When AT&T was asked why the carrier took so long to respond to Android updates on their smartphones, CEO Randall Stephenson responded with “Google determines what platform gets the newest releases and when. A lot of times, that’s a negotiated arrangement and that’s something we work at hard.” This seems to imply that Google had the bigger hand as far as when a current update is pushed to devices. Naturally, this caused the search giant to be somewhat confused. And while we could naturally see why an update might take some time to reach carrier devices with different technologies, skins and other variables, we’re thinking AT&T is just looking to pass the buck here. With expected confusion, Google’s spokesperson responded with the following:
“frankly we don’t understand what he is referring to”
So, it doesn’t appear that the answer was ultimately answered here but rather deflected and passed on to Google’s court. We’ll see if someone from AT&T’s camp can clear the matter up for us and get the ball rolling on some of these devices still running Froyo.
source: Pocket Now
The Huawei MediaPad 10 tablet is another device that was unveiled at Mobile World Congress a few months ago, but decided to take a little trip to the U.S. for a short visit at CTIA. It features a 10.1-inch (1920 x 1200) IPS display, Huawei’s own 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera with flash, 1.3MP front-facing camera, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, HSPA+ 21/42/84Mbps & LTE support, and Dolby surround sound. It is only 8.8mm thick and weighs 598g. It will be available internationally in the 3rd Quarter and as for the U.S., no details yet.
Huawei introduced the Ascend D Quad at Mobile World Congress a few months ago and it’s now stateside for a short visit at CTIA. We hope it will come back to the U.S. with a carrier, but no news yet. Specs include:
- Huawei K3V2 1.2GHz quad-core chipset and power management system
- 4.5-inch HD Touch-Enabled screen, supporting 720p resolution at 330 PPI
- 8MP BSI rear-facing camera and a 1.3MP front-facing camera
- Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound with Audience earSmart™ voice technology
- Full HD (1080p) video recording
It will be available in quarter 3 globally, and yes, we’re hopeful for the U.S. Hit the break for the quick hands on
The HTC One V is the more mid-level device of the One Series. It has a 3.7-inch (800 x 480) display, a 1.0 GHZ processor, 1GB of RAM, and a 5MP rear camera. It still packs all the same great camera features like its older siblings, the One X and One S, and of course Sense 4.0 and Ice Cream Sandwich. It should be available in the Summer on Cricket and possibly another carrier. No pricing yet.
Still trying to consider that mouthwatering Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE smartphone and found the leaked Getting Started Guide wasn’t enough for you? Well great— you’re in luck because the complete manual has been leaked in a PDF format for your viewing pleasure. The manual is quite detailed too— as it’s a hefty 219 pages. But hey— chances are you won’t mind going through all 219 pages.
Remember folks… we’re only days away from our greasy hands finally being able to grab that puppy.
While Google continues to own the mobile platform, it’s not so hot in the realm of television services. That’s why it is starting over from scratch and re-designing the Google TV platform from the ground up by working on the evolution of Google TV. To help usher in the new line of Google TV devices, Google has partnered with Sony to create an informal event which was held in Palo Alto, California. The event was aimed at introducing the new generation of Google TV in the body of Sony Google TV products. The highlight of the day was Sony reps introducing a non-working prototype of the set-top box and a new generation remote as well. It looks as if Sony (and Google) were looking at evolving the look of Google TV devices, so they started by keeping the actual set-top box simple, yet adding a sleek appearance with a black finish in its design. The remote on the other hand is a tad bigger and features two faces: one side has the keyboard, while the other features a trackpad along with the standard remote buttons.
Google and Sony are staying mum by withholding any additional details for the future Google TV devices or sharing when it will be released. As of now, we have no information about pricing and we don’t know about a potential release date. So the recent event was more of a quick tease and heads up on the direction of both Sony and Google TV… which does look promising indeed I might add.
Make sure you hit the break to see a better glimpse of both the box and the remote.
I have to be honest folks. I never use cases on my any of my phones or tablets. It’s not that I never drop them, I just hate the bulk so I take my chances. I do have to say that after seeing this demo with Tech21, this is the case for me. It simply is the toughest case around. I actually met with them last night at CTIA, but it was so loud that I decided to set up a private meeting this morning so I could get a proper demo. These cases are the only ones in the world that have impact fabric in them. What is that impact fabric? It’s an orange goop-like substance that’s called D3O. It’s a little bit like Play Doh, but a lot tougher. Trust me. You will see CEO Jason Roberts try to injure his finger with a mallet. Will D30 protect him?
Check out the hands on after the break.
I sat down with the folks at iOnRoad this morning at CTIA. They have a really unique app for your car, and they say it’s your personal driving assistant. When it comes to driving, safety is the most important aspect so why not use your smartphone to help you out? With iOnRoad you will get:
FORWARD COLLISION WARNING
Mount your device and iOnRoad will recognize traffic ahead and warn of potential collisions. iOnRoad warns you of collisions with audio and visual alerts, even when running in the background!
I had a chance to sit down with Smart Online at CTIA yesterday. They have a unique online app builder for Android (and iOS) that was first introduced back in January. What seems to separate this builder as opposed to others is the fact that they are really working closely with the app creators. Many of them are marketing reps in the enterprise world that have ideas for apps, but simply can’t wait until their IDT departments get the job done. Smart Online takes input provided by many of these companies and adds features as they’re needed, which provides a constant flow of updates. In fact they’re usually adding updates at least once a month. Of course as consumers, SmartOn is also available and quite easy to use as you will see in the video after the break.