Is another version of the white Galaxy Nexus lurking somewhere in the shadows? We just saw a render of the white jewel and now it looks as though that previous rendering of the white version of the phone may have been released a bit prematurely. The new images show the Galaxy Nexus having a white back cover, but keeping its sleek black front completely intact. The phone still looks mighty attractive, doesn’t it?
While I don’t use remote desktop apps all too often, as I am near my computer usually anyway, in the times I have Splashtop Remote Desktop has been my app of choice. Connections are stable and I have found little lag in use. I have yet to drop a connection through the app itself, and when I have it was something to do with my router. Well today is a good day for those that need a remote desktop app as Amazon is offering it as its free App of the Day. Given that it is normally $4.99 any other day, this is one heck of a deal. Version 188.8.131.52 offers the following features: » Read the rest
The makers of the best scratch-resistant material around are set for an encore. Corning, the developers of Gorilla Glass, will be at CES 2012 next week to highlight its newest creation– Gorilla Glass 2. It looks like Corning is set to have one heck of a follow-up too. Here are their own words:
“Corning Gorilla Glass has been a tremendous success for Corning, enjoying excellent market acceptance across mobile device industries. Handset and tablet device manufacturers are clearly driving toward higher functionality from thinner designs. Corning’s latest innovation in Gorilla Glass technology is very well positioned to meet these challenges and enable broader touch technology penetration”.
Looks like we have a lot to look forward to from Corning. Considering we’ve seen the first Gorilla Glass withstand even the harshest of scenarios, it’s safe to say that Corning is ready to take us for a wilder ride with Gorilla Glass 2, which Talk Android will be at front and center. Hit the break to see the full press release. » Read the rest
The other day we brought to you news of how you could sneakily snag yourself 50GB of free online storage from Box.net. As you know, folks who owned either a Sony Xperia or LG Android smartphone received 50GB of cloud storage for free as part of a promotional deal between Sony, LG and Box.net. Well today we bring you news that Box has updated their Android app bringing it to version 1.5. Besides updates to the interface the app boasts some awesome productivity features. They are:
A widget that shows the progress of files that are currently being modified or updated.
The ability to upload email attachments or files directly from the app you’re currently using.
The ability to create documents in an office app of your choice and saving the file in Box, rather than in the document editor.
Given Box.net has 1.9 million users, the company is doing what it can to provide important improvements to the user experience. This goes a long way in customer satisfaction and it’s a relief to see that some companies still value the consumer. Hit the break below to find the Market link or QR Code, and if you are truly interested to read the press release. Even if you missed the 50GB promotion you can still snag 5GB of free online storage which is more than enough for most folks, enjoy. » Read the rest
AT&T customers looking for more LTE will be happy to know that 11 new markets are now live. They include the New York City metro area, Austin, Chapel Hill, Los Angeles, Oakland, Orlando, Phoenix, Raleigh, San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose. The total is now up to 26 markets covering 74 million customers. Still very behind Verizon Wireless, but not bad. They expect to complete the LTE roll out by the end of 2013.
Next week just can’t come soon enough. As we get closer and closer to CES 2012 (which Talk Android will be at by the way giving you nonstop coverage of everything Google and Android), we continue to see announcements from big time manufacturers and companies and Google is no exception. Following the blockbuster 2011 for Google TV, the Mountain View giant has announced they are looking to do bigger and better things for 2012. They’ve announced a star-studded lineup of TV partners which will feature Google-powered technology. Here’s Google itself the list of partners as well as its excitement for the partnerships:
LG – We’re thrilled to welcome global consumer electronics leader LG to the Google TV family. LG will showcase a new line of TVs powered by Google TV running on their own L9 chipset at CES.
Marvell – Also new to the Google TV family this year is Marvell, an innovative worldwide leader in chipsets. Marvell will be showcasing a new generation of Google TV solutions which will help bring more products across more price points to consumers.
MediaTek – We’re also excited to partner with MediaTek, the leading Taiwanese chipset designer. MediaTek chipsets will power yet another wave of Google TV devices.
Samsung – We’re excited to work closely with Samsung to bring Google-TV powered Samsung devices to market in 2012.
Sony – We’re happy to build on our partnership with Sony. At CES, Sony will unveil new devices for the US and plans to offer Google TV powered products in several countries around the world in 2012.
Vizio – Last year we announced our partnership with Vizio at CES. This year we’re excited to join Vizio as they hold private demos at CES showcasing their new line of Google TV-powered products.
Very nice lineup indeed. Let’s see how many more living rooms and bedrooms Google can invade now that they will be going full-throttle from CES 2012 and beyond.
“Good news! Official ICS support is near. Final tweaks and testing should be done in time for an anticipated end-of-month beta update.”
Yes folks, the real version is on its way. Sure someone was crafty enough to get Swype working on ICS devices before, but something about having the real thing just puts us at ease. Ice Cream Sandwich suddenly looks even more appealing now that there’s an official version of Swype on its way.
Vector Unit’s Shine Runner is out to make gamers believe that smuggling goods such as tobacky, snake oil, that oh-so precious moonshine and “peter pep” is indeed worthwhile and almost fulfilling. From running through shacks to evading those wretched cops, Shine Runner is out to have gamers’ hearts race– if only for a short while. Is living a life as a rebel smuggler in the deep Bayou worth it? Hit the break to read the review and find out for yourselves. » Read the rest
Some say you can have a smartphone or you can have a rugged device, but never can you have both. The folks over at Sony Ericsson are looking to tap into the market where other devices may have tried before. Remember Motorola’s i1? How about T-Mobile’s Defy? Which I still think is a great device by the way. Well, SE is joining the party with their very own rugged smartphone joining the Xperia lineup dubbed the “Xperia Active”. While the use case is plain as day, there’s still a bit of a puzzling thought as to who the targeted demographic is? Why you ask? Well, though it’s clearly meant for the outdoorsy type, SE went with an extremely small screen size which at times required nothing less than 20/20 vision when reading text on web pages. But more of that in the review. Focusing on the handset itself, we’ve got to say, it’s difficult to ignore the amount of goods given to the device under the hood. With a 1 GHz processor from Qualcomm, Android Gingerbread 2.3, a water resistant and dust proof casing along with pre-installed fitness applications, you’ve got one heck of a device. That is, if you can fully take it all in on the 320 x 480 3-inch display of course. If you missed our initial unboxing and hands-on you can check it out here.
However, that being said, the device definitely gives you your money’s worth. There’s an array of accessories that come with the handset to accommodate both your outdoor active life as well as your indoor classy hang-outs with friends. Beginning with the box, there’s a USB charging/syncing cable, an arm pouch for jogging, stereo ear bud headphones with attachable ear-hooks for excessive work-outs, a 2GB memory card with the ability to expand up to 32 GB’s, a rubber lanyard that fits directly into the carabiner and an interchangeable back cover offering both black/orange and white backplates
What ultimately makes the device stand out? You called it, the screen size. In the midst of monster screen size releases such as the Samsung Galaxy S II at 4.52-inches, the Galaxy Note at 5.3-inches, the Galaxy Nexus at 4.6-inches and the HTC Sensation at 4.3-inches just to name a few, the Active rolls in with its abnormal size of 3-inches. Personally, it was very challenging for me to use the device, let alone allow it to serve as my daily driver for reviewing purposes. However, I did my best to make it work. And surprisingly, it came through for me on a number of occasions. » Read the rest
We’ve been telling you about the LG Spectrum for a about a month now, and it looks like we have concrete evidence that Big Red will release it on January 19th according to the leaked documents below. This will essentially be Verizon’s version of the Optimus HD or Nitro HD. We’re also expecting this to be one of Verizon’s first LTE global phones.
Full specs include:
4.5″ True HD IPS display, protected by Gorilla Glass
1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S3 processor
8MP rear camera, shoots 1080p video
1.3MP front camera
1GB of RAM
4GB of on-board storage, 16GB micro SD card pre-installed
Mobile hotspot shares up to 10 connections
1830mAh battery (optional 3000mAh extended battery available at launch)