Xperia arc S

Vodafone UK has become the first British network to stock Sony Ericsson's shiny new flagship phone, the Xperia Arc S. It's currently available for free, on 24-month contracts of £31 or more per month, and at that price you'll get a monthly allowance of 600 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of data. Right now it seems Vodafone only has the Arc S in "midnight black", as opposed to the "pure white" version that's been shown off to the press over the past month or so.

The Xperia Arc is one of our favorite phones of 2011, and the Arc S steps things up a notch with a faster 1.4GHz CPU and additional tricks including the ability to shoot 3D sweep panoramas (though you'll need a 3DTV to properly view these). Other highlights include Android 2.3.4 out of the box, along with the same excellent 8-megapixel Exmor-R camera and Bravia-powered "Reality" display found in the original Arc.

Check out our Xperia Arc S hands-on feature to find out more about the device, or hit the source link to see Voda's Arc S product page.

Source: Vodafone UK





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From the Forums

We've finally reached the weekend and for those of you not headed out to Texas for the Big Android BBQ, we've got plenty of content for you to catch up on both here and in the Android Central forums.

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Now that a couple days have passed, and you have had ample time to read about the Amazon Kindle Fire, talk it over with all your "knowledgeable" friends, and make a decision, we are dying to know. Did you pull the trigger and preorder one of these, or are you waiting for another device? Is the ability to sideload Android applications enough for you, or are you looking for the full Android experience? Be sure to let us know, and if you haven't gone ahead with a preorder, will you be in the near future?

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We only have about a week and a half before the HTC Amaze goes on sale, so we thought we’d share some SpeedTest numbers and Quadrant benchmark scores we came across this morning. The Amaze 4G is the first HTC device to ship with a chip capable of taking advantage of T-Mobile’s 42 Mbps HSPA+ [...]





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CyanogenMod/ClockworkMod BBQ

Alrighty, members of the Android nation. It's Friday, and that can mean only one thing: Big Android BBQ time in Austin, Texas. If you're making the trek to the great state of Texas (or are lucky enough to live here like me!), you must get this app.

What does it do? I'm not sure exactly. It promises free bacon, and I know I'm not the only member of the Android loyal who doesn't like some free bacon. The kicker? It only works at the BBQ!

But hey, it's free and it promises you the opportunity of winning free stuff. Plus, look at the funny icon! It's a combination of the Cyanogen and ClockwordMod logo, and the Android is wearing a funny little chef hat! Priceless.

If you're getting your BBQ on this weekend (look for Phil and myself!), we've got download links after the break.

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The iPhone 4 not only boasts the perfect specification for gaming but also some impressive software to further enhance your experience. One item that is new to this model is the Games Centre. This new facility aims to make your gaming a more social event rather than a one player activity. You can invite friends to participate in a variety of games with you or even play along with a random person who is online.


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Verizon customers looking for a phone with a feminine touch should be pleased to hear that the HTC Rhyme is now available for purchase at Verizon stores across the country.  The price of the HTC Rhyme is set at $199 with a two year contract or $439 if contracts just aren’t your thing.  Paying $199 [...]





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The HTC Holiday was just made its way through the FCC labs, gaining their stamp of approval.  In addition to the typical label and positioning details, the FCC documentation also features a diagram of the phone, highlighting the position of the LTE, GSM, GSP, and Bluetooth/Wi-Fi antennae. Specs of the HTC Holiday have not been [...]





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Foursquare

The latest Foursquare update for Android is now available for download in the Android Market. Nothing huge will be found here like previous versions where we got a whole new UI but lists is now included and that's been lacking on the Android front until now.

  • Lists for Android! Wooo!
  • Points for check-ins are now in the post check-in screen.
  • Connect your Twitter account via the Settings screen.
  • Sort Friends by Nearby or Worldwide on Friends screen. Hit the menu or list footer.

All of those things should help keep things more organized and functional for all you Foursquare users out there. You can jump past the break for the update link or just fire up the Android Market if you already have Foursqaure installed.

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Postcard on the Run

Since we're on the road so much, we're always on the lookout for a good postcard app. And an old favorite was just released for Andronid. Postcard on the Run has a great UI, with easy instructions and options to use pictures from the camera, your gallery or even Facebook. Pick the pic, and Postcard on the Run mails it anywhere in the world.

But what if you don't know the physical address? (That's a common problem in a lot of address books these days.) Postard on the Run has its "Postal Gopher." Just give it the e-mail address or cell phone number of the person you're trying to send to, and it'll contact them, then update your address book and send. Other options include cropping the photo, leaving a message, adding a real signature (as in sign with your finger) and even a GPS map of your location you're sending from. It's pretty slick.

Prices vary from 99 cents to $1.69 per postcard sent (add 20 cents for international), and you can pay by credit card or PayPal. (We'd love to see in-app billing added so we don't have to enter our credit card — again.)

We'll be giving this one a go this weekend from the Big Android BBQ, no doubt. Hit up the download links after the break.

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