Samsung Exec Hints To A Quad-Core Exynos Chip, Distancing Themselves From Qualcomm For Its Upcoming Galaxy S III

Samsung is apparently giving Qualcomm the boot and looking to distance themselves from the major chip manufacture to start using their own next-gen quad-core Exynos CPU on the yet to be revealed Galaxy S III.  An unnamed Samsung exec spilled the beans when hinting to the Korea Times that the new flagship device will not include Qualcomm’s CPU.  The new Exynos chip will support LTE and WCDMA radios as Sammy attempts to head back to its roots (original Galaxy S devices utilized the Hummingbird and Exynos Chips).  The new AP looks like the for-mentioned 32nm chip which we learned of prior to MWC, sporting four A9 cores.  According to the unnamed exec, the devices are all ready to go and just need to be implemented into the handsets.  As of now, there’s no word on when the Galaxy S III will be revealed, but trust me, our eyes are peeled.  Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.

source: Korea Times

Get A Cool Gmail Widget For Your Android Smartphone, Available On The Google Play Store (Video)

Widgets are certainly a dime a dozen on the Google Play Store however, it’s rare to find a good Gmail widget that is both aesthetically pleasing as well as functional.  In steps the Gmail Widget by Katzoft, a simple, intuitive yet very functional application for quickly glancing at your incoming Gmail.  The application offers several different types of home screen widgets that display the accurate number of unread messages while also offering a quick preview of them.  The developer touts they’ve made these ICS esque apps now available for devices still running Froyo 2.2 and Gingerbread 2.3.  However, the application should work for most versions of Android out there.  Get timely updates as emails arrive, quickly glance at subjects and the first line of the message while on the fly, see all of your priority inbox mail, compose a message and choose from several different widget sizes.  The application will run you $1.49 in the Play Store and also works on tablets.  Ready to give it a go?  Check out the download link below as well as a qr code.  Don’t forget to check out all of the features as well as the quick video demo of the app in action.  Feel free to leave your comments below too.  
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Motorola DROID Fighter Photo Leaked, Looks Awfully Similar To The DROID RAZR

 

 

 

Ah yes— Verizon’s mysterious DROID Fighter smartphone. Although we’ve seen a hint here and another one there for the device’s imminent arrival, details have been lacking to say the least. Heck, we didn’t even have a picture of the upcoming device or even a general description… until now. The well-known forum Phone HK went ahead and posted up what it is claiming to be an actual screenshot of the Motorola DROID Fighter. In case you’re wondering if this is a case of deja vú, it is. This phone is nearly identical to the well-known Motorola DROID RAZR/DROID RAZR MAXX.

Although the DROID Fighter is similar to the DROID RAZR/DROID RAZR MAXX, there are some key differences. The first you will note is there seems to be a missing bottom row of smart keys. In addition, the device features an HD screen comes in at a whopping 4.6-inches, which is similar to the Galaxy Nexus. This indicates the DROID Fighter will most likely feature on-screen soft keys like the Galaxy Nexus currently features. Finally, there is mention of the smartphone featuring a beefy 3300mAh á la RAZR MAXX.

Sounds like some attractive specs but that brings the question: if MOTO pledged to stop bombarding us with smartphones this year, why bring what is essentially the 3rd variant of the DROID RAZR series (in less than a full calendar year) which only brings a better display, no bottom row of keys and most likely Ice Cream Sandwich? Just something for you all to ponder.

If the mid-April release date is correct, it may look like Verizon will have yet another piece of ammo to its already stocked arsenal. Stay tuned with Talk Android for any more leaks and details of the upcoming DROID Fighter smartphone.

source: Phone HK
via: Droid Life

Sprint HTC One X Rumor: June 10th Release Date

First came the rumor of an April 15th release for the Sprint Galaxy Nexus, brought to you by an anonymous Sprint insider talking to s4gru.com. Now, that same insider is leaking some more interesting news for the Now Network. Apparently, an HTC device codenamed “Jet” is to be released on June 10th. Jet? What device is that?

Judging from the rumored specs, the HTC One X is a shoe in. See for yourself… here are the specs of the Jet:

  • 1.5 GHz dual-core processor (Krait)
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 4.7-inch Super LCD 1280×720 display
  • CDMA 1X, EV-DO Rev 0/A/B (UE category 3)
  • LTE Band class 25 (PCS A-G blocks)
  • NFC
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n and bluetooth 4.0
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 2
  • Solid polycarbonate body


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HTC One X and One S ready for Pre-Order in the UK

We have some good news for UK Android fans itching to get their hands on HTC‘s, 4.7″ quad-core monster. UK high street retailer, phones4u has updated its website with the option to pre-order both the One X and One S from today.

2011 was a turbulent year for HTC and its own executive team would be the first to admit it. As the manufacturer of the first ever Android phone, the first ever Nexus device and ultra successful devices such as the Hero and Desire range, it must have been a bitter pill to swallow seeing Samsung take its place as the king of the Android hill. The Korean giant has produced two Nexus devices in a row and has seen its Galaxy line of devices sell like hotcakes across the world. 2012 may well be the year that HTC strikes back and the new ‘One’ range is certainly equipped to bring the fight.

If you’re ready to get a pre-order in then click the links below and be sure to tell us your thoughts on the HTC’s new range in the comments.

 

HTC One X pre-order

HTC One S pre-order

Rock Some WiFi Tethering Without Root Thanks to FoxFi

I’ve always been a fan of WiFi tethering as I am sure most of you folks that have used it are too. However the one issue that we’ve had with WiFi tethering is that those of us who wanted this capability needed to either drop extra money a month for a tethering plan or we would have to root our devices to bypass that. Well that’s a thing of the past as the FoxFi brings wireless tethering capabilities to devices everywhere with no root required. That’s right folks those non-rooted folks who had to be tethered via USB cable can now enjoy the freedom of wireless tethering.

This can be done either through WiFi or Bluetooth. However while Bluetooth mode works on all devices WiFi mode only works on most Motorola and Samsung devices. I say most as the original Droid, Triumph, Samsung Admire as well as any HTC phone will have to tether through Bluetooth.

Hit the break below to find the Google Play Store Link or QR Code. As of right now the Atrix 2/4G isn’t supported and there is a bug with the Triumph that causes the app to crash but they are working on an update for that. HTC has a lock on WiFi hotspots so all you’ll get is Bluetooth mode. However that shouldn’t affect you folks too greatly. I recommend getting this app now before your respective carriers take it out of the store! Enjoy!


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Verizon Releases Update For LG Revolution, Casually Includes Verizon Remote Diagnostics Tool

 

Verizon has sent out a notification to LG Revolution owners highlighting an important update called VS910ZV8 has arrived. In addition to resolving minor bugs with the device, the update introduces a new virtual tool called Verizon Remote Diagnostics which aims to make maintenance of the phone a breeze. Verizon  specifically describes the Remote Diagnostics tool as a:

 

“New customer care solution to improve device issue diagnosis during customer support calls. When a customer calls into Verizon Wireless Customer Care, this solution, with the customer’s permission, allows support personnel to remotely view the user’s device for troubleshooting and application demonstrations.

The Remote Diagnostics tool is a very interesting concept. It essentially means that the RD tool will allow Verizon customer service to see a user’s device and literally gain remote control of it— naturally with your permission of course. Verizon, unlike Carrier IQ took the time to notify its customers of this potentially controversial application. So this in essence, should not a repeat of the whole Carrier IQ shenanigans we remember from late last year. If you own a Revolution smartphone, are you reluctant or OK with this diagnostic tool?

Hit the break to see the full details of the update along with the Verizon link for full details.


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[Leak] Oh Wait, Maybe This is the Samsung Galaxy S III?

It’s time to throw yet another Galaxy S III leak/rumor on the ever growing pile of back-fence talk. This most recent image was supposedly leaked by a “respectable” (aka untrustworthy) Samsung employee who decided to share it with one of his good buddies. That good buddy then decided to share it with his good buddies on the world of Reddit which brings us to where we are now, buddies! According to the person who obtained this image there is even a little BS back story to go along with it:

I am using a throwaway and I’m not going to disclose ANY information about his job because it could jeopardize it. He sent me this picture (I know, he shouldn’t have used the flash but i guess we will take what we can get). Ok he gave me some specs as well. He said that it will possibly have two optional launchers, ICS with touchwiz overlay and vanilla ICS. They aren’t 100 percent sure if they will stick with touchwiz or have the dual launcher option. If they go dual, you will have the option of picking which one to use at startup, and you can change any time. He said it has a 4.7 inch screen that nearly takes up the whole phone, but some bezel space was needed for the camera, , speakers, mic, and so cases would fit on it. He said it WILL be HD and have a ceramic “micro arc oxidation” back.

He said the processor is a quad core exynos (spelling?) 4412. The screen is Super Amoled Plus with HD. The camera is a 12 megapixel with flash. 2 gigs of ram. And it is exactly 8 millimeters thick, and no bump this time around, just “smooth”. 2250 milla-amp/hour battery, but no wireless charging.

So what do you think? Real, fake? One thing that’s interesting is that it looks awfully similar to the ‘press render’ that was leaked by Edgar Murtazin, and its black version seen last week. At this point I really don’t know what to think but I was kinda starting to like the looks of yesterday’s ‘leaked’ GSIII over this one. This phone surely will not sit well with Apple and their desire to sue over the likeness to iProducts. I think Sammy would have learned their lesson by now. Thoughts?

source: Reddit

 

Sprint Galaxy Nexus Rumor: April 15th Release Date

We told you the Sprint Galaxy Nexus was one step closer after it passed through the FCC a couple of days ago. The latest rumor, which s4gru.com says comes from an inside source at Sprint, is that the carrier has decided to release the device on April 15th. That’s a Sunday, which would normally seem like an unlikely day for a phone’s release, but Sprint has been known to do Sunday releases in the past. Also, Sprint’s Galaxy Nexus contest ends on April 14th, along with a few promotions for older WiMax devices, giving some more credence to the rumor.

Other interesting details the source provided centers around the phone’s LTE capabilities. First, the phone will come set to 3G connectivity by default. This makes sense since Sprint’s LTE network will not be anywhere near fully rolled out. A toggle function will be available to switch between 3G and 4G. This can be seen as an advantage since the LTE radio can use more battery power than 3G. Verizon Galaxy Nexus users have been asking for an LTE toggle, so it would be nice to have it built-in by default.


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[Leak] Another possible Galaxy S III press shot surfaces

The Galaxy S III has got to be the most anticipated phone right now. Remember the buzz for the Galaxy Nexus? Well things are heading in that direction all over again because it seems like every day brings a new rumor or leak. The latest one comes from Reddit which is a supposed press shot. This pic above is actually a brightened version of the original leak, which you can see by heading to the first source link below.

Lets first look at what this image shows us. It’s pretty thin, which is obviously what everyone is expecting anyway, but in looking at the side image (to the left), it appears that it has an elevated greyish/silver bezel to protect the screen. Speaking of the bezel, there really isn’t much of one. It appears to have a large speaker at the bottom which suggests stereo sound, and it also has a dedicated camera button. You will also notice the main front home button which suggests this would be the international version, but there could also be capacitive buttons to either side that are unlit.


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