After the downright failure of the HTC ChaCha and Salsa, rumors of a new Facebook phone have been in the works for quite some time now. It has been said that HTC and Facebook are teaming up again to create round two of the Facebook phone but this time will will sport the Facebook brand instead of HTC. Facebook has even added fuel to that fire by hiring an ex Apple designer who is thought to be helping in the creation of said phone. While nothing has emerged as of yet, outside designer Michal Bonikowski whipped up a little design of his own outlining what he believes this possible Facebook handset will look like. » Read the rest
Ah yes, another bit of news for that mysterious, but well-known Sony ST21i Tapioca people have been talking about. Well apparently Sony wanted to play coy and not give up any details since we had seen additional photos, but we managed to get some information on the smartphone. According to the Indonesian Ministry of Communications and Technology, the 800Mhz single core and Ice Cream Sandwich-powered smartphone will be identified as the Sony Xperia Tipo and no— it’s not a typo. Oh and if you don’t think this is the real deal, check out the screenshot below which highlights the phone’s model number and model name:
Now that we have a name to the device, all we need now is where and when the phone will be released. Come on Sony— stop with the teases already.
I guess we might as well make today National Galaxy S III day because if you thought the buzz around it was major before, it just got bigger with the announcement that all five major U.S. mobile carriers will be offering the Samsung Galaxy S III starting this month. We already have a good idea that T-Mobile will probably be the first one on the list with a June 2oth date, and Sprint seems close since they have an event scheduled for next week.
So you want more goodies don’t you. How about pictures of the Verizon version? Well the boys over at Android Police obtained some photos. Ahh yes the blurry variety, but definitely seem legit. Of course there really isn’t much information to gather from these photos other than the Verizon logo will be on the back just like the Galaxy Nexus. Also, we can confirm that the placement of the capacitive buttons will be the same as the international version. Hit the break for more images.
With the news of the HTC DROID Incredible 4G LTE coming to Verizon a few weeks ago, many anxious HTC One series admirers on Big Red have been patiently waiting for any more details to surface as to price, release date, etc. There’s still no official word from Verizon on the subject but some internal sources have found a couple of clues that point to a possible launch as soon as later this week.
The first sign of a close release date comes from the DROID Inc 4G LTE showing up in Verizon’s TestMan site, which often occurs when a phone is near release. The price displayed for the phone shows $299 with contract but it’s speculated that this is merely a placeholder and not the actual price. Other information uncovered confirmed that the phone will indeed come with a $50 MIR (mail-in-rebate) as was reported earlier and that this rebate would go into effect sometime later this coming week.
Again, there’s no official statement from HTC or Verizon on the matter so we’ll just have to be patient a little longer.
Little more than a week ago we brought the news that strong rumours were surfacing suggesting a November launch for Microsoft Office for Android. The rumour mill just keeps on churning and further information has come to light today suggesting that November 10th will be the exact date. Tech news site The Daily received a tip off that Microsoft finished work on the app last month and are now engaged in testing across multiple platforms.
With Google Drive recently swallowing up Google Docs, it will be interesting to see what kind of impact the arrival of MS Office will have on Google’s own productivity suite. Keep tuned in to TalkAndroid and we’ll keep you updated as the story develops further.
Source: The Daily
Microsoft is set to demo Smart Glass, an app that is akin to AirPlay for the Xbox 360, at E3 next week. This Xbox companion app is said to be able to play videos from different sources on tablets and phones as well as push that content from your device to an Xbox 360. What’s more, the app is apparently going to be made available for Windows, Windows Phone, iOS, and Android. This multiplatform strategy is smart for Microsoft since so many people have Xboxes regardless of which side they take in the mobile OS wars.
A leak of a confidential presentation for Smart Glass noted the following:
- Will allow users to control their Xbox 360 remotely. Will be available cross platform on multiple operating systems including Windows, Windows Phone, Android and iOS.
- Applications will be accessible through the tablet. Such as Youtube/Netflix/Vemo ect.
- Live streaming ability through the tablet to the TV, desktop, lap top and other devices.
- A demo at E3 will be shown, but no live video will be featured
As the owner of two Xbox 360′s, this is certainly something I am going to keep an eye on. More details should emerge at E3.
Our friends over at The Verge just received what is believed to be press shots of the T-Mobile Galaxy S III. We have recently heard rumors of a June 20th launch on T-Mo and now we can put a face to the name. What’s interesting about these images is that the device adorns the physical home button which has previously been abandoned on U.S. Galaxy devices in the past. Also worth noting is that the color options remain the same as overseas versions of the kit. Usually when a U.S. carrier brings on a device that is offered through other carriers, it has been their M.O. to molest the device’s appearance to make it stand out more. Not in this case. If these images are the real deal it just goes to show that Sammy is starting to put their foot down on cosmetic alterations and are taking a ‘Take it or leave it’ stance. Good for you, Samsung. You’ve earned it.
No word on pricing or exact availability for the T-Mobile Galaxy S III but if previous rumors hold any truth we should see a launch on July 20th along with our friends from up North. Now the real question is how do you U.S. peeps feel about a physical home button? I think I like the idea really.
source: The Verge
News of the super popular internet radio app, Pandora, releasing an update that specifically states “compatibility support for upcoming Android OS” has certainly got the Android community talking. Speculation of a possible Jelly Bean reference is the most popular guess at the moment, but alas, it appears that Pandora was just merely future proofing their language in regards to all of their updates going forward, suggesting that every update from Pandora will be compatible with all versions of Android, new and old. This comes directly from our buddies at Android Central who decided to get it straight from the horse’s mouth.
“That line just refers to some minor code cleanup that had hard-coded functionality to the current version of Android – Ice Cream Sandwich. This update just future-proofs the Pandora app for the upcoming versions of Android.”
So it seems that any legitimate news about Jelly Bean will most likely surface on or around Google I/O later next month. In the meantime, we can all enjoy the welcome improvements that Pandora has provided in their latest update.
A couple days ago ASUS aired a teaser video for an announcements they plan to make at this year’s Computex. Simply calling it their “Next Transformations,” the original teaser video showed us an outline of what appeared to be a new entry in their line of Transformer Tab tablets and keyboard docks. Today, ASUS adds to the excitement by unveiling two more teaser videos, both of which help put the pieces together a little more. » Read the rest
We already reported that there is a good possibility that T-Mobile might have the Samsung Galaxy S III in stores on June 20, and we just received further confirmation. During a live stream of the Vodafone GSIII launch in Australia, June 20th was mentioned as the “first stop in its nationwide US tour in New York.” Not sure why New York would specifically be mentioned other than it could mean that it will get unveiled on that date in NYC (and not officially released).
With Canada also getting the GSIII on the same day, it looks like it could be a special day for all of North America especially if the U.S. version gets 2GB of RAM just like our friends up North are getting.