Monday, 18 June 2012

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Google Nexus 7 tablet takes photos – appear online

Posted: 18 Jun 2012 11:29 AM PDT

Some more rumors are hitting the wires today about Google’s upcoming Nexus Tablet. We’ve been hearing details and rumors for a few months now but today we might have caught a break. Some photos have appeared on Picasa hinting that the device is indeed real, and snapping photos from inside Google’s headquarters.

The photo is only of the ceiling and certainly isn’t exciting but you can see it from the gallery below. The important thing here is the EXIF data attached to said photo reveals all sorts of details. This same method tipped off the Google Nexus S a few years back, and even phones like the DROID Bionic from last year, so this is nothing new. The device is being called the ASUS Nexus 7, and took some pictures on June 7th and 13th and uploaded to Picasa by what appears to be a Google employee. The pictures location was building 44 of Google HQ.

Now all of this can be faked, but this has been a way we’ve learned of devices more than a few times in the past and seems very realistic and accurate. The photo was scaled down, but reveals enough to certainly tip out interest. We’ve seen leaked photos, benchmarks, and multiple rumors suggesting this quad-core 7-inch Nexus tablet will be announced at Google I/O shortly this month, and hit the streets for $199 in July. Stay tuned for more details and read up on everything mentioned above from the timeline of links below.

Who’s excited to see Google’s rumored 7-inch Nexus tablet? I know I am!

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[via The Verge]


Samsung Galaxy S III gets the CyanogenMod 9 treatment

Posted: 18 Jun 2012 10:32 AM PDT

The Samsung Galaxy S III is one of the most anticipated Android handsets to date, and will probably be one of the best selling too. Today however buyers have another reason to get this awesome phone. Full CyanogenMod 9 support is already here with the team starting up nightly builds last night. Two of my favorite things into one, this should be awesome.

We pretty much knew the Galaxy S III would get CM given the awesome way Samsung allows their phones to be developed on (hint hint Motorola) so this comes as no surprise, although I’m glad to see it so quickly. CyanogenMod 9 shouldn’t need any introduction but if you’ve just got the Galaxy S III and are new, it is stock Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich with performance, visual, and feature improvements to make Android even better. You’ll surely want to check it out.

Thanks to the folks at XDA Developers you can now flash the latest nightly build of CM9 for the Galaxy S III. Obviously this is early so it still has a few bugs that could include camera flash issues, FM radio not working, and a few small and minor bugs. Everything else seems to be pretty solid and this sounds like a daily driver ROM that runs great already. This currently is only for the international model but as soon as the US versions hit the shelves later this week I’m sure CM9 will arrive for them within a week or two. CyanogenMod 9 RC builds are also coming shortly for those that aren’t comfortable flashing a nightly build. Check out our Galaxy S III review, then head to XDA Developers to get started today.

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Device Specifications and Information
Device Info
    Device Name : Galaxy S III
    Manufactuer : Samsung
    Carrier : NA
    Announced Date : May 03, 2012
    Release Date : May 29, 2012
    Also Known As : The Next Galaxy, SGSIII
Display
  • Screen Size : 4.8 Inch
  • Resolution : 720x1280
  • Screen Type : Super AMOLED HD
Dimension & Weight
  • Height : 5.37 Inch
  • Width : 2.77 Inch
  • Depth : 0.33 Inch
  • Weight : 133 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Ion
  • Battery Capacity : 2100 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : NA
Software
    Android OS:
  • 4.0.x
    Audio Playback:
  • AAC
  • AAC+
  • AMR
  • MID
  • MP3
  • WAV
  • WMA
    Video Playback:
  • h.263
  • h.264 / AVC
  • MPEG-4 (MP4)
    Messaging:
  • SMS
  • MMS
Hardware
    CPU : Exynos 4 Quad
    CPU Clock Speed : 1400 Mhz
    Core : 4
    Ram : 1024 MB
    Internal Storage : 32 GB
    Front Facing Camera :
    Camera Resolution : 8 MP
    External Storage:
  • MicroSD
  • MicroSDHC
    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 XDA]


HTC One X Wi-Fi problems confirmed as hardware issue says HTC

Posted: 18 Jun 2012 09:40 AM PDT

HTC has done a great job this year with their new smartphone line in the One series. Particularly their flagship HTC One X. It’s one excellent phone but for some there seems to be a few problems that simply couldn’t be ignored. Reports of Wi-Fi connectivity issues have been reported more than a few times, and today HTC’s released a statement.

The HTC One X seems to be having a hard time connecting or staying connected to a WiFi connection, and HTC even pushed a quick update a few weeks back to try and combat the issue. Apparently the issue is actually a hardware defect, which poses a big problem for those who already own the device. According to reports by Android Central HTC has confirmed this is in fact a “hardware issue” and they’ve also come up with a fix.

We’ve been hearing users from XDA and other forums mention squeezing the phone or applying pressure to get a better connection to WiFi and HTC has apparently confirmed that. Stating that they have, “identified a fix that strengthens the area of the phone around the WiFi antennae connection points.” Basically confirming this is a hardware problem, and that the antenna pins aren’t getting good enough contact. HTC later went on to say they’ve “taken immediate steps to implement a solution in our production process to prevent this issue from happening in the future,” but for those who already own the phone are out of luck. Hopefully they’ll be allowing exchanges.

HTC states this is a limited issue that is only effecting a small number of users, but we don’t know the full extent. How is your HTC One X WiFi connectivity? Are you suffering from these problems? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll be sure and report back if HTC releases additional details.

Device Specifications and Information
Device Info
    Device Name : One X [AT&T]
    Manufactuer : HTC
    Carrier : AT&T
    Announced Date : February 26, 2012
    Release Date : TBA
    Also Known As :
Display
  • Screen Size : 4.7 Inch
  • Resolution : 720x1280
  • Screen Type : S-LCD
Dimension & Weight
  • Height : 5.31 Inch
  • Width : 2.75 Inch
  • Depth : 0.36 Inch
  • Weight : 131 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Ion
  • Battery Capacity : 1800 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : NA
Software
    Android OS:
  • 4.0.x
    Audio Playback:
  • AAC
  • AAC+
  • AMR
  • MID
  • MP3
  • WAV
  • WMA
    Video Playback:
  • h.263
  • h.264 / AVC
  • MPEG-4 (MP4)
    Messaging:
  • SMS
  • MMS
Hardware
    CPU : S4
    CPU Clock Speed : 1500 Mhz
    Core : 2
    Ram : 1000 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
    CDMA Band:
  • 850
  • 1900
  • 2100
Device Connectivity
    Wi-Fi:
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
    Bluetooth:
  • Bluetooth 3.0
    Location Features:
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Cellular location
  • Wi-Fi location
    FM Radio :
    NFC :


NEC LifeTouch L tablets breaks cover

Posted: 18 Jun 2012 03:53 AM PDT

NEC has unveiled two virtually identical Android 4.0 tablets called the LifeTouch L. One version of the tablet is aimed at business users, and the other version is aimed at individuals. The difference between the two tablets appears to be software alone. Both tablets weigh 540 g and are 7.99 mm thick. Both tablets also run a 1.5 GHz dual core processor.

The processor is an OMAP4460 unit, and both tablets have a 10.1-inch display. The display is an IPS unit with wide viewing angles and a resolution of 1280 x 800. The version of the tablet for individuals is available with 32 GB or 16 GB of storage. The version for business users is available with 16 GB of storage only.

The tablet aimed at business users has a software suite to provide security and to help prevent loss and theft while providing secure access to corporate networks. The tablet aimed at individuals is designed to make it easy to find applications and use the tablet. It also has software to keep kids safe online. Both versions have a battery good for 13 hours the web surfing or 10 hours of video watching and have integrated Wi-Fi. Both versions of the tablet for individuals are set to release on July 5 with the business user tablet coming later in July. Pricing is unknown at this time.

[via SlashGear]


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