Hands on with the Toshiba Excite 7.7, Excite 10, and Excite 13 tablets [Video]

Toshiba is looking to make a splash this year with some exciting (pardon the pun) tablets. After last year’s Thrive series, they can only go up. This years offerings offer higher quality aluminum construction with some beefier specs like the NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor. All 3 tabs also include a 5MP rear camera, a 2MP front camera, and Ice Cream Sandwich. For more detailed specs on each tab, checkout out announcement post. Toshiba brought all three to CTIA to show off, and so far I’m really impressed at what I saw. The Excite 10 is already available now and the Excite 7.7 and Excite 13 (pictured above) will be available in June. Hit the break to see all three in action.

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LG LS970 Quad-Core 4.7″ LTE-Enabled Beast Sprint-Bound? [Rumor]



The folks at BriefMobile were leaked a screenshot of a new quad-core device by LG sporting a 4.7-inch HD screen and LTE, and it looks like it might make its way to Sprint. Here’s what they know:

  • The device is the G (LS970), with “G” being the internal code name. Yes, that would make this the LG “G”.
  • It is 4G LTE-capable, probably for Sprint since they are the only carrier that uses LG’s “LS###” product codes.
  • It will have a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, most likely a TI OMAP5 since the OMAP5 is slated to be in mass production by Q4 this year, right around when this phone should be coming out. Also, this would be one of the first LTE devices with a compatible quad-core processor.
  • The screen will be a 4.7-inch HD display, most likely a True HD IPS720p display.
  • The handset will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (duh!)

The screenshot shows a very small thumbnail, which is most likely a placeholder, but could be fairly representative of the “G” as it looks similar to the Nitro HD with a larger screen.

All in all, it looks like a promising high-end device, but I can’t help but feel it’s just a tad too late to the game considering the Evo 4G LTE‘s imminent release.

source: briefmobile

AT&T Also Launching Family Data Plans soon

In a move that mirrors rival Verizon, AT&T will also be offering family data plans later this year. At CTIA 2012 this week, AT&T CEO Ralph de la Vega told CNET that he’s “very comfortable with the plan that will be offered to our customers,” though no specific dates were announced at this time.

Historically, de la Vega had serious doubts about such plans due to the complexities of billing and implementation. He seems to have had a change of heart, however, most likely as a response to Verizon’s similar announcement in February. Now we have to see which carrier actually rolls out their plan first.

Family data plans allow for higher capacity data plans that can be used over multiple devices with single account billing. This will presumably help spark sales of more devices to each household.

Make sure to check out all CTIA news here!

source: thenextweb


LG LTE2 Camera Details Emerge, Voice Activated Shutter, HDR, and ‘Time Machine’ Features

A few days ago we watched as a couple of powerful handheld devices were unveiled. I imagine the Galaxy S III sticks out in your mind but what about the other powerhouse from LG? Remember the LG Optimus LTE2? Yeah, the one with 2GB of RAM. Thanks to Kuccblog, we now have a few more juicy details surrounding the camera of this upcoming device.

We already know that the LTE2 has features such as a 4.5-inch TrueHD IPS screen, 2GB of RAM, Ice Cream Sandwich, wireless charging, and a 2150mAh battery but we are now hearing about camera features that can compare to the likes of the HTC One series phones and the GSIII. Using the ICS camera API, the LTE2 will have very little shutter lag and a “Time Machine” mode that will allow the user to take a burst of pictures with the ability to pick out the best shot from the bunch. Also, the LTE2′s 8MP camera will have a voice activated shutter feature as well as preset filter options such as the popular HDR mode.

Due to hit Korean markets at the end of the month, there is still no word on whether the LTE2 will make its way over to the states. One thing’s for sure though, if LG times it right they could have a strong Galaxy S III competitor on their hands regardless which markets they will meet head-to-head.  Be on the look out for this bad boy as I am sure we will be hearing more about this device in the coming weeks. In the meantime, check out some of the mentioned camera features after the break.
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HTC One X Camera Shutter Remotely Controlled By Bluetooth Headset

What’s this? Apparently the shutter on the camera of the HTC One X (and perhaps the whole One series) can be controlled remotely by some Bluetooth headsets. That’s a pretty cool trick. Someone from ePrice, a Chinese tech forum, has posted a video of a few different Bluetooth headsets remotely taking pictures through a One X.  The button combinations differ between headsets, so if you’re going to try it with your gear, make sure to try double and triple-clicks on each of the buttons. Who knows, you may get lucky! If you do, let us know in the comments which headset worked and what the button combo was.

Check out the video after the break.

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Apple and Samsung trim down their lawsuits

Apple and Samsung have agreed to drop some of their current claims in the California courts. Apple has dropped half of their patent-infringement claims without prejudice, meaning they can refile those claims at a later time. Samsung even dropped five of their claims bringing their total down to just seven. No word on whether Samsung is holding on to their five claims for a later trial but one would think they probably will.  Both companies are doing this in compliance with the judge’s orders in hope to make a July 30th trial date. It is believed that reducing the number of claims will make it easier for judge and jury to hear the case.

This has been an ongoing process for Apple, Samsung, HTCMotorola, and almost everyone associated with Android. I could list more links for you but I’m sure you get the picture. These lawsuits aren’t going away anytime soon folks, but rest assured knowing that Talk Android will be here to keep you up to speed as the details unfold.

source: All Things D


Hands on with the ZTE PF112 and Era Android smartphones

I stopped by the ZTE booth today at CTIA and had a chance to play with the PF112 and Era. Both of these phones were announced at MWC and have Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich onboard. They’re being shown here in the States for the first time at CTIA.

The PF112 features a 4.5-inch (1028 x 720) display, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, 8MP camera, and the Miflavor UI. The Era features a 4.3-inch qHD (960 x 540) display, NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 8GB of internal memory, MicroSD, HD voice, Dolby sound, and the Miflavor UI. It’s also 7.8mm thick, which is very thin.

Hit the break for our hands on

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Hands on with the Unnecto Quattro [Video]

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.

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Hands on with the Intel-based Lava Xolo X900 and Orange Santa Clara Android smartphones [Video]

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.

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Hands on with 10n2 Technologies BIZ Protect and One Protect for preventing drivers from using their smartphone [Video]

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.

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