We’ve been looking forward to the Thunderbolt’s launch, because it looks like a very capable phone. Verizon just leaked an internal document, however, that actually announced a couple of cool features that I’m sure a lot of you wanted to see. They had been rumored, but we were skeptical. According to a newly-leaked internal Verizon screenshot, the Thunderbolt WILL, as opposed to initial reports, include the wireless hotspot feature. Also reported to be making a premier with the Thunderbolt is the ability to simultaneously use voice and data services. This will be the first appearance of this capability on any CDMA device, although Verizon claims that they “cannot promise the experience will be one consistent with [their] brand,” and that reps are not to quote that a selling point of the device. We’ll see how well it works out, but it’s certainly a nice first step!
We told you last week that LG was likely to introduce a 3D phone at the Mobile World Congress in just a few weeks. And while it’s hard to really know with the Android rumor mill being what it is, this one panned out to be true. LG just issued a press release stating exactly that.
Mobile World Congress will be held February 14th (happy Valentine’s Day!) to the 17th. The Optimus 3D, the first 3D mobile phone — featuring glasses-free technology at that — will be making its appearance in Barcelona in about two weeks. As soon as the news comes out, we’ll be bringing it to you! Full press release below.
LG TO UNVEIL WORLD’S FIRST FULL 3D SMARTPHONE AT MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LG TO UNVEIL WORLD’S FIRST FULL 3D SMARTPHONE AT MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2011
3D Recording-Viewing-Sharing of Life’s Precious Moments Anytime, Anywhere
SEOUL, Feb. 1, 2011 – At this year’s Mobile World Congress, LG will unveil the LG Optimus 3D, the world’s first 3D smartphone offering consumers a full 3D experience right in the palm of their hands.
The LG Optimus 3D addresses the lack of 3D content issue — one of the biggest problems facing the 3D market — with a complete platform for a one-of-a-kind experience on a mobile device. LG’s most advanced smartphone to date will feature a dual-lens camera for 3D recording, a glasses-free LCD panel for 3D viewing and diverse connectivity options such as HDMI and DLNA for 3D content sharing anytime, anywhere.
Further details and a live demo of the LG Optimus 3D will be offered at Booth #8B178 at MWC in Barcelona from February 14 to 17.
Obviously, here at TalkAndroid, we love our Android phones, and we always want the latest and greatest. Gingerbread started making an appearance on the Nexus line of phones a couple of months ago, and of course we’re eager to see it rolled out to the rest of the Android line. To that end, when we discovered some leaked shots of Gingerbread running on the Droid X, we considered it a promising development. And naturally, we wanted to share. Mydroidworld has some exclusive leaked pictures of the Droid X running Android 2.3, but they will not reveal how they came to run Gingerbread. Regardless, it could be a sign of good things ahead!
[via MyDroidWorld by way of Android Central]
As you may recall, last week on the XDA-Developers forums, user “deeper-blue” posted some photos of the Nook Color booting up with Honeycomb. Well, today, they’ve posted a video of the Nook Color not only booting Honeycomb, but running it rather well. Check it out:
This new video also features “graphics acceleration” that is “more or less working”. Sure, it’s a touch laggy, but considering all that the developer has done to get this far, it’s a pretty impressive achievement. We’ll bring you more on this as it develops.
[via Android Central]
The Samsung Transform is the latest to get Android 2.2 under it’s belt, not officially, but sort of.
The weather widget in the new LG Optimus 2X is pretty slick. It has gotten a lot of attention, but sadly was tied specifically into that one phone, and LG never made it available for public consumption. However, XDA-Developers member Sony_Ericsson_X10 has found a way to pull the correct .apk file out of the Optimus 2X system dump files to make it work on any Android phone. The only caveat, as he mentions, is that default behavior is to take up the entire homescreen, so it’ll take a custom launcher like LauncherPro to resize the widget to take up only half — as seen in the picture above. If you’re looking for a new (pretty!) weather widget, head over to XDA and give it a try. Let us know your thoughts!
The last few months have seen a lot of announcements with regard to upcoming Android devices. We saw a lot of great stuff at CES, and will undoubtedly see a lot more at Mobile World Congress in the upcoming weeks. So, with all the upcoming devices that will be launching in the near future, what is your local TalkAndroid staff looking most forward to, and why? Read on. Read more
If you thought Facebook and Twitter were all the craze lately, well, then, you’re right. However, there is a rapidly growing mobile social network site that is putting a slight twist on things, and that is, they are gearing it towards Android users and developers. I recently had the pleasure of signing up for Everbadge, by GamerShots.com and instantly had easy access to innumerable amounts of badges, wallpapers, tons of games and apps along with some pretty laid back Android folk. The site touts a free and easy environment for developers to showcase their newly developed apps. You can also meet new people and decide to follow or chat with them, exchange ideas, or just flat out argue over which Android device is better. Read more
Is there anything better than waking up to your inbox and receiving some good news? Yeah, how about an inbox with an email from Google inviting you to an Android event at the Googleplex in Mountain View? That’s right, Google has stated on Feb 2nd, they will be holding an event to discuss “an in-depth look at Honeycomb, Android ecosystem news and hands-on demos”. We can’t help but wonder if Google has something new in store for us. It’s not like Google to just hold an event for a mere summary of Honeycomb. Maybe we’ll hear some discussion on all of these 2.4 sightings or whether or not Honeycomb will be configured to operate on a smartphone? We can hope can’t we? Yes we can, and shall. In any event, stay tuned to Talk Android because we’ll be covering the event and reporting back to you first hand.
Google has also provided a way for you to stream the event live, for those of us who sadly, can’t make the event. What do you want to see come out of all of this ? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Research firm Strategy Analytics reported on the overall sale of smartphones in the last quarter of 2010 compared to the same timeframe the year before. In the last 3 months of the year, 94 million smartphones were sold, which is a 75% increase over the last quarter of 2009. Sales of RIM and Apple devices were up slightly, but the main reason for the large increase was the sale of — you guessed it — Android devices. Between Samsung, Motorola, HTC, and LG, Android phones were counted in the “other” group, which accounted for 37% of all smartphone sales.
Not surprising that basically 1 in every 4 phones sold in the last quarter was a smartphone, and a large percentage of smartphone sold were Android. This is great for Android owners, and it draws in the development community, and gets us more, higher-quality apps on our favorite platform. And while Verizon’s iPhone launch may shake things up a bit, Android sales really seem to be in a very stable position. The upcoming year will be interesting to watch.