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Qeexo’s FingerSense technology adds “ears” to your touchscreen

Touchscreens, by their very nature, receive instructions by sensing touch. But what if you could add another “sense” to your smartphone’s touchscreen capabilities? Say, hearing? That’s what the good folks over at Qeexo have cooked up with their new technology called “FingerSense”. FingerSense uses a small acoustic sensor to pick up vibrations as you touch, swipe, and tap your phone, essentially allowing your smartphone to “hear” how you are interacting with your touchscreen and make adjustments as needed. For example, tapping an icon with your finger would open an app, but if you tap the same icon with your knuckle, it could open a contextual menu. The possibilities are endless. So far FingerSense is able to differentiate between finger, knuckle, fingernail, stylus, eraser, and more. Catch a glimpse of it in action in the video after the break.

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Qeexo’s FingerSense lets touchscreens listen, makes any object an input device (video)

Qeexo's FingerTap lets touchscreens listen, makes any object an input device

While the humble touchscreen has become the standard interface for most smartphones, and capacitive displays make it a painless experience, the folk at start-up Qeexo think things could still be improved. It’s developed a technology called FingerSense that could add even more functionality. Essentially, by using a small acoustic sensor, it measures the vibrations as objects tap the screen, and can tell the difference between them. So, for example, a knuckle tap could be used for “right-click.” The tech is able to spot the difference between materials, too, so even when no finger is involved, it can register input, a great assistance to those with longer fingernails. The fun doesn’t stop there, though, with the demo video after the break showing a Galaxy SIII with a modified display, able to register stylus input, even without official support for it. More input options can never be a bad thing, and if nothing else, it could certainly make those GarageBand drumming sessions a little more interesting.

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Qeexo’s FingerSense lets touchscreens listen, makes any object an input device (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 18 Nov 2012 02:01:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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G.A.U.N.T.L.E.T. trades in keyboard and touchscreen typing for sweaty hands (video)

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Between touchscreens and physical keyboards, you’d thing that handset manufacturers have most of their bases covered. Given the fact that fact that the G.A.U.N.T.L.E.T. isn’t even the first glove keyboard we’ve seen, it seems safe to assume that there’s some cold-handed portion of the populace that just isn’t satisfied with their current options. Jake Liu’s solution is the Generally Accessible Universal Nomadic Tactile Low-power Electronic Typist, a wireless glove keyboard that connects to mobile devices via Bluetooth, letting you type by touching your thumb to your fingers.

The gloves, created when Liu was a student at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, have the corresponding letters printed on the fingers, with Enter, Backspace, Space and Function on the thumbnails, the latter of which allows you to switch between different keymaps like numbers and symbols. There’s also an accelerometer built into the Minority Report-inspired peripherals for added functionality. Check out a quick video demo of the clove in action, after the break.

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G.A.U.N.T.L.E.T. trades in keyboard and touchscreen typing for sweaty hands (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 16 Jul 2012 18:56:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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RIM patent application puts pressure on sensitive touchscreens for a possible unlock alternative

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RIM’s been busy on the patent application front lately, filing off concepts for anything from smartphone docks to rotating keypads — even flirting with potential forays into forensics peripherals. Perhaps sensing the crushing need to differentiate its ailing BlackBerry brand, Waterloo’s taken to the USPTO with a doc submitted last November that could do just that. The pressure-sensitive input scheme and touchscreen interface described therein would respond to a user-set pattern of force by granting access to a handheld device’s features and applications. Sure sounds a heckuva lot like a new password protection implementation, but that’s just our humble take. What it actually is, where it goes from this legal limbo and whether or not it ever winds up in BB 10 tech is truly up in the air. What you can count on, though, is a continued flood of in-process IP procurement from a company close to the edge.

RIM patent application puts pressure on sensitive touchscreens for a possible unlock alternative originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 24 May 2012 18:59:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Synaptics promises better touchscreens with SignalClarity and Design Studio 4

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Look, we recognize that touchscreens have come a long way in the last few years, but there’s always room for improvement. Thankfully, Synaptics agrees and is rolling out an update to its ClearPad capacitive panels. At the heart of the improved system is a technology called SignalClarity, which boosts signal-to-noise ratio for better accuracy and finger separation. The new tech will not only lead to a better touchscreen experience, but it could also help drive down costs since manufacturers would be free to use lower cost components that might normally interfere with a capacitive panel. It’ll be a little bit before the next-gen ClearPad makes is debut in a consumer product and chances are you won’t see Synaptic brand emblazoned across the packaging of your next smartphone. That’s ok though, we know it’s in there working hard to keep our fingers happy. Check out the PR after the break for more details.

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Synaptics promises better touchscreens with SignalClarity and Design Studio 4 originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 03 Jan 2012 09:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Senseg’s E-sense Technology Creates Texture on Touchscreens, Aims for Availability in 2012

Some pretty incredible technology is right around the corner that will not only blow your mind, it will change the way we view touchscreens for the better. Im not sure if you have heard of a company called Senseg, but it has been their mission to incorporate textures into the mobile touchscreen world. With a technology that they are calling e-sense, you can actually feel textures on a tablet or smartphone with their electrostatic field-based system that allows touch screen displays to produce varying degrees of friction.

Senseg has been working on this idea for a few years now but a recent live demo on CNET proves they are almost ready for commercial deployment. Just imagine using your tablet and being able to actually feel textures on the screen with your finger. For example, a picture of a rock or sandpaper will feel rough or gritty, and a picture of silk could reproduce a super smooth texture.

Some of the more practical uses of the technology would the use of braille for the blind or even improving on the tablet typing experience by replicating the key textures theoretically improving overall typing speed. The demo video also shows a demonstration of how developers could incorporate the e-sense technology into games, adding another element of interactive fun.

If all goes well Senseg plans to make the technology available for device manufacturers in 2012. In order for us to reap the benefits of texturized touch screens, the manufacturers must be on board as it would be required that they use the technology when designing and manufacturing their mobile devices. To see this crazy-cool stuff in action check out CNET’s video with Senseg’s Dave Rice and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments below. I know that I would love to get my hands on something like the Transformer Prime running e-sense technology. Completely brilliant.

 

 


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Touchscreens? Ha! How About Using Gestures Instead?

Touchscreens have definitely revolutionized how we use our phones. I can’t even fathom how I had a phone with out it. I think we can all agree that this technology is pure awesomeness but how about we take it a step further with gestures.

In comes Pantech Vega LTE. Launching in South Korea this November sometime, and certainly has some heavy-duty muscle under its hood. It’s sporting 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor, 1 GB of RAM, LTE compatibility, a 4.5-inch 1280x800p resolution screen, an 8 MP rear-facing camera, a 1.3 MP front-facing camera and even an NFC chip. Not to shabby, but that’s not whats going to impress you about this phone. Time to wave your best magicians hand to make some magic happen on this device.

Pantech has been working with eyeSight Mobile Technology to integrate gestures into their phones, so now when you want to answer a call and say your hands are covered in dough (this is what’s going on in the video below), you can wave your hand in front of the phone to answer. Pretty awesome stuff. It’s basically taking the idea of the XBOX 360 Kinect and bringing it to the phone. I don’t think “Let’s Dance” will be coming to devices just yet though, but could you imagine? People randomly dancing in public staring at their phones? It could bring us together as a nation.

What sucks about this though, is that Apple has patents on some of this technology and you know how they get. I hope Android will grab something similar to this because I think this would be awesome to have. Check out the video below.

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Pantech Vega LTE commercial shows off hands-free gesture controls [Video]

Who needs touchscreens and slide to unlock features says Pantech. This latest commercial shows just how 2010 touchscreens and slide to answer features really are because they have introduced hands-free gesture based controls for swiping through pictures and even answering phone calls. Apple may have recently received their patents for slide to unlock, but lets see how they take this newest video from Pantech. They are showing off their new 4.5″ 4G LTE Android smartphone, enjoy the video after the break.

Earlier this month Pantech officially announced the Vega LTE. It sports a 4.5″ 1280 x 720p HD display, a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 4G LTE speeds and a sizable 1860 mAh battery too. Currently only available in South Korea I’d love to get my hands on this phone, but doubt that will be happening any time soon.

Pantech Vega LTE gesture controls commercial

Currently the Vega LTE isn’t slated for a release anywhere outside of South Korea but hopefully they smarten up and give it a go here in the US as I’m sure plenty would love to enjoy this phone. With the great specs above and 16GB of internal storage all packed into a svelte 9.35mm thin body this phone puts up a good fight with current Android 2.3 Gingerbread offerings at the moment. Pantech recently launched the Breakout with 4G LTE on Verizon, so hopefully we’ll start seeing more devices from Pantech in the near future.

What do you guys think. Love the idea of gesture controls for answering calls or would you accidentally answer it too often? I myself want to at least give it a try.

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LG DoublePlay makes its official intro on T-Mobile, offers dual-screens and split keyboard

Where have all the split-keyboard phones gone? It’s been roughly six years since the days of the Nokia E70, a messaging device with an innovative form factor, but handsets with a similar mold have become extreme rarities in the market — if they even make it to the market at all (remember the MotoSplit?). LG’s hoping to gain some ground in this area by officially announcing the DoublePlay, a unique Android 2.3 handset with dual touchscreens and split QWERTY. Here’s the scoop: the DoublePlay’s powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU and offers a 5MP rear-facing camera capable of capturing 720p HD video. Where it gets interesting, however, is in the DoublePlay’s design — it uses a 3.5-inch display on top, sliding out to reveal a 2-inch internal screen sandwiched in between both halves of the keyboard. As it turns out, both screens can be used separately or in tandem with each other, depending on your needs. No pricing or availability was specifically announced, but the presser appears to coincide with the 2011 National Texting Championship beginning October 26th, so the phone will likely launch around the same time. Perhaps we have a device here that’ll be a legend in another seven years?

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LG DoublePlay makes its official intro on T-Mobile, offers dual-screens and split keyboard originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 17 Oct 2011 01:49:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Touchy touchscreens, Google Hangout experience [From the Forums]

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner – Android only

Boeing has announced that all of it’s new aircraft, the Boeing 787 ‘Dreamliner’ aircraft will come outfitted with an Android powered entertainment system.  This system is both touch and non touch based.

The bulk of the system will be run on servers running Android as well as the screens mentioned above.  These screens will be available from economy through first and business class suites.  Only two vendors have been selected (currently) to provide the servers and touchscreens for the Dreamliner, Panasonic and Thales.

Screen sizes will range from 7 inches up to 17 inches.  The smaller screen sizes will most likely end up being touch enabled and found in the more conventional seating areas (coach and business) whereas the larger screens will NOT be touch enabled.  The reason?  Distance from the screen.  Instead of touch the controls will be handled by gestures.

Boeing historically has allowed airlines to choose from a long list of providers for their entertainment systems, touch screens, and other options – but in an effort to minimize cost and production delays (of which there have been many) that option is not available with the aircraft.

Believe me, I’m scouring all of my contacts at Panasonic looking for the possibility of in-home testing of both the Android servers as well as the gesture controlled screens.

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Boeing kitting out its Dreamliner 787 with Android-based touchscreens

Air industry giant Boeing is the latest to turn to Android in order to smarten up its multimedia options, with the company announcing plans to install Android-based entertainment systems in its next-gen Dreamliner 787 jet.

Music, video and custom apps will be delivered to passengers taking trips on Dreamliners, with screen size varying depending on which class you’re flying in. All 787s in production will have Android-based touchscreens installed, according to a Boeing spokesman.

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The first Dreamliners are due to be delivered to carriers starting from the end of this month. Link via Frandroid and the very interesting ABT.

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Android gets the nod for in-flight entertainment on Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Boeing has been working in the 787 Dreamliner for a long time now. After lots of delays one version of the aircraft is finally cleared to be delivered to buyers by the FAA. Today we have learned that Boeing, the maker of the 787 Dreamliner has chosen the Android operating system to provide passengers with in-flight entertainment like music, video, and apps. The OS may even provide airline-specific apps to passengers.

The news comes by way of Mark Larson at Boeing. The massive airliner will be fitted with Android-based servers and touchscreens. Panasonic is the company that built the screens for the Dreamliner and each seat from first class to economy will have the screen on the back. The screens in business class and first class will be non-touch because the screens will be too far away to reach them.

Apparently testing is going on for gesture based screens for those seats. Boeing already has 820 orders for the giant 787 and the Android choice locks competitors out of the airline industry in at least the 787. I think that Android screens with games, streaming video, and the ability to chat with folks on the ground will make flights much less tedious.

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Android SDK add-on brings Market one step closer to your Google TV

We knew the Android Market was coming to Google TV and yesterday product manager Ambarish Kenghe announced the tools to make it a reality. The Google TV add-on to the Android SDK has been released to developers so they can begin the process of porting their apps to your 40-inch flatscreen. At the moment, only developers using Linux with KVM can use the kit but Kenghe says they’re working on support for other platforms. Apps that require unsupported tech like touchscreens won’t be visible on the market, so developers need to make sure their software is optimized for TVs before they make their living-room debut. Hammer your finger on the source link below for the inside skinny from Mr Kenghe himself.

Android SDK add-on brings Market one step closer to your Google TV originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 23 Aug 2011 09:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Minecraft Pocket Edition hits Android Market, only Xperia Play users need apply

Just a couple months after making its grand debut at this year’s E3, Minecraft has finally made its way to the Android Market, much to the delight of cube enthusiasts and time-wasters everywhere. With this new, Pocket Edition app, Mojang is hoping to faithfully recreate the Minecraft experience on mobile platforms, with a special emphasis placed on the game’s creative side. In version Alpha 0.1, users will be able to explore randomized worlds, invite friends to play along in their worlds and save multi-player realms directly to their phones — all while manipulating 36 different kinds of blocks from the comfort of their touchscreens. For now, the game will only be available for Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Play, though Mojang plans to release it for other Android handsets “in the near future.” You can grab it now for $6.99, or swerve past the break for more information, in the full press release.

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Minecraft Pocket Edition hits Android Market, only Xperia Play users need apply originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 16 Aug 2011 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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[App] ThickButton Keyboard – Helps Predict the Keys You Actually Will Need

We have found so many various keyboards out there lately that it baffles me on why I have seen them before. ThickButton Keyboard actually stands out from the rest for one reason and one reason only, it makes the on screen keys bigger. Don’t be fooled, it doesn’t make all the keys bigger, it will predict what letters could be the next possible ones to use and enlarges them for you.  This is particularly hand for people sporting a screen only device that have larger fingers than most.

 

A keyboard that predicts the buttons you need and enlarges them.

ThickButtons is an on-screen keyboard that makes it easy to type on touchscreens. As you type a word, ThickButtons enlarges and highlights useful buttons and shrinks useless ones. Make sure you install ThickButtons properly, check the installation guide at ThickButton.com.

This is a pretty cool concept for a keyboard. It should make some peoples lives a little easier that struggle with smaller keys. Have a look below for all the download information.

Summary and Downloads:

Application: ThickButton Keyboard
Developer: BrightSide Software
Cost: FREE

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Lenovo officially announces pair of Android tablets

IdeaPad K1 is the first Honeycomb tablet with Netflix

Lenovo K1 IdeaPad and Thinkpad

Lenovo this morning officially unwrapped a pair of Android Tablets — the IdeaPad K1 and ThinkPad. Both tablets spot a 10.1-inch touchscreens *at 1280×800), NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 processor and Android 3.1. The IdeaPad K1 — which we spotted a day early at Office Depot in New York — weighs 1.63 pounds and is the first Honeycomb tablet with Netflix support along with HDMI out.

The ThinkPad expands on the IdeaPad, adding an optional stylus, full-size USB port, full-size SD card and mini HDMI, plus a wealth of software options key to enterprise.

The 32GB IdeaPad K1 is available today for $499 in the U.S., and worldwide sometime in the third quarter.

The 16GB ThinkPad is $479 without the stylus, $509 with the stylus, and a 32GB version is available for $589 with the stylus. It’ll be available starting Aug. 2.

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Sony’s S2 tablet headed to AT&T, will sport HSPA+

 

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Sony’s S2 tablet, which posed for some close up shots the other day, is headed to AT&T. The carrier announced this morning that upon launch, the dual-screen device will work on their 4G HSPA+ network.

The S2 sports two 5.5-inch touchscreens, which can be used separately or as one large canvass. (Sound familiar?) Pricing will be announced at launch, which is unknown as well.

AT&T is vamping up its 4G offering and more tablets is the next logical step. Look for the S2 tablet "later this year." See the full press release after the break.

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KDDI haptic smartphone prototype promises up to seven layers of touch, only shows off two

Ah, another possibly vaporous, yet intriguing addition to a long line of haptic patents and prototypes. Today’s offering: a KDDI smartphone mockup (utilizing Kyocera display technology) promising to render sensation through multiple layers of applied touchscreen pressure. Imagine depressing a camera shutter on a touchscreen, and you’ve got the idea. KDDI only had a screen sporting two haptic layers on hand when they demoed the prototype at Wireless Japan this week, but Kyocera reportedly told Akihabara News that the technology is capable of up to seven layers of tantalizing touch. Neat. Maybe we’ll get a few authentic haptic touchscreens on the market and do away with all the vibrational fakery we’ve been seeing.

KDDI haptic smartphone prototype promises up to seven layers of touch, only shows off two originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 26 May 2011 07:44:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Hands-on with the second-gen Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini and Mini Pro

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In a time when phones seem to only be getting bigger, it’s fun to see something like Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Mini and Mini Pro. When we first saw these phones a year or so at Mobile World Congress, they were pretty much a novelty, tiny little things. But they grew in popularity, and just last week SE announced a refresh.

The new Mini and Mini Pro now sport 3-inch touchscreens at 320×480 resolutions, up from the 2.5-inch, 320×240 screens of old. The Mini Pro’s gotten a keyboard refresh, too, and we’re just fine with that.

Check out our full hands on with video and a slew of pics after the break.


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Samsung claims three million pre-orders in place for Galaxy S II

Samsung has today issued some data about its Galaxy S II Android phone, claiming that, around the world, three million of the hot new mobile phones have been ordered in by retailers as of the end of April.

That sounds like a lot. We can only count up to about 1000 before getting bored. Here’s a woman in the Galaxy S II factory:

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What a great photo. She’s wearing gloves with one finger missing for checking the touchscreens. And she can do two at once. Or maybe one’s a special reference model she compares the others against? So many more questions than answers.

Here’s the announcement. It comes via the Korean office, so is a little bit oddly worded:

Samsung Galaxy S2 Has Reached the Mark of 3,000,000 Pre-orders Globally

Samsung Electronics’ flagship smartphone Galaxy S II is becoming a global buzzword right after its release. Samsung Electronics said that its newest smartphone Galaxy S ll has reached 3,000,000 pre-orders globally as of the end of April.

The number of the pre-orders seems very likely to increase as Galaxy S ll is planned to release in 120 countries by some 140 carriers. IT product review channel Engadget praised Galaxy S II as “the best Android smartphone yet, but more importantly, it might well be the best smartphone.” Another IT channel Slashgear also reviewed that Galaxy S II’s 4.3 Inch Super AMOLED Plus is the most advanced OLED Panel technology.

Officials at Samsung Electronics mentioned that “There are quite a few demands in some countries to ask for preferred orders for the supply of Galaxy S II,“ adding that “We will do our utmost best to ensure that all the global demands should be met as quickly as possible.”

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LG Genesis coming to US Cellular, enV Pro rising from Verizon’s ashes

Hey enV fans, remember when Verizon scrapped its Android-based enV Pro citing a failure to impress? Fortunately, US Cellular is keeping the QWERTY clamshell’s tradition alive with its appropriately named Genesis. Historically a feature phone, this LG is being reborn as a full-fledged smartphone, complete with Android 2.2, dual 800 x 480 touchscreens and a 1GHz Snapdragon processor. You’ll find a familiar 3.5-inch display on the front, and a smaller 3.2-inch landscape screen positioned above the keyboard. The Genesis packs a 5 megapixel camera and supports DLNA sharing, though its camcorder only supports VGA resolution — so you might want to reconsider streaming those videos to the big screen. As an added bonus, the phone serves as a mobile hotspot for up to five devices, though its price may be hard to swallow — it retails for $249 on contract. Knowing the high cost of nostalgia, who’s in on this one?

LG Genesis coming to US Cellular, enV Pro rising from Verizon’s ashes originally appeared on Engadget Mobile on Thu, 05 May 2011 16:05:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sony Ericsson launches next-generation Xperia Mini, Xperia Mini Pro

Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini and Mini Pro

Sony Ericsson just announced its next generation of Xperia Mini and Mini Pro Android Smartphones. Following up on the devices announced last year at Mobile World Congress (Xperia Mini, Xperia Mini Pro), the phones each sport 3-inch touchscreens (at 320×480 resolution) and are running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor.

Put it this way: With 5MP cameras and Sony’s Bravia display engine tucked in there for good measure, you’ve got the world’s smallest 720p video shooters. The Xperia Mini weighs just 94 grams, and the Mini Pro follows suit at 136 grams.

Need more? Full pressers and specs are after the break.

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Sony S1 and S2 Android 3.0 tablets get official: due Fall 2011 [Video]

Sony has announced two Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablets, currently codenamed S1 and S2, which it promises are optimized for “rich media entertainment” and “mobile communication and entertainment” respectively. Each set to launch globally in fall 2011, the S1 has a single 9.4-inch touchscreen, while the S2 has two 5.5-inch touchscreens and a clamshell form-factor.

There’s also WiFi and 3G/4G support, depending on region and networks available, while the S1 will also have an infrared transmitter allowing it to be used as a huge universal remote. DLNA support on both models allows users to stream their content to compatible TVs.

The S2 will be able to either spread apps and content across both displays, or show a virtual keyboard or other controls on the bottom panel. There’ll also be Qriocity streaming media and PlayStation Suite gaming to be had, though right now Sony isn’t talking about any more specifications and even the designs you see in these images is subject to change.

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Press Release:

Sony Announces Optimally Designed “Sony Tablet” with Android 3.0 that Complements Network Services for an Immersive Entertainment Experience

~Also strengthening VAIO in expanding PC markets~

Sony Corporation (“Sony”), announces “Sony Tablet” that delivers the perfect combination of hardware, content and network with seamless usability for a high-quality, engaging entertainment experience. Based on decades of engineering heritage, Sony is developing two tablets with unprecedented design, including S1 (codename) which is optimized for rich media entertainment and S2 (codename) which is ideal for mobile communication and entertainment. “Sony Tablet” will become available in the global market starting in fall 2011.

“Sony Tablet” is equipped with the latest Android 3.0 which is designed for devices with larger screen sizes, particularly tablets. Both tablets are WiFi and WAN (3G/4G) compatible and users can not only browse the internet or check e-mail but they can also smoothly access digital content including videos, games and books through Sony’s premium network services and more, on-the-go at any time.

S1 has a 9.4-inch display for enjoying the web and rich content on a large screen. Its off-center of gravity design realizes stability and ease of grip as well as a sense of stability and lightness, offering comfortable use for hours.

S2 has two 5.5-inch displays that can be folded for easy portability. In contrast to existing tablets, its unprecedented dual screen presentation and usability allows its displays to be combined and used as a large screen or for different functions such as playing video on one screen while showing control buttons on the other.

“‘Sony Tablet’ delivers an entertainment experience where users can enjoy cloud-based services on-the-go at any time. We’re aiming to create a new lifestyle by integrating consumer hardware, including ‘Sony Tablet’ with content and network,” said Kunimasa Suzuki, Corporate Executive, SVP, and Deputy President of Consumer Products & Services Group.

“Android 3.0 is a new version of the Android platform with a new holographic user interface that is designed from the ground up for devices with larger screen sizes, particularly tablets. I’m excited about “Sony Tablet” as it will further spur the development of applications and network offerings which users are looking for.” said Andy Rubin, Senior Vice President, Mobile, Google Inc.

Also, in the mobile computing category, the market for PCs which realize high productivity is expected to steadily grow, particularly in emerging markets. Therefore, Sony will also remain committed to strengthening its VAIO brand and introduce increasingly compelling products which offer new value propositions to the market.

“Sony Tablet” features.

■Designed for portability and intuitive gripping
With its off-center of gravity form factor, the 9.4-inch S1 offers stability and a sense of lightness, offering comfortable use for hours.
The dual screen S2 comes with two 5.5-inch displays which can be used together as one large screen to browse websites and more. They can also be used for different functions as users can watch a video on one screen and input commands on the other, or check email on one screen and use the other as a soft keyboard.

■Seamless Usability and Performance
Through Sony’s knowhow for combining hardware and software, “Sony Tablet” realizes optimal usability and performance. Because of Sony’s rapid response technologies, users can perform smooth, quick touch-screen operations and enjoy fast and efficient website loading. The keyboard arrangement is also optimized for the large screen, making email and SNS communication a breeze.

■Rich entertainment experiences through various network services
Through Qriocity1 music and video services, users can enjoy rich video and music content. Also, through PlayStation®Suite, users can immerse themselves in high quality first generation PlayStation® titles. Additionally, users can easily download ebook content from Reader™Store2 and use both tablets as digital reading devices. The integration with various services allows users to take their entertainment experiences on-the-go. Furthermore, “Sony Tablet” is equipped with functionality that organizes content for easy access.

■Remote access functionality with AV devices
Through “Sony Tablet”, users can control home entertainment devices as well as enjoy content in new ways. S1 uses infrared technology and works as universal remote controls for a variety of AV devices starting with . Users can perform functions like turning on their TVs, changing the channel and adjusting the volume. Also, through DLNA functionality on “Sony Tablet”, users can “throw” personal content to large screen televisions or music to wireless speakers.

In 2010, Sony launched a network platform called “Qriocity” which connects many of Sony’s network-enabled devices, and has been expanding its services into global markets. Also, Sony Computer Entertainment has been providing various contents and services for PlayStation users through PlayStation®Network, which now has over 75 million registered accounts (as of March 20, 2011) worldwide.

Simultaneously, Sony will continue to announce various devices which leverage these services. Starting in early 2011, Sony Computer Entertainment announced the next-generation portable entertainment system (codename: NGP) while Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications brought “Xperia™PLAY” to the market. Sony is introducing “Sony Tablet” to deliver an entertainment experience which integrates hardware with network services that deliver rich content.

With the establishment of Consumer Products and Services Group in April 2011, Sony will focus on accelerating the development of innovative next generation products and aim to deliver a new lifestyle by strengthening the integration of hardware and network services.

1 In markets where service is available
2 In markets where service is available

“Sony Tablet”, “Qriocity” and “Reader” are trademarks of Sony Corporation
VAIO and are registered trademarks of Sony Corporation
PlayStation is a trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
Xperia is a trademark of Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB.
Android is a trademark of Google Inc.

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BlackBerry Bold Touch previewed in leaked tutorials: prepare to pinch-to-zoom (updated)

A slew of leaked video tutorials for upcoming BlackBerry devices is finally giving us a glimpse into what RIM has in store to keep its diehard fans from ditching the platform. Among some more video of the all-touchscreen BlackBerry Monaco / Touch, we’re finally seeing how the popular Bold form factor will benefit from some touchscreen magic in the aptly named Bold Touch. We’re longtime fans of the traditional form factor, but if anything, the addition looks to be more trouble than it’s worth. Like its sliding cousin, the Torch, touch input seems even more gimmicky given that all the same functions can be performed using the familiar (and beloved) optical trackpad — which doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. Sure, touchscreens are all the rage these days and pinch-to-zoom is nice, but we can’t help but wonder if RIM is simply killing time until its dual-core QNX-equipped phones hit unsuspecting BBM’ers. Of course, the company has been impressing us with its use of touch on the Playbook, so there’s no telling what it might have in store come BlackBerry World. You can peep the Monaco action after the break, or check out a torrent of others at the source link as well.

[Thanks, Reagan M.]

Update: Uh oh, looks like the original Monaco video got yanked, but fret not, as Crackberry has just posted some more clips — we got one of the new ones after the break as well.

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BlackBerry Bold Touch previewed in leaked tutorials: prepare to pinch-to-zoom

A slew of leaked video tutorials for upcoming BlackBerry devices is finally giving us a glimpse into what RIM has in store to keep its diehard fans from ditching the platform. Among some more video of the all-touchscreen BlackBerry Monaco / Touch, we’re finally seeing how the popular Bold form factor will benefit from some touchscreen magic in the aptly named Bold Touch. We’re longtime fans of the traditional form factor, but if anything, the addition looks to be more trouble than it’s worth. Like its sliding cousin, the Torch, touch input seems even more gimmicky given that all the same functions can be performed using the familiar (and beloved) optical trackpad — which doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. Sure, touchscreens are all the rage these days and pinch-to-zoom is nice, but we can’t help but wonder if RIM is simply killing time until its dual-core QNX-equipped phones hit unsuspecting BBM’ers. Of course, the company has been impressing us with its use of touch on the Playbook, so there’s no telling what it might have in store come BlackBerry World. You can peep the Monaco action after the break, or check out a torrent of others at the source link as well.

[Thanks, Reagan M.]

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Touchscreens may do double duty as solar panels

French company Wysips is working on a new technology which would cause smartphone touchscreens to do double duty as solar panels to recharge phones. The concept is quite interesting as it involves laying an ultra thin transparent photovoltaic film layer on top of the cellphone display screen. The film would capture energy not only from the sun, but any nearby light source. Projected recharge times would be about six hours from direct sunlight and a few hours longer from leaching energy from indoor lights. Wysips is already at work on the second generation of the technology, which looks to provide 30 minutes of talk time after just an hour in the sun.

On the whole, I’m not really a fan of mobile solar charging options, The main problem with a solar charger is that the sun moves constantly, and my experience has been that you have to move the charger every few minutes to keep it in the sun, and the trickle charge means you’re spending all day charging your phone. But I just this kind of out of the box thinking. With more people getting mobile phones and tablets, the drain on power grids is increasing. So, adding the ability for the phone to independently charge from the sunlight means they can help pull their own weight, and you wouldn’t have to bring along a separate charger or move it around.

And the ability to charge in indoor light is a real plus. The phone would be constantly charging as light falls on the screen, meaning it would be topping off it’s energy as the phone just sits inactive. And word is that Wysips is working with cellphone manufacturers and mobile display companies to incorporate the new technology into future designs, so we may see it sooner, rather than later. Imagine this in tablets, laptops, even laid in the hoods and tops of cars. It’s certainly a splendid development if it pays off.

Tres Bien!

[via GizmoWatch]

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Kyocera Echo dual-screen Android phone available on Sprint on April 17

Sprint Kyocera Echo

Sprint this afternoon announced that the Kyocera Echo — the dual-screen Android 2.2 device it announced last month in New York City — will be available for purchase starting April 17. It’ll cost you $199.99 with a two-year contract. In exchange, you’ll get a pair of 3.5-inch touchscreens that have the ability to work together as a 4.7-inch (diagonal) screen, or separately, running apps independently. Be sure to check out our complete coverage and hands-on from Sprint’s event in February. Preorders start March 26 at Sprint.com/echo. [Sprint]

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