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.

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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]