Toshiba Set to Unveil a New Tablet at IFA

Word comes to us this afternoon of a new tablet from Toshiba, who has thus far been relatively quiet in that department. Sources tell us that the above picture is that of a device Toshiba will anounce at IFA, but details are scarce. While the Thrive wasn’t the best Android-tablet effort we’ve seen, it certainly wasn’t terrible and we’re excited to see what Toshiba can bring to the table. Judging by their last tablet’s specs, we can infer that the device will run at least 3.1 Honeycomb, sport the standard micro USB, HDMI, and SD ports, and reflect a sleek design. Here’s hoping Toshiba has something nice in store for us. Check out the links below for more pics.

[via notebookitalia]

Free Version of Tetris Released by EA, Available on the Android Market

Today marks the launch of EA’s free version of Tetris on the Android Market. While a paid version has been readily available for some time now, the free version is no different from that, save for the fact that it is ad-supported. It features all of the great visuals, famous music, and a difficult marathon mode that fans will appreciate. Gameplay is exactly as you know and love, though modified (well, I might add) for the touch interface. Give it a try, and let us know what you think.

[via reuters]

New Pics of the HTC Vigor Surfacing

Long have any concrete details eluded us of the HTC Vigor. Many a rumor has risen, only to keep us interested, yet never providing us with any hard facts.

Well, the latest leak is no different. We get some (beautiful) pics of HTC’s latest device, but nothing verifying our sources claims of a 4.3” screen, 1GB RAM, 1.5GHz CPU, or the Beats by Dre software. We know that the device is bluetooth-certified, so it HAS To be nearing a release, we just wish that HTC would be more forthcoming with the specs and expected release date.

Oddly enough, these pics remind this author of the Incredible HD, while the coloring hints at Verizon’s DROID offering. Could the two really be one device, destined for the Verizon network? We’ll definitely let you know if you we hear anything different.

Rumored Pantech Breakout, Another LTE Phone on Verizon

A recent leak has us wondering about the possibility of a new Verizon device, the Breakout, coming in the following months. While the specs aren’t great – just a 1GHz CPU, 512MB RAM, front and back cameras and Gingerbread – it does support Verizon LTE. Judging by the popularity of LTE and the relative demand for inexpensive smartphones, our guess is that this phone will target the low-budget crowd (maybe even the prepaid crowd). While nothing is confirmed yet, we do have a comparison sheet, which is more than we can say for many other rumors.

[via ac]

Droid Bionic Video Preview Surfaces

An anonymous source comes to us today with a long-anticipated video showcasing the Droid Bionic’s boot sequence and a few quick previews. Take a look at the fancy new animations that come with BLUR, as well as the neck-breaking 4g test. While impressive, and certainly pretty, it appears to come with that scrolling lag so common on stock Motorola devices. Perhaps it’s the video quality, but this author is inclined to think that Moto still hasn’t learned that we hate BLUR. Regardless, kudos to our tipster for the video! We’re excited to finally see the phone in action.

[via anonymous]

Sony Ericsson’s Live with Walkman brings Social Music to your Smartphone

In the wake of the last Walkman device, Sony Ericsson brings us yet another smartphone with an emphasis on music and social media discovery. The Live with Walkman phone is to be powered by a 1GHz processor, 3.2 inch capacitive, HVGA screen, front-facing 5 megapixel camera capable of shooting video in 720p, and 2.3 Gingerbread. At this point, one might think that this may be a decent phone, but here’s the kicker: it only comes with 320MB of RAM. Seriously, Sony? Did we go back in time two years, are you competing with the Droid 1?

But I digress. With up to 32GB of storage, dual and tri-band 3g support, and enhanced audio and Qriocity integration, the Live with Walkman has a lot going for it. Hopefully, the price reflects the dated hardware that this appears to be shipping with. If not, this phone is already a dud.

[via sonyericsson]

Sprint Could be the First Carrier to See the Galaxy S II

A source out of SprintFeed tells us that Sprint could be the first US carrier to launch the Galaxy S II, dubbing it the Epic Touch 4G. Disregarding the odd name, the Epic Touch 4G is shaping up to be a very respectable phone, capable of holding its own against other superphones. We’re excited to see it launch on the 9th, and initial previews for the device seem to be positive. Here’s hoping Samsung has some good news for us on the 29th at their launch event.

[via SprintFeed]

Gameloft Releases UNO on the Android Market

Remember playing card games growing up? You know, before we had video games and cell phones, before we all had lives and worked?

Well, so does Gameloft, and they are actively seeking to mash up the two generations into one with their latest release, UNO. UNO has always held a soft spot in my heart – it’s challenging, unpredictable, and games are relatively short and easy to pick up. It’s a great party game and Gameloft hopes to bring the same experience to the masses via online play, tournament play, and more. My only gripe is its lack of hot-seat games, which seems like a huge overlook on Gameloft’s part. Check it out at the link below and tell us how you like it.

[via market]

Verizon Losing Android Market Share, AT&T on the Rise

As I say every time that I review market statistics, we’ve seen a million different ways to prove how one provider is more successful than the next. While Chitika’s statistics don’t really provide anything we haven’t already seen, they do tell us that Verizon is slowly on the decline, and AT&T is on a definite rise. Verizon holds four of the five top smartphones (Droid X, HTC Droid Incredible, Samsung Fascinate, Droid), has hands-down the best service in the country, and provides excellent customer service. So, why does AT&T continue rise while Verizon loses market share? Perhaps the popularity of recent devices (like the HTC Inspire) or growing service area is the culprit, but this reviewer finds the numbers strange. If AT&T’s merge with T-Mobile is blessed, they are even set to overtake Sprint for a solid 2nd place. Here’s to hoping that with the increased user base comes more responsibility to the customer on AT&T’s part.

[via chitika]

Over Four Months Late, Verizon Will Finally Release the DROID BIONIC

Recognize this? Over a month ago we were teased by this ad for the DROID Bionic, to find that nothing ever became of it. Well, we now know where it was headed, as September’s Buyer’s Guide features the exact same mockup. We’ve heard that the Bionic could be released as early as the 26th, but we wouldn’t bet on it. With nearly 4 months worth of setbacks, this device has left doubt in this author’s mind. With 4 month’s time to work on it, Verizon had better ship this phone with no problems. And quick.

[via droid-life]

HTC Vigor to be a Major Contender in the Battle for Top Dog

In the first Dr. Dre-approved smartphone this market has seen, the HTC Vigor is shaping up to be a major contender in the race to the top of the Android food chain. Briefly the Vigor appeared on an unnamed Dutch retailer site, but it was long enough to get some new specs. With a beastly 1.5GHz Qualcomm, 720p HD display, 1GB RAM, and the latest Version of Android + Sense UI, this forthcoming Verizon phone has a lot going for it.

Perhaps the the phone’s greatest feature is its Beats by Dre integration, bringing what once was limited to expensive hardware to your pocket. Being a Verizon customer whose contract is nearly ready for renewal, this phone has me very interested. Let us know your thoughts below.

[via pocketnow]

HTC Holiday Leaked On Craigslist

This may be the first time this author has heard of a device being leaked on Craigslist. According to a thread over at XDA, the person who discovered the resemblance actually found an HTC Holiday his local auctions, bought it, then posted the pictures online as proof. We still expect that the Holiday will sport a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB or RAM, and 4.5-inch qHD display, though “technically” this AT&T-bound device could still be a concept. Check out the pics at the link below and let us know what you think!

[via engadget]

Would You Rather? Game Now on Android Market [Courtesy of XDA]

Would you rather only be able to see in black and white, or lose your sense of smell? Therein lies just one of hundreds of questions that come with XDA developer TheWhiteBandito’s new Android App, “Would You Rather.” Its premise is simple, you’re asked a question, and you give an answer.

By the developer’s own words, this is a game to be played with friends. One can imagine the hilarity that might ensue when asked to debate “Would you rather have X-Ray Vision or Bionic Hearing?” Check the game out and let us know how it compares to similar games.

[via xda]

Unlock With Wifi App Brings New Update, Better Battery Savings [Courtesy of XDA]

XDA Developer Ben74 has brought us a nice update to the “Unlock With Wifi” app that he originally released several months ago. With this app, one has the ability to disable the lockscreen on their phone by simply being connected to a safe, or “trusted”, network, such as at home or work.

The biggest update from the original version of this app is the Device Admin mode, that allows one to put some security back onto the device, while simultaneously saving more battery life. If you’d like to give it a try, you find find the link to the thread below. Let us know what you think.

[via xda]

AT&T Could Save More Than 90% by Not Partnering with T-mobile, Leaked Documents Reveal

It seems that AT&T has themselves caught in a bit of a lie.

Thursday’s filings to the FCC regarding the T-Mobile takeover were mistakenly not redacted by AT&T’s lawyers, making public a good amount of information that AT&T probably would have liked to keep hidden. While they have now been taken down, the damage is already done. In these, AT&T revealed that it would only cost an additional $3.8 billion to build out their network from the 80% planned to the 97% they hope to have.

“AT&T senior management concluded that, unless AT&T could find a way to expand its LTE footprint on a significantly more cost-effective basis, an LTE deployment to 80 percent of the U.S. population was the most that could be justified,” AT&T counsel Richard Rosen stated in the letter.

The company said its merger with T-Mobile would spread the cost of the LTE expansion over a larger revenue base, allowing it to “better absorb the increased capital investment and lower returns associated with deploying LTE to over 97 percent of the U.S. population.”

Now, something’s not right. Why is spending $3.8 billion to cover an additional 55 million people too high of a price to pay, but spending $39 billion plus the $3.8 billion needed to build out sound economics? It doesn’t add up.

Many would insinuate that AT&T is trying to keep a resurgent Sprint from partnering with T-mobile and creating a viable third-place competitor. Why else would they spend nearly 10 times as much to pick up a competitor and expand this “spectrum” that they so desire, when they can build it out themselves for less than one-tenth of the cost?

Of course, AT&T denies the notion. “There is no real news here,” said spokeswoman Margaret Boles to Wireless Week. “Without this merger, AT&T could not make this expanded commitment.”

So what do you our readers think? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

[via tmonews]