Sprint threw one rocking party last night at the Venetian Hotel to introduce a few new tidbits to their lineup to accompany their roll-out of LTE in mid 2012. Sprint managed to team up with LG on this one to offer the masses the LG Viper, an Eco friendly LTE device with a 4-inch Nova display made out of about 35% of recycled materials. The device touts a sweet brushed gunmetal aluminum backing to it, offering a pretty nice contemporary design. It also sports a 5 meg camera with an LED flash, front facing VGA shooter for video chatting, dual-core 1.2 GHz CPU, 4 Gig’s of ROM, 512 mb of RAM and Android Gingerbread 2.3 as its OS version. Check out the hands-on video below for a quick walk around of the device and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below. And don’t forget to check out the rest of our CES 2012 coverage while you’re at it.
As you know by now Nvidia recently announced at CES that Ice Cream Sandwich for the Transformer Prime would be available Monday night. We even reported that the new update breaks root. Well it appears that this update is causing a lot more problems than lack of root access for some. Multiple forum threads have been started over at XDA in regards to these problems. As of right now it’s a small percentage of folk having these problems but the number appears to be growing.
Folks are reporting that after downloading and installing the ICS update they are receiving a number of lock-up and reboot problems, like six times in under an hour. Regardless of if they are rooted or not people are having this issue. This in turn is causing folks to return their device. Right now there is no official word from Asus on the entire deal but one person at XDA reported that a customer service rep reported that the file isn’t from them and it’s a malicious OTA update. I don’t know how accurate this is considering the word came straight from Nvidia.
There also appears to be two sets of Transformer Primes going out to people according to one XDA thread. There is a bad model that has the WiFi/GPS issues that we reported on a while back and then there is the updated and fixed consumer model. If you are concerned or have one of the ones with WiFi problems you can head on over to this forum here to report your issues. It appears that Asus will exchange these models but I don’t know the details for sure.
With that being said I would advise caution in updating the tablet to ICS until this mess is sorted out or we hear some official word from Asus on the matter. Are you guys having problems out there?
A big thanks to reader Jeff Hamstra for bringing this to our attention.
I know what you’re thinking. Why the heck do we need yet another app store on our phones, what with Amazon, GetJar, and the Android Market and a slew of other apps that do this same thing. However, I think you’ll want to hear me out on this one because this proposes to be a different kind of app store. Here’s the back story.
Recently Koush, the man behind ClockworkMod Recovery and ROM Manager, came out with a tethering app that bypassed the need for a tethering plan and one that did so without the need for root access. While there are other apps that do the same thing, Koush is known for bringing us very good software. Well it wasn’t long before carriers banned the ability to access this app in the Android Market as they did with other tethering apps. It’s those moves done by carriers that spurred this article to begin with. So here’s the deal. » Read the rest
We had a chance to sit down with OnLive CEO Steven Perlman. As you know OnLive is a cloud based gaming service that was officially launched about a month ago. It’s basically a Netflix type of service for gaming. You can buy in at a monthly rate of $9.99 a month or purchase individual games for approximately $40+ each. Right now there about 200 games available from every genre. You can play with people all over the world and even watch games in action as they are happening as a spectator. You can quickly and easily save highlights from your games and share the via them and others can rate them.
OnLive works on your tablet, smartphone, Logitech Revue, or the recently released Vizio VAP430. Since it’s cloud based, it always saves your game data so you can seamlessly switch from the TV to your tablet or vice verse. You can even pair the controller with tablets and the USB connector works with the Logitech Revue. The app for the revue just launched, however, you can only use it as a spectator. In the coming weeks an update will take place in which it will give us the ability to play any of the 200+ games.
This is truly an amazing service and I believe it’s the future of gaming. Whether you’re a hardcore or casual gamer, you need to checkout this hands on video presentation by Steven.
Google TV is alive and kicking at CES this year, but with Logitech backing out of standalone units, who’s going to pick up the pieces? Vizio and Google just announced the Vizio VAP430 Stream Player. This is a standalone unit that will turn any HDTV into an enhanced VIZIO Internet Apps Plus and smart TV incorporating the latest Google TV. It includes a Chrome browser and will play music, video, and pictures stored on any computer, hard drive, or smart phone connected to a local network or the cloud. Just like the Logitech Revue, it has a pass-through HDMI port for your cable or satellite box, which creates a seamless television experience.
“We’re excited about what Google TV brings to our new VAP430 Stream Player,” says Matthew McRae, VIZIO’s Chief Technology Officer. “This isn’t just an ordinary streaming box that accesses a few predetermined video services. It’s a true entertainment portal that opens up everything the Web has to offer, as well as all the content consumers already have stored on computers and hard drives. And the incorporation of Google TV and our V.I.A. Plus interface makes it all incredibly easy to setup and a joy to use.”
They also plan on launching the VBR430 3D Blu-ray player, which combines the features of the VAP430 with Blu-ray’s state-of-the-art high-definition video and audio playback capabilities. No pricing was announced, but pre-orders will start in the spring for the VAP430.
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Full press release after the break:
HTC has been on a quest if you will, to further support the development community by bringing the ability to unlock your phone’s bootloader. In my opinion this is a quest that more phone manufacturers should join (hint, hint Motorola). Well if you were one of the lucky ones to purchase an HTC phone after September of last year then chances are your bootloader is unlocked and if you weren’t and are stuck with an older model, fret not, as HTC is showing some love to their older devices. Yesterday the HTCdev Twitter Account announced that the Desire HD, other Desire models and both the Wildfire and Wildfire S now have Bootloader Unlock support.
As you know, unlocking your bootloader and all related problems are at your own risk as unlocking your bootloader voids your warranty. If you are up for an upgrade or are ready for a new phone I recommend the HTC Rezound as it’s now only $199.99 on 2-year contract and as HTC announced, the bootloader is unlockable leading to some pretty awesome ROMs and MODs down the road. If you don’t have Bootloader Unlock support yet keep looking on the HTCdev site because eventually your phone may see this support. Enjoy!
Well it appears that Intel is quite serious about jumping on the smartphone and tablet markets as both they and Motorola Mobility announced that they struck a “strategic mobile partnership” with each other. This multi-year agreement will span over multiple devices and Motorola will begin shipping smartphones (pending carrier approval) with Intel® Atom™ processors on the Android™ platform later this year. As Sanjay Jha, Chairman and CEO of Motorola Mobility puts it:
“We are delighted to be partnering with Intel to deliver smartphones and tablets based on Intel’s Atom processor to consumers and businesses.”Though there are 5 billion mobile subscribers in the world, less than 800 million are using a smartphone today. With Android as the leading smartphone OS globally and advancements in computing technology we see tremendous opportunity for the converged devices market.”
This in essence could be a pretty big deal for Intel given that Motorola is doing quite well in the smartphone game. Think about it. If you combine what we saw in the reference design from Intel with what Motorola has to offer, backed by Google when the merger completes, we will have one beast of a device for others to compete with. Things are CES are starting to heat up! If you’re intereest hit the break to read the press release below. What do you think, is this something you’re excited about? » Read the rest
It seems like a certain mobile carrier has been awfully quiet lately, hasn’t it? Well T-Mobile doesn’t want anyone to forget about its presence down at CES. In fact, T-Mobile is out to make the statement that it intends to have a monstrous and successful 2012. They begin the new year by making 3 major announcements— all revolving around its solid 4G network. The first tidbit of news is T-Mobile has doubled the speed and expanded the reach of its HSPA+ network to cover over 184 million Americans. That means that many of you living in the 217 4G markets will be able to enjoy up to 42Mbps speeds on select 4G-enabled smartphones.
This leads us to the second bit of news— the formal announcement of a new 4G phone, the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G. The phone (which will be among the first to take full advantage of T-Mobile’s HSPA+ 42), will feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S3 chip, which of course is a dual-core processor and will be clocked at 1.5Ghz. In addition, the phone will feature that super sexy Super AMOLED display. T-Mobile has skimped on the specifics, but stresses more details and specifics of the phone will surface over the coming weeks and months. We hope to find out the window of which we can expect the phone to reach T-Mobile stores at a later date as well. Nevertheless, the Galaxy S Blaze 4G looks like it’s going to be a great device for communicating with friends and family.
And this leads us to the third piece of T-Mobile’s announcement: the introduction of the Bobsled Messaging app by T-Mobile. The app is essentially T-Mobile’s answer to Apple’s iMessage and “allows users to send and receive free individual and group messages with friends and family from any Android-powered smartphone or tablet, and any web connected, browser-enabled device”. The app is available in the Android Market today. Also of note is the enhancement of T-Mobile’s Bobsled Calling service which enables users to make free phone calls from their mobile and WiFi-enabled devices including Android-powered smartphones and tablets as well as iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch devices.
That’s one heck of a statement T-Mobile is trying to make. Let’s hope we see some more phones in the next few days at CES now. Hit the break for the complete press release from T-Mobile. » Read the rest
Fresh off the CES announcement of the Galaxy Note for AT&T and the Galaxy Tab 7.7 coming to Verizon sometime soon, Samsung Mobile has decided to bring us the announcement that they will be bringing SAFE to these devices. SAFE is an exclusive suite of security features. It delivers enterprise-friendly capabilities that go beyond Android’s standard features to safeguard sensitive data and communications. These capabilities include: » Read the rest
One of the most effective video editing applications around is now on its way to a device near you. Cyberlink has decided to use CES to announce the mobile version of its PowerDirector application will be available for the Android platform. PowerDirector has long been known as one of the best video editing programs with a great allotment of features. What’s even better is while the app should work with most Android devices, it will be optimized for devices with Tegra 3 chips. Cyberlink CEO Alice Chang put it best:
“PowerDirector Mobile for Android is an exciting development for us, delivering unparalleled on-the-spot video creation experience. We are delighted to work closely with NVIDIA, enabling consumers to create high-quality personal movies directly from portable devices.”
There’s more too. Here are some of the noteworthy features of the PowerDirector Mobile app:
- Real-time HD video decoding optimized for maximum bus speed, providing two simultaneous 1080p video real-time decode capability.
- Theme-base video editing with transition and video effects. Users can create pro-like movies in minutes using their content along with professionally designed templates.
- 4-thread optimization with unparalleled performance, enabling:
- Live preview of multiple HD video in real-time
- Accelerated real-time video frame composition
- Faster video production with unprecedented encoding speed
No word yet on when PowerDirector Mobile will be formally released or how much it will be, but we expect to get more information in the coming days and weeks. Make sure you hit the break for the full press release.