Google’s Drive Cloud Storage Service Nearing Launch

Step aside Dropbox. Google is close to launching its own cloud-storage service. Like its soon to be rival, Google’s Drive was created in response to the growth of internet-connected devices such as smartphones, tablets and media players.

Drive will take advantage of the rise in “cloud computing” by storing files like photos, documents and videos online. They will sit on Google’s servers and will be able to be accessed from any web-connected device. This will allow folks to easily share files with others. For example, if a person wanted to send an email containing a video shot from their smartphone, they could easily upload the video to through the Drive mobile app then email folks the link rather than the file itself.

Drive is one of a few recent attempts by the Search giant to gain lost ground from smaller internet start ups that are doing well in hot new areas. Others include their fledgling social network Google+, mobile article reading app Currents to take on Flipboard, and developed services that include buying business-reviews company Zagat to take on Yelp.  Read more

Amazon’s New Kindle Ad Reminds Us Three Kindles Cost the Same as One iPad

It looks like Samsung isn’t the only device manufacturer taking pot-shots at Apple whithin their latest TV commercials. From Sammy’s latest uber-expensive Galaxy Note commercial that aired during the Super Bowl, to Amazons most recent campaign for its eReaders.

Amazon just uploaded a new spot to YouTube today outlining the Kindle Fire‘s low price point when compared to the $499 base-priced iPad. The video explains that you can purchase a Kindle and two Kindle Fire’s for under the price of one silly iPad – and even have a little dough left over. Oh yeah, and if you see a hot mom sitting by herself next to the pool you should most definitely assume there is a husband near by. Cute Amazon… cute.

While this may be all fine and dandy, lets not forget about ASUS’ upcoming 7-inch beast. For $250 you will be able to buy their MeMO 370T that will pack a smokin’ fast quad-core processor and should definitely give the Kindle Fire a run for its money. Which would you prefer?

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source: Phandroid



Verizon LTE Xoom Getting Upgraded…No, Not With Ice Cream Sandwich Yet

According to Verizon’s support page, this update brings these two long-awaited and much-needed-by-everyone fixes:

  • The device will now support dual International Mobile Subscriber Identities (IMSI) to enhance International travel for mobile users.
  • Data connectivity will properly restore after disabling Airplane Mode.   Read more

Phoenix Suns Adopt Android Ushering In a New Era for the NBA

Players for the Phoenix Suns will all be getting a Galaxy Tab 10.1 thanks to a joint effort by the team, Verizon Wireless, and Samsung. In doing so, the Suns will be the first in the NBA to have tablets courtside. Each player’s tablet will include a team playbook, video from practice sessions, scouting reports for upcoming opponents, and travel itineraries for road trips. While talking with the Wall Street Journal, head coach Alvin Gentry described the Galaxy Tabs as the best way to display diagrams of plays that he wants to run during a game. ”If I say, ‘I’m going to run a play called four-pop, [assistant coach] Noel Gillispie can cue that right up for me.” There use isn’t limited to game floor, however, the Suns will also be utilizing the Tabs for business relations in forms including season ticketholder presentations, in-game promotional programs, TV/radio broadcasts, and of course social media.

Score one for Android making it into the big leagues, of basketball.

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White Version Of Samsung Galaxy Note Spotted Out In The Wild

Photo Courtesy of Pocket-lint


The Samsung Galaxy Note phone/tablet is no doubt a cool device, that’s a gimme. Well Samsung took the device and threw on some white covers, making it even more attractive than it already was. The fine team at Pocket-lint got a chance to go hands-on with the newest color of the Galaxy Note. While the white version is identical to black version (same processor, RAM, camera, etc.), there are some noteworthy differences that were pointed out. For starters the back of the white version is gloss white, while the original black version was matt-mottled. It is suspected that the gloss white was done on purpose in order to make the shinier plastic being easier to clean and prevent it from getting as dirty quickly. They also note, the S Pen pressure-sensitive stylus has a matt finish, and could become grubby with constant use, but is unlikely since most users won’t be using it very much.

Boy the device sure looks great in white. Let’s see how many people will move towards the white version of the phone/tablet, despite it potentially getting dirtier faster than the black version. Which color do you prefer? Let us know in the Comments section below.

source: Pocket-lint


Amazon Kindle Fire Gets Another Taste Of ICS Thanks To MIUI 4 ROM

Would you look at that? The MIUI 4 ROM is now available for the Amazon Kindle Fire. In addition to the sexy Android 4.0-based UI, the ROM includes full support for both the Android Market and the Amazon App Store. Keep in mind the ROM is a work in progress, so the following features are not working at this time:

  • Tethering via USB
  • Hardware accelerated graphics
  • Static wallpaper
  • Themes

MIUI 4 kind of makes that old Kindle Fire feel new again, doesn’t it? If you’re brave, ambitious and love to tinker, be sure to root the Kindle Fire and hit up the MIUI forums at the source link below. Happy ROMing folks!

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source: MIUI Forums
via: Phandroid

You Will Not See a Press Conference From Samsung at MWC

As you folks know the rumored Galaxy S III announcement at the Mobile World Congress was refuted by Samsung and they went as far to say we wouldn’t see it at their press event in France either. Well it appears that the Korean company is going a step further by saying that they will not be holding a press conference at this year’s global trade show. Known for their elaborate product unveilings, Samsung will still showcase new products in Barcelona, just not in their usual over-the-top fashion. This suggests that Samsung’s presence at MWC will be very low key but we will have to wait and see.

After it was refuted that we would see the S III debut at the event, it was rumored that Samsung would show off their new tablet with the dual-core Exynos 5250 processor. Chances are though we will see the S II Plus that was leaked a week ago and that the Korean company will be hosting their own event for the launch of the S III, as well as any other major product announcements this year. So even though we won’t see a big showing from them you can still expect to see something new and exciting. As Samsung said it in an official response last week, “Samsung is looking forward to introducing and demonstrating exciting new mobile products at Mobile World Congress 2012.”

source: PC Mag

Android Kernel Source Released For HP TouchPad Tablet, Hackers & Developers Now Licking Their Chops

The HP TouchPad continues to get a new lease on life– this time receiving a test version of the Android kernel. HP (which has long been a supporter of the Android development community) released information and other components to the CM developers working on the CM9 port for the TouchPad. Here is some insight HP’s support and a possible backstory of the TouchPad’s development from Rootz Wiki user Green:

“HP supports the community and was kind enough to provide us with the Android kernel source and some other GPL components that they modified for the few Touchpads that were accidentally released running Android… What’s interesting about this kernel is it seems to be a totally separate development from the webOS kernel (this was suspected from the very beginning), but now the comments in the code seem to imply that HP had another team working on Android port to Touchpad and that team appears to be totally separate from the webOS team. I wonder if that means there was a plan to ship the Touchpad with Android that were then preempted by webOS plans after Palm purchase.”

While there’s no WiFi support for the HP TouchPad as of yet, the developers hope it will be on the horizon. The CM9 port for the TouchPad certainly is shaping up to be one of the more anticpated ports around.

source: RootzWiki

Size Matters: Who Wants a Phablet?

When mobile phones first became ubiquitous, the best phones were the smaller ones. Every new model got smaller and smaller and would sell better than the bigger, clunkier models. Then, in 2007, Apple introduced the iPhone…a phone that was all touch screen and was meant to be looked at as much as be held to one’s ear. Suddenly, the tiny phones of the past seemed severely inferior, and the shrinking trend halted and began to reverse.

Product Identity
Fast forward a few years and the trend continues. The proliferation of Android devices flooded the market with devices of varying shapes and sizes. From the iPhone-esque 3.2″ HTC Hero, to the beefy 10.1″ Xoom tablets, Android ran the gamut of sizes. When Dell came out with the 5″ Dell Streak, people didn’t know whether it was a large phone or a small tablet. The common belief of why it ultimately failed was exactly that…product identity.

Samsung has done well with its 5.3″ Galaxy Note overseas, and is about to make a splash with it stateside. But shouldn’t it succumb to the same fate as the Dell Streak since it’s nearly the same weird size? I don’t think so, and here’s why:

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