Xperia Play to be Officially Announced Feb. 13

Rumors of a PlayStation phone have swirling for months, and more recently we learned it will be called the Xperia Play and saw a fairly thorough hands-on with the device. Yet it has not been officially announced. But now, Sony Ericsson has taken to their Facebook page to say that the official ...

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New Pics of Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo

We'd heard that Sony Ericsson would be announcing several phones in addition to the Xperia Play at the Mobile World Congress this month, and today opened our inbox and found a bunch of pictures of one of those handsets, the Xperia Neo.

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Will Nokia Go Android?

On a recent conference call discussing their Q4 2010 performance, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop said that "there are multiple ecosystem patterns that need to be considered" as they move forward, one of several remarks in the call that analysts are interpreting as a sign that Nokia may abandon Symbian ...

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Google Working on In-App Payments, Other Market Enhancements

At the Inside Social Apps conference this week, Eric Chu, Android Platform Manager, said that the number of paid app purchases are not increasing as they should with the increases in use of Android in general, and that's something Google wants to fix for developers. Improvements planned for ...

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Honeycomb Easter Egg: a Bee From Tron? [Updated]

Remember the weird zombie painting that was hidden away in Gingerbread? Turns out the Android team has hidden a similar Easter Egg in Honeycomb, and it’s already been found by folks digging around in the SDK preview released today. If you have the means to get 3.0 running in the emulator, ...

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Download This: SwipePad

SwipePad is similar to other apps on the Market such as Power Strip and QuickDesk in that it gives you quick access to a set of custom shortcuts from wherever you are– in an app, in settings, etc.–but in using SwipePad over the past week, I’ve found it superior despite ...

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Google: Honeycomb “is a Tablet Operating System”

Apparently contradicting what Google’s Matias Duarte said at CES, an unnamed Google spokesman told TechRadar that “right now, [Honeycomb] is a tablet operating system.” TechRadar takes this to mean that Honeycomb may never come to phones, but their source’s words about ...

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Froyo for Epic 4G “Still in the Works”

On the heels of T-Mobile’s announcement that Vibrant owners will start seeing Froyo this week, Sprint has issued a statement on the status of a Froyo update for its Galaxy S variant, the Epic 4G. Unfortunately, the new statement does not include much in the way of detailed information. ...

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Workaround, Possible Fix for Google Listen Bug [UPDATED]

For the past week or so, those of us who rely on Google’s podcatcher Listen have been stymied by a bug: subscriptions won’t update, leaving users with no new podcasts to listen to.  Quite a few people have reported this same issue in the Google Group for Listen users: ...

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PopCap: Bejeweled 2 This Week, Plants vs. Zombies in Q2

Back in November, we heard that game developer PopCap was working on Android versions of several of its most popular games, aiming to release them in "early 2011." We now have more information: Bejeweled 2 will debut this week. Plants vs. Zombies, Peggle and Chuzzle are on track to release ...

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Samsung Denies Charging Carriers for Updates

In response to recent rumors, Samsung has denied that they are charging carriers for Android updates: “”No. Samsung is not charging carriers for Froyo updates to Galaxy S. We hope to have more detail on status shortly. Promise!” Doesn’t do much to clear up what is ...

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Review: LG Optimus U (U.S. Cellular)

While we all drool over the current cutting edge in Android phones, the likes of the Atrix and Droid Bionic that were announced as C.E.S., another kind of revolution is happening at the other end of the spectrum. A great example is the LG Optimus U, which debuted on U.S. Cellular last month. ...

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Tweetcaster Lets You Tell Tweeters to Zip It

With Tivo, I almost never watch live TV, delaying even big games and season finales so that I can skip the ads. But since I always have one eye on Twitter, occasionally a surprise is spoiled when I see someone tweet who's watching in real time. Handmark's Twitter client Tweetcaster has added a ...

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YouTube App Adds Music Videos, Pre-Roll Ads

Google's YouTube team announced Wednesday that a new set of music videos from the likes of Lady Gaga, Bob Dylan, and Kanye West, is now available to those using the latest version of the YouTube app, which requires Android 2.2 or higher. Previously, from major-music-label-backed video ...

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Intercept to Get Froyo in a Few Months (Virgin Mobile)

Well, at least this Samsung phone is getting updated to Froyo. Pre-paid wireless provider Virgin Mobile announced via Twitter that the Intercept, an 800 Mhz landscape slider that launched at Target stores last fall, will be upgraded to Android 2.2 "sometime this spring."

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