Sony Xperia Play Announced; Is a PlayStation Certified Phone

After the numerous leaks in the last one month, Sony Ericsson announced the Xperia Play along with a bunch of other Xperia branded handsets at their on-going event in MWC, Barcelona. The handset is powered by a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor with the Adreno 205 GPU core handling the graphics department.

The handset sports a 4-inch LCD with a resolution of 854×480. The Xperia Play is a PlayStation Certified’ handset and runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread with Sony’s custom UI on top of it.


As evident from the picture above, the Play will sport a slide-out gamepad to fulfill all your on-the-move gaming needs. The Xperia Play will come pre-loaded with one legendary PlayStation game. The name of the game was not mentioned by Sony, so this remains a mystery for now.

The back of the handset will feature a 5MP camera. The Xperia Play will start shipping from next month i.e. March. The handset will hit the Verizon network in the states in early spring.

Here is a video of the Xperia Play in action -:

Along with the Xperia Play, Sony Ericsson also announced the PlayStation Suite. All handsets which will be PlayStation Certified’ will be able to access the PlayStation store which will be launched by Sony, later this year.

The PlayStation Store will launch with more than 50 titles on-board. Some existing gaming titles will also be optimized for the PlayStation Certified platform.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro Announced; Sports A Four Row Slide-Out QWERTY Keyboard

Sony Ericsson just announced the Xperia Pro Slider at their on-going event in MWC 2011. The Xperia Pro slider sports a 3.7-inch Bravia Engine powered display with a resolution of 854×480. The handset also packs a four-row slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

The handset will be powered by a 1Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and the graphics department will be handled by the Adreno 205 graphics core.


The back of the phone sports an 8MP Exmor R camera with an LED flash which is capable of recording videos in HD (1080p) resolution. The front of the handset sports a 2MP camera for all your video calling needs. The handset also sports the usual Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, microUSB port, 3.5 mm audio jack and a mini-HDMI port.

The handset runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread with Sony Ericsson’s custom UI on top of it. The handset will be available in silver, red and black colors when launched. The handset will be launched in selected markets by the end of Q2.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Announced; Runs on Android 3.0

The original Galaxy Tab may have got lukewarm reception but this has not stopped Samsung from announcing a bigger version of the Tab the Galaxy Tab 10.1. This bigger Tab from Sammy is powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset and packs a 10.1-inch screen with WXGA (1280×800) resolution. The tablet weighs only 599 grams and is only 0.4-inch thick. Samsung_Galaxy_Tab_10.1 The back of this 10.1-inch Tab sports an 8MP camera with AF and LED flash while the front has a 2MP camera for video calling. The Tab will be capable of recording as well as playing back 1080p videos. The usual Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, SIM card slot, GPS with A-GPS, Accelerometer, Gyroscope and a 3.5mm audio jack are also present. Sadly, the tablet lacks a mini-HDMI port as well as a micro-USB port. It features the same proprietary port from Samsung as found on the original Tab. Thankfully, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a Google Experience device and thus runs on stock Android 3.0 Honeycomb. The tablet will be available in capacities of 16 GB and 32GB. It will be powered by a 6860mAh battery. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is expected to be available in Europe and Asia by March. Sadly, Samsung did not mention anything about the pricing of the tablet expect saying that it will be competitive.

Samsung Galaxy S II Announced; Sports A 4.3-Inch Super AMOLED Plus Display

Samsung just announced the hotly anticipated successor to the Galaxy S the Samsung Galaxy S II. The Galaxy S was one of the most popular (and controversial?) Android handsets last year. The Galaxy S2 features a 4.27-inch Super AMOLED Plus display with WVGA (800×480) resolution. The phone is also insanely thin at only 8.49mm.

Unlike what the rumors suggested, the Galaxy S II will be powered by Samsung’s own Exynos chipset. It will be interested to see how this chipset from Samsung stacks up against the Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset in terms of performance.


“GALAXY S II is a natural and powerful evolution of GALAXY S. Building on the phenomenal success of the original Samsung GALAXY S, we are proud to unveil the ultimate smartphone. Consumers no longer have to contain themselves the Samsung GALAXY S II allows them to design their own smart lives.”

The back of the phone has an 8MP camera aided by an LED flash while there is a 2MP camera in the front for all your video calling needs. The camera at the back is also capable of recording videos in full HD (1080p) resolution. The handset will also come with ‘Voice Commander’ which will take voice input to the next level.

Other key features of the handset include GPS with A-GPS, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Wi-Fi b/g/n (5 GHz Band, instead of the usual 2.4 GHz), Bluetooth 3.0+HS and a NFC chip.   The handset runs on the latest version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread with TouchWIZ 4.0 on top of it. The phone also features a Game Hub’ which will allow users to download and play the latest high-def. games on their Galaxy S II. The Music Hub’ app will provide users with access to over 12 million music tracks from 7digital.

Even though the handset is a mere 8.49 mm thin, it is powered by a 1650mAh battery. The handset is expected to hit the retail stores by the end of this month! Sadly, Samsung company did not mention anything about the pricing of the device.

HTC Thunderbolt Rooted Before Launch

It is a known fact that the developers at XDA forums root an Android phone within days and sometimes within hours of it being released to the public. Well, now some developers have set a new benchmark by rooting the HTC Thunderbolt before it has been released to the public!

The developers Jamzelle and TheEndGame7 used a pre-production Thunderbolt to achieve this feat. They even managed to install a custom recovery on the phone ClockworkMod Recovery. Apparently, the bootloader on the phone had S-OFF which made the task a bit easier. Even the system partition of the handset was totally unprotected. However, in all probability the final version of the Thunderbolt will ship with S-ON and the system partition protected.

Below is a video of Root Checker’ checking the root access on the HTC Thunderbolt :

According to the developers, the phone software has multiple exploits via which root access to the system partition can be gained. Hopefully, HTC will leave some of these exploits unpatched so that developers can easily get root access to the phone.

The rooting method has not been made public at the moment. The developers will make the rooting method public once the phone nears its release date.


LG Optimus 3D And Optimus Pad Featuring 3D Displays Announced

LG might have had a pretty miserable 2010 but the Korean company is leaving no stone unturned to make sure that 2011 turns out to be a decent year for them. The company announced their line-up of Android handsets and tablets even before the beginning of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in just a few hours.

LG announced the Optimus 3D which sports a dual-core 1 GHz OMPA4   processor and features 3D as well. The 4.3-inch display on the device is capable of displaying 3D content without the need of glasses. The dual-8MP cameras at the back are capable of snapping stereoscopic pics as well as 3D videos in full HD resolution.


Other than the Optimus 3D, LG also announced their Android based tablet the Optimus Pad. The Optimus Pad is the European variant of the T-Mobile branded LG G-Slate. The tablet has an 8.9-inch screen with a resolution of 1280×768 and can display 3D content as well (with glasses, though). The Pad is also capable of recording 3D videos and is powered by a dual-core 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset.

The Optimus 3D and the Optimus Pad both feature a mini-HDMI port, Bluetooth, GPS with A-GPS, Accelerometer and other relevant sensors along with a 3.5mm audio jack. LG will announce other relevant details about the Optimus 3D and the Pad when the MWC kicks-off.

Geohot Raps To Sony’s PlayStation 3 Lawsuit

Up until now, Geohot has been known as a very talented hacker who unlocked the iDevices from Apple and hacked the PlayStation 3. However, Sony filed a lawsuit against Geohot at the beginning of this year for jailbreaking the PS3 and also requested for a restraining order (TRO) on the distribution of the jailbreak.

Now, George Hotz a.k.a Geohot has posted an explicit rap on his YouTube account explaining the lawsuit and challenging Sony as well. Readers can watch the video (NSFW lyrics) of the Geohot rap below :

Below are the full lyrics of the rap, for people who were unable to figure out what Geohot said in the above video :

Yo it’s geohot
And for those who don’t know
I’m getting sued by Sony

Let’s take this out of the courtroom and into the streets
I’m a beast, at the least, you’ll face me in the northeast
Get my ire up, light my fire
I’ll go harder then Eminem went at Mariah
Call me a liar
Pound me in the ass with no lube, chafing
You’re f*cking with the dude who got the keys to your safe and
Those that can’t do bring suits
Cry to your Uncle Sam to settle disputes
Thought you’d tackle this with a little more tact
But then again fudgepackers, I don’t know Jack

I shed a tear everytime I think of Lik Sang
But shit man, they’re a corporation
And I’m a personification of freedom for all
You fill dockets, like thats a concept foreign to y’all
While lawyers muddy water and TROs stall
Out of business is jail for me
And you’re suing me civilly

Exhibit this in the courtroom
Go on, do it, I dare you

First the jailbreak for iDevices, then the PS3 jailbreak and now this rap. Geohot sure is a talented guy!

Sony Ericsson Xperia X8, X10 Mini/Pro Get Android 2.2 Based Custom ROMs

The current line-up of Xperia handsets from Sony Ericsson may never get the Android 2.2 officially, but this has not stopped the developers at XDA forums to support the phone. The biggest member of the Xperia family the X10 got its Android 2.2 based custom ROM quite a few weeks ago.

Now, three of its smaller siblings the Xperia X8 and the X10 Mini/Mini Pro have got their share of Android 2.2 based custom ROMs. The ROMs for all the three phones mentioned above are based on Android 2.2 with HTC Sense UI on top of it. These ROMs have been ported to these smaller Xperia siblings from the HTC Hero and Legend. Kudos to the developers for all their hard work!


However, not everything works at the moment. In most of the ROMs, the camera functionality is broken along with some Bluetooth and media playback issues. Nevertheless, the developers are hard at work and are churning out new updates with every passing day.

Hopefully, these issues will soon be fixed by the developers and all the members of the Xperia family can get their share of Android 2.2 love, unofficially. X10 Mini owners should head over to this thread while X10 Mini Pro and X8 owners should head over to this and this thread, respectively.

How I Nearly Doubled The Battery Life Of My Android Phones

Last year, I purchased my first Android phone the Samsung Galaxy S. Before the Galaxy S, I had no previous experience with the Android OS. However, after I got the Galaxy S, my love for the OS and its openness’ grew. Since the Galaxy S, I tried many other Android based devices including a HTC Legend, a HTC Desire and the Samsung Galaxy 5. Recently, I got the HTC Desire Z.

On my suggestion, many of my friends also purchased an Android based phone and they have been simply loving the OS. However, one complaint all my friends have is the poor battery life of their Android phone.   In fact, the majority of Android owners complain about the poor battery life of their handset. Until late last year, the battery life of even my Galaxy S was very poor. If I used the phone heavily, it would be totally out of power by evening.

I tried many tips, found all over the Internet, but the increase in battery life was hardly noticeable. Then one day, I came across an application on the Android market called Juice Defender. The description of the app says that it will help Reclaim your battery’. Out of pure curiosity about the efficiency of these kind of apps, I installed Juice Defender on my phone. I ran the app on my phone and was surprised to see that the app checks if your phone is rooted or not. After that, I enabled the app and used the Aggressive’ profile.


Since then, the battery life of my Samsung Galaxy S has improved considerably! Before using Juice Defender, the battery of my phone would go down to 30% by night on moderate usage. My Moderate’ usage scenario includes an hour of phone calls, 30-40mins of fiddling around with the phone, around 30 messages and some tweeting via TweetDeck with Auto Sync enabled for my FB, GMail and Twitter account.

After installing the app, I can squeeze out nearly a full day and a half of battery life from my Galaxy S with the usage pattern defined above. Even under heavy usage, I can get a full day of battery life from my phone. I seriously never expected this app to have such a big impact on the battery life of my phone. I installed this app on the Android phones of all my friends and relatives. After a week of using the phone with the app running in the background, even they reported substantial improvements in the battery life.


When I shifted to the HTC Desire Z, I did not install Juice Defender for a couple of days. The battery life of the phone was pathetic. Even on light usage, the battery of the phone hardly lasted me a single day. However, after I installed Juice Defender, the scenario again changed. The battery life of my Z increased substantially.

For people who think that this app may slow down your phone or may disable some features of the phone, I am pleased to say that this is not the case. There is absolutely no performance hit or anything. Your Android phone will continue to function as it was.

For all Android phone owners with poor battery life, I will highly recommend you to try out Juice Defender on their phone. Users always have the option to uninstall the app if they don’t like it.

Samsung Galaxy S2 Specs Leak

The folks over at Pocket Now have managed to get their specs of the hotly anticipated successor to the Samsung Galaxy S the Galaxy S 2 thanks to Expansys.

Rumors floating around the Internet suggested that the S2 will be powered by a dual-core 1GHz Orion processor.Sadly, the leaked specs suggest that the handset will be powered by a dual-core Qualcomm 8260 Snapdragon processor running at 1.2GHz.


The Galaxy S successor will sport a 4.27-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen with a WVGA (800×480) resolution. The leaked specs from Expansys also suggest that the phone will pack a measly 512MB of RAM along with 16GB of internal memory and a microSD card slot.

The back of the handset will sport an 8MP camera with a LED flash, which will be capable of recording videos in full HD (1080p) resolution. Other key features of the phone include Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS with A-GPS, DLNA, mini-HDMI port, 3.5mm audio jack, microUSB port, a 2MP front facing camera and NFC capabilities.

I will suggest readers to read this piece of news with a pinch of salt. I highly doubt that Samsung will use a Snapdragon processor on Galaxy S2 instead of their in-house Orion processor or the Nvidia Tegra 2 platform. Also, I don’t think Samsung will equip the handset with a paltry 512MB of RAM.

Nevertheless, all these rumors will be killed by Sammy next week when then announce the Galaxy S2.