“Watch The Future” Concept Device Would Be An Awesome Companion To Your Smartphone If It Ran Android

Straight out of the left field of concepts comes this “Future Watch” caught over at f-bertrand.  A device that is a cross between a bracelet and a smartphone, there are quite a few features to speculate over.  The site doesn’t state what OS, in particular, would grace it but you know us here at TA.  We’re thinking some form of Android on this bad boy would compliment our smartphone just fine.  Check out some of the pics below courtesy of the creator of this crazy concept device.  Think it could give the Nike Fuel Band a run for its money?  Feel free to let us know what you think of it in the comments below.

And thanks to Google Translate (site was in French) we can see some of the features a device like this could sport.  Gallery of more pics after the break.

Features:

  • Tactile watch – Check your applications of your smartphone from your watch:
  • Weather – Stock Exchange – GPS – FBook – SMS – Running – Compass – Music – Contact …
  • The orientation of icons adapts depending on the position of your wrist
  • for easy reading in any position (bike, car, scooter).
  • A link option lets you track your pulse
  • through your pulse and also reveal your emotions.
  • 4 links home + many options

Square Enix Launched Final Fantasy III RPG Game… For Japanese Android Devices

One of the best RPG games ever is officially on Android devices… well in Japan at least. Famed developer Square Enix has not only brought Final Fantasy III to Android, but it has brought with it stunning 3D graphics, an improved UI and controls specifically customized for touchscreens. The game has successfully transitioned from being dated and has become modern folks. For those of you who are worried about the original story being lost or changed also fear not— the story seems to be entirely intact from the original.

As indicated at the beginning: while this game is out on Android devices, it’s only available in Japan at this time. Here’s hoping Square Enix comes to its senses and releases a English version for the rest of us who love the game. Be sure to check out some of the screenshots below.

 

 

source: Droid Gamers

Sony announces the Xperia Sola (aka MT 27i ‘Pepper’) with ‘floating touch’ technology

The MT 27i “Pepper” is finally official as Sony just unveiled it as the Xperia Sola. What separates this phone from others is the “floating touch” technology which allows users to hover their finger above the screen and use it as a moving curser. This is all done without touching the screen, but in order to open a desired link, a simple tap will be required. I’m not sure if this will really be useful, but cool nonetheless.

The Sola will also come with NFC and be compatible with Sony’s new SmartTags, which will be included in the box. If you like taking pictures, you will be happy to know that you can grab your first capture from sleep to snap in just over one second. Other notable features of the Sola include:

  • 3.7-inch Reality Display (854x 480) with Mobile Bravia Engine
  • 1 GHz dual-core ST Ericsson NovaThor U8500
  • 8GB internal storage (5GB user-accessible)
  • 5MP rear camera with 720p video recording
  • 1320 mAh battery
  • microSD, Bluetooth, GPS, WiFi, and NFC
  • Android 2.3 (upgradable to Ice Cream Sandwich)
Price is expected to be around  €329 ($430) and be available by mid-April. Hit the break for a demo video and the full presser

Droid X2 Getting Another Soak Test

Apparently, the Droid X2 is about to receive another soak test from Motorola. A soak test is where a software update is rolled out to a handful of users for some real-world testing before it gets rolled out publicly. There is no word yet as to what this update contains. Here is the message sent out to potential testers.

Hi,

Thanks for joining the Motorola Feedback Network. We are inviting owners of the Motorola Droid X2 on Verizon to participate in an early preview of a new software release, and provide feedback. If you are not currently using a Droid X2, please excuse and ignore this email. Click this link to take a short enrollment survey if you wish to take part.

Note that you must be a member in good standing of the Motorola Owners’ Forums to be included. If you have not logged into the new site (forums.motorola.com) please do not wait until the soak starts to do so, as we will have little capacity then to help with any log-in issues. This is a confidential test under the terms of the Motorola Feedback Network.

Do not post any details or information about this on any public sites.

Thanks — please understand that start times are always fluid. We urge you to respond as quickly as possible but also ask for your patience if you register but don’t hear from us right away.

Matt
Motorola Owners’ Forums
Motorola Feedback Network

Any X2 users out there eager for an update?

source: androidcentral

Save Articles For Later Reading With Readability, Now On Android

 

Time shifting your news reading is not new. Apps like Instapaper and Read It Later are already available on Android devices. The latest in the “I’ll read it when I have time” genre is Readability. This app “turns any Web page into a clean view for reading now or later on your computer or Android device.

Similar to other read-later apps, Readability saves articles from your desktop browser (mobile browser not supported yet), strips away all of it’s formatting, and allows you to read it offline on not only any Android device, but Kindles as well. Not bad for a completely free app.

Interestingly, Readability is available in the Play Store only for non-U.S. residents, but for those of us in the States, we can get it in the Amazon App Store. Screenshots and download links after the break.


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TAG Heuer Announces Luxury Racer Smartphone [Video]

Seems like luxury Android phones are becoming a trend, with LG’s PRADA phone, and last year’s ridiculously priced $6,700 LINK by TAG Heuer. Well the latter is at it again with the announcement of the TAG Heuer Racer Android Smartphone. This luxury smartphone is Swiss engineered with carbon fiber and titanium bridges for strength and lightweight feel. It also comes with a shockproof rubber chassis inspired by TAG Heuer’s penchant for fast cars.

TAG mentions that the phone will come with a high speed processor and the latest Android software, but no actual details have been disclosed yet. Of course, we’re hoping for a quad-core ICS device. The Racer should be available in July for the bargain price of $3,700 (2800€) at watch, jewelry, and luxury mobile boutiques. I’ll take two, please. Oh, and that’s the starting price for phones in the Racer collection.

Check out the video of this bad boy after the break.


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AndEtch opens its doors for all your Android pimping needs

Remember a few weeks back when I told you about the awesome custom etched Galaxy Nexus battery doors that you could get through an IndiGoGo project? Well the IndiGoGo project has successfully come to an end but our good buddy Omar Trujillo isn’t finished just yet. After exceeding his pledge goal 6x over, Omar decided it was time to set up a more permanent outlet for Android lovers to pimp out their beloved handsets. Enter AndEtch - your one stop shop for the ultimate in Android device customization.
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Samsung Galaxy S II receives Ice Cream Sandwich update in Europe and Korea today, Other markets to follow gradually

Well March 10 came and went without the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy S II, but hey what’s a few extra days? If you remember, we posted that earlier today a tweet was pulled by SK Telecom announcing that ICS would arrive on March 13. It was pulled because Samsung wanted to make the official announcement, which they just did via Twitter and Facebook. Here’s what they said on Facebook:

We’re thrilled to announce that Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich will be served to GALAXY S II users in the European countries including Poland, Hungary and Sweden, as well as Korea today, and gradually roll out to other markets.

ICS for GALAXY Note, GALAXY S II LTE, GALAXY Tab 8.9 and 10.1 will follow soon.

In addition, we’ll also offer Android 2.3 Gingerbread firmware upgrades for GALAXY S, GALAXY Tab 7″, GALAXY S Plus, GALAXY S SCL (Super Clear LCD) and GALAXY W from end March. The firmware upgrades for GALAXY S, for example, include Face Unlock, Snapshot, Photo Editor, and others.

The availability and scheduling of the software update and specific models upgradeable to Android 4.0 will vary by market and wireless carriers’ requirements.


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Apple Says Samsung Is Not Complying With Judge’s Orders

And the never ending war continues.  In recent news Apple is accusing Samsung of not following orders issued by a judge to turn over all necessary source code to be analyzed by the Cupertino based company.  According to Apple, Samsung had “only partially complied with” the court order which mandated that Sammy hand over the goods including 4G handsets and the Galaxy Tab 10.1.  Samsung had until December 31st to supply the code which they willingly offered by producing one version of code for each of the products accused of a patent violation, but withholding source code for other versions.  And with the new trial coming up in late August, Apple is claiming that there’s not enough time to seriously analyze any new source code that Samsung would provide so late in the game.  Apple states:

“At this point in the case, it is too late for Apple to make meaningful use of any late produced source code.”

Apple is now requesting that the court not allow Samsung to use any of the “undelivered” source code in their defense against Apple’s patent claims.  Apple is actually taking it one step further and requesting that Samsung’s undelivered code be “representative of all versions of that product.”  Stay tuned as we closely follow the two tech giants in their quest to dominate over the other.  So far, the two companies have filed 30 suits against one another on four different continents since last April.  Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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source: Bloomberg

Motorola ICS Due Dates Change – Bad News US RAZR Owners

Motorola’s master list of ICS updates has been updated. On the whole, there are  a couple of changes including the addition of a few more devices, but for many one thing will stick out like a sore thumb: the RAZR. Previously Motorola announced an expected update for the RAZR in Q2. Not long after, we got a peak at ICS running on the RAZR which only further fueled the proposed update schedule. This recently revised update list paints a different picture. Apparently RAZRs the world over will be updated to ICS in Q2 except US RAZRs. Their chart shows that in the US, Q2 will be devoted to evaluation and planning.

The US RAZR certainly does sport different hardware than many of its worldwide counterparts but is that the sole reason for the delay? I wouldn’t be so sure. One thing is for sure, that extra time had better yield a bug-free release.

source: Motorola
via: Android Central