Was Sony Pondering Development Of A Playstation Phone With Two Keyboards? A Patent Filed In 2010 Suggests It Was

Well well well, what do we have here? This device looks as if it is the Playstation Phone that never came to fruition. Sony was apparently out to show it still has some tricks up its sleeve back in 2010 by filing a patent for not one, but two sliders on its devices such as the Xperia Play. Many of you are wondering why in the world Sony would file a patent for two sliding keyboards. Basically, Sony was interested in creating a technology that allows for a separate gamepad and full QWERTY keyboard, so it filed for patent approval with the USPTO which is described as:

“A device comprising: an upper unit having a display screen thereon; a first slidable unit having a first keypad thereon, the first slidable unit being slidably connected to the upper unit on a side opposite the display screen, the first slidable unit being movable between a closed position in which the upper unit generally overlies the first keypad and an open position in which the first keypad is positioned generally adjacent the display screen; and a second slidable unit having a second keypad thereon, the second slidable unit being slidably connected to the upper unit and the first slidable unit; the second slidable unit being movable between a closed position in which the upper unit generally overlies the second keypad and an open position in which the second keypad is positioned generally adjacent the display screen”


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Sony ST21i Entry-Level Smartphone Outed

Hello friends, we have the first idea and glimpse of what will be the new standard-bearer for entry-level smartphones. The long-rumored Sony ST21i (also known as “Tapioca”) looks to be the newest addition to the Xperia family. It was recently outed by tech blog Techblog.gr and reveals an impressive design of the device. As you can see, the ST21i seems to be based off its big brother the Xperia S and will have 3 capacative buttons on the front. In addition, the Android 4.0-powered smartphone will feature:

  • A 3.2-inch screen
  • Qualcomm MSM7227 800MHz processor with an Adreno 200 GPU
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 3MP camera

 

There are no further details of the device for now, but we suspect it won’t be long before we have additional details. Hit the break for an additional shot of the intriguing entry-level device.
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Next Sony flagship phone set to knock your socks off

If you’re a motorcycle aficionado then you’ll know the Suzuki Hayabusa to have been the fastest production bike in the world when it hit the roads back in 1999. The Japanese superbike was a symbol of speed and power, capable of top speeds close to 200 mph. With that in mind, the Hayabusa badge is one that shouldn’t be worn lightly and it just happens to be the codename Sony is using for its next flagship smartphone.

We’re pleased to report that the rumoured spec sheet lives up to the name. The following is a list of headline specifications :

The above image is a prototype of the device and even more exciting is that it may be due to hit the shelves as early as this summer. This could be huge for Sony if the rumours are true. Would this device sway you away from a HTC One X or a Samsung Galaxy S III? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

 

source : Baidu Forum

Droid Incredible 4G Launching on Thursday, May 10th?

A few days ago we got a sneak peak at Verizon’s Droid Does landing page for the Droid Incredible 4G. According to sources close to PhoneDog, the device may actually be released in just a couple weeks, on Thursday, May 10th. Unfortunately their sources don’t have any pricing information, but according to what we’ve already seen on the Droid Does website, it should be listed at $299.99 on contract. This is pretty standard fair for Verizon when they release a new Droid device.

As it goes with anything unofficial, we need to take this launch date with a grain of salt. Although the premature showing on the Droid Does website leads me to believe that the launch can’t be too far off, and May 10th is a Thursday which has historically been the day Verizon likes to launch phones. Luckily for us the 10th isn’t too far off and we should know more soon enough – we will keep you posted. Anyone looking to get this new Droid phone?

source: PhoneDog

 

The Water-resistant Panasonic Eluga is now available in Europe

 

The Panasonic Eluga is now available unlocked via Expansys. Back in February right around Mobile World Congress time we posted an article about this water-resistant device. Stating that it was a very sleek, eye pleasing phone, but it left many visitors to the booth less than impressed. The Eluga is powered by a TI OMAP 4430 CPU. Specs also including a 4.3-inch qHD display, 1Gb RAM, 8Gb internal storage, and Gingerbread 2.3.5, with plans to upgrade to ICS.

This GSM device may not appeal to those state-side as it only runs on 2100MHz and 900MHz bands, which would only get you a decent 3G signal. As mentioned, it can be purchased unlocked at Expansys, at the price of £369 or $590 in the US. If you do purchase the Panasonic Eluga, let us know your thoughts on it in the comments.

source: engadget

 

Jean-Baptiste Queru’s Answer For Delayed ICS Updates: Carriers & Different Software Framework Found In Android 4.0

 

In some not-so-surprising news, Android prodigy Jean-Baptiste Queru used Google+ to share why ICS has been a slow update process across all types of Android devices. He begins his opinion by referencing the Sony Tablet P getting the update in a relatively timely manner— 5 months to be exact, despite the major differences between ICS platform and Gingerbread/Honeycomb. He argues Sony has already been a major contributor to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). They had been working with the ICS source code since it was released and essentially had fewer changes to make for its existing devices than other OEMs typically have to deal with. Essentially, Sony had a “head start” in the development for its own variation of the ICS software. Queru adds other manufacturers hasn’t been “contributing nearly as much as Sony did”, so now the other manufacturers will “have to play catch-up”.

Queru doesn’t stop there either. He stops just short of expressing his disgust and angst for Google-engineered devices not only receiving the latest ICS software build, but having any version of ICS period due to “delays introduced by operator approvals”. Perhaps he is pointing to the Verizon fiasco with the Galaxy Nexus or the lame duck excuses from carriers and their detailed update processes. Despite his feelings, he does express his excitement for Google going back to the basics and selling its Google Nexus line of devices again.

Even though Queru’s feelings are a bit of a rant, he does express what most of us already know: OEMs and more importantly, mobile carriers are seriously slacking when it comes to updating the software. Here’s hoping both will step it up when it comes to getting updates to our devices in a timely manner, just like Sony has.

source: Jean-Baptiste Queru+ 

New Samsung Galaxy S III picture leaks, Could this be the real deal?

Yes I know, for the last 2 months you’ve seen nothing but the “real deal” for Galaxy S III leaks so why is this one any different? The only difference with this leak is that is resembles the sketch of the I9300 that leaked yesterday along with the teaser image by Samsung Denmark. This very well could be the final version or maybe it’s just a body around the “real” guts. Unfortunately only a handful of people really know what it’s going to look like so we can only speculate. We’re less than a week from the big announcement, which will end all this guessing. What do you guys think? Real or fake?

source: phonearena

 

Verizon Ice Cream Sandwich roadmap leaked

We all love Android here, but there comes a point where all of us at one time or another are waiting and wondering when the latest software update will finally make its way to our device. Thanks to an anonymous Verizon employee, we now have a leaked list of upcoming Android handsets that can expect to receive ICS very soon. Here is the breakdown:

The tipster goes on to say that Big Red pushes out its OTA over a 14 day period from the release date, “in batches“, so no worries if you don’t see the update on the exact day listed. Hit the source link below for more details.

source: reddit

Motorola looking for participants to test forthcoming Photon 4G update

Motorola doesn’t have the greatest track record when it comes to timely software updates. The Photon 4G in particular has been somewhat neglected since it launched however the good news is that things could be about to change. Motorola are planning a soak test for the device and are looking for 1,000 volunteers to lend a hand.

 

4/25/2012

Motorola and Sprint are happy to announce a future pre-release* update opportunity for PHOTON 4G, before it is officially released to all customers. We are recruiting 1,000 PHOTON 4G owners to test and provide feedback on a future update.

Please register for the Motorola Feedback Network to be considered.

Motorola and Sprint Community Managers

 

There’s no news at this time as to what the update contains however an update of any kind can only be good news, fingers crossed for the belated arrival of ICS! Perhaps this is a sign of things to come, you would hope that following being bought out by Google that Motorola would look to spruce up its update process.

Hit the link below if you’d like to sign up for the soak test.

 

source: Motorola

Prototype Google Phone resembles a Blackberry, was set to arrive with a $9.99 unlimited data plan

Oh how different things could have been. What you’re looking at above is a prototype image of what Google had in mind for the first ever Android phone back in 2006. As the court battle between Google and Oracle wages on, these interesting little titbits are surfacing from the courtroom via some official documents that Google released. It’s definitely interesting to note that the early prototypes resemble a Blackberry far more than an iPhone, perhaps adding some substance to the argument that Google changed its strategy after the success of the original iPhone.

Another interesting story to surface is that Google intended to subsidise a $9.99 unlimited data plan in partnership with T-Mobile as part of the launch strategy. It’s fair to say that HTC’s G1 was certainly an improvement on the original design although I suspect one or two of us would bite Google’s hands off for an unlimited data plan for less than $10!

Would you have bought this back in 2008? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

source : Android and Me