We know some of you all love your Macbooks, but wouldn’t you love it if you could have the Android OS in a Macbook body? Well thanks to the THD N2-A clamshell notebook, you will be able to enjoy the best of both worlds. The ICS-powered 13.3-inch notebook features an LED-backlit 1366 x 768 LCD screen, 1.2GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor, 1 gig of DDR3 RAM, built-in WiFi (with an optional ethernet or 3G dongle via the USB ports) and wait for it— a 4200mAh battery. The N2-A does not feature a touchscreen option, so you’ll have to use the touchpad and keyboard (which curiously includes a Windows key by the way) in order to navigate the operating system— though there is the option to connect a USB mouse to the system.
Overall, the N2-A notebook is definitely on the
cheaper modest scale. The device itself is incredibly light and thin too for a notebook: it comes in at 3.4 lb, while also including a decent silver finish. You’re probably wondering how much this lovely machine will cost, right? Well, you can’t buy one notebook buy itself, but purchasing the notebook in groups of 500 units will run you about $74,500 from THD directly. But then again you can think of it this way: if you have 500 Android friends who are yearning for some of that Android-on-a-Mac experience, it would come out to about $149 a piece, which is definitely competitive to even premium tablets out there. Hit the break to see photos and video of the N2-A in action.
We just got word that some DROID Incredible 4G LTE accessories are arriving at indirect sales channels for Verizon Wireless. This means the launch should be fairly close, but we’re also hearing that we probably won’t see it until the first week in July due to software issues. This certainly doesn’t surprise me since this is Verizon we’re talking about.
Actually this phone is way overdue since it’s not even a One X and barely a One S since it lacks the fantastic camera software of the One Series. Droid Life recently reported a June 21st date, which seems realistic as well.
I guess it comes down to the source, and our source is very confident that we won’t see this mid-level phone until closer to Independence Day. More pics after the break
Do you love your touchscreen, but find it’s not fancy enough for you? Well Tactus might have a solution for you. While at SID 2012, the company showcased its new display product which is a haptic technology offering disappearing physical keys. Yes that’s right— physical keys that actually rise up when in use and disappear when they’re not in use on your display screen. It’s a little hard to fathom, I know but it is currently in development and will likely be a reality when all is said and done, especially as many of us Android users with big hands such as myself may have a difficult time typing on our touchscreen keys, yet loathe actual physical keyboards on our devices. More importantly, it would greatly assist in those with disabilities such as those who are legally blind. This technology would essentially let the masses have their touchscreen cake and eat it too.
While the technology is under development, it has a ways to go before it reaches the mainstream. For starters: the display is only configured for touchscreen layouts. It can only be configured for a QWERTY keyboard in landscape mode and that’s it. This means there are no specific controls such as those meant for gaming and will be incompatible with other keyboard alternatives such as Swype or SwiftKey. Yes it sucks, but you have to start from somewhere I suppose.
Still, you can’t help but be excited for the potential of this technology. I’m sure you’re all itching to get an idea of how this works in action, so why don’t you jump past the break to see a demo video?
While we’ve learned very little about Google’s “Mystery Device” since we first heard about it in February, more details have just emerged about when we may expect to see it. According to a recent FCC filing, Google has asked permission to extend its testing period into August (it was July) before finally filing for an FCC review. The device is being tested by Google employees in their homes in 4 cities around the US. Because an FCC filing usually means a device release is imminent, it’s a safe bet to say we’re going to hear about it at Google I/O later this month. Details have been hard to come by, but here’s what we know so far:
- Google calls it a “Personal Communication Device”.
- It has GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and an AC adapter.
- It’s portable and streams data/content
- It can be disabled remotely.
Since these little tidbits describe most consumer electronics these days, it’s hard to say exactly what this device will do or what form it may take. We’re pretty sure that it’s not Project Glass related, as everything we know about Google’s magic glasses indicates it is still much earlier in the development phase. More likely is some sort of media hub/Google TV device that could bridge the gap between TVs and Android phones and tablets, perhaps in a move to head-off rumors of a certain fruit flavored company entering the television market. It may also contain some Android @Home features which we’ve heard about before, but have yet to see in any real devices.
source: FCC (2)
Everyone’s favorite photo altering application, Instagram, has announced an update to the app bringing with it many bug fixes and improved functionality. Check out the change-log below and if you’re not currently using Instagram for Android and want to, you can check out the Play Store download link and QR code for convenience. Enjoy and feel free to leave a comment or two in the comments section below.
- Improved search functionality
- Support for location data taken from Gallery images when geotag is selected
- Fix for HTC Sensation 4G freezing using tilt shift
- Improved support and bugfixes for devices using the Instagram advanced camera
- Addresses tilt shift issues on lower resolution images
Play Store Download Link
Verizon is now rolling out update 5.9.905 for the Motorola DROID Bionic smartphone. To the overly excited, it may appear as if Motorola has just bypassed Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich all together and went straight to Jelly Bean or even Key Lime Pie, but alas, it’s simply just an update number that has nothing to do with which Android version you’re rocking, which in this case is still Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
The improvements are as follows:
- Recalibrated volume of the call connect and disconnect tones to be more comfortable for Bluetooth users
- Improved Visual Voice Mail to ensure delivery of a notification in the Status bar
- Reduced data stalls to improve 4G LTE data connectivity
So there you have it, people. It sounds like Bionic owners have been dealing with a few annoying bugs for quite some time so it’s good news to finally see them being addressed. Hit the source link below for more info.
Yesterday we announced Sony TV’s with Google TV were getting an update, but as far as the Logitech Revue is concerned, news would be coming. After the very long wait for the 3.1 update late last year, I wasn’t expecting anything too soon. Well Logitech surprised me with the 3.2 update. It’s live now and it contains a lot of fixes. It’s rolling out in stages and they have promised that all Revues will be updated by the end of the week. Hit the break for the full changelog.
Super fancy virtual magazine app, Flipboard strutted its stuff at the Galaxy S III event in London last month and has caught the eye of several Android users. Now the popular app has just been updated to version 1.8.4 beta 2.
The changelog is as follows:
- Added sharing via other applications
- Fixed authentication bug which could cause repeated logins
- Remember the position in a section if you accidentally leave it
- Improved stability and performance
The update notification will automatically display once you start up the app and is not available in the Play Store. At the moment, GSIII owners and beta testers are the only ones enjoying the goods but Flipboard intends to be available for all Android devices in the near future.
Last month we reported that many AT&T HTC One X users have been experiencing slow, intermittent Wifi connections and that an update from HTC to address these issues had been leaked. Well if you weren’t too keen on manually updating your shiny new One X yourself, AT&T is now pushing out the update OTA (over the air) to all.
Improvements are as follows:
- Wi-Fi Connectivity Improvement – improves operation when a device leaves Wi-Fi coverage.
- Wi-Fi Throughput (Speed Increase)
- AT&T Address Book fixes – Contacts formatting when synced to AAB
Keep in mind that the update will most likely roll out in groups so you may not see the notification right away.