We learned yesterday that the possible replacement to the Toshiba Thrive was going to be called the Excite. Today we learn that Toshiba is not finished with the name changing game, and the Thrive will be known as the Toshiba AT100 when it launches in the UK.
The Thrive/AT100 will soon arrive in the UK with a 10.1-inch screen running 1280×800 resolution, Tegra 2 processor, full size HDMI port, two USB ports, 5MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, Android 3.1, and a claimed 7 hour battery life.
Toshiba is currently listing the AT100 with 16GB only – no word yet if the 8GB or 32GB models will be available as well.
For those of you rocking a Motorola Milestone 2, Motorola Europe on Facebook has announced it will be receiving Android 2.3 in early Q4. The Facebook post also stated that timing details for each country would be shared closer to the update’s release. This is a pretty open ended post, so try to stay positive about this Gingerbread update actually being released this year. In any case, it’s still nice to see Gingerbread updates still coming and not leaving users that want it high and dry. I know not everyone is into rooting and loading ROMs on their devices. You can catch a shot of the Facebook post after the break.
Typically, when one is considering an Android handset (or any handset, for that matter), he or she is going to be looking at the bigger manufacturers like Samsung, HTC, or LG. Now a lot of that is due to word of mouth and brand recognition, but part of it is device quality as well. (I’m looking at you, Kyocera Zio.) Here however, we see a rather impressive leak for a relatively little known manufacturer. Specs in the picture above boast a 1.4GHz processor, a 4 inch display, a 5 megapixel camera complete with 720P video recording, Android 2.3, and a whopping 1930mAh battery. They’ve also managed to throw all of this into a svelte 9.9 mm thin housing. No word yet on where this phone will be released, but it’ll be a nice addition to someone’s lineup regardless.
The LG Univa was originally on a list of upcoming LG Android smartphones that was leaked about a month ago. It just appeared out of nowhere at Qualcomm India On 2011. It has the model LG E510F and the “Univa” name is probably a codename for now.
It was sitting between the LG Optimus Pro and the Optimus Net without any identification. It runs Android 2.3.3 with LG’s own UI on top. It will have a 3.5-inch display, a 800MHz processor, and a 5MP camera.
We have no idea on availability or price, but expect it to be affordable considering the specs. We will let you know more when we hear it. For pictures hit the source link.
An update to Google Voice is now available in the market taking it up to version 0.4.2.34. There looks to be just minor updates and bug fixes here, but I swear the opening speed of this app on my Droid X is way faster now. Here’s what’s been updated:
Does not require data connectivity for making calls to numbers you previously called
Warns you when there is no data connectivity before you compose/send text messages
Fix for bug that required you to click the voicemail play button twice
Fix for notifications delays for SMS and voicemails
At the time of writing this, the update doesn’t seem to show up on the Android Market’s web site. You can try to update from our handy apps database here or just check for an update on your cell. The update showed up for me just a few minutes ago.
According to Sprint Feed, Sprint’s Early Termination Fee is climbing from its current $200 to $350 starting September 9th. As seen in the above image, this policy change is only for “advanced” devices which includes smartphones, tablets, netbooks, and notebooks. This raised ETF will go into effect on new contracts signed after September 9th. It’s also noted that changes like this for authorized dealers usually apply to corporate Sprint stores as well. Anyone think this might be in preparation for the SGSII Epic 4G Touch?
The HTC Runnymede has been revealed as one of the first phones to come out of the agreement between HTC and Beats by Dr. Dre. This one has a whopping 4.7-inch display. I remember earlier in the year, everyone was saying that 4-inches is the sweet spot, but now that seems small. Here is a rundown of the specs:
The specs are nothing to brag about, but the Runnymede’s camera and sound will be first class. The camera is expected to feature a backlit sensor plus a 28mm wide-angle lens and a focal ratio of f/2.2. For video, it can record at 60 frames-per-second, which is more than twice what the average phone can do. Sound quality is supposed to be top notch as it will feature SRS Surround, dual microphones, and it will recognize when Beats headphones are plugged in.
The Runnymede could ship in time for the holidays. We will let you know as we hear more.
Yesterday was the official announcement of the Samsung Galaxy S II for the U.S., but to me it is already old news because the anticipation of the Nexus Prime is really heating up. Earlier this week we reported that it may land on Verizon as the DROID Prime. This one has a model number of SCH-i515. I am not expecting it to be a true Nexus device, but it could be the first Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich phone, and possibly stock.
The other model kicking around is the GT-i9250 which first appeared in a leaked Samsung roadmap. It also passed WiFi certification last week. Now it has appeared on the above support page. For now it doesn’t give us any more info, but it is one more piece to this puzzle. Unfortunately we need more pieces, but the good news is we are that much closer to solving it.
The Honeycomb 3.2 SDK component is now available for download along with an update to the SDK tools, Compatibility Package, and a new Android NDK. The new features included with 3.2 are optimizations for a wider range of tablets, compatibility zoom for fixed-sized tablets, media sync from an SD card, and an extended API for managing how your apps display on different screen sizes. Full details can be found over at the Android Developer site by hitting the source link below.
Late last month rumors of the Motorola Dinara surfaced and we’ve been waiting to get our hands on the device ever since. In addition, there are major talks regarding the device’s rumored 13-megapixel sensor. The picture above was produced from the handset and according to our friends over at Pocket Now, it’s a 4000 x 2248 resolution. The word insane comes to mind, however, it definitely lends some credibility to its rumored sensor size. Furthermore, according to Droid-Life, the Dinara is a Droid Bionic successor housing a TI OMAP CPU, has an HD resolution for its display (possibly 1280 x 720) and a bigger screen than the Bionic’s (4.5-inch). Expect this device to be topped off with some LTE goodness and headed for a possible release this winter. Stay tuned to Talk Android for more info and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.