While LG already announced its latest flagship last month, it was unclear when exactly the handset would be launching. Fear not, as the Korean manufacturer has just revealed that the Optimus G will be available in the company’s home country next week, followed by a full-scale launch in October.
To refresh your memory on just how powerful the Optimus G really is, the official specs are listed as:
1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor Quad-Core and LTE
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0
4.7-inch WXGA True HD IPS Plus (1280 x 768 pixels)
32GB On Board Storage
2GB DDR RAM
13.0MP or 8.0MP rear cameras (depends on region) / 1.3MP front
That’s not all, though. LG is touting its new “creative and engaging” UX, which is supposed to allow users to “live without boundaries”. While we’re not necessarily fond of any Android skins, LG’s new user interface offers some features that could potentially be productive and useful. One of which is called QSlide, an applet that allows users to open up two separate screens on the device that work completely independent of the other. There have also been some tweaks made to the camera utility to better suit the impressive 13-megapixel camera. For the full run-down, be sure to catch the official press release after the break. » Read the rest
We are all eagerly anticipating the Dyzplastic Series 3 Android figurines. The first five are now revealed, which include 8-Ball Hustler, Escape Ape, Nexus, Intergalactic, and Barista Bot. The Intergalactic was created by Kano and would be very cool for any Beastie Boys fan. These collectibles are supposed to be released by the end of this quarter. Hit the break for full 360 degree views of each one.
Rovio is adding to their Angry Birds franchise with the new spin off called Bad Piggies that will give fans of the series a chance to live life through the eyes of the pigs we are so often trying to hit. We knew the game was coming out on September 27th, but we didn’t know what the game would be about. Would the pigs enact some type of revenge on these birds or cook up some new recipes for the bird eggs? This was cleared up a bit with the newly released teaser.
In the teaser, we see the ever so hated pigs rolling and flying around in user designed contraptions to try and get through different levels stealing bird eggs. All of this clever and riveting gameplay is presented in a colorful, two-dimensional sidescrolling view— just like the original Angry Birds series. Without even playing it yet, this game looks like another hit for Rovio and a lot of wasted time for me. You’ll want to see how this game looks instead of reading about it, so hit the break to see the teaser.
Readers who are into fitness and want to use their Android device to support their efforts have a new option available to them. Scosche has released their RHYTHM Armband accessory and related Android app to help fitness seekers improve their workouts.
At its core, the RHYTHM Armband monitors pulse and by extension, workout intensity. This is accomplished using a lightweight armband that you slip on your wrist and then pair with an Android device using Bluetooth. Once connected, the app starts collecting and recording workout data. If one is out running or cycling, the unit will provide a map and record the route. At the end of a workout, users can view a summary, save the record to a calendar view, and upload it to a special web site for later analysis. » Read the rest
As consumers start to get their hands on a new Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 device, some will certainly want to stretch the capabilities of their new tablet. They will be met with frustration if they decide to pursue a new bootloader as it appears Amazon has locked down the devices extra tight. XDA forum member kinfauns did some digging only to discover Amazon has employed some high security device techniques similar to Barnes & Noble’s Nook Tablet devices. Unlike a Nook, the Kindle Fire HD 7 does not have an SD card slot that can be used as an alternate boot device. Developers are exploring workarounds for this situation.
There is good news though on the root front. RootzWiki contributor jcase(OP) has determined Amazon failed to secure a known method for gaining root access on Ice Cream Sandwich devices. Using the Android SDK, it is only a matter of minutes to root the device. Just hit the source link for the instructions if you want to give it a try. Just remember though, you are responsible for what happens to your device if you root it and something goes wrong.
We previously saw HTC’s elusive 5-inch Galaxy Note II competitor earlier this month in a set of leaked photos. And, just this weekend we heard about the device’s impressive specs, which include Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor. Today, however, we’ve stumbled upon actual press renders of the alleged handset, leading us to believe that an official announcement is inevitable.
The device will purportedly be known as the One X 5, though it’s entirely possible we could see Verizon’s exclusive Droid branding on the phone before it arrives. The Taiwanese manufacturer’s newest handset is expected to feature a 5-inch display with full 1080p resolution, equating to a retina-soothing 480ppi. There’s no word on a release date, but HTC does have an event planned for this Wednesday in New York City, and we’ll be there to bring you all the latest.
It wasn’t that long ago that we caught mention of the Asus Padfone 2 from a leaked slideshow. Now, instead of seeing a few bullet points on a slide, we can allegedly see benchmark results of the not-yet-announced Padfone 2. It was originally assumed that we’d see the successor to the original Padfone in late 2013. However, with these benchmark results, its release may be sooner than we think. The shot of the benchmark results reveal the Padfone 2 name, the device running on Android 4.0.4 (another key it may release sooner rather than later), and a quad core 1512 MHz processor. Of course with only a benchmark screen capture, the price and release information are not known. However, we’ll keep you updated on what appears to be a beast of a multifunctional device.
In a segment that may be slowly dying, LG thinks there may still be room for more. Enter their latest in mobile photo printing devices, the Pocket Photo. LG is claiming their mobile printer is the smallest of its kind measuring just 2.8 x 4.7 x 0.9-inches. Photos from a compatible device are transferred to the Pocket Photo via NFC coupled with an Android app. Filters can be applied to the pictures through said Android app, however it’s unknown at this time just how robust the feature is. This micro-printer will be hitting Korean stores for $169 (USD), although there’s no word on a release outside of Korea.
Stalwart music tagging app Shazam continues to move into areas beyond music. You may have noticed the Shazam logo showing up on TV shows or during commercials. That was a sign that app users could use Shazam to get additional information about the show. Shazam is now expanding that capability to enable users to tag any show on any network. Using Shazam, users can pull up information about a TV show’s cast, what they are tweeting about, IMDB and Wikipedia entries, and more. The app also enables users to tweet out or share via Facebook. » Read the rest
XDA member Bin4ry recently posted his new root method that should be compatible with most ICS and Jelly Bean devices. He said in his post:
I made a small script which is able to root ICS/JB phones. It uses a remount timing issue in Androids “adb restore” service. So normally it should work on nearly all ICS/JB devices, for some it won’t but the idea may work in a slightly modded version
It has been tested on the Nexus 7 as well as newer Sony Xperia devices.