Tuesday, 11 September 2012

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Motorola and Intel tease edge-to-edge smartphone in new video

Posted: 11 Sep 2012 11:15 AM PDT

Motorola is at it again this afternoon after they posted a quick teaser video toying with everyone before their event in London next week. Motorola and Intel have sent out invitation where they’re expected to announce their latest device. Which will be Motorola’s first smartphone powered by Intel’s Medfield processor.

We already have a pretty good idea of what to expect from the announcement, so it won’t really be a surprise. The new Motorola DROID RAZR M that Moto announced in NYC last week is surely the star of the show. With its small design and nearly edge-to-edge 4.3-inch AMOLED display.

The difference between Verizon’s DROID RAZR M, and the international Motorola RAZR M is the processor. In London they’ll be showing it off with Intel’s own dual-core processor, not the Qualcomm S4 we’ve seen here in the US. The first confirmation of this device was leaked way back in February, but now we’ll finally see it for real.

From our previous hands-on time with Intel’s Medfield processor, while it’s powerful, it won’t be able to outpower the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 inside the Verizon model. This however is a great first step for Intel and hopefully they’ll continue to improve their mobile processors. We are expecting the RAZR M international model to be debuted in London on September 18th during their joint event with Intel, and it could feature the same grey color design as the leak mentioned above back in February. In the meantime checkout our sister site SlashGear’s review of the DROID RAZR M — since they’ll be nearly identical hardware and software wise.

Did you count how many times that video said edge-to-edge? I didn’t. Stay tuned for more details as the event grows closer.


Google Now finally showing NFL scores and sports cards – a day late

Posted: 11 Sep 2012 10:49 AM PDT

When Google announced Google Now and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean earlier this year we all loved the new cards system for alerts. One that I was extremely excited about was sports updates and scores live right to your notification tray. After Google allowed team editing a few weeks ago, sadly during NFL weekend they were no where to be found.

This morning however, long after all the games have ended I got my alert from Google Now showing what I was expecting to see Sunday afternoon. And that was the depressing score of my Green Bay Packers losing to the 49ers. The screenshot above is what just appeared for me this afternoon. Yes this is Tuesday long after Sunday and Monday Night Football.

Google rolled out NFL teams and favorite team edit options in an update a few weeks ago and I was hoping all would be ready in time for NFL, but it appears they had a few slight issues. For everyone using Android 4.1 Jelly Bean (official or otherwise) Google Now should finally be ready to rock for this awesome upcoming NFL season — and other sports for that matter.

According to multiple reports over at XDA Developers Google knew about the back-end issue, and was getting things all squared away after this opening weekend. I thought that is what pre-season was for. Just kidding Google! For those that haven’t searched for their favorite team go into Google Now and edit your favorite team, then select any of the alerts you’d like to see live right on your device. Hopefully Thursday when my Pack gets the offense going against Da Bears Google now will be working as advertized.

Did Google Now work for you this weekend with NFL scores and alerts?


Samsung Galaxy Note II S-Pen Airview Hands-on

Posted: 11 Sep 2012 10:19 AM PDT

When Samsung announced their new Galaxy Note II many were excited to see that massive screen, us included. While the original Note phablet seemed too large originally, it sold extremely well (over 10 million) and the Note II is everything it was and more. We’ve had a change to enjoy another round of hands-on time with the new Note II from Samsung, so decided to capture some of the new features of that S-Pen stylus.

Obviously one of the many selling points of the Galaxy Note and the new Note II is the S-Pen stylus for all that content creation. Being able to take screenshots, draw notes and pictures, and interact with a device in a way we never have before. With the Note hardware and the Galaxy S III software, Samsung has combined all their efforts into the Note II to be the ultimate device. With Android 4.1 Jelly Bean they’ve enhanced many of the Note and Galaxy S III features and blend them together to make the Note II even more powerful.

The video below is a quick hands-on demo by Samsung showing a few of the many ways the S-Pen makes the Note II unique from anything else available. With their new Airview UI the S-Pen actually will be recognized by that 5.5-inch display. Once you get a few millimeters from the screen a mouse-pointer appears giving you absolute control and precision. From here it acts as a mouse and can show you email alerts with pop-ups, calender details without clicking, and many other neat features. The video below will demonstrate A few new additions with the Note II.

As you could see from the video above the Note II now recognizes once the S-Pen is removed, and it will even notice if you walk off without it. This means you’ll never leave the S-Pen stylus behind. Simply start walking away and the movement will trigger a check — presenting the screen you see below. Then all the Airview features are quite neat. Right?

As you saw at about the 1 minute mark the S-Pen is recognized and while hovering over the video timeline you see a live preview without even touching the screen, then just tap to move to that part of the video. It’s the little things here folks, the little things. Then the picture-in-picture mode (which we first saw on the Galaxy S III) has been improved with easy resizing options, and even quick pause/play without ever leaving the screen. That way you can pause the video, keep browsing the web or checking an email, then resume once you feel ready all without ever leaving what you’re doing.

Samsung’s new Galaxy Note II has tons of options available that are tailored around the S-Pen. Being able to quickly and easily do so many things is what will truly set this apart from the competition. Well that and the 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED display, quad-core processor, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and super-thin design. For all of our Galaxy Note II coverage including additional hands-on pictures and videos be sure and take a peek at the timeline of links below.

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Device Specifications and Information
Device Info
    Device Name : Galaxy Note II
    Manufactuer : Samsung
    Carrier : NA
    Announced Date : August 29, 2012
    Release Date : TBA
    Also Known As : GT-N7100
Display
  • Screen Size : 5.5 Inch
  • Resolution : 1280x720
  • Screen Type : HD Super AMOLED
Dimension & Weight
  • Height : 5.95 Inch
  • Width : 3.17 Inch
  • Depth : 0.37 Inch
  • Weight : 180 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Ion
  • Battery Capacity : 3100 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : NA
Software
    Android OS:
  • 4.1.x
    Audio Playback:
  • AAC
  • AAC+
  • AMR
  • MID
  • MP3
  • WAV
  • WMA
    Video Playback:
  • h.263
  • h.264 / AVC
  • 3GP
  • MPEG-4 (MP4)
  • WMV
    Messaging:
  • SMS
  • MMS
  • IM
Hardware
    CPU : Exynos 4412
    CPU Clock Speed : 1600 Mhz
    Core : 4
    Ram : 2000 MB
    Internal Storage : 16 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:
  • 802.11a
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
    Bluetooth:
  • A2DP
  • Bluetooth 4.0
    Location Features:
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Cellular location
  • Wi-Fi location
    FM Radio :
    NFC :


Google Drive update brings folders, presentation viewing and more

Posted: 10 Sep 2012 12:29 PM PDT

After we saw a few random tweets suggesting this update was coming, today Google has just issued a rather large update to their popular Google Drive application for both Android and iOS. The change-log is rather long and Google’s added an entire host of new features to the cloud storage and document service. Lets take a peek.

The update actually brought a host of about 10 new features but some are smaller than others. Among the important ones are full folder integration. You can now create, edit, and even comment on folders. Then they have presentation slide viewing. Then they’ve added multiple filters for sorting through files, documents, folders and other options.

The presentation feature has a lot of improvements. You can now swipe between slides and have much more control than before, which should make many users extremely happy. Google now allows for users to view tables in Google Drive. Here’s a quick video.

Tablet support has been improved as well as the option for truly fullscreen mode on all devices — something I’ve been waiting for myself for quite awhile. Last but certainly not least Google is looking to get us excited by teasing real native editing app wide and the upcoming update that should add real-time collaboration between employees or team members for a given document or presentation. Hit the Play Store link below for the all new app.

Google Drive link

[via Google]


Samsung Galaxy Note II screenshot leak suggests Verizon debut

Posted: 10 Sep 2012 11:50 AM PDT

When Samsung announced their exciting and larger than life Galaxy Note last year at IFA many were hoping it would arrive for Verizon. After a few leaks suggesting a Samsung Galaxy Journal, new details have surfaced that could have us all hopeful again. We are seeing a leaked screenshot suggesting the new Note II will hit Verizon.

Remember how angry you were that this massive device wasn’t headed to Verizon? Well now the all new and improved Galaxy Note II with its 5.5-inch 1280 x 720p HD display and 2GB of RAM should be headed to Verizon shortly. The folks from BriefMobile managed to snag a screenshot showing what we all expect to be the Note II for the US that also clearly shows Verizon 4G LTE.

According to their trusted sources we could see the Galaxy Note II hit most if not all major US carriers just like the Galaxy S III smartphone did, and what’s even better is they claim it will be keeping the quad-core processor. We aren’t sure if that means it will rock Samsung’s Exynos, or be powered by Qualcomm’s upcoming S4 Pro quad-core processor we are excitedly waiting to arrive.

The screenshot shows SHC-I605 which matches up nicely with model numbers for recent Samsung devices like the Galaxy Note II we saw at IFA last month. If the rumors are accurate we’ll be seeing the same awesome 5.5-inch quad-core 8 megapixel packing smartphone hit most carriers. It’ll still have that 8 megapixel camera, 1.9 front shooter, that awesome S-Pen stylus and array of apps, and that massive 3,100 mAh battery. We can’t wait to hear more on the Note II for the US and will update as soon as we hear more. Enjoy out hands-on video below from IFA 2012.

Device Specifications and Information
Device Info
    Device Name : Galaxy Note II
    Manufactuer : Samsung
    Carrier : NA
    Announced Date : August 29, 2012
    Release Date : TBA
    Also Known As : GT-N7100
Display
  • Screen Size : 5.5 Inch
  • Resolution : 1280x720
  • Screen Type : HD Super AMOLED
Dimension & Weight
  • Height : 5.95 Inch
  • Width : 3.17 Inch
  • Depth : 0.37 Inch
  • Weight : 180 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Ion
  • Battery Capacity : 3100 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : NA
Software
    Android OS:
  • 4.1.x
    Audio Playback:
  • AAC
  • AAC+
  • AMR
  • MID
  • MP3
  • WAV
  • WMA
    Video Playback:
  • h.263
  • h.264 / AVC
  • 3GP
  • MPEG-4 (MP4)
  • WMV
    Messaging:
  • SMS
  • MMS
  • IM
Hardware
    CPU : Exynos 4412
    CPU Clock Speed : 1600 Mhz
    Core : 4
    Ram : 2000 MB
    Internal Storage : 16 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:
  • 802.11a
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
    Bluetooth:
  • A2DP
  • Bluetooth 4.0
    Location Features:
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Cellular location
  • Wi-Fi location
    FM Radio :
    NFC :


LG Escape 4G LTE announced for AT&T with ICS – only $49

Posted: 10 Sep 2012 11:36 AM PDT

LG is looking to make a strong push here late in 2012 with their upcoming powerhouse Optimus G smartphone, but for those looking for a little less power — and price — the LG Escape 4G LTE from AT&T might be the perfect choice. With a 4.3-inch display and a massive battery under the hood this is what LG claims to be the perfect phone for users to transition into a smartphone. Check it out!

The all new just announced Escape 4G LTE is nearly a top end phone in most regards although the camera and qHD resolution screen top of from being a top-tier device. With the Escape you’ll be working with a 4.3-inch qHD (960 x 540) resolution IPS display, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, then the device rocks a massive 2,150 mAh battery under the hood and even NFC support for Google Wallet, ISIS, and Android Beam — not to mention LG’s own Tags NFC system.

Other specs include AT&T 4G LTEs blazing fast speeds of course, and then a decently quick 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM, and 4GB of internal storage. As usual with LG you’ll get a micro-SD card for expanded storage should you need.

Then LG’s rounded it off with a super sleek design, a 5 megapixel camera, 1.3 front for video chatting, and all of this comes at an extremely budget and family friendly price. Those interested in a nearly top end device while keeping the price down you can get the LG Escape 4G LTE starting September 16th for only $49.99 with a new 2-year contract. This will be in stores and available online so be sure and check it out. More details are available from the AT&T Mobile Minute clip below.


T-Mobile Galaxy S Relay 4G hits shelves September 19th

Posted: 10 Sep 2012 11:18 AM PDT

The newest Samsung Galaxy smartphone to grace the T-Mobile device portfolio has been announced today by the carrier and is headed to stores nationwide in just a few weeks. We’ve seen a few leaks before but now you can officially meet the all new Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G with T-Mobile HSPA+ speeds. More details below.

The Relay 4G isn’t what we’d call a top-tier smartphone and just like many other carriers as of late T-Mobile is joining them by offering this decent mid-range smartphone for the budget crowd headed back to school and ending summer. T-Mobile just dropped the news that this smartphone will be available September 19th.

The Relay 4G is a pretty well rounded smartphone and comes with a 4-inch AMOLED display with a somewhat attractive WVGA 480 x 800 resolution display. The rest of the specs however are quite decent and it comes with a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, and of course that 5-row slideout QWERTY keyboard.

You’ll also get a 5 megapixel rear camera, 1.3 front for self portraits or goofy photos, 720p video recording and a decently sized 1,800 mAh battery that should keep you typing away on that hardware keyboard all day long. In other good news the Relay 4G comes out of the box running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and Sammy’s Touch Wiz UX for a simple and easy user experience. Pricing is ok given the device and it will run you $149, although that is after a $40 mail in rebate since that is a reoccurring trend from T-Mobile as of late. Stay tuned for more details and expect this in stores come September 19th.

Device Specifications and Information
Device Info
    Device Name : Galaxy S Relay 4G
    Manufactuer : Samsung
    Carrier : T-Mobile
    Announced Date : September 06, 2012
    Release Date : September 19, 2012
    Also Known As : SGH-T699
Display
  • Screen Size : 4 Inch
  • Resolution : 480x800
  • Screen Type : Super AMOLED
Dimension & Weight
  • Height : 4.96 Inch
  • Width : 2.56 Inch
  • Depth : 0.53 Inch
  • Weight : NA
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Ion
  • Battery Capacity : 1800 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : 312 hours
Software
    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
    Messaging:
  • SMS
  • MMS
  • IM
Hardware
    CPU : MSM8260A
    CPU Clock Speed : 1500 Mhz
    Core : 2
    Ram : 1000 MB
    Internal Storage : 8 GB
    Front Facing Camera :
    Camera Resolution : 5 MP
    External Storage:
  • MicroSD
    Camera Features:
  • Auto focus
  • Flash
  • 720p Video Recording
    Sensors:
  • Accelerometer
    QWERTY :
Cellular Network
    Network Technology:
  • GSM
    GSM Band:
  • 850
  • 900
  • 1800
  • 1900
Device Connectivity
    Wi-Fi:
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
    Bluetooth:
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • A2DP
    Location Features:
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Cellular location
  • Wi-Fi location
    FM Radio :
    NFC :


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