Polaroid Announces iM1836 Android Powered Interchangeable-Lens Camera

Polaroid announced a few cameras at CES including the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean running iM1836. While we don’t yet know all the details, its interchangeable lens sets it apart from the Samsung Galaxy Camera. The mirror-less body will, with an adapter, be able to use existing micro four thirds lenses and will shoot 18.1-megapixel photos and 1080p video. Its touch screen is a tad smaller at 3.5-inches but, like the Galaxy Camera, it includes both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It’s set for a 2013 first quarter release for $399, including a 10-30mm lens.

We still have a ton of questions: What shooting modes will it have? Will it support full manual shooting? What’s the ISO range? What do the Android hardware specs look like? What’s the storage capacity? Will it support  a microSD card? What about GPS? But I, for one, am excited to see what this little guy can do. Like with most CES announcements, stay tuned for more. Direct link for our CES 2013 coverage here.

Source: Engadget

NVIDIA Expresses Project Shield Excitement In New Blog Post


By now you may have heard about NVIDIA’s awesome and revolutionary Project Shield gaming device, right? The 5-inch toy boasting NVIDIA’s brand-new Tegra 4 processor is all set to revolutionize gaming as we know it thanks to the openness of the Android platform. While the portable gaming wunder-gadget has generated a lot of excitement, it has generated even more excitement from the gang at NVIDIA. As they would put it best: NVIDIA’s “goal with it is to design and sell a truly great piece of hardware, one that fits comfortably in your hand, delights your eyes and blows out your ears“.

I’d say that NVIDIA is certainly on its way. Hit the source link to see the blog post from NVIDIA in all its glory and while you’re at it— stay with us for all the CES coverage you can handle.

source: NVIDIA Blog

Intel introduces Lexington development platform for smartphones in emerging markets

Intel has no shortage of announcements at this week’s CES, having already brought forth an all-new line of Atom-based processors. While that particular announcement only really applied to tablets, the company has gone further with the introduction of its Lexington platform.

The new development platform is aimed to provide a solid foundation for smartphones in emerging markets. Built from the ground-up with optimization for Android in mind, the new platform can support clock speeds of up to 1.2GHz with the company’s hyper-threading technology. Smartphone manufacturers who utilize this chipset can provide 1080p video encoding and decoding, burst picture taking at 7fps and HSPA+ data speeds all at a relatively low price point. In terms of graphics, the new SoC uses PowerVR’s all-new SGX 540 GPU,which should provide buttery-smooth graphics rendering. Other features like WiDi streaming and an FM radio tuner are also built in.

No release date has been mentioned, though Intel has promised handsets from the likes of Acer, Lava and Safaricom.

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Source: Engadget

Falcon Pro (For Twitter) Review [Video]

I always find myself looking for new Twitter apps, there’s so many to try in the Google Play Store that it can be overwhelming in choosing one for yourself. For the past two years, Plume (previously known as Touiteur) has been my favorite and has yet to be dethroned…. Until now. Falcon Pro has only been out for a couple of months, but it has quickly taken its place as my favorite Twitter client for Android. Made by Joaquim Vergès, who is also in charge of the Falcon Widget app, Falcon Pro provides the smoothest and nicest looking UI out there. The fluidity of the app is probably the first thing you’ll notice upon opening it up for the first time. If you’ve been familiar with the Falcon Widget app, then you know he doesn’t spare any expense on quality and smoothness.

While there’s still plenty of other features that are currently missing that you may want such as multi-user support, keep in mind that it is relatively new and the developer is still implementing more features upon each update. Most recently he just added in a white theme to go along with the dark default one. I truly feel this app has yet to hit it’s stride and it’s popularity should only grow upon each update. The app is only $0.99 on the Google Play Store, which is much cheaper than other premium quality Twitter clients that are available. Check out the video review after the break! A QR code and download link will also be available.

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Ascend D2 formally announced by Huawei with “dream phone” specs in tow

There’s no better way to make an impact on a market than by offering two high-end, desirable products to shake things up. Huawei’s announced their second elite device today, and the specs on this thing are just about as good as you can squeeze into a phone right now. Underneath the 443 ppi 1080p 5-inch screen, there’s a quad-core processor, a 13 megapixel camera, and a 3,000 mAh battery. It also supposedly charges 25% faster than the flagship standard Galaxy S III, and is built out of an extremely durable aluminum frame that is both splash and shock resistant. Huawei’s chairman wasn’t just blowing smoke when he called this a dream phone. No word on pricing yet, but I’d be surprised if Huawei wanted to limit where this phone was available. Hit the break for the press release, and be sure to check out the rest of our CES coverage.

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Hands on with the ASUS Transformer AiO All-In-One (P1801) [Video]

ASUS already unveiled the Transformer (AiO) All-In-One last year at Computex, but we finally got a chance to play with it. It’s a dual boot Windows 8 / Android Jelly Bean 4.1.1 computer/tablet. It’s a complete desktop, but you can remove the 18.4-inch display and it becomes a behemoth tablet. It features a Tegra 3 and has a button on the side that switches the OS in seconds. It will be available by the end of the first quarter, but we still don’t have any idea on price. I don’t think anyone is expecting this one to be cheap, but for those that want it all, this one might be for you. Hit the break for the hands on video.

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Huawei launches Ascend Mate, packs quad-core CPU and 6.1 inch screen

Huawei’s Ascend Mate was a pretty highly anticipated device leading up to CES this year, and now Huawei’s made it official. The monster of a phone packs a 720p, 6.1-inch display, a Huawei-manufactured quad-core chip, and an extremely generous 4,050 mAh battery. Because it’s no fun to have a big phone if it dies within three days off the charger, right? On top of that, the Ascend Mate will feature dual-band antennas for WiFi, which helps quite a bit when dealing with data caps. This beast will hit Chinese shelves in February, and other countries in March. No word on what other countries that’ll be, but hopefully this device gets the attention it deserves. Hit the break below for the press release, and be sure to check out the rest of our CES coverage here.

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Hands on with the ASUS Qube Google TV [Video]

As we expected, ASUS unveiled the Qube Google TV box. It’s not only shaped like a cube, but the UI is cube-like. It’s the first Google TV product that has Version 3 of the software, which give you voice support and Google Primetime. It seems to be feature-rich with a nice remote and DLNA, but it appears to lack Miracast. It will be available in February for $129. Hit the break for the hands on.

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Hands On With the LG Smart Refrigerator LFX-31995 [Video]

It seems as though “Smart” is the rage this year at CES. It’s going to be Smart appliances and Smart homes, and LG is going all in with appliances. Many of their top appliances such as washers, dryers, ovens, and refrigerators will have NFC tags for connecting your Android phone and controlling them. They also showed the LFX-31995 smart refrigerator that has a built in display that will allow you to look at recipes, check your Google calendar, build your shopping list, and so much more. The rep wasn’t sure if it was built on Android, but he did say it’s compatible with both Android and iOS, so I suspect not. What it does mean is that your Android phone will be compatible and will sync with it so that you will be able to see your grocery list when you’re at the store. It’s pretty cool, but not sure if it’s worth the extra bucks as you could just buy a Nexus 7 for $199 and slap it on your fridge and save $2,000. Hit the break for the hands on video.

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