HTC Ville flexes its muscles

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Whilst the tech world is all in a frenzy over the imminent arrival of quad-core phones, Qualcomm has today sent us all a gentle reminder that there’s still plenty of life left in dual-core units.

According to a NenaMark2 benchmark report posted on the TmoNews website, the Snapdragon S4 powered HTC Ville has decided to show us what it’s got, and the results are mighty impressive. Qualcomm’s 1.5 GHz chip managed a high score of 60.6 fps ranking the device as the 2nd highest device ever to go through the test.

Over and above the lightning fast S4 chip, the Ville is also rumoured to be 8mm thin Android ICS device packing a 4.3″ qHD Super AMOLED display, 8mp camera with 1080p recording and a 1650mAh battery. Audophiles will pleased to know that the device is also set to come with Beats Audio software and headset.

T-Mobile could well have another huge hit on it’s hands if this early report card is anything to go by. All signs point to a full unveiling at the Mobile World Congress next week so be sure to stick with TalkAndroid as we bring you the news from Barcelona.

 

source : TmoNews

Nova Launcher Graduates From Beta, Adds Paid Version to Android Market with Additional Features

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Finally! My favorite ICS launcher replacement has graduated from 15 different beta versions and is now available to everyone in the Android Market. My main reason for loving Nova so much is it’s plethora of customization options. In case you didn’t know already, I love to customize!! From removing the dock divider to different homescreen transition effects, Nova has it all.

This launcher replacement has everything you ever wanted in a launcher and some items you didn’t even know were possible. Unlike the beta version, Nova 1.0 comes in two different flavors. There is a free version that similarly resembles the beta builds, and a $4 paid Prime version that comes with a bunch of additional new features. For those who are unfamiliar with Nova I recommend starting with the free app because it will take you a little while just to get used to all of its possibilities. For you veterans like myself, you might as well jump head first and grab the paid version. Besides getting all of the promising new features, if you’ve been using the beta then you know how much time and effort the devs have put in to this project. The $4 is well deserved. Jump past the break for download links and a breakdown of differences between the two apps. » Read the rest

T-Mobile To Launch LTE in 2013 Courtesy Of The Spectrum Provided By AT&T In Failed Acquisition

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Talk about a slap in the face.  The scrappy Magenta would like to offer their condolences for the failed acquisition, thank AT&T for the newly acquired spectrum and begin rolling out their LTE network in 2013 all in the same breath. T-Mo means business and they’re looking to remain competitive by offering low price plan bundles while simultaneously expanding their network out over the next two years, which Philipp Humm calls their ”reinvigorated challenger strategy”.  The company’s press release states that they’ll be investing $4 billion on its network for “modernization” as well as expanding their current HSPA+ technology.  And get this, they’re going to be doing it with the newly acquired AT&T spectrum from the acquisition fall-out. Ouch, that’s gotta sting a bit if you’re AT&T.

In addition, the company will attempt to free up space for LTE in their existing AWS spectrum.  Here’s to hoping the company can get out of a rut after losing nearly 800,000 subscribers over the last three months which they claim is from iPhone 4S lanches landing on three of the four major US carriers.  Hit the break for the full press release and don’t forget to let us know what you think about it all in the comments below.   » Read the rest

ASUS 7-inch Eee Pad MeMO 171 to Hit Asian Markets on March 5th

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I’m not sure if you remember the cool 7-inch ASUS tablet we got to check out at this years CES, the MeMO 171. This little device stuck out in my mind after leaving the show for one reason, it’s ability to use a the bundled Bluetooth MeMIC to make and receive phone calls through the tablet. Yes the 7-inch tablet actually doubles as a phone, and no ASUS doesn’t expect you to hold it up to your face. The included handheld accessory may have limited functions but when used just for phone calls while the tablet is in your bag, I think this one of the coolest tablet accessories I have seen yet. Some other features found in the MeMO 171 are:

  • 7-inch Super IPS display
  • 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm 8260 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB built-in storage, microSD slot
  • 5MP rear camera
  • 1.2MP front-facing camera
  • microUSB and microHDMI ports
  • Android 3.2 (will be upgraded to 4.0)
  • Integrated stylus
  • MeMIC Bluetooth headset for calls

We originally were skeptical on whether or not this device would actually hit the market, but according to ASUS’ web page it’s a done deal. The MeMo 171 is slated for a March 5th release in Asian markets but no word on when and if it will see a European or U.S. launch. Hit up the source link below for further details.

source: ASUS
via: Android Police

HTC Teases Yet Again On Their Facebook Page Of What’s To Come At MWC And A Press Shot Of The One X Gets Leaked

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Well, it’s quite apparent what HTC is doing on their FB page now.  Yesterday the company displayed a pic of a device showing off the number “5” causing the world to speculate as to what the heck it could be.  Well, today they’re showing off a similar image but this time with the number “4“, so it’s pretty safe to assume this is a count down.  And while yesterday’s FB post stated “This Sunday you’ll discover something fast.“, today the saying goes “This Sunday, you’ll hear something authentic“.  Hmm… is that a Beats Audio reference?  We’ll see Sunday.

In addition, thanks to the folks over at Pocketnow, we’ve got a press shot of the HTC One X and all of its glory.  Take note that the device looks slightly different than previous shots we’ve seen such as the button layout on the bottom of the device.  Where before we saw a four button layout, there are now only three buttons.  In addition, you can see the Tegra 3 device’s HTC Sense 4.0 home screen from the shot as well.  We’re highly looking forward to checking out HTC’s debut on Sunday so stay tuned to Talk Android while we attempt to decipher whether or not the show will offer a live stream.  If it does, you can bet your first born we’ll get it for you.  There’s been no mention yet as to who or what network the device will be launching on but my money is with T-Mobile in the U.S.  So, we’ll see Sunday when the device launches along side a few other big boys who want to play such as the One S and One V and who knows, maybe even a tablet.  HTC’s event will begin at 8:30 pm Barcelona time which translates to 11AM PST and 2PM EST for U.S. folk.

source: Pocketnow

 

Asus North America Announces that ICS Will Roll Out Tomorrow for Original Transformer

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Well we brought to you news earlier today that Asus had started rolling out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the original Transformer in Taiwan. We told you that other markets would see the update sometime soon after that. Well for those of you in North America have I some good news for you. Asus has taken to their Facebook page to announce that we will see ICS roll out for us starting tomorrow. The post also mentioned that the Slider will be the next device to get an official ICS update but they don’t know when. Short and sweet, here is what they said:

While this is certainly good news as most folks have been patiently waiting since January with the roll out of ICS for the Transformer Prime and the previous announcement that the original would see it this month. It also puts to rest the rumor that the update would be pushed back into March. I will be spamming the check update button in the settings menu when I wake up tomorrow, what about you folks?

 

source: Asus’ Facebook Page

LG Officially Announces the Quad-Core Optimus 4X HD

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After hearing a bunch of rumors surrounding LG’s upcoming quad-core best, the LG Optimus 4X HD, LG has finally officially announced the device, putting all speculation to rest. We originally reported about the device as the LG X3 but now we know the recent name change will stick. Sporting some amazing specs, the X4 HD could potentially give LG a better name for themselves, veering away from their association to mediocre devices.

The 4X HD sports an Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, a 4.7-inch True HD IPS display and will launch running ICS without the much despised TouchWiz overlay. The device comes equipped with 16GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, 2,150mAh battery, 8MP rear camera, and a 1.3MP front camera. To get an idea how fast the Tegra 3 is going to be in this device, check out our previous post showing a leaked benchmark test when the device was being referred to as the X3. From the looks of this thing it’s going to be sweet and it’s refreshing to see LG make an attempt to change for the better. You can expect the device to be unveiled at this years Mobile World Congress next week.

source: LG

 

Quest for Stars to Launch Another Motorola Device Into Space With Latest Project

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The latest project from the Quest for Stars group, a 501(c)3 that immerses students in engineering, mathematics, science and technology studies, will once again send Android into space. The latest Student Shuttle Program, known as Stratoshuttle, is set to challenge students around the U.S. to build a shuttle that can withstand a launch into the stratosphere and return to Earth intact. The winner of said design will see their shuttle outfitted with a Motorola tablet or smartphone. This device will act as a data acquisition and navigation unit for the shuttle. Who knows, maybe we’ll see a Xyboard or RAZR embrace the final frontier.

The partnership between Motorola Mobility Foundation and Quest for Stars has afforded the Droid X and the OG Droid visits to the stratosphere for photos and GPS tracking in the past. Both location and launch date are to be announced in Palo Alto at next week’s Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers’ Conference. Details on how to enter will be announced then as well. Stay tuned as we hope to bring you photos from the Motorola device launched into the stratosphere when we get our hands on them. Hit the break below to check out the launch video. » Read the rest

Samsung officially announces the Rugby Smart for AT&T

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The other day we showed you images of the Samsung Rugby Smart, and today Samsung announced that it will release on AT&T on March 4 for $99.99 with a 2-year contract. The Rugby Smart is one of those “tough” phones like the Motorola Defy. It’s dustproof and can be submerged in up to 1m of water for 30 minutes. It can also withstand extreme temperatures. Basically it’s built with mil-std 810f  military spec standards if that means anything to you.

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NVIDIA Tegra 3 Architecture To Be Called 4-PLUS-1

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NVIDIA has officially coined a name for its unique quad-core architecture found in the Tegra 3 chip. It’s technology will be called the 4-PLUS-1 quad-core architecture and here’s the reasoning behind the naming choice:

“The more popular this technology became, the more our customers wanted a name for it that’s unique and descriptive. A name they could put on a box or a store sign that immediately represents its value”

If you stop and think about it, the 4-PLUS-1 name makes total sense. NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 chip will utilize 4 powerful CPU cores in order do tasks such as gaming, but then feature a 5th low-power battery-saver core to do smaller jobs like processing emails. NVIDIA also gave a subtle hint for its plans of the Tegra 3 processor and its architecture by mentioning this:

“Don’t be surprised to see it turning up more and more in devices at next week’s Mobile World Congress and beyond”

Will we see more Tegra 3 devices than we think at MWC next week and in the near-future? Stay tuned with Talk Android to find out!

source: NVIDIA Blog