O2 Getting Entire HTC One Series on April 5th and Sony Xperia P and U on April 23rd

A leaked image from the O2‘s internal inventory system, attained by tech blog TechnoBuffalo, confirms the earlier tweet that the U.K. carrier will be getting the entire HTC One series of phones, the One X, One S, and One V, on April 5th. The source of the leaked image also stated that the One X and One S will require a minimum 500MB monthly data plan, with a monthly contract of £37 for the X and £32 for the S, while the One V will not require a data plan but will require a monthly contract of at least £10.50.

HTC is not the only manufacturer to have an April release date on O2. Sony’s Xperia P and Xperia U get their own leaked inventory screen with a launch date of April 23rd. The Xperia P will require a two-year £37 monthly data plan while the U will require at least a two-year £10.50 monthly data plan.

This is not official, so take the proverbial salty grain, but it’s as close as we can get. April is just around the corner. Hopefully the U.S. versions won’t be too far behind!

View the leaked images after the break.


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Sony Unveils New Android Powered Set-Top Box

Some people may think Google TV is a dying technology, but like myself, apparently Sony feels it still has a fighting chance. Today in Singapore Sony unveiled a new Android powered Sony Bravia set-top box that runs Google TV 2.0. Not much as far as details were given at the Bravia event but we can guestimate a few features just by looking at the images. It’s obvious the device is Google Play certified and will run apps that are compatible with TV screens.

The set-top box also comes with a fairly unique two-sided remote, one for mouse/trackpad control and the other for keyboard use. Looking at the remote the first thing I see is the standard four color Playstation buttons leading me to believe the remote is Bluetooth ready and will most likely work with the Sony Playstation and other Sony devices. The remote also has DVR buttons and a 3D button meaning the box could be 3D ready/capable out of the gate.

No word on pricing or availability but in order to be competitive with Boxee and Roku it shouldn’t be more than the $100 price point. Jump past the break for a few more images.
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Review: Tags for Droid with NFC Task Launcher

Are you currently making the most of the NFC chip in your Android phone? The chances are that for most of us the answer is no and I was sat firmly in that camp, at least I was up until about a week ago. NFC adoption has been slow paced since Google and Samsung brought the technology to the masses by way of the Nexus S. A large part of the problem was the original lack of functions available to utilise the technology and as someone who bought the Nexus S personally I certainly cannot remember really using NFC in the year I had the phone. Cue the launch of the Galaxy Nexus over Christmas 2011 and the introduction of Android Beam, finally a genuinely useful application that utilises NFC technology. As useful as Android Beam is, and I have used it occasionally, there is still a slight feeling that it’s just as gimmicky as it is productive.

I decided the time had come to really see quite how useful the technology could be so I ordered some NFC tags and downloaded a NFC task application to program and read them. My products of choice were a batch of NFC/RFID tags from TagsForDroid.com and NFC Task Launcher from Tagstand. I’ve broken the review down into two clear sections on my findings having used both products over the past week.  
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Contest: Win one of three IDAPT i4 Universal Charging Stations [Updated With Winners]

I just did a review on the IDAPT i4 Universal Charging Station, which allows you to charge up to three devices wirelessly and a fourth via the USB port. The folks over at IDAPT were gracious enough to provide three units for our awesome readers. All you have to do is like IDAPT on Facebook and head over to our forum thread and tell us how many devices you need to charge each day. You will have until Sunday, March 25 at 11:59pm EST. We will pick three random winners and post them on March 26. Winners will receive an email in the account associated with their username. Only one entry per person please.

Click here to enter

Click here to find out more and/or to order 

 

Update:

Congratulations to the following winners:

Roman Goldin

ballen

AkitAtika7

Each of you will receive an email in the account associated with your username. Just get back to me with your full name, address, and phone number. We will get your IDAPT i4 out to you right away.

 

Google Trademarks Showy: The Downloadable Remote Control Software for Any Device

At the end of February Google registered the domain GoogleShowy.com which really doesn’t say much in regards of what this site would host. It was overshadowed by the fact that Google went on a domain buying spree involving their Google Play Initiative. Well Google’s latest move should shed some light on that as they recently filed a trademark application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office in regards to this “Showy.” The trademark application (Serial Number: 85570895) that was submitted on March 15th has some nifty details under the goods and services portion. Here’s what it says:

“Downloadable software which allows users to use their computer, tablet device, or mobile phone as a remote control to operate video display devices and televisions; and downloadable software which allows users to remotely control the content on internet-connected digital signage.”

Could this software be related to the Google patent that was filed back in February involving the use of your Android phone or voice commands to control your Google TV? Probably. However as Google hasn’t made mention or given any details regarding Showy we will have to wait and see what the future holds for this domain. As of right now if you go to the site nothing comes up. Keep it locked here and we’ll update you as soon as we know more information on the development of Google’s Showy. Stay tuned!

 

source: ustpo.gov
via: fusible

 

Huawei’s Ascend D Quad Not Shipping Until July?

The highly anticipated Ascend D Quad from Huawei, announced at MWC, has been reported by Chinese website CNMO that the device won’t even start being massed produced until June with a shipping schedule of some time in July.  As Huawei’s first quad-core handset (1.2 GHz), this comes as sort of a bummer.  By the time this device begins to hit the market, it’s more than likely both HTC and Samsung will have a quad-core device already in the hands of consumers.  The One X and Galaxy S III launching before the Ascend D Quad doesn’t seem like the handset would even have a chance.  Lets hope there’s enough there to differentiate the device from its competition.  Maybe in the pricing department?  As far as specs go, expect Android 4.0, a 4.5-inch IPS HD display coming in at a 1280 x 720 res, WiFi, 8MP camera, HSPA+ 21, Dolby Mobile 3.0 Plus technology and a gig of RAM.  In addition, 8GB of internal storage, a MicroSD card slot and 1.3MP front facing camera will also be on-board.  Not too shabby in the spec dept, obviously.  Stay tuned as we dig a little deeper on the launch of the device.  Here’s to hoping Huawei can stay ahead of schedule.  Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

source: CNMO

 

 

 

Sony Xperia S Now Shipping Globally

It was back in January that we first got our hands on what was to be Sony’s first smartphone after parting ways with Ericsson – the Xperia S. Shortly after its unveiling at CES it was released in select European markets and until now hadn’t been available anywhere else (unless unlocked). Today, the Sony Xperia blog announced that the device was being shipped globally but they want to let carrier partners announce pricing and availability details. For us folks in the U.S., we wont be getting the Xperia S here in the states but we can look for it’s 4.7-inch LTE counterpart landing on AT&T as the Xperia Ion sometime in the second quarter.

The Xperia S is a pretty sweet machine sporting a dual-core 1.5Ghz processor, 1GB of RAM, 4.3-inch 720p display, NFC and killer 12MP camera. The device currently ships running Android 2.3 Gingerbread although Sony plans on an ICS update sometime in Q2 of this year.

If you think this may be your next device why don’t you sound off in the comments below.

 

 

Update for the international Motorola RAZR available

The Motorola RAZR is getting a software update in France, the UK, Italy and Spain, according to Motorola Europe’s Facebook page. The Motorola RAZR is the GSM version of the Droid RAZR.

This update will bring improved battery life and camera performance. There will also be new sample rules for Motorola’s Smart Actions feature, like VIP Caller Mode and Auto Text SMS.

The Motorola RAZR will still be based on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but check out the leaked Ice Cream Sandwich build we told you about previously if you’re hungry for ICS.

To update your GSM Motorola RAZR with the latest firmware, follow these download instructions: Open “Settings”> Select “About phone”> Select “System updates’”> Tap on “Download”.

source: Motorola Europe on Facebook

Samsung Galaxy Note Mockup Shows No TouchWiz In Sight

Samsung has caused quite a little stir recently as they’ve announced a contest over on their official Facebook page where if you match up five friends you could win a Galaxy Note.  The important thing to take away from the contest is the mock-up of the device they’ve chosen to post on their page.  The pic shows off a rather TouchWiz-less Android 4.0 from the looks of it, instead of the usual Gingerbread stock photos.  Is this just simply a mock-up or is Sammy hinting to the upcoming update?  We’re hoping for the latter obviously.  But one has to wonder why the company didn’t use the stock Gingerbread photos.  The mystery still remains whether or not the ICS 4.0 update will wreak of the TouchWiz overlay or be skin free.  Well, I supposed we should be happy that the device is getting an update at all given Sammy’s track record.  However, we’ll find out soon enough so stay tuned.

source: The Verge

 

 

The IDAPT i4 charging station will charge up to 4 devices simultaneously [Hands on Video]

If you’re anything like me, you have at least two smartphones in your house, a tablet, a couple of bluetooth headsets, and plenty of other devices that all need to be charged on a regular basis. The future is inductive charging for sure, but it’s going to be a while till it gets widely adopted. If you’re looking for something now that will clean up some of your wires, then I have the perfect thing for you. The IDAPT i4 charging station will charge 3 devices wire-free and a 4th device via a USB cable. My wife loved it the minute I opened the box. We each have a Galaxy Nexus so we can charge both of those, a bluetooth headset, and the ASUS Transformer all at the same time. The best part is that each device charges as fast as if they were plugged into separate wall outlets.


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