Our own Rob Nazarian is about to lay his eyes on the upcoming HTC One (aka the M7) smartphone at any moment now, but that hasn’t stopped some folks from giving the rest of us yet another idea of what we should expect to see from HTC’s next great beast of a device. French website NowhereElse has leaked a couple of images pretty much confirming what we’ve already seen before– except this time we see a Beats Audio logo on the back and some sort of shiny band at the bottom and top of the device. So ummm yeah folks— this is pretty much the HTC One that we’re all looking forward to drooling over and have already seen before. Stay tuned with us as we give you all the up-to-date info about the device.
Ladies and gents— we have ourselves yet another quad-core chip that’s on the way, this time courtesy of Marvell. The modest chipset maker its PXA1088 SoC, which is based off ARM’s Cortex-A7 quad-core architecture. The SoC will also utilize a GPU with full OpenGL ES 2.0 and 1.1 as well as OpenVG 1.1 support. Rounding out the chipset’s noteworthy features are WCDMA and TD-SCMA support plus full HSPA+ capabilities, Bluetooth 4.0 and WLAN radios built-in. Of course Marvell highlights the PXA1088 chip will be featured in several upcoming devices— though we won’t know what those devices will be until MWC begins next week.
We know you are itching for more deets, so hit the break to check out the full presser from Marvell.
Sure it may be a while before we see the Tegra 4 chip, NVIDIA just made a major announcement introducing a couple of new goodies ahead of MWC next week. The first is the Tegra 4i chip is an ARM Cortex A9-R4-based chip and is NVIDIA’s first Tegra-based SoC with a built-in LTE modem. The chip will “only” feature 60 cores compared to the Tegra 4’s 72 cores, but NVIDIA is promising the same level of efficiency and power for devices based off the Tegra 4i technology. Oh and for those of you that care– the chip is capable of running at operating speeds of up to 2.3GHz.
Complimenting the Tegra 4i chip is the new ‘Phoenix’ reference smartphone. The smartphone features a 5-inch 1080p display, “the latest version of Android” (presumably stock Android 4.2) and Direct Touch technology— all in a 8mm package. The end goal really is the hope that this device will allow manufacturers to essentially build what should be the ideal smartphone should it choose to utilize Tegra 4i technology and all that good stuff.
We know you are all itching for more deets, so hit the break to catch the full presser from NVIDIA.
The above image is yet another teaser from HTC about tomorrow’s event. Now we fully expect to see the HTC One (M7) or whatever they call it, but this image has something interesting. It shows a bunch of devices under black clothes, but the one to the bottom left looks a little bigger. Speculation is running rampant that it could be a tablet, but it could also be some sort of accessory. We did hear rumblings last July of an HTC Vertex device that was suspected to be a tablet, and then in August, images leaked of a 10-inch tablet. Unless it’s an optical illusion, whatever is under that cloth doesn’t appear to be that big.
I guess I will be surprised if it is a tablet knowing full well that we would probably have more information about it, and not to mention that back in October HTC basically said they weren’t going to concentrate on tablets, at least for the U.S. market. We are only a little over 12 hours away from finding out so keep it locked right here for all the details as we get them.
Live wallpapers can be really cool, but wouldn’t it be even cooler if you could just make your own? With Moment – Live Wallpaper you can because it will allow you to turn any video clip into your own interactive live wallpaper. These clips can be from those special “moments” in your life such as your kids, pets, panoramic views, or just about anything you can think of. It was created by SockMonkeySolutions, which we’re already familiar with from their previous apps, Gift Wizard and Task Radar. We have already covered a video live wallpaper app previously, but this one is a little different. Because it interacts with your swipes, you can create some interesting 3D effects. For example, you could film a flower from left to right in a circular rotation so it will appear as if it’s rotating on your home screen. You could also take a panoramic shot of an awesome view, and as you swipe different home screens, you will get different vantage points. If your child just scored a goal in today’s soccer game, you can relive that “moment” every time you use your phone or tablet.
Last month at CES 2013 we got to spend some time with Netgear’s Push2TV display adapter, the Netgear PTV3000, checking out the Miracasting capabilities using a Samsung Galaxy S III. As impressed as we were with the possibilities of pushing the display from an Android device to a big screen TV, Netgear still had some work to do to address some issues and expand the list of compatible devices. Those efforts took a major step today with a new update released by Netgear. Support for several devices has been incorporated into the PTV3000, including the Samsung Galaxy S III, the Samsung Galaxy Note II, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, the LG Optimus G, the LG Nexus 4, and some Sony Xperia devices running Android 4.0.4 and above.
If you have one of the devices, hit the break for the full list of improvements and instructions for updating the firmware.
Just because the OG Samsung Galaxy Note is considered a little old in the tech world, it doesn’t mean that it still can’t get timely updates in order to keep things fresh and modern on the device, right? That’s why Samsung has gone ahead begun the initial push of its Android 4.1.2 update for the international variant of the Galaxy Note smartphone. The update brings the Android build to version JZO54K and brings with it the following:
Sure MWC 2013 is set to begin in just a week from now, but Samsung is out to ensure that delivers what should be the biggest news of the year. We had reported to you before that the world should expect a March 15th announcement date of the Next Big Thing— but we couldn’t provide any legitimacy to those dates because well you know— the supposed date is based off a rumor and all. Well it appears that those rumors weren’t so far-fetched as yet the gang at SamMobile and notorious info leaker Eldar Murtazin have confirmed that Sammy will not only showcase the Galaxy S IV on March 14th, but will also showcase the revolutionary device at what will be a TBD location out in America’s largest city.
Unfortunately, there are no further details of the March 14th announcement date for now, but we’ll be sure to keep our eyes and ears open for you all. Hopefully all you kids will be able to contain yourselves and be patient in the meantime.
source: SamMobile | Eldar Murtazin Twitter
via: Droid Life
An over the air software update is available for the AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note II. The update, which became available February 15, serves as a security patch for the Exynos kernel exploit discovered in December. As with most OTA updates, the carrier recommends downloading via WiFi. Make sure you have plenty of battery power as well. There’s no easier way to brick a phone than by losing power mid software install. It will push the firmware version to I317UCAMA4 but leave Android on 4.1.2.
The Weather Channel official app has just gotten an extensive update to give even more functionality and accuracy for those of us needing those precious weather forecasts. Users of the app will be treated to a sleeker and more modern UI, faster and better optimized maps and even the use of custom weather widgets for smartphones and tablets as well. Oh and even more awesome is the fact the app can now give users the exact time of any given weather pattern (i.e. rain starting around 3:15pm). So in other words— the Weather Channel app has moved from being a bland and clunky app to a modern and buttery smooth app that gives users something to look forward to using on a daily basis.
The latest update is available now in the Play Store for all Froyo+ devices, so that means that most of you have no reason to not grab the improved app today.
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Senior Vice President of Engineering, Vic Gundotra, is making news after a comment he made regarding the camera quality of Nexus devices. There’s no doubt that with each generation of Nexus device, special attention is paid to the camera and the quality of images and video it is capable of taking. An example of this is the implementation of Photo Sphere, which allows for a 360 degree panoramic image that was introduced with the latest Nexus smartphone, the Nexus 4.
In advance of MWC 2013, LG has officially released the specifications for their new LG Optimus G Pro smartphone on their Korean site’s newsroom. LG had previously announced the availability of the device for the South Korean market and the specs are consistent with that model. LG is stepping up to a 5.5-inch display with the device, incorporating a curved glass design capable of displaying 400 ppi full 1080p HD. Running the device will be 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor mated with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory. Besides a 3,140 mAh removable battery, the device will also accept up to a 64GB microSD card. For cameras LG has included a 13MP rear-facing camera and a 2.1MP front-facing camera that can record full HD video.
If you’re looking for something new and cool to launch apps, I have one for you. It’s called SayIt Voice Launcher, and it was developed by Rn Software. From the name of the app, you can probably tell that this involves your voice. SayIt Voice Launcher allows you to launch any app by just saying the app name, and it works flawlessly. Not only that, you don’t even have to say the exact name of the app. For example, you can say “file” for Astro File Manager. Of course you can say the full name if you want to.
There are four ways you can launch the app: the icon on your home screen, one of the widgets, the notification panel, or via a lockscreen widget that’s only compatible with Android 4.2. One of the widgets resembles the Google Now widget. You can open the voice launcher or their own custom scrollable app drawer. It organizes the apps by how often you use them so if you don’t want to use voice because you’re in a public place, you can quickly find those apps that you regularly use. The second widget is vertical. The top of it gives you access to the voice launcher and it also displays your six most used apps. Need to open a different app? No problem because it’s scrollable so you can quickly find what you’re looking for in the event that you don’t want to use your voice for whatever reason. Of the two widgets, this one is my favorite.
Plume is no doubt one hell of a Twitter client for our Android devices, but the developers have just released one hell of a widget for its users as well. Based of the DashClock Widget extension, the new widget allows for users to have yet another means to check out the date, time and of course, what is happening in that oh-so important Twitter feed and all that good stuff. The great thing about this DashClock Widget extension is that it’s completely open-sourced—- meaning there is all sorts of goodies that’s just waiting to be toyed with.
For now, the new widget extension is available for Android 4.2+ devices only, so if you’re on that version of Jelly Bean— head on down to the Play Store and grab it today— you’ll be glad you did.
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We’ve seen plenty of Galaxy S IV rumors recently, from launch dates to hardware specs. According to some leaked documents, some of those speculations were spot on, while others missed the mark a bit. If the leak is accurate, though, it confirms much of what we’ve been expecting.