Best Buy store confirms launch dates for Thunderbolt, Xoom?

Well, I’m not sure how credible a source the Grand Rapids South Best Buy Facebook page, but they have it from the highest authority that the HTC Thunderbolt is dropping on Valentines Day with the Xoom following up on the 24th.

This is news that has been talked about for a little bit, but nevertheless I think by now we can fully expect to see both of these devices landing before the end of the month. Stay tuned.

[via AC]

1.2GHz Tegra 2 3D chips coming this spring?

A leaked image seems to suggest that a 3D capable 1.2GHz Tegra 2 is on the horizon, and could be here as early as Spring 2011. This T25 chip will naturally be a Dual Cortex-A9, and will obviously be used to power some kind of 3D ready smartphone or perhaps a tablet (or both).

That’s all that’s really known about this chip right now, but stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

[via Engadget]

T-Mobile introduces “Drive Smart”, an app to prevent unsafe phone practices while driving

It’s pretty simple: texting while driving is never a good idea. Thankfully, T-Mobile is taking some initiative with their new “DriveSmart Plus” application, which uses your phone’s GPS to calculate when your phone is going at car-like speeds and will automatically switch into this safe driving mode.

Notion Ink shipping Adam units to FCC, expects customer shipments a week early

In an effort to appease all the doubters out there, Notion Ink posted some photos of a batch of Adam tablets that are ready to be shipped to the FCC and CE tomorrow. Furthermore, the company is aiming to ship all currently placed orders a week ahead of schedule. For example, if your current ship date reads February, it should be changed to the last week of January.

So, now that the Adam is finally upon us, is anyone excited?

[via NotionInk]

Sprint adding a $10 dollar data charge on all smartphones


Been thinking about getting yourself a shiny new EVO? Well, be prepared to add an extra $10 on your monthly data plan. That’s right folks, Sprint has announced that they are adding a $10 dollar data charge on ALL smartphones in addition to whatever phone plan you decide to go with.

So, why the extra coin? Sprint is saying it will assist them “in offering simple and affordable unlimited plans for its customers while maintaining a wireless network able to meet the growing appetite for a richer mobile experience.” Basically they’re pulling the ‘ol “bandwidth is expensive, so we’re going to charge you more” card.

Continue after the break for the full presser, and leave us a comment and share your thoughts about this rate hike.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 pinch-to-zoom support expected this week… in Japan at least

Just yesterday we told you that the upcoming Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc will feature 10-point multi-touch support, a far cry from the Xperia X10’s complete lack of multi-touch support. Well, the X10 won’t have to feel quite so bad as it is finally getting some kind of multi-touch support… well, in Japan at least.

Owners of the NTT DoCoMo version of the X10 will be receiving an update bringing pinch-to-zoom support, but that is the only gesture being added. While pinch-to-zoom is a great start, things like rotation in maps still won’t work, and it’s not even guaranteed to work in all multi-touch supported third-party apps. Am I the only one who is starting to think that Sony should offer a discount to X10 owners who opt to upgrade to an Arc when it is available?

[via Engadget]

Acer expected to launch 7 and 10-inch tablets by mid 2011

Not to be left out of the tablet craze that is sweeping the electronics industry, Acer is slated to debut two or three Android powered tablets by the middle of this year. Acer has stated that these tablets, coming in both 7 and 10-inch models, are designed to gradually replace their aging netbook lineup, and will run on Intel’s Sandy Bridge processors and be powered by Android.

The company has not released any information about pricing or projected sales figures, and although it was announced back in November that these devices would run Froyo, there is also the possibility they will be instead shipping with the new tablet friendly Honeycomb. ¬†Perhaps more specifics will be revealed at next month’s Mobile World Congress, so be sure to check back for more details as they become available.

[via ComputerWorld]

LG Ally finally getting Froyo soon?

LG Ally owners out there that have been patiently waiting for a Froyo update might not have to wait much longer. Leaked documents have revealed that the update is ready to roll, although they do not specify as to when they may start being pushed.

Some owners may be wondering if there is a serving of Gingerbread on the horizon for the Ally. However, given the age of the device and not to mention the time it took to get Froyo ready, I would not count on a 2.3 update for the Ally. We’ll be on the lookout for a ¬†clear-cut release date for the update, so stay tuned.

[via IntoMobile]

Is LG planning to debut a $200 Near Field Communication phone at MWC next month?

Reports are coming in that LG is planning on debuting a $200 Near Field Communication (NFC) phone at next month’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The device, currently dubbed the LG “Pecan”, is supposedly shipping with Android 2.2, although 2.2 does not natively support NFC like 2.3 does.

LG is supposedly calling this device a “ten-million seller”, and although I consider this ten-million figure to be a stretch, but with the right right perhaps it can enjoy the success that the Optimus One has had. All of this is speculation right now, so stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

[via NFCWorld]

T-Mobile G2 free through January 20 with a new 2-year contract


T-Mobile has announced via Twitter that they are offering the G2 for free between now and January 20th if you sign up for a new 2-year contract and if you order online. The G2 may not be as coveted as the MyTouch 4G for example, but it is still a powerful device with a processor that, although it is only 800MHz, can out benchmark a Nexus One.

If you want to take advantage of this offer, hit up the source link below before the 20th.

[via T-Mobile]

Samsung Ace (S5830) also called the Galaxy Cooper?

Earlier today we showed you an official photo of the Samsung S5830, aka the Ace. Well, it appears that this device will have different names varying by country. For example, this phone will be known as the Cooper in India, not the Ace. We’re not sure if there will be other names, but these are the two we have heard so far. The full details of Sammy’s upcoming Android devices are expected to be announced at Mobile World Congress next month, so stay tuned.

Continue after the break for a nearly complete list of specs for this device.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc to support ten-point multi-touch

One of the biggest complaints about the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 was its lack of multi-touch support, which is pretty much a standard feature in decent smartphones nowadays. Well, Sony has learned from their mistakes, and has given the upcoming Xperia Arc not 1, not 2, but over 10 points of multi-touch. This is all possible thanks to the Arc’s Cypress TrueTouch All-Point digitizer, which is capable of up to 32 X/Y sensor inputs.

Obviously 32 is a lot greater than 10, but unless you have three people all clamoring around your phone with their grubby fingers it’s probably easier to just call it 10-point multi-touch. Regardless of what you call it, this is great news for the Arc and a good sign that Sony is learning from their mistakes with the previous members of the Xperia line.

[via Phandroid]

Amazon set to control prices in their Android App Store

Earlier this month we told you that Amazon had launched the developer portal for its forthcoming Android App Store, where developers will be able to upload their Android apps for a 30% cut of whatever sales are made. However, it seems that Amazon has decided to control the prices of the apps sold in their store.

Developers will be able to suggest a price, but the final decision will ultimately come down to Amazon. From the beginning it seemed questionable that users (and developers for that matter) were going to turn to the Amazon store as opposed to the traditional Android Market, but with this news I am fully expecting Amazon’s experiment to flop relatively quickly.

[via ITProPortal]

Photo of an Android themed motorcycle

Well, here’s one way to show off your love for Android. One enthusiast has painted everyone’s favorite green robot on their 2009 Yamaha R15 motorcycle, in several places in fact. My personal favorite is the top of his head popping up at the windshield, but that’s just me. What will we see Andy painted on next? Leave us a comment below and share your thoughts!

[via BikePics]