As I’ve always said, “Damn, if this isn’t an awesome time to be in the mobile industry“. It’s no surprise that companies like Sony and Samsung produce incredible cameras to accompany their incredible handsets since they’re no strangers to the stand alone camera. Sony has some of the best camera sensors one is ever going to find in a majority of their handsets. Devices like the new Sony Ericsson Xperia Ion and Sony Xperia S house a 12 megapixel Exmore CMOS sensor with the ability to capture beautiful shots in a number of different conditions. However, the company is looking to one-up itself by announcing an even better CMOS sensor which touts “RGBW Coding” enabling the ability to capture HDR video.
Gameloft and Verizon have recently announced plans to revolutionize Android gaming that could potentially change the game (pun intended). Plans are in action to enable in-game voice chat over Verizon’s 4G network that will work much similar to online gaming on Xbox and PS3 consoles.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Verizon to illustrate the potential of in-game voice chat and multiplayer over the 4G LTE network,” said Baudouin Corman, vice president of Publishing for the Americas at Gameloft. “Gameloft seeks to provide gamers with a complete mobile gaming experience and feels that these features are at the forefront of the platform’s future.”
According to the demo at this years CES, only three gamers are able to play and talk at the same time but I imagine that will change once the technology gets perfected a bit more. If you are anything like me and like to play online multiplayer games, then you know how important this feature can be and that it will take more than three people to be completely effective. To see how this is going to work, jump past the break to check out the short demo video and don’t forget to let us know what you think!
Now if Verizon would just activate voice over LTE we’d be set!
From time to time leaked builds become available for certain devices. Most of the time, it’s not the final build, and we never know for sure whether or not it is. In this case the Android 2.3.6 update for the DROID RAZR is now available for you to install, and you won’t need to be rooted. The new build number is 6.12.173 and it brings you to Android 2.3.6 from 2.3.5
We’re told this build brings a LTE radio update which is probably the biggest reason to install it. You will also find some Blur enhancements along with some new bloatware like the Moto Car Finder we told you about a couple of months ago.
Instructions after the break
It’s been a real sad state of affairs hearing all of the negative news surrounding the Transformer Prime lately. Who would have thought the follow up device would have undergone so many fails in such a short time? This week it’s being reported by a number of Prime owners that their already lacking GPS functionality has gotten significantly worse since the last update. Quite a number of members over at XDA have reported that their already weak signal is now no longer present since downloading the second Android 4.0 update. One of the members even reported leaving their TP on the window sill for over 25 minutes and it still didn’t latch on to a satellite. Asus went on record stating that the “metallic uni-body design” is responsible for the weak GPS signal in that it ultimately interferes with the signal’s ability to reach the device’s sensors. The company states that the new TF700 device is supposed to effectively fix the issue however. Lets hope reports about ASUS charging their customers to fix the issue isn’t true. Did you fork out for a Prime? What do you think? Feel free to rant all you want in the comments below.
Seven Networks just released version two of Ping. If you’re not familiar with Ping, it’s a social messaging app that allows you to keep all your conversations in one place. They just added Facebook and Twitter integration which might make this the “ultimate push-based social messaging app” available in the Android Market. With Ping you won’t have to switch between apps like email, IM, SMS, Facebook, Twitter, and other messaging apps. Ping automatically organizes all messages from each contact for all of these services. The Ping interface features a contact carousel and orders your contacts by how often you converse with them.
“People today are busy enough keeping track of their various mobile devices. Add to that the task of managing all of the different messaging apps and mobile communication becomes a bit overwhelming,” said Ross Bott, president and CEO of SEVEN. “Ping simplifies communication and messaging, allowing users to focus on the contacts and communications that matter the most to them.”
Checkout the overview video:
Download links and full press release after the break.
AT&T wants to lure a prospective customer or two to some of the new Pantech toys in its lineup. They recently introduced the Burst and Element tablet at CES and both look to make an immediate impact and splash as they will run on AT&T’s LTE network. AT&T wants to entice you by offering a special limited-time bundle of both devices. How much for the two devices, you ask? How about a not-too-shabby $250 (on-contract) for both. Naturally you’ll have to splurge on two separate plans for both devices but hey, at least you’ll have two devices to enjoy those 4G speeds on.
If you have been wanting to root your Lenovo ThinkPad and haven’t had time, knew where to go, or were a little bit apprehensive about doing such things then today is your lucky day as we have the process all lined up for you. Heck we’ll even give you instructions on pushing ClockWork Recovery to your device as a special bonus. We’ve compiled the process from Vulnfactory and XDA and have it broken down below.
As with all rooting, your device’s warranty will be void and all responsibility if you brick your device falls on you. However if you are more than ready to root this device hit the break below to get the files and instructions needed to root and get a custom recovery onto your ThinkPad. Just FYI this only works on Windows PCs. » Read the rest
Tablets continue to find their ways into the homes and offices of consumers. In fact, ownership of tablets and e-readers nearly doubled over the U.S. holiday season according to Pew Research. They found only 10 percent of Americans owned either a tablet and e-Reader in December, but ownership for both skyrocketed to 19 percent in January. In addition, Pew found 18 percent of Americans owned one or the other before the holiday rush while 29 percent had either an e-reader or a tablet in January. The findings are especially surprising because they come after a period from mid-2011 into the autumn in which there was not much change in the ownership of tablets and e-book readers.
In case you’re curious, while there are a variety of tablets for consumers, Pew identified two in particular that stood out. Both the Kindle Fire and Nook tablets likely had the most impact of all. Perhaps it was the solid set of specs or the ability to access a world of information. Or it could have been those shockingly low prices. Whatever the reason may be, consumers have embraced tablets and e-readers with open arms. Here’s to continued growth for those types of devices.
With the newest Verizon handsets arriving just arround the corner, Big Red is slashing prices on some of their current high-tier phones as we speak. Right now you can get the microSD card-less DROID RAZR in all three colors (white, black, purple) for only $199. These devices are the same as the 32GB version of the phone, except you provide your own memory card. Not a bad deal at all.
If it’s a keyboard that you’re after then you may want to check out the DROID 3. Last week its price was reduced to $99 on contract but now you can get it for a mere $49. This deal will only last until February 6th so if you can live without 4G you may want to jump on it.
One of the key features of the DROID XYBOARD is the IR port for controlling your TV, cable or satellite box, AV receiver, etc. The Dijit Universal Remote app comes pre-loaded so you will be ready to go out of the box. It’s fairly intuitive and works well except for the issues I had customizing (see video).
This is a great feature, but I’m not sure if I would want to dedicate my tablet to this because what happens if you’re in the middle of a game and someone wants to check the listings guide or change the channel? For me, a simple Logitech programmable remote control makes more sense, but I do like the integration of being able to view the listings guide on the XYBOARD itself.
The Digit Universal Remote app is not an exclusive to Motorola as it’s available in the Android Market. It’s compatible with any device that has IR, devices paired with the Griffin Beacon for Android, or over WiFi with Roku Media Players. You will find the Dijit app pre-loaded on the XYBOARD 10.1 and the XOOM 2 as well. You can checkout my initial hands on video of the DROID XYBOARD 8.2, and look for my full review soon.
Download links after the break