Google Previews Android 3.0 Honeycomb (video)

Hello, Honeycomb. It seems as if Android has truly entered the tablet world, in an extremly polished way. Everything in the Android 3.0 user interface seems completely original, Tron:Legacy-like, and tablet-oriented, including a web browser with heavy resemblance to Chrome, except that still, everything in the OS is tablet-oriented. Except that now Google has gone and blocked the video. Image credit: BGR

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Motorola ATRIX 4G has dual-core CPU, smartbook accessory

This is Motorola’s entry into the “4G” (HSPA+/fake 4G) market, and the ATRIX is perfectly fit for that. This seems to be the Motorola Olympus that we all knew and loved, and contains a dual-core 1GHz processor paired with 1GB of RAM, qHD high-res display, HSPA+ (4G) radio from AT&T, 1930 mAh battery, and Android 2.2 with MOTOBLUR. There’s also an accessory that contains a keyboard, laptop battery, and display that allows the ATRIX 4G to dock into and be used like a laptop. So, who’s ready to rock on with this, the HTC Inspire 4G, or a certain Samsung Infuse 4G (the awesome one)?

Via: AT&T

AT&T Pulls The Wraps Off Samsung Infuse 4G, Puts Nexus S To Death

This is the Samsung Infuse 4G for AT&T, on their  “4G” HSPA+ network (playing like T-Mobile’s 4G/HSPA+ approach), not the LTE one. It should blow your mind by now. It has a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display (for more awesomeness and color), premium build materials (no cheap Samsung stuff here folks), 8 megapixel camera on back and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing up front, and a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor (whoa). Touchwiz 3.0 comes along on Android 2.2, although Gingerbread would be quite nice. Did I mention this looks absolutely like it was designed like a pretty concept phone, except is real? Via: AT&T

LG Announces Optimus Black, And A Shiny NOVA Display Just For It

Heard of the NOVA display? No? Well, it’s another shiny display for smartphones, and this time, has 700 nits of brightness (my eyes!) and 15% less energy consumption on the 4-inch screen size. There’s also allegedly the title of “world’s thinnest smartphone” for the Optimus Black, measuring a scary 9.2mm thin (.1 of a mm less than the iPhone 4) and weighs 109 grams, a 1,500 mAh battery, 2 megapixel front-facing camera and 1080p HD recording main camera of unknown resolution, along with Android 2.2 (LG Optimus UI 2.0 overlay) and Gingerbread finding its way to the Black in the future. The Optimus Black will be launched in the first quarter of 2011, and more details are still coming in (about that and specs). Full presser after the break.

So There’s An AT&T HTC Inspire 4G? That’s Right “4G”.

Amazingly, AT&T is following T-Mobile’s footsteps (and just about every other carrier) promoting their “4G”, even though AT&T’s 4G LTE network is not even actively in service. The Inspire 4G looks much like the European HTC Desire HD, and interestingly enough, the HTC Thunderbolt is in the center, being Verizon’s entry into the 4G LTE market. Looks like everyone has their big guns on the ready, eh? Oh, and magazine Rolling Stone leaked this quietly, so yeah — that doesn’t happen often. Via: AndroidCentral

Nvidia Finally Releases Punkbuster Fix For Optimus, Gamers Finally Rejoice!

Starting with the launch of Nvidia Optimus for laptops, everything changed. You could have pretty decent battery life on an Alienware M11x R2 (for example) with an 11.6-inch screen, Intel Core i7 processor overclockable to 2.26GHz, and Nvidia GeForce 335M graphics with Direct X 10.1 support, your dreams as a gamer (and ordinary user) could come true!

It turned out to be a nightmare.

While the way the technology handled battery life was (technically) efficient, the way it handled multiplayer games (i.e what it was made for) was utter garbage — I’m not going easy here. Games like Medal Of Honor, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, and just about every other first-person shooter title (and many other genres due to simple problems with Optimus) used the anti-cheat program called Punkbuster, by a company called Evenbalance. Games like Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Black Ops wouldn’t worry though, as they used Valve’s anti-cheat software.

But that is not the reason of this post.  I became enraged, mainly due to the fact that Nvidia posed little concern over the problem. Users had brought it up to the big man, but after a certain point (and this is more than 6 months into the issue) I contacted Nvidia, pressed them, and demanded answers in private email exchanges and Twitter. You can guess the rest.

It is now the 4th of the first month of 2011, and now according to Nvidia the issue has been resolved, along with tons of other bug fixes, graphical improvements, and everything else that makes Nvidia Optimus actually usable again. The first source link will take you to the download links, while the second provides you with a changelog. Via: Nvidia Forums, Changelog (PDF)

Here’s The PlayStation Phone Again, With Pictures You’ll Actually See

Until now it’s been “Mr. BlurryCam FTW” taking shots, videos, and countless teases of the PlayStation Phone (Xperia Play?). Uh, no thanks man. Courtesy of a site overseas of the U.S., we now have some ultra-clear shots of what an Xperia Play (or PlayStation Phone) looks like. And yes, there’s Android 2.3, as confirmed by one of the shots seen at the source link. Now if only there were a launch date, and some games. *Insert wandering thoughts here.*

Via: BGR, Google Translate