It looks like we’re about to have a major snafu in regards to the anticipated arrivals of the AT&T HTC One X and Sprint EVO 4G LTE smartphones. HTC recently confirmed the imports of both devices have been delayed at the U.S. border due to a “customs review”. The reason for this hints in the direction of none other than Apple. Apparently, the cause may come from the ITC exclusion order Apple was granted last December over hyperlinks in the messaging app and browser. HTC claims the issues raised by Apple in front of the ITC were more or less silly and would be removed from their various products. Unfortunately, customs must review the shipments coming in after the April 19 deadline set in place by the ITC whether HTC likes it or not. HTC added an official statement regarding the matter:
“The US availability of the HTC One X and HTC EVO 4G LTE has been delayed due to a standard U.S. Customs review of shipments that is required after an ITC exclusion order. We believe we are in compliance with the ruling and HTC is working closely with Customs to secure approval. The HTC One X and HTC EVO 4G LTE have been received enthusiastically by customers and we appreciate their patience as we work to get these products into their hands as soon as possible”.
Sonic lovers can rejoice since Sega just released Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode II in the Google Play Store and NVIDIA TegraZone. It’s optimized for Tegra 3 devices and delivers a near console-like experience that you won’t find on any other mobile platform. Thanks to NVIDA’s Tegra 3, it has dramatically higher quality textures, better lighting and glow effects, and objects that are absent from other mobile versions. It’s the most technically advanced mobile version of the game, and you will find it’s a near mirror-image of the PS3 and Xbox versions. Just take a look at the images below to see the difference (click images to enlarge).
What’s this? Well, it looks like the folks at BriefMobile got their hands on a leaked feature sheet for a new device from HTC dubbed the HTC Ville C. Their source tells them it’s essentially a cheaper version of the HTC One S, which makes sense since the One S was codenamed “Ville“… I guess the “C” stands for “cheaper”.
Here are the specs:
- 4.3-inch qHD AMOLED display
- 16GB of internal memory
- 1GB RAM
- 1.2GHz Qualcomm dual-core MSM8260 S3 processor (the sheet says 1.7GHz but the source says it’s a typo)
- Ultra slim profile (exact measurements not yet known)
- Sense 4.5 (nice to know HTC is already working on an update)
- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
- 8MP camera with same imaging chip as the One series (1080p video recording)
- VGA front facing camera
- 1,650 mAh battery
No news yet on release dates or carriers.
Mobile carriers in the U.S. are very concerned about the amount of traffic on their data networks. Too much and the whole thing gets clogged and slows down. A study by video optimization firm Bytemobile has found that it’s not the smartphones carriers need to worry about… it’s the tablets.
According to this study, tablets drive three times more mobile data than smartphones. Sure, there are more smartphones being used than tablets right now, but Forrester Research estimates that by 2016, one-third of all adults in the U.S. will own a tablet of some kind. At three times the traffic, this can quickly become an issue. Granted, not all of those tablets will have connectivity to a mobile carrier, but it’s still something to keep an eye on.
The higher use of data is due in part by higher web browsing (160% more from iPads than iPhones in this study) and the increased use of streaming video services on tablets.
Of course, since Bytemobile is a video optimization company, the report also found that slower networks streamed lower quality video (240p resolution), and they obviously suggest that this indicates the need for carriers to consider video optimization and caching technologies… something they might know a little something about.
Full press release after the break.
Ever wonder just what kind of tablet you could get for around $200? How does this sound?
- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
- 1.2GHz single-core Cortex A* processor
- 512MB RAM
- Mali 400 GPU
- 4GB internal storage
- MicroSD slot
- 0.3MP front facing camera (no rear-facing camera)
- 10-inch 1024 x 768 display
- Full-size USB port
- HDMI port
- 15 hour battery
These are the specs for the French-made Yzi tablet. Not too shabby. Some models may even come with 3G connectivity. The tablet will be available in Europe for a very reasonable €159. No word on whether it will come to the U.S.
Check out more pictures after the break.
Word on the street is that Google is shifting gears when it comes to its Nexus line of Android smartphones. Ever since the release of the HTC Nexus One, Google has always partnered with one single manufacturer in the development of their Nexus handsets. They attempted to sell the Nexus One through their website only, but the carrier subsidies proved too financially significant for many consumers to justify buying a phone at full retail price, at least here in the States. So with the Nexus S and the Galaxy Nexus, the big “G” decided to go with specific carrier releases, while at the same time, giving up quite a bit of control on what content would be pre-loaded and if and when updates would ever make it to the phones. Along with those issues, Google’s decision to work solely with one manufacturer for their Nexus phone created a bit of tension in the mobile arena with other manufacturers feeling less favored. All in all, Google certainly felt that their master plan for Android was not playing out exactly the way they had hoped.
Now Google has a new plan that should bring about some pretty big changes. For one, no more favoritism will be displayed when it comes to the next Nexus phone. Google is expected to collaborate with up to 5 different manufactures that will be given access to the latest Android OS version, Jelly Bean. They will construct their own personal Nexus device that is to be distributed once again through Google’s website and possibly through various carriers as well with an expected release date around Thanksgiving. It’s reported that the phones will be GSM technology, making it easier for most consumers to have more choice so not be stuck with a contract or the limiting phone selection of their respective carrier.
To be able to have more stock android options and more avenues of purchasing them is a really big improvement if Google can pull it off. The company recently dropped the price of the Galaxy Nexus to $400 on their website a few weeks ago and the results have been very pleasing. If Google can find the right price for these devices, they should be able to turn some heads and make consumers reconsider signing another 2 year contract for a discount. Greater support and adoption of this business model only means that the Android customer experience will be greatly improved with Google now in complete control of updates.
So is this gonna work? Who would buy a Nexus now given this new information? What about CDMA carriers like Sprint and Verizon? Let your thoughts be heard in the comments below.
Have you ever heard of the Tizen Operating System? Neither had we until today however what we do know about it is that the HTML 5 based, open source platform is looking to Android’s flourishing Play Store to give it a leg-up. Tizen has clearly taken some inspiration from RIM who famously solved the riddle of how to attract developers to a new platform by sidestepping it completely and simply loading the Android Market to the Blackberry Playbook.
Open Mobile is the company behind the trick, a solution it has named ‘Application Compatibility Layer‘ (ACL) which supposedly allows you to run Android applications on a Tizen device with 100% compatibility and maximum responsiveness. Impressive indeed if the claims are well founded.
Check out the video below that demonstrates Android applications running on Tizen. Will you be keeping your eye on the development of this new platform? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
source : The Handheld Blog
You’d be forgiven for thinking what you’re looking at here is a Nintendo Wii. The clear white finish, the vertical standing rectangular design, even the remote control is a dead ringer for a Wii remote. What you’re actually looking at is a set-top box that runs Android 4.0 and is designed to sync with other Android devices for TV and media streaming. The device is all set to be tested as early as this summer with a view to an end of year launch. Early indications are that it will initially only be available in Japan.
No further details about the Smart Box are known at this time but as ever we’ll be sure to bring you the updates as they arrive.
Do you think this device can bolster Google’s assault on the illustrious TV market? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
source : Newlaunches
The Summer Olympics of 2012 is upon us. What’s your favorite sport, or which will you be sure not to miss, as long as you have access to the live event? Could it be Football, Basketball, Water sports, Rowing, Shooting, Cycling, and the list goes on. As for myself, I will pick up and watch a little of whatever I can. With the help of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) there’s a good chance you’ll get to see your favorite sport live.
The BBC is pulling out all the stops to get this year’s Summer Olympics in London broadcast in as many ways as possible. They will be streaming 24 live HD streams throughout the event. Included, you’ll be able to stream to any one of your Android devices, or web-enabled TV by way of the BBC mobile sports site or mobile applications. The Android app will support streaming HD video over 3G and WiFi, giving the ability to watch live any one of the games. So prepare yourself for overload of Olympic coverage, and enjoy the Summer Games!
Yesterday we told you how tomorrow will come with a sweet update for your Sensation 4G device and that the Amaze 4G device would be seeing its update “in the coming weeks.” While this is exciting in itself the secondary news following it isn’t so much. Those of you that have been using T-Mobile‘s free tethering on your devices will no longer be able to do so after you update. This suggests that a $14.95 a month tethering plan will be mandatory should you wish to have the ICS update and the hotspot tethering options.
This was made clear in the Sensation upgrade support document and said the following:
“HTC Sensation 4G will be required to add Wi-Fi Mobile Hotspot feature in order to use the service after completing this update.”
The difference between the Sensation 4G and Amaze 4G documents is that that quote is missing out of the Amaze 4G documentation. Although users have reported that T-Mobile is blocking the WiFi tethering feature on that very device. The confusion arrived in the fact that although T-Mobile has always charged $14.95 per month officially for a tethering option some users have been able to use this service freely. A T-Mobile representative had this to say: