For those of you that wanted to get your hands on the Iconia Tab A510 from Acer you’ll have to wait a bit longer. While the Olympic Version of the device became available at the beginning of May, mass shipments appear to be delayed. The reason, faulty components. Which component being the culprit is anyone’s guess. What this means though is that both the A510, and the 3G version the A511 will both be delayed. For how long is again, anyone’s guess. A quick Amazon search (see below) does show that the product is under review and isn’t available.
With that being said, we’ll keep you posted on when this device becomes available again. On a positive front it’s good to note that Acer is saying that the Olympic version of the tablet is still a go for next month. This suggests that the problem is either nonexistent on those versions of the A510 or that Acer deems it more than enough time to weed out the issue. This may bode well for the non-Olympic and 3G counterparts as well, but only time will tell. While this could be considered bad press for Acer, the fact that they are fixing the problem before the masses purchase the device is nice to see.
sources: netbooknews, übergizmo
In a move that surprised probably no one, Samsung blocked access to its servers from the leaked S Voice App. Meaning that when people, like yours truly, installed the app intending on giving it a whirl they received a network connection error. However since then a second version has been leaked that fools servers into thinking that it’s running from an actual Galaxy S III. After playing with it, I have to admit that I like the idea, but I digress. After it blocked server access Samsung remained quiet on the issue. That is, until today. According to them the reason that app was blocked is that it’s an “initial test version” and not ready for consumer use yet. As they put it:
“An initial test version of S Voice which was found online has been blocked as Samsung Electronics does not want consumers to judge the quality of the voice feature based on a test version. When the product is launched, users of GALAXY S III will be able to fully experience S Voice.”
Honestly, I can understand why Samsung did as such, but given that it wasn’t designed to run on our hardware, I’m pretty sure the those who installed it took that into account. While there isn’t word that S Voice will run on any other device released before the S III, like my Galaxy Nexus, you can bet that we’ll take it for a spin once we get ahold of the S III. Of course if the development community has anything to say about it, it’ll be up and running for everyone, and not just ICS users, in no time.
source: The Verge
Have you been thinking about a switch to a pre-paid mobile service? Many people are getting sick of the whole 2yr contract thing, especially as the carriers seem to be focusing less on what the customer wants. If this is a consideration of yours, you may want to check out this deal at Radio Shack. You can now pre-order a Virgin Mobile branded HTC EVO V 4G for $299.99. This EVO V is no slouch, packed with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, Sense 3.6, a 4.3-inch qHD (960 x 540) display, a 3D and 5MP rear-facing shooter, a 1.3 mp front facing camera , 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage. This just might be the Android you’re looking for. Even more enticing is the low-low price of a $35 plan with unlimited data and 300 minutes of talk time from Virgin Mobile. Check out the source for the deal now.
OmniVision just announced the OV16820 and OV16825 smartphone camera chips. Both will support up to 16-megapixels and capture QFHD video at 60 frames per second, which is 4K resolution. Basically the resolution would be 3840 x 2160 for 60FPS and at 4608 x 3456 for 30FPS.
The sensors will also support full resolution 16-megapixel burst shots. The serial camera control bus (SCCB) interface can be programmed to support defective pixel and noise canceling, RAW scaling, image size, frame rate, exposure, gain, cropping and orientation.
“It was an industry-wide assumption that smartphones would cut into DSC/DVC sales; but at higher resolutions, we’re seeing a very distinct divide between the two markets and both remain strong,” said Devang Patel, senior product marketing manager at OmniVision. “Industry experts have observed that mainstream DSC products are shifting to 16-megapixel resolutions and are offering improved image quality and optics. The OV16820 supports such offerings, allowing DSC/DVC manufacturers to provide consumers a high-resolution, feature-rich point and shoot photography experience, while the OV16825 provides top-tier imaging and video recording capabilities for flagship smartphones.”
Press release after the break:
In case you’re not familiar, ooVoo is one of the better video chatting options available. Well the app and service has taken something good and made it awesome. ooVoo has confirmed the ability for users of its service to participate in an unprecedented 12-way video chat. This means if you use ooVoo on your Android, desktop or even through Facebook, you’ll be able to get in on the action. In addition to the expanded number of users who can connect to the video chat, the new update includes the ability to connect to friends whether not they have ooVoo by simply emailing, posting or texting an ooVoo Call Link as well as a brand-spankin’ new user interface which has been improved, yet simplified for all. In addition to the improvements brought by the latest update, ooVoo also announced its continued and successful growth. Here’s CEO Yuval Baharav:
“Today’s product announcement is a major milestone for ooVoo and our users. ooVoo’s community is over 46 million strong and our average user spends significant time engaging in fun and interesting activities including watching TV, playing music and games, doing homework and just being together.”
The newly improved app is now available for all Froyo 2.2+ devices. We know you’re ready to get in on the improved ooVoo action, so hit the break to see the full presser as well as find the Play Store link and QR code.
Samsung did it last year and looks like history is repeating itself. If you remember, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Tab 10.1 at Mobile World Congress only to redesign it before actually releasing it. Now it’s happening with the Galaxy Note 10.1. This time it’s not all in the design as they switched out processors, and now opting for the quad-core Exynos. Remember this has been rumored for some time now. Also, in a design change, they added in a slot for the S Pen, which should have been there to begin with. The S Pen itself is going to be a little slimmer, but they will offer S Pen holder kits if you need a little more girth.
We’re still hoping for a June release. Now that the Galaxy Note 10.1 is beefier, are you more excited about it now?
Oh boy, who’s ready for some juicy and exciting news? Well Motorola quietly unveiled a new set of beautiful DROID RAZR-esque devices at a MOTO China event. The devices are likely the DROID RAZR HD— aka the “DROID Fighter” variant we have been following for the past few months. As you can all see, we have the familiar and classic DROID RAZR styling, but we additionally have on-screen navigation keys, a heaping scoop of Ice Cream Sandwich and the same sexy 3,300mAh battery we saw in the DROID RAZR MAXX smartphone. The devices pictured here are expected to arrive in June— so it looks like carriers such as Verizon are really gearing up for a blockbuster summer lineup of powerful devices.
We know you’re itching for more shots of the device, so hit the break to get more views of the uber sexy device.
EA’s latest game in the Google Play Store is Mass Effect Infiltrator, a mobile over-the-shoulder shooter based in the Mass Effect universe. The Play Store description explains the plot.
YOU’RE A CERBERUS AGENT – GONE ROGUE!
As Commander Shepard battles Reapers across the galaxy, veteran Cerberus agent Randall Ezno procures aliens for illicit experiments at a secret facility. But when the Director of the facility goes too far – Randall fights back and vows to bring Cerberus down!
Can you fight your way off the hostile Cerberus base and deliver their secret research to the Alliance?
As a fan of the Mass Effect games on the Xbox 360, this is a must for me, even at a fairly pricey $6.99.
Check out the video and download link after the break.
How about an Android PC for only $49? Via, a company known more for its circuit boards, has put together an interesting piece of hardware. This small PC on a board doesn’t have the best specs, but you didn’t expect that for $49, right? Here’s what it comes with:
- Arm 11 800MHz processor
- 2GB NAND flash storage
- microSD slot
- 4 full-size USB ports
- 512 MB RAM
- VGA port
- HDMI port
- Ethernet port
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread (awww)
Good enough for web browsing, email, 2D games, etc. Check out the video and full press release after the break.
A few days back we had reported that certain Verizon handsets could possibly gain the ability to travel abroad with the new ICS update soon to be released. Now, we have a screenshot from a leaked ICS build for the DROID RAZR that displays the option to go global. I think it might be safe to assume this news can now be removed from the rumor pile. I’m sure there are many RAZR owners that would make use of this welcome addition along with the many other improvements that will come with ICS. This feature couldn’t have come at a better time with summer vacation season right at our doorstep so be sure keep a lookout for ICS and happy travels!