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NVIDIA GRID sets its sights on cloud gaming market

NVIDIA‘s biggest announcement of the night is arguably the reveal of the Tegra 4, but the announcement of NVIDIA GRID is definitely giving the Tegra 4 a run for its money. NVIDIA GRID marks the company’s entrance into the cloud gaming market, and though we often associate PCs with cloud gaming services, this is also a big announcement for those playing on tablets and smartphones.

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Of course, plenty of companies have failed or otherwise seem to have plateaued where NVIDIA is looking to conquer, so the company definitely has its work cut out for it. NVIDIA apparently has the power to succeed where others couldn’t, as it will be using 20 GRID servers per rack, along with 240 of its famous GPUs, which are working at 200 TFLOPS. To give you an idea of how powerful that will be, that’s equivalent to about 700 Xbox 360s.

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Seven years after the fact, the Xbox 360 can hardly be considered a super-powerful machine, but if you combine 700 of them, you’re definitely working with a lot of power. The result is what NVIDIA is calling “revolutionary cloud-gaming architecture,” and it should allow users to stream games with all of the graphics eye candy turned up to the max. That will certainly come in handy if you want to play the latest PC games but don’t have a rig that can handle max settings.

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If course, it also means good things for tablets and smartphones, all of which would probably melt if they attempted to run current PC games at max settings. Essentially, any Internet -device should be able to stream games using NVIDIA GRID, which is certainly an exciting prospect indeed. Keep it tuned here to Android Community for much more from CES 2013!

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Facebook’s mobile app to now support Voice Calling

Facebook is planning to integrate a new feature in its Messenger app, which would now allow its users to make voice calls (VoIP) to their friends. The feature is already available to smartphone users in Canada, and the social networking giant now wants to roll the feature out as an update to rest of its users.facebook

The feature would allow anyone to call their Facebook friend through VoIP (Voice over IP calls, or more commonly known as, internet calls).

Facebook has been working tenaciously to augment the standards of its app on iOS and Android. We know how Facebook dropped the sloppy HTML 5 and refurbished it with native coding. The result was that the app became incredibly fast, intuitive and light-weight.

Just a few days back, Facebook has also released the new voice message feature, which allowed users to send recorded voice messages to each other. Perhaps, Facebook just went a step further this time by introducing the VoIP calls. According to Tech Crunch, the ability to make ‘internet voice calls’ and also send voice messages would make Facebook a more complete app.

Speaking of complete app, well, Facebook is also gearing up to launch its Poke app, which would allow users to record their voice by pressing a red button and it would appear as an in-line conversation.

While it may seem that Facebook has encircled almost everything when it comes to online social interaction, there’s still room for improvements. Perhaps, it could integrate the video messaging feature as well. Right now, Facebook Messenger only has support for sharing photos and audio.

Facebook clearly wants to popularize its Messenger app, which is overhauled by the likes of WhatsApp, Nimbuzz and GTalk. With more than a billion mobile users, the social interaction is shifting to a whole new frontier.

Right now, people have to use WhatsApp and Facebook both to stay in touch with their friends and family. Facebook might strike gold, if it succeeds in making Facebook Messenger a much better and convenient option than WhatsApp.

The wheels are already in motion for an app which promises complete social interaction. Who do you think would make finally make it?

Enlighten us, in the comment section below.

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Asus ME301T MemoPad 10 leaks

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Asus is a well-known Taiwanese company, and Taiwan is known for its quality electronic products. Recently, Asus launched Google co-branded Nexus 7, and we all know the result. Nexus 7 has got top notch quality and top notch hardware too, and the price is very reasonable. Recently Nexus 7 was launched in 32 gig flavor and also a 3g variant was launched. Overall, Nexus 7 has changed the way people think how a budget tablet device should look and feel like. Asus is now an important player in the tablet arena and we expect a lot from this company.

Apple’s iPad is like the king of tablet category and many people including me expect company like ASUS to launch iPad killer Android tablets at a reasonable price point. Nexus was manufactured in collaboration with Google, so the question is will the company be able to manufacture a quality device on its own and without any direct help from Google. The question will be answered at CES 2013 that is going to take place in Vegas in a few days because Asus has got some new tablets for us this time.

First of all, there’s an unconfirmed rumor that Asus is going to launch a $99 7 inch tablet, which will be like a downgraded version of Nexus 7 and should be targeted towards the African markets. Then we have another tablet identified as ME172V, which will carry slightly better specs than the downgraded Nexus 7 we were talking about and the same will be reflected on price tag as well. Today, information about another Asus tablet has leaked, and it’s a 10 incher. Thought it’s not yet official, we are sure that it will be showcased at the upcoming CES event.

The 10-incher is identified as ME301T MemoPad 10. Talking of specs, it isn’t an iPad killer spec wise, nevertheless, things have been stepped up a notch. The 10.1-inch display is expected to have a resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels, while a NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor (unknown clock speed) and 1 GB of RAM will be doing their job under the hood. The device will reportedly run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box, and will have 16 gig of ROM while customers can choose from Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi plus 3G models.

Everything sounds great, except the price tag. According to online listings, retailers in Spain and Denmark could charge up to €322 for the tab, which is around $422 and is overpriced for a device that doesn’t pack in a lot of horsepower to justify that price point. The device is apparently aimed at business users, so I’m guessing there may be some kind of added software functionality that justifies the heavy price tag, nevertheless, the device hasn’t been launched yet, but I think a $300 price tag would be apt for this tablet.

Asus ME301T MemoPad 10 is expected to hit shelves in mid-February in white, blue and fuchsia. What are your thoughts on this? Let us know!

Source: AndroidAuthority

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Recent Samsung Galaxy S III Update Fixes More Than Just The Sudden Death Issue— Also Fixes Major Security Exploit

 

You folks remember about a subtle, but very important utility update for the Galaxy S III that was released a few days ago? Well apparently, it does more than just fix the sudden death issue. SamMobile reports that the same update (I9300XXELLA) fixes a well-known security vulnerability found in the Exynos chip. Basically, the vulnerability essentially gave root permissions to any app (again with emphasis— any app), with the result being no control over the permissions from users of the smartphone. Fortunately, it has been identified that the recent update the has actually patched the security vulnerability. Additionally, the update contains new bootloaders which should help to alleviate any sort of possible sudden death issues with the smartphone.

As of now, only owners of the GT-I9300 variant in the UK have received the update, though we’re hopeful that the rest of the GT-I9300 owners out there will get the update sooner than later.

source: SamMobile

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Sony Xperia Z is worth 19,900 Baht ($660) in Thailand

An advertisement in Thailand revealed the price range Sony Xperia Z (aka Sony Yuga C660X) would be marketed in. Ahead of its China debut, the new Xperia device will be worth 19,900 Baht (around $660) in the Thai market. The ad not only confirms reports suggesting the device will be targeting the mid-range market in terms of sales, it also confirms the price would play between $650 and $700 depending on the marketing strategy Sony will use for other regions.

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Sony Xperia Z is set to launch in China on January 15th where it is believed to be market for a price of 4,298 CNY or around $690. Sony is ambitiously targeting the Chinese market and posing competition against local brands such as Huawei and Oppo. The company should have seen better sales opportunities there but it is believed Xperia Z will be marketed to other regions outside China. Sony has yet to issue an official statement about it but it is crystal clear a powerful device like this can do better in the UK and Asia.

The rumor surrounding this device started late last year. The first round was about a benchmark result suggesting Sony was working on a device with 5-inch screen codenamed Yuga or Odin. The specs surfaced revealing the power of the device as well as the model—Sony Yuga C660X. It was only recently that the name Sony Xperia Z came into play together with the information that it will make its debut in China on January 15th.

Sony Xperia Z is believed to sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset with quad-core processor complemented with 2GB RAM. Since Qualcomm SOCs always come with built-in GPU’s, the company capitalized on it and gave this device full HD 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution. The quality of graphics as well as the speed of rendition will be made better by Sony’s Mobile Bravia Engine. Xperia Z would run on Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean out of the box not to mention its 12-megapixel camera sensor.

Furthermore, it will come packed with 16GB internal memory plus a microSD card slot that supports up to 128GB. It will feature Bluetooth 4.0, 4G LTE connectivity and Near Field Communication (NFC). It seems like the advertisement in Thailand is the ultimate revelation of its real market value and so far, it’s good news for Sony smartphone fans. Let’s wait for CES 2013 to know more about it.

[source: Phone Arena]

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Corning introduces Gorilla Glass 3, promises ape-sized improvements in durability

Corning announces Gorilla Glass 3

Once, twice, three times a gorilla? Corning’s primate-themed glass is ready for a third go-round, and as you’d expect, it’s even tougher than the first two iterations. Gorilla Glass 3 has been improved at the molecular level, incorporating a proprietary feature called Native Damage Resistance (NDR). According to Corning, NDR reduces the propagation of flaws, the appearance of scratches and does a better job of maintaining the overall retained strength of the glass. As a result, GG3 claims a three-fold improvement in scratch resistance, 40 percent reduction in the number of visible scratches and 50 percent boost in retained strength after the glass becomes flawed. None of this actually means your phone or tablet will survive a five-foot drop onto concrete, granted, but you’ll at least feel more comfortable keeping your keys somewhere close by. The full press release can be found below.

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FTC and Google reach settlement on antitrust investigation

As expected today, the FTC has brought their investigation to a close regarding good old Google. The folks from Mountain View reached a settlement and as a result will not face any fines. After a nearly 2-year investigation into the mobile and search giants operations, mainly with search and unfair practices, things are finally reaching a close and Google can move on.

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The biggest part of the entire investigation was around Google Search and how they “prioritize” the search results. Claiming unfair practices were giving Google and their ad partners the benefit in this situation. The second half of the investigation was regarding Google’s recent acquisition of Motorola Mobility. Stating Google had brought injunctions against devices or manufacturers that were believed to infringed upon standards-essential patents owned by Motorola.

Today the FTC announced the settlement, and concluded that Google’s agreed to essentially “change their ways.” And that Google will halt the sales ban on devices infringing on their newly acquired Motorola patents. Don’t worry however, Google’s Motorola patents can still be put to good use. Now they just have to willingly agree and work with those who want to license said patents, rather than hold out and seek injunctions. Here’s a quick quote from the FTC:

“To remedy this concern, Google has agreed to a Consent Order that prohibits it from seeking injunctions against a willing licensee, either in federal court or at the ITC, to block the use of any standard-essential patents that the company has previously committed to license on FRAND terms.”

As far as search results go, Google’s used Yelp review as their own (according to claims) and regulates and moderates search results to their own benefit at times. Mind you these are just allegations. Many competitors have asked the FTC to step in and regulate Google’s popular and very excellent search algorithms. In a win for Google the FTC declined to do so, and in the end based on an unanimous vote they’ve closed the investigation into Google Search.

So in the end they did settle to remove online ad restrictions, as well as license standard-essential Motorola patents to rivals without the threat of injunctions. More details are available from the via below.

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LG Nexus 4 image surfaces showing a less-glittery back cover

It looks like LG may have made a slight change on the Nexus 4. A recently surfaced image is showing a Nexus 4 without the glittery back. But before anyone gets super worked up, the back is still glass and apparently the same in terms of build quality — it is just not as sparkly.

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The image was posted by the folks over at Auto-oMobile who have said that ” the LG Nexus 4 now doesn’t seem to glitter like the earlier batch. No matter what angle you hold it at or lighting conditions. It seems to have lost the glitter effect.” The question remains though, how widespread this actually it. Further details in the posting note that they have seen a “dozen reader” complaints.

The key here, this less-glittery Nexus 4 appears to be coming from a recently shipped batch and as of now, neither Google or LG have offered any sort of statement. This means we could end up with a situation where some users have gotten less than perfect units, or possibly a situation where a change was made and users are now just finding out.

We have also seen a quickly growing forum posting over on xda, however there seems to be more arguing over whether the back is more durable as a result. And as a side note, we are not buying into the back cover being more durable as a result of the lack of sparkles. One forum member did suggest that the switch could have come as a result of the handset now coming from a different factory. Again, that last bit is also unconfirmed. Bottom line here, if you are waiting on a Nexus 4, you may or may not be getting a glittery back cover.

Device Specifications and Information
Device Info

    Device Name : Nexus 4
    Manufactuer : LG
    Carrier : NA
    Announced Date : October 29, 2012
    Release Date : November 13, 2012
    Also Known As :

Display

  • Screen Size : 4.7 Inch
  • Resolution : 1280×768
  • Screen Type : IPS LCD
Dimension & Weight

  • Height : 5.27 Inch
  • Width : 2.7 Inch
  • Depth : 0.36 Inch
  • Weight : 139 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Ion
  • Battery Capacity : 2100 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : 390 hours
Software
    Android OS:
  • 4.2.x
    Audio Playback:
  • AAC
  • AAC+
  • AMR
  • MID
  • MP3
  • WAV
    Video Playback:
  • h.263
  • h.264 / AVC
  • 3GP
  • MPEG-4 (MP4)
  • WMV
    Messaging:
  • SMS
  • MMS
  • IM

Hardware

    CPU : APQ8064
    CPU Clock Speed : 1500 Mhz
    Core : 4
    Ram : 2000 MB
    Internal Storage : 16 GB
    Front Facing Camera :
    Camera Resolution : 8 MP
    Camera Features:
  • Auto focus
  • Flash
  • 1080p Video Recording
    Sensors:
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Proximity
    QWERTY :
Cellular Network
    Network Technology:
  • GSM
    GSM Band:
  • 850
  • 900
  • 1800
  • 1900
Device Connectivity
    Wi-Fi:
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
    Bluetooth:
  • A2DP
  • Bluetooth 4.0
    Location Features:
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Cellular location
  • Wi-Fi location
    FM Radio :
    NFC :

[via Auto-oMobile]

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Some Nexus 4′s shipping without “glittery” backing – Is yours affected? [POLL]

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With high-demand for the reasonably priced Nexus 4, LG has been kicking their factories into overtime, pumping out as many devices as they can to minimize wait time for eager backorders. But sometimes when you ramp up production, quality control can suffer as a result.

We’re not sure if that’s what’s going on today, after reading reports from some users who received the “2nd batch” of Google’s Nexus 4′s only with something missing. Namely, the flashy backing of the device featuring a glittery pixel pattern. Apparently, now it’s a lot less… bedazzled. In fact, attempting to view the design from any angle, in any lighting, no longer yields a glint or shimmer anywhere. Of course, depending on your preference, this could actually be a good thing.

Still, some are wondering if this was an intentional move by LG to address concerns of the back glass cracking without much effort. It’s possible LG could be using a different material than the original (read: extremely fragile) glass backing found in the initial batch. As a result, the glitter just doesn’t shine like it used to. Of course, there’s still the very real possibility that glitter doesn’t come cheap and they’re merely pulling back to avoid a world wide glitter shortage. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t want to live in a world like that.

But we’re curious. If you received a Nexus 4 from the infamous “2nd batch,” are you finding it difficult to find the glitter on the back of your device? Is it there at all? Let’s take a quick poll:

Take Our Poll

Thanks, YourMainDude!

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Apple’s ‘app store’ false advertising claim against Amazon dismissed

Amazon launched their Appstore back in March of 2011 and shortly after, Apple came forward with claims of false advertising. According to Apple, people could end up being confused between the Amazon Appstore and their App Store. And well, previous history aside, it looks like Amazon has taken a small victory in this case.

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According to a recent Bloomberg report, Amazon has won dismissal of Apple’s false advertising claim. The ruling comes from U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton in Oakland, California, who said that she found; “no support for the proposition that Amazon has expressly or impliedly communicated that its Appstore for Android possesses the characteristics and qualities that the public has come to expect from the Apple APP Store and/or Apple products.”

Part of this decision is likely a result of comments made by both Steve Jobs and Tim Cook. Amazon argued that both used the term “app store” to discuss the competition. According to a Reuters report, Steve Jobs once referred to the “four app stores on Android” and Tim Cook mentioned “the number of app stores out there.”

Basically, it seems like there was little reason to believe that anyone would confuse the two app stores. Keep in mind, that is not the complete case though and this ruling deals only with the false advertising claim. The other side stems from a November 2011 trademark claim. On this front, Apple is seeking trademark on the ‘app store’ name.

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StarCraft May Soon Run On Android

One of the best real time strategy games created is StarCraft. Despite the fact that this title was first released in 1998 for the Windows PC platform a lot of people still play this game. Proof of its popularity is that in South Korea the best StarCraft gamers that compete in tournaments are treated like celebrities.

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You may soon be able to play StarCraft Brood War on your Android device as development is ongoing to make you use touch based controls to play the game. There is actually a way to play StarCraft on Android however it involves using an N64 emulator which lets you control the game using a digital joystick. The result is a laggy, messy game that will only frustrate you.

The new way to play the game is by the use of Winulator. This relatively new app, which by the way is not an emulator, allows you to run Windows API alongside ARM friendly code on your device storage. This is done with the the help of a tool called the Windows Converter Helper which converts Windows/x86-ready EXE and DLL files of any program into an ARM readable code.

As seen on the YouTube video Brood War is running on an Android device and at full speed too. If you’re excited about this and want to test it out you still can’t since it is not completed yet. This is still a work in progress which still requires some tweaking.

If you’re looking for a strategy game which you can play using Winulator you can check out Caesar III which already works. You’ll need to get Winulator on Google Play first (there’s a free and paid version) then get a copy of Caesar III. Since this is not a normal Android game installing it on your device is going to be different with the instructions provided here.

via androidpolice

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Google UK stops taking all Nexus 4 orders

Google has now stopped taking orders for the 16GB Nexus 4. Again. The phone’s listing now just says “SOLD OUT” in big red letters with no option to place a buy, no doubt as a result of the ongoing stock and ordering problems that recetly led the boss of Google to apologise to those stuck in the stock queue awaiting delivery.

Obviously the 8GB version of the Nexus 4 is still SOLD OUT as well, with the smaller, cheaper model not reappearing for purchase since selling out in minutes when it first went on sale back in November.

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It really is an enormous mess, and it’s very hard to believe Google didn’t expect a massively discounted, cutting-edge Android model to be this highly sought after.

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A Way To Play Starcraft On Android That Isn’t Embarrassingly Bad – With Full Touch Controls – Is On The Way (Video)

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Starcraft (Brood War) on Android with full touch controls.

Great, now that I have your undivided attention, let me explain. So, you, like most reasonable human beings, think playing Starcraft on a tablet would be pretty awesome. It’s been tried before, but usually the result is a messy, laggy ROM on an N64 emulator that requires you to control a cursor with a digital joystick. And as we all know, that’s basically like poking yourself in the eye with a hot fork. It sucks.

Enter Winulator. Right now, Winulator is still a pretty young app with a lot of potential, but what it does is really quite fascinating.

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A Way To Play Starcraft On Android That Isn’t Embarrassingly Bad – With Full Touch Controls – Is On The Way (Video) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Jelly Bean brought a nice new flavor for Android users in 2012

Android seems to have finally gained some traction this year. And before anyone flames based on that, yes, Android has had traction, however things seem to have really shifted this year. It feels like Android has really stepped up. This of course comes at least in part as a result of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which was released back in June during the I/O conference. This year also marked a time when we began seeing some positive reviews coming from those who previously bashed Android.

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Unfortunately though, this is more a feeling based on reviews and other talk. Simply put, while the excitement about Android seems higher, the numbers look much the same as they did last year. If you look back to around this time last year, well actually to January 2012 — we had a time when a little more than half of Android users were using Gingerbread (2.3), about 30 percent were using Froyo (2.2) and only 0.6 percent was using the most recent, which was Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

And coming through the year, things seems slow to take shape. For example, in August 2012 not only did we still see few people using Ice Cream Sandwich, we actually saw a growth in Gingerbread. Android 2.3 usage increased from around 55 percent in January to over 60 percent in August. Of course, to be fair though, we are now seeing an increase with Ice Cream Sandwich despite Jelly Bean being the most recent release.

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Speaking of Jelly Bean, in the beginning of August the usage was at 0.8 percent. September saw Jelly Bean break the 1 percent mark (with 1.2), November was nearly at 3 percent (2.7) and by December we were seeing 6.7 percent. Granted, 6.7 percent is still a small percentage of Android users — but more users are seeing the most recent release each month. And just to continue with the numbers, Gingerbread usage had dropped to just over 50 percent in December with Ice Cream Sandwich at (a still growing) 27.5 percent. Bottom line here, 2012 seems to have closed out as we would have expected based on the previous year. Maybe a little better, but similar in that older versions of Android have begun to drop off as we see both the two most recent versions picking up traction.

That all being said, and to avoid this being a post where we close things out by saying something along the lines of ‘this year we saw much the same as last year’ — despite the numbers showing similar patterns — looking back over the previous six months (since June and the announcement of Jelly Bean) and things really feel like they are shifting for Android. But again, this goes back to the reviews and general chatter. The fact is, few people are using Jelly Bean just yet. Not to mention, Gingerbread still accounts for half of all Android users and that was introduced way back in December 2010.

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This brings the question to why things feel different this year as compared to last year. If you look back Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich was a big update with lots of new features. Android ICS was expected to bring unity between tablets and smartphones. Touching on that for a moment, while that may have worked in theory, unless you are talking vanilla installs and Nexus devices, that cannot really happen.

Aside from the unification, Android ICS also touted features to include a “refined, evolved UI” as well as an improved focus on multitasking, home screen folders, a favorites tray, resizable widgets, new lock screen actions, improved notifications and improved text input. We also saw improvements to the camera, gallery, email, web browsing, calendar, sharing and more. Rather simply, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich was a big update, one that should have had everyone pumped and excited.

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That is not to say Android Jelly Bean was lacking in terms of improvements. In fact, we once again saw plenty. Jelly Bean added goodies to include Google Now, gesture typing, Photo Sphere, the ability to beam images and videos, improved widgets, actionable notifications, multiple users (on tablets) and the smoothness that came along with Project Butter.

And while Jelly Bean is actually a nice step up from Ice Cream Sandwich we may go out on a limb and say that more people are excited this year because they are getting ready to come up for a (two-year contract) renewal and are actually looking to see what is new. Consider this, for those who picked up Gingerbread shortly after the release, they are just now beginning to come up for upgrades. This time last year Ice Cream Sandwich may have looked and sounded good, but it is hard to truly get excited about something new when that something new is virtually out of your reach.

So does this mean that 2013 will end on a note similar to last — with people excited but looking forward to what is next? Maybe, but while we hope that is not the case, if those two-year old Gingerbread device users begin upgrading to Jelly Bean devices — they may not be all that excited about what Key Lime Pie brings later in the year because they will know that it is likely out of their reach. But that aside, lets ride out 2012 on the high that we see — Android is a solid operating system and people are loving Jelly Bean and the current lineup of devices.

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Samsung Galaxy Note II reportedly coming in black, triggers monolithic memories

Samsung Galaxy Note II reportedly coming in black, still won't be stealthy

Samsung gave Galaxy S III buyers a small rainbow of color choices in the summer, and there’s signs that the Galaxy Note II might receive a similarly resplendent treatment. A supposed press image obtained by AndroidSlash shows the giant smartphone draped in a previously unavailable black that’s potentially very striking — and more than a little reminiscent of 2001‘s species-changing monoliths. There’s no official word from Samsung on its authenticity, although we wouldn’t be surprised knowing the company’s history and the Note II’s strong track record. When a theoretically niche device is selling like gangbusters, some added diversity could be in order. Just don’t expect any Starchildren as a result.

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How’d your holiday Photospheres turn out?

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Google a couple weeks ago made a rather nice commercial out of the Photosphere feature, in which you make a 360-degree (more or less) panoramic photo that all gets stitched together on your phone. The holiday spot has someone taking a Photosphere in a (very) large house, with a bunch of family members in the shot.

Now, we all know Rule No. 1 of taking Photospheres is to not have anything too close to you as you take the picture. Rule No. 2 is the fewer people, the better, as people tend to move.

So I waited until things had died down a little bit. My result? Not horrible, especially since I didn't tell anyone to hold still. Check out the full Photosphere pic here. And if you took any over the holidays, be sure to tag them with #photosphere on Google+ so we can all see!

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Samsung GT-N5100 (Note 7) turns up in GLBenchmark result

Earlier this month the world was tipped off to a possible new entry in the Galaxy Note series. Rumors swirled of Samsung’s desire to bring a note-taking experience to the 7 inch form factor that has swept the tech world off its feet. A result in Nenamark’s benchmark database all but confirmed the existence of a new Galaxy Note device, and today that same device has turned up in another result.

This time, GLBenchmark’s database houses the results of the Samsung GT-N5100. There’s no guarantee that this device is the 7 inch Note we’ve all been waiting for, but it’s a tad early to be talking about a new phone and a new 10 inch variant.

Unfortunately we’re not sure how far off we are from seeing this thing unveiled. Samsung’s CES showing is said to be slim in terms of bombshell announcements. Nothing is certain until it actually goes down, of course, but we’re not holding our breath. We’d look to see something at Mobile World Congress more than anything as Samsung tends to be quite active there.

We’re told to expect 1280 pixels long by 800 pixels wide for the display’s resolution, and we’re almost certain the processor inside will be Samsung’s 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos 4412. The standard S Pen functionality should be included without much setting itself apart from the Note 2 and 10.1, but Samsung could surprise us with some new features for this release. We’d also be surprised to see anything less than 2GB of RAM if its latest devices are anything to go by.

That said, expectations and reality are two completely different things and we’ll have to wait until more solid rumors flow in (or until Samsung showers us with information itself) before we know what to expect for sure.

[GLBenchmark via SammyHub]

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Apple iPhone 5 Users Complaining Of Bendy Frame

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Only two months after the Apple iPhone 5 launched in the United States, it is being reported that the device’s aluminum unibody bends in a very distressing way. Some owners had forgotten that their 4-inch Apple smartphone was in their back pocket and proceeded to sit on the device. The result of sitting on it is shown in the imagine above.

You would imagine that this issue would have been reported not long after its launch in the United States, but the device is becoming available in more and more countries, including China, which is where the reports of the bending are coming from.

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Was actual price Google paid for Motorola less than $2 billion?

A few days ago Google announced that it was selling the set-top box division of Motorola to ARRIS for a combined stock and cash price of $2.35 billion. This event has triggered a look back at the original purchase of Motorola by Google for a publicized price of $12.5 billion by the folks over at Forbes. According to their analysts, two items of value can be backed out of the original purchase price.

The first is the set-top box division which we now know was worth $2.35 billion. The second are tax savings that Google will realize as a result of Motorola’s losses. Robert Willens, a New York tax expert, has estimated Google will be able to offset the Motorola losses against Google’s own profits to the tune of $1.7 billion initially and $700 million annually through 2019. By Forbes calculations, that brings the price down to $1.5 billion. My own calculations come up with $2.85 billion.

Whatever the final number is, we are closer to being able to assign a value to the patents that Motorola owned, which were the main target of Google’s acquisition.

source: Forbes

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MightyText Release Tablet Companion App, Lets You Send SMS Messages From Your Slate

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While text messaging may be one of the easiest ways to get messages across the wire, having lengthy conversations with only a tiny keyboard to type your messages can be tedious and annoying. As a result, apps like TabletSMS, DeskSMS, and MightyText were born. The latter has always made it easy to send SMS from your PC, but thanks to a new app in the MightyText family, you can now do the same directly from your tablet.

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Basically, If you’re already a MightyText user, the setup should be pretty seamless. If not, you need only install the phone app and get it set up.

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Was actual price Google paid for Motorola less than $2 billion?

A few days ago Google announced that it was selling the set-top box division of Motorola to ARRIS for a combined stock and cash price of $2.35 billion. This event has triggered a look back at the original purchase of Motorola by Google for a publicized price of $12.5 billion by the folks over at Forbes. According to their analysts, two items of value can be backed out of the original purchase price.

The first is the set-top box division which we now know was worth $2.35 billion. The second are tax savings that Google will realize as a result of Motorola’s losses. Robert Willens, a New York tax expert, has estimated Google will be able to offset the Motorola losses against Google’s own profits to the tune of $1.7 billion initially and $700 million annually through 2019. By Forbes calculations, that brings the price down to $1.5 billion. My own calculations come up with $2.85 billion.

Whatever the final number is, we are closer to being able to assign a value to the patents that Motorola owned, which were the main target of Google’s acquisition.

source: Forbes

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Was actual price Google paid for Motorola less than $2 billion?

A few days ago Google announced that it was selling the set-top box division of Motorola to ARRIS for a combined stock and cash price of $2.35 billion. This event has triggered a look back at the original purchase of Motorola by Google for a publicized price of $12.5 billion by the folks over at Forbes. According to their analysts, two items of value can be backed out of the original purchase price.

The first is the set-top box division which we now know was worth $2.35 billion. The second are tax savings that Google will realize as a result of Motorola’s losses. Robert Willens, a New York tax expert, has estimated Google will be able to offset the Motorola losses against Google’s own profits to the tune of $1.7 billion initially and $700 million annually through 2019. By Forbes calculations, that brings the price down to $1.5 billion. My own calculations come up with $2.85 billion.

Whatever the final number is, we are closer to being able to assign a value to the patents that Motorola owned, which were the main target of Google’s acquisition.

source: Forbes

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Was actual price Google paid for Motorola less than $2 billion?

A few days ago Google announced that it was selling the set-top box division of Motorola to ARRIS for a combined stock and cash price of $2.35 billion. This event has triggered a look back at the original purchase of Motorola by Google for a publicized price of $12.5 billion by the folks over at Forbes. According to their analysts, two items of value can be backed out of the original purchase price.

The first is the set-top box division which we now know was worth $2.35 billion. The second are tax savings that Google will realize as a result of Motorola’s losses. Robert Willens, a New York tax expert, has estimated Google will be able to offset the Motorola losses against Google’s own profits to the tune of $1.7 billion initially and $700 million annually through 2019. By Forbes calculations, that brings the price down to $1.5 billion. My own calculations come up with $2.85 billion.

Whatever the final number is, we are closer to being able to assign a value to the patents that Motorola owned, which were the main target of Google’s acquisition.

source: Forbes

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Google and Motorola building their own ‘X-Phone’ according to reports

According to some interesting reports today from the Wall Street Journal, Google and Motorola are teaming up to take the smartphone world by storm. As if Android already hasn’t done just that, We’re now hearing Google’s designing a brand new device named internally as the X-Phone to truly take over Apple and Samsung in the smartphone world.

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This news has literally just broke a matter of minutes ago, so hopefully we’ll be able to dig up tons of details and additional information in the coming days or weeks. The report also states that Motorola’s current popular line of Android and DROID smartphones won’t be replaced, and this will be another line all together. Sounds exciting.

We’ve been saying the words “Motorola DROID Nexus” ever since Google acquired Motorola, but it sounds like this will be the result instead. That isn’t all either. They’re also working on a project called the ‘X Tablet’ as well, now that the X Phone is nearly reached its final stages. Yup, WSJ said the X Phone is in the final stages, which means we could be seeing or hearing more very soon. I’m getting excited already!

Reports suggest Google’s own product manager Lion Ron has been heading up this project, and was previous in charge of Google’s mapping attack. Which as we know has been extremely successful to say the least. Motorola’s new CEO Dennis Woodside declined to comment on the matter, but hopefully we hear more. According to the Wall Street Journal plenty of next-gen technology has been looked into, and could possibly be inside this new flagship super-phone. Talks of bendable displays, ceramic frames that are extremely durable, longer battery life and tons of “evolutionary” features. Although it’s nothing we haven’t heard before. I’m excited, but we might want to take this all with a grain of salt.

Stay tuned for more details! Drop us your thoughts and comments below.

[via Wall Street Journal]

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Samsung releases version 1.0 of the AllShare Framework SDK

Samsung has recently released the AllShare Framework SDK, which in theory, could help to add features to third-party apps. You see, while Samsung has the AllShare apps, up until this point, third party developers were unable to add AllShare support in their apps. Anyway, with the release of this SDK, developers will be able to create AllShare-capable apps.

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The development and the apps that come as a result will be left up to the individual, however Samsung has said the the main features of the SDK include media sharing, screen sharing and control sharing. These are basically what the names imply. The media sharing will allow the user to share media stored on their device with another device. This sharing includes movies, music and images with other DLNA compatible devices.

The screen sharing will allow the user to share their display in real-time. The screen sharing will be shareable over any HDMI enabled TV using a dongle or Wi-Fi Display compatible device. Finally, the control sharing will be for things such as a remote.

Anyway, while there could be a wide variety of uses for these APIs, Samsung has managed to include the Smart TVs in all aspects. All that being said, with all the Samsung devices that have been sold over the recent months, it seems only logical to thing that there are more than a few developers that will be willing to create some useful AllShare-capable apps.

[via Samsung]

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Aptina intros 8MP sensors that bring 60FPS, pro-grade video to phones, action cameras

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Smartphones and action cameras are no strangers to high-speed video: devices like the HTC One X make it a selling point. They’ve usually had to crop the frame from a much larger sensor, however, cutting into the final image quality and the field of view. Aptina’s new AR0835 and AR0835HS sensors might be the ticket to no-compromise, fast footage. Both 8-megapixel, backside-lit CMOS imagers occupy as much of the sensor as they can when capturing widescreen video at 60 frames per second, oversampling HD video at 6 megapixels; the result is supposedly professional-level video sharpness and viewing angles without the professional-level pricing. Either sensor can also capture 6-megapixel stills mid-video, and they can combine pixels to record 720p video at an even brisker 120FPS. Aptina won’t have the action camera-focused AR0835HS in production until first quarter of 2013, but it’s already mass-producing the smartphone-oriented AR0835. As such, it shouldn’t be long before there’s brag-worthy, high-speed home movies sitting in our pockets.

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Google sells Motorola’s home set-top box business to ARRIS for $2.35 billion

Google originally explained that it purchased Motorola almost exclusively for its wide portfolio of intellectual properties, and today that statement has been validated. Google has officially sold Motorola’s successful set-top box business for a staggering $2.35 billion. ARRIS is the recipient of the new business, ponying up $2 billion in cash and around $300 million in stock. The end result will have ARRIS garnering a quality swath of set-top patents, along with Google taking a 15.7 percent ownership of ARRIS

Of course, this news isn’t completely shocking as we had heard rumors of Google putting Motorola’s cable box business up for auction earlier this year. Sure, Google TV on your cable box would have been pretty darn cool, but it appears Google has chosen to go in a different direction. Be sure to hit the source link below for the full run-down.

Source: Motorola

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First Nexus 4 commercial uploaded to YouTube – Showcases Photo Sphere family portraits [VIDEO]

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Just in time for Christmas (but maybe a little bit late) Google has finally uploaded their very first, official Nexus 4 commercial. The video on YouTube shows off a family who, after gathering together for the holidays, takes a unique family portrait like only the Nexus 4 (or Jelly Bean 4.2) can. Using Photo Sphere, the video shows an almost flawless 360 degree panorama shot, and although probably not the most practical use for the feature, the end result came out suspiciously well.

Of course, this commercial will only go so far. Even if piquing interest in the device, the Nexus 4 in both storage configurations is still currently sold out on the Google Play Store. Maybe Google should have uploaded a Valentine video instead. Oh, and if you’d like, you can take a gander at the Photo Sphere’d family portrait on Google+ where it’s currently available for everyone — actors included — to view.

[Google+]

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Yelp For Android Updated To v3.7, Finally Adds Action Bar, And Something Called Yelp Talk

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The Yelp app for Android has been update to version 3.7, and brings some much-needed action bar love to everyone’s favorite restaurant and other place-finding service… thing. Except they sort of botched it a little bit – with a big, fat ugly gray bar at the bottom of the map and result list UI that decreases the amount of visible content. Lovely.

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On the upside, now you have a 3-dot menu button, and the standard action bar back button, too. This update adds support for Yelp Talk, as well, which is Yelp’s local chat thing. My local chat buddies had all sorts of interesting things to say, so much that I think they deserve their very own jumbo screenshot:

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Look at all that intelligent discussion.

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AT&T acquires spectrum in WCS and AWS bands from four companies

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The FCC approved multiple measures today that will in the end see AT&T receiving a diverse grouping of spectrum from several different companies. The different bits of spectrum all fall into the WCS (Wireless Communications Service) and AWS-1 (Advanced Wireless Services) bands, which cover the 2305-2320 / 2345-2360MHz and 1710-1755 / 2110-2155MHz frequency ranges, respectively. The spectrum is being purchased from four different companies – Nextwave, Horizon, Comcast, and SG&E.

There's a pretty complicated set of small parcels of spectrum being transferred in several different markets, which can be seen at the FCC source link below if you're so inclined. If you don't feel like digging through those (we don't blame you,) the end result is AT&T gaining spectrum in 608 different market areas that cover a total of 82-percent of the U.S. population. AT&T of course plans to use this spectrum to improve its LTE situation in these new markets.

Source: FCC; PhoneScoop

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