ASUS Padfone Formally Announced At MWC, Due To Arrive In April

We knew the Padfone was on its way to MWC, but ASUS has finally unveiled its new jewel of a smartphone to the masses. That means that sexy smartphone (and “tablet” accessory) is officially on its way. Some of the noteworthy features of the Ice Cream Sandwich-powered device includes: 

Of course the specs are sexy and all, but you all are waiting for the really interesting aspects of the device, right? In case you’ve forgotten, you have the ability to turn this svelte phone into a tablet, thanks to a handy (optional) accessory— a dock which allows you to turn the device into a tablet. The optional tablet dock will not only allow you to view your content on a bigger screen, but you will also find some extended battery life. Among the other coveted accessories that will be a available will be a keyboard and wait for it— a stylus headset which performs double-duty as a stylus and you guessed it— a headset.

The phone is set to arrive in April, but ASUS stops there. There is no additional word on which countries/markets it will launch first nor do we know how much the phone and its accessories will run for, though it’s probably going to cost you a pretty penny. You now know the phone is on its way and you’ve seen the specs, now why don’t you hit the break to see the full press release from ASUS? This will be able to hold you over in the meantime.


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Google Makes Its Presence Known At MWC: Highlights 850,000 Devices Are Being Activated Each Day

Google is making its presence known at MWC by giving us a status update on the Android ecosystem. The Android platform is not only healthy, but growing at a rapid pace. Google highlights Android has “a year-on-year growth rate of more than 250%” and adding “850,000 Android devices are being activated each day, bringing the total number of Android devices worldwide past the 300 million mark”. The Android Market is one of the major reasons for Android’s growth as well. Google shares at MWC 2011, it had 150,000 apps in the Android Market. As of the time of this writing, the number of apps available has tripled to 450,000— with an astonishing 1 billion app downloads happening each month.

To celebrate this achievement, Google has shared a few tricks up its sleeve. For starters, Google has built special “app pods” at its Android stand at MWC. According to Google:

“Many of these featured apps demonstrate the latest Android innovations, such as Android Beam, which lets you share content like web pages, videos, directions, and apps—just by touching two Android phones back to back”.

Also featured at Google’s Android stand are 100+ Android devices at the conveyor belt bar. The devices are shown to highlight some of the many innovations of Android. Finally, there is the Billing Bot which is powered by the Android ADK– which allows you Galaxy Nexus owners to bedazzle your backplate with “perfect precision”.

If you think Google is done at MWC, think again. Google said it best by adding it’s “just getting started”. What other interesting tricks can we look forward to from the team at Mountain View? Stay tuned with Talk Android for the latest updates regarding anything and everything Google.

source: Google Mobile Blog

AT&T Announces It Will Carry The HTC One X Smartphone

We just saw HTC announce the One X smartphone, but we were waiting to see which carrier would carry the device out here in the States. Well now it’s official gang— the HTC One X is on its way Stateside thanks to AT&T. AT&T has not only announced it will bring the 4G LTE device to the U.S., but it will be its first Android 4.0 and Beats Audio smartphone. Among the noteworthy features we can look forward to is a 4.7-inch screen with 720p HD display and Gorilla Glass, a snappy dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, an 8MP camera and the brand-spankin’-new Sense 4.0 UI slapped on top of ICS. Because this phone is HTC’s latest cutting-edge device, it has also introduced new camera software called ImageSense, which is a suite of camera and imaging features with improvements to every part of the camera. Also of note is the Video Pic function— which allows users to capture pictures while recording video in HD and has the ability to capture a still image from previously recorded video.

AT&T has not yet given word on pricing or when we can expect to see the cutting edge device Stateside. We’d bet that AT&T will provide full details sooner than later and see the phone arrive in stores faster than we think. Hit the break for the full presser from Ma Bell.


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Sony Mobile Communications Introduces The Xperia P and Xperia U Smartphones

SMC states the Xperia P and Xperia U will be available globally sometime in Q2, so it shouldn’t be too long of a wait before we see them in stores. You’ve only gotten a brief rundown of each device, so make sure you hit the break to see SMC’s full presser for the Xperia P and Xperia U.


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HTC Endeavor (One X) And Ville (One S) Images And Specs Leaked Ahead Of MWC

MWC is here folks and the information seeping through the cracks have gone from leaks to downpours. After previously seeing some leaks, we now have (unofficial) details of HTC’s upcoming powerhouses. The One X (Endeavor) is slated to feature a quad-core processor (there are disputes as to whether it’s a 1GHz or 1.5GHz clocked speed), a beastly 4.7-inch screen, an 8MP camera and 32GB of storage. The One S (Ville) will feature a 1GHz dual-core processor, 4.7-inch display and 16GB of storage. Both devices will naturally feature Android 4.0 running the show, with perhaps the topping of the new Sense UI.

Pricing for both devices look they’ll be at a premium. The One X is listed at a price of €699.90 ($1,100 US) and the One S is at €599.90 ($944). As with any leaks and rumors, please understand that this information is by no means 100% accurate. But hey, at least we’ll find out about these two devices soon enough.

(Photo courtesy of The Verge)

source: The Verge and Android Central

Samsung Galaxy S III Will Feature 4.8-Inch Display And Have Simultaneous Launch Globally

We may not be seeing the Samsung Galaxy S III at MWC next week, but we know it’s very much real and on its way. BGR reports that Samsung will not be launching the device in phases as it was done with the Galaxy SII. The Galaxy S III will launch in 50 markets simultaneously around the globe, meaning those of us here in the States likely won’t have to wait 6 months after the initial launch as we previously saw with the Galaxy S II. Moreover, in addition to the sexy thin profile and waterproof design the S III will likely have, it will feature a 4.8-inch screen, meaning it will likely be the perfect compliment to Android 4.0 and an HD display that was previously rumored about the device. Oh and the back of the phone will be made of ceramic, not the glossy plastic we’re accustomed to.

If you thought the Galaxy S II was a major breakthrough in smartphone design, the Galaxy S III is ready to raise the bar even higher. Stay tuned with Talk Android for any future updates or developments in the Galaxy S III saga.

source: BGR

Landmark Victory: Judge Rules In Favor Of AT&T Customer For “Unlimited Data” Throttling

 

Score one for the little guys. AT&T’s controversial “unlimited” data plan has made some noise in recent weeks. Since announcing they would begin reducing speeds for certain customers with the coveted unlimited data plan last year, it had since gotten an immense amount of criticism from many customers and even the media. After all, how can AT&T throttle data speeds for unlimited customers who pay the exact same a comparable amount to those who are on a tiered data (3GB/month) plan. Of course AT&T thinks its policies aren’t that bad, but one customer believes the policies are atrocious and had enough, so he decided to fight back.

AT&T customer Matt Spaccarelli decided to take action by taking AT&T to small claims court. He has the unlimited data plan and was being throttled by AT&T. He also contends his data speeds were being throttled, despite only using 1.5GB to 2GB of data per month and using by doing some thorough research, laid his claims and arguments before a judge arguing what AT&T is doing is wrong. AT&T countered by highlighting it is free to change the terms of its contracts or even end them outright, if it decided that the subscriber was causing adverse network usage. Judge Russell Nadel accepted the argument of Spaccarelli and granted him victory. Spaccarelli was awarded $850 which will go towards the remainder of his contract— or about $85 for 10 months.

Let this be a lesson for AT&T: customers aren’t happy and they’re willing to do something about your business practices. As an AT&T unlimited data customer myself and the victim of a threatening “text message warning” about my data usage, I can’t help but feel justice for all of us who are bullied by Ma Bell. Let’s hope it gets its act together, otherwise it will continue to lose support and ultimately customers.

(Photo courtesy of Synaptic Storage)

source: Google News
via: Phandroid

 

Samsung Secretly Developing Bezel-Less Device Called Galaxy B?

It looks like a major breakthrough in Android smartphone and tablet design is upon us. Rumor has it that Samsung is secretly working on a bezel-less device, meaning a device featuring an all-screen front may soon be within our grasp. Because Ice Cream Sandwich utilizes virtual buttons, it makes total sense that devices with smaller or no bezels appear on the horizon– which is why Sammy is rumored to be developing the Galaxy B smartphone.

Before you all get excited and go nuts, please note this Galaxy B bezel-less device is based off pure speculation. That means this could all be some sort of sick rumor and bezel-less devices may not be a reality just yet. Let’s hope that Sammy comes through and gives us some sort of leak or hint soon. MWC perhaps?

source: Mk
via: Phandroid

Sony Ericsson Xperia NX Officially Launched In Japan On NTT DoCoMo Network

The very high-profile Sony Xperia S smartphone has officially launched, well in Japan at least. We certainly hope you’ve had your wallets prepared for this moment, the Xperia S— known as the Sony Ericsson Xperia NX in Japan has arrived and will operate on NTT DoCoMo’s mobile network. As we previously highlighted before, this phone is branded under Sony Ericsson and not Sony. This is unusual because the other variants of the Xperia S (including the Xperia Ion) will be under the Sony brand.

All curiousity aside, if you live in Japan and are ready to get one of the hottest phones of the year, go grab that phone today. If you do get it, let us know what you think in the Comments section below.

source: NTT DoCoMo