Samsung is preparing to use MWC 2013 to showcase its newest service called TV Discovery for its various devices. TV Discovery is a fully integrated tool that essentially lets users take advantage of live TV content and other forms of video content on both Sammy smartphones and Smart TV sets. So users of the service will be able relay and actually see program information and feeds from live TV, video on demand and online streaming means such as Netflix— all through one centralized resource center. Oh and what’s even more awesome is the ability to use a compatible connected tablet into a fully functional universal remote. Sweet.
For now, Sammy highlights TV Discovery will initially aggregate content from Netflix and Blockbuster in the US and Acetrax, Wuaki, MovieMax, FilmIn, Chili, Pathé and SF Anytime in the European Countries. There are no further details for now, but we’re certainly eager to see how Sammy’s latest concoction works in person next week.
source: Samsung Tomorrow
The Google Drive Android app just received an update that includes a much needed feature, video streaming. This means that you can now watch any of your stored videos on your Android phone or tablet. You will need Android 3.0 or above to get your stream on, which covers about 50% of the user base. They also added pinch-to-zoom support for presentations and a few bug fixes. If you already have Google Drive, head over to the Play Store to get your update or hit one of the links below to get the app.
We thought it was going to be called the MeMo Pad 10, but apparently it will be the MeMO Pad Smart 10. ASUS already confirmed the tablet last week, but now they released an overview video. This tab falls in line with the TransformerPad TF300 with a 10-inch IPS display and Tegra 3 processor. It comes with SonicMaster sound technology and a 5MP camera. Other than a pink offering, there’s nothing earth shattering here, but if priced right, it could be a decent 10-inch tablet for a lot of people. Hit the break for the video.
It looks as if Sprint has yet another ZTE device on the way— this time an Ice Cream Sandwich-powered device called the Force. This mid-ranger features a 1.5GHz dual-core chip + 1GB of RAM, 4 gigs of on-board ROM and a decent 1,730mAh battery. The real kicker about this device is that it will feature a full 4G LTE chip built-in. All of these goodies seem to bode well for customers looking for a new device soon, as the Force is set to arrive in stores on March 1st for a mere $50.
Sure looks like Sprint is trying its dardnest to get customers to its ever-growing 4G LTE network doesn’t it?
With Sony’s big announcement last night on the PlayStation 4, it’s no shocker that there would be something Android (and iOS) related. They announced a new app, simply called the PlayStation App, that will allow Android (and iOS) smartphones and tablets to become a second screen when playing PlayStation 4 games. Sega had the vision years ago with the controllers that came with the Dreamcast, but Sony is taking it to the next level.
The TV will still be the display of choice for gameplay, but you can now use your smartphone or tablet to look at maps. It makes perfect sense when playing something like football against a friend because your opponent won’t have any idea what play you’re calling. Users will also be able to purchase PlayStation titles from their devices and watch other gamers.
Today, Qualcomm made their entry level Snapdragon processors official, and listed off some pretty impressive specs for what’s going to be considered “budget phone” in the next few months. The Snapdragon 200 series is the weaker of the two, offering quad A5 CPUs at up to 1.4 GHz per core, Adreno 203 GPU, and UMTS and CDMA support. The 200 series is listed as being balanced for cost and performance and will provide excellent battery life and speed for entry level phones.
The 400 series is the big brother of the two, and comes in two variants; Dual Krait CPUs running at up to 1.7GHz per core, or a quad A7 CPU at 1.4 GHz per core. It’s paired with the Adreno 305 GPU, Miracast wireless display technology, a slew of different modem options, and LPDDR2 or LPDDR3 RAM, which will drastically improve processor performance. When this generation’s budget processors are quad-core, I think it’s safe to say that the devices to be released in 2013 are going to be pretty phenomenal.
We’ve heard rumors here and there about Google bringing a touch-enabled Chromebook to the market, but so far nothing has really materialized. Now the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google is definitely preparing some touch devices slated for release later this year. There’s no word on exact release dates, or what manufacturer Google will be partnering with to make these devices, but after the recent marketing push for Chromebooks in the Play Store, as well as Google’s efforts on polishing up Chrome OS, I wouldn’t expect these plans to fall through.
This does put Google in an odd position, however. On one hand, these Chromebooks could potentially eat up some Android device sales. On the other hand, after Android’s wild success, the next market for Google to attack would be the desktop computer market, which is almost exclusively dominated by Microsoft’s Windows. Personally, I think the Chromebooks, if offered at a decent price like Google’s Nexus devices, would make a great addition to Android powered smartphones and tablets. And after Microsoft’s less-than-stellar Windows 8 debut, Google has a shot at turning these niche devices into something mainstream. We’ll just have to wait and see.
source: Wall Street Journal
Remember when we showed you the Optimus F5 and F7 leaks? Well, it didn’t take long for LG to officially confirm the pair of devices. They still have differing button layouts, which is definitely an oddity, but the specs should hopefully make up for that. The F5 on the right packs a 4.3 inch qHD screen, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 5MP camera and 2,150mAh battery. The bigger device, the F7, has an HD screen, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM, an 8MP camera and 2,540mAh battery.
They both come with LTE connectivity out of the box, as well as Android 4.1.2 with LG’s custom overlay. And in case you were wondering about colors, both devices will be offered in white and black. It’s no flagship device, but if you’re planning on picking up a solid, powerful device without breaking the bank, either of these will more than suit your needs. We’ll be sure to keep you updated on pricing and availability. Hit the break for the full press release. Read more
We’ve seen some pretty exciting new phone announcements lately, but none of them are running NVIDIA’s new Tegra 4 chip. ZTE is looking to be the first to market with a line of “super phones” powered by the powerhouse quad-core Tegra 4. They plan on debuting the phones in the first half of 2013 in China, and thanks to the new i500 LTE chip, they’ll sport global LTE voice and data. Cool, right? ZTE has always had a knack for making affordable, but powerful phones, so hopefully this new lineup will have some success. Fingers crossed we see it in some other markets, too. Hit the break below to check out the press release. Read more
Kyocera and Virgin Mobile have paired up once again to bring another low-cost pre-paid device. The Event can be had for a low $79 with no contract. When paired with Virgin’s $35 300 minute and unlimited data plan it can be a viable choice for new users looking for a decent device without having to pay a huge retail price. The Event brings a modest set of specs to the table which include a 3.5-inch HVGA (320×480) display, a 1 GHz processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), 512 Mb of RAM (Micro-SD card expandable), and a 3.2-Megapixel camera. There seems to be little presence of an OEM skin which is nice. Although the specs are far from blowing anyone away, it could be one of Virgin’s top sellers based on price. You can read the full press release after the break.