Android Phones, Info and Apps

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Today at the Florida Educational Technology Conference Brainchild, a maker of hand-held learning devices, introduced their Android tablet Kineo – the first educational Android tablet in the world. Brainchild say that the tablet is specifically created for use of teachers and their students for use in the teaching process, without having the teachers to check constantly whether the students are doing the tasks or texting. The modified Android OS lets you open only websites, pre-programmed by the administrator or the teacher. The messaging capabilities have also been disabled.

Kineo features a 7-inch super heavy-duty touch screen rated to handle 500,000 impressions, running at resolution of 800×480 pixels display, 800MHz processor, 2GB internal memory (no word if SD card slot will be available or not), Wi-Fi, HDMI out (a good idea so the teacher could show the content of their device to everyone via a projector) and last but not least – 4500mAh battery, that promises  to keep Kineo running for up to 10-12 hours. Unfortunally, there is no word on OS version and the third party software, preinstalled on the tablet.

“Learning devices need to enhance instruction, not be a distraction. With over 15 years of experience in developing handhelds and software for schools, we know how to make a tablet device suited to a teacher’s needs for individualized instruction.” says Jeff Cameron, president of Brainchild.

The orders will be taken from starting today for the first shipment in March. The price of Kineo is 299.99$

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There were some rumors around the web about the new upcoming Android flagship of Sony Ericsson – Anzy X12. According to the leaks from last weeks, it should have been packed with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. But now there is some additional information, which the guys from Mobile-Review has posted, which reveals that X12 will come equipped with Android 2.2 instead of Gingerbread. It’s a bit odd decision for SE, but maybe this is their policy – they released X10 family with Android 1.6 and update to Android 2.1 is just on its way now (when most people are looking forward to Gingerbread already). And now releasing a new device with FroYo – probably SE should revise their OS policy and make their users happy, releasing the new versions of Android a bit more faster, otherwise they could face a drawback in sells.

Taking a look at the rest of the rumored specifications, Anzu X12 should have the Qualcomm MSM7230 (code named Scorpion) processor, running at frequency of 800MHz. Probably many of you would say “Why are they going down from 1GHz in X10 to 800MHz here?” but I’m sure that  our overclock-oriented readers will be happy with this processor. Some time ago the guys at XDA developers have managed to overclock the Scorpion processor in T-Mobile G2 to the astonishing 1.9GHz frequency, making about 2800 Quadrant score. The rest rumored specs include a 4.3-inch screen at resolution of 854×480 pixels and breathtaking 12MP video camera (my 700$ DSLR is not that much). Stay tuned for more information about Sony Ericsson’s new handset.

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After numerous rumors and leaks around the web about the upcoming Acer’s Android powered handset Liquid Metal (it’s a pretty cool name, it’s a pity the hardware is not as cool). But now Acer have officially presented the phone, announcing that it will hit the market shelves in November for a price of 299 pounds in the UK.

The device itself has a 3.6-inch (a bit unusual size) capacitive touchscreen, an 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7230 processor, support for WiFi 802.11 b/g/n networks, a 5MP camera with autofocus and LED flash, capable of recording a 720p HD video. The user interface on top of Android is Breeze UI. It offers applications like SocialJogger, which combines your Facebook and Twitter profiles together, which has become something common nowadays. A good thing for music lovers is that you have the ability to play your songs with EQ profiles and Dynamic Bass Boost.

An interesting thing is that the Applications’ drawer and notification bar are combined into one item at the bottom part of the screen. An interesting solution, making us wonder how the notifications would be handled, but let’s hope that soon there will be hands-on video from Acer.

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