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Pink Sony Xperia P gets the Early Unboxing Treatment

Hey ladies, get a load of this upcoming Sony Xperia NXT design! What we are looking at here is a pink, aluminum body Xperia P as unboxed by the folks over at RingHK. Apparently this device is due to hit markets sometime in the near future but unfortunately there is no word on when or where.

The dual-core Xperia P has found itself a loyal following by boasting a sexy design, decent specs and a reasonable price to go along with it. After it receives the Ice Cream Sandwich update in the next couple of weeks the Xperia P could be one of the better mid-range devices available. We wish we knew more about the launch of the phone but we have a feeling it will be limited to overseas markets, but most definitely will be available throughout Asia. If we hear any more news on its launch we will be sure to let you know. In the meantime, Sign off if the comments below if this is something you would be interested in… and don’t worry dudes, pink is punk!

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Motorola Atrix HD Now Available On Bell Canada for Only $50

Are you living in Canada and are looking for a good deal on a sweet new Android device? Well, Bell has you covered and is offering the Motorola Atrix HD LTE for only a mere 50 bucks. Whats the catch you ask? It comes complete with a three year ball and chain otherwise known as a contract. That’s right, you will have to be tied to Bell Mobility for at least 36 months but at least you get a great piece of kit to show for it.

The Atrix HD just landed on AT&T only a few short weeks ago and we were given the opportunity to spend some one on one time with the device. Our very own Roy Alugbue put her through a series of tests in a recent review and needless to say he was pretty impressed for a device that isn’t all that expensive. Better yet, you Canadians can now get it at half the price that AT&T customers can and I would consider that a killer deal for a smartphone that sports the same processor that is found in the Galaxy S III. Hit up the source link for further details and other contract/pricing options from Bell.

source: Bell Canada

Help this LEGO Bugdroid Become a Reality, No Financial Support Needed

How cool is this!? Some Android fan decided to take it upon himself to design and build his very own Andy the Android mascot (aka Bugdroid) all out of custom ordered LEGO’S. No, you cant currently order a kit to build one for yourself but if you go and support the proposed project on LEGO’S CUUSOO site, the kit may eventually become a reality.

CUUSOO is site run by LEGO’S that encourages people to design and build LEGO projects from the ground up. As if that wasn’t cool enough, LEGO’S up the anti by posting these projects for everyone to see and if the project gets enough public support LEGO’S will send it into production. Unlike other start-up sites like Kickstarter and IndiGoGo, CUUSOO gains supporters simply by asking people to comment on how much they would pay for the kit and how many kits they would buy. Easy enough, and no money involved! Jump past the break for details.

Google Releases Four More Nexus 7 Tutorial Videos

Over the past few days we’ve watched as Google released a small hand full of tutorial videos for the Nexus 7. These videos may seem a bit elementary to folks like you and I but I imagine it was done in hopes to ease the masses into the newfound Android tablet craze. We’ve seen the videos like your basic “Getting Started” tutorial, a guide to setting up your homescreen entitled “Welcome Home,” and an overview of the included Google apps (Gapps to you modders :-)).

Today, we have a few more videos to peruse for your  educational pleasure and will cover Google Play, Google+ Hangouts, Google Now, and the all important Jelly Bean tips and features. As I suspect, these vids won’t be anything new to many of you, but they are interesting to watch nonetheless. Hit the break to check out all four of the newest N7 tutorial videos.

Jelly Bean Factory Images Now Available for a Few Nexus Devices Including the Nexus 7

Have you been messing around a bit to much with the system files on your Jelly Bean powered Nexus device and want to return it back to its factory state? You in luck my friends as Google just released the factory 4.1.1 images for a few of the Nexus units, including the brand new Nexus 7. The devices with available factory images are as follows:

  • Galaxy Nexus (yakju): Android 4.1.1 (JRO03C)
  • Galaxy Nexus (takju): Android 4.1.1 (JRO03C)
  • Nexus S (soju): Android 4.1.1 (JRO03E)
  • Nexus S (sojua): Android 4.1.1 (JRO03E)
  • Nexus 7 (nakasi): Android 4.1.1 (JRO03D)

As you can see, the Verizon Galaxy Nexus has been left of the list, and the Korean and Sprint Nexus S isn’t available either. This just goes to show that if you want to stay up to date with the latest Android OS it pays to go with a GSM kit. If you see your device listed above and want to grab its factory image, hit up the source link below.

source: Google Developers

Madfinger to Reward Folks who Paid for Dead Trigger, New Content Coming Soon

Where you one of the many who paid for Madfinger’s Dead Trigger before they decided to make the game free a few days ago? I bet your pissed, huh? Well, you’re not alone my friends and Madfinger wants to make it up to you by giving you some new and exclusive content. The new add-on will come within the next update and will be given out to early adopters only, the ones who paid $.99 for the game. No word on what the update will include or when it will be pushed out, but it’s sure nice to know that Madfinger wants to make things right. Who knows? Maybe you’ll get a new “high roller” level or something. :-) We’ll keep you posted.

source: Twitter
via: Phandroid 

Official Nexus 7 Cover Now Available in the Google Play Store

We’ve been keeping an eye out for the official Nexus 7 cover to become available in the Google Play store and today they finally landed. Only available in dark grey, a new case for your N7 is going to set you back just over $30 depending on your local tax. This includes $19.99 for the unit, $9.99 for 2-day shipping, and a few bucks for uncle Sam. It seems a little pricey after all is said and done but it could very well be worth it to have some custom fitting protection. We will get ours in a few days so stay tuned for some feedback. Heck, if a few of you are interested, I could even throw a quick video together showing you how it looks/works on the tablet. In the meantime, if you already know you want one, hit up the source link below.

source: Google Play

Nexus Q Stock Sold Out? Once Again Shipping in 2-3 Weeks

It was only a couple days ago that Google’s Nexus Q was finally listed as “in stock” from the Google Play store and in a blink of an eye she’s gone again. Whether the demand was so high that stock was drained almost overnight or there was some sort of production glitch, either way, the social media streamer is once again listed as shipping “soon.”  If you have been holding out on ordering a new Nexus Q it looks like you are going to have to wait another 2-3 weeks for shipping if you decide to bite the bullet any time soon. In the meantime, if you haven’t made up your mind on whether or not the Q is for you, you should check out our full hands-on review and we’ll be sure to let you know once more stock becomes available.

source: Google Play

 

CloudOn Brings Microsoft Office to Android Tablets, Now in 60 Additional Countries

Those of you productive types out there may have heard of the app called CloudOn that brings the Microsoft Office experience directly to your Android tablet. Features like Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint in combination with Dropbox and Google Drive integration, make this a must have app for folks who need an Office suite on the go. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the app, maybe it’s because it wasn’t available in your country due to it’s once limited availability. Well, that may be a problem of the past as CloudOn has just been launched in these 60 additional countries:

16GB Nexus 7 Currently Sold-Out on Google Play, Listed as ‘Coming Soon’

Ever since Google dropped the N7 bomb that’s all people have been talking about lately. The new tablet from Google has received overwhelming response from tech blogs and consumers alike, and sales of the device reflect its high demand. Nexus 7 orders from the Play Store went from a 3-5 day shipping period to the 16GB version being completely sold out. Currently, the higher priced 16GB Nexus 7 is listed as “coming soon” and those who are interested in purchasing the device are asked to enter their email to receive an update when more stock becomes available.

At the time of writing this, the 8GB version was still listed as available and will ship in 3-5 days. For only $50 more I can see why the larger version is much more appealing but unless you already jumped on the bandwagon it looks like you will have to wait for the next batch to arrive. This may not be a bad thing, though. If anything, hopefully the screen issues will have been sorted out by then. We will keep you posted.

source: Google Play

Huawei Ascend P1 Heading to Vodafone UK in August

You folks living in the UK should be on the lookout for a new device heading your way, the Huawei Ascend P1. This mega-slim Huawei device has been available in other parts of the globe for a while now but a slightly different version will land on Vodafone and various other UK retailers soon. This new version has a soft touch back plate as opposed to the glossy white version found elsewhere. Measuring in at only 7.69mm thin, the Ascend P1 runs a version of Ice Cream Sandwich that is about as stock as you can get considering manufacturer overlays. The device is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core TI-OMAP processor and sports 1GB of RAM and 4GB of ROM so it should keep many of you power users satisfied. On the rear of the device you will find an 8MP camera coupled with a 1.3MP shooter up front. DNLA certification means that you will be able to seamlessly share your media to your television without the need for any bothersome wires.

Huawei announced that the Ascend P1 will be heading to Vodafone sometime early August while other retail outlets will be announced at a later date. The phone will be free on Vodafone contracts and you can expect a SIM-free version to be released later. Full press release after the break.

Sky’s Now TV Launches on Android, Brings Streaming Movies to Folks in the UK

Here’s some cool news for you UK readers, and only you UK readers. NOW TV’s streaming movie service is now available for Android devices and will allow you to stream movies whenever and wherever you want. If you have the “Sky Movie Pass” you can stream unlimited movies all day long and there is even a nifty “Play to Play” option for those of you who are afraid of commitments. Speaking of commitments, you can sign up right now for a free 30-day trial to see if this is something you can get down with. Pretty sweet, huh?

The Now TV app is now available in Google Play and brings access to a boat-load of great movie titles.  Hit either of the links below to get started.

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Sony Announces New Walkman Powered by Ice Cream Sandwich

Looking for a new MP3 player but simply refuse to use an iProduct? Sony has you covered. Just announced today, the Sony F800 Series Walkman sports a 3.5-inch display, runs Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box and comes in 8, 16, and 32GB configurations. Since the new Walkman is Android powered, it has full access to Google Play and even serves as a portable video player. Playback time is rated at 20 hours for audio and 4.5 hours of video but I suspect if you listen to audio via the built-in xLOUD speakers the battery life would be less. No details on pricing or availability at this time but as soon as we hear more we will let you know.

source: Sony

 

8GB Nexus 7 “In Stock” through Google Play, Ships Immediately

Many of you have already ordered a Nexus 7 and if you have done so recently, you have noticed that ship times were from three to four weeks. Obviously, the 16GB version is they way to go because it doubles the storage for only 50 bucks more but if you are willing to settle for the 8GB version you can have a shiny new N7 in only a matter of a few days. The 8GB device has recently been listed as “in stock” on Google Play and will ship to your house immediately. Knowing how much demand there is for this tablet who knows how long the 8GB unit will remain in stock. If you are looking for some instant gratification I recommend acting quick. Hit up the source link below to place your order.

source: Google Play

Google Begins Shipping Nexus 7 Pre-Orders to U.K. and Canada

Last week Google began shipping out the Nexus 7 to lucky customers in the U.S. while our friends up north and across the pond had to sit back and wonder when they would get their turn. Well, it looks like your up to bat folks! If you live in the U.K. or Canada and have placed an order for a N7, be on the lookout for a shipping notice from Google. We are getting reports from people who say they had gotten the notice late last night and Google has even added the following message to the Google Play support page:

We’re now shipping Nexus 7 preorders. All US and Australia preorders are scheduled to ship by July 17th. UK and Canada preorders have also begun shipping in waves.

If you consider the two-day shipping for the device, I would expect N7’s to land in the U.K. and Canada on Thursday and Friday of this week. One thing to keep in mind, though. Shipments are being sent out in waves so if you didn’t place your pre-order soon after the announcement I would guess your device hasn’t shipped quite yet. The folks who placed an order on day one and two are probably those who will see the device this week, but I imagine all orders should be on doorsteps by end of next week. I know, the wait is killing you, huh?

Do you live outside the U.S. and have received a shipping notice? Let us know in the comments below!

source: Android Central