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LG's Android Phone By June; 2 More Later, Skype and Nokia, Android Apps Return Policy, Acer's 4 Newer Phones

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LG recently announced that their first Android-running phone will be out by June. Another 2 Android phones will be released by the end of the year. There is no confirmed word yet, if it will be the LG KS360, but it could still be a possibility. LG should have made this switch sooner, since Windows Mobile 6.1 is full of fail. WinMo 6.5 should be a decent improvement though.

Skype has recently announced their partnership with Nokia. Skype will be implemented on Nokia's future "high-end smartphones, the N-series, and the N97, Nokia's flagship device that will go on sale in June." This would be good for me because Skype-to-Skype calls would still be free, which is amazing. Me and my girlfriend would be able to call each other all the time, even if she's on residence. Too bad the N97 is being delayed until June.

There will be a 24-hour return policy on Android apps that you buy, unlike Apple's app store. If you aren't satisfied, you will be able to return the app and, in the process, get your money back.

Acer's made a lot of buzz announcing that their will be 8 new smartphones from them this year, plus their 2 Android phones. The other 4 WinMo 6.1 phones are on an earlier blog post and the new 4 Acer smartphones are the: F1, C1, L1 and E1. Acer kept their mouth shut about most specifications and the prototypes at MWC were turned off. But, Engadget does know that the F1 (that is in the picture being compared to the iPhone) boasts a 5MP camera, but lacks the "Windows Mobile 6.5-required hardware Start button." For a gallery of the 4 Acer phones go here, via Engadget.

LG's Android Phone By June; 2 More Later (and picture): http://www.engadget.com/2009/02/17/lg-plans-android-phone-by-june-two-more-by-end-of-year/
Skype and Nokia: http://blogs.zdnet.com/gadgetreviews/?p=1546
Android Apps Return Policy: http://i.gizmodo.com/5155142/android-market-policy-details-you-can-return-apps
Acer's 4 Newer Phones (and picture): http://www.engadget.com/2009/02/17/acers-four-other-phones-in-the-flesh-not-powered-on/

NVIDIA Tegra, Kristen Kreuk Playing Chun Li, Qualcomm and Nokia Partner Up, Blizzon 2009

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Yesterday, i mentioned that NVIDIA would be releasing a $99 MID (Mobile Internet Device) using their Tegra 600 series chips. Apparently, MID's in general are unimpressive because most mobile devices are capable of what MIDs do. NVIDIA claims that their MID, running Android, has a 10-hour battery life. Engadget tested out the unit that claimed to support 1080p video and said that it was "quite snappy." They also point out that NVIDIA's MID was the best out of all the other ones they tested out. You can check out the video here if you scroll down, via Engadget.

The gorgeous Kristen Kreuk will be playing the role of Chun Li in the upcoming Street Fighter movie. Although she may not have the same thunderous legs as Chun Li, Kreuk also admits that she doesn't physically look like Chun Li. But, i think the fans will be okay with that, since she'll be "the prettiest Chun Li to date." I hope the other Chun Li's don't feel offended. For some reason, i can't wait to watch this movie.

Nokia and Qualcomm have put aside their past issues and decided to work together. They've sued each other in the past, but not even that is going to stop them. Nokia mentioned at their keynote speech that they will be collaborating to make a phone that will be released in mid 2010. If you remember Qualcomm is the chipset maker for the Toshiba TG01. They're currently delivering 1GHz chips.

Blizzard's 4th Blizzcon's date was officially announced. The two-day event will be on August 21-22, later this year. All of you Starcraft, Warcraft and Diablo fans, look out! These tickets sell extremely fast, so you better keep a look out, if you want to get a spot.

NVIDIA Tegra (and picture): http://www.engadget.com/2009/02/17/nvidias-tegra-in-the-flesh-booting-to-android-and-pumping-out/
Kristen Kreuk Playing Chun Li (and picture): http://kotaku.com/5154795/whats-the-difference-between-kristin-kreuk--chun+li
Qualcomm and Nokia Partner Up: http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13970_7-10165960-78.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-5
Blizzcon 2009: http://www.pcworld.com/article/159678/blizzcon_2009_planned_for_august.html?tk=rss_news

Toshiba TG01 Hands-On, LG KT770, Acer Working On Two Android Phones, LG GC900, OmniaHD Touchscreen Blunders [Video]

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The folks at Engadget tried the Toshiba TG01 for themselves at MWC and have said a couple of things about the 4.1-inch touchscreen phone. The home screen is a customized WinMo home screen because WinMo's needed an obvious facelift. The thinness of this device made the iPhone look chubby at times and they also mentioned that gaming was fast because of the 1GHz Snapdragon processor. Engadget also mentions that we'll probably see changes from now until the summer release of the phone and they said that they should implement more 3G bands, other than the 2100MHz that is already included. I think this device looks sexy and if you want to see a video then go to this link and scroll down, via Engadget.

LG recently agreed to make 50 Windows Mobile phones, but this is one of their phones that won't be running Windows Mobile. Meet the LG KT770. It will run on Symbian S60 and will have a 5MP camera and a GPS. If you want to see the video here (scroll down too, via Engadget), you will see that the UI is quite responsive, but fails at times. LG will probably fix up its blunders before the actual release, so you shouldn't worry much.

More from Acer. The brand that gave you 4 disappointing WinMo 6.1 phones; they will also be releasing 4 more smartphones by the end of the year. They'll even throw in two more smartphones that will run WinMo Android. This picture shows us their so-called 'roadmap' for the rest of the year.

Look out for the LG GC900. It looks like a full touchscreen with an 8MP camera. That is all the information leaked about this phone and GSM Arena couldn't get a picture. LG is keeping their lips sealed about this phone.

The Samsung OmniaHD is Samsung's new touchscreen and the successor to, obviously, the Samsung Omnia. Well, the Omnia had some touchscreen issues and it looks like Samsung never really decided to fix the issue. If you watch the video below, you will see just how bad the touchscreen is again. It looks like a disappointment because the phone actually looks amazing. In addition, it can shoot 720p video. That's HD for ya. Anyways, i might as well post the video on here, since this is absolutely horrible. Why, Samsung, why? Here's the video, via Gizmodo.

How Not To Do Touch Technology from Gizmodo on Vimeo.

Toshiba TG01 (and picture): http://www.engadget.com/2009/02/17/toshiba-tg01-hands-on-and-video-walkthrough/
LG KT770 (and picture): http://www.engadget.com/2009/02/17/lg-doesnt-rock-the-winmo-boat-launches-s60-powered-kt770-on-th/
Acer Working On Two Android Phones (and picture): http://www.engadget.com/2009/02/17/acer-working-on-two-android-phones-to-launch-this-year/
LG GC900: http://www.gsmarena.com/lg_in_barcelona__km900_arena_gd900_gm730_gc900_and_the_rest-news-798.php
Samsung OmniaHD's Touchscreen Blunders (and video): http://i.gizmodo.com/5154841/how-not-to-make-a-touchscreen-phone

Samsung OmniaHD, LG GD900 Transparent Keypad, Acer To Unveil 8 Smartphones At MWC, Lenovo IdeaPad S20

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To answer Richard's question, it looks like 1080p on a small device might actually make a significant difference. One example would be using YouTube on an iPod Touch and watching "Jizz In My Pants" in HD and non-HD, you'll see a noticeable difference. Another example is looking at the OmniaHD and the Omnia. The OmniaHD's screen is significantly brighter, even on the default settings. The vibrant colours will also make the font's legibility better, but i think the Nvidia MIDs was just talking about video playback, so HD may not impact it much. Anyways, The beautiful colour of the flower on the OmniaHD just stands out!

I talked about Acer before and said that they were going to be releasing 4 new smartphones today and they pulled through. But, a new announcement says that they will release 8 new smartphones. So, the 4 from earlier today and 4 new ones to be released in the next couple of days. Hopefully, they won't all run on WinMo 6.1 or else that will be very disappointing.

The transparent keypad from LG will be sported on the LG GD900. Like you, i wanted another picture of this "transparent" keypad. Well, there it is for you. I'm curious to see the specs on this phone, but they [LG] still haven't revealed them. But, all you need to know is that the phone looks good. Now all we need is a video to see the supposed "glow" on this superb-looking phone.

So, the Lenovo will be releasing a 12-inch version of their IdeaPad netbook, dubbed the S20. They already have S10's which only sport 10-inch screens. Anyways, the S20's will "come equipped [with] an Atom N280 processor and Intel's GN40 chipset, along with Windows XP, and [will] cost about $586 [USD]." Hoorah!

Samsung OmniaHD (and picture): http://www.engadget.com/2009/02/16/samsung-omniahd-hands-on-now-with-more-touchwiz/
Acer To Release 8 New Smartphones: http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13970_7-10165218-78.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-5
LG GD900 (and picture): http://i.gizmodo.com/5154767/lg-gd900-phone-slides-to-reveal-a-see+thru-keypad
Lenovo IdeaPad S20 (and picture): http://www.engadget.com/2009/02/16/lenovo-said-to-be-prepping-12-inch-ideapad-s20-netbook/