Unnecto isn’t well known here in the States, but they’re hoping to change things. Their claim to fame is unlocked dual SIM GSM phones. Their current Android offering is the Drone, which is a quadband 2G phone. They are going to launch the Quattro in the next couple of months, which will be their first Android 3G phone. It features a 4-inch (800 x 480) LCD display, 650 Mhz processor, and a 5MP rear camera, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It will be compatible with AT&T and will be available from sites like Amazon and Newegg. It should come in less than $200, which isn’t bad for a no contract fully unlocked phone. Hit the break for a quick hands on look at the Quattro from CTIA.
Last month the Lava Xolo X900 (pictured above) debuted, which was the very first Intel-based smartphone. For now it’s only available in India. Next up is the Orange Santa Clara, which will debut in the UK and France sometime in quarter 2. Intel is showing both of these off at CTIA this week. They are both very similar devices and are running Android Gingerbread. The Orange has more UI enhancements including a very cool IM360 app that allows you to film at 360 degrees.
Both devices feature a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2460 processor with Hyper Threading 400MHz graphics clock, 1GB of RAM, a 4-inch (1024 x 600) display, 8MP rear camera, 1.3 front camera, 16GB of storage, NFC, and HSPA+ compatible. Intel’s design unit was running Ice Cream Sandwich so hopefully we will see updates soon. Hit the break for the hands ons.
I spent some time with 10n2 Technologies here at CTIA, and they have a couple of unique apps for smartphone driver safety. Both apps are actually the same. BIZ protect is for the enterprise and is available now while One Connect is for consumers and is coming soon. What they do is prevent texting, emailing, and browsing (or other apps) of smartphones while driving. It uses the GPS to tell if you’re over the 12 mph threshold. If you are, you will be prompted to answer whether you’re a driver or a passenger. Of course, if you’re the driver, you won’t be able to use any of the apps set by the administrator. Now if you’re thinking that you could just reply that you’re the passenger, that won’t work. There’s a special Attention Verification Test (AVT) that you will have to go through to prove you are indeed a passenger. It’s pretty slick. It even gives the admin the option to prevent phone calls while driving unless you’re connected to Bluetooth.
If you still don’t believe that Google’s Project Glass is real, start believing because you’re only going to see more and more news trickle down the pipeline. We’ve already seen several of Google’s employees trying them on for size, not to mention Google’s own co-founder Sergey Brin was spotted wearing the highly anticipated augmented reality shades not too long ago. It would seem as though Google intends to have a large majority of their employees try these bad boys on for size before they confidently go public with them. Recently, Project X guru Sebastian Thrun and Vic Gundotra have been seen wearing a pair. In addition, Thrun was also able to snatch a photo from the inside looking out. Check out the photo below and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.
Plum is looking to make a splash in 2012. They’re mostly known in Latin America, but they are hoping to branch out into other parts of the world. They have a pretty big presence at CTIA this year and four new Android devices to show us. For smartphones, they have the Orbit, Capacity, and the Mighty. I seriously through the Mighty was a Samsung Galaxy Note. I went so far as to ask them if Samsung made the phone for them, and they replied with a no. They had one tablet called the Debut, which has a 7-inch (800 x 480) display. Unfortunately they’re all running Gingerbread, even the Debut tablet. Still, these are budget devices that will satisfy those that aren’t looking for high end. Hit the break for a quick look at all 4 devices.
News of various US variants of the Galaxy S III continue to trickle down the pipeline as we’ve now gathered news regarding Sprint’s version of the GSIII. The folks over at Pocket Now managed to get their hands on the device’s user agent profile and discovered that along with LTE radios there will also be a Qualcomm dual-core Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 on-board. And while we were all hoping for the quad-core Exynos 4 SoC, this will have to do I suppose. The profile also revealed the device will hold the initial 16GB of storage which is the lowest available on the device, as there will be a 32GB and even a 64GB variant (via SD slot for Sprint’s model. And lastly, as expected, the device will run Android 4.0.4 ICS upon launch date. So, as far as Sprint customers go, the hardest choice to make will be, does one wait for the iPhone 5 or do you snatch the GSIII up and remain married to it for the next two years? Feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below.
I had a chance to see Life360 Family Locator in action today at CTIA. If you have kids, you’re going to want to pay attention because Life360 is all about family security. Over 15 million people have located family members with this app, viewed safety points & threats in their neighborhood, and chatted on their group messenger called FamilyChannel. Life360 Family Locator allows you to know where your family members are located, what safety points and threats are nearby, and if someone needs help or is safe (through the FamilyChannel).
If you’re still not convinced, Life360 Family Locator has been instrumental in reconnecting families after major emergencies such as the Japanese tsunami in March 2011 and the devastating floods and tornadoes that hit the United States in May 2011.
Hit the break for a quick hands on, what Life360 has in the pipeline, and download links.
In the midst of all this hoopla regarding HTC’s flagship smartphone and Sammy’s just-announced beast, many of you seem to have forgotten there’s another monster that is already out in Europe— the Sony Xperia S smartphone. While the device is quietly making headlines abroad, many folks Stateside have been anticipating the arrival of the device, but have gotten no indication of when it will land in American stores… until now. The fine team at Droid Matters spotted a casually placed ad indicating the American variant of the smartphone is coming to AT&T’s network by June. Yup… leave it to Gmail to give the world this well-regarded news instead of Sony or AT&T directly.
In case you’ve forgotten, the Xperia Ion will come fully stacked too with a ton of impressive features. The device will feature a gorgeous 4.6-inch 720P display, 16GB of onboard memory and the kicker– a whopping 12MP camera for you picture-taking pleasure. Originally the device was planned to ship with Gingerbread 2.3 at CES this year, but let’s hope that Sony has since changed its mind and will ship the device with Android 4.0 instead.
You AT&T customers ready for yet another option available to you?
source: Droid Matters
The (unlocked) HTC One S is still an infant in Android terms, but it’s already gotten its first software update. This new mysterious v1.78 update comes in at around 60MB, keeps your Android version at 4.0.3 and will look to address minor bugs around the device… possibly including some WiFi issues that have proven to be a nuisance to certain owners of the device. Again the device is for unbranded versions of the smartphone only for now– so if you’re on a carrier-branded version, you’ll have to wait a bit for the update. But if you are indeed an owner of the smartphone, you can check for the update now by going to Settings –> About Phone –> Software Updates.
source: Android Central
I don’t know about you, but I love deals. This is especially true when it comes to mobile software that normally costs $15.00. Well Mobile Systems is offering their newly released OfficeSuite Pro 6 for only $0.99. If you remember, OfficeSuite Pro 5 was Amazon‘s Free App of the Day last October. So while it’s not as good of a deal as getting it for free, getting the newest version of the Office Suite for a buck is hard to beat.
For $0.99 you’ll be getting a full fledged mobile office suite that has built in support for Word, Excel, PDFs and Powerpoint. It comes with a built-in file-browser and a handy email reader as well. This means that you don’t have to leave the app at all should you need information that an email has in it. It comes with support for phones as well as tablets so you’re getting a lot more bang for your buck. It syncs with your various cloud storage services like Box, Dropbox or Google Drive for example. It’s optimized for Ice Cream Sandwich and has the following features: