Hands on with Gestures by Qualcomm for the Snapdragon S4 [Video]

Qualcomm was on hand at CTIA this year and they were showing off their new application called Gestures. This really isn’t anything totally new since Sony is introducing something similar with the Sola. I have a feeling we’re going to see a lot of this from all device manufacturers towards the end of the year. I don’t see a huge need for this except for maybe the kitchen when you’re browsing a cookbook with messy hands, so it’s nice to have the option. Qualcomm showcased this on a prototype tablet, and it’s still in the development stage. They ‘re targeting a late 2012 launch in the Google Play Store, and of course it will only be compatible with Snapdragon S4 devices.

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Test your Visual Skills in the HTC One Photo Challenge

HTC is very proud of the shooter on their latest phones the HTC One S and HTC One X. And they should be. There’s been a lot of buzz around the quality of this camera. HTC has taken the opportunity to set up a challenge, should you choose to accept it.  All that is required is for you to head over to the HTC Blog and start the challenge. You’ll be choosing which photo was taken with the HTC One X and which was taken with a professional digital camera. Personally I did not do all that well. I won’t reveal my score, but I could probably think of a few decent excuses why my score was bad. All joking aside, give it a shot yourself and let us know how you did.

source: htcblog

Ice Cream Sandwich for the Galaxy Note Rolling Out Now

You read the title right folks. Android 4.0 is starting to roll out now for the Galaxy Note. However as it is in Samsung fashion it appears that it’s rolling out a region at a time. So while you folks have been waiting for over a month since its first announcement you’ll have to wait just a little bit longer. The download is a whopping 319MB in size. Presumably, this is because TouchWiz is onboard.  It does come with the premium productivity apps Samsung’s been toting.

According to the folks at XDA the build is the XXLPY 4.0.3 build leaked on May 4th. For those of you in Germany, it’s available via Kies so that’s good news for you folks. There isn’t word on when we’ll see it in the U.S. but the good news is, given the roll out in other areas, the wait can’t be too much longer.  We’ll keep you updated when it’s available though so stay tuned!

 

source: Sammyhub

Samsung And Visa Announce Mobile Payment Collaboration For Summer Olympic Games

Samsung’s late spring/early summer release of the Galaxy S III is no coincidence. The launch will simultaneously mark the festivities of the summer Olympics and Samsung plans on capitalizing on the increased exposure to millions (or potentially billions) of eyes worldwide. In order to kick off Sammy’s moment in the spotlight during the Olympics, it has formally made an announcement it will team up with Visa to work with Olympians in emphasizing the use of the “limited edition showcase device” for making mobile payments using Visa’s payWave mobile payment service. Essentially, the athletes will be able to use the NFC-equipped showcase device to make payments similar to how Google Wallet works. The key difference is payments above £20 will require a passcode, while users will also be able to check their balance and transaction history from the application for added security. The service looks to be in full swing by the time the Games’ begins with Visa having around 140,000 terminals available for use around London.

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Samsung Galaxy S III Wireless Charging Kit To Be Delayed Until September

Sammy’s newest toy will officially arrive in just a few weeks, but one of its key accessories won’t be seen until the end of summer. According to UK retailer MobileFun, the uber-cool wireless charging kit for the Galaxy S III smartphone won’t arrive until September of this year. While Sammy doesn’t give a specific reason, it is speculated its new Alliance For Wireless Power partnership with Qualcomm has contributed to the sudden delay of the wireless charging accessory. While the official wireless charging accessory will be delayed until at least September— MobileFun is indeed working on sourcing a third-party alternative in the meantime, though it believes most consumers will prefer the official wireless charging accessory instead of a third-party alternative.

source: Slash Gear

Sony Xperia ST26i Pictures Leak

Sony’s rumored next flagship, the LT29i Hayabusa, was outed in a blurrycam photo yesterday, followed by the official announcement for the Xperia GX and SX. Now another leaked image has made its way stateside from China, but this time it’s for the Sony ST26i, a rumored 4″ qHD, 1GHz device. Unlike the GX or SX, this handset keeps the capacitive buttons. Also, this will be the first Sony device to not have the green globe logo on it since Sony bought out Ericsson.

Other rumored specs include an ST-Ericsson U8500 chipset, 512MB RAM, 8GB internal storage, and HD video. Now we wait for an announcement.

source: it168 (Chinese)
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Rogers Galaxy S III With Quad-Core Exynos and LTE?

Look up. Yeah, that’s not an ad on our site… that’s a screenshot of an ad for the Rogers Samsung Galaxy S III, snapped by an Android Central reader doing online research on Samsung’s latest. The important thing to notice is that the ad has the phone sporting an Exynos quad-core processor as well as LTE. This goes against what we’ve been hearing about the North American version of the phone, which is rumored to use a Snapdragon S4 dual-core chip instead due to incompatibilities between the Exynos and LTE.

If this is true, it could be possible to use a Rogers version of the phone on AT&T since they share the same HSPA and LTE bands. Of course, at this point we don’t know anything for sure, including whether only the Canadian S III will go quad-core, or whether all North American versions will get it. Or this could all be wrong and no quad-core/LTE version exists at all. We’ll just have to wait and see.

source: android central

Hands on with the LG Optimus 3D Max at CTIA [Video]

The last LG phone I spent some time with today was the Optimus 3D Max. This is the follow up to the Optimus 3D, and there’s a possibility that it could hit AT&T as the LG Thrill 2. HTC abandoned 3D in 2012, but LG still sees a niche for this type of product. I will say I wasn’t so much impressed with the actual display, but more the quality of 3D video that it was capable of filming. Nearby there was a LG 42-inch 3D TV showing a 3D video that was filmed using the 3D Max. I was impressed.


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Hands on with the LG Optimus 4X HD at CTIA [Video]

The Optimus 4X HD was yet another device that LG unveiled at Mobile World Congress. After a few months, it decided to visit the U.S. and show off a little. It sports a Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor, a 4.7-inch True HD IPS display, an 8MP rear camera, 1.3 front-facing camera, 16GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, 2,150mAh battery, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. No word on if this beast will ever be offered in the states, but we’re hoping.

 

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Hands on with the LG Optimus Vu at CTIA [Video]

LG unveiled the Optimus Vu at Mobile World Congress a few months ago. I had a chance to get my hands on it today at CTIA. This is LG’s version of the Samsung Galaxy Note. The specs include:

  • 5 inch (1024 x 768) IPS LCD display, 4:3 aspect ratio
  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor
  • 32GB internal memory
  • 2,080 mAh battery
  • 8 MP rear camera
  • 8.5mm thick
I have to admit, it’s intriguing, but it seems too big for everyday use. I’m still hoping we see this beast in the U.S. Let’s hope it’s not wishful thinking. Hit the break for our hands on.