Notion Ink Formally Announces Adam II Tablet, Features OMAP 4400-Series Processor

Notion Ink continues to generate some interesting buzz. We recently told you about how it teased us with a mysterious Adam Android tablet, but Notion Ink has finally let the cat of of the bag by introducing its newest tablet, the Adam II. It comes boasting impressive features too. The Adam II tablet believes there’s no better way to take advantage of Android 4.0 than to feature a TI OMAP 4400-series dual-core processor powering the device. Oh and what’s more is the tablet is featuring a PowerVR SGX500-series core.

The tablet will feature an additional interesting feature. It will feature a slight variation of the Android OS. No it’s not a custom skin as most of us loathe, but rather the OS would have a new structure called the Modular Based Software Architecture, which would let users customize apps through a drag-and-drop system. Basically this allows users to access “every single hardware feature”, according to Norton Ink.

No word on when we can expect the device, but we anticipate it will be here sooner than later. But Notion Ink has stressed it plans to design many more of the parts in-house rather than outsource them to prevent any type of problems caused by outsourcing. Boy this mysterious tablet can’t come soon enough.

[via Electronica through Phandroid]

Image of the Sony Ericsson ST25i ‘Kumquat’ Leaks, Looks Like a Smaller Xperia S

Hot on the heels of last weeks leak of the Sony smartphone roadmap, pictures of the Sony (Ericsson) ST25i “Kumquat” have just shown up as well. XperiaBlog was able to get their hands on what is reportedly the first leaked image of the device, and it sure looks a lot like a smaller version of the Xperia S.

According to the leaked roadmap, we should see the “Kumquat” sometime in April with a €262 ($339) price tag. Reports are showing that the device is powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor, has a 5MP camera and a 3.5-inch qHD (960 x 540) display. Not much else is known about the phone at this time, but I imagine we will learn more at the Mobile World Congress event at the end of February. For those of you looking for a higher-end device without a large screen, this may end up being a top contender. Stay tuned as we will fill you in as we learn more.

[via XperiaBlog through Android Central]

 

 

Google’s Sky Map Officially Open-Sourced

One of Google’s more interesting apps is set for a major evolution. The Sky Map application has gone from being a modest app highlighting the Android platform’s capabilities to becoming one of the most popular apps on Android devices, as 20 million Android users use it. As part of the app’s continued growth, Google has decided to “donate the Sky Map to the community”.

Google is tag-teaming with educators and astronomy enthusiasts to bring the future of the Sky Map to the masses. It will collaborate with Carnegie Mellon University which will see further development of the Sky Map through a series of student projects. Moreover, Google has made the app open-sourced, allowing astronomers to “take the code and augment it as they wish”.

If you don’t have the Sky Map on your Droid, why not give it a whirl today? You can find it at the Android Market or using the QR code below.

Android Market

[via Google Research Blog]

Tablets in the Schools: Motorola Believes the XOOM is the Best Way to Empower Students [Video]

We saw the introduction of  iBooks 2 for schools the other day, but Motorola has already been working with schools on a program of their own. Recently, they gave XOOM tablets to one San Diego high school to use as they wish. The administrators chose to utilize the tablets in math and science classes for students that were identified with learning challenges. What did they find? The students became more excited and eager to learn through hands-on activities, educational games, and digital books.

“San Dieguito Union High School District has been working to redesign our schools to represent 21st century classrooms, and bringing tablet technology to our students was one of the first projects we initiated in order to meet that mandate,”  said Bruce Cochrane, Executive Director of Pupil Services for the San Dieguito Union High School District.  But why the Motorola XOOM? “Motorola XOOM tablets were the most logical choice not only due to their highly usable design, but also due to the tight integration of the hardware with the Honeycomb OS; our district is moving to Android and applications such as Google Docs, so the Motorola XOOM was an ideal platform to be able to share capabilities across all devices for teachers and students alike.”


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NBC Releases Its Own Android App, Full Episodes Coming Soon

The National Broadcasting Company or NBC for short has recently launched its own Android app that allows personalization and customization for regular viewers. The app will feature a whole slew of features that include video galleries, reviews, previews, and trivia games among other features. It even offers local listing support in its schedule line up so you won’t miss that episode of The Office you’ve been dying to see.

The NBC app will offer more personalized experiences for subscribed users as they can tailor make their NBC feeds and TV episodes. If you haven’t subscribed there is a handy feature built in that will allow you to do so in the app. As of right now, you cannot watch full episodes but NBC promises that you will be able to soon.

So with that hit the break below for the links and QR codes to obtain a copy of this app. Enjoy!
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Sony Xperia S Arriving This Month

The Xperia S is a sleek and stylish phone. Given that it’s the first handset from Sony after they bought out Ericsson from Sony Ericsson they are coming in with a bang. Quite anticipated after its announcement at CES this year users from the UK will be happy to know that the Xperia S is scheduled to drop January 30th even though it was expected March 5th. Given that Samsung dropped the bomb about their Galaxy SII HD not coming to the UK it is certainly good news to see another gorgeous phone coming to the UK.

You can pre-order the device at Play.com for £450 which is the cheapest you can get your hands on the device right now. Both Clove and Ebuyer will let you pre-order device as well. Most of the major UK carriers will offer the phone at cheaper per contract prices. So expect this device soon and if you’re wanting this phone and are having a hard time waiting, check out the hands-on video from CES. Hopefully it’s enough to tide you over.

[via GSM Arena]

 

Bluestacks Now In Beta, Brings Android Apps to Your Windows PC

Back in October, we told you about the free Android app called Bluestacks that stores your smartphone apps in the cloud so they can be synced and accessed on your Windows Vista, or 7-powered PC. Well it looks like Bluestacks is finally out of the alpha stage and will be heading into beta soon. The app has received a ton of accolades including CNET’s “Best of CES” title from this years show. If you want to sign up to be selected as a beta user, you better hit up the source link below. Who knows how many people they will select or when they will stop taking testers.

Thanks Arron!

[via Bluestacks]

 

FCC Filing Outs the LG Connect 4G as Heading to Verizon and MetroPCS

Spotted at CES early this month, the LG Connect 4G was sporting MetroPCS branding but apparently wants to play with the big dogs as well. According to a recent FCC filing, LG’s Connect 4G sports CDMA/EvDO bands as well as LTE band 13, which means the device will join forces with Verizon as well as the already confirmed MetroPCS. It’s likely that Big Red will consider this phone as the little brother to the LG Spectrum, which has a larger 4.5-inch display.

Referred to as model number VS840, the Connect 4G also won the FCC’s approval for Bluetooth and WiFi capabilities as well. The device wears a 4-inch NOVA display, has a 5MP camera, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, and will run Android 2.3. No word on pricing and availability, but you can bet your ass we will let you know once we find out more. Anybody interested?

[via WirelessGoodness / FCC]

 

Image Leaked of LG’s Quad-Core X3 Smartphone

According to the folks at PocketNow, LG has a sexy looking quad-core beast of a smartphone hidden up their sleeve, but lucky for us an image has just been leaked. Everyone meet LG’s X3.

The LG X3 is said to boast a quad-core Tegra 3 processor and a large 4.7-inch 1280 x 720 HD display, 8MP rear camera and a 1.3MP for video chat. The device is also said to have a large 2,000 mAh battery, 16GB of on-board storage with the ability to expand with microSD support, and an NFC transceiver. No word on carrier availability but the phone is believed to have HSPA 21Mbps radios with possible bumps to 4G LTE radios for regional support.

LG’s X3 will most likely run on Android 4.0 but as you can tell by the pictures, it will utilize physical capacitive buttons rather than touchscreen ones. Don’t plan on picking up this phone until late spring/early summer, but it’s very possible that it will be officially announced at this years Mobile World Congress at the end of February. I wonder if the HTC Edge is getting nervous?

[via PocketNow]

Galaxy Nexus Infringes on Apple Patents, Or So Apple Says

 

 

Apple is at it again. This time they have included the Galaxy Nexus in their onslaught of patent lawsuits. What’s the infringement you ask? Well it’s the slide-to-unlock utility model in Germany.  That’s right Apple has added the Galaxy Nexus to it’s ongoing attack of Android devices and the manufactures that make them. Now we won’t get the courts decision until March 16,2012, so we will just have to wait and see if Apple wins this or if Samsung can walk away clean and clear.

We don’t have too much information on this one yet folks as it was just filed today. However we know how these things go. They take time to play out and could go either way. Samsung’s legal costs are all ready in the millions in Germany, so expect this to continue and we will have all the coverage of it as it unfolds. Are you sick of Apple’s lawsuits? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

Source FOSS Patents