The Nexus 7 has taken the entry-level tablet market by storm, and Google has just released a brand new advertisement for the 7-inch powerhouse. The commercial, titled “Curious” plays off the same emotions as the company’s first commercial, showing how useful the media-centric tablet can be for a younger audience. Additionally, this is the first time Google has shown off its Google Now platform on video, which is something that could potentially spark massive interest with the public. Rather than me spoil the video for you, we’ve embedded it after the break. Let us know what you think in the comments below.
Mobile payments have yet to catch on with the majority of smartphone users, but CyanogenMod is trying to change that through its partnership with SimplyTapp. Starting today, official builds of CyanogenMod 9.1 are being pushed out with SimplyTapp NFC integration, allowing users to make payments from their smartphones with a single tap. Currently, the Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus and Samsung Galaxy S II are supported, as well as a wide range of devices that have built-in NFC. Builds are rolling out right now, so if you’re interested in hopping on the mobile payment bandwagon, catch the official instructions and downloads after the break.
Beats Audio has come along way since the launch of its first pair of headphones in 2010, but a new report suggests the company could be expanding its offerings. According to sources familiar with the matter, Beats is in the process of developing its very own Android-powered smartphone. While it’s rumored that HTC will manufacture the handset, there will be no branding on the phone to indicate so. Additionally, the company will be creating its own custom UI, exclusively designed for the new hardware. This news comes just weeks after HTC decided to sell back half of its stake in the audio equipment producer.
Interestingly, a smartphone isn’t the only thing in development, as the same source has also confirmed that the company will launch a smart TV in collaboration with Samsung. The television set will feature “Beats connect”, which is designed to compete head-to-head with the Apple TV. The idea is to allow users to be able to stream music from a smartphone or laptop to a nearby TV, similar to the way AirPlay functions. This new feature will complement Beats Audio’s upcoming music outlet, code-named Daisy, which will offer a subscription-based model for media streaming.
Following up on their announcement at IFA 2012 today, Sony has released a series of videos on YouTube showcasing their three new smartphones. All of the videos show off the capabilities of the phones in sharing photos and streaming music and videos. If you pay attention to the video for the Xperia T, you might spot some interesting accessories for the device. For the Xperia V, Sony displays the ability to wirelessly connect to a TV to stream video and they make a point to highlight the water resistant capabilities of the device.
Check the videos out after the break.
Earlier today we told you that a lucky XDA member received a Jelly Bean OTA update for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus. You can download the test build and install it yourself, but you have to go back to stock (build IMM76K) to make it happen. Just follow the steps below.
- Make sure you’re running stock (If you’re not then you can use WugFresh’s Nexus Root Toolkit to restore/install stock)
- Unlock the device and install a custom recovery (Wugfresh’s Toolkit can do this as well)
- Flash the IMM76Q Package via the custom recovery
- Flash the JRO03O Package via the custom recovery
If you need any help or want more info, hit up the source link below.
source: Androidcentral Forums
The Samsung Galaxy Note II was unveiled a couple of hours ago and it was live streamed via the web. In case you missed it or maybe you watched it and want to check it out again, you can watch the full 36 minute presentation below.
Earlier today Sony announced several new devices during their IFA press conference, including the new Xperia Tablet S. The powerful new tablet is powered by a Tegra 3 CPU, preloaded with Android 4.0, and has plethora of available accessories. It will be available September 7th but Sony is accepting pre-orders starting today. We now have a quick hands on video of the Xperia Tablet S from the floor of the IFA event.
Samsung already announced the Galaxy Note II, but that wasn’t enough. The Galaxy Camera was just unveiled as well, which will feature a 4.8-inch display, quad-core CPU, 16MP lens, 21x zoom, WiFi, 3G, and 4G. It just won’t be about pictures as users will be also be able to edit and share high quality photographs and video easily and spontaneously from anywhere and at any time.
It features “Smart Pro” technology, which is a series of modes that help users make professional-looking photos. With the easy-to-navigate menu system, users can choose from a series of preset scenarios which will automatically adjust the camera’s settings. Examples are the Rich Tone setting, which reduces overexposure in bright surroundings and Light Trace, which automatically controls shutter speed for night scenes. You can even zoom in or shoot with voice commands.
Live at IFA 2012 in Berlin, Samsung finally unveiled the Galaxy Note II. Samsung is pushing this as a “be creative” and “be expressive” device. Obvious the focal point is the S Pen, which is now longer, thicker and ergonomically designed for the perfect grip. The dedicated S Pen button allows the S Pen to magically recognize what users want to clip or edit. With Easy Clip users can instantly outline and crop any content on the screen for sharing. The Idea Visualizer allows users to easily add illustrations by handwriting keywords. Also when you pull out the S Pen from the holder, a quick launch of S Pen tools will pop up so you can quickly launch whatever app you need.
According to a few forums, it appears that owners of Sprint’s HTC EVO 4G are beginning to receive a software update. While the update does not include an upgrade to Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), it does provide a minor update bringing it to version 4.0.4. This latest software version, reportedly 2.13.651.1.710RD, also brings with it Sense 4.1 – HTC’s latest custom UI. The update appears to be a minor one encompassing the frequently used “Bug Fixes”, however an official, complete change-log has not been made available at this time. We’ll keep you updated on any official word.