Toshiba Thrive arriving in the UK as the AT100

We learned yesterday that the possible replacement to the Toshiba Thrive was going to be called the Excite. Today we learn that Toshiba is not finished with the name changing game, and the Thrive will be known as the Toshiba AT100 when it launches in the UK.

The Thrive/AT100 will soon arrive in the UK with a 10.1-inch screen running 1280×800 resolution, Tegra 2 processor, full size HDMI port, two USB ports, 5MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, Android 3.1, and a claimed 7 hour battery life.

Toshiba is currently listing the AT100 with 16GB only – no word yet if the 8GB or 32GB models will be available as well.


Toshiba Thrive arriving in the UK as the AT100


Sony Ericsson Unveils Xperia Arc S

Considering that we haven't heard much out of SE the past few days save for a few rumored devices, we're delighted to see that they're showing off their latest device: The Xperia Arc S. Before we get into the specs, I just have to say that I hope Sony Ericsson doesn't follow the path of Samsung, with devices named Galaxy Q and Galaxy R with their Xperia Arc series. Now then, onto the interesting part:

  • 1.4GHz "turbo" processor
  • 4.2-inch 854 x 480 LED display with Mobile Bravia Engine
  • MicroHDMI out
  • Ability to take screenshots
  • 8.7mm thin
  • Curved design
  • Gingerbread
  • 8MP,  3D camera (more on that in a bit)
  • 512MB of RAM
  • Available in Pure White, Gloss Black, Misty Silver, Midnight Blue, and Sakura Pink for the ladies

Now, about the camera. The idea here is that the 8MP camera can take photos in 3D (SE used "panorama" quite a lot in the description of the photos). But since the Arc S's screen isn't a 3D display, the images are shown in 2D. When the device is plugged up to a 3D-capable TV via the MicroHDMI port, they're shown as 3D photos. So you can (sort of) take 3D photos, but you won't be able to view them without a 3D TV. The concept of a 3D camera on a non-3D device baffles us, but we'll leave such judgments to you.

No word on pricing or a release date, but we'll keep you posted as more news comes in. So, who's excited about the Xperia Arc S? Anyone else confused by the 3D concept? Drop a comment below!

Source Sony Ericsson

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Motorola DROID Bionic launch date confirmed for September 8, according to VZW Equipment Guide

Thanks to Droid Life, we are now able to confirm that the release date for the Motorola Droid Bionic. According to a Verizon Equipment Guide, the Bionic will “launch to all channels on September 8.”So come, next Thursday, you will finally be able to get your hands on this beast of a phone. There was no mention about if you’ll be able to reserve the phone prior to the release date. We’ll keep an eye on Big Red’s website if anything changes. Let us know if you find out before we do.

Choices, choices, and choices…Galaxy S II or the Droid Bionic? In the meanwhile, take a look at the specs below.

via Droid Life

Android Gains in the Last 3 Months as Much Market Share as Microsoft Has Left in Total

Android doesn’t seem to show any sign of slow-down, and the total subscribers base in USA has gained another 5.4% market share in the last 3 months alone, which is almost as much market share as Microsoft has left (5.7%) with both Windows Mobile 6 and WP7 – combined. Not only that, but that number is decreasing fast, even after the launch of WP7. Can Microsoft recover?

Disappointing launch

Although, I figured Android would continue to grow and that Microsoft was too late to the game to actually “beat” Android when Windows Phone 7 launched late last year, I still expected it to do much better than it did. Right now they have a little over 1% in global sales, which means the WP7 growth actually slowed down after launch, when it was like 2%. Even Steve Ballmer predicted in May last year that there will be 30 million new phones with either Windows Mobile or Windows Phone 7 on them by the end of 2011 (I’m guessing he was thinking more about WP7 doing that than Windows Mobile). But instead of WP7 compensating for Windows Mobile’s fall, it seems they are both in a fast decline.

What happened?

While Microsoft put a reported $500 million in promoting WP7, either in advertising or in getting developers to make apps for the platforms, and in getting manufacturers to make phones for them, things didn’t go as smoothly as they hoped they will. The WP7 is indeed quite different from iOS and Android and the other mobile operating systems out there, but does that necessarily translate into a product consumers want to buy? So far it doesn’t look like it. It may be that people go into a store, see 20 devices with icons and such, something they are familiar with, and then see the odd WP7 phone. Would they be compelled to go and try that first? Something tells me that because the OS is so different from what they know, if anything, they will save it for last, and be interested in it only if they like the hardware design.

No carrier love

Speaking of stores, apparently the carriers aren’t too excited about pushing WP7 either. They may want a 3rd alternative to Android and the iPhone, but that doesn’t mean they will risk their own money promoting a product that won’t sell. When Android launched it was different. Most of them didn’t even have the iPhone, because Apple made exclusive deals with carriers all over the world. So they desperately needed an alternative. Android offered them that alternative, and then some, with dozens of new devices coming out in the past 2 years. With so many devices to choose from, and looking different enough from each other to sway a consumer to buy one or the other, the carriers don’t feel particularly in a rush to support another OS.

Microsoft has one last chance with the launch of WP7 Mango and Nokia releasing their first WP7 phone. If that doesn’t make WP7 get back on track, it may be the end of WP7 and Microsoft playing the smartphone game.

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Toshiba Excite Tablet Pictured before IFA Debut

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Toshiba hasn’t quite taken the lid off their brand new Honeycomb tablet later this week at IFA, but the folks over at Notebook Italia went snooping around and were able to grab some shots of what could be known as the Toshiba Excite. Along with the images comes confirmation of microSD, microUSB, and mini HDMI ports. Rumors point to a dual-core 1.5GHz TI OMAP 4460 chipset calling the shots. More information will surely become available as the week progresses, but Toshiba’s new tablet isn’t looking too bad at first glance.

[via NotebookItalia]


HTC Sensation Getting Refreshed with Beats by Dr. Dre Tech, Hardware Bump

The HTC Sensation has joined the HTC Vigor and HTC Runnymede as two Android phones expected to offer Beats by Dr. Dre technology.  The Sensation? But I thought that was already out!  According to details obtained by CNET, HTC is looking to refresh the popular handset with new audio technology and earbuds, a faster processor (dual-core 1.5GHz), a bigger battery (1730mAH), and more internal storage space (4GB)!  Sounds like a brand new phone if you ask us.

No date or carrier information is available at this point but the (high) pricing indicates a UK launch is eminent.

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Review: Classic Notes for Android

If you haven't heard of Classic Notes by Fluffy Delusions, you're definitely missing out. Classic Notes is the most functional, usable, versatile app I've ever come across, and that's saying something. It allows the user to take notes and make to-do lists, as well as a host of other things. 

These include:

  • Dictionary
  • Conversions tool, that converts anything from Euros to wavelengths
  • Etymology
  • A list of U.S. holidays
  • Ohm's Law, for converting voltage, currents, and resistance
  • Postal code lookup
  • Question and answer
  • Random number generator
  • Slang dictionary
  • Spelling suggestions
  • Stopwatch
  • Thesaurus
  • URL shortener
  • Weather
  • Wikipedia lookup
  • Word of the day
  • Words that rhyme with _____
  • And much more

Now, if you're looking for a snazzy app that has a lot of colors, animations, and account syncing, you're in the wrong place. But Classic Notes provides a simple, clean interface that's fairly easy to use, and just looks nice.

While no cloud syncing exists as of yet, there is an option to backup a note or to-do list to your SD card, so not all is lost in the world of data management. Obviously, this means you can load notes from your SD card into the app to view and edit them to your heart's content. As for the general settings, users can change fonts, as well as font size, currency preferences, choose from U.S. or Metric measuring systems, and select their city for weather purposes.

How usable is the app? In my experience, Classic Notes is amazingly simple and easy to navigate. Once my mind was blown by all the extras within the app, I got down into the main purpose of the app: to take notes and create to-do lists. It exceeds at doing this, with a spell check feature, the ability to create events in Google Calendar, privacy settings, as well as the ability to attach a file. The file choices range from images to videos, and even to-do lists created within the app. Geotagging, QR code scanning, and Google Translate are just some of the added features that can be accessed when creating a note.

Users can share a note via Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Gmail, and more. There's also a search feature built in, for users that have numerous notes and to-do lists. As if that wasn't enough, the developers have added the ability to add a shortcut to a note or to-do list right to the homescreen, so you'll always have that grocery list handy.

Classic Notes is by no means the most pretty note-taking app out there. But it gets the job done, and has more extras than I've ever seen in an app. It doesn't suffer from any bugs that I could produce, which is surprising with so many features and extensions. If you're looking for an Android app to help you stay organized an on track, I highly encourage you to check out Classic Notes for yourself. It's a very handy tool to have in nearly any situation that requires some ingenuity.

So, if you'd like to give Classic Notes a shot, you can download the ad-supported version or the ad-free paid version below. For $1.99, you're really getting an amazing deal.

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HTC Sensation 2 Special Edition with Beats Audio details leak

Yes you read that title right, what we are hearing this evening is HTC is preparing to launch a HTC Sensation 2 SE or special edition with Beats Audio by Dr. Dre. First off I’m going to throw this instantly in the rumor mill for a few reasons. First being the Sensation hasn’t been out long enough to replace it, second being why call it special edition if all future HTC handsets are going to have the Beats Audio technology inside, just a thought.

This could be completely accurate, and might just be blowing smoke but over at CNET they apparently have all the details. What we can “expect” to see is a HTC Sensation 2 SE that will feature an upgraded 1.5 Ghz dual-core processor like what the HTC Jetstream will be powered by. That is faster than the original Sensation and its 1.2 Ghz CPU. It will feature the same 4.3″ qHD display but the leaked document says “advanced HD screen” which also makes it sound like someone is confused.

If the rumors are true we will be seeing the same 8MP camera on the rear, a slightly thicker design because they’ve also boosted the battery going from 1,520mAH to a more respectable 1,730mAh. It will be bundled with a nice set of Beats Audio headphones and may even have a Beats Audio logo on the rear or during the boot animation. While this all sounds nice I just don’t see the point, although it might get the Beats and HTC name out there together as one.

These details are just leaking so take it how you want. If we hear more we will be sure to report back. What do you guys think is this real, or just some rumor?

[via CNET]

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Android 2.3 Upgrade for Milestone 2 Confirmed for Q4

For those of you rocking a Motorola Milestone 2, Motorola Europe on Facebook has announced it will be receiving Android 2.3 in early Q4. The Facebook post also stated that timing details for each country would be shared closer to the update’s release. This is a pretty open ended post, so try to stay positive about this Gingerbread update actually being released this year. In any case, it’s still nice to see Gingerbread updates still coming and not leaving users that want it high and dry. I know not everyone is into rooting and loading ROMs on their devices. You can catch a shot of the Facebook post after the break.

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Android 2.3 Upgrade for Milestone 2 Confirmed for Q4