T-Mobile is putting quite a bit of weight behind its prepaid plans, and the carrier is using CES as a great marketing tool. They’ve officially confirmed the unlimited 4G data to prepaid plans, and they’re using the Optimus L9 to try and attract a few customers who don’t want to drop several hundred dollars on buying a phone outright. The L9 isn’t going to wow anyone, especially with what we’ve seen at CES so far, but at $200 for unlimited, unthrottled HSPA+, it’s not a bad deal. Hit the link below to check out the details on T-Mobile’s site, and be sure to follow the rest of our CES coverage here.
Canadian carrier Rogers has a late Christmas present for HTC One X owners; the Android Jelly Bean update is rolling out over the air to devices starting today. The update, which checks in at just over 634 MB (definitely use WiFi for this one), should start notifying owners that it’s available for download. Start checking for updates and let us know if you get the upgrade.
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Harman showed off enough of its infotainment center at CES to make most of us instantly hate our car stereos. The system runs a virtualized platform where QNX runs the vehicle specific functions and an Android overlay takes care of the user interface. For now, it looks like users will have access to apps via a Harman curated appstore as well as one run by individual automakers. The unit has the usual array of mobile entertainment apps as well as a pretty cool augmented reality heads-up display. As you might expect, it’s controlled via touch screen but also has a set of gesture controls with Google voice (and Siri) functionality to come.
If you’re hoping to add another device to your shared-data plan, Harman is promising LTE connectivity support. Its being offered to OEMs but we haven’t heard of a partnership with any automakers so no telling where this might end up. CES addicts should click here for our complete CES 2013 coverage!
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ZTE is regarded as a brand that has a solid lineup of budget and mid-range smartphones, but is ready to take on the big boys with the introduction of its worst-kept secret— the Grand S smartphone. This beast comes decked out in the latest bells and whistles as it features a beautiful 5-inch 1080p display, 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip, 2GB of RAM, a 13MP camera and of course, Jelly Bean running the show. While the upcoming superphone will indeed feature a meager 1,780mAh battery— there is a reason for it: the Grand S will feature some dimensions of 142 x 69 x 6.9mm– effectively making it the world’s thinnest 5-inch smartphone at the time of this writing. Impressive indeed, right?
While the specs and form factor are certainly a lot to drool over– the device isn’t headed Stateside anytime soon as it’s set for a Q1 release in China. Hopefully ZTE will come to its senses and launch the smartphone in other markets around the world— we’re pretty sure more than a few of us out here would certainly be interested in holding the world’s thinnest smartphone.
Additional details can be found in the presser past the break. Oh– and don’t forget to click here in order to stay tuned with Talk Android and our round-the-clock CES coverage.
Is Nokia in the midst of planning a potential move over to the world of Android or not? That is the question my dear citizens. Considering Microsoft’s share in the mobile marketplace is less than stellar at the moment, Stephen Elop took some time to share some thoughts about the future direction of Nokia in an interview with El Pais:
“In the current ecosystem wars we are using Windows Phone as our weapon. But we are always thinking about what’s coming next, what will be the role of HTML 5, Android… Today we are committed and satisfied with Microsoft, but anything is possible.”
Elop clearly says that “anything is possible” in regards to the direction of Nokia… which is nothing short of shocking considering it has been staunchly against Android for quite some time. While that certainly raised an eyebrow or two in the Android world, it certainly didn’t take very long for Elop to make a quick follow-up statement indicating the original quote was well— misinterpreted:
“So, the way I think about it is, in the current war on ecosystems, we are fighting with Windows Phone. That’s what we’re doing. Now, what we’re always doing is asking, how does thatevolve? What’s next? What role does HTML5 play? What role does Android or other things play in the future? We’re looking further into the future, but it terms of what we’re bringing to market, and what we’re immediately focused on, we’re focused on Windows Phone”.
Boy oh boy it’s easy to see things taken out of context when it comes to these manufacturing giants— but it certainly is feasible to see Nokia jump ship in say… the next few years and eventually develop Android devices, right?
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Two of the more interesting concepts have been announced at CES: the i’m Watch and i’m Here accessories. I’m Watch is more or less a personal a standard watch with an Android-flavor– it’s run by the Droid 2 operating system (which is a specialized version of Android) and features items like i’m Cloud, i’music which allows you to listen to music on-demand, i’mages which is an app that takes advantage of the watch’s built-in camera and the i’market which gives access to apps in the sporting, music and leisure categories. Best of all– the i’m Watch features Smart Tethering which makes the pairing of the device to your smartphone as efficient and seamless as possible. The i’m Here on the other hand is a GPS tracker which features a built-in SIM card and even allows for the ability to make emergency calls.
Hit the break for the full presser for both cool devices, but don’t forget to check out our on-going coverage of CES here.
When we heard Fulton Innovations was demoing a tablet that could actually charge your smartphone, we had to take a look. Come to find out, that’s not the only thing the company is showing off at CES 2013. Rather, Fulton Innovations has big plans in store for wireless charging, and especially the Qi standard found on devices like the Droid DNA and LG Nexus 4.
The company envisions a future where manufacturers can release cheap, electron-infused sheets of paper with things like speakers or buttons that can be powered by your smartphone or tablet. Who would have thought we could utilize the same standard we use to charge our device to actually power other objects. Pretty darn cool.
Check out our official hands-on after the break.
One of the more stunning revelations at CES has been the intriguing, yet attractive Alcatel Scribe X HSPA+ smartphone. Right off the bat, you can see the device’s large, but gorgeous 5-inch 1080p display which demonstrates the fluidity of the quad-core MediaTek processor in all its wonderful glory. In addition to seeing the gorgeous (and welcomed near-stock Android UI), we can see one of the big features that’s highlighted as the device is fitted with its special smart cover accessory.
The Scribe HSPA+ is due to arrive in stores and retailers shortly, while the Scribe HD-LTE will land on shelves by year’s end. To see the humble, but impressive device– hit the break to check out the video.
Alcatel announced an update to its line of tablets yesterday, effectively bringing fresh hardware across the spectrum. The Tab7HD features a 7-inch WXGA 1280 x 800 IPS display powered by a 1.6GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM. The larger Tab8HD sports the same specs as the smaller Tab7HD, although with a larger 8-inch display.
The One Touch Evo 7 HD utilizes the same internals as the other devices, though it comes with the option to purchase an additional mobile data module which Alcatel is claiming to be the first of its kind. With the additional HSPA+ module, the device is slated to be available for $249 at launch. There will also be a 4G LTE version in the future for $349.
Check out our official hands-on video after the break.
Alcatel One Touch has certainly made a splash here at CES by introducing a host of awesome smartphones. Our own Rob Nazarian got some hands-on time with the T’Pop, S’Pop, M’Pop and X’Pop smartphones. As you can see, all 4 come in a variety of shapes and features– with the T’Pop, S’Pop, M’Pop and X’Pop models each featuring a single-core processor, but the M’Pop & X’Pop models both feature bigger screens and Jelly Bean running the show. The fairly exciting thing about this is the fact that each model seems to feature a lightly customized build of Android, so at least there’s no extra junk to slow the devices down much. All in all– the devices seem like a good bet to make a pretty good impression for those in the market for a budget-level device.
Hit the source to check out the hands-on video of the new additions to the Alcatel One Touch family.
Along with its new line of Evo tablets, Alcatel is dipping its toes into the higher-end Android smartphone market with the introduction of its Idol and Idol Ultra handsets.
The company is touting its One Touch Idol Ultra as the thinnest smartphone currently on the market, measuring in at just 6.45mm thick. It also sports a 4.7-inch OLED HD display and an 8-megapixel camera. The One Touch Idol is aimed more towards the lower-end market, featuring a 4.7-inch qHD panel and an 8-megapixel camera. Both devices run atop Mediatek’s 1.2GHz dual-core 6577 processor and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
In addition to the Polaroid Kids tablet that was being shown at CES 2013, TalkAndroid was also able to spend some time checking out a couple new grown-up versions of tablets that Polaroid is bringing to market. The two tablets are part of their M Series with devices in both the 7-inch and the 10-inch class. Check out our hands on video after the break to see the devices.
A few days ago we reported on Polaroid’s foray into the tablet market with a device designed specifically for kids. With a large bezel and kid friendly buttons, the 7-inch screen is backed with a 1GHz processor and 512MB of RAM capable of running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Polaroid even took the step of removing access to the Google Play Store so kids won’t get themselves into trouble.
Polaroid had the device on hand at CES 2013, so we were able to gets some hands on time with the Polaroid Kids tablet as seen in the video after the break.
While some of us may feel a little iffy about Windows Surface Tablets out there, Lenovo is out to change that perception by introducing the IdeaCentre Horizon tablet. While the massive 27-inch display, “Aura” custom UI and the ability to play air hockey are each nothing to sneeze at— the real noteworthy aspect of the device is the fact it can operate Android apps, thanks to the Bluestacks Android player which comes preloaded. And before you ask— yes— the apps work like a charm and operate as if you’re on a traditional Android device.
If you’re in the market for a Windows-based tablet, but want something that’s Android-friendly— the IdeaCentre Horizon may be a compelling option. Hit the break to check out the hands-on video in all its glory.