Times are certainly tough and we love our budget-friendly devices, but here’s a tablet that’s sure to raise an eyebrow or two. And no— this isn’t an April Fool’s joke either. The ESER A10 tablet is a 7-incher which features seriously outdated modest specs. You’ll find a 800 x 480 “resistive” touchscreen, 1.2GHz BoxChip CPU, 4GB of internal storage, microSD out, HDMI out, WiFi and a front-facing camera. Oh and the device is capable of decoding 2160p video (can your tablet do that?!). All of this will be powered by Gingerbread 2.3 and feature 3G connectivity– though you’d need to buy a separate USG dongle. While the specs don’t come anywhere close to competition such as the Amazon Kindle Fire— the ESER A10 tablet is going for an astounding $51. You read right folks… the device will be available for a little over 50 bucks. Not too bad at all.
We know most of you love your speed and power in your tablets, but if you are pressed for cash and looking for a cheap alternative, what do you think? Would you splurge on this device?
You remember how we had a hunch Google TV would be available outside of the U.S.? Good news folks as news has gotten out that Sony France will be developing two variations of Google TV devices and launch them in September. The first is a set-top box which will go on sale for €200 ($266), whle the second will be a box with an integrated Blu-ray player that will sell for €300 ($399). Sony France marketing director Stephane Labrousse highlights that while Sony Google TV devices are certain in France, it’s possible the devices could launch in Spain, Germany and the U.K at the same time. The devices won’t skimp on features either as it’s reported the Google TV boxes will feature items such as a Google Play button on their remote controls, giving direct access to Google’s app and content store and come with Sony’s own content offerings, including Music Unlimited.
See gang— good things comes to those who wait and are patient. Let’s just hope the price is right for consumers out in Europe.
Sure April Fool’s Day has come and gone sadly, but many of us sure enjoyed the good laughs, right? Well sadly, a particular joke has taken an unusual— albeit comical turn that has gone on for the past year. Last year a CM ROM was renamed to “TehUberDuckDistro” for a single nightly release which featured an unusual duck as its mascot instead of the usual Android. Some 29 individuals did not get the memo of “TehUberDuckDistro” being a joke and are actually logging in info with CM’s reporting app featuring “TehUberDuckDistro“. Here’s CyanogenMod team member Ricardo Cerqueira sharing his thoughts on the stunning find:
“I accidentally noticed, while checking something entirely different in our stats data, that 29 people are still running TDUD today. That one year-old, one-shot nightly is still in use, and I want to meet these 29 people just to shake their hands.”
The moral of the story is two-fold. One— some of these individuals using the CM ROM featuring “TehUberDuckDistro” really need to update their CM ROMs… immediately. Two— perhaps the 29 people still using the joke ROM may really like their duck mascots? Perhaps.
MOTOACTV is no longer limited to just that cool watch + MOTO phone as you might have seen before. And no, we’re not talking about having to pull a few tricks to get the app on your device either. Motorola has announced through its discussion board that MOTOACTV is now available not only in an app form, but the app is available for all Android phones– regardless of manufacturer. That means if your device is operating on Android 2.1 or higher, you too can get in on the popular fitness action such as:
Plan workouts on your phone, launch them from your MOTOACTV and see your workout data back on your phone
Track progress of your personal fitness goals on your phone
Use your Android smartphone to set up Wi-Fi networks for your MOTOACTV
Awesome isn’t it folks? You can grab the app today by hitting the QR code or Play Store link. Read more
You folks remember how T-Mobile cleverly placed ads in its notification bar? Well, most folks didn’t take too kindly to seeing advertisements in that fashion, so they took to the streets— err, the internet. T-Mo has since deployed its damage control unit and PR team and released an official statement by email and a spokesperson highlighting the advertisement was a snafu and apologized for the inconvenience. Here’s the exact statement from T-Mo:
“During a recent software update, a message to promote T-Mobile’s free VIP Zone was mistakenly sent to certain customers and appeared on the notification bar for some Android devices. After T-Mobile was made aware of this mistake, the company stopped the notifications. T-Mobile apologizes for the inconvenience this may have caused customers“
Well there you have it. It was all a misunderstanding everyone. It’s OK T-Mo— we all make mistakes every now and then. Let’s just hope T-Mo’s oopsie doesn’t cause a trend for other companies to start advertising in our sacred notification bars.
NVIDIA’s Tegra platform is no doubt a great one for showcasing Android gaming. We know there are plenty of Tegra-exclusive games out there, but there’s one game that’s standing out head and shoulders above the rest of the Tegra-based games. You may have heard about a certain Action-RPG called Soulcraft THD, which is pretty much a dark fantasy game on steroids. The beta has currently been in beta for a few months now and while the developer Mobilebits claims there are still some bugs to be worked out, the game runs incredibly fluid while the graphics are smooth like butter. Read more
Ok— the HTC One X is an awesome phone, we get it. After seeing it get unboxed recently, HTC went ahead and highlighted the device’s limitless possibilities with its camera and ImageSense software. You do remember ImageSense is a big part of the phone, right? Although we had seen some lackluster photos taken from the device recently, a clever video has been revealed which more than makes up for the HTC One X’s perceived shortcomings with its camera and software. The video highlights the One X going toe to toe with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Sony Xperia S smartphones. While one could interpret the tests as being slightly subjective— you will note how quickly the HTC takes photos in comparison to the Xperia S and Galaxy Nexus, while the One X destroys both devices when the camera is in burst mode (burst mode takes for 4 photos per second). Very impressive indeed.
Talk about raising the bar for cameras on our Androids. What do you all think? You folks impressed with the phone’s camera software yet?
We know that the T-Mobile HTC Sensation 4G is all set for the upcoming Android 4.0 + Sense 3.6 UI update, but there has been an unexpected delay in the prep process. According to T-Mobile’s Facebook page, HTC has sent the ICS ROM to T-Mobile, but apparently the ROM did not pass T-Mo’s gold standard of quality checks. T-Mobile has since sent the ROM right back to HTC for further testing and are hoping the bugs and kinks will be worked out sooner than later before the official update is released to customers. Here’s T-Mobile’s specific statement: Read more
We’ve seen various confirmations of devices getting the coveted Android 4.0 update this year from wireless carriers throughout the U.S., but what about our neighbors to the north? While most Canadian mobile users still do not know of when they will receive the ICS update, Canadian wireless carrier Bell has gone ahead and confirmed it will be pushing out the update to several select devices. While Bell specifically highlights “support for some features vary by manufacturer”, it’s provided a specific list showing the concrete dates of updates for the following devices:
Samsung Galaxy S II – April 2012
Samsung Galaxy Note – April 2012
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 – May 2012
Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE – June 2012
HTC Sensation – June 2012
HTC Raider – June 2012
LG Optimus LTE – July 2012
If you’re on Bell and own one of those devices, be prepared for an enhanced Android experience.