The Sony Xperia Go may only run Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but German site A1 decided to see if they could get it to become one with an ice cream sandwich. Dousing the Xperia Go in ice cream was only one of several tests shown in a newly released video showcasing the ruggedness of the handset. The testers “helped” the Xperia Go experience a variety of plausible scenarios, like being dropped in a pool, left in a pocket for a ride down a waterslide, or even being run over by a car. Some of the tests were more farfetched, like being strapped to a soccer ball (football?), buried in sand or the aforementioned ice cream sandwich test. Despite all the attempts to rattle the Xperia Go, it survived and worked fine showing it is worthy of the IP67 rating it carries. Check out the video after the break to see how the Xperia Go did in all of the challenges.
We know there’s plenty of you that fancy gaming on your Android devices, but loathe playing on devices with small screens and lackluster controls. Enter the DROIDX360: an Android workhorse crammed into a Playstation Vita body. The ICS-powered toy features a 5-inch screen (800 x 480), a 1.5GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage and a 2-megapixel camera. On the controls side, the DROIDX360 features two analog sticks, a D-pad, 4 front buttons and two shoulder buttons. Oh and there’s also an HDMI-out slot to play games on your TV, a mini USB port for charging and a front-facing 0.3 megapixel camera.
While you can download games from the Play Store to run on the DROIDX360, it will arrive preloaded with nine video game emulators for you to run Nintendo 64, PlayStation, Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Color, NES, SNES, Sega Genesis and Sega Game Gear games. You can check out the device in action by looking at the video once you hit past the break. » Read the rest
Apple successfully obtained a sales ban of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 throughout the European Union (EU), at the order of a German court. While the sales ban of the Galaxy Tab 7.7 is to be in effect, the same court denied Apple a ban of the redesigned Galaxy Tab 10.1N— which ironically, the German courts cleared previously. The appeals court in Dusseldorf found the Galaxy Tab 7.7 infringes Apple patents that date from 2004. While the court ruling now applies to the EU, it’s not certain where countries will choose to follow or ignore the ruling and still sell the Galaxy Tab 7.7 anyways. After all, there are places like the U.K. that respectfully disagree with Apple and will sell Samsung devices regardless.
Meanwhile, Samsung offered its quick thoughts on the recent ruling by adding:
“Should Apple continue to make legal claims based on such a generic design patent, design innovation and progress in the industry could be restricted”.
We’ve been hearing about the DROID RAZR HD (XT926) for a while now, and to be honest I just want this puppy to get released already. Well it looks like we’re almost there as it passed through the FCC. This usually means we will see it sometime in the next 2 months. I’m expecting a September release, but that’s not from any information, just a hunch.
In case you’re not familiar with it, the DROID RAZR HD is expected to have a 720p HD screen with ColorBoost (similar to the Atrix HD), a 13MP rear camera, and the same 3300mAh battery that the DROID RAZR MAXX has. One other piece of information we were able to get from the FCC filing is that it will also support NFC, which let me say, “It’s about time Motorola.” Smart Actions and NFC tags will be a match made in heaven.
The real question is if this device is just too late to the party?
As you all know, we are living in an Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean world, yet manufacturers continue to create devices that feature those pesky capacitive buttons. A major example of this is Samsung’s popular Galaxy S III smartphone, despite it sharing a somewhat similar design to the Galaxy Nexus which of course, is strictly all-screen. And as you might expect, certain individuals did not take too kindly to the physical buttons and decided to do something about it. XDA developer graffixnyc took the newly released CM10 preview for the international version of the Galaxy S III (I9300) and created his own special mod that allows him to make use of the Galaxy S III’s bigger screen by including on-screen nav buttons, while simultaneously eliminating the need for the capacitive buttons. Here’s his reasoning for why he decided to create the mod: » Read the rest
The VIZIO Co-Star Google TV box looks like a winner for $99. I know, Google TV’s growth is non existent, but when you get an updated version with a nice remote for $99, you have to consider it. If your finally looking to jump on the Google TV bandwagon, the Co-Star seems like the best option. Vizio just announced that pre-orders start today on their website with free shipping for a limited time. They expect to start shipping them by mid August.
Full press release after the break:
The sources over at TechnoBuffalo have leaked renders of the LG VS930, which we already saw pass through the FCC. The source also confirms that this is in fact the LG Spectrum 2, destined for Verizon. So what are the specs we know of?
- 4.7-inch “True HD IPS” display (1280 x 720)
- 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 SoC
- 1GB of RAM
- 8MP rear camera
- 16GB of built-in storage
- Global radio support (GSM/UMTS/CDMA/LTE)
- NFC (with programmable tags)
- Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich
- 9.2mm thick
Yes, this is a global phone with support for not only Verizon’s CDMA and 4G LTE, but also for GSM and UMTS. That’s a versatile little sucker.
No news for when this will launch. Any jetsetters waiting for this one?
Earlier today we reported on a YouTube video for a new Samsung commercial showing off their forthcoming Galaxy Note 10.1. More info has come out in the form of an unboxing of a Galaxy Note 10.1 reported on The Brave Post blog. » Read the rest
We already knew about the upcoming Motorola Xoom soak test and now we have confirmation that it will begin very soon… possibly as soon as tonight. Members of the Motorola Feedback Network are receiving emails that pretty much state that it’s coming any time now. Though the email does not specifically state this is the Jelly Bean update, our sources tell us that it is. Of course, that should not be a surprise to anyone considering the Xoom is pretty much a Nexus device (without the Nexus name) getting updates directly from Google.
Hit the break for the full email.
Back in May, a photo of Sprint’s upcoming Samsung SPH-L300 “Gogh” leaked for the first time. Thanks to Brief Mobile, more pictures of the impending device has surfaced thus confirming that the mid-range phone will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Considering the device has already passed through the FCC last week, an official announcement shouldn’t be too far away.
As for the specs of the phone you can expect a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, a 4″ WVGA (800 x 480) Super AMOLED Plus screen, a 5MP camera and 1GB of RAM. Other than the size and resolution of the screen, it certainly doesn’t seem like a mid-range device with the top notch processor and the good amount of RAM. We’ll provide you with a price and a release date as soon as we know. Until then, what do you all think of the quite powerful mid-range device that’s coming to the Now Network? One more pic after the break.