LG eXpo Avatar promo video

Here’s a pormo video of AT&T’s LG eXpo (GW820)done by LG to pormote the device and James Cameron’s upcoming movie Avatar. The video goes on to show some unboxing action, UI walkthrough, Windows Mobile 6.5 and the Pico projector:

[flv:http://cdn.lgexpo.com/2/assets/phone/unboxing.flv 480 360]

Source: LG eXpo via WMPoweruser

Google launches Goggles visual search for Android, leaves Microsoft in the dust again

Google Goggles
Yesterday Google launched a new augmented reality app/service for Android called Goggles. This neat little thing lets you search by taking pictures of objects, locations, ladmarks or just by pointing out the camera (it will use the GPS & compass to locate you and display the results in the viewfinder). The Application is only available on Android right now, here’s how it works:

I would really like to know what Microsoft is thingking right now. Bill Gates demoed the same augmented reality tech 2 years ago during his last CES keynote. So far nothing close to it has come out of Redmond. Windows Mobile 7 better have this…

source: Google Goggles

Acer Liquid now available in the UK

Acer‘s first Android device, the Acer Liquid has now stated shippingin the UK; The first Android smartphone powered by a Qualcomm SnapDragon SOC (clocked @768Mhz) is available at Expansys for £339.99 and at Clove for £328. We should start seeing the first user reviews soon I guess. It’s kinda strange that the device is availalbe before any “official” review is even published…

Source: AcerLiquid Blog

Verizon Motorola Droid 2.0.1 update available now

For those who missed the “big” news, Verizon started pushing the Android 2.0.1 (AP:ESD56/BP:C_01.3E.01P) update to the Motorola Droid yesterday. The following enhancements to the Droid have been made:

- OS stability is improved.
- Battery life is improved.
- Camera auto focus functionality is improved, and time between
shots is reduced.
- Enhancements for three-way calling.
- Audio for incoming calls is improved.
- When receiving a call on call waiting, the speakerphone now
remains on.
- Bluetooth® functionality is improved; background echo is eliminated.
- Improved Bluetooth phone book transfer of contacts to in-vehicle
- Bluetooth solutions.
- After closing a GPS application, the GPS icon will now automatically
be removed from the notification panel.
- Users can now receive SMS and MMS messages after an EMS
message is received.
- SMS and MMS may now be sent to seven-digit addresses.
- Google® contact merging has been updated to accommodate
seven-digit numbers.
- Visual Voice Mail notices now arrive instantaneously.
- The corporate calendar widget user interface is updated.

For upgrade instructions click here

HTC Bravo / Passion render and release date speculation

AI.rscame through once again with a nice render of the HTC Bravo / Passion. The device doesn’t look as good as the HD2 though…Regarding the release date of the device, Digitimes is reporting that the Bravo (Passion in the US?) will be released in North America next month (January 2010). Take this with a grain of salt though, given that the previously leaked info states that the device is expected to be available in April 2010…

Source: AI.rs & Digitimes

Samsung B7610 OmniaPro reviewed

OmniaPro in hand
The boys at Pocketnow just posted their full review of Samsung’s B7610 OmniaPro a few minutes ago. It doesn’t seem like this device is ever going to make it out of Europe/Asia, so US folks will have to import it. Here are two videos of the device in action:

HomeScreen UI

Software Tour:

For many, the Samsung Omnia Pro B7610 isn’t an option because it’s only available at a high unlocked price right now. But for those that want an alternative to the Touch Pro2 in the form of a device that has an amazing screen and unbelievable battery life, the B7610 may be just the ticket. But for the rest of us that can get a Touch Pro2 on every major carrier at a lower subsidized price, it makes much more sense to go with the HTC.

The only thing I don’t agree with it that Brandon found the camera to be “mediocre”.Well based on the pictures and the video sample he posted it lloks on par and even better than other high-end smartphone (you know which ones Im talking about…). Read the whole thing here.

Source: Pocketnow