Sony may exit the smartphone and television market to increase profits

Sony_Xperia_Z3v_Front_Lower_Sony_Logo_TASony makes some very nice equipment, especially when it comes to smartphones, and I don’t think there are many people that will argue against that. However, the company has struggled to gain much market share and turn a profit in the wireless industry, partly because of intense competition on both the high and low end, and partly because of their inability to make any headway in the lucrative US market.

Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai talked about how Sony plans to get back to profitability by the end of the 2018, and those plans include leveraging Sony’s Playstation business, as well as their camera component sales and access to media like TV shows, movies, and music. However, two of Sony’s current major divisions, televisions and smartphones, are absent from that plan.
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New laws for unlocking phones go into effect February 11th

Unlocked_DeviceSIM unlocking phones is something that comes up in the legal world every so often, with the most recent event making it completely legal to unlock your device. Like any other law, though, the fine print changes, and on February 11th there will be some slightly tweaked rules to go by when getting your smart device unlocked to use on other networks.

Most of the rules generally stay the same, but some of the details have been altered to keep up with the changing landscape of buying phones. When purchasing a subsidized phone, if you sign a 2-year contract for your device and it’s paid off, your carrier is still legally obligated to unlock the phone for you. This now extends to installment plans, too. Prepaid phones are similar, but the carrier has up to a year to unlock the device.
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LG forecasted to hit 60 million smartphones in worldwide sales for this year

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LG’s G-series devices have been quite a success for the company, which expects its sales numbers to boom by the end of this year.

Two Korean brokerage firms, Kiwoom Securities and Korea Investment, forecast roughly 60 million smartphones in sales this year, while Daewoo Securities expects LG to sell over 62 million smartphones.

Between the years 2011 and 2012, the company only shipped between 20 and 26 million units, while last year, it shipped 47.6 million devices.

Since last year, LG has become more of a staple in the market, so 60 million units may not be too much of a stretch. This all bodes well for stockholders, and hopefully for the consumers as well.

Source: Korea Times

Eight-core and quad-core versions of LG’s Odin processor to be made available

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LG will be getting into the processor game pretty soon, as rumors are swirling regarding a new processor from the manufacturer called “Odin.”

It was originally thought that LG’s L2 would feature Odin, but instead offered a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU.

Now, DigitalTimes is reporting that LG has said that Odin has two versions. One has a quad-core processor clocked at 2.2GHz and has an ARM Mali-T604 GPU, and the other has eight cores with ARM’s Mali-T760 GPU. The SoCs are currently being tested, but an announcement date is not mentioned.

Source: Digital Times

Lack of “multi-user” support on Android phones explained by Dan Morrill of Google

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There has been some speculation that a Nokia patent has been blocking Google from adding “multi-user” support on Android phones— however, Dan Morrill of Google has taken to Reddit to explain the decision publicly.

Apparently, the problem stems from the phones themselves and the nature that we use them. While tablets receive emails and instant messages, something like a phone call may be too important to just “hold off” or send directly to voicemail while another user is logged in. What does Android do when a phone call comes in for another user? What about a text?

These kinds of questions are what’s keeping Google from adding “multi-user” support. Do any of you have an idea of how this could work? Personally, I always thought that multi-user support on phones would always be a luxury, but not a necessity. I, for one, would never use it, but bragging to my iFriends about the feature would always be nice…

Source: Android Reddit

HP to begin building Android tablets and possibly smartphones, too

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After the WebOS and TouchPad failure, HP laid out of the mobile market for a while. Well, latest reports say that HP is going to take another stab at the market, but this time with Android-based tablets instead of WebOS. On top of that, they’re even considering a future Android powered smartphone, too. HP makes some pretty solid hardware, and they obviously do very well in the desktop and laptop market space, so I’m sure they’ll have a great chance to shake up the mobile industry as well.

Rumors say that it’ll be a Tegra 4 powered tablet, which has been in development since Thanksgiving of last year, so this definitely isn’t a hasty decision by HP. Hopefully we’ll hear a little more about these devices in the next few months.

source: The Verge

World of Goo headed to Android as GooDroid

2D Boy, makers of the famous indie hit, World of Goo, have announced that the title is coming to Android phones and tablets in the very near future. Apparently they have been working on this for a while now, and have since reached the final stages.

We’re just working out the final kinks in the machinery. More info on GooDroid soon.

If you missed World of Goo on Steam and WiiWare, it’s a physics-based puzzle / construction game.  You use your goo balls to create structures that allow other goo balls to reach an exit point. Check out the video past the break to see what I mean. 2D Boy has assured us that the title will debut in the Android Market. No word yet on pricing, but some speculate that the developers will opt for a free ad-supported option since the game already has garnered plenty of popularity else-where. Either way we’ll keep you posted!


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News360 comes to Android phones

Up until now, News360 has only been available on Honeycomb tablets, but they just released a version for phones. News360 aggregates more than 4,000 different news sources into a simple stream along with photos and video. Users can also create custom feeds to follow people, companies, and topics that matter most to them.

Later this summer, News360 will introduce a new cross-platform content personalization mechanism based on interests and reading preferences gathered from integrations with Facebook, Twitter, Google Reader and Evernote, among others. Automatically generated profiles will enable users to instantly discover the content that is relevant to them with one click of the News360 icon.

Key highlights:

• Enjoy English-speaking news streams, live, from respected sources around the globe and around the corner
• Read the hottest stories from an ever-expanding range of sources, political, cultural and social, collected by sophisticated linguistic algorithms
• Dive deeper into the details about people, companies and brands, with hyperlinks to detailed dossiers
• Get local news by using your phone’s GPS or WiFi connection to find your location
• Connect to TripIt to keep up with fresh local news from your upcoming destinations
• Save stories for offline reading

Full press release and download links after the break.


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Gingerbread doubles current Android devices while Froyo loses grip

Pie charts: admit it, you love them. Especially when they pertain to Android statistics. What’s that? You don’t? Well then… why don’t you have a seat right over there…

But, enough shenanigans. According to the latest poll of Android devices from the Android Developers Site, Froyo is holding strong as king of the Android hill, showing up on a whopping 59.4% of all Google-loving devices; However, that number is actually down from the previous 64.6 percent for the last couple weeks in June. The version picking up slack? Gingerbread, of course! Our tasty baked treat comes in at 18.6%, double what it was in the previously mentioned time frame. Honeycomb comes in at 0.9%.

What do you think of these numbers? Be sure to let us know what you would like to see on the latest devices in the comments below.

[via Android Developers Site]

Win 1 of 20 unlock codes for your GSM Motorola phone from Unique Phones Ltd

Well, well well, it looks like it’s contest time again! This time around, the guys from Unique Phones, Ltd. are giving away 20 unlock codes for your Motorola phone on a GSM network. What does this do? Simple, really: it will allow you to use your Motorola phone on any GSM network. Here’s how to enter into the contest:

  • Talkandroid.com: Comment back on this post (be sure to include your email address) with why you want to unlock your Motorola phone
  • Twitter: Follow @TalkAndroid and @Unlocking_com, then tweet the following: Win a free unlock code for your Motorola phone from @TalkAndroid and @Unlocking_com http://bit.ly/gg7NlX #tamotounlock
  • Facebook: Like TalkAndroid and comment on our wall why you want to unlock your Motorola phone

So what are you waiting for? The contest ends 3-31-11, so enter the contest, and be sure to check out Unique Phones Ltd. for all your unlocking needs!