Snapdragon Processors Presents: The One Charge Challenge (Video)

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.

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Archos Arnova A9G3 tablet passes through the FCC with few details

French consumer electronics company Archos has turned a lot of heads in the last three years with their Android phones and tablets. The FCC has just cleared another Archos Android offering, this time another tablet. Details on the Archos Arnova A9G3 are still pretty meager, but what we can make out from this FCC photo is that there seems to be some sort of dual-speaker design on the back of this slab. The A9G3 is also rumored to come with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and sport a 9.7 inch display. It’s certainly not the whole picture but it looks to be headed down the right path so far. Feel free to peruse the FCC filing in the source link below.

source: FCC

Galaxy Tab 11.6 Outed On Samsung’s Own Site?

We already know Samsung announced Angry Birds Space and not the Galaxy Tab 11.6 at SXSW. So where is this mystery tablet? Apparently, it’s hiding right on Samsung’s own site. Or at least something that looks like it could be an 11.6-inch Galaxy Tab. The image appears inside a PDF document on a page about the Exynos 5250 processor, which is the same 2 GHz Exynos 5250 that is rumored to be powering an upcoming Galaxy Tab.

This tablet looks similar to the recently announced Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, with some minor tweaks. Of course, this image could simply be a generic prototype or mockup used for the Exynos brochure. You be the judge. Full high resolution image after the break.

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AT&T Follows Up ICS Update For HTC Vivid Smartphone By Announcing Additional Devices Will Get ICS “In The Coming Months”


AT&T is making a serious push to ensure the best quality is met for its various devices by making sure Android 4.0 gets pushed out to many of its premium offerings released in the last year. After formally introducing the ICS update for the HTC Vivid yesterday, AT&T has officially confirmed several additional devices will get ICS “in the coming months.” Naturally we already knew some devices from OEMs like Motorola and Samsung would be getting ICS ahead of AT&T’s announcement. Here’s a quick rundown of the devices that will be getting a heaping portion of that sweet, sweet treat:


  • LG Nitro
  • Motorola ATRIX 2
  • Motorola ATRIX 4G
  • Pantech Burst
  • Pantech Element
  • Samsung Captivate Glide
  • Samsung Galaxy Note
  • Samsung Galaxy S II
  • Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9

Kudos to AT&T for re-iterating it will ensure the best quality possible for its devices. If you’re an AT&T subscriber, you see your device on the list and don’t plan on changing or upgrading your device, it looks like you have a lot to look forward to for 2012. Hit the break for the full presser from AT&T.

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Samsung Teases Galaxy Note ICS Update and Premium Suite [Video]

Hot off the heels of Samsung’s announcement of the Premium Suite and Android 4.0 update for the international Galaxy Note comes this detailed teaser video showcasing the forthcoming software update. The Premium Suite will include many new S Pen enhancements, an update to the S Note app that includes the ability to add video and change font styles and sizes, and shape match and formula match, which automatically matches shapes and symbols you draw. Updates to S Memo and email have also been included.

The update includes the full-on TouchWiz launcher and skin, unlike the TouchWiz-free mockup Samsung used in a contest graphic yesterday. Also, Angry Birds Space will come pre-installed and will include 30 exclusive levels for Galaxy Note users.

So when is it coming? The best we get is Q2 of this year for the international update. No update plans have yet been released for the AT&T version. Hopefully it won’t take too long to come to the States.

Check out the video after the break.

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Pre-orders for the Acer Iconia Tab A510 ‘Olympic Edition’ starts today at $449

We heard about Acer’s first quad-core tablet, the A510, last November. Then earlier this month they announced it as the Olympics Edition. Now all we needed was the price. We were expecting it to come in at $500 , but we’re pleased with the aggressive price point of $449. This is a solid price for a Tegra 3 tablet with 32GB, not to mention 12 hours of battery life with the whopping 9800 mAh battery. If there is one negative, it’s the fact that it’s 10.9 mm thick. It’s available in both silver and black and you can pre-order one now on Amazon or Future Shop in Canada. We expect shipments to commence in about 3 weeks.

The full specs include:

  • Tegra 3 – 4-PLUS-1 quad-core processor
  • 10.1-inch (1280 x 800) 16:10 display
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 5MP rear camera
  • 1MP front camera
  • 32GB internal storage
  • microSD for up to an additional 32GB of storage
  • micro HDMI and USB 2.0 port
  • 9800 mAh battery

Full press release after the break:

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Sony’s S & P Tablets Are Getting ICS In April, Company Also Intros New Tablet P Variant

If you were one of the lucky few who purchased a Sony S or P tablet,  you’re in luck.  The company has unveiled next month it will be pushing the new ICS update to the pair of tabs and you’ll also get some extra features such as photo editing in the gallery application and panoramic pics.  In addition, the tabs will get “Small Apps” allowing you to launch applications like a calculator or a small browser window on top of other applications already running.  In addition to the announcement, Sony also intro’d a WiFi only look-a-like to the tablet P which will be available beginning April 21st for a whopping ¥50,000 ($600).  It resembles the tablet P in all respects only no radios installed, WiFi only.  Furthermore, the company is showing off various panels you can purchase for the device to customize it to your liking, which will run you about ¥5,000 a piece (around $60).  The panels will come in gold, blue and pink colors.

source: Sony 1,2
via: PocketNow


Samsung Announces ICS Update Arriving In Q2, Will Include “Premium Suite” Of Software Goodies


If you’re a Samsung Galaxy Note owner, you may have been looking forward to this news for a long time. Sammy has announced it will offer a “Premium Suite software upgrade” in Q2 for owners of that device. The upgrade will not only bring extra multimedia features and a range of S Pen-optimized applications, it will bring Ice Cream Sandwich to the device as well.

Of course most of you will care solely about the addition of Android 4.0. That means users will be treated to not only a redesigned UI, but they’ll be treated to an assortment of features including Facial Unlock, Snapshot and of course the full use of Android Beam. Android Beam will be especially welcome since you can you know, share music and stuff with your Galaxy Nexus bretheren.

The Galaxy Note-exclusive apps are intriguing ones too. For starters, there’s the S Note application which “lets you combine your notes or sketches with other digital content, giving you a new way to create your own stories.” Then there’s My Story which “allows you to create personalized digital cards for friends or family using any type of content including notes, video content, photos, text or voice.” And finally, of course– there’s Angry Birds Space which you’ve been salivating over for some time now. That means soon enough, you won’t be teased anymore and you’ll finally be able to play the exciting game using the S Pen and of course, play the Galaxy Note-exclusive level.

Hit the break for the full presser from Sammy.

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Toshiba 13.3 Inch AT330 Prototype is a Beast With a TV Antenna [Video]

Earlier this month we brought you shots of a non-working, Tegra-3-powered 13.3-inch Toshiba tablet prototype that was displayed during a U.K. Toshiba conference. Now, German site TechFokus brings us a quick video walk-through of the Toshiba AT330, another 13.3-inch prototype tablet, this one with a built-in TV tuner complete with a retractable antenna.

It’s entirely possible that this working prototype is the same model as the previous non-working one, but with a bit more polish. Toshiba says it is still just a prototype and not yet a consumer device, though I have to admit, this is one of the better looking and fully functioning non-consumer devices I have ever seen.. Toshiba is smartly gauging consumer reaction to a tablet of this enormity. The last thing a manufacturer wants is to pour money into an unproven form factor.

The AT330 is running Android 4.0.1 Ice Cream Sandwich on a Tegra 3 quad-core processor. No direct information on the resolution, but it seems to be pushing something like 1920 x 1200 pixels on an LCD display. This model has 32GB of built-in memory, with a full size SD card slot (not microSD). It also has HDMI-out, a 5 megapixel rear camera and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera. Sounds like it’s consumer-ready to me.

Check out the hands-on video after the break.

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