Tegra 2 Dual-Core Optimus 2X Announced By LG

We all knew that this was coming, but LG has officially announced their Tegra 2 dual-core Android device.  The Optimus 2X has been known by the LG Star until today, and this device looks like it is going to be a power house.  The specs on this device are…

  • 1Ghz Dual-core Processor (NVIDIA Tegra 2)
  • 4-inch WVGA screen
  • Android 2.2 (Froyo), upgradeable to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • 8GB memory (up to 32GB via microSD)
  • 1,500 mAh battery
  • 8 megapixel rear camera and 1.3 megapixel front camera
  • HDMI mirroring
  • 1080p MPEG-4/H.264 playback and recording

Now as rumored the Optimus 2X will be available in Asia and Europe first, and LG will be at CES in January, so hopefully we will be able to bring you some more news and photos then.

Have any of you been waiting to upgrade or get your first Android device for a dual-core device?  Please let us know by dropping a comment or by heading over to the Androidnerds Forums

Source: Android Central

Dolphin Mini Beta Browser Now Available In The Market

If you aren’t a fan of the standard browser on Android and are looking for something new to try, the Dolphin Mini beta browser is now available in the market.  We had previously seen some shots of the testing phase, but it is now in an open testing phase.  The developers wanted to create a fast browsing experience with a nice UI that didn’t take up a huge amount of space.  The key features of the browser are…

  • Speed through the web
  • Browse with ease
  • New fresh UI
  • Speed Dial Homepage
  • Infinite tabs browsing
  • Innovative Menu design
  • Powerful tool box
  • Gesture commands

I would definitely give this browser a shot if you are looking for a change, with some speed increases.  Now please remember that this is still in beta and will most likely contain some bugs, so please report any issues to the Dolphin team and let us and your fellow nerds know by heading over to the Androidnerds Forums

Market Link

Source: Android Central

Gingerbread To Hit AOSP Sooner Than Expected

Since the annoucement of the Nexus S and Gingerbread, all of us rooted users have been wondering when we will see our favourite ROM chefs cooking up a Gingerbread build. Well according to Google employee Jean-Baptiste Queru, we will see Gingerbread go to the AOSP soon after the Nexus S starts to ship.  Now this is much earlier than anyone expected…. but we’re not complaining.  What this really means is that guys like CyanogenMod can get it and start making their magic.  Again there is no firm date on how soon “soon” is, but hopefully we will see it within the next couple of weeks.

Source:Android Central

Android Malware On The Rise

As more and more people begin to use a handheld device, rather than a pc to carry out their daily routine, so do thieves. As the title states, Malware attacks are higher than ever on Android. They are Up almost 33% from last year. Thieves seem to be noticing that more can be achieved from hacking a handheld.

I’m offereing a bit of forewarning. Do some research before downloading. Check the permissions for the app. Read the reviews. Be careful.

How do you feel about the security of your device? As always, leave a comment for me or jump in the forums headfirst!

Honeycomb Will Not Require Physical or Capacitive Buttons

Seen above is the rumored Moto tablet running Honeycomb. As per the Andy Rubin Interview, the new OS will not require Physical/capacitive buttons. Rather than using these buttons, The team at Android has incorporated the three small icons in the lower left part of the screen. These will be part of the UI and will give the user quick access to Home, Back, and Menu, regardless of screen orientation.

Seems like a step in the right direction for Android. Nice Work!

What do you think of the buttonless possibilities? Let us know in a comment below, or head over to the Forums.

HTC To Release 4G LTE devices during Q2 of 2011

This may be a marketing ploy on HTCs part, but the manufacturer has announced that they will not release a 4G LTE device until mid 2011. This is strange, as we have had many leaked pictures of the Mecha in the wild. Only time will tell…

Source: Android Central

Best Buy selling Dell Streak for $99

Best Buy has lowered the price for the Dell Streak for the holiday season. If you were hesitant to pick one up before, you have no excuse left. The only stipulation is the two year contract with AT&T.

Will you be getting the new Dell device offering? Let us know below, or in the AndroidNerds Forums.

Facebook For Android Updated With Chat and Push Notification

Coming to Android from a Blackberry the one thing that I truly miss is push notification.  Well the update to the Android Facebook app today has put a smile on my face!  Not only does the app now include chat, but with the addition of push notification, v1.5 is a huge step up for all Android users that are fans of the social media giant.  I have not had a chance to test out the new additions, as I am updating as I type, but I’m sure that they will make a great improvement.

So if any of you have updated to the latest version please let us know what you think of it by dropping us a comment or by heading over to the Androidnerds Forums

Source: Phandroid

Google Acquires Zetawire: A Mobile Payment Based Company

So while we were all looking the other way Google managed to perform a very stealthy acquisition of a small Toronto based company named Zetawire.  Now what Zetawire does is mainly based in mobile payments, and while they only hold one noteworthy patent, it is one that may help Google with the NFC (Near Field Communication) technology that is being highlighted in the Nexus S.  The patent in question is described as “a payment system, an advertising system, and an identity management system”.  Now if you look at this from the marketing perspective, this type of acquisition could help Google push the NFC chip technology into the mainstream, as it has existed for quite some time but has never taken off in a mobile phone.

Now some of you might be aware of the fact that currently the Nexus S’s NFC chip will only pull information in put will not transmit anything, and Google has said that they are looking into making that a feature very soon.  Personally I am still on the fence regarding the NFC chip, as I want to be 100% sure that no one can grab any information that I am not wanting transmitted.  Hopefully we will see Google come out with some new and exciting ways to take advantage of the NFC chip in the near future.

Are any of you concerned about security breaches with the NFC technology? Or are you excited to see what becomes of it? Please drop us a comment or head over to the Androidnerds Forums and let us know.

Source: Android Central

Skype for Android Updated With Ability to Move To SD

If you are like me and are always talking to people on Skype and have always been a little shocked by the size of the Android app, to day is the day to rejoice.  The Skype app has been updated and is now available in the market, and the best thing is that you can now move the app to your SD card (as long as you are running Froyo).  And while the app has been severally downsized to just around 1mb, if your Android phone does not have a huge internal memory that 1mb is very important.  I haven’t really noticed any major changes to the UI or the settings, but if you find anything please let us know byt dropping a comment or by heading over to the Androidnerds Forums. If you don’t already have Skype installed and are just going to update, here is the Market Link.

Source: Android Central