LG is subtly upgrading its Optimus logo with a new look. In an effort to tie in the sleek look of the new Optimus line up, the logo is metallic and slim, just like the new phones. The logo is also modern and simple. LG says those qualities embody their philosophies on their devices. The new smartphones, and the new logo, will debut at Mobile World Congress at the end of February. Do you think the new logo reflects promise in the new Optimus line? Let us know in the comments. Also, check out the full press release below.
NEW LOGO FOR LG SMARTPHONES DEBUTS AT MWC 2012
LG to Transform Its Optimus Brand Logo with New Design-Oriented Handsets
SEOUL, Feb. 17, 2012 – LG Electronics (LG) renews the logo design of its signature mobile phone brand, the Optimus, reflecting the company’s reinforced design leadership. The incumbent Optimus brand was initially introduced two years ago in line with the launch of the LG Optimus Q, LG’s first smartphone.
The new Optimus logo is designed to accentuate the metallic edges and slim shape of the 2012 smartphone line-up unveiled at this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC). It embodies modern and seamless simplicity, which is the core for LG’s design philosophy for mobile devices.
With the new logo and desired specifications, LG will offer superior smartphones that bring design prestige to users seeking aesthetic beauty on technological devices. Also, the company’s commitment to raise the ante by offering best quality products to consumers will be further reinforced.
Further details regarding and a live demo of the new smartphones with the new logo will be offered at LG Stand ( Hall 8 ) at MWC 2012 from February 27 to March 1.
With dual-core processors being so 2011, it’s no surprise that we keep seeing leaks of supposed quad-core devices. The latest comes from Motorola and it’s the Atrix 3. As you can see in the picture, it’s buttonless so expect this to launch with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Other rumored specs include a Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 720p display, and a 10MP rear camera. One other rumored spec, and the best one as far as I’m concerned, is a 3300mAh battery, which is what the DROID RAZR MAXX sports.
Whether this is real or not, we don’t know for sure, but it’s certainly not a ridiculous notion that Motorola would be working on the 3rd edition of the popular AT&T device.
The folks over at Human Factors International, a company that specializes in user-centered design training and consulting, have published an interesting white paper about the increasingly popular Kindle Fire. Written by the CEO Eric Schaffer, the basic premise of the document states that even though the Fire has some fundamental usability issues with its user interface, it’s still a success for other reasons. What usability issues, you ask?
While we all know how popular the iPad is, Amazon is stealing the show with their rapid rise in sales. Research firm IHS iSuppli has released shipping data from 2011. The Kindle Fire rose to 14 percent of the tablet market share in the fourth quarter, pushing it to second place. Following Amazon is Samsung in third place, Barnes and Noble in fourth place, and Asus rounding out the top five. Apple still has the lion share of the market at 57 percent, but they have dipped down from 64 percent in the third quarter.
IHS iSuppli reports that Apple lost some of those sales to themselves, with some customers opting for the iPhone 4S instead of an iPad. However, the Kindle Fire is popular because it is much more affordable at $199 than the iPad. While it is noted that these numbers are for shipments, not for actual sales, it’s still enough action for Apple to sit up and take notice.
The release of the iPad 3 will shake up the tablet market once again, but with the cheaper price and good functionality of the Kindle Fire and other Android tablets, the future is wide open for competition.
source: IHS iSuppli
via: Tech Crunch
Skype for Android has just been updated to version 18.104.22.1687, and brings an updated calling interface, performance improvements, bug fixes, and continues to add video calling support for more devices with the addition of support for Sprint’s Samsung Epic 4G Touch.
The market page lists the following:
What’s in this version:
- Improvements and new features:
- Calling interface updated
- Improved quality
- Enabled video calling for Samsung Epic 4G Touch
Here’s what the new calling interface looks like. Minimalist and classy.
The highly anticipated Acer tablet, the Iconia Tab A510 has received approval from the FCC. The tablet is scheduled for release sometime in April, and is headed for Europe. The 10.1″ tablet is equipped with a quad-core 1.3GHz Tegra 3 processor, 1GB of RAM, a resolution of 1280 x 800 and comes in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB iterations. Input and output candies include a microSD slot, mini-HDMI and mini-USB. Keep posted to TalkAndroid for an official release date! Lucky Europeans.
For those of you who picked up a new DROID XYBOARD with the hopes of doing some MODing or ROMing in the near future, boy do I have some good news for you! No its not an unlocked bootloader, but it’s the next best thing – root access.
According to a post over at MyDroidWorld, Dan Rosenberg has a root method ready and MDW user bignadad plans on releasing a 1-click method for rooting the XYBOARD tomorrow on his forum thread. He has been able to confirm the method works on the 10-inch with and without the recent OTA update, and should work with the 8-inch. He even plans on releasing a theme for the tablet by this weekend. Sounds exciting. Hit up the source link for more info.
More details have surfaced about HTC’s flagship device, the Endeavor, which is expected to be announced at MWC this year. It’s already been reported that it will be running Android 4.0, adorn a 4.7″ 720p screen, an 8 MP rear facing camera and a 1.3 MP front facing camera, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and tout 1GB of RAM. A Tegra 3 based 1.5GHz quad-core processor is reported to be the brains of the device.
Now we have some more insight into what the Endeavor will bring, including some confirmations and details of the aforementioned specs. There’s been quite a few details uncovered, but here are what I believe are the most important:
- The phone will be Beats branded including software, device branding and will include Beats headphones in the box
- Like the Galaxy Nexus, the Endeavor will ship with a 5-pogo-pin connector for use with a speaker dock
- No MicroSD slot, and will be using MicroSIM technology
- The quad-core Tegra processor has been confirmed as an nVidia AP33 1.5GHz/XMM6260
- The screen will be of SuperLCD variety — no OLED
Seems to me that this phone might even make me swallow an early upgrade fee and retire my Galaxy SII
for now. We’ll have to see as more details surface. Hit the source for details in their entirety.
While we were at this years CES we had the pleasure of checking out ASUS’ upcoming tablets, the 7-inch MeMO 370T and the updated HD Transformer Prime 700 series. At that time, little did we know they had another tablet hidden away somewhere that was just dying to get out. It was only a couple weeks ago that Mr. blurry cam got to see the other new ASUS tablet and luckily he shared his image for all to enjoy. At that time we had no idea what kind of specs the thing had, all we knew is that it was being referred to as the ASUS TF300T, and was red in color.
Apparently Google Drive has been activated on a GeekWire user’s Google account, suggesting that the cloud service could be taking off very soon. This would fall in line with The Wall Street Journal reporting last week that Google was in fact preparing to launch the service “in the next coming weeks or months“. Google Drive is expected to be free to use for the most part, with a premium option available for more storage. The service will be added to Google’s already gigantic cloud infrastructure which hosts all of its previous services from web search to YouTube.
This will be interesting to see how Google fares with cloud storage services like DropBox and Ubuntu One, among others. Will Google simply conquer or actually have to run for its money?