Acer Iconia Tab A210 Passes Through FCC

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Acer’s new Android tablet the Iconia Tab A210 recently passed through the FCC and is scheduled for a Q3 release. The A210 is a successor to the budget friendly A200 and will keep the 10.1″ (1280 x 800) display and single front facing camera. While most of the hardware will remain the same, the major upgrade is the change from a dual core CPU to the quad core Tegra 3.  The boost in performance should keep the A210 a more than a credible performer in its desired price range. Its predecessor, the A200, started at $329 for the 8GB model.

That’s all the information available at this point, while I’m sure we will be seeing more closer to the device’s launch. Hopefully, Acer is able  to release the A210 with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on board and all the enhancements the OS brings with it.

source: fcc
via: engadget

 

Sony Xperia Miro available for pre-order in the UK

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The options for budget, entry-level Android phones just keep getting better and better. Do you think a social media centric phone with a 5.0MP camera running on Ice Cream Sandwich all for the tiny sum of £126 ($195) sounds good to be true? Thankfully it’s not as that is the exact price UK based tech specialists Clove are selling Sony’s Xperia Miro for.

There’s no word on delivery dates just yet however the pre-order page is ready and waiting. Hit the link below if you think this deal is too good to pass up.

Source: Clove

Catch a robot in UK to win phone, swag from Sony

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Sony Mobile is ready to kickoff a new marketing campaign this coming Monday when they “release” thousands of tiny robots throughout London and Manchester. Consumers who find one of the little robots, dubbed “Xperiabots,” can turn them in for prizes including Xperia NXT Series handsets, Sony 4-Screen packages, tickets to movies, gigs, DJ sessions, and other swag.

While the “release” is scheduled for Monday, Sony’s social media channels are already getting into the act with some potential clues posted on their Facebook page. A new Twitter account has been setup as well, @XperiaUnleashed, for the “leader” of the robots. Brits are encouraged to look for the robots and watch the social media sites for clues.

source: Sony Mobile GB Facebook page

Amazon Rumored To Release The Kindle Fire 2 In August

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Hot off the success of its Kindle Fire and Google’s recently-announced Nexus 7 tablet, Amazon is rumored to begin picking up steam for its not-so-secret Kindle Fire 2 tablet. According to the China Times, Amazon plans on shipping the first batch of Kindle Fire 2 tablets on August 7th in order to place itself in direct competition with the Nexus 7, while also ordering 2 million units from Chinese manufacturer Quanta. Additional rumors include the Kindle Fire 2 will feature a metal frame with otherwise plastic body, with the display made by LG and touch panels by TPK. Sounds like Amazon is gearing up to make the new tablet as good or better as the competition out there.

Ladies and gents— get ready for the next round of the (mini) tablet wars!

source: China Times
via: Phone Arena

Samsung Launches The Galaxy Chat QWERTY Smartphone

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Samsung has just unveiled an attractive new QWERTY smartphone called the Galaxy Chat. This attractive Blackberry Curve-style device is expected to feature some nice options including Ice Cream Sandwich and:

 

  • 4GB of internal storage with MicroSD card slot for expansion
  • 2MP Camera
  • 1200mAh battery
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 ( b/g/n ), Bluetooth 3.0 and USB 2.0

 

Naturally the device will feature additional Sammy-exclusive goodies like AllShare Play and of course, the ChatON instant messaging service. The Galaxy Chat will be available from July starting in Spain and gradually rolled out to the rest of Europe, Latin America, Middle East, China, Southeast Asia, and Southwest Asia at a competitive price point— so you can expect the device to be easily wallet-friendly for prospective buyers.

source: Samsung Tomorrow

 

 

U.K. Judge: HTC Doesn’t Infringe Apple Patents

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Sure Apple has recently seen its fair share of legal victories, but it’s just been dealt a major blow— courtesy of the U.K. courts. Judge Christopher Floyd recently ruled that HTC is not in violation of four Apple patents used for its touchscreen technology, which includes Apple’s slide to unlock feature. In addition, not only does HTC not infringe on Apple’s patents, but three of the four patents identified are actually invalid. The court only ruled that while Apple’s photo-management patent is valid, HTC didn’t infringe upon it.

While this is a significant victory for HTC, this is perhaps far from over. After all before his death, Steve Jobs did pledge Apple will ”destroy Android” because ummmm you know… it was a stolen product and all.

source: Bloomberg

Motorola Atrix HD landing page reveals full specs

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We’ve been hearing about the Motorola Atrix HD for some time now. It was actually almost a full year ago when we first  reported about the Dinara and it’s HD display. It’s finally a reality as it will now be known as the Atrix HD (MB886) and will debut on AT&T soon. As one might expect, it has Motorola’s signature Kevlar coating, and it’s very thin, at 8.4mm. This will also be Motorola’s first device to feature on screen buttons for the full Ice Cream Sandwich experience.

The big question is the battery. It’s going to sport 1780 mAh’s, which is quite surprising since I thought it would come with the same 3300 mAh battery that’s in the DROID RAZR MAXX. I’m not sure why they aren’t doing the same with the Atrix HD, especially since there isn’t another manufacturer that has been able to come close to that spec. Maybe they made a side deal with Verizon for all we know. Anyways, hit the break for the full spec list.

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White Evo 4G LTE Coming July 15th, Epic 4G Touch BOGO Offer

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We’ve already seen leaks of the white HTC Evo 4G LTE for Sprint, and now we get another peek that gives us a possible release date, courtesy of the sources at TechnoBuffalo. The screenshot above reveals the date for the release of the white Evo LTE as July 15th. That’s less than two weeks away. White’s not my thing, but for those who are partial, the waiting is almost over.

Another interesting thing we learn from this screenshot is that the Samsung Epic 4G Touch will be getting a buy one get one free promotion that looks to run between July 15th and August 18th. This is last year’s Galaxy S II device for Sprint that comes with a dual-core Exynos processor and should be getting an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich soon. Not a bad deal for anyone looking for great phones on a budget.

source: technobuffalo

Samsung Galaxy Nexus No Longer Available from the Google Play Store

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There it is folks, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is no longer available via the Google Play Store and is now deemed as “Coming Soon.” One can only guess the reasons why Google has pulled their iconic device temporarily off the shelves, although I’m sure we all can assume it’s due to a certain injunction that recently passed. Either way, the Nexus is now currently unavailable and Google didn’t give a time table as to when it will be available for purchase once again. I would expect this to be available once Google finishes a software “work-around” to comply with Apple’s complaint on a patent infringement on the Nexus.

This certainly is a frustrating time for customers that were looking to purchase the Nexus, especially after Google just dropped the price on the device to $349.99. If you would like to be notified by Google as soon as the Nexus is once again available in the Play Store, you can enter your email so that you can be notified. Of course, we will also have your back and inform our readers as soon as the Nexus is back.

source: Google Play Store

Samsung Denied Request to Lift Galaxy Nexus Ban; Software Update From Google Could be a Workaround

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Despite Samsung’s best efforts, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus will, at least for now, remain banned from any future sales. The Galaxy Nexus is already unavailable in the Google Play Store and is listed as “Coming Soon.” Judge Lucy Koh denied the Korean company’s motion to have the preliminary injunction overturned, which Apple was granted last week. All Apple needs to do now is post the $96 million bond and the injunction will be all set. Google and Samsung will now most likely go the same route that HTC did when Apple went after their One X and Evo4G LTE. A software update for the Galaxy Nexus will likely be made as a “work-around” to the patent that Apple claims Google and Samsung are infringing upon with the Galaxy Nexus.

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