Not the greatest Android phone ever named, the ZTE Geek was unveiled at the Intel Developer Forum in Beijing. Back in February, Intel announced its dual-core Clover Trail+ Atom processors and the ZTE Geek is packing the 2GHz version from that line. Here are the specs:
- 5-inch 1280 x 720 display
- 2GHz Intel Clover Trail+ dual-core processor
- 1GB RAM
- 8GB internal storage
- 8 megapixel rear-facing camera
- 1 megapixel front-facing camera
- WiFi, DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0, Wireless charging
- Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
- 2,300 mAh battery
The ZTE Geek shares a similar design to the Grand S and there are currently no details on a release date or price.
While many wait for the new Samsung Galaxy S 4 release date to arrive, Samsung is busy working on their efforts to remind buyers that their new device is a “life companion.” To that end, today some videos were released on YouTube for the new Galaxy S 4. Three of the ads focus on specific features and functions of the device, including the Sound Shot feature, the S Translator app, and Group Play. These three videos are about a half minute in length each, so we can probably expect to see these show up on television. These three short videos were all released by Samsung Mobile’s Netherlands account, so there may be some changes in other markets or they may not even show up elsewhere. The fourth video, coming in at a minute long and not limited to the Netherlands, is an overall teaser for the new device that reminds viewers of several selling points for the device. Hit the break to check out all of the videos.
Oppo is proud to have once built the world’s thinnest smartphone, and even though their current phone’s don’t hold that title, it looks they’re working on taking it back. The latest leak has Oppo’s new R809T phone coming in at 6.13 mm, or 0.24 inches thin. For lack of a better word, that’s ridiculous. Of course, it’s not amazing if you can’t cram in some worthwhile specs in that thin body, and Oppo is said to have a MediaTek quad-core processor with 1 GB under a 720p, 4.5 inch screen. It’s not bleeding edge technology, but impressive nonetheless. It’s set to debut in China for 2500 yuan ($403) off contract on April 26th, but no word if it’ll make it’s way to other countries. We’ll definitely keep you updated if we hear anything else about it.
IObit says their Advanced Mobile Care app is a swiss army knife of Android tuning tools, and they aren’t kidding. From security to performance, there isn’t much this app doesn’t do. It’s actually been out for a while, but they just updated to 3.0 to include anti-theft protection, a call blocker, tablet support, and an improved battery saver.
This all-in-one app features real-time virus scans, anti-theft protection, a game speeder, battery saver, call blocker, app manager, task killer, privacy locker, privacy advisor, and cloud backup. Now you would expect with all these features, it has to be complicated, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Advanced Mobile Care’s UI is elegant, and simple to navigate. It’s the perfect app for not only the expert, but the novice as well.
We knew LG’s Optimus G Pro was eventually coming to the US, we just weren’t sure when. Well, the cat’s out of the bag, and sources indicate that AT&T will be picking up the G Pro on May 10th. That puts it right up against the HTC One and the Galaxy S 4, so LG is walking into some very stiff competition with that release date. However, it will be the 5.5 inch version, not the 5 inch version that was released in Japan, so this might attack more of the Note 2’s market instead of the One and S 4.
No word on any other carriers, but I’m sure we’ll hear something sooner or later.
source: Android Central
Google Voice is one of those Google apps that seems to be ignored by Google, and I often wondered if it might suffer the same fate as Google Reader. With the news that Google is readying a new unified messaging service called Google Babel, I became hopeful that Google Voice would be included and might not be doomed after all. Well it appears that Google Voice will indeed be included in Google Babel, but not right away. At launch, Babel will only include Talk, Hangouts, and Messenger.
We can also expect to see notification syncing, which means once you have read a message on one of your devices, the notification will disappear from your other devices. This is huge as I always have GTalk notifications on several devices for messages that I already read. The introduction of sending pictures would also be nice since I can’t think of how many times I wish that ability was there. Unsurprisingly, Babel will launch on iOS as well, but Google is saying this is the first time they are building a first class iOS experience. Lets hope we see Babel at I/O.
Samsung presented the Youm brand of flexible displays at CES, but could LG bring their own flexible displays to market before them? According to the Korea Times, LG has flexible displays for next-generation smartphones and tablets that can be twisted and bent. LG is expecting to ship their first batch later this year, and ahead of Samsung.
Currently LG is leading in the overall display market, which isn’t making Samsung too happy. LG shipped 218 million units of LCDs 9.1-inches and higher, while Samsung shipped only 163 million units. That’s a 29% global market share for LG, up from 26% in 2010. As far as OLEDs, Samsung is late to the party and has already admitted they are considering using LG’s OLED technology. Even when it comes to Ultra HD, LG is further along. Of course it isn’t just about sales as the two companies are enthralled in patent disputes as well.
LG seems to be winning in the panel game, and I wouldn’t be shocked if they ship their flexible displays before Samsung, but in terms of mobile smartphone market share, LG has a long way to go.
source: Korea Times
There are a lot of people that think Android is better than iOS for many reasons, but most fans won’t put simplicity at the top of the list. Well according to a survey by Siegel+Gale, Samsung Galaxy phones are simpler than the iPhone. This survey was conducted with 400 people, and while both phones scored well, Samsung’s Galaxy line came out as the winner. According to the survey, Samsung’s high-speed file transfers and instant photo tagging and sharing made it simpler for users to share information. Also, since the Galaxy series is compatible with proprietary apps, it came across as simpler to use.
Siegel+Gale is a branding company that also came up with the Global Brand Simplicity Index. In this survey, Google came out on top while Apple came in at number 5. Samsung didn’t even make the top 10, but this is company brand recognition. So reading between the lines, the Apple brand is recognized at simpler than Samsung, but at the product level, the Galaxy phones are recognized as simpler than the iPhone.
EE, one of the UK’s most advanced communications company, has announced it will double its current 4G speeds for its customers. They plan to launch the faster network in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, and Sheffield by summer 2013.
In order to increase speeds to what they are calling “4GEE“, they will need to increase both their network’s capacity and coverage. EE will double the amount of 1800MHz spectrum capacity bandwidth from 10MHz to 20MHz. According to EE’s Chief Executive Officer, Olaf Swantee, “We are ensuring that the UK remains at the forefront of the digital revolution. Having already pioneered 4G here, we’re now advancing the country’s infrastructure again with an even faster, even higher-capacity network, and at no extra cost to our customers.“
ASUS created much buzz with the announcement of its FonePad smartphone/tablet hybrid, but has created tons of mystery about its launch date and pricing for prospective customers since then. Fortunately, it has finally come out and given us all the launch details we have been eagerly waiting for. The manufacturer has confirmed the FonePad will come in at £179.99 (about $276 USD). Additionally, the device will be available for pre-order at retailers like Carphone Warehouse, Amazon and Sainsbury’s from April 12, with stock due to arrive on April 26.
We’ll give more information as we hear anything.
Google’s Play Music service has been one heck of a godsend to plenty of Android folk out there, but unfortunately— people in parts of Europe and the southern hemisphere haven’t been able to get in on the awesome service… until now. The awesome service has been launched in Austria, Australia, Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg, New Zealand and Portugal. This means that many users in those countries will finally have the ability to shop and store up to 20,000 songs in Google’s library. Sweet, right?
Of course there are still many countries still without access to Play Music, but hey— access to the service one country at a time will work out for now.
source: Play Music
If you happen to extensively travel abroad and are an AT&T customer, then you’re probably going to be excited at this tidbit of news. Boingo and AT&T have announced that it has gone into a special global roaming agreement with one another, allowing AT&T customers to access wireless hotspots at locations worldwide for free. It’s pretty straightforward too: all customers need to do is simply use the AT&T WiFi International App in order to use Boingo’s global network. Also part of the agreement, Boingo customers who happen to travel into in the United States will also be able to access AT&T WiFi hotspots throughout the US.
One small thing to note is in order to use AT&T’s WiFi International App, AT&T customers will need to ensure that they already have the appropriate 300MB or 800MB AT&T Data Global Add-On package as part of their mobile plan. Once that’s done, customers will be able to access up to a gig of Boingo service. Sweet.
More details can be found once you hit the break and check out the presser.
When we last reported on PlayJam’s Gamestick project, they had started to take pre-orders for the $79 device after their successful Kickstarter campaign. Unfortunately, it appears that success has come at a price as PlayJam has announced they have delayed delivery of the Gamestick until June. PlayJam opened their Kickstarter project in January with a goal of $100,000 to be able to start delivering devices in April. However, they ended up pulling in $650,000 via pledges from around 5,700 backers. The Kickstarter fundraising effort was so successful, PlayJam was able to add a goal to provide a fourth color option for buyers. All of the additional units to be produced have resulted in some changes to production and shipping methods. According to PlayJam,
Dan Rosenberg’s bootloader unlocking tool for Motorola devices is a pretty fantastic hack. Unfortunately, it does a painful requirement that some Motorola devices can’t get; root access. Many Motorola devices upgraded to Android 4.1.2 simply can’t be rooted. Well, before today, anyway. Dan Rosenberg, once again, has released a little hack to get your Motorola device rooted and prepped for that unlocked bootloader. This method was designed with the Droid RAZR HD in mind, but it will work on many other Motorola devices running 4.1.2.
Like always, rooting your phone does come with upsides and downsides, so be sure to read up on it before you make any hasty decisions. When you’re ready, hit the break below to get the instructions.