TalkAndroid Staff Picks: Best Android Phone for 2012

One of the best things about being on the Android side of the fence is the sheer number of phones available. Sure it can be confusing at times, but most of us prefer the flexibility that choice offers us. With so many phones, it’s not an easy task picking the best phone for the entire year. It’s nearly impossible to get everyone to agree since everyone is so different. We thought it would be cool to let each member of our incredible staff pick which phone they think is the Mac Daddy for 2012. Hit the break to find out the results and be sure to tell us your choice in the comments.

(Rumor) Motorola Droid Razr M HD tipped, current top of the line becomes the new mid-range

As the new crop of 2013 super phones begin to leak out, the current top of the line specs are being demoted to a new, lesser role of mid-range. As 1080p displays become the norm for flagship phones, 720p displays will become the norm for lower priced and entry level phones. This is exactly the case in today’s news, as Phone Arena is reporting an anonymous tip about an upcoming upgrade to the current Motorola Droid Razr M, known as the Droid Razr M HD. Needless to say the Droid Razr M HD will have an HD display, rumored to be 4.5 inches at 720×1280 pixels, giving it a healthy pixel density of 326 ppi. Besides an upgraded display, the device is said to use a Snapdragon S4 Plus chip with a 1.5GHz dual-core Krait processor. All this will be powered by a whopping 3,300 mAh battery. All of this sounds very excellent for a mid-range device. Again, this one leans heavy in the rumor department, but if it is all true, living in the future is going to be fun for everyone! Hit the break for a full list of specs.

F.Y.I.— Reports Are Coming In That Nexus 4 Smartphones Are Being Shipped Again

 

Those of you who are still patiently waiting for your Nexus 4 smartphone to arrive are officially in luck and will get the phone just in time for the start of the new year. According to various reports, Google has gone ahead and shipped out a new batch of smartphones to anxiously waiting customers. As good as the news is– both the 8GB and 16GB are still listed as sold out on the Play Store. This will no doubt make many Android fans continue to be peeved at Google for its Nexus 4 availability miscues. And of course, there are still no bumper cases available on the Play Store as of this writing as well. Still— you gotta hand it to Google for trying to do its best at least— one shipment at a time.

source: Android Central

The Android Foundry Posts Its Winter Wonderland Wallpaper For The Masses To Download

 

For those of us in the Midwest and Northeastern parts of the States, we are starting to get the full winter experience in the form of loved (or hated) snow, while the rest of country doesn’t get to have the full snow experience. Well in the spirit of the holiday season, The Android Foundry has released its brand-spankin’-new wallpaper called the Winter Wonderland that’s available in different resolution variations, which means the wallpaper should work with just about all Android devices.

Hit the source link below to grab the wallpaper for your device today.

source: Android Foundry

Cruzerlite Follows Up Recent Tease By Releasing Clone Army And Bugdroid Circuit Cases For The Nexus 4

 

You remember how we showed you all a sneak peek of what Cruzerlite has in store for Nexus 4 smartphones? Well the famed smartphone case maker has followed up on its tease by unveiling a few set of Nexus 4 cases. The first set of cases are from its Bugdroid Circuit line which features a TPU material along with items like a laser-etched Bugdroid mascot on the back. The second set of cases are from its Clone Army line which also features some nice material surrounding the cases and a nice pattern of Androids taking up the back of the cases’ real estate.

Cruzerlite is certainly excited about both cases and has listed each for a reasonable $13 a pop— which is certainly welcome (and exciting) news. We know you Nexus 4 owners want more details, so go ahead and hit the source links below for more information. Go on… you know you want to.

source: Cruzerlite Bugdroid | Cruzerlite Androidified Clone Army

[Deal] ECO X Terra waterproof boombox for $50 with free shipping on Amazon

Sure, Christmas may have come and passed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself to a little something extra. Amazon is offering a steal of a deal on Grace Digital’s ECO X Terra rugged and waterproof boombox for just $50, equating to a savings of $100.

The idea behind the go-anywhere speaker set is fairly simple. In the center of the boombox there is an air tight chamber for your Android powered device, which the company claims can fit even the “largest Android phone” in addition to keys, glasses and other small valuables. Unlike other similar systems, the ECO X Terra isn’t just water resistant, it’s fully submersible. In fact, it can even float in your swimming pool. Power is supplied through either a standard AC adapter, or a set of four C batteries, ultimately providing 25 hours of continuous use.

If this sounds like something you could use, be sure to hit the source link below while they are still available.

Source: Amazon
Via: SlickDeals

Multi-window update now live for AT&T Galaxy Note II

AT&T already announced that today would mark the initial rollout of an update for Galaxy Note II users, bringing the highly touted multi-window feature to eager multitaskers. Thankfully, things seem to be right on schedule as a large number of users are reporting a hefty update waiting to be downloaded.

Measuring in at 178MB, the update appears to be hitting devices in phases, so if you don’t see it straight away, you may have luck checking for the update manually by heading to Settings > About Phone > Software Updates. We’ll see you on the other side.

Source: Android Central

OUYA developer Android gaming consoles now shipping

The long awaited Kickstarter-funded OUYA gaming console is finally upon us. Well, some of us at least. The team behind the Android based gaming cube has announced that units have begun shipping, keeping on schedule with its December 28th target date. The first batch is slated to arrive in the hands of eager developers by January 10th, which should give around four months of exclusivity before the consumer edition drops sometime in March or April.

Unlike other high profile Kickstarter projects, the OUYA team has managed to stay on schedule with its aggressive development strategy. Just four months after ending its massive funding campaign, OUYA is already on its way to thousands of backers, something that can be appreciated considering the astronomical $8.5 million raised.

Source: LaptopMag

ZTE blows the door down with the beautiful and beastly Grand S with 5-inch 1080p display, Quad-core S4 CPU, 13MP camera

ZTE has never been known for high quality phones, but  today the Chinese manufacturer pulled out all the stops and unveiled a new and stunningly beautiful super phone known as the Grand S. The unveiling comes a few weeks earlier than the big electronics trade show, CES, and is bound to make a big splash. This is truly a top-of-the line phone in every respect. The Grand S sports a 5-inch 1080p display, a 1.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 (APQ8064) processor, 2 GB of RAM, a 2,500 mAh battery, and a 13MP camera all squeezed into an extremely svelte body coming in at only 6.9mm thin. It’s rumored to be built out of some sort of super-strong ceramic material and has a highly futuristic design with clean lines and nice curves. Best of all, it is said to come at a pretty affordable $450 (after exchange rates). We’ll know more at CES and will hopefully get some hands on time with this beast of a phone. If you want to see some more images, hit the break.  Does the Grand S change your view of ZTE? Will you buy one? 2013 is shaping up to be a pretty awesome year for Android enthusiasts!

Samsung releases another clever ad, this time aimed at us working schmucks

 

Samsung is on a roll with their clever, catchy, and effective advertising. A new commercial released by the Korean company shows how your new Galaxy Note 2 can be used to multitask in both work and play, this time in an office environment. The ad keeps you entertained and shows you the effectiveness of their product…the opitome of great marketing. With advertising like this, it’s no wonder they are the number one smartphone manufacturer in the world. Keep it up Sammy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Itb0s5jTJHY

More images of Huawei Ascend D2 surface

Smartphones with 5-inch screens capable of displaying 1080p video seem to be the sweet spot that several manufacturers are targeting at the moment. Another phone slated for unveiling at CES 2013 is the Huawei Ascend D2. As we recently reported, Huawei’s Senior Vice President Richard Yu believes the device is Huawei’s version of a “dream phone” with the impressive display backed by a quad-core 1.5GHz cpu. More images of the device have surfaced, revealing some additional details.

Samsung Galaxy S IV Unofficially Rendered, Invites The World To Take A Sneak Peek Into The Future

 

As the world patiently awaits for the “Next Big Thing” from Samsung, some ambitious folks took some time to give us an idea of what to possibly expect from Samsung’s next superphone. A recent hands-on video has surfaced which is more or less giving us a teaser of what the Galaxy S IV should bring including a thin profile complimented with an incredible 2GHz quad-core processor, full 1080p AMOLED display, 13MP camera and Android 5.0— aka Key Lime Pie. The real kicker isn’t just what’s inside of the device, it’s the potential accessories that may accompany the device. The hands-on video highlights what looks to be a revolutionary keyboard dock: a “projection laser keyboard dock” that beams a keyboard layout to whatever surface it’s sitting on and can be typed on— as if it was a real keyboard in front of you.

Naturally viewers of the video should take extreme caution: the hands-on video is by no means real or what the Galaxy S IV will look like. All it is really is a sort of wish-list of items that would make it more awesome than other phones out there.

I know you’re all itching to see what all this potential hubbub is about, so be sure to hit past the break to check out the video.

QP Optoelectronics to bring portable workstation to Android phones via CloudView, the worlds’s first DLP ultra short throw pico projector

I am expecting pico projectors to grow in popularity over the next year. Samsung tried it with the Galaxy Beam with minimal success, but it might make a lot of sense as a standalone unit. QP Optoelectronics will be showcasing such a device at CES called the CloudView, but what’s cool about it is that it’s a short throw pico projector. This means it can give you a decent sized display at short distances. For example, the CloudView can give you a 50-inch screen at only a half meter away from the target, as opposed to conventional pico projectors that would need 2 meters to give you the same result.

Why could this short throw technology be important? They can create a portable workstation with your Android phone. By connecting an Android phone through micro-HDMI or MHL to the CloudView device, you will get a projected 30-inch display plus a projected keyboard. Hit the break for the video demo.

Sony to announce Sony Xperia Z at CES 2013

Chinese web site ePrice is reporting Sony will unveil the forthcoming Sony Xperia Z at CES 2013. The new Sony handset is quickly morphing into a device similar to LG’s Google Nexus 4 in that so many images and leaks are coming out, any official announcement is almost anti-climatic. We have already been treated to a detailed review of the device going by the name Sony Yuga and reports have already surfaced indicating the name would be changed to the Sony Xperia Z. With this new 5-inch device, Sony is trying to remain in the market and compete for buyers looking for 1080p display devices. The addition of water and dust resistant coatings to improve survive-ability in harsh climates or against the occasional mishap may help set it apart from competitors.

ePrice indicates the new handset, after debuting at CES 2013, will hit the Chinese market on January 15th where it is expected to sell for 4289 yuan ($690 USD). No word yet on what the future release schedule will be like for other markets. Up to now, we only knew the new device would be announced some time in the first quarter of 2013. We are glad to see it will be near the beginning of 2013. With luck, TalkAndroid will get some hands-on time with the Xperia Z during CES 2013.

source: ePrice

Samsung Galaxy Camera Review: Redefining What A Connected Camera Should Be

 

Let’s face it, we live in a world connected through the internet where we are constantly looking at (and for) noteworthy photos from our friends, family or anyone of any sort of relevance. It’s no secret that as we become more and more connected through the web, we are looking to share our precious moments with our family and friends faster than ever using our smartphones– especially since we can share photos to our friends and loved ones instantly with blazing fast cellular networks. It’s also no secret while we can share our photos faster than ever, the quality of the photos from many smartphones are average at best— especially compared to a photo taken from a traditional point-and-shoot or DSLR-type camera. Samsung quickly realized this and unveiled the Galaxy Camera: traditional a camera  that takes quality photos, while allowing the ability for users to be always connected to the internet in order to instantly share the photos with family and friends.

So in case you’re not familiar, let’s remind ourselves of what the Galaxy Camera is exactly: a camera that’s stuffed with TouchWiz-infused Jelly Bean running the show. The device is more or less what we identify as a connected camera: a camera allowing us to share quality photos and videos with our friends and family instantly thanks to an always-on internet connection via the camera’s built-in SIM card. As it always does with many of its products, Samsung takes a gamble by using its brand name to market a basic camera that’s connected to the internet via the Android platform, but does it succeed in trying to bring yet another “unique” device to the marketplace? We know that certain celebs have taken a strong liking to the device, but for the rest of you– you’ll need to read on past the break to see if it is worth your fancy in our review.