Sony Ericsson says Xperia Play is “meeting expectations”

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Despite price drops, some would say the Xperia Play wasn’t the hit it should have been. In spite of this, Sony Ericsson said that their gaming phone is “meeting expectations”. We’ve also seen the Play showing up in different color flavors recently as well. Sony Ericsson is hoping for a big sales bang for the device this holiday season.

How can it compete with all the dual-core power goodness coming this year you ask? Well, Sony Erricsson has this to say:

“When you go into things like dual core versus single core, what a lot of people don’t understand or appreciate is the actual benchmarking and the ability of a device to do what they do, dual core doesn’t mean it’s faster. This is PlayStation Certified, and it’s been proven by all of the discussions of a very technical nature we’re having with publishers”

Well Ericsson you’re right, the masses don’t understand you can make software run faster on a slower processor. It makes me think of the PlayStation consoles (or any game console for that matter) where they games get better graphically while the hardware stays the same. Or how about PCs getting faster and faster, but Windows just became more of a resource hog? I’d like to see Sony do well in the Android market, so hopefully as they continue to pump out games things will work out. I think there is a place in the market for this device, don’t you?

[via eurodroid]

Samsung Galaxy W to launch on O2 UK later this month

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Samsung introduced the Galaxy W as part of their new naming scheme last month. The “W’ stands for Wonder which represents high quality, and is perfect for those seeking a balance between style and performance. We already know it will be available on the Three network in the UK, and it looks like O2 will be carrying it was well.

O2 has the Galaxy W listed as “Coming Soon: September.” on their website. The Galaxy W will have a 1.4GHz single-core CPU, 3.7-inch SLCD display, 5MP rear camera, Android 2.3, and TouchWiz 4.0.

We expect availability to be towards the end of the month.

[via O2]

Gingerbread update now available for DROID 2 Global

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Well, the soak test must be over. 

The Android 2.3 upgrade is now rolling out in phases to DROID 2 users.  Some of the enhancements include a new download manager app, multi-touch key-chording, a new interface, and more!

You can also access the update by going to Menu > Settings > About phone > System updates.

Let us know in the comments what you think about the new update!

[via motorolaforum]

Chinese search giant Baidu launches mobile OS, forms alliance with Dell

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Chinese search engine Baidu has formally entered the mobile device arena by announcing its own mobile OS, as well as entering into an alliance with Dell to produce tablets and smartphones.

Baidu, whose name was inspired from a poem written during the Song Dynasty, has launched its long-anticipated mobile OS named Biadu Yi.

Biadu Yi appears to be a heavily modified Android fork that utilizes cloud storage, backup and sharing capabilities, and comes with its own app store.  Baidu had been rumored to be planning the OS – and to be using a modified version of Android – for some time, but had refused to provide confirmation.

In addition to Biadu Yi, it is being reported that Baidu will supply its own maps, reader, music apps, and provide its Shen Bian service to stand in for Google Places.  The music app will likely integrate with Baidu’s Ting licensed music download service.

With its alliance with Dell in place, and a new OS ready for distribution, Baidu appears to have a solid footing with both software and hardware for mobile devices.   While Dell has struggled to find the success in the mobile device market that it enjoyed in the PC market, entering into an alliance makes sense as Baidu is one of the strongest domestic brand names in China and also dominates China’s search market.  

China has an estimated 906+ million mobile phones in operation, making it nearly 3 times as big a market as the United States.  While Baidu has thus far sat on the sidelines in the mobile device war, it now looks like it is preparing to strike.  The combination of their Biadu Yi OS, along with a steady supply of mobile devices from Dell, gives them a fighting chance to make inroads into the mobile-device rich Chinese market. 

It’s unknown if Baidu’s sights are just on the Chinese market but one thing is certain, before you have a chance to make your mark in the mobile device wars, you first have to be good enough to make your competitors aware that you even joined the fight.

What do you think?  Will Biadu YI make a dent in the Chinese market?  Will it one day be a viable competitor to Android?  Let us know in the comments!

[via telecomasia and dailytech]

Pierre Cardin tablet gets Gingerbread update and lower price

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Remember the Pierre Cardin 7-inch tablet (PC-7006) we told you about last month? We weren’t too impressed with it especially since it came with Android 2.2 Froyo. It looks like they are moving up in the world as they have updated it to Gingerbread, and added a G to the model number which is now PC-7006G.

Unfortunately it is still unimpressive, but if you are into designer names, this is the one for you. They even dropped the price from £274.99 ($438) to £224.99 ($358). It still comes with a leather case and black gift box, but it’s still 14mm thick.

The rest of the specs are okay for the money:

  • 7-inch (800 x 480) capacitive multi-touch display
  • Samsung S5PV210 Cortex-A8 1.0 GHz procesor
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 1.3-megapixel front facing camera
  • 4GB internal storage
  • microSD card slot (supports up to 16GB, 4GB card provided)
  • mini USB, HDMI
  • WiFi, 3G (with an external dongle)
  • 4400mAh battery

Is anyone looking forward to the PC-7006I?

[via pierre cardin]

Asphalt 6: Adrenaline is now FREE for Samsung Galaxy S II owners

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If you own a Samsung Galaxy S II, you’re in luck because Gameloft’s Asphalt 6: Adrenaline is available for free in the Samsung Apps Store. We have no idea if this is for a limited time so don’t fall asleep on this one.

Asphalt 6: Adrenaline is the latest version of the Asphalt series, and this is the WCG (World Cyber Games) version. You will even have the WCG car to drive. The game is compatible with the international (I9100) as well as Korean versions of Galaxy S II.

Update: Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY owners can also download it for free.

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Samsung artist uses Galaxy Note to draw caricature of IFA attendee [Video]

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What do you do if you are an artist employed by Samsung and your job is to demonstrate the features of the new Galaxy Note?  That’s easy – you draw caricatures of IFA attendees of course!

Using nothing but the Galaxy Note, what appears to be a native drawing app, and the Note’s S Pen, the artist creates an impressive caricature of the willing attendee:

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The ability to sketch and do artwork was specifically mentioned when the Note was announced last week. By having an artist display the device at IFA 2011, Samsung has done a good job at demonstrating the creative potential their newest smartphone brings to the Android table.

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[Leak] HTC Holiday hits 29Mbps on AT&T 4G LTE network

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We have seen pictures of the upcoming HTC Holiday already, but have not seen proof of its rumored AT&T LTE capability. BGR has obtained photos of it being used in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas area using 4G LTE. You will see in the photo below the download speeds hit 29Mbps which is super fast, but lets face it, this might be the only phone on the network.

The Holiday hasn’t been officially announced, and we have heard it could be marketed as the Raider. It will have Android 2.3.4, a 4.5-inch (960 x 540) display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 8-megapixel camera, and the HTC Sense 3.0 UI. It will be one of the first 4G LTE phones to hit AT&T, and we expect to see it by the end of the year. Stay tuned.

[via bgr]

Australian court wants Apple to show sales data to prove Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 hurts iPad sales

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Apple and Samsung are currently involved in a number of lawsuits across the world. Today’s news comes from Australia where a judge is asking for Apple to reveal iPad and iPad 2 sales data.

Apple wants an injunction on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia, and is claiming that it will hurt iPad sales. If they don’t provide the data, this argument won’t have much strength.

“Unless Apple puts on evidence showing the impact in the U.S. or U.K., I can’t draw any positive assumptions,” Federal Court Justice Annabelle Bennett said in Sydney.

Bennett won’t force Apple to hand over the data and denied Samsung’s request for them. Samsung wants sales figures for the U.K. and U.S. to prove there hasn’t been an effect on iPad sales. It is up to Apple at this point.

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Rumor: Samsung Ditching Android for Bada Development? (Not Likely)

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How much salt do you have? Is it less than five pounds? If so, go buy five pounds of salt and then dump all of it on this rumor before consumption.

A bit ago, Samsung rather quietly hired the creator and lead developer of Cyanogenmod, one Steve Kondik, presumably to work on the software side of their Android handsets. According to a tipster to AndroidSPIN, this wasn’t the case. Apparently (says tipster), Kondik was hired to help develop Samsung’s own bada platform and to help integrate a Linux base into the fledgling OS, so that Samsung could move from Android to bada for their future devices, as early as the end of next year. Samsung was none-too-pleased, so postulates said tipster, with Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobile, thus moving them to begin a departure from the Android platform.

There’s plenty wrong with this, of course. First off, Samsung is Android’s number one handset manufacturer and Android is Samsung’s number one cash cow. Google knows this and Samsung knows this. And while I’m sure there’s a bit of contention regarding the Motorola buyout, I’m equally sure that there were plenty of reassurances, both written and verbal, between Google and Samsung behind closed doors. Google wouldn’t frighten away its main source of handset sales, and Samsung wouldn’t either, particularly for a mobile OS that has yet to even make an appearance in most of the world. I wouldn’t be surprised if Samsung is shoring up its bada platform to make it usable for a wider audience, but they wouldn’t abandon the jolly green giant for it.

Care to throw in your own two cents? Please feel free in the comments section below!

[via androidspin]