NTT Docomo, Samsung, Panasonic And More Team Up To Compete With Qualcomm’s CPU’s

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NTT Docomo, one of Japan’s largest mobile operators has announced that the company will take part in a joint venture along with several other partners like Samsung, Panasonic, Fujitsu Lt, Fujitsu Semiconductor and NEC to take on the chip making giant, Qualcomm.  The joint venture will manufacture, sell and distribute the new chips for mobile devices once all of the details are ironed out by the joining parties.  The group is looking to create LTE connected products and successfully mass produce them to as large as a global market as possible.  NTT Docomo has stated that it will initially invest $5.8 million to create Communication Platform Planning Co. and will announce one of its very own exec’s as CEO.  As of now, we all know Qualcomm is the biggest player in the game, however, it looks like they’ll have to work extra hard to stay ahead of the game now.  Check out the presser and all of the details after the break.   » Read the rest

MOTOACTV Gets Torn Down and Rooted, Now The World’s Smallest Wearable Tablet

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So you had a great day yesterday and received the MOTOACTV watch for Christmas. Well it looks like your Christmas is going to get even better because Chris Wade, the gentleman behind the Dingleberry hack for the PlayBook, has one of his own and rooted the device.  Before he rooted it though, he decided to take the MOTOACTV apart and see what was running under the hood. Here is what he found:

- CPU: omap3 (3630) – 600Mhz
- Ram: 256MB
- Nand: 8GB
- Wifi: 802.11n
- BlueTooth: Yes
- Fm Radio: Yes
- GPS: Yes
- LCD: 1.6″ QCIF+

Wade put the device back together then set in on his real work. He managed to find a full boot.img file and was able to root the underlying Gingerbread OS. He took the GPS tracker and turned it into a 1.6-inch tablet by sideloading the stock Honeycomb launcher. Wade took it even further by giving the watch Android Market access allowing you to download and play games like Angry Birds.

Check out the photos and video below the break to see the watch broken down and the video of the mini, wearable “tablet” in action. If you have the device and are feeling brave enough to root it, hit the source to find instructions on doing so.  » Read the rest

Get Ice Cream Sandwich’s Face Unlock On Your Nexus S

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If you haven’t received the ICS update yet for your Nexus S (GSM) and/or you’re on Sprint’s version of the device and wanting some ICS gimmicky love, we’ve got a treat for you.  Thanks to the Nexus S’s front facing VGA shooter, the device is now able to support ICS’s Face Unlock feature.  Thanks to our friends over at Android Central, all the necessary files have been extracted from the Galaxy Nexus and it’s working flawlessly on both versions of the Nexus S.  Ready to give it a go?  Be sure to point your browser to the respective version of the device you’re rocking and don’t forget to let us know how well it works in the comments below.

Sprint only: AOSP 4.0.3 for the Nexus S 4G
AOSP 4.0.3 for the GSM Nexus S

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Root Access Method Available Again After Amazon Kindle Fire 6.2.1 Update

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With the recent update to 6.2.1 for the Amazon Kindle Fire, it was a major bummer when it broke root access for the popular new tablet.  However, we knew the dev community would come to the rescue pretty quickly, and as expected, they’ve not disappointed us.  For all of those weeping over the loss of their precious root access, fear not, because thanks to boys over at Rootzwiki and AndroidPolice a root method has been made available again.  Hit the source link for more information and to grab all of the necessary know how in getting your root access back.  And if you haven’t updated your device in fear of losing root, the fear is over and you’re more than welcome to proceed now.  Of course, proceed at your own risk.  Enjoy and don’t forget to let us know how it worked in the comments below.

[via RootzWiki]

LG Set To Upgrade Select Devices To Android 4.0 Starting In Q2 2012

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Christmas may have passed already, but it certainly will be a Merry New Year for certain LG owners. LG has announced on their Facebook page they will be upgrading select devices to Android 4.0 starting in Q2 – Q3 of 2012, followed by a global rollout shortly after. The phones confirmed for upgrade starting in Q2 will be the LG Optimus LTE, Prada phone by LG 3.0, the LG Optimus 2X, the LG Optimus Sol, the LG my Touch Q and the LG Eclipse. The phones scheduled for upgrade starting Q3 will be the LG Optimus 3D, the LG Optimus Black, the LG Optimus Big, the LG Optimus Q2 and the LG Optimus EX.

As always, the upgrade schedule will vary for certain parts of the world. They even state “the exact start dates can vary by market, as each country can have different requirements, depending on the carrier and the smartphone model”. In other words– it’s up to each carrier and country as to when the ICS update is ready. So hey– while you may not know when the exact dates are for the update, at least you know a rough timeframe of when to expect the update. It won’t be too much longer before you enjoy that sweet, sweet ICS goodness.

[via LG Facebook]

A Must Have App For The Holidays: Calorie Counter by FatSecret

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If you’re gearing up to head home for the holidays and want to get a heads up on what kind of a caloric intake you’re going to be partaking in then this is the app for you.  Calorie Counter by FatSecret, is a must have app to manage the kinds of food you’ll be stuffing your face with today.  It’s simple, intuitive and offers an aesthetically pleasing UI for navigating.  find nutritional info for all kinds of food fast, easy and on the go.  Keep track of all of your meals while also focusing on exercise and weight gain/loss.

Calorie Counter is simple to use and has all the cool tools to help you succeed:

- A food diary to plan and keep track of what you’re eating.
- An exercise diary to record all the calories you burn.
- A barcode scanner and manual barcode input
- A quick pick to find calorie and nutrition info for your favorite foods, brands and restaurants.
- A diet calendar to see your calories consumed and burned.
- A weight tracker.
- A journal to record your progress.
- Recipes and meal ideas

The application offers “in-the-cloud” support and allows you to store and access all of your info online at anytime.  There’s also a fantastic widget with all pertinent info reflected directly on your home screen.  The dev promises there are “more goodies to come” so stay tuned and don’t forget to let us know what you think of the app in the comments below.  Hit the break for some more screen shots and to hit up the download links.  There’s also a QR code available if you need it.   » Read the rest

Update, Mindjet Answers Concerns Over Buy-Out

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You know, nothing gives us here at Talk Android greater satisfaction then writing a post and having comments from our readers to read as well. We encourage all our readers to comment on any post we put up. Whether you agree with us or not, (That’s what makes us better writers.) it is still important to hear your feedback. What makes it even better is when you get the attention of the company you are writing about.

Yesterday I wrote about Mindjet’s buy-out of Thinking Space Pro, and how a lot of customers weren’t too happy about this. I am more then pleased to say that Mindjet read my post, and answered my questions. In the comments section on the same day no less! Jascha Kaykas-Wolff the CMO of Mindjet had this to say:

Thank you for your passion for Thinking Space Pro. I wanted to let you know that we hear you and we understand you having some reservations; however, I’d like to take this opportunity to address your concerns.

We are sorry that you feel like this came as a surprise; unfortunately, we weren’t able to disclose acquisition information ahead of time. The good news is that we will continue to enhance the current app, and it will remain free. There will be optional subscriptions offered through it (e.g. Connect Business) in the future, but we want to assure you that the app itself is – and will remain – free.

In terms of future plans, we are happy to tell you that we’re working on cloud storage improvements, plus an integration with Mindjet Connect, our cloud-based product. Future updates will also make your maps more shareable, allowing you to take full advantage of the Android OS and be better connected with the Mindjet platform.

We’re incredibly excited about combining the ease of TSP with the power and resources of Mindjet to offer users the best of both worlds.
Have a great holiday and happy new year,

Jascha Kaykas-Wolff
CMO, Mindjet
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For me this is an excellent way to regain some of the trust I had lost for them. He defiantly did put a few of my concerns to rest, and I appreciate his response, as well as how soon he did get it out. I  look forward to the new products he mentions. This is the kind of response I want to expect from a company, quick, clear, and down to business.

I would like to thank Mr. Kaykas-Wolff for reading our blog as well as giving our readers the answers we asked for. Let’s face it people, he didn’t have to read my post nor did he have to respond back to it either, but he did and I thank him for it. I will be keeping an eye on future developments from Mindjet.

[Review] Pocket Informer for Android

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Listen up college students, and business men an women. How many of you have tried the countless calendar/task apps available on the Market? How many of you have been less than pleased with some or all of them? If any of you answered yes, then I may just have the right app for you. Pocket Informant is by far the best calender/task app I have found. Continue on past the break for the rest of my review and some screenshots.

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You Can Now Track Santa on Your Android Phone With the New NORAD App

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It’s that time of year again when all the good little boys and girls receive a visit from jolly ol’ Santa Clause during his yearly world wide giving spree. As long as you are on his good list, you might be interested  in tracking his whereabouts.

NORAD, the folks who have taken on the task of tracking Santa, have been doing so since 1955 and want to make it easier this year for us Android owners. The new app, NORAD, can be found in the Android Market and will allow you access to Santa’s flight path beginning on Christmas Eve. Once downloaded, you will notice a timer that, when reaches 0:00, means he has left the North Pole. From there you will be able to monitor his travel on the NORAD’s built in map.

In order to keep you and your children occupied while the timer is counting down, the NORAD app includes a cute little “Elf Toss” game for you added enjoyment. You can also find some educational that will give some real insight into NORAD’s broader mission (their duties go way beyond spying on bearded old men in red velvet suits). Jump past the break for a screenshot and links to the free download.

Remember, you can also search the word ‘Santa’ in Google Maps on Christmas eve for a glimpse at his location. » Read the rest

Thinking Space Pro Is Now Mindjet Free, And Man Are We Pissed

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Are you like me, and spent $5 on Thinking Space Pro (TSP), and now you see in the Android Market that it is no longer going to be supported or developed further because a company named Mindjet has bought out Thinking Space? If you are like me, then I bet you’re just as pissed off as I am about it too. We paid our $5 bucks to have all these features in Thinking Space Pro, only to find out that the company has been bought out, and their once paid app is now offered free under the name Mindjet for Android. If you want to hear the rest of my rant or leave a comment, read on past the break. » Read the rest