Boeing launching Android smartphone for US defense and security market

Stemming from reports earlier this week from National Defense Magazine, a Boeing spokesperson confirmed to Geekwire this morning that the aerospace and defense company is developing an Android device for the United States government security and defense markets:

“We are developing a trusted mobile device that will serve the US Government Defense and Security market, which require a higher level of security than is currently available in the commercial marketplace.”

According to the earlier reports from National Defense, Boeing Network and Space Systems President Roger Krone expects the device to launch later this year. He claimed the device would début at a lower price than similar encrypted and secure devices sold to government for upwards of “$15,000 to $20,000 per device.” The Boeing phone will not hit the mass market, but Android was selected and not proprietary software to meet demand from users wanting access to the apps and features they are familiar with in smartphones. It is dubbed “The Boeing Phone,” but no decisions have been made whether the device will ultimately carry the Boeing brand.
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Liveblog: Google Q1 2012 earnings

Beginning at 4:30PM EST, Google will be holding its quarterly earnings call where Larry Page and co. will be talking numbers. Google will announce the numbers a few minutes early, via press release, so make sure you follow along. You can also listen in on the call here.

Update: finished. Check out the call below. 

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‘Dolphin Browser HD’ for Android updates to v8.0 with new interface and tweaked design

The popular “Dolphin Browser HD” for Android app just got a new look.

Version 8.0 showcases re-designed Dolphin Sonar and Gesture features. They are now equipped with a new interface, design, and improved access to the Help menu. The Gesture button also transformed into a Dolphin button with direct access to Dolphin Sonar for voice navigation.

Meanwhile, the Menu bar, which is physically akin to Android’s Action bar, flaunts a new design. It runs along the bottom of the browser and offers easier access to commands without exiting the home screen, but it requires a press on the Menu button for direct use.

A screenshot gallery is available below.

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Reminder: Google Q1 earnings conference call at 4:30 p.m. EST

Just a little reminder this morning: Google’s Q1 earnings call will take place at 4:30 p.m. EST, where Larry Page and company will talk numbers for the last quarter. We are sure to hear plenty about how Android and Google+ did over the last quarter. Of course, the press release will go up a little earlier than the call, so stick to 9to5google for full coverage this afternoon!

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Sprint LG Viper 4G LTE launching April 22 for $99

Sprint announced this morning in a press release that its first LTE device, the LG Viper 4G LTE, will officially launch April 22 for $99. If you are looking to get your hands on the first LTE device, pre-orders for the handset begin today. If you pre-order, you may receive the device two days earlier on April 20.

The Viper features a 4-inch display, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 5-megapixel rear-camera, and a 4GB microSD card. I have to say, this device is not all the great for being the first LTE device. However, it may be worth the wait for the Galaxy Nexus LTE, which is rumored to launch on the Now Network April 22.

However, if you do plan to purchase, make sure you know that Sprint’s LTE network is not yet deployed. Sprint plans to open its first markets by mid-year, and you can see the full list along with the press release after the break. Read more

Google celebrates Coachella with lots of free tracks from top artists

As music goers descend on the lawns of Indio’s Empire Polo Club in Southern California for the Coachella festival, Google Play is following along with a playlist of free music from top event “All Stars” (see full list below the fold).

2012’s lineup features reunions from Brit-poppers Pulp, Swedish punks Refused and Texas post-hardcore firecrackers At the Drive-In, as well as headliners Radiohead, the Black Keys, and original G-Funk super-duoSnoop Dogg & Dr. Dre. Previous years’ fests, showcased in this “Best of” playlist, have been just as impressive.

Get some free tracks now.

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New IM+ public beta released with sleek redesign

Are you feeling chatty with friends while using your Android device? Yeah, we have been there too. Luckily, IM+ is available on the Google Play Store. If you are like us, it is your go-to instant messaging client. The folks over at Shape Services, who the makers of IM+, released a new public beta of the app, version 6.1.8. The beta brings all sorts of goodies like a newly redesigned user-interface, new notifications, and a favorites section for contacts. If you are a user of AIM, Skype, Yahoo, Google Talk, or more, you might want to try this app. Check out the full change log, and how to install the beta, after the jump.

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LG’s new Google TV set to launch with 3D as early as this week

When LG introduced its latest offering to the Google TV lineup at CES in January, the Korea-based company did not give details on the launch. However, the launch time could be this week, according to the Korea Herald. The publication claimed that LG’s 3D Google TV, the first set that is part of Google TV 2.0, will be priced at $1,600 for the 47-inch version and $2,100 for the 55-inch version.

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Samsung announces 3.6-inch and 4.2-inch Galaxy Player

Samsung just announced two new devices to its PMP lineup: the 3.6-inch and 4.2-inch Galaxy Player. Both have a WVGA screen, along with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, USB port, Bluetooth, and a microSD card to easily load music. The 3.6-inch Galaxy Player is already available for $149 at Best Buy exclusively, while the 4.2-inch will launch soon for $199.

The press release is after the break:

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10.1-inch and 7-inch Galaxy Tab 2 coming to US soon

Samsung has just announced that the 7-inch and 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 2 will be making their way to the US shores soon, priced at $399.99 and $249.99 respectively. Both feature Android 4.0 and a dual-core processor, so at $249, the 7-inch version is definitely a great buy. Announced at this year’s MWC, there’s not much changed compared to the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 7.0.  You can pre-order the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 today, for when it ships on April 22nd. You can pre-order the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 0n May 4 and for purchase on May 13. We’ll have a review soon. Press release after the break:

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Sprint’s first LTE handset, the LG Viper 4G, may be landing April 22

The launch of Sprint’s first LTE handset may not be that far off. Engadget obtained an internal memo at Sprint that details the launch of the LG Viper 4G. According to the leak, the Viper 4G will land over on the Now Network April 22 for less than $100. Of course, Sprint’s LTE network is not live, and there is no word on when the carrier plans to make it available. If you purchase the Viper 4G, you may be without 4G for a few weeks months. However, remember that pre-orders for the device begin tomorrow on Sprint’s website. You can check out the leaked memo after the break.

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First images of the HTC Incredible 4G for Verizon leaked

Are you thinking about getting a new handset at Verizon? Perhaps it is best to wait a little. Android Police just posted the first images of the upcoming HTC Incredible 4G, complete with Beats branding and Sense 4.0. Thanks to the leak, we now know the Incredible 4G is packing what looks to be a 4-inch display, 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of built-in storage, microSD card slot, Verizon LTE, NFC, and Android 4.0. This could be a hot selling item over at big red, rumored to launch April 26 for under $200 with a contract.

Update: Pocketnow also posted the first renders of the device, as seen after jump.

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