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Official: Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Coming Stateside In August - But No Word On Which Carrier(s)

Sony Ericsson just dropped a press release announcing that the Xperia arc would be available for purchase in the U.S. beginning in August. On the upside, it will be available through Amazon, Newegg, Buy.com, and through Sony directly. On the downside, they give no mention of the device coming to any carrier, and the unsubsidized price is a whopping $600.

Though the arc presents an enticing exterior, the innards aren't so much so:

  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • Custom UI
  • 1GHz Scorpion CPU (MSM8255, same as the fairly dated Desire HD and myTouch 4G)
  • 512MB RAM
  • 512MB internal storage
  • 4.2" 854x480 TFT display
  • 8.1MP camera

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Our own Brian O'Toole managed to get a good amount of hands-on time at CES and came away content.

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'Limit Your Call' Monitors Your Minutes, Automatically Ends Phone Calls When Running Low

In this day and age, we don't talk about minutes all that often, because, let's face it, most of us don't really use our phones for voice all that much anymore. For those who do, however, there is a specific need to monitor minutes -- whether prepaid or post-paid -- to prevent service disruption or, in the case of the latter, any overage charges. To help people in this situation, Yudiz Solutions developed an app that does exactly that.

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ViewSonic: We May Have Set Certain Unrealistic Expectations, But The gTablet Will Never Officially Get Honeycomb

In a move that will certainly irritate many people, ViewSonic has taken to its Facebook page with an official word on the gTablet, future support, and whether or not it will ever officially see Honeycomb. As you may have already guessed, the simple answer from ViewSonic to the latter is "no," with very little reasoning behind the decision.

The ViewSonic gTablet was one of the first Android tablets to hit the market with the NVIDIA Tegra 2 chipset onboard, but at the time of release it was powered by Android 2.2, as 3.0 had yet to hit the market.

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T-Mobile G2 Gingerbread Update Rolling Out Now


About a week ago, a seemingly official build of Gingerbread for the T-Mobile G2 found its way to T-Mo's support forums, suggesting an update was fast approaching. That suggestion was dead-on, as the official over-the-air update process started today, according to the Pinkest Carrier's G2 update page.

The update brings many welcome fixes and enhancements:

  • New features:
    • Android  2.3.3 (Gingerbread)
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    • Google  Books added
    • Notification bar color scheme is changed to black
    • New  battery indicator, phone, and web icons
    • Color-coded network icon and signal indicator added.
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[Leak] Another Photo Of The Motorola Droid Bionic Surfaces, Tipster Confirms PenTile Display

It looks like yet another leaked image of the not-so-illusive Droid Bionic has surfaced over at Droid-Life, but it's really nothing that we haven't already seen:

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What this does bring, though, is some new information -- and I can't say that it's welcome news. According to the tipster, the Bionic is sporting the PenTile display that we're not the biggest fans of. However, s/he did point out that there was less ghosting than on the Droid 3/X2 -- but we'll have to see that with our own eyes to determine whether it actually makes the PenTile display more acceptable.

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[Update: Not Just Yet] Gingerbread Update For The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Available Now

Update: It looks like someone in Sony's camp got a little overzealous concerning this update, as it's actually not available just yet. According to the Sony Ericsson Product Blog, the launch is coming, but "[they] just need more days before [they] can push the button." We'll keep you posted of any developments on this front -- like, you know, when it's actually available.

Owners of the Sony Erricsson Xperia X10, make ready your computers - the official Gingerbread update is ready and available to download.

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[Update: Ready To Rage?] Verizon's Samsung Galaxy S II Will Be 4G LTE Enabled, According To The VZW Support Twitter Account

Update: As if we didn't all see it coming (you should see all of the @mentions we received on Twitter regarding VZWsupport's history of ignorance when this post when live), Verizon Support just tweeted that they were actually referring to the Galaxy Tab 10.1, not the Galaxy S II. One of these days, Verizon should probably consider hiring support people that actually know something about the products in which they support, instead of a group of neophytes that know as much about technology as my eighty-six year old grandmother (read: nothing).

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Angry Birds Updated, Gets 15 New Mine And Dine Levels

Angry Birds loyalists and lovers, rejoice! Everyone's favorite bird flinging game received an update this morning that adds 15 all-new Mine and Dine levels to the irritated franchise.

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The update is now live in the Android Market, so grab your device and enjoy.

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Samsung Hosting An Event In NYC On August 3rd To Unveil The TouchWiz UX Update For The Galaxy Tab 10.1

An email just hit our inboxes directly from Samsung, inviting us all to join together in NYC on August 3rd for the official unveiling of a "major software update" for the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

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We have known that this update was coming for the past several weeks, but now we can finally lock something a bit more concrete down. According to the above image, onsite Tab 10.1 updates will be open to the public at the event, so I wouldn't be surprised if we started seeing a national rollout begin that very same day.

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[Unconfirmed] New Details Leak Out About The HTC Vigor, Thanks To NenaMark

We finally have a bit more info about the mysterious HTC Vigor - a device that we previously only knew about thanks to a leaked image taken by its 6MP camera. Now, though, this device is coming into the light a bit more, thanks to A NenaMark benchmark ran by an "anonymous" submitter. We now have a better idea of what this handset may be packing under the hood, and it sounds quite pleasing:

  • 1280x720 display (!)
  • Qualcomm Adreno GPU
  • 1.5GHz processor (it's not clear whether it's dual-core or not, but we're hoping that it is)
  • Android 2.3.4
  • It appears to be running on Verizon's network

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While this handset may sound pretty great, make a mental note that these types of benchmarks are fairly easy to spoof, so take it all with a grain of salt until we get more proof it its reality.

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