LG says 13MP Optimus G camera will offer ‘world’s best image quality’

Smartphone cameras are evolving just as fast as any other part of a device’s hardware, and LG has taken to YouTube to show off its latest feat. The Korean manufacturer uploaded a video yesterday, detailing the impressive optics behind its latest flagship handset.

LG is touting the “world’s best image quality” for its Optimus G smartphone, thanks to an “array of state-of-the-art technologies”. The company claims the optics utilize the world’s smallest pixel size, along with a Blue Glass filter to provide clearer images with less noise. Hyeong-cheol Moon, LG’s Director of Optical Solutions, also explains how the design team managed to fit such a large sensor into an 8.45mm shell.  To see the science behind the technological wizardry, check out the official video after the break.

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Android reaches half a billion installs

Recently we reported on an important milestone for Google’s Maps product that used the word “gigameter”. Today, Google’s Director of Product Development, Android, Hugo Barra, announced another milestone that is even more noteworthy. The Android operating system has now reached the 500 million global installs mark. Barra also mentioned in his post on Google+ that Android is adding 1.3 million new activations every day.

This is quite an accomplishment for Google and their Android team. We congratulate them, thank them for the great platform they have provided, and we look forward to the next post announcing the billion install mark has been reached.

source: Hugo Barra Google+

U.K. carrier O2 to offer exclusive Skyfall-branded Sony Xperia T

When the Sony Xperia T is finally available in the U.K., buyers will have the opportunity to grab a unique version of the new smartphone. Dubbed “The Bond Phone”, U.K. carrier O2 has announced they will be the exclusive source for a Skyfall-branded Sony Xperia T. Already named the official phone for the next Bond film, this move takes Sony’s marketing of the device to yet another level as fans prepare for the release of the 007 thriller.
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Need some extra security for your Android device? Verizon and McAfee has your back with their security tool

Verizon has teamed up with McAfee to launch a security tool to help beef up your security system on your Android powered handset.  While the free version provides protection against spyware key-loggers and potentially harmful sites that are visited in the browser, $1.99 per month (or $1/month if you have Total Equipment Coverage already) gets you remote tracking, audible alarm sounding, locking, wiping your device and App Alert which flags apps that are accessing personal data.

While I feel most of these aren’t needed on an Android device, there are many that feel every precautionary step is worth it. If you’re one of those people, then head on over to the source link to find out more!

source: Verizon Mobile Security

Apple’s lawsuits against Samsung has prompted Google to rethink their stance on patents

Google’s stance on patents has always been relaxed, as opposed to Apple’s much documented “war” style when it comes to defending their patents. Due to Apple’s constant bombardment of lawsuits against some of Android’s top manufacturers, mainly Samsung and HTC, Google has prompted themselves to change their stance on patents and how they plan on dealing with them. According to David Lawee, Google’s VP in corporate development:

“We actually didn’t invest in the patent ecosystem. We weren’t patenting things as aggressively as we should have been. We didn’t really believe rounded corners were patentable. We just didn’t buy into that notion of protecting your IP, and it (referring to Samsung’s landslide loss to Apple) was a wake-up call.”

While Google and Lawlee would much prefer peace than war, Apple has essentially given Google (or anyone for that matter) no choice but to strictly defend any patent they own. Lawlee also added:

“I’m hoping that we’re kinda over the hump in terms of how people value patents, and the ‘thermonuclear’ world is not the world we’re going to live in.”

It’s clear that Google and Lawlee wishes Apple would stop all of this nonsense, but at the same time realizes that it’s just wishful thinking when it comes to Apple and their patents. Let’s also not forget the power Google has with all of their patents, especially with the ones they acquired from the Motorola purchase.

It’s time for Google to take the gloves off and finally fight back against Apple. They can’t continue to let some of their most powerful vendors such as Samsung get clobbered in court battles. What do you guys think?

source: All Things D


Samsung confirms Galaxy S III Jelly Bean update arriving in October

Samsung hasn’t offered the most timely updates in the past, with some customers still waiting for Android 4.0 to hit their Galaxy S II handsets. This can’t be blamed entirely on ole’ Sammy, though, as carriers tend to be the ones who delay updates. However, in the spirit of keeping its customers happy, the Korean manufacturer announced today that “the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) operating system will be available on the Galaxy S3 from October.”

Considering the news comes directly from Samsung, it’s most likely that the update will roll out to international handsets first. As always, individual carriers will have to approve the update before it is allowed to be sent out OTA. There’s no word on the exact day in October the update will be available, though that’s probably for the best seeing as Samsung has struggled to meet its deadlines more often than not.

This news comes after EE (Everything Everywhere) revealed that it would be bringing the Galaxy S III to its new 4G network. EE’s version of the device will come pre-loaded with Jelly Bean, so users won’t have to worry about waiting for a pesky update.

Source: CNET

Sony Highlights Innovative Sensor-On-Lens Technology In New Xperia V Smartphone

At the IFA conference last month, Sony announced multiple new devices including the Sony Xperia V. This phone introduces a new type of touch screen technology which will combine the lens and sensor to give a “direct touch experience.” Traditional touchscreens on other smartphones have three layers: lens, sensor and display. Cutting out one of the layers gives images one less layer of glass and glue in order to travel through to provide cleaner, closer images. With the touch sensors being on the top lens layer, it gives the illusion of touching the image. There are also logical benefits to the new touchscreen technology such as the lack of an extra layer, which will make the phone thinner and lighter.

You can get a better idea of the technology once you hit the break for a video of the Sony Xperia V.
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Featured Play Store Review: Candy Racer [Arcade & Action]

I just stumbled upon Candy Racer, which is a very simple game, but also very challenging. From the name, you can tell it’s a racing game, but it’s way more than that. It’s actually part puzzle. Your job is to get your car to the end of the track within a certain amount of time. Along the way you can pick up stars that earn you back some time.

The tracks are candy themed and include loops, jumps, and hills. Right now there are three worlds, Candy Land, Ice Cream Land, and Chocolate Land. Examples of track names include Candy Cane, Mint Magic, Blue Lemon, and Blue Loops.

As far as controls, nothing could be simpler. You either tap down on your display or your don’t. Generally you want to tap down when your racer is going down hill and take your finger off when going up hill. It almost seems too simple, and in a way, I was turned off, but I found out that Candy Racer was way more difficult than I expected.

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Verizon Wireless Galaxy S III gets a ported TouchWiz Jelly Bean ROM

With the Jelly Bean update launching soon for the international Samsung Galaxy S III, it’s created envy for U.S. users. Thankfully XDA member remf4i posted a ported version for the Verizon version. It’s actually from a T-Mobile build, and it’s called ToUcHmYbEaNs RoM.

Of course with any ported ROM, there are always issues. For now the GPS is not showing directions and when setting the wallpaper by holding the homecreen, it force closes the gallery. However, you can set it by going directly into the gallery. We’ve seen a lot worse.

Just hit the source link below to get started.

source: xda