I had a chance to sit down with Smart Online at CTIA yesterday. They have a unique online app builder for Android (and iOS) that was first introduced back in January. What seems to separate this builder as opposed to others is the fact that they are really working closely with the app creators. Many of them are marketing reps in the enterprise world that have ideas for apps, but simply can’t wait until their IDT departments get the job done. Smart Online takes input provided by many of these companies and adds features as they’re needed, which provides a constant flow of updates. In fact they’re usually adding updates at least once a month. Of course as consumers, SmartOn is also available and quite easy to use as you will see in the video after the break.
During Samsung’s Galaxy S III event we learned that the popular news app Flipboard was on its way to Android and would be exclusive to the GSIII for an unknown amount of time. Although it will eventually be available in the Google Play store, it’s always nice to check things out before they are officially available to the public. Thanks to XDA developer Velecho, we now have just that – early access to the app as it appeared on the GSIII.
Velecho had a GSIII demo unit for a short while and during that time he managed to pull the Flipboard apk from the device and is now sharing with anyone who is interested. In order to run the app you are going to want to make sure you allow third-party installations on you device before trying to install it. After you do that, simply grab the download from the source link below and be sure to thank the dev while you are there! After you are up and running come on back here and let us know what you think!
In a rare circumstance, the CEOs of Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon came together at CTIA to talk about the direction of the mobile network platform. Each leader of their respective wireless company began the discussion by talking about the trends of usage by customers, starting with Verizon’s Dan Mead. He began by highlighting Verizon customers will have a need for more wireless data than the company can provide by 2014, which would lead to the tightening of currently available spectrum. T-Mobile’s Philipp Humm expanded on some of Mead’s spectrum concerns by highlighting the need for access to new bands if the current capacity can grow alongside the ever-growing demand. He also talked about having to better manage existing spectrum.
Alas, Sony Mobile has not been hiding but actually working. The company has just announced two new devices to hit the market, the Xperia GX which is a high-end device and the mid range Xperia SX. The GX is a 4.6-inch 720 x 1196 display handset sporting a dual-core 1.5 GHz CPU (possibly the Snapdragon S4). In addition, there’s 16GB’s of on-board memory, LTE radios, a 13mp camera with an Exmor sensor and full HD recording capabilities. The device is being dubbed as an Xperia Arc successor and will come with a matte texture finish for its exterior. The SX is being touted by Sony Mobile as the lightest LTE phone to date, weighing in at a mere 95 grams. The device will also house a 1.5 GHz dual-core CPU but sport a smaller 3.7-inch 540 x 960 qHD display. There will be 8GB’s of internal storage and an 8mp camera instead of a 13mp sensor. The device will also come with some Japanese specific specs such as an infrared port for quick data transfer as well as a mobile wallet and mobile TV.
The new devices will come jam packed with new features such as rich media applications like the Walkman app sporting clear stereo and clear bass technologies as well as VPT surround sound with a manual equalizer. We take it this is Sony’s attempt to compete with Beats Audio technology. Of course, and as expected, both devices will launch with ICS 4.0 on board and will sport a number of photo and sharing applications for sharing content with all of your favorite social networks. Expect the devices to launch this summer of which the GX may actually make it into the states if not both shortly after their release. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below. Press release after the break.
We’ve had some recent news concerning the HTC EVO 4G LTE. Such as a leaked ‘The Getting Started Guide’ which details use of the new Android 4.0 device. As well, we noted that pre-orders were opened up for customers on May 7th. Finally, today Sprint has announced that the HTC EVO 4G LTE will be available for purchase on May 18th for $199.99. That’s just next week! So if you’ve been one of the few that have been able to hold off on buying a new device such as the recently released Galaxy Nexus, I’m betting you could wait just a mere week to pick up this great new Android phone. For a refresher on this phone, check out the TalkAndroid Hands-on from last month.
Hit the break for all the details from the Sprint press release.
We all feel a little safer when we have some protection. Whether in our car, in our home, throughout our daily lives. Well Sprint has expanded that security that we all need. The Now network has announced that it is releasing a new security suite called Sprint Guardian. These mobile security solutions will bring together Sprint, Safely, and Lookout. Though this new suite parents will have peace of mind knowing they can keep track of their children and know that they are being safe with their mobile phone. Based on location tracking and limiting texting times a parent can know that their kids will not be texting while driving and also be able to check their location at any time. A few of these feature are known as, Sprint Mobile Controls, Sprint Drive First, and Sprint Family Locator.
I can tell you that my being a Sprint customer and the father of a 13 year old going on 20, this offering by Sprint is quite welcome. Although there is a pretty good chance my son will not be so fond of it. Tough luck kid! :) Want to see the whole press release and all the features and pricing of Sprint Guardian? Hit the jump.
That’s right, Samsung brought the Galaxy S III stateside for a little visit for CTIA. Before you get your hopes up, this isn’t a U.S. variant, it’s the same global version that was unveiled last week in London. They did tell me that we will definitely see this beast on the fastest LTE network and HSPA+ networks in the U.S. by this Summer. For now check out the hands on and make sure you watch till the end because someone decided to embarrass themselves by pulling out their iPhone. They actually took pictures of the Galaxy S III with it. She was having a hard time admitting she was Samsunged, but she knew she was. Hit the break for all the action…
Toshiba is looking to make a splash this year with some exciting (pardon the pun) tablets. After last year’s Thrive series, they can only go up. This years offerings offer higher quality aluminum construction with some beefier specs like the NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor. All 3 tabs also include a 5MP rear camera, a 2MP front camera, and Ice Cream Sandwich. For more detailed specs on each tab, checkout out announcement post. Toshiba brought all three to CTIA to show off, and so far I’m really impressed at what I saw. The Excite 10 is already available now and the Excite 7.7 and Excite 13 (pictured above) will be available in June. Hit the break to see all three in action.
- The device is the G (LS970), with “G” being the internal code name. Yes, that would make this the LG “G”.
- It is 4G LTE-capable, probably for Sprint since they are the only carrier that uses LG’s “LS###” product codes.
- It will have a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, most likely a TI OMAP5 since the OMAP5 is slated to be in mass production by Q4 this year, right around when this phone should be coming out. Also, this would be one of the first LTE devices with a compatible quad-core processor.
- The screen will be a 4.7-inch HD display, most likely a True HD IPS720p display.
- The handset will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (duh!)
The screenshot shows a very small thumbnail, which is most likely a placeholder, but could be fairly representative of the “G” as it looks similar to the Nitro HD with a larger screen.
All in all, it looks like a promising high-end device, but I can’t help but feel it’s just a tad too late to the game considering the Evo 4G LTE‘s imminent release.
In a move that mirrors rival Verizon, AT&T will also be offering family data plans later this year. At CTIA 2012 this week, AT&T CEO Ralph de la Vega told CNET that he’s “very comfortable with the plan that will be offered to our customers,” though no specific dates were announced at this time.
Historically, de la Vega had serious doubts about such plans due to the complexities of billing and implementation. He seems to have had a change of heart, however, most likely as a response to Verizon’s similar announcement in February. Now we have to see which carrier actually rolls out their plan first.
Family data plans allow for higher capacity data plans that can be used over multiple devices with single account billing. This will presumably help spark sales of more devices to each household.
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