It looks like the stylus is making a come back. Samsung first released the Galaxy Note phone/tablet hybrid (I have a hard time using the word phablet) with its own fancy stylus. Then we saw Olivetti’s Graphos tablet yesterday show off its stylus support. Samsung appears to be at it again with a new device making its way to the FCC. This time it’s a Mobile Pen that will connect to the host device via Bluetooth. The filings that were approved today don’t have details on what the pen can or will be able to do but it appears that it will be able to send and receive data, like pressure information, to the host device.
This pen could be used to increase the capabilities of the announced Galaxy Note 10.1 as it currently has an S-Pen with no wireless capabilities. There is also a chance that it could bring stylus capabilities to the current Galaxy Tabs. Although Samsung is keeping this new Bluetooth accessory under wraps and hasn’t gone as far as announcing anything yet.
Let’s hope they announce it soon because while some of you folks out there may not, I love having the use of a stylus and with the pressure sensitivity capabilities it might be a valuable tool for those who use their tabs for business. We’ll have to wait and see though. As usual, keep it locked here for all your Android needs!
via: wireless goodness
Last week brought the Android 4.0 update to the Samsung Galaxy S II, but everything was subject to carrier approvals, and those of you that bought your Galaxy S II from Three UK were in the dark up until today. Three just announced via Twitter that the update is now live. Of course you will have to use the Kies desktop to get the update. Enjoy!!
Pantech plans on making some noise this year. We already saw a benchmark leak for what appears to be their flagship device for 2012, and now a similar device has shown up with a NenaMark 2 benchmark as well. This one is the P8010 and seems to have the same specs as the IM-A830S except for the display. The P8010 will sport a qHD (960 x 540) display, while the IM-A830S sports a 720p (1280 x 720) display.
They both have the 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. We aren’t sure if both phones will have the same exact version of the S4, but there’s a good chance.
The speculation is that this one could be slated for AT&T. AT&T seems to have a decent working relationship with Pantech as they recently launched the Pantech Burst smartphone and the Pantech Element tablet.
We don’t know anything more, but I wouldn’t expect to see either of these devices before the Summer. You can be sure that Talk Android will let you know as soon as any news breaks.
Today is a joyous day if you’re an avid Android gamer. You may recall that we brought you a hands-on experience of the cool OnLive gaming service which includes over 200 mouthwatering games from every genre. But what happens when you mix the OnLive gaming service with the respected Rockstar brand? You bring an exciting variation of the LA Noire game of course. OnLive has made the controls available for the game officially, so when you open the game in an OnLive mobile app, you’ll be able to play it usingf touchscreen-only controls by swiping across the screen instead of using virtual controls. Of course you’ll need to make sure you have a free OnLive account and buy the LA Noire game in order for this to work.
If you’re on a tablet today and have an OnLive account already, be sure to fire up LA Noire and give the new controls a whirl today.
News of the Samsung Galaxy S III continues to break ground and just when you thought there’s nothing else that can top what we’ve already heard about the device, it looks like Sammy wants to add on to the wow factor. According to Korean publication DDaily, they’re reporting that the new device will open the doorway for the introduction of standard built-in inductive charging. There are currently a few ways out there that will allow you to wirelessly charge your smartphone but they often involve crazy hacks and some slight risk in damaging your device. However, the Galaxy S III will support the feature right out of the box. And while this isn’t new, recall several webOS devices by Palm a couple of years back used wireless charging, this could be a break in the industry for other manufacturers to follow suit.
According to several sources, Samsung’s device will work even when the device isn’t physically attached to the charger surface. There’s a one to two meter distance allowance which means the device can still charge while near or next to the surface. Samsung will most likely use their own proprietary patented tech method instead of the Fulton eCoupled method intro’d at CES. We’re still digging to see if the charging surface will be included in the box when the device is released or if it will cost extra to purchase as an accessory. I’m leaning towards the latter but if Sammy wants to deliver a huge smack to Apple’s face, that would sure be a killer add-on right out of the box.
source: The Verge
It’s been a little over a week now since the delicious ICS update reached Samsung Galaxy S II smartphones, but isn’t it unusual that we hadn’t heard any details of the update? Well cheer up friends because a complete spec sheet has been spotted highlighting the full details of the update for the smartphone. In addition to the standard TouchWiz UI changes some Input method process changes, lock screen changes including the addition of Facial Unlock (!!!!) and selecting text changes.
Hit the link below to find the full details of the update for the Galaxy S II smartphone.
Galaxy S II Details link
source: coolsmartphone details
I hope you all didn’t forget about the intriguing Samsung Galaxy Beam smartphone. You know, the one phone that has a built-in projector which displays content on a wall to address those oh-so important issues in your life. Well Samsung has been mum on details of the device, until now. We’ve been tipped that the device will be launched next month in Indian markets to kick things off officially. While India will be the lucky country to get the first country to get the device, it is likely Sammy will also launch the device in other countries as well at some point in April.
In case you’ve forgotten, the device will come with some decent specs. In addition to the 1GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM, you’ll find a 5MP camera, 2000mAh battery, Gingerbread 2.3 and of course– the projector rated at 15 lumens.
source: IBN Live
J.D. Powers and Associates just released Volume 1 of their 2012 smartphone satisfaction survey, conducted from July through December of 2011. This survey measures how satisfied consumers are with their smartphone experiences, and although Apple took the top spot overall, the next three on the list are Android manufacturers, with HTC in the lead.
The survey asked 7,080 consumers to evaluate performance, ease of operation, physical design, and features. Only two manufacturers surpass the industry average of 774 (out of 1000)… Apple, with 839, and HTC with 798. Next is Samsung with 769, then Motorola with 758.
The introduction of 4G smartphones has skewed numbers downward due to the toll they take on battery life, with respondents ranking battery life an average of 6.1 out of 10. The largest negative impact, however, was with software malfunctions.
We all have them… apps installed on our phones that are ad-supported. Ads are a fundamental part of the Google ecosystem, and many Android developers have found they are able to make some money by including ads in their apps and giving the app away for free. It’s a win-win system. Or is it?
Researchers from Purdue University, working with Microsoft, have discovered that potentially up to 75% of an app’s battery drain is caused by not the app itself, but rather the ad-serving processes the app uses. The research team developed an energy profiler they named EProf, which can measure the battery use of not only the app, but every thread the app spawns. The team then tested five Android apps, including Angry Birds, FreeChess, and the New York Times. All testing was done on a Nexus One running Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
Japanese electronics company Sharp Corporation is soon to be releasing their very own 10.1-inch Android tablet to accompany their 7-inch varieties. The RW-T110 will ship out baked with Gingerbread as well as a 1GHz TI OMAP processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage and will be equipped with NFC technology. It will also sport a 6,240 mAh battery with claims of up to 9 hours of continuous use. Sharp plans to begin shipping units for a March 27 launch in Japan with no word yet whether we will be seeing this average tablet stateside anytime soon. It’s great to see more and more companies adopting Android, however if you are somewhat late to the game, presenting older software and hardware is probably not the best way to establish your place in this fast paced industry. What do you guys think?