Featured Play Store Newbie: Turntable.fm [Social]

You know we all have thought about rocking a turntable at some point in our lives, even if it was for only a moment. The popular iOS app Turntable.fm has finally made it’s way to Android for the casual music creator in all of us. What’s great about the app is that it incorporates social chat allowing users to leave comments on other user’s musical creations and make connections with DJ’s and other music lovers with similar tastes all around the country.

Turntable.fm for Android is meant for devices running on Android 2.2 Froyo or higher, yet there are already some reports of the app not working well with ICS.  Hopefully we will see an update to address this in the near future. So who is ready to get their scratch and loop on? Hit the link below to get the goods.

 

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Are the latest Android flagship phones female friendly?

I’m sitting here today with my Galaxy Nexus by my side with its wonderful 4.65″ HD Super AMOLED display and I’m feeling a bit of tech envy towards the 4.8″ display that’s set to arrive when the Galaxy S III hits the shelves. I’ve had some hands on time with the HTC One X and its 4.7″ screen and Motorola’s current flagship device, the Droid RAZR, offers up a 4.3″ display. It seems that most Android phone manufacturers are of the view that bigger is better and with the runaway success of devices such as Samsung’s Galaxy Note, it would appear that they might be right.


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Nvidia’s Integrated Tegra 3/LTE Chip Delayed Until 2013

Nvidia announced their first-quarter earnings today and they made $60 million in profit and $924 million in revenue. Ok, congrats. But what we really care about is that the Tegra 3 processor with integrated LTE, codenamed “Grey”, is still not ready, and won’t be until next year.

CEO Jen-Hsun Huang said this during the earnings call:

Looking forward, you’ll see Tegra 3 LTE phones with partners’ baseband processors in the second half of this year and then next year with our own LTE baseband processors as well.

A previously-leaked roadmap suggested a delay until 2013, and this statement supports that. Huang also stated that partner baseband LTE chips might take a little longer than expected, arriving towards the end of this year. No reason for the delays were given, but Huang had this to say:

Although we don’t have LTE at the moment, LTE is predominantly a U.S.-centric phenomenon. Outside of the United States, the big superphone upgrade is quad-core.

Nvidia is missing out on the U.S. market since phones like the HTC One X are forced to use a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor instead of Nvidia’s Tegra 3 quad-core chip because U.S. carriers are requiring LTE on their high-end devices. The possible saving grace for Nvidia is that Qualcomm is facing shortages of their S4′s, which buys Nvidia some time to catch up.

source: seeking alpha
via: the verge

OpenDESIGN Promises To Reverse Engineer Manufacturer Specific Features Into CM9

 

The fun part of unlocking and rooting your Android phone is trying out all the cool third-party ROMs out there. But in many cases, these ROMs are missing some of the manufacturer specific features of some devices, such as S-Pen support or camera burst mode. Well fear no more, young rootmeisters, for OpenDESIGN is born.

Headed by XpLoDWilD from TeamHacksung, a subgroup of CyanogenMod, OpenDESIGN’s goal is to essentially reverse-engineer manufacturer features and build them into CM9. These features are written from the ground up and open-sourced early on to give developers a chance to keep improving the code.

This is a great project that should help make AOSP-based ROMs even more attractive to geeks enthusiasts. The site is pretty new but has a bunch of information on features that are being worked on. Developers can join them and help the cause by contributing to the project. Hit the source link for more info.

source: opendesign
via: androidpolice

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 to Launch in the States on May 13th, Lacks Rumored Quad-Core Upgrade

We finally got some official news surrounding the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2‘s availability, and whether or not it will come equipped with a dual-core or quad-core processor. When we first heard about the new slate from Samsung we couldn’t help but think that is wasn’t a very big improvement over the original Galaxy Tab 10.1, sporting only a 1GHz dual-core processor. We then got our hopes up when we heard from a Korean Samsung insider who claimed that production of Galaxy Tab 2 was halted so Sammy could double its processing power to a quad-core chip. Well, apparently that insider was left out in the cold as Samsung today officially announced the device’a pricing and availability and sure enough, it still rocks a dual-core chip. One advantage it does have over the original Tab is that it comes running ICS straight out of the box and supports microSD card storage as well. The 16GB Wi-Fi version of the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is scheduled to launch on Sunday, May 13th through Amazon, Best Buy, hhgregg, Tiger Direct, WalMart, and Office Depot for $399.99.

The new Galaxy Player 4.2 will also launch on May 13th and will run $199.99 through the same retailers mentioned above. Jump past the break to see the full press release. 
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Join the darkside with inverted Instagram

Fancy taking advantage of the pure blacks and low level power consumption of your Super AMOLED screen while you use the worlds favourite photo sharing application? Of course you do, and boy do we have the solution for you. A creative developer from RootzWiki has inverted the colours from the original application and packaged it up in a handy APK ready for downloading. The new theme fits perfectly with the stock Ice Cream Sandwich colour scheme and works exactly as expected.

All you need to do is hit the link below and you’ll be good to go!

 

 

Download : Inverted Instagram

 

 

Thanks Tyler!

Clove UK: Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX Set To Arrive On May 18th

Those of you in the UK will now have reason to celebrate. The breakthrough Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX will soon be available for your open arms and hands, courtesy of Clove UK. The smartphone will be available on May 18th for £359.00 and Clove is even throwing in free folding speakers worth £20. Yes friends, that means just one week from now, you’ll be able to enjoy the beefy 3300mAh battery which gives peace of mind and Gingerbready 2.3 goodness.

We know you’re interested in more details, so hit the source link to find additional info.

source: Clove UK

LG LS970 Peeks Its Head Again, This Time Brings “Eclipse” Name & Confirms Quad-Core Krait CPU

There is a new development in the LG LS970 saga. When we last heard about the device, it was rumored to feature an LTE chip inside and be Sprint-bound. We now have some additional details highlighting the juicy specs of the device. We knew the device would likely feature a quad-core processor— but it’s not a TI-based chip as we previously thought. Instead the superphone will feature a APQ8064 chipset… a Snapdragon S4 Krait processor in other words. That’s not all either… the chipset will be coupled with the Adreno 320 GPU, which is slated to bring bleeding edge performance. To wrap this impressive package up, the device will include 2GB of RAM (!!!), a 4.67-inch WXGA display and a 13MP camera with 1.3MP ffc squeezed into a device which will only be 8.6mm thick. The rear of the device is has design which seems to favor the Motorola RAZR (though there’s an unsightly hump over the camera). One thing to note is the leaked shot of the phone seems to have an obvious hole, which may possibly be meant to test the device’s radio such as the LTE modem or its GPS.

While the device is still identified as “G” internally, there is word that the device may end up being known as the “Eclipse 4G LTE” smartphone and will be released around the 4th quarter of this year. Well folks, it looks like we’re about to usher in the new era of the superphone. I just hope you all are ready…

source: Brief Mobile

Check Out Asus PadFone’s Real World Battery Life

 

Back at MWC this year Asus debuted its PadFone tablet/phone combination with much fanfare. In April pre-orders were available in Taiwan with hopes that the U.S. would soon be able to do the same. Well sadly as is with most technologies the device was delayed with the S4 processor shortage being the possible culprit as to why. Well in a “leaked” video on Asus’ YouTube that has now been taken down Asus went as far as to boast about the PadFone’s battery life. According to the video the phone itself will see 16 hours of use where the the tablet mode and laptop modes should see 63 and 102 hours respectively. According to the folks at engadget though, Asus said that this is in regards to 2G talk time.

Asus was awesome enough though in sharing some of the more realistic battery life figures they’ve found in a lab setting. When the device was set at half brightness it came up with the following results:

 


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Samsung Galaxy S III pre-orders on Expansys

If you’re itching to be the first on your block with a shiny new Galaxy S III, then look no further than Expansys import web shop. Of course this GSIII will only be able to work on T-Mobile and AT&T here in the U.S. but you can now pre-order one for a sizable wad of cash to the amount of $694.99 plus shipping. If you ask me, that’s a lot of laundry money to shell out just to be one of the first to show off Sammy’s latest and greatest Android smartphone, especially because we know that Samsung intends to release the phone in the U.S. later this summer. So is anyone thinking about pulling the trigger on this one? Does being the early bird in technology trump the lack of certain features like LTE? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

source: Expansys