Hands On With Motorola Telavation (Video)

Motorola Mobility took some time at CES to demonstrate one of the cooler concepts at the show, the Motorola Telavation product and service. In case you’re unfamiliar, Telavation is a product and service which enables consumers to view real-time TV content on Android tablets such as the XYBOARD around your home. Users can access TV content including channels such as NBC and Fox, right on your tablet.  You can scroll up and down to through the channel guide on your tablet, select a particular channel or program, see the app communicate with your television set and immediately push the television content to your tablet. The noteworthy aspect of this is not only can you watch real-time TV on your tablet, but you also have the ability to watch one piece of programming on your tablet while someone else watches another on the main television— all at the same time. There’s not much info on which cable/satellite providers will partner with MOTO on this service, but Comcast has pledged they will be testing the service out in the Denver and Nashville markets.

Currently, the product and service will be available only as a stand-alone unit. However, MOTO will implement the technology into future select set-top boxes. Check out the video below to see Rob Nazarian going hands-on with the cool product and service.


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Hands on with the Asus Memo 370T at CES (Video)

CES 2012 has been an insane trip down technology lane and Asus has made a great presence here with its most recent lineup.  And joining the Asus Memo 171 is the Asus Memo 370T model, the first 7-inch tab to utilize an IPS display.  The device runs Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 and should launch around May sometime.  It will be available for $250 and offers the new Tegra 3 quad-core CPU.  Check out the quick hands-on video and don’t forget to check out the rest of our CES coverage here if you’ve missed any of it.

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Verizon Says All New Smartphones Will Be 4G LTE Devices, No One Bats an Eye

In a not so surprising move Verizon has come out and said that all their smartphones from here on out will come with 4G LTE radios. While we aren’t surprised at all, honestly besides the iPhone 4s and Samsung Illusion when was the last time we talked about a Verizon 3G phone, it feels a little redundant to say. As they put it LTE is now a “hard” requirement for all smartphones that are not push-to-talk devices. Those will remain 3G for right now. Given that Verizon’s LTE coverage is beyond anything their competitors have I can see why they are moving beyond 3G as Verizon is on pace to have its entire 4G network live by the end of 2013. I just hope that they get all the kinks worked out between now and then.

[via CNET by Droid-Life]

No NFC Chip? No Problem Thanks to Moneto

So you’re one of those folk that didn’t get a phone with the fancy NFC chip preinstalled on your phone and you’re envious of the folks that do. Well now you won’t have to worry about such things as the folks over at Device Fidelity and Spring Card have come up with moneto. Moneto is a micro SD card that will have an NFC chip installed bringing a mobile payment system (touch-to-pay) to phones that don’t have it.

Set up is simple from what we read. First install the microSD card. Second add the antenna to the battery compartment for better NFC signal, and finally install the moneto app. Afterwards you should get ready to rock some mobile payments. The card comes with $10 preinstalled.

The company DeviceFidelity will continue to add support for additional phones as the year progresses. Look for these to hit the market by the second quarter of this year for roughly $30. If you have an iPhone, I’m sorry ;-), but you can get this feature via an $80 case. So those of you wanting your chance to play with some NFC chip action look forward to that here in the next 4-6 months. Hit the break below to check out the press release for full details.  Read more

Motorola Announces It Will Sell Fewer Devices For 2012, We Breathe A Sigh Of Relief

Motorola is using CES to provide a clearer picture of its strategy for 2012. In a roundtable discussion, CEO Sanjay Jha highlights the company intends to release fewer devices this year— not an onslaught such as what we saw particularly in the 2nd half of 2011. Jha himself summed it up best:

“A lot of products that are roughly the same doesn’t drive the market to a new place”.

The end result of that statement is quality over quantity. In fact, Jha himself contends the company plans to pursue fewer new ideas in an effort to make more things stick. What does this mean? It’s simple— MOTO will continue to pour resources into the current lineup of MOTO phones with prompt software updates and enhancements, while making the few anticipated phones for this year be the best they can possibly be. Let’s see Google’s impact on MOTO’s newfound strategy.

[via AllThingsD]

Hands On With the Asus Memo 171 [Video]

Before CES even started we told you about a device that would be shown off at the event this year. That device is the Asus Eee Pad Memo. It is a 7-inch tablet running at a 1280×800 resolution. Under the hood is a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor. It has 3G and WiFi connectivity and comes with 16GB all the way up to 64GB. Well our very own Robert Nazarian and Stacy Bruce were able to get some hands on time with the device so hit the break to check it out.  Read more

Huawei Announces New MediaPad Colors, Throws In Ice Cream Sandwich For Dessert

Huawei continues to make its presence felt at CES. The company graced us with the original MediaPad last year, which of course was among the first of tablets to use Honeycomb 3.2. As fluid and smooth as that tablet was already, Huawei has decided to take the tablet and make it even better by letting Ice Cream Sandwich run the show. They’ve announced all existing versions of the tablet will get the update by the end of Q1. In addition new MediaPads are set to have Ice Cream Sandwich pre-installed as well sometime in Q1. Speaking of new tablets— Huawei also announced the MediaPad color series tablets set to arrive in select markets in Q1. That means you’ll be able to enjoy the 1.2GHz smoothness in a black, brown or even pink variant. Be sure to hit the break for the full press release and details. Read more

Folks Report That ICS Update for the Transformer Prime Causes Freezes, Lock-Ups and Possibly Bricks Devices?

As you know by now Nvidia recently announced at CES that Ice Cream Sandwich for the Transformer Prime would be available Monday night. We even reported that the new update breaks root. Well it appears that this update is causing a lot more problems than lack of root access for some. Multiple forum threads have been started over at XDA in regards to these problems. As of right now it’s a small percentage of folk having these problems but the number appears to be growing.

Folks are reporting that after downloading and installing the ICS update they are receiving a number of lock-up and reboot problems, like six times in under an hour. Regardless of if they are rooted or not people are having this issue. This in turn is causing folks to return their device. Right now there is no official word from Asus on the entire deal but one person at XDA reported that a customer service rep reported that the file isn’t from them and it’s a malicious OTA update. I don’t know how accurate this is considering the word came straight from Nvidia.

There also appears to be two sets of Transformer Primes going out to people according to one XDA thread. There is a bad model that has the WiFi/GPS issues that we reported on a while back and then there is the updated and fixed consumer model. If you are concerned or have one of the ones with WiFi problems you can head on over to this forum here to report your issues. It appears that Asus will exchange these models but I don’t know the details for sure.

With that being said I would advise caution in updating the tablet to ICS until this mess is sorted out or we hear some official word from Asus on the matter. Are you guys having problems out there?

A big thanks to reader Jeff Hamstra for bringing this to our attention.

[via XDA 1, 2, 3]

The CyanogenMod Team Wants You to Weigh, Do You Want a CM App Store for Rooted Apps?

I know what you’re thinking. Why the heck do we need yet another app store on our phones, what with Amazon, GetJar, and the Android Market and a slew of other apps that do this same thing. However, I think you’ll want to hear me out on this one because this proposes to be a different kind of app store. Here’s the back story.

Recently Koush, the man behind ClockworkMod Recovery and ROM Manager, came out with a tethering app that bypassed the need for a tethering plan and one that did so without the need for root access. While there are other apps that do the same thing, Koush is known for bringing us very good software. Well it wasn’t long before carriers banned the ability to access this app in the Android Market as they did with other tethering apps. It’s those moves done by carriers that spurred this article to begin with. So here’s the deal. Read more