More Sony Xperia ST21i Tapioca Pictures Leak

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We just showed you the first glimpse of Sony’s Xperia ST21i “Tapioca” handset, and now courtesy of Russian site Mobile Review, we get several more pictures of an early ST21i prototype to inspect. Tapioca pudding isn’t very expensive, so perhaps that’s why this device got that particular moniker… these specs are definitely entry-level:

  • 3.2-inch HVGA screen
  • 800 MHz single-core CPU
  • 3-megapixel fixed-focus camera
Yeah. Nothing fancy here. It’s expected to sell for around $260 off contract, which seems a tad bit high for these specs. The prototype in these pictures still shows Ericsson branding, which will undoubtedly be removed in the final revision. Check out some of the pics after the break, or hit the source link for the full set.

AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD Canceled

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Remember the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD that AT&T announced at CES early this year? Well, if you were waiting for it, don’t hold your breath. According to Samsung’s Ryan Bidan, plans for releasing this LTE device have been scrapped. Bidan told The Verge that it didn’t make sense to release the 720p version of the S II due to the imminent release of Samsung’s latest Galaxy S III.

Does that mean the S III is coming to AT&T? Bidan would only say that it will be coming to “the fastest HSPA+ and LTE networks” in the country. Ok, so T-Mobile and either Verizon or AT&T. It’s a good bet that AT&T will get it since it was planning on carrying the S II. We’ve also seen evidence of a Sprint version.

If it’s like previous Galaxy phones, it will pretty much be available on most, if not all major U.S. carriers, and Samsung already said it will come to the U.S. in June. Bets on who gets it first?

source: the verge

 

Samsung Galaxy S III Uses A PenTile Display Because It Lasts Longer

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The Samsung Galaxy S III is the company’s next flagship phone, which means it has upped all the specs from previous versions. Some folks, however, are crying foul because of the announcement that the S III will be using a PenTile display matrix, not the previously rumored Super AMOLED Plus. A PenTile display uses a different subpixel layout (one red and one blue subpixel for every two green ones). In other words, it’s not quite as sharp and could show color fringing along the edges of images, especially when compared to Samsung’s much revered Super AMOLED Plus displays.

So why did Samsung go PenTile for the S III? According to MobileBurn, it’s apparently all about screen longevity. Samsung states that Super AMOLED Plus displays have a tendency to deteriorate over time, especially the blue subpixels, which actually degrade the fastest. Since PenTile displays feature fewer blue subpixels, they will last longer, says Samsung. Also, since the pixel density of the S III’s screen is much higher due to its high resolution, the PenTile issues are minimized and most people cannot see the difference in quality.

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Watch as the ASUS Padfone Gets its First Unboxing Video

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I am not sure if you remember the ASUS Padfone, but it has been ‘in the making’ for an awful long time now. Initially announced over a year ago, we got a quick glimpse at the new revamped version of the kit at this year’s CTIA conference in Las Vegas and then again at MWC in Barcelona. Finally about to launch soon, our friends over at NetbookNews go their hands on the phone-tablet-dock combo a little early and decided to film an unboxing video for the whole world to enjoy. Jump past the break to see the whole kit and caboodle for yourself. It’s pretty sweet! Too bad it’s so damn expensive» Read the rest

Verizon to Discount the Droid Razr Maxx by $100?

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When it comes to Android and 4G battery life, the Droid Razr Maxx gives you the most bang for your buck. The problem is, the bang costs lots of bucks – $300 to be exact! Lucky for us, our pals over at Droid Life got their hands on some welcomed marketing material that shows the Razr Maxx as only $200 on contract. No word on when this deal is going to go into to effect but if you were holding out for a new Razr Maxx, may I suggest waiting until they drop that bad boy’s price by 100 bills. No need to call or go to the Verizon website every day, you can rest assured knowing that we will fill you in as soon as the price drops. Hopefully that will be sooner rather than later.

source: Droid Life

UK Pre-Orders Taking Place For Galaxy S III From Three, Vodafone and O2

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UK’ers are now able to pre-order the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S III from several different carriers of choice.  Vodafone, O2 and Three are all offering the ability to pre-order the device and to be among the first to receive the quad-core monster.  In addition, it looks like you can score a decent deal with any one of the carriers if you plan on snagging the device.  One could get the 16GB model for free with a £41 ($66) monthly plan on Vodafone.  Similarly, you’ll be able to get a hold of the handset on O2 and Three for roughly the same monthly cost or pay up to £219 ($353) for slight less of a commitment to the carrier.  If you’re ready to get rolling on the deal check out the source link of your choice and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.

source: Three, Vodafone, O2 

Cloud Music Locker and Streaming Service mSpot Acquired by Samsung

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Samsung has made the announcement today that they acquired mSpot. That’s right folks. The Cloud Music Locker and Streaming Service is now apart of the korean company. Much like most cloud music services, you are able to upload your music to the cloud for playback on any compatible device. Add the fact that mSpot offers movie rentals within a day if their DVD counterpart being released for streaming purposes you’ve got one heck of a cloud media player. Given that Samsung is adding a Scan-and-Match feature to it’s music subscription service this could essentially be a one, two combination for a media player. Music in the cloud matched with matched higher quality versions of songs is a great combination. As Samsung puts it:

“The acquisition will provide a cloud-based entertainment experience of music, video and radio services for users of Samsung devices, while extending mSpot’s cloud and streaming solutions to a broader base of global entertainment fans. The combination will extend mSpot’s top class cloud and streaming services while further enhancing Samsung’s mobile and tablet device entertainment offerings. mSpot’s entertainment services will be a key integrated offering on newly announced Samsung mobile devices.”

While it’s safe to assume that Samsung paid a decent chunk of change for this acquisition there are no details on the exact figures. Samsung does plan to integrate mSpot in its future phones. Again though when that is happening is for the future to decide. Could we possibly see it in the Galaxy S III?

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Contest: Win an ASUS Transformer Pad Prize Pack courtesy of ASUS, NVIDIA, and Talk Android [Week 1]

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As we mentioned earlier, NVIDIA is hosting the Annual Players Choice Awards sponsored by ASUS. NVIDIA wants to find out what gamers think are the best games in the TegraZone for graphics, gameplay, and overall fun. To entice you to get your vote in, ASUS is giving away seven, yes that’s seven ASUS Transformer Prize Packs to voters. Let’s face it, I would be happy with just the Transformer Pad TF300 alone, but ASUS and NVIDIA are going all out by also including the keyboard dock, a Logitech controller, and a Jambox speaker. Are you kidding me? Make sure to head over to the Awards site to get your votes in so you will be entered for your chance to win.

But that’s not all!! Talk Android has partnered with the awards, which means that ASUS has provided us with the same Transformer Prize Packs for our readers. We have a total of three, so that means that each week for the next three weeks, we will give one of our lucky readers one of these packs. We are going to keep this really simple. We want your votes for the same three categories as well. This is the first of three weeks. All you have to do is comment below with your favorite TegraZone game in terms of graphics. You have until next Wednesday, May 16th at 11:59pm EST. We will announce the winner on Thursday, May 17th and start up the second giveaway as well.

For more info about all the eligible games see our previous post or head over to the TegraZone.

Good Luck!!!

 

NVIDIA hosts the Annual TegraZone Players Choice Awards with a chance to win one of seven ASUS Transformer Pad Prize Packs

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It’s hard to believe it’s been a full year since the birth of the NVIDIA TegraZone. After one year, it now has 38 high-caliber games, a four star rating in the Google Play Store, and over 3.5 million installs. Remember, these games are optimized for Tegra 2 and Tegra 3 devices, including the newest tablet from ASUS, the Transformer Pad TF300. Asus is redefining the future of mobile computing devices with the launch of the new Transformer Pad featuring the NVIDIA Tegra 3, the world’s only quad-core mobile processor with a 5th battery-saver core. Running the latest Android™ 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the ASUS Transformer Pad is a value packed tablet with multi-color style and productivity with expandability when connected to the mobile dock. With a 1.2MP front and 8MP rear auto-focus camera with large F/2.2 aperture and exclusive office software, staying connected and productive has never been easier.

To celebrate the one year anniversary of the TegraZone, NVIDIA is hosting the 1st annual Players Choice Awards sponsored by ASUS. They’re asking all game players to vote on their favorite TegrzZone game in three categories: Best Gameplay, Best Graphics, and Overall Fun. The winners will be announced on June 6 at a special event at E3 in Los Angeles.

To make it worth your while, NVIDIA and ASUS have teamed up to award seven Transformer Pad prize packs over the next few weeks. The prize packs includes a Transformer Pad TF300, a keyboard dock, a Logitech game controller, and a Jambox speaker.

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