ARM introduces the new Cortex-A12 core for upcoming mid-range smartphones

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In an effort to get expand its presence beyond premium-level smartphones, ARM has officially introduced the Cortex-A12, a brand-new mid-range core to be used in future mid-level smartphones. The Cortex-A12 will feature none other than the energy-saving ARM big.LITTLE™ technology that was previously found only on high-end devices, but now can be designed into mid-range smartphones as well. As a result, the Cortex-A12 processor offers ARM partners up to a 40 percent performance improvement, compared to the existing Cortex-A9 processor. Complimenting the new core is the Mali-T622 GPU and Mali-V500 video engine, giving the future mid-range devices superior graphics and videos in comparison to the high-end counterparts. So the hope is perhaps in the immediate future, the upcoming mid-rangers will have some pretty sweet capabilities without customers having to compromise on the price.

We know at least some of you are salivating right now, so why not hit the break and check out the press release for more details?

 


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‘Plants vs Zombies 2: It’s About Time’ coming soon, PopCap releases new trailer for game

Plants_Vs_Zombies_2Today PopCap has announced that the sequel to their popular game Plants Vs Zombies, will come out for iOS on June 18th, with an Android version coming later. The game will be titled Plants Vs Zombies 2: It’s About Time, and will allow users to play in different themed locations, such as Ancient Egypt, Pirate Seas, and the Wild West— more locations will soon be revealed. As for the layout of the game, it’s pretty much the same as the original, with plants and zombies on opposite ends of the playing field. However, users will be able to interact with zombies using a new touchscreen power-up feature. The game will be free to play, with in-app purchases of course. PopCap did mention that everyone will be able to access every level and every zombie and plant without paying a cent— the in-app purchases, however, will most likely just speed up the process of upgrading. Check out the new trailer after the break.
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Verizon confirms the HTC One is coming later this summer

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Well first things first, and that is that yours truly was dead wrong. I posted on Friday that I felt that Verizon wouldn’t offer the HTC One and instead opt for the Butterfly 2 as in the DROID DNA 2. Well Verizon sent out a tweet announcing the HTC One will indeed land on Verizon later this Summer. I’m still shocked because it still doesn’t make any sense (no pun intended). One thing I was right on was the fact that Verizon always has an HTC device for the summer, but why would Verizon want to offer the One later this Summer after the other three U.S. carriers get a huge headstart? Later this summer means August to me, which is well after everyone else.

This must mean one of two things: Either HTC really pushed hard for this since they really want to get their brand out there or something went wrong with the Butterfly 2. The only other thing I can think of is that the new Butterfly will be marketed  with the word “One” in the name, and Verizon won’t actually have the same One as everyone else. It would be hard to bet any money on that notion when you consider that Verizon’s tweet clearly said “HTC One”. HTC has nothing to say other than they will provide additional details as the release date gets closer. Maybe one day I will understand how Verizon Wireless operates.

source: @VZWnews

Study shows average Americans spend roughly an hour per day with their smartphone

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How much time do you spend with your smartphone each day? Thirty minutes? Three hours? The average American apparently slides somewhere in the middle of those numbers, coming in right at 58 minutes per day, according to a recent study done on a handful of smartphone users. Surprisingly, about a quarter of smartphone use was talking on a phone call. Texting came in as the second most popular activity, chewing up 20% of those 58 minutes.

Watching video apparently only accounted for 1% of time spent on a smartphone, with only 2% of the people in the study saying they watched videos on their phone. That’s definitely an odd result, but apparently consuming video on your smartphone is a love-it-or-hate-it type deal.

Personally, I know I spend more than an hour per day on my smartphone, and very little of that time is spent making phone calls. What are your daily usage habits with your Android device? Do they match up with this study? Let us know in the comments.

source: All Things D

Acer announces Liquid S1 quad-core phablet with 5.7 inch screen

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Acer has announced its first ever phablet device, the Liquid S1. It’s not an incredibly high-end device, but it’s certainly no slouch, either. Underneath the 5.7 inch, 720p screen, you’ll get a quad-core processor clocked at 1.5 GHz, an 8 megapixel rear camera, and Android 4.2. There’s also the expected OEM software tweaks, such as Acer’s Float User Interface which allows some apps to “float” on screen for multitasking and several different kinds of voice actions, including a voice action to unlock the device. A RAM specification would’ve been nice to back up these features, especially the ones focused on multitasking, but hopefully it slides in over 1 GB.

There are still two sore spots with this device, though; no 1080p scree, and no 4G LTE. Hopefully the attractive body and affordable price tag of €349, or $454, can make up for those two small shortcomings, though. Hit the break for the full press release from Acer.

ASUS FonePad Note set to compete in stylus-equipped phablet space

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ASUS revealed a new device today at Computex 2013 intended to compete in the market for phablet devices that come with their own stylus. The gorilla in the market space is the Samsung line of Galaxy Note devices. To compete, ASUS is releasing the ASUS FonePad Note with a 6-inch display backed by a 1.6GHz dual-core Atom Z2560 processor. The screen will be capable of running full HD at 1080p using a Super IPS+ display. The device will not be LTE-capable, but will support DC-HSPA+.
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Twitter finally releases Vine for Android

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Android users have been left out in the cold for the past 6 months while iOS users have been enjoying the Vine app for Twitter. Well it’s time to come inside to the warmth because Twitter just announced it’s now available for Android. As a quick refresher, Vine is a video service for Twitter that allows you to post short, and I mean short, videos. We are talking 6 seconds or less. So far, 13 million people have already used it via iOS.

Don’t expect the same features as the iOS version right away. They will be adding some stuff in the coming weeks such as the ability to use the front-facing camera, search, mentions and hashtags, and sharing to Facebook. They even hinted at features that would only be available on Android such as zooming support.

Download links after the break.


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Samsung announces the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 and Galaxy Tab 3 10.1

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Samsung just announced the final two variants of the mid-range Galaxy Tab 3 line, the 8-inch and 10.1-inch versions. Other than the display size, the specs of the two devices are pretty close, but not a perfect match. The Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 (pictured above) has a 10.1-inch (1280-800) display, a 1.6GHz dual-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, microSD slot, 3MP rear camera, 1.3 front camera, Bluetooth 4.0, 6,800mAh battery, and Android 4.2. The Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 (pictured below) features an 8-inch (1280 x 800) display, 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, 1.5GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, microSD slot, 5MP rear camera, 1.3 front camera, Bluetooth 4.0, 4,450mAh battery, and Android 4.2. Both devices are pretty thin. The 8.0 comes in at 7.4mm thick and the 10.1 comes in at 7.95mm. No word on pricing of exactly when you will be able to buy either tab.


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ASUS announces the Transformer Book Trio, a tablet that can run Windows and Android simultaneously

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Tablet computers are no doubt sweet, but you know what’s even sweeter? Devices like the ASUS Transformer Book Trio that happen to run two operating systems at the same time. Yes, you read that right folks— the ASUS Transformer Book Trio is a special tablet that utilizes more than one operating system at the same time. So here’s the quick rundown of this new toy: it’s a tablet that can connect to a special keyboard dock, allowing it to function as a de facto laptop. Once the tablet is connected to the keyboard, all users will need to do is literally push a button and the dual-OS mode is then enabled— otherwise, the standalone tablet will function as your typical run-of-the-mill tablet.

In order to power two OSes at the same time, you have to have some meat on the inside— and ASUS certainly delivers. Right off the bat, the tablet features a Intel Core-i7 4500U processor in order to handle the Windows OS, while the 2GHz Intel Atom Z2580 chip will power the Android OS. Rounding out the device are a sexy IPS display Full HD display with a 1920 x 1080 resolution and up to 64GB storage standard. There’s no word yet on pricing and availability just yet, but expect additional details to be revealed as the device gets closer to hitting store shelves.

Hit the flip for the full presser.


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ASUS announces MeMO Pad FHD 10 and MeMO Pad HD 7 tablets at Computex

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As expected, ASUS is unveiling a number of tablets at Computex. They already announced an updated Transformer Infinity with a 2560 x 1600 display and a Tegra 4, but they also announced the mid-range MeMO Pad FHD 10 (pictured above) and the budget-friendly MeMO Pad HD 7 (pictured below). The FHD 10 is a 10-inch tablet with a Full HD IPS (1920 x 1200) display. It sports a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2560  processor, 16 or 32GB of internal memory, microSD slot, 5MP rear camera, 1.2MP front camera, and 10 hours of battery life playing 720p videos. It comes in at 9.5mm thick and will be available in Royal Blue, Silk White, and Vivid Pink. If you have your eye on this one, unfortunately you won’t be able to buy until it September. Pricing wasn’t specified.

As to the HD 7, this is a slight upgrade from the previous model and is again for the budget-conscious consumer. It comes with a 7-inch IPS HD (1280 x 800) display, an unknown quad-core processor (probably a Tegra 3), 8GB or 16GB of storage, microSD slot, 5MP rear camera, 1.2MP front camera, and 10 hours of battery life when playing 720p video. You will have your choice of black, white, pink or green for colors. These specs are pretty good when you consider the price. The 8GB version will run $129 and the 16GB will set you back only $149. It will be available internationally starting in July.


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