Belkin announced today the release of a new high definition wireless camera to their product line. The NetCam HD will retail for $149.99 and offers full 720p HD resolution, digital audio, a wide-angle lens, infrared night vision capabilities, setup via mobile devices, movement detection email alerts and the ability to record live video to mobile devices. The camera will also be WeMo SMART capable. WeMo is a wifi based home control platform for other devices in the home using a wireless network. Using the WeMo capabilities with the new camera, users could setup rules for certain actions to occur when the motion sensor is activated. Belkin has developed a free NetCam app for Android and iOS devices that let you monitor the video feed on your mobile device. Belkin expects the new camera to be available in spring 2013.
Earlier today Huawei announced the Ascend Mate and the Ascend D2. The Ascend D2 sports a 5-inch 1080p IPS display with 443ppi, Huawei’s K3V2 1.5 GHz quad-core CPU, 2GB of RAM, 13MP camera, 3,000mAh battery, microSD, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and the latest version of the Emotion UI. It’s 9.9mm thick and weighs 170g. We expect to see this bad boy on sale in China this month followed by Japan. Hit the break for the hands on video.
Just when we thought Samsung pushed the envelope with the Galaxy Note II and its 5.5-inch display, Huawei drove right over it with the Ascend Mate that was announced earlier today. It sports a whopping 6.1-inch IPS display at 720p. Seriously folks this is just about Nexus 7 territory, but Huawei thinks the consumer will eat it up. The rest of the specs should satisfy everything you desire with Huawei’s Hi-Silicon 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera, 1.0MP front camera, and a massive 4050mAh battery. It has Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and the latest version of the Emotion UI. Looks like China will get it in February, and as usual no word on a U.S. launch. Hit the break for the hands on video.
It’s one thing for a manufacturer to make a flagship phone, but the content is the key. Everyone is fighting to make their own ecosystem. Sony already has Sony Unlimited and PlayStation Mobile, but they know everyone likes to use their phone or tablet while watching TV. That’s why they created the TV SideView app. It lets you control your TV as well as search for what’s playing. It will even make recommendations. If you want to push content, you can do it with compatible Sony TVs. Check out the hands on video after the break.
We already showed you the hands on with the Sony Xperia Z, but we can’t forget about the Xperia ZL. Both were unveiled at the Sony press event at CES. The Xperia ZL has a smaller footprint, but isn’t dust and water resistance. You will also find a rubberized back as opposed to the glass back found on the Xperia Z. It has the same 5-inch 1080p display, 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM, a 13MP camera with Exmor RS for mobile and HDR video, and a microSD slot. It’s a little thicker and again the battery is non-removable. Check out the hands on video after the break, and at the end the Xperia Z makes an appearance for some nice comparisons.
Sony put on an amazing press conference tonight and as expected, they unveiled the Xperia “Zed” or Xperia Z and Xperia ZL. The guts of both phones are essentially the same, but the Xperia Z is dust and water resistant. It also has a glass back and a little bit bigger footprint, but it’s a little thinner at 7.9mm. It sports a 5-inch 1080p display, a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM, a 13MP camera with Exmor RS for mobile and HDR video, and a microSD slot. The size of the battery wasn’t mentioned, but it’s non-removable. Hit the break for the hands on and also check out the Xperia ZL video since it makes an appearance in that one as well for some good comparisons. It will be available Q1 internationally, but no word on pricing or a U.S. release.
Polaroid announced a few cameras at CES including the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean running iM1836. While we don’t yet know all the details, its interchangeable lens sets it apart from the Samsung Galaxy Camera. The mirror-less body will, with an adapter, be able to use existing micro four thirds lenses and will shoot 18.1-megapixel photos and 1080p video. Its touch screen is a tad smaller at 3.5-inches but, like the Galaxy Camera, it includes both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It’s set for a 2013 first quarter release for $399, including a 10-30mm lens.
We still have a ton of questions: What shooting modes will it have? Will it support full manual shooting? What’s the ISO range? What do the Android hardware specs look like? What’s the storage capacity? Will it support a microSD card? What about GPS? But I, for one, am excited to see what this little guy can do. Like with most CES announcements, stay tuned for more. Direct link for our CES 2013 coverage here.
By now you may have heard about NVIDIA’s awesome and revolutionary Project Shield gaming device, right? The 5-inch toy boasting NVIDIA’s brand-new Tegra 4 processor is all set to revolutionize gaming as we know it thanks to the openness of the Android platform. While the portable gaming wunder-gadget has generated a lot of excitement, it has generated even more excitement from the gang at NVIDIA. As they would put it best: NVIDIA’s “goal with it is to design and sell a truly great piece of hardware, one that fits comfortably in your hand, delights your eyes and blows out your ears“.
I’d say that NVIDIA is certainly on its way. Hit the source link to see the blog post from NVIDIA in all its glory and while you’re at it— stay with us for all the CES coverage you can handle.
source: NVIDIA Blog
Intel has no shortage of announcements at this week’s CES, having already brought forth an all-new line of Atom-based processors. While that particular announcement only really applied to tablets, the company has gone further with the introduction of its Lexington platform.
The new development platform is aimed to provide a solid foundation for smartphones in emerging markets. Built from the ground-up with optimization for Android in mind, the new platform can support clock speeds of up to 1.2GHz with the company’s hyper-threading technology. Smartphone manufacturers who utilize this chipset can provide 1080p video encoding and decoding, burst picture taking at 7fps and HSPA+ data speeds all at a relatively low price point. In terms of graphics, the new SoC uses PowerVR’s all-new SGX 540 GPU,which should provide buttery-smooth graphics rendering. Other features like WiDi streaming and an FM radio tuner are also built in.
No release date has been mentioned, though Intel has promised handsets from the likes of Acer, Lava and Safaricom.
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I always find myself looking for new Twitter apps, there’s so many to try in the Google Play Store that it can be overwhelming in choosing one for yourself. For the past two years, Plume (previously known as Touiteur) has been my favorite and has yet to be dethroned…. Until now. Falcon Pro has only been out for a couple of months, but it has quickly taken its place as my favorite Twitter client for Android. Made by Joaquim Vergès, who is also in charge of the Falcon Widget app, Falcon Pro provides the smoothest and nicest looking UI out there. The fluidity of the app is probably the first thing you’ll notice upon opening it up for the first time. If you’ve been familiar with the Falcon Widget app, then you know he doesn’t spare any expense on quality and smoothness.
While there’s still plenty of other features that are currently missing that you may want such as multi-user support, keep in mind that it is relatively new and the developer is still implementing more features upon each update. Most recently he just added in a white theme to go along with the dark default one. I truly feel this app has yet to hit it’s stride and it’s popularity should only grow upon each update. The app is only $0.99 on the Google Play Store, which is much cheaper than other premium quality Twitter clients that are available. Check out the video review after the break! A QR code and download link will also be available.