GCF Approves HTC One V, Coming in Black, Purple and Grey

While not a powerhouse like the One X or its little sister the One S, the One V looks to bring some pretty decent features, along with Ice Cream Sandwich and Sense 4.0, to the budget conscious folk out there. In case you missed the announcement it will come with a 3.7-inch touch screen (800 x 480 resolution), single core 1 GHz processor (sadly no dual-core) and will have 512 MB of RAM. It will have a 5MP camera with auto focus and LED flash. It’s also said to come with 4GB of onboard storage.

The Global Certification Forum has passed the One V to operate on GSM/EDGE at 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, as well as dual-band UMTS/HSDPA on 850/1900 MHz frequencies. It won’t come with 4G LTE capabilities so it’s safe to say that we won’t see this on Verizon. It will come in three flavors that include purple, grey and black. With it’s GCF pass it’s one step closer to an April release and while we have yet to see exact dates and prices, if current rumors hold water it looks to be around $300-350 off contract.

It will feature the aluminum body that hopes to give it a more robust and less budget-like feel. You can hit the break to get a glimpse of what these devices will look like in the various colors. Is this budget device one that you would consider? 
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Minecraft Pocket Edition updated

Mojang, creators of the ultra-addictive Minecraft series of games has dropped a significant update into the Play Store today. The update brings some additions to the gameplay as well as a new control method. There’s an optional new ‘split touch controls’ mode that will take advantage of the additional screen real estate in tablet devices and similar. For the purists out there, Pigs have been added into survival mode taking the game a step closer to the desktop version.

With over 100,000 downloads, minecraft is one of the most popular paid games in the Play Store and it’s great to see that the developers aren’t getting complacent. Head on over to the Play Store and pick up the update now, the pigs are waiting!

 


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LG Optimus P936 LTE Smartphone Makes Its Rounds At The FCC

Looks like there’s a new LG LTE phone on the way folks. A mysterious “Optimus P936″ smartphone decided to stop by the FCC to say hello and pass through. This indicates that there will be yet another LTE phone on its way. It is speculated the phone will be slated for a global release for the U.S., Europe and Asia— all in no particular order.

Information is rather lean on the device, but we do have a few tidbits we can share with you all. The device will come with WiFi 802.11 b/g/n support, Bluetooth 3.0 and of course— an LTE chip inside. While other new devices are being introduced with NFC capabilities, this device will not enjoy NFC potential. There’s no further details regarding the mysterious device, but we’ll be sure to share any additional info we find on this device.

source: FCC
via: Androinica

Turn Your Galaxy Nexus Into a Mini Tablet

Want to make your Galaxy Nexus screen appear even bigger than it already is? Then you need to check out this awesome mod created by Rootz Wiki member CurrentWeb. What he has done is create a flashable .zip file that will trick your ROM into thinking your GNex is actually a tablet. This means that instead of having the typical status bar up top and the navigation bar at the bottom of your screen, you will now have the exact same layout as any Android tablet. The nav buttons and status bar will be moved to the bottom, your app drawer and Google search will be up top, and you will have more room to place apps on your home screens. It seems that this would make more sense in landscape mode but actually looks pretty good in portrait mode, too.

There is already a large list of compatible ROMS and the developer plans to keep adding to it. If you are running any of the more popular ICS ROMS right now you will be pleased to see that it is most likely already supported. All it requires is a simple flash over your current ROM and your up and running in tablet mode! The developer is even working on some sort of toggle so that the mod can be turned on or off with a simple reboot. I don’t know about you but I think this is a pretty sweet idea and may give it a go later today barring any major user reported issues. As it stands right now, some ROMs are having a few issues but the dev is looking into all reported problems. If you’re ready to check it out for yourself hit up the source link below.

Thanks Kevin!

source: Rootz Wiki

 

 

 

Panasonic’s New ‘Smart’ Camera Showcases Possible Future for Digital Cameras

As Android further takes over most of our lives the idea that Android-powered digital cameras is looking to become a reality. Samsung is playing around with a camera of their own and back at CES this year we saw Polaroid’s 16MP concept camera device revealed. After Polaroid revealed their “smart camera,” as they are being dubbed, a Panasonic UK spokesperson mentioned that their company has also discussed the possibility of using Android to run its cameras in the future. As Barney Sykes told the folks at TechRadar, “We had a little bit of a discussion around having Android as the operating system.”
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Sony Engineer Explains the Xperia Sola’s ‘Floating Touch’ Display

Yesterday Sony unveiled their Xperia Sola handset and it’s new an innovative “floating Touch” display feature. Essentially this means the Sola’s screen can be activated without actually touching the display. Pretty cool, right? Well if you’re anything like me then you are wondering what Sony did to create this technology and how the hell it actually works? Lucky for us, Sony engineer Erik Hellman took to the Sony mobile developer blog to explain how this whole  process works.

While it’s still a bit difficult for me to explain myself, basically it’s two separate kinds of capacitive sensors working together that allows for both touch and hovering activation. The Sola’s display is comprised of mutual capacitance sensors (as seen on other touch screens) and self capacitance sensors that allow user activation up to 20mm away from its surface. The reason multitouch doesn’t work on this “floating touch” technology is because of the limitations of the self capacitance sensors and the ghosting effect that happens when more than one sensor is triggered at a time, hence the addition of the standard mutual capacitance touch screen sensors.
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Looking for an old school arcade shooter? Try Titan Turret for Android [Hands on Video]

Old school fans need to check out Titan Turret by Code Monkey. The premise is simple – shoot all the enemies with your gun turret. Unfortunately to accomplish this isn’t necessarily so easy. Much like many of the old school shooters like Space Invaders, it was always easy and simple to play, but never easy. You will have to deal with planes, jets, helicopters, and ground troops, but thankfully your gun turret can rotate and shoot at a 180 degree radius.

Code Monkey brought in some 21st century elements to the game with the chance to shop for upgrades like speeding up your rotation or increase the speed of ammo reloading. You never had those opportunities in the old days unless of course you knew of some “easter egg” that unlocked something. Hit the break for our hands on video and Play Store download links. It’s free so what are you waiting for?


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Super Monkey Ball 2, Sakura Edition Makes Its Way To Android

Mama called the doctor and the doctor said….. Super Monkey Ball 2, Sakura Edition has made its way to the Android platform and man is it addicting!  Sega is bringing the Gamecube classic to Android and you can now get Aiai, MeeMee, Baby and GonGon to roll through 126 boards  in six different worlds.  It’s on.  Use your accelerometer to control your transparent ball to get passed a series of obstacles and goals.  In addition, there are four mini games to keep you busy should you beat all 126 levels.  Monkey Target, Monkey Golf, Monkey Base and Monkey Bowl should keep you busy for quite some time.  You can snatch the game for a mere 99¢ cents as a promotion and get started with some serious monkey business asap.  Feel free to let us know what you think of it in the comments below.  Check out some of the screen shots and the video to see the game in action.  Download links after the break.  

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O2 Confirms Galaxy S II ICS Update for Mid April, Vodafone ‘As Quickly As Possible’

The Samsung Galaxy S II and its update to Android 4.0 has been all over the interwebs recently. We watched yesterday as Samsung released the official update to the international version of the device, shortly after Korea’s SK Telecom had to pull their tweet confirming the update for March 13th. This was all fine and dandy for those who own a SIM-free Galaxy S II, but the question still remains, when will carrier branded GSII’s receive the update? Well, according to a few recent carrier statements, we can pinpoint their release a little bit more accurately.

Vodafone has gone on record as saying the update will be pushed out “as quickly as possible” and O2 decided to get a bit more specific. According to an O2 spokesman, the ICS update should hit Vodafone GSII’s in mid-April. That’s not exactly a precise date, but it’s better than a vague ‘coming soon’ announcement we’ve grown accustom to. As far as U.S. carriers go, well, they have taken the more uninformative route and have decided to not mention their update plans at all. Based on how long it’s taken them to push out OS updates in the past, you can predict a release sometime in the summer unfortunately. Here’s hoping they prove me wrong and deliver much sooner rather than later.

source: Electricpig

 

 

HTC Updates List Of Devices Getting Ice Cream Sandwich, Thunderbolt & Incredible 2 Smartphones Make The Cut

 

HTC is doing its best to make owners of its smartphones happy, so it’s provided an updated list of devices that will receive the Ice Cream Sandwich update. In addition to previously announced devices such as the Rezound, Vivid and EVO 3D getting Android 4.0 and an updated version of the Sense UI, HTC took some time on its blog to add some new devices (some of which will make you jump for joy):

  • DROID Incredible 2 by HTC
  • HTC Amaze 4G
  • HTC Desire S
  • HTC Desire HD
  • HTC EVO 3D
  • HTC EVO Design 4G
  • HTC Incredible S
  • HTC Sensation
  • HTC Sensation XL
  • HTC Sensation 4G
  • HTC Sensation XE
  • HTC Raider
  • HTC Rezound
  • HTC Rhyme
  • HTC Thunderbolt
  • HTC Vivid

Devices such as the Incredible 2, Raider and especially the Thunderbolt are especially pleasant surprises. In addition to the new additions to the upgrade list, HTC has also announced it is in the early stages for releasing the Android 4.0 update for the Sensation and Sensation XE smartphones. It also added the Sensation 4G and Sensation XL updates will follow shortly after. Please keep in mind as with most global updates, it will take time for it to reach your country and carrier, so if you don’t receive it right away, just be patient and know it’s on its way. If you do get the update, please let us know how it works out for you.

source: HTC Blog