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Sony Ericsson announces XPERIA arc, hitting shelves in March

6 Jan

Sony Ericsson has launched the first of its many XPERIA smartphones scheduled for the year. If you find the XPERIA X10 stunning, the XPERIA arc will blow your minds off. Just 8.7 mm at its thinnest point, the arc sports an 8.1 MP camera, an HDMI connector and all the works that you’d expect in a modern day smartphone.

The arc’s 4.2-inch 854×480 pixel display might sound pedestrian in the age of ‘Retina Displays’ but Sony Ericsson claims that Sony’s Mobile Bravia Engine in the phone will make it one of the best displays out there.

And yes, it runs on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and Sony Ericsson tells us that it should hit stores around March this year. The lovechild of Sony and Ericsson doesn’t have a great track record when it comes to meeting deadlines it sets for itself but we will certainly keeping our eyes peeled for this one.

Sony Ericsson arc specs:

Camera 8.1 megapixel camera

Up to 2.46x smart zoom

Aperture f/2.4

Auto focus

Face detection

Flash/LED

Geo tagging

Image stabilizer

Noise suppression

Send to web

Smile detection

Sony Exmor R™ for mobile CMOS sensor

Touch capture

Video light

Video recording, HD 720p

Music Album art

Bluetooth™ stereo (A2DP)

Media player

Music tones (MP3/AAC)

PlayNow™ service*

TrackID™ music recognition application

Web Google™ search

NeoReader™ barcode scanner

Pan & zoom

Web browser (WebKit)

Communication Call list

Conference calls

Facebook™ application*

Sony Ericsson Timescape™

Speakerphone

Vibrating alert

Messaging Conversations

Email

Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync®

Instant messaging

Picture messaging (MMS)

Predictive text input

Sound recorder

Text messaging (SMS)

Design Auto rotate

Keyboards (onscreen, QWERTY)

Picture wallpaper

Reality display

Sony Mobile BRAVIA® Engine

Touchscreen

Wallpaper animation

Entertainment 3D games

Media browser

Motion gaming

Radio (FM)

Video streaming

Video viewing

YouTube™ *

* This service may not be available in every market

Organiser Android™ OS

Alarm clock

Calculator

Calendar

Document readers

Flight mode

Infinite button

Phone book

Connectivity 3.5 mm audio jack

aGPS

Bluetooth™ technology

Google Maps™

HDMI

Modem

DLNA

USB mass storage

USB support

Wi-Fi™

Wisepilot™ turn-by-turn navigation *

* This service may not be available in every market

Google™ services*

* These services may not be available in every market

Android Market™ Client

Gmail™

Google Calendar™

Google Gallery 3D™

Google Latitude™

Google Maps™ with Street View

Google Media Uploader

Google Music Player™

Google Phone-top Search

Google Search widget

Google Sync™

Google Talk™

Google Voice Search

Set-up Wizard

YouTube™

Screen Sony Mobile Bravia Engine

16,777,216 colour TFT

Capacitive multi-touch

4.2 inches

854 x 480 pixels (FWVGA)

Shatter proof sheet on scratch-resistant mineral glass

Accessories In-Box:

  • Sony Ericsson Xperia™ arc
  • Battery (1500mAh)
  • Stereo portable handsfree
  • Micro USB cable for charging, synchronisation and file transfer
  • User documentation
Facts Size: 125 x 63 x 8.7 mm

Weight: 117 grams

Phone memory: Up to 512 MB

Memory card support: up to 32 GB

Memory card included: microSD™ 8 GB

Operating system: Google™ Android 2.3

Processor: 1 GHz Qualcomm

Availability and versions Networks

UMTS HSPA 900, 2100

GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900

UMTS HSPA 800, 850, 1900, 2100

GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900

Colour Midnight Blue

Misty Silver

Android 2.3 Gingerbread debuts on Samsung Nexus S

6 Dec

We have been missing in action for the past fortnight or so but what a day we chose to return. A few moments ago Google announced the Samsung Nexus S with Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread on board. enough has already been leaked about the Nexus S that it already seems like a phone that has been around for a while but the marketing gurus at Samsung have managed to spring up a new jargon for us – contour display. Yup, the phone really has a concave display as rumoured earlier.

Other features of the Galaxy S include a 1 GHz Hummingbird processor, an NFC chip, 16 GB of internal memory with no memory card slot, a 5.0 MP rear camera and a VGA front camera. Of course, there  is A-GPS, Wi-Fi b/g/n and proximity sensor and the works. You can check out the detailed specs on this Nexus S product page.

However, more than the hardware, it is the new Android OS dubbed Gingerbread that most consumers should be looking out for. Android 2.3 brings with it some refinements like an easier copy/paste, which has been a major gripe of ours so far. The onscreen keypad has been tweaked as well for easier typing and support to make Internet calls has been added. For developers, new features would pave the way for graphics-rich games and better sound quality.

Is this the Google Nexus 2 aka Samsung Nexus S?

12 Nov

There have been rumors about another Google Nexus Android smartphone and this time it would probably involve Samsung. Well, the eagle eyes at Engadget have spotted a picture of what could be the Nexus 2 or what could eventually be called the Nexus S (Nexus One+Galaxy S, geddit?).

The screenshot on the device does indicate it could be running Gingerbread or Android 2.3 and there certainly is a video calling camera. If this indeed is the next Nexus, we would be betting our chips on a November announcement, just in time before the Christmas shopping season begins.

While we wait for the announcement, how about guessing what would be the specs on this beast? Let us know in the comments below.

SOURCE: Engadget

Gingerbread man checks into Googleplex

24 Oct

We are approaching the announcement for the next Android version aka Gingerbread and following traditions, a huge Gingerbread statue has been delivered to Googleplex. Check out the video below and let the speculations begin about which few smartphones will get official Gingerbread upgrades.



Motorola to launch a 10-inch Internet Tablet running Android Gingerbread in November?

27 Jul

Motorola is expected to launch an Android-based Internet Tablet with a 10-inch display during the holiday season this year, according to The Street, which is quoting analyst Ashok Kumar, who has a history of big misses and some hits. While Motorola’s ambitions to launch an Internet Tablet does not surprise us, what is shocking in the report is that this device would be running on the next version of Android, codenamed Gingerbread.



It is already the end of July and we are yet to see devices running Android 2.1 aka Froyo and this speculation that Gingerbread might come on a device in about four months from now will only increase confusion and fragmentation of the OS.



Imagine this – consumers are still trying to figure out whether their Android phones running on Android 2.1 would get a Froyo update or not. Considering that there are no Android 2.2 devices available in the market, new buyers will now not only have to decide a new phone on the basis of whether it will get a Froyo update but also consider whether their spanking new phone will become outdated in less than six months with a new version of Android.

Is this the Samsung Galaxy S2 i9200?

5 Jul

Is this what the next version of the Galaxy S would look like? If some Russian sites are to be believed then this could be the Samsung Galaxy S2 i9200. We suspect this picture to be a fake render but the specs definitely look tempting. They are talking about a 4.3 inch 1280×720 pixel display, a 2.0 GHz processor, 1 GB RAM/4 GB ROM, 32 GB internal memory and an 8.0 MP camera with full HD (1020p?) video recording! And if you could not figure out by the specs, this one would run on Android 3.0 aka Gingerbread.



We will classify this one as a big rumour than a leak for the time being while we dig for more information.



via Unwired View

Rumour: HTC Sabor to run Gingerbread, sport 2.0 GHz processor?

1 Jul

File this under rumour rather than a leak right now but American carrier Sprint is preparing to launch the HTC Sabor, which will run on Android’s next version codenamed Gingerbread. The folks reporting this are also claiming the that Sabor would run on a 2.0 GHz processor, have dual-cameras with a 10.0 MP primary camera, a high resolution display and HD video recording.

The upcoming HTC smartphone destined for Sprint packs a 2GHz processor, over 1000 resolution display, Android OS 2.5 (gingerbread), 2 cameras with one being a 10-megapixel, 1080p video recording and built-in kickstand.

Now, the source is talking about Gingerbread as Android 2.5, whereas we have been hearing about it as Android 3.0. Also, it seems that HTC is going for its own variety of Super AMOLED displays after facing shortage issues with Samsung for its Incredible. It is more likely that HTC would have outsourced these displays from some other company (Sony, most likely) than manufacturing them on its own.



If these rumours are true, the HTC Sabor could very well have an Internet Tablet form factor (we can expect a bigger display from the claimed resolution) rather than simply an upgrade of the HTC Evo or the Motorola Droid X.