Noted Android developer Koushik Dutta has released ClockworkMod Superuser beta. And yes, this is the guy behind ROM Manager and Carbon Backup. CWM superuser is free but isn’t yet available at the Play Store. It can be downloaded here and flashed manually in recovery or via ROM Manager. Although there are a couple other Superuser options out there, this one is open source and has multiuser support. See the full list of features at the source below.
Qualcomm has teamed up with the developers of doubleTwist to create an open sourced media streamer for all Android devices called MagicPlay. Well, all devices with a Qualcomm chip with their AllJoyn protocol, that is. That AllJoyn protocol will allow a device to stream media to any other device, and it’s being positioned as a competitor to Apple’s AirPlay.
MagicPlay will let users wirelessly stream media through WiFi, completely skipping Bluetooth connectivity. It’s also to bet set up so manufacturers can add a single component to devices to allow streaming, and developers can freely embed MagicPlay streaming in their applications. Hopefully we’ll see this take off as well as Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips have done in the past few years. Hit the break for the press release, and be sure to check out the rest of our MWC coverage here.
NVIDIA took some time today to post more details regarding their Phoenix reference phone powered by their new Tegra 4i chip on their company blog, including a hands-on video with the device. NVIDIA’s Tegra 4i chip comes with a built-in 4G LTE chip and promises to be better than the current generation Tegra 3 chip by most any measure. To help accelerate adoption of the chip by phone manufacturers, NVIDIA has created the Phoenix reference phone. The video shows some of the physical features of the device and also shows a little bit of what performance will be like for gaming or video playback. One of the features covered in the video is NVIDIA’s technology that allows for lag-free HDR photos, videos, and panoramic shots.
Check out the video after the break for more on NVIDIA’s new reference phone.
We’ve seen Google make some pushes into augmented reality with their recent push with Google Glass, and Google’s Direct of Android User Experience, Matias Duarte, fully agrees with that direction. At MWC, Duarte talked about gestures and tangibility being the next step for mobile devices, saying “computers have to work the way people expect, and not the other way around.” He also talked about the importance of users interacting with objects similarly to how they interact in real life, going beyond just your fingers and the palm of your hand. Google revolutionized the mobile space with Android’s open-source nature, and it looks like they’re attempting to spearhead the next revolution in mobile computing.
As a side note, Duarte also had a few comments about the customizability of Android, promising that Google would never clamp down on what makes our Android devices unique. To keep up with the rest of the news from MWC, click here for our latest coverage.
Earlier today we saw ASUS release a new promo video for one of their new devices from Mobile World Congress 2013, the ASUS Padfone Infinity. Following on the heels of the Padfone Infinity video, ASUS has released a couple new videos showcasing their new 7-inch tablet, the ASUS Fonepad. While the Padfone Infinity is touted as a two-in-one device, letting the user pick the size for their current need, the Fonepad is a single device aimed at being either a large phone or a small tablet.
One of the videos shows some of the features of the device and provides some background into design decisions. The other video showcases a Chicago tour guide and how he uses the Fonepad to connect to his customers. Check out both videos after the break.
Earlier today, ASUS revealed their latest PadFone device, the ASUS PadFone Infinity, and now they released a promo video.showcasing it’s attributes. The promo makes note of all the features of the PadFone including the 5-inch full HD display of the phone as well as the 10.1-inch tablet dock. It shows how a veterinarian and designer use the PadFone to be efficient on the go, so check out the video after the break.
Today at MWC, Sony announced that its Xperia Z and Tablet Z devices will go on sale globally on March 1st, 2013. The Xperia Z, Sony’s latest flagship phone, is already available for pre-order and available in some parts of the world with varying storage capacities. The Tablet Z, however, was announced back in January, but we didn’t have any details concerning a launch date or pricing. Check out the press release after the break and sure to follow us as we bring you all of the latest news coming out of Mobile World Congress 2013.
In a world of ever changing technology where phones are getting larger and tablets are getting smaller, the NEC Medias W gives us the best of both worlds. Spotted at MWC 2013 the Medias W looks sort of confusing at first. In tablet mode it has two screens covering 5.6-inches, but by simply swinging the device at the hinge, you get a 4.3-inch smartphone. This is the first dual-screen offering we have seen since the Kyocera Echo.
ASUS had a little presser this morning at Mobile World Congress in which they unveiled the PadFone Infinity and the Fonepad. Now you can watch it in its entirety, and you will not only get to see the PadFone Infinity and Fonepad announcements, but you will also learn about ASUS Open Cloud Computing (AOCC). Total running time is 44 minutes, so if you have some time, check it out after the break.
Intel announced the launch of a new line of Atom processors (Clover Trail+) and OEM partnerships at MWC. Like Motorola, Intel is apparently not playing the cores game with smartphones. They’re releasing dual-core Atom Processors for (2.0GHz Z2580, 1.6GHz Z2560, and 1.2GHz Z2520) they claim will deliver double the computing performance and up to three times the graphic capabilities of its current crop of mobile processors. Battery life was described as “competitive.” Intel said ASUS, Lenovo, and ZTE are on board with the new processors.
Intel also announced a new LTE chip, the XMM 7160, capable of supporting 15 LTE bands simultaneously. The new chip purported to be the world’s smallest and lowest-power multimode-multiband chip supports DC-HSPA+, EDGE in addition to LTE. The XMM 7160 is scheduled to begin shipping sometime during the first half of 2013.
There was some quad-core news from Intel. It said it is working on a line of quad-core tablet Atom processors, known as “Bay Trail.” Intel said some of these processors are actually already in the market (running on Windows devices). Intel believes these processors will bring all-day battery life and weeks of standby to Android. Acer, ASUS, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo, LG Electronics and Samsung were all listed as working on tablets using the Bay Trail processors. They’re expected to come to market in time for the 2013 holiday season.
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Virgin Mobile subscribers are sure to be excited at this tidbit of news— the popular prepaid carrier has announced the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE smartphone to its Android lineup. That’s right friends— Virgin Mobile has announced one of its first 4G LTE smartphones for its customers. The Galaxy Victory 4G LTE will arrive with modest features including a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 4-inch display, a 5MP rear-facing camera + 1.3MP front-facer and Jelly Bean 4.1 loaded up. While the specs aren’t anything to sneeze at, the device will arrive both online and at retail stores for a mere $300 in mid-March. Suddenly, the thought of owning a budget-level device on contract-free 4G LTE speeds sounds slightly more appealing, doesn’t it? More details can be found once you hit the break to check out the full presser.
We’re still waiting on the official Galaxy S IV announcement, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t excited to hear about new features the device is going to have ahead of time. Visa and Samsung have announced that they’ve come to an agreement with Visa’s new mobile payment partner’s system, ROAM. It’s similar to Google Wallet and Isis, so hopefully US carriers don’t block it right out of the gate. The big difference, though, is that the APIs banks and merchants will use for accepting payments will come from Visa, and will supposedly offer higher security than what Google Wallet and Isis do.
Samsung’s Galaxy S IV will feature NFC-enabled payments through ROAM alongside Visa’s NFC software and PayWave application, and with the expected numbers Samsung plans on selling, that’s going to put NFC payments in millions of people’s hands. That’s a great first start towards making NFC payments commonplace. And, according to Visa, they’ve been in talks with “9 out of the top 10 handset makers” to get this NFC/payment combo shipped on as many devices as possible. They already have 55 approved with 55 more in line. Pretty impressive.
We still haven’t seen Google Wallet or Isis make any significant gains in revolutionizing how we pay for things, but maybe Visa can change that. Samsung’s a good company to use a first partner to make that happen. For the rest of our MWC congress, click here.
As expected, ZTE pulled the wraps off of the Grand Memo at Mobile World Congress. It features a 5.7-inch 720p display along with the latest from Qualcomm, the 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800. It also has 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage a 13MP rear camera, 1MP front camera, 3,200 mAh battery, and Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. It comes in at 8.4mm thick, which is pretty thin. One complaint with larger displays is typing, and ZTE has you covered with the ability to situate the keyboard a little to the left or right so you can type with one hand.
ASUS is keeping busy at Mobile World Congress. They already unveiled the PadFone Infinity and now it’s time for the Fonepad. This one is a 7-inch (1280 x 800) tablet that sports 3G data and voice capabilities. This is the second Android device with a display 7-inches or greater that has voice capabilities. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 was the first one and was announced yesterday.
The other interesting thing about the Fonepad is that it has the Intel ATOM Z2420 processor, which I believe is the first ASUS tablet with Intel inside. As far as the rest of the specs, not much else was mentioned, but we do know that it will have 16GB of internal storage and there will be a microSD slot for the storage hungry crowd.
This one will hit the UK in the later part of the 2nd quarter with a suggested price of £179 (inc VAT) or $270. We are also hearing it will land in North America as well. Hit the break for the full presser and be sure to check out our full Mobile World Congress coverage.
We are yet to see any of the ASUS PadFone devices in the U.S., but it’s already up to its third generation. ASUS just pulled the wraps off of the PadFone Infinity at Mobile World Congress. If you’re not familiar with the PadFone series, it’s a smartphone that slides into a tablet dock giving you the best of both worlds with one data connection. The smartphone part of the PadFone is LTE capable and will sport a 5-inch 1080p (1920 x 1080) display at 441ppi along with a 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor. It also features an Adreno 320 GPU, 2GB of RAM, 32GB or 64GB of storage, microSD slot, 13MP rear camera with f/2.0 lens, 2MP front camera, a 2,400 mAh battery, and Android 4.2. As far as connectivity goes it has EDGE, GPRS, GSM, WCDMA,LTE and DC-HSPA+, as well as WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, and GPS.
The tablet dock will feature a 10.1-inch 1080p display.
It will land in Europe in April for a price of £799 / €999 / $1,200. Asia will get it soon after, but no details were specified. Hit the break for the full press release and click here for all the latest MWC news from TalkAndroid.