Sony’s prototype portable media player has now been officially named the Walkman Z series. This 4.3″ Gingerbread 2.3 media player will start showing up on Japan store shelves on December 10th for ¥28,000, ¥33,000, and ¥43,000, in respect to your choice of 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB storage options. You can also expect an 800 x 480 LCD screen, DLNA, Micro-HDMI, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, FM radio, 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2, 512MB of RAM, and 1080p video playback at a bitrate of up to 10Mbps. A number of sound-enhancing technologies are bundled in, including active noise cancellation.
Have you been dying to buy a new Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 with mobile data connectivity but aren’t or don’t want to be a Verizon customer? Well It might just be your day my friend. A recent photo shows a new Sammy 10 inch slate dubbed the SGH-T859 that could only be a reconfiguration of the Galaxy Tab 10.1. This time around it will sport a 1700MHZ AWS radio compatible with T-Mobile, along with 850/1900 GSM / EDGE / WCDMA / HSPA, all in the same body as the WiFi only rig. It is still speculation that this device is headed solely to T-Mobile, but options are always nice when shopping around for data plans.
Jump past the break for a full frontal FCC shot.
Last month we brought you news about the upcoming release of the Optimus One successor. At that time it was referred to as the Optimus Univa. An official announcement was made for the device but this time LG refers to it as the Optimus Hub.
Although rocking a new name, the specs are virtually the same. With the younger generation and affordability in mind, the mid range device features a single-core 800MHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 3.5-inch HVGA (480×320) display, five-megapixel camera, Bluetooth 3.0, DLNA, 1,500mAh battery and Wi-Fi direct. It will first land in Europe in October for €199 unlocked, which is about $270. Unfortunately there is no word as to when it will arrive in the states.
Ford just showed off their E-Bike Concept in Frankfurt, Germany. It can go up to 25 km/h thanks to an electric motor built into the front wheel and 9.2Ah battery, or you can pedal the conventional way.
What is most interesting to me about the E-Bike is that the picture above has a Samsung Galaxy S II on the handlebar. No, it is not some simple dock just to listen to music or give you directions. Sure, you can do those things if you wish, but it can also change suspension modes and monitor battery charge through custom software.
For now it’s just a concept, but a concept we would like to see in production. Hit the beak for one more picture.
Sprint has come up with an app to take preventing cell phone usage while driving to a whole new level. The app is called Drive First and is being marketed to parents to prevent their kids from cell phone usage while driving. Available for all Android devices on Sprint, their app will lock down the phone after detecting when a car is moving more than 10 mph. Not only is it locked down from use, but incoming calls are forwarded directly to voicemail, texts are answered with an automated message that the user is driving, and silences all incoming alerts. Once the app sees no movement, taking into account stop-and-go traffic, the phone will become unlocked again. The owner of the Drive First account does however have the ability to grant the user access to navigation, music, or weather. Seems like a cool concept to me and the app will cost you $2 a month after the 15 day free trial is over. The link to check this app out is right here and be sure to check out the full press release after the break. What are you’re thoughts on this one? Cool concept or something that can be easily hacked by a teen?
Martin Fichter, the acting president of HTC America had some things to day while attending the Mobile Future Forward conference in Seattle. He said iPhones aren’t cool anymore, but has no interest in killing it. He is not sure how Google and Motorola will work, but they will look at their options and do whatever it takes to be successful. He also said we are wasting a lot of time, money, and energy on the patent wars which should go towards putting better technology into people’s hands.
On the iPhone:
“Apple is innovating. Samsung is innovating. We are innovating. Everybody is innovating. And everybody is doing different things for the end consumers. I brought my daughter back to college — she’s down in Portland at Reed — and I talked to a few of the kids on her floor. And none of them has an iPhone because they told me: ‘My dad has an iPhone.’ There’s an interesting thing that’s going on in the market. The iPhone becomes a little less cool than it was. They were carrying HTCs. They were carrying Samsungs. They were even carrying some Chinese manufacture’s devices. If you look at a college campus, Mac Book Airs are cool. iPhones are not that cool anymore. We here are using iPhones, but our kids don’t find them that cool anymore.”
We reported that HTC confirmed Gingerbread for the Thunderbolt would be coming in September. Verizon looks to be on top of this as their new Fall Guide lists the Thunderbolt as running 2.3 instead of the current 2.2. This guide doesn’t give us any dates to look forward to, but being about half way through September it should be soon right? Keep checking back as we will let you know more as soon as we have it.
Facebook has been updated to 1.7, and I have to wonder why these improvements were not already implemented.
- Made it easier to share with who you want
- Improved the sharing tool to add privacy controls on posts and match your settings on the web site
- Added the ability to tag friends and places in photos posts
- Added new design for Profile and Group Walls
- Improved photo browsing with swiping
- Added the ability to tag your friends in photos
- Improved Messages and Notifications
- Fixed a number of crashes and performance issues
I don’t use this app much, but it’s finally getting usable. I wish they would fix the widget so that shows ALL newsfeed updates rather than what it feels like showing.
Hit the source link or head to our apps database for the QR code.
[via android market]
A little over month ago we reported that the Droid X2 was confirmed using the 2nd-init method, the same method that brought CM7 to the Droid X. Unfortunately, there haven’t been many ROMs currently on the X2 to choose from. Things should start to change now as XDA member navenedrob has stated porting Atrix ROMs over to the DX2. The first one up is stock 2.3.4 Gingerbread 4.5.91 Atrix 4G port and updates along with the download link can be found in the source link below. This should be the first of many to help you un-blur your DX2. Let us know how this ROM works out for you.
Philadelphia Media Network (PMN) will offer the Arnova 10 G2 tablet with bundled digital subscriptions to the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News.
Arnova will produce 5,000 tablets that will include digital subscriptions (or apps) of the Philadelphia Inquirer and philly.com. Of course, the tablets will have other pre-loaded apps for traditional web surfing and email. They are available starting today for $99 with a “deeply discounted” 2-year digital subscription, and are on a first-come first-served basis. Subscription pricing is $9.99 a month for the Daily News and Inquirer. You also have the option of paying $129 for the tablet and signing up for a 1-year subscription of $12.99 per month for both papers. PMN feels these “highly discounted” subscriptions are the equivalent of receiving the tablet for free.
The ARNOVA 10 G2 has a 1 GHz processor, 10.1- inch (1024 x 600) display, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Although these specs are nothing to go crazy about, it is a good deal for many consumers who aren’t currently in the market for a tablet, but would enjoy digital subscriptions of both of these papers.
Full press release after the break: