It was August of last year when Sony unveiled the Tablet P. Released in November in Europe, it is finally making its way to the U.S. via AT&T. The unique dual-screen tablet will be available on March 4th for $399.99 on contract. Sporting both HSPA+ and Wi-Fi radios, the Tablet P will have two plans to choose from if purchased on contract:
- 3GB/month for $35
- 5GB/month for $50
If purchased off contract for $549.99, you get the additional option of a prepaid 250MB for $14.99.
The specs include a 1Ghz Tegra 2 processor, 1GB RAM, 4GB internal storage, a 5MP rear camera, and a 0.3MP front camera. It currently runs Honeycomb 3.2 but Sony promises it will eventually be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich.
The Sony Tablet P is certainly a niche device with its two 5.5-inch, 1024 x 480 screens that fold closed in a clam shell manner. When open, each screen can act independently or together as one big screen. Any app will run fine on the dual screens, but Sony will offer specially optimized apps that take advantage of this configuration. Reminds us of Kyocera’s low-end Echo on Sprint… but better.
Read the full press release after the break.
For those of you Droid 2 Global owners, you should start to be on the look out for a new software update in the near future. The upcoming build number will be 4.5.629 and should bring some welcomed improvements. Some of the listed fixes are:
- Device is enabled with the Wireless Alerting System.
- A Google Security Patch has been added to improve security level.
- Fixed issue where the device may power ON without user interaction.
- Adjusted camera settings will be saved, even after the device is powered down.
- Resolved possible device resets while playing music.
- Reduced Out of Memory errors.
Email, Messaging & Data
- improved ability to access and receive Gmail messages when the Mobile Hotspot is turned on.
- Addressed error that replicated thumbnails in message threads.
Applications & Widgets
- WAV files can be played from Visual Voice Mail.
- Purchased ringtones are now able to be downloaded, saved and used where appropriate.
The update is going to be 19.4MB in size and should be rolling out soon, if not now. I just checked my girlfriends DROID 2 Global and nothing was available yet so you may have to wait a bit before you can update. Be a pal and let us know in the comments when you see something, will ya?
source: verizon 1 / 2
The recently announced Xperia P and Xperia U handsets will be arriving in the hands of those in the U.K. late this April. Clove Technologies has secured the two models as well as the Xperia S, allowing them to offer the entire NXT range from Sony.
The handsets are slated for an April 23rd release, SIM free. The Xperia P will be available for £378 ($608) and the Xperia U will be a little less at £238.80 ($381). The only color available at them moment is black, however other colors are planned for release in the future.
source: android central
In case you were wondering what kind of awesome stuff you were missing at MWC and more importantly the Android booth, the Android developers YouTube page has aired day one, and day two recap videos for your viewing pleasure. The day one video breaks down all the rad things that are not only going on at the booth, but in the world of Android in general. You really gotta check out the robot that makes custom bedazzled Galaxy Nexus battery doors (say what?), and the conveyor belt carrying almost every Android device ever created. Also the day one recap has interviews with some of Android’s most creative app developers, and the day two video is all about the Android digital media experience, outlining the endless possibilities of music, books and videos, on and off line. Jump past the break to check ‘em out, your really gonna dig these.
Doctor Seuss’ The Lorax might be one of the hottest films of the year so it’s no surprise that NBC Universal just released the Official Lorax App. It has two features. The first one is demoed in the video below. As you hold your phone over your mouth, a full screen Lorax mouth moves as you talk. The second is that you can add the Lorax mustache to any photos you already have on your device. It lets you rotate and resize the stache according to the size of your photo. The app only lets you add one stache per photo, but if you have multiple people, you can still do it. Just add one stache and then save the photo, re-open it again and add the next stache. I did one up of myself, Joe Sirianni, and Stacy Bruce from an image taken from CES at the Venetian.
T-Mobile USA‘s Andrew Sherrard took to MWC this morning to announce that the carrier will proceed to the recently announced LTE network after finishing up their deployment of 42Mbps HSPA+. The network that will sport the upcoming devices like the One S by HTC or the Galaxy S Blaze 4G by Samsung.
T-Mobile previously announced at CES 2012 that they would be moving to the 84Mbps HSPA+ speeds, a move that would require more antennas and a refarming of some 2G spectrums in the 1900MHz PCS band. It could be that the LTE announcement supersedes that of its 84Mbps HSPA+ plans or perhaps it was used as a place holder for LTE. Perhaps it was until they evaluated the possibility of a successful rolling out of an LTE network in the ever shrinking space of said spectrum.
Given that 84Mbps and LTE require the same surgical refarming of PCS right from the get go, skipping 84Mbps for LTE seems logical. Either way it will reduce the network’s total 2G capabilities but as T-mobile sells 3G supporting phones the 2G load on the network will lessen over time. Even though HSPA+ technology still has some milage to go, LTE looks to have more. It again makes more sense to move to LTE as it costs a serious chunk of change for the refarm operation to begin with.
source: The Verge
Although we’ve seen it in action before, Qualcomm has released a video on their official YouTube page showing off their Snapdragon S4 Chip, a powerful quad-core CPU which continues to impress. The company has added the chip to their very own developers tablet and demonstrated a high def, glasses free, 3D display in beautiful 1920 x 1200 res (WUXGA). If this is any indication of what we have to look forward to from Qualcomm, you better get a towel now because the drooling is about to commence. Check the video out and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.
Last week we reported that the most recent Chrome Beta update broke compatibility for some custom Android 4.0 ROMs. The update proved to be beneficial on devices that are running stock ICS so I wanted to figure out a way to get it up and running on my rooted Galaxy Tab 10.1 running a CM9 kang. Apparently some of the custom ROMs have a build.id and display.id that reflect an Android version other than ICS even though they actually run Android 4.0. There is a simple workaround for this and I will give you a quick walk-through in the video below. Basically you will just need to make sure your build.id and display.id read IML74K.
If the thought of editing your build.prop file sounds daunting to you, maybe you should just wait until the developer updates the ROM in the future. If this sounds like something you can handle then check out the video and let us know in the comments if it worked and what ROM you are running. By the way, anything you do to your device is at your own risk, myself or Talk Android will not be held responsible for any problems you may encounter. Happy hacking! :-D
Video after the break.
With so many exciting new Android devices surfacing at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week, the chances are we’ve all got our eye on our next new toy. Android enthusiasts worldwide will undoubtedly be eager to find out when they can finally get their hands on their newly desired devices. For those of you looking to get a hold of LG’s Optimus 4X HD, UK retailer Clove has got you covered.
Clove added a post to its Blog this morning announcing that it will be stocking LG’s new flagship device from June this year. You can pre-order the device from £456 ($726) starting from today! Just in case you missed LG’s announcement at MWC, here are some highlights:
- 1.5GHz quad-core processor
- Android 4.0 ICS
- 4.7″ (1280 x 720) True HD IPS display
- 16GB internal storage
- 8MP read camera and 1.3MP front camera
- 2150 mAh battery
Will the 4X HD be the device that finally announces LG’s arrival as a serious player at the high end of the Android market? Will you be considering LG’s flagship device alongside Samsung’s Galaxy S III and HTC’s One X? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
source : clove
“What could be better than winning a DROID XYBOARD by Motorola 8.2 Tablet? Winning TWO!” That’s right folks, that’s how Verizon has started its announcement regarding your chance to win not just one, but two XYBOARD 8.2-Inch Tablets. All you have to do is complete the entry form and then share the sweepstakes on either Facebook or Twitter. A new winner is chosen daily and entries do not roll over. So if you want to increase your chances you’ll need to enter as often as you like “EVERY DAY” through March 11th.
So hit the source link below for your chance to enter. As it says you’ll be blown away by this tablet’s “off-the-hook power, and lightweight portability, lightning-speed 4G LTE connectivity, and so much more.” Of course you are more than welcome to check out our review on the tablet to see if it’s worth the effort of entering this contest. Our only issue was the price for these beasts so winning one would just be icing on the cake. Enjoy!
source: Verizon Insider