It’s no secret. The iPod owns the portable media player sector, but that hasn’t stopped Android OEMs from taking a stab it. Most recently, the Samsung Galaxy Players have been top dog for team Android, but it appears HTC is near ready to join in the fun and with a novel design it seems. The screenshots you see here in this post are taken from a patent filing from Q1 2011. In the illustrations (another after the break) you can clearly see a kickstand as well as multiple speaker grills. This thing looks like its ready to crank it up to 11, no sweat, and since its HTC, a device like this has got to have Beats on board. Of particular interest is that it appears the speakers are ordinarily hidden and you slide the two back halves to create the surround sound experience. Speaking of Surround, we’ve seen an approach similar to this on the Windows powered HTC Surround. Looks like they saved the better stuff for Android! » Read the rest
In what seems like a never ending onslaught of legal battle after legal battle for the mobile industry, a recent court ruling regarding the lawsuit between Hasbro and Asus has been finalized. Hasbro has pushed for a ban on Transformer Prime tablet sales due to what it states could cause confusion for customers who may mistake the tablet to be a Hasbro product. The company used existing merchandise and noted the fact that Asus’s logo has been plastered on quite a number of other items such as USB drives and other related computer hardware. In a statement from the ruling judge, it seems like the argument was anything but convincing:
“There is nothing gimmicky about the Eee Pad Transformer or the Eee Pad Transformer Prime, nor can it be said that there is any similarity in the use or function between Hasbro and Asus’s products.”
The judge took it one step further to state how he thought it actually strengthened Asus’s argument in that using the word Transformer couldn’t have been a more accurate description, as it obviously “transforms” into a laptop computer once docked into the qwerty keyboard. In addition to the debacle, Asus revealed stats on the sales as far as pre-orders and actual fulfillment goes.
“…as of February 24, 2012, it had received over 2,000 pre-orders … and that retailer fulfillment orders for the next two months total approximately 80,000 tablet computers.”
Earlier last month HTC made a statement that they were going to quit focusing on quantity and maximize on good quality hardware and software. Later that month HTC announced their new take on Android smartphones, the HTC One Series. I adore HTC and what they have done for the Android community and this is an exciting time to see what they will contribute going forward. Their Sense UI is gorgeous and is always super smooth. Despite many reports of it being heavy, I have yet to see any evidence of that. Admittedly their latest releases have seemed a bit too cluttered, but HTC has vowed to change that and they are going to begin with the HTC One S which is destined for their old partner in crime, T-Mobile. We know to expect a release date sometime this Spring but someone has been kind enough to snag an early model and share it with us. You will immediately notice that there is no T-Mobile branding on the front, a detail that is likely to change in the final design, however in minute 1:17 of the video, you can actually see the app for T-mobile TV in the app drawer. It’s not an official release date, but we’ll gladly take some more eye candy in the meantime.
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If you’re a non-believer when it comes to embracing Near Field Communications yet, here’s a reason why you may want to start: NFC-based smartphone sales increased— a lot. According to Berg Insight, the global sales of NFC-based smartphones increased ten-fold in 2011 to 30 million units. That’s right folks— 30 million units. Berg Insight believes NFC-equipped devices are only now scratching its surface too as it forecasts NFC-based smartphone sales will reach 700 million by 2016.
The reason for the astounding forecast? It’s simple really: Berg Insight looked at the global rise in smartphone adoption which also drives higher attach rates for other wireless connectivity technologies in handsets including GPS, Bluetooth and WLAN. The connectivity technologies are already a standard feature on high-end smartphones and most medium- and low-end models, so declining costs will also enable broader integration in the featurephone segment that is rapidly gaining smartphone-like functionality. This basically means more and more wireless technologies (including NFC) are becoming more and more standard, while more and more people are buying smartphones faster than ever before.
Qualcomm is making thing extra interesting with their new chips in the form of a contest, The One Charge Challenge. The company is offering the chance to win phones and tablets featuring Snapdragon chips in them by submitting a photo or a video showing off what you can do on a single charge. Check out the videos below of the Bug Circus and a device being shipped around the world, traveling 36,000 miles on a single charge filming individuals shooting funny videos of optical illusions. It’s pretty neat. The device supposedly touched Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai, Moscow, Dubai, Paris, London, Rio, Mumbai and Istanbul all within 20 days. That’s pretty fascinating if you ask us. If you’ve got a quirky idea of your own, whether it be a photo or a video, check out the source link for more details and to enter. Good luck. Feel free to share your photos and videos in the comments as well.
This morning tickets went on sale for the yearly Google I/O conference at 7AM PST, and just like in years past, tickets sold out in record time. Despite the price of admission being doubled this year to $900 for general admission, it only took around 23 minutes to sell out. When you compare this years sales to previous years, it took 90 days to sell out in 2009, 50 days in 2010, and only 59 minutes to sell out in 2011. Google’s Vic Gundotra claims more than 6,250 queries per second hit the I/O sales servers the minute tickets went on sale this morning. It’s clearly obvious more and more people are taking interest in the products that Google and Android are going to be showcasing for the upcoming year (that or unfortunately the free swag that has been given out in years prior).
Taking place from June 27th – 29th at the Moscone Center in San Fransico, Google I/O is the place to be to learn about all the awesome new things the company has in store for us. For those of you who were unable to secure a ticket have no fear. Talk Android will be live on scene, reporting all the details as it unfolds. So even though you are still $900 richer than those who landed a ticket to this years show, you can still stay up to date with all the news as it happens. Talk Android will make sure of it!
source: The Verge
The LG Lucid has finally made its way to Big Red and will be available this Thursday, March 29th at a Verizon store near you. The device is going for the low low price of $79.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and on a 2-yr contract. If you’ve been looking for an LTE enabled device without breaking the bank, this is it. The handset sports a 4-inch Gorilla glass IPS display @ 800 x 480 res, a 1.2 GHz dual-core CPU, Gingerbread 2.3.x and a 5 meg camera. Think you can use this phone for the next 2 years? To check out the full specs and press release hit the break.
- Android™ 2.3 Gingerbread, upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
- 5-megapixel rear-facing autofocus camera with flash and full HD (1080p) video capture
- Front facing camera for video chatting with friends and family
- Video Producer – create and edit HD videos right on Lucid by LG
- 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and 1 GB of RAM for fast Web browsing and multitasking
- Virtual QWERTY keyboard with Swype® technology
- SmartShare – share media with friends and colleagues wirelessly to DLNA®-enabled devices
Pricing and availability:
- Lucid by LG will be available starting March 29 in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online atwww.verizonwireless.com for $79.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. Customers will receive the rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted.
- Customers who purchase a Lucid by LG will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan beginning at $39.99 monthly access and a smartphone data package starting at $30 monthly access for 2 GB of data.
It looks like HTC is going to jump into the dual-SIM game. The HTC Wind (Model T328w) features a 4-inch Super LCD (800 x 480) display, 1 GHz single-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 5MP rear camera, 4GB internal memory, micro SD for up to 32GB of additional storage, 1650 mAH battery, Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
The cost will be 2,000 Chinese yuan or about $316/€240. We don’t know when it will be available nor do we know if it will ever get outside of China. Hit the break for two more images.
If you’re a Galaxy Note owner, a special treat has arrived for you all. Cruzer Lite– makers of the Androidified phone cases for the Galaxy Nexus and DROID RAZR/DROID RAZR MAXX– have come out and developed cases specially made for the Galaxy Note device. The 14 new cases featuring designs such as Andy Multiplied and Ice Cream Sandwich Andy, will be available for a mere $15 each. Oh and as an added incentive– if you order two of the same cases, you’ll get one free if you use the code BUY2GONE at Checkout.
Galaxy Nexus owners don’t fret— there are a plethora of cases are also available for your device as well. In addition, owners of the Galaxy Nexus will be able to use the Buy 2 Get One free deal also found with the Galaxy Note. Cruzer Lite also pledges additional phone cases will soon be available for the DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX phones, so those owners won’t feel out of luck either.