Monday, 20 August 2012

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Nikon’s Android-powered Coolpix S800 pictures leak

Posted: 20 Aug 2012 10:57 AM PDT

Rumors of Nikon making an Android-powered smart camera have been popping up lately, but today we might have our first look at what to expect. That isn’t all either because according to some newly leaked pictures from Nikon Rumors, the popular photography company could have two Android cameras coming soon.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about an Android-powered camera, and earlier this month we got what appeared to be the first solid confirmation that Nikon had something coming. Between previous rumors and today’s new details we can expect Nikon to announce at least one Android camera later this month, set for August 22nd.

As you can see from the image above the “smart camera” will be running on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Unfortunately we can’t gather much else from the images. We see a 12 megapixel shooter with a 3-inch touchscreen for the Android controls and interface, and if you look closely you’ll see a back, home, and menu button from top to bottom for the Android controls.

The leaks show two different cameras so the chance that Nikon actually announces two cameras with Android is certainly a possibility. The Verge was quick to dismiss the possibility, but I could see it happening. Taking a jump to Android we’re expecting Nikon to unveil a cheaper entry-level aimed device, then maybe a more advanced model for those interested. Either way stick around because we should be hearing more on or around August 22nd from Nikon themselves.

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LG Optimus Vu gets international launch, adds Tegra 3 quad-core

Posted: 20 Aug 2012 10:20 AM PDT

When LG released their unique Optimus Vu 5-inch smartphone tablet hybrid earlier this year many wondered when we’d see it stateside. Today LG has confirmed the international launch of the device, and we are still expecting it to arrive in the US on Verizon Wireless with 4G LTE later this year. More details after the break.

The difference here is the US model will rock Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor and 4G LTE, while the international Vu headed to the rest of the world will be powered by NVIDIA’s always impressive quad-core Tegra 3 chip.

For those that don’t know, the LG Optimus Vu rocks an odd 4:3 aspect ratio 5-inch display with a 1024 x 768 resolution, 1GB of RAM, 32GB internal storage, an 8 megapixel rear camera with 1.3 front and runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. We’ve seen it more than a few times and you can see our hands-on video in the timeline below from CTIA, and Mobile World Congress earlier this year.

Previous leaks confirm the Optimus Vu will hit Verizon Wireless in the US with 4G LTE in mid September, and now today LG’s confirmed the international launch will also roll out starting in September — so things are looking good for the Vu. Are you interested in an oddly shaped and sized 5-inch smartphone such as the Vu? Or would you rather get the Galaxy Note 2 that will be announced in a few weeks?

Device Specifications and Information
Device Info
    Device Name : VS950 Optimus Vu
    Manufactuer : LG
    Carrier : Verizon
    Announced Date : July 17, 2012
    Release Date : TBA
    Also Known As :
  • Screen Size : 5 Inch
  • Resolution : 1024x768
  • Screen Type : IPS LCD
Dimension & Weight
  • Height : 5.49 Inch
  • Width : 3.56 Inch
  • Depth : 0.33 Inch
  • Weight : 168 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Ion
  • Battery Capacity : 2080 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : NA
    Android OS:
  • 4.0.x
    Audio Playback:
  • AAC
  • AAC+
  • AMR
  • MID
  • MP3
  • WAV
  • WMA
    Video Playback:
  • h.263
  • h.264 / AVC
  • 3GP
  • MPEG-4 (MP4)
  • WMV
  • SMS
  • MMS
  • IM
    CPU : MSM8960
    CPU Clock Speed : 1500 Mhz
    Core : 2
    Ram : 1000 MB
    Internal Storage : 32 GB
    Front Facing Camera :
    Camera Resolution : 8 MP
    Camera Features:
  • Auto focus
  • Flash
  • 1080p Video Recording
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Proximity
    QWERTY :
Cellular Network
    Network Technology:
  • CDMA
    CDMA Band:
  • 800
  • 1900
Device Connectivity
  • 802.11a
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • A2DP
    Location Features:
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Cellular location
  • Wi-Fi location
    FM Radio :
    NFC :

[via SlashGear]

Samsung Galaxy Player 5.8 details and picture leaks

Posted: 20 Aug 2012 09:46 AM PDT

Samsung seems dead set on releasing a tablet or Galaxy Player in every size imaginable. Recently some new rumors have suggested they are prepping another odd sized 5.8-inch Samsung Galaxy Player — or small tablet if you will. Today however we now have a detailed spec sheet and image of the device. A fine blend between their music players, and the Galaxy S III.

Sadly that huge 5.8-inch display doesn’t come with the same impressive screen as their Galaxy Note or others, and instead will have a low qHD 960 x 540 resolution — not even 720p. It’s safe to assume this will be a mid-priced Galaxy Player to compete with the iPod. All the details can be spotted in the image above.

We are hearing from multiple sources the leaked image and details from Sammobile are accurate, and that Samsung could be showing this off at Samsung Unpacked later this month at IFA. Other specs for the Player include a 1.0 GHz dual-core processor — probably TI — 1GB of RAM, a large 2,500 mAh battery, and all running on android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

We do however love the front facing speakers, and were a huge fan of it on the Galaxy Player 4.2, and the new Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet. Samsung already has a 2.8, 3.2, 4, 4.2, and 5-inch Galaxy Players, and don’t get me started on their tablet sizes. Between this and the upcoming Galaxy Note 2 at 5.5-inches it’s safe to say they’ve covered all their bases — whether we wanted them to or not. Either way the specs and design are quite nice, and hopefully this will come in at a good price to compete with other music players available today.

[via SlashGear]

Android Community Weekly: August 19th, 2012

Posted: 19 Aug 2012 04:38 PM PDT

Say goodbye to another excellent week of Android news, and prepare for more coming soon. This was another fun week for Android fans especially anyone that loves Motorola. While we had tons of great news like Google Play Store gift cards, Motorola finally launching a bootloader unlock tool was probably the most important for Android enthusiasts. Head on past the break for your weekly news fix.

Just like mentioned above we wanted to start with Motorola simply for the fact that they made two large announcements. One being that on September 5th Motorola will be holding a media event to announce a new device, likely the DROID RAZR HD for Verizon Wireless. The important thing though is their bootloaders. Anyone wanting to fully unlock and enjoy their Motorola devices haven’t been able to because of locked down bootloaders. This week Moto finally launched their Unlock My Device website — following in ASUS and HTC’s footsteps. Thanks guys!

Next up and probably the other biggest thing you’ll need to hear this week was the fact that Google’s finally prepared to offer gift cards for their Play Store. Just like iTunes, you’ll soon be able to buy $5, $10, $25, and $50 gift cards for use in the Play Store on music, apps, books, games, magazines, and movies. Support arrived on a recent Play Store update and the cards are already shipping from some Target stores. We’ve been waiting for this a long time and are happy to finally see it coming.

In other news worth mentioning we saw our first glance at the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, or what it could look like. We are hearing it’s a highly accurate rendering of the next-gen 5.5-inch phablet from Samsung that leaked, but don’t know for sure. That will be unveiled come August 29th so stay tuned. We also reviewed the newly announced Galaxy Note 10.1. Then while we are mentioning Samsung, their lawsuit vs Apple is still as ridiculous as ever and growing more irritating by the hour. The judge is so fed up in fact she asked Apple’s lawyers if they were smoking crack — seriously!

Last but not least ASUS beat everyone at the game and has already starting updating their devices to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Starting with the ASUS Transformer Pad TF300 earlier this weekend. We can expect more of their tablets to receive the same treatment hopefully later this week. Stay tuned next week for tons of excitement and hit the timeline below for other news bits.

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