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The manufacturing white label behind products from LG Electronics and many, many other companies, LG Display will have something new for us in Las Vegas as well. In a press release, the company announced it will show off Ultra HD (4K) panels in 55-, 65- and 84-inch sizes (shown above), complete with its FPR passive 3D tech built in. Since LG Display makes panels for quite a few of the HDTVs on shelves, it follows that we’ll be seeing actual products shipping in those sizes in the coming year from several brands. It also will show off its work in other areas, with a 30-inch 4K monitor, a 5.5-inch 1080p screen for smartphones, a 1,920 x 1,200 7-inch tablet display, and a new QSXGA (2,560 x 1,700) screen destined for laptops that packs all of those pixels into just 12.9-inches.
PPI isn’t everything however, and LG Display is bringing several displays notable for their tiny bezels as well, including a 23.8-inch monitor in its Neo-Blade Series, a 13.3-inch laptop screen with a 2mm bezel, and a 4.7-inch mobile screen with a 1mm thick bezel. Finally, the new year also brings tweaks to its OLED displays, which will show off an ultra light and thin design at just 3.5kg and 4mm thick — and hopefully actually being released in the US this year. Check out the release after the break for the full list of goodies, we’ll be getting our own look at them in just a few days.
Christmas is almost here! The family is getting together and all the kiddos are screaming over their gifts, but what about us Android fans? We deserve a little joy too, right? This is why Google has put together a few Nexus-themed Happy Holiday Cards.
They feature our very favorite little green robot, along with all of his holiday friends – including polar bears, penguins and… Big Foot? Either way, you can print them, share them, give them away, use them as wallpapers or do as you please with them. Download them straight from here if you want them. Merry Christmas, guys!
Ever wondered why dual-screen phones didn’t catch on? Yeah, me neither. I mean there can be ways that dual-screens can be pretty cool, but when Kyocera made an attempt with the Echo, and it flopped. Reports said battery life was terrible, and it just was not impressive. Does not look like it will ever catch on.
Well in comes YotaPhone. Not the final name choice, but this phone has 2 screens that is not quite what we have seen before. One HD normal display in front, one LCD screen in back. Yeah this is not a flip phone with 2 screens in a Nintendo DS manner, just a 2 sided device with an interesting twist. Now innovation is always key, and as much as this might be somewhat innovative; I do not see this type of phone catching on. The second screen in back acts as a backup screen for when your phone is completely dead. It can screenshot certain apps, and display it even though your phone is discharged. Might come in handy when your phone dies on the way somewhere. You can screen shot Google Maps and find your way with the ugly backup screen. Yeah it is not too pretty to look at , and with backup batterys, portable battery chargers, and just being cautious about your battery life needs; we really do not need a second screen that is going to be able to show us a screenshot of a page out of a book or a map.
Check out the video below and let us know what you think.
The BBC’s internet tech boss has put together a long blog post updating the nation on the corporation’s Android plans, promising, among other things, to make “feature parity” with the iOS version of the TV app a key goal for Android iPlayer. So we’ll finally get programme downloading.
As well as that, the BBC will soon introduce a variable bitrate option, allowing those on faster connections and using big screens to enjoy higher resolution videos. Here’s a chunk from the BBC’s Android newsflash:
For devices with bigger screens and capable of advanced playback we’ll enable high quality video encodes along the lines of those on iOS devices. Since we can’t rely on adaptive bitrate yet we aim to start at a higher quality encode for larger screens and a lower quality encode for smaller ones.
We will also take network into consideration so we’ll start with higher quality on WiFi and 4G networks and lower quality over 3G. These improvements start before Christmas with a new high quality media encode when using WiFi.
And yes, the BBC says the radio part of the app will soon work in the background and with the screen turned off. Hooray.
The Android update is well worth a read, with the broadcaster highlighting how quickly 7″ Android devices have taken off — the Kindle Fire HD and the Nexus 7 are both in the top five bits of Android hardware when it comes to accessing the service.
We have been receiving lots of requests to host a “Show Off Your Screens Day!” lately. So, let’s do this. Many of you have been upgrading phones, buying tablets then pimping them out, so we know you have some awesome designs you want to share with the community. If you’re more into the stock feel, these [...]
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Not even a full moon cycle has passed since Sharp’s president, Takashi Okuda, trumpeted the fact that his firm was one of the chosen few selected to provide screens for the new iPhone. Now, according to Reuters the troubled company has slipped behind on production, with The Wall Street Journal going as far to say mass production hasn’t started at all. The nearest thing to a reason given for the situation is “manufacturing difficulties.” If you were worried this might delay the reveal of Apple’s next flagship, the WSJ also reminds us that Sharp is still one of three suppliers, though it’s unclear just how big a slice of the production-pie Okuda’s brigade has been given. At the very least, those one the production line can likely enjoy some much appreciated over time.
Filed under: Mobile
Sources claim Sharp’s production of iPhone screens delayed originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 31 Aug 2012 04:19:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Our last “Show Off Your Home Screens Day!” was back in March, which was way too long ago. We can imagine many of you have gone through a dozen different looks since then, so we thought today (with the suggestion of a reader) would be a great day to show off those masterpiece home [...]
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Tactus Technology understands that the physical keyboard is essentially dead because people want to have more screen real estate for gaming and other highly interactive apps. But what if they could produce an on-demand physical keyboard that popped up through your touch screen? Think about the difference this could make in gaming controls or texting [...]
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Don't worry, faithful Kyocera Echo owners, your two dual screens are not forgotten about. Sprint has just announced an OTA update that will bring some bug fixes and security enhancements your way. This update addresses the MMS audio issue where the audio would cut out after 8 seconds as well as makes changes to the roaming guard display. In addition they have activated the Commercial Mobile Alert System in this update and implemented some security fixes. If you have an Echo and have yet to receive the update, be sure to check manually for it.
It is spring and that means it is time to show off everyone’s wonderful home screens! It has been a while since we last posted one of these, so put forth your sexiest setup and let the world in on your secrets. We tend to believe that our community is the best in the world [...]
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If you’ve ever felt the burning urge to mirror your smartphone’s display onto a larger screen, then you might consider stuffing GeChic’s portable, 13.3-inch monitor into the ol’ man purse for your next wayward outing. We’re not promising that it’ll be simple, but in addition to supporting laptops, game consoles and digital cameras, you can also rig up your smartphone to the On-Lap 1302 monitor — with the assistance of a tangle of adapters, batteries and cords, that is. The product is said to be just 8mm thick, but most importantly, this 1366 x 768 display can be powered either from your laptop’s USB port or an external battery pack. It includes proper hookups for VGA and HDMI video connections (via a proprietary 30-pin connector), but laptop users may also purchase a Mini DisplayPort accessory. Throw in Apple’s Digital AV Adapter or an MHL to HDMI solution, and boom, you’ve also got support for your iPhone and many Android smartphones. Okay, so it’s a bit convoluted, but the product’s video touts this as, “The best idea ever,” and along with its homespun production, we think you’ll enjoy it for a good laugh — so just hop the break. Those interested in such gear will find it on Newegg next month for $199.
GeChic On-Lap 1302 is a ‘Secret Tool’ to give your smartphone dual screens (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 17 Mar 2012 03:24:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
We reported last year (as well as showed pictures like the one above) that Samsung wanted to eventually have flexible AMOLED screens for their phones. Pretty mind blowing technology, but we did not know the exact time frame on when they would be out in the wild. We do now. Samsung’s Mobile Display’s assistant has confirmed that flexible AMOLEDs will be commercialized within a year. My guess would be that they are pushing for Christmas time. Old Saint Nick just might drop one off in your stocking if you are a good little Android geek.
Advantages of these flexible AMOLEDs would be the end of dreaded crack screens that could quickly ruin your night, no matter how drunk you are. The “contour curve” screens have already made appearances on the Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus S, and with screens getting larger, I am just wondering how flexible they will be.
You guys all for flexible AMOLEDs? Or will you remain true to flatness?
Source: Slash Gear
As we were wrapping up our Motorola booth session this afternoon, we stumbled onto two devices that looked extra special, but at the same time, sort of unfamiliar. Sure enough, they were the MT917 and the XT928, the two HD RAZR-esque devices that Moto released to China back in November. We paid attention to [...]
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The video above shows Samsung’s take on the future of mobile technology. There are tons of really neat features that Samsung touches on and we hope that all of them make their way to the market sometime before the year 2020. The imagined device sports a transparent screen, 3-D augmented reality capabilities, real-time worldly translations [...]
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Sony’s bonkers clamshell, PlayStation Certified, Android 3.2 Tablet P is now available in the UK, with box-shifter Dixons now selling the tab for £499. For that amount of money you get an insane dual-screened device, which features two 5.5″ screens, 1GB of RAM and 4GB of media storage space, with “the show” being written and directed by the dual-core Tegra 2 chipset.
It’s totally mad. We are attracted to it because of that.
But that’s too much money, regardless of it having twice as many screens as everything else. We’ll have another look next summer and see if it’s more reasonable.
We got an app submission from the developer of Grid Live Wallpaper over the weekend and are impressed. As live wallpaper fanatics, this is right up our alley. Through this app, you can set up a variety of different screens and looks by selecting a picture, color, shape scheme, etc. As you flip through them [...]
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Apparently unconvinced by that other Facebook phone that such as beast isn't really desired, Motorola and Canadian carrier TELUS today anonounced the Motokey Social, with a 2.4-inch touchscreen and big black keyboard. You'll no doubt note the Facebook button in thie lower left, and it's also got five hom screens and two themes, all with links to Facebook.
Physically, it's 10mm thin, has a 3 MP camera and weighs 87 grams. It'll go for $89.99 startin Nov. 21 to TELUS prepaid customers.
Screens are getting bigger and brighter, processors are becoming snappier, and data speeds are increasing by the minute. All the while batteries are becoming less and less reliable it would seem. Are we heading towards a time where that is no longer the issue? Suppose on a good day your 4G LTE phone lasts the [...]
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So you’ve got this webpage over at Motorola that’s telling you all about the new Dick Tracy watch, aka the MOTOACTV, a sports-centric Android device made to wear on a strap around your arm or wrist. It looks fantastic, but you want a guide from an Android perspective, one that’ll let you know exactly what this device is and how simple (or incredibly difficult) it’ll be to use. We just happen to have a guide like that here! And after the guide we’ll have a full review of the device as well!
Full disclosure, the following guide is essentially re-written from a reviewer’s guide made for those taking a look at the MOTOACTV before consumers get their hands on it. What I’m aiming to do here is to write it in a style that’ll make it both simple to understand and readable in a shorthand format so that you can get the idea of what’s going on without committing to reading the bible of MOTOACTV, if you know what I mean.
Preparation of the device
This isn’t the kind of device you can just pop out of the box and start running with, but it’s close, and with only a few screens grabbing your weight, age, gender, and time zone. After entering these values, you could potentially jet out the door BUT you should of course do a few things like making sure its fully charged and that you’ve got it correctly attached to the accessory of your choice.
With the basic package you’ll get the MOTOACTV itself in either an 8 or 16GB version, this telling you how much space you’ve got inside for things like MP3 music tracks, as well as a charger (with 2 USB out ports, neat!), USB cord, a clothing/belt clip, Motorola SF200 stereo headphones with built-in mic, and a guide book. After that you’re able to purchase the following:
Clip (included but available for purchase if you lose yours)
SF200 headphones (ditto)
Sports Wrist Strap
Lucky for you, our review will contain all of these items because we’ve got the super deluxe awesome reviewers package, complete with biker dude/Gene Simmons box!
Once your device has been set up, you’ll notice five home screens, the main and center screen being the Timepiece Screen, this you’ll recognize by the giant digital time display as opposed to a big red icon in each of the other screens. The five screens are as follows, from left to right:
Settings – This area allow you to re-address anything you want to change that you set in the original setup as well as items like metrics, Audio Coach if you want to be spoken to during your run on how well you’re doing with pace, split time options, workout customization, and you can even turn the Timepiece into a scary looking hardcore skull. I expect that further customizations of interface will be introduced over time as well – you also have the ability to change your theme from Fire to Blue Sky or Steel *unfortunately “Blue Steel” is not yet an option – soon!
Workout – Here is where you start your activity. From here you can select items like Running, Cycling, Elliptical, and more. See additional information on this screen in the Working Out section below.
Timepiece – The center screen displays the current time as well two items that start calculating each midnight and reset each midnight: steps and calories burned. The device uses a couple of built-in items: GPS and an accelerometer, to track how many steps you’ve gone in a day. MOTOACTV also has Bluetooth certified with *ANT+ which, as Motorola states, “enables compatible fitness equipment, like heart rate monitors, bike speed/cadence/power sensors, and foot pods, to communicate directly with your MOTOACTV using a low-power wireless protocol.” Back in settings is where you’ll be hooking your MOTOACTV up with anything from foot pods to power sensors to heart rate monitors, collecting data from these devices then via Bluetooth.
Music – This is where you’ll control your music, of course, this separate from your workout so that you can manage the two independent from one another. You’ll be adding music to your device via an application that you’ll find available to add to your computer (your home computer, Windows or Mac,) which will work to load music as well as unload data if you wish to avoid MOTOACTV.com – more on that later. You can also get FM radio right from the device itself using your headphone plug as an antenna. The most awesome part about music is that MOTOACTV compiles data and attaches it to your music, this data then harvested to create one “high-performance playlist” of songs that’ve statistically made you move faster, and with more stamina than the others in the past.
Notifications – On the right is the last screen, this one working with your smartphone. If you do not want to use a smartphone in tangent with your MOTOACTV, you don’t have to – isn’t that neat? The device will of course be promoted as one that works to bring your smartphone to a whole new level, of course, here connecting not only to show you any notifications you have on that device, but letting you access calls, text messages, and calendar reminders as well.
Smartphone integration with MOTOACTV by Sanjay Jha
To help you load your favorite music to your device, Motorola has included an application by the name of MotoCast USB. You can access this application by plugging your MOTOACTV into your computer with its USB cord. You’ll either be prompted to install immediately, or you’ll have to search for it – Mac users it’ll be on your desktop or amongst your plugged-in media, Windows users you’ll have to go to My Computer, MotoCast Drive, and MotoCastSetup.exe. Make it happen from there and poof! The application appears. You’ll need to either create a MotoCast ID if you don’t already have one or just log in from here, at which point you’ll be ready to go for loading music and all kinds of other fun stuff from MOTOACTV.com to your device.
From this point you can either continue to plug your MOTOACTV in to your computer to connect to MotoCast USB or you can set your MOTOACTV up to connect with your computer via Wi-fi – should both your MOTOACTV and your computer be connected to the same Wi-fi network, you’ll be in business for completely wireless syncing of media and data.
At the website MOTOACTV.com, you’ll be able to access your MOTOACTV device-generated statistics with your MotoCast ID. Your statistics only upload to Motorola’s servers if you connect your MOTOACTV to a Wi-fi network and you’ve signed in with your MotoCast ID on the device as well. This site is one of the big selling points of the device, but again, just like the smartphone bit, you don’t need to connect to use the device on its own. With the site you’ll be able to access the following:
Workouts – Each time you start and end an activity, it will be registered in your Workouts, complete with pace, distance, calories burned, and if your workout was outdoors, a map of your workout route. There’s also a place to add journal notes to your workouts – for when you need to know that this was the day that you ate the cheeseburger before going on that hike that ended badly.
Planning – Here you’ll be able to set up a workout plan on a big calendar, each workout date then given to you as a reminder on your device should you later load the information in to the hardware. There’s also maps of the USA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina connected to training plans and tips from fitness experts like Chris Carmichael that you can use if you’ve got no idea where to start.
Goals – Just as the title implies, this is the place where you can set goals for your fitness, these goals then tracked via your workout routine loaded into the site with your device. Goals include weight loss, workout frequency, and stamina.
Competition – As users from across the country join the fun here with MOTOACTV.com, you’ll be able to compete against one another in competition. You can also connect with your friends and family through their accounts and have one big MOTOACTV social running network! This is clearly the goal, anyway.
Settings – Here’s where you can create a profile including photo and personal stats, adjust your privacy settings. You can also manage your MOTOACTV device from this area of the website and explore your Fitness Zones and maps (which you can customize yourself.)
From your Workout screen you’ll be able to select from any of the following: Running, Cycling, Walking, Elliptical, and Step Machine. You can also select “recent” which shows what you’ve done recently as far as workouts and can select “race myself” if you’d like to improve. Before you start anything though, once you’ve selected what you want to do, you’ll want to calibrate your device – this option will come up as you start your activity and will take you about 2 minutes. You’ll want to make sure your GPS is locked, this taking just a few seconds depending on where you are in the world, or that your accelerometer is working well (this mostly for when you’re indoors.)
Inside a workout you’re able to see your live data screen which can show things like pace, hour, elevation, and calories. You can adjust what you see here in your settings on the device by heading to Settings, Workout, Customize Views. You have the option of adding an Audio Coach which will speak to you on your important stats like time, calories burned, and heart rate, each of these only when you tap your MOTOACTV display for an update. No worries about nagging!
A few other items exist for the MOTOACTV which aren’t really categorizable under the software end of the device and that we’ll be reviewing in kind here on the site. They are, in no particular order:
Display – what you’ve got here is an a 1.6-inch LCD capacitive display on a device that is 1.81 x 1.81 x 0.38 inches large, and the screen is no ordinary bit of tech – instead what you’ve got here is a transflective display which, as Motorola says, “turns black and white in direct sunlight.” We’ll be checking that out for sure!
Toughness – Motorola notes that the entire MOTOACTV is both scratch resistant (and it certainly is as it’s got Gorilla Glass across the front) and water resistant. They literally suggest that we “Take it for a test drive during a rain storm” and “Take it to your gym for an all-out sweat fest on the treadmill.” We’ll do a bit of that testing as well, though I can’t promise an all-out sweat fest, as it were.
Seeya here soon for the full review of the device!
Motorola MOTOACTV Hands-on by Dean Karnazes
If you’re a hyper local based couponer (Grouponer for those not in the know) you’ve probably been craving Google Offers. Well great news for you, the Google Offers is now live and ready in the Android Market.
With the Google Offers app you get hyper local offers, coupons, deals, whatever you want to call them. Instead of getting a barrage of emails, each with a new deal, the Google Offers app keeps all your Google Offers deal in one easy to reach place.
More after the break
The app divides itself into four key screens, a feature screen, a deal notifier screen, an archive screen and a screen for redeeming offers without printing them. With Google Offers you will be able to redeem your deals via your Android phone and in some cases participating merchants will allow you to redeem deals directly from your phone on that fourth screen.
Google launched their Google Offers program back in June in Portland Oregon. It has been widely rumored that Google created Offers after a failed attempt to buy Groupon. Analysts are mixed on the “daily deals” and “hyper local” deals category. Some feel that it’s over saturated while others believe that it’s great for consumers and that many people look forward to daily deals in their email. Now, you can do it on the Google Offers app.
source: Android Authority
One of the top ranked movie apps for all smartphones is now available for Honeycomb Android tablets. Fandango allows users to browse new movies, view trailers, see information on old movies and even purchase movie tickets.
Fandango is also one of the top ranked movie portals on the web. The tablet version of Fandango allows you to browse through all the current movies. From it’s main screen you continue through to read the synopsis of the movie, stars in the movie and even see the trailer. Trailers look great on the bigger screens.
You can then browse what local theaters are showing the movie, see users and critics ratings of the movie and click through to buy tickets.
Ready to download it? Hit the market page here!
The good news: Netflix made an update to their app in the Android Market that offers support for all Honeycomb tablets. Meaning, you can now pop in and download the app officially with out the need for side loading or any hackery. Finally, right? As usual though, there is bad news that comes along with the good.
The Bad new: They didn’t do any extra work to offer better quality resolution for the bigger screens! So now you can definitely go install Netflix and enjoy all the content you can imagine, expect some low resolution play back.
Hopefully the next update will offer some higher quality video streaming options for the tablet users out there. Maybe even ICS will offer a better experience when it all finally gets going, who knows. For now, you can go ahead and scan or click the QR code below to pick it up if you don’t feel like searching the market.
Developer: Netflix, Inc.
10:09am and it’s unveiled, the Galaxy Nexus
10:08am video rolling
10:07am: Andy is wearing his signature outfit and he just announced that Ice Cream Sandwich is Android 4.0
10:07am: Andy Lubin LOL Andy Rubin on stage now
10:06am: Google+ integration
10:06am: LTE Technology and HSPA+ version
10:05am: Today Samsung and Google unveil the first Ice Cream Sandwich smartphome
10:04am: JK Shin is on stage
10:03am: Kim Titus on stage. He doesn’t look like a banker
10:02am: Animation on screens, wow right on time
10:00am We’re getting ready, like all of you!
And in this corner of the LG U.S. National Texting Championship we have the brand-new LG DoublePlay on T-Mobile. Just announced, the Android 2.3 device features a 3.5-inch main display and 2-inch sub-display that splits the four-row QWERTY keyboard. While secondary screens have yet to really take off (hi, Kyrocera Echo and Samsung Continuum), this one's different as it's got a layer of functionality the others lacked with the keyboard.
The DoublePlay, which is powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, also has a 5MP camera and is the phone contestants will use at the National Texting Championship on Oct. 26 in New York. No word yet on when us mere mortals can pick one up.
Not sure what the deal is, but I had like 12 apps asking to be updated this afternoon. Flash Player 11 received some security fixes, Tumblr fixed bugs and added new post screens, Foursquare changed icons, Swiftkey X improved, and Evernote made it easier to go “Premium.” Nothing major from most of these, but you [...]
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Alternative Android Market BloomWorlds Dead Before Arrival – Here Are The Startup Lessons They’ve Learned (And You Should Too)
Have you heard of BloomWorlds? Chances are you probably haven’t, because even though I’ve been seeing intermittent updates about it on and off for the past year and a half, they never actually came out with a product, which was supposed to be a family-friendly, curated Android market. As of today, the project is shut down, and the post mortem report filled with reasons for its failure is sitting in our inboxes. And now your screens.
I’ve heard a lot of talk, and one of the founders even fruitlessly spent hours buying Brian and me drinks at CES trying…
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