Android-based MIDs aren't particularly rare - the allure of a free OS has already tempted many a manufacturer - but it's unusual to find one actually destined to the US. Inbrics' Android MID is one such rarity; the company have announced that not only will they be bringing the ARM Cortex A8 based touchscreen slider to CES in January, they'll also be releasing it in the US in 2010.
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It's hard to miss the fact that this Friday is Black Friday. The day many people rush out to stores when they would normally still be asleep to get deals on items of all sorts for Christmas gifts. Many of the best deals are on technology items like notebooks, HDTVs, and Blu-ray players. Verizon Wireless has announced a killer deal on a netbook with mobile broadband coverage.
iriver's Story has been simmering away in Korea for a few months now, but so far just how good an ebook reader it is has been a mystery. The Register have been playing with the Story and reckon its actually a white slab of alright, actually: they rate its battery life and decent audio player, though they needed a firmware update to get the best out of it.
Still curious about the First ELSE smartphone and its nifty user-interface? Various videos of the handset in action have emerged, including a five minute UI demo from the ELSE's launch in London this week. The handset is based on the Access Linux Platform 3.0, onto the open-source underpinnings of which designers Emblaze Mobile built the sPlay menu system, which is intended to be navigated via the right-hand thumb.
Rather than digging through numerous menus and pop-up boxes, sPlay aims to keep a consistent UI throughout the ELSE handset. We touched upon its more headline-grabbing functionality yesterday - the phone will record voice calls and store them along with records of when the call was made, and there are GPS-linked contextual reminders which flag up alerts whenever you’re near a preset position, for instance a shopping list while you’re near a supermarket - but Emblaze are planning an app store and building up to an SDK release for more functionality.
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Microsoft's Xbox 360 certainly has the media capabilities to earn itself a place underneath your HDTV or in your A/V rack, but the curvy casing doesn't exactly blend in with other such equipment. Swedish modders Industri Repro have taken that into their own hands, crafting a custom aluminum replacement chassis called the XBEE (XB Elegant Edition) that's the width of a regular DVD player. They've also stuffed some extra cooling in there, to hopefully avoid the infamous red-ring-of-death.
We're not entirely sure that the PC gaming world has been crying out for a squeezable controller that looks like the scooped-out eyeball of some sort of lizard, but that doesn't mean there isn't a company looking to fill that unidentified niche. The Blobo hooks up via Bluetooth and then responds to squeezing, moving and general fondling; the lucky guys at the FCC have already been playing with it.
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Another O2 MVNO is causing a stir this morning, as Tesco Mobile announce it will be offering the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS both in stores and through its online catalog. No pricing has been revealed for the handset – which was previously an O2 exclusive – but there’s a pre-interest registration page for those curious about future revelations.
Pinch of salt time, but msmobiles have heard from an unnamed source that HTC are planning to offer an official Windows Mobile 7 upgrade for the HTC HD2 as soon as Microsoft formally announce the new smartphone platform. The site is declining to reveal who their source is, and HTC have never confirmed that they plan to bring the HD2 up to speed with WM7, which is expected to arrive near the end of 2010.
MSI have outed their latest X-Slim ultraportable, and they've slipped in an AMD processor rather than the usual Intel fare. The MSI X-Slim X430 gets AMD's Athlon Neo X2 CPU and an ATI Mobility Radeon HD3200 GPU, together with 2GB of memory, a 14-inch 1366 x 768 16:9 display and choice of 320GB or 500GB hard-drives. In keeping with the X-Slim range's skinny ethos, it measures 24.5mm thick.
LG's second Android smartphone has been launched, the LG GW880, and Chinese Mobile buyers will be the first to get it. The keyboard-free GW880 is presumably the same device tipped earlier this month, and has a larger, 3.5-inch 800 x 480 touchscreen than the existing LG GW620. It also squeezes in Chinese-spec TD-SCDMA 3G connectivity, along with a 5-megapixel camera and GPS.