Foreign site Telekom Presse obtained some images and specifications for a pair of Samsung devices that are in the works. The devices are the Samsung Galaxy Music and the Samsung Galaxy Music DUOS. Contrary to the bigger is better trend, these devices will come with 3.0-inch screens, an A9 850 MHz processor and 4GB of internal memory that can be increased via the addition of 32GB microSD cards. The pair of phones will initially come loaded with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The DUOS version will be dual-sim capable. Definitely not a device for those interested in powerhouse devices and maybe not even for those interested in a device for typical smartphone duties.
However, the devices may be of interest to users who are into music. Each will come equipped with an FM radio receiver and antenna along with the ability to record FM broadcasts. Samsung has built in speakers at both ends of the device to improve sound quality and numerous music based applications will be preloaded.
It is not entirely clear what market Samsung hopes to tap into with these devices. They are similar to portable media players and thus will probably suffer from some of the issues other devices in that niche experience, although the addition of phone functionality may help. However, the hardware specs and small size seem to work against the devices for a smartphone buyer who may be wooed by the addition of nice music features.
No word on pricing or availability. Do you think pricing and availability will really matter with either of these devices?
We’re already familiar with Huawei’s Ascend P1, and the next logical step for Huawei is to offer that same experience in an LTE flavor. Huawei has officially announced the upcoming availability of the Ascend P1 LTE in the UK exclusively on the recently announced EE (everything everywhere) network. As a refresher, here are the specs of the LTE device:
- 2000mAh battery
- 1.5Ghz dual-core processor
- 1GB RAM
- 8MP camera
- 4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD (540×960) display
- Corning Gorilla Glass2
Those aren’t bad specs at all, and of course EE and Huawei are promising “ultra-fast mobile communication” with this device. We’re anxious to see how these new devices will perform on the newly announced network. Hit the break for the full press release.
In a continuation of yesterday’s initial rollout of 25-cent apps, Google continues their 25 billion app download celebration by adding more titles. Hit the break for the full list of additional titles.
Google just launched Field Trip, which runs in the background on your phone and is your guide to cool, hidden, and unique things in the world around you. Whenever you get close to something cool, a pop up notification will appear telling you about the place. Also, if you happen to have a headset or Bluetooth connected, it will read the information to you.
Field Trip will identify the best places to eat, shop, or have fun, including local history. For restaurants and bars, data will be taken from publications like Thrillist, Food Network, Zagat, and Eater. For stores and products, Experts at Sunset, Cool Hunting, WeHeart, Inhabitat, and Remodelista will provide the information. Songkick and Flavorpill will take care of local music and Atlas Obscura and Daily Secret will uncover hidden gems.
Samsung just sent us a “save the date” for an event on October 24th in New York City. The invitation clearly shows the S Pen, so we fully expect this to be some sort of launch party for the U.S. release of the Galaxy Note II. The original Galaxy Note sold more units than most expected, and the Galaxy Note II is supposed to triple that success. We will be live at the event so if there’s anything major to report we will let you know.
If you are interested in adding some extra security to your Android device, you might want to check out Google’s 2-step authentication feature. If you are already using this function, it is a little bit easier to use now due to an update released by Google through the Google Play store.
2-step authentication adds extra security by requiring a user to have something, in this case their smartphone, to go along with the thing they know, their password, when signing in to web sites or their Google account. The smartphone requirement comes into play thanks to the Google Authenticator app which is used to generate a code to be used along with a password. The update today adds the ability to turn-on 2-step authentication without scanning a QR code or re-entering a password on a device.
If you are not sure whether you are using 2-step verification or want to turn it on, check the security settings for your Google Account on your device. Google also provides some video instructions on setting up your Google Account on your desktop computer to use 2-step verification.
Use one of the download links below to grab the app.
Google Play Download Link
Android figurines are all the rage these days, but wouldn’t you like to create your own? Well Cubify gives you the opportunity to do just that. You can completely customize it with accessories, outfits, uniforms, tattoos colors, and so much more. They have a pretty slick interface which will show your creation in 3D. After you’re done, all you have to do is place your order, and your custom bugdroid will be delivered to your doorstep. You have your choice of three different sizes; 2.5-inches for $29.99, 3-inches for $34.99, or 3.5-inches for $39.99.
Qualcomm is certainly on a tear recently isn’t it? After seeing its smooth new Snapdragon S4 Pro power not just one superphone, but a second superphone as well— it has now announced a few new offerings that will soon be available to the masses as well. The two new processors will be known as the MSM8225Q and MSM8625Q chips– while being touted as powerhouse chips for budget or entry-level devices. Each will feature support for LPDDR2 memory, which allows for improved features such as 720p display and 720p video encode and decode. In addition, both processors enable Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and FM connectivity using the Qualcomm Atheros AR6005 and WCN2243 chips. However, there’s a big difference with the MSM8625Q chip as it will feature Qualcomm’s integrated multimode UMTS/CDMA modem– meaning it’s a dead giveaway that it will operate on networks like Verizon, Sprint and MetroPCS. The MSM8225Q on the other hand will have an integrated UMTS modem only.
So all in all, it’s some solid news that Qualcomm is expanding its quad-core offerings to all, instead of the elite. Here’s hoping it these new chips don’t cut back on too much such as a reduction in the overall speed of the processor or a less-than-stellar GPU. Given Qualcomm’s track record however, we’ll just assume whatever features have been held back or are of lower quality won’t affect the overall performance of devices too much. Hit the break for the full presser.
DigiTimes is at it again. I do have to say that that they are right some of the time so this is worth throwing into the rumor mill. They claim that ASUS and Google are working on improving the Nexus 7, and by the end of the year they will release two refreshed versions. They will both be thinner, but the most interesting part of it is the fact that one of the models will cost just $99. At this point ASUS has denied the report so we really need to take this with a grain of salt.
They didn’t offer any other information other than these tabs will use TN panels made by HannStar Display. I guess none of this is shocking, but I will be a little surprised if it comes true. With Amazon dropping their basic Kindle Fire to $159 and the impending iPad Mini, Google wants to keep the momentum going. I’m not sure two newer versions of the Nexus 7 is all that great of any idea though. To me, it makes more sense to come out with the one cheaper version and then maybe a Nexus 10 priced at $299. I guess we will all just have to stay tuned and wait for the next piece of information to leak.
As Bluestacks takes over both PCs and Macs everywhere, we will start to see additional exposure of the nifty tool much more in the tech world. That’s why Bluestacks has announced a partnership with famed PC chipmaker AMD, which will offer Android apps in AMD’s AppZone. What this means is if you’re on an AMD-based machine and running Windows 8, you’ll be able to not only view the software titles, but you’ll be able to run the software with no issues— as if you’re on your smartphone or tablet. What’s even better is the fact the specialized Bluestacks software on AMD machines will be CPU and GPU-optimized, so users can rest easy knowing their software is going to run as smooth and cleanly as possible.
For the time being, the apps for AMD machines will be available in English, German, Korean, Chinese Simplified and Traditional, French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese. That’s all for now, but additional details can be found in the presser once you hit the break.