Archive for August, 2011

By August 21, 2011 Read More →

Advent Vega gets honeycomb 3.2

advent-vega_feature_0ff975fc-7766-4e23-96ef-c53fa4979bb3Though the Advent Vega ships with a version of Android better suited for mid-range handsets than a decent tablet, for its price you really can’t complain. After Honeycomb was first ported to the budget dual-core tablet back in the Spring, the latest release of the OS has been shoehorned onto the slate, complete with native GPU acceleration. There are still some bugs in this unofficial Android 3.2 build, as should be expected, but weighing your options that seems better than nothing. You can check out the ROM and instructions at the the Tablet Roms site. There is a video demo after the break.


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By August 21, 2011 Read More →

Eee Pad Slider detailed

asus-eee-pad-slider-sept-launchIt appears from reports that ASUS may be gearing up to release the Eee Pad Slider in September. Also, the full specs have been revealed:

  • Android 3.1 installed, with a promised 3.2 upgrade later
  • QWERTY-Sliding Keyboard
  • 1280 x 800 WXGA display
  • Dual-core 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor
  • 1GB of memory
  • 5 megapixel rear-facing camera
  • 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera
  • USB 2.0, mini-HDMI, microSD card reader
  • WiFi and Bluetooth

It will come in 16GB and 32GB "flavours" and will probably go for $400 and $550 models respectively. Asus is also throwing in one year of "unlimited ASUS Web Storage."

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By August 20, 2011 Read More →

Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro unboxing video

Mini_pro_Black When Sony Ericsson released their X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro handsets last year they were met with fairly mixed reception. Initially there was a lot of interest the two little devices but as they shipped with Android 1.6 and it became more apparent that updates to later versions of the OS were less and less likely their popularity was somewhat short-lived.

I think it fair to say that Sony Ericsson have learned from the mistakes made with the X10’s.

So now we have the Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro to look at. Originally known as the X10 Mini Pro 2, SE have now dropped X10 from the name. The specification has been updated quite drastically and although the overall size and form is virtually the same they’ve managed to shoehorn in 1 GHz CPU, plenty of RAM, 5MP camera and HVGA LED back-lit display.

Performance is impressive. Check out the unboxing below and see the benchmarks for yourself!


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By August 19, 2011 Read More →

Xperia PLAY to showcase new content and functionality at Gamescom 2011


Here is one for you gamers out there. Sony Ericsson shows a strong selection of games from its ever growing ecosystem of over 150 optimised titles for Xperia PLAY at Gamescom in Cologne. As of result of Sony Ericsson’s ever expanding partnerships with top publishers and leading independent studios, Xperia PLAY now offers a broad and compelling portfolio of content including games of all genres and for all types of gamer.

At Gamescom Sony Ericsson is announcing and previewing a selection of new titles from Gameloft, EA’s Need for Speed Hot Pursuit and Dead Space, and the Android premiere of Polarbit’s driving game Reckless Getaway.

Sony Ericsson’s new developer programme “Stand Out” is also starting to bring innovative and award-winning content to Xperia PLAY. As such, Sony Ericsson will be hosting the cream of independent development talent at their booth. Among the titles available to try are Catfish Blue’s Hyperlight, Be-Rad’s Lame Castle and an enhanced new version of They Need To Be Fed from YoYo Games.

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By August 19, 2011 Read More →

Another BlackBerry Press Event

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Next Tuesday, 23rd August sees yet another BlackBerry press event being held in Central London. What we will see at the event if unknown although if you are a BlackBerry fan you can probably have a guess as we have seen numerous leaked pictures of more BlackBerry 7 handsets. Then again, it could be something unexpected.

We will be at the event so unless we are given an embargo you can expect some news and hopefully video footage later that day.

Roll on Tuesday.


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By August 18, 2011 Read More →

HP discontinues webOS devices!


HP have today announced they will no longer be developing webOS devices, such as the Pre and the TouchPad.

The press release said they would be "discontinuing operations for webOS devices”. This means they will continue to develop webOS as an operating system but will not manufacture hardware.

So, does this mean we will see webOS licensed and appearing on handsets from some of our favorite manufactures such as HTC, Samsung and LG? I do hope so. Since the release of the Palm Pre we here tracyandmatt have all said that the OS was great but sadly let down by hardware.

This news is a real shame but not one that is a total surprise.


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By August 18, 2011 Read More →

Sony Ericsson Xperia ray coming soon to Vodafone

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The Sony Ericsson Xperia ray is certainly a nice looking handset. It has popped up on the coming soon page of the Vodafone site in the last day or so. If this one could be a contender for your next smartphone head on over to the Vodafone site and register for updates on when the ray will be available.

With a 3.3" screen and running the latest Android platform for smartphones (Gingerbread 2.3), the phone packs in a powerful 1Ghz processor, Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine, a 8.1mp camera with Exmor RT for mobile and HD video functionality. At only 9.4mm thin, XperiaT ray incorporates market leading design for which Sony Ericsson has become known.

To add to a full set of specifications, the phone incorporates a front facing camera and a scratch resistant screen with excellent resolution and brightness and integrated touch keys.  Sony Ericsson’s unique integration of Facebook inside XperiaT delivers a unique consumer experience for greater social interaction. In combination with the Google services, as well as access to over 200,000 Apps via the Android Market, it provides a solid and entertaining smartphone foundation.

You can see the Xperia ray specs below:

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By August 18, 2011 Read More →

BlackBerry helping the UK Police fight crime on our streets


With the recent riots taking place across the UK, Research in Motion have been getting some pretty negative press due to rioters using BlackBerry Messenger as one form of communication. With the BlackBerry being so popular these days of course BBM will be used, but it will not have been the only form of communication for these thugs. If the BlackBerry didn’t have such a huge market share in the UK then other applications would have got the publicity.

But this article isn’t about that. What interests me is that although the Police are getting stick from members of the press, it is the Police themselves that are using the BlackBerry solution to make policing the streets more efficient.

Several UK Police Forces now use the BlackBerry solution routinely and others are currently trialing it.

As you can see below it is not only specific Police applications that are in use by our Police. They too are jumping on the social networking band wagon.

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By August 18, 2011 Read More →

ZTE Tureis Review

ZTE Tureis ReviewNot released yet to the public of the United Kingdom, the ZTE Tureis is the first phone from the Chinese manufacturer that sports a front facing QWERTY keyboard. Running Android 2.2 with a 800 MHz Qualcomm processor, a 3.2 MP camera and a 2.6″ 320 x 240 screen makes the budget handset look appealing for anyone who misses the Blackberry form factor but likes Android.

ZTE has been famed before for making great budget handsets which sell by the millions but is the Tureis a worthy addition to the company’s line of phones? Does the form factor work well enough with Android or is it dead on arrival? Well, read on to find out!


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By August 17, 2011 Read More →

Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini and Mini Pro available sim free from Clove

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We posted earlier today that you can now pick up the Xperia Mini Pro from Vodafone. If you fancy getting it sim free you can now buy it from Clove as well as the Xperia Mini.

The Xperia Mini Pro is priced at £246 including VAT and the Xperia Mini is £210. Reasonable prices if you ask me.

You can see more details of both devices below:


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