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Corning Announces Unveiling Of Gorilla Glass 3 At CES

unbreakableWhat’s that on your phone? Gorilla Glass 2? Psh, I guess that’s alright for 2012, but Corning is about to make 2013 one whole digit more durable with Gorilla Glass 3. As is the tradition, Corning will be on hand at CES with Gorilla Glass 3 samples for the assembled press to beat up as a demonstration of its durability. How durable is it? Corning thinks it’s pretty alright.

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Corning’s new strengthened glass has been tweaked at the molecular level to slow the spread of cracks and make scratches less visible. Corning calls this property Native Damage Resistance (NDR). Corning claims NDR will make devices three times more resistant to scratches, while offering a 40% reduction in visible scratches.  So if your phone takes a nasty little tumble, the damage should remain localized rather than spreading out in the form of device-spanning cracks.

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Android Winter Wonderland snowball fight wallpaper released

For those looking to get into the holiday spirit even more this year, while also showing your Android pride today we have a nice new wallpaper for everyone to rock on their device of choice. The guys from Android Foundry have continued their tradition of releasing an awesome holiday themed Android wallpaper. This time around we have good ol Andy throwing snowballs.

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This is their third Android-themed wallpaper released in the past few months, and comes in all shapes and sizes to fit the growing different screen size and resolutions of our Android friends. In case you missed the Christmas lights wallpaper you can get it here. Now we have a friendly wallpaper with Andy tossing a few snowballs at his robot friend, who’s also trying to steal a carrot from his Snowman if you didn’t notice.

This is rather perfect timing too for a snow-themed wallpaper considering so much of the country was covered in snow this Christmas season. I know many friends and family were covered in a foot or so of snow Christmas morning, but sadly here in Vegas it was dry as can be for me. Since we didn’t actually get any snow, this will have to hold me over.

If you’d like to customize your own new Android smartphone or tablet you received on Christmas to match the seasons feel free to hit the link below. They offer tons of different resolutions, or just grab a big one and resize as needed. Don’t forget to check out our very own Android Community Wallpapers. Enjoy folks!

Winter Wonderland Wallpaper link

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Apple iPhone 5S rumors and speculations

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Rumors are among the things that made Apple iPhone 5 so popular even before it was release a little over 3 months ago. While the Cupertino, Calif.-based tech titan has yet to ship its newest smartphone to more countries, new rumors about Apple iPhone 5S started to sprout and it’s getting bigger and bigger each day.

Some of iPhone 5S rumors and speculations are just too good to be true but some seem realistic. In fact, the device itself is the fruit of speculations that Apple, in its bid to dominate in the mobile market, needs to release yet another iPhone model that would bring incremental upgrades to iPhone 5. Here are the rumors roaming around the web today.

iPhone 5S Release Date

Some “unnamed sources” allegedly leaked to some media people that Apple may start the production of iPhone 5S as early as next month. It is allegedly planning to release it in the first quarter of 2013. The company is said to break its tradition of releasing new devices in the 3rd quarter of each year. This led to speculations that iPhone 5 is not doing good in terms of sales in the current market.

iPhone 5S IGZO Display from Sharp

Apple has reportedly started asking questions about Sharp’s IGZO display technology. According to “industry sources” there is a great possibility it is the technology Apple will use for its next-generation devices because not only does IGZO comes with a thin panel, it is also power-efficient; qualities that the company wanted to put into its devices. This rumor sounds more legit than others knowing Sharp shifted its focus to developing IGZO panels for mobile devices following three quarters of great financial losses.

iPhone 5S Wireless Charging feature

One of the reasons why Apple does not stuff its devices with all the goodies that can be found in other devices is because it leaves a room for upgrades. This is also one factor why many Apple fans and iOS device owners would want to trade their old devices in with new ones. The next generation iPhone will feature wireless charging, according to speculations. This speculation is supported by Apple’s Wireless Power Utilization patent application last month.

iPhone 5S Software

It is Apple’s tradition to bundle its new operating system and features with its new devices. Most likely, if 5S were true, it would come running iOS 7, which is believed to come with additional Passbook option, better Siri integration, and enhancements to its controversial Maps app.

iPhone 5 Mini

The release of iPad Mini paved a way to speculations that Apple may be planning to release iPhone 5 Mini, instead of the 5S, to go after emerging markets. Basically, some people believe the company needs to release a much cheaper device to dominate in the market that widely dominated by budget-friendly Android devices. However, it seems unlikely for Apple to offer its new device at a lower price just to go after Chinese and Indian markets.

The Bottom Line

These rumors are still starting to build up. A few of them might have been based on facts but majority are mere speculations. They should be taken with a pinch of salt until Apple confirms them or releases official statement about the device it plans to build for 2013.

[source: Tech Radar | image: GizMag]

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Galaxy Note II Developer Edition (16GB) Shows Up On Samsung’s Site, Proves Its Existence

2012-12-19_13h45_54One of the biggest frustrations of dealing with Verizon, if you’re someone who likes to tweak their phone, is that the carrier insists on locking the bootloaders on its phones that otherwise would not be locked. Samsung has offered Developer Editions of its phones in the past, including the Galaxy S III, largely to avoid that problem and appease the dev crowd. Today, that tradition continues with the Galaxy Note II which has now appeared on the company’s site in a similar hacker-friendly model.

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Samsung hasn’t announced pricing or availability for this model just yet, but if previous patterns hold, you can expect this to take a bit of a toll on your wallet, as it’s going to be sold off-contract and unsubsidized.

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Sony Yuga smartphone rumors suggest a handset with 128GB of storage

It looks like some additional details have come available regarding one of Sony’s 2013 Xperia flagship handsets. Keeping in mind though, these details have yet to be confirmed by Sony and the handset is still going by nothing more than the codename. That warning out of the way, the handset is the Sony Yuga and based on the details we have been seeing — this looks like it may be an interesting device.

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The latest on this handset is calling for a 5-inch full HD display, that part we have heard before. The new addition is that the handset will have Dragontrail glass panels. Yup, for better or worse, it looks like Sony will be carrying on the new tradition of glass paneled smartphones. For those worrying about the potential for breaking, while that remains, the Dragontrail glass is similar to that of Gorilla glass.

Some of the other bits include the handset having a 3,000 mAh battery, 3GB of RAM and a Samsung Exynos 5-series processor, which is believed to be a quad-core 5440. The Yuga is also expected to be water and dust-resistant and sporting a 16 megapixel camera on the back.

And now for an interesting bit — the internal storage. The latest rumors are suggesting the Yuga will launch with 128GB of internal storage. Of course, as mentioned earlier, these details are still firmly in the rumor category which means they can and likely will change with time. Finally, it was previously suggested that Sony would be launching the Yuga towards the later parts of 2013, possibly in October.

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Sony coats Xperia P in 24-carat gold, keeps up tradition of so-so phones in luxury shells

Sony coats Xperia P in 24carat gold, keeps up tradition of soso phones in luxury shells

Outside of custom projects, the cardinal rule for draping phones in exotic materials is that they must never, ever be truly high end devices: at best, they should involve mid-tier hardware that could be eclipsed by a garden-variety smartphone at a fraction of the price. Sony’s maintaining that all too time-honored tradition by producing a gold-coated, 24-carat version of… the Xperia P. Yes, rather than spruce up a flagship like the James Bond-approved Xperia T, Sony has instead given the luxury treatment to a smartphone with a strictly middling 4-inch display and dual-core 1GHz processor. In fairness, the company sees this as an experiment rather than a Vertu-like business model, with the intent strictly to emphasize the unibody design. A maximum 15 have been built as a result — and rather than count on impulse purchases from oligarchs, Sony hints that it’s offering at least some of its gold Xperia P stock to followers on Facebook. As long as there’s no pretenses of living the high life with what’s really a very ordinary phone underneath, we’re satisfied.

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T-Mobile is Getting the Nexus 4 for $199 on Contract, Nexus 7 With 3G as Well

T-Mobile and Google have always had a good working relationship with each other as far as Nexus devices go. The two companies are looking to keep that tradition going with the announcement that the Nexus 4 will be available on-contract through the magenta carrier by the end of this year. On November 13, T-Mobile customers [...]

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iPhone 5 Issues: Apple flagship can easily be discolored, scratched and chipped off

iPhone 5, despite its popularity and cool features, comes with somewhat rare superficial problem. Some owners reported that they received their units with spots of chipped off paint. This iPhone 5 chipping issue can easily be spotted on Black & Slate-colored units but owners of White & Silver units also reported the same. This leaves an impression that Apple’s quality team flunked on this aspect.

It’s Apple’s tradition to release new iPhones and iPads each year with lots of improvements and features added to attract new customers and retain old ones. However, it seems like each unit released, especially the iPhone, has signature issues. Majority of iPhone 4 owners were plagued with antennagate issue and iPhone 4S owners with battery life problem. iPhone 5′s issue is rather superficial as it is only paint-deep but it can surely make Apple’s precious flagship look bad.

iPhone 4 and 4S were released with hard glass back making them more durable than previous models. iPhone 5 comes with anodized aluminum back panel to make its casing lighter. But the thing is, this metal has a default chrome or silvery color and what Apple did was to anodize it to come with whatever color its designers want for the device. The problem is that anodized aluminum can easily be discolored and since it is softer than any other metals, it can easily be scratched and the color be chipped off.

Another problem with anodized aluminum is that it is highly reactive to a lot of chemicals and substances that even a drop of Coke would be enough to create a blemish on iPhone 5′s back casing. But the problem does not stop there. The color can also be chipped off when the smartphone is dropped either accidentally or intentionally. To demonstrate, I might as well point you to Android Authority that conducted a drop test face-off between iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3.

These cases are, of course, be addressed by Apple and at the end of the day units with chipped off paint would or might be replaced. For residents in the U.S., that would be a perfect solution but not to the people who have imported their devices to other countries.

So far, Apple hasn’t released an official statement regarding this problem. Let’s wait and see what Tim Cook would have to say about it. But just so to make it clear, there were only a few reported cases of units with few chipped off paint along the edges. The company is now facing a few software-related problems, especially the iOS 6 Maps issue, and hardware-related ones.

Source: GSM Arena

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Samsung Galaxy S4 slated for February 2013 launch

Amidst all the commotions built around Apple-Samsung legal feud, the South Korean manufacturer is allegedly planning to launch a follow-up for Galaxy S3, a Korean newspaper revealed Monday, September 17th. Samsung Galaxy S4 is reportedly being slated for a February 2013 release. Apparently, the company is not planning to let go of its Galaxy series devices easily despite being the center of Apple’s patent infringement claims.

Mashable’s Emily Price reported that the launching will be done at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in the first quarter of next year. Samsung Galaxy S4 will come with slightly bigger display of 5 inches (Galaxy S3 has 4.8 inches screen) but might feature pixel density over 450ppi and a much higher resolution.

It has already been the tradition of Samsung to release follow-up devices for its existing flagships and most of the times these devices will feature the company’s latest electronics offerings. Reports suggest that Galaxy S4 will feature Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon S4 quad-core processor but others are confident in saying Samsung might just use its new Exynos 5 Quad processor clocked at 1.7GHz.

This newly-rumored handset may still showcase Samsung’s Super AMOLED display technology. Either it will use Qualcomm’s chipset or its own both will come packed with top-notch graphics processors allowing the manufacturer to optimize display specifications. But basically, since the Korean phone-maker builds high-quality screens, processors and RAMs, it is expected that there will be generous upgrades to these components.

Samsung Galaxy S3 has hundreds of new features and we can expect majority of them will be ported to the new device. According to Korea Times, the company will stick to its rectangular shape with rounded edges. There is also a great possibility it will be thinner than Galaxy S III and much more “human.”

Samsung is considerably popular in Europe than any other brands in the same market, hence, the logic why Galaxy S4 will be launched in Spain earlier next year. It wouldn’t also be a surprise if it will be made available in that region before reaching the U.S.

 

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iPhone 5, updated iPod touch and iPod nano models reach the FCC right on cue

iPhone 5, updated iPod touch and iPod nano models reach the FCC right on cue

Apple has a tradition of timing FCC filings for new wireless mobile devices so that they appear just as soon as they’ve been announced, and it’s not about to let up now. We’ve got a trifecta of approvals on the way for 2012 that start with the iPhone 5. What’s hard to miss is the absurd number of cellular bands at work: as Apple had to make separate iPhone 5 models to cover every LTE carrier it supports, on top of the usual alphabet soups for CDMA and GSM, the filing combining the two devices is one of the largest we’ve seen to date. The addition of 5GHz WiFi support only compounds the situation.

A pair of iPods also made their appearances today, and they’ve been given the regulatory once-over as well. The iPod touch has the 5GHz WiFi band included and isn’t special by itself, but the new iPod nano is noteworthy simply for showing up at all — the inclusion of Bluetooth means a spin past the testing facility in addition to some wireless audio. We’re still digging to see if the iPhone or new iPods have any surprises, although you can have a first-hand look through the source links.

Brad Molen contributed to this report.

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iPhone 5, updated iPod touch and iPod nano models reach the FCC right on cue originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 12 Sep 2012 17:39:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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ARCHOS introduces its Android-powered GamePad

ARCHOS GamePad

ARCHOS introduced its GamePad today, the company's first 7-inch Android-powered gaming tablet. The GamePad comes equipped with physical control buttons, joysticks, and a capacitive display, along with a 1.5 GHz dual core processor and Mali 400mp quad-core GPU underneath the hood. The GamePad is unlike anything we've seen in the Android world so far, and is more akin to a PSP than a tradition Android tablet. The GamePad comes equipped with Ice Cream Sandwich and access to the Google Play store, though it looks like most will purchase the GamePad strictly for gaming. ARCHOS says that it'll include tools to enable the physical controls to take the place of virtual navigation on current Android games, and will work with developers to design games specifically for the GamePad. 

We took a look at ARCHOS' latest flagship tablet, the 101 XS, earlier this month, and coupled with the new GamePad, ARCHOS looks to be thinking outside of the box to make a name for itself in the tablet market. The GamePad is scheduled late October release with a pricetag of "less than 150€ (or $188)". ARCHOS' full presser can be found after the break.

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Apple iPad Mini Launch Date Set in October, Separate from iPhone 5 Release

Recent reports suggest that Apple’s iPad Mini launch date will be in October. Basically, it will come later than the iPhone 5′s release date. Previous rumours have it that Apple might have announced both devices together but it seems like there will be two big events. iPad Mini could be the latest addition to the company’s foray of high-tech devices and attaching it with the launching of the iPhone may not just be a good idea.

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iPhone 5 will be announced on September 12th and it is expected to start shipping two weeks later and it is only after its release will Apple unveil iPad Mini to the public. So, we might be looking at a month-long difference in the release dates of these devices. John Gruber of Daring Fireball believes that Apple will most likely release these devices separately to avoid salvaging each other’s sales.

iPhone 5 and iOS Release

Next month, Apple will have all the lights focused on iPhone 5 and the much anticipated iOS 6. It has already been a tradition for the company to release new devices together with new versions of its mobile OS. These two are enough to stir the tech community, enthusiasts and The Wall Street so there is no sense the company will attach something that could divide people’s attention.

One of the reasons why Apple’s products will make a hit and even break sales records during release dates is because millions of people are waiting for its annual releases. Not only those who pre-ordered the new device are anticipating for the release but also those who already own an Apple device but want to taste the new operating system. Usually, during the release dates of either iPhone or iPad, tech communities, blogs and even big news firms will cover the event. It will last at least two weeks and reviews will come day after day.

iPad Mini Launch/Release

The New iPad is packed with features that only a few could actually resist the tempting power. Now, Apple is on the brink of releasing a smaller and cheaper version that would practically bring those features along. Many believe it would make an appeal like its bigger brother but that has yet to be seen when it’s released a few months from now.

Being the newest addition to Apple’s strong lineup of devices, it needs to be promoted separately; that means separate from the typically-sized iPads and iPhones. Therefore, just like what other enthusiasts think, I believe we would be seeing another big event from Apple after iPhone 5 release. Only then we can confirm if iPad Mini is intended to put Amazon’s Kindle Fire out of commission.

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Sony Xperia J gets previewed ahead of an official announcement

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Following recent tradition, a forthcoming Sony device has been extensively leaked and previewed. The ST26i, Xperia J, has been shown off by the chaps at ​mobile-review.com, and reveals a distinctly lower -end offering. 

The Xperia J is a 4-inch device, although apparently the screen quality leaves something to be desired. It is noted that it suffers from an element of glare, low viewing angles and poor color reproduction. Then again, the screen is one of the first areas to be sacrificed when a low end device is designed. There are no on-screen buttons either for the Xperia J, these are capacitive unlike the higher-end leaked 'Mint.' 

The battery is said to be a 1700mAh unit, which should provide a decent level of battery life given the reduced screen size and the same entry-level processor as the Xperia Tipo. RAM is set at 512MB. There is also a microSD card slot hiding away under the battery on the Xperia J.

The rear camera is a 5MP shooter with an LED flash, but apparently only shoots video at a pretty dreary 640×480. There is also a front facing camera, but nothing is said of it's specs. Given the rear camera, we're not expecting a lot from it. 

And then the software. As with the other leaked Sony devices, the Xperia J is at least running Android 4.0 out of the box. It is noted though that this is an 'older' version of the Sony ICS software, seen on the current Xperia devices, and not the newer version we've seen leaked on the 'Mint.' 

So, we're just a week out now from Sony's big press conference at IFA 2012 in Berlin, and given the sheer volume of device leaks we've seen, we're pretty much expecting there will be plenty to see. Of course, Android Central will be on the ground in Berlin all week to bring you all the very best. 

Source: Mobile-Review (translated), via Xperiablog

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Atrix HD continues locked bootloader tradition, may be set free… eventually

Atrix HD continues locked bootloader tradition, may be set free... eventually

Motorola’s record on the whole smartphone bootloader thing is a tad spotty. The world has been promised unlocked bootloaders and, sometimes, the manufacturer has delivered. After the phones have already been on the market for some time, of course. Continuing that trend, will be the recently revealed Atrix HD. The 4.5-inch AT&T-bound phone will follow in the footsteps of its predecessors, the Atrix 4G and Atrix 2, by shipping without the ability to touch the kernel. Of course, that means that not only are custom kernels out the window, but so are custom ROMs as a whole. There is some good news, however. Moto indicated via its Twitter account that an unlock tool would be coming, saying “our goal is still to provide a way to unlock the bootloaders on our devices to those who wish to do so, more details to come.” So, that’s gotta be worth something.

Atrix HD continues locked bootloader tradition, may be set free… eventually originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 11 Jul 2012 17:52:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Samsung expecting record profit earnings for Q2 2012

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Samsung is all set to announce their quarterly results by July 27th but following somewhat of a tradition for Samsung, they've gone ahead and released some expected numbers ahead of the full announcement.

Over the years, Samsung has been known to break a few records here and there and clearly they're not expecting this time around to be any different as they offer up a operating profit estimate of between 6.5 trillion won ($5.7 billion) and 6.9 trillion won ($5.9 billion) with their total profits coming in between 46 trillion won ($40 billion) and 48 trillion won.

If estimates are accurate, that would put them beyond their previous quarter record of 5.85 trillion won ($5.1 billion) for operating profit, which came in the first quarter of 2012. In other words, Samsung has a ton of cash and can only end up with more as sales of the Samsung Galaxy S III continue everywhere.

Source: Market Watch

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It’s Nexus 7 Teardown Time

It has always been the tradition at iFixit. Whenever a new tablet or a high-end smartphone is released, it gets a teardown. It’s newest victim is the Asus built Google Nexus 7 tablet. The Google Nexus 7 Android 4.1 Jelly Bean tablet was announced on 27 June during the first day of Google I/O developer conference. All those who attended the conference were given a Nexus 7 tablet each, along with some other Google goodies. One such Nexus 7, a white one has landed on the iFixit table and it had the honor of being the first Nexus 7 tablet to have it’s innards spread on a table by the iFixit team.

Up till now, we have heard and read a lot about the features of the Nexus 7 tablet, what version of  OS it runs, how much it is going to be priced, when it is scheduled to be launched and a lot more. However, that is just superficial knowledge. Some of us tech geeks are not satisfied by just that and want to know the complete working of a gadget. iFixit teardown does exactly that letting us know the finer details that go into the manufacturing of any electronic device.

Here is a list of all the findings from the official Nexus 7 teardown:

  • The Nexus 7 is 10.4mm thick, precisely 1mm thicker than the new iPad. Apparently that extra millimeter of thickness makes the Nexus 7 more repairable than the iPad, although we wouldn’t advise you to repair any tablet at home, especially if it’s still covered by warranty.
  • GPS, NFC and Wi-Fi antennas may have been produced as soon as April or May.
  • The Nexus 7 has a 4,326 mAh battery that can offer 9:49 hours of battery life compared with the Kindle Fire’s 4400mAh battery that offers just 7:42 hours of life.
  • The Nexus 7 doesn’t get “disconcertingly hot” but rather “just a little toasty,” according to Engadget.
  • The Nexus 7 features Hynix RAM, the same model found in the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display.
  • The Nexus 7 comes with two microphones, presumably needed to offer users great voice-based Google Search features.
  • It is still not known whether the Nexus 7 features Gorilla Glass or Gorilla Glass 2 from Corning, but I guess we’ll find out more details about that soon enough.

After a detailed by iFixit team, they have decided to give the Nexus 7 a 7 out of 10 rating for repairability. The Kindle Fire was given an 8.

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What Will Google Give us During the 2012 I/O?

The Google I/O annual developer congress and county fair is by tradition a grab bag actually.  The 2012 I/O will be held tomorrow starting at 9.30 am.  Wednesday’s keynote will not be different from the past, Google’s product portfolio often leans towards something unexpected.  New ideas keep appearing and vanishing so fast especially with competition getting stiffer from Microsoft and Apple. This year’s I/O has lots of goodies for everyone.  The most interesting this year will be:

a) The Google Nexus Tablet

There have been news that Google is making its own tablet, the Google Nexus tablet.  This is not true, Google just blesses a new tablet from Asus.  The tablet, which was displayed by NVIDIA’s head Jen-Hsun Huang during the 2012 CES, has a quad-core Tegra 3 processor and a 7 inch display.  Although at that time NVIDIA announced that the tablet would be available for $249, there are indications that Google will subsidize it to $200 to compete with the Amazon Kindle and the Barnes & Noble Nook.

 

b) Android Jelly Bean upgrade and Chrome OS

As I covered in my previous post, one of the most anticipated news during this years’ I/O conference is the release of Google Android Jelly Bean OS upgrade.  End users expect lots of goodies and improvements in the next operating system reported to be Android 4.1.  The upgrade is expected to be huge and will have Chrome OS as the default web browser, it will have a ton of added features including a voice assistant.

 

c) Improved Google Play

Google made a promise that it was working on improving Google Play Market which is currently in a mess.  What Google Play needs is an overhaul to improve its sorting and filter capabilities and introduction of more HD movies and a better music store.  Google play will also needs to be more productive and handle the large quantities of content and filter out junk and spam.

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Did Sprint just spoil a white HTC EVO 4G LTE?

Did Sprint just spoil a white version of the HTC EVO 4G LTE

Sprint has a tradition of carrying white EVO models, and based on its own inadvertent pre-advertising, this isn’t about to stop. Assuming it’s not just a hasty palette swap, a banner tempting customers over to the network is spoiling a white-and-silver EVO 4G LTE — very different than the black model we know and (mostly) love. The carrier hasn’t officially confirmed that the new hue exists, but we’re reaching out to find out whether it’s real or just wishful thinking on a marketer’s part. We’ll let you know the full details if HTC’s Ice Cream Sandwich flagship really does come in an ice cream color.

[Thanks, Klaus]

Did Sprint just spoil a white HTC EVO 4G LTE? originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 21 Jun 2012 16:16:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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“Google ASUS Nexus 7″ tablet shown in benchmark running Android 4.1

Well what do we have here? Rightware’s Power Board has posted a benchmark result for a previously unknown device going by the name “Google Asus Nexus 7″. Based on the specifications outed – an NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor and a 720p resolution – this looks like it very well could be the much-rumored and long-awaited Nexus Tablet. The benchmark was run only once, but the brand in particular – simply listed as “Google” – is very promising.

Android Police dug a little deeper,  finding that the device in question is codenamed “Grouper”, keeping Google’s older tradition of codenaming devices after fish. (The Motorola XOOM was designated Wingray and Stingray for the Verizon and WiFi versions.) even more interesting, the Nexus 7 seems to be running Android 4.1, labelled “JRN51B”. This may be the Jelly Bean update we’ve heard about, which was previously assumed to be Android 5.0.

A more gradual update to 4.1 seems likely for Google I/O in June, where the Nexus Tablet - or indeed, the Nexus 7 – is presumed to be revealed. Based on months of rumors and speculation, Google is aiming for as low a price point for their latest developer device as possible, probably sliding in at $200 to compete with the cheapest of tablets and LCD e-readers. Now if only we could see it in the flesh… we’ll just have to wait a month (hopefully) to find out.


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Pocket Watch, LLC. Releases ActivePrint 9 for iPad and iPhone

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Since releasing ActivePrint on the popular Apple iOS platform, we have created a huge community of ActivePrint users who are interested in printing from their iPads and iPhones without being limited to a select few models of printers from just one brand. This community has been a great resource for developing the new ActivePrint 9!

With ActivePrint 9 we have continued our tradition of maintaining printing support for the widest variety of document types in the industry to the widest variety of printers. With ActivePrint 9 you can print almost any content on your iPad or iPhone. Document types that you can print with ActivePrint include all of your popular office document types such as word processor documents (including Word and Pages), spreadsheets (including Excel and Numbers), presentations (including PowerPoint and Keynote), PDF files, web pages, handwritten notes, and all of your popular image types.

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Google to release the new Android 5.0 on five different Nexus devices

We are still waiting for the official update to Google preset latest version of Android, the Android 4.0 or the Ice Cream Sandwich, and we are already talking about the next Android 5.0 today. Yes, Android 5.0 is already in the news and it is a good news. It has been Google’s tradition to make a phone its flagship phone for all the major updates it releases. Over the years, there has been the HTC Nexus One, Samsung Nexus S, and the latest Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Each of these phone represent one new version of the operating system and each of these phones run the pure, unadulterated version of the operating system without any manufacturer or carrier overlay on the operating system.

But now, Google is all set to change the tradition of only one Nexus device per new version of the operating system with five new Nexus phones featuring the new Android 5.0. This is a good news, indeed. This would mean that each Android smartphone manufacturer would be able to release one of the Google flagship devices and by that, each manufacturer would be given equal importance. There is a word that Google would start favoring Motorola Mobility once (or if) it buys the company. This opinion would change if the company decides to support all the manufacturers.

Also, by doing this, each manufacturer would be able to get familiarized with the new operating system and would be able to make custom overlays for the newest version of Android easily. This would in turn lead to the manufacturing of new and better smartphones by each manufacturer and therefore, the Android ecosystem would improve vastly. This is a good vision.

And as the rumors say, there would also be a Nexus tablet from Asus which would be running the pure version of Android 5.0 for tablets. This would be just great. The new Android 5.0 will be coming out this fall. So the wait is ON.

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From the forums: An Open Letter to HTC and Sprint – How About a Compromise?

HTC EVO 4G LTE

From Starfleet Captain:

Dear HTC,

As a customer and consumer, I want to thank you for the excellent phones that you continue to make every year. My very first HTC—made smartphone was the Windows Mobile 6.1 device called the Touch Diamond on Sprint. Since then, I was in line before dawn to pick up the HTC Evo 4G on the day it was released, and a year later, the HTC EVO 3D. I want you to know that I have greatly enjoyed these best in class devices over the years.

After reading through the press releases from your company and Sprint for your new upcoming device, the HTC EVO 4G LTE, as well as the many first impression reviews on the web, I can only conclude that you have another blockbuster winning device on your hands. I, for one, as has become a yearly tradition it seems, plan on being in line on the morning of the release of this excellent smartphone. That being said, many consumers in the Android community seem to take issue with a design decision on this device.

Read the rest in our EVO 4G LTE Forums

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Engadget Mobile Podcast 133 – 04.04.2012

Responding to current global events, the Engadget Mobile Podcasters have chosen to revive a Great Depression-era American tradition and expand it internationally with this, the Fireside Chat edition of The Engadget Mobile Podcast. Join us, won’t you?, as we settle in to breathe heavily over the phones that have captured our imagination in this first quarter of the year twenty-twelve. You’ve never been this cozy.

Hosts: Myriam Joire (tnkgrl), Brad Molen, Joseph Volpe
Guest: Andrew Munchbach, Mat Smith
Producer: Trent Wolbe
Music: TychoCoastal Brake (Ghostly International)

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Best Buy to close 50 big box US retail stores, open 100 Mobile stand-alone outlets in 2013

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Still driving to your local Best Buy to fondle all the latest gadgets before swiping your card, or hopping to the web to pull the trigger? That tradition could be short-lived, if you happen to live near one of 50 big box retail stores that the company plans to shutter in 2013. The move was announced alongside Best Buy’s Q4 earnings report, which includes action items aimed to trim $800 million in costs by 2015. The closings will no-doubt come along with staffer reductions, some of whom could be transferred to one of 100 Best Buy Mobile “small format stand-alone stores” set to launch next year. While an unfortunate move for some customers and employees, it does show some foresight on behalf of BBY management, who likely recognize a continuing shift to online purchasing, and a greater emphasis on mobile devices, which require significantly smaller showrooms, cost less to ship and could offer greater margins to boot.

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Angry Birds Seasons Cherry Blossom update now live

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Yet another edition of Angry Birds Seasons has gone live, this time honoring the springtime tradition of the Cherry Blossom festival. The update features 15 new levels themed around the Japanese custom of Hanami, the name for the annual celebration of blossoming flowers. Two bonus levels also await unlocking.

The new levels should tide over Angry Birds fanatics as we await a space-themed release later this month. The new Angry Birds Seasons update can be found in the Google Play Store now.

Google Play Link: Angry Birds Seasons

[via DroidGamer]


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17th Annual Global Mobile Awards Winners

This year’s Mobile World Congress was really great bringing revolutionary technologies and even more revolutionary devices. And, following their good tradition, GSMA released 17th annual Global Mobile Awards winners for this year’s show. Let’s take a look who’s among the lucky ones and what new and great products were favored by experts. So:

Angry Birds Rio (Rovio), best mobile app for consumers

WhatsApp (WhatsApp), best overall mobile app

SwiftKey (TouchType), best innovative mobile app

Google Maps for Android (Google), best consumer mobile service

Galaxy S II (Samsung), best smartphone

Samsung, device manufacturer of the year

Well, most of them sound logical and I agree with every winner except the Galaxy S II smart-phone. With all do respect, but the Galaxy S II smart-phone wasn’t present at the MWC 2012 event. Moreover, this product represents 2011 and is a dual-core only. If you recall, MWC 2012 was all about quad-core devices. Of course, maybe I do not understand something and despite the fact that the Galaxy S II is lying next to me, I think someone else was supposed to be on its place.

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Google unveils all 85 Android pins for MWC and gives you a chance to design one

Last year Google gave out a bunch of Android pins at Mobile World Congress, and this year the tradition will continue. Google will scatter 85 pins among different vendors so you can imagine how crazy it will be with so many Android fans flocking from booth to booth to collect them all.

For those of you that can’t make it to the biggest mobile event of the year, Google is asking everyone to submit their own designs. All you have to do is use the template above or download it from the +Android link below. After you’ve made your design, just share it in the comments of the Google+ post. If it’s one of their favorites, they will share it during next week’s big event. Hit the break for this year’s designs.

source: twitter and +android


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Phandroid, now on weekends too!

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We’ve got a tradition in India where a newbie has to give an “intro” to his peers and colleagues at a new school or workplace, and answer any question as truthfully as possible. And since I’ve just joined the Phandroid team as a weekend blogger, I thought it’s only fair that I bring it here.

So, here I go. I’m a Computer Science undergrad student in India and spend quite a bit of my time developing Android apps and websites (though my primary interest is in UI design).

 Phone: T-Mobile myTouch 4G running CM7

Tablet: Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

Favorite Apps:

  1. Pulse Reader: A must for anyone who reads a ton of blogs. I love the UI, and the effort that they’re putting into Pulse Me such as synchronizing sources across devices and the desktop browser extension makes it stand out.
  2. Any.Do: I don’t make many to-do lists, so I can’t be certain that this is the best option for a power-user. What made me chose this is an excellent UI  and a good widget. Plus the fact it was Android-first.
  3. AirDroid: This app is always on in the background when I’m working on my PC, primarily for sending and receiving texts from my browser and for transferring files to my phone.

Favorite Games:

  1. Great Little War Game: An extremely addictive strategy game. The only blemish is how much battery it seems to consume.
  2. Homerun Battle HD: I really enjoy the online gameplay, though I don’t spend too much time on it. Add “rb6teen” to your rivals list if you’d like to take me on.

The Geekiest Moment of my life:

When I bumped into Matias Duarte, Android’s Director of User Experience, at a TechCrunch party during my trip to the Bay Area last July.

As for you’re questions, just put them below in the comments, and I’ll try to reply to each over the weekend. You can also follow me on Google+ here.


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Samsung Announces the Galaxy Ace Plus

Samsung makes a decision to follow its good tradition and announces another Galaxy smart-phone – the Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus. The Ace Plus is the successor to last year’s mid-range Galaxy Ace but sports a bit better specs that are good enough for everyday usage. So, the Galaxy Ace Plus is equipped with a 3.65-inch HVGA touch-screen display, a 1GHz CPU, a 5MP rear-facing camera (no front camera), 512MB of RAM, 3GB internal storage (1GB for apps), microSD card slot, supports MPEG4, H.263, H.264 video and MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+ audio codecs from the box, uses HSDPA 7.2Mbps 900/2100, EDGE/GPRS  850/900/1800/1900 bands and runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread with the latest TouchWiz 4.0 UI. It also sports a nice social hub like integrated Messaging (Email, SNS), Contacts/ Calendar Sync, Basic: POP3/IMAP Email and Google Mobile Services like Android Market, Gmail, YouTube, Google Maps, Syncing with Google Calendar and others. The smart-phone mentioned is expected in Europe, Asia and Latin America.

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NORAD tracks Santa and you can, too, with the official app

Track Santa

Norad tracking Santa started back in 1955, pretty much by accident when a Colorado Springs-based Sears Roebuck & Co. advertisement accidentally printed the number to the Continental Air Defense Command center as the number to call in order to get in touch with Santa. Ever since then the Continental Air Defense Command center now known as NORAD has been tracking Santa every Christmas creating a tradition for many folks.

This year, a new Santa tracking app has been released and is now ready for download. With it, you can track Santa's progress as he travels across the world delivering presents to good boys and girls.

Plus, you can play the included Elf Toss game that is actually quite fun. You have to help the Elf's toss presents to Santa all while avoiding the holes in the ice — otherwise, you may lose some presents and they won't make their way. Just remember — Santa hasn't left the North Pole yet but when he does, this app will let you know. Download is past the break for you all.

And on Christmas Eve, you also can search for "Santa" in Google Maps and track that way.

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