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Power by Gen Releases HoneyDru, a Cute Little Honeycomb Inspired Car Charger

Power by Gen Releases HoneyDru, a Cute Little Honeycomb Inspired Car Charger

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Power by Gen makes some of our favorite Android accessories, thanks to previously releases like the Andru (in a variety of colors), so it’s no surprise that we’re digging their newest release, the HoneyDru. Created as a charger that resembles the official Android Honeycomb icon, this mini car plug should be a great addition or replacement for whatever it is you are currently using. 

As previously mentioned, the HoneyDru is an excellent take on the official Honeycomb icon, but what I really love about it is the size. Most car chargers tend to be awkwardly large, yet this little guy could be stored away with the best of them. It also comes in a two-tone color scheme with retractable 3-foot cable for better management in your glove box or mid-console, glowing eyes and wings when plugged, and charges at 2A output.

Oh, it should also work with your Apple products, as long as you supply the USB cable.

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The HoneyDru retails for $19.99 at Power by Gen’s site.

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Did Google gloss over Chromecast needing USB power? Not hardly

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A … certain segment of fans … have gotten it into their heads that Google played down the fact that Chromecast needs USB power to work. They are wrong.

Here's Google's Mario Queiroz, describing Chromecast at Wednesday's event:

"Once you take it out of its beautiful, clean box, all you have to do is plug it in to, ah, any HDMI input on your TV, power through USB, connect to your home Wifi, and you're ready to kick back and watch."

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Get Drunk with Power with the “PowerFlask” By Digital Treasures

Get Drunk with Power with the “PowerFlask” By Digital Treasures, a Creative New Way to Charger Three Devices Simultaneously

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Pocket-Friendly and Party-Ready, the PowerFlask combines novelty and functionality to guarantee a long-lasting charge for your favorite devices

 

Digital Treasures stirred up a concoction that is one part distinctive, two parts fun, and three parts functional: the PowerFlask. To be announced later today! It’s a creative, portable charging solution in the shape of a flask that powers up three USB devices at the same time.

“The PowerFlask offers a new twist on an existing product.  We took a traditional power bank and encased it in a fun package- a flask,” says Brian Austin, President of Digital Treasures.  “However, don’t let the look of this fool you.  The rechargeable lithium battery packs serious power which is perfect for fully charging multiple gadgets at once. In fact, the PowerFlask can charge two iPads and an iPhone at the same time!  There aren’t many chargers on the market with that kind of power.”

The PowerFlask is the ideal charging solution for individuals who use several devices daily such as tablets, smartphones and more.  Portable and lightweight, the flask design allows the user to easily slide it into a briefcase, purse, or pocket to ensure your devices have a recharging option ready anytime, anywhere.  It delivers a 13,000 mAh rechargeable lithium-ion battery which will keep supplying extra juice for devices on-the-go.

Two ultra-bright flashlight LED’s are situated at the top of the PowerFlask for lighting options while the user is on the road.  It’s perfect for emergency situations, to find your keys at the bottom of a purse and much more.

The PowerFlask works with the iPhone, iPad, iPod, Windows and Android smartphones.  The power bank includes two 30-pin iPad/iPhone connectors, a USB-to-Micro-USB charging cable, a USB-to-Dual-Micro-USB charging cable, and a USB power adapter.

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The PowerFlask is wrapped in a supple leather with an aluminum finish for a high-quality and eye-catching aesthetic.  It is available in black for $89.95 at www.digitaltreasures.com.

 

Technical Specifications

  • Input- 5V- 1000mAh
  • Output- 5.3V- 2.5A(MAX)/1A(MAX)
  • Capacity- 13,000mAh

 

About Digital Treasures

Digital Treasures offers a mobile accessory collection that embodies several core values: superior quality products which complements any lifestyle, maximizes comfort, increases productivity, and simplifies life on-the-go all at an affordable price point.

Since 1998, Digital Treasures has provided compelling value propositions on consumer-focused mobile accessories and mobile electronics products.  The company is constantly working to bring new, unique products to the market to meet the needs and enhance its consumer’s lifestyles.

 

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New Nexus 4 Ad Shows the Power of Google Now

Moments ago, Google released their newest ad, which features the increasingly-popular Nexus 4, though the device itself isn’t really the star. No, the big highlight here is the power of Google Now, our favorite Android feature of the last couple of years. Google has made it clear that they want you to realize that Google [...]

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How to: Disable System Apps and Bloatware on Android [Beginners' Guide]

With the introduction of Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0), Google gave users the power to disable system-level apps on an Android device. At first, you may think, “Why would I ever need to do that?” But if you look at it from a control perspective, you’ll quickly realize that this move could be perceived as [...]

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How to: Disable System Apps in Android [Beginners' Guide]

With the introduction of Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0), Google gave users the power to disable system-level apps on an Android device. At first, you may think, “Why would I ever need to do that?” But if you look at it from a control perspective, you’ll quickly realize that this move could be perceived as [...]

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Power A MOGA Controller Review (Part 1)

Power A MOGA Bluetooth Gaming Controller

Power A’s MOGA controller is one of the best Android controllers available, at least the controller itself is. While the app you use to connect the MOGA to your Android device is highly disappointing, the controller itself is of the utmost quality. Power A released the MOGA controller on October 21st of 2012 for a whopping $49.99. While it’s not a bad price for what Power A claims the MOGA controller offers, the problem is that what Power A claims the MOGA controller to offer just isn’t there. Enough setup, let’s get to the review!

Build Quality

The overall build quality of the controller is fantastic. It’s very durable and if it’s accidentally dropped on the floor or even the cement, it is not going to break and half. Albeit you may find a few scuffs on it as with anything you would drop on cement or any hard and scratchy surface for that matter. Aside from accidental incidents, the overall grip feels outstanding and it does not have that cheap plastic feel to it. On top of that, Power A includes a leather pouch to store your MOGA controller in to keep nice nice and safe. Power A has by far, outdone themselves in build quality.

Design

The design of the MOGA controller isn’t bad, but it’s not great either. As you can see in the picture to the right, it basically looks like a square. It’s understandable as to why they chose this design route, as they needed to somehow add a clip into the controller to hold your fun, but it still feels a bit blocky, so to speak. Other than that, the controller has a very sleek black finish to it. Regardless of my complaints, I like the controller. Sure, it might feel very square, but it’s definitely one of the more unique controller’s out there.

Some of the buttons are placed very awkwardly, specifically the triggers. They are actually placed behind a strip of plastic along with the bumper of the clip that holds your smartphone. I found it to feel a tad awkward, but it is fairly easy getting used too despite not being like the standard controllers where the trigger buttons are often at the tip of the controller. The other issue I had with the controller were the analog sticks. They are almost a struggle to move with. I can easily move the analog sticks, but they almost feel sticky, which almost makes it feel like the analog sticks are hesitant to move with your finger.

Overall Opinion

My overall opinion of the controller? It’s extraordinary. My huge problem lays with the MOGA Pivot app, which is what you use to connect to your Android device, but I’ll dabble into that more in part two of the review. As for my concluding thoughts, the controller is extraordinary, but I do not think it’s worth the $49 that Power A wants for it. As an observation, it seems like they are selling the controller as a package almost. They throw in two free games — Pac Man and Sonic CD — while also offering you access to the MOGA Pivot app.

When it comes down to it, I see this more as a $30 controller. It’s definitely not worth $50.

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Fulton Innovation to demo a tablet that will wirelessly charge your phone

Each year at CES we are always introduced to some cool new concepts that will make our lives easier and more productive. This year, Fulton Innovation (a company who is constantly pushing the envelope in the wireless charging field) is going to treat us to a demo of a new, and very useful idea: a tablet that doubles as a wireless charging mat. Battery life has always been an issue for smartphones, so the thought of being able to use your tablet to wirelessly charge your smartphone throughout the day is a pretty innovative idea (pun intended). Besides the altruistic tablet, Fulton Innovation will also show us a charging mat that can charge up to two devices at once, regardless of form factor (tablet or smartphone). It does this by scanning to find out how much voltage each device needs, and then charges each one accordingly, so you don’t over-juice your smartphone and under-juice your tablet. To see a video of the device in action, or to read the press release, jump past the break. To keep up with all our latest CES coverage, click here.

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FULTON INNOVATION REVEALS A TABLET THAT BOTH SENDS AND RECEIVES POWER WIRELESSLY AT CES 2013

Display Shows eCoupled™ Technology Powering an Interactive Poster that Plays Music, and a Surface that Charges Multiple Devices at Once – All Without Wires

LAS VEGAS – January 7, 2013 – Fulton Innovation, the creator and exclusive licensor of eCoupled™ intelligent wireless power, is showing the first ever example of two-way wireless power at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week. Using the Qi global standard for wireless power set by the Wireless Power Consortium, Fulton will demonstrate a tablet being charged wirelessly, which in turn is used to charge a Qi enabled mobile phone. By simply placing the two devices back-to-back, the power transfers wirelessly between them (Video: bit.ly/VSzTpF).

In yet another demonstration of the flexibility of wireless power, Fulton will be showing an interactive printed poster with an illustration of a DJ console that can actually be played. Music is made by tapping the speakers, mixer, and turntable, while placing the same tablet that wirelessly charges a mobile phone near the poster for power. The combination of printed electronics and two-way wireless power creates a new way of connecting to consumers through interactive posters, magazines, food packaging, and more.

Using its new Adaptive Resonance technology, Fulton will demonstrate a surface that wirelessly charges multiple Qi-compatible devices at once. Placing the phones or tablets on one pad will charge simultaneously, recognizing and adapting to the power needs of each devices.

Various embodiments of wireless power will be on show in Fulton’s suite to demonstrate how the technology can transform everyday lives:
• A set top box and TV that automatically turns on or off when the remote is removed or placed on the box, where it charges a super capacitor with no batteries when not in use.
• Wireless kitchen appliances that use direct power, rather than charging like mobile phones.
• Tablets and laptops with medium power requirements that charge without wires on an eCoupled-enabled conference table.
• Home furniture such as side and coffee tables that charge any of the 10+ million Qi devices in market today.
• The new Nokia Lumia phone that charges without wires while it’s inside a handbag, demonstrating wireless charging over a distance.
• Examples of packaging that combines printed electronics with wireless power to attract consumers with flashing lights and sound.
• A collection of the latest Qi mobile phones on the market embedded with wireless power including the Google Nexus 4, HTC Droid DNA, and Nokia Lumia 920 and 820.

“We’re excited to return to CES as it allows us to showcase the next generation of wireless power innovations developed by our award-winning team of scientists,” said Dave Baarman, Director of Advanced Technologies for Fulton Innovation. “We’ve spent the last 14 years contributing to the wireless power industry and now our technology is built into 70% of the 10+ million Qi-based devices on the market today. Wireless power is rapidly becoming a must-have feature in the latest smart-phones and we’re proud to be a part of the rapidly-growing market.”

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The Android Central CES Podcast: NVIDIA brings Tegra 4 and Project Shield

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That's it, folks. NVIDIA dares you to top it this CES. Having thrown Tegra 4, the NVIDIA Grid and Project Shield our way tonight at the Palms in Las Vegas, we're more than a little excited about the processing power that promises to propel phones in 2013 and beyond. Alliterations aside (whoops), here comes our first podcast of the week, with yours truly, Simon Sage and Alex Dobie breaking down what we saw tonight — and what it promises for the future.

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Fulton Innovation to demo a tablet that will wirelessly charge your phone

Each year at CES we are always introduced to some cool new concepts that will make our lives easier and more productive. This year, Fulton Innovation (a company who is constantly pushing the envelope in the wireless charging field) is going to treat us to a demo of a new, and very useful idea: a tablet that doubles as a wireless charging mat. Battery life has always been an issue for smartphones, so the thought of being able to use your tablet to wirelessly charge your smartphone throughout the day is a pretty innovative idea (pun intended). Besides the altruistic tablet, Fulton Innovation will also show us a charging mat that can charge up to two devices at once, regardless of form factor (tablet or smartphone). It does this by scanning to find out how much voltage each device needs, and then charges each one accordingly, so you don’t over-juice your smartphone and under-juice your tablet. To see a video of the device in action, or to read the press release, jump past the break. To keep up with all our latest CES coverage, click here.

Click here to view the embedded video.

 

Press Release:

FULTON INNOVATION REVEALS A TABLET THAT BOTH SENDS AND RECEIVES POWER WIRELESSLY AT CES 2013

Display Shows eCoupled™ Technology Powering an Interactive Poster that Plays Music, and a Surface that Charges Multiple Devices at Once – All Without Wires

LAS VEGAS – January 7, 2013 – Fulton Innovation, the creator and exclusive licensor of eCoupled™ intelligent wireless power, is showing the first ever example of two-way wireless power at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week. Using the Qi global standard for wireless power set by the Wireless Power Consortium, Fulton will demonstrate a tablet being charged wirelessly, which in turn is used to charge a Qi enabled mobile phone. By simply placing the two devices back-to-back, the power transfers wirelessly between them (Video: bit.ly/VSzTpF).

In yet another demonstration of the flexibility of wireless power, Fulton will be showing an interactive printed poster with an illustration of a DJ console that can actually be played. Music is made by tapping the speakers, mixer, and turntable, while placing the same tablet that wirelessly charges a mobile phone near the poster for power. The combination of printed electronics and two-way wireless power creates a new way of connecting to consumers through interactive posters, magazines, food packaging, and more.

Using its new Adaptive Resonance technology, Fulton will demonstrate a surface that wirelessly charges multiple Qi-compatible devices at once. Placing the phones or tablets on one pad will charge simultaneously, recognizing and adapting to the power needs of each devices.

Various embodiments of wireless power will be on show in Fulton’s suite to demonstrate how the technology can transform everyday lives:
• A set top box and TV that automatically turns on or off when the remote is removed or placed on the box, where it charges a super capacitor with no batteries when not in use.
• Wireless kitchen appliances that use direct power, rather than charging like mobile phones.
• Tablets and laptops with medium power requirements that charge without wires on an eCoupled-enabled conference table.
• Home furniture such as side and coffee tables that charge any of the 10+ million Qi devices in market today.
• The new Nokia Lumia phone that charges without wires while it’s inside a handbag, demonstrating wireless charging over a distance.
• Examples of packaging that combines printed electronics with wireless power to attract consumers with flashing lights and sound.
• A collection of the latest Qi mobile phones on the market embedded with wireless power including the Google Nexus 4, HTC Droid DNA, and Nokia Lumia 920 and 820.

“We’re excited to return to CES as it allows us to showcase the next generation of wireless power innovations developed by our award-winning team of scientists,” said Dave Baarman, Director of Advanced Technologies for Fulton Innovation. “We’ve spent the last 14 years contributing to the wireless power industry and now our technology is built into 70% of the 10+ million Qi-based devices on the market today. Wireless power is rapidly becoming a must-have feature in the latest smart-phones and we’re proud to be a part of the rapidly-growing market.”

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NVIDIA announces Project Shield

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Here's why we love CES! NVIDIA has just shown off what they are calling Project Shield — a dedicated Tegra 4 powered game center and more. It's a 7-inch clamshell device, running atop pure vanilla Android that sends you into a spin of Tegra game goodness at the push of a button. 

Packing a 720p multi touch display, and enough battery power to play up to 10 solid hours of games or 24 hours of HD video, and it's all wrapped up into something we just haven't seen before. Full connectivity via standard ports — like HDMI and USB, and a unique design to deliver great sound makes this one something to put at the top of the want list. Stay tuned to AC, because you know we're going to have to play with this one a bit! Hit the break to see a handful of awesome pics.

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PowerVR Series6 mobile GPUs are almost here, we go eyes-on with a test chip (video)

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Imagination Technologies is on a high right now. Throughout 2012, the company’s PowerVR graphics processors continued to monopolize the iPhone and iPad as well as appearing in (late 2011) Android flagships, the PlayStation Vita and even the first Clover Trail-powered Windows 8 tablets. But you know what? That’s old news, because all those devices run current-gen PowerVR Series5 silicon. Most new top-end devices in 2013 and 2014 will either contain the latest Mali GPUs from rival ARM, or they’ll pack PowerVR Series6, aka Rogue. This latter chip is currently being developed by at least eight different smartphone and tablet manufacturers and is expected to make a good bit of noise at CES next week.

But who’s going to wait that long if they don’t absolutely have to? To get a fuller understanding of what awaits us in the coming weeks and months, we scoped out a Rogue test chip at Imagination’s sparkly new HQ just outside of London, UK. The test silicon doesn’t represent the true power of Series6 because it’s running on an FPGA board that severely limits its bandwidth, but it’s still able to show off one crucial advantage: namely the ability to run OpenGL ES 3.0 games and apps. This API is all about improving mobile graphics through making smarter use of GPU compute, without annoying the battery, and the three demos after the break show just how it pulls that off.

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Samsung Galaxy M Pro sequel pictured with BlackBerry-esque full QWERTY keyboard

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Is anyone still fan of the “BlackBerry form factor?” If so, you may be inclined to know that Samsung has apparently been hard at work on a follow up to their keyboard-where-the-screen-should-be Galaxy M Pro. The newly leaked device was spied by Blog of Mobile where it was pictured in all of its old-school QWERTY glory, said to be running off the power of Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich. Looks like this is the same GT-B7810 that also popped up a few months ago in an FCC filing, although we aren’t quite sure where this one could be heading here in the states (my bet’s an MVNO). Samsung has a reputation of saturating the market with devices of every hardware configuration imaginable. Looks like we can soon add another to that list.

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MeterPlug Bluetooth power monitor tracks usage, sends stats to your smartphone (hands-on video)

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If there’s one constant in this world, it’s that the cost of energy continues to climb, be it household electric or good ole petrol. We can’t help you with the latter today, but we have found a pretty slick tool for keeping tabs on electricity consumption. Now, before you head down to the comments section or send your angry emails letting us know, we’re fully aware that power monitoring solutions have been around for some time now. MeterPlug isn’t your run-of-the-mill device, though. This solution is relatively inexpensive (it’ll retail for about $60), very compact (it plays nicely with other plugs in your power strip), and with the included Android and iOS apps, it’s quite powerful as well. The device will be available with US, UK or European plugs, and slips between your existing cord and an ordinary socket. Then, you pair it with your smartphone and you’re good to go.

Once connected, MeterPlug uses your handset’s GPS to find electricity rates for your location, then displays your current usage in watts and cost — during our hands-on in NYC, a connected MacBook Pro pulled about 60 watts of power at a cost of $0.01 per hour. Connect a TV or household appliance though and you might just be surprised about how much you’re spending on each gadget. Naturally, there’s also a few tools to conserve energy. A simple (and responsive) power toggle lets you turn your device on and off using a smartphone, a proximity sensor cuts off power when you leave the room (and pops it back on when you arrive), and a feature called Vampire Power Shield keeps track of your gadget’s typical consumption, then pulls the plug when you flip your television or Xbox to standby mode, potentially saving you a fair amount of money each year. The plug module and app worked very well during our test, as you’ll see in the video after the break. Then, head over to the source link to submit your pre-order on Indiegogo.

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LG Optimus Black CyanogenMod 10.1 Nightlies Now Live

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If you’re an Optimus Black owner, you may be interested to know that CyanogenMod 10.1 nightly builds (see blurb below) have arrived for the LG handset. CyanogenMod 10.1 is based on Android 4.2, and includes many of the cool new Android 4.2 goodies like notification bar power toggles, Swype-style keyboard input, and a brand-new camera app.

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Definition: A “nightly” is a bleeding edge release that is built on a daily basis, usually at night after a full day’s worth of new code has been committed.

It could oftentimes be unstable and not properly tested, lacking any changelogs, but eventually evolving into alphas, betas, release candidates, and finally stable releases.

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Sony Xperia Z shown off again in leaked press image

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Ahead of its rumored CES release, we've got a new look at the Sony Xperia Z (aka "Yuga") in a proper press image, shown above. We saw a pretty grainy angled view of the device a few days back, but this one gives us a much better look at the front of the device. We're looking at proper on-screen navigation buttons and Sony's UI customizations here, as you would expect, as well as the power and volume button layout poking out of the right of the device.

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The reported specs are the same as we saw in the initial leak as well. We're looking at a 5-inch 1080P display, massive 13MP camera and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on the software front. It also looks like we'll see another variant in the form of the Xperia ZL, aka "Odin." (Earlier Sony naming schemes suggest that the ZL might be an LTE-capable version for certain markets, though we're speculating here.)

The devices are supposed to make their debut at CES 2013, which is just a week away, and hopefully Sony will bring more details on this device at that time as well.

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What I used in 2012: Simon Sage

Android Central

It's time to get up close and personal with the Android Central editors. You get a taste of the apps we're trying on a week-by-week basis, but what about those that actually stay on our phones for the long haul? Given, all of the authors here have wide and varied preferences, but hopefully this series will give you guys an idea of which apps have serious staying power. 

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Samsung Galaxy Note II in Black isn’t Real After All

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The Samsung Galaxy Note II is one of the hottest selling smartphones today and with good reason. Its sheer power and the display real estate make it a must have for all power users. If there’s one area where the smartphone falls behind, it is in terms of its looks. Although most people don’t mind the glossy plastic back cover, the color options are rather limited (which is the case with any smartphone really). But recently, we were teased of a new black variant of the Galaxy Note II which managed to get us all excited. What made it more interesting was the high res image of the said variant and a piece of information which suggested that this new variant will be shown off at CES 2013. And it now seems like there’s no reason to be excited at all, as this variant never existed in the first place. The black Galaxy Note II apparently was the work of a Samsung fan who wanted the world to see how a black Galaxy Note II would look.

It’s rather disappointing that the black Galaxy Note II doesn’t exist in reality, because I’m sure many were eagerly looking forward to that one. There were reports of newer color variants of the Galaxy Note II surfacing in the future, but none of these have been confirmed yet. But considering that we’ve had the Galaxy S III in the red color variant along with the two standard colors, it wouldn’t be wrong to speculate that the Note II will sparkle in those colors too. As of now, users are only able to get the Galaxy Note II in Marble White or Titanium Grey color variants. So the addition of a few new color variants would certainly be a welcome addition. Early rumors suggested that the Galaxy Note II will be made available in Ruby Wine, Amber Brown and Topaz White. With the CES just around the corner, we will not completely rule that out for now.

Would you like to see the Galaxy Note II in these color variants, and why? Voice your opinion by leaving a comment below.

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TalkAndroid Staff Picks: Best Android Phone for 2012

One of the best things about being on the Android side of the fence is the sheer number of phones available. Sure it can be confusing at times, but most of us prefer the flexibility that choice offers us. With so many phones, it’s not an easy task picking the best phone for the entire year. It’s nearly impossible to get everyone to agree since everyone is so different. We thought it would be cool to let each member of our incredible staff pick which phone they think is the Mac Daddy for 2012. Hit the break to find out the results and be sure to tell us your choice in the comments.

Robert Nazarian – Editor in Chief

For me the best phone isn’t about popularity, it’s about innovation, styling, usability, and availability. It also doesn’t mean the most popular phone can’t be the best phone, I am just saying they don’t always line up. The other indicator for me is how willing I am to give up my review unit. We have to send back our review units when we have completed our reviews, but I always find a few phones that I have a hard time putting back in the box. In looking at all my criteria it came down to two phones: the HTC One X and the Samsung Galaxy S III. Just before the Galaxy S III was introduced in London, I called the One X the best Android phone hands down. The Galaxy S III did give the One X a run for the money, but I have to give the nod to the One X based on an improved UI, a better display, and a superior build quality. My runner ups included the Nexus 4 for the incredible price and specs ratio as well as the original DROID RAZR MAXX for the incredible 3300mAh battery that was stuffed into a 9mm body. The DROID DNA / Butterfly also came very close to winning it all, but the fact that it isn’t widely available yet took it out of the running, but it was so good I decided to buy one for myself.

Roy Alugbue  - Editor

There were a ton of great devices to choose from, but the Samsung Galaxy S III gets the clear nod. The revolutionary device may be a bit underwhelming in terms of its overall design and almost offensive use of plastic materials, but there’s no doubt the device became a household name not just to hardcore Android users, but to the mainstream public as well. Samsung knew it had a potential hit on its hands when it introduced revolutionary features like its quad-core Exynos chip and a stunning 8MP camera that rivaled not only other smartphones, but traditional cameras as well. Then there is the much-improved revamp of its TouchWiz software, which is actually dare I say a compliment to the overall Android experience as opposed to a hindrance. Toss in the fact that both the international and carrier-branded versions are developer-friendly much like Google’s Nexus line, and you have a device that easily caters to both the casual and hardcore Android crowds. Samsung wasn’t kidding when it told the world “The Next Big Thing Is Already Here”… and it has the sales’ numbers to back it up as well.

Ed Caggiani – Author

HTC impressed us when they released the One series earlier in the year. The flagship One X boasts a screen unsurpassed in quality, which is the perfect compliment to the groundbreaking ImageSense camera technology. The sleek design feels great in the hand, and the specs continue to impress.

Sprint bumped things up a notch with the Evo 4G LTE, adding expandable storage and the signature Evo kickstand. Sprint’s LTE network is in its infancy, but with this phone’s power, I don’t feel the need to upgrade anytime soon. Plus, with the recent update to Jelly Bean, it’s like a new phone all over again.

Jeff Causey – Author

I am going with the Galaxy S III not because of anything to do with the technical specifications, though they were impressive when the device was released. Other devices released during the year have matched it and probably surpassed it in some ways. The reason I nominate it is because I think Samsung achieved two feats with the S III. First, they redefined the bar for smartphones. Pretty much every phone released in the latter half of 2012 had to at least match the S III if it wanted to be considered a serious smartphone. That includes the Apple iPhone which brings me to the second feat that Samsung achieved. With the S III, I think Samsung finally has Apple chasing them instead of the other way around. The S III was slick enough, worked well enough, and when combined with the Android operating system, it surpassed the abilities of the iPhone. Of course, Android fans have felt this way for a long time, but the S III moved this in front of the general consumer. If ever there were evidence of this, it is my teenage son who got an iPhone earlier this year and is your typical Apple fanboy. He mentioned to me that he would like an S III now.

Runner up

The Galaxy Note II: If not the absolute top of the line in terms of “more power” hardware, it has to be close to the top. The usefulness of the multi-window function has created enough buzz that the feature is spreading to other platforms. Obviously the S-Pen is a unique feature of the device and is one that I look forward to trying out. A decade ago I was fortunate enough to have access to what then qualified as a tablet device with a stylus and the ability to handwrite on the device helped move me along to becoming (more) paperless. It was an experience I’ve been waiting to replicate and the Galaxy Note II seems to finally be a device that will get me close to that mode once again. Which brings me to why it makes my list – it is the device I’ll be voting with my wallet as I am hoping to buy one in the next few days.

Macky Evangelista – Author

With 2012 coming to a close, it’s safe to say Android dominated the mobile tech world due to so many successful devices. With monster flagships launching this year from every Android vendor, it’s difficult to just pick one as the best device. We have HTC beginning the year with their One X and ending it with the Droid DNA, Samsung releasing the most popular Android device to date with the Galaxy S III and yet outdoing that with the Note II. Then we even have LG getting into the mix with their Optimus G. In my opinion, undoubtedly the best Android device that came out this year came from Google themselves with the LG Nexus 4. Unlike their previous Nexus device, the Galaxy Nexus, this time around Google made sure they equipped the Nexus 4 with the best specs possible. It’s free from custom UI’s and will get updates as quickly as Google pushes them out. I can honestly say that it’s the first device I’ve ever owned that has yet to lag or slow down.

Hope you all had a great year and I’m looking forward in what the Android world has to offer for 2013!

Jared Peters – Author

The Galaxy Note II is the successor to one of Samsung’s off-the-wall ideas that did really well. The second time around Samsung did everything right and easily created the best phone of the year. It was one of the first phones to sport both LTE and a quad-core processor, it’s got one of the most amazing screens available on a phone, and it has a battery that’s got more than enough juice to last all day. There are other phones that do some of what the Note II does, like the quad-core Nexus 4, the visually stunning Droid DNA, and battery of the Droid RAZR MAXX HD, but none of those phones offer all three like the Note II, and with those phones, you have to give up a conventional removable battery or SD card slot, or both. With the screen size being the only drawback, (and that’s only a drawback to some people) it’s hard to say there’s another phone better than the Note II this year.

Rudy Rivapalacio – Author

Without a doubt the best phone of 2012 would have been the Samsung Galaxy Nexote XI. The 5-inch beast meets all of my requirements: quad-core processor, NFC, expandable storage, removable battery and pure Android! Unfortunately, the Nexus-Note hybrid only exists in my dreams. Keeping my choice in the real world means I’ll have to give it to the Samsung Galaxy Note II. Its processor gives it a leg up on the Galaxy S III and its storage options push it over the Nexus 4.
While I love pure Android (and the CyanogenMod variation), I can’t say the Nexus 4 is the best phone when its limited storage means I would be forced to carry a second device to hold my music. HTC made some really nice phones this year but their choice to stick to non-removable batteries are deal breakers for me. My requirement for the top device is that it can do it all. The Note II comes with top tier specs to handle the latest and greatest Android games. It will accept a 64GB microSD card to hold just about all the music I can handle. Its removable battery means I can step off a plane, after spending the last couple hours playing games and listening to music, pop in a fresh battery and be ready to go.

Alex Enfiedjian – Author

What can I say, I’m a Nexus fan boy. I love the stock Android experience, the quick updates and the hassle-free life of no carrier contracts. The Nexus 4 is a phone (and a strategy) that seeks to revolutionize the industry in that it has (almost) all of the right features at an incredible off contract price. $299/$350 for a phone with a big, beautiful screen, a speedy processor, a great camera, good battery life, high quality construction and the pure Google Android experience is a winner in every possible way. Some people gripe about the lack of LTE, but in our WiFi saturated country you can almost always find an open network for quick download speeds. Even if you’re out and about, the data speeds on the Nexus 4 are more than adequate for most of your needs (especially if you’re connected to T-Mobile’s HSPA+ 42 network). Because of all these reasons and many more, my vote for best phone of 2012 is the Nexus 4. Good job Google. Now, next time if you could get the launch right.

 

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TalkAndroid Staff Picks: Best Android Phone for 2012

One of the best things about being on the Android side of the fence is the sheer number of phones available. Sure it can be confusing at times, but most of us prefer the flexibility that choice offers us. With so many phones, it’s not an easy task picking the best phone for the entire year. It’s nearly impossible to get everyone to agree since everyone is so different. We thought it would be cool to let each member of our incredible staff pick which phone they think is the Mac Daddy for 2012. Hit the break to find out the results and be sure to tell us your choice in the comments.

Robert Nazarian – Editor in Chief

For me the best phone isn’t about popularity, it’s about innovation, styling, usability, and availability. It also doesn’t mean the most popular phone can’t be the best phone, I am just saying they don’t always line up. The other indicator for me is how willing I am to give up my review unit. We have to send back our review units when we have completed our reviews, but I always find a few phones that I have a hard time putting back in the box. In looking at all my criteria it came down to two phones: the HTC One X and the Samsung Galaxy S III. Just before the Galaxy S III was introduced in London, I called the One X the best Android phone hands down. The Galaxy S III did give the One X a run for the money, but I have to give the nod to the One X based on an improved UI, a better display, and a superior build quality. My runner ups included the Nexus 4 for the incredible price and specs ratio as well as the original DROID RAZR MAXX for the incredible 3300mAh battery that was stuffed into a 9mm body. The DROID DNA / Butterfly also came very close to winning it all, but the fact that it isn’t widely available yet took it out of the running, but it was so good I decided to buy one for myself.

Roy Alugbue  - Editor

There were a ton of great devices to choose from, but the Samsung Galaxy S III gets the clear nod. The revolutionary device may be a bit underwhelming in terms of its overall design and almost offensive use of plastic materials, but there’s no doubt the device became a household name not just to hardcore Android users, but to the mainstream public as well. Samsung knew it had a potential hit on its hands when it introduced revolutionary features like its quad-core Exynos chip and a stunning 8MP camera that rivaled not only other smartphones, but traditional cameras as well. Then there is the much-improved revamp of its TouchWiz software, which is actually dare I say a compliment to the overall Android experience as opposed to a hindrance. Toss in the fact that both the international and carrier-branded versions are developer-friendly much like Google’s Nexus line, and you have a device that easily caters to both the casual and hardcore Android crowds. Samsung wasn’t kidding when it told the world “The Next Big Thing Is Already Here”… and it has the sales’ numbers to back it up as well.

Ed Caggiani – Author

HTC impressed us when they released the One series earlier in the year. The flagship One X boasts a screen unsurpassed in quality, which is the perfect compliment to the groundbreaking ImageSense camera technology. The sleek design feels great in the hand, and the specs continue to impress.

Sprint bumped things up a notch with the Evo 4G LTE, adding expandable storage and the signature Evo kickstand. Sprint’s LTE network is in its infancy, but with this phone’s power, I don’t feel the need to upgrade anytime soon. Plus, with the recent update to Jelly Bean, it’s like a new phone all over again.

Jeff Causey – Author

I am going with the Galaxy S III not because of anything to do with the technical specifications, though they were impressive when the device was released. Other devices released during the year have matched it and probably surpassed it in some ways. The reason I nominate it is because I think Samsung achieved two feats with the S III. First, they redefined the bar for smartphones. Pretty much every phone released in the latter half of 2012 had to at least match the S III if it wanted to be considered a serious smartphone. That includes the Apple iPhone which brings me to the second feat that Samsung achieved. With the S III, I think Samsung finally has Apple chasing them instead of the other way around. The S III was slick enough, worked well enough, and when combined with the Android operating system, it surpassed the abilities of the iPhone. Of course, Android fans have felt this way for a long time, but the S III moved this in front of the general consumer. If ever there were evidence of this, it is my teenage son who got an iPhone earlier this year and is your typical Apple fanboy. He mentioned to me that he would like an S III now.

Runner up

The Galaxy Note II: If not the absolute top of the line in terms of “more power” hardware, it has to be close to the top. The usefulness of the multi-window function has created enough buzz that the feature is spreading to other platforms. Obviously the S-Pen is a unique feature of the device and is one that I look forward to trying out. A decade ago I was fortunate enough to have access to what then qualified as a tablet device with a stylus and the ability to handwrite on the device helped move me along to becoming (more) paperless. It was an experience I’ve been waiting to replicate and the Galaxy Note II seems to finally be a device that will get me close to that mode once again. Which brings me to why it makes my list – it is the device I’ll be voting with my wallet as I am hoping to buy one in the next few days.

Macky Evangelista – Author

With 2012 coming to a close, it’s safe to say Android dominated the mobile tech world due to so many successful devices. With monster flagships launching this year from every Android vendor, it’s difficult to just pick one as the best device. We have HTC beginning the year with their One X and ending it with the Droid DNA, Samsung releasing the most popular Android device to date with the Galaxy S III and yet outdoing that with the Note II. Then we even have LG getting into the mix with their Optimus G. In my opinion, undoubtedly the best Android device that came out this year came from Google themselves with the LG Nexus 4. Unlike their previous Nexus device, the Galaxy Nexus, this time around Google made sure they equipped the Nexus 4 with the best specs possible. It’s free from custom UI’s and will get updates as quickly as Google pushes them out. I can honestly say that it’s the first device I’ve ever owned that has yet to lag or slow down.

Hope you all had a great year and I’m looking forward in what the Android world has to offer for 2013!

Jared Peters – Author

The Galaxy Note II is the successor to one of Samsung’s off-the-wall ideas that did really well. The second time around Samsung did everything right and easily created the best phone of the year. It was one of the first phones to sport both LTE and a quad-core processor, it’s got one of the most amazing screens available on a phone, and it has a battery that’s got more than enough juice to last all day. There are other phones that do some of what the Note II does, like the quad-core Nexus 4, the visually stunning Droid DNA, and battery of the Droid RAZR MAXX HD, but none of those phones offer all three like the Note II, and with those phones, you have to give up a conventional removable battery or SD card slot, or both. With the screen size being the only drawback, (and that’s only a drawback to some people) it’s hard to say there’s another phone better than the Note II this year.

Rudy Rivapalacio – Author

Without a doubt the best phone of 2012 would have been the Samsung Galaxy Nexote XI. The 5-inch beast meets all of my requirements: quad-core processor, NFC, expandable storage, removable battery and pure Android! Unfortunately, the Nexus-Note hybrid only exists in my dreams. Keeping my choice in the real world means I’ll have to give it to the Samsung Galaxy Note II. Its processor gives it a leg up on the Galaxy S III and its storage options push it over the Nexus 4.
While I love pure Android (and the CyanogenMod variation), I can’t say the Nexus 4 is the best phone when its limited storage means I would be forced to carry a second device to hold my music. HTC made some really nice phones this year but their choice to stick to non-removable batteries are deal breakers for me. My requirement for the top device is that it can do it all. The Note II comes with top tier specs to handle the latest and greatest Android games. It will accept a 64GB microSD card to hold just about all the music I can handle. Its removable battery means I can step off a plane, after spending the last couple hours playing games and listening to music, pop in a fresh battery and be ready to go.

Alex Enfiedjian – Author

What can I say, I’m a Nexus fan boy. I love the stock Android experience, the quick updates and the hassle-free life of no carrier contracts. The Nexus 4 is a phone (and a strategy) that seeks to revolutionize the industry in that it has (almost) all of the right features at an incredible off contract price. $299/$350 for a phone with a big, beautiful screen, a speedy processor, a great camera, good battery life, high quality construction and the pure Google Android experience is a winner in every possible way. Some people gripe about the lack of LTE, but in our WiFi saturated country you can almost always find an open network for quick download speeds. Even if you’re out and about, the data speeds on the Nexus 4 are more than adequate for most of your needs (especially if you’re connected to T-Mobile’s HSPA+ 42 network). Because of all these reasons and many more, my vote for best phone of 2012 is the Nexus 4. Good job Google. Now, next time if you could get the launch right.

 

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TalkAndroid Staff Picks: Best Android Phone for 2012

One of the best things about being on the Android side of the fence is the sheer number of phones available. Sure it can be confusing at times, but most of us prefer the flexibility that choice offers us. With so many phones, it’s not an easy task picking the best phone for the entire year. It’s nearly impossible to get everyone to agree since everyone is so different. We thought it would be cool to let each member of our incredible staff pick which phone they think is the Mac Daddy for 2012. Hit the break to find out the results and be sure to tell us your choice in the comments.

Robert Nazarian – Editor in Chief

For me the best phone isn’t about popularity, it’s about innovation, styling, usability, and availability. It also doesn’t mean the most popular phone can’t be the best phone, I am just saying they don’t always line up. The other indicator for me is how willing I am to give up my review unit. We have to send back our review units when we have completed our reviews, but I always find a few phones that I have a hard time putting back in the box. In looking at all my criteria it came down to two phones: the HTC One X and the Samsung Galaxy S III. Just before the Galaxy S III was introduced in London, I called the One X the best Android phone hands down. The Galaxy S III did give the One X a run for the money, but I have to give the nod to the One X based on an improved UI, a better display, and a superior build quality. My runner ups included the Nexus 4 for the incredible price and specs ratio as well as the original DROID RAZR MAXX for the incredible 3300mAh battery that was stuffed into a 9mm body. The DROID DNA / Butterfly also came very close to winning it all, but the fact that it isn’t widely available yet took it out of the running, but it was so good I decided to buy one for myself.

Roy Alugbue  - Editor

There were a ton of great devices to choose from, but the Samsung Galaxy S III gets the clear nod. The revolutionary device may be a bit underwhelming in terms of its overall design and almost offensive use of plastic materials, but there’s no doubt the device became a household name not just to hardcore Android users, but to the mainstream public as well. Samsung knew it had a potential hit on its hands when it introduced revolutionary features like its quad-core Exynos chip and a stunning 8MP camera that rivaled not only other smartphones, but traditional cameras as well. Then there is the much-improved revamp of its TouchWiz software, which is actually dare I say a compliment to the overall Android experience as opposed to a hindrance. Toss in the fact that both the international and carrier-branded versions are developer-friendly much like Google’s Nexus line, and you have a device that easily caters to both the casual and hardcore Android crowds. Samsung wasn’t kidding when it told the world “The Next Big Thing Is Already Here”… and it has the sales’ numbers to back it up as well.

Ed Caggiani – Author

HTC impressed us when they released the One series earlier in the year. The flagship One X boasts a screen unsurpassed in quality, which is the perfect compliment to the groundbreaking ImageSense camera technology. The sleek design feels great in the hand, and the specs continue to impress.

Sprint bumped things up a notch with the Evo 4G LTE, adding expandable storage and the signature Evo kickstand. Sprint’s LTE network is in its infancy, but with this phone’s power, I don’t feel the need to upgrade anytime soon. Plus, with the recent update to Jelly Bean, it’s like a new phone all over again.

Jeff Causey – Author

I am going with the Galaxy S III not because of anything to do with the technical specifications, though they were impressive when the device was released. Other devices released during the year have matched it and probably surpassed it in some ways. The reason I nominate it is because I think Samsung achieved two feats with the S III. First, they redefined the bar for smartphones. Pretty much every phone released in the latter half of 2012 had to at least match the S III if it wanted to be considered a serious smartphone. That includes the Apple iPhone which brings me to the second feat that Samsung achieved. With the S III, I think Samsung finally has Apple chasing them instead of the other way around. The S III was slick enough, worked well enough, and when combined with the Android operating system, it surpassed the abilities of the iPhone. Of course, Android fans have felt this way for a long time, but the S III moved this in front of the general consumer. If ever there were evidence of this, it is my teenage son who got an iPhone earlier this year and is your typical Apple fanboy. He mentioned to me that he would like an S III now.

Runner up

The Galaxy Note II: If not the absolute top of the line in terms of “more power” hardware, it has to be close to the top. The usefulness of the multi-window function has created enough buzz that the feature is spreading to other platforms. Obviously the S-Pen is a unique feature of the device and is one that I look forward to trying out. A decade ago I was fortunate enough to have access to what then qualified as a tablet device with a stylus and the ability to handwrite on the device helped move me along to becoming (more) paperless. It was an experience I’ve been waiting to replicate and the Galaxy Note II seems to finally be a device that will get me close to that mode once again. Which brings me to why it makes my list – it is the device I’ll be voting with my wallet as I am hoping to buy one in the next few days.

Macky Evangelista – Author

With 2012 coming to a close, it’s safe to say Android dominated the mobile tech world due to so many successful devices. With monster flagships launching this year from every Android vendor, it’s difficult to just pick one as the best device. We have HTC beginning the year with their One X and ending it with the Droid DNA, Samsung releasing the most popular Android device to date with the Galaxy S III and yet outdoing that with the Note II. Then we even have LG getting into the mix with their Optimus G. In my opinion, undoubtedly the best Android device that came out this year came from Google themselves with the LG Nexus 4. Unlike their previous Nexus device, the Galaxy Nexus, this time around Google made sure they equipped the Nexus 4 with the best specs possible. It’s free from custom UI’s and will get updates as quickly as Google pushes them out. I can honestly say that it’s the first device I’ve ever owned that has yet to lag or slow down.

Hope you all had a great year and I’m looking forward in what the Android world has to offer for 2013!

Jared Peters – Author

The Galaxy Note II is the successor to one of Samsung’s off-the-wall ideas that did really well. The second time around Samsung did everything right and easily created the best phone of the year. It was one of the first phones to sport both LTE and a quad-core processor, it’s got one of the most amazing screens available on a phone, and it has a battery that’s got more than enough juice to last all day. There are other phones that do some of what the Note II does, like the quad-core Nexus 4, the visually stunning Droid DNA, and battery of the Droid RAZR MAXX HD, but none of those phones offer all three like the Note II, and with those phones, you have to give up a conventional removable battery or SD card slot, or both. With the screen size being the only drawback, (and that’s only a drawback to some people) it’s hard to say there’s another phone better than the Note II this year.

Rudy Rivapalacio – Author

Without a doubt the best phone of 2012 would have been the Samsung Galaxy Nexote XI. The 5-inch beast meets all of my requirements: quad-core processor, NFC, expandable storage, removable battery and pure Android! Unfortunately, the Nexus-Note hybrid only exists in my dreams. Keeping my choice in the real world means I’ll have to give it to the Samsung Galaxy Note II. Its processor gives it a leg up on the Galaxy S III and its storage options push it over the Nexus 4.
While I love pure Android (and the CyanogenMod variation), I can’t say the Nexus 4 is the best phone when its limited storage means I would be forced to carry a second device to hold my music. HTC made some really nice phones this year but their choice to stick to non-removable batteries are deal breakers for me. My requirement for the top device is that it can do it all. The Note II comes with top tier specs to handle the latest and greatest Android games. It will accept a 64GB microSD card to hold just about all the music I can handle. Its removable battery means I can step off a plane, after spending the last couple hours playing games and listening to music, pop in a fresh battery and be ready to go.

Alex Enfiedjian – Author

What can I say, I’m a Nexus fan boy. I love the stock Android experience, the quick updates and the hassle-free life of no carrier contracts. The Nexus 4 is a phone (and a strategy) that seeks to revolutionize the industry in that it has (almost) all of the right features at an incredible off contract price. $299/$350 for a phone with a big, beautiful screen, a speedy processor, a great camera, good battery life, high quality construction and the pure Google Android experience is a winner in every possible way. Some people gripe about the lack of LTE, but in our WiFi saturated country you can almost always find an open network for quick download speeds. Even if you’re out and about, the data speeds on the Nexus 4 are more than adequate for most of your needs (especially if you’re connected to T-Mobile’s HSPA+ 42 network). Because of all these reasons and many more, my vote for best phone of 2012 is the Nexus 4. Good job Google. Now, next time if you could get the launch right.

 

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FlipSide case for iPhone packs stealthy game controls, plays on solar power (video)

FlipSide case for iPhone packs stealthy game controls, plays on solar power video

The perpetual challenge of developing an iPhone-friendly gamepad (or any phone-oriented gamepad) is the bulk, either for a gargantuan case or else a separate controller. If Justice Frangipane’s team and iDevices have their way, that clunkiness will be a distant memory. Their proposed FlipSide case for iPhones (we see a prototype here) centers on Bluetooth 4.0 gamepad controls that stay clipped to the back when just checking email, but attach to the front for playtime. They’ll save us from hunting down a wall outlet, too; the combination of a sensitive solar cell and a thin film battery from Infinite Power Solutions should keep the case powered up through even indoor lighting. The only real challenge is getting the case produced, as Frangipane is looking for crowdfunding to make the FlipSide a reality. Provided his group makes its donation target, though, there’s the prospect of an Android version — so those who don’t play the iOS way could still reap the rewards if they chip in at the source link.

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Google shows off the power of their Search App in two short videos

I don’t know about you guys, but I use Google’s Search app on my phone every single day, not to mention their search engine in general on my computer. Google Search literally gives you all the information in the world right at the palm of your hand. Google has released 2 new short videos showcasing the power of their Search app for everyone to see. Check them out!

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Google Showcases The Power Of Google Search In Two New Videos

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love Google’s search app, specifically Google Now on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. I use it just about everyday as it provides me with information I need quickly and accurately. It would probably be very accurate to say that most of our readers use Google’s desktop search engine avidly as well. Google has released two new short videos featuring how much power their Search app has. In one video, a business man takes a picture of a painting of a castle as a search input. Google Search is able to find it almost instantly.

Make sure to check out the videos below!

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Google shows off the power of their Search App in two short videos

I don’t know about you guys, but I use Google’s Search app on my phone every single day, not to mention their search engine in general on my computer. Google Search literally gives you all the information in the world right at the palm of your hand. Google has released 2 new short videos showcasing the power of their Search app for everyone to see. Check them out!

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Holiday Contest: Win one of two Lenovo IdeaPad A2109 tablets courtesy of NVIDIA and TalkAndroid

For those of you that think a 7-inch tablet is too small and a 10-incher is too big, the Lenovo IdeaPad A2109 might be just right for you. It sports a 9-inch display, but also packs a lot of power thanks to the NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor. Speaking of NVIDIA, they were nice enough to provide us with a couple of units to give to our awesome readers. All you have to do is comment below with what gift you want most this Holiday Season. You have until Friday, January 21 at 11:59pm EST. We will pick two random winners on Saturday, January 22 and announce them here. Make sure you are using a real email address for your account because that’s how we will contact you. Good luck!!

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Holiday Contest: Win one of two Lenovo IdeaPad A2109 tablets courtesy of NVIDIA and TalkAndroid

For those of you that think a 7-inch tablet is too small and a 10-incher is too big, the Lenovo IdeaPad A2109 might be just right for you. It sports a 9-inch display, but also packs a lot of power thanks to the NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor. Speaking of NVIDIA, they were nice enough to provide us with a couple of units to give to our awesome readers. All you have to do is comment below with what gift you want most this Holiday Season. You have until Friday, January 21 at 11:59pm EST. We will pick two random winners on Saturday, January 22 and announce them here. Make sure you are using a real email address for your account because that’s how we will contact you. Good luck!!

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Holiday Contest: Win one of two Lenovo IdeaPad A2109 tablets courtesy of NVIDIA and TalkAndroid

For those of you that think a 7-inch tablet is too small and a 10-incher is too big, the Lenovo IdeaPad A2109 might be just right for you. It sports a 9-inch display, but also packs a lot of power thanks to the NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor. Speaking of NVIDIA, they were nice enough to provide us with a couple of units to give to our awesome readers. All you have to do is comment below with what gift you want most this Holiday Season. You have until Friday, January 21 at 11:59pm EST. We will pick two random winners on Saturday, January 22 and announce them here. Make sure you are using a real email address for your account because that’s how we will contact you. Good luck!!

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NVIDIA Tegra 4 details leak

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A slide detailing Nvidia's upcoming Tegra 4 SoC has been leaked out, showing the specs everyone wanted and hoped for. A user on the Chinese site Chiphell posted the above slide showing off the features of the new chip, and when combined with the things we already know we have a really good idea of what is to come.

The Tegra 4 will be a 28 nanometer ARM Cortex-A15 quad-core (4+1 as seen in the Tegra 3) system on chip. The A15 architecture is the next generation of silicon, and is already being used in the Exynos 5 as seen in the Nexus 10. The lower power draw and faster processing speed make a remarkable difference when you need it.

The GPU is a whopping 72 core GeForce unit, bringing six times the graphical performance of the Tegra 3. With support for a full 2560×1440 24 bit color display and native hardware decoding for video, it should be able to handle anything you could throw at it in a tablet.

Of course, there is always more and we are only seeing one slide of a full presentation. Hopefully Nvidia shows us more at CES in January. 

Source: Chiphell (Chinese)

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NVIDIA Tegra 4 details leak, confirm A15 and 6x the power of Tegra 3

The upcoming next generation quad-core chipset from NVIDIA has apparently leaked in a set of slides today, confirming the Tegra 4 processor along with some mighty impressive specs. The leaked slide details the SoC as “Wayne” and shows a significant increase in graphics cores, USB 3.0 support, 28nm processor fabrication for more efficiency, and much much more. They’re touting 6x the graphics performance of Tegra 3. Read on for the full details.

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The image above, leaked by Chiphell, should give you most of the details you need. NVIDIA will finally be moving to the new and impressive Cortex-A15 platform for the Tegra 4, keeping four cores under the hood, and adding 72 graphics cores for some of the best mobile graphics to date. That’s some serious Bruce Wayne power there Batman!

Samsung’s recent Exynos 5250 powering the Nexus 10 is currently the only Cortex-A15 based mobile processor available, and it’s only a dual-core. NVIDIA is looking to beat the competition by being first to the A15 with a quad-core set up. As usual NVIDIA will incorporate their 4-PLUS-1 technology with a 5th battery saving core as well. Qualcomm’s been busy with their own quad-core S4 Pro Krait, but if these specs are any indication they’ll have some serious NVIDIA competition next year.

Some of the specs that stood out aside from the A15 based 28nm processor fabrication is the USB 3.0, 4k resolution support, 2560×1440 encoding, dual-channel DDR3 RAM, and of course the last one being 72 GPU’s (graphics processing units). The slide touts the Tegra 4 as being 6 times more powerful than the already impressive Tegra 3 we all know and love right now. NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 was left behind for most smartphones due to not supporting 4G LTE, but this time around they’ll be well positioned to take on the others in the processor game. We’re expecting more details at CES in January, or Mobile World Congress in February. It will be an exciting first few months in 2013.

[via SlashGear]

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