Motorola MOTOLUXE and DEFY Mini Pricing and Availability Revealed by Clove UK

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For you UK folks who are in the market for a new mid-range smartphone, online retailer Clove just revealed Motorola’s upcoming release details for the MOTOLUXE and DEFY Mini. These devices are ones that Moto claims to be “two stylish smartphones that break boundaries, but won’t break the bank.”

The MOTOLUXE is expected to land in late February – early March and will run £258 ($400) including VAT. This device features a 4-inch edge-to-edge touchscreen display, an 8MP rear camera with autofocus and flash, front facing VGA camera, 1400mAh battery, 800MHz processor, and Android 2.3.7. It also features a lanyard slot that has a lighting effect to let you know when you’ve missed a call, received a text or have an email waiting for you.

The DEFY Mini is also expected around the same time as the MOTOLUXE and will run £175 ($270) including VAT. The device is water-resistant, dust-proof, and has scratch resistant Corning Gorilla Class for the display. It features a 3.2-inch display, 3MP rear camera with flash, front facing VGA camera, 1650mAh battery, and Android 2.3. For more on these units hit the source links below, you can also preorder from there as well.

[via Clove -- MOTOLUXE / DEFY Mini]


Samsung Galaxy Note Will Be in Canada “Mid-February”

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The Galaxy Note was recently announced at CES as coming to AT&T. Well it appears that it will becoming to Canadian carriers as well. According to the Samsung web site it is set to hit “mid-February”. We aren’t 100% sure on the exact day but some careful digging suggests that it will be Thursday February 23rd. There isn’t any detail as what the pricing will be, but it’s for sure that TELUS will be one of the carriers adding this LTE device to their Android line up. I am sure Rogers and Bell will get their hands on this device and as well and we can probably expect an announcement for its availability soon. It appears that the Galaxy Note’s popularity is starting to drift its way over here from overseas as Verizon and Sprint may see their own as well. With that said, look for this device to hit more networks in the coming months and if your curious about this giant device you can check out our hands on with the device. Enjoy!


[via Samsung]

According to Oracle, Google is making $10 million in annual revenue per day from Android activations

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Recently Oracle made a surprising move in its Java lawsuit with Google by asking the court for a stay of its patent claims for nine months in favor of a near-term copyright trial. What’s most interesting is Oracle’s analysis on Google and the economic impacts of Android.

If you remember, Andy Rubin reported that Android activations are now at 700,000 per day. Oracle made the following statement about that:

“While this case awaits trial, more than 700,000 Android-based devices are activated every day, all fundamentally built around the copyrighted Java APIs and the enhanced performance enabled by Oracle’s patents. Each day’s worth of activations likely generates approximately $10 million in annual mobile advertising revenue for Google.”

There’s no indication of how Oracle came to this conclusion, but for whatever reason, it appears they’re assuming annual revenues of roughly $14 per Android user.

They also went on to say that Android is also important to Google for the growth of its social network Google+, and Android is not as open as everyone thinks.

One other interesting note is they’re predicting that daily Android activations will hit 2.5 million per day within the next twelve months. It will be interesting to see if that goal is met because that is one huge-ass  number.

[via foss patents]




T-Mobile UK Set To Bring Prada Phone By LG 3.0 To Stores In February

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We know more than a few of you Talk Android trendy fans have been drooling over the PRADA Phone by LG 3.0 for sometime now. Your wait will soon be over as T-Mobile UK has confirmed the phone will be arriving in stores by February. That means you’ll be able to get your hands on the sweet phone featuring the dual-core OMAP 4430 processor clocked at 1GHz, that gorgeous 4.3-inch screen and 8MP camera inside in just a matter of weeks. A great addition to your Prada wallet or Prada purse you recently purchased, don’t you think?

[via T-Mobile UK]

Are you an Android fanatic? TalkAndroid is hiring!

by Robert Nazarian on

Do you have an interest in Android phones, tablets, apps, accessories and every & anything else Android related? Do you find yourself spending hours a day reading news sites and blogs? Would you like to write for TalkAndroid? Now is your chance! We are looking for responsible, talented and driven writers to join our incredible team.

No we’re not just looking for anybody with a keyboard, there are a few requirements:

  • Must be able to contribute to the news on a regular basis. This means 3 or more posts per day. This is generally about an hour of time per day.
  • Be proficient in the English language. Non-US residents are welcome to apply, as long as you have a firm grasp of the language.
  • Must have the ability to summarize articles from other sources in your own words.
  • Must have the ability to take some criticism. Your writing won’t appeal to everyone, that’s a fact. It shouldn’t bother you if somebody leaves a negative comment. Our editorial team is always there to support our authors!
  • Remember, your application is your resume, please take time to proof read it before submitting.
  • We will accept writers from anywhere in the World, but we’re primarily looking for writers in the U.K. and the U.S. Please let us know where you’re located in your application.
  • Finally, it will definitely help if you have an Android device and a passion for anything Android-related wouldn’t hurt either.

To start, the Author position is volunteer based – at first. You start as a contributor, and you move to an author once your writing hits the point of being able to be released without much editing. This non-paid period generally lasts one to two weeks but could last longer depending on how fast you pick things up.. After that, as long as you are meeting the minimum requirement of articles, you’re in the money, literally!

Any and all articles you post to TalkAndroid become property of TalkAndroid and may not be posted anywhere else without prior authorization from our editorial team.

Interested candidates should Contact Us with NEWS AUTHOR in the subject line. Please include your full name, short bio on yourself & experience (or link to your resume), and we will contact you.

We look forward to your applications!

Robert Nazarian
Editor In Chief

Mysterious Sony Smartphone Prices And Launch Dates Leak

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Looks like Sony may have laid out its plans for 2012. GSM Arena came across what appears to be a Sony roadmap leak from Sony’s sales report from India. The information includes the prices and approximate release dates of upcoming and unannounced Sony devices— all of which will use the Android OS. While the prices and approximate dates are for the Indian market, the information listed should be applicable to both the European and Asian markets also. GSM Arena was also kind enough to convert the original projected prices from the INR to Euro.

The codenames for these devices aren’t familiar and as previously mentioned, have not yet been announced. Look for more info to leak out in the coming days and weeks especially with Mobile World Congress coming up.


[via GSM Arena]

Contest: Submit the best caption and win a Samsung Galaxy S II compliments of Three Mobile (Updated with Winner)

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Update: See the bottom of the post for the winner.

2011 has been the year of the Samsung Galaxy S II. With its huge Super AMOLED screen and a powerful 1.2 GHz processor, the Galaxy S II is a smartphone powerhouse. Its sleek form factor has won it legions of fans and has picked up a multitude of awards in 2011.

Boosted by Three’s all-you-can-eat data, you’ll now have all the internet you will ever need. Talk Android is offering one lucky reader the chance to get their hands on this cool smartphone compliments of Three. It comes with a Pay As You Go SIM pre-loaded with all-you-can-eat data so you’ll be free to stream, download, tweet and surf the web without ever worrying about the cost – there literally are no limits.

The rules are simple:

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CyanogenMod 9 Alpha 0 Now Available for HP TouchPad

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A few days ago we showed you a preview we saw of the HP TouchPad running CM9. If that video had you chomping at the bit to get your taste of CM9 and Ice Cream Sandwich on the device, now’s your chance as it has been released in alpha. However it is very much an alpha build as all of the following doesn’t work:

  • Hardware Video (OMX). As a result, Netflix does not work, YouTube works only only in non-HD videos.
  • Audio is a mess. The microphone does not work. Work on the current libaudio solution has halted because we will eventually switch to a CAF libaudio.
  • Camera does not work. The only that we have is from froyo and its closed source. There is a wrapper for QCOM gingerbread libcamera libraries that could likely be used as a basis to get our camera working.
  • Market filters prevent some apps from being installed (this can partly solved by switching back to standard DPI settings(120, 160, 240). The current build is using 160 which fixes the market but makes everything look ugly and low resolution.
  • Titanium Backup crashes the kernel. There’s an investigation in progress…There are reports that older versions do work.
  • Most of the hardware problems from CM7 still exist in this CM9 alpha build.

So as you can see this alpha build has a lot more work to be put in but it shows promise. If you can stand the bugs and don’t mind various aspects not working hit the source to get your little piece of ICS. However I recommend using something else as your daily driver. That aside, if you’re interested check it out and let us know what you think!

[via RootzWiki]

T-Mobile And Walmart Offer New Unlimited Family Plan, Includes 3G Data And No Contracts

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You already know that T-Mobile and Walmart are two brands giving you the most value for your buck. Now they’re looking to give you even more value by introducing new prices for the WalMart Family Mobile Unlimited Talk, Text and Web family plan. The plan is not just affordable, but more importantly— it’s contract and committment-free. One less thing for customers to worry about.

The WalMart Family Unlimited Talk, Text and Web plan works in a straightforward way. After a $25 starter kit for each line, the first line gets unlimited talk, text and web for $45/month, while it’s $35/month for each additional line after that. This would add up to $80/month for two lines, $115/month for three lines, etc.

While you do get to enjoy data access, keep in mind you’re limited to 3G speeds, not T-Mobile’s solid HSPA+ 4G network. If you’re interested in the plan, make sure you sign up for the plan as soon as possible as T-Mobile and Walmart are wooing new customers by offering a 5GB monthly data cap at 3G speeds until March 31st if you sign up by March 16th. If you sign up afterwards, you’ll be limited to a measly 250MB at 3G speeds per month. Oh and you kinda sorta get throttled to slower data speeds once you go past your limit. At least you’re not charged overage fees.

Despite some of the minor trade-offs, this is great for families seeking to get the most out of their bucks. More importantly, this would be a great way to introduce your family to the Android family (hey, what can I say– I’m a homer for Android). Let us know if you plan on keeping your current cell phone plan with that fancy 4G data or if you will consider signing up for the family plan instead in the Comments section below. Hit the break for the full presser from WalMart.

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BLU Studio 5.3 Smartphone Now Available For $259.99

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So you want a Galaxy Note, but you’re on a budget price? You’re in luck because BLU Studio has heard your cries and has brought a fairly intriguing phone to the market. They’ve introduced a 5.3-inch phone with some modest features including:

  • a 5.3-inch capacative touch display with 800 x 480 resolution
  • single-core 800MHz processor
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 8GB of internal storage
  • 5MP rear camera and VGA front-facing camera
  • Gingerbread 2.3

These are humble specs to be sure, but there is a huge bonus. The phone will include an impressive 2500mAh battery which should more than provide ample juice to users daily. Also of note, the phone is GSM unlocked— meaning it supports the ability to run in dual-SIM card mode. You can find the BLU Studio 5.3 will run you $259.99 with free shipping. Not too shabby of a price I say.

[via Expansys]