You can add Germany to the list of countries lucky enough to be graced with the HTC
One X One XL LTE smartphone. Vodafone Germany and HTC made a joint announcement one of the most popular smartphones in the game will be available in early June and will come in both black and white flavors across German carriers such as Deutsche Telekom and O2 Germany, though Vodafone Germany will the black version only in its stores. As you might have already expected, the device will be identical to the American 4G LTE version of the One X smartphone and feature a dual-core Snapdragon processor, 4.7-inch 720p HD screen and of course Android 4.0 with a heavy dose of Sense 4.0 + goodies. Germans will especially be delighted as the One XL will come equipped with 32GB of memory and of course 25GB of cloud storage courtesy of Dropbox.
So now it’s official: Germany will get their opportunity to own the best Android phone available in a matter of weeks. Break out the Schwarzbier and get ready to celebrate!
source: The Unwired
While NVIDIA hinted in March that we could see a $199 Tegra 3 based tablet as early as summer, they’ve fully declared it today as they detailed their new Kai Platform. Hoping to get in on the success that Amazon had with the Kindle Fire companies are looking at bringing a cheaper tablet into the market without sacrificing the power under the hood. With the Kai Platform NVIDIA looks to do just that. As Rob Csongor, VP of Investor Relations put it:
“Our strategy on Android is simply to enable quad-core tablets running Android Ice Cream Sandwich to be developed and brought out to market at the $199 price point, and the way we do that is a platform we’ve developed called Kai. So this uses a lot of the secret sauce that’s inside Tegra 3 to allow you to develop a tablet at a much lower cost, by using a lot of innovation that we’ve developed to reduce the power that’s used by the display and use lower cost components within the tablet.”
As of right now the Kai Platform should be considered a reference design that others can use to build lower cost Android tablets. There aren’t specifications on what kind of tablets will arrive using this platform but it does add weight to the rumor of Google and Asus building a $199 Tegra 3 tablet. Considering that Google I/O is just around the corner it shouldn’t be too much longer to see if these rumors are true. We’ll keep you posted.
If you thought the Galaxy Note was nice all on its own, wait until the development community conjures up a few custom ROMs for the kit. Samsung just released the device’s source code so that is exactly what is going to happen, and I imagine the first few ROMs and kernels will pop up in only a matter of days, if not tonight. Based off of the international version of the note, the source code will provide developers all the stuff they need to build a custom ROM and even an overclocked custom kernel. Ultimately this means getting rid of unneeded software and adding performance tweaks and features that generally provides a more awesome experience. Not to say the the Galaxy Note experience isn’t awesome on its own, this will just give you rooted users something more to look forward to.
If you are the developer type, or are simply just curious, hit up the source link below to see what the GNote is made of.
With that being said, we’ll keep you posted on when this device becomes available again. On a positive front it’s good to note that Acer is saying that the Olympic version of the tablet is still a go for next month. This suggests that the problem is either nonexistent on those versions of the A510 or that Acer deems it more than enough time to weed out the issue. This may bode well for the non-Olympic and 3G counterparts as well, but only time will tell. While this could be considered bad press for Acer, the fact that they are fixing the problem before the masses purchase the device is nice to see.
sources: netbooknews, übergizmo
In a move that surprised probably no one, Samsung blocked access to its servers from the leaked S Voice App. Meaning that when people, like yours truly, installed the app intending on giving it a whirl they received a network connection error. However since then a second version has been leaked that fools servers into thinking that it’s running from an actual Galaxy S III. After playing with it, I have to admit that I like the idea, but I digress. After it blocked server access Samsung remained quiet on the issue. That is, until today. According to them the reason that app was blocked is that it’s an “initial test version” and not ready for consumer use yet. As they put it:
“An initial test version of S Voice which was found online has been blocked as Samsung Electronics does not want consumers to judge the quality of the voice feature based on a test version. When the product is launched, users of GALAXY S III will be able to fully experience S Voice.”
Honestly, I can understand why Samsung did as such, but given that it wasn’t designed to run on our hardware, I’m pretty sure the those who installed it took that into account. While there isn’t word that S Voice will run on any other device released before the S III, like my Galaxy Nexus, you can bet that we’ll take it for a spin once we get ahold of the S III. Of course if the development community has anything to say about it, it’ll be up and running for everyone, and not just ICS users, in no time.
source: The Verge
Have you been thinking about a switch to a pre-paid mobile service? Many people are getting sick of the whole 2yr contract thing, especially as the carriers seem to be focusing less on what the customer wants. If this is a consideration of yours, you may want to check out this deal at Radio Shack. You can now pre-order a Virgin Mobile branded HTC EVO V 4G for $299.99. This EVO V is no slouch, packed with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, Sense 3.6, a 4.3-inch qHD (960 x 540) display, a 3D and 5MP rear-facing shooter, a 1.3 mp front facing camera , 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage. This just might be the Android you’re looking for. Even more enticing is the low-low price of a $35 plan with unlimited data and 300 minutes of talk time from Virgin Mobile. Check out the source for the deal now.
OmniVision just announced the OV16820 and OV16825 smartphone camera chips. Both will support up to 16-megapixels and capture QFHD video at 60 frames per second, which is 4K resolution. Basically the resolution would be 3840 x 2160 for 60FPS and at 4608 x 3456 for 30FPS.
The sensors will also support full resolution 16-megapixel burst shots. The serial camera control bus (SCCB) interface can be programmed to support defective pixel and noise canceling, RAW scaling, image size, frame rate, exposure, gain, cropping and orientation.
“It was an industry-wide assumption that smartphones would cut into DSC/DVC sales; but at higher resolutions, we’re seeing a very distinct divide between the two markets and both remain strong,” said Devang Patel, senior product marketing manager at OmniVision. “Industry experts have observed that mainstream DSC products are shifting to 16-megapixel resolutions and are offering improved image quality and optics. The OV16820 supports such offerings, allowing DSC/DVC manufacturers to provide consumers a high-resolution, feature-rich point and shoot photography experience, while the OV16825 provides top-tier imaging and video recording capabilities for flagship smartphones.”
Press release after the break:
In case you’re not familiar, ooVoo is one of the better video chatting options available. Well the app and service has taken something good and made it awesome. ooVoo has confirmed the ability for users of its service to participate in an unprecedented 12-way video chat. This means if you use ooVoo on your Android, desktop or even through Facebook, you’ll be able to get in on the action. In addition to the expanded number of users who can connect to the video chat, the new update includes the ability to connect to friends whether not they have ooVoo by simply emailing, posting or texting an ooVoo Call Link as well as a brand-spankin’ new user interface which has been improved, yet simplified for all. In addition to the improvements brought by the latest update, ooVoo also announced its continued and successful growth. Here’s CEO Yuval Baharav:
“Today’s product announcement is a major milestone for ooVoo and our users. ooVoo’s community is over 46 million strong and our average user spends significant time engaging in fun and interesting activities including watching TV, playing music and games, doing homework and just being together.”
The newly improved app is now available for all Froyo 2.2+ devices. We know you’re ready to get in on the improved ooVoo action, so hit the break to see the full presser as well as find the Play Store link and QR code.
Samsung did it last year and looks like history is repeating itself. If you remember, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Tab 10.1 at Mobile World Congress only to redesign it before actually releasing it. Now it’s happening with the Galaxy Note 10.1. This time it’s not all in the design as they switched out processors, and now opting for the quad-core Exynos. Remember this has been rumored for some time now. Also, in a design change, they added in a slot for the S Pen, which should have been there to begin with. The S Pen itself is going to be a little slimmer, but they will offer S Pen holder kits if you need a little more girth.
We’re still hoping for a June release. Now that the Galaxy Note 10.1 is beefier, are you more excited about it now?
Oh boy, who’s ready for some juicy and exciting news? Well Motorola quietly unveiled a new set of beautiful DROID RAZR-esque devices at a MOTO China event. The devices are likely the DROID RAZR HD— aka the “DROID Fighter” variant we have been following for the past few months. As you can all see, we have the familiar and classic DROID RAZR styling, but we additionally have on-screen navigation keys, a heaping scoop of Ice Cream Sandwich and the same sexy 3,300mAh battery we saw in the DROID RAZR MAXX smartphone. The devices pictured here are expected to arrive in June— so it looks like carriers such as Verizon are really gearing up for a blockbuster summer lineup of powerful devices.
We know you’re itching for more shots of the device, so hit the break to get more views of the uber sexy device.