Xperia Arc

Bad news for any Brits hoping to get their hands on a shiny new Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc or Xperia Play this weekend. Reports on multiple sites suggest that "freight issues" have resulted in both phones being delayed past the original April 1 release date. Vodafone and Three are now expecting to ship the handsets next week, while T-Mobile is aiming for a mid-April release. O2 has already delayed its release of the Xperia Play due to software bugs, and lists both it and the Arc as due for release sometime in April.

Pre-orders made through the Carphone Warehouse, however, will not be affected by the delays — Carphone has confirmed that it’s still expecting to hit tomorrow’s launch window. [Engadget via Recombu]

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There are so many smartphones available now that it can be a minefield trying to come up with a shortlist of the models that suit an individual’s needs. The first thing that a person might do to find the best phone for them is to decide whether or not the phone is going to be for work or personal.


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Google

Google apparently has changed its approval process for devices to use its software (that’d be Android), cracking down on the way the software is changed and how third-party partnerships will be handled, according to the folks at Bloomberg.  Now, companies that want access to the latest version of Android will need approval of the things they want to do to it. And that approval will come from none other than Andy Rubin.

Google says it is going to tighten and enforce "non-fragmentation clauses," that intend to limit things like customization of the interface, and how manufacturers can partner with other services like Facebook or Microsoft.  Bloomberg tells us that things have already gotten heated, with complaints to the U.S. Justice Department being lodged.  There’s also mention that Google has tried to hold back the release of devices on Verizon because they make use of the Bing services. Hello, HTC Merge, maybe that’s why you disappeared for a while.

While I’m all for keeping crappy software away from hot, new devices like the Evo 3D, I’m certain that this doesn’t mean the end of manufacturer skins.  And it shouldn’t — many enjoy the extras that come with manufacturer enhanced user interfaces, and a bit of curation by Google should make for an easier upgrade path.  But I fear this is going to greatly affect the release cycle of the source code for the AOSP project, and not for the better.  We’ll just have to wait and see how this develops. [Bloomberg BusinessWeek] Thanks, everyone who sent this in!

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The 3G/4G versions of the HTC Scribe is expected to launch on T-Mobile and Sprint during Q2 and Q3 of this year, but HTC want to make sure they keep their first Android tablet fresh in our minds.  A new promotional video for the HTC Flyer has just hit YouTube.  HTC’s video typically go over [...]





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Samsung Gem

It’s been seen on Alltel, Bluegrass Cellular and deep inside Verizon stores, and now US Cellular has the Samsung Gem. As you’ll recall, it’s a mid-range 3.2-inch (WQVGA display) Android 2.2 device with a 3.2MP camera and 800MHz processor.

The Gem will be available on April 1 for a mere $29.99 after $80 mail-in rebate. [US Cellular]

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 Motorola Xoom WiFi

Cellular South has made it official that it will be selling the Motorola Xoom WiFi along with a MiFi, the latter of which you can get free if you sign up for a data contract. Yup, totally called it

The Xoom itself will be the standard $599, so if you live in an area with good Cellular South coverage, this deal might actually be better than getting the 3G Xoom on-contract from Verizon as you can easily share the MiFi data connection with other devices.  They aren’t quite ready to sell you the combo just yet, but hopefully it will be available soon. Check out the press release past the break. [Cellular South]

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This is probably one of the most bizarre things I’ve come across in a while, but over at XDA Developers today, the HTC Pyramid, popped up in pictures on the front page, devoid of it’s aluminium casing. This is the anticipated 1.2 GHz dual-core processor equipped HTC device that a lot of us would chew [...]





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There have been a few Gingerbread build of the HTC Vision (Desire Z and T-Mobile G2) floating around for some time, but if you want to see what the HTC test build for the handset is like, we suggest you head on over to XDA-Developers and give it a try.  From what we can gather, [...]





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astonmartin-android

Have you ever wondered what an extremely high-end and rather revolutionary Android device would look like? Well, pretty much everything you could dream it to be was done by Mobiado when they constructed the CPT002 in conjunction with Aston Martin. The device, while still only a concept, has a sapphire crystal capacitive touchscreen that sits between two platinum bars. These platinum bars hold the processor, battery, SIM card slot and all the other goodies. The device will also act as a proximity fob, and will allow you to lock and unlock your car when you are close to the vehicle with the device. Pretty interesting to see what can be done when the limit is the sky, and people get creative. [Mobiado via AutoBlog]

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cyanogenmod7

Only just a few days ago we saw RC3 of CyanogenMod7 rolling out, and today they are releasing RC4. Since RC2 we have seen mainly bug fixes in each update, but this time they have brought a big fix for Open GL (EGL specifically) from the AOSP. Additionally, the Nook Color version has gained hardware acceleration, but unfortunately the Nexus One still may have the call audio bug, and the EVO still has minor GPS issues. Enough of the jabbering, get to downloading, hit up ROM Manager, or CyanogenMod to get your download started. [CyanogenMod]

CyanogenMod 7 RC4 hits; brings big fix for all devices posted originally by Android Central

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