Free Dropbox storage on many future Samsung devices

Dropbox is an incredible product that keeps all of your files synced across your different devices. Samsung took note of the company and began integrating the software back when they released the Galaxy S III, giving users a free 50GB pass. Yesterday, Dropbox announced that it will be strengthening its partnership with Samsung (the fastest selling smartphone manufacturer in the world) by adding Dropbox integration into many future Samsung devices (smart cameras, tablets, smartphones, computers, etc). The Samsung integration will begin in March of 2013. Dropbox recently reached 100 million users, so it seems the partnership is working quite nicely for them. If you’re a Dropbox user who’s planning on buying a future Samsung device, then you better start thinking what you’re gonna do with all that free storage! To read Dropbox’s press release, hit the break.

Google Glass gets some Android-powered competition from Vuzix

It looks like the future is going to consist of wearing lots of funny looking technology on our bodies and everyone is joining the party. Today at CES, Vuzix showed off its own version of smart eye wear which will stand in direct competition to Google Glass. The irony here is that Vuzix is basing their eye wear off of Google’s Android software in order to directly compete with Google. The Vuzix’s M100 will connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth and house a small display that hovers over one eye. Vuzix is expecting to launch the product for $500 later this year, which is significantly cheaper and sooner than Google’s plans. Inside the M100’s you’ll find a WQVGA color display, an OMAP processor, 4GB of internal storage, 1GB of RAM, a 1080p camera all running atop Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich. For more information, you can hit the source link. To stay up with all our CES 2013 coverage, click here.

Source: Vuzix

Phones4U Confirms It Will Release The Sony Xperia Z In March

 

Well— it certainly didn’t take very long for us to find out about when we have an idea of when that sexy new Sony Xperia Z would be available to order. UK retailer Phones4U has announced that residents in the UK will be able to order the phone from March 1st. In addition, Phones4U will be offering select customers the option to pre-order the device in order to ensure that they will be able to secure a device– just in case well you know— it sells out and all like other devices. There’s no word on how much the device will cost as of now, but we’re pretty sure it will more than likely cost a pretty penny…

source: Engadget

 

 

 


Qualcomm Announces New Snapdragon Chips, Highlights Clear Intention To Trump The Competition… Again

 

Not intent on letting NVIDIA grab all the attention here at CES, Qualcomm has introduced a pair of new processors called the Snapdragon 600 and 800 series. First off the bat, the 600 models will feature some incredible specs including a quad-core Krait 300 CPU at speeds up to a whopping 1.9GHz, an Adreno 320 GPU and will offer up to 40% better performance than the Snapdragon S4 Pro processor. Sure the 600 series chips sound like they’ll be beastly as heck— but that’s just the tip of the iceberg for Qualcomm.  The 800 models will take specs a step further and include a quad-core Krait 400 CPU at speeds up to a sizzling 2.3GHz, an Adreno 330 GPU, UltraHD resolution support (4096 × 2304), full support for DTS-HD, Dolby Digital Plus and 7.1 surround sound and wait for it— up to 75% better performance than the Snapdragon S4 Pro chip. Incredible.

Just when you think the Snapdragon S4 Pro reaches the pinnacle— Qualcomm comes out of the blue and ups the ante yet again. The Snapdragon 600 series of chips are expected to be available in devices by Q2 of this year, while we’ll see Snapdragon 800 series are expected to be available by the year’s end. Hopefully you all can contain yourselves— but in the meantime, check out the presser after you hit the break. Oh and don’t forget to check out our continuous coverage of CES by clicking here.

Belkin reveals new NetCam HD WiFi camera

Belkin announced today the release of a new high definition wireless camera to their product line.  The NetCam HD will retail for $149.99 and offers full 720p HD resolution, digital audio, a wide-angle lens, infrared night vision capabilities, setup via mobile devices, movement detection email alerts and the ability to record live video to mobile devices. The camera will also be WeMo SMART capable. WeMo is a wifi based home control platform for other devices in the home using a wireless network. Using the WeMo capabilities with the new camera, users could setup rules for certain actions to occur when the motion sensor is activated. Belkin has developed a free NetCam app for Android and iOS devices that let you monitor the video feed on your mobile device. Belkin expects the new camera to be available in spring 2013.

Hit the break for the full press release and then be sure to check back here at TalkAndroid throughout the day for more coverage from CES 2013.

Hands on with the Huawei Ascend D2 [Video]

Earlier today Huawei announced the Ascend Mate and the Ascend D2. The Ascend D2 sports a 5-inch 1080p IPS display with 443ppi, Huawei’s K3V2 1.5 GHz quad-core CPU, 2GB of RAM, 13MP camera, 3,000mAh battery, microSD, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and the latest version of the Emotion UI. It’s 9.9mm thick and weighs 170g. We expect to see this bad boy on sale in China this month followed by Japan. Hit the break for the hands on video.

Hands on with the Huawei Ascend Mate [Video]

Just when we thought Samsung pushed the envelope with the Galaxy Note II and its 5.5-inch display, Huawei drove right over it with the Ascend Mate that was announced earlier today. It sports a whopping 6.1-inch IPS display at 720p. Seriously folks this is just about Nexus 7 territory, but Huawei thinks the consumer will eat it up. The rest of the specs should satisfy everything you desire with Huawei’s Hi-Silicon 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera, 1.0MP front camera, and a massive 4050mAh battery. It has Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and the latest version of the Emotion UI. Looks like China will get it in February, and as usual no word on a U.S. launch. Hit the break for the hands on video.

Hands on with the Sony TV SideView App [Video]

It’s one thing for a manufacturer to make a flagship phone, but the content is the key. Everyone is fighting to make their own ecosystem. Sony already has Sony Unlimited and PlayStation Mobile, but they know everyone likes to use their phone or tablet while watching TV. That’s why they created the TV SideView app. It lets you control your TV as well as search for what’s playing. It will even make recommendations. If you want to push content, you can do it with compatible Sony TVs. Check out the hands on video after the break.

Hands on with the Sony Xperia ZL [Video]

We already showed you the hands on with the Sony Xperia Z, but we can’t forget about the Xperia ZL. Both were unveiled at the Sony press event at CES. The Xperia ZL has a smaller footprint, but isn’t dust and water resistance. You will also find a rubberized back as opposed to the glass back found on the Xperia Z. It has the same 5-inch 1080p display, 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM, a 13MP camera with Exmor RS for mobile and HDR video, and a microSD slot. It’s a little thicker and again the battery is non-removable. Check out the hands on video after the break, and at the end the Xperia Z makes an appearance for some nice comparisons.

Hands on with the Sony Xperia Z [Video]

Sony put on an amazing press conference tonight and as expected, they unveiled the Xperia “Zed” or Xperia Z and Xperia ZL. The guts of both phones are essentially the same, but the Xperia Z is dust and water resistant. It also has a glass back and a little bit bigger footprint, but it’s a little thinner at 7.9mm. It sports a 5-inch 1080p display, a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM, a 13MP camera with Exmor RS for mobile and HDR video, and a microSD slot. The size of the battery wasn’t mentioned, but it’s non-removable. Hit the break for the hands on and also check out the Xperia ZL video since it makes an appearance in that one as well for some good comparisons. It will be available Q1 internationally, but no word on pricing or a U.S. release.

Polaroid Announces iM1836 Android Powered Interchangeable-Lens Camera

Polaroid announced a few cameras at CES including the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean running iM1836. While we don’t yet know all the details, its interchangeable lens sets it apart from the Samsung Galaxy Camera. The mirror-less body will, with an adapter, be able to use existing micro four thirds lenses and will shoot 18.1-megapixel photos and 1080p video. Its touch screen is a tad smaller at 3.5-inches but, like the Galaxy Camera, it includes both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It’s set for a 2013 first quarter release for $399, including a 10-30mm lens.

We still have a ton of questions: What shooting modes will it have? Will it support full manual shooting? What’s the ISO range? What do the Android hardware specs look like? What’s the storage capacity? Will it support  a microSD card? What about GPS? But I, for one, am excited to see what this little guy can do. Like with most CES announcements, stay tuned for more. Direct link for our CES 2013 coverage here.

Source: Engadget

NVIDIA Expresses Project Shield Excitement In New Blog Post

 

By now you may have heard about NVIDIA’s awesome and revolutionary Project Shield gaming device, right? The 5-inch toy boasting NVIDIA’s brand-new Tegra 4 processor is all set to revolutionize gaming as we know it thanks to the openness of the Android platform. While the portable gaming wunder-gadget has generated a lot of excitement, it has generated even more excitement from the gang at NVIDIA. As they would put it best: NVIDIA’s “goal with it is to design and sell a truly great piece of hardware, one that fits comfortably in your hand, delights your eyes and blows out your ears“.

I’d say that NVIDIA is certainly on its way. Hit the source link to see the blog post from NVIDIA in all its glory and while you’re at it— stay with us for all the CES coverage you can handle.

source: NVIDIA Blog

Intel introduces Lexington development platform for smartphones in emerging markets

Intel has no shortage of announcements at this week’s CES, having already brought forth an all-new line of Atom-based processors. While that particular announcement only really applied to tablets, the company has gone further with the introduction of its Lexington platform.

The new development platform is aimed to provide a solid foundation for smartphones in emerging markets. Built from the ground-up with optimization for Android in mind, the new platform can support clock speeds of up to 1.2GHz with the company’s hyper-threading technology. Smartphone manufacturers who utilize this chipset can provide 1080p video encoding and decoding, burst picture taking at 7fps and HSPA+ data speeds all at a relatively low price point. In terms of graphics, the new SoC uses PowerVR’s all-new SGX 540 GPU,which should provide buttery-smooth graphics rendering. Other features like WiDi streaming and an FM radio tuner are also built in.

No release date has been mentioned, though Intel has promised handsets from the likes of Acer, Lava and Safaricom.

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Source: Engadget

Falcon Pro (For Twitter) Review [Video]

I always find myself looking for new Twitter apps, there’s so many to try in the Google Play Store that it can be overwhelming in choosing one for yourself. For the past two years, Plume (previously known as Touiteur) has been my favorite and has yet to be dethroned…. Until now. Falcon Pro has only been out for a couple of months, but it has quickly taken its place as my favorite Twitter client for Android. Made by Joaquim Vergès, who is also in charge of the Falcon Widget app, Falcon Pro provides the smoothest and nicest looking UI out there. The fluidity of the app is probably the first thing you’ll notice upon opening it up for the first time. If you’ve been familiar with the Falcon Widget app, then you know he doesn’t spare any expense on quality and smoothness.

While there’s still plenty of other features that are currently missing that you may want such as multi-user support, keep in mind that it is relatively new and the developer is still implementing more features upon each update. Most recently he just added in a white theme to go along with the dark default one. I truly feel this app has yet to hit it’s stride and it’s popularity should only grow upon each update. The app is only $0.99 on the Google Play Store, which is much cheaper than other premium quality Twitter clients that are available. Check out the video review after the break! A QR code and download link will also be available.

Sony Announces The Xperia Z And ZL Smartphones

 

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We’re awaiting additional details for when the devices will be available and on what carriers here in the States— though we’re aware that both models will be available “in select markets” sometime in Q1 2013. In the meantime, hit the break for the full presser– but don’t forget to check out our nonstop CES coverage here.