LG Optimus 3D: A Smartphone You May Not Have Been Expecting

Inside of the almighty Optimus 3D is a Texas Instruments 1GHz OMAP4 dual-core processor, with 4GB LG DDR2, 8GB of memory, while twin 5MP lenses on the back can take photos and video in 3D (with a 3D YouTube app for video sharing in 3D as well), which can either be viewed on the 4.3-inch WVGA 3D screen (without the need of goofy glasses), or spat out to a 3DTV or computer monitor via HDMI or DLNA. And if 3D isn’t your fancy, the Optimus 3D can work in 2D, too. Oh, and when it’s released, it will include Android 2.2 Froyo instead of Gingerbread (it will require an update), so that’s really the only major con here, at the moment.

Press release that sadly isn’t in 3D is after the break for your lousy 2D viewing.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play As Official As Stone, Launches In March On Verizon

So the entertaining journey for the Xperia Play ends right here. The PSP Phone (don’t let SE hear you say that) has the full PSP gamepad layout, Android 2.3 Gingerbread with a Sony Ericsson UI coating, a decent 1GHz Snapdragon CPU and Qualcomm Adreno 205 graphics for 60 frames-per-second performance, and a 4-inch 480×854 resolution display. Other specifications to make note of are a front facing camera, a 5 megapixel rear camera, 512MB of RAM, and a microSD card slot.

It’ll launch sometimes in March on Verizon Wireless. 50 PlayStation titles will be available at launch, and a “legendary” PS One game will be pre-installed on every unit. Complete PR details and video below.

Via: Sony Ericsson FB

Samsung Galaxy S II: This Is A Tasty Gingerbread Phone

Here’s the Galaxy S II that you wanted. Succeeding the older Galaxy S series, the Galaxy S II is one of the best phones, on paper. A 4.27-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, a Samsung dual-core Orion CPU, 8 megapixel camera with 1080p video capture, HSPA+ network data speeds, and happily runs with Android 2.3 Gingerbread and TouchWiz 4.0. Oh, and it measures 8.49mm thin and has an NFC model that will become available. Availability and pricing are not known as of yet.

Press release after the cut.

Crysis 2 For PC Is Leaked, And In A Big Way

This is terrible. Things leak all the time. Some intentionally, some not. This one wasn’t intended. Crysis 2 just got leaked to about every pirating site available, and includes the full game, multiplayer, and a master multiplayer online key. While the game is not completely finished, the game is fully playable. It’s pretty bad for Crytek and EA, and will have an effect on sales for sure.

Via: Kotaku, FacePunch Forums

Google Has A Bad Moment, Sends *Everyone* With A Cr-48 Spam (Update: Google Responds)

Ah, the morning. So wonderful, so pleasant.

BAM! 70+ emails worth of spam in your inbox, and not in your spam folder, in Gmail. Heck, that could give some sensitive people full-on heart attacks. While spending a good 10 minutes deleting emails on a G2 (i.e not a fun way to start your day), I left all the emails that has swearwords and spammy titles, in hopes of figuring out what was happening (that’s my Gmail account above). It turns out that I made a great choice of keeping those emails. Most people had already come up with tutorials on how to unsubscribe from the Google Pilot Testers group that seemingly all Cr-48 users and hopefuls who might have expected a Cr-48 were thrown in, then bashed with all these emails, which started in the very early morning.

Michael Arrington has something written up on this, but I’m not sure he has a Cr-48. What the heck, just click it. In the meantime, I’m awaiting responses from Google ninjas and some press teams.

Update: It turns out one Cr-48 tester that I’ve met in real-life hasn’t seen any of these emails. See his tweet after the break.

Update 2 @ 8:58 AM: An email just sent from Google to my Gmail account has comment about the spam emails:

Hi Stefan,

We posted an apology to the group last night explaining the problem.

That message read: “A bug in our script to invite users to a Chrome notebook discussion group accidentally signed everyone up to receive email by default.


Google Press Team

So that settles that. It was a mistake. Now to clean-up your inbox and hope Google never does this again.

Now 720p HD YouTube Videos Work On Cr-48

If you have a Cr-48, switch it to dev mode, update it, and head to the Omnibox. Type in “About:plugins” (no quotations) and afterwards, disable Flash (I’m putting heavy emphasis on this). Hit “Details” on the top right corner, then only enable Flash 10.2. Proceed to 720p HD YouTube video, and watch (oh, and right click for Flash settings to enable hardware acceleration). While this may tickle your fancy for all things HD, keep in mind this is very half-baked software, and thus, say hello to Mr. and Mrs. Lag once in a while. Also, the webcam and microphone can be enabled.

You are welcome, dear reader.

Update: 1080p HD videos can also be “watched”, but since the Cr-48’s 12.1-inch screen only has a 1280×800 resolution, forget about that. Nevertheless, a great find.

Windows Phone 7 Marketplace Purportedly Hits 8,000 Apps Available

In rather advantageous timing, Microsoft’s Matt Bencke at the Windows Team Blog has released the new Windows Phone 7 Marketplace numbers. Specifically speaking, the Marketplace is now home to 8,000 apps and 28,000 developers with 1 million tools downloaded for development. Keep in mind only a month ago the Marketplace reached the 5,000 app milestone, so improvement and numbers are rising. Obviously, not all of these are quality applications, but still, great work from Redmond and its devs. Via: Windows Team Blog, TNW

Nokia Officially Turns To Microsoft And Windows Phone 7

In a quick effort to get the derailing company on track (and have a face to deal with Apple and Google), Nokia has partnered with Microsoft to bring Windows Phone 7 to its handsets. Enhanced versions of Xbox Live, Ovi Maps combined with Bing Maps, and an enhanced Windows Phone 7 Marketplace will also be introduced. While all of this is going on, Nokia will have to move its developers to the WP7 platform and SDK (read: something extremely difficult with no Qt supports for devs), therefore we don’t know how long it will take to have Nokia Windows Phone 7 hardware. Also, Nokia has full customization of the platform, but according to themselves, they won’t likely make any massive changes.

As Nokia CEO Stephen Elop put it: “Today, developers, operators and consumers want compelling mobile products, which include not only the device, but the software, services, applications and customer support that make a great experience,” and that “Nokia and Microsoft will combine our strengths to deliver an ecosystem with unrivalled global reach and scale. It’s now a three-horse race.” We’ll see about that, Finnish dude. Via: Nokia