Huawei Honor Makes Appearance At FCC, Comes Dressed In AT&T Bands

Does a certain Huawei phone think it can quietly get FCC approval and not show up on our radars? Not at Talk Android folks. We already have the interesting Huawei Honor here in the States (under the name of the Huawei Mercury for US Cellular), but a variation of the phone will possibly be arriving with some new threads underneath. The Huawei Honor has gotten the OK from the FCC and will be on its way as a GSM version– sporting WCDMA 850/1900 bands. This indicates the device would likely be part of AT&T’s lineup, that is if AT&T wants to even sell the device in its stores. Of course since the Honor will likely be among the first Huawei devices with Ice Cream Sandwich, it would definitely be a phone of interest for AT&T.

The phone has some impressive specs too. Under the hood, you’ll find a 1.4GHz single-core processor, 4-inch FWVGA (854 x 480) display, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal memory and a 8MP camera with a front-facing camera included. Of course Ice Cream Sandwich is only available on the Honor in the Chinese markets, but you can expect an immediate update for all markets shortly after. No further details for now, so stay tuned with Talk Android as we provide more updates on the device.

source: unwired view
via: FCC

Sony Ericsson Joins Billabong to Introduce the Xperia Active Billabong Edition

All the sport enthusiasts out there should keep their eyes peeled for the Xperia Active Billabong Edition. Sony Ericsson has partnered with Billabong, a sportswear and casual clothing manufacturer based out of Australia, to present the ultra hip branding you see in the picture above. The Billabong Edition will also have some exclusive screensavers, videos, and the Billabong LIVE app to track surfing events. When you’re not hitting the waves, you can play the preloaded game Billabong Surf Trip.

In our unboxing and review of the Xperia Active, we noted that it runs Android 2.3.4, has a 1GHz single-core processor, and a 5MP rear camera. It’s dustproof, waterproof, scratch resistant and can withstand any tough workouts. SE is putting the Billabong Edition into the hands of snowboarding, skateboarding and surfing athletes around the world to demonstrate just how tough the phone is.

It’s available now in select markets.  Check out the full press release after the break.

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Fujitsu Presents New Android Tablet, the Stylistic M350/CA2

Choice is always good, and Japan’s Fujitsu has a new seven-inch Android tablet to add to the selection.  The Stylistic M350/CA2 will run for six hours, and weighs in at 420 grams.  It boasts a Wide Super VGA (WSVGA) display with 1024×600 pixel resolution. Interestingly, users can select between a numeric keypad input, QWERTY input, and hand-written input. Perhaps the hand-written input will need the use of a stylus; hopefully more details on that will emerge. The Stylistic will work perfectly as an e-book reader, a sales terminal, and for retail stores looking to display their catalogs. It will also benefit the business person, since it includes a Bluetooth v2.1 data connection, and a miniHDMI for an image output to projectors. This new tablet will be available in Japan in mid-February. Skip over the break for the full press release.

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High security Android phones headed to US government and military officials

This project has been a bit of a slow burner for Google. We reported early in 2011 that the US Military was looking into Android and a Dell Android 2.2 build gained military approval late in 2011. This recent news  is a clear indication of the progress being made in what has long been a market dominated by RIM devices and software

The specially modified version of Android has been designed to run on commercially available smartphones, a move that will keep costs down whilst allowing the government to upgrade to that shiny new Galaxy SIII when it finally arrives!

US soldiers will be the first to receive these devices, having been involved in the project from the early stages. Federal agencies will then receive the second batch of phones for sending and receiving confidential government informations whilst on the move.

Currently, US Government and Military workers are not permitted to use smartphones for sending classified information as (up until now) there has been no devices that have met the high security certifications. There’s hardly a week that goes by without a high profile, blue chip organization finding their data compromised by the likes of wikileaks or some other anonymous source. With this in mind, it’s absolutely imperative that the Government is more vigilant than ever before.

Michael McCarthy, director for the Army’s Brigade Modernization Command has been overseeing the testing of touchscreen devices for over 2 years now. He confirmed that his division shipped over 40 phones to overseas fighters last year with another 50 phones and 75 tablets due to be shipped in March of this year.

Source : CNN

Xiaomi Open Sources MIUI ROM and Application Source Codes

This is a big day for ROM developers everywhere as Xiaomi, a Chinese technology company, has open sourced its MIUI ROM for Android. For those that live under a rock, MIUI gives Android an iOS flair in both look and feel and is based on both Android 2.3.7 and CyanogenMod 7 sources. MIUI 4 (based on Ice Cream Sandwich) is even being toted as extremely stable on the Galaxy S II. You can check out our review on an earlier version here. It’s even safe to say that it’s one of the more popular ROMs out there.

If you are wanting to take a stab at the code you can swing on over to the Github where you will find several application and ROM source codes uploaded. While it may not be all of them you can certainly bet we’ll see more source codes pop up in the near future. Enjoy!

- Compass
- File Explorer
- Notes
- Sound Recorder

source: MIUIAndroid 

Madden NFL 12 is on sale for $0.99 in the Android Market

With SuperBowl XLVI so close that you can smell the sweat off anxious fans, EA has put its latest Madden installment on sale on the Android Market for $0.99. At $4 less than its usual retail price, some virtual NFL aficionados might rejoice, though some might still have a sour taste in their mouth from previous EA games not pulling the same weight their iOS counterparts have. Unfortunately the Android version of Madden 12 apple hasn’t fallen too far from the tree as some users are reporting download issues, on top of incompatibility with newer phones like the Galaxy Nexus.

All-in-all a buck isn’t too bad for an EA game, regardless of it’s flaws. Give it a shot and tell us if you run into any of the issues other users are reporting.


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LG Optimus LTE Soon to Launch on TELUS

Last year we saw the LG Optimus LTE get launched on Bell Mobility, and now it looks as if the flagship device is headed to TELUS as well. The Canadian carrier’s website has outed the device as model number LTE P935, which varies slightly from Bell’s P930 model number. To you U.S. folks, you might be more familiar with the device as the LG Nitro HD which launched on AT&T late last year. Also, LG recently announced that the device has already sold over 1 million units worldwide.

We don’t have any pricing or availability yet because TELUS has yet to announce the device’s official confirmation. When it does, you can probably expect the price to fall somewhere around $99 on contract just to be competitive with their rival Bell Mobility. Stay tuned because as soon as we hear more we will definitely let you know.

source: mobilsyrup



Woot Sold Refurbished Xoom Tablets with Previous Owner’s Data Still Onboard

I don’t know, maybe you’re familiar with this, but recently had a sale on refurbished Motorola Xoom tablets and not surprisingly people didn’t waste any time clearing them out. According to Moto, a batch of 100 Xoom Wi-Fi tablets sold between October and December 2011 on Woot weren’t properly refurbished. Say what?! Yeah. Apparently Moto failed to do a proper factory reset of those devices and the folks who re-purchased them were surprised to find that the previous owners info was still embedded on the tablet. Not only was their personal info on them, pictures, documents and passwords remained as well. So, If you returned a Xoom tablet between March and October of 2011 you may want to pay attention because your info could potentially be on one of those devices.

Motorola issued a statement earlier today in an attempt to resolve this embarrassing mistake. They are willing to give potentially affected customers 2-years of Experian ProtectMyID for free. So for those of you who returned a Xoom Wi-Fi to Amazon, Best Buy, BJ’s Wholesale, eBay, Office Max, Radio Shack, Sam’s Club, or Staples between March and October, simply contact the Motorola Xoom Return site or Motorola support (1-800-734-5870) for your please-forgive-us offer. Sound fair to you? Fortunately only 100 out of 6,200 refurb units were affected so I guess it could have been worse.

If you think you may have been effected by this blunder, please let us know in the comments below. And if you want to read the official Motorola statement, jump past the break.

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Japan – Preorder the Sony Ericsson Xperia NX Feb. 10th, street date Feb. 24th

NTT Domoco, Japan’s largest carrier, has announced its plans to begin taking pre orders for the Xperia NX on February 10, with units to go on sale the 24th.  So get your wallets ready, although, no word yet on pricing.

The Sony Xperia S, an international version of the NX is due to debut a few weeks later in Europe. Curiously, only the NX version will bare the Sony Ericsson branding while all else will be simply Sony.

source: NTT Docomo
via: AndroidCentral

Costco Has Online/In-Store Deal for Galaxy Nexus, Comes With Free Extended Battery

Even with all that hoopla about the CDMA Galaxy Nexus no longer being an official developer device it is still an amazing phone (with a lot of developer support still). If you are wanting this phone but aren’t wanting to drop the $299.99 for it Costco is running an online deal congruent with local Costco stores for a short time only. As you can see from the ad above, you only have until the 7th to take advantage of it and here’s how you can.

Head on over to your local store to get the device for $219 after a bonus $20 discount. Heck, they will even throw in an extended battery for, ready for it, free. In order to get these bonus accessories you will have to mail in for them. It’s well worth it for a $60 battery. So hurry up and get on this deal as soon as you can. If you haven’t already you can check out our full review on this device. Afterwards take a stab at rooting the device and throw a good ROM on it. Enjoy!

source: Droid-Life