Unlocked DROID Bionic DroidDoes.com Site Revealed

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Thanks to Droid Life, we have an image of what the fully unlocked Droid Bionic DroidDoes.com site will look like after all the codes have been entered. It seems each code entered will reveal a new part of the scavenger hunt I talked about in my previous post. The DroidDoes site will still be a surprise to some people right? Hit the break for a newer version of the video from the site as well.

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Sony announces Tablet S and Tablet P for the U.S., Tablet S available in September, Tablet P later this year

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Today Sony announced the launch of the Android-powered Sony Tablet S and Sony Tablet P devices for the U.S. The Tablet S is available for pre-sale today and will be on shelves next month. Weighing in at about 1.33 lbs. with a 9.4-inch display and built-in Wi-Fi, the Tablet S will be available with between 16 and 32GB and will be sold at Sony Stores and other authorized retailers nationwide for about $499 and $599 respectively.

The Sony Tablet P weighs in at a scant .83 lbs. with a unique folding design that incorporates two 5.5-inch displays. Available later this year, the Tablet P is both Wi-Fi compatible and 4G capable exclusively on AT&T’s mobile broadband network (HSPA+). No price is available on the Tablet P at this time.

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Sony Tablet S and Tablet P get European launch dates and pricing

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Today Sony announced the launch of the Android-powered Sony Tablet S and Sony Tablet P. The first tablet out of the gate is the Sony Tablet S which will be available in Europe at the end of September.  Weighing in at about 598g (1.33 lbs.) with a 23.8cm (9.4-inch) display and built-in Wi-Fi (a Wi-Fi/3G version will be available from November 2011), the Tablet S will be available in 16GB or 32GB of storage.

Update: We just heard that September 16th will be the launch date for the Tablet S at Dixons, PC World, and Curry’s. Pricing will be £399 for the 16GB and £499 for the 32GB. The Wi-Fi/3G version will launch on October 21, and it will be priced at £499 with 16GB of storage. You can pre-order now across all of these stores, and be eligible to win a 32-inch Sony Bravia TV.

The Sony Tablet P weighs in at a scant 372g (.83 lbs.) with a unique folding design that incorporates two 13.9cm (5.5-inch) displays. The Tablet P offers connectivity via Wi-Fi and 3G mobile networks and will be available in November 2011.

Both tablets feature the same NVIDIA Tegra 2 mobile processor, Android 3.1 for Wi-Fi only models (to be upgradable to Android 3.2), Android 3.2 for Wi-Fi/3G models, front and rear facing cameras, USB 2.0 port, and SD card slot.  In addition, both tablets are PlayStation certified.

A range of optional accessories will also be available including an AC adapter, LCD screen protector, carrying case, and USB adaptor cable for the Tablet S. The Tablet P will have a rechargeable battery pack, AC adapter, LCD screen protector, and carrying case. A Bluetooth keyboard is also available for both models.

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DroidDoes.Com Bionic Page is Live, Droid Bionic Scavenger Hunt Uses Augmented Reality In New App

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We’ve got some really cool Droid Bionic news to talk about and I’ll try to settle my excitement down enough to give it all to you. First up the site for all things Droid, DroidDoes.com, went live last night and the @DroidLanding account is active again on Twitter. Over at DroidDoes you’ll find a page asking for codes from four different blog sites, where as of right now, all codes have been entered but one. There is also a video amping up a scavenger hunt which I’ll get to next.

There will also be nation wide scavenger hunt using an augmented reality app called Droid Bionic Arena. If you don’t know what augmented reality is, you’ll basically be seeing the world through your phone’s camera on your screen with the app overlaying a heads up display and other graphics for you to interact with (in real time). Using the GPS on your Android device, the app will direct you to where an AR-rendered prize has been dropped about an eighth of a mile from your location. Once your within 100 yards of the prize, and can see it, you’ll be able to select the GRAB button to capture the item. This will enter you into a sweepstakes to win that prize and a Droid Bionic. You’ll have 30 minutes per game to grab all four prizes available and can play up to 48 times a day for 4 days. You’ll also be able to enter your Facebook or Twitter account, along with your e-mail, to be contacted if you win. How cool is this? I wish I lived in a more populated area like NYC to see people running around with their Android phones searching for things that aren’t really there.

In my opinion, this is a great way to create even more hype for the Droid Bionic right before launch. The hunt will start at 12:00AM EST on 09/04/2011 and end at 11:59PM EST on 09/07/2011. Alright, enough from me. Hit the break for the QR code to the app, a list of the prizes, and some screenshots to check out.

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HTC Jetstream Tablet Coming to AT&T, Bringing Honeycomb and LTE

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Android tablets have really been taking off now that the tablet market itself is gaining some traction. Surprisingly, HTC has been somewhat absent from this niche, only releasing the Flyer and EVO View 4G (which is really just the same device with Wimax). That’s changing on September 4th though, as the HTC Jetstream has been announced, a 10.1″ tablet exclusive to AT&T. What’s even better is that this is HTC’s first Honeycomb tablet, as the previous two ran a heavily modified Gingerbread. Another first, the available plans and subsidized pricing for the Jetstream from AT&T are the first from the carrier to be tablet-specific. Like the Flyer and EVO View 4G, HTC’s specialized “scribe” stylus will also be available for the Jetstream. Full specs and release after the break.

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Android v1.5 “Cupcake” now edible

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If you’ve been with Android long enough, you may know a little something about Android 1.5. Kicking off the long tradition of naming versions after desserts, Android 1.5 was called Cupcake.  WearTheCheese, famous for geek cuisine,  brings us the source code recipe for making your own edible Android 1.5 Cupcake!

What you’ll need:

  • 1 box of white cake mix
  • 1 can of white buttercream frosting
  • Green cupcake holders
  • Green food coloring
  • Yellow food coloring
  • Mike ‘n Ikes
  • White chocolate chips

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White Samsung Galaxy S II shipping in the UK tomorrow

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The white Samsung Galaxy S II will begin shipping in the UK tomorrow as scheduled.

The average price seems to be around £492.95, with both Clove.co.uk and Mobilefun.co.uk offering it for that much including VAT. Other than the color, it’s the same phone as the non-white Galaxy S II.

While white seems to be a popular color for smartphones, do recent releases in raspberry pink, purple, green, and even gold plated solid brass have the same following?

What color is your present phone, and what would color do you want your next phone to be? Let us know in the comments!

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Pink Wildfire S available for pre-order at Phones4U

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If you thought the white Samsung Galaxy S II wasn’t quite chic enough, the latest offering from HTC might be right up your alley.

Phones4U is now accepting pre-orders for a very pink HTC Wildfire S. This limited edition phone comes with Android 2.3, 720p HD video capture, and a 5MP camera with LED flash.

You can get the pink Wildfire S on monthly contracts starting at £15 per month. The £15 tariff is via an Orange SIM, which will arrive with 100 minutes of calling time and a 250MB data allowance.

Did I mention the phone was pink?

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Toshiba Thrive arriving in the UK as the AT100

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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.

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Android 2.3 Upgrade for Milestone 2 Confirmed for Q4

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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.

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