Sony’s MT27i “Pepper” Spotted Briefly on the Web

Back in January when we saw the leaked Sony smartphone roadmap, we thought for sure a couple of the devices on the list would make an appearance at this years MWC. One of the devices we were curious to see was the Sony MT27i (Pepper). Well MWC came and went and still no sign of this mysterious Pepper handset. Until now. Lucky for us some stealthy ninja captured a screenshot of the device as it appeared on Sony Mobile China’s website for just a brief moment, then was taken down.

Looking at the outed image, the MT27i somewhat represents the Xperia NXT line of handsets, save for the transparent nav bar. A few other things noted by the folks at Xperia blog are the capacitive buttons and the presence of a dedicated shutter button. The MT27i is believed to have a 3.7-inch 480 x 854 display, a 1GHz dual-core ST-Ericsson U8500 NovaThor processor, 8GB of on-board storage, 512MB RAM and a 5MP camera. Also since we can see the included Xperia Tags in the image, it’s safe to say the device has NFC capabilities and could possibly come with a set of the tags when released. We should be seeing more of this device in the near future.

source: IT168.com
via: Xperia blog

 

Marvel And Aurasma Announce Collaboration For Comics Featuring Augmented Reality

 

You may have heard of a little something called Augmented Reality. Since we previewed it at CES this year, we’ve seen various applications and uses for it and heck— even we’ll see it even in sweet HUD glasses among other things. Over at SXSW, Marvel is hooking up with Aurasma to bring some pizzazz to the various comics out there. This collaboration will allow users watch video trailers of comics they see, 3D animation, recaps and other exclusive goodies just by holding their phones up to comics. Yup, this means we’ll be seeing our favorite action heroes spring to life, similar to what a certain toy making giant is already planning too.

To commemorate this partnership, Marvel the free Marvel IR app which will power its augmented reality. Check out the video below to see none other than Iron Man strutting his stuff during an impressive demo of the technology. Anyone else excited yet?

 

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source: Tech Crunch

Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G launching in select T-Mobile stores on March 21, Everywhere else on March 28

Who’s ready for another phone to be released without Ice Cream Sandwich? T-Mobile just contacted us to tell us the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G will be available in select T-Mobile stores starting Mach 21, and eventually in all stores on March 28. This is no Galaxy S II successor, but more like a followup to the Galaxy S. It’s priced at $149 after a $50 mail-in-rebate and has the following features:

  • 3.97-inch (800 x 480) Super AMOLED Screen
  • 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 processor
  • 5MP camera capable of shooting 720p video
  • 1.3MP front-facing camera
  • Support for HSPA+ at 42/Mbps
  • Android 2.3.6

No mention of RAM, but I think it’s safe to assume 1GB. Either way, I have to say disappointment is an understatement when it comes to the fact that this phone is being released 5 months after the Ice Cream Sandwich SDK was released, but is going to rock Gingerbread.

Stuck on Android Gingerbread, but craving Ice Cream Sandwich? Phoenix Launcher will give you a taste

If you have a Gingerbread phone and want a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich, then you might want to check out Phoenix Launcher.  It was created by XDA user, andy572, and it will give you the same look and feel of Android 4.0. There are 2 versions, the Free version features:

  • 5 home screens
  • Included Android 4 wallpapers
  • Very smooth scrolling
  • Enabled for LDPI, MDPI and HDPI devices

And for $2.01, you get your choice of 3, 5, or 7 home screens and the following additional features:

  • Set your favorite workspace as default
  • Enable/Disable wallpaper scroll
  • Choice between 2 hardware home key actions (workspace overview and “snap to default workspace”)
  • Show or hide the workspace indicator
  • Enable or disable icon text backgrounds
  • ability to change dockbar style up to 9 different styles


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AT&T continues to expand 4G LTE coverage, Cleveland on deck with 11 other markets to follow

AT&T plans on expanding their 4G LTE network to a total of 12 markets between now (or actually soon) and early Summer. Things will kick off with Cleveland, but no date was specified. I would expect the switch to be flipped by the end of this month. In fact, if you already own an AT&T LTE capable phone you might already be getting it since they’re most likely testing now. After Cleveland, the following 11 locations will receive AT&T’s blazing fast LTE network:

  • Akron, OH
  • Canton, OH
  • Naples, FL
  • Bloomington, IN
  • Lafayette, IN
  • Muncie, IN
  • Baton Rouge, LA
  • New Orleans, LA
  • St. Louis, MO
  • Bryan-College Station, TX
  • Staten Island in New York City.
Again no specified dates or in what order, but separate launches are expected in April, May, and into early Summer. Upon completion of these 12 markets, the overall total for AT&T will stand at 40. Not bad, but Verizon Wireless holds a major lead with 196.

Full press release after the break:


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Marvell Kicks Off Their Kinoma Play App For Android, Available For Download At Google Play

If you haven’t heard of Kinoma Play yet, it’s fantastic.  And now with an Android application in motion, innovation in simplifying all your digital content is on the horizon.  Features like suites of applications geared towards digital media, social networking, location and search can all be yours at the touch of a button.  Check out some of the hardcore specs you can expect with the application:

What makes Kinoma Play special is how it combines information and features from across Kinoma apps into dashboards to simplify and speed everyday tasks. Kinoma Play includes five dashboards:

• Play shows up-to-the-minute information from every Kinoma app with news – social networks, recent photos, stocks, weather, the song you’re listening to, upcoming calendar events, and even Kinoma app updates.
• Search uncovers surprising information by quickly collecting results from across every Kinoma app that supports search.
• Places is an in-depth guide to what’s nearby, combining information from foursquare, Yelp, YouTube, Wikipedia, and HearPlanet, the world’s largest audio guide.
• Music is a music lover’s dream, delivering photos, biographies, and videos of the artist you’re listening to now.
• Send is the hub for sharing and organizing media: show videos on a television, tweet about a song, upload a picture to Flickr, download a podcast, or add to a playlist.

Kinoma Play’s Media Connect app shares media with other devices on the same network, even other phones. It supports the popular Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) standard built into many televisions, computers, and game consoles including Xbox 360 and PS3. Media Connect allows you to easily:

• Show pictures, music, and video from your phone on DLNA compatible televisions
• Play content from media servers on your phone
• Share content with neighboring devices by turning your phone into a media server

In addition to all of these crazy features, the application will include a pretty decent media player as well to run the content already on your device.  Apps like webcams, internet radio, podcasts, music and video can all be played or viewed from within the application itself.  There’s plenty of more features as well so be sure to check it out at the Google Play link below or the qr code if that’s your thing.  Feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below.  Presser after the break.  
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T-Mobile US set to introduce unlimited calling add-on

Good news for T-Mobile US customers today. It hasn’t been long since T-Mobile UK launched its truly unlimited “Full Monty” tariff  and it seems that the US network are set follow its lead. Starting from the 4th of April this year, T-Mobile US customers will be able to add unlimited calls to any US network for a flat charge of $10 on top of their current plan cost. There is no minimum contract required so customers can add and remove the service as appropriate.

The news comes from our friends over at TmoNews where a poster from the forum took the time to scan in the promotional material they received in the post. It’s great to see more flexible, unlimited services being offered through the big networks and hopefully this move will spark a price war which can only be a good thing for the consumer!

Take a look at the image below for full details and be sure to let us know your thoughts on this new offering in the comments below.

source : TmoNews

 

 

 

T-Mobile CMO Doesn’t Like Subsidies, Would Wave His Hand And Wipe Them Out If He Could

We love to pay as little as possible for our Android devices (especially if we’re on a 2-year contract) and will look for any (and every) deal or break we can get. However, while the majority of consumers live off subsidized devices, there are some who believe that mobile carriers who subsidize devices also hurt the mobile industry as a whole. While speaking at the GeekWire Summit in Seattle, Washington, T-Mo Chief Marketing Officer Cole Brodman believes subsidizing phones is a major problem and if he had it his way, would “wave his hand and wipe out subsidies.”

Brodman gives his reasoning for his thoughts and beliefs on subsidies while also talking about T-Mobile’s strengths. He states subsidies “actually distorts what devices actually cost and it causes OEMs, carriers — everybody to compete on different playing fields.” He also adds “it causes consumers to devalue completely the hardware they are using.” During the same talk at the summit, Brodman took some time to pump up how great T-Mobile is despite not having the iPhone and no plans to sell the device in the near future. He was asked about if T-Mobile can survive without selling the iPhone and here were his thoughts:

“Yes we can. We have fantastic alternate choices. And I think those (Android, Blackberry, Windows) devices — whether it is through the app experiences, through the network experiences or through the devices themselves — do things that rival the iPhone — and in many cases — do them better than the iPhone. So, I absolutely think we can be successful.”

Tell us how you really feel Brodman. What do you all think? Is it time for a subsidy-free future or do you folks prefer having your cheaper phones (while still being locked into multi-year contracts)? Sound off in the Comments section below or in our Forums.

source: GeekWire
via: Engadget

NCAA March Madness Live for Android is officially available, Unfortunately device support is seriously lacking

Last week we watched the iOS version of NCAA March Madness Live release with the promise that the Android version will release in time. We’ve seen a lot promises come and go with zero, and yes, Turner Sports delivered on their promise, but unfortunately it won’t be available to most of the Android world. Let’s start with the good stuff. They’ve gone with the freemium model, which means it’s free for you to download and you will be able to enjoy such features as:

  • Live game radio of all 67 games
  • Live social chatter for teams in every game
  • Fill out your official NCAA Bracket Challenge bracket right from your Android
  • Track the entire bracket live throughout the tournament
  • Get alerts for upsets, overtimes, crunch time (close games), and your favorite teams
  • Post directly to Facebook and Twitter
  • Use My Channels to see where each game is on all four networks – TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV
For an in-app purchase price of $3.99 you can enjoy:

SK Telecom Plans For Samsung Galaxy S II Update Starting March 13th

The Phillipines may have missed out on some delicious Sandwich action within the last few days, but that doesn’t mean other Galaxy S II markets will be missing out. We’ve just received word that courtesy of SK Telecom, South Korean GSII devices will be getting the coveted Android 4.0 upgrade starting tomorow, March 13th. According to a tweet that was posted (and immediately deleted shortly after), the GSII will get the updated starting at 10AM local time.

Sure it was thought some GSII phones would have gotten the Android 4.0 update a few days ago, but hey— better late than never as they say. If you own a GSII and are on SK Telecom, do let us know how the update works out for you. Keep it locked with Talk Android for any further news or updates regarding any other markets receiving the ICS update for the GSII.

source: The Verge