Huawei executive confirms eight-core processor to arrive later this year, thinner Ascend P

Huawei has announced that it, too, will be joining the ranks of Samsung with the introduction of its own eight-core processor later this year. Currently, it’s unclear as to what the name of the new SoC, though it has been reported that it could be manufactured by micro processing giant TSMC.

If that wasn’t enough to get your mouth watering, Huawei executive Richard Yu has also promised a thinner successor to the already crazy-slim Ascend P which debuted at last year’s Consumer Electronics Show. Rather than opt for the same plastic shell, Yu added that the follow-up would utilize a metallic material to offer a more premium feel. Release dates for either weren’t announced, though we’re told to expect both to arrive in the second half of the year with debuts to be made at MWC next month.

Source: Engadget

Samsung’s CES 2013 keynote now available to watch online

Missed out on Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa and flexible display announcements? There’s no need to worry, the whole event is now available to stream over the intrawebs. While there may have not been too many Android-related announcements, most of the technology on tap will inevitably make its way into the palm of our hands in the near future. Hit the break to watch the full 1-hour video.

Hands on with the Hisense U958 smartphone [Video]

 

Hisense took some time to highlight its U958 smartphone here at CES for you folks and you know that we had to get up close and personal by getting some hands-on time with the device. As you can see clearly, the first thing that stands out is the gorgeous 4.5-inch IPS display complimenting 9.5mm-thin device, as well as the zippy Android interface thanks to the dual-core Qualcomm processor. While the 4GB of on-board storage and meager 512MB of RAM leaves a lot to be desired,the U958 smartphone at least features a fairly stock build of Android, so that’s always a plus.

The device is available in various markets around the world, but should be making its way to the States sooner than later. While we wait for the device though– be sure to hit past the break to check out our full hands-on of the device.

 

Samsung announces the slightly improved Galaxy S II Plus

Well, the Galaxy S II Plus certainly isn’t going to blow you away after what we’ve been seeing at CES, but this newly unveiled mid-range device is definitely going to pad Samsung’s smartphone selection. Essentially, it’s a Galaxy S II that’s adopted a few of the characteristics of the Galaxy S III, most notably the home button and an upgrade to Android 4.1.2 with Samsung’s Nature UX. It still packs a dual-core processor, 4.3 inch WVGA screen, and an 8 megapixel camera. It does offer zero lag shutter speed on the camera, though, which is always a welcome addition. Anyone going to pick one of these up when it drops?

Hands on with the ZTE Grand S [Video]

Although ZTE is not a well recognized name in the U.S. market, they still took the opportunity to show up at CES 2013 to reveal their new high end smartphone, the ZTE Grand S. The device sports a 5-inch 1080p display, 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro cpu, 2GB of RAM, and 13MP camera. Squeezing all of this into a 6.9mm thin device makes this the world’s thinnest 5-inch smartphone for now. ZTE indicates the device will be available in China in the first quarter of 2013. Unfortunately, no word on whether the device will surface in other markets, including the U.S. Hit the break to check out our hands on video with the ZTE Grand S.

Intel introduces ‘Bay Trail,’ a quad-core Atom-based processor for tablets

Intel has just introduced a quad-core Atom based processor aimed for tablets dubbed as “Bay Trail.” Certainly an odd name choice but regardless it looks like it should boast some great power for future Android tablets. It’s a 22nm chip that promises double the performance of current-gen 32nm Atoms. The processor should bring clock speeds of up at 2.4GHz and a version of Chipzilla’s own integrated graphics instead of PowerVR.

Sadly, we won’t see tablets running this chipset until around the holidays of this year, so we’re still looking at about a 10 month wait.

Anyone excited about Intel’s recent jump on mobile processors for Android devices? Check out the full press release after the break!

MIUI ROM reaches milestone 10 million users world wide [Video]

The Chinese manufactured ROM dubbed as MIUI have reached a milestone with 10 million users world wide. For an aftermarket Android OS firmware, this is certainly a huge feat for the team. With a mix of iOS like aesthetics paired with the power and flexibility of Android, MIUI has been popular for rooted users for a couple of years now. Congrats to the MIUI team! Curious to see what MIUI is? Head on over after the break for a video of the ROM.

Win one of 5 Find 5’s through Oppo’s Facebook contest

Interested in being a “beta” tester for Oppo’s Find 5 Android device and receiving the device for free? Then head on over to their Facebook profile to enter and win one of 5 Find 5’s. The Find 5 has a 5-inch full HD display, Jelly Bean OS, quad-core processor, 2GB RAM and a 13MP camera. Here’s what you have to do:

Join the beta test:
1. As long as you’re an Ofan (by “Liking” this page), you’re welcome to join!
2. Share this message, and add a comment while @tagging three of your friends.
3. 5 lucky Ofans will be randomly chosen as beta testers to receive the world’s 5 first international Find 5s.
4. ONE of the 5 beta testers will be selected from OPPO Forums. Enter here to improve your chances: http://bit.ly/Find5Beta 
5. Deadline: January 13, 2013. Winners will be announced the following day.

Good luck!

source: Oppo’s Facebook

 

Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network is now available in 473 markets

 

With 2013 already upon us, Verizon isn’t shy in touting it’s 4G dominance by announcing its LTE network is now available in 473 markets that includes 273.5 million potential customers. While their network is available to about 89% of the US footprint, Verizon plans on providing the service on every US market by mid year. To my surprise, Verizon is also planning on making sure their LTE network will be available everywhere that their 3G network hits by the end of the year. An amazing accomplishment indeed if they are able to hit that goal.

Also, according to Verizon reps: “This year, the company also will continue to work with rural communications companies through LTE in Rural America, helping them to build and operate a 4G LTE network in their areas.

Glad to see Verizon isn’t hitting the breaks on providing their customers with the best experience possible.

source: Verizon

Pantech Perception HD LTE pictured with Verizon branding `

The Pantech Perception has been pictured with Verizon branding indicating the device should hid Bid Red sometime this year. Coupled with an HD display along with 4G LTE it could be a great low to mid tier smartphone option for buyers. The device will don Qualcomm’s dual core S4 processor, the same in US’s Galaxy S III, thus it certainly won’t be a slouch.

Considering its AT&T counterpart in the Discovery is $50 subsidized, I would expect the price point on the Perception to be somewhere in that area as well.

source: Unwired

Lenovo debuts their 5.5-inch Intel-powered K900

Today, Lenovo announced a new Android device in their lineup in the K900. The K900 is an Intel powered smartphone with a 5.5″ 1080p display. The device is definitely on the “phablet” section of devices right along side with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. The K900 will be protected by Gorilla Glass 2 to help it with casual drops and scratches.

Inside will don Intel’s new dual-core Clover Trail+ chipset running at 32nm’s. Combined with 2GB’s of RAM this device is certainly no slouch and should fair well (specs wise) against the other current top dogs of devices. While Lenovo won’t be bringing this device to the US, I’m curious to see how it does abroad. Check out the full press release after the break!

Sony plans on launching plenty of 4G phones this year

With Sony’s first 4G phone being debuted at CES in the Xperia Z, they plan on releasing plenty more 4G this this upcoming year. John Featherstone, the head of Sony’s mobile business operations in Oceania reportedly said that “Around 8% of our phones for 2013 will be 4G…all of them around the mid- to top-tier devices.”

With the Sony Xperia Z expected to hit several US carriers, Sony certainly has some excitement brewing in their mobile department. Will you give Sony Android devices a shot this year?

source: Gizmodo

Sprint releasing small OTA update for LG Optimus G

If you’re an LG Optimus G owner on Sprint, you’ve got a small OTA update headed your way. No, it’s not Jelly Bean, even though that was supposed to hit in December, but it’ll bring some minor performance improvements, a visual voicemail update, and battery life improvements to your device. It’s better than nothing, but lets’ hope LG doesn’t keep users in the cold for too much longer. Leave a comment if you’re one of the first few to try out this update.

source: Sprint

ZTE Introduces The Grand S Smartphone, Also Known As The World’s Thinnest 5-Inch And 1080p Smartphone

 

ZTE is regarded as a brand that has a solid lineup of budget and mid-range smartphones, but is ready to take on the big boys with the introduction of its worst-kept secret— the Grand S smartphone. This beast comes decked out in the latest bells and whistles as it features a beautiful 5-inch 1080p display, 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip, 2GB of RAM, a 13MP camera and of course, Jelly Bean running the show. While the upcoming superphone will indeed feature a meager 1,780mAh battery— there is a reason for it: the Grand S will feature some dimensions of 142 x 69 x 6.9mm– effectively making it the world’s thinnest 5-inch smartphone at the time of this writing. Impressive indeed, right?

While the specs and form factor are certainly a lot to drool over– the device isn’t headed Stateside anytime soon as it’s set for a Q1 release in China. Hopefully ZTE will come to its senses and launch the smartphone in other markets around the world— we’re pretty sure more than a few of us out here would certainly be interested in holding the world’s thinnest smartphone.

Additional details can be found in the presser past the break. Oh– and don’t forget to click here in order to stay tuned with Talk Android and our round-the-clock CES coverage.

Stephen Elop Reiterates Nokia’s Allegiance To Microsoft, But Possibly “Anything Can Happen” In Regards To The Android Platform

 

Is Nokia in the midst of planning a potential move over to the world of Android or not? That is the question my dear citizens. Considering Microsoft’s share in the mobile marketplace is less than stellar at the moment, Stephen Elop took some time to share some thoughts about the future direction of Nokia in an interview with El Pais:

 

“In the current ecosystem wars we are using Windows Phone as our weapon. But we are always thinking about what’s coming next, what will be the role of HTML 5, Android… Today we are committed and satisfied with Microsoft, but anything is possible.”

 

Elop clearly says that “anything is possible” in regards to the direction of Nokia… which is nothing short of shocking considering it has been staunchly against Android for quite some time. While that certainly raised an eyebrow or two in the Android world, it certainly didn’t take very long for Elop to make a quick follow-up statement indicating the original quote was well— misinterpreted:

 

“So, the way I think about it is, in the current war on ecosystems, we are fighting with Windows Phone. That’s what we’re doing. Now, what we’re always doing is asking, how does thatevolve? What’s next? What role does HTML5 play? What role does Android or other things play in the future? We’re looking further into the future, but it terms of what we’re bringing to market, and what we’re immediately focused on, we’re focused on Windows Phone”.

 

Boy oh boy it’s easy to see things taken out of context when it comes to these manufacturing giants— but it certainly is feasible to see Nokia jump ship in say… the next few years and eventually develop Android devices, right?

source: NeoWin | WinSource