Clove in the UK has announced a couple of new Android devices to hit the arsenal of smartphones in their lineup. Among these devices you can now find Sony’s Xperia Mini and Mini Pro. The only question now is, to keyboard or not to keyboard? If you’ll recall, the Mini sports a 3-inch touch display, 1GHz Snapdragon CPU by Qualcomm and can end up in your pocket for £210.00 on contract. The Mini Pro takes the device one notch up by adding a sleek sophisticated slide out qwerty keyboard to the mix. Sporting the same specs as the Mini, the Pro can be yours on contract for £246.00. Oh, and let’s not forget that both devices will also offer a sense of security with the addition and standardization of McAfee’s security applications on board. So, which one is more your forte? Feel free to drop a comment or two below and don’t forget to check out the quick video of the Mini in action as well. And if you’re looking for a quick hands-on of these devices, you can head on over to our previous post here.
Still looking for a good, sleek, crisp and streamlined UI in your next weather application? Look no further. Developer pfluger, a former Blackberry coder turned Android, has put together this little weather app for your convenience. BeWeather for Android offers an aesthetically pleasing interface with forecasts ranging in appearance from 11 different widgets. In addition, the app is ridiculously customizable all the way from its fonts to its icons and colors. Features like 7-day forecasts, location tracking and access to nearby weather stations are sure to make this app a hit. Check out the extensive list of features from the developer himself. If you like what you see, you can head on over to the application thread and give it a go. Feel free to provide as much feedback as you can to the developer so as to improve the application across multiple devices. Enjoy! » Read the rest
If you are a big music fan, you might want to look at MetroPCS. They are offering a new plan called Rhapsody Unlimited Music for Android phones which features unlimited talk, text, web, multimedia streaming and downloading access, and of course, music. You will have access to the 12 million songs that are in the Rhapsody library which you can stream or download for listening without a connection.
All of this will cost $60 per month which is not bad, but with $50 to $55 unlimited plans offered elsewhere, the Rhapsody part of the equation does not feel like that much of a bonus. It’s is not a bad deal if you happen to be a fan of Rhapsody.
Phone security is the rage right now, and Sony Ericsson is jumping on board. They signed a deal with McAfee to pre-load their mobile security app on the Xperia Mini and Xperia Mini Pro. We recently announced a deal between McAfee and Sprint for the same application.
The McAfee app will safeguard users against device loss, data theft, malware, and virus infection.
“Smartphones represent one of most significant technological developments of our time with today’s devices boasting far more functionality than many early PCs,” said Todd Gebhart, co-president, McAfee. “However, it is far too easy to leave a mobile device in a cab or at the airport, which can mean lost contacts, photos, financial information and other important content. With malware targeting mobile devices growing quarter-on-quarter, there is also the risk of these devices being hacked, infected or phished. The availability of this technology is an important milestone in protecting both the phone itself and the data that resides on the device.”
Nikolaus Scheurer, head of Product Marketing at Sony Ericsson said “By offering as standard these new consumer and business solutions in our XPERIA smartphones, we are setting a new standard in mobile device security allowing us to better serve our customers.”
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Two days ago we reported that a dog fighting game, which had previously been removed from the Android Market, has returned under the new name KG Dogfighting. The game was sure to bring controversy as players can put their raised dog in fights, give it adrenaline shots, and have shootouts with a fictional law agency called F.E.T.A. You can read what the developer had to say for themselves about their game here.
While PETA and other animal activists voiced their disgust directly to the developers and Google, someone unknown took a different route of attack. This different approach attacks the users directly with a malware version of the game offered up for free outside of the Android Market. It was discovered by Symantec that the infected version of this game contained a trojan called “Dogbiet”, which can be identified by the games icon saying “PETA” instead of “BETA”.
If modding is your cup of tea, you might want to hold off on updating your T-Mobile G-Slate with the 3.1 update that’s currently rolling out as it is being reported that the new update carries with it a locked bootloader.
With a locked bootloader making the flashing of ROMs impossible, is the “update” even worth it? Is the 3.1 update better than what can be accomplished now with 3.0.1 + a custom ROM? It comes down to whether or not you value the access that an unlocked bootloader gives you and whether or not that access is worth the price of an update.
Prior to this update, G-Slate had been one of the more developer friendly tablets on the market. Its both sad and frustrating to see this happen when other manufacturers are taking positive steps in the opposite direction.
Photos seem to surface everyday of the Droid Bionic, but we have something different for you to wet your appetite with. How about if the rumored DROID HD, or possibly the Dinara, crashes the party? A number of photos has the Bionic posing with its bigger brother.
The DROID Bionic isn’t even out yet, and it feels like old news, so lets talk about the DROID HD (or Dinara). First off, we are thinking that the Dinara is actually the same phone as the DROID HD. It seems to have a 4.5-inch display which might be 720p (1280 x 720) since it is called the HD. It appears to be running Gingerbread and it sports an 8MP with support for 1080P recording, and a front camera. It has side loading SIM and microSD slots on the left, a volume rocker, and a power button on the right. This device seems to be very thin as it is estimated to be between 8.5 and 9mm thick.
We have a lot more to show you after the jump:
News had been cropping up recently of a yet-to-be-released tablet called the Grid 10 by TabCo. Today, however, we’ve learned that TabCo is a fake company, concocted by the real company “Fusion Garage.” If you are not familiar with that name, Fusion Garage was the maker of the JooJoo tablet from March of last year. It was a Linux based 12” tablet packing a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 as well as Nvidia Ion graphics and 1GB of RAM. Back to today, Fusion Garage has officially unveiled the Grid 10 tablet as well as the Grid 4 phone featuring GridOS. But wait, isn’t this an Android blog? As it turns out, “GridOS was built leveraging an Android kernel. It was built on top of Android. Similar to how Apple built Mac from Unix BSD.” » Read the rest
I’m sure there are many of you reading this that are avid users of the MIUI ROM. Personally, I bounce between the CyanogenMod7 ROM and the OMFGB ROM. So, for those of you running a different ROM like me, maybe you have a friend using MIUI and maybe you really like the music player that comes along with it. If that’s the case, this news is for you! MIUI’s music player has recently been extracted, courtesy of DroidUniverse. Many argue that the music player is MIUI’s greatest native app and I agree it has a pretty nice look. Granted, I’ve come to rely pretty heavily on stream oriented apps like Google Music Beta and Spotify, but if you use primarily local files, you may want that extra polished look achieved by the MIUI player. Give it a try by downloading the apk from one of the links below. Hit the break to snag the QR codes for download. » Read the rest
US Cellular has announced two new additions to its prepaid plan, the HTC Merge and the Samsung Gem. These additions give customers more options as they join the LG Optimus U and the LG Apex in US Cellulars prepaid lineup.
The HTC Merge brings with it the following specs:
- 3.8″ WVGA touch screen with full QWERTY Keyboard
- AndroidTM 2.2 (Froyo) with HTC Sense
- 5MP Camera and HD Camcorder with flash
- Full HTML Browser with Adobe Flash support
- 8GB SD Card included, expandable up to 32GB
- Access to thousands of apps through Android Market
- World Phone Capabilities
- Wi-Fi capable
The Samsung Gem joins the lineup with these specifications:
- 3.2″ WQVGA Touchscreen
- AndroidTM 2.2 (Froyo)
- 3.2 MP Camera + Camcorder
- Full HTML Browser
- Stereo Bluetooth Capable
- One-Touch Speakerphone
- Video and Music Player
- Wi-Fi capable » Read the rest