LG to Launch T-Mobile G-Slate on April 20

The Motorola Xoom is currently the only major Android tablet on the market which runs Android 3.0 Honeycomb. All the other Android tablets are either mediocre, or run Android 2.2 Froyo, which isn’t meant for tablets.

LG announced the T-Mobile G-Slate at CES 2011, but it had just dropped off the radar after the initial announcement. It was spotted again at CTIA 2011, where we had done a quick hands-on of the Android tablet.

Today, TMONews has confirmed the official launch date for the T-Mobile G-Slate. The G-Slate will be launching on April 20, with the T-Mobile G2X and the Sidekick 4G.

LG T-Mobile G-Slate

The LG T-Mobile G-Slate comes with an 8.9 inch display with a 1 GHz dual core processor and 1 GB RAM. It is powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 platform and comes with dual 5 MP cameras at the back for 3D video capture, and a 2 MP camera in the front for video calls. It offers 32 GB internal storage and is expected to be priced starting at $529.99. It offers Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and 4G connectivity and comes with Android 3.0 Honeycomb.

For complete videos of the T-Mobile G-Slate in action, check out T-Mobile G-Slate Hands-on Pictures and Videos

Apple Sues Samsung Over Galaxy Android Devices

Apple is hitting Samsung with a patent infringement lawsuit, alleging that the Galaxy smartphones and tablets by Samsung infringe on Apple’s patents relating to the iPhone and the iPad.

According to the suit filed on Friday in the US District Court in Northern California, Apple is seeking injunctions, actual and punitive damages from Samsung.

“Rather than innovate and develop its own technology and a unique Samsung style for its smart phone products and computer tablets, Samsung chose to copy Apple’s technology, user interface and innovative style in these infringing products,” the lawsuit said.

There has been no response from Samsung regarding the lawsuit. The mobile industry is currently fraught with lawsuits, the most notable ones being the ones between Apple and Nokia, Oracle and Google and Microsoft and Motorola. This lawsuit, however, is very interesting, because Samsung supplies components for multiple Apple products.

It’s very likely that this case will be settled between the two parties with some money exchanging hands, as is generally the case with such lawsuits.

Here are some images comparing the Galaxy S to the iPhone 3GS, which were included in the lawsuit.

Apple Samsung Lawsuit

via WSJ and Mobilized

Dual-Screen Kyocera Echo Now Available At Sprint

Earlier this year, Kyocera Communications announced the unique Kyocera Echo smartphone. It is the world’s first dual-touchscreen smartphone. This handset runs on the Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS and comes with a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, 5 megapixel camera, 1 GB internal memory, 3G connectivity and so on. This handset is exclusively available on the airwaves of Sprint in the US.

Kyocera Echo was already up for pre-order, but today, Sprint officially launched this amazing dual-touchscreen smartphone. Kyocera Echo comes with the VueQue app, which allows you to watch a YouTube video in one display, while browsing, queuing and buffering additional YouTube videos on the other.

kyocera echo

Kyocera Echo features a dual 3.5-inch LCD WVGA with 800 x 480 pixels resolution, 4.7 inches diagonally with 800 x 960 pixels resolution when opened, 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS, 5 megapixel camera with flash, autofocus and 2x digital zoom, HD (720p) video recording, 1 GB internal memory, 32GB expandable memory and much more.

It comes with different connectivity options such as Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, 3G Connectivity, microUSB and Wi-Fi hotspot capability. This handset measures 115.0 x 56.5 x 17.2mm and weighs 193g.

Kyocera Echo is currently available for purchase in all the Sprint retail channels, including the Web and Telesales. This handset comes with a price tag of $199.99 after a $100 rebate and a 2 years service agreement. Are you planning to buy this smartphone? Let us know your views in the comments below.

Motorola Bravo Android 2.2 FroYo Update Rolling Out Now

The AT&T branded Motorola Bravo is all set to receive a major software update from Motorola. The Bravo is similar to the Motorola Defy, except for the difference in radio bands.

Motorola will start rolling out a software update (v37.4.0) for the Bravo, which will update the Android OS of the handset to FroYo (Android 2.2).


While FroYo may not be the latest version of the Android OS, the OS update does bring with it some notable changes. After installing this update, Bravo users can enjoy Flash videos on their handset thanks to Flash 10.1.

The handset can now also act as a Mobile hotspot’ for up to five devices, and can USB tether to a Windows or a Linux desktop via an USB cable.

Along with all this, support for installing apps on the memory card, profiles features, a new task manager, an updated gallery, a bunch of new applications (Files, Latitude, Places, and News etc.) and smart dial function for the dialer are also onboard. The full change-log can be found here.

The update is an OTA one, and will be pushed to all Bravo handsets out there in due course of time.

Samsung Galaxy S Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update Rolling Out Now!

The Samsung Galaxy S was one of the most popular Android handsets last year. Samsung managed to ship a whopping 10 million Galaxy S in less than 7 months of its release.

However, the phone has had its share of controversies including a non-functional GPS, and the Android 2.2 delay especially in the United States. However, now it looks like Samsung is really working hard to on improving its image by keeping its loyal customers happy.


The folks over at XDA forums are reporting that Samsung has started rolling out the official Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Galaxy S. The firmware number is XWJVB, and has a build date of April 8th.

As of now, the update is being rolled out only to Galaxy S handsets with the NEE product code i.e. Galaxy S owners in the Nordic countries. Galaxy S owners need to use Samsung’s KIES software to update the firmware of their handset.

Alternatively, they can download the firmware file from here and flash it via ODIN, by themselves. The firmware has already been rooted, and a lag fix is already in progress for it.

This makes Samsung the first manufacturer to roll out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for its handset, before other big guns like HTC and Motorola. Kudos to Samsung for this!

Samsung Replenish, Eco-Friendly Android Phone Announced by Sprint

Samsung ReplenishDetails of a new Android phone by Samsung, called the Samsung Replenish, were leaked through Sprint’s website a week back. Today, Sprint announced the new Samsung Replenish officially.

The Samsung Replenish is the world’s first eco-friendly, green Android smartphone. It is built using recycled plastic and can be charged using a solar charging battery cover.

In terms of form factor, it is similar to the Motorola Droid Pro. It comes with a 2.8 inch QVGA capacitive touchscreen display with a QWERTY keyboard. It runs Android 2.2 Froyo and has a 600 MHz Qualcomm processor and 256 MB RAM. It also has a 512 MB internal ROM and is powered by a 1160 mAh battery. It also comes with the basics – Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS etc.

It is priced quite low at just $49.99 with a two year contract. The hardware specs are definitely not mind-blowing, but it seems to be a decent device if you want a cheap, QWERTY Android phone.

We are excited to expand our portfolio of eco-friendly devices to now include the Samsung Replenish with Sprint, Samsung’s first Android-powered eco-friendly phonesaid Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Telecommunications America. The Replenish offers an impressive feature set with hardware made from recycled materials and eco-centric packaging, giving customers the option to have an eco-friendly phone without having to compromise features and functionality.

iOS and Android Set to Dominate Portable Gaming Market

The iPhone, which was initially meant to be a smartphone, wasn’t meant to support third-party apps. But Apple did launch an SDK and App Store soon after its launch, and it has turned out very well. Wanting to emulate its success, Android also followed on the heels of iOS and launched the Android Market.

As the App Store became popular, game developers flocked to the platform and started churning out cheaply priced games priced at $0.99, $1.99 etc. Soon after that, big game studios started launching major game titles for the iPod Touch and the iPhone. As Android started to pick up steam, many games were developed for it as well.

Both the platforms have been very lucrative for game and app developers, and have made many millionaires, like Rovio Mobile, the creator of Angry Birds, and others.

Games have become a huge growth driver for both iOS and Android, and they have also captured quite a large portion of the portable gaming market. While the portable gaming market actually shrank in percentage terms in 2010, iOS and Android have increased their share of it. iOS + Android now accounts for 34% of the total revenues in portable gaming, while the PSP’s share has shrunk to 9% and the Nintendo DS’ share has been whittled down to 57%.

iOS Android Gaming Share

Since these statistics are in terms of revenues, iOS and Android would actually have a greater proportion of the market in terms of download numbers, since most of the games on these platforms are priced relatively low, compared to the PSP and Nintendo DS. The total revenue generated by iOS and Android games was close to $816 million, while the entire market generated about $2.4 billion.

With the launch of more powerful Android devices like the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, and the excellent gaming prowess of the iPad 2, iOS and Android will likely capture a larger share in the future, bringing mobile gaming to the masses.

Statistics via Flurry

LG T-Mobile G2X Launched for $199

T-Mobile G2XThe T-Mobile G2X, a branded version of the LG Optimus 2X, which had been announced by LG and T-Mobile at CTIA 2011, was supposed to be launched on April 15, according to a tweet by the official account of T-Mobile on Twitter.

Today, T-Mobile officially launched the G2X, and it is now available for purchase. It is one of T-Mobile’s best Android smartphones and has received great reviews. It is priced at $199 with a 2 year contract after a $50 mail-in rebate. It will be available in stores only after April 20.

It has a 4 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. It comes with a dual core ARM Cortex A9 processor and has 512 MB RAM. It also has 8 GB internal storage and comes with the vanilla version of Android 2.2 Froyo, with an Android 2.3 Gingerbread upgrade in the offing. Having no custom UI, I believe, is one of the most attractive features of this phone.

It also has an 8 MP camera with autofocus and LED flash which can shoot 1080p videos. It will be the first Android phone to ship with Tegra Zone. It also has HSPA+, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity with GPS support.

Order your T-Mobile G2X online here for $199.99 – T-Mobile G2X

Dell Streak 7 Wi-Fi Launched in the UK; Priced at £299

The Dell Streak 7 Android tablet was announced at CES 2011 with many other Android tablets. It was launched in February in the US but was priced quite high.

Today, Dell has launched the Dell Streak 7 Wi-Fi in the UK. It is available online at Dell’s website and is priced at £299. It comes with a Nvidia Tegra 2 dual core processor and 16 GB internal storage. It has a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. It has two cameras – a 5 MP primary camera with autofocus and flash and a 1.3 MP secondary for video calling. It also has support for Adobe Flash 10.1.

It comes with Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR. It comes with the Dell Stage UI and Android 2.2 Froyo. It also has GPS and will likely be upgraded to Android 3.0 Honeycomb.

You can order it online at Order Dell Streak 7 Tablet PC

It hasn’t been released in the US yet. The Dell Streak 7 Wi-Fi + 4G version is available though, for $199 with contract.

Dell Streak 7 Wi-Fi

via Engadget

HTC EVO 4G Android 2.3 Gingerbread RUU Leaks

The HTC EVO 4G was announced last year by Sprint and it still is one of the most popular Android handset in the United States.

The handset launched with Android 2.1 on-board, but received an Android 2.2 FroYo update pretty quickly. HTC recently confirmed that the EVO 4G along with a bunch of other handsets, will be tasting Gingerbread by Q2 or Q3 of this year.


Now, one of the XDA member wdfowty has managed to get his hands on the leaked RUU of the EVO 4G Android 2.3 Gingerbread update. The leaked RUU has already been rooted, zip-aligned and de-odexed by another fellow XDA member.

Users who have flashed this ROM on their EVO 4G are reporting improved responsiveness, and increased free space in the internal storage of the device.

Sadly, the ROM comes with Sense v1.0, which means that the Sense version on the EVO 4G will remain the same even when the final version of Gingerbread comes out.

HTC EVO 4G owners should head over to this thread to know more about the leaked RUU.