Just when you thought you couldn’t beef up that Galaxy S III camera any more, think again. Thanks to the camera modders out there, specifically hyperX, you can now obtain even greater video quality than before. hyperX has released a brand new mod for the GSIII that will boost the 1080p Full HD video recording to 30 Mbit in superfine mode, fully with 192 kbit audio. Stick with me here as this is going to be nerdy as hell but nevertheless cool. There will also be a 24 Mbit fine mode and 19 Mbit normal 1080p mode in addition to 19 Mbit superfine 720p mode. Furthermore, 15 Mbit fine and 10 Mbit normal modes will also be present while all utilizing 192 kbit audio recording. The dev is also attempting to add in 60fps capture to all resolutions, though it’s presenting to be quite a challenge at this time. Further tweaks include the ability to launch the camera during a live phone call in addition to the ability to snap photos during video recording with the volume up and down buttons. As of now, the GSIII will not allow the camera app to load if the battery is under 15%, however, the dev is closely working on that. Just make sure your device is rooted if you’re interested in applying this hack and remember that you do so at your own risk. Big thanks goes out to hyperX for the awesome mod and we hope you guys all have fun with it. Feel free to leave a comment or two below with what you think of the mod. Instructions and download links have been provided after the break courtesy of HX Customs Roms » Read the rest
We know some of you all love your Macbooks, but wouldn’t you love it if you could have the Android OS in a Macbook body? Well thanks to the THD N2-A clamshell notebook, you will be able to enjoy the best of both worlds. The ICS-powered 13.3-inch notebook features an LED-backlit 1366 x 768 LCD screen, 1.2GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor, 1 gig of DDR3 RAM, built-in WiFi (with an optional ethernet or 3G dongle via the USB ports) and wait for it— a 4200mAh battery. The N2-A does not feature a touchscreen option, so you’ll have to use the touchpad and keyboard (which curiously includes a Windows key by the way) in order to navigate the operating system— though there is the option to connect a USB mouse to the system.
Overall, the N2-A notebook is definitely on the
cheaper modest scale. The device itself is incredibly light and thin too for a notebook: it comes in at 3.4 lb, while also including a decent silver finish. You’re probably wondering how much this lovely machine will cost, right? Well, you can’t buy one notebook buy itself, but purchasing the notebook in groups of 500 units will run you about $74,500 from THD directly. But then again you can think of it this way: if you have 500 Android friends who are yearning for some of that Android-on-a-Mac experience, it would come out to about $149 a piece, which is definitely competitive to even premium tablets out there. Hit the break to see photos and video of the N2-A in action.
We just got word that some DROID Incredible 4G LTE accessories are arriving at indirect sales channels for Verizon Wireless. This means the launch should be fairly close, but we’re also hearing that we probably won’t see it until the first week in July due to software issues. This certainly doesn’t surprise me since this is Verizon we’re talking about.
Actually this phone is way overdue since it’s not even a One X and barely a One S since it lacks the fantastic camera software of the One Series. Droid Life recently reported a June 21st date, which seems realistic as well.
I guess it comes down to the source, and our source is very confident that we won’t see this mid-level phone until closer to Independence Day. More pics after the break
Well friends, the time has officially come for the 3rd leg of the HTC One Series to arrive in stores. While Telus has stayed mum on when its customers would get the HTC One V smartphone, we now have an idea of when it will arrive. According to a leaked internal document obtained by our Canadian friends at MobileSyrup, Telus plans on releasing the smartphone tomorrow, June 8th. That’s not all either— the phone will be modestly priced at $289.99 should you decide to buy the phone at retail price. In addition, customers will have the option of the following on-contract pricing:
- 1-year contract – $229.99
- 2-year contract – $189.99
- 3-year contract – $29.99
Not too bad of a deal of a solid Beats Audio and Ice Cream Sandwich-powered phone, right?
Last month we reported that many AT&T HTC One X users have been experiencing slow, intermittent Wifi connections and that an update from HTC to address these issues had been leaked. Well if you weren’t too keen on manually updating your shiny new One X yourself, AT&T is now pushing out the update OTA (over the air) to all.
Improvements are as follows:
- Wi-Fi Connectivity Improvement – improves operation when a device leaves Wi-Fi coverage.
- Wi-Fi Throughput (Speed Increase)
- AT&T Address Book fixes – Contacts formatting when synced to AAB
Keep in mind that the update will most likely roll out in groups so you may not see the notification right away.
Raise your hand if you’re sick of all the litigation. Yeah, me too. Apple and Samsung have been doing the legal dance for a while now, talks failing, and it continues. In December, Apple was denied a preliminary injunction against many Samsung products. Now, Apple has filed for more injunctions against more Samsung products… including the shiny new Galaxy S III.
What is Apple complaining about this time? The same thing Apple just fought HTC and Motorola over: a “data tapping” patent regarding the multi-option dialog that appears when pressing a phone number in an email or webpage. On top of that, Apple is also claiming the S III violates a unified search patent, essentially adding Apple’s Siri as the victim. It’s not Samsung’s S-Voice that has Apple’s panties in a bunch, but rather the base Android voice command and search architecture.
So far the presiding judge has not granted Apple the injunction, regardless of how much Apple stresses the importance of the timing before Samsung’s global release.
Let’s hope it stays that way.
With the announcement of Verizon’s Galaxy S III came details such as a pre-order date, pricing and storage options that will be available. What wasn’t clear at the time was when exactly Big Red was planning on shipping out pre-ordered devices, though most were fairly certain that it would be around the 3rd week in June, much like Sprint and T-Mobile.
However, a leak earlier today suggested that pre-orders would instead ship out on July 9 and it actually happens to be legit. Verizon has just confirmed July 9 as the pre-order ship-out date for their GSIII on their website. Seeing as before the GSIII announcement, no one was even sure if Verizon would get it at all, it’s still great news to know it’s coming. It’s just coming 3 weeks after the competition.
It’s not too bad of a wait considering that Big Red did have the Galaxy Nexus exclusivity for 4 full months before any other U.S. carriers could offer it. Patience red grasshoppers, patience.
We first heard about the HTC Media Link when we were at Mobile World Congress back in February but since then the buzz surrounding the unit has died down a bit. The Media Link is HTC’s way of wirelessly transfering media from your One Series device to your television all with a simple swipe on your device’s screen. Unfortunately, since the One X was held up at the boarder we all but forgot about the Media Link and now that the Galaxy S III craze has died down we can focus more on the little things. This is good timing because AT&T just announced that the HTC Media Link is now available and can be purchased online for $90. Other than streaming photos, video and music, the Media Link can also wirelessly mirror you device’s screen similar to Apple’s AirPlay.
The popular chip maker, Qualcomm, has announced that they’ll be making a CPU compatible with multiple 700 MHz frequencies.
Furthermore, as shown above, carriers holding Lower A Block or other 700 MHz spectrum have many different band combinations to choose from to meet their customers’ interoperability needs, both within the 700 MHz band and between any of the long list of other 4G bands. A Band 12/17 combination is merely one such combination, and it would be inappropriate for the FCC to mandate that carriers must make this one combination available on every consumer device.
Because of the difficult interference challenges described herein, the fact that existing technology does not offer a solution to these challenges, and Qualcomm’s ongoing innovation and collaboration with all carriers and manufacturers, the commission should not require mobile equipment to be capable of operating over all paired commercial spectrum blocks in the Lower 700 MHz band.
So what does this mean? It means the company is single-handedly assisting in solving the interoperability problem which LTE operators present in the US. The new design, also dubbed the MSM8960, will support 7 LTE frequencies in total utilizing the 28nm process. Qualcomm is seriously fixated on providing lower power consumption and we thing they truly have the means to do it. According to the company, radios will be shipping to to vendors in July and devices housing them should show up by year’s end. Furthermore, Qualcomm states it’s against an FCC mandate for LTE interoperability and wants the government to allow the free market to make the choice of which bands get paired. This will certainly be an interesting story to follow so stay tuned. And feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.
Well what do we have here? Our friends at Phone Arena just got a hold of some press image drafts of the upcoming Google Nexus tablet. We’re expecting this bad boy to be unveiled at Google I/O and our own Stacy Bruce just might be lucky enough to walk out with one.
As you can see in the pics, it has a white front and a two-toned back. There aren’t too many white Android tablets out there, so this might be a good move for Google in that it will stand out in this very crowded space. The fact that there is an earpiece slit is very strange. Not sure what to say about that.
It’s made by ASUS, will have a NVIDIA Tegra 3 CPU, 1 GB of RAM, and from the looks of it, will have a rear and front-facing cameras. If Google and ASUS can pull this off at $249 or lower, it will obviously be a screaming hot deal. Of course it’s expected to have Android 4.1, and some people are saying it’s Jelly Bean, but I don’t think it will actually be called Jelly Bean. I believe it will just be another version of Ice Cream Sandwich just like 3.1 was to Honeycomb. One more pic after the break.