NVIDIA Announces Cloud-Direct Gaming From A GPU Thanks To GeForce Grid

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In keeping up with the excitement of its exciting Players’ Choice Awards, NVIDIA is set to revolutionize graphics and gaming as we know it. CEO Jen-Hsun Huang has shared that the company plans on using distributed graphics to stream low-latency video games from the internet to computers. In order to power this great concept, NVIDIA has partnered with cloud gaming giant Gaikai and argues the new GeForce Grid GPU actually has a reduced latency of streaming games to just ten milliseconds. Sounds impossible, but it’s definitely been acheived people. To do this feat, the GPU captures and encodes the game frames rapidly in a single pass and promises the enhanced Gaikai service will be available not just Android smartphones and tablets, but TVs as well. » Read the rest

Samsung Cares About Top Notch Customer Service By Releasing Samsung Cares App

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Samsung just upped the ante for bringing great customer service to users of its devices. In an effort to show customers it is indeed attentive to various questions raised for its various products, they released a mobile app called Samsung Cares which aims to bring Samsung support on the go. The app covers many types of Sammy products and will allow users to do things such as viewing FAQs, How To Guides, tutorial videos and troubleshooting guides. The app even allows you to track your service status if your device or product is in the shop for a routine repair.

The app might not be too comprehensive, but hey at least the app shows Sammy cares. The app is available for all Android 2.1+ devices, so if you own a Sammy product– make sure you grab the app today.

 

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Some Customers Will Receive Galaxy S III Pre-Orders a Day Early

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It was originally rumored that the Galaxy S III would be available for purchase on May 29th. However after the official announcement was made retailers began announcing the sale of the S III on May 30th. Well the original date of the 29th may be true for some individuals as some UK retailers have made it known that those who pre-ordered Samsung‘s newest device will be getting it a day early.

Samsung UK announced today that customers who pre-ordered the S III at the Samsung store in London’s Westfield Stratford City will get their phone as early as 6pm (local time) May 29th. Worry not non-London dwellers because Samsung is allowing other retailers to hold their own early launch events but no earlier than 7pm that night. So if you’re wanting to snag this device hours before your friends you’ll have to check local listings of your favorite carrier store for information regarding its early release.

While the official unveiling was exciting in itself this announcement should get you just as excited. Getting Samsung’s latest and greatest a day earlier than most is always exciting. Otherwise the device will be available on the major UK networks a day later. Of course you’ll have to be on Vodafone UK’s network to snag the 32GB model. Here’s hoping you have a better first impression than we did!

 

source: Android Central

AT&T HTC One X And Sprint EVO 4G LTE Imports Delayed By Customs

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It looks like we’re about to have a major snafu in regards to the anticipated arrivals of the AT&T HTC One X and Sprint EVO 4G LTE smartphones. HTC recently confirmed the imports of both devices have been delayed at the U.S. border due to a “customs review”. The reason for this hints in the direction of none other than Apple. Apparently, the cause may come from the ITC exclusion order Apple was granted last December over hyperlinks in the messaging app and browser. HTC claims the issues raised by Apple in front of the ITC were more or less silly and would be removed from their various products. Unfortunately, customs must review the shipments coming in after the April 19 deadline set in place by the ITC whether HTC likes it or not. HTC added an official statement regarding the matter:

“The US availability of the HTC One X and HTC EVO 4G LTE has been delayed due to a standard U.S. Customs review of shipments that is required after an ITC exclusion order. We believe we are in compliance with the ruling and HTC is working closely with Customs to secure approval. The HTC One X and HTC EVO 4G LTE have been received enthusiastically by customers and we appreciate their patience as we work to get these products into their hands as soon as possible”. » Read the rest

HTC Ville C Specs Leak – It’s a “Cheaper HTC One S”

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What’s this? Well, it looks like the folks at BriefMobile got their hands on a leaked feature sheet for a new device from HTC dubbed the HTC Ville C. Their source tells them it’s essentially a cheaper version of the HTC One S, which makes sense since the One S was codenamed “Ville“… I guess the “C” stands for “cheaper”.

Here are the specs:

  • 4.3-inch qHD AMOLED display
  • 16GB of internal memory
  • 1GB RAM
  • 1.2GHz Qualcomm dual-core MSM8260 S3 processor (the sheet says 1.7GHz but the source says it’s a typo)
  • Ultra slim profile (exact measurements not yet known)
  • Sense 4.5 (nice to know HTC is already working on an update)
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 8MP camera with same imaging chip as the One series (1080p video recording)
  • VGA front facing camera
  • 1,650 mAh battery

No news yet on release dates or carriers.

source: briefmobile

 

 

10-inch Yzi Ice Cream Sandwich Tablet Only $203

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Ever wonder just what kind of tablet you could get for around $200? How does this sound?

  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 1.2GHz single-core Cortex A* processor
  • 512MB RAM
  • Mali 400 GPU
  • 4GB internal storage
  • MicroSD slot
  • 0.3MP front facing camera (no rear-facing camera)
  • 10-inch 1024 x 768 display
  • Full-size USB port
  • HDMI port
  • Wi-Fi
  • Accelerometer
  • 15 hour battery

These are the specs for the French-made Yzi tablet. Not too shabby. Some models may even come with 3G connectivity. The tablet will be available in Europe for a very reasonable  €159. No word on whether it will come to the U.S.

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Google plans to present several Nexus devices from multiple manufacturers by Q4 of 2012

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Word on the street is that Google is shifting gears when it comes to its Nexus line of Android smartphones. Ever since the release of the HTC Nexus One, Google has always partnered with one single manufacturer in the development of their Nexus handsets. They attempted to sell the Nexus One through their website only, but the carrier subsidies proved too financially significant for many consumers to justify buying a phone at full retail price, at least here in the States. So with the Nexus S and the Galaxy Nexus, the big “G” decided to go with specific carrier releases, while at the same time, giving up quite a bit of control on what content would be pre-loaded and if and when updates would ever make it to the phones. Along with those issues, Google’s decision to work solely with one manufacturer for their Nexus phone created a bit of tension in the mobile arena with other manufacturers feeling less favored. All in all, Google certainly felt that their master plan for Android was not playing out exactly the way they had hoped.

Now Google has a new plan that should bring about some pretty big changes. For one, no more favoritism will be displayed when it comes to the next Nexus phone. Google is expected to collaborate with up to 5 different manufactures that will be given access to the latest Android OS version, Jelly Bean. They will construct their own personal Nexus device that is to be distributed once again through Google’s website and possibly through various carriers as well with an expected release date around Thanksgiving. It’s reported that the phones will be GSM technology, making it easier for most consumers to have more choice so not be stuck with a contract or the limiting phone selection of their respective carrier.

To be able to have more stock android options and more avenues of purchasing them is a really big improvement if Google can pull it off. The company recently dropped the price of the Galaxy Nexus to $400 on their website a few weeks ago and the results have been very pleasing. If Google can find the right price for these devices, they should be able to turn some heads and make consumers reconsider signing another 2 year contract for a discount. Greater support and adoption of this business model only means that the Android customer experience will be greatly improved with Google now in complete control of updates.

So is this gonna work? Who would buy a Nexus now given this new information? What about CDMA carriers like Sprint and Verizon? Let your thoughts be heard in the comments below.

source: WSJ

 

 

KDDi working on an Android powered set-top box

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You’d be forgiven for thinking what you’re looking at here is a Nintendo Wii. The clear white finish, the vertical standing rectangular design, even the remote control is a dead ringer for a Wii remote. What you’re actually looking at is a set-top box that runs Android 4.0 and is designed to sync with other Android devices for TV and media streaming. The device is all set to be tested as early as this summer with a view to an end of year launch. Early indications are that it will initially only be available in Japan.

No further details about the Smart Box are known at this time but as ever we’ll be sure to bring you the updates as they arrive.

Do you think this device can bolster Google’s assault on the illustrious TV market? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

 

source : Newlaunches

LG Spectrum Firmware Update rolling out now (VS920V6)

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That’s it folks, The latest update is being pushed to the LG Spectrum. This isn’t an Ice Cream Sandwich update, that I’m sure you’d all rather see. This is however a pretty significant update. I won’t go in to every little detail, as TalkAndroid did give you the 411 the other day that it was on its way. You’ll see plenty of updates to various applications, including some bloatware apps, and bug fixes. So watch that notification bar for the alert, And check out our previous post for the full list of changes.

-Thanks to Marty

Sony Confirms ICS Update Will Arrive For Xperia S Smartphone By Early June

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Sony’s Xperia S has been an awesome phone except for well, its lack of Ice Cream Sandwich. While it’s questionable to launch a device of that nature with Gingerbread 2.3 in a world of Android 4.0, Sony has taken the time to finally give us what we have been waiting for— a concrete date for when the Android 4.0 update will arrive on the smartphone. The update is very much real and on its way as it is all set to arrive by late May or early June at the latest.

Keep in mind while the approximate release date of the update is set, the actual push of the updates will vary among the variations of the device. It’s expected the first to receive the update will be the unlocked or unbranded versions which will roll out in phases. The carrier-branded versions will follow suit but as you know unfortunately— it’s up carriers to decide if or when the devices can get the update. Here’s hoping we see the update sooner than later, especially for those of us planning on buying that Xperia Ion.

source: Sony Mobile Thread
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