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Why the Samsung Galaxy Camera makes perfect sense

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While much of the buzz leading up to last Wednesday’s Samsung Mobile Unpacked event focused on the Galaxy Note 2, it could be argued that the real star of the show was the Galaxy Camera, Sammy’s new Android-powered point-and-shoot. Sure, the Note 2 is an impressive piece of kit, but it is essentially an incremental upgrade of a device we already know. The Galaxy Camera, on the other hand, could represent the future of point-and-shoots, or an entirely new class of product altogether.

There’s been much talk of Samsung the copycat over the past month or so, but the Galaxy Camera is an example of the Korean manufacturer using its experience in multiple product categories to introduce something really new. Like the original Galaxy Note, it’s a new spin on an existing category of device that’s just crazy enough to succeed. And if you think about it, it makes perfect sense. Read on to find out why.

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Why the Samsung Galaxy Camera makes perfect sense

Android Central

While much of the buzz leading up to last Wednesday’s Samsung Mobile Unpacked event focused on the Galaxy Note 2, it could be argued that the real star of the show was the Galaxy Camera, Sammy’s new Android-powered point-and-shoot. Sure, the Note 2 is an impressive piece of kit, but it is essentially an incremental upgrade of a device we already know. The Galaxy Camera, on the other hand, could represent the future of point-and-shoots, or an entirely new class of product altogether.

There’s been much talk of Samsung the copycat over the past month or so, but the Galaxy Camera is an example of the Korean manufacturer using its experience in multiple product categories to introduce something really new. Like the original Galaxy Note, it’s a new spin on an existing category of device that’s just crazy enough to succeed. And if you think about it, it makes perfect sense. Read on to find out why.

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Samsung could unveil 2GHz tablet at MWC 2012

Could this be what we have been waiting for? We had heard that Samsung may release the 2GHz Exynos 5250 processor sometime during Q2 of this year, but could it also be flaunted at this Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month? It makes perfect sense that it would, because it still follows the chip’s estimated public release date.


A 2GHz chip could change everything, especially when it is said to nearly double the performance of the current ones out there. Even more, the graphical rendering could improve by up to 4X!. NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 quad-core processor is a powerhouse, but something in me is saying this one will put it to shame.

The tablet is said to have a display larger than the standard 10.1-inchers out there, and considering how the Exynos 5250 supports pixel resolutions of up to 2560×1600 – it makes perfect sense. It’s hard to tell what kind of battery life a tablet with such a large display will have, especially while clocked at 2GHz.

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[Leak] Motorola Corvair – Android Tablet for Your TV Room

Motorola has sure been busy lately with the development of new Android tablets. A recent leak shows not only another tablet in the works, but an Android tablet/interactive TV remote combo thingy. The Motorola Corvair, as it’s being dubbed, is a 6-inch tablet designed for your TV room and apparently wants to make TV time more interesting.

Our pals over at The Verge got their hands on some leaked images and claim to know that the device is already being tested by cable providers. The packaging calls the device a “dedicated controller,” but at the same time shows the tablet’s UI on the TV screen, leading us to believe it can be used to watch and stream media all the while functioning as a universal remote. Motorola has been making cable boxes for a while now and maybe this is the ultimate way to interact with them. Who knows what other brand set top boxes this will work with – if any. This all makes perfect sense because if you will notice, there are power and volume buttons located on the front of the device. Read More…

[Leak] Motorola Corvair – Android Tablet for Your TV Room


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New Jersey Transit Taps into Google’s Wallet

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Google Wallet has gained its first transit partner, an area of commerce the tech giant sees as vital to the adoption of the technology by the masses. As Google’s Stephanie Tilenius points out, transit has laid the groundwork for NFC in many regions around the globe, and it makes perfect sense. If there is any one time and place where simply swiping your phone to make a quick purchase is desired, it would have to be when your train is leaving in less than a minute and you still need to pay fare.

Keeping that in mind, Google has found their first public transportation partner in the New Jersey Transit Corporation. Select stations, including New York Penn Station and Newark International Airport, will begin adding Google Wallet and NFC as a payment option at ticket windows and self-service kiosks. Establishing the use of NFC in a market with service directly to New York could mean a big wave of new NFC users in the near future. If more cities get on board, and if Google can work in paperless ticketing, transit might just be what tips the mainstream into Google Wallet.

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Google opening their own MP3 store? [rumors]

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According to the New York Times, Google executives have claimed that they will be opening a Google Music MP3 store in the coming weeks.  Likely to be connected to the current Google Music Beta offering, the service would compete with Apple and Amazon to allow users to purchase and store music files in the cloud.  (Cue the lawsuits in 3, 2…).  While Google officially declined to comment to the Times, as did any of the Music labels, the idea makes perfect sense.  We know Google wanted to get content agreements for music, and after publicly criticizing the music industry Google decided to follow the route taken by Amazon and offer users storage for their own files.  In addition, the songs that are offered for free on the existing service certainly aren't royalty-free, so some arrangements have to be already standing.  If the rumor is true, this may be something we hear about on Oct. 19 at the Ice Cream Sandwich event.  We'll keep you posted if anything further develops.

Source: New York Times; via CNETThanks, Derek!

 

 


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Chrome browser devs “Set build target and environment for Android”

A post on the Chromium developer portal appears to suggest an official release of Google’s Chrome browser is on the cards for Android, with a group of coders discussing what looks like a work-in-progress code build of Chrome for Google’s mobile OS.

If true, it really is about time. Android’s Webkit browser is perfectly usable and the model of simplicity, but with screen resolutions and processor speeds both growing at a massive rate, a full release of Chrome for Android makes perfect sense. If only so we can have a decent tabbing system.

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Anyone with more a developer-orientated mind fancy having a go at translating what it all means?

Link via Recombu.

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Box App To Be Preloaded On Motorola Xoom

A new partnership with Motorola has secured a spot for Box.net’s cloud storage app as being preloaded on future Xoom Android tablets worldwide. The announcement was accompanied by news of additional partnerships with VMware, Ping Security and Salesforce Chatter also, however its mobile strategy seems to make perfect sense as Box’s service offers companies and individuals a cloud structure that keeps everyone connected with great ease from anywhere.

Box’s on-going relationship with HP, which made Box the only preloaded app on the TouchPad (with 50GB of free lifetime storage) looks to be going strong as well. HP’s Vice-President of Strategy and Operations announced this week that their business PCs will start shipping the Box app preloaded beginning with SMBs in North America with a future intent to go global.

Even if you haven’t had the opportunity to try Box’s services out yet, with the way they are expanding their market, chances are you’ll meet soon enough.

Box App To Be Preloaded On Motorola Xoom


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Netflix renames DVD service to ‘Qwikster,’ streaming to stay ‘Netflix’

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Netflix co-founder and CEO Reed Hastings this morning apologized for the confusion surrounding the splitting of the company's DVD and streaming services — and for not better explaining the price increases involved.

The price increases stand, but the DVD side of the business is changing names. And thus Qwikster was born.

The long and the short of it is for DVDs, you'll go to Qwikster. For streaming on Android smartphones and tablets, you'll go to Netflix. Makes perfect sense.

It's all explained in the video above, and in Netflix's blog post — and you've likely gotten an e-mail from Netflix mirroring all this.

Source: Netflix

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Droid RAZR to Combine Motorola’s Two Most Iconic Brands?

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Could Motorola be looking to capitalize on two of its most recognizable brands by introducing a device known as the Droid RAZR? Let’s take it as a huge rumor for now, but a test photo (above) from the supposed device’s camera has surfaced with EXIF data claiming the name. Now, EXIF data can sure enough be faked, but there is reason to believe a Droid RAZR could be real.

Aside from the fact that the pairing makes almost perfect sense, there is the glossed over handset known as the Motorola Slimline (seen above) to ponder. The only mention of the device comes from a Motorola website redesign leaked back in the spring. But that mention included a render of the device (seen below), and in hindsight it does look mighty RAZR-y. The original feature phone was known for its slim profile, and it would follow that a device codenamed the Slimeline could be easily rebranded under the RAZR name.

We’ve heard no other whisperings about the a the Slimline let alone its connections to a possible RAZR smartphone, so we’re not quite sure what to think of this one. The idea sounds like a mountain full of gold waiting to be mined, but we’ll have to wait and see what other information we can gather from Verizon and Moto before getting completely behind this rumor.

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HTC Vigor Details and Picture Appear on Dutch Website

We might have seen our first look at the upcoming HTC Vigor late last night thanks to a Dutch Phone site that posted it up, but it was quickly removed. Seen in the picture below this could very easily be a fake photo but it does look very similar to the Sensation or the popular HTC Thunderbolt that the Vigor is said to be replacing over at Verizon Wireless.

Along with the photo we also saw the impressive spec sheet to go along with it. According to the site the HTC Vigor will feature all those specs we saw leaked back in July. Those include a 1.5 Ghz dual-core processor, a 1280×720 HD Display, Android 2.3.4 as well as an updated HTC Sense UI as version 3.5 and more. They also list a few unconfirmed specs that would line up nicely with recent events, such as coming to market with Beats Audio included.

Either they know something we don’t or they are just going along with recent rumors that the Vigor will launch with Beats Audio now that HTC has acquired the brand, although it would make perfect sense and HTC did say they’ve been working together since February.

So what do you all think? Is the picture and specs real, or was this just an attempt to troll all the Android fans? The page is no longer active and was quickly pulled after being seen and reported by many. If all of this ends up being accurate the HTC Vigor will be one amazing phone having both a 1.5 Ghz dual-core CPU and 4G LTE on board. I can’t wait to hear more.

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ASUS Padfone might debut with Android Ice Cream Sandwich on-board

Remember the ASUS Padfone we told you about back in May? it is a 4.3-inch smartphone that docks into a hidden compartment of a tablet with a 10.1-inch display. It may not be for everyone, but there is no question that it is an intriguing device. The latest rumor is that when it comes out, it will have Android Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) on-board.

It is expected to launch by the end of the year, but it could be delayed till the 1st quarter 2012 in order to accommodate ICS. We are also hearing that they will offer 2 colors- light copper and black. Since ICS will finally bring together Honeycomb (for tablets) and Gingerbread (for phones), it makes perfect sense for it to debut with it.

ASUS might be working on another tablet that supports 3D graphics and LTE connectivity that we probably won’t see until the 1st quarter 2012. Of course, they have the Slider which should be out this fall.

ASUS is trying to be as innovative as possible. The Transformer has been one of the most successful Android tablets, and there is no question that they will continue to differentiate themselves from other “me to” tablets. Ultimately their success has been more about pricing. The Transformer debuted at $399 and they could not keep them on the shelves.

I am an owner of the Transformer, and I doubt I will buy the Padfone, but I am very intrigued about it since I asked for this form factor back in March.

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Android Now Holds 30% Of The Tablet Market, Up From 2.9% Last Year

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According to market research firm Strategy Analytics, Android now holds 30% of the tablet market, which is a massive jump from 2.9% in Q2 of last year. This can certainly be attributed to the slew of Android-powered tablets released in the last several months, like the Asus Eee Pad Transformer, Acer Iconia Tab A500, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, and HTC Flyer/View 4G.

This time last year the iPad was top dog, with 94% of the tablet market in its pocket. Considering that the original Samsung Galaxy Tab had yet to be released, that makes perfect sense. Now, Apple is…

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Nokia outs 1GHz Series 40 handset with ClearBlack display

According to Nokia’s Manager of Marketing Services in Argentina, an S40-based mobile phone with a 1GHz processor and ClearBlack display is coming — and for our part, we’re hoping to see it next week at Nokia Connection 2011 in Singapore. There, company leaders (including the outspoken CEO himself), will debut new products aimed at emerging markets. Granted, there’s nothing definitive to connect the dots, but given the operating system, it would make perfect sense to get a glimpse at this mystery device — along with the Nokia C2-06 — at next week’s conference. The Argentina-based tweets that originally outed this handset have been snuffed, but they’ve been preserved in the form of a retweet and screen caps, letting this casual mistake ripple through the web. Don’t feel too bad, Nokia… as mobile fanatics, we’re big fans of the unintended reveal. Now, how about outing those sweet Mangoes?

Nokia outs 1GHz Series 40 handset with ClearBlack display originally appeared on Engadget Mobile on Sat, 18 Jun 2011 15:47:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Keep your existing data plan on Verizon after the rumored 7/7 switch?

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Right off the bat — Verizon has kept quiet about any rumored data plan changes coming on July 7.  We’re all going on insider information, and filling in the blanks where we can.  We can be sure that something is coming, and very few people are going to be happy about it.  Maybe today’s rumors can alleviate a little of the pain.

According to the latest, existing customers with an unlimited smartphone data plan will be able to keep their current plan if and when they change to a new phone.  That makes perfect sense, all other carriers have done the same in the past.  What we’re assuming, based on leaked screenshots (and a little desperate hope) is that this applies when you use a two year upgrade as well.  The wording suggests it, but falls short of confirming it.  We just don’t know, so we can’t say.  Our own Verizon expert says if you can use an upgrade and keep your old plan, don’t expect to make any changes (like text packages or tethering) or sign up for any promotions — that’s going to require a plan change. 

Then there’s a new rumor we’ve heard more than once — the bad news about tiered data pricing is actually shared family data plans.  Individual plans will be a bit cheaper, and have a low price, small data cap offering.  Again, this is nothing more than a rumor, and anyone who can verify any of this is wisely keeping quiet about it.  What we are sure about is that Verizon will do exactly as they have planned to do, will feel it is in their best interests, and announce it when they are ready.  And we really can’t expect more than that.

More: Droid-Life; MyDroidWorld; Android Central forums


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Nokia outs 1GHz Series 40 handset with ClearBlack display

According to Nokia’s Manager of Marketing Services in Argentina, an S40-based mobile phone with a 1GHz processor and ClearBlack display is coming — and for our part, we’re hoping to see it next week at Nokia Connection 2011 in Singapore. There, company leaders (including the outspoken CEO himself), will debut new products aimed at emerging markets. Granted, there’s nothing definitive to connect the dots, but given the operating system, it would make perfect sense to get a glimpse at this mystery device — along with the Nokia C2-06 — at next week’s conference. The Argentina-based tweets that originally outed this handset have been snuffed, but they’ve been preserved in the form of a retweet and screen caps, letting this casual mistake ripple through the web. Don’t feel too bad, Nokia… as mobile fanatics, we’re big fans of the unintended reveal. Now, how about outing those sweet Mangoes?

Nokia outs 1GHz Series 40 handset with ClearBlack display originally appeared on Engadget Mobile on Sat, 18 Jun 2011 15:47:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Gameloft revises DRM, allows games to be redownloaded on new devices

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Good news if you’re someone who someone who plays any of Gameloft’s Android games. Word on the street is that Gameloft has enhanced their DRM to allow patrons to re-download their purchased games on new devices. Previously, you had to go through customer service when you got a new device, but how times have changed.

Gameloft is also pushing out a number of other updates as of late, including launching their games on the Android Market (yippee!).  Realizing that the Market has always let you re-download apps you’ve purchased to new phones, this change to their DRM is both welcome and makes perfect sense.

The only thing you need to do to get yours games on your new device is a quick stop by the Gameloft website, but know that any .apk files you’ve got won’t work as backups anymore.

So, how’s everyone feel about this? Gameloft has some pretty cool games, and now that you don’t have to jump through hoops to get them back on your new phone, does anyone think they’ll consider purchasing where they haven’t before? Or are you waiting for Gameloft to make things easy and actually use the Android Market?

Source: Droid Gamers


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British Orange Offers Atrix

It looks like British carriers know the perfect sense of juicy contract offers that should come with high-profile dual-core devices. British carrier Orange has revealed that they are going to bring the Motorola Atrix (yep, that one smart-phone that is available in the States already) smart-phone in early May. Well, as far as early may starts in two weeks than we should expect this event in 2+ weeks. Now, back to Motorola Atrix: Orange is going to offer this device for… free, but on 24-month contract bases (I personally find it great!!!) with £35 fee per month. This plan includes 600 minutes, 750 MB data, unlimited texts and 50 MMS. Along with the phone itself you’ll be offered “work and play kit” which includes a mouse, keyboard, multimedia dock and remote control for extra £50. The Laptop dock station will also be offered for £299.99 but Orange has promised to drop the price a bit if you’ll sign up for a definite plans. Together with the laptop dock station customers will also be offered Orange’s new “Panther Extra 60″ plan that includes 3,000 minutes, 1GB of data, unlimited texts and unlimited tethering via the laptop dock. And why we do not have something like that here?

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ROM From Android Central For Epic 4G

It looks like Android operating system was created for unofficial and unknown users-developers that are smart enough to transform something official but leaked into something special and unofficial. Here is another one creation from amateurs with a good taste and perfect sense of dedication. Android Central forum’s adviser Paul627g has made the recently leaked Sprint [...]

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