Based on a report from The Korea Times, Samsung is going to debut a social network that a Samsung official says will compete with Facebook. They noted that the project is called in no subtle terms, “Samsung Facebook”. They don’t seem to be hiding the fact that the project is definitely geared toward a Facebook-like feel. Well there is no hard evidence on what this all entails, but it has been confirmed that it should go live in the Q1 of next year. Samsung’s idea is to have this social network span across their many internet ready devices for consumers.
It’s quite hard to say that this project, ‘Samsung Facebook’ could ever be real competition for the social giant Facebook in my opinion, but what’s another social network? Go ahead and toss it right in there with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+? Whatever your feelings are on this move, Samsung is going to give it a shot.
Sony Mobile presents a couple new handset today that have a quite sleek, clean design and full of color. Sporting the Xperia name, they’ve now unveiled the miro and tipo Android smartphones. Both of these devices include “deep integration of Facebook” and should be available around the world the third quarter of this year. Sony Mobile went as far as to let the Facebook users choose which phones should be announces next, And below is the result.
The Xperia miro, being the higher end device of these two offering comes with a 800MHz processor, 3.5-inch 320×480 TFT display, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and a front-facing VGA shooter as well. Included is an internal storage capacity of 2.9GB, expandable via a microSD slot up to 32GB, Sony xLOUD experience, and deep integration with Facebook. All running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
The Xperia tipo also powered by Android 4.0 is slightly smaller with a 3.2-inch display and smaller 3.2-megapixel camera (front-facing camera is absent). You’ll get the same audio experience from Sony xLOUD, and the same internal storage of 2.9GB expandable to 32GB.
These are definitely a couple of good looking devices. No prices have been announced as of yet, but based on the specs they could turn out to be budget friendly. Once we get more information, we’ll pass it along. Check out the presser after the break for the full deets on the latest Sony Mobile offering.
source: sony mobile
I don’t know about most of our readers, but I’m fairly attached to my Google Maps and its navigation features on my Galaxy Nexus. Does everything I’ve ever needed it to do….so far. Maybe this is because it’s all I’ve ever used as a GPS device. Well, there are a few GPS navigation applications out there and there’s another to come.
Tom Tom for Android is just down the road, or is will be launching “fairly soon” as co-founder Peter-Frans Pauwels puts it. Yes, the latest GPS navigation application is on its way, and more insight from the co-founder tells us possibly this summer, although he won’t give any definite answer at this time. iOS users already use their version of the Tom Tom app which has been said to be doing very well. So this app being developed for Android will probably be welcome by many who would love another option for their traveling needs. These days with the power of the Android phones and even the sizes that we’ve seen as of late, there’s almost no need for a dedicated GPS device. And I think the companies developing for that market see this, and are gearing their development more and more toward the smartphone. There’s yet to be any mention of what the price tag on this app will be. Most likely it’ll be in line with the iOS app, which weighs in at close to $40.
Back in January AT&T announced at CES a number of new devices and this Samsung Galaxy Exhilarate was one of them. This Android device would be considered an entry level smartphone, but it does pack a bit of decent hardware inside. Along with being eco-friendly, the Exhilarate boasts a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon,, a 5MP shooter with video recording at 720p, a 1.3MP front facing camera. So this device stacks up to be a fairly decent phone for anyone looking for an Android phone in the $50 price range. June 10th you can expect the Samsung Galaxy Exhilarate to land on AT&T. So keep a close watch if this is right up your alley.
For the full press release hit the break.
In less than four months we will be sitting in front of our favorite TV, or at our favorite sports bar on Sunday waiting for the kick-off of the first games of the 2012 NFL Season. Also, don’t forget, right about now you’re probably getting your invites to your regular fantasy football league’s (I know I’ve got at least one league invite waiting). So to round it all off, we now need to prepare for EA Sports Madden 13, coming soon. With this latest release of Madden will come a new feature, the ability to manage your teams by way of your Android phone or tablet. We don’t know the full details right now, but we can assume that managing a team would include: Trades, line-up changes and more. What makes this new feature more than welcome? Throughout our work day, if you have a change in mind for your team, without a second thought you can pull out your mobile device and make the management decisions required. This will free up time for gameplay when you power up that PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, or even the PS Vita, as the changes will be pushed to your account and you’ll be all set. So stay tuned and get ready for the latest offering from EA Sports, Madden NFL 13.
Are you LG Optimus LTE owners waiting patiently for Android 4.0? Probably, but I doubt patiently. That’s fine though, because now it’s here, at least so far for those in Korea. Ken Hong from LG Public Relations tweeted a photo this weekend of his Optimus LTE sporting 4.0.4 as a bit of confirmation. This upgrade that will soon be rolling out globally will be carrying the latest Android OS, Ice Cream Sandwich, and also the Optimus UI v3.0.
Last week we told our readers the word was out that a number of LG devices would be getting ICS this month, today in fact. So it looks like they are moving along with the upgrades. If you’ve gotten that anticipated notification in your status bar encouraging you to upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich, let us know what you think of the user interface.
Last month Google’s Project Glass was all over the web and the buzz spread like wildfire about this innovative new tech. Basically as you see from the image above it’s a pair of ‘glasses’ that you wear that Google’s Sergey Brin states will let you be “free to experience the world without futzing with, like a phone”. It’s a well-known trend that our smartphone devices are getting larger, and unfortunately with the cases we want to protect our beloved handsets, they get even bigger. As you’ll see in the video, Brin demonstrates with the help of the host, how the glasses will free up your hands.
For myself, from the initial video that was released, I was in awe at how cool this tech could or will be one day to possess. Seeing the patents Google was receiving gave even more confirmation that this new project would come true one day. I did have questions though: How will you navigate the UI of something that attached to your face? Would the technology be able to follow your eye movements and/or use voice commands to complete tasks? Whatever option that Google came up with, I knew I wanted it.
LG has announced that it will be updating a few of their latest handsets. The Optimus LTE, the Optimus LTE Tag, and the Optimus Vu starting on June 4th will be upgrading to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. This upgrade will bring great new featured to the devices mentioned. Giving the user an all new user interface along with more features and enhancements over that of it’s predecessor Gingerbread. LG may not be the first to start upgrading their devices, but at least they have begun the transition. There isn’t yet any info on how the carriers of these handsets will be involved but as the news comes in we will report it.
Source: lg korea
The Xperia go and Xperia arco S are the latest offerings from Sony. Both have a nice sleek and clean look, but can also fend off life’s busy work weekwhether it be in the office or out in the elements of nature. These two new Android devices come designed to be water resistant and very durably, boasting a scratch resistant mineral glass protecting the 3.5” and 4.3” screens respectively. The Xperia go and Xperia arco S will be available worldwide in Q3 of this year.
The Xperia go is sporting as mentioned, a 3.5” display, 5-megapixel camera, completely sealed to resist scratches to the glass, and keep out dust and water, a 1Ghz Dual-core power plant. The Xperia arco S carries a bit more weight than its little brother, touting a larger 4.3” 720p HD display also scratch/water/dust resistant, 12-megapixel camera, Playstation Certified, a front-facing camera featuring full 1080p HD video with a 720p HC shooter to compliment, and a 1.5Ghz dual-core processor. Both of these come out of the box with Gingerbread, but are upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
If you want more on these latest offerings from Sony hit the break for the full press release.
You may have noticed as an avid gamer, and game trader, that there are Android tablets available for purchase and/or trade at 200 various locations. Looks like this program has been working out pretty well. GameStop has announce that out of the almost 4,500 locations in the US, it will commence offering Android tablets in 1,600 locations, from various manufacturers. The models specifically noted are the Acer Iconia Tab A200, ASUS TF300T, and the Toshiba Excite 10. These tablets won’t have only the stock apps you’ll normally find with a tablet purchase, but will “include a hand-picked selection of free games”. Tablets are no exception to being able to purchase on trade so this could be a good chance to get a quality tablet on trade for those games you’ve beat 3-4 times and have no more need for. Hit the jump for the full press release.
Okay, so no Samsung Galaxy S III in hand yet, right? Soon though. Even though this is the case right now we continue to see offerings from the talented Android developers out there with things like S-voice being ported to other ICS devices. What we now see from developer madphone with additional contribution from others in the Android community is a full add-on of a number of features pulled from the SGS3.
XDA member madphone says: “This Addon Pack is meant to bring Galaxy S3 feeling to Googles Galaxy Nexus”.
There it is, a nicely packed add-on for the Galaxy Nexus. Inside this flashable zip you’ll find a number of stock apps from the SGS3, including sounds and icons to get that ‘inspired by nature’ feel. Noted in the original post is that it will flash over any CyanogenMod 9 nightly, but since this add-in has been posted, it has been tested and confirmed by the XDA community that it’ll work on CM9, AOKP, SlimICS and possibly more. So if you’re looking for a little Touchwiz-ness or just a nice hands-on preview of what’s to come with the release of the Samsung Galaxy S III, head on over to the source, check out the rest of the screenshots, grab this add-on and give it a shot yourself. If you like what you get, let us know in the comments. Remember, don’t forget to give the devs the thanks they deserve for all the hard work.
For many of us Sydney, Australia isn’t just a hop, skip and a jump away. So being present for this upcoming live launch event of the Samsung Galaxy S III is most likely out of reach. Thanks to the interwebs and the kindness of Vodafone Australia, we won’t have to miss the event. Vodafone will be streaming this even live for the rest of the world to view. Just be settled in front of your favorite streaming device at 9:50 Sydney time, grab the popcorn, head over to the Vodafone Australia site, and you’ll be all set.
Unfortunately a large number of Xperia Play owners are not happy about the fact that their Playstation-certified device has been denied the Android 4.0 upgrade. Fortunately the wait is over for Xperia arc and neo owners! A screenie posted recently tells us that Ice Cream Sandwich is now starting to roll out to the Sony devices. Handset will be updated to Android 4.0.4, Which brings a multitude of enhancements which the user will love, and can take full advantage of. Over at Sony Mobile you can get the full details of what to expect from the upgrade. Also upgrading are other devices in the Xperia line that currently are sporting Android 4.0.3, and now can get their hands on 4.0.4. Head on over to the Sony Xperia Support site for all the info you need to get your upgrade started and details on this update.
Android fans in the US and pretty much anywhere outside of Europe will be glad to hear that the latest rumors surrounding the SGS3 just may be true. Based on words from TJ Kang, Senior VP of Media Services, the Samsung Galaxy S III is said be launched in June of this year. Kang leads us to believe this by stating that the SGS3 will be on a more “compressed” release timeline, unlike previous launches where we feel the device we’ve been waiting for will never come.
“So I think it will be available more or less globally within a month of the European release.”
Be sure to note the terms “I think” and “more or less”. These senior exec’s are normally very careful, when it comes to giving info out, so I think we can take the SVP’s word for it, that we should see the release of the Samsung Galaxy S III during the month of June. If you need a refresher on this device, head on over to hands-on article of the SGS3 that Samsung uploaded to YouTube earlier this month.