Here at Talk Android, we love to envision what our mobile devices will look like in the future. Imagine if your cell phone wasn’t simply a rectangle, but was bent for you to wear as a watch. This seemingly crazy idea isn’t as far in the future as you might think, according to Samsung. An executive at Samsung has confirmed the mass production of flexible OLED screens in the next year, meaning some time in 2012, or early 2013 at the latest.
These crazy looking displays have quite a few advantages other than their novelty. They do not contain any glass, so shattering your phone would be a thing of the past. Another advantage is the freedom this technology will give to cell phone designers. The possibilities are endless, including phone watches, tablets you can fold and paper thin displays. It is likely, however, that the first devices featuring a flexible display will be the rounded displays that were not otherwise possible. Even if the screen is flexible, though, the battery and CPU will have to be taken into consideration. How would you use a flexible AMOLED screen? Shout out in the comments.
We had a chance to see the Splashtop THD app at CES back in January. We were totally excited then and today we’re even more excited because it’s now officially available in the Android Market.
With Splashtop THD you can play 3D PC games from your PC on your Tegra 3 tablet. We are talking 60 frames per second. Other things you can do include:
- Fully access your applications on your tablet such as PowerPoint, Keynote, Outlook, Excel, Word, etc.
- Watch videos / Flash content streamed from your computer in any format
- Listen to music on your computer in any format
- Access your full computer browser (IE, Firefox, Chrome, Safari) including your bookmarks, favorite plug-ins, and extensions (Flash, Java, etc.)
Splashtop specificially says that this is only compatible with Tegra 3 tablets running Ice Cream Sandwich, but in the “about app section” they have it listed as requiring Android 3.1 and higher. We suspect that you will indeed need ICS, which makes this only compatible with the ASUS Transformer Prime. The cost is $6.99 and seems well worth it. Hit the break for our CES video and download links.
While most folk feel that quad-core devices are the in thing this year, as made apparent at MWC this year by companies like HTC, Huawei, LG, and Toshiba, a few companies are holding off and sticking with the dual-core architecture. Sony, has made it clear that they are perfectly comfortable with it, at least until next year at the very earliest. Stephen Sneeden, Product Marketing Manager for the company, had this to say:
“We’re going to join quad-core when we feel that the performance matches the battery efficiency. Because right now we don’t feel that is there. What we are going to be doing in the second-half of the year is moving to the Cortex A15 architecture, which we feel outperforms the current quad-core architecture.”
Recall the impressive demo we saw at CES 2012 with the Onlive Desktop in action? Well, it’s finally made its way to the Android platform. Sharing your PC desktop with your tablet is about to get a whole lot easier.
OnLive® Desktop is a service that provides a seamless, no-compromise, instant-response cloud-based PC desktop, wherever and whenever you want it. OnLive brings to your Android tablet a high-performance PC experience, regardless of the content, even when interacting with fast-action media.
• Instantly view, edit and create documents using actual Microsoft® Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint
• Easily transfer files between OnLive Desktop and other devices
• Experience high-performance, instant-response PC applications
• Interact with lag-free animation and video
• Works with most Bluetooth keyboards and mice (left-click only)
The technology works in part due to Onlive Inc’s groundbreaking video compression technology. “OnLive harnesses the power of cloud computing to deliver a seamless, no-compromise remote PC desktop solution.” For more information, head on over to the Android Market where you can download the application or sign up for free if you don’t already have an account. Feel free to let us know what you think of the service in the comments below.
The Asus Transformer Pad TF300T has gracefully passed through the hands of the FCC, and you know what that means. It means it’s likely we’ll be seeing the device pretty soon. We’ve been seeing tidbits of the device trickle through the pipeline for a while now and we’re highly looking forward to getting our hands on the more budget friendly, yet high spec’d tab soon. The FCC approved the WiFi and Bluetooth capabilities so it’s only a matter of time before it ends up in the hands of the masses. The devices is being touted as a cheaper alternative to the Prime and will house Nvidia’s highly coveted Tegra 3 CPU. In addition, the device will run Android 4.0 ICS, sport an IPS display, house 16GB’s of internal storage and come with an 8 mp camera. We’ve received no word yet as far as priceing and availability goes so stay tuned as we dig for that info.
Verizon G-Nex owners feeling the brunt of the LTE battery drain wars fret not, your savior is here. Seidio has finally made available their 3800 mAh “Super Extended Battery” for the Galaxy Nexus. And for those who’ve hesitated to make the jump to any type of extended battery in fear of losing your NFC capabilities need not worry. The company has also incorporated NFC into the device. The battery will run you about $75 bucks but offers you more than what the Razr Maxx is giving you. Here’s what Seidio has to say:
When you can’t get to an outlet, our Innocell Super Extended Life Batteries will keep you moving forward. Our Extended Life Batteries utilize premium Japanese cells to ensure the highest levels of safety and performance. Super Extended Life Batteries can offer up to 100% more battery life than your stock battery.
And obviously, your slim G-Nex is now going to have a little “junk in the trunk” but hey, it’s a small price to pay for peace of mind and to run free all day without wondering where the next wall outlet is. If you’re ready to fork over the cheddar you can head on over to Seidio’s site via the source link.
MWC was full of twists and surprises this week and the action below is no different. While taking a break from fighting crime, the Dark Knight and his female counterpart Batgirl took some time out to get down on the floor and jam to some music. A couple of suave Android robots jump in and start dancing as well. What happens next is nothing short of bold and awesome. The Android robots swoon Batgirl into dancing with them and leaves Batman in the dust, which prompts him to throw a small fit and separate her from the Android robots before any further shenanigans happened. Talk about Android being attractive… sheesh. Check out the comical video in its entirety below to see why the Android robots are the biggest studs at MWC.
Did you plop down $299 for a DROID RAZR last year only to watch the DROID RAZR MAXX release a few months later? The DROID RAZR MAXX is identical to the DROID RAZR except for the battery and thickness. I don’t think most people realize how “ahead of the curve” Motorola was by sneaking a 3300mAh battery in a device that’s only 8.99mm thick.
If you own a DROID RAZR with RAZR MAXX envy, there is a possible solution for those that like to tinker. XDA member Ward05757 was able to successfully replace the DROID RAZR battery with the RAZR MAXX battery. Of course things like this always come with a con don’t they? Upon installing the thicker battery in your DROID RAZR, you will now have a gap in the SIM card door and the battery cover which will make it weaker to water and dust. Water05757 says it isn’t as bad as it looks though
Obviously we have to warn you that by trying this, it could cause damage to your phone which could negate your warranty, but if you’re looking for a project for this weekend, you might want to check this out. Hit the break for one more pic and source link to get started.
Monkey I-Brow Studios just released a unique physics-based puzzler titled Elastic World. The goal of this game is simple: hit the stars with the ball. But the way you actually accomplish that is by expanding and collapsing “jelly” shapes to make the ball bounce in different directions and heights. Sounds weird but is actually pretty quick to pick up. It ends up being an exercise in getting the timing just right as the ball bounces on your jelly shapes.
The game gets progressively more challenging as you compete against the clock. The quicker you can hit the stars, the better you are ranked.
More bad news for PC makers. Business Insider Intelligence released their latest forecast of global smartphone sales, and the numbers are staggering. Recently, smartphone sales surpassed PC sales for the first time, and this year smartphone sales will nearly double PC sales. More amazing, however, is that BI Intelligence predicts that by the year 2016, smartphones will exceed 1.5 billion units sold worldwide.
For comparison, last year there were only 350 million PCs sold, and the total number of mobile phone handsets sold (smart AND dumb) totaled 1.7 billion. Right now, smartphones make up only 10% of all handsets sold. As prices decline, nearly 5 billion existing dumb phones will be getting replaced by smartphones.
The following chart speaks for itself.