Intel has recently been talking a lot about its Medfield platform, the Atom Z2460 processor, and the Orange “Santa Clara”, a European phone that will feature the Intel chipset. Cascheys Blog has run some benchmark tests on the Santa Clara, and while the processor is only single-core, it bested several other devices.
I’m sure that Intel would readily agree with these results, as they’ve been talking nonstop about the greatness and improved power consumption of Medfield-powered devices. We do have to remember, though, that benchmarks aren’t everything, and ultimately the overall user experience is the most important thing.
source: Caschys Blog
via: Android Central
Most of the time the subject of patents can be dreadfully boring, but when looking at recent patent filings, it can give you a glimpse of what the future holds. We’ve already seen things like flexible displays, which could come to market by this time next year.
Another very interesting patent from Samsung is an invention that allows users to completely customize their smartphone (or other device) skin. Users will be able to take a digital photo or other graphic and electronically wrap it around their device’s skin or film layer that’s associated within the device’s display unit.
HTC Sensation owners in Nordic Countries and Sensation XE owners in Germany are reporting the receipt of an OTA update that isn’t just some bug fixer. That’s right, it appears Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich has arrived. The 297mb update brings you to build number 3.32.401.5 and includes Sense 3.6. Since there’s no changelog, the question is whether this is an accidental push or not.
As we told you Wednesday the Huawei Prism has passed the FCC inspection in its journey to T-Mobile. What you see above is the Prism press shot with the T-Mobile branding. The newly dubbed T-Mobile Prism, or the U8651 (Astro) as it’s internally known, is still a bit of a mystery but we do know that it will launch with quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and HSPA connectivity on the 850,1700 and 1900 bands. It will also come with microSD support and sport a 1,400mAh battery. Add this to the 3.5-inch screen and Gingerbread OS we told you about and you’ve got yourself a decent “mid-range” device coming your way. No word on release date yet but given its recent pass through the FCC and official press shot I would say that it should see a release sometime in the near future.
As we mentioned yesterday, Samsung will be showcasing the upcoming Angry Birds Space game on the Galaxy Note starting today at SXSW. We also had an idea that it’s going to be integrated with the Galaxy Note in some way, and now we can tell you what the story is.
Angry Birds Space will launch on March 22, and there will be a level exclusive to the Galaxy Note and a special package called, “Danger Zone,” will include 30 levels and will be free to all Samsung Galaxy users for a period of 3 months. If you don’t own a Galaxy device, it will be an in app purchase. Galaxy users will be able to to access the “Danger Zone” through Samsung Apps and the Google Play Store (level pack compatible above Android 2.1) for three months starting on the March 22 release date.
Samsung is also introducing a new character called Lazer Bird, and it reflects the personality of the Galaxy Note. “The bird’s lazer vision resembles the best viewing experience on the crisp and expansive screen and its lazer strike super power the high performance.”
So who’s excited for a little bird-launching in space?
Full press release after the break:
NCAA March Madness is about to begin and just like last year they are going to make PC, smartphone and tablet apps available so you can keep up on all the action, wherever you are. Formerly March Madness on Demand, the new app, March Madness Live, should be available in Google Play for “selected” Android devices before the tournement gets under way on Monday, March 13th. The app will run $3.99 but will give you access to a slew of cool features such as:
- High quality live streaming video of every game
- Video highlights of every game
- Live radio broadcasts of every game
- Live scoring and stats
- Live tournament brackets
- NCAA Bracket Challenge game
- My Channels
- Social Arena
Those are just a few of the features you get for $3.99 and any basketball fan will love this app. Keep your eyes peeled for its release because we should see it over the next few days. Jump past the break to see the full press release.
If you haven’t a clue who InfoSonics is, or even what they do, it’s alright. They’re a technology manufacturing company based out of San Diego and they’ve just recently announced their very first Android smartphone, the verykool S700. The specifications of the device are about as “kool” as the name given to it, and it’s only running Android 2.2 Froyo out of the box.
The S700 features a 2MP (really) rear-facing camera, VGA front-facing camera, WiFi and Bluetooth 2.1 connectivity and dual-sim capability (2G/3G only). The screen is a 3.5 inch capacitive touch screen, which , although unspecified, surely won’t be sporting too impressive of a screen resolution. The handset also comes shipped with 2GB internal memory that can be expanded to 32GB via a MicroSD card, built in FM radio, 1400 mAh Li-ion battery, GPS and a gyroscope.
The phone is obviously going to be aimed at the extremely low-range market, as even the cheapest of phones are beginning to sport greater specifications than the verykool S700. I honestly don’t like having to add such negative comments to a device, but the times, they are a changin’ and if you’re looking to enter a fairly established market, you have to bring everything you’ve got.
We reported earlier this week that ASUS was selected to manufacture the first Google Nexus tablet. Now Digitimes posted news confirming this and adding that HTC and Acer were in the mix. The difference in their report versus what we posted earlier in the week is that a release could happen in May and they gave a price range of $199 to $249, whereas we heard June for the release and a firm price of $199. We did hear that production would start in April and Digitimes confirms that.
Unfortunately Digitimes is never the best source to get information, so thankfully there’s another source confirming some of these details. When Digitimes makes statements like, “The co-branded tablet PC is expected to be the first using Google Play Store, the sources noted,” you really have to question their validity. Of course, a broken clock is right twice a day right?
I do feel confident that ASUS is indeed the manufacturer due to the fact that they already have the MeMo 370T (pictured above) coming soon with a Tegra 3 priced similarly, but I’m still banking on June with a Google I/O announcement.
If you’re a Sprint customer and are looking for a
budget modest phone, you may want to check this out. The ZTE Fury smartphone has been unveiled and will be available in Sprint stores. The device looks to be targeted to new smartphone owners or those who prefer their phones in the simple/basic flavor and features a 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 3.5-inch display, 5MP camera and Gingerbread 2.3. In case you’re wondering: the Fury is set to be on sale in stores starting March 11th for $19.99 on contract.
If you’re in the market for a brand-spankin’-new Sony Xperia S smartphone, today’s a great day for you— especially if you were one of the lucky few to score the smartphone at MWC or you live in the UK. While the Xperia S was available for sale at MWC this year, Three UK and O2 UK are each offering the intriguing smartphone and ready for its customers’ wallets in the UK. Three will be offering the smartphone for free on contracts of £30 ($47 USD) or more per month. Or if you want to pay full price– it’s available for a fairly modest £369.99 ($582) if you go on pay-as-you-go route. O2 is offering the smartphone starting at £79 ($125) on the lowest contract (£16.50/$26 per month). Or if you’re ambitious, O2 will also offering the Xperia S for free with a contract of £21.50 monthly ($34). As an added bonus, O2 will also include 200 minutes, unlimited texting and a 500MB data cap with that plan.