The Xperia Play is headed to AT&T with HSPA+ radios and the same 4-inch LCD screen with a 1GHz Snapdragon processor. After handling it at AT&T’s holiday preview event here in New York City, there are two noticeable things about the AT&T Xperia Play. One, it comes in “Stealth Blue”, and two, uses the Timescape UI on top of Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread, and not Vanilla like the Verizon variant.
And here’s a bit of welcome news: whereas the games for the Xperia Play were sold on Verizon’s V Cast apps store (essentially a crapware kingdom), according to the AT&T rep I spoke to, will instead be sold in the AT&T tab of the Android Market. This is a much better idea.
The new Android Market for phones is here. By combining books, games, apps and more into one app, the new Android Market looks reminiscent of the Windows phone 7 Marketplace. Nonetheless, it still looks awesome.
A feature long overdue, Android 3.2 Honeycomb will be the dawn of a new feature in the mainstream Android tablets’ arsenal: a zoom function for smartphone apps not yet optimized for larger, tablet-sized screens. The zoom function works exactly like it does on the iPad — the app becomes very pixelated, but still usable.
The stretch to screen function has already been in use for Honeycomb for quite some time now, but with Android 3.2 devs will have the urge (hopefully) to better optimize their smaller apps for bigger screens due to the zoom function looking like an absolute shame. This definitely helps Android tablets in the quantity issue of apps (only 200-350 Honeycomb apps actually exist), however quality of apps still remain a problem on the Android Market. At least this is a step in the right direction.
Hey, it’s an amazing phone from what we’ve heard and seen so far. And it turns out this dual-core slide-out QWERTY beast is getting released on July 27th for a pleasant $199.99 on 2-year agreement with T-Mobile USA on their 4G HSPA+ network. Oh, and for those of you who are very eager, pre-orders start July 19th. Via: T-Mobile
The Motorola DROID 3 anyone? This is the best Droid on paper (forget the Samsung Droid Charge, despite its amazing 4G LTE data speeds). The DROID 3 packs a dual-core 1GHz processor, 4-inch qHD (960 x 540 pixels) touchscreen display, a full slide-out QWERTY keypad, an 8-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video capture support, front-facing camera, 16GB of storage, 3G mobile hotspot, global roaming support, and Google’s Android 2.3 Gingerbread with Motorola’s user interface enhancement skin on top. It will cost $199.99 on 2-year agreement and requires the new tiered data plans for new customers as well. PR after the break.
Is this — the PlayStation Phone? Yeah, pretty much. Although I think an actual PlayStation Phone from Sony (not Sony Ericsson) would have been a better idea, the Xperia Play is “PlayStation Certified” by Sony and built by Sony Ericsson. Running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, dedicated PSP-like controls, CDMA 3G service on Verizon Wireless, a 4-inch WVGA LCD, and front with back-facing cameras, the Xperia Play should have been the gaming phone of the year, right? Not so much. Let’s see why in the review, after the break.
Hooray for Sprint over-the-air updates! At least this time, anyway. Sprint Galaxy Tab owners will get a notification over the new four days regarding a Gingerbread build upgrade called “GINGERBREAD.EF17″. According to Sprint, it’ll take 5 minutes for the update to download and install and afterwards you’ll be in sweet Android 2.3 Gingerbead land. Via: Samsung
For this fine morning, Sony would like to provide you some entertainment in the form of a teaser video for their upcoming Sony S1 and S2 Honeycomb tablets. Heck, with all of the crazy things going on in the video, you may have to pay extra attention to actually see one of the tablets. Enjoy. Via: Sony (YouTube)
Ready for some software “enhancements” from Samsung? I thought so (or not), because Touchwiz, a new app drawer, Samsung Media Hub, Swype, several new widgets and unlocks are headed to the Samsung Galaxy 10.1 soon. Once updated however, there isn’t a stock way to go back. However, there will be an iPad 2-esque remote wipe and tracking function. Check out all the details on the upcoming update, at the source link. Via: Samsung
Since Skype is on a roll recently with their acquisition from Microsoft, the announcement of an upcoming iPad app, and now a completely redesigned Android app that supports video calling on devices that use Android 2.3 and above, specifically on the following devices: HTC Desire S, the Sony Ericsson Xperia neo, the Sony Ericsson Xperia pro, and the Google Nexus S. According to Skype, more handsets will be added in the close future. More new features for the app include a new main menu, easier contacts integration and access, a “mood box” much like the desktop client, and of course bug fixes. It is available for free on the Market.