Sony PSOne Games Coming to Android Devices via Playstation Suite!

PS Sony’s new Playstation Suite was not the show stealer at Sony’s press conference in Tokyo (see NGP), but it is still huge news for the mobile industry. Playstation Suite is a software framework that will allow Playstation One games to be ported over to Android devices running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) later this year. This is not only huge news because it’s awesome, but because it marks the first console maker to port over their own ecosystem to cellphones/tablets (In no small part due to the previous limitations of cellphone/tablet GPUs I’m sure).

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Asus Eee Pad Slider – Android tablet with a slide out QWERTY keyboard

CES was rife with devices seeking to reinvent the already ‘standard’ tablet form factor, either choosing to include a QWERTY keyboard as an accessory device, or something a little more snazzy.  Case in point, the Asus Eee Pad (side note here – when will Asus drop that ridiculous “Eee” moniker?), a full-fledged Google Android tablet featuring a hidden, sliding QWERTY keyboard.  While this form factor was represented well during the conference, Asus opted to go against the grain and ship the tablet with Android Honeycomb, NOT Windows 7 as expected.  Hit the jump for a brief run down on the Eee Pad. Read more of this post

Sprint’s HTC EVO 4G Android Froyo 2.2 now ready for your downloads

Got a Sprint HTC EVO 4G? Been waiting for Android 2.2? You don’t need to wait any further. If you don’t mind performing a self-install, you can head on over to the update link, download the latest version HTC’s and drop this puppy on your phone.

Instructions a relatively simple (I’m doing this as I post): drop the .zip file to the root directory on your SD card.

  1. Download the Android 2.2 firmware update DOWNLOAD LINK
  2. Rename the file “update.zip” (make sure you don’t accidentally name it update.zip.ZIP).
  3. Move the zip file to the root directory of your EVO’s SD card.
  4. Shut down your phone and restart it in recovery mode by holding volume “DOWN BUTTON” while powering up the device.
  5. Select Recovery Mode.
  6. Hold the volume Up button and Power
  7. Select “apply update.zip”

[Update] Looks like Android police and HTC for that matter are getting a ton of hits. Just keep trying and they should be back up in no time. I also posted a link for the file I just uploaded. This was direct from the HTC url I grabbed before the servers crashed.

[Update 2] Here is another mirror for the file.

[via Engadget thru Android Police]

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Best Buy partners with Clearwire to provide 4G WiMax service; Google’s Android to lead sales efforts?

Best Buy announced today that it was partnering with Clearwire to provide 4G WiMax, next-generation data plans. Beginning sometime 2011,  Best Buy Connect will begin roll out of the said their newly announced WiMax service to it’s customers. Data plans and pricing has not been announced, but we hope to see them somewhere along the lines of their current plans.

Question is: Is Best Buy getting ready to announce a new partnership with a Google branded Android device? Best Buy Mobile Stand Alone Stores (SAS) may be gearing up to act as the “retailer” of choice for a new Google branded device and launching it’s own data-centric plan geared towards using Google Voice. Time will only tell but this seems to be an interesting proposition for both Best Buy and Google. Read more of this post

Samsung Galaxy Beam, An Android Powered Smartphone….with a Picoprojector :D

Samsung Galaxy BeamZOOOOOOOOMGWTFBBQKITTENS! So, Samsung is preparing to release a new Galaxy phone in Singapore on July 17th on StarHub (no price or date yet for the U.S) boasting Android 2.1 (with a 2.2 update en route, and eventually 3.0). But there is something different about this particular model, branded the Galaxy Beam (GT i8520). Notice something different about the top of the phone? No, it’s not a camera. It’s a Pico projector :D. Yes a Pico Projector in a Galaxy line Android smartphone, capable of projecting a 5-50″ image (probably requiring a relatively dark environment). Read more of this post

HTC quarterly profits higher than expected

HTC is one of the biggest contributors to the Android platform and they are proving it is worth their while. HTC’s quarterly profits just came out and HTC has done quite well. So well in fact, they were able to exceed their own already high expectations for how they would do this year. They previously predicted $1.6 billion in revenue and have exceeded that at $1.88 billion in revenue. This can no doubt be attributed to Android. HTC has been a big proponent of Android and Windows Mobile. Ever since Android 2.0 and some of HTC’s new higher end devices with their Sense UI, they are starting to make a big name for themselves in the consumer space. Can they continue this trend? It is quite possible the iPhone 4, a possible new WebOS device, and the slew of new Blackberries on the way could cut these profits. On the other hand, with the new HTC EVO, the still sold out HTC Incredible, and the cute and cuddly HTC Aria, sales could be even higher.

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Android 3.0 to bring a pretty new UI and strict hardware requirements

We all already knew Android 3.0 was coming sooner or later. According to Unwiredview, a Russian language audio podcast with host Eldar Murtazin gave us all the details we could possibly need… for now. Here are the quotes from Unwired’s translations: Read more of this post

HTC is tired AMOLED shortages cutting into sales, will use LCD for some phones

There is still an order backlog for the HTC Droid Incredible. Even in light of all the iPhone 4, Droid X, and Samsung Galaxy news, people fail to realize that the HTC Droid Incredible that has been out since April is sold out until July 26th. This is a good and bad thing. It is good because it means there are still a ton of customers trying to get their hands on the HTC Incredible which is an amazing phone. The bad is that HTC could be selling a lot more phones and have this phone in a lot more hands if there wasn’t a shortage of AMOLED screens. To help alleviate some of the supply demands of the screen, HTC has stated that the HTC Desire will in the near future be using an LCD screen instead of the standard AMOLED you might find on the Incredible and/or Nexus One. This doesn’t mean one is better than the other, in fact I think if the had a choice they would stick to what they have and in the future use Super AMOLED. However, AMOLED shortages are prevalent and the Super AMOLED will be exclusive to Samsung for 18 months. So they either go with AMOLED and suffer from lack of sales, or they put out some LCD screens. LCD screens are still great which is why see them on the new Droid X, HTC EVO, and iPhone 4. I don’t think this is something that should prevent you from buying an HTC device.

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Altek Leo Android Smartphone w/ 14mp Camera

14mp Android Smartphone

Well I’m not quite sure whether to call it a camera phone, or a phone camera. The Altek Leo (Altek being a company that normally produces digital cameras) is preparing to release an Android smartphone embedded into a fully funtional digital camera, optical zoom included. The actual specifications of the device remain shrouded in mystery. However, we do know that it’s set to be released in Asia sometime in Q4.

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HTC Incredible demand still high, now ships May 29th

The next generation of the Droid series has been launched and demand has been extremely high for this device. Yes we know it is a great phone and we expected it to sell pretty well, the surprising thing is there really hasn’t been much marketing for this device. Not like the Motorola Droid anyway. Regardless of the lacking marketing for this device, people want it and that is what’s important. The orignal shipping date was supposed to be May 1st, which then got pushed to May 12th, and i snow moved all the way back to May 29th! So if you can’t find one in a store, you will be waiting until May 29th to have yours shipped to you.

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