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T-Mobile Spots HTC Radar 4G On Horizon, Set For Holiday Launch


Looks like the HD7 won’t be the only Windows Phone on T-Mobile’s shelves for much longer. Right on the heels of yesterday big smartphone announcement, T-Mobile has pulled back the curtains on the newest Windows Phone in their lineup: the HTC Radar 4G.

The Radar was one of two Windows Phones revealed at IFA by HTC, and while AT&T made sure to snag the big boy, the Radar is no slouch. It sports a rather handsome white aluminum body, while a 3.8-inch LCD display running at 800×480 graces the Radar’s front.

Meanwhile, you’ll find 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor running the show, and a 5 MP camera planted firmly on the phone’s rear end to round out the package.

Sure, the specs aren’t exactly mindblowing, but they place the Radar far above T-Mobile’s original Windows Phone efforts. The HTC HD7 was essentially a slightly-tweaked HD2, meaning that Windows Phone left the gate at Bellevue saddled with dated hardware.

Given the timing of the announcement, it should come as no surprise that the Radar runs Redmond’s long-awaited Mango version of WP7. While we’re on the subject of timing, T-Mobile is keeping quiet on the Radar 4G’s release date, but they’re quick to assure readers that it’ll be in stores in time for a holiday rush.

T-Mobile Spots HTC Radar 4G On Horizon, Set For Holiday Launch

LG Bolsters Optimus 3D App Library With 3D Game Converter

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Compelling content is the key to ensuring that 3D smartphones are more than a just a flash in the pan, and right now, there just isn’t much of it floating around. LG, maker of the Optimus 3D handset, aims to address that content issue with the recent announcement of their new 3D Game Converter software.

Due for its first demo at IFA 2011 in Berlin, LG’s new 3D Game Converter does exactly what the name implies. After firing up the converter on the Optimus 3D, about 50 compatible 2D games will receive a 3D facelift, while unsupported OpenGL games can be manually tweaked to achieve the desired effect.

The games will get a pretty comprehensive work-over, or so LG’s 3D Evangelist Dr. Henry Nho would have us believe: “LG’s 3D Game Converter automatically recognizes the depth information based on the location of each object and separates the 2D graphic images for each eye. Using the existing depth information, the 3D Game Converter generates two different images — one for the foreground and one for the background.”

LG has pledged that another 50 titles will get 3D support by the end of the year, a significant addition to the existing library of 3D content. It’s something of a win-win for game developers and their customers: devs get a no-hassle way to offer 3D functionality, and customers can expand their 3D content library at no extra cost. The converter will come as part of the Optimus 3D’s new maintenance release, currently scheduled for an October release.

To their credit, LG seems to realize that for all their gimmicky fun, 3D smartphones will live or die depending on the quality of the experience they deliver. Some users will be more that happy to shoot stereoscopic video until they’re blue in the face, but that novelty will usually only last for so long. The announcement adds a bit of value to the 3D experience by making more content available, but the inevitable question is “will it be enough?”

Games are one thing, but in order to transcend their gimmick status, 3D smartphones need more applications that designed from the ground up with 3D in mind instead of just as an afterthought.

LG Bolsters Optimus 3D App Library With 3D Game Converter

Samsung Teases For IFA, Glowing Handsets And Beautiful People


Samsung has something big in store for IFA 2011 — but don’t they always. The company just unveiled two videos for its latest marketing campaign that, per the rules of Viral 101, do not show anything of interest. Still, IFA is Europe’s CES and they company is bound to have something newsworthy like a Galaxy II successor or a Galaxy Tab of the 7-inch variety.

The second video after the jump has most of the action and shows peeps walking around with glowing handsets, which likely forecasts a new smartphone. Whatever it will be, we’ll be onsite next week, drunk on gadgets and German beer.

Samsung Teases For IFA, Glowing Handsets And Beautiful People