HTC partners with LogMeIn for remote support of Android devices

Well it looks like this must be “remote support” week because this is the third story to break in the last couple of days. First Verizon announced an update to the LG Revolution that would enable customer service reps to remotely view devices for troubleshooting. Then just a little while ago, Motorola announced they are now utilizing LogMeIn ‘Rescue + Mobile’ for the same purpose with the Motorola RAZR in Korea.

I guess the third time is a charm because HTC and LogMeIn just announced that they’ve entered into an agreement as HTC’s preferred mobile remote support software provider. Although we expect Motorola to launch their service worldwide, HTC is already announcing it’s intent to go worldwide for all its call centers.

HTC will pre-install the user-enabled LogMeIn Rescue applet on all future HTC Android devices as long as mobile operator’s approve it. If you’re concerned at all about privacy, this is a user-enabled app. No one can remotely see your device without you approving it.

Full press release after the break:

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Get A Cool Gmail Widget For Your Android Smartphone, Available On The Google Play Store (Video)

Widgets are certainly a dime a dozen on the Google Play Store however, it’s rare to find a good Gmail widget that is both aesthetically pleasing as well as functional.  In steps the Gmail Widget by Katzoft, a simple, intuitive yet very functional application for quickly glancing at your incoming Gmail.  The application offers several different types of home screen widgets that display the accurate number of unread messages while also offering a quick preview of them.  The developer touts they’ve made these ICS esque apps now available for devices still running Froyo 2.2 and Gingerbread 2.3.  However, the application should work for most versions of Android out there.  Get timely updates as emails arrive, quickly glance at subjects and the first line of the message while on the fly, see all of your priority inbox mail, compose a message and choose from several different widget sizes.  The application will run you $1.49 in the Play Store and also works on tablets.  Ready to give it a go?  Check out the download link below as well as a qr code.  Don’t forget to check out all of the features as well as the quick video demo of the app in action.  Feel free to leave your comments below too.  
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Traffic Wonder HD for Android is a creative and challenging puzzler that’s also very addicting [Hands on Video]

For those of you that like puzzle games, I’ve got a treat for you. It’s called Traffic Wonder HD. It was released a couple of days ago in the Amazon app store for $1.49, but after a short delay, it’s now live in the Play Store for .99 cents.  The goal is simple, but the task isn’t. You are given a certain number of vehicles, and you need to figure out what the best route is for each one to get to their respective destination or garage. I say the “best route” because there are two other issues at hand, which is what makes this game so challenging. The first is that none of the vehicles can collide with each other and the second is you have to use the least amount of fuel. For each vehicle, you trace the path that you want it to take to get to its garage. After you have completed the paths for all the vehicles, you hit the play button and watch the results. Hopefully you won’t burn too much fuel and none of the cars collide with each other. If either of those happens, and it most likely will, you go back to the drawing board.

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Motorola launches ‘Smart’ customer service in Korea using LogMeIn ‘Rescue + Mobile’

As more and more people get smartphones and tablets, there is a growing need for better customer service. We just saw Verizon Wireless  release an update for the LG Revolution that enables support personnel to see the device remotely in order to troubleshoot issues. Motorola sent us a presser over the weekend announcing a new service they are starting launching in Korea, which is very similar

Starting with the Motorola RAZR, users can download the new LogMeIn Rescue + Mobile and enter a 6-digit PIN code provided by the customer service agent to give them access to your phone.

Who wants to drive over to the carrier store to get that quick fix when you can get things done much quicker? Motorola plans on making this available on more devices soon, but nothing was announced about areas outside of Korea. I would imagine we will see this type of service on just about every device around the world by year’s end.

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Get The Official T-Mobile Bobsled Calling App For Tablets, Available On The Google Play Store (Video)

T-Mobile and Vivox have extended their popular Bobsled calling app for smartphones and has now made it available for Tablets on the Play Store.  The application is completely free and offers you the opportunity to dial a friend on your big screened tablet at no cost.  The application allows you to log into your Facebook account and connect with family or your buddies with the simple tap of a button.  You can call, chat or leave a voice message to anyone in the US, Canada and even Puerto Rico.  One can also call a land line and talk up to 75 min per call.  And any calls made from Bobsled-to-Bobsled uses high-definition audio during your conversation.  If you’re ready to try it out on your tablet you can hit the break for the download links and qr code.  Don’t forget to check out the pics and video of the app in action as well and let us know what you think in the comments below.  
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Nvidia Tegra 3 vs. Apple A5X

As is the case with every big Apple announcement, the Cupertino giant made some bold claims in the middle of the presentation for its latest magical device, The new iPad. Specifically Apple was quick to throw up some graphs showing that its new A5x dual-core processor has four times the graphics processing power when compared with Nvidia’s latest and greatest, Tegra 3 quad-core processor. Naturally Nvidia was quick to respond to Apple’s claims and so begins the war of the latest chapter in the war of the processors.

Here at TalkAndroid we feel that actions speak louder than words and thankfully the team at Laptop Mag agree. Armed with the new iPad and an Asus Transformer Prime they went to work putting both processors through a series of real life tests and benchmarks with some surprising results.

In terms of Graphics performance, benchmarks showed that Apple’s claims were pretty accurate with the A5X processing twice as many frames at twice the speed. Interestingly, when actually testing the same game on both devices it was noticed that the real world differences were not actually very significant. The iPad’s screen displayed sharper, brighter images which is largely down to the high resolution display. The Transformer Prime showed some additional graphical touches that weren’t present on the iPad but that could well be down to optimisation within the game.

When both devices were put through their paces in number crunching and raw processing power, the Nvidia Tegra 3 chip came into its own. The Transformer Prime outperformed the iPad in integer, floating point and memory performance by almost 3 times the score. Benchmarks on browser performance were extremely similar with the iPad slightly edging the Transformer however again this could be down to browser optimisation.

In summary we can see that both chips are extremely powerful and excel in different areas. It’s safe to say that the average consumer is unlikely to be disappointed with either. If gaming is the primary motivation behind your tablet purchase then the iPad might be the better option. For every day tasks, the Transformer should offer a bit more grunt.

Check out the video below and let us know your thoughts on how the two processors compare in the comments.


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source : Laptop Mag

Google TV Now Features International Channel Apps


Google TV is about to get some international flavor with the inclusion of international channel apps now being available in the Android Market Play Store. That means users of Google TV will now be able to access international feeds and content from such channels as Euronews, Raaga and al-Jazeera, so you’ll be able to see things such as breaking news, live and on-demand shows and music from around the world.

At this time the new addition to Google TV is currently available in the U.S. only, but this could be a sign of something bigger to come. This might be a subtle indication that Google is possibly on its way to rolling out Google TV outside of the States. Will the Moutain View giant announce something at Google I/O this year? Let’s hope so.

source: GTV Hub

Motorola DROID Fighter Photo Leaked, Looks Awfully Similar To The DROID RAZR




Ah yes— Verizon’s mysterious DROID Fighter smartphone. Although we’ve seen a hint here and another one there for the device’s imminent arrival, details have been lacking to say the least. Heck, we didn’t even have a picture of the upcoming device or even a general description… until now. The well-known forum Phone HK went ahead and posted up what it is claiming to be an actual screenshot of the Motorola DROID Fighter. In case you’re wondering if this is a case of deja vú, it is. This phone is nearly identical to the well-known Motorola DROID RAZR/DROID RAZR MAXX.

Although the DROID Fighter is similar to the DROID RAZR/DROID RAZR MAXX, there are some key differences. The first you will note is there seems to be a missing bottom row of smart keys. In addition, the device features an HD screen comes in at a whopping 4.6-inches, which is similar to the Galaxy Nexus. This indicates the DROID Fighter will most likely feature on-screen soft keys like the Galaxy Nexus currently features. Finally, there is mention of the smartphone featuring a beefy 3300mAh á la RAZR MAXX.

Sounds like some attractive specs but that brings the question: if MOTO pledged to stop bombarding us with smartphones this year, why bring what is essentially the 3rd variant of the DROID RAZR series (in less than a full calendar year) which only brings a better display, no bottom row of keys and most likely Ice Cream Sandwich? Just something for you all to ponder.

If the mid-April release date is correct, it may look like Verizon will have yet another piece of ammo to its already stocked arsenal. Stay tuned with Talk Android for any more leaks and details of the upcoming DROID Fighter smartphone.

source: Phone HK
via: Droid Life

CyanogenMod 7.2 now at Release Candidate stage

Our good friends at CyanogenMod just informed us that the wait is finally over, CyanogenMod 7.2 has now reached the release candidate stage. CyanogenMod 7.2.0-RC1 is based on Android 2.3.7 and is “more than ready for everybody to enjoy.” So far it’s compatible with 70 devices, which is 20 more as compared to 7.1.

What does 7.2 bring to the table?  It adds a few backported features and fixes from Android 4.0, assorted WiFi fixes, lockscreen updates and whole bunch more. For the full changelog and list of compatible devices, be sure to hit the source link.

Also, don’t forget to submit bug reports (use the second source link), but only submit reports if you’ve downloaded CM7.2-RC1 from their mirrors or ROM Manager.

source: CyanogenMod and bug reports link


Mystery Sony device benchmarked, Ice Cream Sandwich and Tegra 3 onboard


So what does the freshly energized Sony have up its sleeve for Android fans in 2012, well the Sony V150 for starters but just what exactly is it? Android GPU benchmarking tool, NenaMark has an interesting benchmark result on its website that’s sure to get the tech world talking. The table key tells us that the V150 is a 1.4GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 device with a 1280 x 752 display and Android Ice Cream Sandwich on board. Even more interesting is the impressive 59.70 score which positions the V150 well ahead of the 42.89 score achieved by the Tablet S.

Sony Ericsson made a stuttering start to its Android push with mixed fortunes, the Xperia range of devices never really hit the same sales or critical acclaim as rival products from Samsung, HTC and Motorola in particular. With the buyout of Sony Ericsson complete and the birth of Sony Mobile Communications confirmed, the new setup is really pushing to ensure a turnaround in performance and perception on its Android devices. We certainly wouldn’t want to read too much into a single benchmark but the early signs are promising.

Check out the benchmark results below and let us know your thoughts on Sony’s bright new future in the comments.


source : NenaMark