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Sony Unveils The Xperia Sola With 'Floating Touch', Lets You Highlight Items On-Screen Without Actually Touching The Device

When touchscreen phones first became mainstream, countless people talked about how "impractical" a touch-only device was. Since then, touch devices have become the norm in the smartphone realm, with basically every modern high-end phone packing at least some sort of touch input.

Sony is taking the touch revolution to a whole new level with the Xperia sola, though, by bringing a new feature to the table called "floating touch" that allows the user to simply hover their finger over items in the browser and highlight them, much like using a mouse.

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[For Real This Time] Samsung Galaxy S II Is Getting A Really Real ICS Update In Some European Markets And Korea Today

Straight from the horse's mouth and not yanked within minutes this time, Samsung has announced that an ICS update for the Galaxy S II (international variant) will be rolling out today throughout European markets including Poland, Hungary,  and Sweden, and also in Korea. The update will "gradually roll out to other markets."

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Of course, most of our readers are in the U.S. and, as you're probably used to hearing by now, "other markets" includes you and "gradually roll out" means "we'll get to you when we get to you".

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Want To Customize Your Galaxy Nexus Without Adding Any Extra Bulk? Check Out These Super-Sick Laser-Etched Battery Doors

There's no doubt that the Galaxy Nexus is one of the hottest phones on the planet right now. As such, there are quite a few people out there rocking the GN, so how do you make your stand out in the crowd? Adding a case is always an option, but if you really want your device to stand on, you have to check out these custom laser-etched battery doors. There's even one with the AP logo!

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Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G Hitting Some T-Mobile Stores On March 21, Available Everywhere Else On March 28

Looks like a handful of undisclosed T-Mobile stores will be getting their hands on the recently announced Samsung S Galaxy Blaze 4G on March 21 - a full week ahead of the nationwide release of the device (March 28th). The Blaze is one of the fastest smartphones to hit T-Mo's HSPA+ network, rocking some pretty decent specs (sorry, no word on RAM or storage capacity at the moment):

  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread (will likely be updated to Android 4.0)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 Dual-Core Processor clocked at 1.5GHz
  • 3.97" Super AMOLED display
  • 5MP rear shooter with 720p video capabilities
  • 1.3MP front-facing camera
  • Expandable storage via microSD slot

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If the Blaze sounds like the smartphone for you, you'll be able to pick one up for $149 after a $50 mail-in-rebate and two-year agreement.

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[Rumor Smash] Official: Samsung Galaxy S II Will Be Updated To Ice Cream Sandwich On A Day That Definitely Isn't March 10th

We'd heard whispers that the Galaxy S II might be getting an update to Android 4.0 on March 10th. After the announcement was immediately yanked from Samsung's site, we were skeptical. It turns out those suspicions were confirmed tonight via Samsung's official Twitter account. The date was errantly posted by Samsung's Filipino arm.

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While the SGSII may not be receiving its update tomorrow, this does at least let us know that Samsung is working on it.

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Samsung Unveils Its 'Exciting Special Announcement' For SXSW... And It's Angry Birds Space

We've been hearing a few rumors about what Samsung had planned for SXSW for a couple of days - supposedly it was some big surprise. We've heard speculations covering everything from the Galaxy S III to an 11.6-inch tablet, but Sammy PR just sent out an email telling us what was really going on. Are you ready for the most anticlimactic news of the year?

It's Angry Birds Space. Yes, we're serious.

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Archos 101 G9 And 80 G9 Tablets Getting OTA Update Today, Brings Android 4.0 And More

Looks like Ice Cream Sandwich update are going to start rolling out in force now. Just this morning we told you that HTC is pushing Android 4.0 to the Sensation/XE, and now Archos has announced that it will be making available ICS to its G9 tablets beginning today.

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The update will be rolling out in typical OTA fashion to G9 owners across the globe. Aside from Android 4.0, Archos has also thrown a few changes of its own into the update, including the following:

Unique ARCHOS add-ons for Ice Cream Sandwich include full 1080p support for most video codecs, movies and TV shows description and subtitles automatic download, wireless content sharing between your device and any computer or DNLA compatible TV’  and 3D video support for MKV3D files.

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Android 4.0 Now Rolling Out To The HTC Sensation In Nordic Countries, Sensation XE In Germany

Users from abroad with the HTC Sensation better start hitting that 'Check update' button - according to this thread on the XDA forums, the Ice Cream Sandwich OTA update just started rolling out.

HTC is being unusually quiet about the update, so it's unclear on whether or not the update is official or an accidental push, but many of the XDA members have already received it. As such, there's no official changelog at the moment, but we do know that the OTA is bringing Android 4.0.3 and Sense 3.6 to the handset.

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Apple Trying To Make Bank Off Of Samsung And Motorola, Wants Them To Pay $5-15 For Each Android Handset Sold

So here's a twist: instead of Apple just continuously suing Samsung and Motorola over patent violations, the Cupertino company is now ready to negotiate terms that would end several of its ongoing suits with the aforementioned companies. The deal in question? Samsung and Motorola pay Apple between $5 and $15 for each Android handset sold.

So, after all this time in the courtroom, all the preliminary injections, counter-suits, and all the other stuff that we've been talking about for the last several months, Apple is ready to just drop it all and, instead of spend its fortune on "destroying Android," actually make a fortune off of it.

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Verizon Releases List Of Devices To Get Ice Cream Sandwich, Few Surprises Enclosed

Verizon Wireless has just made public an official list of handsets on the network poised to receive Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OTA updates, most being devices for which such updates were a given at this point:

HTC:

  • HTC ThunderBolt™
  • DROID Incredible 2 by HTC
  • HTC Rhyme™
  • HTC Rezound™

Motorola:

  • Motorola XOOM
  • DROID BIONIC™
  • DROID RAZR™
  • DROID RAZR™ MAXX™
  • DROID 4
  • DROID XYBOARD 8.2
  • DROID XYBOARD 10.1

Samsung:

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 10.1
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 7.7

LG:

  • Spectrum™ by LG

No timeframe was provided, but this is probably the most authoritative ICS update list you'll see out there, if for only one reason: in the end, it's Verizon that decides whether or not a device on its network gets updated.

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