Motorola Shadows shows up at the Gym and on a Verizon flyer?

Did the rumored 4.3″ screen monster know as the Motorola Shadow get lost at the gym last night? This is what Gizmodo is reporting. Both devices look nearly identical (the one on the right is supposedly a Verizon flyer) and it can only be assumed that the handset is now on the way to be introduced to the world. A quick recap about the Shadow specifications: It supposedly has a 4.3″ screen like the HTC HD2 and HTC EVO 4G, and HDMI output, 720P recoding capabilities and a 8Mpix with dual-led flash, all running on Android.

Source: Gizmodo and Howardforums

Acer Stream Android handset hits the FCC

Looks like Acer’s upcoming high-end Android device has hi the FCC today. The Acer Stream (S110) was spotted last week during Google I/O event in California and apparently features the same basic specs as all the high-end Android device shipping lately: SnapDragon SoC, Big capacitive touchscreen and a 5Mpix camera capable of 720P video recording & and HDMI output. The device is rumored to launch in October with Android 2.1 on board (why not 2.2?).

Source: FCC via Androidguys Engadget

Robbie Bach and J. Allard are officially leaving Microsoft, Steve Ballmer now in charge of E&D division

Big shake up in Microsoft’s Entertainment and Devices division today: President Robbie Bach And Chief Experience Officer J.Allard are officially leaving the company. According to Microsoft, Senior Vice President Don Mattrick will continue to lead the Interactive Entertainment Business and Senior Vice President Andy Lees will continue to lead the Mobile Communications Business. Each will report directly to CEO Steve Ballmer effective July 1. Big news here IMO and I got to give props to Steve Ballmer for the bold move. It’s a shame that Allard has to go (he will still assume an advisor role for the company) but Microsoft has to trim down the fat and focus on shipping competitive products in a timely fashion. The fact that Steve Ballmer will be directly involved with E&D signals the start of a new era for Microsoft: A Microsoft that is no longer an IT oriented business but also a consumer company. Read the full Email that Steve Ballmer sent to the trrops and Press release after the break:

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Adobe Reader for Android released

Adobe has just released a official PDF reader for Android today that can be download for free on the Android Market. No big news here given that all Android handsets sold by HTC come with the same application (although this one seems to be updated with a new UI layout) but many Android user with Motorola Droid and Nexus Ones can now finally access pdf docs on their handsets. The Adobe Reader is only compatible with Android 2.1. Check out the video below:
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LG Optimus (LU2300) Android smartphone released in Korea

Looks like the LG-LU2300 now known as the LG Optimus is finally available in South Korea. Unfortunately I can’t read Korean but from what I gathered the Optimus is currently shipping with Android 1.6 and features a custom Augmented Reality application. The specs are the following:

- SnapDragon SoC
- Android 2.1
- 3.5? AMOLED touch screen
- WVGA (800X480) resolution
- Sliding-QWERTY keypad
- See the track, spin the pad mounted
- 5Mp camera equipped with 720p Geo-tagging video capture
- Divx HD-class video playback
- GPS
- Wi-fi
- DMB-TV tuner
- Built-in Augmented reality app

Check out the video presentation after the break:

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Take 2: Android 2.2 browser on the Nexus One vs the iPhone and HTC HD2

My man Brandon at Pocketnow has posted follow up to his Android 2.2 browser performance video. As we have noticed in the previous video, enabling the Flash 10.1 plugin on the Nexus One resulted in poor page loading performances. To fix this the user has the choice to select “on-demand” in the Enable Plug-ins menu settings of the browser to have the ability to to manually load the flash content on a specific page (the plugin was previously loading all the Flash content by default) and finally experience the speed boost that Google promised in Android 2.2. Check out the video after the break:

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HTC EVO 4G video review

WireFly has just posted a 15 mmintue slong video review of the HTC EVO 4G. You will get to see a walkthrough of the Sense UI and all the major features like the browser, camera and YouTube application. nothing really new obviously but if you are interested in seeing how the EVO 4G performs you can check out the video below:

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