Qualcomm is making thing extra interesting with their new chips in the form of a contest, The One Charge Challenge. The company is offering the chance to win phones and tablets featuring Snapdragon chips in them by submitting a photo or a video showing off what you can do on a single charge. Check out the videos below of the Bug Circus and a device being shipped around the world, traveling 36,000 miles on a single charge filming individuals shooting funny videos of optical illusions. It’s pretty neat. The device supposedly touched Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai, Moscow, Dubai, Paris, London, Rio, Mumbai and Istanbul all within 20 days. That’s pretty fascinating if you ask us. If you’ve got a quirky idea of your own, whether it be a photo or a video, check out the source link for more details and to enter. Good luck. Feel free to share your photos and videos in the comments as well.
Four days ago, we reported that a Phones4U store in London had posted a large Samsung sign with the words “Coming 30.03.12″ in their window. Many of us speculated that this could possibly be the launch date of the highly anticipated Galaxy S III. After all, this specific store location was the chosen one for the exclusive release of the Galaxy Nexus at its launch. Unfortunately the folks over at Pocket-lint have confirmed that the mystery display is no more than a store reopening date. The Phones4U shop is undergoing some renovations and will soon reopen with a new Samsung phone floor. These details were confirmed by actual renovators in the store as well as Phones4U employees working at another nearby location. It looks like we are back to waiting and hoping to hear something from Samsung in the near future.
This morning tickets went on sale for the yearly Google I/O conference at 7AM PST, and just like in years past, tickets sold out in record time. Despite the price of admission being doubled this year to $900 for general admission, it only took around 23 minutes to sell out. When you compare this years sales to previous years, it took 90 days to sell out in 2009, 50 days in 2010, and only 59 minutes to sell out in 2011. Google’s Vic Gundotra claims more than 6,250 queries per second hit the I/O sales servers the minute tickets went on sale this morning. It’s clearly obvious more and more people are taking interest in the products that Google and Android are going to be showcasing for the upcoming year (that or unfortunately the free swag that has been given out in years prior).
Taking place from June 27th – 29th at the Moscone Center in San Fransico, Google I/O is the place to be to learn about all the awesome new things the company has in store for us. For those of you who were unable to secure a ticket have no fear. Talk Android will be live on scene, reporting all the details as it unfolds. So even though you are still $900 richer than those who landed a ticket to this years show, you can still stay up to date with all the news as it happens. Talk Android will make sure of it!
source: The Verge
The LG Lucid has finally made its way to Big Red and will be available this Thursday, March 29th at a Verizon store near you. The device is going for the low low price of $79.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and on a 2-yr contract. If you’ve been looking for an LTE enabled device without breaking the bank, this is it. The handset sports a 4-inch Gorilla glass IPS display @ 800 x 480 res, a 1.2 GHz dual-core CPU, Gingerbread 2.3.x and a 5 meg camera. Think you can use this phone for the next 2 years? To check out the full specs and press release hit the break.
- Android™ 2.3 Gingerbread, upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
- 5-megapixel rear-facing autofocus camera with flash and full HD (1080p) video capture
- Front facing camera for video chatting with friends and family
- Video Producer – create and edit HD videos right on Lucid by LG
- 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and 1 GB of RAM for fast Web browsing and multitasking
- Virtual QWERTY keyboard with Swype® technology
- SmartShare – share media with friends and colleagues wirelessly to DLNA®-enabled devices
Pricing and availability:
- Lucid by LG will be available starting March 29 in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online atwww.verizonwireless.com for $79.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. Customers will receive the rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted.
- Customers who purchase a Lucid by LG will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan beginning at $39.99 monthly access and a smartphone data package starting at $30 monthly access for 2 GB of data.
It looks like HTC is going to jump into the dual-SIM game. The HTC Wind (Model T328w) features a 4-inch Super LCD (800 x 480) display, 1 GHz single-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 5MP rear camera, 4GB internal memory, micro SD for up to 32GB of additional storage, 1650 mAH battery, Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
The cost will be 2,000 Chinese yuan or about $316/€240. We don’t know when it will be available nor do we know if it will ever get outside of China. Hit the break for two more images.
If you’re a Galaxy Note owner, a special treat has arrived for you all. Cruzer Lite– makers of the Androidified phone cases for the Galaxy Nexus and DROID RAZR/DROID RAZR MAXX– have come out and developed cases specially made for the Galaxy Note device. The 14 new cases featuring designs such as Andy Multiplied and Ice Cream Sandwich Andy, will be available for a mere $15 each. Oh and as an added incentive– if you order two of the same cases, you’ll get one free if you use the code BUY2GONE at Checkout.
Galaxy Nexus owners don’t fret— there are a plethora of cases are also available for your device as well. In addition, owners of the Galaxy Nexus will be able to use the Buy 2 Get One free deal also found with the Galaxy Note. Cruzer Lite also pledges additional phone cases will soon be available for the DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX phones, so those owners won’t feel out of luck either.
If you are one of the handful of users who has your calls, messages, footprints, or call history backed up at HTCSense.com, you need to grab that data by April 30 because HTC is shutting down those features. You can download your zip file by following these steps:
- Visit http://htcsense.com
- Log in with your HTCSense.com username and password
- Click the ‘Download’ button in the Account Overview section
- A .zip file containing your data will download to your computer for easy viewing
Here’s some important news if you’re a T-Mobile subscriber: prepare for a minor price increase for certain data plans. Starting April 4th, T-Mobile will increase the price of the Premium 5GB Promotional Bundles and Ultra 10GB Promotional Bundles Classic data features by $5 per month. The currently available Classic 5GB and 10GB promotional bundles will be replaced with new plans and a $5 monthly rate increase.
According to leaked internal T-Mobile documents, the following key points are highlighted:
Yesterday’s benchmark looked pretty good for the AT&T version of the HTC One X, but today’s benchmark brings it back to reality. We already know the AT&T version of the One X won’t get the super fast NVIDIA Tegra 3 CPU, but for some reason people are trying to prove the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 is going to be just as fast. Yesterday’s benchmark was on the Vellamo browser, but that was built by Qualcomm. Do you see where I’m going with this?
Anyways, we now have results from the ANdEbench, AnTuTu, and CF-Bench. What did we find out? We found out that the S4 is definitely an upgrade over the S3 as it should be, but not as daunting when you eliminate the Vellamo results.
I have to be honest, in the majority of my reviews I’ve stated that benchmarks really don’t mean much. It simply doesn’t give you a solid picture of real life, but I know a lot of people get fired up over them. The bottom line is that I don’t think the AT&T One X will be able to stack up with the Tegra 3 version, but will it still be a solid phone? Of course it will, and I’m positive the majority of consumers will be quite pleased with it. Hit the break for more results.
It’s no secret that our use of apps on mobile devices have taken off to unprecedented heights. As you might expect, some individuals have pondered the idea of running actual apps on our desktops as opposed to our phones and tablets. That’s why the gang at BlueStacks created their App Player which allows you to run your Android apps on a Windows-based desktop. We previously highlighted BlueStacks was looking for beta testers, but the development team has followed-up and ressurected the program in its beta form and will be looking for individuals to give the program a shot and see how it works out for them.
BlueStacks features some solid technology in order to power the various Android apps. The App Player will feature BlueStack’s patent pending LayerCake technology to make applications run buttery smooth as if on ARM devices. In addition, the development team has enabled hardware acceleration— ensuring your apps will run at an optimal level when the option is enabled.
The App Player is available for anyone interested with a Windows-based PC. You’ll need to visit their homepage and sign-up as a beta tester in order to get the file needed to run on your computer. As an added bonus— BlueStacks is including a couple of sweet apps pre-installed including Fruit Ninja, Evernote and of course Angry Birds Space. If you have a Windows PC, make sure you all sign up— but first hit the break to find the presser and the signup links.