Auraslate’s Open Source Tablet Is An Android Dev/Hacker’s Delight

If you’re of the Rootin’, ROM’in and hackin’ community we’ve got some good news for you.  Check out the Auraslate by Aura Design, an extremely affordable tablet for the dev who wants to launch that next big idea but still remain within his/her budget.

Aura Design is an Android Tablet Design Start-Up assist other companies or start-ups develop their own unique tablet for consumer , commercial, or industrial uses.

We encourage mischievous and curious individuals to see what comes naturally for them to dig in and see what possibilities this tablet may become.

The device is an Ice Cream Sandwich compatible 10.4-inch tab built from scratch with dev’s and hackers in mind.  The company is offering the device in two flavors.  They’ll make a 7-inch and 10.4-inch available for you and will also toss in a hardware source disk because the hardware itself is open source as well ($20 extra).   Keep in mind that the device is not meant for high-end performance with said specs, but rather you’ll get just what you need with a doable Android Cortex A9 under the hood.  Auraslate is offering a ton of support for the device with a promise to keep the updates coming as well as making a support community available.  This should be of great value to someone working on a project as he/she will able to communicate with others using the same hardware that they are.  If this sounds like something you’d like to hop on, check out the source link for more information.  I’m certainly looking forward to seeing how and if this takes off with devs and hackers, so stay tuned to TA.

source: Auraslate

New Android tablet appears on Fujitsu 2012 roadmap

Electronic giant Fujitsu has teased a number of intriguing devices as it unveiled it’s 2012 product portfolio during a press conference in Japan. Amidst a series of Ultrabooks, Ultrathin displays and Windows 8 devices sit 2 particularly interesting devices.

First up is the imaginatively titled ‘Mainstream Android Media tablet’ which is slated for a June 2012 arrival. No headline specs have been hinted at this point however the reference to ‘mainstream’ may suggest that Fujitsu aims to take on the popular Transformer, Xoom and Galaxy Tab Android tablets. The tablet is set to bolster Fujitsu’s foray into the Android Tablet market signalled by the announcement of the Stylistic M350/CA2.

Second up, slating a September arrival, is the ‘New detachable Performance Slate’ which seems, judging by the pictured detachable keyboard, to be going head-to-head with the Asus Transformer Prime. More interestingly, the performance slate does not make reference to the Operating System it will run. Given that the roadmap shows off both Android and Windows 8 devices, is it possible that we may be looking at one of the first dual-boot, Android Jelly Bean tablets?

Keep tuned in to TalkAndroid as we bring more news on these new devices as the details break.


source : notebookitalia




HTC Possibly Tossing “One X”, “One V” and “One S” As Rumored Android Device Names At MWC

With incredible awe and wonder, we’re all still on “Edge” as to what the heck HTC has up their sleeves for MWC this year.  As news continues to trickle down the pipeline, according to several other sites, some possible nomenclature has surfaced for these devices.  “One X”, “One S” and “One V” look to be possible HTC names to hit some anticipated devices in Barcelona this year.  Pocketnow reports that the HTC One X will be the name given to the previously mentioned “Edge” and/or “Endeavor”.  And the boys over at SlashGear are claiming that the previously announced Ville will be dubbed the One S.  We’re also being told that when it comes to writing the names out, HTC will add the “X” and “S” as superscript in the titles, further showing it to be HTC’s branding.  And our friends over at Pocket-lint are claiming that the third handset on HTC’s roster will be called the “One V” and is reported to be a music centric device like the Rhyme.  Sources state that the V will house a 3.7-inch display, Android’s ICS 4.0 and a 1 GHz CPU most likely by Qualcomm.

source: The Verge

RuniK – A New Twist on an Old Classic

These days, matching and bubble popping games are a dime a dozen. They’re all pretty much the same. So when I decided to try RuniK, I already had an opinion of the game before I even installed it. Fortunately, my snap judgment was way off base. RuniK is one of those rare games that gets everything mostly right, and keeps you coming back for more.

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Samsung Galaxy SII V2 Discovered On EU Retailer’s Website


The Samsung Galaxy SII is an absolutely fantastic phone as it is right now. With a dual-core processor running at 1.2/1.5GhZ (depending on your carrier), 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and a gorgeous Super AMOLED Plus screen to tap away at, the Galaxy SII could very well be a top Android contender for a little while longer.

However, the long speculated Galaxy SII V2 has appeared on a German retailer Cyberport’s website. Although the updated specs found on the website aren’t anything to really write home about, the phone does include a 1.2GhZ Texas Instruments OMAP dual-core processor as well as quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and quadband UMTS/HSDPA+/HSUPA support. Although only a marginal update in specifications, if you live in Germany and were planning on purchasing a GSII, this might be enough to put off a purchase until it’s released. You can pre-order the device from the retailer’s website, and it’ll run you about €469.90, €10 more than the current iteration of the GSII.

source: cyberport

FCC Greenlights Galaxy Tab 2, We May See it Sooner Rather Than Later

Unless Samsung ninja stealthed another 7-inch tablet under our noses it appears that the Galaxy Tab 2 has passed FCC inspection. According to some keen observers it appears that this sequel to the original has the same backing as the recently introduced tab. While the GT-P310 (Plus) schematic disguised the new GT-P3113, under careful inspection it was revealed that the Tab hides a Broadcom radio module with 802.11 b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 3.0. Slated for an initial UK release in March this device is moving right along as it should. Who knows maybe with the FCC approval we could see the release of this Ice Cream Sandwich Tab sooner rather than later. Here’s hoping!

source: FCC
via: engadget

HTC to continue new letter-based naming scheme with the One V and possibly the One XL

With Samsung doing very well with their letter-based naming scheme, HTC is looking to the same. It only makes sense because how many different names can you come up with? It’s the perfect way to simplify things since they recently announced a cut back on the number of phones they will release this year.

We’ve already told you about the official names of the Endeavor and the Ville. which will be called the One X and One S when they get unveiled at Mobile World Congress.

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Sony Ericsson Buyout Complete, Renamed Sony Mobile Communications

Months after the October announcement that Sony Corporation would be purchasing Ericsson‘s share in the company. Well roughly four months later the T’s have been crossed and the I’s have been dotted and Sony now owns Ericsson’s shares. Even after it was announced that it was close to completion at the end of January it looks like the final transactions are now just finishing. It was reported that as of yesterday, Central European time, the transaction to acquire Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson’s 50% stake in Sony Ericsson Mobile communications has been completed.

Sony Ericsson is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony. Now that the acquisition has been completed Sony plans on renaming the subsidiary to Sony Mobile Communications. This move will continue to integrate the mobile phone business as a vital aspect of its electronics business. The aim will be to accelerate a convergence of Sony’s lineup of network enabled electronics. This will include smart phones, tablets, TVs, PCs and so on.

It will be interesting how integrated everything will be come and to see what Sony Mobile Communications has in store for the world now that Ericsson is no longer. The first Sony phone without the Ericsson brand, the Xperia S, has debuted and if this is any indication of the new subsidiary’s path, we are in for some great things.


source: Sony


Samsung Galaxy Note (GT-I9220) gets a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich with leaked ROM

The Samsing Galaxy Note is supposed to receive Ice Cream Sandwich sometime between March and May, but a leaked ROM is giving some a taste of it now. This ROM is only good for the Chinese variant (GT-I9220). It does not work with the International version (GT-N7000) or the AT&T version that releases this weekend.

This is definitely an Alpha build so expect a lot of bugs, but we hear the camera and Bluetooth are working. We also expect a release for the International version soon so stay tuned.

source: xda
via: pocketnow



Darth Maul Yourself For a Chance to Win a New LG Spectrum from Verizon



Want to win one of five LG Spectrums being given away by Verizon and LG in promotion of Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace 3D? Rules are easy, simply download the free Darth Maul Me app from the Android Market, take a picture of yourself and use the app to Darth Maul yourself. Next, you must be following @verizonwireless on Twitter and you need to tweet that picture you just created with the app. You must include @verizonwireless and #DarthMaulMe in your tweet in order for your entry to be valid. The contest ends in 4 days (Feb. 19) and they will be randomly picking a winner every day (since it started yesterday there are only four left). The window of time for entry each day is from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.  (EST), but you can enter as many times as you want within that period. Pretty easy. To get started, grab the free app from the Android Market, and if you want to read up on the full contest rules, go here. Good luck!