Sony Xperia P goes gold for Nordic Facebook contest

In the past, the Sony Xperia P has been recognized in Europe as an award-winning “green” phone. We have also seen Sony produce the phone in a pink version. Now Sony is upping the ante by combining color with material for their latest version, a gold Xperia P. The unibody phone is likely gold-plated with 24k gold over the aluminum frame rather than being molded out of gold. Even that gold plating should be enough to really drive up the retail price, but we can only guess since no details were provided as to whether it would even be made available.

Sony produced this latest version for a competition they are conducting via their Facebook page for customers in Nordic countries. Hopefully Sony fans in that country were following the Sony Facebook page and entered by telling what “gold Friday” means to them as the deadline appears to have passed.

source: Sony Mobile Facebook
via: Xperia Blog

Featured Android Game Review: Wars Online [Arcade & Action]

Tower defense and real-time RPG fans need to take a look at Wars Online. It was developed by Mobe Labb Corp, and it has equal parts of both of these elements. Much like other tower defense games, you must defend your kingdom by releasing various soldiers, but you can strategize things more effectively with a cannon that you control. The soldiers operate the same way as you would expect by shooting or utilizing whatever their weapon is constantly until they are killed. With the cannons, you can control the power as well as how far it will fire. You also get to fire it whenever you feel it’s important, which is crucial since you don’t have an unlimited supply.


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T-Mobile Nexus 4 Will Support WiFi Calling After All

 

After previously seeing the upcoming Nexus 4 on T-Mobile will likely not have WiFi calling, it appears that it will after all. T-Mobile Support recently outlined the full data features of the devices and lo and behold– full WiFi calling is indeed supported. All that’s needed is for T-Mo customers to get a specialized GBA SIM card, register a 9-1-1 address and turn on the phone’s WiFi and connect to a WiFi network. All in all— while the pricing of the device is somewhat absurd on-contract, at least T-Mo customers will be able to save many of those precious monthly talk minutes which is a good thing, right?

 

source: T-Mobile Support

S-Memo Found To Save Google Passwords In Plain Text And Is Viewable When Device Is Rooted

 

There are always pros and cons when it comes to rooting your Android devices. Among the major pros are being able to make your Android device much more flexible and slap on things like custom ROMs. On the flip side there are cons such as the potential of major security breaches, such as one that was recently found by XDA user graffixnyc. While going through his S-Memo SQLite files on his Galaxy S III, he found out S-Memo store his Google account password in plain text, instead of the password being encrypted. After posting his issue in an open forum thread, another XDA user named ViViDboarder highlighted rooted devices will be able to view internal contents like that of the SQLite files, though graffixnyc the records of the SQLite files should be encrypted, whether a device is rooted or not.

While this is incredibly troubling to hear, this is a good wake up call for all Android owners, especially owners of rooted devices to take extreme caution in ensuring their sensitive information is safe and secure. The last thing you want is your important information getting into the wrong hands and all.

source: XDA Forums

HTC DLX Renders Surfaces, Gives Clear Indication 5-Inch Device Is Headed To Asia

 

While we just about know everything we need to know about HTC’s upcoming beast here in the States, it seems there will be some slight differences in the overseas’ variant of the device. According to various reports, new renders have surfaced highlighting HTC’s new 5-inch device will is likely to be identified as the DLX in Asia, likely based off the HTC J Butterfly in Japan, as opposed to retaining the DROID DNA seen here in America. As seen in the photo above, it seems as if the render matches up quite nicely with what we’ve already seen— so this tidbit of news indicates the DLX is possibly be the real deal. The render leaks also highlight some good news for those of you in the Asian markets–  the HTC DLX is expected to debut in  China on December 6th and later on in Taiwan on December 10th in white, black and brown color variations.

Ladies and gents, let the salivating of this device commence!

source: Phone Arena

Indian President announces low-cost Aakash 2 tablet with Android 4.0

Earlier today the President of India announced the government-subsidized Aakash 2 tablet, a follow up to the country’s unsuccessful original Aakash tablet that was announced a couple of years ago. The second iteration of the device has been completely redesigned, effectively allowing for a decent low-cost tablet alternative for college students.

What exactly qualifies as “low-cost”, you ask? Well, when the 7-inch tablet hits the market in the coming months, it will be priced at  2,236 INR, or about $40 US. Moreover, the Indian government will be offering the Aakash version 2.0 to students at a subsidized price of 1,132 INR, which equates to around $20 US.

Don’t think you’re getting a complete pile of garbage for that price either. Datawind, the Canadian-based manufacturer responsible for producing the device, has managed to pack in some adequate hardware, including a 1GHz Cortex A8 processor, 7-inch capacitive display, 512MB of RAM, a 3,000mAh battery, 4GB of internal storage, as well as a MicroSD slot for further expansion. Additionally, the device will run Android 4.0 at launch.

Sure, it isn’t the most powerful device by any means, but considering the inexpensive price point and the targeted customer base, this tablet could prove to be incredibly beneficial. The new slate is expected to make its way to over 220 million Indian students over the next few years, with 244 select engineering colleges to receive first access as a part of the country’s “Aakash in Education” program. Jump past the break for the official PR.
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Samsung delivers kernel source for T-Mobile Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and AT&T Galaxy Express

In an attempt to keep up with its incredibly quick release schedule, Samsung has officially delivered the source code for a duo of new devices. Both the Galaxy Express on AT&T and the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 on T-Mobile are the newest members to join the kernel source club, meaning stable custom ROMs could be on the foreseeable horizon. So, if you’ve got either of these two devices and consider yourself a tinkerer, you can hit the source link below to get in on the developmental action.

Via: AndroidPolice
Source: Samsung, (2)

ZTE Nubia Z5 Photos Leaked, Arriving in December

ZTE, the manufacturer of the $160 quad-core smartphone, will soon launch the Nubia Z5 and pictures of the device have already been leaked. The device suspiciously looks like an HTC One X with its matte white coloring and unibody design. Since we’re merely dealing with a few leaked photos here, it doesn’t reveal anything on the specs front but we do know the device will sport a 5-inch, 1080p display while rocking a 13MP rear camera. We do know, by looking at the photos, that it’ll be even thinner than an iPhone 5,which if you’re familiar with that device, is a massive feat considering this bad-boy is rocking four cores. ZTE’s goal was to compete with the likes of Nokia, HTC and Apple, and I don’t see how they won’t at least make it interesting with this offering. Quality and reliability will most likely be the deciding factors. We’ll find out more when it’s launched in December.

source:  Gizchina

Acer Iconia Tab A220 leaks via benchmark, reveals Android 4.1 and quad-core Tegra 3 on board

According to a leak from the GL Benchmark database, it looks like Acer is working on the successor to the Iconia Tab A210. The model revealed in the benchmark, the A220, will be powered by a quad-core Tegra 3 processor clocking in a 1.3GHz. Granted, it’s a bit lower by today’s standards, but this may be a move to squeeze more battery life out of the device. It also looks like the device will run Android 4.1.2. Since it’s only a benchmark leak, we obviously can’t tell much more other than what was revealed in the actual benchmark, but we’ll let you know as we learn more.

 

source:  GL Benchmark

 

 

 

UK court orders Apple to pay Samsung’s legal fees on an indemnity basis

Remember that pathetic attempt at an apology that Apple published a little over a week ago regarding Samsung and the Galaxy Tab? Apparently the UK courts didn’t find it too amusing and has ordered Apple to pay Samsung’s legal fees. While it’s not that rare that the loser in a UK case has to front the legal fees for the other party, slapping the “Indemnity” title to it certainly makes it stand out. In such instances the company will have to pay more under the Indemnity basis vs. the “Standard” basis.

I’m sure money won’t be a problem but the intent of the Indemnity tag is to humiliate Apple even more so than what they’ve already experienced. Don’t think they’ve been humiliated during the process? Just read their attempt at the apology. Kind of reminds you of the little kid you make apologize to the other kid, yet they don’t actually use the word “sorry.” Little embarrassed there, Apple? Or just arrogant? Well, that arrogance will now cost even more. The UK courts have not taken too well to that half-assed apology and called them on it even going so far as saying Apple was criticizing the courts decision in the “apology” verbiage – thus now the Indemnity basis. Only Apple would make something more out of a given situation. Any publicity is good publicity, right Apple?

source:  The Verge