You didn’t think Talk Android would miss the biggest Google event of the year did you? Our own Stacy Bruce and Ed Caggiani will be there getting all the juicy details. Tomorrow is Day 1 and the keynote begins at 9:30am PST / 12:30PM EST. Be sure to come back to Talk Android because you will be able to watch it in its entirety right here.
As far as expectations goes, we know we will see a little Jelly Bean, a new Nexus Tablet, maybe a major Google TV update, and whole bunch more. We might even see Sergey Brin walking around with a Project Glass prototype. I’m sure there will be a little of the expected, but I’m also sure there will be some really cool surprises. If you can’t watch the keynotes, and need to get up to speed, be sure to click here for all Google I/O related news.
More pictures from the scene after the break.
It’s been quite a while (225 days to be exact) since AOSP released the source code for Android 4.0 ICS. Since then, the team over at CyanogenMod has be toiling away to get it onto as many devices as possible, and today they are announcing that 37 devices are now ready to receive the first release candidate.
The MEIZU MX was first revealed back in fall of last year debuting with a dual-core processor. During the unveiling, MEIZU did reveal that a quad-core version of the MX would be made available in the future. Today, they’ve officially announced that the quad-core model will hit stores in China and Hong Kong sometime on June 30th.
The phone will look exactly the same on the outside and the processor will be the only change. The phone will sport the Exynos A9 quad-core CPU at 32nm. As for the rest, it’s the same as its predecessor with a 4″ qHD (960 x 540) screen, 8MP rear camera, and 1700mAh battery. It also runs the “Flyme OS” UI, and will ship with Android 4.0.
The MX quad-core will be offered in two models: 32GB and 64GB, and priced at roughly ￥2999/3999 CNY ($425 USD) and $3099/4099 HKD ($630 USD) respectively. The company is also dropping the price of the dual-core model to ￥2399 CNY/$2599 HKD ($380 USD), effective immediately. Definitely not a bad price range for an unlocked phone. Here is MEIZU’s full press release from April after the break:
Stories of the fabled Motorola MB886 have been travelling the tech websites for the best part of a year now. The rumours have been heating up more recently with a leaked press image and a cameo at the FCC hitting the headlines within the past couple of weeks. The MB886/Dinara has successfully made it a hat-trick for June as it has today been approved by the Bluetooth SIG. Surely an indication that an announcement from AT&T is imminent?
Watch this space as we bring you further news on the Mystery Motorola device as it breaks. In the meantime you can check out the bluetooth certification below.
The world of Android tablets gets bigger and bigger each day, and so far no one has stood out in the crowd. Toshiba has been a solid player in the laptop/notebook side, and they would really like to kick things into gear with tablets. Last year’s Thrive line didn’t impress much and this year, they’re hoping people will be excited (no pun intended) for the Excite line. There newest models are available now and include the Excite 10, Excite 7.7, and Excite 13. They are all very similar tabs other than the screen size, but the Excite 7.7 is the only one with a Super AMOLED display. Because of that it’s actually priced higher than the Excite 10, and considerably higher than competing 7-inch tabs. It does pack a lot under the hood, but should you consider it? Hit the break to find out, but you can also check out my initial hands on video here.
There we have it folks! Short of an announcement from tomorrow’s keynote, Android Jelly Bean is official!
Jelly Bean will make an appearance sometime over the next couple days at Google I/O but as you can see in the image above the JB statue was already added to the Googleplex lawn. I am in San Francisco to cover this year’s event and I am hoping to bring you guys some hands on goodness with Google’s latest OS. Who knows, maybe it will be on the Nexus tablet that is rumored to be sent home with all attendees. :-) If that is case, you can expect a full Jelly Bean review in the coming days!
Back in February, Huawei announced the introduction of the Ascend D Quad, a high-end smartphone, scheduled to be available in April 2012. With an impressive list of features, Huawei claimed it would be the fastest smartphone in the world. In March, it was reported production would be delayed until June with July delivery dates. News is now coming out that yet another delay has struck Huawei. Production is now expected to commence in August with delivery probably not occurring until September.
The delay is traced to Huawei’s own production of their quad-core chip. Huawei’s Consumer Business Group CEO Yu Chengdong indicates production of the quad-core chip “has encountered some technical problems which caused the delays in production.”
Readers with Android devices from Verizon may have already noticed a message today about the “My Verizon Data Widget” being discontinued. The widget was a tool users could include on their screens to quickly view their data usage. Seeing that information is extremely useful if one does not have an unlimited data plan. Without the widget, one has to navigate the Verizon web site to access data usage information.
The good news is the removal of the widget is a temporary measure. A tweet from Verizon support indicates the widget is being reworked to be compatible with their new Share Everything Plans.
Last week Mozilla teased that something big was coming this week, and just like that it’s next week. Mozilla just unveiled the new Firefox for Android. It’s been available as a beta for some time now, but it’s now official and in the Google Play Store. They say it’s “screaming fast” with everything from startup and page load times to panning and zooming.
To help them make Firefox two times faster than the stock browser, they created a new benchmark called Eideticker. It measures the actual Web experience and it helped them maximize speed.
As you would expect Firefox Sync brings all your browsing history, bookmarks, passwords, and form data to your Android phone. As with most third party browsers, Firefox for Android features tabbed browsing as well.
Last but not least, Firefox for Android supports HTML5 including the ability to play their BrowserQuest multi-player role playing game.
Hit the break for a video, download links, and the full presser