Motorola DROID 3: Still Uses 3G, Costs $199, But Is Still Totally Awesome

 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.

Amazon Cloud Player Has Dedicated iPad Web App And Unlimited Storage For $20 A Year

It’s a big change in the rather new cloud music land. Amazon lead the pack first with the Cloud Player, then Google followed with the less interesting Music Beta. In the latest developments on Amazon’s end, the Cloud Player now has full support for the iPad (in the form of an iPad web app) along with a new plan, besides the free one: $20 a year gets you unlimited storage of your .mp3 and .m4a files, including all music bought on Amazon. However, this offer is available for a “limited time”, according to Amazon. But who cares? Amazon Cloud Player and cloud music competition just got a lot more fierce — and better. Via: Amazon

Spotify Coming To The United States Soon, So Sign-Up For An Invite

The music service that has made Europe oh-so-happy for so long is finally coming to the United States, and invites to the service are available now at the source link. Keep in mind Spotify is a music streaming service that works on a desktop or on your smartphone, with different streaming tiers available. At the same time I guess our UK readers don’t care about this post. Via: Spotify

Notch Publishes The New Minecraft Adventure Update Logo Along With New Features

 This time on “The Word of Notch”, Markus’ personal Minecraft blog, Minecraft Beta 1.8 has been detailed more than ever, including a new logo for the Adventure update. According to Notch, 40+ new things are pl111anned for Minecraft Beta 1.8, some of which may get leaked and some which will stay unknown until the release date, which also is being kept under wraps.

New features which have been outed in Minecraft Beta 1.8 are:

  • NPC villages
  • Randomly generated dungeons
  • New biome code
  • Fully working Creative Mode (and individual admins can enter Creative Mode on a Survival Mode server if they choose)
  • Critical hits
  • Sprinting
  • More farming options

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Review

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.

Verizon Wireless Is Killing Unlimited Data This July 7th, New Tiered Pricing From $10 To $80

Today’s confirmation with FierceWireless is a sad day for data hungry users of today’s age of 4G LTE and 3G smartphones. Verizon Wireless will be killing unlimited data for all new customers on July 7th, while existing customers will be able to upgrade and continue using their current unlimited plans without issue. Keep in mind Verizon has been saying for almost a year now that they would pull the plug, but it is until today that details have openly been discussed about the matter.

There will be four tiers of pricing: A mere 75MB for $10, $30 for 2GB, $50 for 5GB, and $80 for 10GB. Tethering will cost an extra $20 and includes an additional 2GB of data monthly. So while you will be paying the same amounts (or more) for less, it was all expected, so don’t say VZW didn’t tell you so (hopefully). On the flipside, Sprint and T-Mobile still offer unlimited data plans on all their 3G and 4G smartphones and tablets.

Original Galaxy Tab Owners On Sprint Now Run Gingerbread

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

Google+ App Submitted For Approval On The App Store, Says Google+ Team Member

According to Erica Joy, a Google employee and very well possibly a Google+ team member has stated that the Google+ app for iOS has been submitted for approval some time ago. Since it only is a social networking app, you can be pretty sure we won’t have another Google/Apple scandal when it comes to apps (read: the Google Voice app saga), but you never know with Apple’s app approval policies. In the meantime, did I mention I’m enjoying Google+ on Android? Android users have had an app ever since the service launched.

Via: Erica joy (Google+)