Google Pushes Out New Toolbar To Some Users, +1 Rumors Commence

According to Google, this is nothing but a visual upgrade. According to others (read: MG Siegler and this post), this is the first bit of preparation for Google +1, their social network/something we hardly know about. As of today, my Google account has the new visual upgrades, which change very few things, except a few good user interface tweaks. The upgrade is rolling out slowly to users, in the meantime, go make a new Google search, if you are so inclined.

Motorola Xoom Pricing Confirmed: $800 For 3G Model Or $600 WiFi-Only

This is the official pricing for the first Android 3.0 tablet set to hit the shelves. By settings you back by about $800 for 32GB of storage, you’ll get a Motorola Xoom with 3G (which later this year will get upgraded for you to 4G LTE via a visit to a local VZW store), and for $600 a WiFi-only version. No solid release dates or time frames were given, so that’s a bummer, unless you’re listening to the many leaks and rumors, which pinpoint a release sometimes next week. Via: Reuters

Verizon CTO: We’ll Pass On The Windows Phone 7 Goodies, Thanks.

This, we weren’t expecting, now were we? Verizon CTO Tony (or Anthony) Melone stated that the three major mobile operating systems worth noting of are iOS, Android, and BlackBerry. In blunt wording, he doesn’t give a Nokia about Windows Phone 7. His mentioning of this was in a recent interview with CNET:

“I do want a strong third OS out there,” Melone said. “It gives the carriers more flexibility and balances the interests of all the parties. But I still have doubts whether Microsoft will get the traction they are hoping for with Windows Phone 7… I don’t think Verizon needs the Nokia and Microsoft relationship,” he said. “Right now the three OS players we see for our network are Android, Apple, and RIM. “

Why so sad, Melone? Windows Phone 7 is adding CDMA support in an upcoming update to debut on Sprint, but in the meantime, a Verizon WP7 device doesn’t seem so possible. Perhaps that will change with time? Via: CNET

Oh Noes! Sony Had To Cut Certain Features Off The PSP2 Because Of Pricing

In other words, this probably is bad news. Sony’s Next-Generation Portable (NGP or PSP2) was so awesome with specs like 3G, twin analog sticks, and such that the price would be too high (which for portable gaming machines, is anything above $300). Thus, Sony had to make some cuts.

According to Sony Computer Entertainment worldwide studios boss Shuhei Yoshida (while speaking to Edge): “There were elements that we found pretty cool, but had to set aside to remain on target,. “It’s a big lesson we learnt from the PS3. There’s no point putting everything you want into a device and doing the math later.”

So essentially, there were some cuts, but we don’t know what they are (or were). So this only makes the situation worse. On the other hand, it’s nice to know Sony is thinking of your wallet (or theirs). Via: CVG

HTC Flyer: Android 2.4 And 1.5GHz Of Tablet

This is HTC’s first tablet — the Flyer. It runs a very tablet-optimized UI, but on Android 2.4. That’s right. Not much has been detailed on the 2.4 release, but that’s what it runs. There’s a 1.5GHz Qualcomm chip, 4,000mAh battery, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, 5 megapixel rear-facing camera, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, micro-SD card slot, HDMI-out, DLNA support, and 7-inch screen. It will launch globally in Q2 of 2011 for an unknown price. The press release is where it always is, which is after the line-break. Via: HTC