Samsung Galaxy Note Gets A Valentine’s Day Makeover

 

The majority of tech enthusiasts view Samsung’s hotly anticipated Galaxy Note as a device aimed at the male market, primarily down to its huge 5.3″ screen. That view could be set to change as the emperor just got some new clothes,  in ‘Berry Pink’ none-the-less! Initially announced in Black and White variations, Samsung expects to add the pink model to their portfolio some time in Q1 this year.

Just in case you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past few months, the Galaxy Note features a 5.3″, 1280 x 800, Super AMOLED HD display, 1.4 Ghz dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8mp camera with 1080p video capture and a whopping 2500 mAh battery.

With only four more days to go until Valetine’s Day, maybe it’s time to get that pre-order in!

 

Source : unwiredview

Say Hello to the Samsung Galaxy Mini 2

 

Looks like the Samsung Galaxy Mini S5570 is getting a successor soon. Pictured above is a leaked promo image of the Samsung Galaxy mini 2 S6500, codenamed Jena. The tipster who provided the image included a few specifications along with their leaked photos.

  • February 2012
  • HSDPA 7.2Mbps
  • 3.3″ HVGA TFT display
  • Android Gingerbread
  • 800MHz processor
  • 3GB internal storage
  • 3MP camera
  • ChatOn
So we’re looking at a low end device here but that should mean a low price too. As for the mention of February, I suspect that means we’ll get a better glimpse of this device at Mobile World Congress (MWC).
source: GSMArena

HTC May Show Endeavor At MWC Sporting Tegra 3, 4.7 Inch Screen, Beats and ICS

 

Well as everybody is gearing up for MWC 2012 manufacturers are starting to drop more tidbits of information for what we can expect from their boothes in Barcelona this year. This time it’s about HTC‘s new up and coming flagship phone that is expected to launch at the event. The folks over at MoDaCo were able to get their hands on some details regarding the HTC Edge turned Endeavor and they look pretty amazing. Here is what to expect:

  • - 4.7″ 720p display
  • - 1.5 GHz Tegra 3 based quad-core processor
  • - 1GB RAM
  • - Ice Cream Sandwich with Sense 4.0
  • - 8 MP Rear Camera/1.3 MP Front facing camera
  • - WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • - Bluetooth 4.0
  • - HSPA+ Radio
  • - Beats Audio

While we will have to wait and see for these specs to be confirmed it appears that HTC’s Hero Strategy is coming into play with the move to Nvidia‘s platform. Stay tuned as we will know for sure here by the end of the month.

source: MoDaCo
via: intomobile 

Motorola DROID Bionic Update Rolling Out Now

It’s here!  The DROID Bionic update version 5.9.902 that we told you about a few days ago is currently rolling out to users everywhere.  This update is full of bug fixes, including improved battery life and data connectivity.  It should also keep those pesky lockups at bay.  Check out the source link below for the full changelog.

If you haven’t received a notification on your Bionic about this update, you can check for it manually in your phone by hitting Menu-> Settings-> About Phone-> System update.  Let us know in the comments if you notice any improvements after the update.

source: Verizon

Unofficial Google Apps Package Now Available For CyanogenMod 9 and Other Custom ICS ROMs

If you’re anything like me, you love testing out custom ROM’s every now and again on your beloved Android device. Whether it be a Galaxy Nexus or a Thunderbolt, a Xoom or a Transformer Prime, there is bound to be a plentiful selection of custom ROMs for you to choose from. One thing that is required for any custom ROM, which there is surprisingly not a huge selection of, is GAPPS (Google apps). GAPPS are the Google created apps that come with any Android phone, and are the backbone of any true Android experience. They consist of apps such as Calendar, Gmail, Google Talk, and Android Market to name a few.

A while back, Gapps used to come prepackaged with custom ROMs but ever since Google issued a cease and desist to the CyanogenMod team, a bundled ROM is hard to find. Nowadays, if you want to flash a custom ROM and still want the original Google apps you are accustomed to, you must flash those also, in addition to the ROM. The standard go-to place to find the Gapps package has always been the website Goo-Inside – unless of course you are running a ICS ROM, in which case you would have to find those elsewhere, typically from a crafty developer found on the XDA forums. While these ad-hoc Gapps packages generally work just fine, users sometimes notice minor glitches or the lack of certain Google-developed features, like face-unlock. I have been using a couple different Gapps packages from different devs and have noticed some are better that others. While I haven’t noticed any missing features, I have experienced a lack of timely Gmail updates and the like.
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Play Classic Capcom Games on Your Android Device with the New CPSEmu APP

For those of you readers who are die hard gamers, you might be familiar with Capcom’s old-school CPS2 arcade board which is responsible for bringing us classic games such as Marvel Vs. Capcom, Street Fighter Alpha 3, Progear and Mars Matrix. Now, unless you are a collector or live near a retro arcade, you might be hard pressed finding a place in where you can play these games to re-live your childhood. Enter CPSEmu for Android. The new app that brings all your favorite classic game titles to the palm of your hand.

The developers who created CPSEmu, are the ones also responsible for NeoDriod – they are no strangers to successful game emulation. To utilize the CPSU emulator you must have a device with at least a 1GHz processor and it’s required to run Android 2.2 or greater. Games will be played using onscreen touch controls unless you have an Xperia Play, in which case you get the best of both worlds. The emulator is even optimized for tablets. The only other requirement is that you must own the games before downloading a ROM. Other than that you should be good to go! To learn more about the Capcom emulator, read up on the XDA thread source linked below. If your ready to dive in head first, then click on the market link below.

Android Market
source: XDA

Verizon Wireless LG Spectrum review

Recently LG released the Spectrum, which is essentially the same phone as the Nitro on AT&T and the Optimus LTE outside of the U.S. It’s LG’s follow up to the Revolution, which wasn’t one of the most popular phones on Verizon last year. The Spectrum brings many upgrades, including a dual-core processor and a 720p HD display, but can LG survive in the Verizon jungle that’s filled with DROIDs and that other popular device known as the Galaxy Nexus? This is my full review, but you can also checkout my initial hands on here.


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Upcoming Device Test Photos: HTC Edition

If you are in the market for a new smartphone and taking good pictures is an important factor in deciding then maybe these test photos will help you in deciding.  This collection shows photos from six HTC phones and tablets, including a few that will probably be seen at MWC this month in Barcelona. What you may finding intriguing is the fact that some of the photos suggest that some of these devices have received codename changes from their original names. As you already know the HTC Edge became the Endeavor. Hit the break to check out these images. Also, make a note of the Quattro tablet name change… Enjoy!


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Check out the new and improved TalkAndroid forums; Androidforum.com

We at TalkAndroid love to, well, talk android, and I’m sure you guys do too. That’s why we’re excited to announce our brand new forums at androidforum.com. It’s easy to remember and there’s always a good conversation. Plus it’s compatible with the Tapatalk Forum App. So maybe you need a tip, a new wallpaper, want to help out others with your vast knowledge of Android, or maybe you just want to vent about something that’s really bugging you.

If you love Android as much as we think you do, then you need hit the link below and join our growing TalkAndroid community. See ya on the other side!!

androidforum.com

 

Phones4U Looks to Make Upgrading Every Two Years Obsolete

So you’re standing there in your local carrier store and you’re hit with a dilemma. You look around the store and think to yourself, “which of these phones is going to last me a full two years?” Thanks to cell carriers and their two year contracts it’s a dilemma we are faced with often. Especially with companies continually pushing a slew of phones. Heck it even caused me to write out this rant a few days back. Well it looks like Independent UK retailer Phones4U is looking to make 24-month contracts a thing of the past with their new JUMP service.

Standing for “Just Upgrade My Phone” this service will allow you to change your device every six months or so. The way that it works is that the JUMP program splits customers’ monthly bills into part phone service and part “JUMP service agreement.” The phone service part will be payable to the carrier and the JUMP part will be payable to Phones4U. After about six months or so, customers can opt to upgrade their handsets while trading in their current device in the process. The remainder of the JUMP balance being paid on is then offset against the price of the trade-in device, then the cost of the new device is added to your JUMP balance. 
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