Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc HD Spotted In Hong Kong, Coming To CES?

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Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Arc HD aka “Nozomi” continues to make headlines and this time a blurry yet decent enough pic of the device has emerged thanks to the Chinese blog, TechOrz.  According to TechOrz’s source, the device is undergoing carrier testing and is expected to be announced at next year’s CES event in January.  The screen shots reveal a clear overhaul on Sony Ericsson’s on board UI though we’re still not entirely sure what official version of Android it will be released with.  In addition, the device still shows a glow effect on the hardware which runs around the entire lower half of the chassis (see pics).  We’re still not entirely sure what function that serves.  I’ve got my chips on a notification feature.

Here’s to hoping we see this bad boy at CES and can get our hands on the device ourselves for a walk around and review.  As far as specs go, expect to see a 1.5 GHz dual-core chip set, 1 GB of RAM, a 4.3-inch 720p display with a huge 12 mp camera.  We’ve got our fingers crossed that the handset will launch with ICS on board, however, if it launches with Gingerbread we’re hoping Sony Ericsson can deliver the new update in a timely manner.    » Read the rest

NFC Installed in Galaxy Nexus Battery, Secure Tokens May Cause NFC Issues

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Photo Courtesy of Android Central

If you look closely at the Verizon Galaxy Nexus training materials you will see a wee bit of a bombshell being dropped concerning NFC and the Galaxy Nexus‘ swappable battery. Those that don’t know, the NFC chip is located in the battery itself so the hardware changes when you swap the battery. What this means is that your not only will your replacement battery require NFC capabilities, but that the system and NFC chip use a token that matches together for security purposes. However this doesn’t mean that a replacement battery won’t work. As Verizon puts it:

“Customers attempting to use more than one battery with the Galaxy Nexus may have less than an optimal experience since the NFC chip within the battery must register a token between the device and the battery each time the battery is swapped.”

So basically this is a buyer beware. Less than optimal may be okay for some, it may not be for others. One thing is for sure, we will have to see how things pan out when the device finally hits the shelves. Hopefully that is Friday like everyone is hinting.

 

[via Android Central]

Verizon Updates Equipment Guide that Clearly States “Samsung Galaxy Nexus Will Launch to All Channels on December 9th”

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Who knows whats really going on, but this may be as ‘official’ as we get. Verizon updated their Equipment guide and it clearly shows “the Samsung Galaxy Nexus will launch to all channels on December 9th, 2011.” So there you have it. Short of official word from Big Red I think it’s safe to say it’s a sure thing… I hope, I really do. :-)

Here’s the equipment specs that complete the whole shebang (click to enlarge).

[via Droid Life]

Verizon Not Blocking Google Wallet But View it Differently Than Other Apps

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It is safe to say that most of us in the Android community were not amused by Verizon potentially blocking the use of Google Wallet on their branded version of the Galaxy Nexus. In a press release Verizon has made it clear that they do not block apps, well, except for tethering apps. The reason that we will not see Google Wallet on the Verizon Nexus seems to be more security and hardware related and is something that they are really not comfortable implementing yet. The press release states:

“Recent reports that Verizon is blocking Google Wallet on our devices are false. Verizon does not block applications.

Google Wallet is different from other widely-available m-commerce services. Google Wallet does not simply access the operating system and basic hardware of our phones like thousands of other applications. Instead, in order to work as architected by Google, Google Wallet needs to be integrated into a new, secure and proprietary hardware element in our phones.

We are continuing our commercial discussions with Google on this issue.”

So yes, it appears that Verizon is still talking to Google about this, but Google has made it clear they did not make this decision. As a Google representative told CNET:

 ”Verizon asked us not to include this functionality in the product.”

So it appears that carriers are deciding how these kind of features should be implemented and that there is no official say on when we will see them. What about you, the reader? Does this affect your decision to buy the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon or is this a feature you can live without?

[via Droid Life]

Rockstar Games to Release Grand Theft Auto III in Android Market on December 13th

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Anybody a fan of Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto? Well you’re in luck! Recently Rockstar announced that they would be brining the series’ third installment, GTA III, to the Android Market next week, December 13th, for $4.99 in celebration of the title’s 10 year anniversary.

Only a few tablets and smartphones will be supported at launch but we should see more additions in the future. Speaking of future, Rockstar games also mentioned the possibility of releasing Vice City and San Andreas in the future, which would be rad as well. Jump past the break for pretty bad-ass looking screen shots and a complete list of supported devices. This game is gonna be fun! » Read the rest

Contest: Win one of five Dark Knight Andy T-Shirts (Updated With Winners)

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It’s time for another Talk Android giveaway. Recently the Dark Knight Andy t-shirt was released to the masses and they have given us 5 shirts to give way to our readers. All you have to do is head over to our forum thread and leave a comment on how badly you want to win. You will have until Friday, December 9 at 11:59pm EST. We will pick five random winners and announce them on Saturday, December 10.

Click here to enter

If you would like order one, please visit darknightandy.com

Update:

Congratulations to our 5 winners

Audiguy3

Krazzee

psipher

Sree

dinoc

Thanks for playing everyone!!

Archos to Update G9 Tablets to Ice Cream Sandwich in Q1 of 2012

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Looks like we will have another current Android tablet up and running with Android 4.0 sometime in the first quarter of next year. Archos just announced that they will indeed be upgrading their 101 G9 and 80 G9 series of tablets to Google’s latest OS, Ice Cream sandwich. The G9 tablets were launched earlier this year with Android 3.2 Honeycomb on board so a nifty upgrade to 4.0 will be a pleasant treat for those who already purchased the Archos tablets and will make the current price tags of $279 and $349 sound even more enticing. As soon as we have a more precise timeframe we will let you know.

[via Android Central]

 

 

Best Buy to Start Receiving Galaxy Nexus Stock Today, Mums the Word

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Well well. It looks like Best Buy is to start receiving Verizon Galaxy Nexus stock today but based on the disclosure seen in the screen shot, you’re not supposed to know that. Now, I wouldn’t go calling or visiting your local Best Buy in hopes of receiving some top secret info. They are going to be pretty tight lipped about this device and I presume you will just have to wait until friday.

[via Android Central]

Add friends to Facebook via NFC with Add Friend (Facebook)

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Near Field Communications (NFC) isn’t all about payments these days. With Ice Cream Sandwich, we have the ability to transfer what game you’re playing to a friend’s phone, but now we can add Facebook friends while on the go.

The theory is when two people meet, they no longer share phone numbers or emails. They simply share names to add each other on Facebook. With Add Friend (Facebook) you can add people you meet to your Facebook account right away, even if you don’t have a data connection. Problem is they have to have NFC on their phone.

It’s as simple as 3 easy steps:

  1. You both open « ADD FRIEND »
  2. Touch the 2 mobiles back-to-back => You arrive on his/her Facebook profile
  3. Tap “Add”
This one might be a little before its time with most phones not having NFC, but it seems cool nonetheless.