Negri Electronics Has ASUS PadFone Listed For $860

The upcoming ASUS PadFone may be taking its sweet time to arrive in stores across the U.S., but that doesn’t mean you can’t go out and grab one now. Thanks to the fine online retailer Negri Electronics those of us out here in the States now have an opportunity to own the sweet device. Negri has both the smartphone and tablet docking station listed for a king’s ransom of $860. Sounds like a lot of money, but consider this: customers are really getting two devices in one, so you could always spin the cost into a positive in order to justify making the purchase. Keep in mind that while the smartphone will be bundled with the tablet docking station, the keyboard dock is not included, so you’ll have to shell out additional cash if you want to own that accessory.

Now the question is how many of you all are going to get out and grab one of those puppies today?

source: Negri Electronics
via: Engadget

Samsung Rumored To Have Galaxy Note Follow-Up In The Works, Will Feature Exynos 5250 Processor And 5.5-Inch Screen

The Samsung Galaxy Note is not only one of the most innovative Android devices ever, it’s also one of the most successful too. Samsung realized it found a winning formula and may have plans for its successor to be released later in the year. According to the International Business Times, the Galaxy Note follow-up is poised to be bigger and better than the first… literally. Instead of featuring the 5.3-inch screen from the original, the Galaxy Note 2 is expected to have a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED WSXGA screen with a resolution of 1050 x 1680 and 360 ppi. Samsung’s reasoning for featuring a Super AMOLED screen? Compared to RGB AMOLED Plus displays, the Super AMOLED display has topnotch durability and power-efficiency. Speaking of power efficiency, the upcoming smartphone is also expected to feature Sammy’s dual-core Exynos 5250 processor. This powerhouse chip is not only expected to be clocked at speeds up to 2.0GHz, but it’s expected to double the performance of existing 1.5GHz Cortex-A9 processors. In addition, the chip is more than capable of handling the Galaxy Note 2′s display as it’s designed to support high resolution WQXGA (2500 x 1600) displays.

The Galaxy Note 2 is also expected be similar in design to the Galaxy S III, while coming with premium bells and whistles too. It will likely arrive with more RAM (1.5GB is expected) and also feature an 8MP camera like the original. While 8MP may sound a bit disappointing, the Galaxy Note 2 is expected to feature an improved lens and sensors which will result in improved photographs and video. And like the recently-released Galaxy S III, the Galaxy Note 2 will likely feature S Beam, S Voice, Near Field Communication (NFC) and Smart Stay.

Just when we thought the hoopla with the Galaxy S III saga was over, we now have the possible mystery and excitement hovering over what looks to be the Galaxy Note 2. Make sure you stay tuned with Talk Android as we will continue to share news as we get it.

source: International Business Times

Polarbit Partners With Red Bull For Red Bull X-Fighters 2012, A Freestyle Motocross Game

Polarbit is known for their popular Reckless Racing series, and now they are exploring beyond car racing with Red Bull for Red Bull X-Fighters 2012, a freestyle motocross game. The premise of the game is to be the best freestyle motocross rider by doing mid-air tricks and stunts on your bike. Different gestures perform different tricks while you accelerate and steer with on-screen controls.

Typically, sponsored games are never quite top echelon when it comes to gameplay and features, but Red Bull X-Fighters 2012 seems to be a notch above.

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Featured Play Store Newbie: Holo Launcher, ICS Launcher without the ICS

 

If you’re one of the 93.3% of Android users who aren’t yet rockin’ version 4.0 or up but still want to experience some of the look and feel of the stock ICS launcher now, you’re in luck.  Holo Launcher is a real-deal ICS launcher, with various bits and bytes modified to make it run on any version of android 2.2 and above.

Features include:

  • ICS style icons, folders and drawer tabs
  • Portrait and Landscape modes
  • 7 icons per dock, 3 pages and infinitely scrollable
  • Desktop previews via Home button
  • Backup and restoring of settings
  • and more…
This is a great option for those stuck on Froyo or Gingerbread but still hungry for a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich.  The best part?  Holo launcher is completely free, and available now in the Play store.  There is also a beta version available as an in-app apk as well. To get in on the beta testing fun, head into the app, go to Launcher Settings > About Holo Launcher > Auto Check For Updates > Beta Version. You can get started by visiting either link below.

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LG Optimus 4X HD Finally Making Its Way To European Stores, LG Including A ‘Major Surprise’

The one thing that bothers me is when a phone is unveiled then takes several months before its release is even announced. The LG Optimus 4X HD was first unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2012 back in February and is now finally making its way to consumers in Europe later this month. The specs of this phone are pretty beefy to say the least, they put it on par with the current kings of Android such as the HTC One X and the Samsung Galaxy SIII. It’s equipped with NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 quad-core processor, a 4.7-inch True HD IPS display, an 8MP rear camera, 1.3 front-facing camera, 16GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, 2,150mAh battery, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. So far it is reported that Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Great Britain and Italy will be the first ones to sell the device. LG has also announced that a certain “major surprise” is in store for the launch of their newest flagship device, but what that surprise might be is still unknown.

While there is still no news for an American release of the 4X HD, I just hope LG figures that out quickly. With the imminent release of the Galaxy SIII in America in a just over a week, the appeal of this phone could become irrelevant to consumers if it takes too long to come to the States. Would anyone be interested in this phone, or will the HTC One X and Galaxy SIII already satisfy your needs?

Source: Engadget

Google Nexus Tablet Confirmed By Anonymous ASUS Representative; Transformer Pad Infinity Coming to AT&T

We have all heard about Google’s official Nexus Tablet that is said to be made by ASUS for quite some time now. For the past couple of weeks the confirmation of the infamous tablet has gotten closer and closer with press image drafts and benchmarks and today we take another step forward to the reality of the Nexus Tablet. Android Authority has reported that an ASUS representative, who wished to remain anonymous, confirmed the 7-inch Nexus Tablet at COMPUTEX. The representative also informed them that we should expect it to be unveiled by the end of June. We had already assumed this because the end of June is when Google IO will be held, and assumptions were that the Nexus Tablet would be unveiled during the event. While this news itself is nothing fairly new if you’ve been following the Nexus Tablet for the past couple of months, it is still good to get confirmation from an ASUS representative themselves and that the tablet will be unveiled in just less than a month. The Nexus Tablet is slated to be in the $199-$250 range equipped with NVIDIA’s Kal-El Tegra 3 processor. The price range and the fact that it’s straight from Google with the ‘Nexus’ name will be the two huge selling points for this slate.

In other news, ASUS also confirmed to AA that they are working to bring the ASUS Padfone to American carriers although the informant mentioned only AT&T has expressed any interest. Other U.S. carriers are probably too hesitant due to the tethering option that the Padfone has (loss of revenue). AT&T is also said to pick up the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity (TF700) and should be available by the end of this month in both a WiFi only version and an LTE version.

This next month should be quite exciting in the Android world. By the end of June we should have the Nexus Tablet unveiled and possibly Android 4.1 Jelly Bean as well. Anyone else excited for what’s to come?

Source: Android Authority

Andy Rubin kills off rumour that he’s leaving Google

Infamous Tech Blogger Robert Scoble stirred up a frenzy this weekend when he posted a rumour on his Google+ account suggesting that Andy Rubin was all set to quit Google. Scoble claimed that Rubin was leaving to take charge of a startup company by the name of CloudCar. Just as quickly as the rumour started, Rubin took to his Twitter and Google+ accounts and promptly ended it. The message on Twitter was to the point however his Google+ account offered a bit more of an explanation as to where the rumour surfaced from. It turns out that CloudCar is run by some friends of Rubin who generously offered up some office space in his Los Altos startup incubator to help the team kick off.

With the eyes of the tech world firmly fixed on him, Rubin used the spotlight to drop in a few Android statistics. Official Google certified Android activations are up to over 900,00 per day. Android’s momentum shows absolutely no sign of slowing down and I would not be at all surprised if Google hit 1 million activations per day by the time Google I/O comes around.

 

Source: Twitter

Sprint Implements $15 Phone Number Change Fee, But Still Free Via Sprint.com

Looks like Sprint is starting to find other ways to supplement their income to cover their unlimited plans. Starting today, June 10th, Sprint will be charging a fee of $15 if you want to change your phone number through a Sprint store or Care call representative. But don’t worry… you can still get it done for free by logging in to Sprint.com and going to My Preferences to take care of it yourself.

I’m sure some folks will not be too happy with this new policy, but to me it seems logical to charge a bit if you are interacting with an employee versus doing it yourself. Plus, if this helps us keep our unlimited plans, I’m all for it.

source: sprint
via: engadget

Korea to Receive New Version of the Samsung Galaxy S III

As you know, Samsung launched the Samsung Galaxy 3 III internationally with model number GT-I9300 and a quad-core Samsung Exynos chip with 1GB RAM. The U.S. variants get an upgraded 2GB of RAM, but the processor gets swapped out for the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 because of LTE and AWS compatibility.

Wouldn’t it be great if we could combine the two phones? Korea is expected to get a new version of the Samsung Galaxy S III in July that does just that. It packs the same Exynos quad-processor and 2GB of RAM. Other than being a little thicker (9.0mm as opposed to 8.6mm), the rest of the specs will be the same. Looks like they just one-upped the LG Optimus LTE 2.

source: Phone Arena

Chameleon Homescreen Closes Kickstarter Project Only to Open New One Next Week

The folks from the Chameleon tablet project have posted an unfortunate message on their Kickstarter page explaining that the project’s funding process has to start over again. The Kickstarter project was doing well obtaining financial backing until it ran in to an issue with Amazon Payments. The account Teknision Inc. was using actually belonged to an employee and that employee is no longer with the company. Kickstarter only uses Amazon’s payment service and now cannot accept any of the money pledged for this project. Since they are not allowed to switch accounts midstream, the only option available is to recreate the project and start over again. None of the funds pledged to date can be accepted and would have to be pledged again to the newly created project. No one who pledged funds to the current project will be charged.

Chameleon claims that the new Kickstarter project will be up next week and will offer to include the wallpaper pack beginning at the $5 donation level to compensate for the inconvenience this situation has caused its funders. They have reached out to Talk Android letting us know that those who pledged should be receiving email updates and will be notified when the new project is live. They are encouraging folks to resubmit their pledge to help the project move forward… again.

The Chameleon tablet is setting out to make your home screen display change according to where you are and what you are doing. Check out this Kickstarter project using the link below.

source: Kickstarter