NTT Docomo, one of Japan’s largest mobile operators has announced that the company will take part in a joint venture along with several other partners like Samsung, Panasonic, Fujitsu Lt, Fujitsu Semiconductor and NEC to take on the chip making giant, Qualcomm. The joint venture will manufacture, sell and distribute the new chips for mobile devices once all of the details are ironed out by the joining parties. The group is looking to create LTE connected products and successfully mass produce them to as large as a global market as possible. NTT Docomo has stated that it will initially invest $5.8 million to create Communication Platform Planning Co. and will announce one of its very own exec’s as CEO. As of now, we all know Qualcomm is the biggest player in the game, however, it looks like they’ll have to work extra hard to stay ahead of the game now. Check out the presser and all of the details after the break.
It seems that developers are becoming more and more interested in bringing the Android operating system to more devices than just smartphones, tablets and recently TV’s. You can also find car stereos that operate on a specialized version of the OS and even in a self contained, dual-core USB stick. Currently there is an open source project going on named, Android-x86, that aims to get Android up and running on your laptop or PC. People are already successfully running Android 3.2 Honeycomb on their computers via this new project.
Most people are reporting easier success with ASUS products and is as simple as downloading the Android ISO and by using UNetbootin you can install the image to a USB stick or SD card. Once complete, just throw that puppy in your computer and you can now run Honeycomb from the comfort of your desk or lap. Most hardware is fully functional, including Wi-Fi, and you can even download the Android Market and various apps. Jump past the cut to see some guy’s rather lengthy, sometimes comical, Youtube video showing Android 3.2 running on his Eee PC netbook. With the recent release of Android 4.0 I can only imagine that developers will soon try and climb that mountain as well. Super exciting!
I an attempt to dabble in gender specific marketing, Samsung has announced a new pink version of the Galaxy S II for the ladies and a Lions baseball edition Galaxy Tab 10.1 for the fellas. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen such an attempt by a manufacturer, HTC did so with the Rhyme, and Huawei with the Tokidoki edition M835’s.
Sammy will be limiting the production of these new devices and the men will get more of a special treat rather than just a color change. The limited edition Lions tablet will come in special packaging and will include an official Lions jersey and autographed baseball. Sorry ladies, your special gift is the ability to accessorize with the color of pink, no charm dongle included.
Although the exterior of these devices may change, you can still expect the original amazing specs that millions have come to love. Either of these will make for a great new funky piece of mobile technology… if you can get a hold of one.
We know what you were thinking when the 7.1 mm thin Motorola Droid Razr was first unveiled, “how the heck did they fit everything in there?” We were thinking the same thing, especially when they announced that there would be LTE radios on board. Well, the good folks over at the Engadget Mobile team put together a little “under the hood” look with their go to guy, Francois Simond, who handles everything in the hardware hack dept. Check out his findings below when he cracked that baby open.
Today, Griffin and Dijit announced Android support for their Beacon universal remote, allowing any Android device, tablet or smartphone, to serve as a universal remote for home theater equipment. The Beacon Universal Remote Control System is run through a free application found in the Android Market, the Beacon unit will run $69.99 – A hell of a lot cheaper than the Logitech Harmony remote.
Using both hardware and software, this universal remote utilizes a Bluetooth connection to transfer commands from your Android device to the Beacon, which sends the signal via IR. The Beacon is capable of transmitting IR signals to all of your home theater equipment: TV, DVD/Blu-ray player, amplifier, and set top box etc., making the need for multiple remotes unnecessary.
The Android App is freely available in the Android Market, but does require that your device is on Android 2.3.3 or higher. Some older devices may not be compatible, but most all Android tablets should fit the bill. Hit the Market link below to check out what Griffen and Dijit have cooked up. If it is something you digg, you may want to go find yourself the Griffin Beacon hardware unit. Looks pretty damn cool to me.
Jump past the break for the full press release.
Looks like there is more good news for prospective Galaxy Nexus owners as our pals over at MoDaCo has a little treat for us that many of you will be happy to see. We are getting access to a full system dump from the Galaxy Nexus’ ICL23D build.
There should be a little something for everyone: apps, ringtones and wallpapers for the basic users and everything else including the boot recovery images for you dev types. It’s very likely that this won’t be the build that makes it into retail devices but if it’s just the multimedia your after, there shouldn’t be an issue. Add this to the recently discovered root method and we’re all set! Hit the source below for details and download links.
Some lucky guy already got his hands on the new Motorola DROID RAZR and decided to let everyone else join in on some of the excitement. The RAZR’s boot animation and notification sounds are all packaged nicely and ready for you to download through the links below. Here, check out a short video of the boot animation in action:
Booyah! What you see above is the possible future for our beloved smartphones and tablets – for all technology with screens for that matter!
What you are looking at is two variations of glass, the left being untreated and glare ridden, while the right, treated and virtually glare free. This new technology called “invisible glass” was developed by Nippon Electric Glass and hopefully device manufacturers team up with these geniuses sometime in the near future.
Studies show that regular glass reflects 8 percent of all light while the remaining 92 percent passes directly through it. This new “invisible glass” creates a huge difference and only reflects 0.5 percent of light, rendering the surface virtually glare-free. The glass is constructed with over 30 layers of special film on each side, each layer measured in mere nanometers.
A new root method for Motorola devices has shown up on the interweb claiming that it may be a permanent solution. There is still the possibility that Moto will patch this method closed in future updates but if you are already rooted you might as well give it a try. It should only take a matter of minutes to complete and will work on most Motorola devices including the Bionic, Droid 3 and Droid X. Before you can start you need to be rooted and in case you aren’t, the directions can be found here. Once you have root you will just need to change a few lines in your “mount_ext3.sh” file using Root Explorer. Hit the break for full instructions.
It’s a shame that with all the great advancements in smartphone technology these days we are limited to the amount of time we can actually spend enjoying the devices due to poor battery life. Manufacturers have spent millions of dollars trying to develop phones to be as thin as possible and yet we buy extended batteries that only make them thicker. It’s not like we all have the time to charge our phones for three hours in the middle of the day just to be sure we don’t run out of juice before the evening drive home. Companies have long been trying to solve this issue by not focusing on how long the battery lasts, but how long it takes to reach a full charge.
NTT DoCoMo in Japan has successfully created a battery that lasts the normal amount of time yet only takes a fraction of the usual 3 hour time to reach a full charge. By increasing the charging amperage by 10%, they have managed to create a system that will recharge itself in only ten minutes. NTT DoCoMo claims that this battery is market ready, but has concern that such a rapid charge will ultimately reduce the overall life span.
Although not a perfect solution just yet, it seems they have a great idea in the works. I would much rather buy a new battery every three months over having to worry about finding an outlet every 4-5 hours. What about you? Is this a solution you could live with? Or do you prefer the extra bulk of an extended battery? Leave your comments below.
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