Motorola is expanding their range of Android devices into the home desktop arena. They are teaming up with WASU, a cable and telecommunications company in China. The desktop is being called the HMC3260 Cloud Broadband, probably because it will be a cloud-based entertainment device. The computer will have an 18.5” touchscreen display, running Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread and feature a Freescale i.MX53 ARM Cortex A8 1GHz processor. It will have TV and video integration and seemingly run most of the Android apps any Gingerbread phone can. This is not the first device of it’s kind, but if this full desktop experience goes over well, the Google-owned Motorola Mobility may try to introduce this concept into more markets. Hit the break for a full press release.
Are you an avid Android mini-figure collector? DYZPlastic’s series 03 will include a cool-looking new “Nexus” doll that dons a smokey dark translucent body along with the ever popular Nexus logo on his chest. If that’s not enough, the little guy is also holding Google’s Galaxy Nexus device on his right hand.
Interested in more images of this? You can head over to the source link for a 360 degree view of the figure.
US Cellular have released an app that helps their customers easily find Wi-Fi connections while they’re on the go. The app is called Wi-Fi Now and is available in the Play Store for free. Once you launch the application on your device, you will be automatically connected to known good Wi-Fi access points that are available around you. The app can also be configured to automatically connect to your Wi-Fi at home after manually entering the connection information. According to US Cellular, this feature will be pre-loaded on all of their Android devices from now on.
This can be a great application for customers looking to save data usages each month. More information available in the press release after the break!
Team Viewer for Remote Control app has been updated and now allows file transfers from a mobile device to any computer and vice versa. If you’re not familiar with this app, you are essentially allowed to remotely access your computer directly from your Android device.
Does this seem like an app you would use? You can head over to the QR code or download link for a free download!
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Looks like next Wednesday is going to be a busy day. HTC already has an event scheduled for that day and now LG and Qualcomm are sending invites to the press for an early morning event on the same day. The presser clearly states, “Live without boundaries.” We can only assume this will be the Optimus G, which will most likely be called the Eclipse 4G LTE here in the U.S. and is destined for Sprint and possibly AT&T. Incidentally, LG has an event in Korea the day before which should result in the unveiling of the international version.
Today brings good news for those in MENA countries. Google is officially rolling out Google Maps with Navigation to those in Egypt, Kuwait, Jordan, Algeria, Lebanon, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. Unfortunately, the app requires Android 4.0 and higher, which means a sizable amount of users will be left out.
More often than not, Google launches its portfolio of software and services in limited markets, denying Android fans everywhere what they
want need. It’s great to see Google finally bring one if its prime services to another batch of major markets. To celebrate the occasion, Google has put together a short video.
Source: Android Police
Motorola has already made it clear that the Droid RAZR MAXX HD won’t be launching until closer to the holidays, but the company has gone ahead and released its first TV spot for its new handset. The manufacturer touts it as having an “edge-to-edge display”, which seems like a bit of a stretch considering the Droid RAZR M has much less bezel. There’s still no word on an exact date for availability, but our guess is that it will make its debut around Thanksgiving. Either way, you can watch the official video below.
While Apple may have held it’s big announcement yesterday, that isn’t stopping Sprint and Samsung from trekking onward. Today, the duo has teamed up to announce the long-rumored Galaxy Victory 4G LTE, a budget priced smartphone that manages to pack a serious punch.
Priced at just $50 ($100 before mail-in rebate), the handset features Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, a dual-core Snapdragon processor, 4-inch display and NFC connectivity. In terms of optics, the device sports a 5-megapixel shooter on the rear, along with a 1.3-megapixel sensor on the front. Like other smartphones from Sammy, the Galaxy Victory 4G LTE will feature TouchWiz exclusives like S-Beam and All Share Play. For the full low-down, catch the official press release after the break.
Google released a press release today claiming that Google Wallet usage has doubled ever since the app added support for all credit and debit cards. Google Wallet is a service provided by Google that allows owners of android phones with NFC capabilities to keep all their card information secured on their phone to use at any retailer that uses NFC technology and supports the service.
Another reason the use of the app has improved so much is the move to Google’s secure cloud. This allows for individual banks to make a much easier set up process for their customers. In addition the cloud let’s users turn off the connection to Google Wallet at anytime from their computer in the event of theft.
Source: Google Commerce Blog
A new HTC device going by the model number PM63100 has shown up in the FCC database. According the documents available, this new smartphone will have LTE capability, just as we suspected based on information slowly leaking out about the device over the past month. The model number corresponds to an HTC device that appeared on the GLBenchmark site back in July that was powered by a quad-core Tegra 3 processor running at 1.7GHz. Many think this new device will be the HTC One X+, a revision of their current flagship device the HTC One X. According to some specs that were released last week by an XDA forum member, the HTC One X+ will carry 1GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage and will come with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean installed. Based on the LTE bands identified in the FCC documents, it appears the device may be headed to AT&T, though we have also reported it should show up in T-Mobile’s lineup as well.