Sony Xperia Miro available for pre-order in the UK

The options for budget, entry-level Android phones just keep getting better and better. Do you think a social media centric phone with a 5.0MP camera running on Ice Cream Sandwich all for the tiny sum of £126 ($195) sounds good to be true? Thankfully it’s not as that is the exact price UK based tech specialists Clove are selling Sony’s Xperia Miro for.

There’s no word on delivery dates just yet however the pre-order page is ready and waiting. Hit the link below if you think this deal is too good to pass up.

Source: Clove

Catch a robot in UK to win phone, swag from Sony

Sony Mobile is ready to kickoff a new marketing campaign this coming Monday when they “release” thousands of tiny robots throughout London and Manchester. Consumers who find one of the little robots, dubbed “Xperiabots,” can turn them in for prizes including Xperia NXT Series handsets, Sony 4-Screen packages, tickets to movies, gigs, DJ sessions, and other swag.

While the “release” is scheduled for Monday, Sony’s social media channels are already getting into the act with some potential clues posted on their Facebook page. A new Twitter account has been setup as well, @XperiaUnleashed, for the “leader” of the robots. Brits are encouraged to look for the robots and watch the social media sites for clues.

source: Sony Mobile GB Facebook page

GSM Galaxy Nexus gets pre-rooted and deodexed Jelly Bean

Last week Jelly Bean was ripped for the GSM Galaxy Nexus, but this week brings us a pre-rooted and deodexed version thanks to XDA member bigxie. Since the system apps and framework are deodexed, it means modding and theming will be easier, plus the superuser app comes from ChainsDD. Also, the ROM comes packaged with Busybox for increased root-enabled functionality. If works for any version of the GSM Galaxy Nexus (yakju, takju, etc), so hit the source link for more information.

source: xda

 

 

 

Apple v. Motorola judge speaks out about software patents

In a recent ruling, Judge Richard Posner with the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals (Chicago) effectively ended the case of Apple v. Motorola before it ever got to a courtroom by dismissing the claims in the case. In his ruling, Posner indicated specific claims for damages could not be shown by either party which left him no choice but to dismiss the case.

Posner is a judge who is not scared to speak out on a variety of issues. Just last week he wrote a critique of Supreme Court Judge Scalia’s dissent in the Arizona immigration lawsuit. Posner is a prolific writer as evidenced by a row of books in his office that he has authored, including one on the topics of economics and intellectual property laws.

Posner indicates in a recent interview about the Apple v. Motorola case that he questions whether we really need software patents. He mentions the benefit that software companies receive by being first to market with a new “gadget”, a benefit he thinks will exist whether patents are granted or not. He also has some concern with the fact that smartphones and similar devices are composed of thousands of components, yet a patent on any one of those components effectively confers legal protection (or liability) on the entire device, even the components not covered by the patent.

To read more about Judge Posner and the topic of patents, head on over to the source article. It provides a unique glimpse into one judge’s perspective on the continuing software patent wars.

source: Reuters

DROID Incredible 4G LTE unboxing and initial hands on review [Video]

I’m calling it the phone that could’ve been. The DROID Incredible 4G LTE is the third version of the Incredible series, but for whatever reason Verizon didn’t want to make this a flagship DROID device. Sprint, on the other hand, knew that the third installment of the EVO line needed to be a major player, and that’s why they chose the HTC One X as the basis. Verizon took a different approach and went with the HTC One S as the basis, but left out the ImageSense camera chip. On the flip side, they did allow for a removable battery and an available microSD slot for expanded storage. This phone isn’t part of the One Series, and it doesn’t feel like anything close with it’s 11.7mm thick frame, as opposed to 7.8mm for the One S and 8.9mm for the One X.

The specs are similar to the One S and include a 4-inch qHD (960 x 540) display, dual-core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera, 1.3MP front-facing camera, 8GB of storage, microSD slot for an additional 32GB of storage, GPS, Bluetooth, WiFi, 4G LTE, Android 4.0.3, and Sense 4.0. The price is $149, which is competitive for Verizon Wireless, but one has to wonder if spending $50 more and getting the Samsung Galaxy S III would be the wiser choice.

Look for our full review soon, but for now check out our initial hands on after the break.

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Amazon Rumored To Release The Kindle Fire 2 In August

Hot off the success of its Kindle Fire and Google’s recently-announced Nexus 7 tablet, Amazon is rumored to begin picking up steam for its not-so-secret Kindle Fire 2 tablet. According to the China Times, Amazon plans on shipping the first batch of Kindle Fire 2 tablets on August 7th in order to place itself in direct competition with the Nexus 7, while also ordering 2 million units from Chinese manufacturer Quanta. Additional rumors include the Kindle Fire 2 will feature a metal frame with otherwise plastic body, with the display made by LG and touch panels by TPK. Sounds like Amazon is gearing up to make the new tablet as good or better as the competition out there.

Ladies and gents— get ready for the next round of the (mini) tablet wars!

source: China Times
via: Phone Arena

Samsung Launches The Galaxy Chat QWERTY Smartphone

Samsung has just unveiled an attractive new QWERTY smartphone called the Galaxy Chat. This attractive Blackberry Curve-style device is expected to feature some nice options including Ice Cream Sandwich and:

 

  • 4GB of internal storage with MicroSD card slot for expansion
  • 2MP Camera
  • 1200mAh battery
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 ( b/g/n ), Bluetooth 3.0 and USB 2.0

 

Naturally the device will feature additional Sammy-exclusive goodies like AllShare Play and of course, the ChatON instant messaging service. The Galaxy Chat will be available from July starting in Spain and gradually rolled out to the rest of Europe, Latin America, Middle East, China, Southeast Asia, and Southwest Asia at a competitive price point— so you can expect the device to be easily wallet-friendly for prospective buyers.

source: Samsung Tomorrow

 

 

Nexus Q gets a teardown compliments of iFixit, This isn’t your parent’s Magic 8 Ball

The King of teardowns, iFixit got their hands on the Nexus Q. This has to be the most intriguing device that Google has ever created. It’s certainly high quality, but the price is steep. Of course everyone is talking about the fact that it’s made in the USA. It might look like the Magic 8 Ball, and it might even act like one if you do the right thing, but trust me, it isn’t.

As iFixit always does, they give us plenty of pictures and explanations through all 24 steps. Just hit the source link for all the details.

source: iFixit

 

 

 

U.K. Judge: HTC Doesn’t Infringe Apple Patents

 

Sure Apple has recently seen its fair share of legal victories, but it’s just been dealt a major blow— courtesy of the U.K. courts. Judge Christopher Floyd recently ruled that HTC is not in violation of four Apple patents used for its touchscreen technology, which includes Apple’s slide to unlock feature. In addition, not only does HTC not infringe on Apple’s patents, but three of the four patents identified are actually invalid. The court only ruled that while Apple’s photo-management patent is valid, HTC didn’t infringe upon it.

While this is a significant victory for HTC, this is perhaps far from over. After all before his death, Steve Jobs did pledge Apple will “destroy Android” because ummmm you know… it was a stolen product and all.

source: Bloomberg

Motorola Atrix HD landing page reveals full specs

We’ve been hearing about the Motorola Atrix HD for some time now. It was actually almost a full year ago when we first  reported about the Dinara and it’s HD display. It’s finally a reality as it will now be known as the Atrix HD (MB886) and will debut on AT&T soon. As one might expect, it has Motorola’s signature Kevlar coating, and it’s very thin, at 8.4mm. This will also be Motorola’s first device to feature on screen buttons for the full Ice Cream Sandwich experience.

The big question is the battery. It’s going to sport 1780 mAh’s, which is quite surprising since I thought it would come with the same 3300 mAh battery that’s in the DROID RAZR MAXX. I’m not sure why they aren’t doing the same with the Atrix HD, especially since there isn’t another manufacturer that has been able to come close to that spec. Maybe they made a side deal with Verizon for all we know. Anyways, hit the break for the full spec list.

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