As always, leave it to the fine developers over at XDA. The Galaxy Note II, a supposed very secure device on Verizon’s network, has inevitably been hacked by XDA member ‘Adam Outler’ thus revealing a method to unlocking the bootloader on the device. If this sort of thing sounds like your bag, then the process will sound very familiar – especially if you’ve owned and tinkered with Samsung devices in the past. The process basically involves flashing three files via ODIN. If you’re not familiar with the process, it’s not for the feint of heart but our rooting guide and glossary of terms will certainly help. Click through the link to see the full post containing all steps.
It’s never to early to have kids and especially teenagers exposed to the joys of Android technology and Fuhu realizes that by announcing its Nabi XD tablet. The device is marketed as a tablet that’s fully customizable and has fairly up-to-date specs including a quad-core Tegra 3 chip, 10.1-inch IPS HD display, NFC (!!!) and an astounding 10 hours of expected battery life. The most unique aspect of the tablet is not only the fact that it has Jelly Bean, but it’s got a custom UI called “Kanzi UI”. Kanzi is basically a tiled grid of dynamically updating gadgets, widgets and apps. In addition, users of the tablet can arrange as many gadgets, widgets or apps as they want on the homescreen and even define time or location-based rules that dictate when and where your favorite gadgets show up. So this may be a boon for parents that want to ensure that all of those Facebook & Instagram apps are closed while the kids are studying in their bedrooms and all.
While the tablet won’t quite be ready in time for Christmas, it will be released before the end of the year. The Nabi XD should be available late December in limited release and mid-January nationwide. As far as the specific cost, the 16 GB model will be priced MSRP $249, while the 32 GB will retail for $349. The Pad-folio cover and other accessories will be available mid-January starting from $19.99. You’ll find complete details in the presser once you hit the break.
Is a smartphone that utilizes both a regular LCD screen and an e-ink screen possible? Russian wireless carrier Yota Devices wants to remind you that yes, yes it is possible with its new YotaPhone concept. Under the hood, the smartphone has a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, 2GB of RAM, an LTE chip and a 12-megapixel rear camera. However— the real kicker of the device is its two displays— one on the front, one on the back. The front display holds a 4.3-inch 1,280 x 720 (720P) display, while the rear one can display a full e-ink content. It appears the rear display will be best suited for displaying key information tied to a user’s everyday life like appointments, playlists or other things of that nature.
While the concept is indeed interesting, prospective customers will need to go through quite a wait before the device can get in the palms of their hands. The YotaPhone is expected to go on sale in Q3 2013 in Russia, while other markets internationally will see the device sometime after that. More details can be found in the presser once you hit the break.
If you’ve been looking to snag yourself a smartphone that’s bigger than normal, but find devices like the DROID DNA or Galaxy Note II don’t quite strike your fancy, then OPPO may just have the device for you. The Chinese giant has launched its latest device called the Find 5– a superphone with you guessed it a 5-inch IPS display with 441ppi that’s the most noteworthy feature of the device. In addition, the Find 5 has additional bells and whistles like a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 chip, 2 gigs of RAM and Jelly Bean. While it’s nearly identical to the DROID DNA specifically– there are some other things about the Find 5 that distinguish it from the competition: the 13MP camera and sound output. The 13MP camera supports full HDR photography unlike other smartphones, while the Find 5 offers full support for both Dolby 3D and Dirac HD sound– giving users a cinema-quality sound wherever they go. Very impressive indeed.
The phone may be attractive, but many of you are thinking that the device must come at a princely sum, right? Well the device is expected to have a premium price, but it’s likely going to be far less expensive than the competition at or around $500 for the US and Chinese markets. Oh and OPPO plans a major launch of the Find 5 sometime in early 2013 across select markets— so it just means you won’t need to wait too long for the next great thing. You can find additional details in the presser after the break.
We were going through our countless emails in the Talk Android inbox and stumbled upon a Verizon announcement of its new toy— the Samsung Galaxy Camera. Though we had already seen a hint here and another one there-– we finally know Big Red’s camera is very much real and on the way. Aside from the built-in LTE radios, this variant of the camera is no different from AT&T’s version. Though Verizon fails to mention which processor is powering the device (we suspect it’s the same Exynos quad-core processor), we do know the device will have a 16-megapixel sensor plus 23mm Samsung lens and 21X optical zoom… and a whole lot of Jelly Bean running the show.
The device will go on sale this Thursday the 13th and run customers a cool $550.00 which is priced a bit higher than the AT&T version, but then again— you do get that awesome Verizon LTE radio. In addition, Verizon is celebrating the announcement of the device by offering a special promotion where customers will be able to add a Galaxy Camera to a “Share Everything” plan for a mere $5 per month, making it an attractive option to share all those precious holiday moments with your families and friends.
So any of you folks giddy or excited yet?
The HTC One line is beginning to look like that other somewhat popular Galaxy line. It seems like a new version is announced each month. The latest version is coming to the UK in the ‘coming weeks’ and will be dubbed the HTC One SV. This nice little device will rock LTE, a 4.3-inch super LCD display, a snapdragon S4 dual-core 1.2GHz processor, a micro SD slot expandable to 32GB, and an 1800mAh removable battery. It’ll ship with Ice Cream Sandwich, but Jelly Bean has already been announced for the device. Overall, this looks like a solid device for those that aren’t into the massive displays that are beginning to dominate the market. Hit the break for the full presser.
Recently Google CEO Larry Page sat down with Fortune Magazine for a little interview. The first topic that came up was self-driving cars. Larry sees this as a huge “economic good” by saving millions of dollars on parking. He wasn’t just talking about the cost of just parking the car, but actually building garages. Right now the cost of building a parking garage is upwards of $40,000 per space. Larry envisions a self-driving car dropping you at the front door to the building you work at and then it would park itself. When you’re ready to leave, your phone will tell your car that it’s time to head back and get you.
As to Apple, they are both a competitor and a partner, and he said they he and Steve Jobs were friendly at times. He talked about the time that Steve Jobs tried to rally Apple employees by wanting to go thermonuclear war on Android. Larry doesn’t agree with that philosophy because it causes the employees to look at “somebody else” and what they do now and that’s not how you stay two or three steps ahead. He also talked about how Apple is a big distribution channel and they continue to talk to them to continue to provide those services and sometimes they are allowed to and sometimes they aren’t.
Sony just announced the release of the Xperia Lounge Beta app for Android smartphones. Users will be able to access new content from Sony’s world-class portfolio of partners and sponsors. You can expect content from music, sports, films, and gaming and there will be competitions to win tickets to concerts, movie premieres, and sporting events. Users can also stream live concerts, get behind the scenes footage for new films, access music, and meet celebrities.
The app has actually been around for over a year so I am not sure why there is an announcement now. Maybe it’s because there is exclusive content from Coldplay or that they are offering a chance to win tickets to see Swedish House Mafia on their farewell tour or to attend various FIFA events.
It’s available to all Android users, but only owners of Xperia smartphones get access to a special VIP area and streaming mobile content. Hit the break for download links and the full press release.
Sure HTC may be hemorrhaging money at an alarming rate, but at least it’s continuing to make its customers happy by providing guidance on which of its popular devices will be getting the coveted Jelly Bean update. According to a leaked update list from notorious leaker Football4PDA, owners of the following devices will get the Jelly Bean update… at some point:
This is exciting news indeed— though I’m sure owners of the above devices are eager to know when they will get the extensive update. Hopefully HTC doesn’t wait until even newer pieces of software is out before unleashing the Jelly Bean update to the masses.
Much like AMD, Intel, which was once a powerhouse in the processor business, is fighting an uphill battle these days as the market has suddenly shifted to very tiny processors and mobile devices. Also like AMD, they look to gain a foothold in this lucrative market. On Monday, Intel revealed a new way of making chips for mobile devices which it hopes will help to strengthen its position in the very competitive mobile chip market.
Intel is banking on a process they call ‘TriGate’ transistors. This new method consists of three-dimensional transistor structures in its chips which it began work on in 2011. Not surprisingly, this new method will save space, run more efficient, and run faster. However, after over a year’s worth of effort, they have yet to introduce the actual chips into any devices. Further complicating matters is the opinion of industry experts as to whether this new method will be worth the effort at all.
Intel claims the new TriGate SoC (system on a chip) 22-nanometer chip will yield 22% to 65% faster processing compared to 32-nanometer versions. That all sounds well and good but experts challenged Intel and are wondering how so much investment in the technology could only yield ‘minor’ improvements. A former Intel employee added that while the advancements in power are meager, it’ll also come at a price since their methods are not very cost-effective. We should find out in the second half of next year how all of this pans out.