their new warez.  For one, we are expecting official announcements on the Samsung Galaxy Ace and the Samsung Suit, but the latest rumors have been around the Galaxy S2, and a successor to the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

I know I’m already excited to see what Samsung has to offer – more Super AMOLED Plus screens? more 4G devices? a 10-inch tablet?  dual-core processors?  What do you want to see Samsung announce?  Let us know in the comments!

[via SamsungUnpacked]

AT&T updates site with their 4G service and devices

AT&T has put together a trendy, and playful advertising campaign promoting their upcoming 4G service and devices.  While AT&T doesn’t quite have their LTE 4G service available yet, they have gone ahead and readied HSPA+ for the soon to be released 4G devices that we recently heard about at CES 2011.

AT&T claims their HSPA+ will run 4x faster then current HSPA (3G) speeds, and will be available everywhere 3G currently exists on their network.  They also are making sure you know that you can talk and surf simultaneously.

Hardware wise, they have thrown up the big three 4G Android devices coming soon to AT&T – the HTC Inspire 4G, Motorola Atrix 4G, and the Samsung Infuse 4G, as well as their USB 4G-capable modem, called the AT&T USBConnect Shockwave.  Not to shabby a line-up, and while we’d love to have LTE 4G now, it’s still a decent strategic plan to have HSPA+ 4G now.  Check out all the details in the source link below.

[via AT&T]

Samsung Galaxy Ace (S5830) spotted in the wild

Samsung manufacturers cell phones faster then your Grandma bakes cookies these days, so it’s not surprising for us to see their phones spotted out in the wild more often then not.  The recently unofficially announced Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 was spotted in Central Festival Pattaya before it’s big expected debut at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.  The sneak peak above shows more proof of the Galaxy Ace branding and model number.

As a reminder the Ace is looking to be a smaller version of Sammy’s Galaxy line, thus dubbed the Galaxy S Mini by some.  It will sport a 3.5-inch display (480 x 320 pixels and reportedly not Super AMOLED), 800 MHz processor, 5-megapixel camera, along with the rest of the usual stuff.  Nothing spectacular, but I’m sure, this is just a cookie crumb of what Samsung has to offer at MWC.

[via Engadget Mobile]