HTC teams up with Dr. Dre and his Beats (video)

HTC recently announced their first NFC device and now have also officially partnered with Beats by Dre. This is certainly good news as anything to help set them apart from the competition is a good thing. Here’s a quick blurb:

Today marks an incredible day for sound and Beats by Dr. Dre. We are announcing a partnership with HTC, one of the world’s leading wireless manufacturers. With this announcement, our two brands are coming together to redefine the smart phone category and redefine the way that sound is heard.

Over the past year, Beats by Dr. Dre has continued to evolve from a headphone company to a cultural movement that is redefining the way sound is heard. We have strived to take studio-quality music into the hands of you, our consumers, across the globe. This partnership with HTC represents the next phase of our vision, placing the utmost importance on giving smart phone fans the opportunity to hear the highest-quality of sound possible. The Beats team, still led by Dr Dre and Jimmy Iovine, will continue to manage Beats autonomously.

There will be a lot more exciting news to come and we will continue to keep you on top of all of the wonderful things happening within the Beats World. This is truly an incredible chapter for Beats and we are proud to have you with us. Let’s Go!

Hit the break for more info and a video.


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Android-powered robot tank built by London developer

Web developer Tamlyn from London has built an Android phone controlled RC tank. After leaving only the tracks, drive motors, gears, battery and on-off swtich, an Android phone and IOIO board were added to drive the tank remotely. Now that’s cool!

Using Tamlyn’s own application, the tank can receive steering and movement commands via any web browser. The Android device is running a basic HTTP server with a web page listening for commands. These are received and then sent to the tank via USB to the IOIO board. The response time over 3G hasn’t been tested yet, but he has the current response times over WiFi down to about 30ms which he deems fast enough.

It’s also worth noting that Tamlyn stated that, with help, writing for Android was easy.

“This is my first Android project but thankfully the Android SDK and documentation are outstanding. With the help of a few tutorials I went from Hello World to a simple app that accepted HTTP connections in just a few hours.”

While he isn’t sure what this robot tank will ultimately do, it’s sure worth thinking about possibly of the camera being live. This could lead to some really cool applications besides checking on and scaring your cat or dog while at work. Be sure to check this cool creation out in the video and let us know what you think in the comments.  Hit the break for another screen shot and the video demo.  
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Live View Canon Shooting Via USB From DSLR Controller App

Welcome the new DSLR Controller app, which allows you to control your Canon EOS DSLR camera by linking it up to your Android device via USB. You’ll have access to features like a live view from the lens, focus controls and aperture settings all right from your Android device’s screen.

Its developer, ChainfireXDA has uploaded a live demonstration video which will walk you through its overall functionality and surely pique the interest of photographers and otherwise photo-savvy Android users looking to shoot tethered to your Android phone.

What kinds of possibilities does the DSLR Controller app open for you? Leave us a comment below!

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[via androidandme]

HTCDev Site Brings More Pics Of Sense And Honeycomb

A couple of days ago we brought word that the HTCDev site was officially up and running.  According to a tipster over at Android Central, we now have a few screen shots of Sense UI on Honeycomb.  Some of the pics here show much of what we’ve seen in line with the up and coming HTC Puccini Tablet.  However, one minor note, it looks like the multitasking button on the bottom left is missing and in its place stands a regular menu button.  We’ll see what the final product looks like in time however.  All in all, everything looks to be the same.  In addition, we can most likely expect for HTC to incorporate its Scribe technology.  Hit the break for a couple of more shots and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.  
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HTC Trademarks “CloseConnect”, Getting Closer To NFC?

It looks like HTC still has their heart set on getting NFC functionality working on their devices.  The Taiwanese giant just recently trademarked CloseConnect, which appears to be a wireless communication technology geared for several pieces of hardware.  Check out the description below:

Computer hardware and software for setting up, configuring, and administering wireless networks; Computer application software for mobile phones, cellular phones, smartphones, PDAs, and tablet computers used to connect to other mobile devices; Computer software for mobile phones, cellular phones, smartphones, PDAs, and tablet computers used for the collection, editing, organizing, modifying, book marking, transmission, storage and sharing of data and information; Computer application software for mobile phones, cellular phones, smartphones, PDAs, and tablet computers used to manage near field communication technology features on those devices; Computer software for setting up, configuring, and administering peer-to-peer networks and local peer-to-peer networks.

According to the description, it’s clear what HTC’s intent is.  “…used to manage near field communication technology…”  Hey, we’ll take it.  It will also be interesting to see what else the company does with the combination of software and hardware.  The technology will be aimed for a number of devices such as smartphones, tablets and computers.  Imagine an HTC Sensation-like device with NFC?  Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.

[via engadget]

CyanogenMod7 now booting on the Motorola Triumph, but that is about it

Android Forums member, isaacj87, has CyanogenMod7 booting on the Motorola Triumph, but don’t go crazy just yet:

We now have CyanogenMod 7 booting on the Triumph! Now, before you get excited and ask me when can you download it, I have to admit: Pretty much everything isn’t working… yet. However, this is a big first step. Once I do get everything working, you can be sure that I’ll let you guys know

The reason it is not working is due to the fact that the kernel source for the Triumph hasn’t been released yet. As soon as that is released, things will move quickly. Head over to the source link to follow the development.

One more pic after the break


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LG Flip II Comes to T-Mobile US

After showing up in June with our friends across the pond in the UK, the dual screen handset LG Flip II will soon be making its journey to the US via T-Mobile on September 14th.

This device has been turning heads due to its unique between-the-keys display that allows for eight shortcuts on its slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Although we remain in the dark on its branding here in the States and much of its specs  remain unknown at this point, comparisons have been made between its front speaker design and that of the LG Quantum/LG Optimus 7Q and its heft has been noted as being a bit larger than the Milestone 2.  Hit the break for a plethora of screen shots courtesy of our friends over at Pocket-Lint.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.  
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Verizon 4G Samsung LTE Galaxy Tab rooted, Transformer Netflix hack proves functional

Did you get yourself a new, shiny Samsung Galaxy Tab on Verizon’s 4G LTE network? Well, if you’re in the mood for a little bit of hacking and modding (and we do mean a little), then you could get that pretty new Tab rooted and running Netflix in no time at all. The same rooting method that got the shackles off the wifi only version apparently works on the LTE flavor as well. What’s more, the Netflix hack that got everyone’s Transformer tablet watching movies works as well.

If you want to check all this out for yourself, be sure to hit up the source link, and let us know how your rooting endeavors go in the comments below!

[via xda]

TouchWiz Update For Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Now Available For Download

Well, as promised by Sammy, and just two days late, is the Galaxy Tab 10.1 TouchWiz OTA.  The update includes the following:
  • Live Panel: Magazine-like widget view for immediate access to weather, social updates, email, news, photo gallery, all on the home screen. The visual layout of Live Panel is completely customizable for one-touch entry into each user’s most important information.
  • Mini Mode Tray: One-touch access to commonly used applications—Task Manager, Calendar, World Clock, Pen Memo, Calculator, Music—which overlay in a pop-up window on display screen for powerful multi-tasking.
  • Clipboard: Advanced copy & paste functionality allows Galaxy Tab 10.1 users to store photos, Web pages, YouTube links, etc., on the clipboard for easy sharing via email and social network sites.
  • Indicator Quick Panel: Quickly toggle on/off Wi-Fi, notifications, sound, brightness and settings in lower right hand corner of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 display.
  • Photo Editor: Rotate, crop and adjust colors on high quality digital images
Hit the break for the full press release which reveals a “butload” of extra features and UI tweaks.  If you’re the proud owner of a Galaxy Tab 10.1 please feel free to let us know what you think of the update in the comments below.  To our knowledge the update has not or is not currently rolling out to the Galaxy Tab 10.1 Google I/O edition.  If we’re mistaken on this, please let us know.  To check for updates grab your device and head to Settings–> About Tablet–>Update.
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CyanogenMod Comes to Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, Neo, and Arc

CyanogenMod, the world’s most popular alternate ROM (and one of my own favorites, I might add), always manages to find a home on whatever new phones are coming out, and Sony’s stable of new phones is no exception. Coming up soon, the Xperia Play, Xperia Neo, and Xperia Arc will have the option of bursting with cyan Android style. The only thing holding up the process is some code that needs to be approved from CyanogenMod proper. Following this approval, some sweet, sweet cyan love can start hitting the phones of Sony users. If any of you folks rocking the Play, Neo, or Arc haven’t tried CyanogenMod, it’s definitely something worth a shot.

[via pocketnow]