Say no to Google Glass while driving says West Virginia lawmaker

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CNET’s early hands on with Google Glass prompted Republican Gary G. Howell to sponsor a bill banning such devices while driving in his state of West Virginia. I would expect to see more of these bills introduced in other areas since Google Glass and similar devices are likely to be a distraction for drivers. Howell stated the following:

“I actually like the idea of the product and I believe it is the future, but last legislature we worked long and hard on a no-texting-and-driving law. It is mostly the young that are the tech-savvy that try new things. They are also our most vulnerable and underskilled drivers. We heard of many crashes caused by texting and driving, most involving our youngest drivers. I see the Google Glass as an extension.”

The interesting thing is Google already has a solution to this…self driving cars. Unfortunately those won’t be around for another 5 years, while Glass should be available by the end of this year. So Google Glass might not be as emasculating as smartphones, but it doesn’t appear to be any less distracting. Do you agree with this bill?

source: TechCrunch

Samsung Exynos 5210 processor revealed, Could power the Galaxy S 4 Mini

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It appears Samsung has another SoC known as the Exynos 5210. As pictured above, Linux dev tools were committed to a smdk5210 at Free-electrons.com. Unfortunately we don’t have much to go on, but it very well could be a quad-core that features the same big.LITTLE technology that’s in the Exynos Octa-core 5410. The belief is that the 5210 will sport dual Cortex-A15′s with dual Cortex-A7′s. On the other hand, it could also be a dual-core Cortex-A15.

The next question is which device(s) will we see the Exynos 5210 in, and all signs point to the Galaxy S 4 Mini that was leaked late last week. This device will feature a 4.3-inch display and much like the its bigger brother, the Galaxy S 4, it will feature different processors based on region. The HSPA+ GT-i9190 is expected to have a quad-core CPU and the dual-SIM GT-i9192 is rumored to have a dual-core CPU.

source: SamMobile

Samsung Fonblet appears in Global Download Center with 6.3-inch display

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Back in January we heard about a Samsung device destined for Europe called the Galaxy Fonblet. Some thought it was going to be a media player only, but it looks like it will be classified as a tablet. Back in January it was expected to sport a 5.8-inch display, but it is now confirmed to have a 6.3-inch display. The latest rumor for the Galaxy Note III is that it will have a 5.9-inch display, but ironically back in January, it was rumored to have a 6.3-inch display. Were people just mixing up the Fonblet with the Note III? Or is it the same device?

What we can tell you is the Galaxy Fonblet showed up in the Samsung Global Download Center with model numbers GT-I9200 (GSM), GT-i9205 (LTE/W-CDMA), and GT-i9208 (TD-SCDMA/GSM). Stay tuned because I’m 100% positive that more information will leak soon.

source: Blog Of Mobile

TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for March 18 – March 24

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We had another busy week at TalkAndroid so here’s a recap of all the top stories from this past week. Most of the coverage concerned the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S 4, but there were some juicy tidbits regarding the upcoming Motorola X phone, smartwatches and Google Glass. It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.

Editorials

How HTC Can Get Its Groove Back

Is Android vulnerable because of Samsung’s dominance?

Accessories

Samsung’s new Game Pad accessory up for preorder for only $113

Apps

Reviews

Jetpack Jinx [Arcade & Action]

Movie Twist [Entertainment]

XnRetro [Photography]


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Google Glass Gets Eye-Piece Patent

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Google received a big win today in the patent department regarding Google Glass. Patent 20130070338 is probably the most important patent for the Search Giant’s wearable tech. What makes it so important is the fact that it details everything regarding the eye piece. You know, the part that the whole Project Glass is centered around. The claim details how the HUD will work and interact with the user. That’s just one out of 28 claims though.  If you have some free time you can read the full technical document that encompasses all 28 claims here.

I’m sure the folks at Mountain View are sleeping easier knowing that Glass is protected. No one can come after them for patent infringement. It’s a safe bet that Google will waste no time going forward with the project considering that it took the Patent Office over a year to process and accept the patent. Even with the Explorer Edition just passing through the FCC, this win should certainly put some pep into Google’s step.

source: Patent Bolt

New widget puts the latest Google Doodle on your home screen

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Chances are you’ve seen a few Google Doodles during your adventures on the internet. Google occasionally puts some artistic flair into their logo on their search page, and it’s generally some pretty cool stuff to see. Unfortunately, with our search widgets and Google Now and mobile browsers, we miss many of those doodles. Today, however, thanks to XDA member emprize, you can grab a neat widget that puts the doodle of the day right on your home screen, so you’ll never miss another iteration again.
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Sergey Brin’s discussion on Google Glass at TED now available [Video]

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Earlier in the month we reported about Sergey Brin’s comments at TED regarding Google Glass. Up until now, the video wasn’t available. He spoke more about the motivation of Google Glass rather than the actual features. In his opinion smartphones are emasculating and a nervous habit, and the future isn’t looking down at phones, but rather engaging with people and getting information at the same time.

The vision when starting Google 15 years ago was that people wouldn’t need a search query and information would just get delivered as needed. He feels Google Glass is the first form factor that can deliver this vision. As you know, Google Now was the first step to this in software form. He also mentioned the first prototypes of Glass didn’t have a camera.

It should be noted that this wasn’t an actual Ted talk, but more of spontaneous appearance. Hit the break for the full talk and interview.


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Android 4.1.2 Update Causing Problems for Motorola DROID RAZR/RAZR MAXX Users

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Are you the proud owner of the DROID RAZR or RAZR MAXX? Did you update to Android 4.1.2 when it became available earlier in the month? Is it working perfectly? Well if that’s the case, you’re one of the lucky ones. It appears that a growing group of people are having issues with the Jelly Bean update. A tipster told Phone Arena that Verizon has received numerous complaints on the matter. People are having issues with dropped phone calls, widgets not updating, and apps not working at all.

While the hope is that Big Red will hopefully push an update out soon to fix these issues, they aren’t commenting. We’ll keep you up to speed as the story develops. What about you readers out there that own either of these phones? Are you having issues with Android 4.1.2? Let us know in the comments below.

source: Phone Arena

Lenovo announces S920 – quad-core smartphone powered by 4.2 Jelly Bean

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Earlier in March, images of  mid-range devices from Lenovo appeared online implying the company was working on more affordable handsets for consumers. One of these devices, the S920, has been officially announced by Lenovo with specs matching previous reports. The S920 features a 5.3 inch 1280 x 720 HD display, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, a rear camera coming in at 8 megapixels with a 2 megapixel front facing camera, 1 GB of RAM and a Micro SD slot all powered by a 2,250 mAh battery. The device also features a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor made by MediaTek whom Lenovo is partnering with. All of these components are encased in a sheer 7.9mm body. The S920 will be available in China in early April, but Lenovo has not yet announced global availability. Other devices that were seen in recent images have not been officially announced yet so check back with TalkAndroid in the coming weeks for more official announcements.

Source: UnwiredView

HTC One shows off Boomsound in latest commercial

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HTC is definitely making some waves with their advertising for the HTC One. We’ve already seen a short ad showing off BlinkFeed, and now we’re getting a look at BoomSound, which is the catchy name they use to describe the fantastic sounds the One is capable of producing. The clip demonstrates how phones without BoomSound are quiet and small sounding compared to the stereo speakers found on the HTC One. While the ad is only 1 minute long, I think HTC could have done a better job of putting the One in the spotlight earlier in the commercial for a more dramatic effect. But, then again, I’m not marketing expert. Check out the video below and let us know what you think.
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