Hands on with the nabi XD tablet for tweens [Video]

Late last year, Fuhu announced the nabi XD tablet for tweens. This one is their largest to date with a 10.1-inch (1366 x 768) IPS display, and the rest of the specs should satisfy not only tweens, but the parents as well. It sports a quad-core Tegra 3, front and back cameras, 16GB/32GB of storage, microSD, 10 hours of battery life, NFC, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Nabi also created a new UI for this one called Kanzi, which has a Windows 8 type of look to it. Since this one is for the tweens, you won’t find the rubberized case, just a slim aluminum body that’s very appealing. They will also offer a really nice keyboard accessory and a cool game involving Battle Kanabis that utilize NFC. The tablet itself will be priced at $249 for 16GB or $349 for 32GB, which is pretty competitive based on the specs. We should see this one by the end of February, but for now, check out the hands on video after the break.

Hands on with the nabi Jr. Android tablet for toddlers [Video]

Late last year Fuhu announced the nabi Jr. tablet for toddlers. This one is the little brother (or sister) to the nabi 2. It sports a 5-inch (800 x 480) display, a dual-core Tegra 2 processor, a rotating camera lens, 4GB/16GB of storage, matching stylus, microSD, and Fuhu’s own UI built around Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It will be priced at $99 for the 4GB version and $129 for the 16GB version. I had a chance to play with it at CES, and I am not usually impressed with kids tablets, but Fuhu has done a really good job. The specs aren’t high end, but again this if for your toddler. They don’t need any more than this. I love the design of the protective case and that it’s easily removable. We should see this one by the end of February, but for now, check out the hands on video after the break.

Hands on with the latest wireless charging technologies from the Alliance For Wireless Power [Video]

A couple of days ago we reported on new wireless technologies from the Alliance For Wireless Power (A4WP). Wireless charging isn’t anything new, but one thing we can all agree on is that it hasn’t been widely adopted. Actually there is second thing we can agree on and that’s that we really want it. The problem is there really hasn’t been a standard and current pads are too clunky.

The Alliance For Wireless Power consists of key members from the tech community including Qualcomm, Samsung, Powermat, Texas Instruments, and others. Their goal is to bring a format along with marketing that will hopefully push wireless charging to the next level and then some. I had a chance to sit down with key members from the alliance as well as some of the top writers in the tech community to get a demo utilizing a newer technology that utilizes Bluetooth 4.0 LE. They chose it because Bluetooth is already widely adopted so it’s a natural fit.

Uh Oh: LG Is Rumored To Stop Nexus 4 Production For Upcoming Smartphones

 

If you’re already upset because you won’t be receiving your Nexus 4 anytime soon, you may be even more upset after reading this story. The International Business Times is reporting that LG is allegedly halting the production of the Nexus 4 to make way for its upcoming smartphones. While we already know of at least one major smartphone in the works, there is the notion that LG is already working on the Nexus 4’s successor behind the scenes. In fact— LG SVP Steve Fisher is confirmed to go on record at CES that LG has bigger and better plans with Google:

 

“Through our collaboration with Google, we launched the LG Nexus 4 smartphone. This is the first of many devices to come from our growing partnership with this very selective company.”

 

Rumor has it the new LG Nexus would feature some astounding features too. Among the noteworthy features are Key Lime Pie (Android 5.0) running the show and a 2GHz quad-core processor… which would make the new device a smidge better than the Nexus 4.

Still if this is true (and all signs point to it being true), this is going to be a major letdown to Android Stans and customers who have been itching for the Nexus 4 since November. However, all we can do is just sit back and wait for what unfolds…

 

source: International Business Times

VMK Introduces The World’s First African-Made Smartphone & Tablet

We here at Talk Android love seeing new manufacturers on the come up and making waves by introducing new devices, so we bring to you all the first African-developed smartphones and tablets developed by VMK. Brought to you by the brainchild that is Verone Mankou, the new devices— the Way-C tablet and the Elikia smartphone are aimed at bringing a quality product at a budget price for citizens of the respective African countries— especially those devastated by war, poverty and other issues. So VMK is essentially giving all Africans a chance to experience the world… through Android of course.

There’s no word on what the devices will feature or which OS will run the show, but we suspect that we’ll get more information soon enough. Hit the source link to get more deets on the impressive concepts and devices.

source: Phandroid

Hands on with Qualcomm Vuforia Augmented Reality based apps [Video]

Last year I had a chance to see what Qualcomm Vuforia was doing with augmented reality, and I was so impressed that I had to see where things are 12 months later. To refresh your memory, Vuforia was created by Qualcomm for developers that want to utilize augmented reality in their apps. Things are going pretty well as there are over 2,500 apps available (Android and iOS) from developers in 130 countries, and there are over 40,000 registered developers. Last year we saw an app from Sesame Street, and this year they are back with a really cool educational app that I know my son is going to love. They also showed off what can be done for med students and retail catalogs. Check out the video after the break

Hands on with the Qualcomm Labs Gimbal Platform for making apps more personalized [Video]

I had a chance to meet with Qualcomm Smart Labs to take a look at the Gimbal platform. It’s a context aware platform for Android and iOS that enables developers to deliver content in a more personalized way and more importantly, timely. It allows apps to be more of a personal assistant or a “sixth sense”. An example might be that when you show up at the mall, you could be offered deals or tips. That’s nothing new, but since it’s more of a personal assistant, it knows about you. So if you’re a male, you will get deals for stores pertaining to men, but it will also learn your likes so it will be further fine tuned. It’s kind of like Google Now, and we should see a lot more of these types of apps in the future. Qualcomm’s Gimbal can be utilized by any developer for any app, which makes the possibilities endless. Just check out the hands on video after the break.

Chrome Beta Channel Now Available For Download

If you’re curious about what improvements are coming to Chrome for Android, install the Beta. Its a safe and easy way to preview the new features and enhancements. Chrome Beta installs as its own app (version 25.0.1364.8) so you’ll still have the stable release available to you if the Beta isn’t filling your needs. Although it has several known bugs (listed below), it offers better HTML5 support and JavaScript performance. Hit the download link as it is only available via the direct link (aka, not searchable). Enjoy!

  • Performance is sluggish, noticeably on Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S
  • Frequent freeze on devices with specific versions of Qualcomm GPU driver
  • Text autosizing may break formatting on some sites
  • 164632 – Editing bookmark feature is broken
  • 165244 – Text position handler jumps or disappears when moving
  • 163439 – Clicking on links in 

    QR Code generator

    Play Store Download Link

     Source: Google Chrome Releases

Ford releases OpenXC SDK for Android applications for vehicles

This is definitely one of the more unique things to pop up at CES this year. Ford is releasing an OpenXC SDK to allow Android apps to access the sensor data in Ford vehicles and spur the growth of aftermarket accessories and software. There’s are already parts and the SDK available that allow a device to access sensor information via USB or Bluetooth, which could be anything from the GPS to the vehicle’s speed. Best of all, all of the hardware components are external from the car, so there’s no messy installation to worry about. I think it’ll take a while for this to really catch on, but before long I imagine we’ll see some really cool uses for it, and hopefully more similar programs from other OEMs. Hit the break for the press release, and be sure to check out the rest of our CES coverage here.

Hands on with the PowerA MOGA Pro gaming controller [Video]

PowerA released the MOGA gaming controller for Android phones late last year, which is the perfect on the go controller to turn your Android phone into a mini gaming system. Now at CES they are stepping it up a notch with the MOGA Pro gaming controller. PowerA built this controller around their Fusion controller for consoles, which is one of the finest gaming controllers available today. The MOGA Pro will cater to serious gamers and it includes higher quality sticks as well as a a second pair of triggers. It also has a rechargeable battery as opposed to the MOGA that runs on 2 AA batteries. Thankfully it charges using any microUSB cable, which will make things easier on the go. Just like the MOGA, the MOGA Pro will fit Android phones of various sizes including the Galaxy Note II. Now I know a lot of you like to play your games on a tablet, and MOGA put together a really nice foldable kickstand for your tablet. It will come with the MOGA Pro and it will prop up your tablet for easy gaming.

You will probably be able to buy the MOGA Pro within the next couple of months. No word on pricing yet, but hit the break to check out the hands on video. I think you will agree that this just might be the finest controller for Android.

Google adds new feature to allow developers to reply to Play Store comments

It took longer than it should have, but Google is finally allowing developers to reply to comments on their applications in the Play Store. This feature used to be available to top developers, but I’m sure Google saw the usefulness in allowing all developers to comment back. This is definitely going to help the app users get some help when they run into issues, and it should help developers keep their apps from getting too many unfair low star ratings.

source: Droid Life

Pantech Perception spotted in the wild with Verizon LTE

Pantech has unquestionably been raising its game as of late, launching quality budget handsets like the Burst and Discover on AT&T. Yet another new device has been leaked today, this time for Verizon. It seems as though Big Red is destined to receive the Pantech Perception at some point in the coming weeks, marking the first “real” budget handset from the Korean manufacturer to hit the nation’s largest carrier. Leaked specs for the device include a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor and a eye-soothing 1196 x 720 resolution display.

Source: Unwired View

Huawei executive confirms eight-core processor to arrive later this year, thinner Ascend P

Huawei has announced that it, too, will be joining the ranks of Samsung with the introduction of its own eight-core processor later this year. Currently, it’s unclear as to what the name of the new SoC, though it has been reported that it could be manufactured by micro processing giant TSMC.

If that wasn’t enough to get your mouth watering, Huawei executive Richard Yu has also promised a thinner successor to the already crazy-slim Ascend P which debuted at last year’s Consumer Electronics Show. Rather than opt for the same plastic shell, Yu added that the follow-up would utilize a metallic material to offer a more premium feel. Release dates for either weren’t announced, though we’re told to expect both to arrive in the second half of the year with debuts to be made at MWC next month.

Source: Engadget

Samsung’s CES 2013 keynote now available to watch online

Missed out on Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa and flexible display announcements? There’s no need to worry, the whole event is now available to stream over the intrawebs. While there may have not been too many Android-related announcements, most of the technology on tap will inevitably make its way into the palm of our hands in the near future. Hit the break to watch the full 1-hour video.

Metro PCS rolls out new tiers for LTE plans

MetroPCS has announced a shift in its pricing plans for LTE customers across the country, effectively bringing more data options to a vast array of subscribers. The three new tiers include the same $60 plan, as well as throttled $50 and $40 plans.

The $60 plan still allows users the full smorgasbord of unlimited options, including talk, text and unthrottled data. For those who’d like to take a step down, the $50 plan allows unlimited talk and text, with unlimited data. However speeds for that particular plan will be dropped to 3G after 2.5 gigabytes of usage. For those interested in a budget option, the $40 plan still offers unlimited talk, text and web, though data speeds will be slowed after the first 500MB.