We talked plenty about Sony’s Xperia line of phones over the past couple months, the Xperia P and U, Xperia S, Xperia Ion, Xperia Play2 and the Hayabusa(?). Now, it’s time to see what the Xperia name can really do… on the racetrack. The Reckless Racing 2 racetrack. In real life even!
The crazy people behind the Xperia Studio have taken a couple of MGF cars and completely automated them to be driven entirely by the physical buttons of the Xperia Play and the touchscreen of the Xperia S. I don’t suspect this is anything that you think about when shopping for a smart phone, let alone will attempt to do, but it’s pretty bad-ass nonetheless. What you are about to see is a couple of grown men playing with some seriously cool toys. Check out the video below and let us know what you think.
If you want to see more on this Xperia Studio experiment and others, be sure to hit up the source link.
source: Xperia Studio
via: Xperia Blog
So, Isis is already to kick it into high gear as they’ve already announced several banking partners, several carriers as well as handset manufacturers and are all set to take on Google Wallet. Now, all they need is compatible equipment in the field right? They’re on it. The company has recently announced they’ve begun partnering with VeriFone, Equinox, Ingenico and ViVOtech to kick things off right. That’s a huge portion of the world’s check-out systems. All of these companies have agreed to work with Isis on getting future hardware up to par with the service and possibly even getting more equipment in the field to work with the application. We’re indeed in good times, are we not? The future is here and it will be interesting to watch Isis and Google go at it for the consumer. Feel free to let us know what you think about it in the comments below. Check out the press release for more detailed information.
The official Google Mobile Blog has brought word that the company is making their popular search application for Android even better…..again. Google is always quick to ensure that their bread and butter, which is search, is constantly effective as possible whether on a PC or on your mobile device. The latest addition to the mobile online application brings us a new “Recent” icon. The next time you perform a search on your Android device you’ll be able to quickly bring up previous results by simply tapping the recent button. The function is available for those who are allowing their web searches to be saved
We provide this new convenience feature for users who have Web History enabled and are logged into Google when doing their search. Start by searching for a place on your PC or other devices, then login to Google.com’s mobile homepage and check the Recent icon. Information about previously searched places will be available under the Recent icon for about a day.
The new “Recent” icon shows information about places you have recently searched for on any of your devices. Try swiping to the right to see more icons for other categories of places.
This shall certainly come in handy for those who usually attempt to search for something months later while unable to remember the exact details. Just simply tap the recent button and you’re good to go.
source: Google Mobile Blog
If you’re one of the lucky 1.6% to have Ice Cream Sandwich on your device and you’re bored with the various Twitter apps out there, then you might want to check out Boid for Android. It’s the newest Twitter app, and it’s only for Android 4.0 and higher devices. Boid is in the Alpha stage, which means there’s going to be some bugs that need to be worked out. The developer, Team Boid, is asking that you give feedback and bug reports via email, Twitter, or Google+. They also list the following as coming soon:
- More bug fixes
- A complete tweet composer
- A tweet viewer (including retweeting and viewing conversations)
- A home screen widget (in donation version)
So far, I had a tough time just getting my account linked, and it doesn’t appear that you can open up URL links from individual. These things are minor and I’m sure they will be worked out soon. It’s a nice start. We have a few more pics and the download links after break.
It looks like LG has more muscle up its sleeves, in addition to the quad core Optimus 4x HD. A benchmark for an otherwise unnamed, LG F160L, has leaked. Of note, this new device looks to be running ICS right out of the box and like the Optimus, it also sports a quad core. However, where the Optimus packs a Tegra 3, this unknown device will have a 1.5Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 “Krait” processor. The benchmark also tells us that the device will be pushing a 1280×720 resolution screen. Beyond that, the remaining qualities of the device remain unknown.
It seems like LG is attempting a shotgun approach to the market. Currently we’re anticipating release of the L3, L5, L7, Optimus 4X HD, and now this F160L. Whether or not that will benefit them, time will tell. Most other manufacturers have grown past this stage and have since vowed for fewer, better, devices. HTC and Motorola come to mind.
I think given a choice between the two, the Tegra 3 would still win my wallet. Agree? Disagree? Let us know in the comments!
With the advent of tablets and phablets, the gap between desktop computers and handheld devices is narrowing. A new browsing app, OverSkreen, is making the web browsing experience a lot more like your laptop. The app features floating panes, allowing you to open the browser over top of other apps, while also having the ability to open, close, move or resize the panes. It’s essentially a multi-tasker’s dream. The app developer, MBFG, has also brought us AirCalc and Stick It!, which allows you to watch videos over top of other running apps.
The app also features Adobe Flash support on Android 3.0 and above, system wide bookmarks, various user agents, and a suggest-while-typing URL bar. Flash player may cause the browser to crash on Android 2.2.x/2.3.x due to a known bug in Adobe Flash Player.
Snatch up this app at the link below now, since it’s $1.49, 50 percent of its regular price.
Android Market Link
The idea of using your phone as your wallet is a great one, but Google Wallet is proving to be a bit of a security nightmare. It looks as though Google has thrown up their hands on rooted devices, at least for now, and put a warning in the Google Wallet app of unsupported devices. The problem is the ability to perform a brute force hack on rooted phones, where a thief could crack the pin code on Google Wallet and proceed to use your phone to make purchases with your credit cards.
Google had issued a statement encouraging rooted users to seriously reconsider using Google Wallet. To make sure everyone received the message, Google has also decided to make this information into a warning message at the top of the app. If you tap the link, you’ll see an explanation of the unsupported device policy, which basically comes down to: “Don’t use this if your phone is rooted”.
While the capability to root your phone is one of the great things about Android, it does take away the control and therefore the responsibility from the carrier, the manufacturer, and Google. We hope that Google is still working on a way to secure Google Wallet on rooted phones, although that is a huge task given that they have no control over a ROM they did not produce.
Let us know in the comments if you’ve received this warning message, and if it has changed your ability to use Google Wallet.
source: Droid Life
We were waiting for this and it’s finally here. It’s a surprise, but not in a good way. The previously unpriced Samsung Galaxy S Advance is, to Samsung, seemingly priceless. The device is set to go on sale for a whopping 494 EUR ($650).
To put it into perspective, take a look at what you get for that price as listed by the FCC documents.
- 1GHz dual-core CPU
- 4-inch Super AMOLED display
- 768 MB of RAM
- 5 MP rear facing camera and 1.3 MP front facing camera
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread
- 1500 mAh battery
Essentially, you get a smaller screen, a slower processor, and less RAM for a higher price than that of the Galaxy S II or the Galaxy Nexus, and of course it isn’t launching with ICS. I don’t see your reasoning behind this Samsung. Readers, I’m looking forward to your comments on this. Would any of you seriously pass up the S II or Nexus in favor of the Advance and if so, why? How about the price: justified or ridiculous?
source: Samsung Germany
Google Labs was responsible for some of the apps we can’t live without on our devices: Google Search, Google Goggles and my personal favorite, App Inventor. Unfortunately the app was phased out, along with Google Labs, but not before the source code was made open for all. Of course, since App Inventor was a pivotal educational tool, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology picked it up right where Google left it.
I bring some good news today, as the beta version of the application is available to anyone with a Google account! That’s right, anyone can pick up and go create their own apps in a versatile, innovative and naturally intuitive environment. Anyone who’s ever wanted to give app development a shot but didn’t quite understand the jargon involved with software development should head over to the MIT’s App Inventor website (source link below) and give it a go.
We know ZTE has a few phones on the way including the beastly Era smartphone. That hasn’t stopped the brand from coming out and highlighing the Optimus Barcelona smartphone. The newly spotted device was seen on the Bluetooth SIG and WiFi Alliance webpages. Details of the European device are scarce
as usual from ZTE, but we do know the device will feature 3G, 802.11b/g/n and will likely be operated under Android 2.3. While the device is yet another of ZTE’s future offerings, there are a couple of items that should be pointed out. The first is if the device is named Barcelona, it probably would have been a good idea to present the device at MWC since it’s in well you know… Barcelona. The second is the device has Optimus in its name. Last we checked, there’s a South Korean giant which oh yes— has a successful line of smartphones based off the same name. Makes you wonder doesn’t it?
Stay tuned with Talk Android for further news and details on the upcoming Optimus Barcelona smartphone.
source: Bluetooth SIG and WiFi Certifications
via: Unwired View