Tuesday, 9 October 2012

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Gameloft’s new game Zombiewood hitting Android this Halloween

Posted: 09 Oct 2012 11:26 AM PDT

We’re currently barreling toward Halloween, a holiday celebrated with horror movies, free candy, and – more now than ever – zombies. We don’t have any free candy to give out, but are you in the mood for more zombies? If you are, Gameloft just might have the game for you: Zombiewood, a free-to-play twin-stick shooter that will have you killing zombies, collecting guns, and killing more zombies.


You’ll play as an unnamed stuntman who is turned into a movie star overnight when the zombie apocalypse hits. Always on the lookout for an opportunity to make a buck, one of the studio’s directors decides to make a series of movies centering on the zombie invasion, and you’re the star of all of them. It’s up to you to survive wave after wave of zombies as they invade Los Angeles and Santa Monica, so good luck.

Of course, what fun is zombie killing if you can’t do it with ridiculous guns and equally absurd costumes? Zombiewood has plenty of those, it seems, as players will be able to unlock and upgrade weapons and costumes. It looks as if this is where the free-to-play aspect comes in – players will likely earn coins as they play, and they’ll use those coins to buy new guns to shoot and new costumes to wear. Naturally, we imagine players will have the option of buying coins outright to avoid having to earn the cash needed to buy new stuff.

Zombiewood still doesn’t have a solid release date, but Gameloft says it will be available on Android “this Halloween.” Whether that’s referring to Halloween day specifically or the window of time surrounding October 31 is currently up in the air, but either way, Zombiewood is only a few weeks away. Are you ready for another zombie-slaying adventure, or are you growing a little tired of zombie games these days?


Android 4.1.2 rolling out to Nexus 7 with landscape mode

Posted: 09 Oct 2012 11:23 AM PDT

Just a matter of minutes ago Google announced Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean would be pushed to the Android Open Source Project, and now it’s already hitting devices. Those folks from Mountain View work fast don’t they? We’ve just received news the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OTA update is hitting the Nexus 7 and along with it comes full support for landscape mode and more.

We’ve been reporting tons of LG Nexus rumors, and even spotted the device running Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean — which has tons of readers excited. Sadly this version of Android is actually extremely minor and more of a stability and bug fix update than anything. Most likely Android 4.2 will be the next big thing on the LG Nexus.

Users over at XDA have also confirmed Android 4.1.2 JB is rolling out now. Many are reporting it has arrived on their tablets too. From the changelog listed on the small 31.3 MB update we can expect only a few minor changes — although landscape is one I’ve been waiting for.

The update will improve performance, stability, and bring a few bug fixes although they don’t specifically state what bugs. Most likely this is for the power management chip detailed earlier today — so nothing major. One user in Australia was nice enough to shoot over a quick screenshot to confirm the update but so far it hasn’t arrived on either of my Nexus 7 tablets. Most likely it will roll out in stages so be patient as it will arrive shortly. Let us know if you’ve got the update, if you notice anything else new, and if you like the new landscape homescreen option.

Device Specifications and Information
Device Info
    Device Name : Nexus 7
    Manufactuer : Asus
    Carrier : NA
    Announced Date : June 27, 2012
    Release Date : TBA
    Also Known As : Google Nexus 7, MeMo 370T
Display
  • Screen Size : 7 Inch
  • Resolution : 1280x800
  • Screen Type : IPS LCD
Dimension & Weight
  • Height : 7.81 Inch
  • Width : 4.72 Inch
  • Depth : 0.41 Inch
  • Weight : 340 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Ion
  • Battery Capacity : 4325 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:
  • IM
Hardware
    CPU : Tegra 3
    CPU Clock Speed : 1300 Mhz
    Core : 4
    Ram : 1000 MB
    Internal Storage : 8 GB
    Front Facing Camera :
    Camera Resolution : NA
    Sensors:
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Proximity
    QWERTY :
Cellular Network
Device Connectivity
    Wi-Fi:
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
    Bluetooth:
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • A2DP
    Location Features:
  • Compass
  • GPS
    FM Radio :
    NFC :

[via EEtimes] – Thanks JoNny


ZTE sticks up for itself after national security allegations

Posted: 09 Oct 2012 11:03 AM PDT

Yesterday, we told you that ZTE and Huawei were facing accusations of being a potential threat to US national security by the House Intelligence Committee. In a nutshell, the Committee said that both companies could potentially help the Chinese government spy on the US in a report that followed a year-long investigation. Naturally, ZTE and Huawei (along with China for that matter) didn’t take too kindly to the allegations leveled in the report, and today ZTE is hitting back with a full statement in an attempt to clear its name.


ZTE’s statement is incredibly long, with ZTE director of global public affairs David Dai Shu taking the Committee to task for conducting such a narrow review of Chinese companies and companies that operate in China. Here’s an excerpt where Dai Shu calls for an expansion in the scope of the investigation, which would cause it to include not only Chinese companies, but US companies that get their parts from China and have their devices assembled by partners in the country:

Dai Shu said, "It is noteworthy that, after a year-long investigation, the Committee rests its conclusions on a finding that ZTE may not be 'free of state influence.' This finding would apply to any company operating in China. The Committee has not challenged ZTE's fitness to serve the US market based on any pattern of unethical or illegal behavior."

According to the Committee, ZTE was included in this investigation simply because it is one of "the top two Chinese telecommunications equipment manufacturers." Virtually all of the telecom infrastructure equipment now sold in the US and throughout the world contains components made, in whole or in part, in China. That includes the equipment manufactured and sold by every Western vendor in the United States, much of which is made by Chinese joint venture partners and suppliers.

Dai Shu said, "Particularly given the severity of the Committee's recommendations, ZTE recommends that the Committee's investigation be extended to include every company making equipment in China, including the Western vendors. That is the only way to truly protect US equipment and US national security. National security experts agree that a Trusted Delivery Model will strengthen national security. In fact, major US carriers are increasingly requiring Trusted Delivery Model in their contracts."

ZTE then goes on to list the facts it gave the Committee. The company said it is “China's most transparent, independent, globally focused, publicly traded telecom company,” and reiterated once again that its decisions aren’t “directed or influenced” by the Chinese government. The company also focused on the fact that is has spent $14 billion on US-made chipsets and has “created over 20,000 direct and indirect US jobs.”

We also have ZTE’s Trusted Delivery System, which provides a security evaluation for the company’s software, firmware, and hardware, and is conducted by a “highly respected independent US threat assessment laboratory.” ZTE points out that audits from the Trusted Delivery System are made available to the US government. The company makes some very good points in its defense, but whether or not the House Intelligence Committee – of the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice – will listen is another matter entirely. Stay tuned – we’ll have more details about this report and its consequences as the story unfolds.

[via Talk Android]


Android 4.1.2 hitting AOSP today – minor update only

Posted: 09 Oct 2012 11:02 AM PDT

With all these Nexus rumors floating around showing Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean I’m sure many are excited for the possibilities of this landing on AOSP. Earlier today Google’s head engineer Jean-Baptiste Queru announced that Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean will be pushed to the Android Open Source Project. Calling it a minor update with fixes and improvements. More details below.

It’s interesting to see them announce this today after all these rumors as of late showing the same number. The build number is JZO54K and it’s only a minor update sadly. This leads us to believe the next Nexus will indeed launch with Android 4.2 on board. Here’s what JBQ had to say in a private message to developers:

We're releasing Android 4.1.2 to AOSP today, which is a minor update
on top of 4.1.1.

As a note to maintainers of community builds running on Nexus 7:
please update to 4.1.2 at the first opportunity. Future variants of
the grouper hardware will have a minor change in one of the components
(the power management chip) that will not be compatible with 4.1.1.

The build number is JZO54K, and the tag is android-4.1.2_r1.

Enjoy,
Conley and JBQ

It looks like a large part of this is regarding a small hardware change in the Google Nexus 7 tablet — which won’t effect any users so it shouldn’t alarm any readers. If his statement is correct we’ll only see a few very minor tweaks, improvements, bug fixes, and whatever was changed for the Nexus 7 (and Tegra 3) power management chip.

Between this announcement, and all these LG Nexus leaks showing Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean on board things are starting to look quite solid. Hopefully the next big announcement is of the upcoming Nexus. One can only hope right? We can expect to see OTA updates for the Nexus 7 and Galaxy Nexus coming soon — stay tuned for a full changelog.

[via Android Building]


LG Mach announced with QWERTY keyboard and 4G LTE

Posted: 09 Oct 2012 10:31 AM PDT

The folks from LG have announced another new 4G LTE powered smartphone today. Only this budget device rocks a 4-inch display and a full slide out QWERTY hardware keyboard. Since we know there’s still a few hardware keyboard fans around — we figured you’d like to hear more. Check out full details of the new LG Mach below.

The LG Mach isn’t coming to AT&T or Verizon, and instead the limited 4G LTE from the Now Network will be the speeds available here. So you can’t expect too much from that LTE until they get it rolling out to more cities across the US. Regarding specs the LG Mach is a decently well-rounded budget device too.

The Mach runs a 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm S3 processor (last generation) most likely 1GB of RAM, has a 4.0-inch display of unknown resolution but probably qHD, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is on board, and you’ll also get a 5 megapixel rear facing camera. Certainly not high end, but decent enough for an average priced smartphone.

LG is touting this as their thinnest QWERTY keyboard slider, coming in at just 0.48 inches thick. You’ll also be working with LG’s Quick Memo feature where you can save, edit, draw, and share whatever is on screen with a friend. Exact details on pricing and available have yet to be released from LG, but we expect they or the carrier will announce more details soon.

[via Phonescoop]


Motorola RAZR HD available today in Canada, coming soon to the US

Posted: 09 Oct 2012 10:12 AM PDT

Motorola’s new RAZR HD is a pretty powerful smartphone and we loved what we saw when they announced it early last month. While sadly we still await for word from Verizon on their DROID RAZR HD, the folks in Canada are able to enjoy the new smartphone starting today.

According to Motorola Canada’s Twitter the RAZR HD LTE is available starting today, exclusively from Rogers. A quick check on their mobile site doesn’t mention it, but apparently the Android 4.0 ICS powered smartphone is available as we speak. The Twitter page is also touting that all day battery life and impressive 4.7-inch display too.

For those here in the US, Verizon still hasn’t released any sort of official release date. When the phone was originally announced we were told it would arrive in October — so hopefully we learn something soon. According to a few tips we’ve received, as well as Droid-Life, Motorola and Verizon could be announcing the DROID RAZR HD and MAXX HD with a release date set for October 18th.

What we do know is they’d better hurry. Most likely the next few weeks will also be filled with Nexus rumors, as well as the Samsung Galaxy Note II. Motorola needs to get their new flagship RAZR HD on the market and available to consumers before the Note II and Nexus get announced stateside. We’ll update once we here more. For now check out our DROID RAZR M Review.

Device Specifications and Information
Device Info
    Device Name : DROID RAZR HD
    Manufactuer : Motorola
    Carrier : Verizon
    Announced Date : September 05, 2012
    Release Date : TBA
    Also Known As :
Display
  • Screen Size : 4.7 Inch
  • Resolution : 1280x720
  • Screen Type : Super AMOLED
Dimension & Weight
  • Height : 5.19 Inch
  • Width : 2.67 Inch
  • Depth : 0.33 Inch
  • Weight : 146 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Ion
  • Battery Capacity : 2530 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
  • 3GP
  • MPEG-4 (MP4)
  • WMV
    Messaging:
  • SMS
  • MMS
  • IM
Hardware
    CPU : MSM8960
    CPU Clock Speed : 1500 Mhz
    Core : 2
    Ram : 1000 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:
  • CDMA
    CDMA Band:
  • 800
  • 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 :


Verizon HTC Droid Incredible X likely launching very soon

Posted: 09 Oct 2012 08:25 AM PDT

It looks like HTC’s Droid Incredible X could be coming to Verizon in the very near future. The Global Certification Forum appears to have inadvertently confirmed the existence of the device. The GCF does not confirm whether the device will be called the Droid Incredible X, but it does confirm a model number of HTC6435LVW.

Other rumored names for the this device are HTC One X 5 or Google Nexus 5. With Verizon being rumored to be launching a device called the Droid Incredible X in the very near future, that seems like the most likely name for this leaked device. Either way, this phone, with its 5-inch screen, is clearly aimed at competing with the Samsung Galaxy Note II.

As we reported recently, this device is rumored to have 1.5GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a 2MP front camera and 12MP rear camera, a 2500mAh battery, and 1.5Ghz S4 Pro processor from Snapdragon. It will have a 5-inch, 1080p screen for displaying HD media. If Google decides to make this device their flagship, it would be the first phablet to receive the title.

As is the case with most Android devices, we do not expect Verizon to announce this device until closer to its release. Either way, this looks like an awesome device whether it receive Google flagship status or not. This and Galaxy Note II are bringing 5-inch phones to forefront in a big way.

[via Engadget]


LG Nexus G photos leak in HD

Posted: 09 Oct 2012 07:49 AM PDT

LG Nexus G photos have made their way into the wild today. Of course, we are not 100% sure that this will be the name, but it is possible. News has been all over the place about the LG and Google’s latest Nexus phone, and these new photos appear to be confirmation of its existence. Photos and specs leaked yesterday, but those had a cast around the phone hiding its final design. These new photos lack that casting, and it gives us a much better idea of what the device will look like.

We first reported that the LG Nexus G would have a 13 megapixel camera, but upon further review of these photos, we do not think that is the case. A 13 megapixel camera would have a bit more bulge to it, as shown in our hands-on with the LG Optimus G here. The camera in these photos is clearly quite thin, and it seems impossible to fit a 13 megapixel camera in such a small space.

The rest of the specs we reported yesterday still appear to be true. It looks like it has Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean installed. The pictures do not confirm or deny the quad-core 1.5 GHz S4 processor or 2GB of RAM, but we don’t see any reason not to believe these reported specs.

This looks like a pretty slick device, and we expect to see some announcements soon. These new pictures show a ton more detail, and it looks very stylish. The reported 4.7 inch screen looks vibrant, and we can’t wait to see more from the LG Nexus G.

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Motorola ATRIX 2 gets Android 4.0 ICS update today

Posted: 09 Oct 2012 07:25 AM PDT

Today it’s been announced that AT&T users with a Motorola ATRIX 2 can now download Android 4.0 on their smartphones in an over the air update. This should help ATRIX 2 users get their devices caught up with some of the latest features Android has to offer. The update is available today, so users can start enjoying the awesome new features right away.

ATRIX 2 users will get access to a new browser that includes tabbed browsing, a desktop mode and offline reading. The ICS browser is fantastic, and it is a huge step up from the one previously installed on ATRIX 2 device. The update also includes Ice Cream Sandwich’s unlock features where users can open their phone directly to camera, text messaging or other apps.

Android 4.0 also helps users control their data usage, and let’s be honest, with AT&T being known for throttling users’ data, this is important. It has all kinds of charts that help users see exactly what they are using and manage it properly. The ATRIX 2 will also have access to the new People app, which greatly improves the contact screen.

To download the update over the air, ATRIX 2 users simply go to Settings > About Phone > System Update. From here, users can download the ICS and get access to all the awesome new features. This is yet another step in increasing install base of the newer Android OS, and that is always a good thing.

Device Specifications and Information
Device Info
    Device Name : ATRIX 2
    Manufactuer : Motorola
    Carrier : AT&T
    Announced Date : October 11, 2011
    Release Date : October 16, 2011
    Also Known As : Motorola Edison, Motorola MB 865
Display
  • Screen Size : 4.3 Inch
  • Resolution : 540x960
  • Screen Type : NA
Dimension & Weight
  • Height : 4.96 Inch
  • Width : 2.59 Inch
  • Depth : 0.40 Inch
  • Weight : 147 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Ion
  • Battery Capacity : 1785 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : 382 hours
Software
    Android OS:
  • 2.3.x
    Audio Playback:
  • AAC
  • AAC+
  • AMR
  • MID
  • MP3
  • WAV
  • WMA
    Video Playback:
  • 3GP
  • MPEG-4 (MP4)
  • WMV
    Messaging:
  • SMS
  • MMS
Hardware
    CPU : OMAP 4430
    CPU Clock Speed : 1000 Mhz
    Core : 2
    Ram : 1000 MB
    Internal Storage : 2.048 GB
    Front Facing Camera :
    Camera Resolution : 8 MP
    External Storage:
  • MicroSD
  • MicroSDHC
    Camera Features:
  • Auto focus
  • Flash
    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:
  • Bluetooth 2.0
    Location Features:
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Cellular location
  • Wi-Fi location
    FM Radio :
    NFC :


Opera Mobile 12.1 for Android brings safer surfing

Posted: 09 Oct 2012 06:42 AM PDT

Opera has been in lab working, and they have just launched Opera Mobile 12.1 for Android. Opera claims this new browser is safer and slimmer, while still being packed with features. Opera Mobile 12.1 is built for four different chipsets, and users only download the version suitable for their device. This helps keep the files small and bloat-free.

The new version has Opera Turbo compression technology. This is designed to compress things and keep data usage down. This should come in handy for users who are roaming internationally and want to keep their bill as small as possible. A simple click in the options turns on compression and saves valuable data.

Opera has put a major emphasis on safety with its latest update. They have added a new form of fraud detection that automatically alerts users to webpages that are suspicious. You can still visit a site the fraud detection alerts you of, you just might want to think twice about it.

Opera has included some other features in this update such as more web standards, SPDY, WebSockets, new CSS features, and better HTML 5 support. As always, Opera is available free from Google Play. If you try it out, hit the comments below and let us know how you liked it!


ZTE plans 3D TV boxes running Android

Posted: 09 Oct 2012 06:24 AM PDT

Chinese telecoms equipment maker ZTE is planning to launch an Android powered, 3D digital set-top box in the near future. At this point, it is not clear what version of Android will be installed on the new device. The one thing that is clear, is that it will be able to get content in 3D, and 3D is awesome.

The new Android box will be able to make video calls using a television. It will also have HTML5 capability for browsing the web using the set-top box. They have not announced any other Android functionality such as access to Google Apps, but we will keep you posted if they do.

ZTE is also looking to develop their own mobile operating system with Mozilla, the folks behind Firefox. Currently, about 90 percent of ZTE’s hardware relies on Android, and they are trying to distance themselves from Google’s incredibly popular mobile OS. For the time being, they are still using Android, and this new 3D capable box will be no exception.

ZTE agreed to a deal with Kudelski SA (KUD)'s Nagra division that enables it to sell set-top boxes to Nagra’s customers. Nagra has about 70% market share for Europe’s Cable-TV devices. This puts this new Android box in a great position to find itself in many homes.

[via Bloomberg]


New Lookout app finds a missing device even if the battery is dead

Posted: 09 Oct 2012 05:45 AM PDT

Losing your precious cell phone is a scary thing. With the invention of apps that can find a lost phone, it became a slightly less scary proposition, but what if your phone is dead? A redesigned app from Lookout solves that fear by locating a lost phone, even if the battery is dead.

This new feature, which Lookout calls Signal Flare, flags the location of your phone right before the battery dies. This gives users a good idea of where to look for their phone. Of course, if it is stolen and on the move, it will not be able to find it, but it still much more helpful than most phone locator apps that only scan on your request. If you simply dropped your phone somewhere, this should go a long way towards helping you find it.

Lookout’s app always had some awesome features such as protection from malware, back-ups, and the ability to remotely lock and wipe a phone. Besides locating dead phones, this update also adds protection from dialing attacks, which occur when you click on a phone number in the browser. It scans each phone number and alerts you if it detects a potential threat.

The last feature of this update is the new Activity Feed. This allows you to see your mobile activity and all the ways Lookout protects you. This feature is cool, but it’s the finding dead phones that has us the most interested.


Samsung Galaxy Music official: Budget media phone

Posted: 09 Oct 2012 02:48 AM PDT

Samsung has officially launched the Galaxy Music, its latest Android smartphone, and one that – as the name suggests – focuses on media playback. Running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on an unspecified processor, the Galaxy Music has a 3-inch 240 x 320 LCT TFT display, a 3-megapixel fixed-focus camera (with no LED flash), and front stereo speakers with SRS Surround.

There’s also WiFi b/g/n with WiFi Direct support, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, and 4GB of internal storage, along with a microSD Card slot. RAM is 512MB, and there’s a 3.5mm headphone jack and an FM radio, together with a dedicated music key.

Presumably incorrectly, Samsung’s spec-sheet also mentions a 9 lumen WVGA-resolution projector, which we’re guessing is accidentally carried over from the Galaxy Beam. It certainly doesn’t fit in with the rest of the (budget) specs of the device, and isn’t highlighted anywhere else in Samsung’s press materials.

Samsung isn’t talking pricing yet, but we’re not expecting the Galaxy Music to be an expensive phone; it’ll also be offered as a dual-SIM model, the Galaxy Music Duos. Both have dualband HSPA and quadband GSM/EDGE.

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HTC Releases Desire X Unlocked Smartphone in UK

Posted: 09 Oct 2012 12:23 AM PDT

Back in August, HTC revealed its then-upcoming smartphone at IFA 2012, the Desire X, previously called the Proto. Officially, the Desire X was slated for release in September, but was apparently delayed. As of today, it’s available in the UK via Clove and Unlocked Mobiles.

Sleeker than the One X and more powerful than the One V, the Desire X is a mid-level smartphone that offers a compromise between price and features. We got our hands on this smartphone back in August, and aside from its low screen resolution, it’s a sleek phone with decent features. Check out our hands-on report.

Specifications are moderate across the board. The Desire X is equipped with a 1Ghz dual-core Snapdragon processor, a 5MP rear camera, 768MB of RAM, WiFi/Bluetooth/GPS, and a 1,650mAh battery. Unfortunately, the Desire X only has 4GB of internal storage space, but has a microSD expansion slot to help make up for it.

Per the initial announcement, the Desire X is slated for release in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific. Whether the phone will ever find its way stateside is debatable. Currently, the Desire X is only available in the UK.

Device Specifications and Information
Device Info
    Device Name : Desire X
    Manufactuer : HTC
    Carrier : NA
    Announced Date : August 30, 2012
    Release Date : TBA
    Also Known As :
Display
  • Screen Size : 4 Inch
  • Resolution : 480x800
  • Screen Type : S-LCD
Dimension & Weight
  • Height : 4.66 Inch
  • Width : 2.45 Inch
  • Depth : 0.37 Inch
  • Weight : 120 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Ion
  • Battery Capacity : 1650 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : 833 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 : MSM8225
    CPU Clock Speed : 1000 Mhz
    Core : 2
    Ram : 768 MB
    Internal Storage : 4 GB
    Front Facing Camera :
    Camera Resolution : 5 MP
    External Storage:
  • MicroSD
    Camera Features:
  • Auto focus
  • Flash
    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:
  • Cellular location
  • Wi-Fi location
    FM Radio :
    NFC :

[via Unwiredview]


Google Releases Tablet App Quality Checklist

Posted: 08 Oct 2012 11:40 PM PDT

Most apps in the Google Play store are designed for smartphones, and as any Android tablet owner knows, the apps that are available for Android tablets are often less-than-stellar. With the release of the Nexus 7 tablet and rumors of an upcoming Nexus 10, it’s no surprise that Google is pushing for higher quality apps for tablets. One such way the company is trying to improve tablet apps is with a newly published checklist aimed at helping developers.

 

The Tablet App Quality Checklist is a series of ten items aimed at helping developers create better tablet-optimized Android apps. The checklist is arranged in no particular order, and, as mentioned, is intended to improve the overall quality of apps being published in the Google Play store. The checklist isn’t applicable to all apps across the board, but is rather a series of detailed guidelines intended to be used as a foundation for optimizing any app-in-development.

The Tablet App Quality Checklist includes sections on optimizing layouts, using assets, and testing app quality. Each section of the checklist provides detailed information, most of which is accompanied by screenshots. In addition, the checklist provides info on setting up a test environment in which developers can ensure their apps run optimally.

In addition to the Tablet App Quality Checklist, Android Developers will be posting tips on better app development all week via its Google+ page. Whether these efforts on Google’s part will actually improve the quality of apps for Android tablets is yet to be seen. One has to wonder why, with the popularity of Android and the proliferation of Android-based tablets on the market, better tablet-optimized apps don’t already exist.

[via Android Developers]


Sony Xperia Odin Smartphone Leaks Surface

Posted: 08 Oct 2012 10:39 PM PDT

The user profiles for a new Sony smartphone have been leaked. Codenamed Odin, this phone is hinted at being the company’s possible flagship for next year. While the user agent profiles don’t reveal a lot of information, they do show us three model numbers: C6502, C6503, and C6506. It runs Android Jelly Bean (4.1.1).

According to Japanese blog Blog of Mobile, Odin’s user agent profiles are as follows:

Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; U; Android 4.1.1; en-us; C6502 Build/10.1.A.0.211) AppleWebKit/534.30 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile Safari/534.30
Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; U; Android 4.1.1; ja-jp; C6503 Build/10.1.A.0.168) AppleWebKit/534.30 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile Safari/534.30
Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; U; Android 4.1.1; sv-se; C6506 Build/10.1.A.0.201) AppleWebKit/534.30 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile Safari/534.30

The model numbers possibly represent models for various carriers, indicating that the phone will be available in at least three iterations. Whether the phones are for different regions, or just different carriers, is not yet known. Typically, the various model numbers will represent different regions.

Two other Sony phones have emerged through leaks. The first is a smartphone with the model number C1505, and the second is model numbers C1604/5. Both of these phones will run Android Ice Cream Sandwich, but little else is known about them.

[via GSM Arena]


Google’s Nexus 10 Tablet Rumored to be from Samsung

Posted: 08 Oct 2012 09:08 PM PDT

In June, Google announced the Nexus 7, an inexpensive tablet with nice specifications and attractive price tag. A few days later, rumors of the Nexus 10, a larger, more powerful version of the Nexus tablet, emerged. The latest Nexus tablet is rumored to be co-branded with Samsung. Currently, Google is partnered with Asus for the Nexus 7 tablet.

The Nexus 7, which is an attractive option due to its low price tag,  is not much competition for the biggest tablets on the market. The Nexus 10, however, could provide competition to the iPad if the specifications are correct. According to rumors, the Nexus 10 will have a resolution of 2,560 x 1,600, exceeding the iPad’s 2,048 x 1,536 resolution.

The first indication of a Nexus 10 tablet arose when DigiTimes published a piece alleging that an inside source stated Google would produce a 10 inch tablet using touch panels from Wintek and AU Optronics. The rumors of Nexus 10 have been fueled by various indicators, including Google’s push for Android app development that targets larger tablet screens. There has been no official announcement from Google about plans to release a 10 inch tablet, however.

While there’s speculation about price, there’s no indication of what the Nexus 10 might cost, assuming it comes to fruition. Google elected to price the Nexus 7 at a price point that barely breaks even. If the Nexus 10 is priced in a similar manner, combined with high-end specs, it could prove to be a major contender in the tablet market.

[via CNET]


LG e960 leaks in the wild, could be the LG Optimus G Nexus

Posted: 08 Oct 2012 08:34 PM PDT

We’ve been hearing quite a bit of news lately about the next Google Nexus smartphone, many of which are claiming the device will be made by LG. What we have below is some odd photos of a prototype LG device running Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, looks very similar to the Optimus G, and has a casing around it hiding its final design. Sounds a bit like what we’ve seen in the past from Samsung, and even Apple to hide final designs. Could this be the LG Optimus Nexus?

Some images of an unknown device have just hit the web this evening, claiming to be an LG prototype device codenamed the e960. The phone looks very similar to LG’s recently announced Optimus G smartphone — which you can see more of here. The rumor mills have been churning about an LG Nexus device for a few weeks now, and this could be our first look at the smartphone.

The image above clearly shows what we mentioned above regarding hiding the device. You can see the rounded design which is similar to the Galaxy Nexus being covered by a square casing. This would be LG (and Google’s) attempts to hide the final product and design of the upcoming device. Then we’ll move on to the phone. It appears to be quite large, matching the rumors of the Optimus G and its 4.7-inch display being a Nexus device. The Optimus G rocks a quad-core 1.5 GHz S4 processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 13 megapixel camera. This is shaping up to be a beast. Oh and did we mention this is running Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean?

Earlier reports today of the HTC DLX stated it was also running Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. Could this be the next version of Android that will be showing up soon, or will we see Android 4.2 with the next Nexus? Now we aren’t too sure. Looking at the images provided by a user at XDA the phone appears to be running a rather old build of Android, dated as far back as July 24th for the Android build. Oddly it also is listed with a codename of “mako” (a fish) which follows every other Nexus device codename to date. The Galaxy Nexus family is Tuna. We see an extremely stock version of Android Jelly Bean here, and oddly Chrome isn’t the default browser.

This is certainly an interesting looking device, running an early version of Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. Hopefully we learn more soon. Thoughts?

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[via XDA] – Thanks for the tips folks!


Galaxy S III Jelly Bean Update Wave Starts in Korea

Posted: 08 Oct 2012 08:14 PM PDT

Back in August, Samsung stated at IFA 2012 that the Galaxy S III would be upgraded to Android Jelly Bean in the near future. Fast forward to the end of September, and users in Europe were treated to the Jelly Bean update via Samsung's Kies. Now users in South Korea can upgrade their Galaxy S III smartphones to the latest Android version.

According to Samsung’s Korean website, users can upgrade to Jelly Bean via Samsung Kies (and possibly OTA, as well).  The upgrade will bring several usability and performance increases, including smart rotation and camera improvements. The update requires a minimum of 100MB of free space.

There are some precautions listed, namely that apps that haven’t been optimized for Jelly Bean may not function correctly. In addition, icon positions might be shuffled, the background may change, and user data could be affected. As always, users should backup their data before updating.

There’s no official word yet on when the update will be available for users outside of South Korea and Europe. Leaked builds for various carriers in the US, including Verizon and T-Mobile, have been appearing online. Earlier this month, Samsung said that the US would see the update available soon.

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 Engadget]


HTC DLX Specifications Leaked in Detail

Posted: 08 Oct 2012 06:57 PM PDT

The HTC developer known as “Football” on Twitter sent out a tweet containing what appears to be specifications for the up-coming HTC smartphone known as DLX, which is rumored to be headed to the Verizon lineup. Although little is officially known about the HTC DLX, it is rumored to be named the One X 5 or DROID Incredible X. A concept image has been floating around the Web for a few weeks.

The tweet by Football confirms some of the rumors that have been circulating about this behemoth smartphone, including that it will have a 5-inch HD (1080p) display. Because of the smartphone's sizeable screen, it has been dubbed a phablet, one of a few phones toeing the line between phone and tablet. In addition to the screen size, the tweet seems to confirm the rumors of a Snapdragon processor and Android Jelly Bean (4.1.2, to be specific).

If the tweet is correct, it seems the DLX will have 1.5GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a 2MP front camera and 12MP rear camera, a 2500mAh battery, and 1.5Ghz S4 Pro processor from Snapdragon. Sadly, no word was given on whether the phone is headed to Verizon, or when it will be available. Official details from HTC are still unavailable.

This information meshes well with the report from DigiTimes claiming that an industry insider says HTC plans to release a device with a full HD screen in September or October of this year. GLBenchmarks shows a device that corroborates most of the specs listed in Football’s tweet, including the Snapdragon processor. Although no official word has been given, information in the rumorsphere seems to confirm Football’s tweet.

[via Droid Life]


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