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CES: Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 available this spring

LAS VEGAS–We stopped by the Sony Ericsson booth at CES 2010 to catch a glimpse of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 (check out Kent German’s hands-on impressions here), but we also happened to stumble upon the Xperia X2. Remember that Windows Mobile smartphone announced a while ago? Yeah, we almost forgot about it too.

We took the opportunity to ask Sony Ericsson about it and representatives quietly revealed that the Xperia X2 will be available from SonyStyle stores this spring. Company representatives didn’t provide a specific release date or pricing, but hopefully, it won’t be as exorbitant as the Xperia X1. Check out some of our hands-on photos of the X2 in the gallery.

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CES: Dial a phone number using in-air gestures

Gesture-recognition interfaces for cell phones are closer to reality with technology from the University of Tokyo that lets you operate your phone or mobile device without laying a finger on it.

Researchers at the Ishikawa Komuro Laboratory have created a “vision-based input interface for mobile devices” through which users can type words by pointing in the air. There’s no dialing demo in the video below, though that would presumably be just as simple.

Unlike gestural interfaces such as MIT’s SixthSense, the system does not require special colored finger markings to track gestures.

A single high-speed camera running at 154 frames per second embedded in the device follows finger positions in 3D, while a frequency filter isolates “clicking” gestures.

By clicking on a virtual keyboard displayed on the screen, users can type. This would seem a lot slower than typing on a cell phone keyboard, but faster than old-fashioned letter selection on a keypad.

Another application, seen in the video, is 3D fingertip painting. Midair finger movements are translated into lines projected on a 3D space.

The system currently can only track one finger, but five is theoretically possible, according to a report by the Nikkan Kogyo newspaper.

Japanese companies including Toshiba and Pioneer have also been developing gesture-recognition interfaces. At the Ceatec 2009 gadget show, Hitachi demonstrated a prototype Gesture Remote Control that lets users change the settings on a TV screen by waving at it.

(Via Gigazine)

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Nexus One to go on sale January 5 by invite only?

Engadget Mobile posts full specs for the Nexus One and also reports that the smartphone will go on sale January 5 by invite only. Originally posted at Android Atlas

 
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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 clears FCC

Sony Ericsson’s first Google Android phone, the Xperia X10, gets FCC approval with support for T-Mobile’s 3G bands. Originally posted at Android Atlas

 
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Download BlackBerry themes in App World

Themes are a new category in BlackBerry App World, with about 150 free and premium themes available to download at launch.

 
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HTC Droid Eris to get Android update in 2010

Verizon announces that it will bring an OS update to the HTC Droid Eris in the first quarter of 2010. Originally posted at Android Atlas

 
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Midomi 3.0 seeks song lyrics, knows what's hot

Midomi changes names to SoundHound in version 3.0, and adds a slew of new features, from a Web search for lyrics to iTunes library access. Originally posted at iPhone Atlas

 
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Nokia to reduce smartphone offering by half in 2010

Nokia announces that it will cut back its smartphone portfolio by half in 2010 to have a more focused lineup for the new year. Originally posted at Dialed In

 
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HP iPaq Glisten looking to shine at AT&T

AT&T introduces its latest Windows Mobile smartphone, the HP iPaq Glisten. Originally posted at Dialed In

 
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Google mobile coupons save a buck or two

Previously restricted to Google Maps, Google now takes its digital coupons mobile. Originally posted at iPhone Atlas

 
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Seize Seesmic Twitter app on BlackBerry, Android

Twitter service Seesmic expands from the desktop with two new apps for Google Android and BlackBerry phones. Originally posted at Android Atlas

 
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Palm Pixi reviewed

Sprint and Palm will launch their second WebOS phone this weekend. Is it worth the money? CNET takes a look at the new Palm Pixi smartphone. Originally posted at Dialed In Podcast

 
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