Some Verizon Droid 3 Specs Leaked

by Brian Rubin on
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The good folks over at TechnoBuffalo have gotten some details on the upcoming Verizon Droid 3 from a “reliable tipster”. Apparently the Droid 3 is meant to drop next month, and has some pretty impressive tech specs, including:

  • 4-inch qHD screen (confirmed)
  • Modified keyboard with a dedicated number row (confirmed)
  • Dual core processor (could be Tegra 2 or OMAP)
  • Forward facing camera (resolution not confirmed yet)
  • 8 megapixel camera on the back (confirmed)

They did take note of one glaring omission though, which is the lack of LTE support, something Verizon has been pushing very hard of late. It honestly doesn’t surprise me, since the Droid has always been a mid-range phone and this just seems to be continuing that trend. We will release more info about the Motorola Droid 3 as we get it.

[via TechnoBuffalo]

Review: Mobeo from Mobywan, Social Location-based Gaming

by Adam Johnson on
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Actions Speak Louder. So throw a Flaming Cabbage.

Yea, thats right, Flaming Cabbage. Today we’re going to discuss a location based game called Mobeo, which utilizes an arsenal of throwable items from flaming cabbages to bad eggs, agitated soda cans, angry missiles, and more. Non-throwable or “traps” including but are not limited to, slippery bananas, bottomless puddles, menacing rain clouds, possessed lawnmowers, and the list continues. Now tell me ‘possessed lawnmower’ doesn’t peak your interest just a little.

The game is, as I said location based. You go about your day, keeping a watch on friends at your leisure via other location based application such as Twitter, Facebook, and Foursquare or maybe even your sixth sense. Understand though, these applications are only used to assist you in finding the location of the friends you’re connected to. It is absolutely your call if you choose to use the checkins from your friends or take a shot in the dark. Basically, any way you can find out where a target is located at any given time. Whatever you choose, when you actually locate and hit a friend with your weapon of choice you will feel an unexpected excitement when Mobeo give you that notification that your target has been hit. This being said, from the description I laid out, you do not have to share your location with anyone to play.

Hit the break for a video, screenshots and more!

Galaxy Tab 10.1 Keyboard Dock Gets A Quick Look Over

by Joe Sirianni on
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We’ve recently seen Samsung Galaxy’s 10.1 Tab get some keyboard and dock love after the Asus Transformer has been stealing all the thunder for a while.  Check out the video of the dock below.  The video doesn’t reveal a whole lot of functionality but you can get a good size comparison and feel just from looking at it.  The gentlemen in the video does a lot of walking around and comparing the tab to a few things but you can get a decent take on the keyboard itself from the last couple of minutes or so.  Unlike the Transformer, there is no touch pad and thanks to the video you can see the keyboard has a 3.5 mm headphone jack on it.  Do you think this is nice enough of a keyboard dock for you to spend some big bucks on the 10.1-inch Tab?  Is it a must have accessory to replace your laptop?  Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Google Purchases Modu’s Patent Portfolio for $4.7 Million, What’s In Store For Future Android Devices?

by Joe Sirianni on
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Some of you may recall and some of you may not (most of you will not) remember the company Modu, which was obsessed with making tiny phones with the hope that they will dock into other devices like QWERTY keyboards, stereo systems and high end cameras, further extending the functionality of the them.  It was difficult to take the company seriously, especially when they never really launched anything worth glancing at.  However, Google seems to have a little something up their sleeve.  They have recently purchased Modu’s patents for a whopping $4.7 million dollars, a little over double the original price of $2 million.  One can only assume something really cool is going to come out of this.  Who knows, maybe we’ll be able to plug the device into a number of other cool devices, making our cell phones the only thing we’ll need to take around with us.  At home, pop into a device giving you full PC functionality.  On the go, pop it into a laptop or a tablet to extend our profiles.  And the list could go on.  Treadmills, TV’s, refrigerators and cars.  I’m not just talking about an aux port/cable like the iPhones uses on most products, I’m talking about a dedicated slot for the device.  Now that’s a concept.  I don’t know, maybe Im just letting my imagination run wild a bit?  Here’s to hoping we see Google do something incredible with the patents as future Android devices are revealed.  What would you like to see these little gadgets dock into?

[via intomobile]

Honeycomb Has A Hidden Gingerbread UI Within It?

by Joe Sirianni on
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Yes folks, you read correctly.  The folks over at StreakSmart, a site dedicated to development for the Dell Streak 7 Tablet have recently discovered something a little interesting.  Quite a number of Dell Streak users have exercised their patience to the max while waiting for Android 3.x Honeycomb.  However, one of the more interesting tidbits in developing for the device, it was discovered that there is a hidden Gingerbread UI embedded within Honeycomb.  Whatchu talkin bout Willis?  Yes, that’s right.  Check out the video shot below by member graffixnyc as proof for yourself.  Turns out that changing the LCD density settings on the device exposes the UI pretty easily.  The folks over at StreakSmart explain:

Set it to 170 or higher, reboot, and you’ll see all the graphical elements of Gingerbread (lock screen, dock, app drawer, keyboard, etc.); set it to 160 or lower and the Honeycomb you’re used to will greet you after a reboot.

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[via pocketables]

Motorola preparing Droid X project, could be Gingerbread

by Robert Nazarian on
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If you are a member of the Motorola Owner User Groups and own a Droid X, you might have received the above invitation for a new confidential project.

Upon signing up you will be informed that there is going to be a soak (beta test) for May 2011. Although it is not confirmed, I think it is safe to say that this is for the Gingerbread (Android 2.3.3) update which we know is ready.

Motorola usually implements soak testing about 1 week before the actual release. If this is the Gingerbread update, then it will probably be rolled out to all Droid X owners by the 1st or 2nd week of June. Stay tuned.

[via androidcentral]

The Oona is probably the most versatile and functional smartphone stand

by Robert Nazarian on
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If you are looking for a stand for your smartphone, you need to check out the Oona. What separates this from any other stand is the size and build. It is made of aircraft grade aluminum that is polished and anodized for a strong scratch resistant finish. It fits in your pocket and it just about invisible when in use.

Think of the uses:

  • A GPS on the windshield of your car
  • A reference device on a white board
  • The ability to mount your smart phone to a tripod to take photos or video
  • The gift to keep your hands free while watching a movie on your smart phone
  • A simple stand to keep your phone in view on your desk at work
  • Many more applications, we can’t possibly write all of them down

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Rooted devices are blocked from Android Market movie rentals; Is Google closing the door on “Open”?

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It looks like Google is blocking rooted devices from the new Android Market movie rental service. Google is claiming the reason is due to requirements related to copy protection.

Rooting is all about the “openness” of Android. I am not going to go into a rant on Google closing the door on “open” because we don’t know enough. I just can’t imagine that Google came up with this on their own. There has to be something with the movie studios. Yes, Netflix is working on jailbroken IPhones, but that is a different platform.

We also know that Google Music is not what Google wanted it to be. They wanted to be able to sell music on top of cloud services, but they were unable to get deals done with the labels. Could this be one of the issues with the music industry as well?

It is also likely that the developer community will figure a way around this anyway. Stay tuned, we will let you know more as it develops.

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@VerizonWireless to Announce new LTE markets

by Adam Johnson on
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By way of the official twitter account for Big Red, @VerizonWireless has tweeted that they will be announcing 21 new locations that will be receiving 4G/LTE in June. This comes not far behind our article in May noting a press release that lists 5 cities that were set up with 4G/LTE on May 19th.

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So stay tuned for further details. Keep an eye on the @VerizonWireless twitter account, because as I write this article, they look to be tweeting each of the 21 cities individually! Alternatively, you can check the Recent News Releases from the Verizon website.

[via twitter]

HTC Flyer Now Available At Best Buy

by Joe Sirianni on
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Back on the 1st we mentioned that HTC’s new Flyer, a 7-inch Sense UI, 1.5 GHz tablet was available for pre-order.  Well, as of now you can head on over to Best Buy’s site as the device is now officially available for purchase.  This is the WiFi (b/g/n) version running Gingerbread 2.3.  You can also purchase an HTC Scribe digital pen ($80) which is a stylus-like device that allows you to take notes, highlight, color, draw and pretty much interact with any text whatsoever that you encounter.  Hopefully we’ll receive word soon as to whether or not the device will get Android 3.0 or 3.1, making it the first device on the market to sport Honeycomb while being skinned. Hit the source link for Best Buy’s page if you’re ready to empty your wallet.  The device will run you $499.  Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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